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How much of risk taking is allowed for JEE examination? 

In today’s present world it has become very important to clear JEE Exam for the students who wants to become Engineer; because it is one of the sure shot way to achieve success or at least get into a good university or big institute. There are many students preparing for JEE Exam since 9th standard every year; some are able to clear and some not. While doing their 10th, 11th and even board they have to bear the burden of preparing towards JEE exam. It won’t be wrong saying that JEE exams are actually one of the toughest targets for every student who aspires to be Richie rich Engineer or even better who is aspiring to become an IITian. Clearing JEE exam is not only a way to become engineer, but this definitely makes it easier for the students to enter into good universities, colleges and institutes.

JEE ExamAs we have seen how important JEE Exams are, more important is the preparation for the same. It is comparatively tough to clear JEE Exam without proper planning and sound preparation. During preparation students should focus and strategize the time in such a manner that equal time is distributed amongst various subject areas or various sections in the exam like logical, analytical, reasoning etc. But it is very significant to analyze how much risk should we take or we are taking during JEE Exam while attempting questions. Students should not get into the comfortable mode and stop practicing the problems in a traditional manner.

By this I mean that they should be courageous enough to try different solutions possible and see which one is the shortest. (This does not mean that they should not follow the traditional method or they should waste too much of time in trying to come up with new solutions). Whatever they decide to do or whatever solution they are going to use, they should have a concrete backup plan for attempting the paper. In short, they should take some risks and try to come up with varied shortcuts that will help them in clearing exam in stipulated time. But the question how much risk is appreciated?

This article is going to discuss the risks and the percentage of risks students should take while attempting questions in JEE Exam.

With respect to our discussion above, it is very important to note down few of the points which should be taken into consideration while attempting questions in JEE exam so that students take measurable amount of risk only to be successful in the exam. This will help students understand which question to attempt and which to leave in the exam.

AnalyzeThe first and foremost important point is to ANALYZE the cut-off marks for the paper keeping previous year’s result in mind. This will help the students to understand how many questions should be attempted at least to clear the exam and what subject areas/ topics are most vital to consider while preparing for the exams.

During exam students should mark the questions which he or she thinks that they will be able to attempt correctly and there is not a single chance of it going wrong. Solve those questions first and note down the marks to understand your situation in the exam. This will give you a clear idea whether you have crossed the minimum expected marks in exam or still need marks to clear the same.

Now there are two scenarios in front of you which will make you understand whether further questions needs to be attempted or not.

The first one is where you are crossing the minimum threshold or minimum marks required to clear the JEE exam, in this situation student should not attempt any further questions in the paper as it might bring negative markings to your total score. The second situation is that you are not crossing the minimum marks at all and here you can take chances of scoring more by attempting non-attempted questions. Make sure you attempt only those questions which have some chance of getting correct.

Third situation is the most perilous one, where you need to decide whether you should attempt or not. In this situation, you are almost on the verge to cross the minimum marks. Here either of the two situations can occur, either you will ruin your paper or score more to clear the exam. So, the best way to decide is make calculative move by solving very few of the questions which you think that you will be able to solve accurately.

To be able to get an idea about the scores while solving the questions in exams is to note is that try to prepare at least few topics under each subject and cover or read the left out topics. This will give you some idea of solving them and if you get stuck with situation number 3, you will have a way of coming out of it. Also, when you have a sound preparation for few main topics, assessing the score in examination will be little easier for you.

These are few of the areas in the exam where we can take calculative risks and score more in JEE Exam. Above techniques will definitely help you to gain score more but still the judgment is totally dependent on you only.

Study MaterialThe second main risk is of choosing FEWER STUDY MATERIAL. The usual mindset of the students is that if they refer to fewer books; they might be losing onto some important information. But this is not the case. It is suggested be faithful to NCERT books (as they cover and explain all the concepts in very easy and simple language) and few guides that you can understand effortlessly. There is no such risk involved in it, but it does impact your preparation. But, if you try to use too many of them then you might get confused and will not be able to prepare in a proper manner. (This totally depends on the individuals grasping power).

The third risk is of YEAR DROP OUT. Some students advocate the idea of dropping the year out for preparing for JEE/ entrance exams and some of them completely oppose the idea. The ones those who oppose it feel that it instead of wasting a year and taking a drop out it is better to prepare for JEE, either while in school or college’s first year.

Again, this is risk taking situation, where if you have the capability to manage both (school or college along with JEE exams preparation) then this risk is worth taking; but if you cannot and feel that you will be doing no justice to either of them then drop out a year and prepare for the entrance exam. This action totally depends on the individuals risk taking capability and the amount of hardship he or she is willing to do.

Thus, before you jump out and get too much of adventurous either, while your exams or preparation; it is suggested that you go through the Pros and Cons of the same. Analyze and check how much risk taking you require and plan your actions accordingly. I do not say that taking risks is mandatory; do not take them if you are not comfortable. But if you are taking some risks, be confident about them and take them in such a manner that they reap positive results for you. I wish all the students ‘Happy and Safe Risk Taking’!!