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Be JEE ready
Experts give aspirants a lowdown on what they should do to ace the JEE exam given the changed pattern from next year
Mock tests help students in revision, making strategies and discover what works best for them. Best available mock test possess and inherit all the surprise elements of CAT. It is basically a simulated test environment in which CAT aspirants can experiment with themselves. They are designed, and conducted, to help you build concepts, prepare strategies, identify weaknesses, and take steps to eliminate them. It simulates many variations that CAT could come up with.
How to choose
CAT aspirants should carefully choose the mocks in which maximum of the prospective aspirants appear across the country. The heterogeneity of test takers makes the mocks a powerful tool to evaluate one’s performance. Good mock tests not only provide you questions on relevant topics and difficulty level but also a simulated environment and the navigation in accordance to the latest changes introduced in CAT. It also ensures that the students are well-equipped for any eventualities on the final day.
How to analyse
Test takers are advised to increase the frequency of mocks in the last one month to three to four mocks in a week with a gap one day between the two mocks. The detailed analysis is an invaluable part of preparation which any serious CAT aspirant would vouch for. We should invest considerable amount of time to analyse our performance. We should give the top priority to those questions in which time is invested but the answer is wrong. The second priority is to those questions in which question is shortlisted after proper scanning but due to some or other reason, it takes more than the allotted time. The difficulty level questions or out of the box questions which remained un-attempted is the last priority, but one should try to learn the hidden concept so that similar question can be attempted in the forthcoming tests, if time permits. Don’t be unnecessarily burdened with the fluctuation of scores. This could happen because you have been involved unwarranted/not well thought out experiments with your strategy, or have been writing mocks when you are tired or not able to concentrate.
— Ankur Jain, Chief Knowledge expert, TIME, Delhi
Performance in JEE Main 2018
Age Limit: Should be born on or after October 1, 1933. SC/ST and PwD will get a relation of 5 years, i.e., October 1, 1988
Number of attempts: Can be attempted maximum two times in consecutive year. Those candidates who have attempted JEE Advanced in 2017 will be eligible for the session this year.
Appearance in 10 + 2 (or equivalent) Exam: Candidates who have given their exams for the first time in 2017 or 2018 are eligible. Those who have their examination in 2015-2016 are eligible only if there result came out in June 2016.
Earlier admission at IITs: The candidates who have been given admissions in IITs will be not eligible.
The JEE (Advanced) 2018 is going to be in the online mode from this year. The exam consists of two papers; paper-1 and paper-2 each of three hours’ duration. The exams will be held in two sessions and each of them is compulsory. The students have to meet the criteria in order to get selected for the BTech course. If any candidate fails to fulfill the selection criteria then he will be considered as ineligible and hence will be rejected. It is mandatory for the students to qualify JEE Main 2018 by scoring the position among the top 2,24,000 candidates to attempt the JEE Advanced 2018.
Both paper-1 and paper-2 will have questions from 3 sections — Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics.
The duration will be of three hours.
The marking scheme may have the concept of full marks, partial marks, zero marks and negative marks.
The questions will be MCQ type or objective and numerical in nature.
Errors to avoid
Suggesting test- takers how to tackle an exam is always a tricky business and when it comes to CAT it’s an even more formidable task. Before getting into the analysis of errors to avoid during CAT 2017 based on relevant data it is imperative to understand the objective of aptitude and ability tests. These tests are designed to assess one’s logical reasoning or thinking performance. CAT is strictly timed and as a typical test, it tests one’s ability to perform under pressure, observation skills and decision making.
First thing first: As soon as the test starts one should leaf through the entire question paper and divide it into Easy, Moderate and Difficult categories of questions. After this jump to the easiest question in which one is very comfortable (this will not merely fetch marks for those particular questions rather it will help in boosting the confidence for the entire test).
Bias: It has been observed that students go for the questions for a particular chapter based on his or her special liking for the area. The interesting part is that sometimes these questions are deliberately asked only to trap students, they spend a lot of time on this and mostly come out exhausted and short of time. After analysing the way how test takers devote time to different question it evinces that, so many very easy questions remain untouched even though they are extremely easy. Contrary to common belief that they are from so called difficult chapter!
Easy to solve easy to comprehend: One more interesting fact comes out from our analysis is that student goes by the length of the question and jugglery of the language. For example, if length of the question is very short it will get priority over so-called lengthy question and same applies to language of the question. One shouldn’t have stuck if the language of the question is not very lucid what happens actually is these questions can be solved merely by the data given in between lines. So, one shouldn’t keep niggling on the words of the question or other language jugglery.
Never pre-fix a target, especially in terms of the number of questions: Try to segregate the doable questions as per your strength and weakness. Try to attempt as many questions after shortlisting the questions to optimise speed and accuracy. One should not forget that there is no any correlation between percentage and percentile scores.
Accuracy dips at last minute: After analysing the order in which question is attempted and the corresponding probability of its correctness it evince that first few questions are having a higher probability of correctness. As everything remains same it comes to a student’s psychology. What happens is, he or she loses concentration when the test draws towards the end.
Do not lose hope: You may outperform all others in the remaining two. At the same time, don’t carry the failure of the previous question/section. Neither be too excited nor too dejected. Remain focused for a clinical performance.
Our advice: Shrug off the inertia and bias and maintain a professional attitude throughout with good stamina.
— Ankur Jain, Chief Knowledge expert, TIME Delhi
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