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JEE Main April 2020: Revision strategy for Mathematics section

PUBLISH DATE 26th March 2020

The JEE Main 2020 exams scheduled on the April 5, 7, 9 and 11 have been postponed by The National Testing Agency (NTA) in view of coronavirus outbreak across the country and outside.

The New dates of JEE (Main) examinations will be announced on March 31, 2020. Accordingly, the JEE Main April admit cards which were to be issued on March 20, 2020, will now be issued after March 31, 2020, only.

The candidates who have registered for the JEE Main April 2020 examination are advised to utilize this extra time to revise their exam syllabus and practice more. Here are important preparation tips and strategy for JEE Main Mathematics section:

What are the subjects and what is the level of difficulty?

Clearing JEE (Main) is not a difficult task. Systematic approach towards its preparation will help students get admission into one of the top National Institutes of Technology (NITs). JEE (Main) consists of CBSE syllabus of Physics Chemistry & Mathematics and some common topics from 11th & 12th of State boards. About 25% questions in the examinations paper are easy, 50% are average and 25% are difficult. The cut-off for JEE (Main) is generally around 65% for NITs & IIITs.

How to prepare for JEE (Main)?

FIITJEE expert says, a two-year planned, organized preparation for JEE (Main) is all that is required. Every set of problems needs to be approached differently and with a separate methodology. Regular practice makes a student confident to tackle the problems. Speed and Accuracy is the key to success.

Books & study material which help in shaping your conceptual understanding must be referred to while preparing for JEE (Main). As the current pattern of JEE Main is a Computer Based Test (CBT), it is recommended to have enough practice of the same before the actual exam. For sample papers one can download the same from the JEE Main official website.

Pattern of JEE Main

As per the latest pattern of JEE Main held in Jan 2020, the total marks for this paper was 300. The duration of the paper was 3 hrs with total 75 questions including all three subjects (25 each in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics). In each subject there were 20 multiple choice questions (MCQs) with One correct option and 5 questions with answer as numerical value. The marking scheme for MCQs was +4 for the correct answer, -1 for incorrect answers and 0 for an un-attempted question while the marking scheme for the Numerical value questions was +4 for a correct answer and 0 if incorrect or un-attempted. The paper was conducted in Computer Based Test (CBT) mode only.

Comparison of the JEE (Main) January 2020 Papers for Mathematics:

JEE Main January 7 (Forenoon Session): It was found that 44% questions were easy 48% moderate and 8% difficult. More weightage was given to chapters from Calculus, Algebra and Coordinate Geometry.

JEE Main January 7 (Afternoon Session): It was found that 72% questions were easy and 28% moderate. More weightage was given to chapters from Calculus and Algebra. Almost equal weightage given to chapters from Coordinate Geometry, Vectors, 3D, Sets, Statistics and Mathematical Reasoning.

JEE Main January 8 (Forenoon Session): It was found that 68% questions were easy, and 32% moderate. More weightage was given to chapters from Calculus and Algebra.

JEE Main January 8 (Afternoon Session): It was found that 40% questions were easy 44% moderate and 16% difficult. More weightage was given to chapters from Algebra and Calculus. There were few questions from Trigonometry as well in this paper .

JEE Main January 9 (Forenoon Session): It was found that 28% questions were easy, 68% moderate and 4% difficult. More weightage was given to chapters from Algebra.

JEE Main January 9 (Afternoon Session): It was found that 28% questions were easy and 72% moderate. More weightage was given to Algebra.

Tips for JEE (Main): Mathematics

  1. Previous JEE papers suggest that in more attention should be paid to Chapters like Vectors and 3-D than Probability or Indefinite integration as Vectors and 3-D offers very less scope to examiner, as far as variety in questions is concerned. One more chapter is Complex Number, from which every year 2-3 problems are asked. Hence mastering complex numbers, vectors, 3-D and Definite integral must be on top priority.
  2. Keeping in mind the trend of last years’ paper all topics had been covered with more importance given to topics of Algebra, Calculus and Co-ordinate Geometry.
  3. To tackle questions from Co-ordinate Geometry all aspects and the results of Algebraic Calculations of properties of conics must be known.
  4. In chapters of Calculus like Functions, Application of derivatives one can fetch easy marks if graphical approach is adopted.
  5. Trigonometry though having less weightage must not be ignored as it is scoring. One must grasp all important formulae in Trigonometry. This is a scoring topic in Mathematics.
  6. Chapters like Mathematical Reasoning /Determinants/Statistics/Mathematical Induction must also be covered to fetch some quick marks as the questions from this chapter are relatively simple.
  7. Refer to past years’ JEE Main papers, and sample test papers to get familiar with the pattern of the exam.

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