Cracking JEE Mains and Advanced - Somesh

Cracking JEE Mains and Advanced

IIT is a dream place for many students. It is often that we look up to our distant IIT relatives with admiration and seek tips to crack IIT.

How to crack JEE Mains and JEE Advanced?

Cracking JEE, these days – JEE Mains and JEE Advanced both, requires persistence and a strong commitment to the dream. It requires a responsible learning curve where we are strong with the basics and are acquainted with the nuances of the topics.

What are the Bottlenecks?

Sometimes, the multitude of topics and books can be overwhelming, especially if one is not very comfortable with the particular concept. Moreover, given that JEE loves to experiment and combines concepts in its questions, it is essential that the student has a strong hold over all chapters to crack both JEE Mains and JEE Advanced.

Shortcuts and tricks

Another vital suggestion is to avoid shortcuts and tricks. This is a controversial suggestion but keeping in mind that how many of these small tricks collected over more than 25 odd chapters for a subject you would be able to remember through the two-year period and sparingly recollect on the day of the examination, it seems reasonable to stick to basic formulae alone.

What to know about the different subjects?

Physics and Mathematics – Question Solving:

For Physics and Mathematics, solving of questions is of paramount importance. The more, the better.

Chemistry – Time Management:

The bifurcation in Chemistry, suddenly being referred to as Physical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry and Organic Chemistry post – Class 10 brings about a change in the students’ attitude towards the treatment of the subject. It must be kept in mind that Chemistry, like Physics and Mathematics, constitutes 1/3 rd of the syllabus, and 1/3rd of timing should be given to it.

So, where to start and how to start, this is a daunting question amongst several first-timers. This article aims to give you a holistic perspective on the journey that you need to undertake and what it requires.

The Mountain of Materials

The market has a good number of reference material, from the ones that claim to provide tips to crack IIT JEE in 1 year to cover the syllabus in a month. Sometimes these books are esoteric and full of arcane material. Several students face the issue of choosing and under peer-pressure go about changing their reference and end up scrambling stuff from multiple sources. JEE is tough, for sure, but not something that is unachievable with the right guidance.

Where to Start?

NCERT books are severely underrated and looked down upon by students. These books are one of the best books to crack IIT. You should keep in mind that these books have been prepared by the best teachers of India and the material is presented in a very lucid manner. Thus, it should be the first-step of your preparation.

Advanced Preparation


Moving on, you can go for Concepts of Physics by HC Verma for theory and problems alike.


For Chemistry, the theory presented in NCERT is more than enough, and additional problem solving is more important. Books by RC Mukherjee or Ranjeet Shahi for Physical, Concise Inorganic Chemistry by Vishal Joshi for Inorganic and Advanced Problems in Organic Chemistry by Akshay Chaudhary may be used.


Mathematics is the one which requires a good amount of preparation and following a complete Series by Arihant or Cengage is helpful in this case.

How to prepare?

All problem solving must be done in a chapter-wise manner. Along with that, you must start solving previous year JEE Mains and JEE Advanced chapter-wise questions from the beginning. This instills the thought process that JEE demands and you do not lose any time preparing separately for JEE.

When to give tests?

Going for time-bound full tests is important. You should be starting with them from the first month of your preparation and give such tests on a regular basis, monthly in the beginning and weekly towards the end of your preparation. It helps you condition yourself with the examination pattern and you are well prepared for the grill in the actual paper.

When to study?

Study session is another important thing that needs to be implemented. JEE Mains and JEE Advanced both require you to sit down continuously at one place from 9 AM to 12 PM and 2 PM to 5 PM on a sunny day of April or May. If you are acquainted to frequent breaks or moving around while studying, the odds will not be in favor on the D-day.

Hence, having 3-hour sessions when you are studying is crucial. It prepares your brain and makes your physiology more stable for the timing. You can start with sessions at the timing that suits your school or tuition, but once you are on study leave or over the weekends, you need to sit in the 9 AM to 12 PM and 2 PM to 5 PM slots. This again reiterates your brain to work in a more focused manner during that period. So, no more afternoon siestas for you.

Coaching or no-coaching?

Coaching is a much-debated idea stemming to queries from how to crack IIT JEE without coaching, to is coaching necessary to crack JEE. Especially the cons highlighting the lack of self-study while the pros state the guided preparation. Ultimately, it is a personal choice. If one is able to study by self, then coaching is not necessary. But this must be kept in mind that coaching makes the preparation streamlined and the short-term and long-term objectives including daily problem-sets and end-of-month tests are more defined in the set-up. Even help is nearby for students who opt for coaching.

JEE is not a sprint, but a marathon. It requires sustained preparation and effort over a long period. If you dream high, then you must will to sacrifice for the same.

Trust me, IIT is worth the effort, and it requires a good amount of effort!

Written by Somesh Mohapatra

Somesh Mohapatra is an IIT Roorkee alumnus of Batch 2018, currently pursuing PhD at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He had his journey starting from Cuttack, a town in Odisha, and moved to Kota for JEE Coaching. He was the Topper of Ajmer Zone in Class 12 CBSE Board Examination having scored 97.8%, and then went on to be the Topper of his batch at IIT Roorkee in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering. His passion towards contributing towards education drives him to write for JEE.

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