Challenges thrown by the new IIT-JEE Pattern

Over 500,000 aspirants’ sign up every year to compete for around 10,000 (all Categories together) seats in the 16 supposedly best Engineering Colleges across the country. In recent years, Entrance examinations like JEE Advanced (erstwhile IIT-JEE) and JEE Main (erstwhile AIEEE) have become an essential part of our Education System. The new pattern for the IIT-JEE examination recently put into practice puts enormous pressure on the Students along multiple dimensions.

It is a crunch situation for all IIT- JEE aspirants as now the JEE is conducted in two stages, i.e. JEE (Main) and JEE (Advanced). JEE (Main) essentially replaces the former AIEEE, along with being a gateway for JEE (Advanced), which is the final stage exam for admission to IITs. The first part of the JEE (Main) is open to all Students and their performance in the test will be the key for admission to all technical colleges like the National Institutes of Technology, but not to the IITs. The 150,000 top rankers in the JEE (Main) qualify to appear for the next stage, the JEE (Advanced) for admission to the IITs, IIT - BHU Varanasi and the Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad. These shortlisted 150,000 candidates also need to finish / rank among the Top 20 percentile of Students in their School Board examinations.

With the common entrance exam and percentile-based normalization of scores across School Boards, Students should be aware of the critical importance of scoring well in the Board Exams, in addition to performing well in the JEE. School studies are now in the limelight as there is a direct linkage of school performance with admission to Engineering colleges. Therefore, it becomes imperative to choose the learning system cautiously and in a way that enables you to prepare for JEE (Main), JEE (Advanced) as well as Board Exams. The best solution would be to have a synchronized preparation system that addresses all the three objectives in an adjustable manner that optimizes your performance by dynamically catering to all future possible circumstances. Another key aspect to be kept in mind is that the methodology of preparation should be based on Conceptual Learning rather than Rote Learning, thereby making your preparation pattern-change proof.

Regardless of your current class position, if you are serious about studying and achieving your goal, you can do it by staying focused. It is important to make a time table and stick to it. Keep proper timings and slot each subject for equal number of hours. Periodically, progress should be monitored by mock quizzes after each chapter and mock test papers at regular intervals in a simulated IIT-JEE like examination environment. Students should bridge the gap based on the feedback of performance in mock-tests, which will help improve and build examination temperament. Make every second count…start studying now!!

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