Every student has heard about the JEE by the time they entered middle school. Some of us saw our own siblings or cousins losing their heads over it. We also saw people who came out with flying colors and got accepted to the top engineering and medical colleges.
However, we also saw many who were not that successful and got into a not-so-reliable private college and many who decided to change their career plans for the better. If you are one of the lakhs of students who is going to appear for the JEE Exam this year, you must be wondering how to make sure you do not become one of those whose efforts went down the drain. Here are some expert tips from people who have successfully cracked the JEE Mains in recent years.
Know what it is and what it is not
Since the JEE is a hot topic of discussion in our country, many things get blown out of proportion. Parents seem to make it the only career milestone that is worth looking at for us despite the existence of various other options a student might be inclined towards. That is why you need to be very sure of a few things before you go ahead with it:
• Introspect: This is the basic step in taking any decision at all. Ask yourself whether you want to go for engineering or medicine at all or whether you are doing it just because it’s what your parents want you to do and you aren’t aware of other options. Find out everything about JEE and evaluate if this is what you want.
• Strategize: If you have already made up your mind, the previous point is of no relevance to you. Though it is good to give it a thought because that is the case with 2 out 3 students. However, if you are not one of them, you need to have a timing strategy to cover the whole syllabus. Make a practical schedule for yourself about 6 months prior to the exams so that you can proceed slowly and steadily.
• Collect data: You need to know some JEE details to ensure that your efforts are channelized in the right direction. Get hold of the last 5 years’ questions and practice them. While you are preparing for your boards as well, club the studies and delve deeper into the subject to simultaneously prepare for the JEE.
• Sit for mock tests: You must appear for as many mock tests as possible so that you can evaluate your own progress. Also, keep a track of the questions asked in these mock tests. One mock test per month is enough to proceed steadily.
• Time yourself: There is no point in knowing everything but not having enough time to finish. For this again, the tests that hoard up one month prior to the real exam will be helpful. By this time you are already pretty well-prepared. You now need to rehearse the performance.
• Keep a Plan B handy: In case you don’t get a good ranking, you need a Plan B. It could be regular B.Sc. or a total change of stream. Understand that the intention of this point is not to scare you into believing that you may not succeed. The motive of this point is to make sure you do not keep stressing over ‘what ifs’ so that you can perform well. Just like it does not rain on most days we carry an umbrella, you are more likely to not need Plan B if you have one.
These tips will help you remain calm and assured about your performance. You’ve got this. With a cool mind and steady routine, you will excel in this Joint Entrance Exam. Good luck!