How to study for NEET SS Preparation in 2023

NEET SS 2021 Preparation

NEET SS 23 is round the corner

Many of you asked me the best way to prepare for NEET SS 2023  which is most likely now  a broad specialty exam  and I have written on various platforms about that.

One thing that has stood out for me and the aspirants on my site over a period of time is that, most students only need a direction and a motivation.

You do not need to spend a fortune going for coaching classes and video lectures. 

 Do you really need coaching at this level or you just need a little bit of mentoring telling you what to read or what to leave. Whatsapp discussion groups of do just that.

They let you interact with your peers and you get a good idea about how to prepare, where you stand and all the things you need to prepare 

You get to know which topics from which books to be read and what stuff  is to be omitted. In the end it all comes to time management.

Studying becomes valuable when you can remember what you’ve learned so you can apply it where you most likely need it.

How to study for NEET SS 21

NEET SS exam pattern 

  1. This time it would be a 150 marks broad specialty paper. It means questions from all specialities would be asked like CTVS, pediatrics etc
  2. 25 % negative marks are deducted for each wrong answer so you have to be careful with all choices
  3. Its a computer based test and would test your aptitude

What all can you do to help yourself

  1. Start as early as possible, ideally by 2nd year of post graduation, you should have an idea of the types of questions which are asked in NEET exam. All old questions are here. Dr Kush secured a rank in 1st 5 in GI surgery in NEET 2020 in his first attempt. Here is his strategy. He was totally motivated with self study and with a little bit of help with whatsapp group discussions, cracked the coveted exam in the 1st attempt.

  2. Keep taking the help of Seniors and Mentors. Guys who have cracked the exams or have been studying for some time. They can guide you to study the right way.

  3. Keep doing as many MCQs as possible. MCqs are different from the day to day theory you read. They are concept forming. You get to know why one choice is right or wrong. By doing MCqs you grasp the subject and  get a feel of the topic. Mock tests are great way to test yourself. You not only get an examination like feel but also know where you stand.  Take a look at all these mock tests, 1st  general surgery mock test is free and see the quality of questions and explanations.

Do you Need Video Lectures

If you have money to burn, then yes!!

Simple answer is NO

All the web resources claiming to provide video lectures have newbies making youtube videos with standard textbooks in front of them

You have to read the books anyway so theory part need not be covered through these expensive videos.

There are enough videos of ss mcqs available on youtube for later revision.


How much time does it take to crack the NEET SS

Simple answer is average 1-2 years but again you know it depends on a lot of things like your level of preparation in PG, which unit you are working, if you are only studying at home but focused study should not take more than 2 years and average 1-1.5 years. Keep giving exams like AIIMS, JIPMER and others to get a that exam feeling.


First of all, know your syllabus well. (What will you have to study?)

Then decide, from where will you study? (The study material)

Then, prepare a study plan and start studying

Then give tests. Online and offline both. (These days lots of mcq practice sites have come up, Research well and stay away from bogus ones which copy material from others)