Chemistry occupies one-third of the JEE Main question paper, and is equally important as the other two subjects, i.e., Physics and Mathematics. Sometimes, students tend to focus more on Physics and Mathematics because they are difficult to handle. These same students tend to ignore Chemistry as they consider it to be “fairly easy”.
Unfortunately, this is a wrong notion. JEE Main Chemistry is not really easy, it just requires a different aptitude. Some students don’t put much effort into Chemistry, which costs them their JEE Main ranks. You need to study all three subjects equally. Below are some ideas on how to make studying Chemistry easier and more effective.
Make Your Own Notes
JEE Main Chemistry revision becomes very easy if you make your own notes when you study a new topic. Self-made notes are very important. Whenever you study some topic, make sure to write down the important points, reactions, and formulae in a separate notebook. Make your notes such that they contain all the important information, and you don’t feel the need for looking at the book when you revise.
It is necessary to divide your revision time efficiently among the three branches of Chemistry – Physical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and Inorganic Chemistry. Generally speaking, Physical Chemistry doesn’t require much memorization and contains more numerical type questions. You can get comfortable with Organic Chemistry with practice! However, you may need to spend most of your revision time on Inorganic Chemistry to learn all the reactions “by heart”.
During your JEE preparation, make a habit to learn some reactions of Inorganic Chemistry every weekend. In the last weekend of the month, you can revise all the reactions that you learned during the month. This habit is very helpful because you’ll be learning the reactions as they cross your way. If you don’t do this, you’ll have a hard time towards the end of your preparation as you’ll be flooded with reactions that you need to learn! Don’t do that to yourself.
Solve Previous Years’ JEE Main Chemistry Questions
At the time of revision, you can solve the JEE Main Chemistry questions of previous years. Doing so will help you revise the concepts that were asked on past exams, and you’ll also get a flavor of the type of questions asked in the JEE Main. Try to analyze your weak points and work towards improving them.
Mimicking Exam Conditions at the Time of Revision
When you are two to three months away from the JEE Main exam, you should try mimicking the examination conditions so that you get very accustomed to it. Revise in three-hour long sessions. In this duration, stay away from your mobile phone, avoid all sorts of distractions, and do not get up — not even for drinking water!
Making Some Changes in Lifestyle
To perform well in the JEE Main exam, you need to be mentally fresh during the exam. If 9:30 am to 12:30 pm is not the time when your efficiency is at its peak, you need to make changes in your lifestyle so that you are in your most efficient state during those hours.
- If you have a habit of listening to music while studying, try to gradually curb the habit.
- If you study on your bed, try to develop a habit of studying at a table and chair.
- If you are a night-owl, try to avoid late night studying. Develop a habit of waking up early so that you feel fresh during the day. Remember, the JEE Main exam is scheduled in the daytime, not in the night.
- Get sufficient sleep (minimum 7 hours) during the night as it will help in improving your efficiency.
- If you have a habit of sleeping in the afternoon, get rid of it!
Work on your Speed and Accuracy
Speed and accuracy are the major determinants of your JEE Main rank. Accuracy is important! You don’t want to get negative marks for silly mistakes. If you are fast at solving questions, you’ll be able to solve more questions in lesser time, which means you’ll secure more marks.
The time it takes to complete the JEE Main Chemistry paper is generally less than the time needed to complete the Physics and Mathematics papers. This is because there are fewer calculative questions in Chemistry than in Physics and Mathematics.
While you are solving mock tests during your JEE Main revision period, try to minimize the time it takes you to complete the Chemistry paper. Many students attempt the JEE Main Chemistry paper in the beginning and then move on to Maths or Physics. However, it is a personal choice and you should attempt the subject papers according to your confidence levels in the various subjects.
Focus More on Important Topics
Chemical bonding and coordination compounds are important topics in Inorganic Chemistry. Functional group analysis and stereochemistry are among the important Organic Chemistry topics. In Physical Chemistry, many questions are on titration and stoichiometry. Other important topics include electrochemistry, mole concept, and chemical equilibrium.
Above are some topics that carry significant marks in the JEE Main Chemistry paper. However, you should also study other topics well so as to get a high score. After all, your cumulative score determines your JEE Main rank.
Revision is an important aspect of JEE Main preparation. All the hard work that you did in your entire JEE preparation phase will bear fruit if you do your revision effectively. Just do your best and succeed. All the best!