Budding engineers and architects from across the country are taking their biggest test - the Indian Institute of Technology - Joint Entrance Examination (IIT-JEE) 2015. While the offline papers have already been conducted the online exam this year will take place on April 10 and 11. JEE is expected to be taken by about 14 lakh students in over 1500 centres in India and abroad this year.
About 1.5 lakh top candidates, based on their performance in the JEE (Main) 2015 (Paper 1) (including all categories) will be eligible to appear in JEE (Advanced) 2015.
The subjects and difficulty levels
Clearing JEE (Main) is not a difficult task. “A systematic approach when preparing for it will help students crack it. The cut-off for JEE (Main) is generally around 60% for NITs and IIITs,” says Ramesh Batlish, Noida centre head, FIITJEE. According to Anand Kumar, founder, Super 30, Patna, “The tough chapters include probability, permutation and combination and integral calculus in maths; rotational dynamics and geometrical optics in physics; solid state and inorganic chemistry in chemistry; 3D images in engineering drawing; and logical reasoning in aptitude. Revision of Class 11 and 12 syllabus and practising the last 10 years’ question papers of the previous paper's helps a lot. For logical reasoning, solving GRE questions is a good idea.”
Some don’ts for the papers
“Avoid writing lengthy solutions for problems — particularly while doing your preparations. Do not worry if the first two hours of the paper prove to be average for you. Make sure that you do well in the third hour. Your target should be to solve one-third of the paper to be able to make it to the top 1.5 candidates,” Kumar adds.
Last-minute tips for JEE (Main)
Try conventional methods first, say experts. If they don’t work out, try to understand the problem again and find clues that can lead you to the solution. “Go through the concepts related to the problem once again and see how they can be applied to the problem at hand. Try to relate the problem to real-life situations. It will help you to analyse it better. Refer to the solution, only when you have exhausted your limits. See what you had missed earlier. Practice similar problems. Doing 100 quality and concepts-based questions is more important than doing 1000 questions, which have not been selected carefully. Devise your own shortcuts and ways to tackle particular kind of problems,” says Batlish.
“The aptitude test is designed to check a candidate’s imagination, creativity, observation, architectural awareness and perception. The drawing section has two to three questions involving sketching of scenes and activities from memory of urban-scape (public space, market, festivals, street scenes, monuments, recreational spaces etc.), landscape (river fronts, jungles, gardens, trees, plants etc.) and rural life,” says Batlish.