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JEE MAIN 2017 Preparation Tips by Himanshu Jain

Last Updated - April 26, 2017

Himanshu Jain appeared for JEE Main 2013. He chose PEC University of Technology for his studies in engineering. He’s very practical person and he practices questions a lot. He pressurized himself for the clear fundamentals as this is one of the key factors to success. We interviewed him and he shares his strategies and preparation tips. Given below is the questionnaire that we had with him-

Ques. Name of the Institutions which offered you Admission?

Ans. I was eligible for the admissions in IIIT-H, NIT Warangal, NIT Trichy, NIT K, MNIT (All the colleges in India)

Ques. Did you take Coaching Classes? How was it helpful in cracking JEE Advanced?

Ans. It was first time in my life that I took any tuition, that too locally; you can understand the quality of the same.
The whole game was running around what I learnt myself. Main key to success of any such exam is strong fundamentals and constant practice. So, learning step by step, breaking it part by part, understanding the concepts thoroughly and solving problems constructively and progressively on top of that helps you in boosting confidence; and confidence is the main driving force on the examination day.

Ques. What and how many Mock Tests did you take before the exam?

Ans. I joined FIIT-JEE test series as Mock tests. The tests were of very decent quality but I won't recommend those unless you have done decent practice at your end, otherwise that can play a negative role in understanding where you stand out.

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

Ans. I was great at Mathematics. I still love it. For weaker part, I would say Physics which actually killed me.
As mentioned above, breaking it part by part and focusing on fundamentals first is the only mantra to success.
Area wise: I was strong in whole Mathematics, especially Geometry, Differential Calculus, and Permutation & Combination.

Follow the specialization books, you might have to borrow things from your friends, such as notes from Vidyamandir Classes or studying variety of books.
Organic Chemistry- Study NCERT thoroughly (even if you know study it 4-5 times more)
Physics- Only touch I.E. Irodov when you have mastered H.C. Verma (that's the best after NCERT).

As weightage of 12th marks is also involved now; Do study each bit of it like you finish your Maggie bowl.

Ques. What would be your Five Point Rule for excelling JEE Advanced?

Ans. 1. Stick to fundamentals, do proper ground work
2. Don't stick to just one book for everything (organic chemistry might be great in some book and you might not find inorganic that awesome in that; same goes for each subject)
3. Practice a lot; more you practice more confident you feel
4. Take a decent healthy test series so that you understand where you stand
5. Don't ignore 12th marks as they count a decent percentage now

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

Ans. NCERT text books- the best books for total basic fundamentals
H.C. Verma- I practiced all the topics, each question
I.E. Irodov- when everything is finished, then some mechanics from it (won't recommend until and unless you are done with everything).
If you can find notes by Mr. Arvind Bhondele (have never seen something better than that on organic chemistry; have checked even materials by some of the top institutes also, but nothing can beat this one).

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

Ans. Strategies were always the same. Key to every problem is to understand the basic principle involved behind it. NCERT books should be the first preference always. I learned organic chemistry from some local tuition notes. I was very good at it. I don't remember the exact name of the book for physical chemistry but it was kind of a short book, wider one, with colored cover page.

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

Ans. I followed different refreshers for the kinds of topics.

Differential Calculus- Amit M. Aggarwal
Trigonometry- S.L. Loney
Calculus (PnC etc)- A. Das Gupta
Integral Calculus- I.M. Maron
Some notes from local tuition by Vineet Swarnkar. I guess he's faculty at Akash institute, Delhi these days; if you can catch him then that's awesome.

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