The Joint Entrance Exam (Main) is a prerequisite for admission to the undergraduate engineering and architecture programmes at the Indian Institutes of Technology, National Institutes of Technology, Indian Institutes of Information Technology and other Centrally-funded technical institutions.This year’s JEE (Main) promises to come up with its own set of challenges. Learning from the experience of successful candidates can be fairly useful when it comes to last minute preparations. HT Education spoke to two students who were among the top rankers in 2014 to find out what worked for them.
Nihal Poosa, a student of IIT Bombay, has interesting advice to share. “The focus should be on solving problems faster. I set aside 10 minutes for filling the answers on the OMR sheet and another 10 minutes for attempting the questions I found difficult initiallly. I suggest that candidates should give the first preference to mathematics, followed by physics and then chemistry while solving the paper. The lengthy questions can be left aside for the end. I devoted one hour each to mathematics and physics and about 40 minutes to chemistry. Go for the exam with a relaxed mind. I did not study for three days before the exam. A week before that, I solved two mock papers a day. My focus was to revise the key points,” says Poosa. The crucial topics, according to Poosa, are calculus and vector algebra in mathematics and mechanics in physics.
For Sai Chetan Chinthakindi, who bagged all-India rank 14 in the JEE (Main) 2014, mastering the basics is the key.
“You should also go about cracking the chemistry section first. Mathematics and physics require a lot of practice which you can get by solving previous years’ questions papers. I made it a point to revise the basic fundamentals regularly. You must make it a point to cross-check the calculations. My aim was to get a score of 340 but anything above 320 is considered good. I recommend that students should refer to these books besides the NCERT... Fundamentals of Physics by HC Verma and New Pattern for IIT-JEE mathematics by Arihant publishers,” says Chinthakindi.