THE race for one of the toughest entrance exams in the world, the IIT-JEE, has begun with the opening of the registration process for 2012, which will see over 500,000 aspirants signing up to compete for 7,000 seats in the 15 IITs across the country.
So what does it take to crack the IIT-JEE? And do you have to be a genius to secure a spot in the top 10? Not really, says Vipul Singh from Bhilai, who stood fifth in the 2010 IIT- JEE. He said: “Any average person can make it to the top 10 if he or she starts preparing early for the exam.” Singh is at present in his third semester of the B. Tech. programme in Computer Science and Engineering at IIT-Mumbai.
The 19-year-old was focused on his objective right from Class XI. “I had made up my mind to study at an IIT,” he said. To achieve his goal, Singh, who also topped last year’s AIEEE test, decided to focus on mathematics and science, apart from participating in a number of quiz competitions to enhance his mental agility and general knowledge.
“You need to be focused on your objective for the entire two years of your plus- two to assure yourself a place in the top slot,” Singh added. Working overtime alone is not enough. “It is important that you work hard the right way in a regular and sustained manner,” Kalyan Kumar, executive director of the coaching institute, FIITJEE, said. “You need to use every minute at your disposal intelligently without making compromises on the quality of your classroom work,” Kumar added.
“Even if you are extremely talented, but remain distracted, it could upset your chances at the examination, so it is important to be regular and focused,” Kumar advised.
The 2012 IIT-JEE, which will be held on Sunday, April 8, will have two objective- type, three- hour- long papers (9 a. m. to 12 noon; 2 to 5 p. m.) consisting of questions drawn from Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics.
The Debut of Minimum Eligibility Criterion!
It will be the first time that the IITs have introduced a minimum eligibility criterion of 60 per cent (for the reserved categories it is 55 per cent).
Students therefore will be under “a lot of pressure to get good marks in the Board exams,” Aakash Chaudhry, director, Aakash Educational Services, said. But he was quick to add that the eligibility criterion is not going to make much of a difference because only a negligible number of students who prepare for the IIT- JEE get less than the minimum mark.
Chaudhry advised aspirants to take at least 35 full- length mock exams before appearing for the IIT- JEE. “Our six- hour mock exam is tough and it makes candidates to practise over and over again,” Chaudhry said. “It is very important to focus on the topics where you are strong.” Kumar of FIITJEE called for a strategic approach.
Aspirants should attempt the question paper in three stages, he said. In the first stage they should attempt all those
Instead of going for wild guess work, you must eliminate two options out of the four and then choose between the two left. This will cut the chances of error by 50%. questions that take less than a minute to solve. Questions that take more than a minute should be marked. In the second round, the candidates should go for the marked questions.
These two rounds will give the candidates a fair idea of the marks they will get for each subject and also about how much their total marks will be. In the third round, which is for questions the aspirants are unsure about, they should not go for wild guesswork. Instead, they must eliminate two options out of the four and then settle on the choice that seems right. That will reduce the probability of the guess being wrong to 50 per cent.
Of course, these are just general approaches. Being a winner takes more. Watch this space now for subject-specific strategies to assure yourself a berth in the institution that everyone wants to be a part of.
Article Source: Mail Today