Indian Institute of Technology Joint Entrance Examination (IIT-JEE)
The Indian Institutes of Technology Joint Entrance Examination (IIT-JEE or JEE) is an annual college entrance examination in India. It is used as the sole admission criterion by the sixteen Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). The examination is organized each year by one of the various IITs, using a round robin rotation pattern. It has a very low admission rate (about 1 in 50 in 2011).
From 2013, IITJEE will be clubbed with AIEEE an Engineering Entrance Examination for NITs Further more IITJEE will be held in two phases, phase 1 will be called as JEE Main & phase 2 will be called as JEE Advanced
The JEE was conducted for the first time in 1960, when it had four subjects including an English language paper. The examination has since evolved considerably from its initial pattern. The JEE was initially called as the Common Entrance Exam (CEE). The CEE coincides with the IIT Act of 1961, to later named as JEE
In 1997, the JEE was conducted twice after the question paper was leaked in some centers.
Between 2000 and 2005, an additional screening test was used alongside the main examination, intended to reduce pressure on the main examination by allowing only about 20,000 top candidates to sit the paper, out of more than 450,000 applicants.
In September 2005, an analysis group of directors of all the IITs announced major reforms to the examination. These were implemented from 2006 onwards. The revised test now consists of a single objective test, replacing the earlier two-test system. In order to be eligible for the main examination, candidates in the general category must secure a minimum of 60% aggregated marks in the qualifying examination of the XIIth standard organized by various educational boards of India, while candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Physically Disabled (PD) categories must secure a minimum of 55%.
In 2008, the Director and the Dean of IIT Madras called for revisions to the examination, arguing that the coaching institutes were "enabling many among the less-than-best students to crack the test and keeping girls from qualifying". They expressed concern that the present system did not allow for applicants' 12 years of schooling to have a bearing on admissions into IITs
In 2008, the Indian Institutes of Technology, for the first time, went overseas with their entrance examination as they set up a Centre for the competitive test in Dubai. The number of candidates appearing in Dubai hovered around 200 to 220.
Seats and attendance
The number of students taking the examination has increased substantially each year with over 485,000 showing up for IIT-JEE 2011. This represented an increase of 30,000 students (6.5%) from 2010.
From 2008, six new IITs have been opened with 120 seats each, increasing the total number of seats to almost 7000. For 2009, admissions have been made to two more IITs, namely IIT Indore and IIT Mandi (Himachal Pradesh) taking the seat count to almost 8300. As of 2011, with additional courses in several old and new IITs, the total seat count has crossed 9600.
The age limit for sitting the JEE is 25 years. For candidates belonging to SC, ST and PD categories, the relaxed age limit is 30 years.
Also, since 2007, candidates have been allowed to take the JEE a maximum of two times. This change was intended to reduce stress on applicants, and to discourage the concept of 'cram schools'. Also since 2007, students selected for admission to an IIT and paid the accepting fee cannot attempt the examination again in the future.
Joint Admission Board (JAB) of IIT Joint Entrance Examination (Advanced)- 2013 met on August 27, 2012 at IIT Delhi to discuss the forthcoming admission. The admission to the undergraduate programmes at the 16 IITs and ISMU, Dhanbad for the year 2013 will be based on a two-tier test. The first test called the JEE (Main), will be held during the month of April, 2013 (both offline and online). This test will be conducted by CBSE. The second test, called the JEE (Advanced), will be held on June 2, 2013 (only offline). Only 1, 50,000 of the top rankers in JEE (Main), which includes students from all categories (GE, OBC(NCL), SC and ST ) will be eligible to appear in JEE(Advanced).
The JEE (Advanced) - 2013 will have two objective type papers. Each paper will consist of Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. Duration of each paper will be 3-hours. Question papers will be in both English and Hindi. Admissions to IITs will be based only on category wise All India Rank (AIR) in JEE(Advanced) subject to the condition that such candidates are in the top 20 percentile of successful candidates of their Boards in applicable categories.
According to RK Shevgaonkar, director, IIT-Delhi, the aim of the new format is to make students perform well in their board exams without neglecting it and not get influenced by the coaching classes offering tutorials for IIT-JEE.
Students who aspire for a seat in IIT and prepare for it in advance generally perform well in their board exams. However, there are many students who aim for IIT and neglect their studies. These students don't perform well in board exams and find it hard to even clear the IIT entrance exams. The new format will make such students pay attention to their classroom study, which will eventually help them understand concepts in details. These students will also be able to get a seat in other professional colleges with the help of a good score in board exams earlier, because board scores were not given any weighting, students paid little attention to classes and this led teachers to lose interest. The new move will help school teachers gain their respect back and help them upgrade themselves regularly.
Following are the recommended books for the Preparation of IIT JEE :
Principles Of Physics (By Halliday, Resnick & Walker)
Use this book for reading theory only. The concepts are explained in detail and are easy to grasp. But be careful, some of the topics given in this book are not included in the JEE syllabus.
Concepts Of Physics (By Dr. H C Verma) Vol. 1 Vol. 2
This book should be followed religiously. First read the theory section twice and make notes, then do the Worked Out Examples – try to solve the examples yourself before looking at the solutions given in the book. Next, move to Objectives and Exercises. Though many unauthorized solutions of Concepts of Physics are available but don’t buy them as they contain many errors.
Mathematics For Class XI & XII (By Dr. R D Sharma)
Use this book to familiarize yourself with new formulae and concepts. No need to do all the exercise questions given in this book (there are too many questions of the same type), just do enough questions so that you learn how to apply the basic concepts.
Problem Plus In IIT Mathematics (By A Das Gupta)
Use this book only after you have understood the basics well. First do a chapter from your basic textbook and after completing that start the same chapter from this book. This is a slightly difficult book so don’t get disheartened if you are not able to do the problems at the first go.
Chemistry For Class XI & XII (By NCERT)
Concise and compact books. Do from the beginning to the end.
Organic Chemistry (By Morrison & Boyd) & Organic Chemistry (By Solomons & Fryhle)
Reference books for organic chemistry. Use these books for reading theory only. All concepts are explained in good detail. But be careful, many topics given in these books are not included in the JEE syllabus.
Concise Inorganic Chemistry (By J D Lee)
Reference book for inorganic chemistry. Use this book for reading theory only. All concepts are explained in a lucid manner. But be careful, many topics given in these books are not included in the JEE syllabus.
IIT JEE The Joint Entrance Examination is the entrance exam for the top institutes of India. With proper preparation and guidance, JEE is not difficult task to crack. The important thing to score a decent rank in JEE is to stick to the basics. The exam has mostly application level questions.
RECENT TRENDS Physics: The questions are getting simpler and simpler every year. This is the section where one can score good enough if one's fundamentals are perfect.
Chemistry: Since the past few years many questions are being directly asked from the NCERT text book (especially inorganic chemistry). So do not neglect the NCERT chemistry textbooks. So attempt only if you are sure about your answer.
Maths: generally used to be simple but There are generally multiple ways to solve a question. The skill of selecting the right method, which is developed by good practice, is the key to success in Maths
AIEEE You no need to be worried about this exam but make sure to appear for at least ten mock tests of AIEEE before the entrance. These should be given once JEE is over. It's essential to maintain your study rhythm after JEE so a good strategy would be to do group study as the mind becomes too saturated to sit alone and study after giving JEE.
Some topics that are there in the AIEEE syllabus but not in the JEE syllabus:
Math: Statistics, Negative Index series in binomial, Mathematical reasoning
Chemistry: Environmental Chemistry
Focus more on these and also have a look at the questions related to practicals given in the AIEEE syllabus. Questions related to practicals are straightforward and it is important to go through them as most students do not give importance to practicals done in their schools.
Last, but not least, solving previous years papers is really beneficial as there are chances of questions being repeated from the previous years.
Do not take AIEEE lightly even if JEE goes off well. The only thing that makes the difference in AIEEE results is the study of these miscellaneous topics after JEE.
The first decision a student has to make is about the examination slot. The earliest possible slot should be chosen as it is commonly seen that enthusiasm levels decrease exponentially after JEE and AIEEE. If JEE goes well, the student couldn’t care less about Bitsat whereas, if JEE is messed up, the morale goes down. Talk about being caught between a rock and a hard place!
DURING THE PAPER BITS questions are usually simple so it is the speed that makes or breaks the paper. Many students in the past have complained of attempting subjects in the wrong order which results in being unable to look at all 150 questions. This leads to losing out on the easy memory based and single line answer questions. The preferred order should be:
1) English and Logical Reasoning
The logic is pretty simple. English and Logical Reasoning hardly take any time to complete and one can easily attempt 20+ questions out of the 25. Then comes Chemistry which is dominantly memory based. Either you know the answer or you don’t. One can save a lot of time by attempting these 2 sections first.
Next, tackle Math - this is the section where one can spend sufficient time and complete many questions.
Pro Tip: Do not spend more than 1 minute on any question. This way, you will be able to attempt all 150 questions and still have enough time for the extra 12 questions.
AIPMT You have before you B.H.U., AIIMS, JIPMER, AFMC & various state PMTs but PMT has a National appeal as this entrance examination is conducted exclusively for the 15% Merit Positions for the Medical / Dental colleges of India, as specified in the directive of the Supreme Court. So this examination attracts the brightest young brains.
- An Online e-Library For IIT – JEE
- IIT JEE 2009 & IIT JEE 2010 Test Series and materials by IITians
- IIT Madras JEE page
Useful Links Top Engineering Colleges :
- IITs : www.iitb.ac.in, www.iitk.ac.in
- BITS PILANI : www.bits-pilani.ac.in
- NITs : www.nitk.ac.in, www.nitt.edu
IIT-JEE Useful Sites :
- IIT- JEE
- Old question papers and useful information for all competitive examinations including UGC and CSIR NET, GATE, GRE, TOEFL, IIT-JEE, CAT, MAT etc.
IITs: A Comparison
Located in Delhi, the capital city, where range of opportunities present is unmatched.
Best choice for those preparing for IAS, CAT or other such exams due to presence of excellent coaching centers near campus.
Internet usage restricted to 500 MB/week
The Electrical Department here is considered the best all over India.
Bombay is a vibrant, multi-ethnic (and glamorous!) city to live in.
The campus is located far from the main city but is well-connected via Bombay local.
The campus is very green and beautiful.
Placements for CS department are best in India
It is the best place for those interested in a research related career.
Was the first institute in India to offer Computer Science and is still known as the best for that discipline.
It is a sprawling green campus covering an area of 1000 acres. Seriously, go look at the pictures!
Both culturally and academically active with Films and Media Council, Science and Technology Council, Games Council, Cultural Council, Student Gymkhana, Student publication etc.
It is the largest of all IITs, covering more than 2000 acres.
Offers the highest number of courses among all IITs.
It has Asia’s largest technical library.
There is no strict attendance policy. What more, there is unlimited internet access in the hostel! Lethal combo, we say!
IIT Madras is the place to go for those looking to make a career in Space Science.
The proximity of the Besant Nagar Beach and Marina Beach make a nice getaway possible anytime. Also, malls and theatres are all located close by.
Their fest Shaastra is the first student managed event in the world to get a quality management system and earn ISO certification.
Only grouch: No Internet access after 2 am.
IIT ROORKEE Oldest engineering college established in Asia.
IIT Roorkee is the best for civil engineering.
It has the largest library in India after the parliamentary library.
On 3 April 2011, IT-Roorkee campus was inaugurated in Greater Noida which is sure to provide a huge boost to placements!
It has a beautiful campus; known as the Greenest IIT.
Large hostels which provide single occupancy rooms to all students, making studying easier.
Considered to be the best place for Biotech students.
The cool climate is an added bonus!
We suggest clicking the links and looking at the official college websites for in-depth information.