I was asked this question from an IIT JEE aspirant – How should I prepare for JEE in order to get a rank of at-least 4-5 thousand?
Is it Good to Target an IIT JEE Rank?
Targeting a rank isn’t a good strategy for IIT JEE. It is better that you give your best and appear for the JEE exam without any expectations. Work on your strengths first. Believe me, if you can work out 40–45% of the paper correctly, you can fetch your desired rank quite easily, and to do that you don’t need to be an expert in every topic.
On the exam day, pick up the questions based on your strengths, no need of attempting too many questions. However, it is important that your basics of almost all the topics are clear and that you can tackle easy or moderate level problems in those topics, because sometimes easier questions may come from the topics which you didn’t prepare that well.
Also, there are no chapters which is as such the most important ones. If you have time in hand, look into your weak spots too, but don’t neglect your strengths as these will be crucial in fetching a good rank in JEE.
Give as many mock tests as possible, it is of utmost importance.
Finally, the marks vs ranks scenario depends totally on the difficulty of the paper each year, so no point targeting a score for a particular rank in JEE.
Give your best!
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