How to be Fair to Both Class 12 Board Exams and IIT JEE 2018

Here's some good news! Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) officially that from JEE 2017-18 onwards, the provision of giving 40% weightage to class 12th board exam marks while calculating JEE Main Ranks has been scrapped. The new guidelines say that students need to be in the Top 20 percentile of their respective education boards or secure at least 75% aggregate marks in Class 12 (in Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, a language, and any other subject) to be eligible for admission in IITs, NITs, IIITs, and GFTIs. Students belonging to SC and ST categories would need 65% aggregate in Class 12 board exams to be eligible for JEE Main.

The change in the MHRD guidelines regarding JEE has lifted off much burden from the shoulders of students who were toiling day and night to score above 90% in board exams too along with their IIT JEE preparation to be able to get a good JEE Mains rank. Now, all they have to aim for is getting 75% marks and above – and they can focus more on their engineering exam preparation. That said, it wouldn’t hurt you to ace your Class 12 board exams as well.

Here are a few practical tips to top your board exams and nail a good rank in JEE Main & Advanced exams too:

IIT JEE Coaching Centres are already preparing you for it


Since 2012, IIT JEE preparation has taken board exam preparation into consideration too – especially because they had been making a big difference to one’s JEE Main ranks. Naturally, all those who are into IIT JEE coaching business have prepared their IIT JEE study material and programs in a manner that students can prepare for their board exams along with their JEE preparation.

It helps that CBSE, the most popular education board in India, conducts the JEE Main exam too. It means that the board exam syllabus for CBSE students is similar to JEE Main syllabus. Harsh Patodia, askIITians expert whose 29 students last year were in Top 100 in JEE Advance exam, said, “Even though CBSE syllabus is similar to JEE Main exam, it is imperative for students to understand all the topics in Class 11 first. Only then, they will be able to understand Class 12 syllabus and be able to form a base necessary to tackle IIT JEE 2018 preparation.”

The major difference between the board exams and JEE preparation is the type of questions you encounter during the exams, and type of answers expected from students. Generally speaking, JEE questions are of higher level and more difficult to crack than those asked in Class 12 board exams. Hence, when you study a topic, you need to practice board exam questions as well as JEE-level questions from previous years’ question papers and mock tests of the respective exams.

IIT JEE study material has additional topics

IIT-JEE Preparation Essentials

When you begin your IIT JEE preparation, you should start with topics that are common to both your board exams and JEE Main exams. You can choose to cover topics covered only in board exams from January onwards while you can focus more on topics exclusive to JEE Advance exam after your board exams are over.

IITians say that JEE questions are more application-based. Hence, your fundamentals need to be clear to be able to solve them. You should use your board exam preparation as a leverage to your JEE preparation and build up your basics. First try to solve related questions from board exam papers, and then, move on to solve problems from JEE question papers.

Ex-IITian Saurabh Kumar says, “During simultaneous preparation of board exams, JEE Main and JEE Advance, practice all the NCERT problems first, then the board exam problems, followed by JEE Main problems and finally the JEE Advance problems for the topic or chapter. It takes more time to complete a topic holistically but then, you can’t be skimpy in your preparation if you want to do well in both your board exams and your JEE exams.”

Time Management, Study Plan, and Consistency are the Keys to Success

IIT JEE Study Strategy

JEE syllabus, along with the board exam syllabus, is quite vast. If takes time to cover it well enough for your exams. So, time management is very important. Devote some time to chalk out a proper study plan for yourself – complete with daily targets, weekly targets, and monthly targets – depending on the time you have in hand.

Do note that you may cover topics asked just in board exams from January to March, and topics covered just in JEE Advance after your board exams are over. If you understand your concepts well and aim to crack JEE Advance questions for the topic, you will find it easy to crack board exam type questions. Many of the students who top the JEE Main and JEE Advance exams score well in Class 12 board exams too – for they set their targets high.

You need to study for about 8-10 hours a day, out of which you should devote about 3-4 hours in practicing problems and doing your revisions. Consistency and sticking to your schedule is crucial if you really want to make it to the IITs.

In the last three months, take a good reputed online test series for JEE Main and JEE Advance to find out your strengths and weaknesses and adapt your study plan accordingly.

Do not hesitate to seek help whenever you need it. Proper guidance can save a lot of your precious time allowing you to use it in a more constructive manner.


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