India is known for making the largest number of highly qualified engineers every year. In every corner of the world, Indian engineers are engaged in the mission to make the earth a better place for human beings. And in this country, the one single exam that leads lakhs of students to achieve their dreams is JEE Main. To some, it is the toughest test of life, while some clear it on the first attempt. While some are trying year after year to clear the exam, some are securing remarkable marks and going to their dream colleges. It completely depends upon one, on which side she/he wants to be.
JEE Main consists of three subjects, and one of them is physics. There is no getting away from this subject when one dreams of being an engineer. At times, physics can be bothersome to endure, but it can also become one of the most scoring subjects in JEE Main. It all depends on how one is approaching and handling the subject. The JEE Main Physics syllabus is vast, and it covers everything that one studies in Class 11 and Class 12. So, one gets a lot of time to prepare for the exam, but there is one essential thing that many candidates miss out on – a solid strategy. The purpose of this article is to make the student realize the role of a solid strategy in JEE Main, and how to make one.
The First and Foremost: What Exactly Is in the Syllabus?
Well, everybody knows that the syllabi of Class 11 and Class 12 are combined to make the JEE Main Physics syllabus, yet they end up leaving out a few chapters, or worse they completely ignore either Class 11 or Class 12 syllabus. The point to be made here is that one must stop looking at the syllabus as two separate sections. No, there is just one big syllabus that the students are going to study for two long years. And they will bestow an equal amount of importance on all the chapters that come across their path. Below is given a list comprising all the chapters and the weightage they have in the exam.
- Electrostatics – 1 question will come from this chapter. Its weightage is 3.33%.
- Capacitor – 1 question will come from this chapter. It has the same weightage as the previous one.
- SHM – 1 question from this chapter. Weightage: 3.33%
- Sound Waves – 1 Question will come from this chapter. Its weightage: 3.33%.
- Work Power Energy – from this chapter 1 question. Same weightage as the previous one.
- Kinematics – 1 question also. Same weightage as the previous one.
- Laws of Motion – 1 question from this chapter, too. 3.33% weightage.
- Elasticity – 1 question with 3.33% weightage.
- NLM – 1 question with 3.33% weightage.
- Error – 1 question will come carrying the 3.33% weightage.
- Electromagnetic Waves – 1 question. Weightage is the same as the previous one.
- Communication System – 1 question. Same weightage.
- Semiconductors – 1 question. Same weightage.
- Magnetic Effect of Current and Magnetism – 2 questions will come from this chapter with 6.67% weightage.
- KTG and Thermodynamics – 2 questions will come from this chapter. Same weightage as the previous one.
- Alternating Current – 2 questions. Same weightage.
- Center of Mass – also 2 questions and 6.67% weightage.
- Modern Physics – 2 questions from here with 6.67% weightage.
- Rational Dynamics – 2 questions and 6.67% weightage.
- Wave Optics – 2 questions and the same weightage.
- Current Electricity – 3 questions from this chapter. It has 10% weightage.
As one can see, for this exam every chapter is important. So, it is recommended that the students study all the chapters meticulously. And during the revision phase, they are suggested to solve Chapter Wise Important Questions for JEE Main Physics.
Secondly: What is the Question Pattern?
It is highly recommended that the students check the question pattern before they jump into the preparation period. One must prepare oneself in accord with the types of questions that she/he will face in the exam. These little calculations, though seems impertinent, can be very effective when it comes to big exams such as this one. So, JEE Main Paper – 1 comprises a total of 75 questions equally divided into physics, chemistry, and mathematics. So, that makes 25 for physics. And among those 25 questions, 20 are MCQs, and 5 are Numerical Value questions. But most importantly there will be negative marking for each wrong answer. So, the students are advised to be more precise with the question paper.
Thirdly: What Books to Follow?
NCERT Physics books are the best sources that the JEE Main aspirants can find anywhere. These books are precisely composed, thoroughly explained, and lucidly written. It is always advisable that the students follow and rely on NCERT. Other than that, if the teachers recommend, they might go for the books like Concepts of Physics (part 1 and 2) by HC Verma, IIT JEE Physics by DC Pandey, Problems in Physics by SS Krotov, and many others.
Fourthly: How to study?
Preparing a schedule is a must for any examination of this stature. It helps to maintain steady progress and gives the students enough time for revision and mock tests. Following a proper timetable keeps one away from unnecessary stress and anxiety. It builds a strong core and lets one learn the basics and the nuances by heart; hence, the students attain clear concepts about different topics and stay confident for the exam.
Lastly: What to Revise?
A simple answer to this will be – everything. Yes, one must revise every topic until it becomes difficult for one to forget them. But the focus should mostly be on the difficult ones. There is no option for the candidates to leave anything behind. All the problems have to be solved, and all the difficulties have to be overcome. On the day of the exam, the students must have everything in their heads. Another important thing is to solve the previous years’ papers and take mock exams. These are extremely important to achieve a good hand at solving questions in the exam.