If you have set your mind to enter into one of the premier institutions such as the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and have started preparing for the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE), you should plan building a strong and solid foundation of scientific and technical knowledge. Ideally, the preparations should begin from Class XI onwards and apart from mastering all the comprehensive skills, it is equally important to increase your accuracy and gain speed in order to make the cut in the top list.
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To crack the JEE 2017 exam, students first need to clear the JEE Mains exam with a good score. Only the students who qualify JEE Mains get to write the JEE Advanced exam. Unlike previous years, this year the Union Ministry of Human Resources declared that Class 12 marks will not determine the rankings in JEE to secure admission in UG engineering courses and will only be considered a crucial parameter for determining the eligibility criteria for the exam.
A student can do well in the JEE Mains exam if he/she has a thorough grasp of the concepts. However, for JEE Advanced, comprehension, reasoning and analytical skills are required as well to solve problems. Students should give ample importance to three subjects: physics, chemistry and mathematics — and get all the fundamentals right in Class 11 and 12 itself.
For JEE preparations, a chapter-wise and topic-wise timetable is essential to keep track of the syllabus and one’s preparations. Students should pay attention to details and spend a good amount of time on the following topics:
Physics: Dimensional Analysis, Gravitation & Electrostatics, Current Electricity & Heat Transfer, Electromagnetic Induction, Waves & Sound, Geometrical Optics, Thermodynamics, Kinetic Theory of Gases and Rotational Dynamics
Mathematics: Inverse Trigonometric Functions, Circles and Family of Circles, Sequence and Series, Probability, vectors, Quadratic equations and expressions, Complex numbers, Matrices, Parabola, Hyperbola in coordinate geometry; Functions, Limits, Continuity and Differentiability, Application of derivatives, Definite integral in calculus.
Chemistry: Mole concept & the concept of equivalents, Redox reactions, Electrochemistry, Thermodynamics and Chemical equilibrium in physical chemistry. Carbonyl Compounds & their derivatives in organic chemistry and Coordination chemistry, Chemical bonding and Qualitative analysis in inorganic chemistry complete as a topic.
Exam preparation strategies
There is no shortcut to success. Every year, thousands of students apply for the entrance exam and aspire to get into one of the top institutes of the country. Some of the exam strategies a student can adopt to attain success are:
Start early: A student keen to crack the JEE exam, should start early preparation, preferably from Class 11 onwards. Right from the beginning, a student should put in adequate efforts to prepare for the exam. Apart from an early start, the basics and fundamentals should be strong enough to crack an easy or a difficult question.
Know about the exam:
Before starting your preparations, it is essential to understand the format of the exam, type of questions, level of difficulty, marking patterns, eligibility, syllabus etc. This will help you to have a focused approach towards the exam.
While a lot of students believe in self-study, most aspirants get enrolled for a coaching class to cover the gaps they are facing in a particular subject. However, before joining a coaching class, students must analyse various factors such as what institute provides the right environment, adequate training, quality of faculty etc to crack the exam.
The time duration for the exam is three hours and with multiple choice questions and negative marking, managing time and speed is very important. This can be developed over time and with practice.
You need to periodically solve mock test papers and monitor your progress. This will help to identify your weak areas and concentrate on improving your speed and accuracy.
Revise thoroughly and take breaks:
Do not get complacent with your mock test results. Revise thoroughly and take short breaks at regular intervals, re-energize yourself and start again.
Relax and meditate:
Relaxation techniques such as meditation, yoga, etc can help you keep calm in exam time. They can help you concentrate better on your studies as well.
– This article has been written by Aakash Chaudhry, Director, Aakash Educational Services Pvt. Ltd
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