Feeling anxious about JEE Main 2017? Is your mind wavering as the entrance exam is coming closer. While you count the remaining days in January, February and March, how to prepare for JEE Main in 3 months is a crucial question. There are quite a few traits you must be equipped with to ascertain your success in the national level engineering entrance examination. Ramesh Batlish, Centre Head, FIITJEE – Noida shares with Careers360 some tips and tricks on how to prepare for JEE Main in 3 months to make the best use of time during this crucial juncture and how to ensure that your preparation is upto the mark. In an interview with us, he also shares about what to do and what to avoid while preparing for JEE Main, important books you must study and the methodology you must follow during this phase. Read on...
- Know the colleges where you have High/Medium/Low chances for admission
- Know the best branch for each of the colleges
- Know the colleges which participate in JEE MAIN Counselling
Q. Just a few months are left for JEE Main 2017. What preparation plan and strategy do you suggest to the students to balance their Class XII board preparation along with JEE preparations?
Ans: At this stage, many students are anxious about simultaneously balancing the Boards along with their IIT JEE preparation. Though for a layman the syllabus remains same for both but JEE requires in-depth knowledge of concepts whereas in board exams student needs to memorize these concepts at length to produce desirable results.
Q. Do you think studying just the NCERT syllabus would be sufficient for a student to clear JEE Main and follow up on JEE Advanced? Please explain.
Ans: Only solving NCERT books may not be sufficient. NCERT Text books are good for subject wise type questions. Proper training for online & offline modes of answering the exam is also important. There is a big gap between the level and pattern of questions asked in JEE Advanced and JEE Main. For JEE, practice as much as you can. This will help in strengthening all important concepts. For JEE Main, many students tend to think that if they prepare for JEE Advanced it is enough for JEE Main, but this is not correct. While preparing for JEE Main, they will have to cover additional topics from CBSE syllabi as well. Also, JEE Main tests the aspirants for their speed and accuracy.
Q. What books would you suggest to the JEE Aspirants for preparation in this phase of preparation?
Ans: It is advisable not to start new books in the last few months. One must also join an All India Test Series for better time management and accuracy. Students must seek guidance from their faculties at the institute they are associated with. However, students may additionally refer to the following books in case of conceptual doubts in case they are not associated to a reputed institute:
Name of Books
Paula Bruice Yurkanis
Class XI & XII(Chemistry)
Basic Text Books
Name of Books
Concepts of Physics Vol I and II
For text books and problem books
Problems in General Physics
Halliday, Resnick & Walker
Fundamentals of Physics
Class XI & XII(Physics)
Name of Books
Class XI & XII(Mathematics)
Basic Text Books
S. L. Loney
S. L. Loney
Hall & Knight
Problems in Calculus
of One Variable
Q. What are the important topics for Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics that you think students must focus on to perform well in JEE Main 2017?
Ans: The syllabus of class 11th & 12th contributes about 45% and 55% of IIT-JEE question papers respectively. When you are preparing all chapters of Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics, stress may be given on the following topics.
Mathematics: Quadratic Equations & Expressions, Complex Numbers, Probability, Vectors, Matrices in Algebra; Circle, Parabola, Hyperbola in Coordinate Geometry; Functions, Limits, Continuity and Differentiability, Application of Derivatives, Definite Integral in Calculus.
Tip: Try to do as much as quality problems as possible to develop a sound confidence level.
Physics: Mechanics, Fluids, Heat & Thermodynamics, Waves & Sound, Capacitors & Electrostatics, Magnetics, Electromagnetic Induction, Optics and Modern Physics.
Tip: Practicing quality problems is the key to success in this subject. If concepts are clear, then this subject becomes all the more interesting.
Chemistry: Coordination Chemistry & Chemical Bonding in Inorganic Chemistry, Electrochemistry, Chemical & Ionic Equilibrium, Mole Concept in Physical Chemistry and Organic Chemistry.
Expert tip: Just go through the periodic in general and read NCERT for Inorganic Chemistry. For Organic part, first build up your all basic concepts and then start doing lots of practice. And for Physical part, practice as many numericals as you can.
Recommendation: Students are advised to avoid selective study in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics, as the number of questions is more in the objective papers where there is intermingling of concepts from various topics.
Q. As the 40% weightage given to normalized score of class 12th marks has been scrapped for 2017, do you suggest some change in strategy this time for aspirants in comparison to how it has been so far?
Ans: Scrapping of Class XII weightage in JEE Main from 2017 will certainly benefit those students who were serious for JEE Main and who may not fair well in boards. The two exams are different in terms of the pattern of paper and level of questions asked. Here the deserving students will get a desired rank. In fact, this step is a boon for the serious aspirants. The preparation strategy should be different this time and must be goal oriented. If the aspirant wishes to do well in JEE Main, he/she must utilize the time gap between board exams smartly in solving questions related to JEE Main and solving Mock Tests, as the key to success in JEE Main is speed and accuracy while solving objective type questions. Here the NCERT Text books may be referred to cover the additional topics asked in JEE Main which are not included in JEE Advanced.
Q. What changes in strategy should a student need to bring in preparation as time passes? What importance does solving sample paper hold?
Ans: Last 3 months should generally be utilized to consolidate one’s preparation by focusing on problem solving and overcoming the weaker areas in preparation.
Q. Time is a critical aspect in completing JEE Main exam. Any suggestions on how a candidate should go about answering the questions since negative marking exists and students need to know how best to tackle sure answers & doubtful ones to ensure maximum marks?
Ans: Time management while attempting the actual JEE paper will definitely be a deciding factor for getting a desired rank in JEE. Broadly speaking we can divide a question in 3 ways. Easy (the ones which you can solve in maximum 60 seconds or so), Moderate (the ones which would require 2 to 3 minutes but you are sure you can solve them) and Tough (the ones which you feel that you can’t solve based on your current knowledge). One must divide the time in such a way that the easy and moderate ones are completed first and still time is left to think and crack the tough ones.
Q. If there is a set of elements that would ensure success in cracking JEE Main – what would they be as per you?
Ans: Time Management: Proper planning is most important for timely preparation and dealing with the study pressure.
One must also keep the following points in mind:
Divide these crucial remaining weeks aptly in the three subjects.
Prepare a chapter-wise and topic-wise revision schedule.
Create short notes and list all formulae & points to remember. This will help in quick revision before the examination.
Correct Methodology: The correct approach for those appearing for the first time or second time is to stick to one source and not to refer to multitude of books/ study material available in the market. For example, it is sufficient to go through study-packages, IIT-JEE archives, review-packages, workbooks, grand masters package/equivalent, AITS/AIITS series, etc. if you have enrolled in a training institute. To reap the benefits, the students should remain focused throughout the preparation period with a positive attitude to study with utmost concentration.
Focus on your Goal: The key to right preparation is proper and timely planning. Toppers learn from their weak areas and practice well in time to improve by all possible means. Correct attitude and acute focus is the key to be a topper. Toppers divide their preparation time accordingly. They stick to a single system of preparation and have faith in themselves. Thus, they gradually build up their confidence level and are geared up to crack any difficult question. They ensure solving all previous years’ papers keeping their concepts crystal clear. Practice, Practice and Practice for gaining perfection.
Dos and Don’ts for JEE Main 2017:
Dos for JEE Main 2017:
Attempt easy questions first. Choose sections that have less risk and more gain.
Double check before marking the OMR sheet.
Carefully read the entire question paper in the first 5-10 minutes.
Don'ts for JEE Main 2017:
Don't start from the question you don't know.
Don't get upset if any section is tough. You can score in other sections.
Don’t guess if you have no idea about the concept involved in a question.
Don’t be nervous if you find the paper tough, since it is the relative performance that counts. Hence, put your best analytical mind to work, it will take you ahead.
Quick Tips for better performance in JEE Main:
Remain focused and maintain a positive attitude while studying.
Develop speed by solving JEE level problems with time management.
Refer to mock-test series to build a winning exam temperament. Sample papers give a fair idea about the pattern of questions and help one improve time management.
Solve the Previous year’s JEE/AIEEE original papers.
Focus on your weak areas and improve your concepts.
Practice of JEE level questions is necessary as it improves your reasoning and analytical ability.
Remember it is the quality of time spent and not the quantity alone. Hence, take short breaks of five to ten minutes after every one or two hours of serious study. Relax completely when you take a break.
Practice meditation to develop inner calm, poise, confidence and power of concentration.
Don’t overstress yourself. Five to six hours of sleep every night is a must, especially three-four days before JEE Main 2017 for physical and mental fitness. Short naps may help to regain freshness, but avoid over-sleeping during the day.
Finally, don’t be nervous if you find the paper tough since it is the relative performance that counts. Put your best analytical mind to work and believe in your preparation.
Quick Tips for the Exam Day:
Think positively and don’t discuss about your preparation as this may indirectly make you nervous even if you are well prepared.
Don’t talk anything about JEE Main with others.
One day before JEE Main, do not study anything new.
Stay calm, confident and trust yourself.
Brush up important formulae in all three subjects.
Say to yourself- “I am excited about JEE Main and I can crack it easily”.
Relax yourself or indulge in meditation a day before the actual exam in order to give your best on the exam day.
Don’t ask your friend how much they have studied. It will create unnecessary pressure.
Have a sound sleep for at least 6-7 hours
Prepare yourself to reach the exam centre at least half an hour before the exam starts.
Ensure to carry your JEE Main 2017 Hall Ticket and follow the instructions as mentioned on the Hall Ticket.
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