With many new IITs in the making, it is apparent that cracking the JEE is easier now. However, the ranking of these new institutes does not match with the already established IITs. In fact, many other top-rated NITs and prestigious colleges are still rated higher than many of these new institutes. The rules of the game (whether it is JEE Advanced or JEE Main 2018) remain that it is the same. Getting into the IIT-D, IIT-K or IIT-M is equally tough especially when you aspire to take up more sought-after branches like Computer Science, Mechanical, Electronics etc. Thus, securing a rank less than 500 or even 1000 is something that many students aim for and this article talks about the same. Well, practically it is impossible to predict rank in the JEE Main or Advanced exams because of the sheer competition and indecisive pattern or question types.
However, a thorough year-on-year analysis reveals the below graph.
It can be inferred from the analysis that the topper’s score over the last 8 JEE exams has been around 85-95% and AIR 500 scores around 60-75% mark mostly. Now, to accomplish the feat of being ranked under 500, you need to ensure to secure 70% at least. The data can be accessed from our guest blog by Mr. Ashish Khare and more can be seen in this YouTube video where Khare Sir explains smart methods of problem-solving.
Coming on to the requirements for scoring 70% or more, we have prepared a checklist as the recommendation of different experts have been collated to provide insights. The better this checklist is adhered with, more are your chances of scoring a rank less than 500.
Timeline for different milestones
Most important for a 3-month strategy is to have a clear timeline in mind. The below timeline is suggestive of what an ideal timeline should resemble. However, it can be customized according to the need of a student. But, it is of utmost importance to have this timeline in place.
It is important to have a strategy for JEE Advanced and JEE Mains 2018 which comes after having practiced a lot. As a test taker, you need to have given an exhaustive number of simulated tests i.e. tests that are in tune with the actual exam conditions and format. Once you take a considerable number of tests and analyze performance in each, you understand your inherent strengths and know how to score most as per your capabilities. And for online JEE, it becomes more important as it has a completely new pattern and requirements. This strategy comprises of the sequence of subjects, subsections, question types to attempt to score maximum.
The preparation for the JEE Main 2018 needs to be done in sync with the board exam for students who are appearing in their class XII concurrently.
Know the difficulty level and what to attempt/leave
An important component of your JEE exam is knowing which question to solve and which question to leave. Even if you attempt 80% of the questions with 80% precision (which implies score more than 60%), you can be assured of very high rank in the JEE Advanced. Being an aspirant, you should realize that if you identify the right questions to attempt, you will score 64% instead of 60% which is more than enough for a spot in best IITs. It is always recommended to practice the JEE Main online as performing on a computer-based platform would enable you to fare better in your JEE Advanced as well. For the JEE 2019 aspirants, preparing for the JEE Main online is more important as it makes them better equipped for the JEE Advanced as well as BITSAT.
Beware of the negative marking
The impact of negative marking is so severe that it can cause a considerable damage to a student now. In the current JEE Advanced, there are 24 golden questions (Read more on our blog) wherein you would not lose marks even if you answer wrong but the same advantage is not available in the JEE Main online or offline. Thus, your experts’ mantra is something you should partly rely on for being risk averse but good concepts and the right attitude for examination is the most critical requirement. Being aware of the negative marking is therefore very important in having a failproof strategy in mind.
Have subject strategy as well as overall strategy
Though it is always recommended that you need to be strong in all the subjects, you need to understand that all subjects cannot be your strengths. It is very important for you to know the subject cutoffs and actual cutoffs. You can refer to the myPAT webinar series for knowing detailed understanding of all these subject-specific details.