Preparation for JEE Main involves efforts. What makes JEE Main preparation toucgher is that student is burdened with board exams on one hand, and fierce competition on another. In such times, a study plan irrespective of involvement of coaching for JEE Main preparation comes as a life saver. Here it is for you!

Since this is a JEE Main Preparation 1 year lan, it is useful for students who will appear in JEE Main 2019 or beyond that. So if you are studying in class 11, then this article is for you!

How to prepare for JEE Main with almost 1 year in hand?

Entrance examinations are the standard measure to test a candidate’s suitability for a programme, post etc. These exams are found almost in every field. Some qualifying examinations can be given after 10th and some after graduation. Some take months to practice while others demand years of practice. Today we are going to discuss one such paper i.e JEE. it is considered to be one of the toughest entrance exams in India. Let us read about the exam first and then we shall proceed to discuss how can one prepare for this exam with almost a year in hand.

Joint Entrance Examination or (JEE) is an all India common engineering entrance examination conducted for admission to various engineering Colleges/Courses in India. The test takes place in 2 stages – JEE Main and the JEE Advanced. While JEE Main, tests the candidate’s capability and in depth knowledge of their subjects as a preliminary stage on national level, JEE Advanced is recognised internationally as one of the most challenging engineering admission tests.

Since 2012, Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) announced this common examination as a replacement of AIEEE and IIT-JEE. Candidates who clear JEE-Main exam are selected for admission to National Institutes of Technology (NITs), Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs), Centrally Funded Technical Institutes (CFTIs) while the candidates who qualify the JEE-Advanced are eligible for admission to the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs).

However, only the top 2, 20,000 students selected in JEE Mains are eligible for appearing in JEE Advanced. The candidates are selected based on the following criterion. Candidates must be included among the top 2,20,000 (including all categories) by scoring positive marks in Paper-1 of JEE (Main) 2017. The process to select the top 2,20,000 is as follows:-

Process to select the top 2,20,000

This is the usual order which is followed in selecting the top 2,20,000 candidates from various categories:-

Category Number of top candidates
OPEN 107,767  

Total 1,11,100

OPEN-PwD 3,333
OBC-NCL 57,618 Total 59,400
OBC-NCL-PwD 1,782
SC 32,010 Total 33,000
SC-PwD 990
ST 16,005 Total 16,500
ST-PwD 495

Other criteria such as age factor, number of attempts, earler admission at IIT, number of attempts in 12th class also matters in selection. Now let us see how to prepare for JEE Main.

So if you want to see your name in the merit list of JEE Main qualified candidates, then this article is for you. We will begin by decoding the exam structure as tip 1 and proceed gradually to allow you to navigate through the essential pointers to keep in mind while preparing for the JEE Main. You might be wondering how to go about your preparation which topic you choose first and so on. well ! your every query will be resolved here by reading the article. Strap up for the ride.

Tip #1. Understand the Exam structure and Syllabus

So you have decided that you want to appear for JEE Main. Then we suggest that you place the first step towards your success by knowing what you need to study. This will be your guide which will keep you on the right track. Starting preparing without knowing the syllabus and the pattern can be severe loss of time.

Choice of Paper Mode
Paper -1 (B.E./B.Tech.) Pen & Paper Based
Computer Based Examination
Paper-2 (B.Arch./B .Planning) Pen & Paper Based
Paper -1 & Paper- 2 Pen & Paper Based for both the Papers
Computer Based Examination for Paper – 1 and Pen & Paper Based for Paper – 2

There are 2 papers in JEE Main.

Paper-1= is meant for admission to B.E/B.Tech. programmes. It is conducted in online mode and in offline mode as well. You can either choose to take the test in computer based format or in pen & paper format. The duration of the test is 3 hours. The questions appear in objective type, which are 30 in number. For every correct answer the candidates get 4 marks and for every incorrect answer, 1 mark is deducted.

Paper 2= is meant for admission to B.Arch/B.Planning programmes. It is conducted in offline mode only. You will write the paper in pen & paper format. The duration of the test is 3 hours. The questions appear in objective type, which are 30 in number. For every correct answer the candidates get 4 marks and for every incorrect answer, 1 mark is deducted.

NOTE- Students can choose either to appear for P-1 or P-2 or both.

Tip #2. Understand Exam Syllabus Weightage

To know subject wise syllabus for JEE Main preparation, see this.

The questions paper consists of questions from the following subjects

  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics

Now let us also see how questions are distributed in the question paper.

The three topics also commonly called PCM carry equal marks/percentage out of 100%, means almost a 33.33% to each subject, however, their percentage varies internally:-

Chemistry Percentage Physics Perentage Mathematics Percentage
Organic Chemistry 38% Mechanics 27% Algebra 33%
Physical Chemistry 32% Modern Mechanics 18% Differential Calculus and Coordinate Geometry 16%
Inorganic Chemistry 30% Wave optics and Electromagnetism 15% Integral calculus, vector and 3D geometry and  Trigonometry 8-14% each
Electrostatics, Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics 40%

So here you have seen that what the exam structure looks like, now you need a good plan to execute it.

Tip #3. Act Now

JEE Main aspirants have enough time to think which subjects they need to work upon. Make a strategy and Build a good timetable and follow it religiously. Systematic study is more crucial than random concept studies. Here consider this as reference. Start with chemistry it takes the least of the time and with one subject already covered will give you fuel of enthusiasm to carry on.

Here are the topics you can cover subject wise first.

  1. Chemistry-  Alcohol, Aldehyde Ketone, Chemical Bonding, Coordination Compounds, Chemical Thermodynamics, Ether, General Organic chemistry, Phenol, Redox Reactions, s-block and p-block elements, Solutions, and Solid State etc.
  2. Physics-  Electrostatics, Heat & Thermodynamics, Laws of Motion, Magnetic Effect of Current & Magnetism, Ray Optics, Rotational Motion, Simple Harmonic Motion, Wave Motion, and Wave Optics etc.
  3. Mathematics- Applications of Derivatives, Circles, Complex Numbers, Definite Integration, Matrices & Determinants, Probability, Sequences & Series, Three-Dimensional Geometry, Theory of Equations, and Vectors etc.

NOTE- It is extremely important to master the theoretical concepts because only those with clear basics can tackle the all sorts of numerical with ease.

Tip #4. Which books to consider?

For a complete list of books to prepare for JEE Main, check this list.

For Mathematics

  • NCERT Mathematics
  • Maths: RD Sharma + ML khanna
  • 40 Days JEE Main MAthematics by Seventh
  • A Master Resource Book in Mathematics for JEE Main by Prafull K Agarwal
  • 38 years chapterwise topicwise solved papers by Amit M.Agarwal

For Physics

  • NCERT Physics
  • Concepts of Physics by HC Verma
  • 38 years chapterwise topicwise solved papers by D.C Pandey
  • Wiley’s Halliday/Resnick/Walker Physics for JEE Main by MAnish K.Singhal

For Chemistry

  • NCERT Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry by O P Tandon
  • Physical Chemistry by N. Avasthi
  • Inorganic Chemistry by VK Jaiswal + JD Lee

Tip #5. Avoid Social Media / Friends

Any aspirant who is serious about their studies must stay try to keep away from the social media distractions such as Facebook and Mobile distractions like Whatsapp for this 1 year, but you could always Join useful Facebook groups and Google+ communities like quora to keep a tab on what other students are upto – how are they preparing differently. It helps a great deal in preparation. Also try to avoid unnecessary outings with group of friends. Rather watch an educational tv program/ read newspaper/ play etc. Pick a mentor. It can be your parents/kins/siblings/close relatives/class teacher – anyone. You need to be motivated throughout the year. Do not lose vision and focus of your Goal!

Tip #6. Break time is necessary

After you have invested serious hours of studies, you deserve a little time for yourself. take breaks between studies. Engage in your favorite sport/activity to keep you fit and rejuvenated.

Fitness is absolutely important during this time.  one of the major reasons behind a bad JEE rank is not being fit. Take care of yourself by getting good sleep, good food, reading good books.

One other factor that may also lead you feel a little unmotivated sometimes, because you don’t have the right books as preparation material. Do not pick books which has complicated sentence formation. Easy to read is easy to get.

Sometimes even the most glorious words fail to convey what simple words can.

Tip #7. Time Bound Practice is must

Taking the practice in strategic way is the key to your optimal performance in JEE Main. As much as you practice the papers, you will know what you have learnt at the end of the week. Conduct self-assigned tests from previous years after you have completed one topic. Read all the questions on sundays and notice how many questions were left unanswered. Do not give up if you have to start a topic once again. You have time but don’t take this time leniently. Do not spend lingering onto one topic for more than a week. Start a new topic.

Tip #8. System Update

Try to stay connected with the events going around you. You may come across people who have already scored a great rank in JEE. Read their interviews. We have a list of exclusive toppers interview that you can browse on our site. Get to know what strategy they followed. What as their inspiration. Ask for good books reference. Stay motivated.

ALL THE BEST!

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