Please Note: This article was written in 2016-17. Now, the pattern has changed. However the tips mentioned in the article are very useful for upcoming JEE.
Cracking 300 + is not easy – it requires practice, time and many more factors. But still , it is important to remember that anybody can crack JEE Main if given enough time and practice.
Here, we look at the various factors that will help you to crack JEE with flying colours …
Understanding the Number – 300 !
First of all you need to do an analysis of the score – 300 . Fortunately we have done that for you !
Scoring 300 in JEE Main means getting 75 MCQs correct out of 90 – without negative marking.
So, you need to plan accordingly. Make sure that your practice in the end stages fetches you close to 75 MCQs correct. To be on a safer side you may attempt 85 and get 5-10 MCQs wrong. You should also decide how much to attempt and score subject-wise based on your strengths and weaknesses.
This also means that you need to get 25 MCQs correct out of 30 in each subject !
Now that we have understood what we need to score on Exam Day in order to get 300 Marks, let us see how can we make it a reality.
The Perfect Combination of Books
You should not stress out yourself with multiple books. Instead, you should follow a very simple combination of books that we recommend.
The Best Combination of Books is N.C.E.R.T. + 1 Advanced Book.
You may also refer your state textbooks instead of N.C.E.R.T since they have adapted the N.C.E.R.T. curiculum. Your textbook is going to be your source of basics and your basics should be strong. SO, you are going to use the textbook for strengthening your basics.
The 1 Advanced Book in the above equation is a book that contains advanced-level problems for each subject. If in case you are confused about selecting a good book to complete the equation, we would recommend you to go through this blog, where we have selected a single book for each subject to clear the confusion. Read: Most Recommended Books for JEE
The Perfect Study Mantra
“It is better to study with full concentration for half an hour than studying aimlessly for 5 hours”.
Remember this funda always !
Studying with concentration saves a lot of time for you. You can also continue your leisure activities if you study with full concentration and commitment in the time allocated for studying. Studying aimlessly for 5 hours does no good even when the number of hours are high. Many students fall in the trap of feeling satisfied after having studied for a long time. Now, imagine achieving the same with 1 hour of undivided attention ? – you save yourself 4 hours. Now you can put those 4 hours in further studies, relaxation, social media or other leisure activities.
If you adopt this funda of studying you will never be stressed out. The best way to implement this is through the slot method. Read: How Slot Method can optimize your Studies
Managing time is going to be very vital for you and thus you should always remember these rules :
- I can’t waste time.
- Each wasted day brings me down by a mark .
- I can’t spend the entire day planning my schedule. My schedule for the day should be ready within a minute.
- I have to spend a lot more time on execution than planning and dreaming about an IIT or Engineering seat – repeat rule (4) .
These are not just rules, but also some of the reasons to why so many students are unsuccessful at the JEE. If you want to be successful you will have to follow the rules strictly. Time to discipline yourself !
It is easier to discipline yourself if you enjoy the process of learning, practicing and cracking sums.
Read More: Time Management Techniques
Staying Away from Distractions
One major hurdle in disciplining yourself is “Distractions”. And the major distractions are your social media. You need to really ask yourself at this point that is all of this social media really any big, important thing ?
If you observe carefully, you will realize that you don’t really need to check social media updates every 5 minutes. Even if you check out updates 3-4 times a day, it will all be covered up. So, a great step ahead is to install the AppBlock App from playstore and apply it on your distracting apps so that you can view them only 4 times a day.
Solve Mock Papers
By solving the mock papers, you get a precise idea of the paper pattern and types of questions asked. After solving your first mock paper, you can search specifically prepare for the type of questions asked in these mock tests. So, Mock tests helps you to understand the exam better and hence helps you to prepare better.
Mock Tests also gives you a thorough practice of the exam day scenario. You can get an idea of time management through these tests. Solve as many mock papers as you can before the exam.
Minimize Negative Marks
Minimizing Negative marks is as good as earning marks. Negative marks can get you down from a big total and thus you need good amount of practice so that you choose the right questions on the exam day and solve them and arrive to a correct answer.
This aspect of the exam has been comprehensively covered up in a special blog. Read: How to avoid the trap of Negative Marking
Your mindset is going to shape your preparation. The way you think about the exam influences your preparation.
Here’s what your mindset should be :
- I love all the subjects and topics of Physics, Chemistry, Maths.
- The syllabus isn’t too large considering 2 years of preparation time.
- The level of questions is difficult to crack ONLY in the beginning. After intensive practice, it will be easy, too.
Wishing you all the best for all your future endeavors.