JEE-A: Do not devote more than 45 minutes to each section

  • HT Education Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: May 22, 2015 15:26 IST

Those who have cleared the first step for admission to an Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), this is the time to gear up for the next stage – JEE (Advanced), to be held on May 24. Clearing the JEE (Advanced) will pave the way for securing a seat in an IIT.

Only the top 1.5 lakh candidates (including all categories) based on their scores in Paper 1 of JEE (Main) 2015 will be eligible to appear in JEE (Advanced).

With just one day remaining for the exam, you must not revise any new topics. It is a good idea to keep practising previous years’ questions, notes etc, that will boost your confidence. Full-length papers of three hours each must be attempted during this period. This will help you understand the pattern and complexity of an entrance paper. Keep track of all the topics in the respective subjects. Application-based chapters are very important.

Highlighting the important types of questions, Aakash Chaudhry, director, Aakash Educational Services Pvt. Ltd, says: “We can list the different sections which have come up in the papers in the last few years that will help us in sketching a broad outline for this year’s paper. These include straight objective-type MCQs (single answer correct), multiple answer correct type MCQs, assertion, reason-based questions, linked-comprehension based MCQs, integer answer type questions with one digit numeric answer, matrix match type questions with two columns listing different entries that are required to be matched with each other. It is also important to understand the importance of different sections and the order to attempt these sections.”

The JEE (Main) preparation will also help you prepare for the JEE (Advanced). Students must remember that the Class 12 boards, the JEE (Main) and JEE (Advanced) are three different examinations with different ranking systems and rules.

The JEE (Advanced), needs skills of comprehension, reasoning and analytical ability to solve problems. It has a bouquet of various types of problems and there are two papers of three hours each.

During the examination, it is important to divide the time of three hours wisely for physics, mathematics and chemistry.

You must start the paper with your favourite subject and devote 45 minutes to each, with an objective of attempting every question. This will give you 30 minutes of buffer time.

Do not spend too much time on answering just one question, suggest experts.

Topper talk

I was weak in chemistry, especially organic and inorganic chemistry, which is why I devoted more time to the subject. I did not neglect the other subjects though.

Practising questions from mathematics should be a daily exercise. Chapters in physics such as electrodynamics and optics are very crucial. I maintained short notes of all the formulae and concepts which came in handy during the last few days.

I tried solving a few easy questions in mathematics and physics which improved my accuracy and speed. For inorganic chemistry, I revised the NCERT textbook thoroughly and for organic chemistry, I revised my class notes. I also spent time solving previous years’ JEE papers.

My main strategy was to revise the chapters I was good at instead of struggling with the tougher ones. I divided my time into three parts: three hours for math, three for physics and five hours for chemistry. For physical chemistry, it is very important to concentrate on the theory.

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