National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) 2019 is going to be conducted by NTA on 5 May 2019 (Sunday) from 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm. There are going to be a total of 180 objective type questions with 45 questions in each section (Physics, Chemistry, Zoology, Botany). The marking scheme is 4:1. It is the right time to start preparation of NEET 2019.

Last year, there were more than 13 lakh candidates who had registered for NEET 2018. Out of which, only 7 lakh candidates qualified. The competition is increasing every year. This year, 15.19 lakh candidates have registered themselves for the medical entrance examination.

Let us know the success mantra of AIR 1 from Kalpana Kumari. She scored 691 marks out of 720 in NEET 2018; full marks in biology (botany and zoology), 171 in Physics and 160 in Chemistry. NEET 2018 was conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on May 6, 2018.

Kalpana Kumari is a resident of Shivhar district in Bihar. She used to come to Delhi to prepare for the entrance examination. She put in her mind, soul, and hard work to achieve the goal.

On talking about securing AIR 1, she confessed to Careers 360, “It was not at all expected. I thought I would make it to the top 5 but I never expected I was going to secure AIR 1.”

Kalpana had put her all in cracking the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test by studying more than 13 hours a day. Her father Rakesh Mishra and mother Mamta Kumari were bursting with pride as they told TOI, “I knew she would qualify the examination, but she has proved her mettle by grabbing the first rank. After her Class 12 board papers, she had moved to Delhi to prepare for the medical entrance examination. We both are proud of her. She will decide on her career.”

What is your Success Mantra?

In an interview with NDTV, Kalpana said, “I studied from NCERT books and the coaching material. I also attempted several mock tests. Mock tests are extremely critical.”

The aspirants must study from NCERT books carefully as these books make the base for the understanding of the concepts. Whereas, the coaching material helps in learning the concepts and tricks and tips. The mock tests help the student in keeping a tab on their performance from time to time. It helps them in pinpointing their mistakes and rectifying it.

On talking about her preparation and balancing the studies, Kalpana told Careers 360, “I used to follow Aakash’s study material and teachers’ notes. I was living in Bihar but I had been traveling back and forth from Sheohar to Delhi for coaching in these past two years. Whenever I had a doubt, I used to come to Delhi to consult my teachers at Aakash. I never faced a problem in balancing my studies because I believe we, as children, don’t have much to do apart from studies.”

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What has been your motivation to pursue medicine?

Kalpana recollected the memories of her dream to become a doctor. “A lot of people in the country cannot even afford medical treatment. This encouraged me to become a doctor and for me, it is not just a profession but a service for the society.” (Interview with Careers 360)

Her parents and siblings have always been her moral support and have encouraged her in achieving the goals. She gives all the credit to her family.

Talking about the difficulty level of the examination, Kalpana comments on Physics section being lengthy, “…I tried giving more time to this section especially to chapters like Rotation. In Chemistry, I focused more on the Organic Section…but you need giving equal time to the Biology section as well since it carries 360 marks.”

An aspirant can qualify the entrance examination by scoring marks equal to or more than the NEET Cut off qualifying percentile. In 2018, Unreserved category Candidates (UR) had to score a minimum of 119 marks in order to get equal to or above the 50th percentile. Whereas, the Reserved category Candidates had to score a minimum of 96 marks in order to get equal to or above the 40th percentile and the PWD category candidates had to score a minimum of 107 marks.

The NEET 2019 aspirants must aspire to score more than 600 marks out of 720, to get admission in top medical colleges. With determination and hard work, everything is possible.

Stay tuned for more updates on NEET and believe in yourself. All the Best!