JEE Main/ JEE Advanced (IITJEE): Ten Tips to Get Selected With a Good Rank
Is it Possible to Crack the JEE Main if You Are a Bit Late?
At the time of writing this article I do not know how many months are you away from JEE Main or JEE Advanced. Let me assume it is about 6-9 months or may be a year. If you are anywhere near that or slightly more or less, this article may be of good use to you. I also assume you have been in touch with your NCERT books.
The million-dollar question is: Can I still crack the JEE MAIN and the JEE Advanced if I start my serious preparations now?
The short answer is YES.
This article is intended for students who, for whatever reason, have not read seriously to this point but want to score high enough in the JEE Main to get selected for the JEE Advanced and also get a good rank in the JEE Advanced.
Read to the end, I intend to include a magic trick that helps you come at par with your competitors who started well ahead of you and that too, very fast.
What Will Be Covered
* First Steps
* How a Course Can Help
* Best Books to Aid Study by Subject
* Ten Tips to Focus on Your Study Plan
* Two Magic Tricks
- The very first step is to get focused. Your final result is a comparative rank against other candidates and remember you have to outdo many others in this competition through smart work. Only a concentrated, industrious, and definitive study plan will yield the desired score and rank.
- The previous year question papers clearly show that only a candidate adept at solving numerical and concept backed problems in all the three subjects- Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics, can scale the cut-off.
- Focus on improving your problem-solving speed, even marginal improvements count. Fill up the day’s routine with lots of problem solving sessions. JEE Main question paper contains routine type questions. Therefore, the speed counts and practice yields good result. For JEE Advanced, develop thought patterns which enable you to think fast and in the right direction.
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How a Coaching Course Can Help
As because you need to practice lots of numerical and concept backed problems you will definitely need a constant supply of such questions and solutions thereof.
There are two ways to find practice problems and solutions: a good coaching course or the best books on all the three subjects.
A good IITJEE coaching course will provide relevant topic-wise modules of questions and solutions. It will also set pre-planned time limits for completion to help you pace up yourself. If you can take a course and follow it religiously, you will get help with the following:
- Solving a variety of difficult questions (Chapter wise modules)
- Analysing your performance on easy, medium and difficult questions (Regular coaching centre tests + All India Test Series)
- Matching your level with that of other students (Result with percentile score)
No study program should rely entirely on a course, however. Thousands of students will be following the same course, so you will need other study tools to keep you ahead in the race.
Best Books by Subject
If you can't afford a course, you can access practice materials through the best books on each subject.
Buy or borrow these books for access to difficult problems and their solutions:
- NCERT class XI and class XII textbooks (Make sure you can solve all problems from them).
- Problems Plus in IIT Mathematics by A K Dasgupta (For concise theory, lots of solved examples and problems of JEE level difficulty, recommended by some as an indispensable book for JEE Advanced)
- New Pattern IITJEE Mathematics by Dr. S.K. Goyal (For the most abundant supply of difficult questions)
- Plane Trigonometry-Part I by S.L. Loney( Keep an eye on the syllabus because though an excellent book, it is not written from JEE point of view)
- Elements of Coordinate Geometry-Part I by S.L. Loney ( A cheap as well as excellent book for conceptual learning)
- 41 Years Chapterwise Topicwise Solved Papers (2019-1979) IIT JEE
- Advance Problems In Mathematics For JEE Vikas Gupta Shri Balaji Publication (Very difficult book, also known as the black book. Toppers emphasize either not using it or using it only if you are done withand revised all topics and have sufficient time).
- NCERT books of class Xi and XII (Must have read them thoroughly and cleared all the basic concepts)
- Concepts of Physics, Volumes 1 and 2, by H.C. Verma
- Problems in General Physics, by I.E. Irodov 1.(Try solving problems from this book only after you have solved simple problems from your NCERT text books and some other easier books.)
- Understanding Physics for JEE Main and Advanced (series), by D.C. Pandey
- NCERT chemistry textbooks for classes XI and XII (Read them between the lines)
- Advanced problems in organic chemistry for IIT JEE main and advanced by M S Chauhan
- GRB Advanced Problems In Organic Chemistry for JEE (Main and Advanced) 10ED (2019- 2020) Session by Himanshu Pandey)
- Organic Chemistry for JEE Advanced - I & II -- K S Verma
- Numerical Chemistry for JEE Main and Advanced, by P. Bahadur
- Concise Inorganic Chemistry, by J.D. Lee
- Modern Approach to Chemical Calculations, by R.C. Mukherjee
Ten Tips to Focus on Your Study Plan
1. Solve at least 40-80 numerical problems daily.
Including physics, chemistry and, mathematics.
2. Set time limits for questions.
Practice to improve speed on problem-solving.
3. Start with the difficult areas first.
Prepare brief notes on the toughest sections.
4. Prioritize by topic.
Develop your strategy to prioritize your subjects in accordance with your requirements..
5. Analyze your mistakes.
Find and try to improve on the points that you often face difficulty with and which slow you down.
6. Never quit until you have achieved daily target.
Once you have solved your daily problems, make tomorrow's plan.
7. Practice logical thinking.
Build your solutions step-by-step with contextual thinking. Discard stray thoughts.
8. Until the exam ends, don't give up.
Keep up your routine and resolve to keep trying.
9. Use your board exam syllabus.
Material from the board exams will be included on both JEE Main and JEE Advanced. So don't take your board exams lightly.
10. Keep consulting question papers from previous years.
Obtain copies of test papers from the past 10-15 years and solve the questions.
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Two Magic Tricks
Of the two magic tricks that I will talk about now, you will definitely need to adopt one and I will leave the second one to your wish.
The first one is making very short, in fact, micro notes. When you have completed a chapter, say, orbital structure of atom, and developed a good understanding of the concepts, you have to prepare such notes as will only indicate to you something and you will immediately be able to remind yourself about the story behind that point. For instance, in respect of writing S,P,D,F configuration you will write in your note, " Chromium and Copper are exceptions to the general rule". This will immediately remind you how you wrote all the configurations and how these two atoms are different.
This kind of note makes your revision very quick on the eve of the exam and no form of exam phobia can make you suffer.
Now, on to the second magic trick, which I warn you, is a bit risky and if you want you can use it at your own peril.
In accordance with this trick you will collect the links to best tutorial videos and watch them to finish the syllabus and develop a good understanding very fast. And believe me, you can cover up the lost ground with lightning speed. The main concepts in a chapter that you may need 5 hours to complete, can be completed in 1-2 hours by this method. I observed a student developing a good understanding of Lewis dot structure and valence bond structure within one and a half hour by attending a YouTube class. Within that time he got to solve about 10 questions of JEE Main/ JEE Advanced standard.
No doubt, this is a magical method for those who are lagging as on date in comparison to their competitors.
Then what is the risk?
Internet is full of distractions. If you are not laser focused and go astray while learning from a video, you will lag further behind. Your entire effort may go waste. So, be careful while applying this magic trick.
Questions & Answers
Can I prepare for jee mains and advance in one year while my 12th standard is going on?
Yes, of course. Set aside a preparation time of 3-4 hours daily. Time permitting, you may increase this span when your regular school-hour classes are decreasing towards the end of the 12th standard.Helpful 85