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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…

posted Sep 12, 2016 by anonymous

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Hi Rishabh, really inspiring story. Same happened with me. I took drop and wanted to appear for JEE again with same zeal. But following some family reasons I could not go to Kota. Then I joined CatalyseR institute in my own city Indore and then I achieved AIR 3227.

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Hi friends, I am Suyash Somani, I did my B.Tech in chemical engineering from IIT Bombay. It seems very cliché to recall about my AIR, but so it was 766 (year 2010). To start with, I would like to assure you guys that IIT-JEE is a test of wittiness rather than extraordinary intelligence. One needs to be smart and witty enough to understand the concept as well to implement it in mostly optimal way so as to maximize one’s attempt. Honestly, speaking I was a decent student in my class (used to get 80ish % in school exams). As it is said that the journey towards the end goal makes you a champion, it was IIT-JEE preparation which brought the best out of me and helped me overcome my shortcomings.

Physics: I had very profound memories of studying Physics under the guidance of Manish sir. Have you ever seen construction of a home/building or any structure, particularly during the cementing phase? If you have carefully observed, what follows after cementing is regular watering of the cemented layer one’s it dries out. That is done to consolidate the cementing. My physics training was somewhat on similar lines; every conceptual lecture was followed by thorough reading through H.C Verma and the practicing out all HCV questions, then other material offered by the faculties. It helps in cementing the concepts deep into the mind. Next level of cementing above it was ‘selective’ problem solving from Irodov. Mind the word ‘selective’, with changing patterns one need to be aligned with the current curriculum and requirements. Daily Practice Problems (DPP’s) were essential part of breakfast meal, as they used to cover miscellaneous questions from all the topics so far covered (they were given year round). It consisted of 10 MCQ’s which need to be solved in proper exam conditions. This would gradually improve your processing speed under stress and time constraint conditions. Following it were the question banks. We can broadly classify various chapters in physics into different buckets like mechanics, electricity & magnetism, kinematics, wave theory etc. Question bank for a concerned topic was given 1 month after its completion. It used to help in revising old topics as well highlighting those subtopics and question types which we found difficult at first attempt or weren’t able to solve easily. The one thing which I missed (while doing my own preparation) was reading NCERT. And I still feel, it could have made a difference of 50-100 ranks had I gone through them diligently. So, my final advice would be to definitely read NCERT and try to solve their after chapter questions. Chemistry: Class notes and first taught concepts are important building blocks. NCERT is a must. There are too many material circulated. One need to check with faculty which book/reference to read and  follow.

Maths: For maths, the more variety of questions one practices, better and deeper is the concept understanding. It helps you get an idea of the horizon of usage of a concept. To start with, RD Sharma is a must, then followed by RD Sharma objective, selective questions from A Das Gupta and course material for each topics gives suffice questions to give initial consolidation. Further question bank and DPP helps the student to keep the concepts on fingers and keep up with past taught topics. Other than this, giving as many as possible full length test is very essential. In my last lap of preparation, one month prior to JEE, I just used to give written tests in the same time frame as that of main exam. It helped me to prepare myself psychologically as well as physiologically for the exam. Most people give excuse for revising individual subjects but remember, revision would never end as the course curriculum is enormous. As net practice is different from match practice in cricket, similarly giving full length test is of paramount importance. There are a lot of wrong practices one need to understand about oneself in regards to paper giving such as time management, getting used to filling OMR correctly, giving exam using pencil, solving under the same time frame of 9-12 am and 2-5 pm thereby adjusting one’s body clock etc. Also, mock test gives you the correct idea of which portion to focus more on and on which to improve on accuracy. Patience and perseverance are foremost required to succeed in JEE; it is not cleared in a day, it is cleared through small baby steps taken each day towards improvement in the 2 years of preparatory journey.

Lastly, I would like to say that IIT’s are good, but they are not the end of the world. If you are hardworking and consistent, sky is the limit for you in life. Talent is the most overrated thing; hard work and perseverance are the most valued. All the best for your career ahead!