Drop a Year or Not: The Age-Old Conundrum

The admission season is coming to an end. For those who couldn’t make it to the IITs, it’s time to consider other options. This essentially means choosing between studying in a non-IIT engineering college and dropping a year and taking IIT coaching to prepare for JEE 2020.

An easy way to make this choice is to flip a coin. Heads – go to college. Tails – drop a year. Boom! Decision made.

On a serious note, taking a drop is a big decision. Therefore, the pros and cons of dropping a year must be carefully considered before making a decision.

There is life beyond IITs…

As an engineering aspirant, the very first thing that you need to understand is this – not making it to the IITs is not the end of the road. Many of the well-known Indian scientists and CTOs, who failed to make it to the IITs, went on to achieve great things in life. Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO, pursued his engineering from Manipal University. Kalpana Chawla, the first Indian woman in space, decided to pursue Aeronautical Engineering from Punjab Engineering College when she failed to clear JEE. APJ Abdul Kalam, one of the most admired Indian personalities, studied at Madras Institute of Technology. Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, Vinod Dham, Shiv Nadar – the list of successful non-IITians is quite long.

Secondly, many renowned colleges offer admissions based on JEE Main scores. These include National Institutes of Technology (NITs), Netaji Subhash Institute of Technology (NSIT), PSG College of Technology, Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology, and IIIT Hyderabad etc. These and several other colleges have a good placements record with students being placed in top-notch companies in India and abroad. Securing a seat in any of these colleges is a safe option to avoid the uncertainties that come with dropping a year.

Have another go at JEE…

That said, however, dropping a year can be a good option for some students. If you are really keen on pursuing engineering from a top-notch engineering college, you may consider appearing for JEE Main and Advanced exam in 2020. At times, students find it difficult to balance board exams and IIT JEE coaching. As a result, they fail to give JEE Main/Advanced their best shot. In the drop year, students can focus exclusively on the JEE test.

So, if you are one of the engineering aspirants who are at a crossroads between dropping a year and taking admission in a non-IIT college, it’s important to weigh all the pros and cons of dropping a year before making a final decision.

Three last-minute tips to ace JEE Advanced 2019

With JEE Advanced 2019 knocking at the doors of IIT aspirants, it’s time for the students to gear up for the big day. This year, the exam will be conducted by IIT Roorkee on 27th May 2019. The exam will be held in two sessions – Paper 1 from 9 am to 12 pm and Paper 2 from 2 pm to 5 pm.

If you are among the 2.45 lakh candidates who are eligible to appear for JEE Advanced and have successfully registered for the coveted exam, you need to make the most of the remaining days. Here are some useful tips that will help –

Revision is the key

In the absence of proper revision, all your hard work is unlikely to yield any good result. This is not the time to start a new topic. At this point, trying to understand a new topic in depth can cause panic and confusion. Your entire focus should be on revising the topics that you have already studied.

At the same time, it’s important to remember that questions in JEE Advanced are asked from a wide variety of topics. Therefore, it’s advisable to have at least the basics of all topics covered in JEE Advanced coaching. Also, there are subjects that need special attention during revision. Inorganic Chemistry is a case in point. There are a lot of concepts in Inorganic Chemistry that students need to memorize thoroughly.

Say NO to Stress

As cliche as it may sound, avoiding stress before the exam is of great importance. Eating healthy food, getting adequate sleep, taking short walks, avoiding social media, reducing the intake of caffeine, doing breathing exercises, talking to your loved ones and last but not the least, setting realistic goals are some of the effective ways to keep stress at bay.

Here, parents have an important role to play. If you are the parent of an engineering aspirant, it’s important for you to ensure that you don’t overburden your child with undue expectations. While IITs have their own appeal, there are tons of other colleges that provide excellent engineering education and great placement opportunities.

Stay Positive between Paper 1 and Paper 2

There will be a two-hour gap between Paper 1 and Paper 2. During this time, many students have a tendency to indulge in serious discussions about Paper 1 with other students. This is something that needs to be avoided as it may cause unnecessary confusion and anxiety. Another thing that must be avoided during the two-hour gap is a heavy meal. Sitting for a three-hour exam in the middle of a hot summer day can be difficult for some students. A heavy meal can make things worse by causing drowsiness. It may have a negative impact on your performance in the exam. Therefore, it’s best to eat something light.

The best way to approach JEE Advanced is to treat it as just another exam. While it’s important to give it your best shot, there are options galore even if you fail to make it to an IIT.

NEET 2019: Four Common Mistakes You Need to Avoid

Ever felt that you failed to crack a particular examination just because of a simple act of carelessness? Ever felt that you could have avoided a mistake altogether if you had paid a little more attention to a particular question? Sometimes, the person ahead of you in rank is not necessarily there because he/she scored better, but it could be because you failed to avoid some of the most common mistakes. Painful, we know, but very accurate. It happens to all of us.

NEET is a medical entrance exam organized by NTA (National Testing Agency) which has a set of 180 questions amounting to 720 marks. Also, there is negative marking in place. Hence it becomes all the more essential to avoid mistakes which can result in losing out on precious marks. NEET Coaching helps the medical aspirants understand what all aspects they need to cover and how elementary errors can be avoided due to carelessness.

Preparation, rigorous study, discipline, and the right amount of rest are a mixture of things required for preparing for medical entrance exams the right way. Taking medical coaching makes you familiar with some of the do’s and don’ts of NEET exam. However, we are here to discuss how certain silly mistakes can be avoided, thereby missing out on scoring those numbers which we very much deserve.

Here are some common mistakes we can avoid to help crack the impending exam:

Not Focusing On The Question At Hand: Often it so happens that we are done answering one question and move to the next, but in our minds, we are still meandering over the previous question, wondering about the answers, and if there could be a better solution to it. Don’t! Once you are done answering one question, move on. To help remove distractions, breathe! Maintaining rhythmic breathing helps you focus on the matter at hand (In this case, the question at hand).

Improper Time Management: So many questions, so little time! Time can be quite an intimidating factor given that so much is at stake. If not timed perfectly, we risk the danger of running out of time and missing out on attempting all the questions. Some questions are bound to be left out. So, it becomes all the more important to time each question perfectly, and not to spend more than that amount of stipulated time on a particular question.

Wrong Answering Sequence: Usually, the candidates prefer answering the Biology section first, followed by Chemistry or Physics. However, this can be a calculated error. Students believe that if they answer Biology first, which is fairly easier (and a favorite), they can get to the more difficult sections later. However, this might not work too well for each student. So, it is suggested that the candidates not start with attempting the ‘favourite’ subject first, as that can take up a lot of time, and leave less time for the more complicated sections.

Not Reading Questions Properly: Reading everything helps. It keeps you informed. Right from the instructions page, till the end of the last page, everything should be read carefully. Read again, if time permits. That way, you will be clear about the instructions, and avoid any simple mistakes that could be caused by misinformation, or lack thereof.

There are also many NEET coaching programs which set the base for the students in garnering his/her talents in the right direction. All in all, proper practice and discipline is the order of the day. But, studying all by ourselves won’t help much. AIIMS/NEET Medical Coaching programmes offered by Reynott Academy provide a definitive path on how to go about the preparatory process.

How Can Mock Tests Improve Your Performance in JEE Main and NEET Exam?

When it comes to JEE and NEET exam, practice is the key to success. Learning concepts and memorizing formulas won’t help a student succeed in these exams until an ample amount of time is devoted to practice. And with competition in JEE and NEET getting tougher every year, it becomes all the more essential for students to prepare well and practice a lot.

These days, teachers at engineering and medical coaching centres put a lot of emphasis on practicing mock tests and rightly so. These tests are considered an integral part of JEE and NEET coaching. Engineering and medical aspirants are advised to take as many mock tests as possible.

So, how exactly do mock tests help? What difference do they make to overall preparation? And can these tests really improve the performance of a student in JEE, NEET, and other competitive exams?

Understand your weaknesses (and overcome them!)

Even the brightest of students have chinks in their armors. While some students get stuck at tricky questions, others tend to lose track of time while solving complex equations. Lamentably, many students are unable to gain clarity on their strengths and weaknesses until they sit for the real exam. Mock tests serve the important purpose of helping students identify their weaknesses and overcome them in a timely way.

Manage time in the exam

Managing time properly during the exam is of crucial importance. Every student must know how much time he is going to spend on each question. Mock tests help students learn how to solve questions within a set time frame. Moreover, practicing mock tests is a great way to improve speed and reduce the time taken to solve questions.

Create an exam strategy

Students who succeed in JEE Main, NEET and other entrance exams always know how they are going to approach the exam. Mock tests help students devise their own exam strategies. When you practice a mock test, you get an idea as to which questions should be attempted first and which ones should be taken up later. Mock tests also familiarize you with the format of the questions, making it easier for you to formulate the best exam strategy.

Gain more confidence

It may sound a bit over-the-top but taking mock tests can help you gain more confidence. Solving mock tests in exam-like conditions prepares you well for JEE and NEET exams. Taking the real exam may not look so intimidating if you have practiced a lot of mock tests. It also helps you analyze where you stand in NEET or JEE preparation vis-a-vis other medical and engineering aspirants.

Whether you are preparing for JEE Main exam to be held in April 2019 or NEET 2019 exam, practicing mock tests is essential to achieve success in entrance exams. Mock tests are an integral part of NEET and JEE coaching provided by Reynott Academy in Jalandhar.

4 Important Things You Need To Know About NEET 2019

National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) is a highly competitive medical entrance exam taken by a large number of medical aspirants every year. Around 66,000 MBBS seats and 27,000 BDS seats in government and private colleges across the country are filled through NEET. This year, NEET will be conducted by the newly-formed National Testing Agency (NTA) on May 5. Here are some important things that every medical aspirant should know about NEET 2019 –

Increase in the number of candidates

This year, a record number of candidates will appear for NEET. As per NTA, 15.19 lakh candidates have registered for NEET 2019, which is around two lakh more than last year. In 2018, 13.26 lakh candidates had registered for the exam. NEET 2019 application process ended on December 7, 2018. One of the reasons why NEET exam registrations went up this year is that the Supreme Court allowed candidates above 25 years of age to register for the exam.

No age restriction (for now)

A day before the last date to register for NEET 2019, the Supreme Court allowed students above 25 years of age to appear for the exam. As per the SC order, the last date to register for the exam was extended by a week (to 7th December 2018). However, it was an interim order and the Court made it clear that the final admission will be based on the outcome of the case. It must be noted that CBSE had placed an age restriction for taking NEET, which was challenged in court by the affected students.

Exam to be conducted once

Earlier, the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) had announced that NEET will be held twice a year. However, upon recommendations of Health Ministry, the decision was rolled back. The Ministry also did away with the decision to conduct the exam in computer-based mode amid concerns that it will place the candidates from rural areas at a disadvantage. So, NEET 2019 will only be conducted once, in pen and paper mode.

Exam to be conducted in the afternoon

NEET 2019 will be conducted from 2 pm to 5 pm. It’s a general belief that most students feel more attentive and fresh during the morning time. Therefore, the decision to conduct the exam in the afternoon has left them feeling perplexed. It is important for students to prepare themselves for the afternoon exam by practising mock tests during the afternoon. NEET coaching centres provide various mock tests that prove to be of great help.

With over 15 lakh candidates appearing for the exam, the competition for MBBS and BDS seats is expected to be more difficult this year. However, with the right preparation, you can crack the NEET exam and realize your dream of becoming a doctor.

JEE Main 2019 – Last-month preparation strategy to ace the exam

It’s mid-December already! Now that less than a month is left for JEE Main January 2019 exam, time is of the essence for engineering aspirants. While there is no reason to press the panic button, it’s important not to squander away whatever little time is left for preparation. In fact, it’s in the last leg of preparation that students need to stay more focused.

Here are some last-month study strategy tips for JEE Main January 2019 exam

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Create a timetable

Staying organized is the key to success in JEE Main exam. Creating a timetable (a realistic one!) is one of the best ways to stay organized. An exam study timetable helps you prioritise things, makes you more efficient, and also makes it easier for you to track your progress. And if you are one of those who have a tendency to procrastinate things, a timetable becomes all the more important and useful.

Set daily goals

With just a few days left for the exam, it might be too late to set monthly or weekly goals. At this point, taking one day at a time is the best way to cover IIT JEE Main syllabus. Clearly define all study tasks you need to complete on a daily basis to keep your preparation on track. While setting daily goals and creating a timetable, it is important to keep some time aside for relaxation.

Clear your doubts

It’s never too late to clear your doubts. Ideally, you must have a clarity on all the concepts by now. However, if there is any concept or problem that you find confusing, it’s important to gain clarity on it. Seek the help of your teacher or friends if needed to understand a topic better. Ignoring a concept, especially if it’s an important one, is never a good idea as it can affect your performance in the exam.

Take mock tests and practice papers

Taking mock tests and solving practice papers is one of the best ways to prepare for IIT JEE Main Exam. The more tests you take, the more you will understand your strong and weak areas. Most importantly, practice papers prepare you for real exam-like situations. While taking the mock tests, it is important to analyze your performance and work on the questions you get wrong.

Create an exam-day strategy

Creating an exam-day strategy is of paramount importance. It may sound cliche, but it’s always advisable to attempt the easier questions first. Spending too much time on questions that are complex and time-consuming is something that should be avoided. Once you are done with the easier questions, you can always come back, if time permits, to the difficult ones.

IIT JEE Main exam is not just a stepping stone to JEE Advanced. It also opens the door to admission in many leading engineering institutes. Keeping the above tips in mind will make it easier for you to prepare for the JEE Main exam to be held on 9,10,11 and 12 January 2019.

5 useful tips for students preparing for IIT JEE 2019

It’s the dream of every engineering aspirant in India to secure a seat in one of the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). To realize this dream, students need to crack the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE), which is counted among the toughest entrance exams in the world. JEE is conducted in two parts – JEE (Main) and JEE (Advanced). Among more than 10 lakh candidates who appear for JEE (Main) every year, only around 2 lakh candidates qualify for JEE (Advanced). A small percentage of these candidates finally make it to the prestigious IITs.

The more you look into the numbers, the more you are likely to feel that the odds are against you. However, if you are an engineering aspirant, you need to realize that cracking the JEE exam is not as tough as it looks on paper. All you need is the right approach and strategy. Here are some useful tips for those who are preparing for IIT JEE 2019 exam

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Get familiar with the latest changes

HRD ministry has announced several changes in JEE exam this year. It will now be conducted twice a year (in January and April) in multiple sessions. CBSE will no longer be the conducting body of JEE (Main). Instead, the exam will be conducted by the newly-constituted National Testing Agency (NTA). JEE Main 2019 will only be conducted in online mode.

Know the exam pattern

Although, no changes have been announced as far as the JEE syllabus and exam pattern are concerned, familiarizing yourself with the pattern of the exam is the foremost thing to do. Number of sections, duration of the exam, number of questions, and marking scheme are some of the things that you must be completely familiar with.

Get familiar with computer-based mode

As Paper 1 (completely) and Paper 2 (partly) of JEE Main 2019 will be conducted in online mode, it is important for you to gain familiarity with the way these tests are conducted. Appearing for online mock tests is one of the best ways to get used to answering questions on screen. This is all the more important for students from rural areas who have not had sufficient exposure to computers. NTA has also set up computer centres where students can take online mock tests.

Practice sample papers and mock tests

Practicing sample papers, previous years’ question papers and mock tests is an essential part of IIT JEE preparation. It’s an effective way to improve speed, enhance time management skills, and understand the types of questions asked in the exam. Most importantly, it helps you understand your current level of preparation and areas where you need to improve.

Stay motivated

While practice and hardwork are important, ultimately, it all boils down to how motivated you are. Going to the exam centre with a positive mindset can significantly improve your performance. Setting daily goals and rewarding yourself when you achieve your goals is a great way to keep your motivation level high during the preparation stage.

Preparing for IIT JEE and NEET – Your Role As A Parent

In India, engineering and medical entrance exams are fiercely competitive. Every year, lakhs of students compete for a small number of seats in India’s top engineering and medical colleges. As the students are selected on the basis of their scores in entrance exams, a lot of importance is placed on the result of these exams. The pressure to succeed on students can sometimes be overwhelming. If not handled well, it can cause a lot of stress and can have a negative impact on a student’s physical and mental well being. They need to manage exam stress brings us to the important role parents play in alleviating fears and anxiety associated with entrance exams.

The support provided by parents during the exam preparation phase can be of great help to children. Many parents wrongly believe that enrolling their children for the coaching classes exonerates them from other responsibilities. The truth is, even the best coaching institute for IIT JEE preparation cannot step into the shoes of parents when it comes to providing emotional support to children.

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Here is how the parents can help children stay focused and stress-free while preparing for engineering and medical entrance exams –

Realistic Expectations

It’s natural to want your child to succeed in life. However, an acute desire to see your kids making it big can leave you disillusioned. As they say, your kids are not your second chance in life! Having unrealistic expectations from children can cause a great deal of discomfort to both parents and children. Moreover, it puts kids under unnecessary pressure. While it’s good to encourage children to do their best in entrance exams, but you, as a parent, must keep your expectations real.

Communicate

Communication is the essence of any relationship, and parent-child relationship is no exception! During the exam days, it becomes all the more important for the parent to communicate with their children. It’s important to tell your child that an entrance exam is not the make-or-break moment for them. Using phrases such as ‘it’s just another exam’ and ‘your life doesn’t depend on it’ can work wonders when it comes to relieving exam-related stress among children. Besides, communicating regularly will also keep you updated on the progress they are making in their curriculum.

Healthy Lifestyle

As children try to balance school and engineering/ medical coaching classes, they often tend to ignore their health. Many students stay up late at night to study for exams. This can leave them sleep-deprived and can have a negative impact on their performance in the exam. Proper sleep, healthy diet and regular exercise can make a world of difference as far as the health and well being of students is concerned.

Also, it is important for the parents to ensure that they choose a good coaching centre that provides the right guidance to the students. Reynott Academy in Jalandhar is a premier coaching centre that specializes in IIT JEE coaching and AIIMS/ NEET coaching.

5 common mistakes to avoid while preparing for IIT JEE Main

As cliche as it may sound, there are no shortcuts to success as far as the JEE Main exam is concerned. Engineering aspirants need to toil hard and put their best foot forward in order to realize their dream of studying in a top engineering college. As the number of seats in IITs and other top-notch engineering institutes is limited, the candidates need to put in a lot of efforts to stay in the hunt. That said, however, mistakes are inevitable! Despite their best efforts, many engineering aspirants end up making some mistakes that may prove to be quite costly and jeopardise their career plans.

Let’s take a look at some of the common mistakes that the candidates need to avoid while preparing for JEE Main –

Being complacent in Class XI
Yes, finishing the Class X board exams is a wonderful feeling. It feels like a huge burden has been lifted off your shoulders. And there is nothing wrong in letting your guard down for a while. But being too complacent in Class XI is something that you should definitely avoid if you are serious about cracking the JEE Main exam. The syllabus of Class XI is tougher than the syllabus of Class X. Moreover, several questions in JEE Main exam are based on the Class XI syllabus. Therefore, it’s important for engineering aspirants to gain a thorough grasp of the syllabus of Class XI.

Not studying the NCERT Books
Reference books can be of great help. But it’s important not to jump the gun. The first step should be to clear the basics. This is where the NCERT books can come in very handy. Studying the NCERT books thoroughly will help you gain a conceptual understanding of the subject. Also, it ensures that you don’t veer away from the official JEE syllabus.

Ignoring a subject
In JEE Main exam, the questions are asked from three subjects – Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. Many students tend to focus on two of these subjects and often neglect the third one. Such a strategy is a recipe for disaster. The students need to answer questions from all three subjects to crack the exam. Moreover, JEE Main exam can be unpredictable at times. The difficulty level of questions in one section can be high. Therefore, relying on two sections to score a decent rank is not a good idea.

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Lack of proper sleep & diet
This is something that parents keep telling their children all the time. Yet, many engineering aspirants make the mistake of ignoring their sleep and diet especially when the exam date is near. It may prove to be a big mistake as it is likely to have a negative impact on your physical and mental wellbeing.

Relying solely on self-study
Joining a JEE Main coaching institute doesn’t guarantee success. However, it does increase the odds. Coaching institutes offer tailor-made courses designed to suit the requirements of Class XI and Class XII students. With regular classes, you can stay abreast of changes in the syllabus and exam pattern. Also, these classes help you stay organized and ensure that things move as per the plan.

Enrolling in a course offered by a reliable JEE coaching institute in Jalandhar such as the Reynott Academy can lay a solid foundation for success.

JEE Main and JEE Advanced – How are they different?

Becoming an engineer is a dream shared by a large number of students in India. However, the path to engineering presents formidable challenges. Cracking the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) is one of the biggest challenges faced by every engineering aspirant in India. JEE Main and JEE Advanced exam are highly competitive exams that are considered to be toughest to crack. In order to do well in JEE Main and JEE Advanced, it is important for the engineering aspirants to have a clear understanding of the factors that make these exams different.

For the uninitiated, JEE exam is divided into two parts – JEE Main and JEE Advanced. JEE Main is the qualifying exam for JEE Advanced for admissions to the most prestigious engineering colleges in India – Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). While most engineering aspirants know the basic difference between JEE Main and JEE Advanced exam, they are often unaware of the factors that make them different.

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Let’s understand the key differences between these two exams-

Purpose of Exam

JEE Main is conducted to select candidates for B.Tech and B.E. programmes offered by National Institutes of Technology (NITs), Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) and other Centrally Funded Technical Institutes (CFTIs). It is also a qualifying exam for JEE Advanced.

The objective of conducting JEE Advanced is to select candidates for the undergraduate programmes offered by the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). Among 10 lakh+ candidates who appeared for JEE Main last year, around 2-2.5 lakh candidates were selected for JEE Advanced. Apart from 23 IITs, Indian Institute of Science and a few other top-notch institutes offer admissions on the basis of JEE Advanced result.

Mode of Exam

JEE Main comprises two papers -Paper 1 and Paper 2. From 2019, Paper 1 will be conducted in online mode only, Paper 2, on the other hand, is conducted in offline mode. JEE Advanced is conducted only in online mode.

It is important for the students to take as many practice tests as possible to gain familiarity with the online test procedure. Reynott Academy offers a lot of online mock tests to help students prepare for the exam.  

Exam Pattern

Paper 1 of JEE Main exam comprises three sections – Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. Only objective type questions are asked in the exam. In Paper 2 of JEE Main exam, questions are asked from three sections – Mathematics, General Aptitude and Drawing. The duration of both the papers is three hours. Here, it is important to note that Paper 1 is conducted for B.Tech/ B.E. courses and Paper 2 is conducted for B.Arch and B.Planning courses.

JEE Advanced also comprises two papers. However, unlike JEE Main, it is mandatory for the candidates to appear for both the papers in JEE Advanced. Each paper is of three hours duration with three sections – Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics.

As far as the difficulty level of these exams is concerned, JEE Advanced is considered a more difficult exam to crack. It is important to have a clear understanding of the differences between JEE Main and JEE Advanced as that will help you build the right preparation strategy.