According to medical aspirants, the most challenging subject to prepare for NEET UG is Physics. Apparently, NEET Physics requires the most amount of effort as it consists of theoretical concepts and several numerical problems associated with each concept. The weightage of NEET Physics is distributed almost equally from Class XI and Class XII. There are a total of 45 questions in the Physics section with a total of 180 marks. To generate a better overall score, it is necessary to score good marks in Physics. It is advised to have a thorough understanding of minor concepts to apply them while solving the numericals.
The table will help you understand the percentage of questions asked from the most important chapters of physics. You should give a higher preference to these chapters while you prepare for the NEET UG examination.
|Unit and Topic||Number of Questions||Total Marks||Weightage Percentage|
|Heat & Thermodynamics||5||20||11.11%|
|KTG & Thermodynamics||3||12||6.67%|
|Elasticity & Viscosity||1||4||2.22%|
|Fluid Mechanics & Properties of Matter||1||4||2.22%|
|Newton’s Laws of Motion||1||4||2.22%|
|Rectilinear Motion & Vectors||1||4||2.22%|
|Rigid Body Dynamics||3||12||6.67%|
|Unit & Dimension||1||4||2.22%|
|Work, Power & Energy||1||4||2.22%|
|Electromagnetic waves & communication||1||4||2.22%|
|Geometrical Optics & Physical Optics||2||8||4.44%|
|SHM & Waves||4||16||8.89%|
Physics in NEET is more conceptual than numerical. As a candidate prepares for NEET UG examination, it is crucial to have a clear idea of the concepts and other vital aspects of each topic in order to score high. The topic-wise method of preparation for NEET Physics is mentioned below.
Work, Power & Energy
It is important to understand the concept of force and the concepts of Newton’s Laws of Motion. Candidates should focus on conservative and nonconservative forces and remember “Energy can neither be created nor can be destroyed”, while they solve numericals on energy. Always try to balance the potential energy, kinetic energy, and work done. Use Work Energy theorem while solving numerical to eliminate one unknown.
Light & Sound
Light and Sound both travel as waves. Light travels faster than sound waves. Understand and clear your concepts of wavelengths and learn by heart the wavelengths of sound and light. The wavelength of sound ranges from 1cm to 10m, and it gets easily diffracted around corners.
Understand the concepts of the zeroth law of thermodynamics, the first law of thermodynamics, Joule’s law, kinetic theory and gases and principle of the calorimeter. Also, practice the diagrams rigorously of Carnot engine and study its coefficient of performance and efficiency.
Understand the universal law of gravitation along with a variation of ‘g’, with respect to altitude and latitude, orbital velocity, energy conservation, and escape velocity.
Learn about the basics of Kinematics such as displacement, average velocity, acceleration, relative velocity. Also, revise the concepts before solving numericals. Stick to the formulae when questions based on projectile motion are asked.
Laws of Motion
Questions on the concept and application of laws of motion are asked in the NEET exam. Be proactive in solving the numerical by practicing a good number of free body diagrams.
According to an analysis of medical examinations held in the last ten years, the most number of questions were asked from Current Electricity and Semiconductors. These two chapters should be given utmost importance as they may help you score.
A range of different conceptual and numerical questions are set from these topics. The number of questions from each of these important chapters is listed below:
|Topics||Number of Questions in 10 years|
|Laws of Motion||34|
|System of Particles and Rotational Motion||33|
|Dual Nature of Matter||33|
|Moving Charges and Magnetism||30|
The statistics mentioned below shows the number of questions asked from Current Electricity over a period of 10 years. It shows that the number of questions gradually decreased but the difficulty level has increased.
Laws of Motion
Mainly conceptual questions are asked from Laws of Motion and a good number of questions are asked constantly over the years.
Rotational Motion and Dual Nature of Matter
The analysis of questions asked in the last ten years shows that these two topics have similar weightage in the Physics section of NEET. The questions asked can be both, conceptual or numerical. Last year, the number of questions from Rotational Motion were more than Dual Nature of Matter, but the difficulty level was equal for both. Refer to the graph given below for an analysis of the number of questions in the past ten years from these chapters:
Magnetism and Nuclei
Candidates should revise the formulas and have a good fundamental concept from this topic. A graphical representation of the number of questions asked from these chapters in the past ten years is given below:
Every year the number of questions and the difficulty level varies for every section. The statistics observed in the question papers of last ten years is mentioned below.
Percentage Distribution of Questions
NEET syllabus comprises of the topics studied in class XI and class XII. However, it is noticed that for Physics, the weightage from class XII syllabus is more than that of class XI syllabus. Also, High Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) questions are mostly asked from class XII syllabus whereas conceptual questions are asked from class XI syllabus. The graph below shows the percentage wise distribution of questions from class XI and class XII.
NCERT Books are considered best for understanding the concepts. And most importantly, most of the questions are picked from NCERT books in the NEET exam. Practicing questions from other reference books will significantly boost up the preparation. Given below is a set of reference books for NEET Physics preparation.
|Recommended Books||ISBN Number|
|Concepts of Physics Volume I and II by H.C. Verma||8177091875|
|Fundamentals of Physics by Halliday, Resnick, and Walker||812654743X|
|New Simplified Physics: A Reference Book for Class XI and XII by S.L Arora||B00KILPZ1A, B00KILPXEE|
|Problems in General Physics by I. E. Irodov||9351762564|
|NCERT- Physics Part 1 and Part 2||8174506713, 8174506314|
|Trueman’s Objective Physics for Medical/Engineering Entrance Examinations||8189223518|
Objective NCERT at Fingertips for NEET by MTG is another book that can be used to sharpen the exam preparation by candidates apart from the aforementioned study material.
Chapter-wise Books for Physics
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