Early Start Is Essential For Scoring Well In Examination: Keshav Maheshwari, Allen Career Institute

In an exclusive interaction with BW Education, Keshav Maheshwari, Whole-time Executive of Allen Career Institute, spoke about the impact of multiple JEE on students and much more. Excerpts from the interview:

With four attempts a year at JEE Main, how do you think is going to impact the students?

The number of students attending the JEE Main is massive and students are prepared at diverse levels and at different times. While some students start the groundwork process right from class IX, there are others who may be ready only after plus 2 syllabus completion. Spreading JEE Main over four months is a wise decision as it will take the pressure off the students. With the flexibility to crack the exam one/two/three/four times, all the candidates will have the choice to select the exam dates s per their convenience.

Moreover, in a word, it is a student-friendly move. This will give more than 6 lakh students a chance to prove their potential by trying again and again rather than pinning their hopes on a one-day performance. Also by attempting JEE Main once/twice, a student can gauge the question pattern and do much better in the subsequent sessions.

Should a student give all four attempts of JEE Main 2021?

Yes, students should register for all four attempts. When the time comes, a student can take a refund for the attempt he/she is not appearing for.

Note: Fees for all four sessions can be paid at the same time. In case a candidate does not want to appear in any session for which the fee has already been paid, it will be refunded by NTA, provided the request is received during the application process of the session from which the candidate wants to withdraw.

Do you think one can focus on board exams along with multiple JEEs? Would it impact the overall preparation style?

Preparing for JEE Main and Board exam at the same time seems to be a daunting job, but with almost all exams having a cut off centred on your 12th Board percentage, it is assured that Boards cannot be taken carelessly and thus, both of these exams want to be dealt with equal willpower & enthusiasm. Also, it will not be difficult for the students since NCERT syllabus and books of class XI and XII are the basis of JEE Main. Hence if you prepare for board exam smartly understanding the application of concepts, increase the speed and accuracy of solving JEE Main type problems, you are guaranteed to balance both exams with high marks.

What is going to be the impact of more choices in exams, how helpful or not would be?

As the exam will be directed in four sessions, students can select the session they want to appear as per his/her suitability, seeing dates of board exams or any other exams they will be looking for. The other notable aspect of it is that students who fail to give their best in one go can look for in the next session to progress their scores. Also, students who did not execute well in one session will recognise their mistakes and improve them while appearing in the next session.

Further students who are on verge of exhausting their number of attempts for JEE Main based on their appearance in Class 12 will get an extra chance to sit in JEE and they will not have to wait for one whole year to take JEE Main as they have four sessions to succeed for the exam and get admission to their dream college/university.

Can the first attempt be considered as a mock test/practice test?

Remember every attempt is as important as the other. Don’t fool yourself by thinking that the first attempt can be taken lightly, as there are three more in the row.

Flashback: In JEE Main 2020, students gave January Attempt as a mock exam; with a mindset that they will perform better in the September Attempt. Students then worked very hard for the next seven months in the hope to give their percentile a boost. Unfortunately, the September Attempt turned their hopes upside down. And their percentile took a huge dip and ultimately their January percentile was counted for the merit list.

Any message that you would like to convey to the students?

For all the students who are preparing for JEE Main always remember that there should be no change in the level of preparation for JEE Main and JEE Advanced. The future candidates need to prepare just like the present candidates. There should be no lag in preparation. An early start is essential for scoring well in the examination. Students can start their homework until the exact picture for the upcoming exam is made known in terms of the syllabus. Attention should be on the present situation and not on what might happen in the future.

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