JEE Maths is the subject that bothers most of the JEE aspirants. It not only involves sophisticated concepts but also demands lots of effort of solving numerous problems. If you want to excel in JEE maths, remember one word — PRACTICE!!!
If you want to improve your JEE maths and score good marks, you need to focus more and more on problem-solving instead of just reading theories, formulae, and solutions.
You should have the sufficient skill to solve the problems. You develop this by practicing a lot before the examination. Be relentless, and learn something every day. Questions in JEE Maths also test your ability to stick to a problem and find out the answer quickly. Many people give up midway, thinking the question is too long or tough. Don’t do that. JEE Maths paper is never too difficult or long, there will be students who will be getting greater than 95% marks in the same paper, then why not you?
Don’t refer solutions without trying problems
With all the books and study material related to JEE Maths, most students have a tendency to read a question and immediately jump to see the solution. This is totally wrong and if you continue this for a long time, you will become dependent on solutions and you develop a bad habit of surrendering. Whereas in JEE Maths, you need a fighting attitude. Try hard to crack the trick. We know you don’t have too much time to spend on each question but at least in each 60-70% questions, you should attempt yourself first (spend 10-15 minutes average time on each question) and then refer solution. It is very important to try first as your brain develops only when you put stress on it.
Very Important Chapters for JEE Maths
Some chapters are very important from JEE point of view. These chapters include — Integrals, 3-D Geometry, Probability, Conic section, Vector Algebra, Functions, Limits, Continuity & Derivability, Matrices & determinants, Probability, Permutation and Combination. These chapters may carry weightage up to 65-70% of total marks.
Important chapters for JEE Maths and tips to tackle them
Important chapters for JEE are — Quadratic equation, Trigonometry, Inverse Trigonometric Functions, Permutation and Combination, Circle, Binomial theorem, Sequence and Series.
The NCERT Mathematics books contain all the relevant matter along with basic and easy questions. They help in laying a firm conceptual groundwork and in increasing your confidence. This is more than enough as far as Jee Main is concerned. Once you grasp all the concepts you can move over to advanced Problems.
For Coordinate Geometry, make sure you revise the formulas from some reliable source. The best way is to write down all of them on a sheet of paper and revise regularly. You will learn them only when you apply them. So solve as many problems as you can.
For Trigonometry, take a notebook and write down all the formulas, identities etc. Look at the notebook that you have maintained daily and constantly update it. As per the recent trend of questions in JEE Maths, pure questions of Trigonometry are a rare sight. But questions involving Calculus, Coordinate Geometry, Sequence and Series may use some knowledge of Trigonometry. So, it’s better to go through entire formulas and some practice from RD Sharma.
To master Calculus part of JEE Maths, if you are clear about basics of Calculus so pick any publication book, for example Arihant Publications, and start solving the problems. It is not that in Calculus if you solve 100 questions you can do any problem of that topic. You have to do lot many problems for that.
Permutations & Combinations and Probability are those two chapters in JEE Maths in which you have to use your brain first and then apply mathematics. Converse will always get you in huge troubles. Start your question off with an overview of what is the question asking, such as if it’s asking something from grouping theory, then that particular formula should strike your mind. After that, just let aside mathematics for a while and think as if it’s a real life problem. If you have thought what would you do to solve the problem, then start off by applying mathematics.
Topics included in JEE Main but not in JEE Advanced Maths
Some topics are included in the JEE Main but not in JEE Advanced. They include Statistics, Height and Distance, Mathematical Reasoning, Sets and Relations. These chapters are to be mastered from NCERT only if possible then practice some problems from RD Sharma also. You will get one question from each of these chapters in Jee Main. As these chapters are not included in JEE Advanced Syllabus, so you need not put extra effort in these chapters.
Some basic tips
In the case of a single choice question, you can easily go for the objective approach, in which you can either substitute those values given in four options or try to eliminate the options. Some tips are mentioned below:
- You can easily do it in the case of Indefinite Integration where you can easily differentiate the given four functions.
- In the case of Sequence and Series, in most of the cases, an arbitrary value helps. If the question is based on ‘n’ then put arbitrary values of ‘n’ and verify it. If the question is related to AM-GM you can take the limiting values i.e you can take all of them as equal.
- In the case of Coordinate Geometry, make a rough graph and mark the points or try the points given in option so as to satisfy the equation.
- Same way you can do it in Trigonometry. Suppose there are two variables A and B in given question, try to put suitable known values (say A=60 and B=45) in question to reduce it to some constant, then put same values in given options one by one, whichever option matches the desired value would be the correct answer.
In the case of multiple correct answers (a general trend in JEE Advanced Maths):
- Generally many multiple correct options are linked, hence if you somehow find the answer of any one option, the others can be quickly solved.
- If there is partial marking, be very patient and attempt only as much as you know. Don’t guess, it can be fatal since -2 marking is there in multi correct.
Important books
Choosing good books for JEE Main and JEE Advanced preparation is important as they will help you build a strong grasp on the concepts. You need to study from the books that explain theory well and also have a collection of good quality problems. After all, JEE tests your conceptual clarity along with problem-solving skills. You need to be prepared well to ace the exam.
Last minute tips
Some tips that you should consider near the JEE exam:
- Solve a few JEE Main and JEE Advanced mock test papers or previous years’ question papers of JEE Main and JEE Advanced, or join any Test Series which you find more suitable.
- Do not neglect your health in these final moments. Falling sick now could ruin your future plans.
- Go to bed before 11:00 PM especially on the day of the exam and wake up early. Adequate sleep is paramount for the proper functioning of the brain.
- Stay motivated. One may score high or low on practice tests, but what is truly important is to keep studying consistently for the final exam.
Try to follow the above tips, and you would score high in the JEE Maths. There’s no substitute of hard work, and hard work along with smart work can work wonders! Give your best shot to JEE. Good luck!
Hi Sir. Have been scoring near and above the 100 marl in Physics and Chemistry, with Math lagging behind at the 20-50 range. Found your article superb:) Will try to implement suitably. Aiming for 100+ in April ‘19 Mains.
Hi Prahlad,
Thank you for your comment. Wish you all the best! Please feel free to post your doubts in the comments.
I am having the same problems bro
Aman bhaiya did you take home tutions other than FIITJEE classes.I am also a student of future student but I also take home tuitions
Hi Tanya,
No, I didn’t attend any other coaching/tuition except FIITJEE.