To prepare for any exam you need to know everything about that exam inside out. First of all you need to understand that there is a huge difference in the level of both JEE Main and JEE Advanced. That being said I am not implying that one should separately prepare for these two exams.
While JEE Main paper is relatively easy and can be aced without diving into the ocean of concepts and tougher problems, the JEE Advanced paper will test each and every concept which you have learnt till date in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. Its rigour is unparalleled and unprecedented.
The level of toughness in JEE Advanced is paramount and the questions involve a deeper knowledge of concepts and concentration which can be learnt and brought to the table if one is willing to work hard with a determined and concentrated approach.
15 Amazing Study Tips for JEE Main and JEE Advanced Preparation
Here I am listing few preparation tips for JEE Main and JEE Advanced which can help students.
- Have a balanced routine and time table regarding studying all the subjects. JEE comprises three subjects and only when you focus on studying seriously all the three, then only can you expect to improve.
- Read and understand the theory related to each and every topic and for no reason at all skip any topic however difficult or easy it may seem to you. The reason is that if you see previous year papers of both JEE Main and JEE Advanced then you will notice that the trend is that the exam setters are focusing on asking questions related to such topics and concepts which many skip or ignore and so to avoid such situations be thorough with the entire syllabus.
- If you are serious about securing a good rank and getting a better college then stop using social media, be it Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, Instagram or Quora. A lot of time is wasted on these platforms and as a result you will be distracted, frustrated and depressed for some reason or other. This is an important point, so please focus on getting rid of all such unproductive things from your life for the sake of getting into an NIT or IIT.
- Be regular and punctual in attending all your coaching classes (if you are enrolled in one) and try to maximize this opportunity to ask doubts and engage in discussions with the faculty and teachers and also your batch mates to resolve your doubts and queries. Even if you are shy and too reserved to ask in a crowd then meet your faculty personally in their offices and get all your doubts pertaining to the subject matter, Sheet problems and DPPs resolved. Don’t hesitate in doing either of the above because you have given a lot of money to the institute to learn and so there is no shame in asking doubts on a consistent basis.
- Always revise the topics taught on a particular day on that day itself. It will do two things, first your understanding would be strong enough that you don’t forget about it sooner and second that it will avoid the chances of that topic getting added to the list of your backlogs which otherwise will haunt you throughout your preparations.
- Don’t refer too many books and study material. Stick to the one which is given by your coaching and complete it. You will find that it is hard even to complete the booklets and DPPs of your coaching only and the other material which you might be having would remain untouched for the better part of the year so there is no need in investing your money, time and efforts in accumulating material from any source which comes to your sight and disposal.
- Prepare short notes of every chapter for quick revision that might help you later on during the exams or whenever you feel the need of revising and revisiting the past topics. Revision is a very important and the most ignored aspect of the preparation. Look at revision from this perspective that you have to learn, understand and then contain/remember all the topics of Physics, Chemistry, Maths which you read in the previous two/three years and then implement them during 3 hours of JEE Main and 6 hours of JEE Advanced. It will require a lot of practice and revision to ensure high level of excellence in remembering such enormous amount of data and thus revision becomes the key for your success.
- Don’t procrastinate and never feel depressed if you are unable to solve questions of a specific topic or a subject. It might happen frequently or rarely but whatever the case may be remember that each and every candidate who has prepared until this point of time for JEE has gone through this phase and even worse so try cheering yourself. Be your self motivator and once again put efforts and hard work to understand the theory and again solve the problems. If you follow this mantra consistently then automatically the performance and marks in coaching tests will improve.
- Always give the coaching tests and AITS no matter the preparation level. It happens very often that students skip their tests and give reasons that they were under prepared and had not understood the topic well. There was not too much practice from their side and many such reasons and excuses, and they believe that by the time the next paper will be scheduled they would have worked on their shortcomings and weaknesses and ace the exam but let me tell you that it would not happen in 80% of the cases. No one is prepared fully not even the topper of your batch, so stop giving excuses and start giving exams.
- The benefit of giving mocks and coaching tests can only be realized once you start analysing your previous tests before giving the next one. It is of utmost significance that you learn where did you go wrong in your previous attempts and try to correct your wrongs whatever it might be. Some of them I have listed in the next point.
- The reasons for you scoring low in papers can be many but here are some of them. a) Not managing the time properly, b) Not understanding the essence of the question, c) Not segregating the easy, medium and difficult questions from the paper, d) Silly mistakes and Calculation errors, e) Lack of knowledge about the question, f) Finding the question too difficult when it was demanding some deeper analysis from your side and getting all puzzled up.
- So try to follow some steps which might work out for you in the exam – First of all give the initial 5 minutes in searching the easiest questions from the paper and solve them first. It will serve as a huge confidence booster if you are able to solve most of those questions and would help you in solving the medium and otherwise tougher problems. Try to revise your calculations before answering the options. If you still don’t feel 100% sure about that then MARK IT FOR REVIEW LATER and solve rest of the paper instead of wasting your time on some problems. Don’t give more than 5 minutes to any question in the starting minutes because as the time passes and you see that the number of your attempts are very low in the beginning then it would demoralize you and would affect your overall score. Read the question 2–3 times for better understanding and then initiate on solving it.
- After completion of the entire syllabus, start giving full length online practice tests on a regular basis. These practice tests would ensure that you have been thorough with the problems from entire JEE syllabus and would help in identifying your weaker areas which can hence be worked on with a lot more attention and perfection. Once again after giving the mocks please analyse your mistakes and solve those problems which were a) wrong, b) unattempted, c) right but your approach/method was wrong. It’s not necessary that you are able to solve each and every problem that is presented before you. In fact more than 99% people can’t solve the full paper. So try to solve maximum questions with caution and correct approach while you are giving mocks and practice sessions because the tricks might fail at the most crucial stages and so it is inadvisable to resort to shortcuts and tricks to solve the problems.
- Be extra cautious while solving the multiple choice questions wherein multiple answers can be correct because one wrong answer would immediately lessen 2 marks from your total score. You can resort to option elimination method as far as single choice objective problems are concerned but that approach might very often fail with regards to questions having multiple correct answers. The integer type questions or to say the real valued problems (as the recent trend of JEE is for the past two years) are relatively easier and one should focus on attempting these questions first as they take lesser time and the reward is also considerably high. These are so to speak the easy/medium level questions in the entire JEE Advanced paper and so make the correct choices.
- Match it and Comprehension/Paragraph based problems are the other two types which can be mastered with rigorous practice and here too the option elimination method can workout in some specific cases only, so a strong command on subject matter is essential to solve any problem related to any domain whatsoever.
I hope that through this post I have covered the essential areas and topics for JEE preparation which might help everyone who reads through it.
(Success in JEE is not guaranteed by me or to say can’t be guaranteed by anyone. You can put the efforts while someone can share his/her advise/experience, the rest is left to be decided on the exam day/D-day itself.)
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