Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) and National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) are two important exams in the life of Engineering and Medical science aspirants. It is needless to state the level of competitiveness of these exams as we have witnessed huge multitude of students attending the exam every year. So, to clear these exams it is important to start preparing at the right time. Read more to know more about the best time to start preparing for JEE, NEET.
JEE, NEET – Overview
Engineering entrance exam and medical entrance exams are taken after the 12th class. JEE is taken up by students who wish to pursue engineering after school education. NEET is for those who wish to start their career in the medical field as doctors.
JEE is an engineering entrance examination conducted for admission to various engineering colleges across India. It consists of two exams – JEE Mains and JEE Advanced. The admissions to the twenty-four Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) campuses, thirty-two National Institute if Technology (NIT) campuses, eighteen Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) campuses and nineteen other Government Funded Technical Institutes (GFIT) are carried out using the ranks secured in JEE exams. Institutes like Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISERs), Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology (RGIPT), and Indian Institute of Science (IISc) use the score obtained in JEE Advanced alone for admission purposes.
JEE Main examination consists of two papers: Paper-I and Paper-II. Students can opt for either or both of them. Both papers contain multiple choice questions (MCQs). Paper-I is for admission to B.E./B.Tech courses and is conducted in Computer Based Test mode. Paper-II is for admission in B.Arch and B.Planning courses and will also be conducted in Computer Based test mode except for one paper, namely the ‘Drawing Test’ which will be conducted in Pen and Paper mode or offline-mode. JEE Main has a fixed exam structure and is not subject to change every year. Paper-1 is of three hours and consists of thirty MCQs in each of the three subjects (physics, chemistry and maths), each subject carrying a maximum of 100 marks. 4 marks are awarded for correct answers and 1 mark is deducted for incorrect answers. The questions asked will be from the physics, chemistry and maths topics from classes 11 and 12.
NEET will be conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA) for admission to MBBS/BDS Courses and other undergraduate medical courses in approved/recognized Medical/Dental & other Colleges/ Institutes in India. It is a single entrance test for admissions to more than 66,000 MBBS and BDS seats across India. A total of 180 questions will be asked in the exam, 45 questions each from Physics and Chemistry, 90 questions from Biology. Each correct response fetches 4 marks and each incorrect response gets -1 negative marking. The exam duration is 3 hours (180mins). The exam is of 720 marks. The questions will be asked from the core concepts of Physics, Chemistry and Biology taught in classes 11 and 12 as prescribed by the NCERT.
Best time to Start Preparing for JEE, NEET
Once you have got an idea about the exam, the next question will be about the best time to start preparing for these exams. As the exams are taken after class 12, it is quite natural to wonder whether the right time to start preparing is from class 11th or before that. When it comes to preparing for these competitive exams, it is better to start sooner. The right time to prepare would be to start from class 9th onwards. Though the syllabus contains only the topics covered in class 11 and 12th, it is better that the student start preparing from class 9th.The basics for the higher classes are paved from this class. Get the basics right and go for the concepts of the higher class. The difference in the syllabus of JEE and NEET is in the subject Mathematics. Starting from class 9th onwards will help you in deciding whether you need to apply for JEE and NEET. As they are dependent on your aptitude towards Maths. This can help you in steering the career in the right direction.
Though when you start preparing is an important part, the way you prepare bears equal importance. You can start early and be lousy about your preparation or you can start a bit late and prepare smartly. To prepare well, one should start at the right time and also be consistent and meticulous in the efforts taken. Also, prepare smartly than hard. Find time to compensate for the lost time if you have started out late. Use good quality reference materials to prepare for the exams.