The order is maintained based on the way you execute them.
- Have a light breakfast in the morning. To keep yourself energetic in the exam you can carry Glucose water with you.
- Chillax. Focus on your breath. If you feel nervous, just keep telling yourself, “You will do well no matter how hard the paper is”. Dude! JEE Main paper is Easy. Calm your mind and you will find a way. Be at your Fastest CPU speed. I say this because what you think, you become.
- Take the necessary stuff. Like Admit Card, ID Card, Pen, Pencil etc. Reach the Exam Center at least half an hour before. No last minute preparation. Find your Classroom and go sit at your place. Be calm and bring all your focus to the present moment. (Before this you can have a talk with your parents. It may relax you).
Now comes the paper. You might have practiced how are you gonna attempt the paper, but let me put forth the 3 phase attempt Method here.
Thumb rule : Skip question as soon as possible when you find yourself nowhere close. Do not let any question eat up your time.
Answering JEE Main Paper in 3 Phases
- In the First Phase, do the easy questions. Those questions which you are confident of and sure that it will not take more than 1.5 min strictly. Skip the Hard & time consuming questions.
- At the end of first phase, If you had a decent preparation then the number of questions you have answered gives you the average score. Remember those were the easy ones and most of the candidates can answer them.
- In the Second Phase, take up those questions which you could not answer in the first phase. The questions might be time consuming (3 min). Might be a tricky word problem which you could not crack in the first phase. For all such questions you have the second phase. (Intermediate Questions)
- Your performance in this phase will help improve your rank. So focus and Concentrate. Try to resort to methods like Elimination of Options by methods like substitution. Do not always go first for conventional solving method there is always an easy way.
- In the Third Phase, take up very difficult and time consuming questions. Answering them correctly will improve your rank drastically. Questions for which you have no clue since you have either forgotten the formulas or do not know the concept should be dealt in this phase.
- Risk Factor comes into picture here. Make a smart guess of the option if you feel it is necessary otherwise there is no harm leaving them and start checking the previously answered questions.
Mark the answer in the OMR sheet in the end. Make sure you strictly leave 30 min in the end for this. This is no Joke. What you mark is final. Be careful while doing it.
Summarizing Phases & the Ideal Scenario :
- First Phase : 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes (Attempted all easy ones of 3 subjects)
- Second Phase : 30 min to 45 min (Answered Intermediate ones as well)
- Third Phase : up to 30 min (Cracking Hard ones – Boost your rank)
- Last 30 min : Mark answers in the OMR Sheet.
In the end I would like to say, Do your best so that you have no regrets.
This post was originally written as an answer to a question on Quora