How to prepare for Top JEE exam
Top JEE exam : From 2019, the JEE (Joint Entrance Exam) for admission to the B. Tech and B. Arch. Programmes at IITs, NITs and CFTIs will be conducted by the newly set-up National Testing Agency (NTA). In 2018, more than 10 lakh candidates appeared in the JEE Mains exam, and out of these 2,24,000 were selected for the JEE Advanced. This is less than 25% of the total candidates, implying a chance of less than 1 in 4 to make it through the first stage of the exam. Thus, effectively a far smaller percentage of the total number of candidates would make it to the prestigious IITs. If one wants to top the JEE exam, a well-designed strategy and tireless practice and revision are needed.
The Top JEE exam / JEE Exam has 2 papers. Paper – 1 (a computer-based test) for admission to the B.E./ B. Tech. programmes and Paper – 2 (part computer-based and part offline) for applying to the B.Arch./ B. Planning courses. A student can opt to take both papers as well. In this article, we focus on Paper – 1.
Top JEE exam
The syllabus comprises of Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics from topics taught in class 11 and class 12. The Mains exam will be held twice a year from 2019 – for 2 weeks in January and 2 weeks in April.
Prep Phase 1 – takes about 6 months
- Physics – Read Class 11 and 12 NCERTs. Then read and do all questions from Fundamentals of Physics by Resnick, Halliday and Walker for Class 11 and Fundamentals of Physics by Resnick, Halliday and Walker for Class 12.
- Chemistry – NCERTs, followed by Fundamentals of Chemistry by JD Lee, Solomon, Fryhle, Snyder, Class 11 and Fundamentals of Chemistry by JD Lee, Solomon, Fryhle, Snyder, Class 12.
- Maths – NCERTs, followed by Plancess Study Material Mathematics for JEE Main and Advanced.
Prep Phase 2 – takes about 3 months
- Attempt two previous years JEE papers (IIT JEE Solved Papers) from Wiley’s 17 Years’ Solved JEE Main Papers, 2002 – 2018. First attempt within the recommended time limit – 3 hours. Attempt them again until you’re able to look through all of the questions. Check your answers and look at solutions of questions that you have done incorrectly, as well as incorrectly.
- Pick up a question bank/ MCQ book such as Chemistry Problem for JEE and start solving questions topic wise, proceeding from easy to moderate and high difficulty. Do exercises and end-of-chapter questions from the following –
- Physics – Physics for JEE, Vol 1 – 4
- Maths – Mathematics for JEE, Vol 1 – 4
- Chemistry –
- Make a list of questions you find difficult, or make mistakes on repeatedly and practice them every weekend. Keep weekends only for doing these questions and revising difficult concepts. Do not do any new concepts or questions on the weekends.
- Attempt one mock test/ previous year paper every weekend. Do it on Saturday morning and review all questions before the weekend is over.
Prep Phase 3 to Top JEE exam – Last 2 months before JEE mains
- To Top JEE exam Start practising 2 mocks a week. Make sure you finish the paper in the allotted 3 hours. Review the questions before doing the next test and keep weekends for revising concepts that you find difficult or get stuck on.
- Don’t try to read the entire syllabus as this will be extremely time-consuming and not very helpful.
- As there is negative marking in the JEE exam (4 marks are awarded for a correct answer and 1 mark is deducted for every wrong answer), it is important to be able to recognise which questions you are likely to get wrong even after repeated practice. Do not blindly attempt all questions on the mock tests, know where you are not confident and avoid attempting these questions on exam day.
There is no secret to cracking the JEE exam and scoring a seat in the coveted IITs – just persistent practice, revision and some smart exam-taking skills. Good luck!