Scientist, inventor and author Benjamin Franklin said, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!” His words are a timely reminder for students who plan to appear for the IIT JEE exams due to be held next, in April 2019. Take stock of where you stand in your preparations for this very competitive exam: do you still have vast sections of the syllabus to cover? Have you begun revising, or are you just getting started? Wherever you are in your journey towards your goal, we have some tips for you on creating a customized study plan so you can ace the JEE Main exam.

Assess How Much Time You Have
In this blog, we are focusing on students who plan to appear for the next edition of the JEE Main exam to be held in April 2019. However, you may still be in Class 10 or Class 11 and have more time on hand. Before you begin creating a study plan for yourself, it is important to understand where you stand in relation to the end goal. Those who have just one year left will need to spend more time studying consistently, every single day and check if they are making adequate progress. For e.g., you may still have many topics in physics that you are yet to cover like mechanics and modern physics (both topics formed a big chunk of the questions asked during the 2016 and 2017 exams) because you have paid more attention to maths, until now. You need to keep this in mind while creating a timetable for yourself and allocate more time for physics in the months ahead. The main thing to remember is to create a timetable that suits your unique needs because you have different strengths, weaknesses and learning needs. An online learning platform like i30 understands that every student needs the freedom to learn at their own pace. i30 has designed a curriculum that gives you guidance. It also gives you the freedom to choose what topics to cover and in which order, through a variety of videos, audio lectures, mock tests, practice questions and more.

Don’t Lose Focus On The End Goal
Be very clear about your end goal before creating a study plan and deciding whether you have to study for five, seven or nine hours a day. For instance, clearing JEE Main qualifies you to seek admission at 3500+ other educational institutions, including 30 NITs (National Institute of Technology) and 5 IIITs, who use the JEE Mains as a benchmark to select students for admission. Whereas, only 23 IITs across the country participate in the JEE Advanced which is the next stage once you clear the JEE Main exam.

Clearing the JEE Main exam may require a different approach and a proportionate amount of study and preparation if your sights are set on the JEE Advanced. Being clear about your goals, from the beginning, will help reduce stress and allow you to prepare according to the syllabus, because there is no point getting carried away and studying topics that are not relevant or too complex for your required aim. Remember, Class 11 syllabus covers 45% of the examination paper, while Class 12 syllabus covers the remaining 55% of questions asked in the JEE.

Smart Work Over Hard Work
Clearing the JEE Main exam may require a different approach and a proportionate amount of study and preparation if your sights are set on the JEE Advanced. Being clear about your goals from the beginning, will help reduce stress and allow you to prepare according to the syllabus. There is no point getting carried away and studying topics that are not relevant or too complex for your required aim.

Look at the chances of a question or topic being repeated before you jump in and dedicate weeks of study to an obscure topic.

For instance, the past few years we have seen that examiners have given mechanics, gravitation, errors & measurements, modern physics, ray & wave optics and heat & thermodynamics, more attention in physics.

Under chemistry, they have focused on, chemical kinetics, chemical equilibrium, nuclear chemistry, nomenclatures, alkanes, alkenes and alkynes. Within inorganic chemistry, most questions have been about P block elements.

When it comes to maths, differential calculus seems to be a favourite. With coordinate geometry, integral calculus, vector analysis, featuring prominently. Probability and permutation and combination remain largely ignored, with very few questions being asked.

Of course, the JEE is challenging because there is NO set pattern and examiners can ask you questions about topics that have been ignored in the past years. For e.g., in 2015, examiners asked zero questions from Inorganic Chemistry-II, but in 2016, the paper featured six questions from this topic and just two questions in 2017. So, we don’t want you to rely on this analysis 100% but looking at the question paper pattern, solving questions that have appeared in the past, taking mock tests and doing a comprehensive review, will give you a very good idea about chapters that are important and which should not be ignored. This will also help you identify areas of weakness, so you can create a study plan to focus on these topics, practice and improve your overall performance over time.

Finally, a good study plan must factor in enough time for sleep and daily leisure activities. Nourish your body with good food, take enough rest and exercise, even if it is for just 20 – 30 minutes a day. Don’t lose heart or start thinking negative thoughts and give into stress in the run up to the JEE exams. Keep up your spirits by focusing on the joy of learning and don’t hesitate to reach out to your teachers and other experts for guidance.