04 Oct How to prepare for JEE from Class 10?
India has given some of the best engineers and scientists to the world. These professionals have made the country proud even overseas. The only reason behind this success is the quality education provided by the pioneer engineering institutes of India. To get into these institutions, one needs to be intelligent, passionate, and dedicated.
Every year, approximately 15 lac students appear for the infamous IIT-JEE entrance exam, but only a handful of them get through to IITs and NITs. The exam is one of the most difficult entrance exams in the history of Indian education. But it has gained this status over a number of years.
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Students who are driven to become the best future engineers pour in their sweat and blood during the preparation of IIT-JEE. With the help of coaching institutes, many students have started preparing for the exam from Class 11 and 1. However, since the competition in IIT-JEE seems to be rising by leaps and bounds, most students are keen on having a study plan from Class 10 itself.
Starting the preparations early is the best option for those who suffer from anxiety at the last moment because of which they lose focus on their studies. It is evident that while appearing for IIT-JEE, one cannot afford any kind of risk, as that would mean risking your future. So if you don’t want to take a drop year and score a good rank in the entrance, follow our guide to start preparing for IIT-JEE from Class 10.
What is the IIT JEE exam?
Before you appear for the exam, it is best to research thoroughly about it. National Testing Agency (NTA) established by the Ministry of Education is an independent, autonomous, and self-sustained testing organization that is responsible for conducting efficient, transparent, and international standards tests. It helps in assessing the competency of candidates for admissions to the best higher education institutions. Joint Entrance Examination JEE (Main) is also conducted by the NTA every year.
The exam is held for three separate courses, B.Tech, B.Arch, and B.Plan. Paper 1 is conducted for B.Tech, Paper 2 for B.Arch, and Paper 2B for B.Plan. Students need to clear the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE Main and Advanced) to get admission to Undergraduate Engineering Programs (B.E/B. Tech) at NITs, IIITs, other Centrally Funded Technical Institutions (CFTIs), Institutions/Universities funded/recognized by participating State Governments. JEE Main is conducted in four-sessions: February, March, April, and May. The exact schedule for JEE entrance is announced on their official website every year so students must keep a watch on their website to get the application form.
Exam Pattern and Eligibility Criteria For JEE
- Exam Pattern
Since we have discussed the general guidelines of the entrance earlier, let us have a look at the specific details of the exam pattern to prepare better:
|Duration of the Examination||3 hours|
|Timings||9:30 AM to 12:30 PM|
|Medium allowed||English, Hindi, Gujarati|
|Mode of examination||Paper 1 – Computer Based Test (Online)|
Paper 2 – Computer Based Test (Online) (Drawing Test – Offline)
Paper 3 – Computer Based Test (Online) (Drawing Test – Offline))
|Marks distribution||Paper 1 – B.E./B.Tech.Physics – 100Chemistry – 100Mathematics – 100Total Maximum Marks – 300Total Question – 75|
Paper 2 – B.ArchMathematics – 100Aptitude test – 200Drawing – 100Total Maximum Marks – 400Total questions – 77
Paper 3 – B.PlanningMathematics – 100Aptitude test – 200Drawing – 100Total Maximum Marks – 400Total questions – 77
- Eligibility Criteria
When students start the preparations for JEE, they must do proper research before enrolling themselves in the coaching institute. Often students forget to check whether they are eligible to appear for JEE and start the preparations, eventually, they end up wasting their time and resources. It is better to research thoroughly about the exam before appearing for it. Following is the eligibility criteria for JEE mains and advanced:
- Age Limit: There is no age limit to appear for the JEE entrance exam.
- Academic Qualification: Only one academic qualification is required to appear for JEE Mains. The candidate must have passed the final examination of Class 12 or any other equivalent qualifying exam.
- Year of Appearance in Qualifying Examination: The students who are appearing for Class 12 exams can appear provisionally in JEE Mains.
- The number of subjects in the Qualifying Examination: It is mandatory for the candidates to take at least five subjects in the Class 12 qualifying examination in order to apply online for JEE Mains. The candidate must have studied Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics in the qualifying examination for B.Arch.
- Minimum Percentage of Marks: Candidates must secure a minimum of 75% marks in aggregate for admission to IITs, IIITs, NITs, and CFTIs for the General category but it is 65% for reserved categories.
- Nationality: The candidate can be an Indian Citizen, NRIs, PIOs, OCIs & Foreign nationals to be eligible for the exam.
- The date of birth must be the same as mentioned in the Class 10th passing certificate, otherwise, it might create a problem in the JEE Mains application and admission to IITs and NITs.
Benefits of starting JEE preparation from Class 10
It can be argued that the subjects in Class 10 are different from the study material of the JEE exam but the basic concepts of Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics are the same. Since it is important to make the foundation strong before reaching the advanced level, starting preparation from Class 10 will only enable students to clear their doubts and have more time to cover the syllabus.
Another benefit of starting early is that you get an extra edge over other students. This is because almost all students start their coaching for IIT from Class 11 but starting early will mean that you can have ample time in your hands to understand the concepts, revise the syllabus, and practice question papers. Even if you are done with your entire syllabus, revision, and mock tests, you will have sufficient time to look up other textbooks and study guides.
Useful techniques to excel in the Joint entrance exam (JEE)
To crack every entrance or competitive exam with a good rank, one needs to formulate a proper long-term strategy. The experts of JEE lay down a number of preparation tips and techniques that can help the students appearing for the entrance to excel in every way possible.
- Understand the basic concepts
The first and most significant preparation tip is to understand the basic concepts. When the students reach Class 11 and 12, more advanced concepts will be introduced so it is a must to create a strong base for further topics.
- Make a timetable
Time management is an important element to study efficiently. While making the timetable, make sure to assign time slots for different subjects and topics are some time for leisure and rest. Introduce breaks in the time table too so that it doesn’t become stressful.
- Choose the study material
Study material is often provided by the coaching institute and educational institutions but go through whatever is available online and offline to know the language that suits you the best. Explore different textbooks to expand your knowledge.
- Crack important concepts
Every entrance exam revolves around some of the most important topics. This can be known through previous papers and with the help of teachers. Invest more time in clearing these concepts and getting a hold on them.
- Formalize an exam-taking strategy
While preparing for the exam, it is very important to know the exam pattern. It helps you to make a strategy to write the exam. You must know the weightage of questions and the difficulty level of each section before appearing for the exam. Do not waste time attempting questions that you are unsure about. Since there is limited time to solve all the questions, these strategies can help in time management during the exam.
- Cover the entire syllabus
Since you have started preparing early, you have sufficient time to cover the entire syllabus even if your pace is slow. Many students only focus on the important topics but if you want a good rank, you will have to cover each and every concept in the subjects.
- Make self notes
The students who have successfully cleared JEE Mains and Advanced with best ranks had one thing in common. All of them studied not just the notes provided by their coaching institutes but they also made their own notes. These notes are made in your own language for better understanding and can be used at the time of revision and mock tests.
- Practice solving question papers
Solve as many question papers as you can. Coaching institutes provide the papers of previous years, they can be helpful for you to analyze the exam pattern. Students can also do self-assessment as to which area is their strength and which ones are the weaknesses. There are several national-level tests and olympiads which can prove beneficial in practice.
- Take mock tests
Coaching institutes organize regular mock tests for students to reduce their fear and anxiety during the JEE entrance exam. These mock tests act as a bridge between preparation and scoring a rank because it helps the students to develop a sense of confidence and understanding about the exam.
- Revise what you learn regularly
Just understanding the concepts and practicing them is only work half done. Regular revision is necessary. Since students starting preparation in Class 10 have a lot of time till their exam, there is a risk of forgetting. But revising the concepts regularly can help sharpen the memory and save time during the last revisions before the exam.
There are lakhs of students who appear for IIT-JEE but only those who are particularly iron-willed are able to score good rank and get admission in IITs. But remember to not take the pressure and overburden yourself with studies. Find time for recreation, take monthly offs, and stay determined. Any amount of stress and tension will only have a negative impact on your preparation. So be confident and go for it! If you believe in yourself, you will get good results. All the best!.