All About Engineering Branches : Breaking the Myths – Part 1

Everyone in this country would be advising you to go for Computer Science (CS) or Electrical Engineering (EE/ECE/EEE) for the simple reason that these two branches get the best placements in the country. Although that is a true fact, I would strongly advise you not to join a particular branch by just seeing it’s placement statistics. After all, you have to study that field for the next 4 years. 4 years is a long time, and so many engineering students lose interest in their fields by the end of the second year. Thereafter, the remaining years of engineering are spent in regret, sorrow and a neglect towards your own degree. This is something you should be aware of.

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JEE-Advanced Paper Analysis : Paper 2

JEE-Advanced is finally over. I bet all the students must be heaving a huge sigh of relief. Finally, the toughest of all exams is over. Now is the time to enjoy the vacations, party and have fun. A much needed break awaits those of you who gave today’s JEE-Advanced paper. Here is to Part 2 of the Paper Review of JEE-Advanced.

We saw a unique marking scheme this year in Paper 2 – The first 7 questions of each section were single correct type had +3/-1 with partial marks. Definitely an easy scheme by JEE standards. Paper 1 had a tougher marking scheme of the first 7 questions.The partial marks do more harm than good, as they provide a fall sense of security to the student. This was followed by 7 Multi Correct Answer Questions with +4/-2 and partial marking scheme, same as the first 7 questions of Paper -1. Note that this is a brutal marking scheme, and these questions should have been attempted with full care.

There were 4 questions of Paragraph type – Single correct with a pretty easy marking scheme of +3/0. So, these were definitely the questions to score in.

So, now let’s get down to analysing the level of the paper, subject wise.

Physics 

Now, this paper had a good level of Physics. The questions dim demand imagination from the students and questions weren’t as straightforward as in Paper -1. The multiple correct questions were definitely easy though, and I can tell you that the exact same questions were present in my coaching classroom study material. So, not that tough for students going to a decent coaching. However, it being JEE, some imagination and understanding is expected from the student too. Electromagnetism questions were good. I personally liked them. Rotational mechanics questions were great and I hope you solved them, giving them the due respect and time that they deserved. Overall, on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being insanely tough, I would rate the Physics portion as 8 (a moderately tough paper)

Chemistry

Once again, Chemistry is relatively easy. Many questions of Inorganic Chemistry were straight from NCERT, as far as I remember. Thus, the student must have scored well in those. Organic, too, was not that tough. The answers of the Organic Chemistry questions were quite straight-forward. Once again, theoretical knowledge was demanded of by the students, and the questions were not very innovative. All of the questions of the chemistry paper were pretty standard. Hence, on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being insanely tough, I would rate the Chemistry portion as 5 (an easy level paper).

Maths

The subject that made so many students cringe in JEE-Main fared poorly in terms of difficulty in the first paper of JEE-Advanced this year.  However, the level was a bit better in paper 2, mainly because of the presence of more integral calculus, a tough unit by it’s very nature. However, it certainly wasn’t very tough. Trigonometry had a few direct questions too, something that happened in 2016 too. The signs are clear, JEE knows that many kids leave studying Trigonometry thinking that no direct questions would be asked on it. However, it has been asking direct questions from this unit and I think it;s time we began to give Trigonometry it’s due importance. That being said, as far as difficulty is concerned, on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being insanely tough, I would rate the Maths portion as 7 (a normal level paper).

JEE-Advanced Paper Analysis : Paper 1

JEE-Advanced is finally over. I bet all the students must be heaving a huge sigh of relief. Finally, the toughest of all exams is over. Now is the time to enjoy the vacations, party and have fun. A much needed break awaits those of you who gave today’s JEE-Advanced paper.

We saw a unique marking scheme this year in Paper 1 – A conglomerate of the marking schemes of 2015 and 2016 JEE-Advanced Papers i.e +4/-2 with partial marks. Definitely a tough scheme by any standards. The partial marks do more harm than good, as they provide a fall sense of security to the student. 

Also, we did see Integer type questions with no negative marking. This is definitely a very relaxed marking scheme and should boost scores for everyone. The matrices were definitely innovative and frankly speaking, a great way to test the students.

So, now let’s get down to analysing the level of the paper, subject wise.

Physics 

Definitely an easy paper, going by JEE-Advanced standards. In fact, I found out that the paper had many questions which were of a similar tune to the questions found in the study material of various national coaching institutes. That being said, I expect this to be a factor which would have made this an extremely scoring section of the paper for serious students who were taking coaching in any form, classroom or correspondence courses. On a scale of 10, with 10 being insanely tough, I would rate the Physics portion as 6 (a very normal level paper)

Chemistry

Once again, Chemistry this year is relatively easy. As has been the trend from time immemorial in JEE, Chemistry papers are usually set easy. Maybe this is done to counter the effect of the ambiguity of answers in Organic Chemistry. However, the core dominance of single correct/integer type questions does make it an easy section. Theoretical knowledge was demanded of by the students, and the questions were not very innovative, I daresay. On a scale of 10, with 10 being insanely tough, I would rate the Chemistry portion as 5 (a very normal level paper)

Maths

The subject that made so many students cringe in JEE-Main fared poorly in terms of difficulty in the first paper of JEE-Advanced this year. Although not very easy by any standard, it certainly wasn’t very tough. Questions on chapters like complex numbers and integration were few. I was expecting more than this from JEE. Also, I have seen that JEE tends to make a tougher Paper 1 so as to frighten kids at times. However, this doesn’t seem to be the intent this year. Overall, On a scale of 10, with 10 being insanely tough, I would rate the Maths portion as 6 (a very normal level paper). Questions were straightforward, and could be solved if you had enough practice.

What to do on the day of the exam? JEE, BITSAT, NEET, and all other exams

You’ve worked hard, burnt the midnight oil for months altogether, escaped distractions, been a sincere student, but are now jittery one day before the exam. You are confused about what to do on the day of the exam. First of all, don’t worry! This is going to be a simple yet substantial guideline for you, so better grab a cup of coffee (or water, whatever suits ya), sit back, relax and enjoy the article (Just to be clear, I was also thinking of the messages given after safety instructions given in flights…. Something like – “I am the head air hostess of this flight. Me and my team shall ensure your comforts on this flight. Sit back, relax and enjoy the *aircraft company name* experience). But let’s not digress any further…

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Organic Chemistry – Biomolecules

Ever wanted to know the story of creation from a non biological point of view? Look no further! Biomolecules is the very story that you were looking for. After all, it is DNA that gives us the traits that make us… it is Proteins, Vitamins and Sugars that give us the fuel to feed the fire of life. Let’s have a look at what this unit entails and what all do we need to know at the JEE/NEET level.

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Organic Chemistry – Polymers

The JEE syllabus of organic chemistry requires memorisation as well. This is evident through the chapters of Polymers and Biomolecules. Both have certain concepts, but both need extensive memorisation too. Now, I agree that many kids face problems while preparing for this chapter. It’s not easy to learn so much stuff. However, there are many ways to ensure that you are able to do it quickly and easily. Without compromise.

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How to boost your rank using the right technology?

Technology permeates us. Everyone owns some gadget or the other, the most common of them being the smartphone. However, it often leads to waste of time much more than it’s utility. This waste of time is primarily caused by Whatsapp and apps such as Facebook, Twitter, etc. Cutting down on all technology, however, is not the solution. What is needed is optimization of the right technology. Here is an article of how I used technology to boost my results the right way, with valid reasons for using each of the tech items.

Remember that you might have the best smartphone and you might still not waste time on it. It all depends on your will power. However, for those who do not have such a strong control over themselves, you can use what I did… minimum distraction and maximum work devices. Continue reading How to boost your rank using the right technology?