Are you prepared for JEE Main 2020?

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By: Ramesh Batlish

The JEE Main 2020 will be conducted by The National Testing Agency (NTA) for admission to Undergraduate Programs in NITs, IIITs and other Centrally Funded Technical Institutions (CFTIs) in the next academic year (2020-2021) in two phases, the first phase for Admissions to B.E./ B.Tech (Paper-1) & B. Arch/ B. Planning (Paper-2) was held from 6th Jan to 11th Jan 2020 and the second phase for admissions to B.E./ B.Tech (Paper-1) & B. Arch/ B. Planning (Paper-2) earlier scheduled in April, will be now be held between 18th July to 23rd July 2020.

Students have the option to appear in one or both phases. The result will, however, consider the students’ performance in the best of the two phases. Due to Covid-19, students had the option to change apply afresh or make changes in their applications till 24th May, 2020.

The candidates aspiring to take admission to the undergraduate programs at IITs for the year 2020 will also have to appear in B. E. /B. Tech Paper of JEE (Main)-2020. Based on the performance in Paper-1 ( for B.E./B. Tech.) of JEE (Main)-2020,  top 2,50,000 candidates would qualify for JEE (Advanced) 2020 which is now rescheduled for 23rd August, 2020. Admission to IITs will be based on category -wise All India Rank (AIR) in JEE (Advanced) subject to the conditions as would be mentioned in JEE (Advanced)-2020 Website.

Are you prepared for JEE Main 2020?

A serious aspirant ideally must have completed the syllabus by now. The following points would, however, count.

Time Management: Proper planning is most important for timely preparation and dealing with the study pressure. By now serious students must have evaluated their preparation or informed about the same by their teachers. So, this is the time to consolidate your preparation and ensure that you do extremely well in the actual JEE (Main) exam.

  • All the three subjects Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics are equally important. So, divide these crucial remaining weeks aptly in the three subjects
  • Prepare a chapter-wise and topic-wise revision schedule.
  • Create short notes and list all formulae & points to remember. This will help in quick revision before the examination.

Correct Methodology: The correct approach for those appearing for the first time or second time is to stick to one source and not to refer to multitude of books/ study material available in the market. To reap the benefits, the students should remain focused throughout the preparation period with a positive attitude to study with utmost concentration. Ensure to keep brushing-up through notes & flagged important problems with twist. Taking Online Mock Tests on the actual pattern is recommended at this time.

Focus on your Goal: The key to right preparation is proper and timely planning. Toppers learn from their weak areas and practice well in time to improve by all possible means. Correct attitude and acute focus is the key to be a topper. Toppers divide their preparation time accordingly. They stick to a single system of preparation and have faith in themselves. Thus, they gradually build up their confidence level and are geared up to crack any difficult question.

Study Material and Important Topics:

One must not start any new books at this stage. However, one can still refer to standard books for concept clearing. This stage should be utilized more for problem solving, developing short cuts, and memorizing formulae, understanding one’s strengths & weaknesses. Aspirants must take up Mock Tests in CBT (Computer Based Test) mode to develop ones’ self-confidence & exam temperament. Time Management is crucial to score more marks in the actual JEE (Main).

Study plan in the last one month:

The last1month should generally be utilized to consolidate one’s preparation by focusing on revision at a glance, problem solving and overcoming the weaker areas in preparation. However, the following points should be kept in mind:

  • Build your immunity to stay physically & mentally fit.
  • Wear a mask while taking Mock Test as it would help you acclimatize you with the exam day conditions.
  • Remain focused and maintain a positive attitude while studying.
  • Develop speed by solving quizzes/Mock Tests of JEE Main level problems with time management.
  • Speed & Accuracy will be your key to success in JEE Main
  • Take online mock-test series to build a winning exam temperament.
  • Sample papers will give you a fair idea about the pattern of questions and help one improve time management.
  • Solve the previous year’s JEE/AIEEE papers for understanding the level of questions asked.
  • Focus on your weaker areas and improve your concepts.
  • Remember it is the quality of time spent and not the quantity alone. Hence, take short breaks of five to ten minutes after every one or two hours of serious study. Relax completely when you take a break.
  • Practice meditation to develop inner calm, poise, confidence and power of concentration. These matter a lot and will help you on the day of examination.
  • Don’t overstress yourself. Five to six hours of sleep every night is a must, especially three-four days before JEE Main 2020 for physical and mental fitness. Relaxation exercises may help to regain freshness. Avoid over-sleeping during the day.
  • For practice of Numerical/Integer Type questions introduced this year follow a reputed source like or sample papers on JEE Main official website.
  • If one has the right “attitude” required towards preparation for the JEE Main, then even an average student can crack it.

Strategy to attempt the questions in JEE (Main) paper:

Sometimes the Right Strategy and Time Management play a vital role in deciding the rank for an aspirant. So, one must be quick enough to adapt to the level of the paper and act promptly. The following points may however be kept in mind when attempting the questions.

Dos for JEE Main-2020

  • Attempt easy questions first.
  • Choose sections that have less risk and more gain.
  • Carefully scroll through the entire question paper in the first 5 minutes.
  • Keep a check on time while attempting the paper
  • Attempt all numerical based type questions first as there is no negative marking.

Don’ts for JEE Main 2020

  • Don’t start from question you don’t know.
  • Don’t get upset if any section is tough. You can score in other sections.
  • Don’t guess if you have no idea about the concept involved in a question.
  • Don’t be nervous if you find the paper tough, since it is the relative performance that counts. Hence, put your best analytical mind to work, it will take you ahead.

Key points that will decide your Rank in JEE Main (Paper-1):

  • How well you have mastered the important topics in each of Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics.
  • How much practice you have done on similar levels of questions as asked in JEE Main.
  • How well you have perfected on your timing of solving an objective type question.
  • How much attention you have given to time management & Strategy apart from covering your syllabi.
  • How much calm & confident you are when you take up the actual exam.

Finally, it is the relative performance that will matter on the exam day. So, put in your best performance and you will ace JEE Main 2020.

The author is FIITJEE expert and can be reached at [email protected].


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