A large number of students give JEE each year. The number of seats is very less in comparison to the students giving the exam. Also, the kind of hard work and preparation that JEE requires is a lot. Students get a chance to give JEE at the end of class 12th and they prepare for it along with their hectic school schedule and board exams. These reasons combined with the craze of JEE in our country make JEE a really tough challenge to crack in the first attempt. Due to this, students give it a second try too at times, and are known as droppers, as they prepare solely for JEE during that one year without school or college. Since the second attempt is the last attempt, the droppers need to take all the extra precautions to clear the exam with flying colours. Droppers have a lot of extra time as compared to the regular school going students and thus, managing time is of utmost importance. Here I am going to discuss the ideal JEE preparation time table for droppers.
Strategy for the initial months
Droppers generally start their preparation in the month of June and have almost the entire time until April as they don’t need to give the board exams. The initial months are crucial for every student since the start lays down the foundation. A dropper must start with the entire basics and should remember that he/she has to do everything from scratch. A proper time-table must be made and should be followed rigorously.
Don’t overstrain yourself but do put in extra efforts. The time-table should be made in such a way that every chapter is started from scratch and then a lot of JEE Main level questions are practiced. Once the concept is strong, its application should be learned through practice of a lot of questions. After this, you should focus on advance level problems. Give time to each question and don’t stick to time limits in the first round of problem-solving.
The initial months up to the month of December should be kept for setting up a good pace and foundation. The daily schedule should be such that each sitting is of 2 hours and there is a break of at least 15 minutes after every such sitting. Also, try doing at least two subjects daily so that you don’t get bored.
Every week, keep one day for revision or back log completion. Follow the sequence of chapters that is followed in your coaching so that you can give complete focus to each and every topic. If you are doing self-study in your drop year, you should follow the sequence of chapters as in the NCERT or standard school book.
You can even follow a test series schedule which you might take. That way things will go in an ordered manner. Set this basic study schedule for the starting months. Also, make sure to give tests at least fortnightly. That will show you how to improve preparation in the subsequent chapters.
Strategy for 2nd phase of preparation
Once the month of January starts, you will start getting nervous as the exam would be near. At that time you can keep two days a week for revision and mock papers. Increase the frequency of the tests that you give from the month of January.
Try to finish your syllabus by the month of January so that you can revise in February entirely and then move on to practice only in the last month. By the end of December, you would have a fair idea of the level of preparation you have and that is the time to make improvements. Thus, speed up your course completion and start giving more time to practice in the month of January.
Strategy for the final phase of preparation
Once your syllabus is complete, you should start thorough revision. Do lots of time-bound questions when it comes to your strong topics and for the weaker ones, give proper time to theory too. Increase the frequency of the mock tests and once a paper is done, don’t just leave it. Check for all your mistakes and get solutions to each question which you did wrong. This way you will improve with each test that you give. Once you feel that your broad revision is over, these tests will give a good direction to your revision.
Finally, doing previous years’ papers of JEE Main and JEE Advanced is very important. Treat them as regular mock tests and solve them properly in a time-bound way. They will give you a good idea of the paper pattern and you can mend your revision method by analyzing the paper properly. Doing the archive will also give you a brief idea of the must-do chapters.
Miscellaneous guidelines for preparing the best time table for JEE droppers:
- Be calm throughout and don’t lose hope.
- Take requisite breaks else you will drain yourself.
- Make use of all the extra time that you get as a dropper and gain an edge over the others. Use that time to do a better practice through question sets and mock papers.
- Once a month you can take a day off too. That will refresh you.
- Try changing your time-table plan every month so that you can implement all positive changes in it as and when you realize them.
- Making a flexible time-table will keep you motivated throughout.
- Don’t solve or study too many books. Make a time-table which can accommodate the completion of the correct amount of books in the desired time.
Even if it is your last chance to crack JEE, don’t pressurize yourself and use everything to get positive results.
All the best!