JEE Advanced 2021: Exam tips and preparation plan from expert

Due to the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic circumstances in India, the date of JEE (Advanced) 2021 remains undeclared. Recently, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur released the information brochure for JEE-Advanced 2021. Since most of the rules are the same, the organizing institute has changed some of the eligibility criteria and admission rules keeping in mind the COVID 19 pandemic.

Students who have cleared JEE Main in 2020 and could not appear in JEE-Advanced paper in 2020 due to COVID related issues will be allowed to directly register for JEE-Advanced 2021 exam. “This is a one-time measure valid only for JEE-Advanced 2021. These candidates will be considered to appear in JEE-Advanced 2021 in addition to the total number of candidates who have qualified from JEE-Main 2021.”

Prior to this, candidates need to obtain 75% or more marks in class 12 board to qualify JEE-Advanced. But this year due to the COVID 19 pandemic, the norms have been changed considering the fact that all the school education boards in the country have canceled the class 12 exams this year. “The candidates should have appeared their class 12 examination and must have been among the top 2.5 lakh successful candidates in JEE-Main 2021 including all categories.


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With JEE Advanced 2021, candidates are already on their toes, preparing to clear the last hurdle in their way to secure the most coveted seat in IITs. Even though it is one of the toughest entrance exams to clear, proper preparation strategies, rigorous practice will help students crack the exam with ease. Since the stress level and pressure will be high among the students, yet their focus should be on utilizing the remaining time effectively.

Cracking JEE Advanced 2021 and securing ranks

Things students should keep in mind while preparing for JEE (Advanced)

  • reinforcement of concepts
  • proper application of concepts
  • Practice JEE Advanced level problems
  • Attempt Mock Tests As Much As You Can
  • Make the most of your time and prepare short notes
  • Stay calm and stress free from the threat of COVID-19

How to make sure you rank high

Students should avoid selective study, follow no short cut method. Due to the high number of questions in the objective type papers, all the major concepts/topics are likely to be covered in a few questions by combining the concepts of different subjects in a single question.

Students must remain focused and strictly follow the well-planned timetable of revision.

During the practice session to solve mock test papers, the student should aim for 100% hit rate i.e. all attempted questions must be correct. This will enable a competitive edge over others who will be left behind in the race due to negative marking on wrong attempts. No negative marking questions should be attempted as there is nothing to lose with a fairly good chance of maximizing the marks. Good speed and accuracy will also allow you to finish JEE Advanced papers ahead of time, leaving some time for revision and solving the remaining questions.

Periodic checking of the progress made by solving quiz/mock test papers should be done on regular basis. Here, the basic idea is to increase speed and accuracy as a result of the effort working on known weak areas.

Chapter wise topics to be covered

While preparing all chapters of Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics as per well prepared chapter-wise, subject-wise time table based on our past experience, maximum emphasis will be given on following topics with probable major portion in question papers can go.

mathematics: Quadratic Equations and Expressions in Algebra, Complex Numbers, Probability, Vectors, Matrix; circle, parabola, hyperbola in coordinate geometry; Functions, Limits, Continuity and Differentiation, Application of Derivatives, Definite Integrals in Calculus.

Mechanics, Fluids, Heat and Thermodynamics, Waves and Sound, Capacitors and Electrostatics, Magnetics, Electromagnetic Induction, Optics and Modern Physics.

chemistry: Qualitative Analysis, Coordination Chemistry and Chemical Bonding in Inorganic Chemistry, Electrochemistry, Thermodynamics, Chemical Equilibrium in Physical Chemistry and complete with Organic Chemistry as one of the subjects.

Know your exam pattern and understand the syllabus

Your preparation will be in the right direction only if you are well versed with your exam structure and understand JEE Advanced 2021 syllabus properly. With the help of JEE Advanced 2021 Pattern, you will get familiar with the weightage of a single mark, marking scheme, weightage of questions and type of questions. Get all the knowledge about the officially prescribed syllabus and prepare accordingly.

Solve JEE Advanced question papers of last 5 years

You can practice for the exam from previous years JEE Advanced papers and improve your skills as well as speed. With the help of previous years question papers, you can know and understand the difficulty level and paper pattern. Apart from practicing previous year papers, you should attempt as many mock tests as possible for better results.

stay fit and focused

COVID 19 has affected people in every possible way, especially mentally. You have to be positive and careful towards your health. Eat healthy, get proper sleep, do yoga and meditation, interact with your parents, stay in touch with your mentors and coaching. To achieve your goal you have to be fit and healthy not only physically but also mentally.

review and revision

It is highly recommended not to try anything new, not to go too deep. Revise only those part which you have covered in your entire preparation time. Study all those short notes that you have prepared in your classes or your study time. Revision is one of the most effective ways of learning. You have to focus on concepts and exercises from books, sample papers as well as online material. This will help you a lot in securing a good rank. At the time of revision, practice mostly application and concept based questions.

Last 15 days strategy for the candidate

The theory/drawings should be quickly revised from the flagged notes giving equal time to all the three subjects. The formulas should be on tips while chapter-wise and topic-wise thorough revision should be done.

One must examine the flagged notes and ensure that one only goes through tricks and innovative ways to solve problems. Do not attempt any new question in the last 3 days.

— This article is authored by – RL Trikha, Director, FIITJEE Group (Former CMD MECON MOS)

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