DO’s and Don’ts for JEE Mains

The Indian Institutes of Technology are recognised as the “Institutes of National Importance”, are always the dream institutes for every aspiring engineer. The IITs subsidise the fees for undergraduate students while providing them with the best education and career opportunities. Being autonomous institutes, the IITs always quickly adapt to new educational and technological changes to maintain their quality of education.

The IITs follow a common admission process for their undergraduate programs i.e. through the Joint Entrance Examination- Advanced. The JEE Advanced can only be taken by the candidates who qualify the first round of the JEE, known as the JEE Mains. More than a million students apply for the JEE mains every year which makes the exam as one of the most competitive exams in the country.

So, it is very important for every candidate to prepare for the JEE mains exam properly to clear the cut-off and get eligible for the JEE Advanced exam. Often many students could not realise the best practices and end up with poor performance in the exam. Hence, here are some do’s and don’ts for JEE Mains are given that might help the students to perform more effectively in the exam.

Phase 1: Preparation Phase


  • Smart Work and not Hard Work:

Hard work is a natural consequence of being dedicated and focused for the exam. So, it is very crucial to strategize a proper preparation plan and direction to be able to retain for a longer duration. Just working hard without a smart strategy always slows the preparation pace.

  • Follow Pomodoro Technique:

Researchers suggest that taking short breaks from work improves the effectiveness of work. So, by following the same technique of taking short breaks during your study can improve efficiency and memory retention.

  • Practice and develop Individualism

Practice always helps to improve the efficiency of solving problems and getting acquainted with the type of questions asked in the exam. It is also very crucial to develop individual learning patterns and set individual goals to become more confident for the exam.


  • Overwork:

Excessive work can often lead to exhaustion and thus eventually decreases the learning efficiency and retention of knowledge. So, it is very important to relax and take proper rest while studying.

  • Immerse in Negative Thoughts:

The negative thoughts can often negatively affect the preparation of the students preparing for the JEE exam. So, being positive and encouraged will always help to learn more effectively and score well in the exam.

  • Procrastinate:

Procrastinating often becomes the main reason for the students to take the exam underprepared and eventually score low. It is always suggested to follow a proper study plan and complete chapters accordingly rather than skipping them.

Phase 2: Examination


  • Follow a Strategy:

Having a strategy to attempt the questions in the exam is very crucial. For example, some students find it important to attempt the easy questions first rather than the tough ones; while others attempt questions from their favourite topics first. So, it is suggested to attempt questions according to personal choice.

  • Read the Paper Properly:

Reading the entire question paper properly can help to analyse the paper and start solving accordingly.

  • Recheck the Answers and Marked Options:

It is always suggested to check the answers twice if time persists and then mark the options. Often simple calculation mistakes can prove to be the reason for low score and so it is always important to be completely sure before marking the answers.


  • Guess:

As the JEE exams have a negative marking of one-fourth, guessing and marking the answers can always decrease the score and the candidates often fail to clear their cut-off due to negative marking scheme.

  • Engross in Negative Sentiments:

With negative thoughts, students often get nervous and fail to answer even the known questions. So, avoid the negative thoughts and sentiments even when the paper is tough and try to figure out questions that could be answered confidently.

  • Go with the Crowd:

As the exam is conducted in both offline (pen and paper) and CBT (computer based test), many students take up choice by looking at their friends and batch-mates. This can have extremely negative effect if one is not comfortable with their preferred mode. So, select the CBT mode only after taking various online mock tests to get well acquainted with the type.

These Do’s and Don’ts can help the candidates to prepare and score well in the JEE Mains exam. With honest dedication and smart preparation, the dream to pursue engineering from the top engineering institutes in the country can always be achieved.

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