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7 Things to learn from the IIT JEE Advanced – For JEE 2017 / 2018 Aspirants

The IIT JEE Advanced exam was conducted this year by the IITs; and engineering aspirants across the country appeared in the exam. The gateway to admissions in the prestigious IITs, the IIT JEE, now known as the JEE Advanced is the most dreaded engineering entrance exam. While some heaved a sigh of relief, simply for getting over with it, some are left with nightmares. While the paper was unanimously concluded to be a mixed bag of surprises, here are a few things every student needs to learn from it.

For JEE Aspirants - 7 Important points

When it is IIT JEE, expect the unexpected

The system of entrance exams was changed in the recent years. Instead of AIEEE and IIT JEE, now a two tier system is held wherein JEE Main is conducted by CBSE, along the lines of AIEEE; and JEE Advanced is conducted by the IITs, similar to IIT JEE. Apart from the fact that the merit list of former determines the eligibility criteria of the latter, everything else is separate. Right from the framing of questions, to determining the pattern, IITs determine how the JEE Advanced paper would be like.

Last year, the Paper 1 of IIT JEE Advanced had single option correct type, multiple option correct type, and single integer answer questions. But this year, students were unpleasantly surprised to see that Paper 1 had only multiple option correct type, and single integer correct type questions. The pattern of Paper 2 was also different from last year.

There is always a silver lining

Remember, the test setters do not necessarily want you to fare badly. They just want to test you to the extreme. While paper 1 had unexpected pattern, and students really hate multiple option correct type questions, but the good news was that there was no negative marking in Paper 1.

In IIT JEE Advanced, only intellect works

The biggest advantage of a MCQ type paper is that a student can either take a wild guess or try to arrive at an answer by eliminating options. But if you take a look at paper 1, you will see that the pattern of questions is such, that you simply cannot do that! In the multiple option correct type questions, you cannot know how many options could be correct, so you cannot guess. In single integer type questions, the range of answers is 0-9, again the probability of getting right answer simply by guessing or eliminating options will not work.

So, when you are preparing for IIT JEE Advanced, all the age old tips and tricks to solve entrance exam papers do not work. All that matters is how well you know the subject, and whether you can really solve the question. Forget about guessing.

 Time is everything

60 questions, 3 hours – on an average you get 3 minutes per question. But some questions take up more time than others. Are you intelligent enough to know when to stop? What this means is that, say you arrive at the 15th question in the paper, and so far 42 minutes have elapsed. That means you have ample time to go by the average speed. But the 15th question is tricky, and you spend 4 minutes on it, but still do not get an answer. Determined to solve it, you try again, and spend another 4 minutes. So you have now spent 8 minutes on the question. Was it worth it?

When stuck on a question, in such a crucial exam, you need to weigh your options wisely. Know when to give more time to a question. If you find a question lengthy, you can chose to skip it and come at it later when you are done with the rest of the paper.

Did you refer the best books for IIT JEE?

The first question (or sometimes the second) every student asks when he / she starts preparing for the JEE is “Which is the best JEE Book to study Math / Physics / Chemistry?”. Teachers have cried out loud always – “Start with NCERT!”. But alas, in a bid to pick up fancy books, students often neglect the basics. Again, let us put this in bold – NCERT IS A MUST TO PREPARE FOR IIT JEE ADVANCED.

True, that after starting off you definitely need to refer to other books for problem solving and practice. But don’t forget that NCERT is where you should start climbing the ladder.

The importance of previous year IIT JEE papers

Now that we have established that the pattern can be unexpected, what is the purpose of solving IIT JEE previous year papers? Well, the answer is this – Previous year papers are the only insight to the level of questions asked in the IIT JEE Advanced.  When the test setters at IIT prepare the paper for the exam, they keep in mind the following

  • That the average student should be able to solve at least 30% of the paper
  • That there should be at least 2-5% questions, which only exceptionally bright students can solve
  • That the overall purpose of the paper would be to test the students problem solving abilities, time management skills, and pressure handling.

So, when you solve previous year papers of IIT JEE, you basically understand the level of difficulty, and can prepare accordingly.

Knowledge + Time =  Power to succeed!

Many students are hardly able to manage school studies, coaching, and self studies. Simply attending classes, getting big books is of no use. It has been rhetorically mentioned that self study is most important. A student who does not go for coaching classes can do as good, and even better than a student who does, simply by doing efficient self study.

What is efficient self study? – When you have prepared a proper plan, according to a time line, and study properly. Start from the basis, do problem questions from reference books, self analyse, and then revise. Learn to manage time, from day 1. Use the internet to get as much information as you can before hand, like syllabus, previous year papers, and so on. Ask the correct people about the reference books, and topics. Study, manage time, and succeed!

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