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Posted at: Mar 14, 2018, 12:47 AM; last updated: Mar 14, 2018, 12:47 AM (IST)TESTING TIMES: JEE MAIN

Consolidate and be confident

RL Trikha

Aspirants are all geared up for the JEE Main exams, organised by CBSE. With over 12 lakh students appearing for the JEE Main (in both online and offline modes), only top 2.24 lakh will be eligible to appear in the CBT (Computer Based Test) JEE Advanced 2018. In such a tough competition, what should an aspirant do to prepare successfully? With hardly a month left for the Main, students appearing in the Boards need to utilise their time efficiently. The time gap between the boards and the Main should be essentially used in taking up online mock tests to analyse each subject’s optimum preparation.

Students who dropped a year to get better results need to join a coaching institute offering a crash course to be in tune with the current trend and pattern of JEE Main exam. Rigorous revision and attempting several mock tests will help them get thorough in all three subjects along with concept clarification. 

In case, students find it difficult to take out time for enrolling in a crash course, they should have a systematic plan for revision and follow it strictly. This will help them in testing their clarity, both concept wise and chapter wise.

How will the JEE Main 2018 pattern be?

According to prevailing trend, 30 questions from each subject will be asked, and hence selective study is never recommended. In mathematics, more weightage should be given to calculus and algebra. Electromagnetism and mechanics in physics cover most of the proportion of questions asked in  JEE Main. As per the previous trends, more questions are expected from physical and organic chemistry.

Be ready for tricky questions

If the concepts are clear and the preparation is thorough, aspirants won’t find any question impossible to solve. But they must come prepared for tricky questions. If a student comes across a question in the paper that was not a part of the mock tests taken before, the first thing one must do is calm down. Do not forget that this will be new for all the aspirants appearing in the exam.

If you come across some changes in the pattern of some questions, do not get tense, since you may easily solve such problems with clarity in concepts.

Analyse your preparation

Ideally, a serious aspirant must have completed the entire syllabus by now and started with online mock tests and practice papers. The following points will ensure success in JEE:

1. Systematic revision plan: Systematic approach towards the preparation of JEE Main along with a proper revision plan will help students get success.

  • Identify the topics subject wise you have difficulties in remembering. 
  • Take up previous years’ JEE papers or question banks of reputed sources of these topics and solve them in a planned manner, so that you can practice as much as possible in the time left before examination.  
  • Keep a check on your problem-solving ability. Spending too much time on a question you do not know will result in loss of time while attempting easier ones.
  • Taking mock tests and having a real-time analysis have been found to be quite useful and students tend to learn from the mistakes and hence avoid repeating them on the exam day.
2. Time management: Sometimes, the right strategy and time management play a vital role in deciding the rank for an aspirant. So, one must be quick enough to adapt to the level of the paper and act promptly.

3. Strategise smartly: Do not first finish one subject and then begin with the other. Instead allocate sometime to all subjects, so that one could review subjects again. For example, for a three-hour paper with three subjects, students generally tend to give an hour to each. It is advisable that they give 40-45 minutes in attempting questions from any one subject they feel confident about and move on to second subject and then to the third. In the remaining time, the unsolved questions may be reviewed. This would help in increasing the attempt and hit rate. 

4. Begin with easy questions: It is recommended that always attempt theoretical and fact-based questions first and then questions which require calculation. Positive energy will increase your efficiency and speed for the rest of the paper. It is advisable to avoid lengthy numerical questions in the first 10 or 15 minutes of the exam. 

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