RECIPE FOR IIT JEE 2019
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INGREDIENTS FOR IIT JEE:
Understand the structure of the Main exam
Understand the structure of the Advanced exam:
The JEE Advanced is structured differently than the main exam. The advanced exam covers the same three topics: Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics. However, unlike the main exam, the advanced exam is divided into two three-hour long papers, each divided into three sections. The papers are organized as follows:
- Paper One: Each section contains 10 multiple choice questions with one correct answer, five multiple choice questions with one or more correct answers, and five questions that require the test taker to provide a single-digit answer i.e. integer type questions.
- Paper Two: Each section contains eight multiple choice questions with one correct answer, eight questions that require responding to a reading passage, and several matching type questions.
Know the topics covered by each test:
Both the JEE Main and JEE Advanced cover the same three subjects (physics, chemistry, and mathematics), the precise topics covered and the difficulty of the individual questions will vary between the two tests. To gain a sense for the topics you may be expected to know for each test. Below are just a few examples of the topics you may encounter on the test — these lists are by no means complete or definitive:
- Physics: Kinematics, laws of motion, gravity, thermodynamics, electromagnetism, optics, electronic devices.
- Chemistry: States of matter, atomic structure, redox reactions, chemical kinetics, environmental chemistry, periodic groups, basic organic chemistry principles.
- Mathematics: Quadratic equations, mathematical induction, sequences and series, matrices, integral calculus, differential equations, coordinate geometry.
Use official mock tests:
The simplest, most effective way to prepare for the JEE is simply to do the test itself. Mock tests are available for free from the official JEE website. These tests mirror the actual JEE in terms of structure, format, and content and can be accessed entirely through your computer — no physical testing materials are required. Completing mock tests gives you the valuable experience of working through the JEE (finding your strengths and weaknesses) in advance of the actual exam.
Use question papers from past exams:
Another important resource for applicants looking to pass the JEE are the question papers from past tests. Unlike the mock tests, which have questions specifically made for them, JEE question papers contain the exact questions included on past exams, making them a very valuable resource.
Keep up-to-date with official bulletins:
Over time, the JEE can be changed. Tests may be rescheduled, results may be re-interpreted, and the topics covered may change. To ensure that you have the absolute best chance of doing well on the JEE, stay up to speed with official JEE bulletins, which are published as they are released on the official JEE website.
Start as early as possible:
When it comes to preparing for the JEE, the earlier you start, the better. Studying for the JEE is a serious undertaking, especially if you plan on taking the JEE Advanced. It is also one that can have a significant impact on your professional future — a great score on the JEE can make it much easier to get into the engineering program of your choosing. For these reasons, some people choose to start studying before they’ll need to actually take the JEE. Though this probably isn’t necessary if you’ve been attentive to your studies, for the best score, you will probably want to begin as early as possible — at least a few months before your test date.
Spend the most time studying your weakest topics:
As you study for the JEE, you want to spend some time to every topic, even if you’re already confident that you know some of them very well. However, to get the best score possible, you want to devote the majority of your time to the topics that you are not confident in. Doing this ensures you get the biggest improvement possible from your studying effort.
Time yourself as you take practice tests:
When you practice individual problems in preparation for the JEE, a good rule of thumb is to take as long as you need to fully understand the problem and answer it correctly. However, when you take entire JEE practice tests, it’s a smart idea to give yourself the same 180-minute time limit you would normally have to finish the test. Doing prepares you to account for the time limit when it will actually matter.
- You don’t necessarily need to be able to complete the entire test within the time limit the first time you try to do so, but you should work to increase your speed so that you’re able to finish the whole test in 180 minutes by the date of the test.
Some factors to keep in mind
- Proper Planning: Usually, students study for about 1 or 2 years to prepare for IIT-JEE. So, planning plays an important role. A good planning strategy will keep you focused and result in better gains. Make a to-do list, set your goals, work out how much time is needed to achieve them, and allocate a realistic time frame. See if you are able to achieve them, set more ambitious goals next time, if not analyse wrong and how you can improve. I am sure you would be able to crack the JEE in the coming years.
- Time Management: A very crucial issue facing JEE aspirants is the problem of time management. To manage this, it is imperative that students take stock of their daily schedules and calculate how much time, they can devote to IIT JEE preparation if they strive very hard. It is important to give proper importance to all the three subjects i.e. Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. More that is the need to be regular and consistently follow the proposed daily timetable.
- Revise while you devise: Revision is the crux of JEE preparation. It is important to put the topics learnt to practice and this is where revision comes to the rescue. The more the practice, the more the perfection of the topic on hand. So while you prepare the unfinished syllabus, you also revise the topics that have been already learnt. For example, suppose that you are able to put in 4 hours of study every day. You could possibly use 2 of those 4 hours for advancing along your (unfinished) syllabus and the other 2 for revising parts of what you have already covered up to that particular day.
- Study from the right books: While the market and internet is flooded with a lot of books and course materials, it is vital that you choose books that guide and help you in your IIT JEE journey. Do not go by popular perceptions and buy all books. You will be left with too many books with no clue about which one to study from. You must choose good study material and stick to it. Switching from one book to another will also harm your preparation. For IIT-JEE pre-planning is required with a good analytical skill set.