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IITJEE is a scientifically designed exam which not only checks your analytical a nd intellectual abilities but also requires

ability to perform in adverse condit ions (e.g. not loosing nerves even if you have been able to solve just 1 out of the last 10 questions), pressure handling (solving two more questions in last fi ve minutes), choice making (which questions to do and which to leave) and a lot of other factors. So just practicing more and more problems at home may not be s ufficient. If after giving a test or quiz you solve the paper again at home and you feel that you could have done 10 more questions in very few time then you ne ed to improve your examination temperament. In part 1 of this article I have alr eady talked about the effects of thought process on examination temperament and how to improve them. In this article I will focus mostly on how to improve your approach to the question paper. As I always say, your goal should be to maximize your total marks and not the nu mber of attempts. So judging the questions is of prime importance. Since you hav e just 3 hours and the goal is to gain as much marks as possible so you cannot a fford to spend much time on one subject. While solving the paper, always keep an eye on your watch. Give 45 minutes to each subject i.e. you should have at leas t read all the questions of the subject, done those on which you are confident a nd marked those which you think you may be able to do if you give some more time . In this way you complete the paper in 2 hours and 30 minutes and you have also taken care of the cutoff of individual subjects. Now in rest half an hour, try to increase your marks further by solving the marked questions which you left in first attempt. Be very careful in choosing questions and don t stick on one quest ion for a very long time. I believe that the best way to revise a chapter is to quickly go through its the ory and some examples and then start solving objective questions. Let us say you are revising thermodynamics from H.C. Verma s book and say there are 60 objective questions (including those with more than one options correct). Since you have already done this chapter, keep a timer of 60 minutes (1min per question) and st art solving. Do not take break during this one hour. Try to optimize your score (more positive attempts and negligible negative attempts). At the end of one hou r match the answers and check your score. Observe if you were able to choose the easy questions first, have you read all the questions at least once and where y ou got stuck. Analyze yours performance and think what are the mistakes that you made and what steps you need to avoid them. This simple technique improved my e xamination temperament significantly and I am sure that it will work for you equ ally. One last advice is that you should solve JEE s previous year papers/sample papers at least once a week in the last two months of your preparation period (apart fr om your test series which you might have joined) in examination mode i.e. sittin g continuously for 3 hours and with all the strategies mentioned above. This wil l help you to improve your concentration during the exams.