For any competitive examination, preparation one should have a focused approach and should understand the subject well. It is not just mugging up and reproducing in the examination. One should understand the chapters clearly and should be able to apply the subject and answer questions.
The following are some good tips that are useful for preparing well.
1. Know the syllabus. What are the various topics that are included in the syllabus? Also know the books that are good for the examination. This information you can get by talking to your friends, some seniors who appeared for this examination etc. These days if your search on the Internet you will get a lot of information.
2. It is always better to join a standard coaching centre and follow the procedures laid down by them. But never forget that without your hard work and focused approach, you will not achieve your goal.
3. Make a timetable and follow the same. Time table should be daily and hourly in a day. You should follow the same without any deviation.
4. Make notes while you are studying and this will help you in remembering the subject as well as to refer in future.
5. Talk to your seniors and faculty members to clear your doubts. Never hesitate to ask your doubts. It is better to ask doubts instead of keeping mum.
6. When you are studying continuously, stop for a while in between. These breaks will help you in getting refreshed.
7. You should have the plan to answer your question paper. Time management is also very important. So get acquainted with this, answer model question papers and old papers also. This will be helpful to you in having the best plan to answer the questions.
8. Your confidence makes you better. So be positive and never get stressed. Never get anxious. Maintain cool. That mindset will make you more competent and help you in faring well.
A large number of candidates appear in JEE and it is obvious that for securing a seat in engineering one has to get a good score in this examination. So, it is not only a question of covering the syllabus and doing hard work but also getting a very good score so that one can get admission to a reputed engineering college.
As per my personal experience, no guesswork or selected study works in these competitive examinations. One has to cover the syllabus thoroughly and to make that possible one has to start preparing quite early. If I say it should be done from the class 11 level itself then there is no exaggeration in it. The students while taking admission in class 11 and studying for 2 years to complete their class 12 must observe every question from the JEE angle and link it with the questions in the JEE question bank which is generally the questions asked in yester years. These questions are easily available in guidebooks and internet sites. One important thing in this matter is that there are many variations of a particular question and students should meticulously observe the differences and their implications. A small change in the question will make its answer completely different. With practice, the student can find out similar questions having subtle differences in them.
Some questions look very difficult to handle and when the student tries to solve them it takes time. But if one ponders deeply then one will find that there are some particular methods of solving some questions very easily and once those methods are mastered then there is no problem in solving the questions in the minimum possible time. So, more emphasis is to be given to the methodology of solving a particular type of question rather than solving the question every time by trying. In the examination hall or online, limited time is available and one should be able to solve the questions in that minimum time.
Another important thing is to read the question very carefully. The student should read the phrases 'greater than', 'smaller than', 'more than', 'less than', 'positive', and 'negative' with utmost care as the answer will change accordingly. Many intelligent students read the questions in haste and lose scores in that.
It is considered one of the toughest examinations in India. However, before preparing for any examination a candidate should plan for it. It is rightly said that if you fail to plan then you are planning to fail. Every candidate is different and hence he or should plan for himself rather then copy. If you are a fresher then planning should be different from a person who is appearing for the second or third time.
Starting early for any examination is one of the precious keys to success as it gives a lot of time to revise, give mock tests and work on your weak areas. The first focus should be on completing the syllabus. If you are doing self-study then opt for the good books otherwise if you are taking coaching then work more on your faculty notes and books suggested by them.
Set the content, from which you are going to prepare as this would be helpful during revisions after classes. Keep it fresh and it should not be monotonous. After completion of classes gives time-based mock tests because in MCQ-based examinations timing matters a lot.
From your mock tests check which subject you are lacking and even the poor topics in that subject. Now try to improve those black areas and also excel in your good areas which would act as a cushion for your black areas.
Finally, during preparations student fails to focus on themselves. Improve your health, maintain physical fitness, take a healthy diet and also pursue a hobby which would be very helpful. Maintain regular contact with your faculties for doubt-solving and guidance.