Cracking JEE Mains

Cracking JEE Mains

Clarity, speed & accuracy will help

For about 12 lakh students aspiring to become engineers, the CBSE is organising the largest exam of our country the JEE (Main) on April 1, 2017 in offline mode and on April 8-9, 2017 in online mode. Through this exam top 2.2 lakh students will also get a chance to appear in the JEE (Advanced) scheduled on May 21, 2017. The JEE Main however will have a separate merit list for admission to the NITS, IIITs, GFTIs and some deemed universities. Worth noting this year is that there is no weightage to Board marks unlike last year where 40 per cent weightage was given to Class XII Boards and 60 per cent to JEE Main score. Also, this year only those students who had a valid Aadhar can only apply.



BE/B Tech (Paper 1): Entrance exam is of three hours with objective questions from Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics with equal weightage given to each subject. Each question will have four options. There is a negative marking of 1/4th marks for incorrect answers.

B Arch/B Planning (Paper 2): Entrance exam will be of three hours having three parts: Mathematics, Aptitude and Drawing test. While Maths and Aptitude test will have objective questions, drawing will have questions to check the drawing aptitude of a student. The following three points now will ensure your success in JEE:

Time Management

Exam Strategy

Complete coverage of syllabi and a systematic revision plan.

In this last couple of weeks, for students who are taking up Boards this time should be essentially used for taking up Mock Tests on lines of JEE (Main) & JEE (Advanced). Analysis of each paper is important to check the mistakes and to avoid repeating them in the actual JEE. The time gap between the Boards should be smartly utilised subject wise catering to the needs of both Boards and entrance exams. For students who are repeaters, may join a crash course for topic wise revision along with several mock tests on current pattern of JEE, else they should have a systematic revision plan involving rigorous testing concept-wise/chapter-wise along with several mock tests.

Strategy: Sometimes the right strategy and time management play a vital role in deciding the rank for an aspirant. So, one must be quick enough to adapt to the level of the paper and act promptly. The following points may however be kept in mind when attempting the questions. One basic strategy could be not to give full time in one go to a particular instead allocate some time so that one could review this subject again. For a three hour  paper with three subjects, generally students tend to give 1 hour each. It is advisable that they give 40-45 minutes in attempting questions from any one subject they feel confident and move on to second subject and then to the third. In the remaining time the unsolved questioned may be reviewed.

Attempting offline and online: Points to Remember for students appearing for JEE Main through Computer Based Testing (CBT).

Remember, in JEE (Main)-CBT the correct options are submitted by click of the mouse. It is important that questions be attempted in a sequence so as to remember your order.

Scroll the screen to check if all questions are appearing on the screen before  attempting.

As all pages can be viewed through a tab on the top right side of the screen, select the subject you wish to take up first and ensure to click on the right option and save the option immediately. One must be careful to submit the paper only after all the questions in respective subjects Physics, Chemistry and Maths have been dealt with.

Points to remember for pen and  paper: In offline (pen and paper) exam, check that you have got the entire question paper and no page is missing.

Attempt all subjects in three rounds and not subject wise,

Not allotting equal or fixed time per subject

Attempting questions in the order of ease of doing them, where ease depends upon

both the ability to solve a question and time taken to solve it.

Systematic Revision Plan: Clearing JEE (Main) is not a difficult task. Systematic approach towards its preparation along with a proper revision plan will help students.

Identify the topics subject wise you have difficulties in remembering the formulae of solving questions

Take up previous year papers and solve them in a planned manner so that you can practice as much as possible in the gaps available between the Boards.

Keep a check on your problem-solving ability as spending too much time on a question you do not know will result in loss of adequate time for the easier ones.

Taking mock test and having a real time analysis have been found to be quite useful and students tend to learn from the mistakes.

The writer is Ramesh Batlish,

FIITJEE expert



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