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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.
India is at the pinnacle of producing engineers every year and the first step to become one is JEE Main. With the growing competition, it is very difficult to get in a college of your choice. Therefore, acing your JEE Main is very important. The smart way of becoming a topper in JEE Main is by following the footsteps of students who have already aced it. Let’s go through some IIT JEE Main 2020 Toppers’ Tips and Strategies to crack the exam and finally, delve deep into the details of how to join the rank of top 100.
Latest Update: NTA has launched the National Test Abhyas Application for students to practice full mock tests. As per the latest report, more than 10 Lakh candidates have taken the mock test on this application to analyze their preparation.
Currently, NTA is conducting JEE Main in two sessions. The first session completed in January 2020. And, the second session is postponed due to the COVID-19 and will be conducted from 1st September- 6th September, 2020.. Students could fill the application form till 24th May. The authory will issue admit card to the candidates 10 – 15 days prior to the exam.
Preparation Tips and Strategies by JEE Main Toppers
Toppers from the JEE Main January 2020 session have shared their preparation tips and strategy down below. A total of 9 candidates scored a 100 percentile in JEE Main January 2020 Session. Let us go through tips and strategies followed by each topper one by one.
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Tips and Strategies by – Chagari Koushal Kumar Reddy
- JEE Main 2020 NTA Score: 100 Percentile
- Prep Tips and Strategy: One should have a clear grasp of the basics of Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics by following NCERT with other books for solving higher-level problems.
Tips and Strategies by – Landa Jitendra
- JEE Main 2020 NTA Score: 100 Percentile
- Prep Tips and Strategy: Study material provided by the coaching and mastering the concepts of NCERT books fetched him this score. The school and coaching helped him to manage well between board exams and JEE Main 2020 preparations.
Tips and Strategies by – Divyanshu Agarwal
- JEE Main 2020 NTA Score: 100 Percentile
- Prep Tips and Strategy: Self-study in a day for 8-9 hours is his mantra, which helped him in scoring the highest marks.
Tips and Strategies by – Nishant Agarwal
- JEE Main 2020 NTA Score: 100 Percentile
- Prep Tips and Strategy: He has been preparing from the very start to get a very good score in JEE Main. Mentors played a pivotal role in clearing all the doubts and motivated him to do well in the exam.
Tips and Strategies by – Kunwar Preet Singh
- JEE Main 2020 NTA Score: 99.99 Percentile
- Prep Tips and Strategy: Regular studies and revision was his game plan and it paved well and helped him score well in JEE Main. Appearing in computer-based mock tests will also help to perform well in the exam.
Recommended Books for JEE Main Paper 1
Given below are some best books to prepare for JEE Main Paper 1 suggested by the toppers. which can help you boost your preparation. Suggestions are for JEE Main Paper 1 which has three sections – Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry. These books will help students in studying the logic behind every concept more deeply. Let us have a look on the list below-
|Concepts of Physics Volume I and II||H.C.Verma|
|Fundamentals of Physics||Halliday, Resnick and Walker|
|Problems in General Physics||I.E.Iridov|
|Higher Algebra||Hall and Knight|
|Maths XI and XII||NCERT|
|Problems in Calculus of One Variable||I.A.Maron|
|Organic Chemistry||Morrison and Boyd|
|Organic Chemistry||Paula Brice|
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Weightage Analysis of JEE Main Paper 1
Given below is an paper analysis of JEE Main 2019 B.E/B.Tech paper. The data based on previous year is used for approximating the amount of questions that can be asked in the coming exam. Some of the Important Topics for JEE Main as visible from the data below are – Mechanics in Physics, Mole Concepts and Compounds in Chemistry, Integral and Differential Calculus in Maths. Check the data below for a better analysis-
|Name of the Topic||Expected Number of Questions in JEE Main April 2020||Expected Marks|
|SHM & Waves||3||12|
|Heat & Thermodynamics||4||16|
|Name of the Chapter||Topics to be Covered||Expected Number of Questions||Expected Marks|
|Organic Chemistry||Oxidation & Hydrolysis, Reduction, Grignard Reagent, Environmental Chemistry, Carbonyl Compounds, Polymers, Amino Acids, Carbohydrates, Biomolecules, Aromatic Compounds, Reaction Mechanism||10||40|
|Physical Chemistry – 1||Thermochemistry, Thermodynamics, Mole Concept, Ionic Equilibrium, Nuclear Chemistry, Atomic Structure||07||28|
|Physical Chemistry – 2||Surface Chemistry, Solution & Colligative Properties, Solid State, Electrochemistry, Chemical Kinematics||05||20|
|Inorganic Chemistry||S-Block, Periodic Table & Periodicity in Properties, Chemical Bonding||05||20|
|Name of the Topic||Expected Number of Questions||Expected Marks|
|Matrix and Determinants||02||08|
|Matrix and Determinants||02||08|
Single questions from the following topics to be expected-
- Trigonometric Ratios
- Complex Numbers
- Vector Algebra
- Probability and Statistics
- 3D Geometry
- Sequence and Series
- Circles and Family of Circles
- Inverse Trigonometric Functions
JEE Main January 2020 Session: Toppers List
JEE Main was conducted in January 2020. It produced 9 toppers with 100 percentile. Given below is the list of toppers of IIT JEE Main January 2020.
|S. No.||Candidates Name||State Code of Eligibility|
|1.||Landa Jitendra||Andhra Pradesh|
|2.||Thadavarthi Vishnu Sri Sai Sankar||Andhra Pradesh|
|3.||Nishant Agarwal||Delhi (NCT)|
|8.||Rongala arun Siddhartha||Telangana|
|9.||Chagari Koushal Kumar Reddy||Telangana|
JEE Main Preparation Tips and Strategies by Experts
Understand your Question Paper – Try solving as many mock papers as possible. It will provide an insight into which topics you can solve and the sessions that need extra work. Thus you can find your Achilles heel and turn it into armor. You can attempt JEE Main Mock Tests from 9:00 a.m to 12:00 p.m and from 2:00 p.m to 5:00 p.m.
Repetition is the key to success – More you solve the JEE Main Old Question Papers, proportionately your confidence will grow in facing the exams and facing it. To help the students practice, NTA has setup Test Practice centers. Read Here
Revisit and Revise – Inculcating knowledge is what a student stresses on. But what they forget is, it is equally important to be able to recall and reproduce it. Set the weekends aside to repeat the study of topics covered during the week and revise it. End of the month, evaluate how well you have studied and understood the topics covered. Hence, it will enable the student to recall well and apply the right knowledge in the exam.
Tips and Strategies To Follow A Month Before The Exam
Utilize your time effectively – With less hand in time, it is slightly tedious to cover voluminous books with exams at the corner. Flashcards and short notes are a student’s best friend at this point. Summarizing the topics, in brief, will enable students to revise well and also cover formulas and other important topics. This handy tool will prove to be a smart choice of revision at the last stage of preparation for the exam.
Keep your health in check – One key component to being kept in mind is health. In the throes of preparation, health is in a back burner. Students tend to ignore that a sound body leads to a sound mind. Eating the right food and hydrating yourself provides good fuel to the brain. Negative stress has never been any good and never will be. Practice meditation and visualizing your destination for a smooth and happy journey.
Know your syllabus – What syllabus the exam entails is tackling half the battle. Familiarize yourself with the Syllabus of JEE Main 2020. Categorize your strengths and weakness based on the outlined course of study. Deciding how much time to be spent on a topic would be easy.
Other Important Tips
- Knowing the syllabus will not suffice. Prepare yourself with the JEE Main Exam Pattern in mind.
- Candidates appearing for this exam have to surf through the earlier question papers to be mentally prepared. So, knowing the syllabus and exam pattern will set you ahead in the battle.
- Sticking to a few reference books is very important. Starting with basics is the first step, and there’s only one way to go about this. It is NCERT. I can’t stress enough the importance of NCERT. NCERT is the basic template on which you can elevate by studying additional reference books.
Aspirants can also find IIT JEE Preparation Tips by toppers on Quora. The platform is great in terms of finding the right answers from the right audience. To wrap up, read the running notes thoroughly which you have jotted down. If you have coaching center study materials, then utilise them with full efficiency. Knowing topic-wise weightage will save a lot of time. It will be a great help for you to chart out your study plan and follow it through.