How to Solve Practice JEE Main Question Papers

How to Solve Practice JEE Main Question Papers

JEE Mains paper is overall a moderately difficult paper. But, a systematic and smart study until the day of the final exam can get you very decent marks in it. In this post, I am going to give you some tips on how to practice solving JEE Main question papers.

As you know, this paper contains 90 questions which have to be solved in 3-hours duration. So, this paper will test your question-solving speed more than your knowledge. You should have very clear idea about your syllabus and what is the weightage of each topic. You can refer to any book which contains JEE Main question papers, they analyze the papers very thoroughly. You can get a rough idea of which topic is important and which topic requires less attention.

Now, next thing is how much you should study to get satisfying marks in this paper. Truly speaking, it depends on student to student. But 6-7 hours of self-study with proper focus until the final stage of your examination is more than enough. One thing, which can really help is you should have one slot in your study time which duration must be 3-hours. In those 3-hours, you must study continuously, properly on your study table, without any disturbance. This habit will increase your efficiency dramatically in those 3-hours of examination.

What happens often with most of the students in the final exam is that they solve fewer questions, with respect to their potential. This happens mainly because the exam pressure is enormous on the students, irrespective of the fact that they are appearing it for the first time, second time or third time. So, after about two hours, most of them get mentally tired and their efficiency becomes very low.

To counter the above-mentioned problem, you must be comfortable studying or solving questions for three hours straight. You should join a test series (Resonance, Allen, or whatever you like) and give the exams very seriously. They generally imitate examination conditions very well. But it won’t be effective unless you take it seriously. These examinations are conducted on all India level, so you will get a pretty good idea of where you stand and how much you have to prepare more. But, don’t get frustrated if you get low marks and don’t be overconfident if you are getting very high marks.

If you are not joining test series for any reason, then during your studies, whenever you come across a good question, mark it. Then, you can a make a paper by yourself from the set of all marked questions. Then, pick any free day, and solve the paper like you are giving your JEE Mains exam. Try to imitate as much condition as you can, like, timing should be identical to JEE Mains exam (9:30am to 12:30pm; most probably), you should have a water bottle, try to sit where ambient noise is minimum. You should do this once in a couple of weeks.

Now, next thing to be discussed is how to study, and more importantly, what to study. Syllabus of JEE Mains is broad, but its questions are pretty straightforward. So, you have to make sure not to study every topic very deeply.

How to study physics

In Physics, remember all the standard formulas. As I mentioned earlier, this paper is a test of speed, so it doesn’t matter that you can derive the formula because you will not have time to derive it in the exam. Make a list of every formula in a sheet, and read it very frequently. This will help you to memorize it. You should also solve enough questions related to any formula so that you get a very strong idea how to apply it and try to solve until you get the final answer. It is a very bad habit to leave the solution in middle thinking that, beyond that part of the solution it is very easy.

As for the study material, you can use the following:

  • NCERT for reading purposes. A couple of questions also come from the electronics portion which is hard to understand for most of the student. So you can refer to the NCERT for it, don’t need to go beyond that. Previous years’ questions also help a lot.
  • H.C.Verma is also a pretty helpful book. You can use it as a reading material and for solving its questions. Mains questions have almost the same level as HCV questions. So, try to solve all its problems and examples.
  • If you are currently in any coaching institute then solve all the DPP (Daily Practice Problems) regularly. If you are not, then you can refer to any one of the books available in the market for JEE Mains.
  • MTG magazines have also a very nice collection of notes, papers and different types of puzzles related to your course which will make your studies very enjoyable.
  • JEE Main question papers are the must. You should solve every problem at least twice. Every year there are at least 7-8 questions which are directly from previous years’ papers. If you solve them quickly then you will save both, your energy and time which can be used for other questions.

The study materials discussed above are far more than enough. NCERT, HCV and JEE Main question papers are enough. Rest of them are for fun, and should only be used when you have extra time.

How to study chemistry

Chemistry is mostly the easiest portion of the paper. Almost all the questions come from NCERT. So it doesn’t matter whether you like this subject or not, you can get decent marks in it. You should try it first in the exam. It will hardly take half an hour to do all the questions you know, so it will boost your confidence, knowing that you solved one-third of the paper in very less time and also, you can use the extra time for other two subjects.

For Inorganic Chemistry, make a very organized and compact list of all the reactions and properties given in NCERT. Try to memorize it completely. Remember, questions will directly come from this note. You can also refer lab manual of CBSE (12th standard), for information as some questions in the exam are lab related.

In Physical Chemistry, concepts are not difficult to understand, but you have to do some practice. Some topic like Thermo and Equilibrium may require a little bit of extra attention, so study these topics with patience. Again, you should make a list of all formulas and memorize it. Most of the questions are the direct applications of these formulas.

Organic Chemistry of this paper is very simple. All the questions directly come the from NCERT. Students generally confuse between the name of a different mechanism, so memorize the name carefully. Study the basic logic behind every mechanism and remember every exception.

There’s not much need for any other study material apart from NCERT, but you can refer to the following books for some extra help:

  • NCERT Exemplar. It has a set of moderate level questions, which you can use for practice. Also, be careful, this book may contain some error in its answers, so don’t get frustrated if your answers didn’t match with the given one.
  • Resonance Rank Booster for Chemistry. Its questions are quite tough compare to questions of JEE Mains. So, make sure that you only attempt it when your all topic is well prepared. Don’t waste your time, by trying to solve all the problems of this book.
  • Previous years’ JEE Main question papers are a must. There are very few new concepts introduced in the Chemistry portion of the paper. So, past years’ papers can really help you to get the idea of what types of questions are mainly asked.

How to study maths

Maths can be a very scoring subject if you prepare it well. Almost half of the questions (i.e. 15 questions) are generally easy and can be done by anyone who has a basic understanding of the concepts and a little bit of practice. What matters most is the other half of the paper.

To solve them you need to do proper practice. The shortest way, and also a quite effective one, is to memorize as much of the formulas as you can. Then solve the questions related to a formula to understand it completely.

These are all about study materials and some tips on how to study. Now I am going to give you some general tips which I hope you found helpful during your preparation. Solve NCERT as much time as you can. Its exercises are very systematic, and it will help you to understand the different formulas and concepts completely.

  • NCERT Exemplar is next step. Solve it, after solving the NCERT. Its questions are a little bit tough and more logical, which will strengthen your concept. Exemplar has questions which are on Mains pattern, so you will also get the idea which type of questions can come into the exam.
  • Again, previous years’ JEE Main question papers are important. You can get the idea of your preparation by solving it. And there is always a chance that question might get repeated.

Some preparation hacks

Remember, what not to study is more important than what to study. This fact is especially valid in JEE Mains. If you started to study more than necessary then, the chances of you getting confused will rise and it will also waste your time.

Sometimes the information given in NCERT and on internet /other books may differ. In that case, prefer the information of NCERT.

Every year, couple of questions come from the last chapter of NCERT in Chemistry (both
11th & 12th). These chapters are relatively easy to prepare. Generally, students give less priority to these chapters, because of their low weightage in the exam. Don’t make this mistake, you should study these chapters seriously, as 1-2 questions( i.e. 5-10 marks) can make a huge difference in the rank.

Electronics topic is very ambiguous one in Physics. Don’t waste much time on that. Just study what’s given in NCERT and don’t go beyond that. Electronics is a very deep topic and at 12th level, it is pretty hard to understand. So, it’s not worth much effort as its weightage is mostly one question. It will only waste your energy and drop your confidence. Study smartly, know your weakness and strength.

You have to solve paper smartly also. Always remember — it’s the number of questions you do correctly, matters not the standard or quality of questions. So, first review the paper and get the idea which portion is easy and start solving from that part. Leave the hard questions and attempt it later. If you start to solve hard questions first, then you will be able to attempt very few questions in starting time, when you are at your peak efficiency. It will cause panic in your mind and you will start to make very silly mistakes.

Generally, students have their own order of the subjects to attempt in the paper, suitable to their skills. But it is advisable to attempt Chemistry first in Mains paper, as it takes about 30 minutes to finish it. Then you attempt Physics or Mathematics, whichever suits you. Try to fill OMR sheet along with solving questions, and do it very slowly because making errors in filling OMR is the silliest and dumbest mistake you can make in the exam.

Well, that’s all the advice and tips I can give you for the exam. Rest is up to your hard work, focus, and determination to achieve your goal. Enjoy your studies! Best of luck!

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4 Responses to How to Solve Practice JEE Main Question Papers

  1. anand March 5, 2018 at 6:35 pm #

    that was really helpful yaar
    care to give some in these last moments!

  2. Harshawardhan K U March 21, 2018 at 2:08 pm #

    I love this advice… But I did not get the point, “How to answer the paper effectively”. Because my mains average is 168 and I want to make it 200, teach me how to improve….
    Thank you Harshita

    • Harshita Srivastava
      Harshita Srivastava March 24, 2018 at 8:43 pm #

      Hi Harshawardhan,
      The key to performing well in the exam is a strong grasp of concepts and lots of practice. If you have a good understanding of all the chapters, you need to practice taking tests in exam-like conditions. Take tests in one sitting each of three hours and try to imitate the examination conditions.
      You can practice taking online tests on the website

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