TO PREPARE FOR IIT-JEE-2008?
St.Francic of Assisi said once, ‘start by doing what is required, then do what
is possible and you will realise that you have done the impossible.’
This philosophy works well for the preparation of IIT-JEE, one of the toughest
examinations conducted at the plus two level. It is the Joint Entrance
Examination (JEE) conducted by the Indian Institutes Of Technology (IITs) to
admit students into engineering and science courses they offer.
The exam will be held on 13th April 2008 and is going to be totally objective
type. There will be one question paper of two hours duration in each of the
subjects Physics Math, & Chemistry. There will be short write-ups followed
by objective type questions to test the analytical ability of students. Those
who get a rank in this exam will be offered admission into IITs or BHU through a
counseling session, which is typically held at Chennai for the south zone
To be successful in the JEE, a student should first master the fundamentals of
Intermediate (or 11th and 12th) syllabus, followed by attempts to get into the
depth of the subject by solving relevant short but twisted problems from various
text books. Potentially, attending a good coaching centre could boost an
individual’s rank or help get a rank in the first place. Parents and students
have to realise, though, that a coaching center can never be a substitute for
intelligence and hard work.
Though, the model of IIT-JEE 2008 is going to be almost same as that of AIEEE,
EAMCET etc., the method of questioning will be completely different. To get
through AIEEE, EAMCET, it is enough for the student to know which answer, among
the four choices, is correct. To get through the IIT JEE, the student should
know why the remaining three choices are incorrect. Though seemingly obvious,
mastering this subtle difference can help the students go a long way. The
comprehension type questions which are going to be introduced from JEE-2008,
demand a much thorough understanding of the questions compared to AIEEE and
EAMCET. To be successful in the JEE, a student should develop basic aptitude
towards mathematics and physical sciences. This aptitude is best developed among
children at the High School level, but most schools prefer the “cramming stuff
into the head” approach to the “conceptual understanding” approach. Good
coaching centers start to instill the basic understanding approach back into the
students, thus providing what the high schools (and many times Junior Colleges)
have been unable to. The mad rush to get into these coaching centers is thus an
Thanks to some of these good coaching centers, the number of students appearing
for and qualifying through JEE, from Hyderabad, has been regularly increasing.
With the crop of these good coaching centeres come the weeds that have brought a
bad name to the industry. Taking advantage of the desperate students and
parents, they work on the principle of instilling fear of JEE into the hearts of
parents and students. The result of this misguidance leads the innocent
customers to believe that students need to learn a lot more subject matter and
spend a lot more time than they actually have to. The obvious side effects of
this have been the decrease in student efficiency (utility or knowledge gained
per unit time spent on academics) and a drastic decrease in the amount of time
and effort spent on the absolutely necessary, basic intermediate education.
This trend, off late, has lead to unhealthy, cut-throat competetion among
students. Camaraderie has long been invisible among the students and the overall
development of the child (stressing the extracurricular development) has become
lowest among the priorities, for parents, teachers and hence students alike.
A lure of this better higher education has had a blinding effect on our society.
The hands-off approach adopted by the parents who strongly believe that these
coaching centers are the final authority on their kid’s welfare has given
additional leeway for the some of the coaching centers to abuse this power.
Portraying the intermediate education as a necessary hurdle, rather than a more
accurate stepping stone towards success has benefited the wrong parties, leaving
the ill-effects to be borne by the products of our society, namely the students
This has little effect on the students who lie on either extremes of the
brightness scale. The worst effect of this bad trend is clearly visible on
students who are moderately intelligent and stand a chance to succeed in this
competitive environment only when they get the maximum benefit from every minute
they put into their academics. A majority of students fall in this middle belt
and are ending up spending their time and money on the incorrect priorities,
thus leading to failure, while the coaching centers benefit from the success of
the few extremely bright ones who are destined to success any way.
In my years of experience as a lecturer, perfection in the intermediate
syllabus, followed by practicing complicated problems based on the simple basics
is the correct modus operandi for achieving success in the JEE. Solving a
problem is important and more important is doing it within the set time limit.
This comes only by practice, not by reading alone.
Depending on the grasping power of an individual, he/she can achieve this either
by sitting at home or by attending effective coaching classes. Neglecting
intermediate syllabus, attending coaching centres which dump inappropriate
educational material (of very high standered) on students, mostly to overwhelm
them and adopt scary tactics on the innocent parent community have always been
and will continue to be, recepies for disaster. Ignorance can no more be an
excuse for parents or students. It is time for us, as a society to wake up and
do what we think is best for our children.