Time Management Tips for JEE Main and JEE Advanced Preparation

by Sagar Mankar, July 8, 2020

JEE entrance examinations are a milestone for a student(s) who want to get admission in renowned colleges to give shape to a great career and success in life. But are these exams easy to clear? The short answer is no, but it can be a cakewalk in the examination hall if you know your way before it and during the exams. This article on JEE mains and advanced time management tips is here to ensure that.

JEE, which stands for Joint Entrance Examination, is an entrance examination for aspirants of courses offered by centrally governed institutions such as Indian Institute of Information technology, National Institute of Technology, etc. It consists of two levels- JEE Main and JEE Advanced. You need to clear the mains to be able to sit for the advanced examinations. JEE Main is an exam of three hours with a syllabus that inculcates all three physics, math, and chemistry subjects. JEE Advanced too follows the same durations. All correct answers score you 4 points, and each incorrect answer makes you lose 1 point. There can be few numerical value answer based questions without any negative marking in JEE advanced.

Preparation for The Examinations

JEE mains and advanced have a syllabus consisting of mathematics, physics, and chemistry of the class 11th and 12th syllabus. From this, it can be inferred that the syllabus is pretty vast to be preparing for this entrance along with your regular studies and curriculum. Hence, here are a few tips or steps that can help you cover up the syllabus in a diligent way so that you are confident while entering the examination hall.

  • First and foremost, you should know your calibre and capacity. This will help you determine when you should start your preparation so that you have enough time for revisions and other activities. Some may take a year and a half while others may need 2-3 years.

  • Once you have figured that out, divide your study time in a way that you devote 2-3 hours for every topic and do a thorough and detailed study of it.

  • A smart move here can be going through the last few years’ papers and figuring out which topics are repetitive and which ones have a higher probability of coming in the exams. Although it is important to pay attention to each topic equally, this can help you in keeping an extra eye on designated topics.

  • Once you finish a topic, make sure you take out at least 2 hours a day before going to bed most appropriately to revise those topics and focus on the sections which you may feel you are weak at. Practice always helps in clearing concepts.

  • An important thing to be considered here is taking up mock tests and practice tests at regular intervals. For example, if you have targeted to complete 12 topics in 3 days, make sure you take a quick mock test for maybe 2 hours to see how clear your concepts are. This also helps you to solve questions faster because of the time-bound nature of the activity.

  • With successive mock tests and expanding syllabus, you can keep the duration of the test same or maybe at a later stage shorten it to get faster at solving.

  • Solve previous years papers once your syllabus is over with to check on yourself in which areas you need to work more.

These points mentioned above may sound some students too robotic.

Here’s What You Should Keep in Mind to Keep Your Sanity Intact:

  1. Sleep- Make sure you rest well. Studying for long hours can get you mentally tired. Hence make sure you rest for 7-8 hours a day, including mid-day naps for about 30 mins.

  2. Exercise- Some of you may feel stupid about this point, but exercise can keep your mind fresh for longer hours and help you concentrate better. Sometimes it may work as a medium to outpour your frustration, which is very natural to happen under the stress of JEE exams.

  3. Diet- It is necessary to maintain a healthy diet to ensure that you take all the right nutrients in your body to facilitate your learning. And stay hydrated throughout. It helps to keep you fresh.

  4. Socializing-  You are a human being. You should socialize to keep yourself calm. Talking to friends and family and sharing things or watching tv or a movie occasionally can help you a lot emotionally.

  5. Practice-  Keep practicing sums, etc., to enhance your efficiency.

  6. Shortcuts- Since the entire syllabus comes with a lot of formulas and equations, devise shortcuts to remember them and which would also help in a quick recall.

  7. Breaks- Keep taking mini-breaks at regular intervals to refresh yourself. This will help you calm down and give you a moment to process all the information you studied.

Hence you see that only studying non-stop is not the criteria. Doing all activities that you do in your daily life is very necessary.

Time Management Tips While Sitting in The JEE Examination Hall

With a restricted time of three hours, one might feel pressured in the exam hall. But if you overcome this anxiety and remain calm and act smart, it might help you get a good score. You can understand the following tips if you feel it can help you in the examination:-

  • In the first one and a half hour, try to solve all the questions that seem easy to you. If you find a question tricky, directly move on to the next one and don’t ponder over it. This ensures high accuracy of correct answers and hence a good score.

  • Then in the next 45 minutes (maximum), solve those questions which you know you can, but you did not attempt them in the first round because they were time-consuming. Try to cover those questions at the least time you can take.

  • In the remaining 45 mins, you can try to attempt those questions you think are of a difficult level. But if you are unsure of the answers you get, do not mark them in the OMR sheet because you lose a mark for every incorrect answer.

  • Take some time to revise the paper before submission to be double sure.

Certain other Pointers that Could Come Handy are:

  1. While attempting questions simultaneously mark your answers in the OMR sheet to save your time and avoid any fuss at the end.

  2. Keep your calm. If a question seems tricky, don’t panic yourself, keep moving ahead.

  3. Be confident of the answers that you mark. And if there is any room for uncertainty in a question, don’t mark the answer. Remember, you don’t want to lose marks. Not attempting questions doesn’t lose you marks.


From the article on JEE mains and advance time management tips, it can be said that it is a time packed, fully self-reliable process. But it would help if you remembered that it is you who creates the time table. You know yourself best, so you know when you need rest, which hours you study well, etc. Once you form this routine, you have to be true to yourself and follow it. You have to believe in yourself that you can do it and always remember, it’s all in your mind. If you convince yourself of your capabilities, no one can stop you from acing your goals.

Time Management Tips for JEE Main and JEE Advanced Preparation