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Thursday, 25 June 2015

JEE or Board Exams: What should I focus on?

JEE (Joint Entrance Examination) is a common entrance exam for engineering schools in India. Board Exams are conducted by CBSE, ISC or State boards.

Among the senior secondary students, it is very common to get confused - To choose to pay more attention to the board exams or the Joint entrance exam.  Especially after the normalization procedure of JEE Main, your teachers would definitely tell you to pay more attention on board exams.

Well here is a answer from an experienced.


If you think you can score well in JEE  (a score of 210 and above out of 360), then pay more attention to JEE.

From my personal experience I can say board is more luck dependent than merit. Even the poor performers of your school can score well in boards. I am not saying that those who pay more attention on boards don't have a clear concept. Without clear concepts scoring good in boards is very difficult. All I am trying to say is that even if you have crystal clear concepts, there is no guarantee that you would score well in Boards. But those concepts would definitely improve your JEE score. So if you believe you have clear concepts, devote more time for JEE preparation. 95% is not at all difficult to score (in CBSE). It takes only 3 months to do so.

On the other hand, if you think that you don't have that level of smartness required for JEE, then I would say pay more attention to boards. Again I have to say no one is sure of his/her performance in boards. Read this article for more info.

Here I would mention that I have been misguided by my school teachers. They told me that if you get 97% then you would easily get a descent NIT. I worked very hard on board exams. But luck didn't favor me and I ended up scoring 94%. I underperformed in JEE Mains and now filled with regret.

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