How Difficult Is The JEE?

Philosophers say that what is worth acquiring is never too easy to obtain unless it means effort, pain, difficulty and determination. Similarly, the journey to the most reputed engineering institutes of the country is not easy. And the most important factor is that more than luck, it’s only your will power and hard work that pays off.

The Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) is one of the toughest engineering entrance exams in the world which has a success rate of around 1 in 45. It is conducted to shortlist candidates seeking admission to undergraduate engineering programmes at NITs, IIITs and other centrally funded technical institutions. It is conducted in two parts, JEE-Main and JEE-Advanced.

The JEE is a tough exam by all accounts and let us look at just why this is.

  • Difficulty of Questions

We aren’t the first ones to tell you this and neither will we be the last, the JEE is unlike other exams. The JEE is challenging because its questions are designed to test your grasp of concepts underlying physics, chemistry and mathematics, in innovative ways. It requires original thinking to get to the heart of the question and some innovative problem solving to arrive at the answer, while under pressure. For e.g. Aditya Sharma who secured WBJEE Rank 713 and cleared both the JEE Mains and Advanced, has this to say to illustrate this point, “The problems on simple harmonic motion are mainly related to finding the general equation of motion, amplitude, time period, maximum velocity etc. but you must know how to find the restoring force on the system which is not the net force.”

  • Vastness of Syllabus and Importance of Time Management

The JEE tests your ability to manage time, not only during the exam where you need to work quickly and efficiently to solve a large number of difficult questions in a set time. The exam also tests your ability to manage time in the lead up to the exam.

A student has to learn to be diligent to cover the vast syllabus for physics, chemistry and mathematics, take enough practice tests to identify areas of weakness and concentrate on those topics for extra revision and solve problems every single day to prepare for the exam.

Kalpit Veerwal (JEE Main 2017 topper) who created history by securing a perfect 360 score in JEE Main exam said, “While preparing for JEE Main, I studied from NCERT books and other fine author books like Resnick, Halliday and J.D Lee along with the study materials given by my coaching institute. I consulted HC Verma for reference.”

He also made sure he took frequent breaks by playing badminton and listening to music. Talking about the qualities that helped him succeed, Kalpit said, “I think confidence, focus and hard work are the things that one should keep in mind while preparing and appearing in the exam. One should study regularly and follow your teachers’ advice. Be confident about yourself because it’s just an exam and if you don’t succeed, it’s not the end of life.”

  • Rate of Acceptance

Around 10.43 lakh aspirants in 112 cities in India and abroad appeared for the exam this year. Students have to secure a really good rank (say under 5000) to be eligible for a seat in a sought after branch and this makes the JEE enormously competitive.

We hope that this post has helped you understand just what makes the JEE such a tough nut to crack. But it isn’t impossible for a focused student who can cultivate a love for science and the joy of understanding the concepts powering the three subjects, JEE tests for. Of course, self-belief and an ability to work towards this goal are also equally important, as is reaching out for additional coaching and attempting mock tests like that offered by the i30 program, which gives you the flexibility to study at your own pace, in the comfort of your own home.


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