It’s time. You have jammed a tonne of information into your head and now it's time to put it all on papers in the best way you can. At this point of time, it's normal to feel the weight of the entire world on your shoulders. Your curiosity will be at its peak and all you want to do before receiving the question paper is to pray inside that you get questions from all that you have prepared. Everything in the world will become non-existent while waiting to get the unforeseen paper that contains your future. But don’t let the pressure get into you. Instead, be attentive, and don’t let your common sense leave you. The right and smart approach to the paper is all you need to achieve the best possible grades. It’s time to get down to business!
It is important to have an idea of the question paper pattern beforehand so that you don’t end up wasting much of your time in understanding the pattern during the exam. Paper 1 (for B-tech) will contain 25 questions from each subject - Physics, Chemistry, and Maths. Therefore, there will be a total of 75 questions. Each question will be of 4 marks so that makes the total as 300 marks. Out of 25 questions from each subject, 20 questions will be MCQs whereas the rest 5 questions will be numerical based questions. Correct responses in MCQs and Numeric Value Answer Based questions will be awarded 4 marks each. There will be a deduction of 1 mark for every incorrect MCQ response. There will be no negative marking for incorrect responses in numeric value answer based questions and unattempted questions. Yay!!!
The moment you get the sealed JEE paper, all your wait will come to an end. Without wasting much time, start reading the paper carefully and analyze your maximum score by segregating the questions into three groups - easy, moderate and difficult. You will get a brief idea of how much you can expect which will help you manage your time and set the right approach to the question paper in order to get maximum output. Don’t get mentally locked-up during the JEE paper due to tension because this can make you misread the questions and also make it difficult for you to solve a problem. So FOCUS, and keep going no matter what you might come up against.
The main motive of time management is to attempt every question and not run short of time. As explained earlier, it is important to divide the questions into easy, moderate and tough. Set aside time for the questions that need a longer and more detailed answer. In the first cycle attempt easy questions, in the second cycle attempt moderate questions, and in the last cycle go for the tough ones. For easy questions do not spend more than one minute, and for moderate ones do not spend more than three to four minutes each. If it takes more than the allotted time then it is better to skip it. Think before you begin to write down on the answer sheet.
As mentioned above, you will find two types of questions - MCQs and Numericals. For multiple-choice questions (MCQs) read the question and make sure you understand what is asked. Don’t forget to look out for twists in wording or double negatives in the question. Try your level best to come up with the correct answer without even looking at the options. Check the options, consider each question carefully and match it with your answer. Cross off any options you know are incorrect to narrow down the options and focus on the remaining choices. Sometimes the answer is easy and obvious. Crossing off the incorrect options helps a lot when you are not very sure of the correct answer. Do not try to justify the wrong answer and remember that the correct answer will make sense and will be grammatically correct too. For numerical type questions, it is important to understand the problem and determine what exactly you are asked to find. Focus on the procedure to reach out to the right answer. Remember that there is no negative marking for these answers but the right answer can fetch you 4 marks. Maintain a rough sheet to avoid small errors in your calculations.
While managing your time, keep some extra time to revise all your answers once you are done because it is very important to make sure that your answer actually makes sense and is free from errors. That’s it. Proofreading gives you the confidence that you finished your paper and avoided all the silly mistakes you could.