How many hours should one study daily to qualify NEET or JEE or UPSC?


Counting the number of hours is not important. What counts is your hard work, dedication and consistency which are essential for selection.

Instead of counting the number of hours you can count the number of pages that you study everyday.

Having said that you should be giving at least 2 hours for self study on weekdays and 8-10 hours on holidays during your preparation period. This will go upto 12-14 hours per day with few months before exams.

But that doesn’t mean you keep sitting on chair for 8 hours straight and nothing gets absorbed by your brain.

You should try to get the maximum output from your input.

Here are some tips how do you do that:

  1. Get the maximum output from your input.
  2. Don’t day dream; focus your senses on what you are studying.
  3. Gradually increase your study duration.
  4. Be persistent.
  5. Set self goals. Like an ice cream if I complete a chapter in 2 hours.
  6. Healthy competition with friends.
  7. Do not waste time on social media, not even Quora.  If you find something worthy, jot it down in your notes.
  8. In your free time instead of surfing social media sites, search for study related topics which you didn’t understand.
  9. Do not keep sticking to same topic whole day if you find it boring. Keep reshuffling topics in between.
  10. Solve previous questions of any exam you are sitting for be it NEET, JEE, UPSC..in your free time…
  11. Engage your friends in conversation that hovers around studying then wasting time on chit chatting.
  12. Keep following your progress. Do not expect over night increment.  Identify your mistakes and correct them.

Happy Studying  🙂

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How many hours should one study daily to qualify NEET or JEE or UPSC?


Counting the number of hours is not important. What counts is your hard work, dedication and consistency which are essential for selection.

Instead of counting the number of hours you can count the number of pages that you study everyday.

Having said that you should be giving at least 2 hours for self study on weekdays and 8-10 hours on holidays during your preparation period. This will go upto 12-14 hours per day with few months before exams.

But that doesn’t mean you keep sitting on chair for 8 hours straight and nothing gets absorbed by your brain.

You should try to get the maximum output from your input.

Here are some tips how do you do that:

  1. Get the maximum output from your input.
  2. Don’t day dream; focus your senses on what you are studying.
  3. Gradually increase your study duration.
  4. Be persistent.
  5. Set self goals. Like an ice cream if I complete a chapter in 2 hours.
  6. Healthy competition with friends.
  7. Do not waste time on social media, not even Quora.  If you find something worthy, jot it down in your notes.
  8. In your free time instead of surfing social media sites, search for study related topics which you didn’t understand.
  9. Do not keep sticking to same topic whole day if you find it boring. Keep reshuffling topics in between.
  10. Solve previous questions of any exam you are sitting for be it NEET, JEE, UPSC..in your free time…
  11. Engage your friends in conversation that hovers around studying then wasting time on chit chatting.
  12. Keep following your progress. Do not expect over night increment.  Identify your mistakes and correct them.

Happy Studying  🙂

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Tips & Advise on How to Study for any Competitive Exam : NEET, JEE, UPSC etc


I have given and cracked many all India level examinations and here are few take aways from my experiences and learnings, compiled for your benefit.

EFFICIENCY

Get the maximum output from your input. While there is no substitute for hard work, supplementing it with the proper study techniques is easier.

FOCUS

Do not day dream; focus your senses on what you are studying. Gradually increase your study duration. Be persistent in your efforts.

SELF GOALS: CARROT & STICK APPROACH

Hard work, determination, consistency and patience is extremely essential.

Set self goals. Promise yourself a reward…say an ice cream if you complete a chapter in 2 hours. Or not watching TV if you dont complete a chapter on time.

TIME MANAGEMENT

  1. Do not waste time on social media, not even Quora.
  2. In your free time instead of surfing social media sites, search for study related topics which you sisnt understand.
  3. Don’t waste too much time on a question or a topic you can’t understand/solve. It is better to ask them from your teachers.
  4. Solve mock test papers and time yourself as you do them. Keep the time limit stringent and be honest with yourself.
  5. Regular practice of time management by solving practice papers will highly reduce your chances of not being able to complete the paper in the exam or making silly errors.

NOTES MAKING

While you are solving mock papers, you may come across questions whose answers you know. Still, jot down the few extra points, mnemonics, other related facts/terms that come to your mind at that time after reading that question so that the next time you come across that same question, you can also glance across the other points you noted down yourself. This ensures easy and fast revision and the probability of missing out on topics while revising is also greatly reduced.

Always highlight important points in your text for quick revision. You cannot read the whole text during last time revision.

HEALTHY COMPETITION WITH FRIENDS

Engage your friends in conversation that hovers around studying then wasting time on chit chatting. Develop a feeling of healthy competition with your friends.

Don’t be jealous of them if they know more or don’t become complacent if they don’t fare well. Remember, you are not just competing against them but lakhs of other students.

FOLLOW UP

Keep following your progress. Do not expect over night increment. Identify your mistakes and correct them.

KEEP YOURSELF MOTIVATED

Do not lose hope. Do not get depressed or anxious if you don’t pass in the first attempt. Keep working hard in the right direction.

Happy Studying 🙂

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Tips & Advise on How to Study for any Competitive Exam : NEET, JEE, UPSC etc


I have given and cracked many all India level examinations and here are few take aways from my experiences and learnings, compiled for your benefit.

EFFICIENCY

Get the maximum output from your input. While there is no substitute for hard work, supplementing it with the proper study techniques is easier.

FOCUS

Do not day dream; focus your senses on what you are studying. Gradually increase your study duration. Be persistent in your efforts.

SELF GOALS: CARROT & STICK APPROACH

Hard work, determination, consistency and patience is extremely essential.

Set self goals. Promise yourself a reward…say an ice cream if you complete a chapter in 2 hours. Or not watching TV if you dont complete a chapter on time.

TIME MANAGEMENT

  1. Do not waste time on social media, not even Quora.
  2. In your free time instead of surfing social media sites, search for study related topics which you sisnt understand.
  3. Don’t waste too much time on a question or a topic you can’t understand/solve. It is better to ask them from your teachers.
  4. Solve mock test papers and time yourself as you do them. Keep the time limit stringent and be honest with yourself.
  5. Regular practice of time management by solving practice papers will highly reduce your chances of not being able to complete the paper in the exam or making silly errors.

NOTES MAKING

While you are solving mock papers, you may come across questions whose answers you know. Still, jot down the few extra points, mnemonics, other related facts/terms that come to your mind at that time after reading that question so that the next time you come across that same question, you can also glance across the other points you noted down yourself. This ensures easy and fast revision and the probability of missing out on topics while revising is also greatly reduced.

Always highlight important points in your text for quick revision. You cannot read the whole text during last time revision.

HEALTHY COMPETITION WITH FRIENDS

Engage your friends in conversation that hovers around studying then wasting time on chit chatting. Develop a feeling of healthy competition with your friends.

Don’t be jealous of them if they know more or don’t become complacent if they don’t fare well. Remember, you are not just competing against them but lakhs of other students.

FOLLOW UP

Keep following your progress. Do not expect over night increment. Identify your mistakes and correct them.

KEEP YOURSELF MOTIVATED

Do not lose hope. Do not get depressed or anxious if you don’t pass in the first attempt. Keep working hard in the right direction.

Happy Studying 🙂

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Tips & Advise on How to Study for any Competitive Exam : NEET, JEE, UPSC etc


I have given and cracked many all India level examinations and here are few take aways from my experiences and learnings, compiled for your benefit.

EFFICIENCY

Get the maximum output from your input. While there is no substitute for hard work, supplementing it with the proper study techniques is easier.

FOCUS

Do not day dream; focus your senses on what you are studying. Gradually increase your study duration. Be persistent in your efforts.

SELF GOALS: CARROT & STICK APPROACH

Hard work, determination, consistency and patience is extremely essential.

Set self goals. Promise yourself a reward…say an ice cream if you complete a chapter in 2 hours. Or not watching TV if you dont complete a chapter on time.

TIME MANAGEMENT

  1. Do not waste time on social media, not even Quora.
  2. In your free time instead of surfing social media sites, search for study related topics which you sisnt understand.
  3. Don’t waste too much time on a question or a topic you can’t understand/solve. It is better to ask them from your teachers.
  4. Solve mock test papers and time yourself as you do them. Keep the time limit stringent and be honest with yourself.
  5. Regular practice of time management by solving practice papers will highly reduce your chances of not being able to complete the paper in the exam or making silly errors.

NOTES MAKING

While you are solving mock papers, you may come across questions whose answers you know. Still, jot down the few extra points, mnemonics, other related facts/terms that come to your mind at that time after reading that question so that the next time you come across that same question, you can also glance across the other points you noted down yourself. This ensures easy and fast revision and the probability of missing out on topics while revising is also greatly reduced.

Always highlight important points in your text for quick revision. You cannot read the whole text during last time revision.

HEALTHY COMPETITION WITH FRIENDS

Engage your friends in conversation that hovers around studying then wasting time on chit chatting. Develop a feeling of healthy competition with your friends.

Don’t be jealous of them if they know more or don’t become complacent if they don’t fare well. Remember, you are not just competing against them but lakhs of other students.

FOLLOW UP

Keep following your progress. Do not expect over night increment. Identify your mistakes and correct them.

KEEP YOURSELF MOTIVATED

Do not lose hope. Do not get depressed or anxious if you don’t pass in the first attempt. Keep working hard in the right direction.

Happy Studying 🙂

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FAQ: I have not scored well in NEET 2020. I am depressed. Do I have a chance in NEET 2021?


First, let’s be very clear. Selection in any exam is not the only criteria for a bright future. First ask your self. Do you really want to do it? Do you really want to be a doctor? Or you are doing it just because yoir parents told you to…

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You know what it takes to be a doctor? You will need to study for the next 10 years of your life and you cant do it with heafhearted approach.

You got it be either completely in or completely out of it. Don’t do it if you are really not into it. Don’t do it if you cannot give your 100%.

You need to understand the purpose behind your preparation. If you really want to pursue medicine and you are really passionate about it – then get ready to work hard and just start preparing. It’s never too late once it comes to your dreams. 

If you are sure you can do it, then go ahead and read other posts regarding strategy for NEET 2021.

Happy Studying 🙂

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Harsh Reality of Medicine each NEET aspirant should be aware of!


Dear NEET Aspirants, this post is a little reminder especially for those who are thinking of taking PCB as an option in class 11th. It is to let you know very frank that life is not really good at this side of fence. There is a long struggle involved. You got to study hard, for many years and keep on proving yourself.

The pasteur looks greener on the other side, but it doesn’t mean it’s really green!

Duration: 4.5 years MBBS is followed by 1 year compulsory internship where you get paid a stipend around 12– 20,000 depending on your college. After completing your internship, you are eligible for PG entrance examinations (if you don’t have a bond restriction in your college, otherwise you will have to serve the bond or pay bond money).

PG Entrance Examinations are way tough than NEET UG and 1 year drop is a norm for average students. But cracking exam is not enough. Branch matters a lot and it has to be as per your liking. You cant spend whole your life giving anaesthesia to a patient when you really wanted to be a surgeon (Just to give an example. Anaesthesia otherwise is a cool branch).

Also, there’s a huge salary difference in various hospitals and bond restriction as well in few states as well. You are supoosed to work for like 70–80 hours per week during PG, in clinical branches. On top of that scoldings by seniors and faculties is a norm.

After you are done with PG, pass your PG exam, get a MD or MS degree, you have to do senior residency in a good hospital or pursue superspecialisation depending on your core branch and its future expects.

In all it takes 10–12 years after joining a medical college to start earning a decent amount to sustain yourself. Those who have done post graduation from central institutions have a decent salary, but those in few states are offered peanuts as stipend during residency. Besides, there will be moments in your resudency when patient or attendant will abuse you and you will feel like leaving your profession altogether.

Alternatively, after completing your undergrad, you may give USMLE or MRCP for greener pasteurs in other parts of the world.

This is the harsh reality. However people survive it without much discomfort simply because of their passion. The field of medicine gives you superhuman powers. Join the field only if you really want to be a doc. Things won’t come easy.

But the mental satisfaction after saving a life is way more rewarding than any thing else 🙂

So before deciding if you want to be a doctor, you should know what it takes to be one!

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Harsh Reality of Medicine each NEET aspirant should be aware of!


Dear NEET Aspirants, this post is a little reminder especially for those who are thinking of taking PCB as an option in class 11th. It is to let you know very frank that life is not really good at this side of fence. There is a long struggle involved. You got to study hard, for many years and keep on proving yourself.

The pasteur looks greener on the other side, but it doesn’t mean it’s really green!

Duration: 4.5 years MBBS is followed by 1 year compulsory internship where you get paid a stipend around 12– 20,000 depending on your college. After completing your internship, you are eligible for PG entrance examinations (if you don’t have a bond restriction in your college, otherwise you will have to serve the bond or pay bond money).

PG Entrance Examinations are way tough than NEET UG and 1 year drop is a norm for average students. But cracking exam is not enough. Branch matters a lot and it has to be as per your liking. You cant spend whole your life giving anaesthesia to a patient when you really wanted to be a surgeon (Just to give an example. Anaesthesia otherwise is a cool branch).

Also, there’s a huge salary difference in various hospitals and bond restriction as well in few states as well. You are supoosed to work for like 70–80 hours per week during PG, in clinical branches. On top of that scoldings by seniors and faculties is a norm.

After you are done with PG, pass your PG exam, get a MD or MS degree, you have to do senior residency in a good hospital or pursue superspecialisation depending on your core branch and its future expects.

In all it takes 10–12 years after joining a medical college to start earning a decent amount to sustain yourself. Those who have done post graduation from central institutions have a decent salary, but those in few states are offered peanuts as stipend during residency. Besides, there will be moments in your resudency when patient or attendant will abuse you and you will feel like leaving your profession altogether.

Alternatively, after completing your undergrad, you may give USMLE or MRCP for greener pasteurs in other parts of the world.

This is the harsh reality. However people survive it without much discomfort simply because of their passion. The field of medicine gives you superhuman powers. Join the field only if you really want to be a doc. Things won’t come easy.

But the mental satisfaction after saving a life is way more rewarding than any thing else 🙂

So before deciding if you want to be a doctor, you should know what it takes to be one!

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A letter from a cancer survivor: An inspirational story of a NEET Aspirant


Rahul Sir,

I suffered from leukemia when I was in class 10th i.e in d year 2012…the long treatment procedure and the long stays at the hospital..the metal and emotional turmoil , my deteriorating health and the fear of death effected my studies..i was always good at studies and since my childhood i nurtured the dream of becoming a doctor..but my fate changed my whole life..at times I even thought of suicide as i was not able to apply for any medical entrance due to my illness…but I didnt let myself get shattered.. i managed to pass 10th boards with a 95% i.e 10cgpa from cbse and 12th with 87% (PCB 80%) … but I could not prepare at d competitive level..I didnt take any coaching either..i had just passed my 11th and prepared only 3 months for 12th boards..my health is better now..i am cured but still anemic…all my friends and even my parents tell me i cant crack the exam..may be they are just worried for me and not demotivating…but i cant leave my dream at any cost..i appeared for aipmt in 2014 and scored 300..and in assam cee i scored 130..(the cut off was 185)..and there was no chance anyway i was sick..this year too i wont be able to score more..but my health is recovering..and i am will be soon getting a “”no evidence of disease certificate”..so i want to study well and get admission to a medical college next year. …please guide me sir how should i prepare…..I am sorry for making you read this lengthy mail sir..just needed to explain you my situation..I am determined and ready to work really hard..

If you ever felt you have had seen enough tragedy in life, read this story of a girl who was a NEET aspirant. She posted her query on my blog PMT Gurumantra in May 2015, which I posted as it is. Read the last line. Read it again – loud and clear. You know what she’s been through. Now consider her story, try to imagine her pain and compare it to yours. I am sure you will get solution to your problems by reading her query, like I did.

P.S. I replied to her query long back and even followed it up few times via mail but didn’t get any reply from her end. I really hope she achieved what she aspired!

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A letter from a cancer survivor: An inspirational story of a NEET Aspirant


Rahul Sir,

I suffered from leukemia when I was in class 10th i.e in d year 2012…the long treatment procedure and the long stays at the hospital..the metal and emotional turmoil , my deteriorating health and the fear of death effected my studies..i was always good at studies and since my childhood i nurtured the dream of becoming a doctor..but my fate changed my whole life..at times I even thought of suicide as i was not able to apply for any medical entrance due to my illness…but I didnt let myself get shattered.. i managed to pass 10th boards with a 95% i.e 10cgpa from cbse and 12th with 87% (PCB 80%) … but I could not prepare at d competitive level..I didnt take any coaching either..i had just passed my 11th and prepared only 3 months for 12th boards..my health is better now..i am cured but still anemic…all my friends and even my parents tell me i cant crack the exam..may be they are just worried for me and not demotivating…but i cant leave my dream at any cost..i appeared for aipmt in 2014 and scored 300..and in assam cee i scored 130..(the cut off was 185)..and there was no chance anyway i was sick..this year too i wont be able to score more..but my health is recovering..and i am will be soon getting a “”no evidence of disease certificate”..so i want to study well and get admission to a medical college next year. …please guide me sir how should i prepare…..I am sorry for making you read this lengthy mail sir..just needed to explain you my situation..I am determined and ready to work really hard..

If you ever felt you have had seen enough tragedy in life, read this story of a girl who was a NEET aspirant. She posted her query on my blog PMT Gurumantra in May 2015, which I posted as it is. Read the last line. Read it again – loud and clear. You know what she’s been through. Now consider her story, try to imagine her pain and compare it to yours. I am sure you will get solution to your problems by reading her query, like I did.

P.S. I replied to her query long back and even followed it up few times via mail but didn’t get any reply from her end. I really hope she achieved what she aspired!

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