JEE Main is one of the most crucial, and tough examinations in India for aspirants of engineering. JEE Main, conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA), is to assess students’ capabilities and excellence for proceeding with engineering courses in some of the best technical institutes in the country such as IIT. Only those who clear the Mains become eligible for the next round- JEE Advanced. This generates stiff competition between the students, which makes it even more important to be at the top of one’s game. In order to crack an exam like JEE, a student requires dedication, perseverance, as well as a smart way to study. Just as working hard is important, working smart is fundamental to save on time and increase the efficiency of the student.
The JEE Main Paper comprises three subjects: Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics. Of the three, the Physics section is known as the most challenging section for a majority of students. Many students find it difficult to score high marks in Physics, and since the JEE papers do not follow a set pattern when it comes to the kinds of questions asked, one must be prepared meticulously. Half of the preparation for Physics relies on the discipline and productivity of the student, so it is strongly suggested to make a fixed routine and follow it thoroughly.
Steps for preparation:
1. The NCERT books cover all the topics included in the syllabus of the examination. Hence, it is fundamental to complete the NCERT books first to have strong basics and a solid foundation before you can move on to the more complex concepts. A clear understanding of the basic topics is very important.
2. After your basics are good, the student should focus on the important chapters, which carry the most weightage of marks, for IIT JEE Physics. Prioritization of chapters according to the marking scheme is an efficient way to study and is also less time-consuming.
3. Making a list of formulas, experiments, and derivations, especially those which are hard to grasp, will not only help as an easy method of studying but will also be of use as a way of future revision. Keeping that list somewhere you can see it every day helps in daily reiteration.
4. Solving Chapterwise Important Questions for JEE Main Physics, and taking guidance from other question banks is a must for all students to ensure a proper balance between studying theory and working out problems. This will also help the student in identifying concepts or questions which they find hard and will help them prioritize the concepts they need to focus on more.
5. Once the student has completed the length of the syllabus thoroughly and has gained a certain amount of confidence, it is advisable to attempt an IIT JEE mock test, to see where they stand and the road to further improvement.
The tension and competitive atmosphere among JEE candidates are popular, but it does not necessarily have to lead to unhealthy competition. Study groups and regular practice with friends and classmates help in boosting morale and the self-esteem of the student, along with imbibing a sense of togetherness. It also helps in showing different perspectives and ways of solving questions, and might also lead to a healthy exchange of studying habits and patterns which will be useful to know. It reduces the stress and tension for students to a certain extent and even encourages the idea of rigorous and disciplined studies when done with a group.
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Revision, as mentioned earlier, is one of the most important aspects of the study process. Revising topics on a daily basis improves memory retention, comprehension of the topic, and helps in developing a better understanding of the subject, which will help in enhancing the familiarization of the topic. A lot of students tend to make the mistake of taking this part of studying for granted. In fact, it is widely accepted that if you study a topic once, and only look through it again a day before the actual exam, it is sufficient. Such a practice is very bad and can lead to a panicky state of mind the night before. Regular revision helps in the reduction of exam pressure, as well as the gradual reduction of a load of study material, which gives the student more confidence in the subject knowledge.
Time management is a key skill for the aspirants to perfect their exam preparation and could be the deciding factor for who scores the best marks. Time waits for none, and especially not for JEE aspirants. The perpetual need for time to manage one’s studies can be solved if there is a proper timetable drawn out, with a fixed schedule that is to be followed diligently. A bit of carelessness in the following of the schedule can lead to the student leaving behind topics, which is a heavy price to pay. The management of time is a crucial part of a student’s studies- it can be the difference between a top ranker and a mediocre ranked student. Physics is a subject that requires an extensive practice of solving various questions and consistent revision. Balancing this subject with the other will only be achieved with optimum management of time. Timing everything responsibly and properly is a good practice that the students and aspirants must cultivate, even as an essential life skill, which will be useful in the future.
JEE is a landmark in an engineering aspirant’s life. It is decisive of the quality of their future, and the moment which their classes 11th and 12th has led up to. It is a great opportunity to prove oneself, set aims, and work towards with utmost sincerity, and compromising the most challenging subject, that is physics, will make all the efforts go in vain. Therefore, it is of paramount importance to pay special attention to that area.