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Going to Attempt JEE Main 2020? Review these Tips & Tricks

Last updated on June 11th, 2020

The whole country is fighting COVID-19 right now. June has begun and soon it will be July. And soon it will be the day of the JEE Main Exam. How time flies in a blink is often unnoticed. Rising COVID-19 cases each day is alarming enough for students and parents. It is going to be a huge risk of visiting an exam centre during such a wide pandemic. New rules and regulations have to be followed by both parents and candidates at the exam centres. Let us discuss some of the key factors that can affect the scores of JEE Main 2020.

Decoding The Exam Pattern & Marking Scheme

This is not something new for the readers. Students who have been attempting mocks already know this. JEE Main Exam Pattern is different for Paper 1, Paper 2 and Paper 3. Four marks are awarded for the right answer, minus one for the wrong answer. Numerical Based Questions do not incur any negative marks. Given below is the exam pattern.

Details B.E/B.Tech (Paper 1) B.Arch (Paper 2) B.Planning (Paper 3)
Sections Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics Aptitude, Drawing and Mathematics Planning, Aptitude and Mathematics
Question Pattern MCQs + Numerical Value Drawing + MCQs + Numerical Value Planning-based MCQs + Numerical Value
Language English, Hindi, Gujarati
Duration of Exam 3 hours

But think of it this way – 15 questions in the exam do not have any negative marking. How about solving them first? Similarly, computer-based tests give extra support for marking solvable questions to check them later. There are multiple tips and tricks from toppers to decode in the exam pattern. Try to figure them out. Check the JEE Main Marking Scheme down below-

Details B.E/B.Tech (Paper 1) B.Arch (Paper 2) B.Planning (Paper 3)
Total Questions 75 77 100
Total Marks 300 400 400
Marking Scheme – MCQs +4 marks for a correct answer

-1 mark for the wrong answer

Marking Scheme – Numerical Value +4 marks for a correct answer

No negative marking for wrong answers

General Points to Consider While Attempting Exam

Speed and Accuracy

JEE Main is a test of a students ability to maintain pressure and solve maximum questions in the given time frame. JEE Main has 25 questions from each section, where 5 questions do not incur any negative marking. A total of 75 questions have to be solved in 3 hours. If a candidate can solve maximum easy questions consuming minimum time, it gives an extra edge at solving the hard questions with better accuracy. The 75 questions can fetch a maximum score of 300. And yes, aim for it. Because if you don’t, you won’t be able to push yourself to extreme limits.

Maintain Confidence

Students should remain indifferent to anything new that turns up at the exam. Some questions are just there to check on you. More than 95% of the candidates won’t be able to solve it. Hence, do not waste your time on such questions. Do not start the paper with such questions. Or even if you do, maintain your confidence. Remaining calm throughout the exam will help you to focus on easy questions.

No Hits and Trials

This pattern works only in exams where there is no negative marking. 50 questions of Paper 1 can reduce your marks which will ultimately reduce your rank and your chances of getting your dream college. Speed is equally important with accuracy but that does not mean that you can mark answers on good guesses. If possible, use the elimination method where we find the options which are definitely not the right answer. But make sure there is least negative marking.

Start With Stronger Areas

We all have certain sections where we have better command and understanding. It is possible that Physics seems easier to you than Maths or Chemistry. Make sure to build confidence by attempting your strong sections first. This will boost your courage as you get close to solving harder problems.

Check Time Regularly

July is a humid month for India. It gets very warm and the time flies away. That is why you must check time regularly! Watches are not allowed at the exam centre. Your system will have a timer showing the exact amount of time left before the exam gets submitted automatically. Losing hold of time could be disastrous during the exam. Hence, do not make such a mistake. Harder questions can be solved. But easy questions can be solved faster!

Things To Consider At Exam Centers

  • Wear a Mask: It is obvious that mobile phones are not allowed at the exam centres. So, no, Aarogya Setu would not help. But, a good mask will definitely. Masks have been made compulsory for all the candidates who are going to take the exam. This could mean that you have to wear a mask for continuously three hours. And considering the frisking time, it could be for an even longer duration. Students are thus advised to buy a comfortable mask. Also, if possible, attempt your JEE Main Mock Tests while wearing a mask!
  • Sanitize Yourself: In addition to this, self-sanitization is now more important than ever. Do not touch your eyes or face without washing your hands or disinfecting them with a sanitizer. There will be a large crowd at the exam centres. The chances of infection are very high if there is a potential COVID-19 infected individual. Hence, keep a small sanitizer with yourself.
  • Social Distancing 101:Social Distancing is a must at the exam centre. One breaking the social distancing norms is basically risking his/her life and of the parents. There is no doubt that guidelines will be implemented strictly by the exam conducting authorities. But in the end, it is up to you to keep yourself safe.

Useful Revision Tips for JEE Main

Practice While You Can

These hard times are a great bonus for the students. Old Question Papers of JEE Main can be very useful as a lot of questions repeat in JEE Main in a similar fashion. Questions from JEE Advanced of previous years can also be practised as these are the hard questions which often appear in JEE Main. NTA has launched the National Test Abhyas Application for Android where students get a new mock test everyday. These are All India Mock Tests which could give you a close idea about your level of preparation.

Work on Learning Strategy

Learning Strategy is as important as the strategy for solving the paper in the right way. Students start revision randomly from topics that they feel interested in. Or something which seems easy. But revision must always start from Most Important Topics of JEE Main. After that, students can work on less important topics. Do remember that JEE Main Syllabus comprises class 11th and 12th topics. That is equivalent to six heavy books studied during a time period of 2 years. It is not that hard to understand that revision and learning strategy is highly important here.

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