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  • Time management: Most important attribute unlock the doors of the IIT's

    Managing time in the last lap of the IIT-JEE preparations, with the Class XII Board exams looming in the horizon, is what many aspirants find hard to achieve. You need to have a clear idea of how you’d spend every day, week and month leading up to the exam.

    Without intelligent time management, no amount of hard work would help. Says Saurabh Kumar of Vidya Mandir, a Delhi-based institute that provides IIT-JEE coaching: “The student should devote at least five-six hours a day for self-study because it is the only way you can master the syllabus, irrespective of how good your teachers may be.” It is also important for you to devote equal time to all three subjects. “First, focus on the Class XII Board exam topics,” advises Ramesh Batlish, who’s with the coaching institute FIITJEE.

    He suggests a three-pronged approach to the next three months. “Divide these crucial months in a way that you cover all the three subjects in depth — prepare each subject chapter-wise, have a topic-wise revision schedule in place, keep short notes and list all formulae and points to remember. This will help in quick revision before the examination,” Batlish adds. By this time in January, most students would have completed their Board syllabus, so they can spend more time on IIT-JEE topics. Batlish recommends that students must “keep the entire month of March for Board exams, except for certain days when one can still solve IIT-JEE problems in the gaps between exams.”

    The IIT gurus are unanimous in insisting that in the last week of preparations, students should not even dream of studying anything new. They should focus only on revising important formulae, steps and assumptions. “Students by now should know their areas of strength and weakness,” says Kumar.

    “They should decide which subject to start with and also make an estimate of the number of questions they should attempt and get right in order to get the rank they desire,” the coach adds. “Read all the instructions given in the question papers very carefully and follow them scrupulously,” Batlish says, advising students to set apart extra time for revision. One must prioritise after a quick glance and start with the questions one knows best. “You must attempt questions carrying no negative marks and don’t get nervous if you find the paper tough. After all, it is the relative performance that counts,” Batlish adds. Panic will only cost you the success that you’ve worked so hard for.