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Preparation for JEE: How to Increase Speed and Accuracy

Preparation for JEE: How to Increase Speed and Accuracy

JEE advanced is considered one of the most difficult exams to take and is undertaken by 1.5 lakh students every year. One needs to qualify JEE mains in order to take JEE advanced. Approximately 15 lakh students take the JEE mains paper every year.

The one thing that can make or break you if you are a JEE mains or Advanced aspirant is that how accurate you are when it comes to problem solving and it becomes equally important that how quickly you can solve a problem. When you take a paper where you are expected to solve a problem every two minutes you need to make sure that every question you attempt is correct and that you do not exceed the time limit.

10000 out of 1.5 lac are to be selected and these 1.5 lac from around 15 lac. You need to work very hard. To get best result out of your effort that you put in self study, you must be accurate with a good speed.

Speed and accuracy they go hand-in-hand. If you have a good speed but lack accuracy it can be detrimental. If you are accurate but you lack speed it means it is no good. JEE Mains is an exam where you do not have much time so every question that you attempt you need to ace it. The reason is simple — you have to score high to get into the best colleges. You attempt 70 out of 90 and get 50 correct you have lost the battle. You attempt 40 and get them all right that too means, you could have done anything in that time because what you did with it won’t take you anywhere. You need to attempt at least 70-75% of the paper with 90+ percent accuracy to land somewhere good.

How do we then achieve a good score ?

Strengthen your concepts, so that you have to invest the minimum amount of time required to read all the options and to mark the right bubble to solve the problem. This would help a lot in more than one option correct and assertion reason type questions. At least 20% of the paper is made up of theoretical questions, so if you solve these quickly, then you get the 20% marks and you save yourself time which you can apend on the rest of the 80 percent. That surely increases your chance at getting them correct.

Your next accomplice should be practicing problems in exam like situation. Take time bound mock tests for JEE Main and JEE Advanced. Take brainstorming seasons. Make sure you practice all the type of problems relevant to the exam.

There are a few concepts that are always used to create new problems so go through the previous year IIT problems and find them and make them perfect. There is a high probability that previous year objective problems of JEE Advanced or IIT-JEE be asked directly in JEE Mains. So keep this in mind when you go through them.

The past year subjective questions may be used to make new objective questions for JEE Advanced itself. Specially the problems asked between 1970 and 1990. Practicing in exam like situation would help you monitor your speed and accuracy. It would give you an insight into your weaknesses and strengths. Take time and assess your performance in the test. Bookmark the points you need to work on. Everytimr you take a test go through the mistakes you made last time and try not to make them this time. Take a national level test series so that you would have an idea of where you stand.

Analysing type of questions

The next thing that can be of great help is to observe what are the type of questions asked and the algorithm followed to solve them. The type of questions are Single Answer Correct, Multiple Answer Correct, Matrix Match, Integer Type, Comprehension and Assertion Reasoning. Of all these the ones which would take least time are Matrix Match and Single Answer Correct. They are generally straightforward and easy. But they carry less marks. You can save time here and invest it somewhere else.

Next is Multiple Answer Correct and Comprehension Type. To solve these, you need to spend a little more time. A Comprehension in general would have 3 questions and a Multiple Correct would have four options to chose from. But in case of Comprehension, you get one Comprehension right you get at least three times as much marks as you got for Single Answer Correct. And Multiple Answer Correct in general carry more marks than the Single Answer Correct and in case if they don’t, you know the sequence in which you need to go about attempting the problems based on the type of problem.

The Integer type take maximum time but you are highly rewarded if you get them right. So save time from all other type of questions and invest it here. Lastly Assertion Reason generally do not come in JEE Advanced and they are really confusing so make sure you do not lose marks trying to check your luck. Attempt then only when you are 100 percent sure or when there is no negative marks.

Next up is when you practice try to have a clear algorithm in your mind about how you would go about solving a particular type of problem. That would save you a lot of time and pain. Take a little time summarising the problem as it would reduce the solving time exponentially. And you won’t have to read the problem multiple time for every time you need a data. Simultaneously you can revise the algorithm you would take to solve the problem. So do not forget to summarise the problem before you enter into a battle with it.

Remember all the basic formula and use them to save time. Remember to practice all the shortcuts you develop and the ones you learn from other sources. Do not take pain remembering all the big and hefty formulae but if for some reason anyone of them sticks make the best out of it. Revise and be through with all the concepts you learn and all the problems you solve. Make sure you save time whenever you come across a problem you have solved before so that you can use that time when you enter an unknown realm. Solve (while practising) the problems in as many different ways as possible. Doing this would help you explore the depths of the concepts you already know. It would help you push your thinking limits. It would help you develop your own tricks and shortcuts.

How to approach a question

We can develop a generic algorithm for all the problems. Read the question well. Do not make mistakes there. Make sure you understand the demand of the question. Summarise the points mentioned in the problem. Try to relate it to a problem you have already solved. Recognise the related formula and concepts underlying it. Make a rough sequence you would follow to solve the problem. Once you have done all this apply the formula and get the answer.

Final words

Speed and Accuracy can make or break you. If you make them your friend they can help you achieve new heights. They are like those intellectuals who take time before they give in to someone. They would take time before you can befriend them. But once you have they are the best. As many tests you take, as much as you assess yourself greater would be your probability of befriending these two. This would come over time. But it would.

Bookmark the points you need to work on to achieve this and stick to them. Always assess the tests you take. It would help you a lot in realising where you stand. Even when you are practising remember to monitor how much time you are taking on an average to solve a problem just after you have finished reading the theory. This would help you know how much time you would take to solve an unseen problem. Which would be the case when you take the JEE Mains and Advanced paper. This would also help you tackle the Comprehension where you are at times expected to learn a new concept in the exam and then implement it. Remember to read, practice, assess, revise and repeat.

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