JEE Main Preparation Tips and Tricks – Around 8.65 lakhs students took the JEE- Main (Joint Entrance Examination) in April 2019. The above data proves that engineering is one of the most preferred courses among students in India. They consider Engineering as a lucrative career option with tremendous growth opportunities. One not only gets to draw a huge salary but can also travel abroad. Engineering is the sure-shot route to become a global citizen. Nowadays, many youngsters wish to be entrepreneurs. Many engineers from top engineering colleges have become successful entrepreneurs. They have spun the new India story on the global business platform.
Though we have around ten thousand engineering colleges, not all of them are good at imparting quality education to students. The sad fact is that many of them are not employable at the end of four years. So, in the case of engineering discipline, the institution that you get into plays a vital role in shaping your career. The IITs and NITs are among the top engineering colleges in India. These premier institutions have approximately 20000 seats. Only 2 percent of the total candidates can secure seats in high-rated colleges. Thus the JEE-Main exam is one of the most competitive exams in India. Typically students start preparing in the eleventh standard, and a few students start early in the ninth class itself. Now let us look into the various nuances of this exam:
The exam consists of three papers. Paper 1 is for B.Tech/B.E candidates and the aspirants who wish to pursue B.Arch and B.Plan in the prestigious IITs. Paper 2 is for all students who intend to study architecture and paper 3 if for the B.Plan course.
The duration of of all the papers is 3 hours. The first paper is on CBT (Computer Based Test) mode. It tests your skills in Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics. In each subject, 25 questions are asked, out of which 20 are multiple-choice questions (MCQs) type, and five questions require numerical answers. For MCQ question 4 marks are for correct, and 1 mark is deducted for every wrong answer. In the case of numerical solutions, there is no negative marking. Thus, each subject could fetch you 100 marks, and the maximum mark one can obtain 300. The medium of the paper is English/Hindi/ Gujarati (only in a few states). To check the list of exam centres for JEE Main exam, click here.
The paper 2 for B.Arch will have 77 questions whereas the Paper 3 for B.Plan aspirants will have 100 questions. B.Arch aspirants are tested in Mathematics, General Aptitude, and drawing skills. The Mathematics section consists of 20 MCQs and 5 numerical answers. The Aptitude section has 50 MCQs. These two sections are computer-based, whereas the drawing test is paper-based and has two questions. The drawing test is for 100 marks.
B.Plan aspirants have to give tests in Mathematics, Aptitude, and Planning. Mathematic has 25 questions (5 numerical answer type), Aptitude has 50 MCQs and Planning section has 25 questions out of which one will be a writing task. The B.Plan exam is entirely CBT (Computer Based Test) mode.
NTA (National testing authority) is responsible for setting up the question paper. Paper 1 is based on the textbook syllabus of class 11 and 12. The aptitude part in paper 2 tests your general knowledge, mental ability, verbal skills, and analytical reasoning. In the drawing section, candidates are asked 2D and 3D drawings, and landscape sketches.
Given the competitive nature of the exam, your ranking depends on how you perform when compared to others. Here are a few tips to crack the code:
The syllabus of the JEE Main exam is vast. Plus in the 12th standard, you have the board exams too. So one has to prepare for both entrance and board exams, which have different patterns. The earlier you familiarize yourself with the topics and concepts, the better. You get more time to practice mock exams and can avoid the last-minute tension. But one should also revise the basics regularly.
Some chapters in the JEE Main entrance exam can be hard, and a few can be easy for every student. It varies for each individual. So, you have to segregate the syllabus based on the difficulty level and put in more effort for the hard ones.
One has to be thorough in the underlying concepts and practice applying them. This way, you will be able to solve new problems in the JEE Main exam paper. It helps you improve your accuracy. It is the ability to interpret an unknown situation, which can take you ahead in the competition.
The entrance exams do not follow a regular pattern, unlike board exams. So, one has to study all the portions covered in the syllabus.
You must revise all the topics at least twice. Taking short notes while learning can help you revise quickly. It also helps you in finding your memory retention capability.
Once you are done with seventy percent of the syllabus, you can start taking mock exams. From these exams, you can learn time management skills and get to know where you stand in the competition. But one should not get deterred by the results. The ones who start early, have an advantage in the initial stages. One can find out the problem-causing areas and questions where you tend to make silly mistakes. These exams also tend to remove the fear factor.
You should not be in a mad rush to complete books after books. The NCERTs are the best to understand concepts. You can go for one extra book for practice. Books like H.C Verma for physics, R D Sharma for Mathematics, etc. are sufficient. It is important to learn the varieties of questions that can be asked.
It is an essential factor in life. There is no point in studying continuously and feel exhausted. One has to eat right, exercise, play games, and socialize a bit. This will help you tackle the future better. You should neither feel miserable nor be drenched in euphoria.
Being cool and distraction-free help you focus and prepare well.
All the best!