How to prepare for JEE Main in 3 months - The national level engineering entrance exam, JEE Main 2018 will be conducted on April 8 in offline mode (pen-and-paper) while the online exam (CBT) will be conducted on April 15 and 16. By qualifying JEE Main, candidates will be eligible to take admissions to UG engineering programmes into 31 NITs, 23 IIITs, and 23 GFTIs. Candidates who are preparing for JEE Main 2018 must be feeling anxious about the entrance exam. Their mind must be wavering as the entrance exam is coming closer. While candidates count the remaining days in January, February and March, how to prepare for JEE Main 2018 in 3 months is a crucial question. There are quite a few traits candidates must be equipped with to ascertain their success in the national level engineering entrance examination. To help students in curbing their anxiety, Careers360 interacted with Ramesh Batlish, Centre Head, FIITJEE – Noida wherein he shares some tips and tricks on how to prepare for JEE Main in 3 months to make the best use of time at this crucial juncture and how to ensure that your preparation is up to the mark. He also highlighted points about what to do and what to avoid while preparing for JEE Main 2018, important books you must study and the methodology you must follow during this phase. Read the full interview of Batlish, and know how to prepare for JEE Main in 3 months without getting panic.
Q. Just a few months are left for JEE Main 2018. What preparation plan and strategy do you suggest to the students to balance their Class XII board preparation along with JEE preparations?
Ans: At this stage, many students are anxious about simultaneously balancing the Boards along with their IIT JEE preparation. Though for a layman the syllabus remains same for both, JEE requires in-depth knowledge of concepts whereas in board exams student needs to memorize these concepts at length to produce desirable results.
Q. Do you think to study just the NCERT syllabus would be sufficient for a student to clear JEE Main and follow up on JEE Advanced? Please explain.
Ans: Only solving NCERT books may not be sufficient. NCERT textbooks are good for subject wise type questions. Proper training for online & offline modes of answering the exam is also important. There is a big gap between the level and pattern of questions asked in JEE Advanced and JEE Main. For JEE, practice as much as you can. This will help in strengthening all important concepts. For JEE Main, many students tend to think that if they prepare for JEE Advanced it is enough for JEE Main, but this is not correct. While preparing for JEE Main, they will have to cover additional topics from CBSE syllabi as well. Also, JEE Main tests the aspirants for their speed and accuracy.
Q. What books would you suggest to the JEE Aspirants for preparation in this phase of preparation?
Ans: It is advisable not to start new books in the last few months. One must also join an All India Test Series for better time management and accuracy. Students must seek guidance from their faculties at the institute they are associated with. However, students may additionally refer to the following books in case of conceptual doubts in case they are not associated with a reputed institute:
Name of Books
Paula Bruice Yurkanis
Class XI & XII(Chemistry)
Basic Text Books
Name of Books
Concepts of Physics Vol I and II
For textbooks and problem books
Problems in General Physics
Halliday, Resnick & Walker
Fundamentals of Physics
Class XI & XII(Physics)
Name of Books
Class XI & XII(Mathematics)
Basic Text Books
S. L. Loney
S. L. Loney
Hall & Knight
Problems in Calculus
of One Variable
Q. What are the important topics for Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics that you think students must focus on to perform well in JEE Main 2018?
Ans: The syllabus of class 11th & 12th contributes about 45% and 55% of IIT-JEE question papers respectively. When you are preparing all chapters of Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics, stress may be given on the following topics.
Mathematics: Quadratic Equations & Expressions, Complex Numbers, Probability, Vectors, Matrices in Algebra; Circle, Parabola, Hyperbola in Coordinate Geometry; Functions, Limits, Continuity, and Differentiability, Application of Derivatives, Definite Integral in Calculus.
Tip: Try to do as much as quality problems as possible to develop a sound confidence level.
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Physics: Mechanics, Fluids, Heat & Thermodynamics, Waves & Sound, Capacitors & Electrostatics, Magnetics, Electromagnetic Induction, Optics, and Modern Physics.
Tip: Practicing quality problems is the key to success in these subject. If concepts are clear, then this subject becomes all the more interesting.
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Chemistry: Coordination Chemistry & Chemical Bonding in Inorganic Chemistry, Electrochemistry, Chemical & Ionic Equilibrium, Mole Concept in Physical Chemistry and Organic Chemistry.
Expert tip: Just go through the periodic in general and read NCERT for Inorganic Chemistry. For the Organic part, first, build up your all basic concepts and then start doing lots of practice. And for the Physical part, practice as many numerical as you can.
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Recommendation: Students are advised to avoid selective study in Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics, as the number of questions is more in the objective papers where there is an intermingling of concepts from various topics.
Q. As the 40% weightage given to the normalized score of class 12th marks has been scrapped since last year, do you suggest some change in strategy this time for aspirants in comparison to how it has been so far?
Ans: Scrapping of Class XII weightage in JEE Main from 2018 will certainly benefit those students who were serious about JEE Main and who may not fare well in boards. The two exams are different in terms of the pattern of paper and level of questions asked. Here the deserving students will get the desired rank. In fact, this step is a boon for the serious aspirants. The preparation strategy should be different this time and must be goal oriented. If the aspirant wishes to do well in JEE Main, he/she must utilize the time gap between board exams smartly in solving questions related to JEE Main and solving Mock Tests, as the key to success in JEE Main is speed and accuracy while solving objective type questions. Here the NCERT textbooks may be referred to cover the additional topics asked in JEE Main which are not included in JEE Advanced.
Q. What changes in strategy should a student need to bring in preparation as time passes? What importance does solving sample paper hold?
Ans: Last 3 months should generally be utilized to consolidate one’s preparation by focusing on problem-solving and overcoming the weaker areas in preparation.
Q. Time is a critical aspect in completing JEE Main exam. Any suggestions on how a candidate should go about answering the questions since negative marking exists and students need to know how best to tackle sure answers & doubtful ones to ensure maximum marks?
Ans: Time management while attempting the actual JEE paper will definitely be a deciding factor for getting a desired rank in JEE. Broadly speaking we can divide a question in 3 ways. Easy (the ones which you can solve in maximum 60 seconds or so), Moderate (the ones which would require 2 to 3 minutes but you are sure you can solve them) and Tough (the ones which you feel that you can’t solve based on your current knowledge). One must divide the time in such a way that the easy and moderate ones are completed first and still time is left to think and crack the tough ones.
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Q. If there is a set of elements that would ensure success in cracking JEE Main – what would they be as per you?
Ans: Time Management: Proper planning is most important for timely preparation and dealing with the study pressure.
One must also keep the following points in mind:
Divide these crucial remaining weeks aptly in the three subjects.
Prepare a chapter-wise and topic-wise revision schedule.
Create short notes and list all formulae & points to remember. This will help in quick revision before the examination.
Correct Methodology: The correct approach for those appearing for the first time or second time is to stick to one source and not to refer to the multitude of books/ study material available in the market. For example, it is sufficient to go through study-packages, IIT-JEE archives, review-packages, workbooks, grandmasters package/equivalent, AITS/AIITS series, etc. if you have enrolled in a training institute. To reap the benefits, the students should remain focused throughout the preparation period with a positive attitude to study with utmost concentration.
Focus on your Goal: The key to right preparation is proper and timely planning. Toppers learn from their weak areas and practice well in time to improve by all possible means. Correct attitude and acute focus is the key to be a topper. Toppers divide their preparation time accordingly. They stick to a single system of preparation and have faith in themselves. Thus, they gradually build up their confidence level and are geared up to crack any difficult question. They ensure solving all previous years’ papers keeping their concepts crystal clear. Practice, Practice, and Practice for gaining perfection.
Dos and Don’ts for JEE Main:
Dos for JEE Main:
Attempt easy questions first. Choose sections that have less risk and more gain.
Double check before marking the OMR sheet.
Carefully read the entire question paper in the first 5-10 minutes.
Don'ts for JEE Main:
Don't start from the question you don't know.
Don't get upset if any section is tough. You can score in other sections.
Don’t guess if you have no idea about the concept involved in a question.
Don’t be nervous if you find the paper tough since it is the relative performance that counts. Hence, put your best analytical mind to work, it will take you ahead.
JEE Main- Do & Don’t you must know- Click here
Quick Tips for better performance in JEE Main:
Remain focused and maintain a positive attitude while studying.
Develop speed by solving JEE level problems with time management.
Refer to mock-test series to build a winning exam temperament. Sample papers give a fair idea about the pattern of questions and help one improve time management.
Solve the Previous year’s JEE/AIEEE original papers.
Focus on your weak areas and improve your concepts.
Practice of JEE level questions is necessary as it improves your reasoning and analytical ability.
Remember it is the quality of time spent and not the quantity alone. Hence, take short breaks of five to ten minutes after every one or two hours of serious study. Relax completely when you take a break.
Practice meditation to develop inner calm, poise, confidence and power of concentration.
Don’t overstress yourself. Five to six hours of sleep every night is a must, especially three-four days before JEE Main 2018 for physical and mental fitness. Short naps may help to regain freshness, but avoid over-sleeping during the day.
Finally, don’t be nervous if you find the paper tough since it is the relative performance that counts. Put your best analytical mind to work and believe in your preparation.
Quick Tips for the Exam Day:
Think positively and don’t discuss about your preparation as this may indirectly make you nervous even if you are well prepared.
Don’t talk anything about JEE Main with others.
One day before JEE Main, do not study anything new.
Stay calm, confident and trust yourself.
Brush up important formulae in all three subjects.
Say to yourself- “I am excited about JEE Main and I can crack it easily”.
Relax yourself or indulge in meditation a day before the actual exam in order to give your best on the exam day.
Don’t ask your friend how much they have studied. It will create unnecessary pressure.
Have a sound sleep for at least 6-7 hours
Prepare yourself to reach the exam centre at least half an hour before the exam starts.
Ensure to carry your JEE Main 2018 Hall Ticket and follow the instructions as mentioned on the Hall Ticket.
We hope, after reading Batlisht tips and tricks on how to prepare for JEE Main in 3 months, candidates have got an idea on how to go about if they really want to crack the entrance exam. We wish all aspirants best for JEE Main 2018!