Joint Entrance Examination (Main) 2018 is scheduled to be held on April 15- 16. The application process for the same ended on January 1 and the hall ticket for JEE Main will be released in the second week of March for the candidates who have successfully registered. Various top courses across the country admit students in engineering programs based on their score in JEE Main. However, for admission in IITs, NITs and a few IIITs, candidates must appear in JEE Advanced.
Most engineering aspirants believe that IIT is the only place for a bright and secure future. No doubt, IITs are the best institutes for technical education, but there are several other institutes that offer high quality education and have maintained good placement records for engineering graduates such as NITs and other government and private institutes.
This, and many such myths have been circling around IITs and its qualifying examination for decades now which need to be addressed and busted. Discussed below are top ten myths about the examination.
IIT JEE is Too Hard to Crack
To achieve anything big in life, one has to put in their best efforts. The examination opens the gate to some of the best engineering colleges in the country, making all the hard work worth it. With proper planning, time management, course management, practice and revision, one can crack the examination with no difficulty. Track and analyse your performance with mock tests and previous year question papers. Every aspirant has the same 24 hours in a day. At the end of the day, it all comes to how efficiently you managed and utilized your time.
Coaching Institutes are the Definite Way to Clear the Exam
Coaching institutes have gained popularity over the years. Students from all walks of life are joining various coaching classes to clear different exams. Many people have also developed this misbelief that coaching is a must to crack exams.
While coaching helps you in channelizing your energy and efforts in the right direction with the help of experienced faculty members, study material and guidelines in a simplified manner, one must not neglect the importance of self-study.
Students are often misled by fancy and misleading advertisements in newspapers, pamphlets and television, bragging about the success and number of students selected in top engineering colleges from their institute. Remember that coaching institutes don’t crack these exams, the students do.
It is a Long and Complex Exam
Students believe that questions asked in the examination require long answers. This isn’t true. Questions test you for your conceptual knowledge, analytical skills and understanding of the topic along with numerical abilities. Such questions can be solved in just 4 steps depending on the candidate’s analytical and conceptual application. Professors working on the question paper are wise and well aware that the candidate appearing for it is a 12th class student. The same is reflected in the difficulty level of the examination.
Studying for a Few Months is Enough
It’s never too early to start. This should be your primary strategy for your preparation. Every year, about 15 lack aspirants apply for the exam. The first hurdle is to get into the top 1.5 lack students to be eligible for JEE Advanced. One must understand that proper amount of time should be given to each and every topic for better understanding of the concept. The key is to understand your capabilities and efforts for the main goal and utilizing your time in the best manner.
Studying a Wide Range of Questions but Not Many Concepts
One must practice a particular concept through a diverse variety of questions to be able to understand all possible patterns and applications. However, jumping to questions directly after understanding a concept theoretically will weaken your practical knowledge. Before you move to the questions, ensure you well understand the concepts, formulae and applications of the topics. The exam focuses on testing your conceptual ability. If you don’t have a proper understanding of the concepts, it will be difficult to solve questions based on multiple concepts from multiple chapters.
Ignore the Weak Points to Focus on Good Points
We all have a habit of ignoring our weaknesses and focusing on our strengths. But one must not try this strategy while preparing for the examination. Give extra time to the subject you find difficult. Consult and take proper guidance from the faculty at your school/ coaching/ tuition.
No Need to Pay Attention to Board exams
Aspirants often make the mistake of ignoring their board preparation. However, now that a candidate’s board’s percentage will be added to their overall score, students must focus on their board exams as well. Ensure you do well in both JEE and Boards.
One has to Study a Mountain of Books
One must understand the basics of each topic instead of solving all the problems. Very often a thorough understanding of a few topics proves better than a superficial idea about all topics. Referring to twenty different books and getting partial knowledge would not be of any help. Rather, focus on 2-3 books for every subject and topic.
Counselling Doesn’t Require Prior Knowledge
According to stats, 1 out of every 4 students choose a wrong college, owing to their lack of information. Keep track of all the colleges that available and then make a decision wisely. Consult education experts, career counsellors and alumni of various colleges to understand the ground reality of the colleges.
Life will be Easy after Cracking JEE
Yes, IIT gives you an edge over others but only to a certain limit. Not all IITians perform great and not all great performers are IITians. Your efforts, hard work, constant intent to improve, learn and grow will get you much better opportunities. There is no substitute for hard work and one must put in their best efforts in whatever they do.