Important JEE Main 2020 and 2021 Preparation Tips gives an overall and in depth guide on how to prepare for JEE Mains exam. We would like all the JEE aspirants to understand the secret behind scoring high in the exam. There are no miracles when it comes to competitive entrance exams, but genuine guidance that we offer will surely help you out in more than one ways. Let us make the best out of it!
This is the most important time for class XII science students as they have to balance time between preparation for board examinations and engineering entrance exams. The first aspect we would like to cover is How to concentrate on JEE Main 2020 and 2021 preparation without affecting boards?
Tip #1 Give at least 40% time for Board exam preparation
A smart student will know that to get a high rank in JEE Mains 2020 and 2021, 40% weightage will be given to board exams merit. So, it is crucial to score well in class XII board exams. To do so, you will have to devote a good amount of time preparing for all the five subjects in your board exams.
This does not mean that preparation for JEE Main or IIT JEE will be affected. Syllabus for competitive engineering exams is similar to that of boards. The theory of subjects that you study for boards will be directly helpful in your JEE preparation.
The only difference is that in engineering entrance exams preparation, where you will devote rest of your time, focus more on problem solving based upon the theory you studied for board exams.
Check out JEE Mains Syllabus here.
Tip #2 Complete your preparation for JEE Mains 2020 and 2021, well before the board exams begin.
Your board exams will tentatively get over by third week of March. JEE Main exam is in April. You will get a time of only two weeks at max to prep up after boards.
As soon as your board exams begin, you will hardly get any time to prepare for competitive exams. Thus, it is important to complete your syllabus and preparation at least two weeks before your board exams begin.
All the books you wish to refer, all the sample papers to be attempted; must be done before your board exams take off.
Check out Important books for JEE Main preparation.
Tip #3 Fall in love with Multiple Choice Questions, however do not forget the NVTs
Form the years 2020 , National Testing Agency has introduced the Numerical Value Type (NVT) Questions. These questions have to be solved and the answer that is a 1 digit or more than 1 digit number is to enterd using the virtual keyboard/physical keyboard. MCQ questiosn are still there in the exam. Thus now the candidtaets are required to be perfect in answering both type of questions.
Now, the trick to scoring high in such exams lies in two key points.
- Attempt the subject which is easiest for you.
For example, if you are very good in physics, attempt questions of physics section first. By doing this, you will be able to solve a complete section in less time. Result, more time will be left for the tougher section and you can dedicate longer time to each question in that section.
- Recognize which questions to not attempt.
There is negative marking in JEE Mains exam. So it is absolutely important for you to understand that such questions, of which you are not sure of at all, you must leave. Else, it will deduct marks from your total score.
Check out JEE Main Sample Papers.
Tip #4 Self analysis is key in acing the JEE Mains exam.
After attempting multiple choice questions during JEE Main preparation, you should look at the answers. Note down these points
- How many questions could I answer correctly?
- In which topic could I answer most answers correctly?
- In which topic were most of my answers wrong?
- Was I able to answer all the questions in a time limit?
This will help you do a complete self analysis.
Tip #5 Keep a check on the time spent on each question.
After class 10th, many of us join best coaching institutes and attempt a large number of practice tests, solve questions, read multiple books. But that does not lead to overall improvement. For holistic improvement, one needs to sit back and analyze where you are going wrong, and knowing your strengths and weaknesses.
Also, not only the final result of attempting correctly or incorrectly matters; but also how much time you spend on each question is important.
In JEE Mains, you will be expected to attempt 75 questions in 180 minutes. On an average, that gives us 2.57 minutes per question. Questions of chemistry and physics not involving calculations will take less time. But wherever calculation and analysis will be involved, you might need more than 2.5 minutes.
After attempting a question during your preparation for JEE Mains, look for shorter methods of solving the same question. Less time taken will lead to better performance!
Let us give you a good incentive
- If you save one minute per question, you will overall save at least 17-18 minutes per test.
- Saving 17-18 minutes per test will let you attempt correctly 3 to 4 more questions.
- Answering 3 to 4 more problems will help you score will jump by at least 15 marks.
- A difference of 15 marks is enough to improve your rank by thousands!
Tip #6 Attempt more and more JEE Main Mock Tests.
A student who scores better than average in JEE Main mock tests has higher chances of scoring well in the actual Joint Entrance Examination as well. This is because, mock tests are carefully designed to analyze your overall preparation, and help you divide time also in the actual exam.
After each mock test, do a self analysis, as explained in Tip #4. Depending upon your strengths and weaknesses, prepare study plan and abide by it.
Check out JEE Main Mock Tests.
Tip #7 Learn from your own mistakes.
When you take a practice test in your coaching center, or at home, do you just throw away the question paper and your answer sheet like most students do?
After taking a test of certain duration, give an equal amount of time to understand your mistakes in the exam. The same mistake should not ever be repeated. The purpose of sample papers and practice tests is to help you face your shortcomings and overpower them.
Next time you solve a paper, cheer for your correct answers, but cheer louder for the mistakes. Because next time, there will be no mistakes.
Tip #8 It is important to focus on both Class XI and Class XII.
You should divide the entire syllabus of JEE Mains 2020 and 2021 that include topics of class 11 and 12, into three domains.
- Strengths – These should have topics where you are 100% confident of scoring.
- Weaknesses –
- Average / Okay
Your target as a student should be to focus on your strengths and keep them growing.
The topics in domain under weaknesses, should be transferred to at least the third domain.
By rigorous and thorough practice, and smart work, the topics in third domain should soon come under your strengths.
Try to maximize your strengths, and eliminate weaknesses.
Tip #9 Quality of JEE Mains preparation is more important than Quantity.
There is no fixed number for ideal number of hours each day to prepare for JEE Mains. You might be appearing in more than just JEE Mains exams, after all there are state wise entrance exams and private colleges also to be considered. To stay ahead of competition, you need to only keep in mind that hard work leads to good results, always.
Do not expect teachers or elders to keep a check on your preparation. Competitive entrance exams are whole new ball game. Unlike your exams in school, where teachers can constantly guide you, performance in entrance exams is at least 90% dependent on student’s self studies.
Whether you are studying for 4 hours or 10, make it count. Do not waste a single minute once you are at your study table. Believe in yourself and stay confident. We are sure you will come out with flying colors. Best of luck.
This article is a part of the series on JEE Main 2020 and JEE Advanced Preparation. If you have any queries on Important JEE Main Preparation Tips, you can ask in comments below.
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