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.

If you like the above article, I’m giving links for articles written on similar topic by me:

  1. How Good Are The New IITs
  2. Good College or Good Branch
  3. When Should I Start Preparing for IIT?
  4. JEE: Should I Take A Drop?
  5. How to Prepare for JEE Mains After Appearing for 12th Board
  6. Most Suitable Date for JEE (Main) Online Test
  7. New Pattern: What is JEE?
  8. How to Prepare for IIT JEE?
  9. Kota: Paradise for IIT JEE Aspirants
  10. Role of Coachings in IIT JEE selection
  11. Hopes Beyond IIT
  12. IIT JEE: What should be the strategy for repeaters?

52 thoughts on “IIT JEE: What should be Strategy for Partial Droppers?

  • July 4, 2011 at 2:32 pm
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    thanks sir. Sir the thing you said that we need not to take pressure is just opposite to me.. I don’t know why but i am very much stressed in exams. the only thing i found which was evidence of this was sleeplessness in the day before entrance exams like AIEEE, BITSAT and JEE this year. i used to sleep at 3 am due to stress which used to adversely affect my performance the next day. My AIEEE was especially screwed due to this. i was feeling sleepy and exhausted in examination hall.Sir can u help me over this. how to not take pressure just the day before exam and to sleep well. You may think this a bit weird but it happens to me i don’t know why.

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    • July 4, 2011 at 5:10 pm
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      I never felt pressure before any IIT JEE or AIEEE entrance tests. What I used to do was very simple. I used to stop my study 2-3 days before study. I used to watch movies, play games. I always kept this in mind that I had to relax my mind now. Occupy your mind somewhere else, it will be easy.

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      • July 4, 2011 at 7:12 pm
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        thank you very much sir

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  • July 5, 2011 at 11:24 am
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    sir i am a partial dropper but when after studying not able to apply concepts on problems &not able to concentrate on any regular work and get depressed in exam time that i waste my whole year for this

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  • July 27, 2011 at 3:04 am
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    sir,
    people always say that the first year in engineering college is devoted to basic concepts like what we had studied in class 11th and 12th.
    so how come there is a disadvantage in attending college along with preparing for jee, in fact should it not be useful ????

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    • July 27, 2011 at 12:43 pm
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      It is a misconception that we study almost the same thing in first year engineering as we study in 11th and 12th. It looks almost the same as it is almost the same what we study for IIT JEE. The level of IIT JEE is of 1st year engineering. There are many section in 11th and 12th which we have already read in 8th or 9th. But, we study them again with some additional problems and additional theories.
      You are right that there are many things in the 1st year engineering course which are useful for IIT JEE preparation too. This is the reason how many manage to study for both simultaneously and get success. But, the problem arises as there are other subjects too other than physics or chemistry in 1st year engineering. You have to perform well in those papers too.

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  • July 31, 2011 at 10:20 am
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    sir i am a dropper after 12 but didnt perform well i take admission in some average college but still i have achance 4 jee and i use it as a partial dropper along with my regular college course .i am confident that i can manage it should it be aright decision

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  • August 22, 2011 at 8:02 pm
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    hello sir
    i am currently doing biotechnology at thapar should i appear for xams next year , i mean should i be a partial dropper???

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  • November 16, 2011 at 8:11 pm
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    Sir,
    We are staying in Pune.. She is in 7th std in this year.. I would like to enroll in Bakliwal class in Pune for IIT foundation basic course.. Can you let me know about this institute’s success rate in IIT JEE?

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    • November 18, 2011 at 10:47 pm
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      Hello there,
      May be I would be little biased about this institute. I was offered a job from this institute in 2006. I declined the offer. But, in the process knew about the institute great success record in the first year. The only thing which could clear your doubt about this institute is that it is run by an IIT Bombay pass out. The record when I was contacted for job was very impressive. But, I could not comment about present performance of this institute.

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  • July 6, 2012 at 10:01 am
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    sir are there any success stories of partial droppers cracking iit with a decent rank?have you seen students doing this??

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    • July 16, 2012 at 3:56 pm
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      i myself did it……i was a partial dropper in 2011….i prepared for jee 2012 in around 7 months……i was amazed with my air which was 584

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      • July 17, 2012 at 6:14 pm
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        From which collg you done your first year. I am thinking of doing same sort of thing. Please guide me.

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      • July 18, 2012 at 10:12 pm
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        oh big congratulations to u 4 that..but pls can u tel which college did u study in first year while preparing for iitjee,as in whether it was a private b.tech college or some government college..n pls jay also give me some tips and the strategy,schedule,study material you followed to crack iit coz being a partial dropper makes it really tough as we also have to perform gud in the college from which we are diong 2nd year..pls jay pls reply fast.its damn urgent and important for me to get answers to all of these questions..i m really inspired by u.pls reply…

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        • July 19, 2012 at 8:39 am
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          i did it from ict matunga….college does not matter if u r determined…..also dont completely neglect first year….create every possibility to study and search other droppers like you in the college…and as for the study plan can u please give me ur mail id…..ll send it to u….start preparing right now…..best wishes

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          • July 19, 2012 at 9:58 am
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            thanq so much jai 4 the motivation..my email id is [email protected]..pls send me the study plan,schedule n wat study material to be used i have enrolled 4 fiitjee ranker’s study material…dats a correspondence course of 1 year na it also provides 4 regular test series.

          • September 21, 2013 at 4:20 pm
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            hey.. i am also one of the partial dropper..
            can u please forward the schedule to me also… it would be a great great help..

    • July 17, 2012 at 8:07 pm
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      Hi,
      I have seen a lot of students doing this. Actually, from where i belong, if you crack IIT in first attempt it is an achievement in itself. Earlier, mostly students used to crack IIT in second attempt. My brother cracked IIT in 2002 while he was in CS 1st year at SIT tumkur. One of my friend cracked IIT in second attempt. It’s a very common thing.

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      • July 17, 2012 at 8:23 pm
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        What about tc. We get tc of college in which we are studying our first year. Do iits or bits accepts it.

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      • July 18, 2012 at 10:14 pm
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        thanx a lot sir..if people do it,i can also do.

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  • July 23, 2012 at 2:58 pm
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    hiii….jay bhaiya and sir…..i think m well enriched with deep concepts and problem solving techniques……and now m a partial dropper of bit,mesra….m also going to buy kaysons dvds and online support for a nice rank………plssss just help me that almost how many question in each subject should be solved in a day………..plzzz just help me out there it………..for revision i have plannned to solve as many questions as possible of units on weekly basis like machanics and inorganic in first week,coordinate and physical in second week,etc…………..i will be watching these dvds very less….most of my time in a day,i will give it to these problem-solving revisions…..is my plan gud enough????????and plssss tell me how many question should i solve per subject in a day for this……plsss help me out

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    • July 23, 2012 at 3:21 pm
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      you need 2 solve as many as possible for math….as for physics and physical chemistry b strong in your concepts….also take weekly tests to improve on speed…

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  • July 24, 2012 at 3:56 pm
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    kya roj ka 40-40-40 yani total 120 questions theek rahega iske liye…………….plsss tell me that………….

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    • July 25, 2012 at 8:24 am
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      40 in physics is ok…..instead of 40-40 in chem and math…you can do 30 in chem and 50 in math…

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    • July 25, 2012 at 8:41 am
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      Dear Ritesh,
      I know that you have a limited time to study. However, the question about how many question you solve in a day would be sufficient for preparation is in itself an inappropriate question.. The nature and level of question will changes the parameter for the perfect no. you are asking. If you are solving easy questions which is taking 10-15 secs or even less to answer, even if you solve 300 a day. It is not sufficient. However, solving 10-15 questions a day for questions using every sort of concept you know about the topic is more than enough.
      I suggest you should not target no. of question as parameter. Moreover, none of us could suggest most appropriate amount of question you could solve. Instead you should look into solving as many question in revision that would actually revise all the concept and type of problems that could be asked. Topics like mechanics have various types of questions. However, sound or modern physics have very less variety in questions, they have twist in same form of question. So, don’t get caught in such thing. Try to revise a topic till you think you are well versed in the topic and can solve problems in proper time easily.

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  • July 25, 2012 at 1:15 pm
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    ur very correct but…………….but from where to find problems on a specific technique………..these r some exceptions question whose other types r not found in any book easily……….after aieee results i have solved arihant mechanics part 1,level 2 objective questions……only 2-3 questions where striking ones in a chapter……rest where solved……do i need to practise some more book or i have reached that level……….plsss suggest me on how to analyse myself after doing questions of any physics chapter…….thanks

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  • July 27, 2012 at 1:55 pm
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    kya hua………plsss reply someone…………….

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  • July 28, 2012 at 12:35 pm
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    hey jai bhaiya aap hi batayie na………………….yaha to koi mera baat samajh hi nahi raha hai…………..

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    • July 28, 2012 at 2:15 pm
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      no one can reach any level when it comes 2 jee….you r on the right track in physics………getting around 27-28 questions from 30 in arihant is considered very good…you need 2 insure that you solve each one in less than 3 minutes….solve all kinds of problems on topics you feel you r strong in and get your basics clear in topics that you find tough…

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      • May 28, 2013 at 1:33 pm
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        hi jay,
        I`m planning to take a drop this year because I messed in these years entrance exams. pls can you tell me or better email me strategy plan you followed during your days of preparation .i`m inspired by your success story and it will be kind of you if you lend me some support. my email id is [email protected]
        looking forward to hear from you.

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        • May 29, 2013 at 7:33 pm
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          Hello Ajinkya,

          Go through this article and the comments and reply i have given. It will help you a lot. And don’t get frustrated.

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  • August 21, 2012 at 11:58 pm
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    Hi I’m also a partial dropper in IP university.
    My email id is [email protected] . Please let me know the schedule and books to refer.
    I got AIR 8432 in JEE 2012 what should I do….. I messed up my Bits and AIEEE due to exam pressure!!!!
    PLEASE HELP

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  • September 8, 2012 at 5:38 pm
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    Hi I’m also a partial dropper in IP university MAIT college.
    My email id is [email protected] . Please let me know about your study plan and tips on how u cracked iitjee.
    PLEASE HELP…. reply fast…… i will be highly grateful to you…..

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  • April 14, 2013 at 5:32 pm
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    should i drop a year after 12th
    to take admission in good college
    or not ????

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    • April 18, 2013 at 8:45 pm
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      better take admission than drop…..you should drop only if it is going to change your option next year enormously….as the one year…..will cost you a lot….
      see some of my comments above I have explained it in a comment in detail….

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  • June 4, 2013 at 4:12 pm
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    sir,
    my parents cant afford me to drop for next year, i messed up with my first attempt…..
    and now they are going to admit me in mit, pune….
    but still they insists me to use the technique of ‘partial dropper’….
    i cannot mess up with my dad’s hope , so please let me tellll…. how the first year engineering course consists of which subject in which branch…. what problems am i going to face in those days, other than time management….

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    • July 11, 2013 at 6:55 pm
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      The course structure in first year is hard to explain. As it differs from college to college. Normally, in the first year, most of the papers are common for all branches. I’ve already given detail about all your queries in my article. Have a look once again.

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  • June 13, 2013 at 12:00 pm
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    sir,
    i have decided to give jee next year but i am taking admission in engineering college. my question is, is it advisable to join coaching institute? as i have to attend college also.i attended coaching for my 11th and 12th. also what plan i should i follow? ideally how much time should i give on each subject. and how much hours should i study on an average?

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    • July 11, 2013 at 6:51 pm
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      Ideally, you should prepare yourself and only if you can prepare without any coaching you should go for the partial drop. The time schedule would not allow to give you time for both coaching and self-study. But, the improvement would be decided by self-study.

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  • June 18, 2013 at 12:17 pm
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    sir,
    my parents are not allowing me to take drop . but i hve joined SRM university (mech.) . still i want to give one more attempt for jee. so can you tell me that how much spare tym can i get for studying after college. and some tips for me..

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    • July 11, 2013 at 6:48 pm
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      This is a very difficult query with non-uniform answer for everyone. BTW, I have given enough information in the article itself.

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  • July 19, 2013 at 9:29 pm
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    hello rukhaiyar sir.. 🙂
    your post has given me a lot of motivation for studying after joining a college… but i am still not able to decide whether to join coaching or not. i asked my parents to let me study without coaching.. but they said that coaching will help you maintain continuity. ok lets suppose i joined the coaching.. please let me know some things which i should keep in mind … please. my parents are pretty sure i will crack it next year. so they want me to totally ignore college. but i know myself. i could have cracked this year but due to exam pressure.. i did silly mistakes! had i not been pressurized i would definitely not have been here. so the problem is i think if i join college and coaching.. my performance in college might degrade and if god forbid i dont get admission nest yr.. wouldnt i be in deep trouble? please help me!!!! :/
    waiting for your response.. :/

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  • December 1, 2013 at 9:15 am
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    Sir. Thank you for the Information but i need help in such an issue of mine where I am studying I year Intermediate and an IIT Aspirant.
    I am taking coaching classes along with my College timings I almost spend 12-13 hours in my college and the Coaching Class But In spite of all the hard work I am Scoring only 60% of the marks i.e. 200-225 in Jee Main Exams which the coaching classes conduct. My Father never Pressurizes me to get into an IIT, but I dream It. My JEE ADV. Practice tests score always lies between 180-200. I am going the Right way, or let me take in a new way in which to Transfer all my Efforts and Strain Hard for a Seat in an NIT……. i am confused Please help me…… Please tell me If I am not doing such hardwork if you feel sir. I will take any of your Advice you give.

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  • January 3, 2014 at 11:27 am
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    sir i scored 66% in +2 and im giving improvment exams for 2 subjects chem n maths..today my friend told me that improvment mark sheet would be counted as second marksheet and companies wont take u during placments..im really depressed because im pursuing btech from a reputed local college but i cant see any future further!should i give aieee again??please reply sir because last dae to fill form is 6th jan!i need advice!

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  • December 30, 2014 at 12:04 am
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    I’m not easily impeessrd but you’ve done it with that posting.

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