Wednesday, 18 August 2038

The new YouTube Channel

Hello readers,

I have been quite busy with my startup since the past couple of years and so, I couldn't really give any time to the blog. However, I am not planning to rather start a YouTube channel simply because making a YouTube video is far easier as compared to writing a blog post. In the YouTube channel, I will be talking about my JEE preparation strategies, college life, jobs, internships and even entrepreneurship.

Click here to access the YouTube channel!

I've posted a couple of videos already. Embedding one of them here.

Excited for the new journey with YouTube. Stay tuned for more content!

Saturday, 1 July 2028

Partnering with a leading Educational Platform

Dear readers,

I am glad to announce that I've partnered with Magoosh - the leader in the education space. Magoosh is a leading online test preparation platform and is already a well-established player in the space of GRE Preparation. For the unaware, GRE is the exam that one needs to appear for in order to apply for admission to US Masters programs.

I have been actively working with Magoosh for the past couple of months to develop educational material for JEE aspirants. We share the common mission of helping lakhs of JEE aspirants in simplifying their JEE preparation and achieving their dream of getting into a top IIT with a top branch.

I am happy to announce that we've launched our first beta product for JEE preparation which contains videos on various topics. The lessons can be accessed by clicking here: Crack the JEE.

With the JEE beta product, you would learn how to:
  • Solve problems quickly and accurately
  • Prepare for JEE effectively
  • Revise properly to maximize score
  • Avoid common JEE preparation mistakes
The product is under development and here are some of the key benefits that you would get as an "early access subscriber":
  • Free access to subsequent video lectures: we will soon be releasing video lectures of specific topics like Complex numbers, Electrochemistry, Kinematics and dozens of others. You will get access to all of these videos for no extra charge! In fact, we plan to launch multiple other features like Practice Exercises, 24/7 Tutor support as well as desktop/tablet access.
  • 30-day money back guarantee: if you do not like the course, you can opt for a refund and the entire amount will be refunded back to you.
The video lessons have been personally developed by me. I will also be working on subsequent video lessons with my friends from IIT Bombay and IIT Kanpur. Magoosh will be the partner company in this exciting new journey where we together aim to make JEE preparation simple and affordable.

Thursday, 14 July 2022

Best books for JEE preparation

This is a pinned post. Other new posts will appear below this post.

If any of the links in this post don't work, please take a look at this link: Which book should I follow to get an under 50 rank in IIT JEE?

A guide to get a top 50 rank in JEE

Here is a comprehensive list of ALL the books. Don't get overwhelmed seeing this long list. You should decide which one suits you.
Also, I will not appreciate questions like "which edition to buy", because I am adding appropriate links below of the editions which I have myself used and are definitely worth purchasing.
Note that I did not use all of the books below. Some of them are famous but I did not use them because some other book was sufficient. So, you need not buy them all.

Past year JEE papers: very very very very very important. Solve each and every question earnestly and make sure to learn from the questions which you weren't able to solve. Also, note that you should always refer to the solution of the book even if you correctly got the answer yourself. This helps you to cross-check your solution as well as learn some (possibly) new solution given in the book. The below past year papers contain more or less the same content. You can choose any of them.



Guidebook: The book below is authored by my friend and senior Arpit Agarwal, who was AIR 1 in JEE 2012. Arpit is currently a fourth year undergraduate at IIT Delhi. Arpit helped me a lot during the last 2 months of JEE by clearing a number of non academic doubts and helping me to develop the required examination temperament. I have never seen such a humble and down to earth person.
As a JEE aspirant, I did not get a chance to read his book because it was published after JEE was over. But I myself bought this book after giving JEE and enjoyed a read. It will show you what distinguishes a JEE top ranker from a dreamer. A must buy book indeed :)
The other book is by Nitin Jain, AIR 1, JEE 2009. I read this book and this book shows you how AIR 1 differs from the rest of the JEE rankers. This book was available online somewhere buy I am not able to find it now.

Nitin Jain's book on JEE guidance is one of the best selling books


Coming to the books of individual subjects:












Exemplar Problems: These are the solutions to the exemplar problems prescribed by CBSE. These are must for those who are aiming a good rank in JEE Main and JEE Advanced. Note that the problems aren't highly conceptual or something, but they really are useful for competitive exams and you can surely find some lifted question in JEE Main



In this link you can find some really good books that are most commonly used by JEE aspirants

Books for Olympiads can be found here

Note: Brilliant YG files and Akash's Success Magnet (I did not find a link to it) are really good. Also, the material provided by Resonance is excellent and that's why I have added its link here on this page under the others section.

If you like this, you might also like our guide to get a top 50 rank in JEE

Friday, 23 April 2021

A guide to get a top 50 rank in JEE!

We are happy to announce the latest concept of 'minibook'!

Minibook is a new concept introduced by JEE Ambl. A minibook is a short book that is meant to give a sudden boost to your preparation. A minibook is typically composed of a few tens of pages of informative content that you can read anytime. It is meant to serve as a guidebook which you can use for your JEE preparation. The idea is to help you utilize the ‘free’ time that you have while traveling or when you are not in a mood to study.

This is a minibook on nailing JEE with a top 50 rank! Here is a quick preview of the contents of the minibook.

To get this minibook, do the following:
  • Click on the button below or CLICK HERE
  • Make sure to enter your email ID correctly. We have removed the manual system. This is completely automated! Pay and get the minibook immediately! Make sure to enter your email ID correctly because an automated delivery will be done to the email address provided by you. A mistake in email address means that the minibook will be sent to the wrong email!
  • Check your inbox. You must have got an email to download the file. Hurray! You can now aim for a top 50 JEE rank!
  • A new concept of minibook to save your time.
  • 19 pages, 6,500+ words!
  • Comprehensive coverage! The focus is on how YOU can get a top 50 JEE rank and join IIT Bombay, Computer Science and Engineering - the hardest program to get into!

Check the comments below to read reviews of others who benefitted from the minibook.
Hoping to see you at IIT Bombay Computer Science and Engineering!

For any problems related to download/payment, drop an email at

If you want to pay via Paytm or any other means, drop an email to and we will try to get back to you as soon as possible.

Give it a try. It's cheaper than the pizza. It's also cheaper than that Rs. 500 book you purchased. It will help you build your career. I never stopped writing free blogs as I used to do and I probably won't stop as well. The blog's main aim will surely be to help students perform better in exams.

If you like the above minibook, you might want to take a look at our other minibooks:

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Test Series : The Big Gun

Hi readers, Kshitij here.

Having mentioned "Test Series" in one of the earlier posts let's delve deeper into the necessity of a Test Series and most importantly how to extract the best out of it so as to improve your performance.

So again let's start with the fundamental question "Why do I need a Test Series? Is solving books not sufficient?" The answer is a plain "No". The reason is simple. JEE won't ask you routine problems. The problems involve multi-dimensional thinking at a time. You need to use concepts of stoichiometry in a multi-step organic synthesis to predict the percent purity and stereochemistry of the final product. Sounds daunting? It would do only till you are not used to these kinds of unforeseen situations where you need to act quick, taking into consideration every aspect along with accuracy. This is where a Test Series comes into the picture. It is a set of test papers designed to make the student comfortable with all possible varieties of questions along with the various ways in which the same question can be put in order to make the student sweat in the exam hall. 

Remeber the "Decimal-Type Numeric" questions asked in JEE Advanced 2018? which made most of the student suffer had featured already in FIITJEE AITS for JEE 2018. People who took the test series were well aware of how to attempt the questions. Ever heard of "Multiple Correct Integer Answer Type Questions" wherein a question may have any number of integers from 0 to 9 as the answer(Say answer to a question may be 2,3,5,7,9 and you need to enter all of these to get full marks) with a daunting marking scheme of +4/-2. It might feature in coming years in JEE but has already featured in my of my Resonance Tests.

So by the time you convince yourself about joining a test-series, another question pops up, which one? There are a lot of them available in the market? Well, there is no defined answer to it. All of them be it Resonance, Allen, FIITJEE, Narayana, Bansal, Vibrant or Aakash are good in one form or the other. Some are good for their cracking and mind-blowing questions, while some are known for their well-designed schedule to be highly student friendly. It becomes a difficult task to choose one, but there is a simple rule to do so. First of all, analyze the syllabus distribution of all, its availability in your city/town, fee-structure, level of papers (try to refrain from ones having very easy or very tough papers) and the number of tests in an academic session (15-20 tests are good enough).

For those students already enrolled in a reputed Coaching Institute, there is hardly any need to join any other test-series. Just make sure to do the papers of your institute sincerely and you should be good to go. While for others, decide carefully, take reviews from people before investing your time and money somewhere. If you want to know my pick, I did Resonance and FIITJEE AITS. The former is, in my opinion, the ideal test series for it is well in accordance with the syllabus, as well as has questions at par with the prevailing level of questions asked in the actual exam, not to low neither too high. 

So the first part is done. We have selected the test series, but the job is yet to start. Just giving test papers every fortnight and leaving them as it is after the paper is doing no justice to its purpose. Unless you analyze your mistakes and strengths from a test the test-paper is merely a booklet with no use. I remember spending the entire Sunday I had a test and a couple of days to follow in finding answers to the problems I wasn't able to solve, or those which went wrong, researching the web and books to learn some new concepts. It requires a lot of patience, determination and the right approach to analyze a paper and learn from one's mistakes.

The basic way to analyze a paper is to divide the paper into two parts: Questions which you did correctly and questions which you got wrong or did not attempt. So this forms the first branch of the tree. Coming to the first one "The Questions attempted correctly", there are instances when you manage to get the answer just by guessing or eliminating the options. However, this is a very wrong practice unless it's the final exam. So the first step would be to find proper solutions to those problems. Having ensured this make sure to have a look at solutions provided along with the paper to those questions which you solved correctly just to ensure that you are equipped with other possible methods to solve a problem. 

The second part has further subdivisions, first being "Wrong Answers" and "Unattempted Questions". Let's consider the first one. You may get a question wrong due to broadly 2 ways namely Silly Mistakes and Conceptual mistakes

The first one is easy to find, it comprises all mistakes done in hurry, say, calculation mistakes, using the wrong formula, using the long approach and getting mixed up in middle, reading the wrong data etc. The only solution to it is "concentration" while solving the paper. Don't think about anything while giving the test, neither what the person next to you is doing nor about the result. Just focus on reading the question properly and solving carefully. 

The second requires a significant amount of research so as to pinpoint the topic you need to work upon. Say you weren't able to solve a question from Coordinate Geometry. First part of investigation done. So first figure out what were the different conics involved there. Say you figure out to be a question involving Parabola and Circle. Great! The second part of investigation done too. Next, what in Parabola? Tangents and their properties. Okay so that's it the investigation is over and now you understand that you need to work upon Tangents, their equations, properties etc (as related to the question). Now that you know where exactly you need to work, just pick up any resource and go through it once. Compare the process you adopted and the standard one and in almost all cases you will find your mistake here.

The second point in this list is questions which you didn't attempt. Again, there may be many reasons for it. Two major being "not able to read/solve the question in time" the solution to which is to increase your reading and solving speed by doing more problems at home and the second same as doing a conceptual mistake, this time not being able to solve the question due to lack of proper understanding. The solution is same as mentioned in the above paragraph.
Phew! That was too much of branching. Hope you didn't find it overwhelming :P
So, here's a summary of all what I mentioned. (Forgive me for the poor picture quality :P). Hope you find it informative and helpful to increase your confidence while attempting further papers after such a rigorous exercise after the previous.

That's all from my side. Do comment your queries below.

All the Best!

Monday, 14 May 2018

JEE Advanced 2018 : Time for the finishing touch

So finally it is here, JEE Advanced just a week away. Although I intended to put this up quite earlier but absolutely forgot to do. Nevertheless, let's chalk out a rough plan of what to do this week.  

Let’s assume the week starts on Day 1(i.e. today, it's almost gone by now, you may extend today's idea tomorrow) and you are going to write Advanced on Day 7 i.e. you have 7 days before the exam.
Meanwhile, a general guideline to be followed throughout the week is
“Keep your head cool, this is the first and foremost step in tackling the ultimate exam of your life. Don’t let negative thoughts trouble you.”
  • Day 1
—Appear for a full-time 6-hour test at any renowned platform to make sure your body clock is tuned for the exam day.
—Start revising Inorganic Chemistry from NCERT later in the day, making sure to complete at least half of it then
  • Day 2
Analyse the paper you did yesterday properly making sure to identify the silly mistakes you did and taking care not to repeat similar ones in the exam.
—Meanwhile complete entire Inorganic Chemistry from NCERT very thoroughly.
  • Day 3
—Now that you have completed Inorganic Chemistry try to go through some topics of Organic Chemistry like Biomolecules, Polymers and make sure to mug up well the names of common amino acids, their structures (Ex. Alanine, Glycine etc), some common polysaccharides, the different kinds of glycosidic bonds in different carbohydrates etc. Also if you feel you may look at the mechanisms of some common reactions like Aldol Condensation, Cannizzaro Reaction, Claisen-Schmidt, reactions of Amines, FC reactions etc.
  • Day 4
—If you feel like doing you may appear for a 3-hour paper which I otherwise would discourage at this stage as it may do more harm to your morale than good.
—Chill out, probably have a walk in the open, try to refresh your mind with some Indoor game and don’t think much about the exam.
  • Day 5 and Day 6
—No studies at all. Keep your mind away from the anxiety of the exam, try not to think much about what would happen tomorrow. It is pretty natural that you may get damn anxious, have butterflies storming in your stomach but make sure to control this as this may prove suicidal at the last time. Watch a movie if you wish to divert your mind from the coming day. Have a good night’s sleep for around 8 hours.
  • Day 7 (The D-Day)
Rock the paper and enjoy your freedom from this highly competitive life for a while (Of course, you will feel it again soon as you enter college)
That’s all, a very broad guideline one may wish to follow. One thing is important at this phase i.e. to not let your morale go down. Keep up your spirits high and have a blast on 20th May 2018.
All the Best!

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Starting the Journey : JEE 2020

Hi readers.

Hope you all would be doing up well, enjoying the break after your recently concluded Class X boards, some would be on the brink of their first important national level exam, NTSE, to be held tomorrow while others would be planning out what to do in the coming two years.

Among all, the major question among students intending to take up Science courses, particularly Mathematics would be "How to start preparing for JEE". A lot of people have this question in mind that which books to choose, which subject to emphasize more upon, which test series to appear for and the list is endless. So I have tried to address the basic steps which every student at this stage must follow for a headstart to their JEE Preparation. Hope it makes an interesting read. So here we go,

  • Build the required Mindset and the right Attitude 
Now why this, not anything related to books or so first, because unless you develop a will, a strong desire to succeed in one of the toughest entrance exams of the country, no matter how much you study or how many problems do you solve, all without a proper mindset will go in vain. So what needs to be done? Simple. First of all ask why do you want to clear JEE? Would you be able to face the competition which registered ~13 lakh students fighting for ~10k seats in some institutes around the country? Would you be able to sacrifice or rather limit your free-flying life of hanging out with friends, attending every function and wasting time on social media? If the answer to these questions is in a positive sense, i.e. you find a reason for preparing for JEE, then congratulations my dear friend, Welcome to one of the two most beautiful years of your life. Set a firm goal (Could be anything like Branch X at IIT Y based on your choices and interest) and you are good to start with.

(My intent has in no way been to demean the desire of the student to prepare for JEE. But the points mentioned are must in order to succeed in JEE. There's no need that you fulfill these points at the time you read them but you must have a strong will to adopt these qualities in the coming time as they form an indispensable part to succeed in any competition of life, not just JEE)

  • Selecting the right resources
Having ensured the first point fits well, now comes the most important part of planning out what to do next. You can't just go around randomly just with a strong will to succeed but no hard-work. A proper set of resources(read Books and Teaching support) is must in order to master the tricks and trances of this business. There is already a grand collection of books on the blog, but I would mention the books I used apart from those mentioned here during my JEE Preparation.

  • CENGAGE Series (I used it in place of the mentioned ARIHANT Series as this is more JEE oriented with the proper blend of mind-storming objective and subjective problems)
  • ARIHANT Differential and Integral Calculus (Must do in any case for cracking all Calculus problems of JEE Advanced. It is the book with one of the best collection of calculus problems)
  • Resonance Study Material (To boost my confidence as questions were of JEE Advanced Level)
  • FIITJEE RSM (To bring down myself to ground when I became overconfident ;p)
Note: There's no need to get all these stuff right now. Any book (Arihant or Cengage in case you have no coaching material) of Trigonometry, Coordinate Geometry and Algebra would do in class 11 and the rest would be used in class 12. If you have any coaching material, do it first completely and then do some additional practice from the mentioned books. 

  • CENGAGE SERIES (Mindblowing collection of problems of all varieties and difficulties)
  • Resonance Study Material (A great resource for elementary and good subjective problems)
  • FIITJEE RSM (Excellent subjective problems)
  • Physical Chemistry: Resonance Material (Very good Theory + Problems) + RSM (Theory) 
  • Inorganic Chemistry: NCERT (Read God Book) + Resonance Material + Vogel's Qualitative salt analysis
  • Organic Chemistry: CENGAGE, L.G. Wade, Resonance (Problems)
Please note I found a lot of mistakes in problems of FIITJEE RSM along with numerous repetitions of questions. Also, the questions were not up to the mark so refrained from solving them but indeed the theory was too good for a person self-studying.

  • Planning the right working plan and study schedule
Now, this is something which differs for every person. Someone may prefer to study at night while someone else may feel dozed off early. Someone has a die-hard love for Physics while someone struggles at it. But at the end of the day, everything boils down to the fact that how much proficient you are in each subject for you cannot crack IIT just by studying the subject you like. You need to put enough efforts for each subject, devote proper time to each and make sure to leave no stone unturned.

So how to do this?

Well, there is a general algorithm to master any topic. Read ample theory from any standard resource (read your coaching material or any mentioned book), solve a handful of basic level problems to ensure the formulae well fit in your brain and then push your limits as you solve higher order problems including the subjective ones. Although they generally don't feature these days as such but are must for a complete understanding of the subject.

So that's the working plan. One needs to balance time effectively between all these steps for all the three subjects properly. The study schedule as I mentioned earlier may vary from person to person but must ensure, I repeat "Giving the right time to study each subject is a must", if during the course of preparation you feel like lagging at one, don't wait. Immediately start devoting more time to it, figure out the reasons for your lagging, is it due to lack of proper concepts? Or due to insufficient practice? and fix the bug as soon as possible. Don't keep backlogs. Remember, there are hardly a handful of people who successfully manage to clear them well in time and you should be never taking a chance to experiment this at this phase of your life.

  • Test Series
Now comes the big gun. How do you know that you are good going on a topic? Well, solving problems of the book quickly and easily won't do any good. You need to develop a rock solid examination temperament. Well, the term sounds intimidating, so let me put it in a simple way. It means "Attempting test papers of varying difficulties with sheer confidence and calmness". But how do you develop this trait? Of course, keeping your head cool during the exam is not taught in any book. Also, you won't risk going to the final exam unexposed to the possible exam many times well in advance.

This is what a Test Series does. Although some of the readers would be knowing what it is and what are its benefits, it is a collection, or rather a "series of tests" that are conducted throughout the academic session (mainly from July to March) by almost all coaching institutes in the country. What does this give you? Some 12-15 tests (depending on the coaching and the class of your study) conducted generally once or twice a month, giving you various paper patterns of different difficulties to be solved in fixed time limits. 

How does it help you? Afterall, you are able to solve questions from books very well. So why waste time and money on this thing? If you think like this, you are probably not exposed to the competition you are about to face in the coming times. Apart from developing the right temperament what good a test series does to you is give a fair estimate of your national level standing.

So which one to choose amongst the numerous ones available in the market? If you want to know my pick, I did Resonance AITS along with the famous FIITJEE AITS. While the former gave me a good practice of actual exam level papers, the latter helped me in coming out of my comfort zone by exposing me to some really good and challenging problems.

  • Finally, have faith in yourself
Having discussed a lot of technical aspects demands some non-technical ones too. The journey which you are going to start would be filled with lots of surprises, failures, successes, setbacks and most importantly new learnings each day. Important is not to get disheartened by failures or over-confident by successes but to maintain a balance between success and failures and not to stop till you achieve your target. Beleive that you can do it. If you prepare honestly and sincerely there's nothing stopping you from entering into the IIT of your choice.

Throughout the post, I have tried to present the pattern and practices I followed and in no way meant to hurt anyone's ideologies at any point.


All the Best!