JEE Main and Advanced are the most sought after competitive exams for students aiming for a career in the technical field. While the country is struggling with COVID-19 outbreak, the subsequent lockdown has turned out to be beneficial for students as the exams are delayed by over 3 months. The additional time students now have to prepare for these exams needs a maximum utilisation strategy. Students are curious about the important topics of the paper, what mocks they should attempt, how to prepare in these last few weeks. So to decode these puzzles, All India Rank holders of JEE Main 2016 are here to answer your questions. They are, Deepanshu Jindal (AIR 1), Pratyush Maini (AIR 2) and Rajas Bansal (AIR 3), final year CSE students at IIT Delhi. They have shared their tips and strategies on both JEE Main and JEE Advanced which would help you get close to your dream college.
How to Distinguish Preparation for JEE Advanced and JEE Main?
Deepanshu: JEE Main has questions which require less conceptual knowledge and are based on single concepts. So, to improve our score, we need speed and accuracy. Meanwhile, JEE Advanced has questions with a deeper logic. They often are combined with two separate concepts and require enhanced analysis. Since we get sufficient time in JEE Advanced, accuracy should be given a higher priority. Moreover, the JEE Advanced exam pattern is unique and questions have more than 1 right option. Hence, practising concepts is required.
Pratyush: Both are a whole lot different! One can easily ace JEE Main by practising from NCERT books and solving a large number of old question papers. On the other hand, the JEE Advanced is quite difficult. Students need to work on a harder scale by giving more time to a difficult set of questions. Merely, practising NCERT or CBSE syllabus won’t benefit in JEE Advanced.
Rajas: Both JEE Main and Advance are too distinct. They have a distinct syllabus, their preparation is different and the strategy while attempting both is different. Class 11th and 12th NCERT is the main source for JEE Main. There are a few hard topics in JEE Main Syllabus but most questions are from the easy ones. Although, a few hard questions are added randomly as a surprise. Students should give a higher priority to Maths as it is a scoring section. JEE Advanced is a much more conceptual exam which includes a new range of questions every year.
JEE Main is in Online Mode. What should students do?
Deepanshu: Online mode is easy and students can easily mark a difficult question and get back to it later. This means students should focus on solving maximum questions, rather than getting stuck on one question. Just pick the option which seems right, mark it for review and continue with other questions without wasting any time.
Pratyush: Since the exam is online, it is hard to skip questions. It was easy to check the whole paper in pen and paper mode and figure easy questions. In online mode, students should quickly go through all the questions and mark easy questions to start with. Although, students are already aware of the new style with the help of mock tests. It might be possible that online mode might have some errors, during which students must stay calm.
Rajas: Comparing the level of comfort in an online environment and an offline environment, both have their advantages. But in offline mode, questions papers were handed over with printed figures and diagrams. Students could directly solve them by marking over them. In online mode, students first need to copy these figures. This often gets time-consuming and difficult. Students should practice more online mocks to get more familiar with this.
How Should Students Prepare for these last Six Weeks?
Deepanshu: Practice is a must during these last weeks. Give time to practice mocks and previous year question papers of JEE Main/Advanced. Make sure the pattern is similar to what is expected this year. Full Mock Tests will help revise the whole syllabus. Students should also revise topics where they often end up making silly mistakes. Instead of revising everything from A to Z, focus on topics in a scaled manner. And some topics are related to each other. So it gets easier to understand them by comparing and relating to each other. For example, electrostatics and gravitation have a similar base which makes it easier to work on both at once.
Pratyush: There are a few tricky questions in JEE Main – mostly long or heavy calculation-based. As per my knowledge, repetition of previous year questions of JEE Advanced, especially Mathematics, in a revised format is a new trend in JEE Main. Students can score full in JEE Main Maths if they take help of JEE Advanced Question Archive. Students should also practise meditation during these last weeks. It will help them stay calm during the exam, which will ultimately reduce the chances of errors.
Rajas: I would suggest students divide their strategy into three parts. For the first part, practice sectional mocks, practice topic-wise mocks and focus on the difficult questions of JEE Main and Advanced. During the second part, attempt full mock tests and find new questions to practice. Finally, in the third part, the focus should be on revising core chapters, formulae and only previously marked difficult questions. You should build confidence in the last few days rather than practising anything new.
What key areas are important for both JEE Main and Advanced?
Deepanshu: I think, strengths and weaknesses of each student decide this part. Students must know the approximate weightage of each chapter and marks. After this, they should focus more on important areas as per their analysis. During my days, I practised first on my weak areas and focused on refining strong topics during the last few days.
Pratyush: NCERT book for Chemistry is the bible for JEE Main Chemistry section. I would advise not to study from anything else except that. Some chapters were not covered by coaching institutes in JEE Main Physics such as Atoms and Semiconductors. Students can understand them easily from NCERT Physics book.
Rajas: JEE Main now has numerical value-based questions. So students should practice such questions with heavy calculation and maintain speed. Attempting these is a must as they do not incur any negative score. After solving mocks, take time to analyse the whole mock. Work on questions which were left unanswered.
Something Students must remember while attempting the exam?
Deepanshu: When the paper starts, go through the paper within a few minutes marking questions which are easy to crack. After this, solve those which seem hard but can be solved. Finally, at last, attempt the most uncertain questions. This trick requires a good amount of practice as it is not easy to figure in one glance which question is easy and which is difficult.
Pratyush: Students often get nervous when they come across a hard question and are not able to solve it. What we should remember is a lot of students would be sweating over the same question. Toppers do not waste time but instead solve maximum questions with good accuracy on quick and easy questions.
Rajas: Marking schemes and instructions are important in JEE Advanced. Take proper sleep before the exam day. Questions might be hard even in your core subject. Do not get deterred by this. Try to breathe and stay calm and always know the exam is made of easy questions too.