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Is RD Sharma sufficient for Maths preparation of JEE Advanced?

If I am to be extremely concise and clear, not at all.

R D Sharma focuses mainly on the board level question which, while might work well during your boards/easy questions, however do not provide you with the depth or the analytic skills needed while solving JEE Mathematics questions.

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What are the feelings just after giving JEE Advanced?

It sure is a mixed bag of feelings.

But the first thing you feel is … that you are tired. I felt as if two years of my focussed hard work had culminated that day when i gave the paper. All i wanted to do then was rest, as if i had covered a long distance with no break. And that was what it was too.

I chilled out a lot as soon as i came home and slept without meaning too. The 6 hours of the actual JEE paper drain you more than the All India Test Series (and even the AITS papers drain much more than normal studies do).

But, after you have given the paper, you begin to feel what marks you are expected to get, and what rank. I was pretty happy, thought i had a good rank with me. But, I never believed in it. Always expect the least, to be happiest. So…that was that.

I never checked my marks through the answer key. I never cared.

I enjoyed with family, started pursuing new hobbies…something my jee prep had not allowed me to do.

And then you realize, JEE is just a paper… but the journey was fun.

Get comfortable in Online tests :)

This is another great article by Harish which tackles the ever present problem of how to manage online examinations. It is indeed a problem writing on a computer.

I have already written as to why it is bad to put a computer based exam here

Harish’s answer to How bad is the decision of conducting the IIT JEE Advanced 2018 online and introducing short answers instead of multiple choice?

Tips to make yourself comfortable for Jee Advanced (If at all you are very much confident of cracking Jee)

• Write Jee Mains online.(This is will be really helpful if you are focusing on Jee advanced,but be careful if you mess up Mains like I have done then it maybe a problem).[1]

• Try to write BITSAT exam before the advanced exam.(Disadvantage-Writing after the Advanced helps you to actually decide whether you really want to write the exam Seriously and you can carry on preparing for the same.).

• Enrolling in some of the online test series held by coaching institutes (I guess Fiitjee has started online AITS,dont know about other coaching institute)

• Studying in front of your computer table(in a chair) with the computer off for atleast 3 hrs in a day(This will help you to sit for 3 long hours in a chair with limited movement).

• Solving a practice paper every Sunday Afternoon perhaps for 1 hr initially and then onwards gradually increasing the time as the exam comes close by(Afternoon slot is very crucial in JEE ,hence I would suggest you to try to write most of the exams in the afternoon,if you have time, then attempt both morning and afternoon).

• Solving papers online though you must not make it a habit and do it every alternate day as most of the online papers that you can avail,have bad paper standard and hence turns out to be a waste of time.

• Perhaps you can download a past Advanced paper(or even Mains as you will be needing for Mains as well) and solve that paper instead of solving a paper given by some online website.

All the best!

Side Effects of the modern online industry… Something to ponder about

Right now, the internet is at it’s peak, with hardly any barrier of entry, loads of available content and services, coupled with new innovations every few days that make the experience better every passing day. However, all this does not come for free… after all, everyone deserves compensation for the work that they do… You might wonder a few things at this point now…

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What do you feel after giving JEE Advanced, or anything significant for you?

Many of you must be wondering as to how it feels after you have attempted your JEE paper (or for that matter, any exam you value or any event that is worth it). Here’s a small recap of my experience to just let you know one of the feelings you might have after giving your paper. It’s all subjective and so varies from person to person. Would love others to collaborate on this one. Here goes….

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Debunking a few myths of FIITJEE (and all other) AITS

A lot many of you have been confused regarding your performance in the All India Test Series (AITS) that you must be attempting these days. This is completely natural. If you’re feeling bad about yourself and really want to feel great about yourself, keep reading on…

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How can I prepare for Trigonometry for JEE?

Another great article by Harish. This one focuses on how he studied for trigonometry and what he feels is an optimal way to prepare. I have duly edited the post along with a few personal comments from my preparation. All of my comments are in Italics.


If you want to study trigonometry, here is my method in detail, in proper order as it were.

  • Write, write and just write down all the important formulae in a seperate note book.
  • Read, read and read all the formulae until and unless you get a complete grip over each and every formula. Essentially, this is just the way you would memorise other things. So if you have an alternate memorisation technique, then that works too.
  • Solve, solve and completely solve all sorts of sums that are up for grab. And this definitely helps. Trigonometry is a chapter where practice is a very crucial factor.
  • Draw, draw and always draw a triangle irrespective of what the question is. This is a nice interesting approach to trigonometry. However if you have gotten the hang of the thing and are able to visualise without drawing triangles, then you can and should just do this step mentally to save precious time.
  • Think, think and stretch the limits of your brain and think as to which formula needs to be applied for which sum. Ideally speaking, there can be multiple formulae and approaches to trigonometry questions. However some formulae provide easier and quicker solutions. Practice more so that you are able to recognise these patterns.

Trigonometry is a chapter where application of formula is really important for which it all boils down to solving of sums.

Coming to the books, I used only Cengage book apart from FIITJEE material,and it is pretty good (infact all Cengage Maths books are pretty good (I haven’t tried Calculus though)). About SN Loney, though I bought that book, I never used it. Totally your choice.

Here are the book links. Please support Prepsera by buying from these links. This matters and helps in keeping the site alive.

Hope it helps.

All the best!


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What exactly is the difference between a 150-200 or 250-350 marks scorer

Thanks a lot to Harish for allowing me to borrow this amazing piece. The base of this article is written by Harish and has been supplemented with quite a few edits from my side.

– Aakash

Want to know more about what distinguishes the students at different marks in the JEE-Main? Here’s your answer. Continue reading What exactly is the difference between a 150-200 or 250-350 marks scorer

KVPY Stage 2

Guys, could you keep me informed on this blog post about when the KVPY Stage 1 shortlist comes and the potential interview dates?

There are a few things I want to tell you about interviews.

Meanwhile, anything that you want to read about? I would write about that


A word of immense power. A word that makes humans different from other animals. A word that, sadly, humans are afraid to use to their full potential.

Why has power… Beyond compare. And yet, we don’t use it. Think about it… Deeply.

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Indian National Olympiads Stage 1 : Your views

Hey all, how’s it going? The National Standard Examinations were held this Sunday (26th of November, 2017). Some of my juniors contacted me and told me how exactly it was easy in the case of Chemistry and Astronomy but not so in the case of Physics.

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What next for Prepsera?

When I started this blog around a year ago, I had a lot of reasons for it… I wanted to share my feelings about exams, about how to keep yourself in good shape, about how exactly to go forth in life, etc. I was hoping that I might get an audience big enough to voice my views out to everyone, to tell students that exams are not the end of the world, to tell parents that JEE isn’t the only thing that matters, and to tell the determined souls how they could prepare better.

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