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JEE Main can be achieved in 4 months says JEE Main topper Pooja Ahuja

Last Updated - March 30, 2017

Pooja Ahuja who gave exam in 2006, shares her grief on how she should not have attempted the questions she wasn't sure about. Pooja went to NIT, Surat for her under graduation after securing 53% in JEE Main. Let us learn more from her experience.

Name: Pooja Ahuja

JEE Main Score:  120/360

Appeared in Which year: 2006

Took Admission in: National Institute of Technology, Surat

Qualified for JEE Advanced: No

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

Offline, since the online exam was not available at that time.


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

Yes, I did. Coaching centers always share tips & tricks to complete the question quickly. They also help you identify your weak areas and gives you a chance to work on them. The best part about coaching classes is that they know the exam patterns, so it becomes easy to prepare. Moreover, it always helps in competing in coaching center to know where you stand.


How did you manage to prepare for JEE Main along with your Class 12th exam?

During my 12th standard exams, I did not take any coaching for JEE or the board exams. I studied some books like H. C. Verma, Irodov, R. D. Sharma, O. P. Tandon, etc which were advised to me by my friends and proved to be very helpful. These books along with NCERTs were mainly used. I took free online mock tests and also reviewed previous year question papers.

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

My strong areas in chemistry included organic chemistry, chemical bonding, the periodic table, solid state, solutions, and gasses theory. My strong areas in physics included dimensional analysis, force, and work. My strong areas in maths included applications of derivative, matrices and determinants, vector algebra, and integration. Rest of the topics were the ones in which I lacked and I tried to practice as much as possible.


What mock papers did you take?

The institutes which I had joined provided regular mock test papers and apart from them, I did not take any additional papers. They were sufficient for the JEE Main 2017 exam preparation and apart from them I also reviewed some free online test papers and previous year papers.

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

Know what you are preparing for Whether for NITs or IITs. Check your level first, then decide. IITs admission requires rigorous study and intelligence. It is a waste of time if you think you can prepare for IITs in 4 months. JEE mains can be achieved in 4 months, just focus on objectives, do not over stretch a topic as you do not have to do Ph.D. You just need to qualify an exam.

Mention the Strategy and Books Followed for Physics

The books I used for studying physics were H. C. Verma, Irodov, and NCERT textbook. I had joined B. M. Sharma institute for physics coaching and they provided topic specific books on a regular basis. My strategy was to study all the topics individually and practice the related questions as much as possible. There were some topics which were difficult to understand at first but after group studying with friends and clearing doubts with my teachers, I was able to get a better understanding of the topics.

Mention the Strategy and Books Followed for Chemistry

The books followed for Chemistry were Organic chemistry by O. P. Tandon, Inorganic chemistry by O. P. Tandon and NCERT textbook. I had joined Ranjeet Shahi coaching institute for chemistry and they also provided study material and assignments. I tried to give appropriate time for each topic and attended classes regularly. Clearing concepts were very important in chemistry as well as physics.

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

I followed NCERT textbook, Tata Mcgraw Hill, R.D. Sharma and S.L. Loney. Mathematics is all about practice, so I tried to solve as many questions, related to each topic, as much as possible. My coaching institute was also very helpful by providing test papers and assignments.

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

I would like to have been more careful in marking the JEE exam and avoided attempting the questions which I was not sure of.


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