How to Prepare Inorganic Chemistry for NEET
How to prepare inorganic chemistry for NEET? What are the hot spots of inorganic chemistry? Which topics of inorganic chemistry should be more emphasized for the preparation of NEET? These are the most frequently asked questions of the aspirants of NEET. Inorganic chemistry plays a very crucial and vital role in the preparation of chemistry for NEET and other chemistry competitions. Being theoretical in nature, it appears to be somewhat tough to learn the students. However, it becomes relatively easier, if the RRP (Reading, Revision, and Practice) strategy is used for the preparation of Inorganic Chemistry.
The analysis of papers of previous years reveals that the following are the hot spots of Inorganic chemistry for the preparation of NEET-
Periodic Classification of Elements
- Atomic radius, its types, and relative order for the same element
- Order of radii of isoelectronic ions
- Variation of ionization enthalpy in a period and a group
- Variation of electron gain enthalpy in a period and a group
- Electronegativity and its periodicity
- Peculiar features of s-Block elements
- Relative ionic size, mobility, and conductivity of hydrated ions
- The flame coloration of alkali/alkaline earth metals
- Solubility of alkali/alkaline earth metals in liquid ammonia
- Reactivity of alkali metals towards oxygen
- Thermal stability of carbonates of alkali/alkaline earth metals
- The water solubility of hydroxide and sulfate of alkali/alkaline earth metals
- Baking soda, Washing soda, Plaster of Paris, Gypsum, Sorel cement
- Inert pair effect
- Banana bonding/Multicentred bonding in diborane
- Basicity of boric acid
- Borax, Borax bead test
- Bonding in Al2Cl6
- Oxides of nitrogen and phosphorus
- Hydrides of nitrogen, oxygen, and halogen families
- Oxo acids of phosphorus, sulfur, and chlorine
- Inter-halogen compounds
- Compounds of xenon
- Bleaching action of Cl2, O3, and SO2
- Reactions of ammonia
- Reactions of nitric acid
d and f-Block Elements
- Colored ion formation
- Magnetic behavior of transition metal atoms/ions
- Lanthanide contraction
- Comparison between lanthanides and actinides
- Preparation and oxidizing properties of KMnO4 and K2Cr2O7
- The equivalent weight of KMnO4 in different mediums
Extraction of Metals
- Metallurgy of aluminium, iron, and copper
- Froth floatation process
- Auto-reduction process
- Aluminothermic process/Thermite welding
- Mond’s process
- Electrolytic refining
- IUPAC nomenclature of complexes
- Classification of ligands
- Effective atomic number
- Werner’s coordination theory
- Valence Bond Theory and its applications
- Crystal Field Theory and its applications
- Isomerism in complexes
- Metal carbonyls (Back bonding/Synergic bonding)
In fact, the final selection in NEET stands on the following four pillars-
(1) Teacher selection
It is the first and the most important criteria to crack NEET. A teacher of academic or below standard can never let you prepare well for NEET. So, you should select the best mentor that can prepare you well for NEET.
(2) Matter selection
For competitive preparation what is not to study is more important than what to study. You should emphasize more on important and relevant topics (hot spots) and practice more on quality study materials rather than being trapped in rubbish materials floating in the market.
Always remember, if your mentor selection is well then he would provide you the best and relevant study materials and therefore, material selection would become automatically well.
In my opinion, you should concentrate on NCERT books that are Encyclopedia of NEET and you should improve your application part by revision and solving practice papers and previous year’s papers within the prescribed time frame again and again.
(3)Time for starting preparation
When to start preparing for NEET? It is one of the most frequently asked questions by NEET aspirants. In my opinion, you should start your preparation from class 11 and should maintain your tempo till the examinations. If you start too early then it would not be easy for you to maintain your pace for a longer time period and it would develop a frustration in you that is very dangerous for you and your preparation.
(4) Hard work
It is the fourth important pillar of your preparation to crack NEET in the First Attempt. You have selected the best mentors who are providing you the best study materials but you are not serious in your preparation but just wasting your time, then not even God can make you selected in NEET. In fact, there is no shortcut to success, except hard work. So, you should maintain consistency in your preparation. The regular study, regular revision, and solving practice problems and previous year’s papers in a specified time frame are the keys to your selection.
Important Tips for Preparation of NEET
(1) Select a good mentor of Chemistry. Several educational channels and the best mentors of Chemistry are available on YouTube for free. You may follow one of them rather than wandering here and there.
(2) Centralize your study to the NCERT books and one or two reference books of organic Chemistry. Don’t follow too many books otherwise, you would not be able to complete your syllabus. Always remember, different books differ being only nineteen or twenty in text quality, but never differ of being nineteen and twenty-five.
(3) Follow quality notes of a good mentor. Don’t run behind the brand, but run behind the concise and effective notes of your mentor.
(4) Prepare your own capsule notes for revision.
(5) Maintain consistency and regularity in your preparation.
(6) Revise the prepared topics regularly. Always remember, revision is not a waste of time but it makes you perfect. Always keep in mind that, “Revision is division” i.e. Revision improves your marks and ultimately your rank in the final selection.
(7) Solve practice problems and previous year’s papers in the specified time frame. It would help you to finish your paper timely in the final examination.
(8) Always be confident in your preparation, but never be overconfident. Always read the question carefully and then answer. You usually make mistakes in overconfidence and it has to be reduced.
Important Reference Books for Physical Chemistry
(1) Inorganic Chemistry by J.D. Lee
(2) Modern’s abc of Objective Chemistry
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