As of 2019, the board exams for CBSE and ICSE boards were held in March, and the next JEE Main exam was in April. With less than a month between their board exams and the JEE Main, it is often difficult for students to balance their workload and mitigate the stress level. However, it is critical for all aspiring students to find the balance in preparation for the respective examinations. This year, more than 11,09,250 students registered for the January JEE main and around 11,80,000 students appeared for their 10+2 exams. That brings us to a fundamental question – how can you balance your board exam and JEE main preparation to score well?
Can you balance the preparation for both board exam and JEE main?
We must tell you the truth – it is indeed easy to balance the preparation for both. The trick is not to panic and let stress overwhelm you in the months before the exams. The JEE main syllabus and the 10+2 curriculum are the same. The only difference is that, when you appear for your CBSE or ICSE board exams, the paper is set to test your knowledge of your Class 12 coursework only. However, in the JEE main, the paper will include topics from your Class 11 syllabus as well. Furthermore, irrespective of boards, the question paper for each subject is set according to the ability of the average student, but the JEE main and JEE advance papers are screening tools for selecting the finest young brains from all over the country.
How to score higher in board exam and crack JEE?
Before you begin breaking out in a cold sweat, you should try following these five tips to improve your JEE main preparations and boost your performance –
Make a systematic timetable
Nothing is more important than creating a schedule and sticking to it. Your timetable can include only your school, tuition and self-study time. Or, you can take it a step further and include other daily activities including playing games and reading story books in the timetable as well. With 8-hours of sleep per night, you still have 16-hours you can use to study, play and revise.
Revision of old material is critical before the JEE main and doing so will be difficult in the small window between the two exams. While you should pay attention to the weaker subjects and specific problem areas, you should reserve at least one hour per day during your preparatory leave to revise the topics from your Class 11 syllabus. Do not forget to revise essential topics that seem easy, since students often make mistakes while answering simple questions during exams.
Pay attention to your mock test
The syllabi for your board exams and JEE main are going to be similar. However, the question types and exam pattern will be completely different. The board exams will consist of objective and long answer questions, but your JEE main will exclusively contain multiple choice questions.
The school exams prepare students for the type of questions they will face in their PCM board exams, but that’s not enough preparation for facing the JEE main papers. Students should take mock tests that follow the latest question paper patterns, syllabus, and question types. Repeatedly taking mock tests can familiarize you with the JEE main question style.
Most importantly, students finally understand the difference between the basic level questions that he or she answers in their 10+2 board exams, and the advanced level problems they are expected to solve during the JEE main. Once you begin attempting to solve mock question papers for JEE and analysing the JEE answer key, you will also get an understanding of budgeting your time.
Find a correlation between the topics
Since the board exam syllabus and JEE syllabus overlap. It only makes sense to begin solving test papers as well as mock JEE papers together to prepare better. Sometimes, your coaching classes will cover topics that are being taught in your school/college. Try to tackle the subject with regular notes, board test papers and mock tests for your JEE main at the same time. It the most wholesome approach, which will enable you to prepare for your board exam and entrance test.
Divide the topics according to your expertise during revision
Dividing topics according to your expertise is essential. You can split the topics from Class 11 and Class 12 syllabi into three categories like – weak, intermediate, and strong. It will not only give you an idea of how much you have learned in the past couple of weeks, but it will also tell you how much of the syllabus you have to cover in the remaining time.
Focus on your CBSE 10+2 exam topics first. Work on the topics in the “weak” category. You should move onto the other categories only when the “Weak” category of the +2 exam is empty. Always remember that unless you score at least 75% in your CBSE or ICSE exam, joining an esteemed engineering college will remain a mere dream. Once you are confident about completing your +2 syllabus, it’s time, to begin with, the “weak” category of the JEE main.
Think about stress management
Do not try to study for 8 or 10 hours, when you can grasp the same concept in 2 hours. Studying by the hour is rarely helpful unless you are covering more topics or solving multiple papers. Always look at your productivity instead of the number of hours you have put in.
Eat healthily. Rest your body and mind. Play a non-distracting game, watch TV or read to relax. After an entire day’s work, you deserve some relaxation. Appropriate entertainment can help you retain facts, figures, and formulae much better. Try getting some exercise – engage in outdoor games or go out for walks.