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How to start Preparation For IIT JEE ?

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) grants admission to students through the entrance examination called, Joint Entrance Examination or more popularly as JEE. It is considered as one of the toughest examination in the world. More than 400000 candidates appear for the exam and less than 9000 make it to IITs. For a competition as difficult as IIT JEE, student must be ready to prepare thoroughly and in a planned manner.

1. Believe in yourself. The first step (and remember, someone wise once said that the first step is the most important step) in your preparation and your journey into one of the IITs is the belief in yourself that you have it in you to realise this dream. You will not reach far if you think getting into IIT is too tough for you and it is only the super-smart alien like geeks and nerds who manage to crack the exam. No! This is an absolute misperception. 2. You must convince yourself that the geeks and nerds who enter IIT every year are, though definitely smart, much like you and me in every respect. They also like listening to rock music or hanging out with friends. If they can do it, why not you? JEE syllabus is no rocket science; no one will ask you to prove the theory of relativity wrong or discover a new exotic particle before letting you in IIT. 3. Learn time management. A very crucial issue facing JEE aspirants like you is the problem of time management. Manage your time well. Give proper importance to all the three subjects i.e. Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. 4. Find out what you need for studying. There is no particular number of hours that you must put in everyday for studying. But one very important thing is to be regular and consistently follow your daily time-table. Also, make sure that you revise and practice regularly. For example, suppose that you are able to put in 4 hours of study everyday. You could possibly use 2 of those 4 hours for advancing along your (unfinished) syllabus and the other 2 for revising parts of what youve already covered up to that particular day. 5. Study. Now you need a proper study material which can guide you in the subjects. Lot of study material is available in the market for the JEE, including numerous books (both good and bad) and study material of various institutes (again, both good and bad). You must choose a good study material and stick to it. Switching from one book to another will harm your preparation. 6. Try getting hold of some good mentors. Locus Education provides free study material, worksheets and tests for students. Locus also have provision for free mentors. You can get online counselling through their web portal. 7. Persevere. At the end the key to success is perseverance. Be calm and patient. You need not panic on the day of exam and give your absolute best on the IIT JEE examination day.

Tips :

One very important thing to keep in mind is that you need not study for your Boards and the JEE separately. That is a very wrong strategy that many students tend to follow. This strategy might have made some sense when the JEE paper used to be very tough and the gap between the JEE level and the Boards level was huge. Studies should be your first priority, but not the only thing that you do. You must fit in other interesting activities in you schedule, things that you like doing. Figure out the time of the day that best suits you for studying. For some, it is early morning while for many others, it is late nights. Once youve determined when is the best time for you to study, construct your study schedule around that time of the day. Finally, if you are ever getting bored of studying, theres no point continuing. Take a break for a while and then try to start afresh. But this does not mean studying for 5 minutes and taking a break of 55 minutes every hour!

Early bird catches the worm. It is a very apt proverb for IIT JEE preparation. It is always better to start your IIT preparation early than to regret later when you are low on time, with huge piles of syllabus to cover, and XII board examinations right around the corner. Early however is a relative word, and having mentioned it in the discussion, the best thing to do would be to clarify it. This discussion is in no way trying to justify the practice of slogging young children right from 7th or 8th standards in the name of IIT JEE preparation. At an age that young the students should rather concentrate on their school syllabus, which would help them build an early conceptual foundation. One thing that the students must remember is that contrary to popular belief, it is not mandatory to join IIT JEE coaching institutes in order to excel in the JEE or any other entrance examinations. IIT JEE statistics reveal examples of numerous successful students who relied on nothing more than their own hard-work in addition to school lectures, proper books, study material and the guidance provided by teachers at school. One thing to remember before one starts the IIT JEE preparation in full swing is to gather proper information about the exam. It is always better to know what yo u are getting yourself into than facing the enemy unaware. Gathering proper IIT information, like the latest pattern of the examination, the syllabus, statistics etc. would help you get a clearer idea of the competition and thus aid in planning accordingly. Also some students like to gather IIT information like the cut-off for a particular branch of study if they have any specific preferences like Information

Technology, Mechanical etc. One thing however that must be remembered is that dont rely blindly on whatever IIT information you get. Be sure of the credibility of the source. After 10th board examinations students are generally in a very relaxed playful state of mind, and if they can concentrate this positive energy onto something positive (like IIT JEE preparation), then the result would always be favorable. However the students must remember that they should kick-start their IIT preparation with a detailed revision of the basic concepts. It is better to think of this early IIT JEE preparation as a way of making the race easier for them. Only a few hours of work put into IIT preparation when no one else is, and you would be hundreds of yards ahead of them when they finally wake up. Remember IIT JEE is not a sprint, it is a marathon, so you need to be slow and steady in your approach. Choose your course of action according to your study habits. If you feel that joining an IIT JEE coaching institute is mandatory for you because otherwise you would lack the required discipline, then go ahead and join the IIT JEE coaching that you find best. However you must remember that joining coaching will not get you a rank. In fact the result of coaching institutes is dismal, less than 3% of the students get selected in IIT. It is your own hard-work and not joining the IIT JEE coaching that would win the battle for you. Be ready to put in those extra hours for self-studies, because that is the thing that actually is mandatory for cracking IIT JEE. So stop procrastinating and gear up for the preparation now, but remember to keep a positive attitude because that is what will get you ahead in this race. . Students are fresh after the break after boards and a lot more can be learnt. Students who start late often end up leaving some key topics of 11th class JEE syllabus. Also, if you start your preparation in 12th class then the amount of hard work is increased manifold due to additional pressure of 12th boards, so chances of getting a high rank in JEE are decreased. There is a big transition from the mugging up study of 10th class to more understanding based study of 11th class. So you shouldn't get bogged down by seeing the level of complexity in JEE exam. The first two or three months should be spent in revising your basic concepts (topics like algebra, mecanics) which had been taught in 9th class. Concepts in topics like algebra, mechanics and stoichiometry should be studied in great detail as they also form the basis for other topics and are very scoring. There should be no doubt in your mind about these concepts. For these, develop the habit of inquisition. Clear all your doubts so that mentally you feel confident tackling any

concept. A key in this area is problem-solving. Regular problem solving not only strengthens the concepts, but also increases your mental sharpness which is must for JEE.Initially problems of low level should be tried and only when you have mastered them, you should go on to solving intricate JEE type problems. You should have systematic plan for the preparation of JEE. Regular hours should be allotted to mastering concepts and problem-solving. It is not necessary to memorise the lessons and formulae. Understand the derivations of formulae and apply the formulae to solving problems. Slowly these formulae will settle down in your brain and you will be able to recall them under any situation. What is required is a clear understanding and an easy familiarity with the concepts and laws. Maximum attention should be paid to solving problems. Try to be analytical rather than being intutive. Remember that hardwork pays! You should first take up a problem and try to solve it yourself. You should understand what is given and what is required, recall what principles, laws, equations are involved. Don't hurry to see the solution as I doesn't help you to learn. Only when you've pondered over it over a long time and unable to see any light, should you see the solutions. You would be insulting yourself and seriously hurting your chances of success if you skip these problems or make half-hearted attempts in solving them.

Temperal Balance
Keep your cool during the paper. If you feel you are getting flustered, close your eyes for some time to regain your composure and concentration. Keep yourself in a cheerful and positive mood. If you feel tension rising during the paper, take deep breaths to release tension. Do not get demotivated or overexcited on seeing the question paper. Keep your balance. Demotivation will make even easy questions appear tough and overconfidence will make you commit silly mistakes. Do not get depressed by tough questions. Instead remind yourself that these questions are tough for every aspirant. Do not get emotionally attached to any question. It is not necessary that you will be able to solve a question from topics you have prepared well.

Do not worry about the minimum cut-off marks for JEE. No one knows about the cut-off for sure, but no one has ever been rejected on the basis of any subject-wise minimum cutoff. Do not argue with anyone about anything before the test. Have faith in God and in yourself. Whatever happens to you will be for the best. Keep depressing thoughts away First of all, realize that you are not the only one facing anxiety. Each IIT-JEE aspirant is facing the same dilemma. Also realize that if you have studied even 60% of JEE syllab us properly, you need not harbor negative thoughts. Your success at the screening test is ensured. Whenever you feel tensed, start a countdown from 50 to 1. It will help you release tension. Light stretching exercise also helps reduce pent-up tension. If you are feeling tensed, do not suffer alone. The company of friends and light chit-chat will help you divert your mind from negative thoughts. .. Confidence:
"Jo dar gaya samjho mar gaya", said by Gabbar in movie Sholay. Although self belief and confidence are crucial in general, in this article I will talk about the confidence of solving a problem only (ofcourse a physics/chemistry/maths problem for JEE preparation). Ideally, just by reading a question, one should be able to say that I can (or cannot) solve this problem. If you say may be, may be not, then there is something wrong. Note that this is very important to judge whether you can (or cannot) solve the problem, as in exam you simply don't have time to try and test. It also makes your learning process efficient (which I will talk about in the section "Baniyagiri"). How to improve confidence, or more precisely how to answer the million dollar question? Very simple, whenever you solve a question (or see a solution), think about the big picture. e.g. Why this method worked? Is it possible to apply other methods to the question (or some part of the question)? Will it work? Why or why not? It may take some time initially, but thats worth. Try this strategy for a topic, and you will realize feeling more and more confident as you solve more problems. One more thing, whenever you see a new problem, try to break it into sub-problems

(Divide and Rule). e.g. What is needed to get the answer, how can I get it etc. Remember britishers ruled india for more than 200 years using divide and rule policy :) Optimizing the output : Obviously, for the first few questions of a new topic you have to try and see how the concepts (which you read in theory) can be applied to solve the problems. Lets assume that you are able to judge the question confidently, then use this strategy: If I know I can solve the question, why bother solving it. Let me look at other questions, which I can't solve or I don't feel confident in solving it. This way, I can save my time and thus learn more in less time. Just to give you an example, if you look at H C Verma (a physics book), a lot of questions are redundant. Among 60-70 questions at the end of the chapter, I generally used to actually solve 5-10 questions and simply skip other questions which I knew I can solve. Thus, while many students used to take a day or two to solve those questions, by then I would have completed questions from HC Verma, Irodov and other books (whose names I don't remember now). This way I utilized my time in a more effective manner and ended up in AIR (all India rank) 12. Please please please note that don't skip the question unless you are 100% confident that you can solve it, and don't be over confident :) Apart from preparation its very important to be healthy. And of course, enjoy your life. Go out and play some games, talk with friends and be aware of what others and how they are studying and their strategies. PROPER PLANNING : A good planning strategy will keep you focussed and results in better gains. Make a todo list, set your goals, work out how much time is needed to achieve them, and allocate a realistic time window. See if you are able to achieve them, if yes, set more ambitious goals next time, if not, analyze what went wrong and how can you improve. Planning can be divided into two parts: Short term planning and Long term planning. Long term planning looks at the bigger picture. e.g. When is the JEE exam, when should I start my revision, by when should I complete blah-blah books, what topics should I excel in, how can I excel them, by when should I excel them etc. . IITJEE you can have some useful information on these links.

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Best way to prepare for IIT is to complete syllabus and practice question papers as much as you can. You can download previous year and model question papers from Best way for getting in IIT is to start prepations from 10th class .... in 10 packages from institutions like fiitjee ,naryana etc. when in 11th class...just join 2 year program at any good institution at kalu sarai (new delhi) or KOTA hard and in a right direction......surely you will make it to IIT ....

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Books For IIT-JEE :

I suggest following books for IIT JEE preparation: 1.) Physics : MECHANICS Physics by H.C. Verma Problems in physics by I.E. Irodov

Resnick and Halliday ELECRICITY AND MAGNETISM Resnick and Halliday Circuits devices and systems by R.J. Smith Problems in physics by I.E. Irodov OPTICS Physics by H.C. Verma

MODERN PHYSICS Physics by H.C. Verma Problems in Physics by I.E. Irodov HEAT AND WAVES Physics by H.C. Verma Resnick and Halliday 2.) Chemistry : ORGANIC CHEMISTRY Morrison & Boyd Solutions to Morrison Boyd Reaction mechanism in Organic Chemistry by Parmar ∓ Chawla INORGANIC CHEMISTRY NCERT Inorganic Chemistry Concise Inorganic Chemistry by J.D. Lee IIT Chemistry by O.P. Aggarwal GENERAL CHEMISTRY

J.D. Lee O.P. Aggarwal R.C.Mukerjee

3.) Maths :
ALGEBRA High school mathematics by Hall and Knight IIT Maths by M.L. Khanna

CALCULUS amp; ANALYTIC GEOMETRY G.N.Berman Calculus and analytic geometry by Thomas and Finney Coordinate geometry by Loney IIT Maths by M.L. Khanna I.A.Maron

VECTORS IIT Maths by M.L. Khanna

Course Planning :
Course planning is essential in the sense ,that it can get you at the top in rank list. This planning should be done by the student in 11th class itself . From this year, a screening test is being conducted and so proper planning becomes all the more important.Have a look at all the topics and shortlist topics,and months wherein you plan to complete them.Finishing syllabus atleast a month before the exam is essential.The summer vacations in 12th class are the best time to finish a huge lot of syllabus.I can suggest the following course plan for students in 11th class. JUNE TO OCTOBER : Mathematical concepts used in Physics, Basic mechanics, stoichiometry, general chemistry----atomic structure, chemical bonding, periodic table, algebra---number theory, quadratic equations, progressions.


OCTOBER TO JANUARY :Complete Mechanics, waves, Physical Chemistry-equilibrium, heat, kinetics, thermochemistry, electrolysis, algebra -----induction, complex numbers, trignometry. JANUARY TO MAY : Heat, fluid mechanics, gravitation, Inorganic chemistry--properties and metallurgy of metals and non metals, gas laws, analytic geometry, permutations and combinations, binomial theorem. MAY TO AUGUST : Electrostatics and electricity, electrochemistry, solutions, solids, qualitative analysis, transition metals, differentiation and integration. AUGUST TO NOVEMBER : magnetism, optics, modern physics, organic chemistry, differential equations, probability, vectors. NOVEMBER TO DECEMBER : FINAL REVISION By following this plan,course will be finished in time and revision can also done,to ensure maximum success in JEE.To maximize your potential you have to planned .My next topic tells you about certain important topics to which special interest should be given. Important Topics Choosing the right topics for maximum study is very important not only for clearing JEE but also for getting a high rank. Lots of topics in JEE syllabus require a huge lot of time, incomparable to that required by other topics. Spending too much time on these topics and ignoring other topics leads to drastic failure in rank.Lots of topics in JEE are very easy and are of NCERT level.The key to topping JEE is to maximize your scoring in these topics which boosts the rank. Many such topics require considerably less time and is much much less than the time required by certain other topics with proportionate marks.You should spend more time on these topics and try to earn full marks in such topics.I list a few of these topics: MODERN PHYSICS AND ELECTRONICS : Most of the questions easy and similar to past JEE questions. WAVE OPTICS : Most of the questions are similar to past JEE questions INORGANIC CHEMISTRY AND GENERAL CHEMISTRY : Most of the questions are of NCERT level and are simple.


SOLID STATE : Most of the questions are very easy. PROBABILITY AND DIFFERENTIATION : Most of the questions are simple and NCERT level. DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS : Most of the questions are similar to past JEE questions. By spending legible time on these topics ,the scoring in JEE will be boosted and only will you clear JEE but also get a high rank.But beware , don't neglect there other topics.

In topics like mechanics, electricity , physical chemistry and analytical geometry , if the concepts are clearly understood then many of the questions pertaining to these topics can be easily handled. My next topic discusses the marks and the rank which can be expected with those Examination Strategies For IIT JEE Things to keep in mind one day before the examination: You need at least 6-8 hours of sleep before the examination to keep yourself fresh while solving questions. Eat a light meal so that you do not feel drowsy or lethargic during the paper. Revise only those topics that you have studied earlier. Do not start reading any new topics just before the examination, since this will be a waste of time and you may lose the information you have already grasped. You should reach the test center at least half an hour before the exam and if you haven't seen the center before, then you must go and visit the center on the day before the exam. Never go to the center on an empty stomach. Keep a wristwatch, your permission letter, a pen, two pencils (sharpened at both ends), an eraser, a sharpener and other relevant stationary systematically with you.


Points regarding presentation Start attempting the question paper only after reading the instructions given on it very carefully. While attempting questions, go on segregating them by the A, B, C method A :These questions are from topics that you have prepared well, and you can clearly comprehend the meaning of these questions. You have done questions containing similar concept earlier and you are confident that you will be able to solve these. method B :You know you can solve these questions but they are time-consuming, nevertheless you are confident you will be able to crack them when you come back to them. These questions should be attempted in the second round of question attempting, i.e. when you have solved all questions marked with a B. method C: You don't know head or tail of these questions and you should not waste time attempting them. Attempting to solve all questions in haste increases the chances of error. It is better to solve slightly fewer questions faultlessly. Never attempt two questions at the same time. Concentrate on one question at a time. Carry out all rough work only in the space given in the paper. If you need a diagram to understand questions in say physics or coordinate geometry etc., do make one. Use the value of constants given in the paper in solving a numerical. If the value is not mentioned, use the one you remember. Give all three subjects equal time. While attempting the answers, do not shade the answer key immediately. Instead, tick your response with a pencil 4 on the answer key. Keep marking questions with A, B, C in the first round of solving the paper. All questions should be segregated into one of these three categories. This saves valuable time later. Fill out the answer key 30 minutes before final time. Fill out the responses to questions attempted after this directly in the answer key