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So you’ve made up your mind to get into one of the most premier Engineering Institutes in India i.e. IITs? Well, then this article is tailor-made for you.

Starting off with the basics, preparing for the JEE Entrance Test, which eventually gets you admission to the IITs, can be compared to swimming for beginners. If you’re scared of the water, and you panic and thrash around wildly, then sooner or later you’re bound to drown. However, if you treat the water like your friend and move smoothly, then you’ll float effortlessly. Likewise, you need to embrace the hard work that goes in preparing for JEE to emerge successful. Today, we bring you an answer to the quintessential question – How do you prepare for JEE?

JEE is arguably one of the most difficult Engineering Admission Tests in the country. The exam is conducted in two parts i.e. JEE Main and JEE Advanced. The candidates clearing the JEE Main exams are eligible to take the JEE Advanced exams. JEE Advanced is for admission to the IITs while JEE Main is your gateway to the National Institutes of Technology (NITs), Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs), and the Centrally Funded Technical Institutes (CFTIs).

Firstly, you must know the syllabus and exam pattern of JEE Main 2017.

Now, let’s take a look at how do you prepare for JEE 2017.

To prepare for JEE, you need a chapter-wise and topic-wise timetable to keep track of the syllabus and your progress. The key ingredients for success at JEE are the right tools and a lot of practice. You should practice so diligently that the distinct method of solving each type of question gets embedded in your brain. Practice will make you see right through a problem and know exactly what is expected from you.

Let’s start with the must-have books for JEE. The correct selection of books will not only save your time and money but also steer you clear of the poorly written books by unprofessional writers. Here is a list of books that I used, apart from the class notes from my coaching institute, which helped me secure an AIR 30. As an IIT aspirant, you should pay attention to details and spend a good amount of time on the following topics from the sources mentioned herein:

For Theory For Practice
Arihant’s Algebra, Differential Calculus, Integral Calculus, Coordinate Geometry, R.D. Sharma (Only for the helpful Integration Techniques) Practice the problems given in theory books or from the practice material obtained from various coaching Institutes. Apart from these, it’s critical to practice the previous IIT-JEE questions from the last 33 years.
For Theory For Practice
Arihant’s five book series (viz. Mechanics-I & II, Waves and Thermodynamics, Optics, Electricity and Magnetism) is perhaps the best theory material available. Also, H.C. Verma is a good pick. If you have more time, get the theory books of IE Irodov viz. Fundamental Laws of Mechanics and Basic Laws of Electromagnetism. H.C. Verma’s primary beginner problem sets. Other recommendations are D.C. Pandey objective, last 33 years’ JEE problems, advanced problem sets like IE Irodov’s problem book and problems obtained from various coaching Institutes.


For Theory For Practice
NCERT books are imperative when it comes to chemistry. For Physical Chemistry, O P Tandon, P.Bahadur’s Numerical Chemistry and PW Atkins can be used as reference books. For Organic Chemistry, Arihant and Solomons-Fryhle are sufficient to get you started. But notes are required for the advanced preparation due to the absence of comprehensive books. For Inorganic Chemistry, Dr K. Rama Rao’s Inorganic Chemistry for Mains and Advanced can be a one-stop solution as it has compilations from various inorganic books. You may also refer to O P Tandon. For all three sections, previous 33 years’ IIT-JEE questions will suffice. For Physical Chemistry, refer to Balaji Publication’s objective book. For Organic Chemistry – Organic Chemistry for JEE by MS Chouhan is standard, but it’s not enough. You will require external problem sources provided by coaching institutes. For Inorganic Chemistry, the questions provided by theory books are good.

You can do well in the JEE Main exam if you have a thorough grasp of the concepts. However, for JEE Advanced, comprehension, reasoning and analytical skills are also required to solve problems. As explained above, you should give sufficient importance to three subjects: Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics and get all the fundamentals right in the initial stages of your JEE preparations.

Once you have shortlisted the study material, you now need to develop the knack to get the most out of it. We highly recommend that you join a coaching institute. For your benefit, we’ve listed below a few advantages of a coaching institute to help you prepare for JEE.

  • In the absence of a coaching Institute, you will have to plan a schedule and strictly adhere to it, supported solely by your willpower. Whereas, in coaching institutes, it’s an organic process.
  • The coaching institutes inculcate the practice of focused hard work and give you regular homework, thus making you more thorough in your approach.
  • Coaching institutes will help you master the critical aspect of Time Management in the exam.
  • You will not get complacent as a coaching institute will focus on constant revisions and keep track of your progress.
  • The coaching institutes have a formula, which has been tried and tested over the years.
  • You will have live help and peer interaction, which is useful in getting a good understanding of the subject.
  • The extra buck spent to prepare for JEE is totally worth it as you will also get monthly 6-hour format tests, which will prepare you for the D-day.

Finally, the most important thing that will help you ace JEE is the amount of hard work you put into daily practice. The critical aspect of regular practice just can’t be emphasized enough. All the books in the world are of no use if you don’t read them thoroughly.

Create a schedule for yourself and make daily, weekly and monthly targets. You need to act on this timetable with all sincerity. However, keep your plan flexible so that it can include any unforeseen circumstances. This flexibility ensures that you don’t feel pressured if you miss a deadline.

To sum up, everyone has a different grasping power but five months is sufficient time to finish the syllabus. We hope the above information comes in handy for your JEE 2017 preparations. Check out the Application Process for the upcoming JEE Main exams.

All the best 🙂

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