March 8, 2018
The entire Indian student nation is nowadays obsessed with only a single dream, and the dream is to succeed the gateway of Engineering Entrance Exam to get into the premier tire of Indian Engineering institutions like National Institute of Technologies (NITs) and Indian Institute of Technologies (IITs). For last few years, GFTIs (Government Funded Technical Institutes) are also accepting the score of JEE Mains for granting admission into their undergraduate engineering courses. These clusters of institutions being the most coveted institutions among the Indian nation, students have this craze of cracking JEE (Joint Entrance Examination) by hook or crook.
Why is JEE Mains Different from All Other Exams?
Even though lots of students qualify JEE preliminary quite easily with quick preparation and just minimal guidance, but cracking JEE Mains is a hard nut to crack. It becomes some students’ nightmare to crack JEE Mains and they appear for the JEE Mains for multiple times repeatedly year after year in the hope of clearing the exam. It not only takes a lot of dedication and hard work to crack JEE Mains, but also a lot of strategical planning and tactics to ace this difficult exam a within the limited timeframe of preparation.
Even though full syllabus is provided for Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry in the JEE main website, students should not only go through the theoretical parts of Physics and Chemistry; they need to deal with lots of numerical problems for both Physics and Chemistry. The reason is JEE Mains mainly tests one’s application skills rather than just measuring one’s ability to just mug up the things without getting the concept thoroughly. Usually, the paper setters come with a strategy to set up the JEE Mains question paper in such a way that it comprises almost 50% easy questions, 30% medium questions and rest 20% difficult questions, judging by the difficulty level of the question paper.
Quick Strategical Tips to Crack JEE Mains:
Strategically speaking, each year’s question paper for each subject usually consists of almost 50% questions coming from class XI syllabus and rest 50% questions coming from class XII. Judging the statistics of last few years’ patterns, the total marks of each subject were allotted between 48 and 54 towards class XI syllabus and total marks pertaining to class XII syllabus hovered between 52 and 46 respectively. This bifurcation is true for all the subjects Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry. So, if the students are willing to go for selective studying, then they will invite their own problems. It is advisable to study the whole syllabus thoroughly without ignoring any portion of class XI or class XII. Sometimes, students after getting promoted to class XII, forget everything about class XI. And when it comes to sitting for the JEE Mains exam, they reopen the books of class XI after a long hiatus. This is not the right approach to study for JEE Mains exam.
- Students should keep in touch with the class XI syllabus even after getting promoted to class XII.
- Getting the fundamentals are the right key to success, and sustaining those concepts and utilising those repeatedly usually make one the master in the field, which is the requirement of JEE Mains exam.
- It is suggested that the students should allow at least 4-5 hours daily towards JEE Mains preparation for at least 4 months.
Having said that, this timeframe is suggested keeping in mind that the students already have basic foundation and knowledge of the whole syllabus. For first 2 months, they should dedicatedly prepare to solve chapter wise problems thoroughly. And the next 2 months should be dedicated to solving the subject wise whole papers thoroughly. Thus, students can practice their time management very efficiently too before sitting for their JEE Mains.
A Dose of Advice from Previous JEE Mains Qualifiers:
From various successful candidates’ true experiences, it can be said that two years’ dedicated effort is very much required to crack JEE Mains. Clearing the basic concepts and developing numerical problem-solving skills are the first and foremost requirement, as it has been shared as the most useful tip by the successful candidates. Practicing past paper questions within stipulated timeline would be great for time management. By setting an actual exam-like environment and taking full mock tests, students can comply with appropriate stress management and gauge their performance on an actual scale.
Indispensable Books to Follow for Getting Success in JEE Mains:
Sometimes students get confused owing to the availability of too many books for preparation of JEE Mains in the market. From the feedback of previous successful candidates, it is suggested that all the JEE aspirants should at least go through the below mentioned books:
1. For main reading and problem-solving, Concepts of Physics by H. C. Verma is indispensable. For a better understanding of the concepts, students can take the help of the physics book written by Resnick and Halliday.
2. For Inorganic Chemistry, the book by J. D. Lee is the main requirement. For Organic Chemistry, the book by Morrison and Boyd is really indispensable. This apart, for problem-solving, one can consult the book Numerical Chemistry by P. Bahadur.
3. For the first round of preparation of Mathematics, only NCERT books are sufficient. Apart from it, Higher Algebra by Hall and Knight; Single Variate Calculus by I. A. Maron; Geometry and Trigonometry by S. L. Loney are great to go in-depth.
4. For JEE Mains special preparation, IIT Mathematics by M. L. Khanna and Objective Mathematics by R. D. Sharma are exceptionally great for their resources. Since the syllabus is quite vast, regular studying, making brief notes or listing the important formulae and revising the previously learned concepts can save a lot of your time.
Last but not Least:
Finally, the students should not drain out all their energies before taking the JEE Mains exam. Taking practice tests regularly would release unnecessary tension associated with the main exam. Students are advised to avoid procrastination and start reading all the subjects from the very beginning. Taking short breaks within your daily schedule of studies and keeping yourself close to your hobbies or other favourite activities would be great for rejuvenation, but avoid taking a long break to root out the possibility of inconsistency in your preparation. Always keep in mind that single-minded devotion always leads to success.