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JEE Main Preparation Tips by Anup Satpathy

Last Updated - April 21, 2018

Anup Satpathy appeared for JEE Main in the year 2015. He got 75 percentile in the exam. He gave high preference to clearing concepts and doubts for his JEE Main preparation. He took admission into College of Engineering and Technology, Bhubaneswar

Latest Update: CBSE will release JEE Main 2018 Result at on April 30. 

Mentioned below is a set of questions answered by him that can help you in preparing better for the JEE Main exam:

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

Ans. I chose online mode for taking up the exam.

Pros- interface is nice. One doesn't have to worry of any wrong attempts as that can easily be taken care of by deselecting the chosen option from Radio button. Also less paperwork is better. OMR sheet adds up to the nervousness of candidates. We already are nervous and worried, over the instructor’s strict words like no mistake on OMR takes our anxiety to a new height.

Cons- All has to be dependent on computer. For those who have not got enough literacy about computers will face real problems. If one has to see or stare the monitor for 3 hours straight, it builds up strain in eyes. Also there is a high chance of Computer hanging during the exam. This adds up to the anxiety and waste some time of the candidate.

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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. Yes, I took coaching classes but I don't think it helped much in preparation. Only thing which helped was the regular mock test that they arranged for us. Most of the efforts and hard work depends on the students and their efforts. How they approach and how they toil hard.

Doubt clearing classes helped but I depended more on internet and other similar website which cleared my basics and fundamentals. Many of my friends purchased online courses and preparation materials which we shared during preparation. Coaching had regular Mock test which was compulsory. It helped a lot in preparation but not everyone was able to clear their doubts from coaching as faculty was not that nice.

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

Ans. 6

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

Ans. I had a dedicated time for JEE Main preparation. Class 12th exam was really important so I prepared accordingly and gave more stress to Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics as I knew I will be coming back to them for JEE Main.

As 12th Exam came near, I reduced my focus on JEE Main and my main focus was my 12th Exam which went well. Immediately after exam, I didn't waste my time and instead kept revising Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry so that I can use it for JEE Main.

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

Ans. Strong area was Mathematics. I am very good at Mathematics and can easily solve complicated problems. Weak areas were Physics and Organic chemistry. Accordingly, I referred to books that could make me easily understand concepts instead of entangling me with complicated and very high technical words of Physics. I took help of online materials and forums to clear doubts.

For organic, I mostly depended on writing down instead of concept preparations and I found it really complicated to find any concept there. Structures acted as Images and I knew human brains could easily remember images so I write it down and remembered it as images.

Ques. What mock papers did you take?

Ans. I took many offline Mock papers especially from Arihant, Disha Publication. Also bought subject wise mock test books. I purchased online papers and courses from and a few free online test series site. Took extensive help from Collegedunia to know more about colleges and set target specifically.

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

Ans. I followed HC Verma and books from Arihant and local authors but basically depended on online forums for clearance of doubts. I also followed few materials from other coaching centers one of them being Disha which releases their own books under Disha publications for basics.

Also, I followed Problems in General Physics by I.E. Irodov. The strategy was simple- understand each and every word. Do not lose confidence. If doubt arises, go to the faculty or online forums.

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

Ans. For chemistry, NCERT books as they're really good and enough to clear other concepts. For Organic Chemistry used O.P Tandon book for preparation. Visited questions of NCERT Books again after 12th Class to have a clear concept of what I was studying.

Class 11th Chemistry was tougher for me than class 12th so I studied NCERT Book of Class 11 for chemistry again from the beginning to end. If doubts came, O.P. Tandon helped a lot for both Organic and Inorganic chemistry. I referred to online forums for any other doubts and problems.

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

Ans. R.D.Sharma was a savior for me. It cleared all concepts with variety of questions available to appear and solve. NCERT Books are not enough when it comes to Mathematics. R.S. Aggrawal is also good but I preferred R.D.Sharma more. Arihant had variety of questions from past JEE exams which helped with preparations.

To speed up calculations, I learned a few short tricks for addition, multiplications and basics to increase speed from various online sites and you tube. It helped with calculating faster but to give it a shape I had to practice a lot of question with stopwatch.

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

Ans. I had enough chances and opportunities but had some personal problems which were setback for my preparations that took off my focus from preparation. If got a chance, I would surely go back and change it. It is always better to stay away from home and comfort and prepare for such competitive exams is what I learnt.

This is one thing that I would like to change. If went back, I would pack my bags and leave city for a better one to prepare and struggle there. It always helps to stay with few likeminded people who are preparing.

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

Ans. Instead of clearing concepts and wasting time on fundamentals, start straight with Mock papers. The more you attempt the better. All the questions will slowly clear the base of your preparation and give you enough confidence to attempt the question in case it came in a little bit different way than usual.

If time permits for last month, focus on those areas which has repeatedly appeared on exam that you have found out from appearing different sets of mock papers.

Clear your fundamentals on those parts and move further with revisions. By Revision, you just have to revisit each and every question that you have attempted in the last 4 months for the next 15 days before exam. This is most important. This will be recorded in the brain and stay there safely till exam giving you maximum confidence.



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