Boards vs Competitive Exams: A Complete Guide For JEE/NEET Aspirants

by Aparajita Das June 01, 2022

Should I focus on my Class 12 Boards? Or, on my upcoming JEE/NEET exams? How to appear in both with full preparation? These are the frequent questions which are obvious to occur in your mind. 

You cannot choose between the two, the ‘either-or’ factor doesn’t work here! 

In this case Vedantu has come up with a full-fledged master guide prepared by experts to help you give your best in both examinations.

Your 2022 Boards Exam is going to end on the 15th of June 2022, it was started on the 26th of April 2022 and your JEE and NEET Exams are going to be conducted on 20th June and 17th July respectively. This is understandable that students will be in total tightness and this rigidity might affect not only their performance but also their overall well-being of mind and body. But worry not, we have some tips, tricks and strategies that will help you to plan your studies and prepare for the Boards and JEE/NEET exams.


Difference B/W between Boards and Competitive Exams

There is no denying the fact that both competitive exams and the Board exams are highly different from each other. Although the syllabi for both exams are nearly similar, each exam tests different skills. So both require different approaches as far as the preparations are concerned. Let us explore a few more differences between boards and competitive exams.

  • As we know that for board exam knowing the facts and theories is more than enough, but if you’re preparing for competitive exams application of the concepts and theories is also required. Hence, to succeed in both the exams students should always practice questions and understand the logic for solving problems.

  • In Boards, mostly subjective questions are asked, whereas in competitive exams like JEE/NEET objective questions are asked. That is why competitive exams do not ask for your handwriting and presentation skills.

  • It is a fact that the board exam is not an easy pie, and the competitive exams are a test of elimination. Only 5-10 % of students get selected by top universities for admissions.

  • Unlike the board exams, in competitive exams, attempting all questions is not necessary as there will be negative marking. However, exams like NEET/JEE don't give you a free hand, thus relative marks are important in it.

Above mentioned points are enough to tell you why the Board and competitive exams should be approached with different preparation strategies.


Tips, Tricks and Strategies to Balance Boards and Competitive Exams

1. Know Your Syllabus and Exam Pattern

“Strategise first to save your time and Energy”

Knowing the syllabus before sitting for studies is the most common practice that a student should always pursue. It is because board exams cover only the 12th Class syllabus, whereas JEE/NEET requires the full preparation of both 11th and 12th class syllabi. Also, the sad part is “You can’t even leave a single topic while preparing for JEE/NEET.”

Therefore, if you think you can just sit randomly and revise the syllabus twice or thrice and crack both boards and competitive exams then you’re wrong! You should research well about the topics which are most likely to come in both exams. It will save your time and energy that you can always put later on in your preparation.

Tip: After knowing your syllabus the next step is to divide the syllabus accordingly and start revision.

2. Find Out the Common Elements and Master Them

“Interlink the 11th and 12th class syllabi to make your base strong”

As we’ve discussed above, the syllabi of both board and competitive exams are similar, which eventually can act as an advantage for your preparation. Hence, you need to go through the subjects and make a list of topics that are common to both. Your priority should be to finish these common topics first.

This way you can complete the 30% preparation for both exams at the same time. Also, for competitive exams (JEE/NEET), you can link the topics of Chemistry, Maths, and Biology from 11th and 12th Classes. In this way, you can create a flow, better understanding, and stronghold on the relatable concepts.

Tip: In both discussed ways, you can prepare the topics in detail and practice MCQs and all possible kinds of questions to cover a big chunk of your syllabus for both exams at a time.

3. Prioritise Instead of Balancing

“Because you can’t travel in two boats at the same time”

As you know that both exams are important for you, don't assume that you need to balance both all the time. You need to learn to prioritise things one over the other so that you can prepare an effective timetable allotting time to both accordingly.

Also, if you know that your target college's admission is through merit-based scholarships, then board exams should be your priority and meanwhile, and competitive exams should be considered as a backup or vice-versa. However, always remember you have to pass your boards to take admission to the colleges.

Never go out to perform without a plan, that's what intelligent people say. So always know first what you want more and what is the best way to achieve it. This thought process will keep your mind well-organised and motivated towards your goal.

4. Mock Tests and Previous Years’ Questions

“Practice! Practice! Practice!”

Along with your revision and regular studies try to solve question banks, sample papers and mock tests which will help you to know about the exam pattern, syllabus and division of marks.

If you talk about 2021 JEE or NEET toppers, they had one thing very common in their preparation and that was solving one mock test every day. It has made them know their problem areas, rectify their mistakes, learn time management and increase their confidence so that it would not get repeated in their final examination.

5. Forget About Rote Learning

“You can crack boards with this but not the JEE/NEET”

You know that competitive exams like JEE/NEET tests the candidates on their analytical, logical, and problem-solving skills. The chance of the theoretical questions being asked in the examination is very low. It clearly states that you have to stop rote learning right now and start practising an application-based approach.

If you’re not able to understand the concepts, you can go online and search for relevant videos describing the concepts and clear all doubts. Also, you can go to subscribing e-learning platforms that are known to solve your doubts instantly through live chats with academic experts.


A Tip for the Aspirants

Online Coaching - “Easy to Access and Saves Your Time & Money”

Around 45% of JEE aspirants have preferred online coaching to offline coaching, because:

  • It saves time, energy, and money.

  • Recorded classes can be of great help to address your doubts, whenever necessary.

  • Conveniently accessible from anywhere and at any time.

  • Practice papers and mock tests simulating the main exam JEE/NEET.


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We hope that this blog helps you in making a decision for your exam preparation. “Best of luck for both Boards and JEE/NEET EXAM”

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