The JEE Mains question paper is divided into three sections i. e. Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry. The paper contains 90 questions with each section having 30 questions to attempt.
It seems more likely for you to dedicate one hour each for each section. But that’s not the most justified way to allocate your time. Sections like Chemistry contain more of theory questions and less of lengthy calculations. Hence require time less than an hour; whereas subjects like Mathematics and Physics require more times as the questions are more calculation based.
Most of the students have a habit of scanning through the entire paper before they start attempting it. But this should be avoided at all costs, since there might be questions never expected or they maybe twisted in a way that they appear so. This might make you feel less confident while attempting the paper and would harm your performance in the exam.
For competitive exams like JEE, it isn’t required for you to solve the entire paper. Solving just sufficient number of questions keeping in mind the target marks you want to achieve, is the right thing to do. Only attempt question for which you have the answer to. Avoid guess work at any cost as negative marking could harm your final score.
Divide each section into 3 groups.
Group 1- Easy and formula based questions or direct theory questions
Group 2- Slightly more complex, or the ones in which more thinking is required or involve lengthy calculations.
Group 3- Difficult and time-consuming.
Solve the Group 1 questions right away for each section. Suppose you start with Chemistry, solve all Group 1 questions in Chemistry, then go on to solve all Group 1 questions in Physics and finally all Group 1 questions in Mathematics. This should take anywhere between 60 to 75 minutes. Then proceed to the Group 2 questions and solve them for all three subjects. By this time you would have spent 120- 135 minutes. These two are the groups wherein you’ll be scoring your maximum marks. If the Group 3 question fetches you marks, then that will be a bonus 😛
The remaining time should be kept for attempting the Group 3 questions and all the left out questions, the ones you had some doubts in and for rechecking. Try to not spend much time on a single question. You can go back to it at the end, after you have attempted all the Groups.
Though strategy mentioned here is quite effective, it may happen that it doesn’t suit you. You must attempt a number of Mock exams before you appear for the Mains. This will give you a chance to explore strategies and see what suits you best and stick to it for the rest of the tests.
We hope this article threw some light on how to go about the JEE Mains paper and proved helpful to you. Wish you all the best!