When a student enters class XII, there are a plethora of opportunities which open up in front of him. This time is particularly important for those students who had chosen mathematics as their stream after the SSC, as they are endowed with a dual responsibility of excelling in both the boards and JEE. Following are few steps which would definitely help the reader in preparing for JEE.
Step 1: Know about the exam and prerequisites
JEE, an acronym for Joint Entrance Examination is conducted each year by MHRD (GOI) through CBSE. All IITs, NITs, IIITs and various other colleges admit students through this exam. Recently Gujarat, MP, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Nagaland and Orissa have joined the JEE (Mains) system. As far as prerequisites are concerned, or in this case, the eligibility criteria, JEE states that no weightage to the 12th class marks in calculating ranks would be given. However, MHRD also states that, for the candidates to qualify for admission in IIT or NIT or IIIT and other such institutes whose admissions are based on JEE(Advanced)/ JEE(Mains) ranks, they should secure at least 75% marks in class 12th or be in the top 20 percentile in class 12th exam conducted by the respective boards. For SC/ST students the qualifying marks would be 65% in class 12th.
Step 2: Keep your concepts clear
Students who are aspiring for JEE with 12th should focus on making their concepts crystal clear. This will not only help in preparing for class 12th boards but will also create a strong base for JEE. Students should realize that if they prepare thoroughly for boards and keep their concepts crystal clear, JEE (Mains) would also be a piece of cake for them, but to excel in JEE (Advanced) a firm grasp on concepts is necessary.
Step 3: Practice
Knowing theory is not enough considering the cut-throat competition in today’s world. Students can’t rely only on theoretical knowledge to achieve high grades. Practicing numerical on various concepts would be a faster and effective way to understand a topic. Students should practice as much as they can, and should not keep themselves from solving mock papers of boards as well as JEE.
Data and student reviews have shown that more than 50% of questions in boards come from the previous year papers. For JEE too, solving previous year papers would give a clear idea to the students about weightage of different topics in the exam. Many books are also a preferred option for further practices which are famous by their author’s name e.g. H.C Verma, Irodov and many books of Arihant publications are also helpful.
Step 4: Revise
This will help you in every aspect. Not only is it helpful for class 12th boards, but it is also very helpful for JEE. Regular revisions would tell your standing and your level of preparation at regular intervals. We hope that these steps will help you in achieving your aim.
CollegeDekho wishes you the best of luck!
*The author of this article is Shivam Saklani. He is a former B.Tech (Electronics and Communications) student of THDC Institute of Hydropower Engineering and Technology, (Uttarakhand Technical University).