It is that time of the year when lakhs – even crores – of youngsters prepare for their first step towards the world of engineering. With JEE Main computer based test scheduled to be held tomorrow from April 15, students across the country are all geared up to ace this three-hour long exam, which will determine their chance to earn a seat in an IIT or an NIT. However, the last minute revisions and strategizing always comes handy especially for a competitive examination of this stature. This is an online exam which is different from the conventional paper-and- pen exam.
In the online format – a simple, uncomplicated interface presents the questions on a computer screen and candidates are given unlimited supply of rough sheets to carry out the calculations. This is unlike the paper- and-pen version, where the candidate is expected to utilize the limited available blank space for rough work judiciously. Another significant factor is that the interface constantly displays both the number of unattempted questions as well as the remaining time. This allows candidates to track their progress and allocate time wisely. Hence, it is pragmatic and wise to get used to the format via mock tests.
Here are few last minute tips
Don’t forget to carry your admit card in any case. Keep your card inside your bag a night before the exam so that you don’t waste time in searching for it or forget to take it with you to the examination centre. It will carry details such as your roll number, examination centre name, exam duration etc. Keep in mind that without it you will not be allowed to appear for the exam.
No last minute study
As only few hours are left for the exam, do not try to study a new topic or chapter. This will only create more confusion and may affect your performance the next day. Just focus on your strong points and areas about which you are 100 per cent confident. If required just go through the footnotes of those very important points which you think are of vital importance.
Leave on time
Leave your home on time the next day. It is always better to reach the venue before the scheduled time than reaching late and missing out on giving the paper. Candidates are advised to reach the venue at least 2.5 hours before the examination in order to complete the frisking and registration formalities before time. Registration desk will be closed five minutes prior to the examination.
Candidates are not allowed to carry electronic devices such as mobile phone, calculator, electronic watches with facilities of calculator etc. Materials like log table, book, notebook, etc. are also not allowed into the examination hall. Other things which are prohibited are any textual material, slide rules, log tables, printed or written material and bits of papers.
Don’t carry pens
Ball pens will be provided to the candidates in the examination hall so they should not carry any type of pen/ball pens with them.
Choice of medium
The candidates should make sure that the question paper available on the computer is according to his/her choice of medium. If not, they approach the invigilator concerned.
Rough sheets will be provided for doing all calculations/writing work. After the test is complete the candidates must hand over the same to the invigilator on duty in the room/hall.
Pay attention to the type of questions that have been asked in the paper-and- pen version(s). It is reasonable to assume that the online version of JEE wouldn’t be too different from its conventional counterpart. Hence, the candidate can gather clues to the type of questions and length of the different sections of the exam.
Inputs by Arjun Mohan, VP Marketing and Teacher at BYJU’S