A Guide to JEE Advanced – One of the Toughest Exams in the World

The IITs are the ultimate destination for every student in India who has a knack for engineering. However, IIT entrance exams are reputed as being one of the toughest exams in the world due to the limited seats and difficulty level of the questions asked. To get an idea of the exam pattern, you can go through a few JEE advanced previous year papers and practice until you are ready. But, before you apply, you must know that the reservation for different categories eats into the handful number of seats, giving only less than 1% applicants the green signal.

1. Statistics of 2019

The JoSAA or the Joint Seat Allocation Authority, established by the MHRD regulates the admission procedure for 23 registered IITs. The total number of students who cleared JEE Advanced in 2019 was 38,704, contesting for 13,376 seats in IITs.

2. Syllabus and Exam Pattern

The MHRD appoints one of the IITs as the head institution to look after the process of conducting JEE Advanced for a particular year. A careful look at their official website will give students a detailed idea of the syllabus and they can prepare accordingly. Here is a broad outline of the curriculum:

  • Physics: Mechanics, General Physics, Electricity and Magnetism, Thermal Physics, Optics, Modern Physics
  • Chemistry: Organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry
  • Mathematics: Algebra, Integral Calculus, Analytical Geometry, Trigonometry, Differential Calculus, Vectors

The exam is divided into two papers, 3 hours each.

Sections Paper-I Paper-II
Section I 10 Multiple Choice Questions 8 Multiple Choice Questions
Section II 5 Multiple Choice Questions Total 8 MCQs and 4 paras describing practical, theory, data, etc. with 2 questions for each of the paragraphs.
Section III 5 questions, the answers shall be a single-digit integer ranging from 0 to 9 Match the two lists which have the options coded as A, B, C, and D. Candidates have to choose the correct options as per the code


3. A few tips to crack IIT-JEE

  • Pay heed to important topics and the ones that carry more weight. Since the questions will likely be based on these chapters, keep them on top of your list.
  • Analyze your performance by practising tests every day. This will improve your speed and time management skills. Your score in the mock tests will help you identify your weak and strong points.
  • Solve as many previous year’s papers as you can. This will give you an idea of the exam pattern and the type of questions asked.
  • Be an early bird and begin your preparation at the earliest. Collect reliable study material and give your best in everything you do.
  • Don’t give up on sports and take small breaks while studying. Doing so will help you rejuvenate your mind and body.

Even though IIT JEE has come out to be one of the toughest exams, determination and hard work can help you crack it with ease. As you begin your journey to IIT, stay focussed and most importantly, patient. Good luck!

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