Prepping for JEE Exam: 10 Important things You Should Know

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JEE is not everything!

Pressure forces many of you to quit all your co-curricular activities and just prepare for the JEE exam, but remember, you shouldn’t give up your interests just for JEE. Preparing is good, but don’t kill other good qualities that you have for it. Take quick breaks from your preparation and do what you like in those breaks. You can become an actor or a model even after doing engineering so don’t lose hope! Let this factor motivate you to do much better so that you can have a great college life ahead where you can pursue all your interests.

Also, don’t think of failure or success during your preparation time as you must prepare without thinking of the consequences. Many aspirants think of different scenarios in which they could fail and this makes them anxious and leads to wastage of precious time. Study for yourself and do it happily! Enjoy everything that you do. JEE is not everything, so even if you fail, the world won’t end. Say this to yourself so that you don’t fear anything.

Concepts are everything!

Mugging things wouldn’t help you in the long run. Understand things and grasp the logic behind every small thing. This will be promoted if you ask doubts about anything that you did not understand.

Don’t leave doubts unsolved. The more you will ask the better it will be. For JEE Advanced, this will help you the most since the questions asked in it are not direct and might require some unknown concept which is derived from fundamentals. To be able to derive things requires an in-depth knowledge. Hence concepts are everything when it comes to the JEE exam.

NCERT is a must do book!

NCERT is a must do book, especially in physics and chemistry for the JEE exam. A large number of questions are directly asked from NCERT in the JEE exam. Questions of the inorganic portion of chemistry are often asked only from the NCERT in JEE Advanced too.

Many aspirants think that NCERT is easy and doesn’t matter much but this isn’t completely true. Even if you are not from the CBSE board but are a JEE aspirant, you should go through the NCERT. Thus the importance of the NCERT is one thing that you must be aware of while preparing for the JEE exam.

Foreign author books aren’t a necessity!

Many aspirants go for a lot of foreign author books, especially Russian author books. JEE exam is an Indian exam and these books aren’t meant specifically for JEE, so don’t worry if you are unable to study them.

Sufficient JEE Main and JEE Advanced specific books are available in the market. A lot of top rankers haven’t even touched a single foreign author book, so don’t run for them. Also, a common problem with these books would be a different unit system and it is not wise to convert units and waste time every time while using them. They are very wide too and 50% of the topics, or 50% of the contents of the topic, might be out of the JEE exam syllabus. So stick to normal books and kill this myth that foreign author books are a must do for the JEE exam.

Prefer quality over quantity!

The JEE exam doesn’t require you to solve 10 books and remember every minute detail. It rather requires you to understand things and then think deeply about them. It promotes a logical approach.

Also, prefer quality in terms of questions and books you do. Don’t run for 10 books because doing the best ones and the relevant ones would solve your purpose. Pick a good set of books and do lots of mock papers of JEE Main and JEE Advanced along with them.

You can manage JEE and school studies together!

Some students do take up dummy schools and prepare, but the ones who go to school also work hard and achieve their JEE targets. Don’t miss out your school studies because school studies will test your knowledge at a basic level and that shouldn’t be a problem. You should give time to school work once in a week or so.

Dummy school might make you prepare day and night for the JEE exam and you might get drained after the initial months. It doesn’t work out well for everyone. So if you do not want to get into it, don’t force yourself or get influenced by peer pressure. Prepare well and manage school too. You might skip it few days a week but giving up on it might bore you.

Know the DO’s for the JEE exam

You should be aware of all that you need to do for the JEE exam. Here is a list of a few of them:

  • Stay motivated throughout. Motivation and confidence can do wonders!
  • Refer to the right books from the very beginning. Try doing at least one book or material completely.
  • Complete your course on time and keep revising what you have done.
  • Practice lots of questions while studying so that your hand flows freely in the exam when tough questions come up.
  • Give lots of mock tests to get over your fear of examination.
  • Take short study breaks once in a while so that you don’t drain out yourself.
  • Study regularly to avoid backlogs.
  • Make a timetable at the start only and try following it religiously. If you perform well with small targets, set small goals and then extend targets once the smaller ones are done.
  • Set your aims higher.

Know the DON’TS for the JEE exam

Once you are aware of all that you should be doing, knowing the things that you shouldn’t do also becomes important. Many aspirants follow wrong things for a long time and realize their mistakes too late. So here I would list out a few major don’ts for the JEE exam:

  • Don’t get nervous during your course of preparation or before the exams. Nervousness can ruin things badly. So do a lot of practice to stay away from it.
  • Don’t over-strain and take proper sleep.
  • Don’t over indulge in distractions like mobile phone, social networking etc.
  • Don’t study a lot in the last days before the exam and don’t start new topics in that time.
  • Don’t run away from practice and mock tests as they will help you in gauging your preparation.

You cannot estimate the type of paper you will get, especially in case of JEE Advanced!

Most of the aspirants try to estimate the JEE exam paper by using various theories. Some people think that if some xyz IIT is setting the paper then mathematics would be tough or chemistry would be easier and many such assumptions. These discussions are futile and distract you from your target.

Also, estimations might hurt badly in JEE Advanced since the paper’s pattern change a lot every year. The marking scheme, topic wise weightage and even the maximum marks of the exam are all variable factors in JEE Advanced. Thus, don’t indulge into judging the paper beforehand!

Coaching helps, but you can do well with self-study too!

Coaching guides well and keeps you on a schedule, but if you don’t have the requisite facilities and aim to do it without coaching, then you can! Don’t let this factor dominate you. Make use of any piece of guidance you get and manage your schedule with it. Without coaching, you will get a lot of time for self-study.

Start from the very basic books and you might buy a DLPD from any renowned coaching if you want. Once your basics are clear, go for problems. When you get stuck on doubts, discuss with friends, or you might find online doubt clearance platforms too. It is possible and students have done it! So stay determined and you can do it!

Once you are aware of the above-mentioned factors you can prepare for the JEE exam in a much better manner. Also, don’t worry about JEE and don’t be afraid of it. Prepare well and do well! All the best!

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