Getting into a great engineering college
Preparing for IIT-JEE or AIEEE in the present scenario is just like a “sadhna” says PK Bansal in a written piece for this magazine. And with the new format kicking in, it is imperative to understand what has changed and what has not. The entrance structure has changed, but the level of difficulty and nature of problems have not. The government is introducing a new test from 2003-the Indian Science Engineering Eligibility Test (ISEET) in an attempt to replace both IIT-JEE and AIEEE. ISEET is slated to have two parts: Main and Advanced. For admission to IITs, the aspirant would need to be amongst the top 20% in Class XII Board exams as well as amongst the top 1.5 lakh in the Main test to be shortlisted. The final selection will be on the basis of the score in the Advanced test. For National Institutes of Technology and other centrally funded institutes, there would be 40% weightage for performance in Class XII, 30% weightage to performance in main and 30% in the advanced test (though this is subject to change as stakeholders engage in the debate). Here, the experts decode the exams individually and provide an ideal plan to crack the exam.
These tips are just for the examination day only:
First complete the questions you are sure you can solve. Thus avoid wasting time on trying to solve the problems you are not confident enough about.
First target the questions which hold more marks. For e.g. in the paper, if there are two 5 marks question and one 10 marks question of which you are confident, shoot the 10 marks question first. Solving two 5 marks questions usually takes more time than one 10 marks question.
Divide and Rule policy: Divide the problem into sub-problems, think how you can reach that intermediate step, and then solve the problem.
Remain cool, don’t get nervous, read questions carefully, work out a solution strategy in mind (or on paper, whatever works for you), then write the solution, else you may end up doing what is called silly mistakes.
Remember that there is no partial marking in JEE. So, if you know anything about the problem, then only solve it.