How to Prepare for NEET If You Study Abroad

Students in classroomUntil 2017, NRI (Non- Resident Indian) and PIO (Person of Indian Origin) students who wanted to take admission in the MBBS and the BDS courses in India could seek admission on the basis of their marks in board exams. Last year, the Supreme Court ruled that NRI, PIO, OCI (Overseas Citizen of India), and foreign nationals will have to take the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) exam, too to seek admission in Indian medical colleges.

Challenges of NRI students Preparing for NEET Exam

It is not easy for an NRI aspirant to compete with aspirants in India and there are several reasons for it:

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  • Many students abroad struggle with the fact they do not have quality NEET coaching classes to help them prepare for the exam like Indian students
  • In India, students start their medical preparation from Class 11. Some students start preparing for the exam in Class 9 or even earlier. By the time, NRI students are able to complete their schooling and come to India in order to prepare for the exam, they are already much behind their Indian counterparts
  • NRI students generally follow the syllabus of CBSE International which is not same as the CBSE syllabus in India. Some of the chapters’ medical aspirants in India study in Class 11 and 12, are entirely new to the NRI students.
  • NRI students may also be unaware of the NEET syllabus as well as its exam pattern

NEET is also quite competitive.



Around 1.1 million students appeared for NEET 2017 and 600 thousand students qualified the exam. Only about 100 thousand medical seats were available to NEET qualifiers last year. Assuming that 300 to 400 thousand students will repeat the exam this year, NEET 2018 will see tougher competition. The general trend says that NEET aspirants (who register and appear for the exam) have been increasing year-on-year.

How to Prepare for NEET as an NRI Student

In the global world, online resources are easy to find. You can google for NEET syllabus, exam pattern, and free study material. Several apps like Byju’s and askIITians offer you video lectures on different topics related to Physics, Chemistry and Biology, practice tests, and mock papers that can help you with NEET preparation wherever you are – and whenever you have time.

NRIs, PIOs, and international students can also look for online medical coaching classes that target NEET and AIIMS aspirants. EMedicalPrep, for example, is an online NEET coaching program that is primarily designed for foreign and Indian students living in countries where it is difficult to come by such opportunities.

How to choose the right online coaching institute for you?

While the online world has made quality education accessible to all, you also find many fly-by-night coaching providers who come up with high-profile websites and then, disappear in a month or two. So, it is crucial that you do a bit of research before you pay to anyone on the net.

Choose an online tutoring website that offers:

  • NEET-aligned Study Material: You’ll need a program where you can study all the topics that NEET aspirants in India are following. Check the topics covered by the coaching program, and match them with the exam syllabus.
  • Best Faculty: The teachers can make a lot of difference to your preparation level. You should look at the academic and professional credentials of your tutors. Ex-medicos or doctors who have the first-hand experience of cracking NEET or AIIMS themselves are your best bets.
  • Live Classes at a Time Convenient to You: Most online coaching providers offer live classes. You’ll need ones that can provide you with classes at the time that matches your time zone. You’ll want to study in a class which you can take before or after your school – and if you do miss a class, you’ll want your coaching provider to provide you with recorded lectures that you can see whenever you have time.
  • Small Batch Sizes: Like a traditional classroom, batch sizes of virtual classes matter too. If a class has more than 10-15 students, it will become difficult for the tutor to pay individual attention to his or her students.
  • Free Demo Class: You’ll want a teacher who is warm, friendly, and knowledgeable. Demo classes help you assess the teaching style of a teacher and whether you’ll be comfortable with him or her or not. Ask for a free class or two before you make the payment.
  • Streamlined Process: Most NEET coaching institutes in India have a well-defined system. They offer revision notes and teach tips and tricks to students to enable them to crack competitive exams with ease. Their books contain the gist of the best material available online and offline. They also conduct tests from time to time, which are based on previous years’ NEET papers.

Online coaching institutes offer all that too. Moreover, they use multimedia to make studies fun and exciting. They also employ advanced analytics techniques to track students’ progress and offer them detailed feedback on how to improve themselves.

When you choose an online NEET coaching class, do verify that the provider understands the difference between the education system you are following and the one followed in India. You need support to fill the gaps between the two systems, and the coaching institute you choose should be able to provide you with the most appropriate solution.

Note: This article is a guest post written by Nishant Sinha who is the co-founder of emedicalprep.com. The website is an Online Medical Coaching platform for Medical Entrance Exams like NEET, AIIMS, and other school entrance exams for students aiming for a career in the medical sector. 

The mission for Nishant and the website is clear; to give breakthrough education to the students in the field of online Medical Exam Preparations and make them pass with flying colours in exams such as NEET, AIIMS or other medical entrance exams.



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