IITs, the most prestigious colleges in India, are famous throughout the world for churning out the best technocrats. JEE, conducted for undergraduate entrance in IITs, is consequently oriented towards testing the concepts and technology acumen.
JEE Physics is one of the most important subjects for science students. The subject is highly important for all the students as its score is considered in all admissions. Physics is quite scoring as compared to other subjects and the questions are very simple and direct in comparison to the competitive exams. Physics subject needs thorough preparation and continual practice throughout the year. But, the last few days are very important and can help the students who are struggling to secure passing marks. From a good student’s perspective, revising all the concepts is important to ensure a good strategy for attempting the exam and scoring best to the capabilities.
This article has excerpts in an interview with Arvinder Singla who was successful in JEE Advanced from IIT Delhi. He is highly interested in the Ed-Tech industry and is one of the key brains backing the myPAT platform. He is passionate about the Physics, technological advancements, International Polity, and current affairs.
How was your experience at the IIT Delhi?
IITs are the best institutes in India and are recognized globally. At the time of joining, I was not aware of the effect that this brand name would add to my profile. IITs surely have one of the best cultures for learning and honing talent. During my interaction with industry personnel, I have come to know that IITians have proved their mettle in all the spheres including civil services and politics as well.
I feel that these 3 years that I devoted to my JEE preparation proved to be the most lucrative and will reap me benefits all my life
How has your academic life been in IIT and earlier than that?
I must be honest here to confess that I was an average student and have repeated my class 3rd twice. I scored meagre 80% in class X and 60% in class XII. I got serious about JEE as I was fascinated with IITs and technology right from young age. I secured nearly 4000th rank in JEE Advanced and then took one more year to prepare for JEE Advanced and could take my rank up to nearly 1500.
However, my rank in Physics was among top 10 students which made me secure such high rank overall. Physics, my favourite subject, came to my rescue and helped me secure a sat in IIT Delhi.
What are the various Physics preparation hacks for JEE that you followed?
Well, Physics is the toughest subjects and can give anyone nightmares if his/her concepts are not good. I was always fascinated by the subject and was lucky to find a mentor in my brother who helped me build strong concepts. My love for the subject led me to practice from multiple books many of which are:
Standard books NCERT, H.C Verma, Resnick Haliday
For practicing tough numerical problems, I referred to I.E. Irodov which is a very old book and famous among Physics lovers worldwide.
For JEE specific practice, I would recommend books by standard publishers and the study material by famous institutes like FIITJEE and Bansal or authors like DC Pandey. (Read our blog titled Physics Books for JEE Preparation)
Being in the sphere of education, what trends do you see dominating the education industry in the upcoming decade?
I feel that personalisation is a very important trend in coming times. Some students tend to do good with a specific instructor while many may not be able to do equally good under him/her. It is scientifically proven that every student has different learning predisposition. Learning delivery is categorised into various types viz Reading/Writing, Auditory, Visual and Kinaesthetic. It is very important to identify which learning type suits whom and all the research is happening with the aim of attaining this goal.
While many learners can personalise education by sheer determination and smart work, many cannot even do so with software as well. The key is to leverage technology with the aim of facilitating education and not sell jargons. I guess the industry needs multiskilled workforce who understand technology and education simultaneously.
Any specific trends in Competitive exam segment?
In competitive examinations, students need to be perseverant in their practice and attempt a simulated exam multiple times. However, it also requires smart work to gauge your deficiencies after each attempt. Technology can be a huge life saver for students as it would automate the process of feedback generation.
What are your suggestions to JEE aspirants? How should they plan their preparation?
JEE surely is a tough exam but it is not impossible if you have strong will and determination. Would recommend students to be thorough with their concepts and start rehearsing mock JEE tests. However, the mock tests and their results are to be utilized optimally.
A serious learner should always look for takeaways after each result. Be sure to strengthen your aptitude after each attempt for which you should do a proper self-analysis and categorize subjects/concepts/question types your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. My endeavour is to developed fool proof algorithms for the same and with JEE going completely online, I am hopeful to realize my dreams through a new disruptive myPAT.
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