Get ready for the new JEE

Thor­oughly re­vise CBSE syl­labus and treat all topics as im­por­tant

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - HT Education - - Front Page - Anand Ku­mar

One thing that re­mains un­changed in the new Joint En­trance Ex­am­i­na­tion (JEE) is that an as­pi­rant needs to have indepth knowl­edge of all sub­jects. That is the key to success. By now, you would need to cover the full syl­labus and get into re­vi­sion mode by solv­ing a lot of prac­tice tests. You should pre­pare small notes re­lated to im­por­tant for­mu­lae and re­sults.

Since Pa­per 1 of JEE Main is likely to be ob­jec­tive-type, the level of ques­tions asked in physics, chem­istry and math­e­mat­ics is not likely to be very high. The em­pha­sis will now be on what you have stud­ied in school be­cause the syl­labus for pa­per 1 of the new JEE will be based on the Cen­tral Board of Sec­ondary Ed­u­ca­tion (CBSE) cur­ricu­lum. The re­spon­si­bil­ity of set­ting ques­tions will be on ex­perts from the CBSE, though the team will also have pro­fes­sors from the In­dian In­sti­tutes of Tech­nol­ogy (IITs).

Know­ing the IITs, how­ever, one can ex­pect brain-teasers, which will re­quire you to get your con­cepts clear for dif­fer­ent sub­jects. The pa­pers will test not only your knowl­edge, but your ap­ti­tude, speed as well as ac­cu­racy. So, for ex­cel­lence, a good com­mand over sub­jects will be nec­es­sary.

En­sure that you re­vise the chap­ters given in the NCERT books first to be able to get your con­cepts clear. With school board marks also get­ting weigh­tage, school teach­ing can really help. Reg­u­lar prac­tice of sin­gle-choice ques­tions asked in pre­vi­ous ex­am­i­na­tions really helps. Make sure you un­der­stand what you are do­ing. Mere tick­ing of op­tions may not be the right way. At­tempt­ing sin­gle-choice ques­tions from pre­vi­ous years’ IIT-JEE will also help you crack pa­per 1.

Your fo­cus should al­ways be on get­ting your con­cepts clear and un­der­stand­ing the topics well. There are times when stu­dents try to be thor­ough only with im­por­tant topics from the point of view of the JEE, but that is not the right way. To­tal fo­cus on a par­tic­u­lar topic can be prob­lem­atic, as you never know which topic will have more ques­tions. The best way is to give equal im­por­tance to all topics. For in­stance, a stu­dent who de­cides to skip prob­a­bil­ity and gives more im­por­tance to qua­dratic equa­tion, can re­pent later. In the new JEE, it is dif­fi­cult to as­cer­tain what trend will be set.

Fi­nally, con­fi­dence holds the key. And for build­ing con­fi­dence, reg­u­lar prac­tice is the only way. Still, if you come across dif­fi­cult ques­tions while writ­ing the exam, there is no need to get ner­vous. There may be a few ques­tions that will be dif­fi­cult for most can­di­dates. Keep your con­fi­dence high, for cut-off in the JEE can really fluc­tu­ate.

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