JEE Main 2017 scheduled to be conducted on April 2, 8 and 9, 2017, by the examination authority Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). Candidates planning to take the exam have less than three months to prepare for the most coveted undergraduate engineering entrance exam in India. Candidates, preparing for board exams along with JEE Main 2017 have to struggle a lot with preparations. According to Arushi Jain who bagged AIR 19 in JEE Main 2016, preparation requires sincere efforts, well-planned strategy and command over concepts. In this interview with EntranceCorner (EC) she shares her insight on JEE Main preparation along with class 12 board exam.
Read the excerpt of the interview below:
EC: Tell us something about yourself?
Arushi: I am a happy-go-lucky girl who enjoys interacting and knowing new people. I love to travel, writing, listening music and computer programming. I am the eldest child in the family and have a younger sister. I finished my schooling from Delhi and currently, I am pursuing B.Tech from IIT Indore.
EC: What was your JEE Main and JEE Advanced rank in 2016?
Arushi: My JEE Main score was 283 out of 360 and my All India Rank was 19. Whereas, my rank in JEE Advanced was 1154.
About JEE Main & Advanced Preparation:
EC: When did you start preparing for JEE Main? Does coaching help?
Arushi: I did join a coaching institute and it helped me a lot in preparation and securing good rank. I joined it in class 9th but seniors preparation started from class 11. Guidance provided in coaching gave me right direction on ‘How to prepare for JEE Main’. The faculty focused on clarity of concepts and fundamentals of Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. The study materials provided by them was apt for JEE preparation. The interactive sessions there helped in developing problem-solving skills.
EC: What was the time-table followed by you while preparation?
Arushi: During my school days I used to study for 6 to 7 hours, while, on holidays I studied up to 12 hours. I do not believe in studying late night or early morning. While preparation I ensured sound sleep of at least 7 to 8 hours so that my mind can relax. My regular study began from morning and continued till midnight.
EC: How did you prepare for Class 12th exam, as well as JEE Main?
Arushi: I focused on JEE Main preparation as it covers entire syllabus of board exam. This strategy helped for preparing both exams simultaneously. While preparation for exam I used to focus on clarity of concepts, problem-solving aptitude, analysis of performance and giving equal weightage to all subjects. This eventually boosted my confidence for Boards examination and prepared ground for JEE Advanced as well.
EC: Did you follow the same preparation strategy for JEE Main and JEE Advanced?
Arushi: For JEE Main, my strategy was to solve easy to medium level questions. I used to mark all the important topics and revised them regularly. I also solved previous year question papers, along with the JEE Main 2017 Sample Papers and took several mock tests.
For JEE Advanced, I used to practice more complex problems based on theory and concepts. Taking several mock tests help me in analysing my preparation and based on the result of it, I worked on my strong and weak areas. My preparation for JEE Advanced was specific and time bound
EC: How difficult is JEE Advanced in comparison to JEE Main and why?
Arushi: JEE Advanced is tough as compared to JEE Main because the questions are complex and tricky. There is no comparison between JEE Main and JEE Advanced because of the higher difficulty level of questions. According to me, JEE Advanced is tough because questions are numerical based and some are even subjective in nature. Also, there is no fix paper pattern of question booklet which puzzle candidates during the exam.
EC: Which books did you prefer to crack Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics sections?
Arushi: Mostly, I referred to Modules and Test series provided by the coaching institutes. However, for Chemistry, I did refer to NCERT and NCERT Exemplar. Other than that, I practice chapter-wise previous year solved papers by Arihant’s.
EC: Which are the important topics in each subject, which should be prepared thoroughly?
Arushi: The entire syllabus of JEE Main is important. I tried to cover entire syllabus because each topic and chapter is important. During preparation, I put in equal effort to crack all the subjects – Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics.
While preparing, I emphasized on Integral Calculus, Complex Numbers, Differential Equation along with Trigonometry, Integers and Number System. For Chemistry, I focused on Inorganic along with Physical and Organic Chemistry. As far as Physics is concerned, everything is important.
EC: What did you do to cope up your exam pressure and break the monotony of studies?
Arushi: I suggest to enjoy your study and preparation phase otherwise it will becoming boring and monotonous. I used to take a break after studying for 2 to 3 hours to relax and refresh my minds. For breaking the monotony, I listened to music, eat food or simply talked to a friend.
EC: Any advice which you would like to give to those who will be taking the exam this year?
Arushi: Only three months are left for JEE Main, therefore, candidates must focus on their preparation. I would advise not to waste a single day as each passing hour is valuable. Take regular mock tests and solve more previous year papers for the better understanding of exam and the type of questions. Also, one should mark all the important topics and questions and keep on revising it from time to time. Don’t compare yourself with others and do not take any undue stress. Just be confident, be calm and have faith in your preparation.
Life in IIT and Ahead
EC: Which IIT was your first preference?
Arushi: I am more of a branch oriented person rather than institute oriented. I wanted to study Computer Science Engineering (CSE) but could not get into any of the core IITs. Hence, I chose IIT Indore where I got CSE.
EC: How is life at IIT?
Arushi: Life at IIT is great. Apart from academic engagement I also participate in different extra-curricular activities which enhance my overall personality and approach towards life.
EC: What are you planning to do, once you finish B.Tech?
Arushi: I am planning to pursue MBA but will not deny any good job prospects. It will all depend on years to come and what it has in store for me.