Hello friends, I am Rishabh Soni. I am a second year UG student in IIT Kharagpur and my stream is Metallurgical and Materials Engineering. I am a general category student and had to struggle one more year (i.e. a year drop) for JEE preparation. And somehow managed to score an AIR of 3825. Also, I want to share some of my earlier states, so that you can correlate them with yours and try to find a new way of living life.
I had my schooling from a normal Hindi medium government school, from Bhilai, Chhattisgarh and no one ever had cracked IIT JEE exam in the school’s history since 1981. I completed my +2 exam and when I gave JEE exam for the first time, I had no idea what kind of level of question it could ask. I was “topper” of my school so just qualified Mains and appeared Advanced. You won’t believe it, I just attempted 3 questions in my Advanced 2 nd paper, in which too, two answers were wrong. Can you imagine!! I was like, ragged in parts after that exam. But then somehow I gathered my courage again and went to Kota just because my father wanted me to. And I thought this time at least I have to score approx 300 marks in Mains to be in safe side, leaving
aside the advanced exam. In Kota I was under guidance of Manish Jha sir for Physics, Hari Shankar Rathore sir for IOC, Rajneesh sir for PC, Ravindra Chauhan sir for OC and Arunesh Kanther sir
for maths in Allen Career Institute. Whenever someone takes a year drop, he doesn’t have that capacity or patience to study the same thing for one more year. It happens. And many times one thinks that I shouldn’t have done this, or I had an NIT seat and I should have taken that, or what if I couldn’t make it this time too, what about my parents money that’s like a debt on me, and blah blah blah… I want to say in this context, my dad is equivalent to a God for me. He had make many engineers in my family, like two of my uncles and 3 of my cousins had been taught by him (no one could crack IIT, but still he got experience from all this things) and he literally knew all this things would be happening with me. He stated some points for these all crap thoughts-
- You are the most intelligent boy I have ever seen. ( a sweet helpful lie)
- Life will always and always be better than what it is now (it’s a fact). It’s Okay, you had NIT seat yesterday, but you can have an IIT seat or a better branch in NIT tomorrow and
- My money (my father’s money) is all for you. Fathers earn money only because their children can do what they want.
Now, I’ll share my strategy to prepare course and I won’t say you all to strictly follow these things or only these things are perfect.
Physics: I recommend you HC Verma for easily understanding the concepts and to attempt conceptual questions, as the interactive narrative in HCV helps in understanding the concepts in a very friendly manner. If you find it too primitive go for Irodov which deals with the concepts in depth, which is useful in cracking SAT in USA too. Focus on improving your calculus as it helps in dealing with portion other than mechanics. The CBSE NCERT textbook is also very helpful for basics.
Chemistry: Again CBSE NCERT is very helpful for overall understanding the concepts & it would be very helpful for JEE Mains. For measuring concepts like concentrations, mole concept, pH level, etc go for RK Mukherjee just for practice. Revise all the concepts frequently.
Mathematics: I referred to the notes I made during the classes. For in depth conceptual questions go for Hall & Knight. RD Sharma would be a good choice for JEE Mains. Never relate any of the questions to the other one, as it causes confusion and interferes with your intuition which plays a major part in solving the question after practice. Practice is the most important advice for Mathematics that I can give. For JEE Mains remember to go through the CBSE NCERT books at least a month before the exam & do not crack under pressure during the exams, always be calm before attempting the question and do not panic if you couldn’t solve say the first question itself.You don’t have to attempt all the question, just about 70-80% would be enough given that you are confident about these. We had quite a surprise held in store for us as we were given a question paper of 504 marks with the system of +4 & -2 marking scheme. So if you deal with such a surprise, again – remember to keep calm and stay cool And at last all the very best!!
Remember, you will always be rewarded for your hard work…