Preparation Tips for JEE Mains & Advanced 2013!

Shubhangi Sarah updated on : 28 Jan 2016

For an easy path into the IITs, keep these preparation tips in mind!

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Joint Entrance Exam (JEE), easily the most talked about undergraduate entrance examinations in the country, being the prime gateway to the IITs. A decisive test for several engineering aspirants, the test brings with it the age old excitement as well as a new sense of anxiety as students prepare to face the JEE 2013.

HTCampus gets you important pointers on the preparation strategy for JEE – Main and Advanced, to boost the success quotient with your JEE study plan.

Preparation strategy for IIT- JEE (Main):

IIT-JEE (Main) syllabus

The syllabus of JEE main is the syllabus followed by CBSE board. In fact, the JEE Main syllabus can be considered a replica of what was covered in previously held AIEEE exam. All the topics of JEE Main are covered in NCERT books.

Different sections in IIT-JEE (Main) exam

Since the JEE main is being conducted by the CBSE, the same governing body that was conducting the AIEEE earlier, it is expected that the similar pattern shall continue in JEE Main as well. In AIEEE, the paper was not divided into sections. But the questions asked were of three types:


  • Straight objective type multiple choice questions
  • Linked comprehension type questions
  • Assertion - Reason type questions

Generally there are 5 Assertion-Reason Type questions, and 25 multiple choice questions including the comprehension type questions.

General preparation strategy

The JEE Main paper is an accurate example of race against time. It is crucial to optimise your performance by practicing a good number of MCQs. There are 90 questions in all to be done in 3 hours duration. So on an average, a student gets 2 minutes per question. But there are questions which may consume more time than others. That means one must be able to solve some other questions in lesser time so as to manage time well. This could be achieved by going through a good number of MCQs.

Most important topics for JEE (Main)

There is no thumb rule for the importance of the topics. But there are certain topics in every subject which form the basis of the entire subject. These topics find application in all other chapters, so it becomes essential to focus on these.


  • Physics: A fair understanding of Kinematics and Dynamics is essential to be able to build a strong problem solving ability. Also, the Theory of Fields (Electromagnetism) is very important.
  • Chemistry: Physical Chemistry is very scoring and hence all the units in it must be done carefully. Students tend to neglect Inorganic Chemistry but if studied in a proper way, it becomes very scoring.
  • Mathematics: Calculus is very important as it finds applications in all domains. Other important and scoring topics are Determinants, Sequences, Permutation and Combination. The student must be able to relate the complex numbers with Coordinate Geometry and Vectors. Three dimensional geometry is easy and scoring if done properly.

Preparation strategy for JEE (Advanced):

1.5 lakh students will be shortlisted for IITs – based on their scores in JEE Mains and Class XII boards.

IIT-JEE (Advanced) syllabus 

The JEE (Advance) syllabus is the entire CBSE Board syllabus minus a few topics. For Mathematics, the topics Not Covered in JEE (Advanced) are Mathematical Induction, Statistics, Linear Inequality and Mathematical Reasoning. Similarly, In Physics, the topics Not to be covered are Magnetism & Matter, Electromagnetic Waves, Electronic Devices (Solids and Semiconductors), and Principles of Communication Systems.
Different sections in IIT-JEE (Advanced) exam.

It is expected that the JEE (Advanced) will be on the same lines as that of the IIT-JEE that was being conducted in past couple of years. The pattern of exam varies every year. The different sections that have appeared in previously held JEE papers are:


  • Single correct type MCQs
  • Multiple Answer correct type MCQs
  • Assertion–Reason based questions
  • Linked comprehension based MCQs with one passage followed by 2 to 3 questions
  • Integer answer type questions with numeric answer ranging between 0 – 9
  • Matrix match type questions with two columns listing different entries that are required to be matched with each other

You can expect any of the above variety in different sections.

General preparation strategy 

The general preparation strategy for JEE (Advanced) is to build a strong foundations of concepts and developing skills to tackle numerical problems, that need calculations as well as a good aptitude. For that matter, one need to read a good amount of theory pertaining to each topic, test one self understands of the theory by solving short answer type and Assertion reason based questions. Then a student needs to solve a good number of subjective type problems. This would certainly help in developing even deeper understanding of the subject. Finally, a student must practice a good number of MCQs to build up speed and accuracy.

Most important topics for JEE (Advanced)

The entire syllabus is important because there is no unique distribution of marks among the various topics. But in order to maximise the score and to make the most of the available time, it is important to prioritise the syllabus.

Physics: In addition to Mechanics and Electrodynamics; the two most important and vast topics, separate time must be allotted to Heat and Thermodynamics, Optics and Modern Physics. These topics are generally the most neglected topics. But they are the easiest and scoring topics and share a good percentage of total marks of the exam.

Chemistry: A student must devote sufficient time on general principles of Organic Chemistry, as this will make the remaining part easy to comprehend. Physical Chemistry is important as numerical problems asked from this section are scoring and not too difficult. Special time table must be made to learn Inorganic Chemistry as there are many facts and figures to be remembered. One can learn this topic by continuous revision.

Mathematics: One must be able to understand inter-relationship between various topics so as to know their importance. The knowledge and skills developed by understanding and preparing the chapter Coordinate Geometry, can be used to solve problems in complex numbers. The knowledge of Vectors is also very helpful in these topics. To solve problems of Probability, the student must be strong in Permutation and Combinations. Formula and problem solving skills developed by thorough practice of Trigonometry are useful in almost all topics. Finally, there is no denying the fact that the most important tool that a mathematician has, is Calculus.



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