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  • Tips to keep up with the preparations as JEE countdown begins

    If you’re in Class XII and preparing for the IIT-JEE, you’ve got to spend the three months left for the Mains with great care, for you can’t ignore your Board exams. Here’s how you can balance the two.

    As many as 1.4 million students have registered for the IIT-JEE 2013, which will be held in two parts — the JEE Main in April, which will be the elimination round, and JEE Advanced on June 2.

    The two-stage IIT-JEE will replace the existing IIT-JEE, AIEEE, ISAT (conducted by the Indian Institute of Space and Technology) as well as the admission test for the Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) and the state-level PETs. The JEE Mains offline exam is on April 7 (Sunday) and the online exam will be held between April 8 and April 30. Only 1.5 lakh candidates shortlisted after this stage will qualify for the JEE Advanced on June 2.

    This year, there’s a catch. IIT aspirants can no longer ignore their Board exams, so they need to have a strategy in place in these countdown months to balance the equally taxing demands of the two challenges.

    As IIT coaching guru Aakash Chaudhry, Director, Aakash Educational Services, puts it: “Substantial weightage to Class XII means students have to give their best shot to the Board exams in order to qualify for the JEE Main and to make it to the top 20 percentile that will be finally selected for the IITs”. And what should students taking the IIT-JEE do to perfect the balancing act? Chaudhry spells out a strategy:

    Do not over-study. Focus on your NCERT textbooks and buy a couple of books that are necessary to make you better at numerical.

    When you solve mathematical problems, make sure you mention the concept or formula you have used. It’ll help when you launch your final revision in the last fortnight.

    Remember, Chemistry is a high-scoring paper, so make sure you don’t leave anything out. Keep solving problems till you develop the expertise of seeing a question and knowing what to do with it.

    Once you are confident you have got your concepts clear, Ramesh Batlish, Head of FIITJEE, Noida, suggests that you take mock tests. Start with a part-syllabus test and then move on to a full-syllabus one. It will help you test your state of preparation.

    Above all, don’t stress yourself out. As Batlish puts it aptly, the IIT-JEE is a “marathon”. Putting yourself under needless pressure at an early stage will burn you out. These are the months to conserve your energy and work on your self-confidence.