How to prepare for NEET if you are a dropper

How to prepare for NEET if you are a dropper

Being a dropper is a tricky phase in any student’s life, especially if you are preparing for NEET. This article will help you understand what you need to do as a topper in order to crack NEET.

Firstly let us look at the reasons why you couldn’t crack NEET so far (with solutions) …

Here are the probable mistakes you made last year. Check what suites you and read its description. WE have given solutions to all mistakes listed below, be cautious about them this year. And do be open in accepting your mistakes for the best outcome.

You were not Serious

If you weren’t serious the previous year, then you need to begin from scratch this year.  You now need to increase your learning speed drastically and study with high energy, pace and interest.

Solution: Dedicate next 2 months time only for learning/revising complete syllabus of NEET from A to Z ! Complete. By complete we mean to say entire NCERT Theory and Numericals. You may allot 1 month for 11th and 1 month for 12th Std.

Read More: Get Serious about your NEET Exam

Couldn’t complete preparation

This is when you are serious but lack motivation or guidance.  If you were not able to complete preparation, mostly you faced these challenges while appearing for NEET last year : not being able to solve difficult MCQs, Many uncleared doubts, lack of clarity of concepts.

Solution : Make a list of all preparation left to do : Solving Medium-level MCQs, Solving High-level MCQs, Learning certain weak concepts, Practicing important Questions, Studying NCERT, Solving Mock Tests, and many more. Go through this list and allocate 2 – 3 months to get these done No matter what. You may require to increase your pace to achieve these targets.



Couldn’t handle 11th Std. syllabus

Most students miss out on this ! The std. 11 is a light-weight year for many and they get serious only in their std. 12.

Solution : Allocate  a Month’s time to study/revise Std. 11 syllabus. If this looks difficult, the you need to boost your energy, pace, enthusiasm and interest in subject.

Couldn’t Crack difficult problems

This is the most important as well as difficult challenge ! Mark it. If you overcome this, you will surely crack NEET.

Solution : This will not happen in  fortnight. You need to improve a bit everyday and finally arrive at a stage where you can solve any question. Be optimistic about difficult questions and do not get disheartened after seeing a difficult question. Instead, your energy level should rise after seeing a difficult problem.

Read More: How to Solve Difficult Problems

Didn’t Study NCERT thoroughly

NCERT is the most reliable book for learning theories and concepts for NEET . Make sure that you go through NCERT contents atleast once in your preparation. Referring NCERT ensures that you do not miss out on any concept/topic, which other boards may omit.

Focusing only on Biology

Many NEET aspirants seem to do this mistake. It’s natural that you love Biology the most but at this stage, you need to love physics and chemistry as well.

Solution : Think that Physics and Chemistry are related to Medical Science, and you will begin to love these subjects as well. Like for example, X-ray, NMRI Machine comes from concepts of Physics , while medicines are prepared from concepts of Chemistry. Need more reasons to love Physics and Chemistry ?



 Didn’t Solve enough Mock Tests

Now solving Mock papers is the second most important thing after being able to crack difficult problems.

Solution : Don’t wait for the last few months to begin with mock tests. Since you are a repeater, you surely have an advantage here and can begin solving mock papers. Keep the target of 3 – 4 papers in a week.

Read More: The Importance of Mock Tests

Didn’t solve same Mock Paper 2 times

Believe us or not, solving the same mock paper 2 times – before and after checking answers is helpful to gain confidence.

The main aim behind this is to rectify your mistakes.

Lack of Strategy and Planning

This happens when you lack seriousness, motivation or guidance.

Solution: Create a systematic schedule of you want to achieve something. Rather than approaching your studies randomly, it is always better to go about your studies with a systematic plan.

Read More: How to Plan and Strategize your Studies

Lack of Interest in Subjects

There is no doubt that you wont be able to crack NEET if you don’t love your subjects -Physics, Chemistry & Biology.

Solution : You need to start finding reasons for developing interest in these subjects. After all these subjects are the foundation of what you want to become. Simply search on Google “Reasons to love Chemistry” and read the wonders of chemistry. Or better than that read these blogs that we have curated specially for you : 10 Reasons to Love Physics | 10 Reasons to Love Chemistry | 10 Reasons to Love Biology



Addiction to Social Media, Games and more…

This is a common problem in modern times. However, these hamper preparation more than you my think !

Solution : Just keep repeating these words : “Facebook and Mobile is not important” . You wont believe that your mind within few repetitions will stop considering facebook as necessary. Within a few days, it will become your habit and will boost your preparation in general.

Read More: How to stay away from Distractions

Changing Motivation & Mood Swings

Ever watched a motivational video on Youtube and then got inspired. What happened to all the motivation the next day ? We all have experienced this. So, motivation dies with time.

Solution : Get motivated about cracking NEET every time that you start studying. Feel the Motivation ! Motivate yourself to study as soon as you are about to pick your smart phone.

Read More: How to Stay Motivated at all Times

Now that you have figured out your mistakes, it’s now time to be mentally prepared for your “drop” year !

The social anxiety of “Drop Year”

This is a common dilemma among droppers. Everyone is concerned about your “drop year” but their questions and worries end up discouraging the dropper.

Its now time to stand with broad shoulders and answer them with confidence. Your confidence should convince them that you are strong enough to handle this situation. Go for it !

Being Mentally strong

Being mentally strong is not only important for your drop year but also for life in general.

In order to increase your mental strength, you need to learn to look for positivity midst all the negativity. For example, you need to look at this drop year as an opportunity to grow stronger rather than a wasted year (like your relatives would think). Your energy should rise as soon as you see a difficult problem rather than frowning or getting disheartened. This kind of positivity will remove all the stress from your life . And this positivity will come to you as well.

In order to learn this skill, you need to practice it daily. Write the below points on a special note pad or on your phone home screen.

  • Questions should be more difficult so that I get an edge over others.
  • This challenge helps me to grow.
  • I want to practice more.
  • In a few weeks, this positivity will become my habit.

Follow this and your mind will be conditioned to become mentally strong



Power of Focus

Focus is important. Studying 2 hours with focus is better than studying aimlessly for 5 hours. Have precise targets and be particular about completing it.

Read: What to do if you feel like you are losing Focus

Mindset while solving MCQs

Your desire to solve difficult MCQs should go really high. You should feel motivated at the sight of  difficult question. This is the single most important mental factor that will help you in your examination.

Next Step : Know How to Crack NEET

Now that you know your past year’s mistakes and have become mentally prepared for a drop, you need to know what exactly needs to be done in order to crack.

We have discussed this step in detail in a different blog post which is meant for all types of students. Read How to Crack 600+ in NEET. Read this blog and make a Study Plan accordingly for you.

Wish you All the Very Best!

Do Return back to this page, if you need motivation again !

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  • srishti Posted May 11, 2020 4:55 pm

    Thanks for sharing this motivational post .

  • letsdiskuss Posted August 24, 2018 4:11 pm

    Great blog sir you have given such a important information about the neet exams . best discussion forums

  • Gaya3 Posted August 1, 2018 12:36 pm

    Sir, I was a loser….but now I decided not to be more….

  • Manthan Posted July 22, 2018 12:34 am

    Sir the most genuine suggestions thanks a lot sir

  • Tashimehta Posted July 19, 2018 6:25 pm

    That’s a wonderful article. Whatever you have listed is 100% correct. Generally Neet droppers do these mistakes. We know that one will be very low when he fails first time but students should never lose hope for this, he must motivate himself that this failure will lead to success in future. It’s very important for students to rectify these mistakes as early as possible and face Neet examination. Yes lack of strategy and planning is main thing that students fail to do. Whatever work it may be first we have to plan and then execute it. Lack of interest in subjects is another thing that students face in studying. If one stops addiction to other distractions like social media, video games on mobiles etc. Then automatically students get interest in subjects.

  • Jynsi Posted July 16, 2018 9:37 am

    Should I drop a year and prepare for NEET 2019 without coaching and only by self study? I scored 367 in NEET 2018.

  • ANN ROBERT Posted July 5, 2018 8:12 am

    Sir , i have attempted to acheive in NEET for past two years but couldn’t help my self ! I feel so bad …. Now
    im doing bsc physics without any interest, i dnt know what to do …. Plss help me sir…….

  • Vinnie Posted July 2, 2018 5:43 pm

    Sir thanx a lot for this motivation…i have got 180 marks in my 1st attempt and then i really loosed the hope of being a doctor..but now i’ll prepare once more time and give my best.. but sir i m still doubtful about getting 600+ in neet 2019…plss give me some solution and study plan. Plss sir

  • manisha patel Posted June 6, 2018 10:35 am

    sir i got 505 in neet 2018 and i want to get AIR under 2000 in neet2019 please guide me how to cover ncert books

  • alisha padhi Posted June 5, 2018 8:50 pm

    I personally loved this article … Because it helped me to get that motivation … I was feeling low … Thinking I will be a dropper … But after I read this ..I realised that it’s all me who matters … Nd if I decide to stay for a year … I will give my best and prove everyone that staying a year has helped me …. Nd has not discouraged me ..

    So I m all set to give it another try … Coz even doctors don’t give up on patients till last minute …

    Nd before becoming a doc… I have to get those head strong qualities ..

    So a big thanks to u meritstore

  • Yuvrajsinh Solanki Posted June 2, 2018 12:54 pm

    Excellent article. All the mentioned points are worth trying. Dropping a year doesn’t mean you can not crack the exam in next year. Because you are aware of exam pressure, paper style, syllabus etc… So now you can prepare better before your next attempt.

  • Abhay jain Posted June 1, 2018 6:34 pm

    I’m Abhay Jain
    I am not satisfied with my neet 2018
    And I’ve not even well prepared for my jipmer also I’m very much disappointed what should I do now ?
    I’m not understanding anything that what to do with my life !!!

    • alisha padhi Posted June 5, 2018 8:41 pm

      Hey Abhay ..
      I m Alisha … Nd even I m not satisfied with my neet scores of 2018 ..
      I m planning for a drop … So if u too are planning for a drop … Then mentally prepare urself face whatever comes .. u have to get the inner motivation Nd confidence in urself … I know relatives will definitely question … But .. let’s face it .. at the end of the day it is going to be our decision …

      Don’t u think it’s worth trying a year for smthg u really wanted …
      Do reply … If it’s helpful …Nd tell me Ur decision …

  • Tilak devang Posted May 14, 2018 9:59 am

    Sir ,
    I just finished my neet 2018 but i am ready to attempt neet 2019 again . What should i do and my college issued my TC now am not going to any college what should i do.

  • vicky Posted October 31, 2017 7:51 am

    Are we allowed to use log table in NEET examination???

    • Gurwinder Singh Posted January 20, 2018 11:02 am

      No way.mainly in question log value is given

  • Hemangi Posted September 27, 2017 10:57 pm

    Can i score 550+ if i work hard? Starting from today
    Is ncert enough for biology
    I can’t apply questions in physics n chemistry

  • gul Posted September 16, 2017 4:11 pm

    sir, i am dropper in my first attempt i got 386 but in it physics was 40marks and chemistry was 66marks i did not prepared for physics and chemistry and even dont know the topics in phy and chem. And now i must go with all the phy and chem could you help me sir how could i make it better to learn physics and chemistry i only got 8 months with me sir i dream to get 600+ in neet 2k18 iam least worried about biology my problem is with phy and chem how could i learn those concepts and numericals within short period so that i could then focus on only practice

    • RAJ Posted October 10, 2017 2:46 pm

      Dear sir, in my first attempt i got 398 marks in neet. Now this my father sent me to study polytehcnic. But i still study for neet here. Im not getting how to distribute my hours in both of them.

  • Sneha Posted September 10, 2017 12:05 am

    Sir… I have already attempted neet 1st time bt I couldn’t score well.. as I joined in neet Coaching… Hw can I get 600+ in neet please help me…

    • Merit Store Posted September 10, 2017 6:19 am

      Sneha, We have shared how to score 600+ in NEET in this blog :

    • madhu Posted September 11, 2017 3:00 pm

      i am a dropper….i have joined coaching…is it gd to start solving past years papers from now..even if we do not know some topics

  • sheela Posted September 6, 2017 11:13 pm

    very hlpful tips for a dropper

  • Gori Posted August 22, 2017 2:09 pm

    Sir, this is my 3rd attempt…last year I scored 376….this year iam preparing myself…iam so obsessed with cracking neet …..but because of my lack of confidence I cannot study properly….and iam not cofidence with my study plan…as I failed my 1st
    2nd attempt…i think my way of studying is not good enough

  • palak Posted August 13, 2017 7:43 pm

    sir I got 359 in my 1st attempt . this I had started going coaching allen indore .but sir it seems that I am not giving my best in test . I just got 400marks in test . I just want to be a doctor . please help me how could increase my marks . so that I could fetch a mbbs seat in my dream medical college

  • sombit Posted July 30, 2017 11:58 pm

    dont think u r dropper think u r fressher and i will help to think a one of the big fear of dropping and what other think

  • Gautham pradeep Posted July 30, 2017 8:58 pm

    Sir i really want to became a doc…
    And i got only 103 marks inthe 1st attempt…
    What i have to do to get 600 plus… Pls help me sir

  • Suraj nair Posted July 15, 2017 12:10 am

    Sir I have just scored 77 in 1st attempt… my 2nd attemp is it possible to get near 600 provided I work hard ???

  • narendra Posted July 7, 2017 8:32 pm

    sir i prepare for neet but because of my mom disease i completely waste my 11 i even didn t get any concept of 11 now i have 11 month left please guide ……for my maaa please you can contact me on please help

  • Aritra Posted July 1, 2017 3:54 pm

    Thank u sir… A lot

  • Subhathi Posted June 13, 2017 6:52 pm

    This page is very helpful for dropper ……

  • MeritStore Posted May 14, 2017 7:17 pm

    Wishing you all The Best !

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