Preparing for IIT Entrance Exam? Here are some tips from toppers
With the JEE Mains exam 2018 slated for April, many IIT aspirants are already in full swing of their preparation. Here are some tips from previous years’ toppers. However, consider these only as guiding points. You are unique and only you can figure out what works best for you. All the best!
Sarvesh Mehtani, JEE Advanced 2017 Topper
A student of Bhavan Vidyalaya School, this topper secured 339 marks in JEE Advanced 2017.
“I had been preparing for the exam for almost two to three years. For one year, I went to school and then went ahead and joined Coaching Institute. Once, I joined the institute, I studied for 5 to 6 hours a day with appropriate breaks till the completion of the syllabus.
Once the revision started, we had to begin studying at nights too – from 8 pm to 11 pm. This included long breaks and sleep too. So, this amounted to 10 – 12 hours of study a day effectively including revisions.
I don’t think there is a minimum time frame to prepare for JEE. But, I guess two years are enough. Three years is better if you want to score the best.
I did take up mock tests and sample papers extensively. Your coaching institute would give an extensive amount of sample papers as tests to you. This helps you in practicing enough. Mock tests and sample papers are important as they give you an idea about the different kind of test patterns.
Yes, I did solve a lot of previous year question papers and they helped me a lot. These papers help you determine what kinds of questions are asked and what ideas are more important.”
Kalpit Veerwal, JEE Main 2017 Topper
He made it to the Limca Book of Records for becoming the first-ever student to have scored 100 percent in one of the most competitive exams in India.
“I used to study in a very concentrated way in the class. I ensured that I study and solve the notes given by my teachers on a regular basis. Moreover, I was very consistent and regular at my studies. I didn’t waste time in other activities.
I kept revising my study portions regularly so that I do not forget them. To improve my speed and accuracy, I took a lot of mock tests.
Talking about the minimum time frame required to prepare for this exam, I do not think anyone requires a minimum time frame. All that students need to do is have a clear concept. If they study in a concentrated way and do everything in planned manner, then 5 to 6 hours of study every day will do wonders. This does not include coaching classes and school.”
Aman Bansal, JEE Advanced 2016 Topper
A student of Jayshree Periwal High School.
He suggests that students should “take pressure positively” for preparing for competitive exams. Rather than allowing it to overpower you, “we should seek help from our teachers and our parents. This would help us get rid of stress”.
Satvat Jagwani, JEE Advanced 2015 Topper
The topper from Satna, Madhya Pradesh believes enjoying his studies gave him an edge during preparation.
“I did not really follow any strict study routine. I kept it simple. I worked on the areas I was weak in and focused on strengthening my strong areas. Physics and Mathematics are two of my favorite subjects. So, I did not really feel like I was preparing. I was just enjoying studying. Besides, my teachers helped me a lot. All I had to do was revise whatever they would teach me and do my homework for the class.
Yes, I even took lot of mock tests. That helps you to manage the time. They also help you to know where you are making mistakes. I had done well in most of my mock tests. So, that fuelled my confidence for the actual examination.”
In a nutshell, most of these toppers worked on clearing their concepts well and took mock tests to help in better time management and identify their weak and strong areas.