Over 2.21 lakh students, who have cleared the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main, will now take the JEE (Advanced) for around 11,000 seats in IITs (Indian Institutes of Technology) in the country on May 21.
Usually, if you score around 40% (general category), you can get a seat in one of the IITs. The cutoff goes down to around 30-35% at times. Don’t worry about the outcome, just focus on solving the questions.
Here is how you can prepare for the exam in these few days:
1. Solve the test papers of JEE (Advanced) from the past 10 years.
2. Identify the questions from topics that you can solve in all the tests. Work on the weak topics by solving more problems from a good book or coaching material.
3. Write the important formula of all the topics from the syllabus and revise them 2 days before the exam.
4. If you have enrolled in a coaching institute then follow the plan given by them, especially the practice tests. Revise the coaching material well.
5. Feel confident about whatever you know. It’s not necessary to know everything to get a seat in an IIT. But for getting a top rank, you need to know everything in depth.
6. While practising at home before the exam, you should keep the time limit in mind. This will increase your speed. You have to be fast then only you can attempt a good number of questions.
7. Get a good sleep for 6-7 hours every night at least 7 days before the exam and don’t nap during the day. Try to do practice work between 9am and 12pm and then 2pm-5pm to develop a good stamina. Get up at around 6am every day as on the day of the exam you will have to get up at 6am and be active until 5pm. So follow this routine every day to get the maximum output from your body and mind that day. You will not feel tired during the exam, especially during the second paper. Usually, many students don’t perform well in the second paper due to tiredness/weakness.
8. Follow good food habits these days due to tough summer. Drink milk or fresh juice every day and eat fresh fruits every day. Eat a good breakfast with some solid stuff such as bananas, apples, mango, poha etc so that you have all the energy. Eat light food between the first and second paper. Wash your face with cold water and put some water on your head as well. Take a 10-15 minute power nap, see the formulae with cool mind and do not have any fear. Also, don’t discuss the first paper with anyone.
9. Be careful about negative marking. Attempt only those questions that you are fully confident about.
10. Try to solve simple questions first. You can identify them by their length, options, and figure/graph. Instead of doing all the questions from one subject, attempt simpler questions from all subjects first. Then do the moderate questions and finally the toughest ones. If you can’t solve some questions even after this selection procedure, don’t get demotivated. Always be confident and attempt the next questions. Don’t hesitate in leaving those that will consume more time. There are enough number of questions that can get you a seat.
(Verma is the managing director and head of academics at Kota-based Resonance Eduventures Limited. Views expressed here are personal.)