JEE MAIN 2017 Preparation Tips by Priya Pandey

Updated On - June 21st 2019

Priya scored 139 in JEE Main 2012. Priya stressed on strengthening foundation for better preparation and suggests using online preparation material for revising concepts. She also emphasizes on regular preparation.

The excerpts from our interview with Priya are included here which are bound to guide aspirants looking for a through preparation plan.

Ques. Name of the Institution where you took Admission

Ans.Hindustan College of science & technology, Mathura

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

Ans. At my time, there was only one mode and that was offline mode. I think it's comparatively easy to solve the paper offline.

I don't know the sequence of questions popping in online mode in JEE main but I have taken other online exams in which one question pops at one time on window or multiple questions are there at same screen. In offline mode, we get time to review the question easily.

We don't have to scroll again and again and we can tick mark on the questions which we have to solve later. But we can't do this in online mode. I don't find any cons in offline mode. Online mode is good for short duration exams but for long duration exam offline is better.

Ques. Did you qualify for JEE Advanced?

Ans. No.

Ques. How would you rate the following Preparation Strategy in terms of their efficiency in your story?


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

Ans. No, I did not take any coaching classes.

Ques. Rate the role of Coaching Institutes in cracking JEE Main

Ans. 5

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

Ans. I used to study for at least 4 hours daily at night continuously, without any break particularly for IIT-JEE. My favourite subjects were mathematics and physics. I did not have any problem in solving questions from these two subjects, however I used to stuck at those questions whose difficulty level was very high. I gave more time to chemistry as I was weak in that subject.

So 2 hours for chemistry and 1-1 hour for physics and Maths daily. It helped me a lot in getting prepared for IIT-JEE. Every morning I used to study for 3 hours and that was completely dedicated for revision of my daily subjects of class 12th. So, I managed my time like this.

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

Ans. My strongest subject was mathematics, physics was moderate and I was not good at chemistry. I was always confused in different chemical reactions and their effects and all. Firstly, I consulted with my teacher who taught us chemistry that time.

He told me the things in which I was always wrong in my answer sheet during exams. He identified my regular mistakes and suggested me methods to understand and remember those things. Like, I could not remember difference between formulae of sulphate, sulphuric, sulphide etc. And their application. Also I was not good at making chemical equations properly.

So I started with basic equations like formation of water and gases etc. And slowly I started gaining confidence that I can be good at chemistry too like other subjects. After basic equations I started solving more complex equations and few months later I became perfect at forming equations. And I was no more scared of chemistry subject.

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Ques. What mock papers did you take?

Ans. Along with NCERT books, I enrolled for RESONANCE mock test series.  It was really good test series. They sent me material 3 times in a year. And there were different set of papers for different subjects. In first set difficulty level was moderate but in 2nd and 3rd set difficulty level was too high. Also they provided a mock test centre in my city also.

Fourth Sunday of every second month was fixed for mock test and syllabus was previously told to us which would be asked in test. So it was easy to get prepared completely for test each time. It helped me a lot to be prepare for IIT-JEE exam.

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

Ans. Physics is basically numerical and concept based subject. I used H.C. Verma’s book to read the theory. I used to do the solved examples given in the book and my package (without first seeing the solution). This prevents you from forming wrong concepts.

Whenever in doubt, refer back to the book and read the related topic/paragraph once again. Some concepts/lines in the book might not be clear in first reading. Don’t worry. Put a mark on them and move ahead. Once the chapter is over, try to reread them.

After doing the solved examples, I used to go to subjective questions of H.C. Verma and once done then I would do the objective questions from H.C. Verma’s book and from my study package.

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

Ans. "I used ""LG Wade"" by ""Pearson Educations"" to study chemistry. I started with the hybridisation, sigma &pi bonds, isomerism, the basic effects, H-bonds, carbocations etc. and mastered all these concepts fully well. I devoted lot of time on these as they are the very basics of all the reactions you are gonna see.

I tried to understand what the effect is about and see lots of examples and problems. Organic Chemistry is more of like doing more and more problems to memorize all those things (the concepts and their exceptions) you just learnt. Now go onto the hydrocarbons part, I read all the basic physical stuff first about melting points, structures etc.

When I started reactions, the best way I found to memorize the mechanisms was to read it once or twice, then reproduce it on a paper and understand why each step has occurred. And that made me completely prepared for my exam."

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

Ans. I started with the book mathematics by R. S. Agarwal because once the foundation is strong we can always move on to advance reference level books. I started solving solved examples first and understanding the concepts applied in solving those problems. I tried to understand the concepts behind each and every formula of mathematics in each chapter.

I devoted a good amount of time in strengthening my foundation of this subject mathematics and it was my favourite subject so I did not face much difficulty in completing this book. Then I moved to advance reference level book I.A Maron which has a very high level of difficulty. However I did not get complete expertise over this book but I could solve more difficult problems after going through this book.

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

Ans. I would again write for IIT-JEE to score much better and get admission in good college. There was nothing lacking in my preparation but due to some family problems I could not concentrate on studies much during last days before examination and that ruined my hard work of whole year.

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If I get a chance then I will again write the exam with more preparation and then definitely I will get into IIT. However I am about to complete my graduation so this will always be just an assumption.

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

Ans. 4 months is not less time if you can completely devote this time for your studies particularly. Identify you strong and weak subjects. Give less time to strongest and give more time to weakest. Start from basic level to improve yourself in your weaker areas.

Once you are done with basics, move towards slight difficult level. Understand the concepts well. Don't try to memorize the formulas or definitions. Try to derivate them. Try to understand how it comes and how it is applied in real life.

It will make things easy to understand and if once you start understanding these things well then you will be able to solve any types of problems.



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