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  • Last Modified 03-08-2022
  • Written By Mentor
  • Last Modified 03-08-2022

Preparation Tips for IIT: Best Tips to Crack IIT JEE on First Attempt

Preparation Tips for IIT: Preparing for admission to IIT is not a piece of cake; one must leave no stone unturned, i.e., struggle a lot and put the best effort possible into the preparation. One has to take mock tests (free at Embibe), practise previous years’ question papers, and be well-versed with the detailed syllabus, exam pattern, and examination marking scheme—knowing which question carries negative marking and which one does not is also important.

Many Class XII students take the JEE Main exam in 2022. At this stage, the students must be anxious about simultaneously balancing the Boards along with their IIT JEE preparation. Here are a few tips that will help the aspirants optimise their performance in both.

‘The best way to ace the Class XII and JEE Main exam is by remaining calm, managing time and attempting lot of mock tests‘ – Ambarish Srivastava, FIITJEE, Faridabad Centre.

Prepare Without Losing Tempo

  • While the students are preparing for two distinct exams, the good thing is that the syllabi and the paper setting authorities are common. The CBSE sets the JEE Main exam paper as well as the CBSE Board paper. 
  • Sometimes considering the Boards’ proximity, students tend to focus exclusively on the board-type questions and start losing touch with the IIT JEE-type questions.
  • However, one must understand that if one is preparing for IIT JEE, one is automatically preparing for the Boards. The focus should be on understanding the concepts rather than mugging them up.

Attempt a Lot of Mock Tests and Clarify Doubts

  • There is a famous saying, ‘if you want to succeed, double your failure rate.’ The essence of the statement in the context of exams is that the students should not be scared of trying new problems. The more problems we are exposed to before the exam, the more likely we would get it right if a similar problem was asked in the exam.
  • One should continue to take JEE-type mock tests even during their boards. In fact, some students who take JEE-type tests even during the preparatory holidays between the two Board exams do exceedingly well. Sometimes, students are scared of taking mock tests thinking that they might not do well and may start feeling less confident due to a low score on the mock test.
  • However, it is important to understand that not taking the mock tests is not the solution. A test only exposes our weak points. A mock test is a compass which tells us exactly what we need to focus on.

Give Special Emphasis to Exclusive Board-Type Questions

  • Certain sub-topics in various subjects generally get more weightage on the Boards because the questions are subjective. Some topics are also part of JEE Main but not part of the advance exam, which some students tend to ignore during their preparation.
  • For example, in Physics, the chapters on semiconductor devices, communications systems, and electromagnetic waves are parts of JEE Main and the Board exam but not part of the advance exam.
  • Students should carefully study these chapters and the questions from the sample papers so they can comfortably handle descriptive questions from these chapters.

Communicate Clearly in the Board Type Exams

  • While NTA sets the Board exam and the JEE Main, the approach required for attempting the exams is entirely different. A JEE exam is an objective type exam where it is not important to go through the steps of calculation.
  • One may do all the calculations in one’s head or just some rough scribbling on the question paper. All that matters is that you tick the right option. It does not matter whether you do it by eliminating other options or using any other trick.
  • However, in Boards, there is step marking, and working out the intermediate steps is as important as getting the final answer correct. Some extremely bright students tend to lose the marks in Board type examinations, not because of their lack of knowledge but only because of their poor presentation and skipping the steps/doing the intermediate steps in their head or just scribbling around in the margins.

Learn for Board from the Writing Style of Toppers

  • Previous years’ toppers’ answer sheets can be found on the Internet for all the subjects by simply Googling ‘best answer sheets’. In fact, we have tried to analyse some of the best-evaluated answer sheets, and we find that it is not that the student who secured the best marks displayed an extraordinary understanding of the subject.
  • What is important is to write to the point and do neat and clean work. Try to visualise or put yourself in the position of a teacher who is assigned the task of evaluating hundreds of answer scripts. What happens when a teacher comes across an answering script with neat and clean work? The first impression is that this must be a good student, and accordingly, it does in a way influence the examiner’s evaluation of the answer script.
  • Contrast this with the situation when the examiner comes across a shabbily written answer script with calculations scribbled all along the margins and inaccurate free-hand diagrams made with a pen. He has to search for the final answer amidst all the scribbling. It does put a negative impression on the evaluator.

Manage Your Time Well

  • Time management can differ from individual to individual; however, on average, the effective attention span of a JEE aspirant is about two hours. So it is a good idea to take a small break after every two hours of the continuous study session.
  • Smaller study sessions should be avoided because every break in the study session means about 10 minutes spent as warm-up time and about 10 minutes as a cool-down time. One must be selective about the problems one solves during the self-study sessions. Do not spend too much time solving the same types of problems. Identify the problems that you intend to solve at the beginning of your session.
  • Also, make sure you memorise all the important results, so you don’t waste the examination time trying to derive these results. For the descriptive type of questions in Boards, the theory should be memorised as per the standard sample papers. Learn to write all steps in a sequence.
  • And lastly, stay cool: It is important not to panic. Worry and brooding have a negative effect on one’s ability to study and test performance.

We hope that you found this article on ‘Preparation Tips for IIT- Best Tips for Cracking IIT JEE’ helpful and that you score good marks in your exam.

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