The JEE Advance exam is infamous for being very unpredictable. Be it negative marking, type of questions marks dedicated to each question etc. You can never surely tell how the paper will be designed. So it is also impossible to have a planned strategy in order to attempt the paper. Earlier it used to happen that either one of the two papers, Paper 1 or 2 would be simpler than the other, but there were times when even that didn’t apply. Hence the best way to tackle this is to have absolutely no strategy in place. Because if you do strategize according to some paper pattern and the paper actually turns out to\be totally different, then you might lose your confidence. And you don’t want that.
This is a quite different from that required for JEE Mains. In order to crack Advance, you should be able to tackle uncertainty with confidence. For that, you need to have an open mind, ready for accepting anything that is thrown at you, without losing your calm. This can only be done if you have trained yourself to be in such situations quite often. In order to achieve such a state of mind, opt for multiple mock tests.
You just need to keep one thing in mind that even if the paper pattern is different, the questions have nothing different from you have been studying and what you have prepared for. Believe in your potential, and know your preparation level. Don’t confuse over-confidence for confidence. Know that if you are stumped over a problem, many others too are. The same paper is being attempted by other aspirants and that the level of difficulty of the paper will be same for you and them.
Start attempting the paper with the subject you are most confident and comfortable in. This will give your confidence a major boost that will drive through the rest of the paper. Generally, Chemistry is faster to solve as it has more of theory questions. And Mathematics requires the most time. However, you must judge this yourself after going through the paper. And not rely on previous observations. It may happen sometime that Chemistry questions are taking up a lot of time and Mathematics questions are easier. Iterate through the paper twice or thrice to choose the questions you want to attempt and go for it. Do not stay for long on a particular question; you can come back to it later after having attempted other questions.
Attempt only those questions which you solve completely. Don’t set a target like you must solve a specific number of questions to qualify for admission. Remember that the cut off varies every year. Last year’s cut off should not influence you to meet a non-achievable target. Never guess any answer as even a single negative mark can cost you your seat. Focus on being accurate rather than being just fast. There are students who attempt 320 marks of paper and end up scoring 150. Also, there are students who attempt 220 marks worth of questions and score 200. Decide which category do you want to fall into?
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