Smart selection, not speed solving, the key to cracking JEE 2016

One of the many questions lingering in the minds of young JEE aspirants is selecting the questions to solve first in the exam. If you don’t make smart choices, you may end up hassling over a single question and wasting precious time. PaGaLGuY spoke to Vipul Mehta, professor at IITians PACE, Mumbai to know which questions to select and attempt during the JEE.

JEE paper is majorly based on application of concepts, practicals and numericals, whereas a small number of questions are theoretical. However, it will be faster and much easier to solve the theoretical questions like, ‘if the temperature rises, resistance increases or decreases?’

One of the many questions lingering in the minds of young JEE aspirants is selecting the questions to solve first in the exam. If you don’t make smart choices, you may end up hassling over a single question and wasting precious time. PaGaLGuY spoke to Vipul Mehta, professor at IITians PACE, Mumbai to know which questions to select and attempt during the JEE.

JEE paper is majorly based on application of concepts, practicals and numericals, whereas a small number of questions are theoretical. However, it will be faster and much easier to solve the theoretical questions like, ‘if the temperature rises, resistance increases or decreases?’Ideally, students should scan through
the paper at the beginning and mark the questions they think are easier. Every question in JEE has to be solved. There is no question
which can be answered directly. Hence, it is advisable to start solving the
subject which you have a stronger grasp over. Ideally, you
should give 45 minutes to Chemistry, 1hour to Physics and 1.15hours to Math. But that need not be the staple rule. If you think you are able to
solve more questions correctly in Chemistry, then you
must go ahead and solve those. The trick is not to solve the most number of
questions, but to only solve limited questions correctly. There is no point
attempting questions that you haven’t studied.

Other than that, there are also
certain topics that students study during their 12th board
exams or in school. These topics can be easier to solve and less time consuming
as students have been practicing them since lower classes. However, these
topics like Wheatstone Bridge, Calculation of Least Count, use of Significant Digits, Practical Organic Chemistry, Salt Analysis, Inorganic Chemistry, etc, are the ones that students take for granted and tend to
ignore while preparing of JEE. The best
way to learn how to make the right selection of questions, is to solve the JEE
papers from 1980 to 1990, the period when there was only one JEE exam to get
into an IIT.

No aspirant, not even the JEE topper, is
able to solve all questions in the exam. In fact, even solving all the
questions may not guarantee you a high score, as incorrect answers have
negative marking. Thus, the key to cracking the JEE is not speed solving, but
to identify simple questions and answer only a limited number that you are
confident of. 

Students can ask their doubts regarding the JEE exam 2016 in the Comments section below. We will get the experts to answer.

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