To all those battering your minds to get into the most sought after engineering colleges in the country, I think it’s time to bring your notice to small things that need to be taken care of, during the examination. Friends, it’s just like a T20 match. No matter how well you have trained yourself, it all boils down to those sweaty 8 hours on the D day. Here, we bring you some mistakes that you better not commit during your JEE Advanced!
JEE Advanced: Mistakes You Need To Avoid Doing
- Question Selection: This is probably the most important part where a lot of students (especially the better ones) miss out. They have an urge to solve all the questions (the tricky ones as well) from the chapters of their interest, being very confident of their preparation (I was one of them too). But please, please hammer this into your heads that JEE Advanced Examination is not a real test of your IQ or knowledge whatsoever. Consider it a strategy oriented game where you need to maximise your score anyhow. You have roughly 2-3 minutes per question. If you spend around 10 minutes to solve a tough problem your temporary satisfaction will be overshadowed by the regret to have missed out a few easy ones due to shortage of time, resulting in a lower score. So when you read a question take around 30 seconds or so (this is what I followed, the actual time is upto you) to think about it. If it strikes you how to solve the problem, then go for it. Otherwise leave the question without wasting your time any further, no matter how many problems you have solved from that chapter. Once you have skipped a question there is just NO LOOKING BACK. If you reach the end of the paper, take your time and solve the ones you left out. This time you’ll be more confident as you’ve already bagged a number of questions.
- Time Management: Some students don’t have any pre-planning and attempt questions in a pell-mell. It is always advisable that you have a preset schedule in mind. For instance, you might attempt Physics in the first hour, Chemistry in the next, followed by Maths (the order of the subjects and time devoted to each is completely your decision). Also, suppose you’re done with a subject just as I mentioned in point 1, even before the time you’ve allotted for it. So you might have an inclination towards attempting the ones you left out in that subject. DON’T. Straightaway move on to the next subject you have in mind. And, in general, keep an eye on your watch.
- Flexibility with Preset Schedule: I have stated the importance of a preset schedule. But don’t forget that the paper setters have a bad habit of bombarding you with surprises. So bear in mind that you might have to change your game plan if required. As for example, my order of preference was C, P, M but finding the questions difficult I skipped Chemistry and started Physics instead.
- Reading the Questions with Utmost Care: Mistakes are never silly. They have valid reasons. Often they stem from not reading the question with proper attention. You’ll have to face multiple answer questions, lengthy paragraphs, unnecessary data, unnoticeably close options and other booby traps. To wriggle out safe you need to read the question cautiously. You can use your pen as a pointer (just a suggestion), maybe place a dot on figures to make sure you’ve taken note of them.
- Rushing through Freebies: In their bid to maximise their score, students often have a tendency of rushing through the ‘apparently’ easy pickings. Yes, they are easy. But they have been set for a reason. The more you hurry, the more you will miss out facts and figures or screw up calculations. You wouldn’t want to fall for such bait. So better work out the problems carefully with a steady pace.
- Guesswork is Fatal: In an examination like JEE Advanced with negative marking scheme, this is a no-brainer. Even if you have sorted out 2 of the 4 options and are in a dilemma about the other 2, DO NOT flip a coin; leave the question. One wrong answer will cost you from what you have already scored. Obviously in a section where there’s no negative marking scheme, you’ll go for guesswork in the problems you couldn’t or didn’t get time to solve. Otherwise, strictly NO.
- Filling in Bubbles in a Hurry: While filling in bubbles, please carefully note the corresponding question number. A wrong marking in the answer sheet will mean waste of effort, waste of time, as well as, loss of marks. Furthermore if you don’t notice the wrong marking, you might end up in a sequence of wrongly marked answers. Slip on a banana peel and you might fall down the stairs.
- Staying Calm after the 1st Paper: You can’t take any test to your best if you lose your presence of mind. Even if you think your 1st paper was disastrous, don’t lose confidence. You know you have prepared well and you don’t know how others have fared; so there is no reason to think that your paper was disastrous. And NEVER ponder over the questions you couldn’t solve. Let bygones be bygones. It’s important that you give your brain some rest during the break. And to those who have a habit of discussing answers with friends as soon as an examination gets over, please get rid of it, at least for JEE Advanced. It’s not surprising that your answer won’t match with your friends’; it will just lower your confidence even before Paper 2 starts.
To sum it up, I’d say, contrary to popular belief, the JEE Advanced Examination is a rejection test, not a selection one. I hope the aforesaid points will help you evade rejection.
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