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Posted at: Jan 10, 2018, 1:12 AM; last updated: Jan 10, 2018, 1:12 AM (IST)TESTING TIMES: JEE

Value the most important 90 days

Value the most important 90 days

Ramesh Batlish

The remaining 90 days are very crucial for JEE aspirants. The time must be utilised for quick revision and taking mock tests. Each test must be followed by an in-depth analysis to identify the weaker sections and to rectify mistakes. Taking help from subject experts to work on the weaker areas will surely help students improve. Ideally, by this time, all serious aspirants should have completed the syllabus. Making a strategic plan for preparation in these three months will help students achieve better outcomes. 

Make a month-wise plan

Segregate the remaining preparation strategy into three phases of 30 days each to ensure that you cover the entire syllabus

1. Phase I (January): The first 30 days are very crucial and must be effectively utilised for revision. Subject-wise planning by identifying all the important chapters should be done. This will ensure better understanding of the concepts and plug the remaining loopholes in the preparation. 

2. Phase II (February): For students taking  board exams, the time should be appropriately put to use to take mock tests on the lines of JEE Main and JEE Advanced. Analysis of each paper is important to check the mistakes and to avoid repeating them in JEE. Those who have dropped a year may join a crash course for topic-wise revision.

3. Phase III (March): The time gap between the board exams should be used to cater to the demands of boards and entrance exams. Make a revision plan, involving  rigorous tests concept-wise and chapter-wise, along with several mock tests from reliable sources.

Pick more than NCERT books

When preparing for JEE Main and JEE Advanced, refer to other books as well, besides solving problems from NCERT books. These may not be sufficient enough to crack the conceptual problems asked in the entrance exams.  Every exam is designed with a particular goal and the syllabi may look similar, but level of questions differ. Familiarity with the pattern of each exam will only make it easier for you to crack it. The questions in NCERT books are board exams oriented. Entrance exams ask objective-type questions, which also include intermingling of concepts and are of higher difficulty levels. 

Preparation for JEE Main and Advanced vary

For JEE Main, many students tend to think that preparing for JEE Advanced exams will be sufficient enough for Main as well, which is not true at all. While preparing for JEE Main, students will have to cover additional topics from CBSE syllabus as well. Also, JEE Main tests the aspirants for their speed and accuracy. Proper training for online and offline modes of answering the exam is also important.

Strategise wisely

The remaining time must be used wisely to perfect problem solving with understanding of concepts involved, improving the time needed to solve a given problem, identifying the weaknesses and working on them. 


Know the topics that matter

Generally, the questions asked in the JEE examination include topics equally from Class XI and Class XII syllabus. Some of the following are the topics from Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics that may be stressed upon: 

Mathematics: The only sure shot trick to excel in this subject is strenuous practicing. Hence, try to solve as many quality problems as possible. This will develop a sound confidence level. Focus on the topics like — 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.

Physics: Practicing quality problems is the key to success in this subject again. If concepts are clear, then the subject becomes very interesting. Focus on Kinematics, Gravitation, Fluids, Heat & Thermodynamics, Waves & Sound, Capacitors & Electrostatics, Magnetics, Electromagnetic Induction, Optics & Modern Physics.

Chemistry: Just go through the Periodic Table in general and read NCERT for Inorganic Chemistry. For Organic part, first build up your all basic concepts and then start practicing. For Physical part, practice as many numerical problems as you can. The essential topics are Coordination Chemistry & Chemical Bonding in Inorganic Chemistry, Electrochemistry, Chemical & Ionic Equilibrium, Mole Concept in Physical Chemistry and Organic Chemistry.


Tips to excel

If you are a serious aspirant and have been preparing for some time and covered most part of the JEE syllabus, follow these guidelines to ensure success:

  • Develop speed by solving JEE level problems with time management.
  • Refer to mock-test series to build a winning exam temperament.
  • In case you are opting for online mode of JEE Main, then taking a few mock tests from a reputed source is advisable.
  • Focus on your weak areas and improve your concepts.
  • Practice of JEE level questions is necessary as it improves your reasoning and analytical ability. Solving previous years' JEE papers will surely give a fair idea of the kind of questions that will be asked. 
  • Remember, it is the quality of time spent and not the quantity alone. Hence, take short breaks of five to 10 minutes after every one or two hours of serious study. 
—The writer is a FIITJEE expert.

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