Satyam is currently pursuing his undergraduate from IIT Kharagpur, and we were able to catch up with him to understand how to prepare for JEE he has some
Why did you choose Engineering?
One must be absolutely sure enough why one wants to be an engineer. There is no point reading a subject you don’t like and love. I was pretty sure that I liked engineering, loved science, maths as a subject and wanted to be an engineer always.
How did you prepare in Class XI & XII
When I look upon my preparation strategy for JEE Advanced, I realize that there are some really important points which one needs to look upon these two years.
One must know that what type of learner one is and then study accordingly. The sooner one realizes this, the better it is.
Analyzing one’s own potential: - One must know about oneself, one's strengths and weaknesses. One must know that what type of learner one is and then study accordingly. The sooner one realizes this, the better it is. In my case, I knew that I am a slow learner. I needed time to grasp concepts, needed sufficient practice to master topics and that’s why needed to devote a bit more time to study.
Getting the right resources: - One needs to get the right guidance and study the right books. In my case, I got this from a reputed school and a well-established coaching institute in my town.
I never allowed maths to get over me and kept practicing for the entire 2 years.
How did you tackle the difficult topics - In JEE Advanced, there are individual subject cut-offs and overall cut-offs as well. One needs to devote sufficient time to all the subjects rather than concentrating on a particular one. My strong point was chemistry and maths was a bit on the weaker side. But I never allowed maths to get over me and kept practicing for the entire 2 years. Regarding the boards, their importance has increased over the few previous years. In my case, regular schooling helped a lot. But for the non-schooling people, sufficient attention needs to be given to CBSE also.
JEE is about unseen conceptual objective type numerical problems.
What did you concentrate on concept or practice: - JEE is about unseen conceptual objective type numerical problems. For this one needs a strong conceptual base and sufficient amount of practice. What I used to do was get my concepts cleared first. In a case of doubts, I approached my teachers freely and got them clarified. After getting confident with my concepts only, I took to solving problems. In the case of doubts in them, I tried my best to solve them by myself. Asking the teacher was my last option. This helped me develop my own understanding and my own problem-solving techniques as well.
During regular days, I used to go to school and coaching, find 3-4 hours for self-study and a minimum 6 hours of sleep.
Time Management: - Managing time is the most important part of JEE preparation. Time needs to be divided for learning and revising concepts, practicing sums, for enjoyment and for sufficient sleep. During regular days, I used to go to school and coaching, find 3-4 hours for self-study and a minimum 6 hours of sleep. On the weekends, I used my time for sufficient self-study and practice along with some outdoor games or hang out with friends. Once the syllabus was complete and classes were over, I used to follow a dedicated routine for a maximum time utilization. During the boards, I studied for boards in the morning and gave 2-3 hours to JEE preparation in the evening. When the final days were near, I resorted to solving previous year papers.
What I experienced is that JEE preparation is all about being consistent and true to yourself for the entire 2 years.
Motivation: - What I experienced is that JEE preparation is all about being consistent and true to yourself for the entire 2 years. Even if one struggles a bit in the initial days, just hanging along without losing hope can get one through. Having the motivation throughout the 2 year period is a real challenge. I used to find motivation sometimes in the respect my clearing JEE would bring to me and my family, sometimes getting my name printed in newspapers and sometimes by just thinking of the feeling to be in any IIT amongst India’s brilliant minds. One needs to find ways of motivation for himself and the rest will follow itself.
Exam time fundas: - During the exams what matters most is speed, confidence, and self-belief. During the exams, I used to analyze the entire paper first so as to get the first impression of the paper. Then start with the easiest one while giving sufficient time to all the three. I used to start bubbling the OMR when last 30 or so minutes were left. When done bubbling, I used to solve the remaining ones and bubble them then and there. In order to get a hang of giving exams under pressure, one must appear in sufficient test papers. Try different strategies during these and learn from the mistakes to get yourself ready.