JEE Main 2014 Preparation: Interview with Mr. Shailendra Maheshwari, Director- Career Point
Nancy Johri, 26 Dec 2014, #JEE Main
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As part of Careers360’s JEE Main 2014 Preparation Series with tips and guidelines by experts, teachers, students and more, we bring yet another  important perspective for JEE Main 2014 Preparation from Mr. Shailendra Maheshwari, Director- Career Point.  Read on to know the preparation strategies for JEE Main 2014  in the last few months as well as importance of mock tests and books that are helpul and more below.

 For any doubts and queries, call the JEE 2014 Exam Helpline at 011-40360360.

Mr_Shailendra-MaheshwariCareers360: What differences do you see in AIEEE and JEE Main? Do you think managing both entrance exams and boards is possible?

Mr. Shailendra Maheshwari:

  1. As far as exam is concerned, there is not so much difference in AIEEE and JEE Main. The pattern of examination is same in both the cases.CBSE has changed the name of examination merely and included class 12th weightage.

  2. The major difference is of normalization process, which was not there in the AIEEE.The detailed procedure for normalization of qualifying examination marks for the admission in NITs/IIITs/CFITs has been released by CBSE in JEE Main Brouchure.

  3. Normalization procedure is the same as was used last year. There were many unfair cases reported after the declarion of JEE Main result on the basis of normalization. This procedure needs improvement and more transparency.

  4. Off course, managing JEE Main and Board parallel is not a difficult task because a student who prepares for JEE Main studies Physics, Chemistry and Maths in depth and English & fifth subject can be managed in 1-2 month prior of board exam.

Last Stage Preparations

  • In case a student wants to get admission to any IIT, he has to sharpen the skills of application of various theoretical concepts

  • Solve the last 10 year test papers.

  • Revision of all the topics must be done with a vision. No need to read any new topic but to strenghthen the weak areas.

  • Devote your time to topics as per their weightage from the examination point of view.

  • Work according to a time table. It is better to have a plan than not to have any at all.

Careers360: The decision to allow only 1.5 Lakh students in JEE Advanced (previously IIT-JEE) has shown positive results or not? As per this new pattern, what preparation strategy a student needs to follow to get into IIT?

Mr. Shailendra Maheshwari:

  1. Along with among top 1.5 lakh students in JEE main, one has to be among top 20 percentile of his/her board to get the eligibility of JEE Advanced. Because of this criteria, many students who got good performance in JEE Advanced 2013 could not get admission in IIT. They missed by just few marks even after scoring above 90% in board exams. This criteria also needs to be improved.

  2. This may not be a general answer but what I feel is that new rules have increased the competition among students and a better candidate is reaching to the IITs. However, the conducting body CBSE should make the normalization procedure transparent and not a difficult one. It should be free from ambiguity too.

  3. See this is a fact that in India we have an examination system but not a good education system. The fact is earlier also the best student was getting the admission to IITs and now also the scenario is same.


Preparation Strategy:
In case a student wants to get admission to any IIT he has to sharpen the skills of application of various theoretical concepts :

  1. The subjects are same. So, a student need not to panic and just have to practice for board test paper as well as competitive exam preparation.

  2. The student must focus on JEE-Main first as this is not only the gateway to IITs, but also it will help in getting into good NITs in case if the student couldn’t perform well in JEE-Advanced.

  3. Revision of all the topics must be done with a vision. No need to read any new topic but to strenghthen the weak areas.

Careers360: With less than 3 months to go for JEE Main 2014, what preparation plan and strategy do you suggest to the students to balance boards as well as JEE?

Mr. Shailendra Maheshwari:

  1. Just read the class notes which you have prepared during classroom sessions.

  2. Read the important derivation carefully or workout such derivation if required.

  3. Remember different assumptions and conditions associated with different formulae.

  4. Solve the last 10 year test papers. Click here for JEE Main 2014 Sample Papers

  5. Devote your time to topics as per their weightage from the examination point of view.

  6. Work according to a time table. It is better to have a plan than not to have any at all.

  7. In case of Board preparation:

    • Take care of steps while derivation.

    • Always draw diagrams wherever possible while writing the test as it gives clear picture and understanding

    • Board pattern tests are more theoretical in nature and examiner generally checks the flow of the answer. It should be logically arranged.

    • The best way is to see the solved examples of those questions, which were asked in the last 10 years in any case.

 

Careers360: Is NCERT sufficient for a student to clear JEE Main and following up JEE Advanced? Specially for students who don’t have access to coaching, how should they prepare for JEE.

Mr. Shailendra Maheshwari:

  1. NCERT books give an idea of the topic but to clear the concept, students need refreshers and some other good books. Personally, I feel that only NCERT books are not sufficient to make a student successful in JEE Main or Advanced.

  2. Coaching institutes are ready to help needy and intellectual students through various scholarship programs.

As far as JEE preparation strategy is concerned, it is same for everyone. Those students who can’t afford to take coaching have to use their resources to get notes and sheets of any reputed institute.

Quick Tips During The Exam

  • Do not not panic. Attempt the exam with full confidence.

  • Don’t take stress, just enhance your speed & accuracy, and compete with yourself first.

  • Try to better your performance test by test.

  • Moreover, not every IITian is successful and not every successful person is an IITian.

  • Just follow your dreams and again try to achieve them with new vigor.

  • If you lose confidence, you lose everything.

Careers360: What importance does solving mock papers or sample papers hold? What is right time to start practicing mock papers?

Mr. Shailendra Maheshwari:

  1. Solving Mock papers is a very essential  and suggested practice for any competitive exam preparation, whether we talk about JEE Main, JEE Advanced, Pre-Medical or any  other.

  2. Student should attempt the JEE Main 2014 Sample papers chapter wise once they complete the topics in an year long preparation time. They should start solving these test papers from the very beginning of their preparation.

  3. Moreover after completion of the course or syllabus, solving mock papers should be very much frequent. When the exam is just one or two months away, students should focus on mock test papers only.

  4. Students should practice more and more tests and analyze their performance effectively.

 

Careers360: Please suggest important books for Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics that are very important and help the JEE aspirants prepare in the best way. Are there any specific books students should follow in these last few months?

Mr. Shailendra Maheshwari:

  1. In last few days, it is not advisable to refer to new study material. Whatever you have solved in the past months, go through that properly again, along with the notes given by teachers.

  2. Solve mock papers to get acclimatized to the examination enviornment.

  3. Read NCERT text books for Organic and Inorganic Chemistry.

 

Careers360: You interact with a lot of students on a frequent basis. What are the important topics for Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics that you think students must focus on to perform well in JEE Main and Advanced 2014?

Mr. Shailendra Maheshwari:

Normally, the paper consists of the entire syllabus. Still I list out few chapters that contribute relatively more in papers.

  1. Physics: Newtons Laws of Motion, Work Enery Power, Conservation Laws, Rotation Motion, Electrostatics, EMI, Heat and Thermodynamics, Nuclear Physics and Radio Activity, Semiconductor.

  2. Chemistry: Redox Reactions, Electrochemistry, Chemical Kinetics, GOC, P Block Elements.

  3. Maths: Conic Section, P&C, Probabilty, Quadratic Equation, Definite Integration, Differential Equation, Vector and 3D, Complex Number.

 

Careers360: How should a candidate prepare himself/herself for the D-Day (The exam day-as a lot of students get nervous and lose concentration). What would you advise to ensure they feel confident and  give their best shot?

Mr. Shailendra Maheshwari:

  1. If you have a good command/ expertise over 70%  of the syllabus of any competitive exam, then you can be sure about your success, provided you convert your knowledge into scores during those 6 hours.

  2. Don’t prepare any new topic in the last minute.

  3. Don’t plan to revise the complete syllabus in the last 2 days. You have already studied for 2 years and now you have to just perform well inside the exam hall.

  4. Just go through the past papers. It will boost your confidence of getting selected.

  5. Make sure you go to bed by 10.30 pm in the last 2 days and get up by 6.30 am.

  6. Reach the examination centre at least 30 minutes before.

  7. After getting the question paper, have confidence in yourself. Then start attempting the easy questions. After that, try to attempt the difficult questions.

  8. Don’t waste much time on any one specific question. Don’t be emotional in solving it and leave that if you feel it difficult.

  9. Fill the OMR Sheet before half an hour of the final call.

  10. There is negative marking in all competitive exams. Do not attempt the questions that you are not sure of. It is always better to leave such questions rather than taking a chance.

  11. Give one or two minutes to yourself at regular intervals, drink water and do not take excessive stress.

  12.  In these type of competitive exams, the cut off marks are very low. So one should try to concentrate on accurately solving the questions, rather than just solving them speedily. This is the only key for success in this examination.

Careers360: Any other message you would like to share with the JEE 2014 aspirants?

Mr. Shailendra Maheshwari:

1. Do not not panic. Attempt the exam with full confidence.

2. Don’t take stress, just enhance your speed & accuracy, and compete with yourself first.

3. Try to better your performance test by test.

4. Moreover, not every IITian is successful and not every successful person is an IITian.

5. Just follow your dreams and again try to achieve them with new vigor.

6. If you lose confidence, you lose everything.

 

 

For any doubts and queries, call the JEE 2014 Exam Helpline at 011-40360360

 

Must Read:

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Secret Diary of a JEE Aspirant- Who I am-Part 1?

JEE Main and JEE Advanced 2014 Preparation in last 4 months- Physics Expert Interview with Dr. NK Bajaj

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