11 Myths JEE Aspirants must know

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1. IITJEE is too hard to Crack

To achieve anything big in life one has to put in the best efforts. And when we are talking about one of the toughest exams it is surely in need of time. But merely working hard is not the key. There has to be proper planning, time management, managing the course and topics properly. You also need to ensure you are tracking and analyzing your performance repeatedly by mock examinations and tests. Every student, whether it be you, your friend, people who cracked JEE in past, or anyone else, has the same 24 hours in a day and it all comes to how efficiently you managed and utilized your time. You will never find time for anything. If you want time you must make it.

2. Coaching Institute will help me crack IITJEE

Coaching is a substitute for hard work and a must to crack JEE! Many people develop this misbelieve that to crack JEE coaching is a must! They believe that joining a good coaching institute will make you more compatible to crack JEE and will act as a substitute for the hard work. This is absolutely wrong! To an extent, coaching helps you in channelizing your energy and efforts in the right direction, by means of experienced faculty and presenting study material, questions, content, and guidelines in a simplified manner. But it does not mean if you are not joining coaching your schedule will be a mess, you will never understand the concepts or you will not be able to crack JEE! Until and unless you don’t do a vast variety of questions, develop an understanding of the concepts and their applications under various scenarios, you won’t be able to gain the confidence that yes you can crack JEE. Most of the students are misled by the fancy misleading advertisements in newspapers, pamphlets, Television, or any other source bragging about the success and number of selections from their institute. JEE can be cracked without coaching as well! Remember, and mark these words, at the end of the day, there is no magic in coaching institutes that can get you selected in JEE. The magic lies in you, you are the magician, and the strong will and dedicated efforts will get you there. Coaching can help you in achieving the same.

3. IITJEE have very lengthy and complex questions

A lot of students have this misbelieve that the questions asked in JEE are very long and run across the page. Gone are those days when JEE used to be subjective and completely solving 2 questions out of 5 was considered good. Questions in JEE now are focused on testing your conceptual knowledge, analytical skills, and thorough understanding of the topic along with numerical abilities. Similar is the pattern which is followed in other prestigious exams too like CAT-Prestigious IIMs takes admissions based on CAT scores(along with considering various other parameters like a previous academic record, Work experience, Group Discussions & Personal Interviews, etc.) You don’t believe me? Go and check the previous year’s questions of IIT and note how many questions were there which asked for the mathematical labor. There will be a set of questions not running down more than 3-4 steps but needed strong analytical and conceptual application. In recent years, the pattern of JEE is inspired by the NCERT format as well. You will find questions related to practical applications, laboratory experiments, and related terminologies. The professors working on the JEE paper are wise and well aware that they are preparing it for a 12th pass-out kid and what has to be the difficulty level. So what should be your focus be is to strengthen the conceptual knowledge & practice, practice and practice. The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and determination that whether we win or lose we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at the end.

4.  Studying during the few last months is enough

It’s never too early to start. There is no gain without pain. If the new pattern of JEE Advanced and JEE Mains prevails for 2014, it simply means in JEE Mains-the screening round you will be facing the competition of 15 lacs aspirants. The first hurdle is to get into the top 1.5 lacs students to be eligible for JEE Advanced. And it’s not going to be easy at all. Remember, you know yourself better than anyone else. When you give yourself the proper amount of time to study and grab concepts it yields better results. It’s not like if you don’t prepare for a minimum of 2 years or start some foundation course from class 5th itself you can’t crack the IIT entrance. It’s more about understanding your capabilities and efforts needed for the goal and utilizing all the available time in the best manner. MYTH#4 Start today, not tomorrow. If anything, you should have started yesterday. The earlier you start, the more time you have to mess up.

5. Range of questions are useful whereas cramming concepts not

This is a common misconception that JEE aspirants have. It’s true that you need to practice a diverse variety of questions in order to understand all possible applications and questions. But often it is seen that students try to jump to questions after completing the theory and concepts in hurry. This is highly not advisable. Jumping to questions directly in hurry will lead to weak concepts and you will also not be having clarity while solving the questions. Before you move to the questions, ensure you have well understood the concepts, formulas, and applications of the various topics. A wrong concept misleads the understanding. The pattern of JEE focuses on testing your conceptual ability. If you don’t have thorough concepts it will be difficult to solve the questions in the exam when questions are mingled up from all the chapters. There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept.

6.  I can compensate the weaker subject by doing well in my stronger one

This is a question a major section of JEE aspirants faces! The subject you like and the subject you hate may change but there is always a subject you love studying or you perform better compared to the others. Now, what should be done? Should you leave the tough subject (One you like or understand less) and focus on the interesting subject? Would it give the same results? The answer is NO. You might be able to compensate some part of the weak subject by scoring well in your strength subject but it won’t get the best rank possible for you. We all have a habit of ignoring our weaknesses and focus on our strengths. It’s not just you, it’s all of us. We do it because it’s hard to work on weaknesses and mistakes. You have to take a lot of pain to improve on your weaknesses. Give some extra time to the subject you face more difficulty in understanding. Consult and take proper guidance from the faculty at your school/coaching/tuition. They will be able to guide you on the pattern and ways you should follow or books you should refer to. Board preparations are for Muggers. I will study for JEE and will crack it.

7. Boards exams will be automatically covered by preparing for competitive exams.

Boards are for students who are good at mugging up. JEE Aspirants do think that if they are preparing for an exam of the stature of JEE they can easily score very well in Board examinations. It’s true if you give proper effort to JEE preparations, the board will not be a difficult task. BUT Vice versa also holds true that students preparing for boards full-heartedly can crack JEE too! This is a common belief that JEE is for the meritorious students who deal in concepts, analysis, and applications whereas the board deals with the theory and textual content, not on concepts and applications. Basically, 2 are completely different. On one hand, JEE is an objective type test and Board examinations are purely subjective. But the course is nearly the same. Often JEE aspirants are seen ignoring the board preparation thinking that it’s for the students who are good at mugging up theory. It’s not completely true. But now with the recent pattern of JEE (Both Main and Advanced) board performance is a compulsory parameter. So you must ensure you have good performance in both JEE and Board examinations.

8. I need many books and difficult concepts to crack IITJEE

It’s true that there is a difference in the question’s level of difficulty and pattern asked in JEE and board examinations. But the JEE Main syllabus is nearly the same and good preparation as per the board syllabus is also considered good for JEE as well if you understand the JEE pattern along with. You must try to understand the basics of each topic and subject instead of solving all the problems. Very often a thorough understanding of a few topics proves better than a superficial idea about all topics. Referring to 10 different books and getting partial knowledge would not be of any help. Rather you must focus on 2-3 books as per respective subject and topics and thoroughly prepare the concepts and vast variety of questions to gain confidence.

9. Managing Counseling is an easy affair

I am very well informed and can attend all the counseling perfectly on my own and I am clear about which college and branches I would prefer! It’s very important that after all the hard work and performance in multiple examinations, we choose the best possible college and branch as per performance and interest. It is evident statistically that 1 out of every 4 students chooses the wrong college because of wrong or lack of information! To attend multiple counseling and all counseling have similar time frames it is very essential to keep proper tracking and information of the same. This will ensure you don’t end up making the wrong decision. You should also consult education experts, career counselors, and alumni of various colleges you are targeting to understand the ground reality and comparative analysis properly.

10. Life will be smooth after cracking IITJEE

Are you also among the students who think once you get into some IIT life would be awesome always? Do you think that you will have the best opportunities waiting for you after you graduate? After 4 years, companies would be desperate to hire you? Yes, IIT gives you an edge over others but to a certain limit. Not all IITians do the best and not all who do the best are IITians. It’s your efforts, hard work, and constant intention to improve, learn and grow which get you the best opportunities. The tag of IIT will give you an advantage in terms of better learning opportunities, better laboratories, better peer groups, good faculty, and a reputation in the external world. But it all will add value only when you put in your efforts during graduation as well. After 4 years, your JEE rank, whether Rank 1 or Rank 2000 would hardly matter. Don’t live in the dilemma that clearing IIT means life will have all that you need after it and no more efforts need to be put in from your end. There is no substitute for hard work. This is not to demotivate you but to give you a clear picture that whatever you aspire to achieve, you need to put in your best efforts. And for the moment, the target is to Crack JEE!

11. IITJEE is the ultimate goal

Most engineering aspirants believe that IIT is the only place where their future is bright and secure. Many students pressurize to commit suicide as they were unable to crack IIT. Definitely, IITs are the best engineering institutes across the country. But there are no other institutes that offer quality education in the field of engineering like NITs and other government and private institutes with good placement record.


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