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.

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.