JEE Main 2020 Preparation Tips: If you are an engineering aspirant and want to pursue B.E/B.Tech from a top notch engineering institute of India then achieving a good score in JEE Main is highly important. Considering this situation of COVID-19 crisis, aspirants have some additional days left to prepare for JEE Main 2020 April session. When it comes to juggling between class 12th boards & JEE Main, then the struggle is real. Here, we have got you some helpful tips for JEE Main 2020 preparation. These tips will help the candidates to crack this most important engineering entrance exam in India. The time management, revising important topics and chapters, and solving sample papers & mock tests are some well-known preparation tips for JEE Main 2020.
Alongside, the section and topic-wise analysis of the previous year JEE Main question papers is another useful tool while preparing for the exam. This article will provide you with JEE Main 2020 Preparation Tips along with subject and topic-wise analysis of previous year JEE Main exams.
Basic Tips for JEE Main 2020 Preparation
- Time Management – A proper schedule for exam preparation is the best way of managing time wisely. You can stick to it and prioritize your set goals. Be sure to set deadlines and cover the entire syllabus within the stipulated time.
- Know the Syllabus – Be thorough with the JEE Main 2020 syllabus. Practice the familiar topics and revise them regularly. The topics that seem tough for you, practice them on a regular basis and give them extra time. Don’t forget to go through the topics from which most of the questions are asked.
- Practice JEE Main Mock Tests – Solving mock tests and practice papers can actually tell what level of preparation is needed. Solving the question papers enables the candidates to know the level of exam and their own preparation against it so they can work on their weak topics. Nowadays a deep analysis of mocks is easily available online, to understand accuracy, strong topics, time consuming topics and weak topics.
- Revision – Organise your study time and revision time. Revision ensures you are on track with the topics that are not under purview but must be worked on. Take regular breaks and practice previous years’ JEE Main question papers. Revise the topics every alternate day or at least twice a week.
- Speed – With practice, you will build speed in core topics. This speed must be maintained during the examination as well. Since there is no sectional timing, ensure that you solve enough questions from each section within 1 and a half hour such that the score reaches the expected cutoff.
- Accuracy – If you follow the speed rule in the first 90 minutes, follow the accuracy rule in next 90 minutes. Instead of solving maximum questions, try solving what you can, but with accurate answers. This will help build your score and probably help in overall rank considered for IITs.
JEE Main Preparation Tips by 2020 Toppers
This year, 9 candidates scored a perfect 100 percentile in JEE Mains 2020 January session. This means that these 9 candidates were the topmost candidates out of the 9 lakh+ applicants. Candidates who took JEE Main 2020 said that they found the mathematics section most difficult. Although, the other sections were moderate to easy.
Strategy of Toppers
- Kaushal Kumar Reddy: He scored 100 percentile. He said he found JEE Main exam moderate in difficulty level. His basic strategy was to ensure that his basic concepts of Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics were clear. He followed NCERT but preparing from NCERT Books is not enough. To crack JEE Main 2020 with a good score you will need better practice from better refreshers, higher understanding of concepts and proper dedication towards learning.
- Landa Jitendra: A resident of Andhra Pradesh, scored 100 percentile. He took coaching from Sri Chaitanya institute. He said the coaching centre and school helped him study, teachers at coaching center told him when, what and how to study. He referred to the study material provided by the coaching center and used to attempt mock tests every weekend.
- Nishant Agarwal: He scored 100 percentile. He said he was preparing from the very beginning and aimed to score full marks in JEE Main examination. He got best support and motivation from the teachers at the coaching center.
- Divyanshu Agarwal: He also scored 100 percentile by self study. He said 8-9 hours of self study helped him to achieve 100 score in JEE Main examination.
- Kunwar Preet Singh: He said regular study and revision helped him to score 99 percentile in JEE Main 2020. Appearing for the Mock test is very helpful to score good.
- Advaid Deepak: He said he gave 7 hours each day to prepare for JEE Main during school days and 15 hours each day of preparation during holidays.
Almost all of these top scorers have one thing in common. Their will to learn more and more. And so much more that they used to study for more than 7 hours a day!
JEE Main Preparation Tips for Class XI and XII Students
- Boards are important: Class XI and XII students must focus on their board exams as they are equally important as JEE Main or Advanced. The aggregate percentage of boards is a deciding factor of a candidate’s eligibility in JEE Main and JEE Advanced. Not just that, due to heavy competition among students, many top-tier colleges do not take students below the aggregate percentage of 90% in boards.
- Understanding weaknesses: A lot of students take Class XI subjects lightly and ‘plan’ their strategy for ‘cracking the XII boards’. This is a very wrong approach and will hit back hard. Class XI subjects consist of topics which create a base for the topics of Class XII. If a student is facing difficulty in a topic of class XII, he/she must try to figure out the core concept of that topic, which often dates back to class XI. Weaknesses sometimes lie in the past and we must conquer them!
- Time flies: Everyone around you might keep saying that to study better, time management is important. But a very few might talk about how to manage time in such a way that you get enough time for study, household chores, leisure and other activities. Start by calculating the time consumed in your day-to-day activities using a stopwatch. And prepare a time limit for every activity. Give a large proportion of your time to studies.
- Create short notes: Students must create a habit of maintaining short notes of important topics. This will benefit in the long run because during the final moments of practice, it is very difficult to accumulate all the information from a book of more than a 1000 pages. During this shortage of time, the short notes will come in handy. Students can easily refer to important formulae, short-cut methods and other essential information that they have jotted down while preparing for the topics.
- Procrastination is the thief of time: One cannot decide how long it will take to prepare for JEE Main and JEE Advanced. Some people have scored great within an year of preparation and some have scored only a decent score even with 3 years of preparation. Here, the time actually spent on studies rather than worrying or delaying by saying, “I can do this later”, might have a huge difference. Studying 6 hours daily for 365 days with full dedication might provide huge benefits. Rather than studying just 2 or 3 hours for 2 years (730 days!).
How to make the JEE Main 2020 Preparation Plan?
Given below are some points to adhere to while making a plan for preparation of JEE Main 2020-
- Students must have a good idea of the expected weightage of various topics in JEE Main.
- Give more time to topics which have heavy weightage in the examination.
- Segregation of topics is necessary. Segregate your plan for difficult, moderate and easy topics. Difficult topics must be given more time.
- Sequential study is required in subjects like Mathematics. Plan your monthly schedule based on the same. Core topics must be prepared first. For example, one cannot understand Intregral Calculus before understanding the basics of Limits and Derivatives as well as Differentiation.
- Add at least 1 month for revision in the plan. Plan the revision in such a way that all topics are covered during revision. If you feel that the time might be insufficient, allot more than a month for revision. Prepare for contingencies.
Steps required in JEE Main 2020 Preparation Plan
- Begin your plan with studying various chapters of the subject while understanding the core concepts of the topics. Use NCERT books or short video lectures for this to quickly grab the basics.
- As stated previously, make as many short notes on topics as possible. Ensure to pen down only the most important information and formulae. Do not jot down each and everything else, you wil have a hard time during revisions.
- Once the chapter or topic has been studied thoroughly, try to recollect what you have just studied and try to analyse up to what extent have you understood the topic.
- Soon after recollecting, start solving the questions of the topics. Begin with examples first. It might be possible that you are not able to understand the questions but try to solve them on your own at first instance. Post that, if the question is still unsolved, continue with reviewing the solution and solve the question youself again. This will build up your habit of practice.
- After completing a particular topic, try attempting the topic-wise mock tests available for free on various learning portals (given below). One the whole subject is completed, try attempting sectional mock tests. This will give you an idea about your strong and weak points.
- Mostly, learning portals or mock test portals provide a deep analysis of the mock test attempted by a candidate. Once the whole syllabus is complete, attempt at least 1 mock in every 2 days. And give double the time for its analysis.
- Continuous revision is necessary for exams like JEE Main. Moreover, the most important part of JEE Main Preparation Tip is continuous revisions using short notes and solving questions of various topics and difficulties each and every day but in a planned manner.
- It is important to clear all the doubts regarding any topics. Keep a separate doubt book. Use the ‘Doubtnut app’ given below to get solutions to your doubts as soon as possible. One never knows if a doubt left unsolved will turn out to be a question in the exam or not.
- Take necessary breaks to keep yourself going. Fatigue is very much mental as it could be physical. Breaks are necessary to ensure that you do not get bored while studying continuously for hours. Try to maintain a desk and chair position for 3 hours but do take breaks during studies. Watch a movie or go out for a walk with friends!
Subject-wise Preparation Tips for JEE Main Paper 1
JEE Main Paper 1 consists of 3 subjects namely Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics having 25 questions each. All three subjects are important and should be given equal importance. Be updated with the latest exam pattern. Following are some subject-wise JEE Main preparation tips that will help students prepare well.
Physics is a conceptual subject and candidates should understand its basic concepts thoroughly.
- After studying a particular topic, make sure to solve the related problems on the same day. This makes concepts clear and helps in remembering them in a better way.
- Along with some recommended books like HC Verma, aspirants should also refer to NCERT books. These books will help in understanding the basic concepts.
Most Important Topics of Physics
Some topics cover the major portion of Physics portion and students shouldn’t miss them out during preparations. Check them out:
- Modern Physics – JEE Main 2020 paper has five questions from Modern Physics, making it one of the most important topics. Make sure to cover sub-topics like nuclear fission and fusion, dual nature of matter, radioactive decay of substances and X-rays. Also study the Bohr’s model properly. Again NCERT shall be a starting point and further consult HC Verma for the theory part and 3000 Solved Problems in Physics by Schaum for the numerical part.
- Electrostatics: Every year almost four questions are being asked from Electrostatics; considered to be one of the high scoring topics in Physics. With the clarity of basic concepts, students can easily crack four questions from a single topic. Concepts of Physics by H C Verma, is a highly recommended book for Electrostatics as it comprises solved numerical problems of good quality.
- Oscillation and Waves– Like Electrostatics, students can expect 3-4 questions on this topic too. Clear concepts from NCERT and then delve further with H C Verma for application of concepts.
- Optics – Comparatively, an easy topic with minimum 2-3 questions being asked every year. While doing studies make sure to understand Huygen’s principles. The best book recommended for this topic would be Understanding Physics for JEE Main, Advanced Optics & Modern Physics by DC Pandey.
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Chemistry is the subject which is a combination of concepts, theory and chemical equations.
- Do remember to refer to some really good books to help you understand the subject better.
- While studying a Chemistry topic, always mark the important points which will help during revision.
- Solve the problems related to the concepts and practice the chemical equations by writing them down to learn them.
Most Important Topics of Chemistry
- Chemical Bonding and Molecular Structure: Topics like Kossel-Lewis Approach, Ionic Bond, Born Haber Cycle, Various Type of Bonds, Octet Rule, Exceptions, Bond Characteristics and all the other topics are short but hard to remember as these topics have unique characteristics for each bond or structure. Students must prepare all the topics of this chapter with regular revisions to ensure a good knowledge all throughout the year.
- Periodic table (P-block, D & F-block and S-block elements): Characteristics of elements of various blocks, Transition series, configuration of elements in various blocks and many more sub-topics are covered here. The periodic table is divided under 3 chapters and considering its a one whole part of chemistry, it covers a lot of important questions in JEE Main.
- Carboxylic Acids, Aldehydes and Ketones: Nomenclature, Nature of carbonyl group, Methods of preparation, Physical and chemical properties, Mechanism of Nucleophilic addition (very important), Reactivity of alpha hydrogen in Aldehydes, Carboxylic Acids: Nomenclature, Acidic nature, Methods of preparation (very important), Physical and chemical properties (very important).
- Redox reactions, Mole Concept and the concept of equivalents: Molarity (M), Normality (N), Equivalent Mass, Dilution Effects, Volume strength of H2O2 solution, Percentage Labeling of Oleum, Modifications in law of equivalence, e of Contents, Types of redox reactions, Examples of various types of redox reactions, Oxidation and Reduction, Oxidizing and Reducing Agents, Identification of Oxidizing and Reducing Agents, Balancing Redox Reaction, Practical Uses of Redox Reactions.
- States of Matter – Solid state, solutions and gases theory: The gaseous and liquid states of matter cover the following major theories – Van der Waals Forces, Properties of Gases and Gas Laws, Kinetic Molecular Theory, Ideal Gas Law & Dalton’s Law of Partial Pressure, Graham’s Law of Diffusion & Gas Eudiometry, Deviation From Ideal Gas Behaviour and Van der Waal’s Equation, Liquid State.
- Thermochemistry and Laws of Thermodynamics: Physical quantity entropy, Entropy Change, Bond Energy or Bond Enthalpies, Co-efficient of Performance (K), Numericals based on Co-efficient of Performance, Levoisier and Laplace law, Hess’s law (the law of constant heat summation), Experimental verification of Hess’s law, Applications of Hess’s law, Third Law of Thermodynamics, Zeroth Law of Thermodynamics, The Carnot Cycle,
Mathematics is the most important subject which is also an easy scoring as well as a hard scoring section.
- You can only be thorough in Mathematics if you keep practicing it. Also, along with practicing, try to be accurate and quick.
- While solving the maths problems, try to create your own shortcuts for different topics. This will help you in saving time during the JEE Main.
- Note down important formulas separately, it will be helpful during revision.
Most Important Topics of Mathemathics
- Calculus: Calculus is one of the largest topics of mathematics. It is divided into two major studies – Differential and Integral calculus. Key topics to study in differential calculus are – limits and continuity, application of derivatives, differentiation. Key topics from integral calculus are – Indefinite integral, definite integral, area under curves.
- Coordinate Geometry: Comparatively easy and scorable, coordinate geometry is the study of shapes and curves on a graph. Major topics to be covered under coordinate geometry are – straight lines, hyperbola, parabola, ellipse, circle.
- Trigonometry: Trigonometry has been considered one of the most important topics since class 10th. Students must have a command over the basics of trigonometry. JEE Main 2020 and other exams have questions from trigonometric ratios and trigonometric functions. These are scorable and are moderately tough.
- Algebra: This is the vastest topic of Mathematics. Questions from algebra could vary from easy to very hard. It depends on your ability to decipher how long a question can take. Major topics to be covered under algebra are – sets, relations and functions, matrices and determinants, permutations and combinations, complex numbers, probability, differential equations, quadratic equations and expressions, progressions and series, binomial theorem.
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JEE Main Preparation: Using Android Applications
While parents might feel that the smartphone is the ‘culprit’ for all the problems, it might really not be. Instead, if an aspirant is wise enough to put use of the smartphone for studies, it might turn out to be a saviour! The internet capabilities have changed a lot since the past 5 years. Homes are now turning smart with Smart TVs, Smart ACs, Smart LEDs and so much more. If you have a Smart TV at your home, you can easily watch video lectures of various topics very easily with just a snap of a button. Let us talk about the various applications which can help students improve their performance.
Unacademy Learning App
Unacademy is the largest learning platform in India with a continuously growing user base. Students can watch completely free lectures on various subjects and topics directly streamed by the toppers of various examinations. Students can also interact with the educators or teachers through the comment section given below the video. During a live stream, students can also ask doubts regarding any particular topic that might be bugging them. Unacademy is not only useful for JEE Main or JEE Advanced but also helps students in preparation for other medical, engineering and government examinations.
Size: Approximately 25 MB
Play Store Rating: 4.5/5 (3.5 lakh+ ratings)
Toppr is also considered one of the biggest learning platforms for aspirants of JEE Main and NEET. The USP of this application is the interactive design and properly organised resources. Moreover, many users have reported positive about the response time over doubts asked for any kind of topic. Students can set a learning goal here and also set a time limit to complete that particular goal. Toppr also provides free video lectures for JEE, Medical and Commerce level entrance examinations.
Size: 39 MB
Play Store Rating: 4.2/5 (1.2 lakh+ ratings)
This application houses all the major resources required for a student. From Solutions of questions from books of major writers to All India Mock Tests and live video lectures, students will find all the necessary resources, completely free! The speciality of this application is their in-house WAVE technology which lets students (or users) interact with a question put-up on the screen by the educator. The analysis is provided by the time taken to solve and real-time leaderboard of students. This encourages a competitive environment right from the beginning.
Size: 16 MB
Play Store Rating: 4.4/5 (92k+ ratings)
EduRev is a learning application which provides subject wise notes and video lectures. It also houses a large number of Mock Tests and topic-wise tests for students to work on their weak topics. Students will also find a large database of questions from previous years provided within the application. This application provides a large amount of short notes on various topics for quick revision. EduRev also has segregate applications catering to the needs of students of various classes and for various competitive exams.
Size: 15 MB
Play Store Link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.edurev&hl=en_IN
Play Store Rating: 4.6/5 (27k+ ratings)
Khan Academy is one of the oldest platforms providing free education using video lectures. It was started by Sal Khan and since then has grown with a large user base all over the world with a major focus on education catering to US based curriculums. With a recent upgrade to Indian education system, Khan Academy now provides video lectures according to the curriculum of CBSE and for IIT JEE too. Video lectures of Khan Academy are very well explained to understand the topics thoroughly. With each video lecture, students are also asked questions on the topic for which they earn points and badges as rewards.
Size: 32 MB
Developer: Khan Academy
Play Store Rating: 4.3/5 (1.2 lakh+ ratings)
Meritnation was the first few portals providing video lectures or classes online. It was started by Naukri.com. The major use of this portal for students during early start was to check for solved answers for better explanations of questions. It is one of the few portals providing video lectures with more than 14,000 videos based on content from NCERT books. It also provides free answers to unsolved questions from more than 50 popular reference books from various writers such as RD Sharma, HC Verma and TS Grewal.
Size: 16 MB
Play Store Rating: 4.2/5 (1.2 lakh+ ratings)
JEEReady is an application launched in 2019 by Amazon. The app received positive feedback from a large number of students. The application offers All India Mock Tests to check your position on a large scale. Interactive personalised reports on strong and weak sections are also available based on the tests attempted by the students. Being developed from a large US-based company entering in the Indian EdTech sector, it has a large number of quality questions and mock tests from various chapters from the syllabus of JEE Main.
Size: 17 MB
Developer: Amazon Mobile LLC
Play Store Rating: Not available (Early Access)
Free IIT JEE NEET Solutions NCERT CBSE Doubts App
As the name of this application suggests, it provides easy explanations to your doubts from the best staff behind the application. Response time is also pretty quick. The user community of this application is pretty large giving a quick response time from users as well. Students can easily put up a snapshot of any question they are unable to solve. Solutions are provided from various sources such as in-house Doubtnut solutions, Google, Quora, Yahoo and Youtube. To increase engagement of students, points and achievements are awarded for each day participation towards studies. Daily practice problems is the most useful section of this application for JEE Main Preparation.
Size: 18 MB
Play Store Rating: 4.3/5 (97k+ ratings)
JEE Mains & Advance 2020 Exam Preparation
This application has a large database of MCQs from all the sections of JEE Main and JEE Advanced. Previous Year Question Papers are also available easily upto 2007. This application does not provide a deep analysis of the user performance. Although, accuracy and speed analysis is provided for each test taken. Users can find this very useful as content can be downloaded on the device and then can be used even if the device does not have a working internet connection. Chapterwise MCQs of this application can be useful for JEE Main preparation.
Size: 9.3 MB
Developer: Mukesh Kaushik
Play Store Rating: 4.5/5 (4k+ ratings)
JEE Main Exam Analysis of Previous Years’ Papers
Candidates can also check the JEE Main Paper Analysis of the previous year’s exam. This will give them an understanding of the type of questions asked and the important topics from each subject that carry more weightage.
Topic-wise Analysis for Physics
|Topics||Number of Questions|
|JEE Main 2017||JEE Main 2018||JEE Main 2019|
|Units, Dimensions, Errors, Experiments||1||2||1|
|Newton’s Laws and Friction||1||0||1|
|Work, Power & Energy||0||2||1|
|System of Particles||2||1||0|
|Gravitation, Rotational Mechanics||2||2||3|
|Properties of Matter||1||0||1|
|Mechanical Waves and Sound||1||2||0|
|Ray Optics, Wave Optics||3||3||3|
|Heat and Thermodynamics||3||3||3|
|Magnetism, Magnetic effects of current||3||2||1|
|EMI, AC and EM waves and Communication||4||3||1|
Topic-wise Analysis for Chemistry
|Topics||Number of Questions|
|JEE Main 2017||JEE Main 2018||JEE Main 2019|
|Atomic Structure and Classification||2||1||2|
|States of Matter||1||1||0|
|Chemical & Ionic Equilibrium||1||1||1|
|Chemical Kinetics & Nuclear Chemistry||1||1||1|
|General Organic Chemistry + Functional Group-I||3||6||3|
|Organic Chemistry + Functional Group-II||2||0||3|
|Organic Chemistry + Functional Group-III||1||1||2|
|Chemistry of Representative Elements||7||6||3|
|Coordination Compounds & Organometallics||1||2||1|
Topic-wise Analysis for Mathematics
|Topic||Number of Questions|
|JEE Main 2017||JEE Main 2018||JEE Main 2019|
|Sets, Relations and Functions||1||1||0|
|Limits, Continuity & Differentiability||3||2||3|
|Application of Derivatives||1||2||2|
|Indefinite and Definite Integrals & Area under the Curve||3||3||3|
|Cartesian coordinates & Straight Line||2||1||1|
|Quadratic Equations, Inequalities, Progressions||3||3||1|
|Binomial Theorem, Exponential & Logarithmic Series||1||1||1|
|Permutation & Combination||1||1||1|
|3-D Coordinate Geometry||2||2||2|
|Differential Equations & Properties of Triangles||1||1||1|
|Matrices & Determinants||2||2||2|
Important Books for JEE Main Preparation
NCERT books are great to cover all the topics easily but they do not cover all sub-topics thoroughly with proper examples. Since a long period of time, a lot of the refresher books have become popular on account of the tips provided for various topics, practice exercises that are given at the end of the chapter and the in-depth explanation of concepts which helps in easing the JEE Main 2020 Preparation. In short, refresher or reference books help an aspirant to work on the major topics with proper practice. These are the books that are perfect to refer for IIT JEE also which includes both JEE Main and JEE Advanced. Some important books recommended for JEE Main aspirants by the experts are-
|Physics||-H.C. Verma- For concepts and numerical practice-Resnick and Halliday: An optional book for concepts and examples
-DC Pandey and O.P Tandon
|Chemistry||-Numerical Chemistry (Objective book) by P. Bahadur-S.N Sanyal’s Organic Chemistry book,
-NCERTs for Inorganic chemistry
|Mathematics||-Coordinate Geometry and Trigonometry by S.L. Loney-A DasGupta’s book for subjective and objective practice
-Calculus by G N Berman
-Arihant Books, Algebra – Hall and Knight
JEE Main 2020 Preparation: Are coaching institutes useful?
A lot of students or aspirants of JEE Main believe that they cannot excel in their preparation for JEE Main without attending classes at a coaching institute. It is true that coaching institutes have become the education business of this century and no doubt they provide facilities similar to colleges. They provide faculties from top colleges of the country. The coaching material will help you form a strong base for IIT JEE 2020. You would have to follow a particular study pattern set by the respective institutes and plan your study schedule accordingly. If you are comfortable studying in such a way, you can join a reputed coaching institute.
If a student cannot adapt in such a pattern, it is suggested that self-study is always the best option. Self-studying will prove to be even more useful than joining a coaching institute considering the candidate plans the time table or schedule well enough and follows the same pattern rigorously. Meanwhile, it is also suggested to prepare for various Olympiads and exams like NTSE (National Talent Search Examination) which will improvise the candidate’s skills and knowledge from the grass root level. This will also help in the preparation for the upcoming board exams.
Aspirants can choose any book they prefer to practice more and more questions. They must be committed to more than 6 hours of study in a day. Moreover, the exam will be of 3 hours continuously which is also why, aspirants should give 3 hours of study without any breaks (probably not even washroom!). Try solving the paper in 2 hours and 30 minutes. If not solving all the questions, look for the best possible score. This will help you build your speed for contingencies.