JEE has long held it’s distinction of being one of the most challenging entrance exams in the country. It’s standards have never faltered, and the competitive stakes have never been as high as now. Gone are the days in which coaching institutes were scarce and self-tutoring was starkly abundant. The current scenario is of one where coaching institutes have burgeoned, accompanied by a healthy up-trend in online tutoring. These institutes once boasted influx from only 11th and 12th standard students (and pass-outs) but over the years, have expanded their target field to include even primary schoolers. All those memes that satire the notion of ‘How early can you take up JEE Advanced Preparation?’ , are becoming less and less funny and more and more unsettling, warranting a cause for concern. In this article, we debunk this looming notion and tell you why 2 years of JEE Advanced Preparation is enough to make the cut.
Why you shouldn’t enrol before XIth standard
The cumbersome syllabus of JEE Advanced is built around the CBSE syllabus of XIth and XIITh. Coaching institutes generally teach only the basics in IXth and Xth standards. It is really easy to lose grip on JEE coaching if you aren’t locked in – most students are lethargic and slack off during IXth and Xth. This is because the pace is too slow, and a generally laid-back attitude from most of the students makes the environment less and less conducive for you to grow. In contrast, if you enrol during XIth, you will have a lot more vigor and a whole lot of competitive spirit envelopes the air around you. Another reason why students lack competitive drive is that they tend to focus too much on school academics, especially in Xth standard – The final grade is infact, a cumulative one, based upon the performance throughout the year. In XIITh standard however, this is hardly the case because the final score is contingent only on the final exam that the student takes up. This means he can put in much less effort for school exams, just making sure he floats around with decent scores.
Why enrolling early can deter your pursuits
A huge chunk of students in a IXth standard classroom are typically unmotivated and often pick up a habit of complacence. Once habituated, students find it very hard to shake it off especially during ‘crunch time’. They start getting lethargic around XIth standard while students who come in new are invigorated and much more prepared to face the challenge. In some cases, students enrolling in lower classes for JEE Advanced Preparation admit self-defeat, claiming high difficulty and quit before XIth when infact, XIth and XIIth constitute a whole different ball-game.
Monotony takes a toll
The nexus of a successful strategy to conquer JEE comprises of sincerity and unbridled hard-work. Students who enrol early often ‘run out of juice’ and suffer diminished output during the final stages, without realizing how crucial it is to make the extra push especially at the death.
Finding out if it’s right for you
Every student must take requisite amount of time, weigh out their options, preferences and likings, paying heed to their ambitions and then come to a decision on whether or not to prepare for JEE. Being thrust into coaching classes in VIIIth ( or earlier ) would be a dangerous gamble considering the student’s individual preferences and ambitions are at stake. Signing them up for coaching classes and denying them a say at it, is blatant encroachment of their rights, and is also potentially career altering.
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