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How to Prepare for JEE in One Year

JEE is the most prestigious exam for all engineering aspirants of our country. The first part of this exam is conducted in April in the form of JEE Mains and the second part is held a month later in the month of May i.e. JEE Advance. A number of students join JEE coachings from very early classes. However, most of them get serious much later and start preparing sincerely from class 12th itself. This reduces their effective preparation time to one year. The drop batch students too prepare everything from scratch in a span of one year. Thus, the preparation a student does during the last one year before JEE matters a lot as it is then that the students are the most serious. Here I will answer your question — How to prepare for JEE in one year?

How to prepare for JEE in one year: JEE Main specific preparation

JEE main is the first exam among all engineering entrances and thus, requires a lot of practice so that one can overcome fear and perform well in the exam. Also, accuracy matters a lot in JEE Main which only comes with a thorough practice of questions once the syllabus is over. The following points list out what you should do to prepare well for JEE Main in one year:

  • Choose the right set of books: For JEE Main there are certain books which one must read for getting a perfect grip over the basic concepts that would be applied in the JEE Main questions. NCERTs of various subjects are one such example.

    Students must be thorough with NCERTs, specially the chemistry NCERT. Doing archives or the past year papers too is extremely essential for JEE Main as the pattern for JEE Main is the same for almost every year and few questions are even repeated. Some concepts might get repeated too. Thus doing the past year’s papers of at least 10 years is important. Other standard books like HC Verma, RD Sharma and various other practice books also should be selected according to individual needs.

  • Make a schedule: Making a schedule is important so that you can complete your syllabus on time and start with a proper practice of miscellaneous questions and old papers before the exam. Keep days fixed for revision and clearing backlog. Don’t make an over straining schedule and try to make a schedule which you can realistically follow.
  • Revision: Keep proper time for revising all that you have studied. Make short summaries to go through hours before the exam. You must practice lots of tests. The more tests you will do, the more acquainted you will be with the pattern of the exam. JEE Main requires high speed and accuracy and only doing mock tests will help you achieve that.

How to prepare for JEE in one year: JEE Advance specific preparation

A similar strategy with a greater focus on concepts is needed for JEE Advanced. Also the practice of mixed concept type questions is very much needed as the questions in JEE Advance might not be from one single chapter. Every question might have a mix of two or more chapters.

  • Choose a good book that would firstly teach you concepts in depth and then move over to a book for learning concept application. For JEE Advanced quality matters more than quantity. Thus, don’t run for too many books and do the books that you choose in entirety.
  • Devote more time on concept understanding in your schedule. Be curious and explore more. Don’t skip out the derivations while studying as in JEE Advance you might not get simple concepts or already done concepts. Thus, you might have to derive things from basics so knowing derivations matters. Again, try completing your syllabus well in time so that you don’t have to rush towards the end and have time for revision as well.
  • Your revision strategy must focus on doing problems involving more concepts. Sit with each question for more time and brain storm various methods of doing the same question. Doing subjective questions in the last few months help as they reduce your dependency on the type of paper that would come. Don’t follow any specific paper pattern for JEE Advance because the exam is full of surprises and the pattern is ever changing.

How to prepare for JEE in one year: General tips

  • Be positive and tell yourself that one year is sufficient.
  • Prioritize and cut down wastage of time on useless activities. Even fix the days that you would attend school so that you can give maximum time to JEE.
  • Decide the minimum number of hours that you would study each day and stick to it religiously.
  • Start from the very basics and don’t skip things. Start with NCERT and when thorough with it, take it to a higher level.
  • Once you get into the flow of the chapter it wouldn’t take time and this would come through a strong basic foundation only.
  • Finish your syllabus maximum by the month of January so that you have at least 2 months to cover up your weak portions and then revise for at least a month.
  • Even if you have less time left for revision don’t skip out on doing the past year’s papers as they will give you an idea of the exam so that you can be better prepared to face the paper.
  • If you are giving board exams, take them as an opportunity to revise basics for JEE Main as that would be soon after the board exams.

The above tips would definitely help you in performing well in the exams. Make sure to remain calm and don’t underestimate yourself. Many people clear the exam nicely with one year of serious preparation so remember you too can do it.
All the best!

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