Tips for ensuring your best performance in JEE – Part 1


In today’s article we will talk about how to manage time during the JEE examinations. You can also use the following to test when u solve mock papers as well.

First and foremost, you should be absolutely clear on which subject are you going to approach first. And quite basically, you need to attempt the subject you are really strong in. The basic idea behind it is, what you are good at, u can do it fast. Time is of the essence, and when you manage to finish one subject satisfactorily, you will be fairly relaxed for the latter two.

If we compare the state level CETs to the JEE in terms of the paper structure, what we observe is in JEE although the questions are on a tougher side, the marks per question are more as well. JEE focusses on quality aspect of the questions and answers. Nobody actually solves 100% of the JEE questions correctly and completely. Accuracy of the number of questions you solve is of paramount importance.

Regarding actually attempting JEE, you need to come up with a system within yourself. As you read the question to be solved, in your mind you should know, 1. Whether to solve the question right away, 2. whether to mark that question for review later, or 3. whether to omit that question and move on to the next. This is possible with practice. The biggest advantage of this is, in your first run through the question paper, you would have solved a considerable chunk of the paper at one go, and would have a definitive target of questions that need review and some time to solve. Also, you would be relatively stress-free about completing the paper as the things you know for sure are been marked.

For more paper solving techniques, keep a lookout for this space. All the best!


Testing Effect: A Powerful Technique for Revision

No one says studying for JEE is a piece of cake. The syllabus is vast, the sheer amount of portion to be studied is huge, and the difficulty level is pretty high. And the fact that you are up against time makes it even more difficult. Concepts are in thousands, formulae are in thousands as well; chemical reactions, vast calculus, etc. are definitely a handful.  Now that your board examinations are over, you have studied the entire syllabus at least once. Now the biggest challenge for you is to revise and be completely prepared. It is a challenge because of the vastness of the contents.

Let us discuss about “The Testing Effect”. The testing effect is a psychological phenomenon that refers to an enhancement in the long-term retention of information as a result of taking a memory test. The “testing effect” refers to the finding that after an initial study opportunity, testing is more effective for long-term retention than restudying.

The inference that we can draw from the testing effect is; while revising, it is better to test yourself for what you have learnt rather than just studying and reading everything again. Following things can be done to ensure your revision is on track

  1.        Solve at least a couple of problems per concept or formula so that you can revise at the same time.
  2.        Ensure that you touch every subject every day in suitable chunks for revision.
  3.        Apart from solving the mock tests for practice, you should revise the concepts and formulae by solving problems on them.


…. for that FINAL PUSH Towards JEE (Main) 2014

1Just little over two weeks remaining for the JEE Main. The stakes have never been higher.

You have been studying for JEE since about two years now. And that’s a lot of time. You are at a point where your basics are clear, fundamentals are in place, and have a lot of practice in solving problems. You have been through the Board Examinations, and countless prelims before that. You have studied the entire syllabus multiple times.  And these, my friends, are your strengths.


With less time at hand, one of the best ways to ensure top score in JEE is to focus on your strengths now.  “Don’t learn altogether new things, perfect what you know” are the words to live by in this crucial period. You have studied a mighty lot in the past two years. You have revised it multiple times as well. And now that’s your core strength.


At this time, with your board examinations being over, it’s important that you come out of the mindset of writing descriptive answers and get into objective answering mode. And Practice is going to help the transition go smoothly. Along with reading and revising the concepts and formulae, do practice solving MCQs as well. It is recommended to solve 4-5 mock papers a week. Check for yourself what suits well.

Try and solve mock JEE papers from a test series. MKCL Mastering JEE Full Portion Test is an intelligent test series covering full portion tests of each subject. The features like GAP analysis and Feedback will help u immensely to learn about your strengths and weaknesses. It will help you to be prepared completely for the bid day.

Keep a lookout for this section. There is definitely more to come. We wish you the best. Pace yourself. Time yourself. Do Well.


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