How do You Utilize a 50-Day Gap Between JEE Mains and JEE Advanced?

by Sagar Mankar, August 14, 2020

The JEE Main 2020 will be conducted from 1st September to 6th September with a new set of eligibility criteria, set by the Ministry of Human Resource Development. About 2.5 lakh JEE Main-qualified candidates will then be eligible to appear for the JEE Advanced exam.

After JEE Mains, candidates will get a crucial gap between JEE Mains and Advanced.

Within this time gap, students get to assess their JEE Main exam as well as boost their preparations for JEE Advanced. Usually, the examinees get a 50 days’ time gap between JEE Mains and Advanced. However, this year, you will get a break of only about 20 days as the JEE Advanced will be conducted on 27th September 2020.

Since JEE Advanced is a much more detailed and comprehensive exam than JEE Mains, students should utilise the time gap efficiently to ace the challenging exam. Keep reading to know how to use your time optimally.


Why is the Gap between JEE Mains and Advanced so Crucial?

Almost 2 Crore candidates sit for the JEE Main every year. Out of these many candidates, only 2.5 Lakh examinees proceed to the next level. Out of so many JEE Advanced candidates, about 12,000 qualify. The qualification rate of JEE Advanced is usually below 1%.

Therefore, proper utilisation of the gap between JEE Mains and Advanced becomes extremely vital for the candidates. This is when they should adopt every possible way to prepare well for the exam.

Remember, this period is to level up your exam drill. But before you get going with the preparations, it is a good idea to take a small break from studies for a few days. Once you are rejuvenated, get back to your exam preparation and power through.


Some Restrictions to Self before JEE Advanced

Let’s keep aside the books and syllabus for a while. There are certain dos and don’ts which are not related to your books. Read on -

  1. Try not to think about your JEE Main score. Let bygones be bygones. Stressing about your JEE Main rank will affect your JEE Advanced performance too. So, it is time to look ahead and prepare for the better.

  2. Do not indulge in exam talks with your friends during the gap between JEE Mains and Advanced. Here’s why. Everyone has a different strategy, different take, and different approach towards examinations. As such, it is quite possible you end up feeling confused and perplexed. It is better to plan out your own schedule and stick to your game.

  3. Part ways with your phone during the time gap between JEE Mains and Advanced. Limit your phone usage and social media engagement so that you have more time for revisions.

Although prepping yourself in time frame could be challenging, motivation is the key.


How to Utilise the Time before JEE Advanced to Your Advantage?

Most of the students appearing for JEE have been preparing for 2 years or even more. One can’t just afford to let that go in vain by not doing enough during the gap between JEE Mains and Advanced. Take a look at the tips and tricks that can help boost your JEE Advanced preparations:

  • Delving into new chapters during the days before examination is a bad idea. Revise what you have already studied in the past one or two years. But, do not apply the same strategy in maths. Do not solve similar types of problems repeatedly. Practising varied kinds of sums will help increase your aptitude.

  • Solve the question papers of the preceding years during the gap between JEE Mains and Advanced. You will get the hang of the question pattern set in JEE Advanced.

  • Try undertaking as many mock tests as possible. You could also collect question papers of renowned institutions, and solve them to assess your performance.

  • Remember to solve the mock tests and sample papers with an eye on the watch. Time management is what we are talking about here. Make a note of the questions which require you a long time to solve. Henceforth, try to accurately answer these questions faster.

  •  You could also set time for solving the mocks as per the JEE Advanced timings. It could either be 9 AM to 12 PM or 2 PM to 5 PM. Once you are used to this time-bound format, things will be much easier on the day of the exam.

  • Chemistry holds a pivotal role in the JEE Advanced paper. Also, the syllabus is gigantic. So, make sure to spend enough time revising the important chemistry lessons. You can refer to NCERT chemistry books for this purpose.

  • Give extra attention to the following chapters while preparing for JEE Advanced:

1. Chemistry:

  • Chemical Bonding

  • Chemical kinetics

  • Electrochemistry

  • Equilibrium (chemical as well as ionic)

  • Coordinate chemistry

  • Metallurgy

  • Mole concept

  • Organic chemistry (Alcohols, phenols, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids, etc.)

  • p-Block elements

2. Physics:

  • Newton’s Law of Motion

  • Work, power, and energy

  • Gravity

  • Heat and Thermodynamics

  • Sound waves

  • Electromagnetic induction

  • Electrostatics

  • Current and electricity

  • Modern Physics

  • Problems of free-body diagrams (FBD)

  • Centre of Mass

  • Rotational Dynamics

  • Simple Harmonic Motion

3. Mathematics:

  • Matrices

  • Probability

  • Complex numbers

  • Vectors

  • 3D geometry

  • Differentiability

  • Continuity

  • Functions and limits

  • Application of derivatives

  • Integration

  • Conic sections like parabola, hyperbola, and ellipse.

  • Mechanics forms the base of the JEE Advanced Physics syllabus. About 20-25% of the Physics question paper is related to mechanics and its applications. So, you need to make sure you have in-depth knowledge of the topics covered in this chapter.

  • During the gap between JEE Mains and Advanced, do not spend time on chapters which are excluded from the JEE Advanced curriculum. There will be some chapters which were a part of JEE Main syllabus but are not there in the JEE Advanced. The following are some of those chapters-

  1. Mathematics: Statistics, Trigonometry, Sets and Relations, and Mathematical Reasoning.

  2. Physics: Communication Systems, Electronic Devices, and Electromagnetic Waves.

  3. Chemistry: Biomolecules (including nucleic acids, DNA and RNA constitution, and vitamins), presence of chemistry in everyday life.

  • Make a note of the chapters that you are well-versed in, and those that require more revision. You could concentrate the first 40 days on thorough revision and the remaining 10 to revisit the well-prepared chapters.

  • JEE Advanced mostly judges your capability of understanding and solving problems. Thus, in the Mathematics paper, you would find interconnected sums. For example, coordinate geometry, calculus, sequences and series questions might include the application of trigonometry. So, your concepts must be clear so that you can solve any sum linked to any chapter.

You will be your own guide, teacher, and companion over the time gap between JEE Mains and Advanced. Therefore, being wise and believing in your own self is extremely crucial during this span.

Remember, you only have a small time frame to prepare and ace the JEE Advanced exam with flying colours. You require hard work and disciplined study to make it through. Efficient utilisation of the gap between JEE Mains and Advanced can place you among those 12,000 candidates who crack the Advanced level.

How do You Utilize a 50-Day Gap Between JEE Mains and JEE Advanced?