How to strike a balance between JEE and CBSE exam preparation?

Oct 27, 2017 10:20 IST

It is believed by a lot of students as well as the experts that the syllabus of JEE (Joint Entrance Examination) and CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) is 70-80 percent similar.

This is the reason that a lot of coaching centers these days are also offering collective exam coaching to the students. However, most of the science/engineering students have to strike a perfect balance between the preparation of JEE and CBSE. After all, both these are two different examinations. While CBSE tests a student on just the basic concepts, JEE is a next level that will judge you on the basis of your strategies. These are two essential life-changing examinations of the engineering students and both these have to be accomplished in just one quarter. Unfair enough, right? Well, the students can strike a perfect balance if they know a few things.

Read on to learn more

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1. Keep your basics clear: Master class 11th first

How will a building survive if the foundation is weak? In order to excel and balance both CBSE as well as JEE, every student has to create a strong foundation of class 11th. This is the base of your preparation and future. Make sure that you have every single concept cleared and that your class 11th is mastered. Only then you will be able to achieve success in class 12th CBSE and eventually, JEE.

2. Focus on boards first; JEE comes second

Most of the students believe that because the syllabus of both these exams is the same, therefore, they should prepare for JEE more than CBSE. The truth is that most number of students who give more importance to JEE than CBSE, often do not score well in boards and also do not clear their first JEE attempt. This leaves them depressed and de-motivated for further studies. Remember, CBSE asks basic questions and by preparing well for CBSE, you will clarify your concepts in a brilliant way. This is, in a way, a first step to master JEE. JEE asks tougher questions, which can only be answered with the right strategy and if you have cleared the concepts. NCERT books should be focussed for CBSE and once this is done, you should move towards JEE.

3. Focus on fundamentals and solve many numerical and problems

Because the syllabi of CBSE and JEE is similar, therefore, the students should use it as their advantage and not a burden. Prepare well for CBSE by focussing on the fundamentals and then solve a lot of questions and numerical. This will assist you in JEE exam preparation. Take the mock tests and assess your performance on not just the school-level, but the national level. Solve a lot of question papers.

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4. Divide your topics in three categories, viz. weak, not-so-strong and strong: Do it separately for CBSE and JEE

By preparing well for CBSE, you are actually just warming up for your JEE exams. All you need to have is a right strategy. First of all, write down the topics separately for CBSE and JEE. Keep them separated, even if they are similar. Now, in the list of CBSE topics, divide your topics on the three categories mentioned above. Do the same for JEE. Take BSE first and make sure that you “empty” the WEAK category first of all. Then move towards the not-so-strong category and eventually, practice a lot for the strong category. Repeat the same process for JEE as well.

5. Keep yourself super-motivated, highly confident (but not over-confident) and take power breaks

So as to enhance your efficiency and strike a right balance between JEE and CBSE exam preparation, you have to keep confidence and make sure that you are super motivated towards your target. You have to hit the bull’s eye at any cost. Keep it in mind. Say to yourself every single day- “I can and I will.” Most importantly, have a proper time management for both the exam preparations and keep power breaks in between. During these power breaks, you can do anything to charge yourself up once again for efficiency. Take power naps of 30-35 minutes, take 20-30 minutes break from the studies and during this time, do not talk about studies at all. Take a walk, talk to your parents or friends and do whatever that de-stresses you.

The most important thing that you can do for balancing exam preparation between JEE and CBSE is timed mock test taking. Do not stress yourself and never take decisions or prepare an action plan in such situations. Remain patient and most of all, practice, practice and practice a lot.

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