JEE Main 2020 Preparation Strategy with Timetable

Sakunth Kumar Updated On: 21 Nov, 2019 11:13 IST

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JEE Main Preparation Strategy and Study Plan (January and April)

Mostly, students pursuing Class 12th or Intermediate second year will be preparing for the JEE Main exam. Since JEE Main is being conducted twice a year, students can aspire for both January and April session of JEE Main 2020. However, one can prepare more effectively for the April session of JEE Main than the January session, as there will be seven months time from the date of the announcement of official notification. JEE Main notification releases in September for January exam and the same will be released in February for April exam.

As the syllabus of JEE Main exam is vast, aspirants need to spend at least seven months for the exam preparation. In order to help the aspirants with the preparation strategy for JEE Main April 2020 exam, we have prepared a timetable and syllabus division for exam preparation. Have a look!!

Division of Syllabus for JEE Main Exam Preparation

Before starting the preparation for JEE Main exam, aspirants need to refer the syllabus of the exam and divide the syllabus to find out the total number of units in each subject. This will help the candidates to prepare a timetable for JEE Main exam preparation. The syllabus of JEE Main is divided as follows -

Name of the Subject

Total No. Of Units/ Chapters

Mathematics

16

Physics

21

Chemistry

28

Total

66

The Chemistry syllabus of JEE Main is vast, and the aspirants must note that the preparation for JEE Main Chemistry takes a lot of time. You can prioritize the syllabus as per your convenience. It is always better to start the exam preparation with the toughest subject or the subject, which you are not very proficient.

The below table will help you understand the number of days each subject takes for JEE Main exam preparation -

Name of the Subject

Total Units/ Chapters

No. Of Days Required to Cover Each Chapter

Total No. Of Days to Cover Each Subject

Mathematics

16

Two Days

16 X 2 = 36 Days

Physics

21

Two Days

21 X 2 = 42 Days

Chemistry

28

Two Days

28 X 2 = 56 Days

Total

66

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134 Days to Cover the Syllabus of all Subjects

From the above table, it is evident that a student can cover the syllabus of JEE Main in 134 days, i.e., Four and Half Months (approximately). The remaining Two and Half Months can be allocated for the revision of syllabus and practising JEE Main mock tests/ sample tests/ practice tests.

Problem Faced by Aspirants while Preparing for JEE Main Exam

The major challenge that JEE Main aspirants face while preparing for the exam is balancing the time between Class 12th board exams preparation and JEE Main exam preparation. In order to help such candidates, we have prepared a timetable so that JEE Main aspirants can balance the time for regular academics and JEE Main exam preparation. One more thing that the aspirants must understand is that there are major similarities between Class 12th and JEE Main syllabus, and preparing for the exam is not at all a difficult task. However, a good strategy has to be followed to achieve a better score in the JEE Main exam.

Weekly Study Plan for JEE Main (April 2020 Exam)

After dividing the syllabus and identifying the units to cover for JEE Main exam, you can prioritize the units accordingly. You can either go in sequential order or pick up units randomly from any of the three subjects. However, you will have to spend at least two days for each unit to have an in-depth knowledge of the topic. Here are some examples of how you can plan your weekly preparation strategy for JEE Main.

Important Suggestion: While studying a topic, it is advisable to note down the important points in a notebook so that it can be helpful for the revision and last minute preparation.

Example 1 (For those who like to study early hours in the morning):

Day

Time Slot

Unit(s) to Cover

Day 1 (Monday)

5:00 AM to 7:00 AM

Mathematics - Sets, Relations and Functions

Day 2 (Tuesday)

5:00 AM to 7:00 AM

Mathematics - Sets, Relations and Functions

Day 3 (Wednesday)

5:00 AM to 7:00 AM

Physics - Physics and Measurement

Day 4 (Thursday)

5:00 AM to 7:00 AM

Physics - Physics and Measurement

Day 5 (Friday)

5:00 AM to 7:00 AM

Chemistry -Basic Concepts in Chemistry

Day 6 (Saturday)

5:00 AM to 7:00 AM

Chemistry - Basic Concepts in Chemistry

Day 7 (Sunday)

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Mathematics - Complex Numbers and Quadratic Equations

Example 2 (For those who like to study late night):

Day

Time Slot

Unit(s) to Cover

Day 1 (Monday)

9:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Mathematics - Sets, Relations and Functions

Day 2 (Tuesday)

9:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Mathematics - Sets, Relations and Functions

Day 3 (Wednesday)

9:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Mathematics - Complex Numbers and Quadratic Equations

Day 4 (Thursday)

9:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Mathematics - Complex Numbers and Quadratic Equations

Day 5 (Friday)

9:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Matrices and Determinants

Day 6 (Saturday)

9:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Matrices and Determinants

Day 7 (Sunday)

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Permutations and Combinations

Example 3 (For those who like to study the early hours of evening):

Day

Time Slot

Unit(s) to Cover

Day 1 (Monday)

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Physics - Physics and Measurement

Day 2 (Tuesday)

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Physics and Measurement

Day 3 (Wednesday)

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Kinematics

Day 4 (Thursday)

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Kinematics

Day 5 (Friday)

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Laws of Motion

Day 6 (Saturday)

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Laws of Motion

Day 7 (Sunday)

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Work, Energy and Power

Month Wise Timetable and Study Plan for JEE Main Exam Preparation

The below example will help the JEE Main aspirants to prepare a monthly study plan for JEE Main exam -

Month

Topics to Cover

Month 1

Mathematics

Physics

Chemistry

  1. Sets, Relations and Functions
  2. Complex Numbers and Quadratic Equations
  3. Matrices and Determinants
  4. Permutations and Combinations
  1. Physics and Measurement
  2. Kinematics
  3. Laws of Motion
  4. Work, Energy and Power
  1. Some Basic Concepts in Chemistry
  2. States of Matter
  3. Atomic Structure
  4. Chemical Bonding and Molecular Structure

Month 2

  1. Mathematical Induction
  2. Bi-nominal Theorem and its Simple Applications
  3. Sequences and Series
  4. Limit, Continuity and Differentiability
  1. Rotational motion
  2. Gravitation
  3. Properties of Solids and Liquids
  1. Chemical Thermodynamics
  2. Solutions
  3. Equilibrium
  4. Redox Reactions and Electrochemistry

Month 3

  1. Integral Calculus
  2. Differential Equations
  3. Co-Ordinate Geometry
  4. Threedimensional Geometry
  1. Thermodynamics
  2. Kinetic Theory of Gases
  3. Oscillation and Waves
  4. Electrostatics
  1. Chemical Kinetics
  2. Surface Chemistry
  3. Classification of Elements and Periodicity in Properties
  4. General Principles and Processes of Isolation of Metals

Month 4

  1. Vector Algebra
  2. Statistics and Probability
  3. Trigonometry
  4. Mathematical Reasoning
  1. Current Electricity
  2. Magnetic Effects of Current and Magnetism
  3. Electromagnetic Induction and Alternating Currents
  1. Hydrogen
  2. S-Block Elements
  3. P-Block Elements
  4. D & F-Block Elements
  5. Coordination Compounds

Month 5

-Revision and Mock Tests

  1. Electromagnetic Waves
  2. Optics
  3. Dual Nature of Matter and Radiation
  1. Environmental Compounds
  2. Purification and Characterization of Organic Compounds
  3. Some Basic Principles of Organic Chemistry
  4. Hydrocarbons

Month 6

Revision and Mock tests

  1. Atoms and Nuclei
  2. Electronic Devices
  3. Communication Systems
  4. Experimental Skills
  1. Organic Compounds Containing Oxygen
  2. Organic Compounds Containing Nitrogen
  3. Polymer
  4. Biomolecules
  5. Chemistry in Everyday Life

Month 7

Revision and Mock test

Revision and Mock test

Revision and Mock Test

JEE Main 1 Month Preparation Timetable

The one-month preparation timetable for JEE Main 2020 can be checked below -

Week

Day

Subject 1

Subject 2

Subject 3
















 

Week 1

 

Day 1

Maths 

Physics

Chemistry

Logarithms, Quadratic Equation, Application and Derivation

Power Electrostatic, Work, Energy,

Gravitation

Alkyl Halides, and Mole Concept and Carbonyl Compound

Day 2

Continuity, Limit, Circles and Family of. 

Current 

Carboxylic Acid and their Derivatives

Day 3

Lines and Pair of Straight Lines

Waves 

Periodic table, Chemical bond

Day 4

3D Geometry

Locus

Thermal Electricity

Thermal Expansion 

Atomic Structure

Electrochemistry

Day 5

Circles,

Sets, Relations and Functions

Electricity 

Heat Transfer

Phenol, Alcohol, Ether

Day 6

Probability and Statistics

Newton’s Law of Motion and Friction

Solid State

Gaseous State

Day 7

Revise the subjects and take mock tests or solve old question papers as much as possible. 

 

Week

Day

Revision 

Subject 1

Subject 2

Subject 3
















 

Week 2

 

Day 1

Logarithms, Quadratic Equation,

Energy,

Gravitation

Maths 

Physics

Chemistry

Vector Algebra

Properties of Matter

Biomolecules

General Organic Chemistry

Day 2

Carbonyl Compound,

Continuity, Limit, Circles

Integration Differentiation

Fluid Mechanics

 

Co-ordination Chemistry

Day 3

Thermal Electricity

Thermal Expansion 

Complex Number

Vector

Communication Systems

Hydrocarbons

Day 4

Solid State

Gaseous State

Theory of Equation

Heat and Thermodynamics

Chemical Kinetics

Day 5

Newton’s Law of Motion and Friction

Sequence and Series

Motion and Circular Motion

Thermodynamics 

Day 6

Circles,

Sets, Relations and Function

Trigono Metric Ratio 

Modern Physics

Hydrogen and its Compound

Day 7

Practise more question papers 

 

Week

Day

Subject 1

Subject 2

Subject 3










 

Week 3 and 4

Day 1

Practise Maths

Revise 2 chapters of Physics

Revise two subjects of Chemistry 

Day 2

Revise 2 chapters of Physics

Revise two subjects of Chemistry

Practise Maths

Day 3

Revise two subjects of Chemistry

Practise Maths

Revise 2 chapters of Physics

Day 4 

Practise Maths

Revise 2 chapters of Physics

Revise two subjects of Chemistry

Day 5

Practise Maths

Revise two subjects of Chemistry

Revise 2 chapters of Physics

Day 6 

Revise 2 chapters of Physics

Revise two subjects of Chemistry

Practise Maths

Day 7

Revise all the subjects in pointers


 

JEE Main Coaching vs Study Study

When students decide to go for higher studies in technical and professional courses like engineering and medical or prepare for administrative exams like UPSC, parents, as well as students, fall under the trap of confusion that they should opt for a coaching centre or do self-study, we will talk about the pros and cons about both types so that the students can have a detailed overview and chose his/her option of preference wisely and judicially.

For students, it is normal to get inclined for coaching institutes and the student may feel like they need some extra support for cracking the examinations. This is justified as the JEE Exams are known as one of the toughest entrance examinations in the world. However, there are people who, on their own efforts have not only cracked JEE Mains but also cracked JEE Advanced examination.

There is nothing wrong or ethically incorrect choosing between any two of the study methods, this is a question of comfort and efficiency of study a student can have. Some student may prefer coaching institutes and some may prefer studying at home.

Studying at home also has its own benefits as it has now become easier to get assistance from the internet and web-learning websites who come to pretty good help and saves a lot of money.

In metro cities, it has been seen that the people crack JEE have a large number of people who do self-study. From the chart mentioned below, it becomes clear that even both has some distinguished pros and cons, both aim towards the same thing,

Zone/Region

Self Study

Coaching

All India

52%

48%

Kanpur

54.8%

45.2%

Guwahati

61.4%

38.6%

Bombay

52.6%

47.4%

Roorkee

55.1%

44.9%

Madras

39.4%

60.6%

Delhi

47.1%

52.9%

 

Following is some of the advantages and disadvantages of both methods to help a student have a clear idea about the two.

Advantages (Pros) of JEE Main Coaching

For subjects that demand high technicalities like physics and mathematics, going to coaching is a very good idea. Following are some points which will tell you the advantages of coaching centres for JEE Main studies.

Direction

Coaching centres can help one to understand the focus of studies required to crack the JEE Examinations. Coaching centres generally have experience coaching students for the examination and they have a clear idea of all the formats with the nitty-gritty of the examination. It can guide the focus of the student in his/her studies and elaborate on the focus portions of the examination.

Competitive Environment

Going to the coaching centres give you exposure to some of your peers who are also studying with the same aim. In coaching centres, students get exposure to other people and learn about their strength and weakness and thus the candidate can reflect on their own strength and weaknesses in particular subjects. Coaching centres open a door for peer learning. Students get a free environment to hold discussions on the subjects with their peers.

Access to Teachers

For timely solutions to doubts and confusions regarding a subject, the coaching centres help a lot which is an issue in the self-study method. The presence of teachers makes it easier for the students to quickly clear a doubt which is a timely research process for a self-studying student.

Disadvantages (Cons) of JEE Main Coaching

There are some factors which make up a set of cons or disadvantages for JEE Studies in Coaching centres. Due to the disadvantages, many people prefer self-studying even though coaching centres have their own benefits. Following are the cons of studying for JEE Mains in a coaching centre,

False Assurance

In coaching centres, students are showered with the false assurance that they will clear the examination at ease because certain institute trains him/her and they show their success stories covering up the failures. The students who understand that they are false assurances know that true success can only come with one’s own merit and hard work. Coaching centres are just there to guide.

Pace of Learning

As the coaching centres run with a lot of students, they go with a ‘One size fits all’ strategy. They conduct their studies in a very rapid manner and it is true that not many students can cope up with the flow, coaching centres show a very little effort to give an extra push to students who are lagging behind.

Expensive

For people belonging to the lower-middle-class and economically weak categories, affording coaching centres is a dream for them as they can be pretty expensive. One coaching class can charge up to 1 lakh rupees per month for JEE examination coaching.

Extensive Pressure on Students

Coaching centres are infamous for burdening their students with an extra burden for which, many students suffer from depression and cannot enjoy their young flavours of life. For example, Kota, Rajasthan is known as the hub of JEE coaching centres but on the other hand, the statistics have shown that 15 students suicides have taken place alone in 2018. The pressure of studies become so high on them adding the pressure form families that the students chose the unwanted path.

Still, students who have a good merit level and hardworking skills and want to be a competitive environment can opt for caching centres as good coaching centres guides the students if they dream to obtain a good rank in JEE Mains. However, students should understand that they have to have a clear idea of their family’s financial conditions before pressurising parents for admission in coaching centres for JEE Mains.

Is Self Study a Better Option for JEE Main?

The statistics show that among the people who crack JEE Mains mainly prefer self-studying and it has all the valid reasons. Self-studying is a very beneficial method as it gives a student enough scope for reflecting on self and assess his/her own problems and take steps accordingly. People generally study in high flexibility in Self Study mode for JEE Mains. Some distinguishable benefits of Self Study in JEE Mains are as follows,

Self Authority

The feature of Self authority builds with a sense of realisation that you are your own master when you opt for self-studies. A candidate is free to follow and study at his/her own will and make their routines according to their convenience and also bring a change in study pattern if the candidate feels that he/she would be more benefited. The candidates have authority on their own studying style which is a good thing for the people who are independent-minded. In this method, students do not have to depend on any external involvement for studies.

No Pressure from Peers

Not all people can perform well under pressure. The self-study methods reliefs one with the pressure of peers which in coaching centres a candidate gets directly or indirectly. In coaching centres, a candidate can be tensed if he/she feels that his/her peers are performing well than him/her. This adds up an extra burden of pressure on the students and students become likely to lose focus on studies. With the power of self-assessment which Self-study method grants the student, students can remain free from any kind of pressure where the student only competes with self and pushes his/her own limits. This is a fun and efficient way to study according to experts.

Time Management

As mentioned before, self-study allows a student to manage his/her own time. Where the coaching centres follow a rigid schedule and format, many students find it hard to cope up with the pace an institute is conducting studies. As mentioned above, students end up losing their valuable time of young age in coaching institutes but in self-study method, a student according to his/her will can make time for any kind of extracurricular activities, following hobbies and more.

Disadvantages (Cons) of Self Study for JEE Mains

Every method is made with some cons as well as pros, similarly, the self-study method for JEE Mains also has a set of disadvantages. However, the disadvantages that come with self-studying methods are easily addressable in Self-study methods.

Doubt Clearing

Doubt clearing in the self-study methods consumes a lot of time. Where coaching centres can do it straight away, students studying in self mode have to rely on textual and online resources. It is indeed true that there is nothing that cannot be found online, but that too takes minimum time for research depending on the complexity the topic has.

No Competition

Self-competition is not everyone’s cup of tea but it can come to huge benefit if one expertise it. Many people perform better in competition than independent works. For those kinds of people, self-study cannot be considered as a reliable method. An environment with no competition can be too laidback for some students to actually invest some time in studying.

From the detailed description of the pros and cons of both coaching centres and self-study, the student can now get an idea for choosing what will be better for him/her. This will be wrong to quote that one is better than the other one, this is totally applicable as per the individual preference of the student.

The student, depending on his ability can choose any one of the above methods of study for JEE Mains examinations. We, at CollegeDekho, wish you best of luck irrespective of whichever path you choose to follow.

General Tips & Tricks to Crack JEE Main 2020

The following plans can help you in the preparation of JEE Main 2020:

  • Candidates should give equal importance to all subjects, prepare a timetable and follow it religiously.
  • Taking a break of at least 5 to 10 minutes after every one or two hours of regular study is essential. When you take a break, stay completely relaxed. Overnight studies are not recommended and you should sleep for at least 5 to 6 hours at night.
  • At present, there are many preparation books available in the market for JEE Main but candidates must choose wisely the books for their preparation. It is advisable to avoid the study material, which has repetitive questions on the basis of the same concept.
  • Apart from practice books available in the market, candidates should not ignore NCERT books as they are enough to solve at least the conceptual problems in the entrance examination. NCERT books of Physics and Chemistry will give you the essential basic concepts.
  • Candidates should focus on resolving problems on their own. They should not seek solutions without trying the questions. They should start with conventional ways of solving, while gradually improving. In short, candidates should be able to create their own shortcuts and ways to solve the problem.
  • In addition to the books, candidates should pay attention to JEE Main's last year's question paper. This will help them manage their time in the examination. By solving these papers, candidates will get an idea of examination pattern, the total number of questions, time duration and weightage of questions.
  • JEE Main exam is not difficult, but tricky. Due to the lack of planning on how to write the exam, many candidates fail to score in JEE Main. Once all the subjects are covered, candidates should target doing at least one mock examination per week.
  • Speed and accuracy are important aspects, they will come with the comprehensive practice of mock papers. On the day of the exam, candidates should spend the first 15 minutes of the examination on reading the instructions of the question paper.
  • Candidates should not ignore their health while preparing for the exam. They should do some meditation and yoga, it will help them develop inner strength, peace, confidence, and concentration power.
  • Candidates preparing for the exam should not stress themselves. It is necessary to sleep for 5 to 6 hours each night, especially 3 to 4 days before the exam. Aspirants may take short naps as they help maintain freshness, but they must avoid oversleeping during the day.

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