It just 6 months left for one of the most competitive entrance exams in the nation. JEE Main gets a high turnout of the exam takers every year as it is accepted by the majority of the engineering colleges in the nation. Though the number of fresh candidates tends to remain same every year, the candidates from the previous years, which comprise of the droppers will be posing a tough competition for the exam candidates. So, it is very important that the candidates prepare for the exam keeping in mind that they have to compete the experienced as well as freshers.
As, while preparing the rank, 40% weightage will be given to the Class XII Marks too, the candidates must also prepare well for the Board Exams as well. Enough talks about the problems. Let us work towards the solution. Well, the candidates who are just going to prepare for the exam, need not worry that they will be lagging behind. Though, the fact that the time droppers get for preparation is much more than the freshers; but the exam preparation can be finished off in 6 months, if done properly.
In this post, we shall be presenting the candidates with the ways and means they can adopt to prepare for the exam in JUST SIX MONTHS. To make the topic better understanding, we will present the tips in the form of a questionnaire.
Question 1: What are the most important things to be kept in mind while preparing for the exam? In fact, what should be considered while initiating the exam preparation?
Focus on ‘What is DONE’:
Always keep in mind that if you focus on the preparation and not on the topics which are still left to be prepared; you will score more. This will not only improve your efficiency but will also make you more confident.
Try to keep a record of everything you have prepared. Make different sections in a diary and note the topics you have prepared for the exam. As the list grows in each section, you will see the confidence levels will increase and the nervousness will decrease.
It is important that the time is managed properly while preparing for the exam. This can be achieved by keeping a WATCH ON THE WATCH while solving the problems. Try to keep a watch on the problem solving since the beginning as it will help you to learn time management.
This may sound mundane or lame or old-fashioned to you, but this little buddy will help you loads when followed properly and formulated carefully. Devote equivalent time to all the subjects. Obviously, there will be one you would be the most comfortable with, but the preference developing for a single subject can lead to weak preparation.
Question 2: What should be the proper time to solve the sample papers and the previous year papers.
Though a lot of people will suggest solving the sample papers after you have done the basic exam preparation, but in the following section, we shall be discussing some points with you which will challenge this statement:
- Prepare a topic from the NCERT BOOK
- Prepare the same from the reference book
- Solve the questions on the same from both the books
- Solve the questions on the same topic from a decent question bank
- Finally, you can proceed to solve the questions on the same topic from the sample papers and then, the previous year papers.
This process, when followed throughout the exam preparation will lead to a very good analysis of the exam level and a very good exam preparation too.
Question 3: Suggest some GOOD Reference Books for the students.
- Concept Building and Problem Solving: Concepts of Physics (Vol 1 and 2) by HC Verma
- Problem Solving (High Level): I.E. Irodov
- Physical: P Bahadur
- Organic: Morrison and Boyd
- Inorganic: JD Lee
- Co-ordinate Geometry and Trigonometry: SL Loney
- Maths XI and XII: NCERT
- Algebra: Hall & Knight
Question 4: What are the UN-AVOIDABLES in all the sections of JEE Main 2016?
Yes, there are some topics which can never be left. No matter what you have to prepare them all. The list is as follows:
- Coordination Chemistry & Chemical Bonding in Inorganic Chemistry
- Mole Concept in Physical Chemistry and
- Chemical & Ionic Equilibrium
- Organic Chemistry
- Electromagnetic Induction
- Heat & Thermodynamics
- Waves & Sound
- Capacitors & Electrostatics
- Optics & Modern Physics
- Quadratic Equations & Expressions
- Complex Numbers
- Matrices in Algebra
- Hyperbola in Coordinate Geometry
- Continuity and Differentiability
- Definite Integral in Calculus
- Application of Derivatives
Question 5: What should be my strategy for completing the preparation in 6 months?
- Divide the whole syllabus into small portions. Fix the size of each portion in such a manner that you are able to finish each portion daily. Also, keep in mind that each portion is to be done for all the three subjects.
- Don’t try to finish the topics at once or in bulk at once. When you start preparing some topic you should prepare it completely as any glitches left will be problematic in the later stages.
Don’t opt for TOO HARD or TOO EASY problems. They will only lead to frustration and bad preparation.
- Focus on WHAT YOU HAVE DONE and NOT WHAT YOUR PEER HAS DONE.
Keep sometime daily for a bit of relaxation. A relaxed mind will improve your performance.
Love your numbers. Don’t use calculators since the beginning. It is for your good only.
Meditation may not be your thing, then focus on some other relaxing activity such as walking in a park etc.
- Always keep your preparation ON the TRACK. Don’t lose the focus or let the preparation go wayward. Refer the exam syllabus every now and then to know whether the preparation is going right or not.
Question 6: How to solve the questions in the Exam and avoid negative marking?
- Solve the questions from the section you are the most comfortable with in the beginning. Remember, you are most fresh when you just sit in the exam. Solving the comfortable section first will surely help in exam preparation.
- Don’t spend too much time in solving ONE question. Don’t lose heart if you are not able to solve 2 or 3 or 4 questions in a row. Leave them and move forward. Instead of wasting time or marking wrong answers, it is better to let them wait.
If you are making a guess, which in itself is a very long shot in JEE Mains, you should try to make it intelligently.
- Sometimes, the question need not be solved as the most probable answer is quite evident.
All these tips and tricks will offer all of you a lot of help. Wish you loads of success.