Last week I saw this question from a JEE aspirant,
Is JEE 2017 going to be tougher than 2016 and 2015? How to score smartly in tough IIT JEE paper?
It’s a very common assumption among the JEE aspirants that JEE Main and Advanced paper gets tougher with each passing year.
Not always true! Even if it gets tougher every year, should this matter to JEE aspirants?
From 2017, 20 thousand more students can qualify for JEE Advanced, which makes a total of 2.2 Lakh candidates who will be eligible to give JEE Advanced. Boards marks will not be considered for calculating the JEE Main ranks.
Yes, competition increases every year, that may lead to slight increase in difficulty level or change in pattern, which can results in lower cut-offs. But JEE Ranks are always based on relative performance.
There is no strategy for a “Tough” JEE paper.
Siddhant Dwivedi, a BITS Pilani student, who gave 2015 and 2016, both the JEE paper, say this to students :
My advice is that don’t panic if you are not able to solve some questions as everything is relative. If paper is tough, it is tough for everyone and vice versa and due to this the cutoffs fluctuates. All that matters is relative performance.
You should never get scared of a tough JEE paper. It’s the same for all JEE aspirants. What matters is how you perform on the examination day. Those who keep their calm during the exam are the one who perform well.
Is JEE Advanced a very difficult exam to clear?
According to Soham Zemse from IIEST Shibpur,
JEE Advanced is an exam which doesn’t only check concepts of a student, but also accuracy and speed as well as handling pressure.
If you understand the concepts well from the syllabus and practice enough questions of JEE level, you can clear JEE Advanced.
In JEE Main, especially in Chemistry, the percentage of questions from NCERT have increased in last few years.
Toughness of the paper is determined by level of your preparation.
JEE has a history of surprising candidates about the difficulty level, like, “Expect the unexpected”. Whatever the questions level will be, you should be mentally prepared from your side.
JEE 2017 can be tough or easier than 2016 or 2015. As a JEE aspirant, it’s not good to worry about these things during the preparation.
Don’t assume/predict the difficulty level of the JEE 2017. Focus on concepts and practice. That’s it.