How to find right topics to choose first In IIT Joint Entrance Examination?
The Joint Entrance Examination (JEE), which was also known as the India Institute of Technology Joint Entrance Examination (IIT-JEE) is a standardized test that is used for admission to engineering programs in India. The IIT-JEE was replaced by JEE in the year 2013, and comprises of multiple-choice questions that test the students knowledge in several engineering-related fields. There are two levels of JEE that is offered : first is the JEE Main and second is the JEE Advanced, the latter being required for certain selective programs. Like with any serious academic test, thorough preparation is key to earn a good score on the JEE.
Both the JEE Main and JEE Advanced cover the same three subjects (physics, chemistry, and mathematics), the precise topics covered and the level of difficulty of the questions shall be varying between the two tests. So as to gain a sense for the topics one should be expected to know for each test, and also consult the official test syllabi for the Main and Advanced exams. The syllabus for both of the exams are available in free PDF form from official test resources online. Below are some of the few examples of the topics one must encounter on the test —
- Physics: Kinematics, laws of motion, gravity, thermodynamics, electromagnetism, optics, electronic devices.
- Chemistry: States of matter, atomic structure, redox reactions, chemical kinetics, environmental chemistry, periodic groups, basic organic chemistry principles.
- Mathematics: Quadratic equations, mathematical induction, sequences and series, matrices, integral calculus, differential equations, coordinate geometry.
The simplest, and the most effective way to prepare for JEE is by simply doing the test itself. Mock tests are available for free from the official JEE website. These tests are mirror to the actual JEE in terms of structure, format, and content and can be accessed entirely through your computer. Completing mock tests gives one the necessary experience of working through the JEE (and, in the process, finding one strengths and weaknesses) in advance of the actual exam.
- We should keep in mind that while mock tests are mirror of computer-based versions of the JEE almost perfectly, but paper-based JEE will require one to record their answers by hand on an official answer sheet. There is another resource that is important for one to qualify the JEE that is the previous year’s question papers. Unlike the mock tests, which have questions that are made specially for them, JEE question papers has the exact type of questions included on past exams, add hence it makes them a very valuable resource.
- Since the JEE is relatively new, the question papers from 2014 are available only. However, as the test is given multiple times per year, hence eight papers have been published, which offers plenty of practice material.