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JEE Main Preparation – Last Week Preparation Tips

As the JEE Main 2021 is right around the corner [23rd to 26th February 2021), candidates have started putting in double the efforts to make their preparation more effective. To make the JEE Main preparation organized and productive, candidates must be focused and well aware of what they need to study and the right order of using the study materials. Since the JEE Main exam is one of the most prominent exams in India, the level of competition is quite high when compared to other Government exams. 

To attain success in this exam, one requires preplanning, smart strategy, and perseverance. 

Every year, lakhs of candidates apply for the JEE Main selection test and aspire to pursue B.Tech, B.Arch, or B.Planning from coveted institutes like NITs, IIIT’s and CFTIs. So, acting as a helping guide, Team Buddy4Study has created JEE Main preparation strategy for candidates with effective last-minute tips to forgo exam jitters and ace the JEE Main exam 2021.

JEE Main Exam Pattern

Before moving onto the last-minute JEE Main preparation tips and strategies, you need to have a clear idea about the exam pattern. With the help of the exam pattern, one can create an effective study and revision table and achieve a good score.

Exam Pattern for JEE Main 2021

Number of questions



(30 questions from each subject)

20 MCQs and 10 Numerical value answer based questions


(Mathematics- 30

Aptitude- 50

Drawing- 2)


(Mathematics- 30

Aptitude- 50

Planning Based-25)

Number of questions

(To be Answered)


(25 questions from each subject)


(Mathematics- 25

Aptitude- 50

Drawing- 2)


(Mathematics- 25

Aptitude- 50

Planning Based-25)

Type of Questions 60

(MCQs having 4 options each with 1 correct option) + 30 (Questions for which answer is a Numerical Value, 5 from each section – 15 in total from this section)

Maths- 20 (MCQs) + 10 (Questions for which answer is a Numerical Value, 5 needs to be done) +

Aptitude- 50 MCQ +

Drawing- 2 Questions

Maths- 20 (MCQs) + 10 (Questions for which answer is a Numerical Value, 5 needs to be done) +

Aptitude- 50 MCQs +

Planning Based Objective Type- 25 MCQs

JEE Main Preparation 2021 – Key Highlights 

Particulars Paper 1 Paper 2
Exam mode Online Online (Mathematics and Aptitude) and offline (Drawing test)
Number of sections Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics Drawing, Mathematics, and Aptitude
Duration of exam 3 hours (180 minutes); 60 minutes per section 3 hours (180 minutes); 60 minutes per section
Number of questions 75 82 questions
Type of questions MCQs Mathematics and Aptitude: MCQ

Drawing: Questions to test drawing and sketching skills

Total Marks 300 marks 400 marks
Language of paper Assamese, Bengali, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu in addition to Hindi, English, and Gujarati Assamese, Bengali, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu in addition to Hindi, English, and Gujarati
JEE Main Marking scheme +4 marks for the correct answer; -1 mark for the incorrect answer +4 marks for the correct answer; -1 mark for an incorrect answer

JEE Main Preparation 2021 – Strategies and Tips

Since only a week is left before the upcoming JEE Main examination, Team Buddy4Study advises you not to start reading any new topics. Being the final month, the only aspect that you should be concentrating on is REVISION.

#1 – Revise and Stick to your Strengths

Practicing new and miscellaneous problems is the last thing you would want to do when the JEE Main is knocking at the door! The best possible thing any candidate can do is ‘revise’ the topics which he/she has already covered. 

It is crucial to make the most of what you have prepared so far. Practicing “out of the box” problems just before the exam would inevitably disturb your preparation. Candidates must stick to the basics and revise the important topics, formulas, and theories of the essential topics. 

Remember: You must revise and analyze where you are lacking, but at the same time make sure to not waste time being stuck on one topic. The time is less and you must make the most of the remaining time!

#2 – Solve Previous Year Question Papers & Mock Tests

This is the best “reality check” that candidates can give to themselves. Solving previous year’s question papers would help you evaluate your JEE Main preparation. This is the best way to judge your strengths and weaknesses. 

As the exam format for the JEE Main has changed from 2021, candidates must try and solve relevant practice mock tests. Try and solve as many questions as you can without looking at the clock (initially), and then gradually enhance your speed of solving the questions and you will be ready for the exam! This is one of the ideal JEE Main last week’s preparation tips. 

Remember: This practice would not only increase your efficiency but it would work wonders as far as your accuracy is concerned.

NTA JEE Main Question Papers 2020 (Official) – B.E. / B.Tech (September Session)

Dates Shift 1 Shift 2
2nd September Download Download
3rd September Download Download
4th September Download Download
5th September Download Download
6th September Download Download

NTA JEE Main Question Papers 2020 (Official) (September Session)

JEE Main Paper Date and Shift Download Link
Paper 1 7th Jan 2020 – Shift 2 Download
8th Jan 2020 – Shift 1 Download
8th Jan 2020 – Shift 2 Download
9th Jan 2020 – Shift 1 Download
9th Jan 2020 – Shift 2 Download
Paper 2 6th Jan 2020 – Shift 1 Download
6th Jan 2020 – Shift 2 Download
Paper 3 6th Jan 2020 – Shift 1 Download
6th Jan 2020 – Shift 2 Download

#3 – Plan and Execute

Cracking entrance exams is not everyone’s cup of tea! You must prepare a plan to approach the exam, otherwise, you may end up in a hopeless situation. Make sure that you prepare a plan which includes considerations like: 

  • Which section of the JEE Main exam to attempt first?
  • Which section of the exam is difficult?
  • Which section of the exam is time-consuming?
  • Which section would yield more marks?

Try and solve the practice papers accordingly and you would be able to know how good your preparation is. Also, you must analyze your weakness and give at least half an hour extra (in a day) to these particular topics. 

Don’t panic if you are getting stuck in some topics and just make sure that you’re making up for your weaknesses in whatever you have practiced till now.  Candidates must back their instincts and believe in their potential. Remember: You will only make things worse if you are emphasizing more on the less covered topics than the ones you have covered to the depth.

#4 – Don’t Get Bogged Down

This is psychologically the most crucial factor which often creates a difference between a good performance and an average performance. Don’t get bogged down by the burden of expectations or the burden of competition, just trust the hard work you have put in and you would certainly extract the best out of yourself. 

Remember: A candidate can now give the JEE Main exam 12 times for three consecutive years. Within a year, a candidate can appear for JEE Main 4 times, i.e.,  in February, March, April, and May. So there’s always a next time!

JEE Main Preparation – Important Books

Candidates need to prepare well from the topics highlighted as per the JEE Main syllabus to score well in the upcoming entrance test. To get a better grip on various JEE Main subjects and enhance your JEE Main preparation, candidates can find several expert-recommended books and online study resources in the tables below.

Paper 1

Best Books for JEE Main 2021 – Physics

Books Name Author
Advance physics Nelkon and Parker
Aptitude test problem in physics Krotov
Fundamentals of Physics Halliday, Resnick & Walker
Dynamics of a Particle & of Rigid Bodies S.L. Loney
Physics Volume 1 & 2 Tipler
University Physics Freedman and Young
Problems in Physics A. A. Pinsky
Mechanics Part-1 & 2 DC Pandey
Problems in General Physics I. E. Irodov
Problems in Physics V. Zubov & V. Shalnov
Concepts of Physics Volume I and II H. C. Verma
Feynman Lectures on physics R. P. Feynman
A collection of questions and problems in physics L. A. Sena
Element of Dynamics part I & II S. L. Loney

Best Books for JEE Main 2021 –Chemistry

Books for Organic Chemistry

Books Name Author
Organic Chemistry O. P. Tandon
Concept of Organic Chemistry M. S. Chauhan
Organic Chemistry volume 1 I. L. Finar
Organic Chemistry Arihant Prakashan
A Guidebook to Mechanism in Organic Chemistry Peter Sykes

Books for Physical Chemistry

Books Name Author
IIT JEE Chemistry O. P. Agarwal
Numerical Chemistry P. Bahadur
General Chemistry Ebbing
Physical Chemistry O. P. Tandon
University Chemistry Bruce Mahan
Modern Approach to Chemical Calculations RC Mukherjee
Physical Chemistry (For Reading Theory) P. Bahadur
Physical Chemistry P.W.Atkins

Books for Inorganic Chemistry

Books Name Author
Concise Inorganic Chemistry J. D. Lee
Inorganic Chemistry Arihant Prakashan
Textbook of Inorganic Chemistry for Competitions (JEE Main & Advanced) OP Tondon

Best Books for JEE Main 2021 – Mathematics

Books Name Author
Mathematics for Class 11 & Class 12 R. D. Sharma
Algebra Arihant
Maths for Class 11 & Class 12 R. S. Agarwal
Vector Shanti Nayaran
IIT Mathematics M. L. Khanna
Trigonometry S. L. Loney
Problems in Calculus of One Variable I. A. Maron
Geometry Dr. Gorakh Prasad
Differential Calculus Arihant
Integral Calculus Arihant
Introduction Probability & Its Application W. Feller
Higher Algebra Barnard and Child
A problem book in mathematical Analysis G. N. Berman
Higher Algebra 4th Edition Hall and Knight
Course in Mathematics for IIT-JEE TMH Publication
Calculus and Analytic Geometry Thomas and Finney

#5 – Take a Break

Managing time and preparing for the JEE Main 2021 exam tends to make both the mind and body tired. If you take a look at the JEE Main preparation tips by candidates who cracked the exam successfully and got recruited in reputed Indian banks, taking small breaks in between the study time is a common piece of advice.  

Relaxing and taking breaks not only interrupts the monotony of studying non-stop but also refreshes the mind. This much-needed relief can assist you to study with more vigor and concentration.

Exercising is also a good way to de-stress your mind and body. It is a proven fact that Yoga and meditation calm the mind and increase the power of focusing and retaining information. So, take a walk, eat something healthy and fresh, and meditate before sitting for the next round of JEE Main preparation with more enthusiasm.

JEE Main Preparation – Basic Topics to Revise 7 Days before the Exam Day

There are some basic topics in Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry that can be easily covered and revised by the candidates without any hassles. It is advised that you should give at least 2 hours to each subject while emphasizing these (comparatively) easier topics, one week before the JEE Main 2021 exam. These are:


Sequence & Series Statistics
Quadratic Equations Mathematical Reasoning
Vectors & 3D Height and Distance


Elasticity Surface Tensions and Viscosity
Thermal Expansion Units and Dimensions
Gravitation Heat Transfer
Semiconductors Instruments (Vernier caliper, Screw gauge)


Atomic Structure States of Matter
Periodic Table p block & s block
Mole concept Formulas (Carboxylic Acids, phenol, Ether, Alcohol)

Remember– In the past few years, questions from these topics have constantly appeared in the JEE Main. Thus, it is crucial to revise these topics firmly at least a week before the JEE Main.

JEE Main Preparation 2021 – Effective Last-Minute Tips

Solving the previous year’s JEE Main question papers is undoubtedly a tough nut to crack. While time management tips to prepare for JEE Main 2021 help in planning the study routine, execution requires extra effort. Buddy4Study advises you to consider these aspects to execute your JEE Main preparation plan.

  1. Do not stray from the time allotted for one subject. The JEE Main preparation routine should be followed diligently. Revisions should never be missed.
  2. Topics should be studied from easy to difficult level.
  3. You should remember the theories mostly asked in the Quantitative Aptitude section.
  4. Devote quality time on preparing the different sections of JEE Main syllabus.
  5. Don’t get stuck to only one subject. Your self-created timetable should have variations to prevent you from having a mental block.
  6. Instead of reading something new, it is best to revise as per the JEE Main syllabus.
  7. Instead of practicing orally, the written format should be opted during JEE Main preparation.
  8. Designate a time to solve each question and gradually practice reducing the set time.
  9. If stuck on a particular problem, divert your mind by studying some other topics or revising previously read topics, and then come back to solve the problem

JEE Main Preparation – Strategy to attempt JEE Main

Following are some of the points which would help you to attempt the JEE Main 2021 exam strategically:

  1. Time management for the JEE Main – The exam duration of JEE Main Paper 1 is 3 hours (180 minutes). During the exam, you can divide your time in the following manner: Chemistry – 40 minutes, Mathematics – 60 minutes, and Physics – 50 minutes. You may use the remaining 30 minutes for going through the answer sheet and make changes if required.
  2. As per the experts, Chemistry is a comparatively easier section. Hence, try and secure as many marks as you can in this section. This section should not take more than 45 minutes to complete.
  3. Try and attempt the easier sections/questions first.
  4. Do not get stuck in complex questions from the mathematics and physics section; if you are not able to solve them, proceed with the next one.
  5. Try to manage the time for the newly introduced “Numerical answer-based questions”. Objective-type questions should be done in comparatively less time.
  6. Do not attempt the question paper recklessly. It will hamper your chances of qualifying.

JEE Main last week preparation tips – FAQs

How can I prepare for JEE Main 7 days before the exam?

The best JEE Main last week preparation tips include ‘revising the JEE Main topics that you have covered without trying to indulge in new and miscellaneous topics’. Also, solve previous years’ question papers and mock tests.

What should I do two weeks before the JEE Main?

Two weeks before the JEE Main exam date, you must revise the important formulas and topics without creating any stress or panic. Just back your instincts and think positive rather than worrying about the consequences.

How to relax myself just a week before the JEE Main?

You must eat healthy, listen to calming music and sleep for at least 7-8 hours daily. Make sure that you do not panic. You may go for a brisk walk in short intervals or do some inhaling-exhaling exercises as well.  This would not only keep you calm and composed but would also ensure a good mental state before the JEE Main exam day.

What books are best to study before 1 week from JEE Main?

You must revise important topics and formulas only from NCERT. If you study from many books just a week before the exam, it will perplex you. Thus, stick to the basics and trust your preparations.

Should I go to the coaching center 2 days before the JEE Main?

No. You should just do a basic revision at home and take appropriate rest. Messing up things just a couple of days before the JEE Main exam would not be a good idea.

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