One of the most significant aspects of preparing for JEE is spending enough time practising JEE mains previous year papers. Past toppers and successful students say that after completing their course, they spent a considerable amount of time practising questions from the previous years and taking mock tests. They say that doing this has been one of the key reasons behind their success. Let’s look at why engineering aspirants writing JEE 2019 must include practising previous year papers as an integral part of their examination preparation schedule.
#1 Get familiar with the JEE paper
A student preparing for any competitive exam must understand everything that the examination entails. This gives the student an overall understanding of the number of questions asked, level of difficulty, number of hours per day the students need to study, important topics, the exam pattern, duration of the exam among other things. Once the student has familiarised himself/herself with this, they can design their preparation strategy in a way that suits the need of the exam.
#2 Previous year questions repeated in exams
Students preparing for the JEE Mains will see that questions asked in the Mathematics and Physics paper are repeated from the previous years, whereas in the Chemistry exam some chemical reactions questions get repeated every 4-5 years. Once the student has completed his/her syllabus, they must go through at least the last five year papers, so is to find a pattern in the questions that get repeated. During the exam, knowing the answer or the method to solve a question that you have seen before in a previous year paper boosts the confidence of the student in the stressful situation that he/she is already in.
#3 Previous year papers have the solution to the questions
While going through the previous year papers, students have the advantage of looking at the answers given for the questions that they are facing an issue with. It gives them an insight of what the examiners are looking for in terms of arriving at the solution and the candidate’s problem-solving skills. A thorough practice of previous years JEE papers will also allow the candidates to see where they stand and make efforts to improve in the areas where they need more practice or assistance.
#4 Work on time management and efficiency
Most engineering aspirants who sit for the JEE, complain about the lack of time given to complete the exam. Students who practice enough previous year papers usually know how to navigate through the paper in the given duration of the exam. They would have timed the number of minutes they would want to spend on each question or the time required for each subject or even the order in which they would want to attempt the question paper. All students who have been successful in clearing the exam in the past have said that they were able to solve questions in the exam quicker and faster only because they spent a large chunk of their time practising JEE Main question papers.
#5 Take a break from studying
Since the JEE syllabus is exceptionally vast, students are expected to put in at least 6-7 hours of study every day to complete the course. During the study hours, students are constantly consuming new information. This could result in the students not retaining all that they have learnt. It is a good practice to have a combination of study time and solving mock tests and previous year papers so that students can apply what they have learnt. As studying continously can be monotonous, boring and tiresome, students can take a break and practise the previous year JEE Main papers to evaluate how prepared they are for the exam.