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Here’s how you can crack Paper 1 and 2

You must thoroughly revise the Class 12 syllabus and solve mock papers.

education Updated: May 22, 2013 10:24 IST
HT Education Correspondent

Paper 1

You would need to cover the full syllabus and get into revision mode by solving a lot of practice tests, say experts. “The emphasis is on what you have studied in school because the syllabus for Paper 1 of the new JEE is based on the Central Board of Secondary Education curriculum,” says Anand Kumar, founder, Super 30.

The papers will test not only your knowledge, but your aptitude, accuracy and speed. So, to excel, you need a good command over subjects. “Regular practice of single-choice questions asked in previous examinations really helps. Make sure you understand what you are doing. Mere ticking of options may not be the right way. Attempting single-choice questions from previous years’ IIT-JEE will also help you crack it,” says Kumar.

You must first try the ideal approach for solving a problem. Try conventional methods first. “If they don’t work out, try to understand the problem again and find clues that can lead you to solution. Go through the concepts related to the problem once again and see how they can be applied to the problem in hand. Try to relate the problem to real-life situations. It will help you to analyse it better. Consult the solution, only when you have exhausted your limits,” says Ramesh Batlish, FIITJEE head, Noida. Practice similar problems. Doing 100 quality and concept-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. Always exercise time pressure while solving JEE (Main) papers. In maths, use short methods for calculations, skip irrelevant steps to save time.

“Select your questions wisely. If you solve easy and average questions correctly, you can easily get through. You may attempt difficult ones to make merit,” Batlish adds.

Identify the gaps and problem areas where you are wasting your maximum time. Try to analyse where you are making mistakes, which section you are doing best. Whatever mistakes you make in first paper try to remove in second. In this way you will be better prepared for the main exam. What most students do is that they revise whole of the syllabus but never attempt a mock and thus they always make mistakes in the main exam and lose track.

At the time of the exam, always attempt theoretical questions first and then questions which require calculation. It is advisable to avoid numerical questions in the first 10 or 15 minutes of the exam.

Paper 2
JEE (Main) Paper 2 is especially for those candidates who want to apply for BArch or BPlanning courses. The paper consists of three parts - mathematics, aptitude and drawing. The mathematics part is similar to Paper 1, therefore one need not do any extra preparation for this part of the paper.

Part 2 of the paper which is tricky and can be challenging. Some of the questions are related to counting the number of surfaces or triangles from a given 2D or 3D structure diagram. You need to keenly observe with a lot of patience to be able to solve them.

Practising projection drawing may help attempt questions pertaining to 3D diagrams where a structure is given and you are asked to guess the top view or front view of the structure.

You must also know about famous architects and some of their best creations. Some knowledge of building material and their properties is also helpful.

The last part of the paper is drawing. You will need to draw a picture out of the two to three optional subjects that will be mentioned in the paper. You should be good at perspective drawing to be able to crack this.

Faqs on the JEE (Main)

What is the advantage of opting for the computer-based exam?
There will be a panel on the computer screen showing all the question numbers in different colour schemes which will indicate which are the questions answered, left unanswered and marked for review. You will also get flexibility in choosing the exam date as per your convenience. A computer-based exam allows you to review or
re-answer any question at any point of time during the examination

Is it possible to change mode of examination from pen-and paper-based exam to a computer-based exam?
Yes, you can write a mail with the subject caption as “change of mode of exam from pen-and-paper to computer-based” giving his/her registration number and choice of city for computer-based examination

How can a candidate practice for the computer-based examination?
The mock test is available on the CBSE/JEE websites. You can download the same and practice as many times as you want to

First Published: May 21, 2013 18:32 IST