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.

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.

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


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.


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.


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.

11 Important Things Every Student Should Know about JEE and NEET Exams

The Ministry of Human Resource Development has announced major changes in the national level engineering and medical entrance exams. From 2019, candidates will be able to take the IIT JEE Main exam twice a year. The change has been introduced to make the examination system more student-friendly and minimize the incidents of paper leak. Here is everything you need to know about the new examination system-

Is it mandatory for the students to appear for JEE Main Exam twice a year?

No, it is not mandatory to sit for JEE Main twice a year. Candidates can choose to appear only once if they are satisfied with their scores in the first attempt. However, candidates can take this test again to improve their ranks (higher of the two scores will be considered for admissions).

Will NEET also be conducted twice?

No. NEET will be conducted only once in 2019. Although, the HRD Ministry had earlier announced that the NEET exam will also be conducted twice a year, it has now withdrawn its decision.

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Who will conduct JEE Main and NEET?

JEE Main and NEET will be conducted by the newly-established organization – National Testing Agency (NTA).

It must be noted that CBSE will no longer be the conducting body of JEE Main and NEET.

Will JEE Advanced also be held twice?

No. It will be held once only. IITs will continue to host the JEE Advanced exam.

Will JEE Main and NEET be conducted online or offline?

JEE Main will be a computer-based test. NEET, on the other hand, will be held in offline (pen and paper) mode.

How will the final scores be calculated in JEE Main?

The scores obtained by candidates in two sitting will be equated using standardisation techniques and psychometric methods. The higher of the two scores will be used for admissions.

Is there any change in the exam pattern and syllabus of JEE Main and NEET?

No. The exam pattern and syllabus of both the exams will remain the same.

Will the candidates be able to choose the date of JEE Main exam?

Yes. As per the latest changes, JEE Main will be conducted in multiple (eight) sittings. A candidate will be able to choose the date of the exam.

What other exams will be conducted by NTA?

Apart from JEE Main and NEET, NTA will conduct National Eligibility Test (NET), Common Management Admissions Test (CMAT) and Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test (GPAT).

When will the JEE Main exam be held?

JEE Main 2019 dates are as follows –

Phase 1 Phase 2
Application Form 1st Sept – 30th Sept 2018 8th Feb – 7th Mar 2019
Date of Exam 6th Jan – 20th Jan 2019* 6th Apr – 20th Apr 2019*
Result 31st Jan 2019 30th Apr 2019

*(eight sittings, candidates need to choose any one sitting)

When will NEET 2019 be held?

NEET 2019 will be held on 5th May 2019.

Events Dates
Application Form 1st Nov – 30th Nov 2018
Date of Exam 5th May 2019
Result 5th June 2019

What are test practice centres?

Test practice centres will be established by NTA for the benefit of rural students. These centres shall remain open on Saturdays and Sundays. Students from rural areas will be able to use this facility free of charge to prepare for entrance exams.

If you have any more doubts or queries related to the latest changes in JEE and NEET, you can contact the experts at Reynott Academy who would be happy to answer your questions.

Reynott Academy – One-Stop Destination for JEE and NEET Aspirants

A very warm welcome to the blog and news section of Reynott Academy – a premier coaching institute for Engineering, Medical and Foundation programs. This blog is the space where we give our readers the lowdown on India’s most prestigious entrance exams.

In India, medicine and engineering have always been the most sought-after career choices. A large number of students appear for NEET, IIT JEE Main/ Advanced and other competitive entrance exams to realize their dream of studying in top engineering and medical colleges across the country. With so many students vying for a small number of seats, the competition in these exams is, to put it mildly, fierce.

At Reynott Academy, we don’t just prepare our students for these highly competitive entrance exams, we also prepare them for their future by providing them opportunities for broader, deeper learning.

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Instead of looking at these exams as the be-all and end-all of a student’s life, we focus on providing the right guidance to our students and encourage them to pull out all the stops and give their best performance on the exam day.

Our classroom courses are designed to impart the knowledge and skills needed to crack the entrance exams. Apart from IIT JEE Main & Advanced, NEET and AIIMS Test preparation courses for Class XI and XII students, we also offer Foundation Courses to students studying in classes VIII-X.

However, at Reynott Academy, we understand that our responsibility extends beyond the classroom. We realize how important it is to forge deeper connections with our students and their parents. And for that, we need an effective communication channel that helps us connect with our readers.

Hence, this blog!

The Reynott Academy Blog is the platform where we….well, we do a lot of things here.

We share our knowledge with the readers, identify the learning needs of our students and help them stay motivated through the ups and downs of the preparation phase.

This blog is the place where we walk with our students on their journey to India’s top engineering and medical colleges, and also make their parents a part of this journey.

We know a lot is happening in the world of engineering and medical entrance exams, like the big changes in the IIT JEE Main and NEET exams announced by the Ministry of HRD recently. At Reynott Academy Blog, we cut all the brouhaha and provide you all the updates and information in an easy-to-grasp form.

Stay tuned as we strive to make the life of JEE and NEET aspirants a little easier!