Preparation tips for IIT-JEE along with Board Exams

One of the biggest problems faced by the aspiring engineers is balancing preparation of both IIT-JEE and class 12th board exams at the same time. Though there is a gap of almost one month between JEE Main 2019 April session and class 12 board exams, the problem of simultaneous preparation of the both the exams stays intact. Rather, it created an added pressure on many students. Further, the weightage given to class 12 board exams score in the JEE Main eligibility criteria makes it essential for the students to perform well in both. JEE Main rank can change drastically based on your percentage in 12th boards.

How to manage preparation of both boards and IIT-JEE exams?

Is it possible to score well in both the exams?

How to manage time to cover the complete syllabus?

What is the difference between the exam patterns of both?

These are some of the common questions almost every student preparing for both boards and JEE exam has.

However, if planned well, you can easily score well in both the exams. In this article, we provide you some tips and tricks for smart and effective preparation of JEE Main 2019 along with board exams. By following the tips given here, you can easily boost your chances of getting the expected results in both the exams.

  1. Understand the importance of both boards and JEE Mains

How much time you spend on the preparation of board and JEE exam depends on the importance of each exam. Your score in class 12 board exams decides your eligibility in JEE while your score in the IIT-JEE (Main and Advanced) decides your admission in the engineering college. So scoring well in both the exams is equally important. You can’t take the risk of ignoring one for the preparation of the other exam. Rather, you need to effectively make a preparation plan where you wisely cover syllabus of both. Thankfully, the JEE syllabus also covers topics from 12th class syllabus, which helps you save some time. You can master the topics well while preparing for boards and can just revise the same when preparing for JEE.

  1. Understand the difference between JEE and Board exam pattern

Before starting with the preparation, you first need to understand the exam pattern. There is a huge difference between board exams and JEE both in terms of the type of questions and the exam format. Check the table below to understand the same:

Difference between JEE Main and 12th Board Examination

S. No Particulars JEE Main 12th Board Examination
1 Type of Questions Objective Descriptive
2 Syllabus 11th and 12th NCERT syllabus Only 12th standard syllabus
3 Difficulty Level Very Difficult. Conducted to shortlist the deserving candidates for JEE Advanced. Moderate.
4 Negative Marking


1 mark is deducted for each wrong attempt.

No negative marking


  1. Focus on concepts and theory

While you need to focus on theory to score well in board exams, JEE Main is all about the understanding and application of the concepts. However, a strong command on theory will help you with the preparation of both boards and JEE Main. With a strong preparation of theory and regular revision of concepts, you can perform well in JEE Main. Also, make sure you keep your fundamentals clear for the topics covered in JEE syllabus.

  1. Revise thoroughly

Revision plays a vital role in any exam preparation and your performance on the D-day. Regular revision helps you understand your weak and strong areas, based on which you can modify your preparation plan. Remembering all the formulae is the key to success in the IIT-JEE. By learning some concepts and theories by heart, you can easily fetch good marks. And, the best way to do is to revise the syllabus regularly.

  1. Complete the syllabus

Never think of skipping topics with the excuse of extra burden of doubt syllabus. See, when it comes to exams like JEE Main, you can't take a risk of skipping topics as you don't just have to get passing marks. No topic is too easy or too difficult to skip. Just remember that every topic is important if you aim to get top ranks in the engineering entrance exam.

Start your preparation early so that you get enough time to cover each and every topic. Touch every aspect of JEE syllabus without thinking about their level of difficulty. This will not just help you score well in JEE but also help you in board exams preparation.

  1. Solve previous year papers and online tests

Previous year papers and JEE Main online tests will help you understand the trends, type of questions asked and the topics that are covered both in JEE and board exam syllabus. It will not just help you work on your speed and accuracy but will also help you save time spend on preparation of both the exams separately.

If you don’t want to waste time on different online test taking platforms and want just the best tests as per the latest exam trends, visit Eduwhere. This is one of the best online platforms for JEE mock tests prepared by subject matter experts. Further, the performance analysis reports also helps you work on your weak points and score well in the final exam.

  1. Don't compare board and JEE preparation

As you have already read, both JEE and board exams have completely different exam pattern, importance and marking scheme, avoid comparing preparation of the same. Comparison of JEE and 12th board exam preparation will just lead to confusion. Rather, make a list of the common topics and prepare them well just once to save time while preparing for JEE.

  1. Prepare notes

Making notes for both boards and JEE can be helpful in many ways. First, it helps you in revision. You can write down formulae and different chemical reactions on charts and can go through the same every day before going to bed. Second, these help you in the last minute preparation. Instead of going through the books, you can just check the notes a night before the exam for the final revision.

With a right strategy, effective time management and well-thought out plan, you can easily manage preparation of JEE Main along with board exams.