With just three months left for the JEE Main 2016, students are either finishing their course or have started doing revision and mock tests. Each test must be followed by an in-depth test analysis to know your weaker areas. The following plan will help in preparation.
Jan-Feb: This time is crucial and may be utilised for revision. Subject-wise plan with important chapters must be identified with taking help from teachers/ experts in case one wishes to plug loopholes.
March-April: For students who are taking up Board exams, this time should be essentially used for taking up mock tests on lines of JEE (Main) and JEE (Advanced). Analysis of each paper is important to check the mistakes and to avoid repeating them in the actual JEE. The time gap between the Board Exams should be smartly utilised subject wise catering to the needs of both Boards and entrance exams.
For students who are repeaters, should choose systematic revision plan involving rigorous testing concept-wise/chapter-wise along with several mock tests from reliable sources as per current pattern of the JEE.
NCERT syllabus isn’t sufficient to clear JEE
Every entrance exam is designed with a particular goal. The syllabus may look similar but the pattern and level of questions differ in some way or the other. So, you cannot afford to give less attention to any one of them. Having familiarity with the pattern of each exam will only make it easier to crack. So, adequate attention must be given when preparing for each of JEE (Main) and JEE (Advanced).
Only solving NCERT books may not be sufficient to crack conceptual problems asked in the entrance exam. The questions in the NCERT books are Board exam oriented.
The entrance exams ask objective type questions involving intermingling of concepts.
For JEE, practice as much as you can from well-known sources. That will help in strengthening all important concepts.
For JEE Main, many students tend to think that if they prepare for JEE Advanced it is enough for JEE Main, but this is incorrect.
While preparing for JEE Main, you need to cover additional topics from CBSE syllabi as well. Also, JEE Main tests the aspirants for their speed and accuracy. Proper training for online and offline modes of answering the exam is also important.
Important topics for Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics
The syllabus of class 11th and 12th contributes about 45 per cent and 55 per cent of IIT-JEE question papers respectively. When you are preparing all chapters of Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics, stress may be given on the following topics.
Mathematics: Quadratic Equations and Expressions, Complex Numbers, Probability, Vectors, Matrices in Algebra; Circle, Parabola, Hyperbola in Coordinate Geometry; Functions, Limits, Continuity and Differentiability, Application of Derivatives, Definite Integral in Calculus.
Tip: Try to do as much as quality problems as possible to develop a sound confidence level.
Physics: Kinematics, Gravitation, Fluids, Heat and Thermodynamics, Waves and Sound, Capacitors & Electrostatics, Magnetics, Electromagnetic Induction, Optics and Modern Physics.
Tip: Practicing quality problems is the key to success in this subject. If concepts are clear, then this subject becomes all the more interesting.
Chemistry: Coordination Chemistry and Chemical Bonding in Inorganic Chemistry, Electrochemistry, Chemical and Ionic Equilibrium, Mole Concept in Physical Chemistry and Organic Chemistry.
Tip: Just go through the periodicals in general and read NCERT for Inorganic Chemistry. For Organic part, first build up your all basic concepts and then start doing lots of practice. And for Physical part, practice as many numericals as you can.
Students are advised to avoid selective study in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics as the number of questions are more in the objective papers where there is an intermingling of concepts from various topics.
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Preparation strategy for last 3 months:
1) Practice of JEE level questions is necessary as it improves your reasoning and analytical ability.
2) Solving previous years’ JEE papers will surely give a fair idea of the kind of questions that will be asked and also familiarise you with the pattern of the paper. However, one must be careful to read the instructions when attempting the actual exam to ensure there is no change in pattern or marking scheme.
3) Remember it is the quality of time spent and not the quantity alone. Hence, take short breaks of five to 10 minutes after every one or two hours of serious study. Relax completely when you take a break.
4) Practice meditation to develop inner calm, poise, confidence and power of concentration. These matter a lot and will help you on the day of examination.
5) Don’t overstress yourself. Five to six hours of sleep every night is a must, especially three-four days before for physical and mental fitness. Short naps may help to regain freshness, but avoid over-sleeping during the day.
6) Speed and accuracy are an important aspect, which comes from an extensive practice of similar questions.
7) Always exercise time pressure while solving JEE (Main) papers. In Maths, use short methods for calculations, skip irrelevant steps to save time.
8) JEE (Main) is not difficult, but tricky. The most important thing is clarity of concepts and regular practice in problem solving.
9) Focus on solving the problems on your own. Start with conventional methods of problems solving but improvise constantly and build your own shortcuts and ways for problem solving.
10) Both speed and strike rate matter. You need to be quick and accurate to achieve high scores.
11) High speed with less accuracy can actually ruin your results.
12) Never use a calculator while preparing for the JEE (Main). Being adept in mental calculations can actually increase your speed to a great extent.
13) Select your questions wisely. If you solve easy and average questions correctly, you can easily get through. You may attempt difficult ones to make merit.
Tips to attempt the questions in JEE (Main) Paper
1) One basic strategy could be not to give full time in one go to a particular instead allocate some time so that one could review this subject again. For a three-hour paper with three subjects, generally, students tend to give one hour each.
It is advisable that they give 40-45 mins in attempting questions from any one subject they feel confident and move on to the second subject and then to the third.
In the remaining time, the unsolved questioned may be reviewed. This would help in increasing the attempting rate. However, students may develop their own strategy based on their preferences.
Gather and implement tips, gain confidence, be positive, and you will ace JEE (Main).
— with inputs from Ramesh Batlish, FIITJEE
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