JEE (Main) 2017: Last Minute Preparation Tips

Alka Singh updated on : 24 Mar 2017
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JEE (Main) 2017 will be held on 2nd April 2017 (offline) and 8th April and 9th April (online). Here are the last minute tips for students. All the best!

JEE Main 2017

After the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) exams end in a few days from now, budding engineers and architects from across the country will gear up for their biggest test - the all-new Joint Entrance Examination (JEE). Scheduled to be held on 2nd April 2017, (offline) and on 8th April and 9th April (online), JEE is expected to be taken by about 14 lakh students in over 1500 centres in India and abroad.

About 1.5 lakh top candidates, based on their performance in the JEE (Main) 2017 (Paper 1) (including all categories) will be eligible to appear in JEE (Advanced) 2017.

Some don’ts for the papers

“Avoid looking at the questions asked in past IIT exams. Some students try to solve these questions to get an edge but this is not required if you have solved JEE main papers and revised Class 12 syllabus well. Avoid writing lengthy solutions for problems — particularly while doing your preparations. Do not worry if the first two hours of the paper prove to be average for you. Make sure that you do well in the third hour. Your target should be to solve one-third of the paper to be able to make it to the top 1.5 candidates,” Kumar adds.

Last-minute tips for JEE (Main)


Try conventional methods first, say experts. If they don’t work out, try to understand the problem again and find clues that can lead you to the solution. “Go through the concepts related to the problem once again and see how they can be applied to the problem at hand. Try to relate the problem to real-life situations. It will help you to analyse it better. Refer to the solution, only when you have exhausted your limits. See what you had missed earlier. Practice similar problems. Doing 100 quality and concepts based questions is more important than doing 1000 questions, which have not been selected carefully. Devise your own shortcuts and ways to tackle particular kind of problems,” says Batlish.

Paper 2 will test a student for visualising three-dimensional objects from two-dimensional drawings, visualising different sides of three-dimensional objects and also analytical reasoning and mental ability.

“The aptitude test is designed to check a candidate’s imagination, creativity, observation, architectural awareness, and perception. The drawing section has two to three questions involving sketching of scenes and activities from memory of urbanscape (public space, market, festivals, street scenes, monuments, recreational spaces etc.), landscape (river fronts, jungles, gardens, trees, plants etc.) and rural life,” says Batlish.

Structure of the exam

Paper 1

This is a three-hour paper comprising three sections: part 1 - physics, part 2 - chemistry and part 3 - mathematics. There are 30 questions in each of three subjects; which are of objective type multiple choice with single correct answer. In each section, there are 30 questions of four marks each. One should be very careful as there is one-fourth negative marking for every question. 

Paper 2

This three-hour paper consists of part 1 - mathematics, part 2 - aptitude and part 3 - drawing. The mathematics section has 30 objective-type multiple choice questions with single correct option and one-fourth negative marking. In this part, the syllabus for mathematics includes common topics from Class 11 and 12 CBSE or state Boards. The aptitude section has 50 objective, multiple-choice questions with four options and one-fourth negative marking.

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