Top 10 Mistakes to Avoid in IIT JEE Preparation

JEE Main Application Form Correction facility will starts from upcoming second week of January 2018. JEE Main is the popular engineering entrance exam in India. It is conducted by CBSE for admission to B.E./B.Tech & B.Arch courses. On the basis of JEE Main, candidates are admitted to NITs, CFTIs and other engineering institutions. Candidates who score above the qualifying marks as set by CBSE are allowed to appear for JEE Advanced through which admission to IITs & ISM is offered.

IIT JEE Preparation

JEE Main is conducted in two different papers. Paper-1 is conducted for admission to B.E./B.Tech courses in both online and offline mode. Paper-1 consists of Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics subjects. 30 questions are asked from each subject with the total of 90 questions of a total of 360 marks. Candidates will have 3 hours to complete the paper. Candidates will be awarded 4 marks for each correct answer whereas, in case of the wrong answer, one mark will be deducted from the candidates’ score.

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Paper-2 is conducted for admission to B.Arch/B.Planning courses in offline (PBT) mode. 30 questions are asked in Mathematics (Part-1), 50 questions in Aptitude test (Part-2) and 2 questions in drawing comprising of total 390 marks. Candidates will have 3 hours to complete the paper. Candidates will be awarded 4 marks for each correct answer whereas, in case of the wrong answer, one mark will be deducted from the candidates’ score.

JEE Main 2018 is just a few months away, as most of the aspirants are in the final stage of their preparation. It becomes quite difficult for candidates to stay focused and consistent with the practice of subjects/topics in 1 or 2 years of preparation. Some lose their focus, while many complain of fading interest.

There are plenty of things that students need to do while there are others that they must avoid to perform well in JEE Main and JEE Advanced. Candidates have so much to study and revise during JEE preparation that they generally end up making mistakes, which might also affect their final results. Thus, one important question is “what mistakes to avoid while preparing for IIT JEE?”

Top 10 Mistakes to Avoid in IIT JEE Preparation

To help you score well in JEE MAIN 2018, we have listed down some common errors candidates should avoid committing during IIT JEE 2018 preparation.

# 1 – Most Students take Class XI Syllabus Lightly

You should not take Class XI syllabus lightly since the syllabus of JEE Main is more or less similar to what you study in Class 11. You should not forget that almost 40 – 45% questions asked in JEE are from Class XI. Pay more attention towards chapters from the later-half in Class XI textbook.

# 2 – Most Students neglect the Basics

Conceptual clarity is the key to crack any entrance test. The questions asked in JEE are mostly conceptual and application based. If your concepts are not clear, you will not be able to apply them while solving problems. Do not try to find shortcuts to learn concepts. Learn all concepts in depth, and then you can create your own shortcuts and implement them. NCERT textbooks are reliable for understanding preliminary concepts. The language used in these textbooks is easy and have illustrations that will help you in the better understanding of topics.

# 3 – Most Students Study Selectively

Avoid selective studying in all 3 subjects. JEE Exam setters often test basic concepts by mixing them up with other concepts. So, you can expect questions in the exam that require the application of two or more concepts. Try to incorporate all the important concepts in your plan of study.

# 4 – Do not Miss Lectures

Do not miss classes in coaching institutes or schools. These lectures will help you learn and understand in continuity. Missing a single lecture will result in you not understanding what is being taught in the next class. Even if you have studied the concept earlier, attend it again considering it to be a revision.

# 5 – Students refer too Many Reference Books

Students have a habit of collecting too many reference books and hopping from one book to another without completing any of them. This could lead to confusion. You should stick to only some reference books and finish them thoroughly. But before going to reference books, you should first refer to the NCERT textbooks for Class XI and XII. Consult advanced level books only after you have gone through the basics to avoid confusion.

# 6 – Not Doing the Numerical

Most students read and revise theory for JEE and forget to do and practice the numerical. To all those who do this, no matter how well you have understood the topic or chapter, it cannot be finished unless you solve the numerical. If you want to clear JEE Main 2018, you should develop the skill and ability to solve numerical questions.

# 7 – Poor/Incorrect/Incomplete Planning

Planning does not mean you should try to finish everything in a hurry as per schedule. It means systematically completing the syllabus for deeper understanding and remembrance. Most students load themselves with too many chapters, which adds to their tension and confusion.

You should think practically and make realistic plans and follow it religiously. They should make a plan that is easily executable.

# 8 – Do not Miss out on Questions with NO Negative Marking

There are a few questions like ‘match the following’ in JEE Advanced that do not have negative marking. Do not leave such questions unattempted. Take a chance; you might get them right by luck. Read the marking scheme correctly as it will improve your overall score.

# 9 – Do not Forget Part B of Physics

Students often forget that questions of practical nature are also asked in JEE Main 2018. Part B of Physics can have questions about Vernier callipers, the resistance of a given wire, coefficient of viscosity, optical benches, the resistance of galvanometer, etc. The syllabus of JEE Main 2018 states that 20% weightage will be given to experimental skills. The problems usually asked are simple and scoring hence it is a good opportunity to maximize your score.

# 10 – Do not be Over or Under-Confident

Revise chapters from time to time otherwise, you might end up forgetting them. Don’t underestimate your competition. Note down formulae for every chapter. Solve as many numerical problems as you can within the available time. Maintain a book that has notes about the approach towards a numerical or theory. Thoroughly read the questions and choices before marking your answer. Mark your circle as soon as you get the answer to avoid blunders. Don’t get stuck on one question, move on to the next.

Have a 100% strike rate for questions that you attempt. If you are not confident about a question, do not attempt it. Don’t worry if a section is tough, you can make up for that in the other sections.