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IIT JEE: What should be the strategy for repeaters?

IIT is a dream for many students. Many had waited 4-5 years to crack IIT JEE. Some even spent few years in 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.

IIT JEE committee in 2006 changes few 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 lucky and brilliant both. Even brilliance can’t 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. Not to say all these needs proper timing. Many loose the preparation at last steps not due to brilliance. But, due to so much complications and lack of proper guidance. Just before IIT JEE, many lose their chance to get selected. So, it needs luck with brilliance to pass IIT JEE in 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? Should you join any coaching or home preparation is best? I will discuss all these points here. Also, if you want any point to be added by me raise your voice. Use comments section.

First of all, let’s decide whether you need coaching or not. Note it down that you should be associated in IIT JEE coaching once in your three-year duration of IIT JEE preparation. If you have taken any professional coaching for IIT JEE up till 12th. Now, go for home preparation. If you were not associated with coaching during 12th or 11th especially for IIT JEE, it is a good time for you to do so. Do not forget. Coaching is very important to know most about IIT JEE. Especially those who are average do well after coaching. (See this article to know how coaching help different students in IIT JEE preparation.)

One thing I want to urge all. If you think that there is some chance for you to crack IIT JEE. But, less chance in first shot. Then, go for IIT 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, you could study in right way in your final shot. I will discuss more about it later in some other article.

If you are thinking to go for coaching after board exams, then, remember to give good time for self-study. Don’t get lost in assignments and hand-outs provided by your coaching. Solve them. But, also give appropriate time for IIT JEE text-books and standard problem book. Remove confusions related with concepts using full help of coaching system. IIT JEE concentrates more at those points which are loop holes for students. You can do better if you keep in mind above mentioned points. These are enough for you. Remember, coaching will take away most of your time. Still you have to work-hard restlessly.

Now, if you had already taken coaching during 12th or don’t want to join any coaching. These are for you.

After IIT JEE exam or exam period 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, first go for little analyze. 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. Use this book 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, not just above books are only best books in the market. But, yeah these are most tested.

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 problem more you will solve the problem in IIT JEE. Remember IIT JEE don’t check your speed. You will have enough time to solve problems to secure good rank in IIT JEE. So, concentrate on practicing more and more problem. 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. Even those which you solved, but you want to see them 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 can just refer theory quickly from somewhere (like Brilliant tutorial provides YG File compendium or FIITJEE provides some books with GMP). Then, go through the problems you had marked earlier. 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. Then, phase 2, revision by above mentioned way till 20 – 25 days prior to exam date. For phase 2, if time permits you could also use GMP or YG Files. In last phase, solve simulator tests or sample tests provided by many institutes free or on some charge. Buy them and solve. In between, nearly in Nov-Dec each institute starts their test series for IIT 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 series’ test date. You should not spend much time on test series preparation.

Sample tests should be taken by you in the same time duration as for IIT JEE exam. Like this year schedule 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 test your score for Paper 1. Afterwards, look through solution for incorrect answers. Know where you missed. Then, take your lunch. Lastly, relax a bit. Again at sharp 2:00 PM sit for Paper 2. After exam 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. But, don’t go deep study.

After test session, relax for an hour or so. Watch TV. Go to friends home. Else sleep.

At night, go for unsolved problems. 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 time to increase your rank in IIT JEE. More sincerely you solve more your rank will improve. This single step could give you a gain of around 10 – 15 % for ranking. 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 can’t, don’t 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).

These are a simple one year plan for repeaters. You may easily view. This method can’t be used by fresher. Last two phases could be used by those repeaters too who had joined any coaching.

If you find anything to share, feel free to do it. I am waiting for your comments.

(Now, I want to share with you my one year which I spend for IIT JEE preparation after 12th board. In appearing exam of IIT JEE I failed to clear IIT JEE screening. I scored 97. While 99 were cut-off marks. Missed screening test by a score less than what a question usually carry.

After all exams are over, I spent two months in enjoyment. I started preparation in July last week, my first mistake. Simultaneously, I joined a test series, my second mistake.

In two months of off-study, I had lost grip on many portions. Also, I usually get lost in test series’ tests held after every 21 days. I get confused whether to prepare for these tests or not, my third and biggest mistake. Overall, for whole year I just able to recover the level where I was at the time of last IIT JEE. In screening exam, I merely pass the test.

During screening and mains exam, I used the last phase discuss above. It helped me a lot and let me to secure around 10000 ranks in mains. Not to mention, I appeared for IIT JEE next year too using experience of the discussed year.)

I’m giving links to articles written by me on similar topics:

  1. Kota: Paradise for IIT JEE Aspirants
  2. How to Prepare for IIT JEE?
  3. Role of Coachings in IIT JEE selection
  4. Hopes Beyond IIT
  5. IIT JEE: What should be Strategy for Partial Droppers?

 

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How to Prepare for IIT JEE?

Studying-624300Here, I’m suggesting three step process for preparing IIT JEE (for 11th student):

Step 1:

First step is concept building step. In this step you should start reading low level books. By low level books, I do not mean low quality poor books. Low level books are those books which reduce the gap between 10th and JEE level concept. No doubt, these are 11th, 12th level books. These books take very less time to cover. Ideally, 2-3 months is more than enough to cover 11th books and, 1.5 – 2 months for 12th books. Time for 12th level would be less as most of the new concepts which apply brake in understanding are in 11th books. I would suggest go with NCERT books or the books suggested by your school. For those who think the ideal time to cover these books is less. I would like to point out that for IIT JEE level book you have to cover around 3-4 times more pages and 3-4 times harder problems.

You will feel very energetic while solving these problems. Not much depth of theory is needed to solve these books. Theory in the books will be sufficient to solve all the problems.

This step will make you familiar with 11th and 12th std. syllabus. By this step, it will be very easy to read various inter-linked chapters of JEE syllabus. As the problems asked in JEE level books generally need basic knowledge of many different concepts from different chapters. So, overall this Step will take around 4-5 months to complete, i.e., if you have started the preparation in June. Then, till Oct you should have completed this step.

Step 2:

This step is the most important step in the preparation of JEE. In this step, your IIT selection chance will be strengthen or broken. Until now if step 1 is completed ideally. Then, one must have become familiar with near about whole syllabus. Now, you will find it somewhat relatively easy to tackle JEE level concept and problems. In this step read the prescribed books by reading the concepts thoroughly and going through each and every problem. Try to build a firm base of concepts on the basis of problem solving. As much harder and distinct problems you will solve on a concept that much you will become familiar to the concept. Remember IIT asks questions to test your concept understanding. Not on how much you know about any formula. For this step I recommend these books:

  • Math:
    • Arihant books are best and sufficient for all sections. These are up to date and very much systematically written.
    • TMH and Das Gupta are also option. But, those books are now sort of outdated.
  • Physics:
    • H. C. Verma for theory feeds is the best and sufficient. Many people give the suggestion of Resnick Halliday. But, I have found it just a book with nice illustrations. Never found it useful. Even if it might be good. May be due to nice and eye-catching pictures I had never concentrated well on fundas.
    • Arihant’s problem book by D. C. Pandey and Mir Publisher’s Irodov. For Irodov people nowadays say that you don’t need such a hard book for current IIT pattern. But, I found it full of IIT sort of problems. Which is very helpful in solving every problem of IIT level and also for fine tuning the concepts?
  • Chemistry:
    • Arihant’s book for Inorganic chemistry. Just mug it up. Nothing more. It has a good collection of problems too.
    • Organic Chemistry by Solomons & Fryle. Use its solution book side by side. This book is excellent and complete package for JEE. Language is easy. Problems are just like as asked in JEE. Overall, if solution is done side by side with the theory. Best result will surely come out.
    • For Physical or General chemistry I don’t know the best choice. I’ve read this section from 5-6 different sources. I had mainly this S. chand , B. H. Mahan, G.D. Mishra and Brilliants Elite course.
    • R.C.Mukerjee is a good book. But, try different JEE level problem book for Physical section.

This step will take more than 1 year. You should have to cover this step 2-3 months before your board exam. Solve as much problems as you can. This is the step which will decide your chances in JEE, plus AIR.

Step 3:

This step will start just after your board exams. After board exam relax for 1-2 days. Try to relax a little. Most important days are coming. Conversion time. Now you have to face the dream exam, IIT JEE.

This step is basically a revision and unison step. In this step you have to regain the touch you lost due to board exam. Also, you have to prepare your mind and body for IIT exam schedule.

Solve the collected problem set of any one publisher. Like problems in mathematics by S.K.Goyal. Else, if time is less. Collect as many question paper set of IIT as possible. And, solve one per day in the same time schedule as for JEE. After each test evaluate your score. Then, go for those problem in which you had not done well or had left or get it wrong. Also, those which you solved just by mere luck, especially in objective test. Try to solve these problems with maximum help of book, so that you could revise the entire concept. Basically by this process you may automatically spend a lot of time on weaker sections or on those section which you can improve by a bit revision. This simple step could improve one’s AIR considerably. If followed ideally then 20 to 30% improvement is sure shot.

There is one more step you can follow if you could not collect so much simulator tests. I’ll discuss about it later sometime.

Best of luck

Addendum:

In the list of the books, I would like to recommend three more books. These are Chapter-wise  Solution book of 33 years IIT JEE problems in Physics, Chemistry and Maths by Arihant Publication. These are best to solve after completing a chapter in step 2.

I’m giving links to articles written by me on similar topics:

  1. Kota: Paradise for IIT JEE Aspirants
  2. Role of Coachings in IIT JEE selection
  3. Hopes Beyond IIT
  4. IIT JEE: What should be the strategy for repeaters?
  5. IIT JEE: What should be Strategy for Partial Droppers?
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When Should I Start Preparing for IIT?

9th Standard IIT JEE

I remember back in 2006, IIT JEE administration introduced a stringent rule which allows maximum two attempts for an aspirant to get into IIT JEE. The step was taken in order to curb the number of students who get into IIT by preparing again and again for 3, 4 or even 5 years. It was infusing not the actual talented persons in the premier institutes. But, those who practice the pattern for more than 2 years and then, show their excellence over junior by way of extra practice. It was always criticized that the pattern and syllabus of IIT JEE is not suitable to be covered within a span of 2 years. But, there are always a lot many students who used to get in IIT JEE in first attempt. Proper guidance, proper time management and dedication towards study is ultimate requirement other than primary requirement of a sharp mind to get in first attempt.

However, the step affected the coaching institution in a big way. As the number of aspirant taking part in the exam reduced drastically for 2007. A new concept came in the market. It was to be The Early Bird. Aim early, take time and then take the shot. It was to start preparing for IIT from 9th standard itself rather than 11th. The concept was not totally new. I remember in 1999 when I was in 9th standard Brilliant Tutorial had a Foundation Correspondence Course for IIT JEE. But, it was not a popular course. Once the director of my coaching class told me that he gets 1 or 2 student each year who comes to join the coaching class to prepare for IIT JEE, where more than 500 students used to enroll in a year. The idea was not so popular as why to put pressure before 10th, if you have enough time after 12th to clear IIT JEE.

Now, after 2006 the concept became popular, may be due to giving popularity by the coaching institute administrators or by the parents who wants their child to be an IITian, but likes to reduce pressure from them. Anyhow, here I’m going to discuss, whether correct time to start the preparation for IIT should start when the aspirant is in 9th standard only.

As far as the positive side is concerned, I see only one benefit, you get much more time to go through every portion of the syllabus. However, I would like to look through all the negative features too.

Self-level is Low

When you have just entered the 9th standard, your level is not adequate to grasp concepts of 11th standard. Even if you are one of the brightest student, it is not going to be easy to understand the concepts of 11th std, leave JEE Advanced standards. But, if you could finish at least 9th std syllabus till 8th. Then, you could think to cover 10th syllabus within months in 9th, say 4 months. Afterwards, study for a year for JEE Advanced. Then, once again start the preparation of 10th, 6 months prior to 10th board. The syllabus of 9th is based on 8th; 10th on 9th; 11th, 12th on 9th & 10th and finally of JEE Advanced on 11th & 12th. It is not a course of the meal which could be ate in any order or a could even be skipped.

First Big Hurdle of Life

Ask any student in school, their first dream in life is to appear and get good marks in 10th board. It is a very important step in life. Many students first time in their life compete with thousands of others in one go. A lot depends on its marks. Before 10th the competition always lies within the boundaries of the school. Those who are ambitious knows the level of their competitor within school. But, 10th board place you with unknown competitors in unknown quantity. Most of the student fear a lot from 10th board than 12th board or any other examinations ahead.

The nervousness for such an important exam is well known. Everything should be perfect and flawless. Hence, it is not easy to divert the concentration and mind from such an important goal.

Young Age

At the age of 13 or 14, a boy is at a very young age to foresee and plan their future. The fun of life will vanish from the life of young kids once they go through the tough preparation of JEE Advanced. They are not matured to take decisions or make strategies. A proper time table with perfect strategy is to be drawn before commencing such preparation.

A Good Counselor

You need a very good counselor who could guide and coach you personally. The steps to be taken needs professional touch with knowledge and understanding of each and every portion of both JEE and 10th.

My Suggestions

If you have decided that you are going to become engineer from a premier institute in India and you can sacrifice your time and can manage the stiff time table. I’m not going to stop you, as “Only Brave Wins the Race”. Success needs talent, aim, dedication, sacrifice, hard work and strategy. Luck could be a factor, but its role could be minimized. I’m going to give a plan of action in detail which would give you an edge over those who are going to start the preparation of JEE Advanced after 10th. I am assuming:

  • You have just gone to 9th std.
  • You are going to attend all the classes in your school.
  • You have 2 years in hand before 10th board.
  • Apart from school you are going to get 6-8 hours of time for self-study. Devote 1-2 to hours at max for school home work. Rest for this plan, min 5 hours.
  • You will get 6 hours of sleep on weekdays and 8-9 on weekend.
  • You are relying on self-study not on coaching or tuition.
  • You are brave and ready to take the pressure. Also, you should be ready to sacrifice fun for study.

If you have any doubts about any of these ask me.

Step 1: Clear 9th and 10th Syllabus

This step is going to be of 5-6 months. In this step, you will cover the syllabus of 9th, then 10th both for Physics, Chemistry and Maths. As I have already said you can’t skip syllabus of any class and look ahead. You have to wrap up the syllabus as fast as you can. Remember, the syllabus would be completed in school too in a span of two years. So, you would get an edge their, which may help you perform better in term exams. Choose the same books which are followed in school. For numerical problems, you should solve each one of them carefully. For conceptual topics, don’t try to mug up concepts, but rather try to give answers to every questions asked at the end of the chapter.

If you could find a senior who could clear your doubts, it would be very good. Discuss the doubts once in every week, preferably on weekend. It would be very good if senior is in 11th or 12th preparing for JEE Advanced. During this step you have to know more and more about the pattern of JEE Advanced. A lot of students fail in clearing JEE Advanced as they spend time in wrong direction misguidedly. The more you know about it, the better it is going to be. You can also read more about JEE on internet.

If you have a group who are also preparing for JEE, discuss with them the topics and understandings. Min. 5 hours each day would be sufficient. If a term exam comes in between, take one week break before term exam and resume after the exam. Your objective here in this step is to cover the concept of 9th and 10th rather than passing 10th board based on it.

Step 2: Get Closer to JEE Level

You must be knowing that the level of JEE Advanced is higher than 12th level. You are not going to study till JEE level before 10th. It should be done after 10th. However, before passing 10th, I would like you to cover as much 11th and 12th syllabus as much as you can. The step should be stopped 6 months prior to your 10th board to give sufficient time for your board exam. You need books followed in 11th and 12th for Physics, Chemistry and Maths for this step. I would not suggest any book. Better to consult any of your senior for the purpose. But, it is important that the book should be for 11th and 12th rather than for JEE Advanced.

Approach for JEE is quite different from 10th. There are not going to be conceptual questions, like explain the extraction of H2SO4 with design of apparatus or What is a magnetic field. It would be all numerical based, except in Organic and Inorganic Chemistry (Chemistry has three parts after 11th; Physical, Organic and Inorganic; Google it to know more). All the questions would be solved based on some information given and concepts you know. Like

  • 2H2 + O2 = ?,
  • Ken is the star of the cross-country team. During a recent morning run, Ken averaged a speed of 5.8 m/s for 12.9 minutes. Ken then averaged a speed of 6.10 m/s for 7.1 minutes. Determine the total distance which Ken ran during his 20 minute jog.

One by one cover the books of 11th and 12th by solving all the problems. No need to solve JEE level problem at this stage. I think the time would be sufficient and you would be able to cover the syllabus of both 11th and 12th within 8-9 months. For the next 3-4 months, go for revision. Once you are reading books of 11th and 12th. Many a times you would feel the lessons at school to be boring and of low level. But, don’t bunk the school. It is going to be helpful to get acquainted with activity at school and to have some fun time.

After this step, you would be well-versed with syllabus of 11th and 12th. Also, you could join a good coaching for JEE Advanced right after appearing for 10th board. You will definitely understand the advance concepts very easily. 

Step 3: Getting ready for 10th Board

In around October, you should start giving full attention towards the approaching 10th board exam, which normally takes placein March. As you have already covered the syllabus till 12th, you would feel very comfortable with 10th syllabus. Make a good strategy and time table and give full concentration towards secondary examination. Forget about IIT, JEE and its syllabus for next 6 -7 months.

After giving your 10th board, you have both the option to go for a good coaching or do self study. If you are going for self study, start from Step 2 in the article How to prepare for IIT JEE?

I’m open for suggestions and discussions. If you like to share something it would be very nice. You can also share your experience with other aspirants. If you have a doubt better to share with everyone, than just me via a personalized email. As it might help others too. Have a nice day.

IIT JEE: What should be Strategy for Partial Droppers?

Here, by partial droppers, I mean to address those aspirants of IIT JEE which have already taken admission in some college. But, still they want the tag of IIT JEE and they are preparing for IIT JEE along with their regular college course.

I’ve already discussed about the strategies to be used by a repeater for IIT JEE. However, the way of preparation for a partial dropper differs a lot from a normal repeater. Partial droppers face a lot of problems which are hard to overcome. The most basic difference is availability of time. A partial dropper needs to spend at least 6-7 hours daily for their college course. I know not every partial dropper spends 6-7 hour on his or her college course. However, on an average this is the ideal time. Therefore, it’s no brainer that they get overall less study time for IIT JEE preparation. This means they have to use their time in the most optimal way. Along with this they have to create every possible spare time as an opportunity to study.

Apart from this every person have the desire to perform well even if the exam is of less important. Hence, there is an itch to perform well in both IIT JEE and their current college course. This creates mental pressure, especially after every semester or mid semester exams. In normal case a partial dropper score somewhat poorer than a regular student in the college course exam. This in some way hit their ego and transforms them to perform well in the next semester exam. This means, it acts as a strong force of diversion from IIT JEE for partial droppers.

Seeing the friends around enjoying the college life sometimes demotivate from giving ample time for IIT JEE preparation. When partial droppers notice that their friends are enjoying the college life and they are not, even if they can. Sometimes, this works in diminishing their zeal to be an IIT’ian, as somewhere in the mind they fear that they could fail to secure an IIT seat. It is easy to enjoy life in present than to plan to enjoy in the future which is unclear. Overall, a partial dropper needs to be mentally very strong to overcome these problems. The success rate of partial droppers is not very high. So, the first lesson to be successful as a partial dropper is to be strong mentally. If you can take heavy pressure, only then think about preparing for IIT JEE along with your 1st year engineering Course. This period will test you how well you can handle pressure.

A very important fact about IIT JEE applicable to any candidate is that only the time devoted by you on self-study make or breaks your chance to be an IIT’ian. I mean to say coaching or tuitions or any course material just enhances your chances of selection in IIT JEE. They don’t play defining role in the selection. A person can be an IIT’ian even without studying in coaching or reading from GMP. But, one has very less chance to be successful in IIT JEE without lots of self-study. I’m saying here very less chance, not no chance as I’d a friend with me at ISI Kolkata, who used to just pay good attention in the classroom, but still without self-study used to get good marks. He had got around 1100 rank in IIT JEE. Some of his friends from his IIT JEE coaching told me that they never saw him studying at hostel while IIT JEE preparation. Just with the classroom lecture and classwork, he was able to crack IIT JEE. What I want to say was there are exceptions, reciting exceptional people. But, on average this is not possible.

As a partial dropper has to use his time optimally, he can’t afford to study in a coaching. He has to rely only on self-study. Try to find other partial droppers in your institute or hostel or around. Make a group and try to clear your doubts with them every week or every 3-4 days. You can’t afford daily group session as many a times group session result in entertainment session. If a lot of jokes are cracked during the group session, chances are it will attract you just like drug attract a drug addict. So, try to make these group session professional. Doubt clearance is very important as it helps to understand the concept and make them strong. If one tries to clear such doubts by looking in different books, one might clear the doubts. In a way when a doubt is cleared in such way one understands the concept in better way than in doubt clearance session. Also, sometime it happens that when we try to clear our doubt by ourselves, we assume few incorrect things to be correct. Lastly, it takes your precious time too, which is in less reserve. The ideal way to deal with a doubt is to try to clear your doubts yourself for few hours by looking in different books. If you could clear your doubts then good, if you don’t then no problem. In any case, you have read a lot about it. Now, in your next group session discuss it with your friend. If you cleared your doubts, then in group session whatever you understood was true or false will be tested, else, if you didn’t clear your doubts, then, it will be cleared. It also helps in clear the same doubt in your friend if they haven’t noticed that they have any such doubt.

In a doubt session, try to discuss conceptual confusion and not the problem you couldn’t solve. Problems should be solved only by you. Remember, for IIT JEE, it is not important to know how a particular type of problems is solved. Problems which will come might be very new. You need to know how to solve even new type of problems. IIT needs students with innovative mind. So, to be innovative you have to know how give direction to your mind on unknown paths. Solving harder problem with your friend will momentarily help you to understand the concept required to solve it. But, there is always a chance that you could not solve similar problem with little twist. Therefore, clear the doubts related to concept and solve problems by you. For IIT JEE, the best way to strengthen your concept understanding is by solving problems. You don’t mug up the concepts; you understand it by applying it. That’s why such students do well after IIT in every field either CAT or UPSC or any other area. Practical learning makes a wise man; rote learning makes a computer or robot.

Time management is the key to unlock the doors of your success in IIT JEE. I will not discuss how much time you should devote to your IIT JEE or when you should read. This will differ from person to person. I will just give you some facts which will help you to manage your time optimally. The most important thing in managing your time is to prepare a feasible time table. I said feasible as don’t make such a plan which is hard to implement. Your college academic session goes in a fixed time format. So, you might not face problems in preparing a time-table around your college lectures. Give sufficient time to cope with your college studies. A very poor performance in college exams might result in a weak spot in interviews if in unfortunate case you could not clear IIT JEE in your second attempt. So, you have to get average marks to pass. Don’t just ignore college. On an average, I assume 5-6 hours will be the time you will get on week days and 9-10 hours on weekend. On week days try to read in bulk time. Means, it’s better to read 5-6 hours continuously for IIT JEE rather than collection of many 1 and 2 hour durations. This will help you to forget about other problems for some time and lend your mind totally to IIT JEE.

As there is shortage of time, you are not in a position to solve many problems. I will suggest in every 2-3 problems, leave a problem unsolved, if you can think how you would approach the problem and solve it after reading it. In every 2-3 problem leave a problem which is less challenging for you.

After you complete a particular chapter, you should prepare a plan to revise it later. The fact is now after solving the chapter you know which problems are no brainer and which are good and challenging. Mark around 1/3rd or less problems of the topic in such a way that when you revise it even after 6-7 months later. You take very less time to recover all the tactics and methods, you improvised while solving it initially. Whenever, we solve problems from a topic, we tend to develop some special tactics for solving the topic. I’m not talking about magical methods. I’m talking about tactics like using a formula in different way or memorizing the value of some special constants that come repeatedly. These help to solve problem faster, but we have a common tendency to forget these things with time.

Lastly, enroll in a good test series in around December. I liked FIITJEE test series very much. But, you can go with any one that can help you to estimate your improvement. A fact I say always that you don’t need to prepare for each test of the test series. Don’t waste time in preparing for any test of a test series, either it is in the beginning or in the end. Tests are to estimate you in real-time. Even if you get less marks in test series try to be more conscious in the tests next time. But, don’t prepare for it. You need the precious time to keep your IIT JEE preparation in continuity. Never let a gap of a day or two between your preparations.

In the last months of your preparation, i.e. in March or April use the medical excuse to get free from attendance for a month or two. You require this leave as it will help you to summarize your preparation in the best possible way. It’s not mandatory to get a leave by such way. But, if you could get it you can use it for the best.

Above all, be brave. Only brave persons could clear IIT JEE while enrolling in some other regular course. Feel confident that you can do it. Try to keep yourself happy even in the toughest time schedule. Keep your mind as relaxed as possible. Best of luck!

There might be some areas which I might have missed. Please mention those in the comments. I will be pleased to help you.

I’m giving links to articles written by me on similar topics:

  1. Kota: Paradise for IIT JEE Aspirants
  2. Role of coaching in IIT JEE selection
  3. Hopes Beyond IIT
  4. IIT JEE: What should be the strategy for repeaters?
  5. How to Prepare for IIT JEE?

 

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