How to prepare for JEE if you are a dropper

How to prepare for JEE if you are a dropper

The JEE gives you access to the most prestigious engineering colleges in India and if you failed the first time, you can still earn prestige by clearing it this year ! Read this exhaustive guide, to help you through your drop year for cracking JEE Main & going forward to clearing your JEE Advanced.

Firstly let us look at the reasons why you couldn’t crack JEE so far …

Here are the probable mistakes you made last year. Check what suites you and read its description. WE have given solutions to all mistakes listed below, be cautious about them this year. And do be open in accepting your mistakes for the best outcome.

This is the best chance to earn an All India Rank and get into your dream IITs.

You were not Serious

If you weren’t serious the previous year, then you need to begin from scratch this year.  You now need to increase your learning speed drastically and study with high energy, pace and interest.

Solution: Dedicate next 2 months time only for learning/revising complete syllabus of JEE from A to Z ! Complete. By complete we mean to say entire NCERT Theory and Numericals. You may allot 1 month for 11th and 1 month for 12th Std.

Read More: Get Serious about your JEE

Couldn’t complete preparation

This is when you are serious but lack motivation or guidance.  If you were not able to complete preparation, mostly you faced these challenges while appearing for JEE last year : not being able to solve difficult MCQs, Many uncleared doubts, lack of clarity of concepts.

Solution : Make a list of all preparation left to do : Solving Medium-level MCQs, Solving High-level MCQs, Learning certain weak concepts, Practicing important Questions, Studying NCERT, Solving Mock Tests, and many more. Go through this list and allocate 2 – 3 months to get these done No matter what. You may require to increase your pace to achieve these targets.



Couldn’t handle 11th Std. syllabus

Most students miss out on this ! The std. 11 is a light-weight year for many and they get serious only in their std. 12.

Solution : Allocate  a Month’s time to study/revise Std. 11 syllabus. If this looks difficult, the you need to boost your energy, pace, enthusiasm and interest in subject.

Couldn’t Crack difficult problems

This is the most important as well as difficult challenge ! Mark it. If you overcome this, you will surely crack JEE this year !

Solution : This will not happen in  fortnight. You need to improve a bit everyday and finally arrive at a stage where you can solve any question. Be optimistic about difficult questions and do not get disheartened after seeing a difficult question. Instead, your energy level should rise after seeing a difficult problem.

Read More: How to Solve Difficult Problems

Didn’t Study NCERT thoroughly

NCERT is the most reliable book for learning theories and concepts for JEE . Make sure that you go through NCERT contents atleast once in your preparation. Referring NCERT ensures that you do not miss out on any concept/topic, which other boards may omit.

Didn’t Solve enough Mock Tests

Now solving Mock papers is the second most important thing after being able to crack difficult problems.

Solution: Don’t wit for the last few months to begin with mock tests. Since you are a repeater, you surely have an advantage here and can begin solving mock papers. Keep the target of 3 – 4 papers in a week.

Read More: The Importance of Mock Tests

Didn’t solve same Mock Paper 2 times

Believe us or not, solving the same mock paper 2 times – before and after checking answers is helpful to gain confidence.

The main aim behind this is to rectify your mistakes.



Lack of Strategy and Planning

This happens when you lack seriousness, motivation or guidance.

Solution: Create a systematic schedule of you want to achieve something. Rather than approaching your studies randomly, it is always better to go about your studies with a systematic plan.

Read More: How to Plan and Strategize your Studies

Lack of Interest in Subjects

There is no doubt that you wont be able to crack JEE if you don’t love your subjects – Physics, Chemistry & Maths.

Solution : You need to find what makes a subject interesting to learn. Simply enter in Google “Reasons to love Physics” and read. Or better than that, read these blogs that we have curated for you : 10 Reasons to Love Physics | 10 Reasons to Love Chemistry | 10 Reasons to Love Maths

Addiction to Social Media, Games and more…

This is a common problem in modern times. However, these hamper preparation more than you my think !

Solution : Just keep repeating these words : “Facebook and Mobile are not important” . You wont believe that your mind within few repetitions will stop considering facebook as necessary. Within a few days, it will become your habit and will boost your preparation in general.

Read More: How to stay away from Distractions

Changing Motivation & Mood Swings

Ever watched a motivational video on Youtube and then got inspired. What happened to all the motivation the next day ? So, motivation dies with time.

Solution: Get motivated about cracking JEE every time that you start studying. Feel the Motivation ! Whenever you are about to pick up your cellphone, motivate yourself for studying – After all the MCQs of JEE Advanced level are much more interesting than silly social media posts!

Read More: How to Stay Motivated at all Times



The social anxiety of “Drop Year”

This is a common dilemma among droppers. Everyone is concerned about your “drop year” but their questions and worries end up discouraging the dropper.

Its now time to stand with broad shoulders and answer them with confidence. Your confidence should convince them that you are strong enough to handle this situation. Go for it !

Being Mentally strong

Being mentally strong is not only important for your drop year but also for life in general.

In order to increase your mental strength, you need to learn to look for positivity midst all the negativity. For example, you need to look at this drop year as an opportunity to grow stronger rather than a wasted year (like your relatives would think). Your energy should rise as soon as you see a difficult problem rather than frowning or getting disheartened. This kind of positivity will remove all the stress from your life . And this positivity will come to you as well.

In order to learn this skill, you need to practice it daily. Write the below points on a special note pad or on your phone home screen.

  • Questions should be more difficult so that I get an edge over others.
  • This challenge helps me to grow.
  • I want to practice more.
  • In a few weeks, this positivity will become my habit.

Follow this and your mind will be conditioned to become mentally strong

Power of Focus

Focus is important. Studying 2 hours with focus is better than studying aimlessly for 5 hours. Have precise targets and be particular about completing it.

Read: What to do if you lose track

Mindset while solving MCQs

Your desire to solve difficult MCQs should go really high. You should feel motivated at the sight of  difficult question. This is the single most important mental factor that will help you in your examination.

Next Step : Know How to Crack JEE

Now that you know your past year’s mistakes and have become mentally prepared for a drop, you need to know what exactly needs to be done in order to crack.

We have discussed this step in detail in a different blog post which is meant for all types of students. Read How to Crack 300+ in JEE Main. Read this blog and make a Study Plan accordingly for you.

Wish you All the Luck and Success !

Do Return back to this page, if you need motivation again !

Want to hear more on JEE Main and Advanced? Drop-off a comment and we would be more than happy to write a blog for you. 


  • Posted August 12, 2019 9:00 am

    That is a very good tip particularly to those fresh to the blogosphere.
    Simple but very precise information… Thanks for sharing this one.

    A must read post!

  • Yaah Posted June 7, 2018 7:07 pm

    Sir my preparation is good but because lack of revision i could not get selectsd in IIT

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