This article is a generous contribution from Devyani Madan.
JEE Main is a prominent entrance examination, conducted every year by Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). Aspiring Engineers and Architects sit for IIT JEE, as it is the gateway to various premier institutes like IITs, NITs, IIITs and CFTIs.
The importance of IIT JEE can be easily estimated by the fact, that almost every college (government or private) asks for its score, as an eligibility criterion, for providing admission in their respective colleges.
JEE Main is held in two papers: Paper 1 is for Engineering aspirants and consists of three sections, which are, Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics, whereas and Paper 2 which is for Architecture aspirants consists of a section, namely, Aptitude Test, Mathematics and Drawing Test.Only, students clearing the JEE Main will be eligible to sit for the next stage of the exam i.e. JEE Advanced. JEE Advanced is the final avenue to IITs all over the country.
It does sound challenging, but it does open up inroads for the best technical institutes in the country. The good news however is, according to the past year toppers and experts this is not as difficult as it sounds.
Therefore, here are few simple success secrets suggested by past year toppers, following which you could easily make your dream of studying in top universities come true!!
This list is compiled from the experiences shared by IIT JEE Toppers
- BE FAMILIAR WITH SYLLABUS & EXAM PATTERN
The first thing is to know the syllabus (in and out) and exam pattern very well. The syllabus for IIT JEE is based on 10+2 curriculum as prescribed by CBSE.
In order to prepare for the exam, you have studied the syllabus as prescribed, in detail. There are three sections in both the papers of JEE Main. The exam pattern for the examination is explained below, in a tabular manner.
|Specifications||Exam Pattern for Paper 1||Exam Pattern for Paper 2|
|Mode of Exam||Online and Offline||Offline|
|Sections||Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics||Aptitude Test, Mathematics and Drawing Test|
|Questions in Each Section||30||50 – Aptitude test | 30 – Mathematics | 2 – Drawing Test|
|Duration||3 hours||3 hours|
|Marking Scheme||+4 for correct answer | -1 for incorrect answer||+4 for correct answer | -1 for incorrect answer|
After knowing the exam pattern, one should prepare accordingly. The sections you think are difficult for you, give them more time, and master your strong parts.
- CLARITY OF TARGET
You need to approach IIT JEE and boards with a compact preparation strategy and dedication. The first thing that should be there in your mind is your target. In order to achieve what you want, keep your eyes open, concentrate, and make sure you are clear about what you want.
It is suggested over and over again by experts, to write what you want, on a chart paper, in bold letters i.e. JEE and paste it in front of your study table. This will act as a constant reminder of what you want to achieve, which is definitely help you to be motivated throughout your journey of preparing for preparation.
- PRACTICE MAKES IT PERFECT
This is an overused adage, but it does offer a time tested approach. Practicing will not only help you familiarise with each type of questions that can appear in the question paper but will also increase your speed.
Speed is the trick in the examination hall. You have to increase your speed of attempting questions (correctly). Even if, you are good, and you know answers to a maximum number of questions in the examination hall, it will be of no use if you are slow.
Another very important trick, as shared by Ashwin Kumar, a past year topper, is practicing 1 previous year paper every 4th – 5th day of the month. He also shared that he used to make short notes of all the formulas in every subject and used to revise them every morning for one hour.
You can also take the mock test once in a week, to keep track of your preparation. For practicing enough questions, first of all, go through N.C.E.R.T. books of each subject and then practice questions from HC Verma and Pradeeps’.
Also, there are many online tutorial classes, you can take, to be as perfect as you can in your IIT JEE Preparations. If you prepare dedicatedly for IIT JEE, your preparation for boards will be automatically done.
- TIME MANAGEMENT & SELF STUDY
Anany Sharma who scored 340 marks in JEE Main, shared that studying for 8 to 9 hours every day, after taking all the classes and school, is really important to crack JEE Main, with flying colors. After going to school and taking coaching (if you are), you should devote time to self-study. Devote equal time to every subject, 3 hours to Physics, 3 hours to Chemistry and 3 hours to Mathematics.
This will help you in time management and learn how much time you take to solve each section. The sections you find difficult practice them more and master it. Do the self-study in three-three hours slot and take a break from each slot. You can watch TV or talk to your dear ones in the break, which will help your mind relax and fresh.
Time Management is the biggest challenge, which totally depends on how much someone has in particular subject. Most of the IIT JEE Toppers have recommended the following time schedule,
- Chemistry – 45 minutes to 1 hour
- Physics – 1 hour – 1 ½ hour
- Mathematics- Rest of the time
Rest, you should devote time according to your preparation in each subject. But always keep in mind to follow the schedule strictly, that you made for yourself.
- BRUSH UP YOUR BASICS
This seems to be the easiest to follow secret, but this is the most important thing to do while preparing for the final examinations. We often take our basics and things we think we are expert at, for granted, which often results in losing marks at your best and easiest part of the question paper.
So, make sure, that you brush up your basics every day, before solving difficult questions and sections. In the examination hall, it will be really helpful, as there are many questions that just check your basics of each subject. Memorize each and every formula and equations in every subject by heart.
- MANAGE YOUR STRESS
While, preparing for exams, as important as boards and JEE Mains, it is possible that stress may slip in. We often misunderstand stress and tension to be same. But they are not! Stress can be unhealthy, but tension can help you stay motivated and work hard. Tension means that you care about your goal, but stress can make you de-motivated.
Don’t take much pressure of studies on yourself. Always remember, sound mind is very important for a sound body, and sound body is very important for reaching where you want to be. So take care of yourself. You are going to achieve it by just being dedicated.
To get rid of success, engage yourself in various activities that relax your mind. You can go to movies sometimes, play outdoor games with your friends, go for jogging in the morning, talk to your elders and the best way to knock down stress is meditating.
- EARLY TO BED, EARLY TO RISE
Almost all the past year toppers believe that morning study is the best. It sounds like the most difficult thing to do, but it really isn’t. If you will try it once, it will definitely be worth it. Your mind will be fresh, and your grasping power will be great. It’s better than studying late in nights because, in the night time, your mind is tired after the whole day. So, it’s better to relax your mind and go to bed early and study fresh in the morning.
You can consult your parents and elders for this theory, they will surely agree. Otherwise, it’s up to you how you manage your health, sleep, and studies.
So above mentioned are the most important secrets you can adopt, in order to score well in JEE Mains, and then JEE Advanced.