There have been a lot of queries by the students asking tips to crack IIT JEE . As now IIT JEE is around the corner, with just hardly a month left for the IIT JEE, I think this is the right time to write this topic. Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) is a dream for many students. In the past, many aspirants waited almost 4-5 years to crack IIT JEE. Some even spent few years in some other college, and then came to IIT without any tension about year loss. But, since 2006, IIT JEE has taken few steps to filter genuine quality from repeaters.
In 2006, Joint Entrance Examination Committee made some changes in eligibility rules for IIT JEE. These changes allow only those who have passed the qualifying exam not more than one year back. Simply we can say. Maximum two attempts are allowed for IIT JEE to any students.
Normally students, who are not both lucky and brilliant simultaneously, fail to mark an impression in first attempt of IIT JEE. I’m pointing at luck and brilliance both. As even just brilliance cannot guarantee you to be an IITian in first shot. There are lots of complications. Like you have to cover the syllabus in right time, you have to face board exams just few days back of IIT JEE, you have to quickly switch to IIT JEE syllabus after board exam. Many loose the edge at very last step of their preparation, not due to brilliance, but, due to so much complications and lack of appropriate guidance. Just before IIT JEE, many lose their chance to get selected. So, it needs luck with brilliance to pass IIT JEE in the first shot.
I will discuss here exactly how you should prepare if you had failed in first appearance of IIT JEE. What should be the strategy? How you should study? When is the right time for pace? When you should join test series? When your revision should start? Either you should join any coaching or just home preparation will suffice? I will discuss all these points here.
First of all, let’s decide whether you need coaching or not. Note it down that you should be associated with any coaching once during your preparation. If you have taken any professional coaching up till 12th, now, go for home preparation. If you were not associated with coaching during 11th or 12th, it is a good time for you to do so. Do not forget that coaching is very important to know most about JEE especially those who are average, do well after coaching.
I always believe in- “The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination and always do what you are afraid to do.”
One thing I want to urge all of you, if you think that there is some chance for you to crack IIT JEE. But, less chance in first shot. Then, go for JEE coaching during 11th and 12th. Don’t leave the professional help for post-board duration. Coaching gives you a lot. But, it takes away your energy and also need much mental and physical work. Students sometime get lost in mental and physical strain they undergo during coaching. Also, you will become much more mature about IIT JEE after taking coaching, so that, you could study in right way in your final shot.
Now, if you had already taken coaching during 12th or don’t want to join any coaching. These are for you.
After your JEE exam gets over. Don’t waste much time in enjoyment. Re-start your preparation after a gap of not more than 7 days. When you start the preparation, you should first go for little analysis. Try to figure out which chapters need improvement and which are your best portions. Also, which book to follow? In this one year of preparation you should concentrate more on clarifying concept by solving more and more problem. Problem should be solved by books which have IIT JEE sort of problems. I would suggest go for Arihant books in Physics and Mathematics. For chemistry, Arihant books are not so much good. Try Schaum series or others like O P Tondon or O P Agrawal for physical chemistry. For Organic strictly go for Solomons & Fryhle. It is best book for Organic chemistry for IIT JEE, when it is used along with its solution book. For Inorganic, use Arihant. Memorize every reaction type. Go for problems. The more regularly you solve the problems. The more you will improve in Organic or Inorganic Chemistry. Not to mention, these books are not only the best books in the market. But, yeah these are most tested ones too.
If you have material of some top institute of IIT JEE, refer them too while reading concept from above mentioned books. Try to solve the variety of problems available. The more you get familiar with problems, more you will solve the problem in JEE. Remember, IIT JEE don’t check your speed. You will have enough time to solve problems to secure good rank in JEE. You need to concentrate on more and more practice. Required speed will be acquired just by practice.
Now, I’m going to tell you a very important trick you should use, which would help you later in revision. While going through problems, mark the problems which are unsolved, hard or tricky. Also, those which you solved, but you want to see them again while revision. On an average you will get 10-15 marked questions in 100 you will attempt. Use these questions when you revise. This simple technique will boost up your revision time 2-3 folds. Normally, while revision students get confused from where to start revision. But, with this trick in use, you are actually planning for revision without giving your precious time. Remember, it’s on to you which problem to mark. Don’t mark just hard problem. Instead, mark the problems in a way which could help you to revise in less time later. So, after solving chapters go through marked problems and see whether you can revise with those problems.
Normally, you should close first phase of detailed study, up till December to January.
In phase 2, you should revise and try to gather whatever you have read in last 7-8 months. Aim is to command on different topics you have read. Use your marked questions for this step. Solving them will just raise your level in every chapter. If you are unable to solve some problems, refer theory books. This phase should end 20 – 25 days prior to the exam date.
In between, nearly in Nov-Dec each institute starts their test series for JEE. Join a good test series. Sit for it regularly. But, never spend time to prepare for test series. Not even on day prior to test date. If you desperately want to read a little, give 1hr -2hr on last night before test date. These are to test your actual level, not virtual.
In the last phase, solve simulator tests at your home. These tests should be taken by you in the same time duration as for IIT JEE exam. Like if schedule for JEE is Paper 1: 9:00 AM – 12:00 noon and Paper 2: 2:00 PM -5:00 PM. Sit for tests each day at 9:00 AM sharp. Use chair and table for giving exams. Your body should adjust to exam schedule. Between 12:00 to 2:00 PM, test your score for Paper 1. Afterwards, look through solution for incorrect answers. Analyze where you missed. Then, take your lunch. Lastly, relax a bit, and at sharp 2:00 PM sit for Paper 2. After test check your marks. Go through solutions for incorrect questions. Try to analyze where you are failing. In which portion you score most negative marks. If a bit concept update is required go for it. Mark it.
After test session, relax for an hour or so. Watch TV. Go to friends home. Else sleep.
At night, go for unsolved problems and concept updates that you marked. These are the problems which are very much similar to IIT JEE type of problems. Many of these problems could be faced by you first time. Try to solve them using all books and materials you have available. This is the last chance to increase your rank in IIT JEE. More sincerely you do this step, more your rank will improve. This single step could give you a gain in ranking of around 10 – 15 %. Believe me.
For 15-20 day, regularly take these tests till last 2 days of exam. For last two days, normally prefer to avoid reading anything. If you cannot, do not go for deep study and for new concept. Just revise 2-3 times daily every formula and tricks from a collection book normally provided by institutes (like compendium of YG Files). This is a simple one year plan for repeaters. Review it again if you like to use it.
Always remember- “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, learning from failure.”