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How to Balance Board Exams with JEE

Until the year 2016, the JEE Main rank was calculated by giving 60% weightage to the JEE Main score and 40% weightage to the class 12 board exam results of the candidates. However, in 2017 this practice was discontinued by the CBSE. Now, the JEE Main rank is calculated by considering the JEE Main score only.

Phew! You can relax a bit now. But that doesn’t mean you’ll not prepare well for your board exams! After all, your board exam results can determine your eligibility to get admission into an IIT, NIT, IIIT, and CFTI. So in this post, we’ll look at how you can balance the board exams with the JEE.

Why Are Board Exams Important?

It is important for you to score well in your board exams for the following reasons.

Qualification Criteria for JEE Main

If you wish to appear for the JEE Main 2018, you must satisfy the following criteria.

  • You must pass the class 12th board examination (or any other equivalent qualifying examination). This exam must have at least 5 subjects (including Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics) in the year 2016 or 2017.
  • You’re appearing in class 12th board examination or any other equivalent qualifying examination in 2018, and have at least 5 subjects including Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics.

Eligibility Criteria For Admission in IITs, NITs, IIITs and CFTIs

If you are aiming for one of the IITs, NITs, IIITs and CFTIs, then:

  • You needat least 75% marks in the class 12th board examination. Also, you could be among the top 20 percentile in the class 12th examination of your respective board.
  • The SC/ST candidates need to secure at least 65% marks in their class 12th board examination.

Balance Board Exams with JEE: Studying for Both at the Same Time

A majority of the syllabus for your board exams and the JEE is common. The questions in the JEE are a bit more difficult version of the questions asked in the board exams. So if you’re preparing for the JEE, you’re also preparing for the board exams–since the syllabus is almost the same. If you are comfortable with the concepts on the JEE, you will do well in those topics in your board exams as well.

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However, although the syllabus for the class 11 and 12 CBSE boards and the JEE Main is almost identical, there are certain topics therein which are not in the syllabus of JEE Advanced. For example, Physics topics like Semiconductor Devices, Electromagnetic Waves, and Communications Systems are a part of class 12 board exams and the JEE Main syllabus. However, these are not in the JEE Advanced syllabus.

These topics should be studied exclusively for the JEE Main exam and class 12 board exams. Questions from these topics are bound to come in both the JEE Main and board exams, so do not neglect these topics!

JEE Mock Tests Are Very Important

Taking mock tests for the JEE Main and Advanced is very important! Regularly taking mock tests improves your exam temperament, and makes you comfortable with taking three hour long tests of the JEE pattern.

When your board exams are near, you will be focusing more on them and not much on your JEE preparation. This is totally understandable. However, a good strategy for remaining in touch with your JEE preparation during this phase is by taking mock tests. When there is a gap of several days between your board exams, you can take one or two mock tests. Many students follow this practice and do exceedingly well in their board exams as well as in the JEE!

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You can also solve previous years’ JEE Main and JEE Advanced actual question papers. Solving the question papers in one sitting of three hours is important. You must grow accustomed to sitting for the real three hour long exams.

Give Special Emphasis to the Standard Board Exam Questions

Due to the subjective nature, there are some topics which are favorites of the board exam paper setters. Questions from these topics are very common in the board exams. You should definitely prepare descriptive answers of such questions as they would be an easy score!

You should also solve previous years’ board question papers to get a flavor of what you’ll see in your board exam question paper.

Adopt the Board Exam Style of Writing Answers

If you look the answer sheets of the board exam toppers, you’ll notice a few things. Most importantly, you’ll see that their answers don’t really convey that they have an extraordinary understanding of the topic!

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However, their answers are written very neatly and in a manner which is very easy to understand. In the board exams, they don’t expect you to have a very deep understanding of the topic. What matters is how you convey your thoughts to the examiner who is checking your answer sheet.

Some tips that will help you score more in your board exams:

  • Mention the units clearly along with any numerical data
  • Cross out the errors clearly without leaving any ambiguity for the examiner
  • Make the diagrams neatly using a sharp pencil, ruler, and compass where needed
  • You may enclose your final answer in a rectangular box so that the examiner doesn’t need to search for it
  • Write your answer in points rather than a long paragraph
  • Underline the important phrases in your answer
  • Leave sufficient space between two answers
  • Mention the question number clearly in front of the answers

Managing board exams and JEE together may seem like a tedious task. But with hard work and perseverance, you can excel in both of them. Go ahead and nail them both! All the best!

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