How to crack IIT-JEE Main/Advanced 2013? Expert Guide

For students aspiring to enter any prominent engineering college, this is inarguably the most crucia

For students aspiring to enter any prominent engineering college, this is inarguably the most crucial time of the year. Scheduled on April 7 (offline test) and April 8 to 25 (online test), the JEE this year has 14 lakh students enrolled to appear for the exam.

Let me show a stepwise Master plan for IIT-JEE 2013 aspirants onhow to crack IIT-JEE (Main and Advanced) this year 2013?

With less than 15 days to go for the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE), Mains, aspirants are now entering the final phase of their preparations. JEE is a tough nut to crack given the magnitude of competition that it entails. Competition may be cut-throat but the students who ultimately make it to the selected category are the ones with the clearest concepts and two years of organized and dedicated preparation. Equally important for an aspirant is appropriate study material. The students need to approach every set of problems differently and with a separate methodology. Regular practice, speed and accuracy is the key to succeed at the JEE.

According to general analysis, about 25% questions in the examination paper are easy, 50% are average and 25% difficult. Last year, the JEE (Mains) Mathematics and Physics sections were definitely difficult as compared to JEE (Mains) 2011. Chemistry was relatively simple.With a little more than a month before left for the final test, students need to focus on practice and numerical problem solving.

How to go about solving a problem

• Try conventional methods first.
• If they don’t work, understand the problem again and find clues that can lead you to solution.
• Go through the concepts related to the problem once again and see how they can be applied to the problem at hand.iit jee exam routine programme
• Try to relate the problem to real-life situations. It will help you to analyse it better.
• Consult the solution, only when you have exhausted your limits. See, what you had missed earlier.
• Practice similar problems. Doing 100 quality and concepts based questions is more important than doing 1,000 questions, which have not been selected carefully.
• Devise your own shortcuts and ways to tackle particular kind of problems.

One weeks before JEE (Mains)

In the last week before JEE (Mains), aspirants must revise all the formulas and the important points rather than studying new topics. One must study all three subjects daily. Here is a step-by-step guideline for what aspirants must do in the last two weeks

• Make a note of important points.
• Make a Time-table for the coming twelve days to revise your syllabus. Give maximum time to your strengths. For instance, if you are strong in Physics, for example in Electrostatics then revise electrostatics, giving enough time to it so that you are sure and confident of every concept of it. If you are not thorough in Modern physics, then only revise whatever topics you have studied. Don’t study anything new in the last week.
• Cover your syllabus within next 7 days. Now you have to revise your syllabus once.
• Take a few Mock Tests to check your Speed and Accuracy.
• Identify problem areas. Try to analyze where you are making mistakes, which section you are doing best. This will prepare you for the main exam. What most students do is that they revise whole of the syllabus but do not attempt a mock and thus they make mistakes in main exam.

A day before the JEE (Mains)

• Do not study anything. You need to stay calm, confident and trust yourself.
• Tell yourself that you are excited about JEE (Mains) and that you can crack it easily.
• Relax or meditate to soothe your nerves.
• Don’t ask your friends how much they have studied. You do not need unnecessary pressure.
• Have a good sleep for at least 6-7 hours before going for the exam.
• The most important requirement for cracking JEE is clarity of concepts and regular practice in problem solving. The examination is not difficult, but tricky, and hence its questions do have a need of being tackled with different tactics and perspectives. Both speed and strike rate matter. You need to be quick and accurate to achieve high scores. High speed with less accuracy can actually ruin your results. While preparation counts, it is important to select your questions wisely and not panic while attempting the paper. If you solve easy and average questions correctly, you can easily get through. You may attempt difficult ones to make merit.
Importance of Chemistry

It has been observed that those who crack JEE (Mains) are the ones who do well in chemistry. A week before the exam, give four hours to brush up your concepts of organic, three hours to inorganic and one hour for physical. Try to attempt chemistry in the first hour as it has some easy questions. Solving these first will increase your confidence and efficiency. Just read the concepts of thermodynamics and chemical equilibrium. Some questions from these parts are just conceptual. So clear your concepts and you can cover 40% of the questions from these two topics itself.

Expert Tip

IIT Guwahati Always attempt theoretical questions first and then questions which require calculation. It is human nature that if you attempt a few confident questions in the beginning then you feel loaded with positive energy which increases your efficiency and speed for the rest of the paper. It is advisable to avoid numerical questions in the first 10 to 15 minutes of the exam.
Know your strengths and Weaknesses
You can plan the journey to the destination well if you know the start point. You need to understand your strengths and weaknesses for any test preparation, like you can be strong in Mathematics, average in Physics and totally clueless in Chemistry. This is important because then you will create your plan to turn your weaknesses into strengths and ignore certain weaknesses if they are not important from exam point of you and improve your strengths.
Plan your preparation
It is rightly said, “He who fails to plan, plans to fail”. Nobody can undermine the importance of planning when doing any important task, and if it means preparing for the IIT-JEE exam, you should be even more careful. The Study Plan that will be created for you will be weekly, you will be assigned some chapters to study every week so that you are able to complete your syllabus in time

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