How to Crack JEE: Tips from Experts and Toppers
Updated on Aug 1, 2018 - 3:56 p.m. IST by Samiksha Jain
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How to Crack JEE: Tips from Experts and Toppers - “If you focus well, your study hours will not matter. The quality of study matter more than quantity. Also remain calm and focused. Your concepts should be strong. Do solve the previous year’s question papers of JEE,” said Pravan Goyal, JEE 2018 topper to all the candidates who are seeking answer of how to crack JEE. Pravan Goyal topped JEE Advanced 2018 and bagged AIR 4 in JEE Main 2018. For all the aspirants who will be giving JEE Main and Advanced 2019, Careers360 interacted with experts and toppers to find out the answer of how to crack JEE. JEE Aspirants must be aware that JEE Main 2019 will be conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA) in computer-based mode twice a year. First Attempt of JEE Main 2019 will be January and other in April. Now that the candidates have started their preparation for JEE Main 2019 January attempt, there may be some areas that need some brushing up. The question paramount on their minds would be -- what more could be done in the last months so that they come out in flying colours? So, here are some important tips for JEE Main and JEE Advanced from experts and toppers to help candidates crack the most coveted engineering entrance exam.
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How to Crack JEE Main

To prepare for JEE Main 2019, from the outset, it demands consistent effort and a sharp focus. If one wants to be a successful engineer and study at the top-notch universities and colleges, he or she must first work out a strategy on how to crack JEE Main 2019. What one should understand is that the preparation strategy differs for each individual. Moreover, everyone has his or her own unique learning style and skill set. It is important to have clear concepts, practice regularly by solving sample papers or mock tests as these will help candidates assess their strengths and weaknesses. It’s important to identify the challenging topics and work on them to get familiar with them and to score good marks.

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“JEE Main is one of the most important mass based toughest technical exams that require a lot of hard work and a better strategy to crack the exam. Before starting JEE Main 2019 preparation, one should know every minute details regarding the exam like syllabus, pattern, number of seats, number of colleges, number of aspirants, present standards of the examination, model papers, nature of the questions etc,” said M. Umasankar, the National IIT Coordinator, Sri Chaitanya Educational Institutions. 

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To get a better idea, we interacted with JEE Main 2018 AIR 1, Bhogi Suraj Krishna. During his interaction, he stated, “I started preparing for JEE Main from class IX. There is a foundation course for cracking the JEE exam. I had registered for it when I was in class IX. During the course of preparation for JEE Main 2018, I always approached my faculty when I ran into difficulties or had queries. I sought their assistance in clearing up all of those doubts and would not give up till my concepts were clear. I used to study for about nine hours every day.”

How To Crack JEE Advanced

The syllabi for JEE Main 2019 and JEE Advanced 2019 encompass that of class 11 and 12 for Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry. However, the methodology of preparation differs as JEE Advanced 2018 is more analytical in nature.

Since JEE Advanced 2019 will be a computer-based test, IIT Madras will be announcing the availability of a mock test to be used for preparation. A demo/help video facility will also make available to assist candidates to take the JEE Advanced 2019 mock test and prepare better for the online exam. 

Ramesh Batlish, Centre Head, FIITJEE – Noida advises, “The last few remaining months are very crucial as far as JEE (Advanced) preparations are concerned and this must be largely utilized for quick revision and lots of mock tests. Each practice session must be followed by an in-depth analysis to identify the weaker sections to focus on improvement and build the strengths.”

“Taking help from subject experts for working on the weaker areas will surely benefit the students in improving. Making a strategic plan for preparation will help the students achieve the desired outcome. Ideally, by this time all serious aspirants should have completed the syllabus,” Batlish added.

On asking what is the difference between Main and Advanced preparation strategy, Pranav Goyal, JEE Advanced 2018 AIR 1 said, “In JEE Advanced, I focused more on conceptual understanding rather than memorizing which works more for JEE Main.”

Tips For JEE To Prepare In Last Two Months

Assign ample time for revision and practice by solving as many questions as you can. “Create a day plan, and try to stick to it, rather than aiming for broader weekly or monthly targets. Reserve the last couple of months particularly for test series,” said Rajshekhar.

For topics that have plenty of formulae, keep topic-wise concept sheets ready, as they really help at the time of revision. Also, make sure that you adhere to the schedule in a way that you get enough sleep and time to relax.

Finally, you should exercise discretion in your paper strategy. It is always better to strike off the easier questions first and then move towards average and finally the difficult ones. 

How To Balance Boards & JEE

One of the most crucial things that students tend to overlook is their preparation for their Class 12th board exams. This is important as the admission to the NITs, IITs, IIITs and CFTIS require a minimum of 75 per cent in the class 12th or students should be in the top 20 percentile of their respective boards to be eligible for the same. Therefore, it is imperative for JEE aspirants to perform well in class 12.

“It was slightly difficult to manage preparation for both the board exams and JEE Main. 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,” said Parth Satish Laturia, JEE Main 2018 (AIR 3).

Winning mantras-Few Tips To Crack JEE 2019

While preparing, candidates need to opt for strategies that do not adversely affect their performance. A single mistake can undo a lot of hard work. Therefore, for the reference here are few mantras to crack JEE 2019:

  • Refer only those books that are absolutely necessary for preparation. Don’t waste your time on books which are unnecessary

  • Learn the basic concepts first. Don’t jump directly to reference books without building the concepts from NCERT

  • Believe in yourself

  • Don’t mug up the topics. Understand and learn the topic in depth will help you with your concepts

  • It is important that you get adequate sleep and rest so that you can stay fresh and give the exam in the right state of mind

  • Since health is wealth - stay physically and mentally fit

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i have 3 year gap after 12 and i want to apply for jee mains is there any gap certificate that i have to fill or can i directly register for the exam

Deepshikha Student Expert 25th Feb, 2020
According to the eligibility criteria of JEE Mains,suppose you have to appear in Mains 2020,then you must have passed 12th boards or equivalent in 2018 or 2019. However,there is no age barrier.
You need not produce any gap Certificate.
For detailed information follow the link given below:
Hope this helps.
Good luck.

hii...i m satya.i have secured 87percentile in jee mains january attempt.i belong general what good college can i get???

ayush mishra 25th Feb, 2020

Satya, Firstly, let us predict your expected rank for this secured percentile. Now, It is difficult to predict the exact ranks currently as the April Jee session has yet to take place. However, you can predict your expected rank by this formula:-

(100 - your total score) X 869010 /100.

If, however, the number of candidates for April exam get increased to another number, say, 1200000 then your final rank shall be (100 - your total score) X 1200000/100

In your case the expected ALL INDIA RANK rank comes out to be around 112971. Honestly, getting any good branch at any of the NITs would be extremely difficult for a general category student irrespective of the home state considerations. However, if you still wish for an NIT, then you have a slight chance in Northeastern NITs like NIT SIKKIM, NIT MIZORAM, NIT MANIPUR etc and maybe also in NIT PUDUCHERRY. If you wish to check the previous years cutoffs of various NITs then you can visit this link

Also, you have a good percentile and you may get some good state level colleges, so you should opt for the State- level counselling process as well and can also try for various other private institutes. In addition to this, there is a decent chance that you would qualify for JEE ADVANCED based on these scores, so you would likely have a chance to aim for the IITs too.

Also, you do have another attempt to go in the APRIL JEE MAINS Session, so concentrate on that too boost your chances of getting the desired college and your desired branches.

Also, you can use this college predictor to know what colleges you would get based on these January scores


My jee mains percentile in January is 86.56. SC Category. Home state WestBengal. Can i get a seat in NIT DURGAPUR (MECHANICAL) or in IIEST SHIBPUR (MECHANICAL)? Please reply.

jishua thomas 25th Feb, 2020

hello aspirant..,

you can easily get admission in nit durgapur for the mechanical engineering course with your percentile obtained in jee mains examination easily. According to the expected cutoff for this year for sc category it was about 54.01 . so you can also try for the advanced examination too.

hope this information helps..


ihave got 90.24 nta score in jee main January 2020 .iam from KERALA .I belong to sc category .will I get admission in nit calicut

ayush mishra 25th Feb, 2020

Vignesh, Before any prediction or analysis of your chances, please understand that NIT CALICUT offers admission to B.Tech as well as B. Arch courses through JEE MAIN PAPER1 AND PAPER2 respectively. The National Testing Agency , NTA conducts two papers viz. Jee Mains Paper 1 and Paper 2 for entrance to B.Tech and B.Arch respectively. In your case, you have not specified whether you want to inquire about your chances based on percentile secured in JEE MAIN PAPER-1 or PAPER-2. So, I am going to answer your query taking into consideration that the query is about JEE MAIN PAPER 2 for entrance to B. Arch course in NIT CALICUT and if your query was different, then you can let me know.

Now, to calculate your expected rank for B.Arch based on the percentile score that you have secured, you can use this formula:

So, (100 - your total percentile score) is the percentage of people ahead of you. Also, 112679 were the number of candidates who appeared for January exam.

So rank formula is (100 - your total score) X 112679 /100.

Also,note that the ranks will change according to increase or decrease in the number of participants in the next session.

Now, according to this formula, your expected rank is around 10997.This is the expected General or All India Rank and not the category rank as the category ranks are very tough to predict at this point of time. Now,In your case, your chances of getting admission to NIT CALICUT are small irrespective of your home state, gender and category considerations as evident from the previous years cutoff trends as follows:-







If you want to check the previous year cutoffs, you can visit this link

However, you have a good percentile and it may fetch you the seats in many other good government and private institutions and probably in other good NITs based on your category status. In addition to it, you do have another attempt to go in APRIL JEE to improve your scores and hence the chances for a desired college.

If you want to know the colleges you would get at this score, you can use this college predictor


after jee advanced, in JOSAA counselling the rank shown in tables for different categories. it is based on category ranks or CRL.

Vikas gehlot 24th Feb, 2020

The ranks are category rank and the seats are offered on the basis of category rank in the josaa counselling platform you can select the category and find closing rank of various colleges   therefore the reservation based admission offers rank is based on the category and admission is given on the category rank.

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