JEE Mains paper is overall a moderately difficult paper. But, a systematic and smart study until the day of the final exam can get you very decent marks in it. In this post, I am going to give you some tips on how to practice solving JEE Main question papers.
As you know, this paper contains 90 questions which have to be solved in 3-hours duration. So, this paper will test your question-solving speed more than your knowledge. You should have very clear idea about your syllabus and what is the weightage of each topic. You can refer to any book which contains JEE Main question papers, they analyze the papers very thoroughly. You can get a rough idea of which topic is important and which topic requires less attention.
Now, next thing is how much you should study to get satisfying marks in this paper. Truly speaking, it depends on student to student. But 6-7 hours of self-study with proper focus until the final stage of your examination is more than enough. One thing, which can really help is you should have one slot in your study time which duration must be 3-hours. In those 3-hours, you must study continuously, properly on your study table, without any disturbance. This habit will increase your efficiency dramatically in those 3-hours of examination.
What happens often with most of the students in the final exam is that they solve fewer questions, with respect to their potential. This happens mainly because the exam pressure is enormous on the students, irrespective of the fact that they are appearing it for the first time, second time or third time. So, after about two hours, most of them get mentally tired and their efficiency becomes very low.
To counter the above-mentioned problem, you must be comfortable studying or solving questions for three hours straight. You should join a test series (Resonance, Allen, or whatever you like) and give the exams very seriously. They generally imitate examination conditions very well. But it won’t be effective unless you take it seriously. These examinations are conducted on all India level, so you will get a pretty good idea of where you stand and how much you have to prepare more. But, don’t get frustrated if you get low marks and don’t be overconfident if you are getting very high marks.
If you are not joining test series for any reason, then during your studies, whenever you come across a good question, mark it. Then, you can a make a paper by yourself from the set of all marked questions. Then, pick any free day, and solve the paper like you are giving your JEE Mains exam. Try to imitate as much condition as you can, like, timing should be identical to JEE Mains exam (9:30am to 12:30pm; most probably), you should have a water bottle, try to sit where ambient noise is minimum. You should do this once in a couple of weeks.
Now, next thing to be discussed is how to study, and more importantly, what to study. Syllabus of JEE Mains is broad, but its questions are pretty straightforward. So, you have to make sure not to study every topic very deeply.