Regular study for school or just a sprint before the exam?

An interesting comment I found here on Prepsera and this is something I think should have come to me as well. It is a pretty essential question and a dilemma faced by a lot many kids who are preparing for competitive exams. So, if I were you, this is what I would do…

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Books for JEE 2019

We are halfway through to the next year of exams and a lot many of you have so far been relying on coaching study material. However, that is not what is all to the preparation of JEE. We also need to refer to a lot many books (I remember referring to around 30 books or so for JEE). So here is a condensed list of the best books that I referred to that made a difference in my preparation levels : The books that made me from a top 500 ranker to a top 100 ranker. These very books I have recommended to some of my mentees and they have become top 500 rankers from a position that they weren’t even getting a JEE Rank. So, do buy them and more importantly, utilise them well. 

So, anyways  I am here, you are here, this article is here. Gosh! If we are all here, why aren’t we talking? Let’s start off (Take a breather before i fire away…. you will need it)

So, these are the books i recommend for JEE. Buy them, as nothing beats studying the concepts from good books. They help you in understanding the subjects easily. For your convenience, I have added links to these books down below. Have a look, and buy them without a second thought. It will be worth it. Support Prepsera by buying from these links : Your contribution helps pay for the site fees.

Book Links :

Physics : Well, this is the subject that demands intuition and imagination from you. Plus, you have got to be very very clear about the theoretical parts of Physics. Have no illusions about it. Most of the students practice Physics numericals, not theory. They think…. “If we have a good grasp over numericals, theory will be strong anyways. Also, JEE is objective too..why will they ask theory?” 

BE VERY CLEAR… The JEE paper setters know this fact. They will definitely ask mind- boggling theoretical questions. Hence, theory is not to be neglected. Right, so what books should be followed?

  • Concepts of Physics (H.C. Verma) Vol. 1 & Vol. 2 Definitely the book to follow for theory. Make sure that you solve each and every question of the book, solved and unsolved. I mean, i did all the exercises. And it helped me a lot…so, you should do it too.
  • Problems in General Physics (I.E. Irodov)This book will make you sweat. Keep in mind that this is at the Olympiad level, a step higher than JEE. So, only attempt it if you have the requisite level of confidence. However, it will give you a deep interest and understanding of Physics. The more you do it, the more your physics concepts strengthen. This book got me addicted so fast, my day felt incomplete without it.

Some people use D.C. Pandey. Although it is a good book, i would not personally recommend it. These 2 books mixed with any coaching material is ample for JEE.

Mathematics : Perhaps the toughest of the 3 subjects, Maths requires a high level of intuition, imagination and rigorous practice. Also, stick with one book and repeat it as many times as possible. Maths demands a lot of revision too. So, these are the books you should follow 

  • Comprehensive Mathematics for JEE Advanced (McGraw Hill) : This has got to be one of the best books of maths i have seen. This book has graded exercises by which it is able to gradually increase your level in the subject. If you keep your mind open and fresh, you wont’t even know how fast you have increased your level from a basic level to JEE-Advanced level. I used it, and loved it.
  • Problems Plus in IIT-Mathematics (A.Das Gupta) :Another classic for JEE. This is arguably the toughest book out there for JEE, and the tricks given in it are really helpful for JEE. However, the better questions are of subjective type. Hence, this book does not really prepare you for the paper pattern. On the other hand, this will give you an unmatched skill in maths. I have personally used it during my preparation, and grew addicted to it.

Some people also use Educative JEE Mathematics (K.D. Joshi). It is an excellent book for those who fear maths. One of our team members used it… he hated maths early on but after using this book, he began to love maths. I used it too. However, i already had a good grip on maths. So, it was not of much help to me. 

Basically, use a combo of 2 books : Anyone of A.Das Gupta or K.D. Joshi (based on your skill level) in the first 18 months of preparation (or till course ends). Thereafter, follow McGraw Hill to get habituated to the paper pattern.

Chemistry : The easiest subject of JEE syllabus. However, Chemistry involves a lot of patience and memorization skills.I know, loads of kids run away as soon as they get to know that things have to be memorized (I disliked memorization). However, if you know the correct material to follow, Chemistry becomes very easy…and most of all, very scoring. It will help you get a good score at JEE. So, let’s look at the set of books that i feel are essential for JEE….

  • NCERT Class XI and XII : They are of prime importance in Chemistry. Any chapter that involves memorization in Chemistry must be studied from NCERT. Do not neglect this book…it will be extremely helpful. I mean, literally..this book has the best RoI (Return on Investment…..my friends having a background in finance will know 🙂 )
  • Organic Chemistry (L.G. Wade/Morrison Boyd) : I have followed both of these books. However, i have found that L.G. Wade is the book more suited for JEE, while Morrison Boyd is more suited for higher studies and the Chemistry Olympiad. L.G. Wade had a lot of problem solving tricks that help a lot for JEE. I also saw stuff in L.G. Wade that has been asked in JEE. However, no other book had written that thing in their text. So, i recommend L.G. Wade for JEE Organic Chemistry.
  • Physical Chemistry : Bruce Mahan or K.L. Kapoor can be followed for theory…if you want a higher level than JEE. Else, for basics, coaching notes work well for theory. Practice is more important for Physical Chemistry, and for that i recommend 2 books… R.C. Mukherjee to develop a good level and understanding (to be followed for first 18 months of preparation) and N.Avasthi to get habitual to paper pattern. Do these, and revise them. You should be good. I have solved both of them. 
  • Inorganic Chemistry :NCERT is the godbook here. If you are thorough with NCERT, go for Concise Inorganic Chemistry (J.D. Lee) for much more knowledge. However, J.D. Lee is good mainly for Olympiad aspirants… nothing very helpful for JEE aspirants. I have used both, though.

 

But, you know what ? Much more important than these books is how well you prepare, how much you want to clear JEE, how well you use time and how motivated you are. Now that you know what books to use, start preparing well. Remember, the goal is as tough as you think it is.

 

Best of Luck, Aakash Kapoor 

Chrome and site not secure warnings

Hey guys, a few of you might have gotten a message from Google Chrome Web browser saying that prepsera.com is not secure. So, what does this mean for you?

  • The reason why this happens is because Google Chrome wants to enforce the use of https instead of http on the web. However, doing so demands payments for a SSL certificate.
  • Being as it may be, I do not earn any money from Prepsera. In fact, I might even be losing money over prepsera.com just for the base hosting and domain
  • As such, I would like to re-iterate that the website as such is secure and there are not malicious links or anything on it. The only thing is that I do not have funds to purchase a SSL certificate.
  • In order to improve your experience, I shall be porting prepsera.com over to a free wordpress domain (prepsera.wordpress.com) by the end of this year where it will stay hosted forever as an archive for you guys to use.
  • If anyone wants to keep Prepsera alive with new articles and stuff, you are welcome to give me your details (E-Mail ID) and I shall add you as a contributor to the blog.

That’ll be all for now. Also, here’s a shout out to a student who I and Mohit Ryan have been mentoring : She is Ritika and has managed to clear JEE with a rank of 163 and is not studying at IIT Bombay in CS department.

– Aakash

JEE Advanced Results 2018

How has been everyone’s performance so far? What marks and ranks have you scored?

All’s, do remember this… it’s how you have worked and how much you have enjoyed in the journey that matters and not the end result. So, for all those who have cleared it, that’s great but for all those who haven’t, don’t worry. It’s just an exam.

Have an amazing weekend!

What to do now that only 20 days are left for JEE Advanced?

I’ll cut to the chase here guys… Just don’t stress yourselves out in these days. On the other hand, don’t get too relaxed as well. Just try to keep your studies balanced.

It is these last 20 days in which I completed and managed to strengthen myself in the chapters that I was weak in :

  • Complex Numbers
  • Integration
  • Thermochemistry
  • Thermodynamics
  • Ionic Equilibrium
  • Comic Sections

Funny thing was that I completed my syllabus of these chapters in these last 20 days. Oh, and surprisingly, I scored the most marks in these very chapters… the chapters I was weakest in earlier, the chapters I finished just before JEE. And I lost marks mainly in the chapters I felt I was prepared the strongest in.

JEE type exams are a weird thing. Anything can happen. You’ll succeed by making your weaknesses your strengths, as I did. And it worked.

So just keep in mind that… don’t squander these days away. Use them but don’t stress out. It’ll be all fine.

All the best….

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Here’s a fun one : Let’s have a poll

Okay so this is a fun one. I’ve been asked a lot of questions by my friends and so I thought of making this post. Let me know your views and questions here… also share with everyone. I’ll answer with a yes or no as regards to your comments.

So the topic is :

What all do you think cannot be done on iOS that can be done on Android?

Share this one everywhere… Make it viral…

JEE Main 2018 : What are your reviews of it?

Hey everyone… especially those who’ve given JEE Main this year… could you please share some of the questions and intriguing concepts that you found in this year’s JEE paper? Also… let’s have a discussion because that will help you out for the exam finally. As well as your juniors.

Another humble request… please please get everyone you know and has written the paper or plans to do so to comment on this post. It will be a great resource for your juniors and for you to look over how you can improve… with my tips included.

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