How to face JEE Main 2017

How to face JEE Main 2017
There are students who have topped Joint Entrance Examination (JEE), but they did not skip any of their extracurricular activities while they were preparing for the JEE, one of the most difficult exams in India. They just maintained a deft balance between studies and extracurricular activities.

The JEE Main examination is held for students aspiring to pursue engineering courses in the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), National Institutes of Technology (NITs), Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs), and other Centrally Funded Technical Institutions (CFTIs) across the country. Online registration process for JEE 2017 has begun and only those students who clear the JEE Main are eligible to sit for the JEE Advanced exam round. Every year, the competition is stiff as more and more students aim to make it to the leading institutions. Students should, however, not be worried about the increasing cut-off or the rising number of aspirants attempting the exam. They should stay calm and put their best foot forward to make the cut. Here are a few tips and tricks to ace the JEE Main 2017:

n Focus on your strengths & improve your weak areas: Keep revising the subjects that you are strong at and devote extra time to strengthen your weaker areas. Solve previous years’ question papers and devote more time to attempt questions that you still have doubts about.

n Improve your concentration levels: There is no room for mistakes due to negative marking. Therefore, it is essential to build your concentration levels. On a daily basis, indulge in activities such as meditation and yoga to boost your concentration levels.

n Manage your time well: Time management is the key to gain good scores for the exam. In 180 minutes, you will have to solve 90 questions. On an average, you get two minutes per question. Try solving questions of those topics which you are confident about and give more time for questions where multiple calculations and careful understanding are required .

n Buy the right books: Buying multiple books of various authors and then getting confused with excessive information is not a desired scenario. Instead, buy National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) books for understanding theory and comprehensively understanding the JEE Main syllabus.

n Make good use of the Internet: Try solving papers online to get acquainted with the online mode of examination. There are several tutorials uploaded by various experts, which can be downloaded for further guidance.

n Take regular breaks and ensure good sleep: While your timetable has long hours devoted to studies, it is equally important to relax your mind. Indulge in sports to refresh your mind and make sure you’re not sleep-deprived.

n Solve mock tests regularly: Practise as many mock tests as possible to increase your speed and improve your confidence level. Mock tests will help you analyse your progress gradually. You will be able to get a grasp on the pattern of questions and improve your preparation as well.

n Emphasise on subject-wise important chapters: There is always a pattern of questions for every entrance examination each year. Understanding the pattern and optimising the crucial time span will certainly help in maximising the productivity of final result. You should ensure that you are thorough with most important chapters (60%-70%) of the syllabus at least one month prior to the exam, and utilise the rest of the days practising as much as possible. For JEE preparations, a well-prepared chapter-wise and topic-wise timetable is essential to keep a track of the syllabus and one’s preparations. Students should pay attention to details and spend a good amount of time on Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics — and get all the fundamentals right in Classes 11 and 12 itself. Students should give ample time to these subjects to improve reasoning and analytical ability skills.

n Track progress: You need to periodically solve mock test papers and monitor your progress. This will help in identifying your weak areas and concentrate on improving your speed and accuracy.

n Relax and meditate: Learn meditation, yoga, or any other form of relaxation technique that suits you. Such techniques have a stress-relieving effect and improves your concentration.

n Seek help: With cut-throat competition, enrolling for a coaching class can help a student gain the desired guidance and master tricks to crack competitive exams. However, before joining a coaching class, students must analyse various factors such as which institute provides the right environment, adequate training, the quality of faculty etc to crack the exam.

(The author is director, Aakash Educational Services Pvt Ltd, New Delhi)

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