Tips and tricks to crack JEE-MAIN

By Debasmita Mohapatra

The time has come for another fiercely competitive round of examinations, to crack JEE Main 2021. With just a few months to go, it is time for all IIT aspirants to speed up their preparation. Carefully-crafted strategies, efficient time management, and realistic goals can help them breeze through the examination. With the number of applicants inversely proportional to the number of available seats in the IITs, students must go the extra mile to realize their dreams. 

1. Time management

Organize yourself to prepare efficiently. A daily study plan will help you achieve better results. Ensure that you incorporate regular intervals of leisure time as well. Be realistic while planning your schedule. A well-structured plan can save time and add to your productivity. Try and develop the habit of sitting for 6 hours continuously with 30-minute breaks every 3 hours.

2. Dismantling the beast one brick at a time

Start with the syllabus – The syllabus of JEE Main, as mentioned above, is different from those prescribed for board exams. In general, it includes more advanced topics. Also, there are some additional topics that are included in the JEE Main syllabus, which the candidate needs to take note of. Likewise, some topics included in the board may be missing in the JEE Main syllabus. The underlying point here is the candidate must be sure what is included and what is not, so as not to rue later.

3. Pick books wisely

It has been found that even if one master the entire NCERT texts, it is not enough to get a good score in JEE Main unless one reads more advanced books like I.E. Irodov and I.L.Finar. That being said, there is almost a universal acceptance that NCERT books are amongst the best for concept building. So before trying to decode the mysteries hidden in these advanced books, first build your foundation so that you don’t waver at the first signs of trouble. Given in the table below are books that you may use for JEE Advanced preparation. 


Read Also: JEE Main Eligibility: Age, FAQs, Subject, Qualification


Important books for JEE Main 2021 Preparation    


1. Problems in General Physics by I.E. Irodov

2. Fundamentals of Physics by Halliday, Resnick & Walker

3. Concepts of Physics Vol I and II by H.C. Verma



1. Organic Chemistry by Paula Bruice Yurkanis

2. Organic Chemistry by Morrison & Boyd

3. Inorganic Chemistry by J.D. Lee

4. Numerical Chemistry by P. Bahadur



1. Trigonometry by S. L. Loney

2. Higher Algebra by Hall & Knight

3. Maths XI & XII by NCERT

4. Co-ordinate Geometry by S. L. Loney

5. Problems in Calculus of One Variable by I.A. Maron


4. Check out the exam pattern

The 10+2 of most board exams are subjective, whereas JEE Main 2021 will include objective type questions. So, candidates need to brace themselves for a big change. The thing with the objective type question is it allows the examiner to throw in not the only number of questions, but questions that may very fundamentally or may be similar to nuanced differences. Being familiar with the exam of JEE Main 2021 exam pattern will save the candidate a lot of pain in the long run.


5. NCERT revision

While there are numerous books and question banks available in the market, students should not overlook the NCERT syllabus. The NCERT textbooks are the most advisable for understanding theory and covering the full scope of the syllabus. These books can also be used as reference texts during revision.


6. Practice previous papers

In order to gauge the difficulty level, type of questions asked and available options, it is necessary that students gather a thorough understanding of past papers. You should solve them within the stipulated time limit, and keep tracking your performance. You must quickly figure out your weaker areas so you can tackle them with a greater efficiency.


Read Also: Checkout the Syllabus for ChemistryPhysics and Maths  for JEE-MAIN.


7. Multitasking is essential

With the fast-approaching board exams and JEE Main examination, students need to start preparing simultaneously for both. Although Class 12 marks shall be given no weight while calculating JEE ranks, it is essential that students score well in their boards to be in a solid position to look at alternatives if things don’t go as planned.


8. Take mock tests regularly

Taking a good number of both online as well as offline mock tests is essential if you wish to manage your time efficiently. From increasing your speed to boosting your confidence, mock tests will give you a better grasp of the paper pattern and significantly boost your confidence.


9. Adopt smart methods to crack the exam

The exam will consist of tricky questions that you need to answer rather quickly. You need to learn shortcuts and techniques in order to save time and improve speed and accuracy. Remember, smart and hard work go hand in hand.


10. Work on your concentration level

Every wrong answer will cost you a mark each. Therefore, in order to stay on top of your game – it is essential for you to strengthen your power of concentration. This can be done by indulging in activities like meditation and yoga. Steer clear of negative thoughts and eat healthily.


11. Set realistic goals

Before setting a goal, ensure that it is realistic and attainable. You may have a lot of syllabus to cover before appearing for the exam. However, burning the midnight oil will only take a toll on your body. There are chances that you may fall ill and waste time in recovery. While your goal can be challenging it should be realistic and attainable, not impossible to begin with.



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