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JEE - DO'S AND DONT'S.

Hello everyone. It is quite delightful to see that a separate JEE tag has been introduced by brilliant in order to help the JEE aspirants. Now that JEE advanced 2014 has been already conducted, and that i have given the exam, and i have also experienced the whole journey, i would like to help you guys a bit. First of all, i would like to point out some VERY VERY IMPORTANT POINTS which you must keep in mind in these 1 or 2 years. These are as follows :

1) NEVER TAKE YOUR BOARDS LIGHTLY. Boards exams and board text books are something which all of us underestimate (including me). But wait! you are doing yourself a great damage! Let me tell you my own experience. Until 3 months before my JEE, i always used to think that NCERT textbooks are useless for JEE and i should not waste my time studying them. But then , when my board exams came, and i picked up my NCERT textbooks, i realised that all those chapters in which i was not so good (like inorganic chemistry, electrochemistry, wave optics, geometrical optics, probability etc.), got crystal clear upon taking a reading from NCERT and by solving the in-text problems and examples! So focus on NCERT from very beginning! (especially physics and chemistry).

2) NEVER DEVIATE TOO MUCH FROM BASIC LEVEL BOOKS. I have seen students running after foreign author books like RESNICK HALLIDAY AND WALKER ,MORRISON AND BOYD, S.L. LONEY, etc. I am not telling that studying these books is useless but, a lot of you must be school going students and reading these books would be time consuming. The only difference between basic level books and these books is that these books cover the theory portion in a really great depth. It is good, but not really required as far as JEE is concerned. So, i would suggest that study theory from basic level books and for problems you can go for other advance sources. REMEMBER that JEE is all about application. I would recommend strongly that you should not have more that 2 books for a particular subject. I would give you a perfect combination of books here (my opinion born out of experience. If you find them right then follow).

PHYSICS - THEORY

a) NCERT (if you go to a coaching, then try to have a reading of NCERT at home before that particular topic is taught)

b) Your coaching notes, if you attend one, otherwise make your notes from D.C. PANDEY and NCERT.

Note- Here i am recommending D.C. PANDEY because i feel that it is specially designed for JEE and you will find making notes and understanding of concepts a lot easier.

PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY - THEORY

a) NCERT

b) Your coaching notes, if you attend one, otherwise look up O.P. TONDON for additional points.

ORGANIC CHEMISTRY - THEORY

a) NCERT

b) Your coaching notes, if you attend one, otherwise look up MORRISON AND BOYD / SOLOMEN AND FRHYLE / L.G. WADE / PAULA BRUICE / ANY OTHER STANDARD BOOK for extra reactions and mechanisms which are there in JEE syllabus.

INORGANIC CHEMISTRY - THEORY

NCERT - only

Note- As far as inorganic is concerned, if you analyse last 10 years papers, you will find that nothing is asked out of NCERT. However there are some chapters like COORDINATION COMPOUNDS, EXTRACTIVE METALLURGY and QUALITATIVE ANALYSIS, which require some additional knowledge apart from NCERT. For these topics, i would recommend you to go through any standard coaching material like that of RESONANCE, FIITJEE, BANSAL etc.

MATHEMATICS - THEORY

Hurray ! No big deal for theory here! Math is a subject which does not demand much theorizing. All you have to do is to look for some formulae and concepts linked to them, understand them, and then practice loads of problems of various types. So just jot down all major formulae in a small diary and you are done!

PHYSICS - PROBLEMS

1) Coaching material

2) H.C. VERMA

3) D.C. PANDEY

4) Previous year problems (1978 onwards, with special emphasis on subjective problems, and "true or false" problems)

5) I.E. IRODOV (Optional - only if you are able to solve 95% or more problems of other sources)

6) In last 3 months, solve problems from revision packages.

PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY - PROBLEMS

1) NCERT in-text problems and exercises.

2) O.P. TONDON -solved examples.

3) Coaching material.

4) Previous year problems (1978 onwards, with special emphasis on subjective problems, and "true or false" problems)

5) In last 3 months, solve problems from revision packages.

ORGANIC CHEMISTRY - PROBLEMS

1) Coaching material.

2) Conversion problems given in NCERT exercises and in-text problems. 3) Previous year problems (1978 onwards, with special emphasis on subjective problems, and "true or false" problems)

4) Once you are done with all these, and if you have time left, try Himanshu Pandey's advanced problems in Organic chemistry.

5) In last 3 months, solve problems from revision packages.

INORGANIC CHEMISTRY - PROBLEMS.

1) NCERT in-text problems and exercises.

2) Previous year problems (1978 onwards, with special emphasis on subjective problems, and "true or false" problems)

Note - In inorganic, go for problem solving only after making sure that you have crammed each and every reaction and fact given in NCERT.

MATHEMATICS - PROBLEMS.

Note - Math is an art, and you can not master it in 2-3 months. So, if you find that you are not good at math and that you will look after it "later", then wake up! I have seen my batch mates who kept on delaying math and later failed miserably. I was strongest in math and believe me, i gave time to it from day 1 till day last, and due to this only i was able to score great in math.

1) Coaching material

2) Previous year problems (1978 onwards, with special emphasis on subjective problems, and "true or false" problems)

3) Arihant books (especially the one by S.K. GOYAL)

4) Revision packages

5) Any other good source.

Just make sure you solve thousands of problems from each topic.

And apart from all these, always find some time for yourself, your friends, your health, your hobbies. I used to study a good deal everyday, but still, i went for a long walk with my best buddies every evening, i played my guitar and keyboard and listened to good music to freshen up my nerves, and occasionally, i went for a movie or for a dinner at a restaurant with my friends. These things will help you in maintaining a positive outlook and will prevent you from living that dull monotonous life.

And yeah!! make sure you spend time on BRILLIANT too!!!

Feel free to comment or ask any doubt... More to be followed....

Note by Kirtan Bhatt
2 years, 7 months ago

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Great stuff, Kirtan. What rank did you get in JEE? Anish Puthuraya · 2 years, 6 months ago

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What rank did u get in JEE? Vaibhav Agrawal · 2 years, 6 months ago

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Thnxx for this Satyam Tripathi · 1 month, 1 week ago

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thank u for sharing your views ..! Will Jain · 2 years, 3 months ago

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