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Different exams; But what about the preparation strategy?

For most of the engineering aspirants, one of the major stresses which preoccupies their minds is to face different examinations, namely the Boards, JEE Main, JEE Advanced and different state level engineering examinations. To add to it, they are not sure if they need to prepare differently for each of them. Since the exams are held in quick succession, you must be prepared beforehand to attempt all of them with your best ability.

First of all, the question arises: Is there really a need to study differently for these different exams? Here, by studying differently, I mean the precise way to study the syllabus of these examinations so that you can gain the maximum.

The answer is short: YES. The reasons for the same are very simple, yet are often missed by most of the students while preparing for these.

Why do you need a different preparation strategy for each exam?

The toughness level:

The toughness level of all these four examinations are very different.

JEE Advanced is undoubtedly considered to be the toughest amongst all of them. It is not that the questions which are asked in JEE Advanced are at a higher difficulty level, but the thing which makes it extremely tough is the uniqueness of the questions which are asked. It is highly probable that you might have mastered a specific topic but you are unable to solve a specific question from that part. Why? It is because that question might not only involve the concept of a single topic but would be a combination of different concepts from different topics.

In case of JEE Main, the questions are not of much higher difficulty level. The focus is more on simple concepts and you can assume that one question will involve concepts mostly from one topic. Some questions are also formulae based or memory based, so you will need a bit of memorising power too.

For the 12th Board examinations, you need to know simple concepts of all the chapters included in the syllabus. The questions are straightforward and not very unique.

Considering the fact that these examinations are of different difficulty level, the next question arises is how to prepare for each of them with maximum output.

Preparation strategies:

JEE Advanced

  1. For JEE Advanced, since the question might carry a juxtaposition of concepts from different topics, you must have sufficient knowledge of each and every topic in the syllabus.  It is important so that you don’t miss a question just because you didn’t know one of the simple concepts to be used in it.
  2. Since the questions are of higher difficulty level you need to focus more on concepts rather than any kind of short-cut. In fact, you must try to avoid remembering shortcuts as much as possible.
  3. Practice is very important and you must have a regular habit of it. You can choose any of the reliable question banks available and start practising from them.

JEE Mains

  1. Time management and ability to solve questions at a faster rate might be very fruitful in this case as the number of questions asked are more as compared to JEE Advanced.
  2. A very common mistake which students make is that they think if they prepare for JEE advanced, it will be enough for JEE mains too. This is not correct. There are some additional topics to be covered in JEE mains which are not included in the advanced. So, go through the syllabus provided and study these topics also if you wish to get a higher rank.
  3. Solving only NCERT books might not be sufficient as many of the questions are above the level of NCERT books. So you must practice for those from any source that is available to you.


  1. First and foremost is that you must have gone through the NCERT syllabus, at least once or twice.
  2. You must practice the long answers which are asked, carrying 5 marks. Most of the students just never practice this part. They just give a reading and think that they will able to reproduce it in the exam. Unless you write the answers on your own beforehand, it is very difficult to score well in this section.
  3. You must take a look at previous years’ questions to get a feel of the pattern and type of questions asked in your respective board exam and prepare accordingly.

Lastly, I would like to add that getting a good score in all of these is not difficult, if you have the right preparation strategy. An unplanned preparation will lead you nowhere.

Recreation is an extremely essential part of your preparation strategy. Read why it is very important to recreate in some form while relaxing, here.

Best wishes!

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