Hello! Hope you are doing well with your JEE Preparation. As time passes by, a lot of learning awaits you. Embrace it! These days of preparing for the most sought out institutes of the country are the golden days of your life.
Hence, it is necessary to ensure that you make every step count towards the final destination. You will be made aware of all intricacies and details associated with the exam and its preparation later. Right now, I will just brief some notable points. Go through them and make sure all the check boxes are ticked.
The IIT JEE Is a 6+2 Hour Examination, So Plan Your Studies Accordingly
The most important point that many newbies to IIT JEE preparation (the famous former name of the JEE Advanced) generally overlook is that they need to face a really tiring exam in the peak of summer. That is why they generally get bogged down during the final phases of preparation.
Also, the 6-hour thing looks fine, 2 papers of 3 hours each seem okay. But where does this additional 2 hours come from? That’s the gap between Paper-I and Paper-II and it plays an enormous role in deciding your fate. A lot of ups and downs can happen during those 2-hours. Hence it is really important to keep your cool during the break, no matter how you think you performed in the previous paper.
This also demands that you develop the habit of sitting through 3 hour tests at a stretch. Keep in mind whenever you appear for a mock test, that you must give it the same importance you would give to the real exam. This helps you develop your stamina for what lies ahead.
The IIT JEE Requires You to Obtain Certain Marks in Each Subject to Qualify
This is the first point of difference between the JEE Main and the JEE Advanced (erstwhile IIT JEE). You can ace the JEE Main–and even get a commendable score and rank–if you do insanely well in two subjects and have very modest marks in the third. This won’t stop you from qualifying JEE Main and getting an NIT/IIIT seat.
But the twist comes into play when you appear for the IIT JEE. They decide a certain percentage of the total marks the candidate must obtain to “Pass” the exam. So if you are thinking that you will score full marks in 2 subjects and neglect the third one, do reconsider your decision! It is far better to devote equal time and importance to all three subjects.
The IIT JEE Focuses More on Testing Your Analytical and Problem-Solving Skills Rather Than Your Calculation Skills
Although a decent pace is required to solve the paper, you need not be a pro in mental calculation or learn Abacus or anything like that. The IIT JEE does not test you on your calculating speed. The emphasis is on your command of the basics of the subjects, how you react to unforeseen situations, as well as accuracy, of course.
This is why they impose heavy negative markings in the papers. In a nutshell, concentrate more on improving your problem-solving skills. This is best done by solving problems involving multiple concepts and varying patterns, (as opposed to doing huge calculations).
The IIT JEE Syllabus Requires the Candidate to Critically Analyze Every Aspect of the Problems
In sharp contrast to the JEE Main–where the questions are featured in a simple MCQ Pattern with 1 option correct out of the four–the IIT JEE tests students in all possible variants of the same question. Say, a question from Geometrical Optics asked in the JEE Main requires you to find the focal length of the given entity. In the IIT JEE you will hardly find such direct questions. Rather–they will ask you everything–from calculating the velocity of light in the given medium, to combining the given medium with some lenses and mirrors.
You must simultaneously take into account the concepts of SHM mixed with Optics, and then you must select all possible INCORRECT options–all within a single question! Sounds daunting? It should! After all, it is one of the toughest exams in India.
The IIT JEE Can Be Attempted a Maximum of 2 Consecutive Times
Let me clarify this a bit. Say the candidate appears for the Class XII exams in the year 2019. Then he/she will be eligible to appear only in the JEE Advanced 2019 and the JEE Advanced 2020 (in case he/she wants to reappear for the exam, provided they fulfill other criteria mentioned in the eligibility criterion section on the official web page). This not the case for the JEE Main, where a candidate can take a maximum of 3 attempts to qualify in the exam.
So make sure that you read the eligibility criteria carefully from the official web page of the JEE Advanced before applying for it. This will help avoid any possible chaos at the time of counseling. This point applies mainly to the aspirants appearing in the JEE for the second time, while students appearing straight after their Class XII exams may generally not bother about these issues.
Another important point to be noted is that you need a requisite percentage of marks in your board exams to be eligible for any IIT/NIT/IIIT seat. So, be careful that your board exams are not messed up due to sole concentration on IIT JEE preparation.
So, this is a broad guideline which an aspirant must keep in mind before starting and even during his/her JEE preparation. These are all issues you would have discovered later in the preparation process, but it will help you if you keep them in mind from the start.
Finally, I would suggest that you keep a calm and focused mind throughout your preparation period. This, coupled with determination and plenty of practice is all you need to crack the JEE. Stay healthy, stay calm, and enjoy your studies.
All the Best!