How I prepared for IIT JEE

by Vivek Verma

Coaching played a key role

I had joined coaching classes for preparation. The coaching is situated in Kanpur named “Bhabha Classes for IIT JEE”. The coaching was more helpful for me to understand the concepts especially for Physics and Maths. In schooling, there is lack of conceptual study because of the syllabus offered. The syllabus of 12th class gives the only outline of what we have to learn. And the board exams are also designed in very easy pattern where the same questions from books exercises are being asked. In coaching, the teachers were good and they taught every subject from the beginning. To learn anything, the basics of that subject should be clear and it leads to proper understanding of the subject.

Don’t just take mock tests – Keep analysing and improving

I had taken around 20 mock tests in time limit by myself at the end of the year of preparation (2013). Also, my coaching institute had organized a test series for a month (two tests within a week), which was helpful to assess myself within the time limit and compare my performance with the other students. I kept solving the mock tests till I got to know that a variety of questions I had done. After taking these mock tests, the things that matter are the mistakes – analyse the mistakes and try to improve your performance in next test. Most importantly, practise how to fill the OMR sheet properly.

5 formulae to success in JEE Advanced

1. Plan Your Study Well: One can plan it on daily basis or weekly as you find suitable. The planning should include the appropriate hours for each subject, every day. The quality of time utilized matters, and not the quantity of time spent.

2. Study Well, Sleep Well & Stay Fit: One should give appropriate hours to study and also to sleep. A minimum of six hours sleep is required for healthy mind and being healthy is much important. Maintain a healthy diet (no junk food / comfort food) and be healthy to be in prime form for the exam.

3. Have the basics clear and strengthen your strong topics: One needs to keep your strong topics strong. So don’t let them go. And try to improve weak areas. Learn everything with a better understanding each time.

4. Regular Study and Revision: Be regular to each subject and always revise the previous learned topics regularly.

5. Solve as much questions as you can: Because the variety of questions we solve boost our confidence to face every kind of problem. Try different sources when possible. As we know – Practice makes perfect.

I recommend (Books & Strategy)


– Concepts of Physics, Vol I and II, by H. C. Verma.

– Fundamentals of Physics, by Halliday, Resnick & Walker.

– Problems in General Physics, by I. E. Irodov (optional).

The books written by H.C. Verma are the more helpful for understanding the all concepts involved by reading the theory of it. And its numerical problems can only be solved if one have understand each and every aspect of that chapter. These books were more helpful to me for improving all weak areas of mine including silly mistakes in solving problems and understanding the concepts involved in Modern Physics chapter. After understanding all the concepts solve variety of problems as much as you can.


– Physical Chemistry, by O.P. Tandon.

– Organic Chemistry, by Morrison and Boyd for Organic Chemistry.

– Concise Inorganic Chemistry, by J. D. Lee.

– Modern Approach to Chemical Calculations, by RC Mukherjee (for more practice).

In Chemistry, the more time you give – the more you are going to learn. If you have left some portion of it untouched or with confusions, then it may get you confused in other chapters as well. Chemistry requires proper attention and focused learning in a sequential manner. The strategy of jumping into random topics does not work here. Be regular, it will give you better results. For practice go to Modern Approach to Chemical Calculations by RC Mukherjee.


– Calculus: Thomas and Finney

– Mathematics for JEE Advanced, by Tata McGraw Hill publications.

Co-ordinate Geometry and Trigonometry by S.L. Loney.

I had a good understanding of all chapters in maths. There was some difficulty in understanding the co-ordinate geometry and that too I was able to solve by studying the book by Loney.

Vivek Verma is a 3rd year B.Tech. student at IIT Roorkee.



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