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What should I not do while preparing for JEE mains?

  •  The JEE (Joint Entrance Examination) is an all-India standardised computer-based test. It is conducted for admission to various undergraduate programs in engineering, architecture and planning in colleges and institutes across India. JEE consists of 2 different exams – JEE Main and JEE Advanced.
  •  The Jo SAA (Joint Seat Allocation Authority) conducts the joint admission process for the Indian Institute of Technology, National Institute of Technology, Indian Institute of Information Technology campuses and other Government Funded Technical Institutes based on the rank obtained by a student in both the JEE exams.
  •  NTA (National Testing Agency) conducts the JEE Main exam every year. NTA is a government agency of India that has been approved by the Union Council of Ministers. JEE Main is conducted 4 times a year since 2021.
  • Restrictions
  • The candidates are allowed to take this exam within 2 years of passing class 12.
  • Maximum 3 attempts are allowed in consecutive years
  • There is no age bar. 
  • JEE Main serves as preliminary exam preparation for JEE Advanced. Only the students who have cleared JEE Main exam with a good score (according to the information provided by NTA) are eligible to give the JEE Advanced exam. 
  • Some colleges and universities evaluate candidate applications based on the marks scored by them in both JEE Main and Advanced.

Exam Structure And Syllabus

  • JEE Main Syllabus is based on the subjects – physics, chemistry and mathematics of class 11th and 12th.
  • JEE Main has 2 papers, Paper-I and Paper-II. Paper-I is for B.E. / B.Tech. courses and is a mandatory computer-based exam (online mode). Paper-II is for B.Arch. and B. Planning courses and is optional. A student can opt for either one or both papers. The duration for Paper-I and II is 3 hours respectively.
  •  PAPER-I
  • Subjects are Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics.
  • Each subject will contain 25 questions- 20 Multiple Choice Questions (all mandatory to attempt and there will be negative marking) and 10 Numerical-based Questions (only 5 compulsory and no negative marking). 
  • PAPER-II
  • Paper-II: Mathematics, Aptitude, Drawing (B.Arch.) and Planning (B. Planning). 
  • The exam will be computer-based except for the Drawing section in B.Arch. (pen and paper mode).
  • In B. Arch Paper
  1. Mathematics (20+10 questions, only 5 out of 10 have to be answered)
  2. Aptitude section (50 questions)
  3. Drawing Test (2 questions)
  • In B. Planning Paper
  1. Mathematics (20+10 questions, only 5 out of 10 have to be answered)
  2. Aptitude (50 questions)
  3. Planning Test (25 questions) 

How To Prepare For JEE Main Exam And Things To Avoid

Clearing JEE Main exam is not an easy task. It takes months or even years of preparation to score good marks in the exam. Maintaining mind and body health are equally important as they increase your quality of studying and chances of scoring better. 

  1.  Creating a Timetable
  • Creating and following specific strategies and study plans to crack the exam is essential. Strictly adhering to a timetable for as long as possible is the key. 
  • Good quality studying of even 8 hours every day will be sufficient enough. 
  • Divide the syllabus into small tasks and schedule them as your daily goals. Don’t forget to do weekly revisions. Give yourself tasks according to your information retaining capacity. 
  • Avoid over studying in a day and less the next day as this will diminish the purpose of creating a timetable and will make it tough to retain information. 
  • Scheduling proper time for revision every 2-3 days and weekly is very important to retain what you have studied for longer periods of time. 
  1. Becoming Disciplined
  • Wake up early and sleep early. At least 7-8 hours of sleep is enough to rejuvenate and to start studying with a fresh mind. 
  • Try and avoid late-night studying as they tend to disturb the sleep cycle and disrupt the daily routine. 
  • Don’t procrastinate and leave things for the last minute as it will only add unnecessary stress and anxiety.
  • Strictly follow the timetable and complete your goals with determination.
  • Avoid eating fast food and add more fruits and vegetables to your diet. You will need all the energy while studying.
  • Keeping both mind and body in good health will also help improve your study quality. 
  1. Maintaining Study Material
  • Go through the syllabus provided online on the NTA website and keep a copy of it with yourself and stay updated with the latest exam pattern and marking scheme.
  • JEE Main syllabus mostly comprises class 11th and 12th school curriculum. So, maintain all the class notes provided by your subject teachers.
  • Also, keep a list of all the important concepts and questions/ answers and highlight them. Go through all of them while focusing on the details. Learn and practice them.
  • Practising is the key especially for numerical problem-solving questions. 
  • Don’t try to study from multiple JEE Main preparation books provided in the market. Stick to 1-2 books you find adequate for your preparation and practice from them only. 
  1. Revision
  • Keep a set of JEE Main Previous Year Question Papers. Solve as many question papers as possible as it will give you an idea of the type and range of questions mostly asked in this exam.
  • Keep a separate set of notes for the purpose of quick revision 2-3 days before the exam.

JEE is a tough exam to crack. However, with persistence and ample practice, it can be conquered with a breeze. As such, make sure you equip yourself with the right study material, indulge in the right preparation strategy, and stay consistent. All the best!

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