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JEE: Prepare, plan and act

No need to fret; chart your course for success

education Updated: Oct 23, 2012 13:55 IST
Ramesh Batlish

As IIT-Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) is about six months away, it’s time for you to gear up. The new selection system gives importance to Class 12 board marks as well, hence one must prepare for both the exams simultaneously. The student must practice all NCERT problems, while brushing up JEE chapters. For better preparation, one can join a test series programme. These tests not only check an individual’s level of preparation for the JEE but also make him/her aware of one’s command over the subject, strong and weak areas and writing speed. Here are a few tips that can help you make a mark:

Time management
While dealing with exam pressure, time management plays a crucial role. Here are some tips
* Divide six months aptly for the three subjects
* Prepare a chapter-wise and topic-wise revision schedule
* Create short notes, list all formulas and points to remember. This will help in quick revision

Correct methodology
The correct approach for those taking the exam for the first or second (last) time is to stick to one source and not refer to a multitude of books/study material available in the market. For example, an engineering student must prepare all topics covering physics, chemistry and mathematics from the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) syllabus of Class 11 and Class 12 for JEE (main). However, for architecture, one has to additionally prepare for the aptitude test and drawing test.

Month-wise planning

November-February: One can utilise time for JEE preparation by focusing on each chapter separately.

March: Keep this month mainly for board exams, except for certain days when you can solve papers for IIT-JEE.

April: As JEE (mains) is scheduled for April 07, 2012 one can only revise formulae and take mock tests.

May: For those who will clear JEE (mains) are advised to take reputed JEE (advanced) mock tests.

All subjects — physics, chemistry and mathematics — are equally important, thus one must devote at least two-three hours to each subject on a daily basis. It’s the quality of time spent on self-study that matters, not quantity. It is advisable to take a minimum of 20 mock tests (based on the new pattern) from a reputable source and solve at least last five years’ IIT-JEE papers.

Important topics
The syllabi of Class 11 and 12 contribute about 45% and 55% of IIT-JEE question papers, respectively. While preparing, put more stress on the following topics.

Mathematics: Quadratic equations and expressions, complex numbers, probability, vectors, matrices in algebra; circle, parabola, hyperbola in coordinate geometry; functions, limits, continuity and differentiability, application of derivatives, definite integral in calculus.

Physics: Mechanics, fluids, heat and thermodynamics, waves and sound, capacitors and electrostatics, magnetics, electromagnetic induction, optics and modern physics.

Chemistry: Coordination chemistry and chemical bonding in inorganic chemistry, electrochemistry, chemical and ionic equilibrium, mole concept in physical chemistry and organic chemistry.

As they say, practice makes a man perfect. Practise as much as you can for JEE. Generally one must keep in mind the following things while preparing:
* Always start from the basics
* Don’t refer to solutions till you get the right answer
* Avoid leaving the question midway because one must know till what level their concepts are clear
* Always take a conceptual approach and understand the question properly. Never cram.
* Spare some time to relax
* Study on a regular basis
* Sleep for at least six hours a day to freshen up your mind
* Never lose your self-confidence
* Keep in touch with intelligent students of your class or coaching centre to get that extra edge
* Make it a point to appear in competitive exams like Olympiads, KVPY, SAT, advanced placements etc to improve your aptitude and analytical ability
* Prepare as per prescribed syllabi of the exam. Don’t over-stress yourself
* Whenever you complete a chapter or topic, go through that topic again from NCERT books as this would prepare you for the boards as well
* Problem-solving should be more qualitative than quantitative
* If one has the right attitude, then even an average student can clear it successfully

The author is FIITJEE head, Noida