How to Study Chemistry for NEET 2024? - Preparation Tips, Important Topics & Books

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The NEET Chemistry section is ignored by most of the medical aspirants. They either study too much Physics or too much Biology.  This article on How to study Chemistry for NEET 2024 not only helps candidates prepare better for this section but also helps them understand its importance.

How to Prepare for NEET Chemistry Section

How to Prepare for NEET Chemistry Section

How to Study Chemistry for NEET 2024? NEET Chemistry preparation is often given little importance by students as the difficulty level of the exam is moderate and the weightage of the questions is lower as compared to that of the Biology section. This often leads to panic just before the examination and a low score in the Chemistry section of NEET. Experts and toppers advise students to give equal importance to all subjects of NEET, including Chemistry. 

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NEET 2024will be conducted on May 5, 2024. The foremost thing that one should keep in mind here is that the NEET Chemistry section has a weightage of 25 per cent in the examination. Not devoting enough time to this section may cost you marks and may keep you from taking admission into NEET aspirants' dream college. 

Q:   How many NEET preparation books are required to crack the test?

A:
There is no specific number of NEET preparation books that students should refer to in order to crack the exam. Rather than focusing on the quantity, they should focus on the quality of preparation. In terms of numbers, NEET aspirants should refer to NCERT books and additionally at least one section-wise NEET preparation book for each section, followed by a complete preparation guide. Apart from referring to the popular books, you should also take ample mock tests and solve previous years' question papers.

Q:   Which are the best NEET preparation books for Physics, Chemistry and Biology?

A:
Some of the popular books for NEET preparation are as: For Biology section, the following books are widely referred to: Truemans Biology Vol. 1 & 2 Objective Biology by Dinesh Pradeep Publications Biology Prakash Objective Biology A C Dutta for Botany (Oxford Publication) GR Bathla Publications for Biology (Theory & Objective) For Physics following are the best books for NEET preparation: H C Verma for Physics NCERT Physics CBSE PMT by Anil Aggarwal (Set of 3 Volumes) NCERT- Physics Part 1 & 2 Objective Physics for Medical Entrances Examination (Volume 1 and Volume 2) For Chemistry refer to the books given below: Modern ABC of Chemistry for Class 11th & 12th (Vol. 1 & 2) Physical Chemistry by O P Tandon Arihant Organic Chemistry Dinesh Chemistry Concise Inorganic Chemistry by J. D. Lee for Inorganic Chemistry Objective NCERT at your fingertips Chemistry by MTG.

Q:   Which books are really good for the preparation of NEET other than NCERT?

A:
The NCERT books help you in clearing your doubts regarding the concepts. Conceptual clarity is really important both for NEET and JEE exams. Other than that, you can refer to Arihant and MTG books. They have a good approach in the practice exercises and are all to the level of NEET only. They can help you a lot. Then in these books, you can refer to the previous years' questions and so you can get an idea of the questions and the type of questions that are repeated. Practice more and try to solve many questions in time. That will help you to get good marks which will eventually lead you to a good college through the NEET exam. All the best!

This article on how to study Chemistry for NEET 2024 is a compilation of all the expert tips and tricks that we found useful. Reading these tips on how to read Chemistry for NEET will help you prepare for the examination in an organised manner. This article will also discuss key aspects of how to study Organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry and Physical Chemistry for NEET UG 2024

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Out of 180 questions in NEET, 45 will be on Chemistry. Candidates with a decent hold on the subject can easily score 100 to 120 marks in NEET. However, scoring above this in NEET Chemistry is tricky. To score above this threshold, one needs to have widespread knowledge of the subject.  Read on to know how to study Chemistry for NEET 2024.

The NEET exam structure changed in the last two years in terms of structure and duration. As per the new exam pattern, the Chemistry subject is divided into two sections. Section A carries 35 questions and Section B carries 15 questions, out of which 10 questions have to be attempted. The following table shows the structure of the Chemistry section in NEET to plan the Chemistry tricks for NEET.

Q:   Which are the books to prepare for NEET?

A:
Among all the books of NEET in the world, first, go for the NCERT books. You must complete all the NCERT books first before moving to other reference books available in the market. After completing the NCERT books, you can go for the following books to boost up your practice and concepts: 1.Dinesh's Objective books 2.Trueman's Biology 3.MTG's Fingertips 4.HC Verma 5.R.D.Sharma All the best!

Q:   Are NCERT books enough to complete the NEET syllabus?

A:
Yes, NCERT books are sufficient to complete the NEET syllabus. A number of past years' NEET toppers have claimed that they referred only to NCERT books for preparation. NCERT text books ACT as the base to complete the syllabus and develop conceptual clarity and understanding of the topics and chapters. However, for practice purposes, students may refer to other books and resources as well. It is advised that while starting the NEET preparation, candidates refer to the NCERT books and move towards other books and advance resources after that.

Q:   Which are the best books for NEET Physics preparation?

A:
The best books for NEET Physics preparation are listed below: 1. NCERT Textbook for Class 11 Physics 2. NCERT Textbook for Class 12 Physics 3. Objective Physics by DC Pandey 4. Fundamentals of Physics by Halliday, Resnick and Walker 5. Concepts of Physics by H C Verma 6. Fundamental Physics by Pradeep 7. Problems in General Physics by IE Irodov Apart from the above-mentioned books, you must also take ample mock tests and solve previous years' question papers.

Q:   Can you tell me the weightage of each Chemistry chapter?

A:

For Class 11th Chemistry: Some Basic Concepts of Chemistry (8-9%) Structure of Atom (5-6%) Classification of Elements and Periodicity in Properties (5-6%) Chemical Bonding and Molecular Structure (12-13%) States of Matter: Gases and Liquids (6-7%) Thermodynamics (8-9%) Equilibrium (6-7%) Redox Reactions (5-6%) Hydrogen (3-4%) s-Block Elements (Alkali and Alkaline Earth Metals) (8-9%) Some p-Block Elements (Boron, Carbon, Nitrogen and Oxygen Family) (8-9%) For Class 12th Chemistry: Solid State (2-3%) Solutions (5-6%) Electrochemistry (7-8%) Chemical Kinetics (4-5%) Surface Chemistry (2-3%) General Principles and Processes of Isolation of Elements (3-4%) p-Block Elements (Group 15 to 18) (8-9%) d- and f-Block Elements (Transition Elements and Lanthanides and Actinides) (6-7%) Coordination Compounds (9-10%) Haloalkanes and Haloarenes (4-5%) Alcohols, Phenols and Ethers (8-9%) Aldehydes, Ketones and Carboxylic Acids (7-8%) Organic Compounds Containing Nitrogen (8-9%) Biomolecules (4-5%) Polymers (3-4%) Chemistry in Everyday Life (2-3%) this may vary as per the which you are going to take so it is better for you, to look in the previous question papers and prepare according to that.

The following table brings the topics from the Chemistry section in NEET along with their weightage. 

Name of the chapter

Number of Questions asked (Approx.)

Weightage in percent

Alcohols, Phenols and Ethers

2

4

Aldehydes, Ketones and Carboxylic Acids

2

4

Bio-Molecules

1

3

Chemical bonding

2

5

Chemical Kinetics

1

3

Chemistry in everyday life

1

2

Coordination Chemistry

4

9

d-and f-block elements

2

4

Electrochemistry

1

2

Environmental Chemistry

1

2

Equilibrium

3

6

General Principles and Process of Isolation elements

1

2

Halo alkanes and Haloarenes; Amines

1

3

Hydrocarbons

1

3

Hydrogen

1

3

N containing Organic Compounds

1

3

Organic chemistry some basic principles and techniques - 1

1

2

Organic chemistry some basic principles and techniques - 2

1

2

p-block elements(13 14)

2

3.5

p-block elements(15 16 17 18)

2

3.5

Periodic table

1

2

Polymers

1

3

Redox reactions

1

3

s-block elements

1

2

Solutions

2

5

States of Matter

1

2

Structure of Atom

1

2

Surface Chemistry

1

2

The Solid State

1

2

Thermodynamics

4

8

Total

45

100

NEET 2024 Chemistry Pattern

The table below carries the structure of the Chemistry section that you can expect in the NEET question paper.

Chemistry Number of Questions Marking Scheme
Chemistry Section A 35 140
Chemistry Section B 15 40
Total 50 (45 applicable for attempt) 180

Also Read: NEET 2024 exam pattern

Deriving A Pattern From The Previous Years’ Question Papers

Unlike Physics and Biology, it is difficult to draw a pattern from the questions that are being asked in the Chemistry section of NEET. Variations in the pattern of chemistry are more than the other two subjects. However, it has been observed that most of the questions are theory-based and can be solved by those who have read the NCERT books thoroughly. A rough break-up of the questions in the chemistry sections is as follows:

Source of the question

Number of question

Solved examples + Exercises given at the end of the NCERT textbook

15-20

Directly from the previous years’ question papers

15-20

Fact-based/out of NCERT

2-5

Also Read: NEET Chemistry Question Papers - Download PDF

How To Study Chemistry For NEET 2024?

NEET Chemistry can be divided into three sections. Every section is unique and so is its approach. The same method of preparation won’t work for all three sections. The NEET preparation strategy for each section of Chemistry has been explained individually below.

How to Study Physical Chemistry for NEET 

NEET-Chemistry-Physical

There will be 15-20 questions on Physical Chemistry, most of which can be numerical based. Questions in this section are mainly dominated by four topics; chemical and ionic equilibrium, redox, liquid solutions and electrochemistry. Around 8-12 questions in Physical Chemistry are based on these four topics. However, here it is important to understand the concepts before you actually start solving the problems. The sequence of events that one must follow while preparing for the Physical Chemistry section for NEET is given below.

  1. Read the chapter from NCERT
  2. Note the important formula on a sheet of paper
  3. Read the same chapter from the desired reference book
  4. Understand the application of these formulas
  5. Add the extra information that you find in the reference books to your notes
  6. Now start solving questions on your own
  7. Revise in the same sequence

Also Read: Physical Chemistry Chapters for NEET 2024 Preparation

How to Study Organic Chemistry for NEET

NEET-Chemistry-Organic

The Organic Chemistry section of NEET will have 14-18 questions. The most important chapter in this section is ‘General Organic Chemistry'. It is important to understand the concepts and their applications to score well in this section. In addition to GOC, one must also complete Isomerism and Effects. This trio will help solve most questions from this section. Also, before you start solving the questions for this section experts advise completing at least GOC, hydrocarbons, Alcohol, Aldehyde, Amines and Alkyl Halide.

How to Study Inorganic Chemistry for NEET

NEET-Chemistry-Inorganic

One mistake that medical aspirants often end up making, ignoring this section of NEET Chemistry. In the past few years, the number of questions asked from this section has come at par with those from Organic/Physical Chemistry. You can expect around 10-18 questions from this section in NEET 2024. Important chapters from this section of NEET Chemistry are chemical bonding, p-block and coordination compounds. Together these have around six to eight questions based on them.

Most questions in this section are from the NCERT books. Hence, your maximum focus for this section should be the NCERT books. Experts suggest highlighting the points that you feel are important and can be asked in the examination. You can forego the reference books in this case and directly jump to solving questions. Once you are thorough with the NCERT books and have solved a variety of questions, you can refer to the desired reference books. Note down the extra information that you find in the reference book in your NCERT book.

Also Read: Inorganic Chemistry Chapters for NEET 2024

How To Study Chemistry For NEET 2024: Important Topics

Many have difficulty in setting the order in which the chapters should be read. This section of ‘how to study Chemistry for NEET’ will help you decide the sequence.

Name of the chapter

Number of questions asked

Prep tips

General Organic Chemistry

20-25

  • High priority topics
  • More number of questions
  • Involve less calculation
  • Refer to both NCERT and reference books
  • Solve lots of questions
  • Require more time

Hydrocarbons

Alcohol

Aldehyde

Amines

Periodic Table

Metallurgy

Structure of Atom

Alkyl Halide

Chemical bonding

Hydrogen

p-block

d-block

f-block

Surface Chemistry

Chemistry in everyday life

10-15 questions

  • Medium importance
  • Relatively easy topics
  • Reading is a must
  • Expect at least 1 question from every topic

Environmental chemistry

Polymers

Biomolecules NCERT only

Redox

Some basic concepts

Solid states

Coordination

Thermodynamics

Very few questions

  • Can be left for the end
  • Superficial reading sufficient
  • Difficult and time-consuming
  • Refer to NCERT books
  • Determine the toppers

Chemical kinetics

Equilibrium

States of matter

Electrochemistry

Solution

NEET Chemistry Reduced Syllabus

Take a look at the list of deleted or removed chapters of Chemistry in the NEET 2024 syllabus.

Units

Chapters

Some Basic Concepts of Chemistry

General Introduction: Important and scope of chemistry.

Structure of Atom

Atomic number, isotopes and isobars, Concept of shells and subshells, dual nature of matter and light.

Some p-Block Elements

Important compounds of silicon and a few uses: silicon tetrachloride, silicones, silicates and zeolites, their uses.

Organic Compounds Containing Nitrogen

Cyanides and Isocyanides- will be mentioned at relevant places.

Environmental Chemistry

Environmental pollution: Air, water and soil pollution, chemical reactions in atmosphere, smogs, major atmospheric pollutants; acid rain ozone and its reactions, effects of depletion of ozone layer, greenhouse effect and global warming-pollution due to industrial wastes; green chemistry as an alternative tool for reducing pollution, strategy for control of environmental pollution.

Polymers

Classification- Natural and synthetic, methods of polymerization (addition and condensation), copolymerization. Some important polymers: natural and synthetic like polyesters, bakelite; rubber, Biodegradable and non-biodegradable polymers.

Chemistry in Everyday Life

• Chemicals in medicines- analgesics, tranquillizers, antiseptics, disinfectants, antimicrobials, antifertility drugs, antibiotics, antacids, antihistamines.
• Chemicals in food- preservatives, artificial sweetening agents, elementary idea of antioxidants.
• Cleansing agents- soaps and detergents, cleansing action.

Surface Chemistry

Adsorption-physisorption and chemisorption; factors affecting adsorption of gases on solids,
catalysis homogeneous and heterogeneous, activity and selectivity: enzyme catalysis; colloidal
state: distinction between true solutions, colloids and suspensions; lyophillic, lyophobic
multimolecular and macromolecular colloids; properties of colloids; Tyndall effect, Brownian
movement, electrophoresis, coagulation; emulsions- types of emulsions.

Haloalkanes and Haloarenes

· Haloalkanes: Nomenclature, nature of C –X bond, physical and chemical properties, mechanism of substitution reactions. Optical rotation.

· Haloarenes: Nature of C-X bond, substitution reactions (directive influence of halogen for
monosubstituted compounds only).

· Uses and environmental effects of – dichloromethane, trichloromethane, tetrachloromethane, iodoform, freons, DDT.

NEET 2023 Analysis for Chemistry Section

In this section, we bring last year's NEET analysis of Chemistry in terms of topics, difficulty level, weightage and coverage of the NEET syllabus

Section A

The following table brings the topic-wise number and difficulty level of the Chemistry questions that appeared in Section A.

Topics

Easy

Medium

Difficult

Total

Organic Chemistry Class 11

3

0

0

3

Organic Chemistry Class 12

3

5

0

8

Inorganic Chemistry Class 11

4

3

1

8

Inorganic Chemistry Class 12

1

2

2

5

Physical Chemistry Class 11

0

3

1

4

Physical Chemistry Class 12

3

3

2

7

Total 

13

16

6

35

Section B

This section was of easy to moderate difficulty level with a uniform distribution of questions. 

Topics

Easy

Medium

Difficult

Total

Organic Chemistry Class 11

1

2

0

3

Organic Chemistry Class 12

1

1

1

3

Inorganic Chemistry Class 11

0

0

0

0

Inorganic Chemistry Class 12

2

1

0

3

Physical Chemistry Class 11

0

3

0

3

Physical Chemistry Class 12

1

1

1

3

Total 

5

8

2

15

How to Study Chemistry for NEET 2024: Important Books

In this section, we bring the important books which students must refer to while studying Chemistry for NEET.

  • Physical Chemistry by O P Tandon
  • ABC of Chemistry for Classes 11 and 12 by Modern
  • Concise Inorganic Chemistry by J D Lee
  • Dinesh Chemistry Guide
  • Practise books by V K Jaiswal (Inorganic), M S Chauhan (Organic) and N Awasthi (Physical)
  • Organic Chemistry by Morrison and Boyd for Organic Chemistry
  • Elementary Problems in Organic Chemistry for NEET/AIIMS by M S Chauhan
  • Modern Approach to Chemical Calculations by R C Mukherjee

Also Read: Best books for NEET Chemistry

You must note that before referring to the books listed above for studying Chemistry for NEET 2024, focus on completing the NCERT and school textbooks for Chemistry such as Modern's ABC of Chemistry for Class 11 and Class 12. 

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