How to Crack JEE Main: Tips from Experts and Toppers
Saakshi Lama, 10 Sep 2018, #JEE Main
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How to Crack JEE Main: Tips from Experts and Toppers – “Be comfortable with the subjects. Enjoy learning and enjoy the preparation time you spend. Be passionate about your goal as you can drive yourself to achieve them only if you like them” - Bhogi Suraj Krishna who secured AIR 1 in JEE Main 2018 rightly sums up the positive preparation strategy that students should possess to do well in the examination. While a lot of questions on how to crack JEE Main is asked, who are actually the correct people to give their views? Therefore, Careers360 presents “How to Crack JEE Main: Tips from Experts and Toppers” to give you a proper guidance for the upcoming examination. By following the given tips, you can aim to prepare well and secure high scores in JEE Main. Read the full article on How to Crack JEE Main: Tips from Experts and Toppers to know more.

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Expert Views on JEE Main 2019

Since JEE Main 2019 is going to be conducted twice – in January and April, the experts do consider this as a blessing for the candidates, since they can attempt one and then work on their mistakes and attempt the second one too.

R.L Trikha of FIITJEE sums it up as; “It is a boon in disguise for an aspiring engineer. Students get two chances to appear in the examination with the best score considered. He/she gets three months more after appearing first time in January, for removal of weaknesses and consolidating preparation along with the board. There is no extra coaching involved since coaching covers up to the second attempt in April”. 

Steps to Crack JEE Main

During preparation for an examination, it is important to note down the steps which can help you crack down the exam. The following points have been recommended by JEE Main experts and previous toppers.

However, there is one thing that must be understood – a common plan sometimes does not match all. Brajesh Maheshwari, Director of Allen Career Institute explains; “There cannot be any “one size fits all” approach when it comes to studying. The best method to study is to make a study schedule on the basis of one’s SWOT analysis, i.e. analysis of one’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats to determine how much time to be allotted to each subject topic wise”.

Prepare a Strategy 

The first task to be completed for JEE Main preparation is to build a strategy. Since the examination is being held twice, you need to adjust accordingly since there is not much time for the January examination. Nitin Vijay of Motion Education emphasizes this point; “No matter what study preference you have, be it coaching, online learning or self-study, in any case, the amount of daily effort you put in needs to be ramped up by about 20% - 30%, which will ensure that you fast-track your progress and finish the curriculum on time”.

Another preparation strategy which can be used is a simultaneous preparation of JEE Main and 12th board examination. Sharing the same sentiment, R. L Trikha, Director of FIITJEE says “Since students are already in Class XII, hence their board and JEE Main preparation of topics of Class XII must be done simultaneously”.

Talking about his preparation, Parth Satish Laturia (AIR 3 JEE Main 2018) says. “It was slightly difficult to manage preparation for both the board exams and JEE Main.  However, my main aim was to crack the JEE Main exam.  Since the syllabus for JEE Main and board exam is more or less the same, I mainly studied for JEE Main 2018. At the same time, I did not completely neglect the preparation for my boards”.

Schedule your Study Time 

It is important for you to schedule your study period according to your own preference. By correctly preparing a timetable, you will be able to divide your time according to the subjects you are weak at and for which you need more time as compared to the rest. According to R.L Trikha, “Timetable should be planned in such a way that each week 30% of time should be utilized in the revision and preparation of Class XI and JEE Main syllabus progressively. All three subjects should be prepared with almost the same time and attention devoted to each of them. Short to the point notes and formulas and concepts at a glance should be used for quick revision just before the first attempt in January and second attempt in April. At regular intervals, mock tests should be taken to assess the preparation, strengthen weak topics and to increase speed and accuracy”.

Speaking of providing subjects at the same time, Pawan Goyal (AIR 6 JEE Main 2018) reminisces “I regularly studied for at least 5 to 6 hours each day. I would study whatever I felt like keeping in mind that I had to cover all three subjects – Physics, Maths and Chemistry. You see you have to maintain a balance between all three and do well in all”.

Uma Shankar, National Coordinator of Sri Chaitanya has prepared a short time-table for all JEE Main aspirants which has to be followed for good results. 



Maths at least two hours

Physics at least two hours

Chemistry at least 2.30 Hours



At least one topic wise/ Chapter wise test

At least one topic wise/ Chapter wise test

At least one topic wise/ Chapter wise test


Cumulative test on above-covered topics as just similar to JEE Main

Cumulative test on above-covered topics as just similar to JEE Main

Cumulative test on above-covered topics as just similar to JEE Main

After Preparation

Expose to as many as possible number of Grand Tests in Maths, Physics and chemistry like Jee Main final test

Expose to as many as possible number of Grand Tests In Maths, Physics and Chemistry like JEE Main final test

Expose to as many as possible number of Grand Tests In Maths, Physics and Chemistry like JEE Main final test

Attempt Mock Tests Regularly 

One of the most useful preparation strategies is perhaps, attempting mock tests of JEE Main. Through the mock tests, you will be able to understand the exam pattern of JEE Main and test out whatever you have studied and been preparing. Time management can also be practised through the mock tests. Since the JEE Main exams are going to be held in online mode, candidates who are not familiar with the computer-based examination can practice. Registrations for Mock test centres be set up by NTA for all interested applicants are now open.

Parth Satish Laturia (AIR 3 JEE Main 2018) emphasizes the importance of the mock test. “I used to solve the JEE Main sample papers regularly. This helped me identify my weak and strong areas. I then tried to remedy my weak areas while building up my strong points. I also used to regularly attempt JEE Main mock tests”.

“Mock Tests, play an impeccable role in improving your knowledge, speed and accuracy. Start preparation of the same from August onwards. Take an initial mock test, and get the performance analysis to understand your strong and weak areas, your accuracy rate, level of attempts, no of questions attempted. Now if your weak areas lie in the topics from which more number of questions is asked, you will have to spend more time on that to strengthen on those topics. It is suggested to practice 2 mock test every month and 10-15 mock tests two months prior to the exam” - Nitin Vijay, Motion Education Pvt. Ltd.

Be Clear and Clarify your Concepts

“One should never give up till one is clear about the concepts” - Bhogi Suraj Krishna (AIR 1 JEE Main 2018) 

It is important to be clear about all of the concepts involved in the syllabus of JEE Main. Having a clear-cut concept means that you have clarity about whatever you have studied which will ensure good performance during the examination. It is advised to take help whenever you are unsure about any chapter or concept so that no problems arise in the future. “Make sure to get clarity and confidence in concepts. Don’t hesitate to clarify your doubts immediately with help of your lecturer when needed” - Uma Shankar, National Coordinator of Sri Chaitanya. 

Important Topics for JEE Main by Experts and Toppers




  • Kinematics

  • Laws of motion

  • Work power and energy

  • Rotational motion

  • Thermal properties of matter

  • Thermodynamics

  • Optics

  • Electrostatics

  • Capacitance

  • Current electricity

  • E.M.I and A.C

  • Atomic Physics

  • Gravitation

  • Fluids

  • Heat and Thermodynamics

  • Waves and Sound

  • Magnetics

  • Ionic Equilibrium

  • Colligative Properties

  • Electro-Chemistry

  • Chemical Bonding

  • p-Block elements

  • Coordination Compounds

  • General Organic Chemistry

  • Hydrocarbons

  • Phenols

  • Biomolecules

  • Chemical Equilibrium

  • Thermodynamics

  • Chemical Kinetics

  • Practical inorganic chemistry

  • Mole Concept

  • Binomial Theorem

  • Matrices, Determinants and Linear Equations

  • Quadratic Equations

  • Sequences and series

  • Sets and relations

  • Circles

  • Conic Sections

  • Three Dimensional Geometry

  • Limits, Continuity and Differentiability

  • Maxima, Minima, Monotonicity and Mean Value Theorems

  • Indefinite, Definite integrations

  • Areas, Differential Equations

  • Trigonometric Equations

  • Heights and Distances

  • P&C or Probability

  • Complex Numbers

  • Vectors

  • Parabola

  • Functions

  • Application of Derivatives

 Important Books for JEE Main by Experts and Toppers





Problems in General Physics


Physics NCERT


Advanced Level Physics

Nelkon and Parke

Physics Part-I &II

Resnick and Halliday

University Physics

Sears and Zemansky

Concepts of Physics

HC Verma

Concept of Competition Physics




Hall and Knight

Modern Algebra

ML Khanna

Mathematics NCERT


Problems Plus in IIT Mathematics

Das Gupta

T.M.H Volume 1 and 2


IIT Mathematics

R.D Sharma

Vector Algebra

ML Khanna


S.L. Loney part-I

Analytical Geometry


Coordinate geometry




Calculus in one variable


Statistics and Probability


Complex variables

Shanthi Narayan


University Chemistry

Bruce H.Mahan (Addison-Wesley)

Elements of Physical Chemistry

Glasstone and

Lewies (Macmillan)

Chemistry NCERT


General Chemistry

Pauling L. Freeman (Vakils)

University Chemistry

C.N.R. Rao (Ed.) (Macmilan)

Organic Chemistry

Morrison and Boyd

Physical chemistry

Kapoor Volumes

Inorganic Chemistry

JD Lee

IIT Chemistry

Morrsion and Boyd

For more detailed list of important topics and books of JEE Main – Click here

Quick Tips to Crack JEE Main by R. L Trikha, FIITJEE

  • Having familiarity with the pattern of exam will make it easier to crack.

  • Time Management is crucial to score more marks in JEE Main.

  • Learning one’s strength and weaknesses and improving upon them will help secure a better rank in JEE Main.

  • Aspirants must practice mock tests in online modes to develop self-confidence.

  • Maximum number of problems should be solved in order to develop a sound confidence level.

  • Proper training for online mode of answering the exam is important

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