There are many reasons for skipping a year to prepare for JEE. Reasons can vary from not getting the desired IIT/field/rank, not qualifying the exam etc. But one thing remains the same – the hunger of IITs. The reason one falls is sufficient proof of one’s passion.
Since JEE Advanced has only 2 attempts and JEE Main has only 3 attempts, now is the time to devote your all to crack the above exams.
Last year, the National Testing Agency (NTA) conducted the exam in two sessions – the first session was held in the month of June and the second session was held in the month of July. NTA is yet to announce the exact dates and number of attempts for the academic session 2023-24.
If we assume that the session will be like last year, you have few months left to prepare for the first session of the exam and it is important to use the time well.
So, if you are repeating a year to crack JEE Main, this article is just what you need. Here are our top tips to crack JEE Main exam for repeaters.
Some students may find it frustrating that they give up a year to prepare for JEE Main, while their peers may get into their desired IITs. This can cause severe anxiety problems in students who see the competition around them. But all this only brings you closer to your dream and it will be worth it in the end.
Also, 60% of students appearing in JEE Main are repeaters, so what you did is not unusual. One thing you need to do to overcome your anxiety is to stop comparing yourself to other students who you think have made it. Your only competition is yourself.
Evaluate your previous efforts
Learning from your mistakes is very important. Mistakes make you focus more if you are serious about learning. Correct the mistakes you made in your previous attempt, consult your teachers/mentors, coaching and seniors. Write down your concerns and doubts on all subjects and take corrective action. Your previous attempt(s) will give you a lot of clarity about your preparation. Carefully analyze your performance and evaluate your mistakes to identify what to avoid and what to focus more on in your next attempt. Thus, you will find your preparation very simple and sorted.
Get good study habits
Quality over quantity applies everywhere, but in studying, it’s the best way to go because two hours of effective study is equivalent to four hours of inattentive study. Therefore, you must acquire productive study habits.
One of the most productive study habits is the Pomodoro Technique, which involves taking a 5-minute break every 25 minutes. This technique is very helpful when you have to study for a long time.
Some other productive habits are as follows:
- Maintain a balance between all three subjects.
- Practice the questions every day before going to bed.
- Spend more time on your areas of improvement.
- Stay hydrated, eat healthy, and exercise daily.
- Connect with like-minded people.
Solve as many question papers as you can
Solving previous years papers is crucial because just learning the concepts is not enough, you will know by now after making one or more attempts. So try to solve as many question papers as possible to know the pattern well. Solving test papers will enable you to spot your mistakes and work on them.
Work on your weakness
Since you have attempted the JEE Main exam before, you have a fair idea of what led to your failure. So direct your attention to it. Spend some time on those issues and clear all doubts. Don’t leave anything to the last minute. Make notes of all the topics/concepts you go back and revise them daily and make sure you master it. Don’t forget that your strong areas need to go hand in hand and should not be neglected in the process.
Enroll in a JEE Main program/ test series
Earlier, if you have prepared for JEE Main yourself, this time you might want to join a JEE program and be one of your kind and see how they prepare so that you can get a feel for the competition; And/or join a test series to know about your potential national rank. Also, attend test analysis session after each test to identify loopholes.
Prepare all subjects and topics thoroughly and wisely-
Prepare for different subjects, Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics-
It is advisable to devote equal time to all the three subjects. However, more attention needs to be given to weaker subjects/chapters.
Physics – Practicing quality problems is the key to success in this subject. With clarity of concepts, the subject becomes interesting. Theory of each subject/concept should be mastered through thorough study of NCERT books of class XI and XII. It is advised not to skip any topic/chapter of any subject.
However the main chapters are Dynamics, Gravitation, Fluids, Heat and Thermodynamics, Waves and Sound, Capacitors and Electrostatics, Magnetism, Electromagnetic Induction, Optics and Modern Physics.
Chemistry – Have a well-designed plan to ensure its perfect execution each day. Physical, Organic and Inorganic are equally important with almost equal weightage in JEE Main. Go through the chapters carefully. Apart from perfecting the theory, practice numericals of physical chemistry. Equilibrium plays a very important role in ionic, chemical, and paper. Chapters on Aldehydes, Ketones and Acids focus on various name reactions in organic chemistry and their mechanisms.
In Organic Chemistry – Focus on chapters on Chemical Bonding, P-Block Elements, Coordination Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis. Remember important things. Prepare smartly for the broad syllabus of Chemistry. Chemistry is highly scored and least time consuming among the three subjects.
Coordination compounds is an easy and highly conceptual chapter. This is an important chapter to score easily.
In physics and chemistry, heat and thermodynamics differ only in certain laws. So doing one prepares you for both subjects.
Math – Practice, practice, practice is the mantra. Short, flagged notes, questions with twists, formulas and concepts are very helpful in summarizing. The general rule for all three subjects is to not skip anything, spend more time on topics and share more on papers.
Major chapters are Quadratic Equations and Expressions, Complex Numbers, Probability, Vectors, and Matrices in Algebra; circle, parabola and hyperbola in coordinate geometry; Functions, Limits Continuity and Differentiability, Application of Derivatives, Definite Integration in Calculus.
Plan revisions at regular intervals, especially towards the end, a few weeks before the exam.
Involve yourself in sports and yoga
Yes. Engage in any sport. It may sound strange, but it is so. It is a proven fact that students who are involved in sports are more likely to concentrate and have more stamina for further studies. As sports keeps the metabolism better, the students involved in it are less tired and fatigued.
JEE cracking is not as hunting as it sounds but the key to cracking is discipline and consistency. Stay calm and focused; Believe you can and you will.
(Author is Ramesh Batlish, FIITJEE Expert. Views expressed here are personal)