JEE examination takes place in two steps, according to the latest pattern. The first step is JEE Main, which takes place in the first week of April, and the second one is JEE Advanced, which is held in the second half of May. The timely completion of JEE syllabus before both these examinations is very crucial. Last minute rote learning and quick turning of pages don’t help. One needs to know the concepts, as knowing only the formulas isn’t of much use from JEE point of view. The time for JEE syllabus completion varies and here is a discussion of what the ideal time for your JEE syllabus completion should be according to the category you fall into.
For aspirants who start preparing from Class 11th
For the aspirants who start their prep in class 11th, they have ample amount of time to complete their JEE syllabus and a large chunk of JEE aspirants fall in this category.
When you start preparation right from the very basics in class 11th and do a good practice of questions and proper theory completion, then an ideal target for completing your class 11th portions of the JEE syllabus would be the month of December of your class 11th year.
Once you are done with this much, you should take a gap of one or two weeks to review things and practice some miscellaneous questions. This will help you in easily understanding all the things that are yet to come. Once that is done, don’t start things again or wait for class 12th to begin. Spend a week or so for preparing for your school exams and in general your board books. Then around the month of January move over to the class 12th portions.
The above estimate says that you took around 9 months to complete 50% of the syllabus and since you will be starting class 12th portion in January, your entire JEE syllabus should be done by November of the class 12th year. This gives you a time of 2 more months as compared to your class 11th portion time. In this span, while you are completing class 12th topics, keep a day per week for revising your previously done chapters. This will prevent you from forgetting things easily.
Thus, your entire JEE syllabus should be complete by November of your class 12th year. Then again you can take two weeks off to revise and brush up things. Once that is done you should go for solving rank improvement question banks, JEE Advanced and JEE Main previous years’ question papers, and mock tests for JEE Main and JEE Advanced completely.
In February give proper time to your board exam preparations and revise for JEE too in short slots too simultaneously. During your board exams, you will be getting many preparation leaves. In that time too, take out time for your JEE syllabus revision so that you don’t lose touch completely. Once your boards are over, give proper time to JEE Main preparation. This would be an ideal target for your JEE syllabus completion.
For aspirants starting preparation in class 12th
If you start your preparation in class 12th, then you have lesser time. Also, there is a greater pressure involved in the entire situation. You will have to revise your class 11th portions and do the new portion too. Since a lot needs to be done, the ideal time for JEE syllabus completion would be a little more for this category.
You should finish your JEE syllabus by January first week so that you get at least one month for revising class 11th portions once again. Also, you can do the revision of the class 12th portions simultaneously with your board preparation since the topics will be same. Just make sure that you do some review mock tests and time bound miscellaneous question practice so that you get an idea of time management during the exam too.
You should form a timetable such that along with your regular school and coaching, you prepare for the current ongoing class 12th topics, and on holidays, or choose a few hours daily, for the class 11th portions. You will have to manage both these simultaneously to bring about the timely completion of your JEE syllabus. Extract the maximum from your classes so that you have to spend lesser time on going through theory at home and can directly jump to question practice after a little review of theory.
Managing everything in class 12th would be a tougher task but there isn’t a lot to worry about. Try utilizing all the time that you get to your maximum potential. With a few days of skipping school every week and with dedicated efforts you can do it!
For drop year aspirants
Most of the students who drop a year to give JEE again have ample amount of time since they don’t have to go to school. Also, for school going students, the new session generally begins in April whereas the batches for drop year students generally begin in June end. This is mainly because many students decide to take a drop after some of their results are out. Droppers also give proper time to each detail and start things right from the basics. Also, they don’t have to give board examinations so the months of February and March are free for them.
Due to the above-stated factors, the ideal time for JEE syllabus completion for droppers is January end. Thus leaving out February and March completely for revision of both JEE Main and Advanced.
In the month of February, they can do rank improvement materials along with JEE Main and JEE Advanced mock tests on a regular basis. March should be dedicated mostly to learning and revision portions for JEE Main specifically with short slots for JEE Advanced level revision which can be mainly done through mock tests. Once JEE Main is over you should focus on both JEE Advanced and BITSAT. Give lots of mock tests and especially do the inorganic portions once again since one tends to forget them a lot.
For aspirants belonging to other categories
The aspirants, who start even earlier than the above mentioned three categories, say in class 9th or 10th, should keep a decent target of two months lesser time completion than the first category. I reduced it by only two months because in class 9th and 10th, only very basic concepts, and mainly Board and Olympiad specific things are covered, and the JEE specific portion starts mostly from January month of the class 10th year. Due to this reason, their target should be lesser by just a couple of months.
Also, the ideal time for only JEE Main aspirants would be a little lesser since they have a lot lesser amount of material to solve and their main aim is doing a lot of mock tests for getting a good idea of time management, speed, and accuracy.
While you are completing your JEE syllabus prefer quality work. Don’t just think of completing things and make absorbing things your first priority. Whatever you do should be done with proper focus and should be revised from time to time.
The ideal time for JEE completion might be early, but your main target should be to revise and continue revising it till you can do almost all questions of that topic. Lastly, solve the past years’ papers for both JEE Main and Advanced to get a fair idea of the paper pattern and do last minute quick reviews to gain more confidence.
The above information will give you a clear idea of how you should set up your timetable to achieve the ideal deadline for the JEE syllabus completion. Don’t over-burden yourself in the beginning and maintain a uniform timetable. Maintain regularity and try maintaining your health so that you don’t end up missing out on days of preparation. Good luck!