The Joint Entrance Examination in India is one of the most fiercely contested entrance exams that one can imagine. One of the reasons why it is so difficult to get into some of the premier engineering colleges in India, like the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras, Bombay, Delhi, etc. is the fact that the volumes of people attempting to get admission into these colleges vastly outnumber the number of seats available at the university. As a result, it is possible that even hugely talented and hardworking students fail to make the cut, due to small mistakes, or unfavorable luck.
These students often decide to retake the examination the following year to try and make it in the second attempt. On the other hand there are also many students in different parts of the country who understand that perhaps the challenge of clearing the board exams with high marks and subsequently clearing the JEE with high marks fit enough for admission to the top engineering colleges can be so demanding that it is best to split the syllabus across two years. Those who opt for that inevitably decide to drop a year and spend all their time and energy towards clearing the JEE with high marks the following year. In both cases, it is a good idea to do so, provided your focus does not waver during the course of the year. Therefore, meticulous planning and execution of those plans to a T is necessary.
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Here you will find a blueprint of the things that you should be considered during the year so that at the end of the year you are confident and successful. We will cover various topics related to motivation factors, coaching classes, study plans, JEE preparations online, etc.
- Motivation: One issue that many students have addressed during a gap year is that they find it difficult to be motivated throughout the one-year period. This has a lot to do with how you approach things. It is crucial that you approach this year in a positive frame of mind. One way to do so is not looking at it as a ‘gap year’ as is the popular time. Look at it as an opportunity that not many can afford. Hence, it is better to refer it as ‘preparation year.’ This will give you the inspiration and encouragement you need.
- Coaching Classes: Many students who opt to dedicate an extra year towards preparation are not sure if they should get into a coaching class or not. While this depends from person to person and an individual’s drive for success, it is recommended that an aspirant has at least had a year’s coaching dedicated to JEE preparation in class 11, or 12. If you are someone who has not had this training or coaching, then it is highly recommended that you get enrolled for it. This is because, with these classes, you will get acclimated with the syllabus, pattern, previous question papers, etc. Moreover, there are also several tricks and in-depth analysis which is crucial.
Another reason to join a coaching class is to keep you going throughout the year. Many students often fail to keep the intensity of studies going uniformly throughout the year. The coaching classes that offer regular mock tests help the students maintain their intensity. If you believe that you are someone who needs external motivational factors, then it is a good idea to join a coaching class, even if you have already had a year’s coaching specific to JEE preparation during your class 11 or 12 sessions.
- Take the Initiative (In case you are taking coaching classes): Aspirants who are enrolled to the renowned coaching centres often make the mistake of solely relying on the coaching materials and their study plans provided by the coaching centre. This must be avoided. You must ensure that you complete the tasks demanded by the coaching centre, and also carry out preparation of your own. You should take the initiative and figure out your strengths and weaknesses. Based on that chart a study plan that is suitable. Spend more time on strengthening the weak areas. You should also proactively solve previous year’s question papers and read supplementary articles and books for JEE preparation. This will give you a much-needed edge to your preparation and set you apart from the rest of the herd. Hence, it is crucial that you do so.
- Self-Study (In case you are not taking coaching classes): If you have taken a year off to prepare for the JEE examinations then it is essential that you make the most of your time. In order to do so, you will need to plan your time well in advance. The first step towards planning your time for JEE preparation is knowing which are the areas that you are good at and the areas which need more work. Once you are aware of your strengths and weaknesses you need to make daily, weekly and monthly plans. At this point, you should also make sure that you are aware of all the topics and the nitty gritty of the syllabus. You should set small targets that are to be achieved on a weekly basis. This helps to keep you on your toes. Even if you fail to meet one of the targets, you will have it at the back of your mind that you were unable to achieve a target and that should drive you to study harder.
- Resources to Use: There are many aspirants around the country who are eager to learn and put in the hard work. However, merely studying from any book can prove to be counterproductive. You need to be smart about the resources that you use. You can consult students who have cleared the exams with good marks as to which resources they have used. Otherwise, you could also read the reviews and consult your teachers or consultants. This is where students who take help from online websites for competitive exams have an advantage. In these websites, they provide highly relevant study materials which are useful. Moreover, these websites also allow you to get in touch with experts who can guide you personally. The top online educational websites also regularly host video seminars which provides support to the aspirants throughout the year, on almost every topic that you may need assistance with.
If you keep these things in mind, understand yourself, plan smartly and execute your plans efficiently, then there is no reason why you should not be a part of the elite engineering colleges in India.