Top Myths about Cracking the IIT JEE Exam
The decision to take a crack at the formidable IIT JEE exam is one of the most nerve-wrecking experiences. The difficulty level and intense competition of the entrance exam aside, it is the hyped projection of it as an unimpeachable fortress that takes a toll on the still impressionable minds of the young boys and girls. Some crumble under the pressure, some bow out while others fails to give their optimum performance owing to exceeding levels of stress, leaving only a handful who make it to the other side of the finish line of this daunting race. A great deal of this stress comes from prevalent myths and misconceptions handed down the generations. While there is no denying that IIT JEE is one of the toughest exams in the country, it certainly isn’t an un-achievable goal. Shaking off the fear and intimidation of this exam is one of the basic pre-requisites for success. To help you do that, we dispel some of the top myths associated with the IIT JEE exam:
It is Not for the Average Student
Given the difficulty level of this exam, it is often argued that only students who have displayed academic excellence in their school years have a shot at success. In reality, your school grades or academic performance have little to do with your odds of success, as the structure and evaluation process for this exam is markedly different than school examinations. Even students who have scored straight A’s throughout their school years can fail to make it. On the other hand, an average students can improve their odds of success with hard work, due diligence, planning and continued practice. If you aspire to crack the IIT JEE exam, your school performance should not be a deterrent.
Your Success is Directly Proportional to Study Hours
You’d have often heard people say that IIT aspirants need to put in a minimum of 12 to 14 hours of study every day, consistently. While this exam certainly requires you to go the extra mile, it does not necessarily mean exhausting yourself with long, uninterrupted hours of studying. In fact, following a 12 to 14 hour a day study schedule for months on end can put you at the brink of a burn out and be detrimental to your performance. The study hours have no direct bearing on your exam result, as every student has a different caliber and approach. Some can prepare a topic in an hour, while other may take a day to process it. It is your unwavering focus that counts in the end, not the number of hours you put in.
You Must Enroll in a Coaching Institute in Kota to Succeed
Everyone knows that Kota is a hub of coaching institutes dedicated to help students prepare for competitive exams like JEE and NEET. The success stories put out by these coaching institutes often mislead aspirants into believing that these institutes have some magic key to these formidable exams. However, if you look at the ground statistics, the success rate of these institutes is at best dismal. Thousands of students descend upon this city, year after year, in the hope of success, but only a few hundred make it. Your odds of clearing the IIT JEE entrance are just as good anywhere else as they’d be if you moved to Kota. In fact, an equal number of candidates from small towns and tier II cities clear the exam too. No coaching institute or education hub, no matter how proficient, can guarantee success. Instead of chasing this mirage, you should focus on planning your study schedule, seeking the best guidance available at your disposal and leveraging the power of e-learning programs. If you feel that a formal coaching is imperative for your preparation, opt for online coaching classes instead of moving lock, stock and barrel to a new city altogether.
More Books Mean Better Result
This ideology can set you off on a never-ending wild goose chase, as there is no limit to the number of books and study materials you can reference for your IIT JEE preparation. The important question to ask yourself before you go down that road is whether this is really necessary. Studying the same topics and chapters from different books can leave you stressed and confused, and also slow down your progress in completing what is a vast syllabus. Instead of buying just about any book or study material that someone recommends to you, limit yourself to selected best-selling books for JEE preparation, and supplement these with your NCERT books, practice papers and mock tests.
Focus on Your Strengths Guarantees Success
This is a common misconception when it comes to preparing for competitive exams like JEE. A lot of times aspirants are told to focus on their strengths and not their weaknesses, as the objective of aspirants appearing for these competitive exams is to make it past the cut-off and not necessarily excel in the exam. However, engrossing yourself in topics or subject you are already good at the cost on ones you struggle in is a mistake that can cost you dearly. For instance, if you love Math but lag behind in Chemistry, it does not mean you can focus solely on practicing Math and ignore Chemistry altogether, because there will be questions from both these subjects in the exam. Of course, it is alright to skip an odd chapter or topic if you can’t seem to make headway with it despite trying repeatedly but leaving out entire sections of a subject is not a wise choice by any means. Even if you don’t fully grasp a topic, cover it anyway and seek help from an experienced teacher or mentor to understand it as best as you can.
You don’t need to put your life on hold for a year or more to be able to realize your dream of cracking the IIT JEE exam. At the same time, there are no shortcuts to success here either. You have to be prepared to work hard and slog it out.