JEE Main 2020 Paper Attempting Tips by Toppers

    Karishma Khatri Karishma Khatri
    Exams Prep Master

    NTA has postponed JEE Main coming session to the last week of May considering the COVID-19 pandemic, the exact dates for the exam have not been disclosed yet. The marks obtained after both sessions will be the deciding factor of qualification for candidates in seeking admission to top engineering and architecture colleges in India. With students engrossed in preparation of JEE Main second session exam, the anxiety about the accurate way to attempt a paper is obvious among candidates. 

    At such a time, guidance from the toppers of JEE Main comes as a ray of hope in boosting the confidence in oneself to attempt the exam with complete positivity and preparedness. So here we have presented paper attempting tricks for JEE Main suggested by toppers to make your sail through the exam easy and hassle-free.

    Also Read JEE Main 2020 Exam Day Guidelines

    Change in JEE Main 2020 Exam Pattern

    The brief about updated JEE Main Exam Pattern is tabulated below:

    SpecificationsPaper 1 (B.E/B.Tech)Paper 2 (B.Arch)Paper 3 (B. Planning)
    SubjectsPhysics, Chemistry and MathematicsAptitude test, Mathematics and DrawingMathematics
    Type of Questions60 MCQs + 15 Numerical Value Based QuestionsMaths- 20 (MCQs) + 5 (Numerical Value Based Questions) + Aptitude- 50 MCQs + Drawing- 2 Questions Maths- 20 (MCQs) + 5 ( Numerical Value Based Questions) + Aptitude- 50 MCQs + Planning Based Objective Type- 25 MCQs
    Number of QuestionsPhysics - 25 Chemistry - 25 Mathematics - 25 Total - 75Mathematics – 25 Aptitude Test – 50  Drawing – 2 Total - 77Mathematics – 25 Aptitude Test – 50  Planning Based Objective Type- 25 Total – 100
    Marking Scheme+ 4 marks per correct response -1 for every incorrect response No negative marking for Numeric Value based questions+ 4 marks per correct response -1 for every incorrect response No negative marking for Numeric Value based questions 2 drawing questions of 100 marks+ 4 marks per correct response -1 for every incorrect response No negative marking for Numeric Value based questions
    Total Marks300400400
    Duration3 hours3 hours3 hours

    Check Complete JEE Main Exam Pattern

    Paper Attempting Tips

    JEE Main 2020 Paper Attempting Tips

    Have a sequence for attempting questions

    Don’t aim at solving the entire paper, it will only result in chaos. Candidates should be clear on how many questions they wish to attempt. First, attempt the questions that you are sure of and then move to the next one. Do not begin with solving tough questions. Rather start with attempting the easy ones to avoid losing out on marks. States Gollapudi N Lakshmi Narayanan, JEE Main January B.Arch Topper from Andhra Pradesh who completed the exam within 45 minutes. Talking about his strategy ahead, he states, “ I began with attempting one subject at a time and then moved to the next. This helps in retaining attention and complete the paper in due time.”

    As per Narayanan, attempting one question at a time under one section helped in staying focused. Herein too solving questions that are easy and then moving to the difficult ones help in following appropriate time management along with leaving enough time for students to concentrate on difficult questions after they have attempted all the easy ones.

    Tip: In the case, you are unsure of an answer, better leave it unattempted than choosing the wrong option. This will leave you losing an extra mark thereby reducing your scores. Also don’t waste more than a certain amount of time per question, speed is one of the most important factors in acing a competitive exam.

    Shuffle questions between the subjects

    Often the brain turns redundant and tired of reading similar types of questions. This can turn the enter process dragging making it exceptionally tired. However, changing the gears occasionally can keep the momentum and interest high. This very thought was shared by Shubhankar Gambhir, a resident of Kota, who aced the JEE Main Exam in the very first attempt with a 100% score. Speaking on how he attempted the exam, he states’ “Keeping your brain focused the extremely essential during the exam”. He further added’ “ I began with Physics and after attempting 15 questions moved to the next section i.e. Chemistry and later Maths.”

    Shuffling the questions helps in keeping the brain active and also reduces the pressure of leaving any section unattempted.

    Attempt Easy Questions First

    Attempting questions that are easy at the very first instance makes the task even simpler. It reduces the load from your shoulder to a certain extent. The same strategy was followed by Ankit Kumar Mishra from Mumbai while giving the exam. He states, “I went on to attempt chemistry at the start followed by Physics and Mathematics. Attempting ones that you can remember easily will help you complete the paper soon and also boost your confidence.”

    Tip: Try to crack as many questions as possible which they are confident about. You can gain a good knack over this by practicing mock tests for better self-assessment.

    Attempting Difficult questions first

    Quite contrary to attempting easy ones in the beginning, many students also opt for attempting difficult questions at the start. This was perhaps the strategy followed by Dhruv Arora from Indore. According to Dhruv who aced JEE Mains in the very first attempt, answering relatively difficult questions helped him complete the entire paper with ease. He states, “ I began with chemistry and finished the section in 30 minutes. I found chemistry to be more difficult among the three subjects. Denoting as much time as possible helped me be more accurate and this thereby helped me solve physics and mathematics with a much calmer mind as I was much more confident regarding the two.”

    Attempting Numerical Based Questions

    As per the changed paper pattern of JEE Main 2020, each paper will now comprise of Numerical Value type questions that will be 15 in number. Unlike MCQs, these questions will not have any negative marking. However, the candidates need to come up with a precise answer which can either be in the form of integer or fraction.

    Herein, candidates are recommended to attempt these questions with a calm mind. Begin with reading the questions thoroughly. Solve the numerical sum in the rough paper by applying the correct method and check it thoroughly before writing down the answer.

    Subject Wise Important Topics

    JEE Main 2020 Important Topics Subject Wise 

    Scoring in JEE Mains requires perseverance and the backing of an appropriate strategy. For this, the aspirant must begin with introspecting which sections pose out the possibility of scoring maximum. To make the quest easy, below we have provided section-wise tricks and tips by toppers that will aid you to score more:

    JEE Main Physics 

    For physics, if you are well abreast of the definitions and formulae, it can sort half your trouble. Around 10-15% of questions are asked from modern physics that includes topics like Atomic Physics, Nuclear Physics, and relativity theory. If you are well abreast with formulas, attempting these questions won’t budge you more.

    On the other hand, 20-25% of questions are asked from electricity and magnetism that happen to be one of the most scoring sections. Being well acquainted with the laws and formula can easily help you sort out the right options from the given choices.

    JEE Main Mathematics 

    After Physics, the second difficult in line is Mathematics. The section of Mathematics comprises a lot of sums (as expected) and would thus require enhanced concentration. Herein, Quadratic Equations make an important topic, that can fetch you scores. Be well-versed with formulae of sums and products of roots. Also, it is an important topic from the JEE point of view, which makes it even more crucial and the least topic that should be avoided. 

    Well, the crux here is to maintain the right balance when preparing for the exam. As per Dhruv Arora topper of JEE Main 2019 with 100 percentile stated, he found chemistry to be toughest among all three papers. He further states. “ The main reason is in chemistry one is required to remember a lot of chemical equations in detail in comparison to maths and physics. This makes it a bit tough while solving the paper.”

    JEE Main Chemistry 

    The chemistry section is divided into inorganic and organic chemistry. Under inorganic chemistry, the P, S block in the periodic table, classification of elements and periodicity make important components. On the other hand, the questions are more direct which makes it easy for one to attempt them instead of spending too much time remembering the equations.

    Important Points to Remember

    JEE Main 2020 - Important Points to Remember

    • Ensure to carry all the essential documents including Admit Card, downloaded application form, identity card and passport size photograph to the exam center

    • Reach before time. No candidate will be allowed to enter the test center after the gate closes.

    • Read the instructions carefully.

    • Browse through the questions in the first 5 minutes to gain a good idea of the questions asked.

    • Keep a note of the time when attempting the paper.

    • After answer, every question click on Save and Submit

    • Answers that aren’t saved won’t be counted among responded questions.

    • Recheck the answers before clicking the final submit button

    In concluding thoughts, we would like to add that it is the overall performance that will matter on the day of the exam. The three factors you must have a hold on are time management, selection of questions and accuracy. Hence, attempt the paper smartly and put in your best performance to ace ahead in your JEE Main 2020 attempt.



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