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Preparing for a highly competitive examination requires dedicated 1 to 2 years of hard work. However, success in any exam also requires proper planning and strategy without which the outcome may not be equal to the amount of effort that was put in. A clear study plan and a strategy based on one’s strengths and weaknesses is a necessity for cracking JEE Main i.e. the most competitive engineering entrance exam in the country. 

With less than three month remaining for the first session of JEE Main 2022, it is extremely important for students to now put their complete focus on the exam and stop doing any iteration in their study plans. It is expected that by now students might have completed a major chunk of their syllabus and have also started the revision process.

Students are advised to follow their past books for revision and do not refer to any new books at this stage of their preparation until and unless they feel it to be extremely useful. Going through previous test papers, homework questions that you were not able to solve at that time will be helpful in removing doubts and building confidence. Students are advised to go through all such questions and solve them again.

Few things that students should keep in mind at this stage of preparation is the importance of a particular topic, the time it requires, and strength and weak areas of the student. All these factors shall be considered and a chapter wise revision plan should be created. Also, a priority based division among chapters has to be created to figure out which chapters are to be done first. Such a plan should devote time to all three subjects in a day rather than focusing on favorite subjects.

Tests become a regular part of preparation at this stage. Ideally, a student can solve at least one major test in a week at this time supplemented by daily chapter tests. Students should make them extremely comfortable with that exam atmosphere and three hour long sitting of complete focus. 

Next to these tests, what is even important is analysis which helps in identifying the mistakes including the silly ones. Doing all these can not be afforded in the actual exam and therefore students must put all their efforts in identifying the questions which they could have solved but didn’t attempt and the questions they marked incorrect due to wrong reasons. All such things have to be eliminated and the best version of you should be present in the final exam.

For each subject, you may require a different approach while revising. Try to do as many as quality problems in Mathematics along with understanding derivations. Physics requires both solving numericals and also understanding the concept everywhere. It is a good practice to have a quick glance of concepts before you begin any practicing questions. For chemistry, inorganic requires a proper reading with a focused mind, organic chemistry requires conceptual clarity and this comes with getting all your doubts cleared from your teacher and then practising questions. Physical chemistry is more like physics which requires both conceptual clarity and problem solving.

Last but not least, a shift towards a balance of speed and accuracy should be created if not done earlier. Try to solve each problem the way you will do it in exam. Create that kind of atmosphere around you and have that mindset. Try to enjoy the pressure and make yourself comfortable with this and do not allow it to over-burden you.

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Vineet Singh Chauhan
A B.Tech graduate from IIT Jodhpur (2019) and the state topper in his 12th boards. He enjoys music, travelling, volunteering for social work and reading about Indian History.
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