I want to do IIT



I’m a student of Std VIII. I want to do IIT. What should my plans be to get a good rank in it? How should I study in order to crack it and which books would you suggest for maths, physics and chemistry?



Getting into the IITs is the dream of almost every student and be IITJEE Entrance Exam is the most sought after competitive exam. There are around 10k seats in the IITs and lakhs of students complete for them every year. So, the level of competition is very high and one must have a strong preparation plan in place. JEE needs systematic preparation. Most of the problems asked are application-based questions and requires you to apply the theoretical concepts to solve it. Hence, “Conceptual Clarity” is important to crack the nut. Mugging up/cramming is not what is expected in JEE entrance and it’s no way going to help you to score top ranks.



Usually, the school curriculum does not cover the kind of preparation required for the IIT JEE entrance exam. Board exams test you with basic knowledge while the JEE entrance tests you on your deeper understanding levels of each topic and concept.



The earlier you start, the more time you would get to learn, revise and practice! By starting an early preparation, your mind gets stimulated, gains confidence, and you will also get ample time to practice.



For the next 1-2 years you can focus on self-study; later you may join some good coaching classes. Good coaching centres/institutes give students an edge in analytical and problem-solving skills, which helps students crack competitive exams with ease.



And to score top ranks in JEE you need regular practice. You need to do a lot of self-study in the form of concept reinforcement, problem-solving. It’s not difficult to clear JEE, provided your concepts are clear and you are able to apply them properly. There are no secrets to success. It’s all the result of preparation, hard work and learning from mistakes.



 



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Does your proficiency in English help in JEE exams?



It only helps in the initial stages of preparation since most of the good books are published in English. But if the person has the capacity of converting it into his own language then it’s not a problem. But I have taught a lot of students from states like Bihar, and within three to four months they are tuned to English. They should have conviction in their own intellectual strength. English is a barrier that can be easily overcome.



 



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What should be a student strong at: all three of the PCM subjects?



It’s a very popular and glamorous notion that one should concentrate on physics and maths, but you will be surprised to know that the paper which makes a student pass or fail JEE is chemistry. The logic behind this is very simple. In chemistry there is a limit beyond which you cannot complicate the problem. But in maths and physics there is no limit. Students are known to score 70-80 per cent in chemistry. But getting more than 40-50 per cent in maths and physics is very difficult. I have never known a student who has passed the JEE exam by doing badly in chemistry. Similarly, I have not known many students who have not cleared JEE by doing very well in chemistry.



 



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Should a student take an aptitude test before JEE to know whether he will succeed or not?



Marks are not a criterion. Students who got 99 in school may also not get through. But an honest student can surely put some questions to himself: Am I the type who tries to locate whether I have seen this type of question or not. Does it fit into the familiar case or not. If there is some unfamiliarity, does that make me uncomfortable. Am I always looking for formats? If so, you will also find it difficult. This category of students will find it very difficult. It’s a matter of how much you love the subjects.



 



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