For beginners, there are basically two ways of starting IIT-JEE or NEET Preparation.
- Through a foundation course in class 8, 9 or 10. (you can join foundation before class 8, only if you are mentally prepared.)
- Starting JEE/NEET Preparation in class 11 or 12 without attending a foundation.
Foundation course helps in building basic concepts strong and acquiring problem-solving and time management skills. Many aspirants start their preparation in class 11 or 12, as per JEE/NEET syllabus, and clear the target exam.
The probability of clearing JEE or NEET exam depends on the hard work you put in your preparation period.
Prerequisites for JEE/NEET Beginners
- You should have genuine interest in your subjects, PCM for JEE and PCB for NEET. You can’t prepare just for the sake of others. It’s your intuition that you can clear the exam is what matters.
- You should be ready to work hard with consistency and discipline. Your target exam is priority. Rest of the things can wait.
- You should have positive attitude to deal with tough situations (like low scores in tests). You should be intrinsically motivated to achieve your goal.
- Your should have gratitude to take advice and help from your teachers or coaching. JEE/NEET preparation requires proper guidance and monitoring.
- Don’t think big. It’s a gradual process, step by step, to improve your concepts and skills that will help you to clear the exam.
Some basic tips when you are starting JEE/NEET preparation
- Go through the complete syllabus at start (JEE Syllabus and NEET Syllabus). You need to learn topics, understand concepts and practice questions as per the syllabus.
- Prepare a timetable giving time to all the subjects. Do not neglect any subject or give excessive time to any subject. However, your timetable should provide flexibility if any subject or topic requires more time than allotted, or when a test is scheduled next day. [How to Make a Daily Time Table]
- Break down the topic into several parts. Learn one by one. Visualise things. Draw diagrams to understand the concepts well.
- Make notes from day one of your preparation. Don’t be lazy. Having self-made notes is one of the best asset in clearing your target exam.
- If join a coaching, revise your class notes each day after the class. You will understand concepts better this way. Make sure you achieve your daily or weekly targets.
Number of Study Hours for JEE/NEET Beginners
It totally depends on you. What’s your capacity? How your brain works? You just have to enjoy every hour that you are studying. It can’t be forced. What matters a lot is the quality study that you do and not the number of hours.
You should never ‘measure’ the number of hours you study. What matters more is that you should study with full concentration whenever you study. A minimum of 4-6 hours per day is considered good for JEE/NEET preparation.
You have to decide when to study. Avoid long study hours if it results in fatigue, small breaks after 45–50 minutes of study can improve your productivity.
Books and Study Material for JEE/NEET Beginners
Follow a JEE or NEET study material but don’t undermine the NCERTs. Solved examples and summary is of great help.
Strategy and Planning
The thing with planning and strategy is that it shouldn’t be time consuming. The time consuming part is action, you actually moving forward, and following the strategy.
Don’t get confused with questions like “How to start?”, “From where should I begin?”, “When to study?”. Start with your favourite subject. It will give you confidence to prepare well for your target exam.
Often, it is the starting the preparation that is difficult; once you begin, the actions just flow and before you know it, you are following a habit that is required to clear JEE/NEET.
Is coaching required?
Yes, coaching helps a lot. Importance of Coaching for IIT-JEE and NEET
A team of experienced and qualified teachers (including IITians) are teaching students online using computer/laptop and internet connection. It’s like a normal classroom where you will be able to interact with teacher and can ask your doubts.
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