How to Ensure Success in IIT JEE as a Dropper/Repeater?

How to Ensure Success in IIT JEE as a Dropper/Repeater?


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How to Ensure Success in IIT JEE as a Dropper/Repeater?

As an IIT coaching expert for the last 12 years, I have never believed that people fail – until they give up. There are dozens of reasons why students are not able to clear JEE Mains and/or JEE Advanced in the first attempt – and hundreds of reasons why it is much easier to crack IIT JEE as a dropper or a repeater.

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how a JEE dropper or repeater can finally tackle the engineering entrance exam and be at the top of their game:

Good News First!

Almost 50% of students who crack JEE Advanced and make it to the IITs do so in their second attempt. It means they are repeaters (and most likely droppers). In 2012, 60% of the repeaters cracked IIT JEE.

And why not?

Freshers have to deal with school and homework on a daily basis and have to prepare for their board exams too. Despite all their efforts, JEE preparation does take a backseat at times because they are juggling so many things at once.

A repeater or a dropper, on the other hand, is already out of school. It becomes much easier to focus only on the Mains and Advanced exams – and make the invaluable second chance they get their ‘golden arrow’.

Identify Your Weaknesses

A 2011 study found that the topmost reasons why students failed were:

  1. Motivation,
  2. Study habits,
  3. Academic preparedness,
  4. External factors,
  5. Students’ Attitudes,
  6. Inadequate instruction, and
  7. Relevancy issues.

Mr. X, a Math tutor at the Vijay Education Academy in Indore, said, “We cannot control external factors that affected our results the first time around but we can certainly seek the right kind of intervention and academic support to overcome rest of the challenges and make our second attempt count. The JEE Mains coaching institute in India you join should be able to boost you in a gentle and friendly manner. If the study environment is too harsh, you may end up feeling depressed and disenchanted with studies.

Know Your Strengths


As we pointed out above, your biggest strength is ‘Time’. With more time in your hand than a school-going engineering aspirant, you can take on a more rigorous study schedule to cover the entire JEE syllabus, do more practice, revise and revise some more, and take full-length tests.

The second advantage you have over the first-timers is ‘Experience’. You’ve already taken the test once – and have a fair idea of what types of questions to expect. You already know how to prepare for the examination day.

You know how speed and accuracy matters in the exam. You also know that while you do need to learn a few formulas and facts by heart, the application of concepts is more important when it comes to solving JEE problems.

The JEE syllabus is same, and the tips and tricks used in the exam are same as your first attempt. To make your drop year count, all you need to do is to brush up the topics you find easy and work hard on the ones you find difficult.

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