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The Secret to Cracking JEE

In todays competitive scenario, students are pulling out all the stops to set themselves apart from
others. The high aspirational value of sought after careers like engineering has incited an undying spirit
in students to surpass their peers. Gone are the days when simply achieving a good percentage in class
XII was sufficient to have an edge over others. Nowadays, earning good marks in competitive exams has
gained equal importance owing to the urge to kick start ones career.
The Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) is one such competitive exam which is conducted for admission
into engineering courses all over India. Unlike the conventional pattern, JEE is now held at two levels,
namely JEE (Main) and JEE (Advanced). JEE (Main) exam is equivalent to AIEEE and JEE (Advanced) is
equivalent to IIT-JEE. JEE is carefully-engineered in order to assess the aptitude and analytical, logical
and reasoning skills of students. Although the syllabus of class XI and XII and that of JEE (Main &
Advanced) is similar, the pattern is quite different. The difficulty level of JEE is far above the standard
board examination.
It is common for students to experience exam-fever and become panicky just before the exam. To avoid
such problems, its best to start preparing beforehand and to be well-versed with the details of the
exam they are going to appear for. For this, its essential to browse through some crucial topics and the
strategies that will assist students to nail the exam.
JEE (Main)
JEE (Main) exam is organized by CBSE. Candidates who ace the JEE (Main) are qualified for admission
into engineering colleges like National Institutes of Technology (NITs) and many other government and

private colleges. There are a total of 90 Multiple Choice Questions which are to be solved in 180
minutes. Thus, a candidate cannot devote more than 2 minutes per question.
The whole syllabus of the JEE Main is important and hence, students cannot afford to miss any subject.
Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics form the core of the entire syllabus. Therefore, conceptual
understanding of these subjects is of utmost importance to score well in the exam.
Physics: Students should have a basic know-how of Kinematics, Dynamics and Electromagnetism. They
should be adept at solving problems efficiently and quickly.
Chemistry: Both Physical Chemistry and Inorganic Chemistry are of paramount importance. Hence, its
necessary to possess fundamental understanding of both.
Mathematics: Calculus, Trigonometry, Matrices & Determinants, Sequences, Permutation and
Combination are the topics in which students can get good marks. Hence students need to have a
thorough understanding of all these topics. They must be able to relate the complex numbers with
Coordinate Geometry and Vectors.
JEE (Advanced)
JEE (Advanced) contains two objective type papers: Paper-1 and Paper-2. Each Paper comprises Physics,
Chemistry and Mathematics with two different sections in the first paper and three separate sections in
the second paper. Each paper consists of 60 questions divided in such a way that 20 questions are
devoted to one particular subject. 180 marks are allotted for each paper. There is negative marking in
some sections for incorrect answers.
Important Topics
Physics: Kinematics, Mechanics, Electrodynamics and Modern Physics are the most scoring units of
Physics. Out of these Modern Physics requires minimum time to prepare. Other topics on which
questions are raised are Heat and Thermodynamics, and Optics. In Physics, you should always
remember, concepts are few, applications are huge. Hence, a slight weaker understanding of the
concepts will always leave you in doubt about your Physics preparation.
Chemistry: Organic Chemistry requires strong concept, Mechanism and road-map to master it. Physical
Chemistry requires basic conceptual understanding, formula on tips and sufficient numerical practice.
Inorganic Chemistry is the most exhaustive part of Chemistry, which can be better tamed with the help
of charts, mnemonics and brain-mapping.

Mathematics: Students should be proficient in Coordinate Geometry, Vectors and 3D, and Algebra and
should have the ability to solve complex problems. For Calculus, the students should have good
command on Basic Functions and their graphical behaviour. For problems related to Probability,
students must have a strong understanding in Permutation and Combinations. For Trigonometry,
Formula and Problem solving skills can be enhanced by consistent practice.
Tips for last-minute preparation
Solving Previous Years Papers: Students should solve JEE papers from 2012 onwards in order to grasp
the latest trends [as there has been drastic change in the pattern after the introduction of JEE(M) and
JEE(Adv)] and complexity level of the entrance exam. Students should solve at least 15-20 mock papers
before appearing in the entrance exam. Solving such papers in time bound-manner helps you learn time
management skill thereby improving your performance during the exam.
Relaxed Mind: Before appearing in the exam, students are advised to rid themselves of any anxieties
and tensions by just relaxing and having some fun or listening to music. A good sleep and fresh mind is
the key to applying the maximum of your aptitude during the exam time. Often students wake up the
whole night before the exam day or have the habit of studying at night but sleeping in the day time. This
habit is suddenly reversed on exam day, leaving the body in a state of confusion. This may lead to
students going blank during the exam. The best practice is to regulate your mind by shifting your study
time slowly in such a way that your mind is fresh during the exam-timings.
Have Faith in Yourself: When taking JEE, the best thing you can do is to be confident in yourself. After
all the studying, preparation and practice, you should feel confident in being able to clear the exam with
a high score. Self-belief wins half the battle for you. Go in there with your mind set on coming out on
top. This unwavering confidence will definitely give you your desired results.