Q. What is the acid test to determine a reliable and good JEE institute ?
A. There are two time-tested methods to determine the same :
Ask phone numbers of a few students studying currently in the Institute. Talk to them and ascertain the quality of teaching, testing and broad guidance offered.
Find out the track record of the Institute i.e. find out how many students in the past
few years have cleared the IIT-JEE & allied Engineering Entrance examination.
Ask the phone numbers of a few students and interact with them and their parents.
Only if you are satisfied on both the counts, you may enroll in the Institute.
Q. Is the JEE a tough examination?
A. IIT-JEE is not a tough examination but is a different examination. Unlike Board
exams, IIT-JEE tests fundamentals and application of concepts and hence a different
preparatory regimen is expected. In fact, under the guidance of talented teachers, a
student usually finds IIT-JEE studies very enjoyable.
Q. What is the maximum number of attempts that can be given for JEE ADVANCED ?
A. From 2006 onwards, only 2 attempts are allowed for any candidate appearing for the
JEE. The attempts must be consecutive and the IIT performance is validated only if the
candidate scores above 75% aggregate (5 subjects) in Std.XII Boards.
Q. What is the pattern and syllabi of the JEE examinations ?
A. JEE has changed its pattern and syllabi a number of times since its inception in 1960. Since
2014, JEE is a 2-stage examination with the first stage JEE MAINS in April and the second stage JEE ADVANCED conducted in May. Typically the JEE has three subjects – Physics, Chemistry and Maths. The syllabi of JEE MAINS is the combined Std.11 + Std.12 syllabi of CBSE. And the syllabi of JEE ADVANCED is roughly the same as JEE MAINS but has 22 topics less. The JEE MAINS is a Single-Answer correct Multiple choice questions Test having 90 questions and 360 marks with negative marking (+4,-1 system). The JEE ADVANCED on the other hand has 2 papers of 3 hours each on the same day in PCM. But the pattern, number of questions and total marks are a surprise and are not officially disclosed by the IITs.
Q. Is there any reservation of seats for admissions through JEE?
A. Yes. IITs are governed by Central Govt. Regulations and all IITs have 15 % reservation for SC candidates, 7.5% reservation for ST candidates and 27% reservation for OBC-NCL candidates. Reservation of seats which may be transferable are also offered for physically handicapped students and defence personnel.
Q. How many seats are there in the various IITs ?
A. About 13 lakh students appear for the JEE each year and about 12000 seats for all categories put together shall be available in the 24 IITs from 2017 onwards. Out of these, about 8000 seats are in the 9 old IITs at Mumbai, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Delhi, Chennai, Guwahati, Roorkee, Varanasi and Dhanbad. The new 15 new IITs have roughly 120 seats each.
Q. Does preparation for JEE prepare a student for XII Boards, BITSAT, VITEE and MHT-CET ?
A. Yes. Preparation for JEE constitutes 100% preparation in PCM for all Engineering Entrance
exams like BITSAT, VITEE, MAHE, MHT-CET etc. The level of difficulty of JEE is the highest and
hence the JEE preparation is sufficient for other exams. JEE is the mother of all Engineering
Q. Which are the courses offered inside the IITs?
A. IITs offer courses in Engineering, Pure Sciences, Architecture, Design and Economics. There are various programs viz. B.Tech. (4 years), Dual M.Tech. (5 years), Integrated M.Tech. (5 years), B.Arch.(5 years) and B.Des.(5 years) and M.Sc. (5 years).
Q. Is there ragging inside the IITs?
A. Till 2001, ragging was rampant in the IITs. Since 2002, strict measures have been taken by the authorities in IIT and no serious ragging incidents have been reported till date.
Q. I want to be an Engineer. But since JEE is quite challenging, I wish to study only for MHT-CET and XII Boards and shall aim to take admission in a Pune Engineering college like MIT, VIT, SIT etc. Am I losing out on something by not studying for JEE ?
A. YES! A student who does not study for JEE but instead focuses narrowly only on college exams including XII Boards and MHT-CET does not develop sound fundamentals in PCM subjects which is the base for Engineering studies. By studying merely for MHT-CET and XII Boards, the student does not gain any deep insights and the right problem solving approach. The MHT-CET and XII Boards can be cracked by any parrot who mugs up well and practises good number of formula-substitution questions. The JEE requires you to develop the art of solving unknown problems based on known concepts. Thus, JEE studies not only help you to gain admission into top-notch National and State Engineering colleges but helps you to develop confidence in problems solving which shows as a clear difference during the 4-years of Engineering studies. Students who have done JEE studies in Std.11-12 score much better than other students in the 4-years of Engineering. In fact, almost 80% of Engineri ng students are known to fail in the first year. These are invariably students who have their fundamentals weak and had never studied for JEE in Std.11-12.
The moral of the story is that the student who does not study for JEE often loses out on confidence, better grades in Engineering years, a top-notch college too and then finally on the best jobs and career opportunities later in life.
Q. What future prospects exist for students after their graduation from the IITs?
A. The future prospects for students after their graduation from the IITs are bright. IITians are absorbed in leading corporate houses, universities, research labs, defence and space organizations as also in fields like civil services and consultancy. Many take up entrepreneurship. Some of India's most successful entrepreneurs are IITians.