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  • IIT-JEE 2012 Tip: Capitalize on prep leave for board exams

    ONCE you have covered the entire JEE syllabus, one essential thing that remains is revision. What to do and what not to do in those three crucial months just before the days of judgment. First, you need to ensure that you cover all topics at least once by December so that you have sufficient time left for Pre-Boards, Boards as well as proper revision.

    Once this goal is achieved, you must set out on practising numerous six-hour test papers. You can get them from various correspondence courses, national level test series, mock tests and previous yearís question papers.

    Solving questions from individual chapters is quite different from solving them when they are all thrown together at you. It might happen that you are able to solve mechanics alone very well but at exam time, the pressure created by being unable to solve optics may take you down in mechanics too. You need to practice sitting down for six hours and handling that pressure. Utilise the preparatory leave for Board exams very well. I had given 15 days to IIT-JEE preparation and the rest to my Board exams. Then, I had a 11-day gap before my Maths Board exam. So, I didnít study CBSE level Maths in February and also devoted five out of those 11 to IIT-JEE preparation. You need to find time and plan very well.

    The 14-day gap between the last Board exam and JEE should go into revision and practice only. Do not try to read/learn something new in that period; it will just add to the pressure. This 14-day gap should be used for rigorous practice to help build up your speed and accuracy just before the actual exam. Getting your mind used to solving problems for six hours at a stretch is essential. While revising, if you feel that you are scoring well and will clear the cut-off, first go through the topics where you feel relatively weak in order to register an improvement in your rank.

    On the other hand, if you feel not so confident about being able to clear the cut-off, revise your strengths first and try to ensure that you do not lose marks unnecessarily in those topics. This will bring in a sense of much required confidence.

    Thereafter, attack the topics you consider relatively easy. Build up your Rank Potential Index in little steps. And while you are into all this practice, you are bound to get innumerable doubts. Do not let them fester. Pester your teachers with them. Get them cleared.

    ó Vipul Singh ranked fifth in the IIT-JEE 2010 and topped the AIEEE 2010.