How to prepare for JEE Main 2020

JEE provides two attempts in a single year to a student, the first attempt in January and the second in April. Keep yourself updated about the exam pattern, know your syllabus, start with your class 11 and 12 NCERT. The core subjects for JEE are Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics and the syllabus of JEE is vast. Prepare a study plan, start with basics, clear your basic concepts of all the chapters, refer books to practise solved question, previous year papers, attempt mock tests, practise test series, take small breaks and stay positive and confident. Students can also join a suitable coaching institute to crack the exam.

Stages of preparation

Know the syllabus and the exam pattern well
JEE syllabus is quite vast. Hence, it is important to review the syllabus beforehand to get an insight of it. Further, after understanding the syllabus you can make the plans and break the syllabus into several parts. Once you have an idea about each subject, you could devise a schedule which you can follow to go about the preparation. You must be aware of the exam pattern. You should get prepared for the questions like, what types of questions are going to be there in your exam? and how you are going to go about those questions?

Know the Weightage of Chapter/Topic
It is one of the main aspects of smart studies. Analyse which chapters/topics have more weightage in the exam. So that, you can prepare a study plan and choose which chapters/topics you are going to cover at first. Knowing the weightage of the chapter/topic helps you to prepare a plan as per your weakness and strength. If you are already comfortable in doing the question of a certain chapter with less weightage in the exam and there is another chapter you need to learn about from the scratch having more weightage, then you can devise a timeline accordingly to go about the preparation. 

Follow a schedule / Prepare a plan
The first thing you need to do after knowing your syllabus and exam pattern is to prepare a plan. You know which area is needed to be worked more or less. Accordingly, you need to make a schedule and go about your preparation. This schedule could be weekly or monthly depending upon the time you need to cover a subject, chapter or a topic.

Time management
How efficiently you manage your time plays an important part in JEE preparation. Time can be managed like, how much time to give to the particular topic and how long you are taking to complete a chapter. You also need to manage your break efficiently. You obviously need to take break in between your studies to keep you refresh and charge. A well timed break increases your efficiency to work hard, work more and learn better. So, you need to maintain your study schedule and break in between well.

Study concepts, solve problems, look at solutions
Your first target should be getting the fundamentals in place. You must clear your basic concepts about any topic/chapter before trying to solve any problems, as the crux of the whole JEE exam lies in your understanding and application of the basic concepts. When you get your concepts right, then you need to go for leap, starts solving more and more problems. Look at the solutions, as sometimes the solutions also help you to clear some superordinate concepts.

Solve Previous Year Papers
Solve as many of the previous years' papers as you can because it would give you insights into the actual examination and its difficulty level and it helps you to plan your preparation accordingly. It helps you to understand the exam patterns' types, number of questions, total time, etc.

Mock Test
You need to take as many mock tests as you can because it helps you to know your preparation level. It makes you aware of the chapter/topic you still need to work on more. Once you are aware about that difficult topic/chapter, try solving that in mock test which help you to create a strong base. It also helps you in time management—how to attempt the full paper in 3 hours efficiently, increase your speed and accuracy and to gain more confidence, which is very crucial for doing well in JEE.

Retrospect your day
At the end of each day, try to retrospect your day. It can be done by, how much time you spent today in studying? and more importantly, what have you learnt today? It is always important to retrospect a day according to what you learn rather than how much time did you spend. However, you need to take time into account as it helps you to increase your efficiency. If you are spending more time and learning less, then you need to come up with a new plan to increase your efficiency. Retrospection always helps you to grow smarter.

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