Preparing for any entrance exam can be a very, very intimidating task – thinking that invisible forces all around the world are working together to make sure you don’t succeed, feeling like what you know is not enough, being overwhelmed by the tasks at hand, and whatnot. Maybe not as sad and grave as I made it sound, but close enough. It can all be boiled down to a singular feeling: dread. We fear what we have studied or maybe what we know is not enough. We seek ways that we hope will make us a genius at the last minute. Preparing for an exam is just very exhausting.
This becomes even more stressful when the exam in question is the JEE Advanced. But as you have already reached this stage, it means you are confident of cracking the JEE Mains exam and you already have a very good idea on how to tackle engineering entrance exam questions. The major difference between the JEE Mains and the JEE Advanced is that the JEE Mains is conducted by CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) while the JEE Advanced is conducted by the IITs all over India.
The good news is that you already have a good grip over your concepts as you have already cracked the Mains. But now you could be confused as to what your next steps should be. Here, we will provide you with some helpful tips so that you can have an idea about how to plan your next steps. This year in 2020, the JEE Advanced is going to be held on the 27th of September. With almost two weeks to go, last-minute panic and stress are looming in the air. With these tips, you could pace yourself and build a solid, fulfilling plan in order to achieve the best result possible.
How to Prepare for JEE Advanced after JEE Mains –
1. Plan out the Syllabus
The JEE exams cover the syllabus from both classes 11 and 12. It seems to be very vast but careful planning will help you cover all your bases.
- Plan the lessons smartly, starting with the topics that have high weightage but require lesser effort (e.g. Thermodynamics, Optics, Waves, Inorganic Chemistry, Alkyl Halides, Aromatic Compounds, 3D Geometry, Vectors, Probability, Sequence, and Series, etc). This will help you catch up to the most ideal speed for the preparation of JEE Advanced. Remember, the key is to pace yourself based on your abilities to absorb the material.
- Proceed to the chapters which have high weightage and require high effort as well (e.g. EMI, Kinematics, Electrostatics, Current Electricity, Magnetism, Thermodynamics, the remaining Organic Chemistry chapters, Definite Integration, Applications of Differentiation, Limits, Functions, Quadratic Equations, Binomial Theorem, etc). This will cover the hardest chapters of the course.
- Next, proceed to these next chapters only if you think you have enough time left to cover them. These include Heat, Fluids, Radiation, Work Energy & Power, Nuclear Physics, Chemical Equilibrium, Metallurgy, Hydrocarbons, Differentiation, Sets, and Relations, etc.
- These next topics can be left out since they have low weightage but require high effort. They are Laws of Motion, Communication Systems, Circular Motion, Mole Concept, ionic Equilibrium, Solid State, Biomolecules, Indefinite Integrals, Permutation and Combination, Trigonometric Ratio, and Functions, etc.
2. Practice Previous Year Question Papers
This is common knowledge among students who have been giving exams since class 10. Practicing previous year questions gives you a great idea on what kind of questions to expect and with great luck; you might even get these questions in the JEE Advance exam since many question papers tend to repeat questions in multiple years. Practicing these questions will also give you a good idea of the format and help you with time management. It is a good idea to refer to question papers up to at least 2008, you can use papers from even further back but make sure to complete the ones till 2008.
3. Maintain your Health and Nutrition
Being in the right state of mind is of the utmost importance in order to genuinely absorb the material you have studied. Do not take on too much stress and shake off your nerves as much as possible in order to have confidence in yourself and your knowledge of the course, because your mental health is the most important thing. Keeping your mental health stable as much as possible is very essential because being in an unstable mental state can seriously hamper your ability to focus. Understand your capabilities; do not take upon responsibilities you’re not sure you can take on.
Maintain a healthy diet so that your physical state is fit. Get sleep. You may think sleeping could waste your time but trust me, it will only benefit you. It will strengthen your body and you won’t spend the whole day feeling lethargic. If you have a good night’s sleep, your ability to concentrate will vastly improve. But you should avoid sleeping during unnecessary hours because naps and sleep are two entirely different things. Keep yourself healthy and don’t put your mind and body through an absurd amount of stress that is just not worth it.
4. Don’t Study new Topics which you haven’t studied before
Do not waste your time covering topics that are technically new to you. Learning these topics will waste your time immensely and increase confusion. If you have never delved into these topics further than the surface, do not start now. Instead, focus on the topics you do know and strengthen your base in them.
If you cover new topics in a very small time frame (since the break between JEE Mains and JEE Advanced is usually between 30-45 days and this time due to the pandemic, the break was only for 3 weeks), it will further confuse you and since you just learned these new topics, the chances of you not only understanding but also retaining these topics is very low.
Try not to experiment at the last minute and only do things the way you know. No new confusing trick or method! If you answer correctly in the topics you know, the marks you get for the right answers is going to be higher than the marks you lose for giving wrong answers. Since you have most probably already covered the NCERT syllabus, you can use other reference books now. But only use the reference books you are comfortable with.
5. Distribute your Time accordingly for all Subjects
Make sure that you have spent time on each subject equally and accordingly. Don’t make the mistake of neglecting one entire subject because you don’t feel too confident in it. Sure, you can neglect some chapters from the subjects but you cannot neglect the entire subject overall.
Go through topics that were not discussed in-depth for Mains, get a good idea on them, and make sure to know the applications of all theoretical concepts you study. Giving equal importance to all the subjects increases your chance for a better score and having an overall better performance. This will help with not only your percentile but also your ranking.
6. Some additional Useful Tips
- Try to avoid using social media for at least two months before the exam. Go on a social media cleanse; deactivate all your social media accounts, you can always return to them right after your exams. If you consider yourself a social media-addict, let this serve as a reward you will receive after you are done with your exams. Extra motivation will increase your determination and you will work even harder.
- Avoid taking naps in the morning or afternoon. Only sleep during the night-time. If you have a habit of staying up at night, try to rectify your sleep cycle. If you sleep during the mornings or nap during the afternoon, your body will get used to this rhythm and you might feel drowsy on the exam day while giving your test.
- Correct your sleep cycle and get your body used to sleep for 7-8 hours at night. You could go to sleep at 10:00 or 10:30 pm and wake up at 6:30 or 7:00 am. It is also worth noting that it has been observed that students tend to retain the information learned during the mornings than during the night since at that time your body is completely refreshed.
- Avoid watching TV shows or movies during this time as it could bring up irrelevant thoughts in your brain while you are studying. Sure, you can take a few hours of break-in between studying, but try using that time doing something that doesn’t require too much of your attention. If you still want to watch something, try watching some content that isn’t too plot-driven like a reality show or a sketch show.
- Try keeping yourself active by doing exercises, fast walks, or going for runs. Keeping your body active will help you not feeling drowsy throughout the day and your muscles will not tense up. If you stay put at a place for too long, you could get cramps or your body will tend to get tight in places which is always uncomfortable.
We hope that these tips have helped with your planning and removed the doubts you may have had till now. This examination is crucial for all those students who dream of being part of the premier institute of an IIT. These tips were formulated on the past experience of students and many have succeeded in achieving their goal following these tips. We wish you the best of luck for your exam. You have come this far, you can surely overcome this hurdle with ease.
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