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Last 4 months JEE Main Preparation Tips By Topper Shubham Kumar

Last Updated - March 30, 2017

Shubham Kumar managed to secure a seat in VITAM College Of Engineering,Visakhapatnam and accomplish his long awaited dream of pusuing engineering in the field of Mechanical Engineering . He Scored 83 percentile in JEE Main 2010 . 

Subham strongly emphasizes on time management skills for JEE Main 2017 Preparation. For conceptual clarity, he suggests that candidates should focus on the classroom lectures and notes.


In his interview with us, Shubham offers some valuable perspective and preparation strategy that would benefit all JEE Main 2017 aspirants.

Q 1. What did you choose - Offline or Online mode for taking up the exam?

I opted for offline mode of answering. You have the benefit that you can solve the problem just below the question.


Q 2. Did you qualify for JEE - Advanced?

Yes, I did.


Q 3. Did you take Coaching Classes? If yes, how did they help in your story?

No, I didn't take any coaching classes for AIEEE/JEE. I always focussed on the basic stuffs which were a part of CBSE +2 syllabus ,because basics are the things which will take you further up wherever you want to go . Such competitive exams, most of the times, test the basic conceptual skills of the candidates. If the students focus more on the basics and the contents being taught in their school as part of their +2 syllabus, then more than half the work is done . You just have to work 30% more harder to achieve that feat which tests the skills in the competitive exams.

Books such as Arihant's Trigonometry, KC Sinha's algebra, Calculus, HC Verma's Physics, OP Sinha's Chemistry in addition with NCERT syllabus books are all I followed .In my time, You could do almost everything with the above mentioned books. 


Q 4. How did you manage JEE Main Preparation along with your Class 12th exam?

First and foremost, I was a guy who would focus mainly on the contents being taught in the classes for class 12th exam. This exam was always there in my mind. I couldn't think of taking it off or neglecting it for the sake of JEE preparations. 60% in class 12th was the essential criteria for getting any college through JEE Now when it comes to preparing for the competitive exams such as JEE, I always first used to make sure that my basics of the topics are strong enough by way of learning in the class.

Once the basics were clear, then I used to focus more on sharpening the concepts of those particular topics by solving the questions from the books that i mentioned above. I used to get stuck most of the times in many of the questions, but with continuous and regular practice, I used to make it through. This happened in all the 3 subjects Physics, Chemistry and Maths. Advice - Get to the advanced levels only when and if your basics are good enough.

If your basics of some subjects are not clear and not strong , then first make it strong by learning more and more from different sources including NCERT books. You will definitely make through the basics one day . Once you are done with the basics, proceed further with the advanced level topics . How to manage time and time-slice your preparation of 3 subjects - allocate one day for each subject . Example - Monday for maths basics algebra, Tuesday for physics basics kinematics, Wednesday for organic chemistry basics, Thursday for advanced algebra, Friday for advanced kinematics, Saturday for advanced organic chemistry, and then Sunday for taking a mock test comprising of only those topics which you could make it through during your weekdays and are confident enough in tackling the problems and questions from those topics .


Q 5. What were your Strong and Weak areas? How did you prepare and what special efforts did you put for improving them?

Strong areas - calculus, algebra, linear programming, probability, trigonometry,Organic chemistry, semiconductor physics, Magnetism,etc. Weak areas - kinematics physics,fluid mechanics,electrostatic,vectors.
Strong areas - I made sure that strong areas are always intact and strong by continuous practice of tricky and challenging questions. This helped me in gaining edge with these topics and became my strong points.
Weak areas - I made some of my weak areas as my strong ones through continuous practice and sharpening my basics of those topics. One of those was calculus, then probability.


Q 6. What mock papers did you take?

For JEE, previous year papers are very important. By solving the questions asked in previous years, you get an idea of the tentative questions and also you get some level of confidence to boost your moral up .I also took some test series such as Arihant, Narayana, etc.

Check Out JEE Main Sample Papers


Q 7. Write some of the Preparation tips for someone who is starting 4 months before the exam?

For students , who are preparing for JEE, this time is very crucial. It's such a time when nothing goes into your head other than studying. I can understand this because I have also gone though this phase 7 years back . Tips- focus only on studies , studies and studies . At the same time , relax your brain and take it easy. Taking up the exams should not be like a headache and you should not just wait for it for the sake of finishing it so that you could enjoy your life after the exams . No , it doesn't work like that . You have to adapt the exams and the competitiveness into you, inside you.

You have to feel as if this exam is your door to a big world out there. This exam is something which will test your skills and help you in getting a college of your level and excellence .so embrace this time with full charm, welcome this exam with full of happiness , whole heartedly .


Q 8. Physics: Mention the Strategy and Books Followed for this section.

Physics is such a subject which teaches you the science of things happening around you. This is one subject which will help you in getting the top rank in the exam. Generally , questions from Physics in JEE range from medium to tough in terms of level of difficulty. Follow the basics in Ncert books. Try to solve NCERT questions .Once you are done , open HC Verma's book,go through the lesson, solve the questions ..start from the 1st level of difficulty. Go to the 2nd level of difficulty. You may get stuck here with some of the questions .check your basics again , retry it , else check the solution and then check the approach .Most of the questions require the application of 2 or more than 2 basic concepts. This should help you in getting a way of thinking how to solve a tricky question. Your brain will gradually get adapted and trained for the same.

Books - NCERT Physics, HC Verma Physics.


Q 9. Chemistry: Mention the Strategy and Books Followed for this section.

NCERT Chemistry books are more than sufficient in getting you to the level of competitiveness. Chemistry questions are relatively easier and students generally don't find any difficulty in solving . Just one tip- clear your basic understand ing of all the topics from the NCERT books . Once done , solve the questions . Now you're ready to go.

Books - NCERT Chemistry, Arihant General and Organic Chemistry.


Q 10. Mathematics: Mention the Strategy and Books Followed for this section.

Tips - questions from maths are generally not so easier . So , to solve the questions of the JEE level, you have to be thoroughly clear with the concepts. Try to solve as many tricky and challenging questions from NCERT books as possible , then try solving questions from books such as RS agarwal's and RD Sharma's. Now try solving previous year papers , test series questions etc. The more you practice , the better you get. With more practice , your brain will get trained for solving more difficult and tricky questions.

Books - NCERT Maths, KC Sinha's Algebra, Calculus, Arihant's Vector.

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Q 11. What are the things you would like to go back in time and change to get into a better college?

There is one thing - time management in the actual exam. I scored 83 marks. Had I scored 10 more marks, my rank would have been 40,000 higher . And a difference of All India rank 40,000 makes a huge difference . So, I should have first scanned the entire question paper and then in 2 to 3 minutes, I should have decided which questions to definitely attempt. I missed attempting various easy questions from maths from various topics and that cost me a lot .

After the exam, all I could do was staring at the question paper and regretting that I couldn't even get time to attempt these questions which I would have otherwise solved in 30 seconds. So guys, don't miss attempting simplest of questions, else you will end up regretting and staring at the question paper like I did.



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