JEE Mains is a screening test qualifying which candidates can appear in the JEE Advanced examination. Of about 2,50,000 candidates qualifying JEE Mains appear in JEE Advanced, and there is roughly a month’s gap between the two examinations. Even though, both the examinations have a standard level of difficulty, yet, to qualify JEE Advanced you need to go the extra mile for enhancing your problem-solving skills. The one month’s time that you get after JEE Mains should be utilized to the fullest extent to prepare for JEE Advanced. Here’s a to-do list for the time before JEE Advanced.
The syllabus of JEE Advanced is a little different than that of JEE Mains, hence the first thing you begin your preparation with is listing down the extra topics. The basic concepts of 10+2 level Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics and your analytical skills will be assessed in the JEE Advanced examination.
For example, Kirchoff’s Laws, Stefan’s Law, Blackbody radiation, vectors, calculus, are few of the important topics for JEE Advanced. Try to brush up all these concepts within half the time gap that you get between JEE Mains and JEE Advanced. Plan your study routine for the first week after JEE Mains with tight deadlines to cover these topics. This will eventually prevent building up of stress as the examination date draws near.
When it is said that JEE Advanced is more difficult than JEE Mains, it is implied that you need to have a faster problem-solving pace to crack JEE Advanced. In other words, you must take lesser time for numerical calculations and spend more time analyzing the difficult questions properly, in JEE Advanced. A good problem-solving pace can be achieved only you practice rigorously on a daily basis.
Along with concentrating on your problem-solving pace, you have to ensure optimum accuracy, for achieving desired results in the JEE Advanced examination. Set daily goals for practicing and solving previous years’ question papers and other sample test papers. This is the only way you can improve your accuracy levels as well as your problem-solving skills.
Often JEE aspirants tend to take a break from rigorous study routines right after the JEE Mains examination. This short respite can be very appealing to many after the hard work they put in preparing for JEE Mains. On the contrary, this is the ideal time to gear up for the next level of your aspirations. There is no point in last-minute revisions, it will render you even more stressed out. Don’t wait for the JEE Mains results to be released before starting with your preparations for JEE Advanced. Even if you are well versed in the theories and concepts in the JEE Advanced syllabus, a proper practice will be of no harm.
The best thing that you can do as a sort of break after JEE Mains is to change your study routine and improvise innovative and fun ways of revision that will cheer you up. For example, make yourself a pile of flashcards with important keywords or formulae, that will trigger you better to remember the concepts of Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics. Also, you can use colourful highlighters to practice writing the notes in different fonts and participate in online quiz sessions for a change.
The exam pattern of the JEE Advanced examination is slightly different than that of JEE Mains. During the gap between JEE Mains and JEE Advanced, you have to properly understand the exam pattern of JEE Advanced in detail. The previous years’ question papers will be of great help for this purpose. There are two papers in JEE Advanced, each of a duration of 3 hours. The first paper consists of multiple-choice questions whereas the second paper consists of numerical answer type questions. You can refer to the sample question papers and mock tests available online for getting a clear understanding of the exam pattern of JEE Advanced.
As the day of the examination approaches, many JEE Advanced aspirants suffer from anxiety and stress. This creates performance pressure and has an adverse impact on the scores. So, instead of overthinking about your preparation, it is advisable that you analyze your preparation through mock tests. Take a mock test every day, and note down how your performance scales with every test. Only when you take a mock test, who will be able to identify your problem areas in the syllabus. Your stress levels will definitely go down when you work on your problem areas and clear all your doubts. Hence, take as many mock tests as possible during the gap before JEE Advanced. Online study portals like Vedantu offers one of the best simulated mock tests for JEE Mains as well as JEE Advanced.
The best way to keep calm is self-motivation and saving an hour a day for it will bear fruits of success in JEE Advanced. After a day’s effort, it is really very important to understand how far you have come and how far you still need to go to achieve your target score in JEE Advanced. If you score less in a mock test, motivate yourself to try harder in the next mock test, and believe in yourself. Think of the times when you succeeded in achieving your target score in a mock test and remind yourself that it is only you who can make the change in the next mock test. This will help to boost your confidence levels greatly, thereby improving your chances of clearing JEE Advanced.
The extra mile between JEE Mains and JEE Advanced tests your resilience and perseverance. After all the hard work that you put in for JEE Mains, it is your perseverance that will take you the extra mile to succeed in JEE Advanced. Revise all the concepts and theorems from 10+2 level NCERT books as well as from the reference books like H.C. Verma, and pay attention to all the minute details for a good preparation for the JEE Advanced examination.