Saturday, 5 December 2015

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Hi all!
I'm Shobhna Misra, first year undergraduate in Engineering Physics, IIT Bombay.  
I have appeared for JEE twice, and got AIR 604 in the second attempt (2015). (Had got AIR 7639 in JEE-2014.)
One of the most common questions that people ask me is: Was the three year struggle worth it?
Well, my answer would be a big YES!
Life at IIT Bombay is simply amazing! After a semester's stay here, I can say that I love this place and wouldn't have been as happy anywhere else!! 
The best part: You can pursue any of your hobbies here. Are you a sports-enthusiast? Or a music-enthusiast? Or a film-making enthusiast? Or, a tech enthusiast, maybe? You can find a club for all of these at IIT B. To cut the long story short, you can pick up any new skill you want to, or continue refining your skills!
Another good thing about this place: Seniors here are pretty helpful. Stuck up with some problem in Academics? Ping a senior on facebook, (s)he will help you out for sure! Need help in designing a circuit for your bot? Ask the members of the Electronics Club, they'll be happy to help! 
In a nutshell, IIT B is a heaven for all sorts of enthusiasts!
So, to all Juniors out there: Work very hard for two years, and, mark my words, you won't regret it!
P.S. Karan (He has already written a post introducing himself) and I will be officially replying to comments and questions in Aman's Blog from now on. :)

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  1. Thanks Shobhna and Karan, you are doing a really awesome job. We all do need your guidance a lot!

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    1. Basically I haven't started anything yet :P
      Happy to help! :)

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  2. Didi..m a jee 2016 aspirant..want to take some guidance n ask some strategy related ques frm u..could u give me your contact id ?..it would be nice if you can help

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    1. Ask me on Quora/Facebook.
      However, it'll be better if you ask here, so that others can also benefit. :)

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    3. Didi m not able to deliver message to u on quora facebook bcz of servwr prob..but will be able to on yahoo gmail..can u plz give me ur id

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  3. Hey Shobhna,

    I'd like to know how important is it to learn shortcuts to solve some questions. I'm preparing for JEE 2017 and I go to Narayana coaching. The point is that my material is full of shortcuts to solve problems and I find it extremely tedious to memorize them all, I do remember the few logical ones (i.e) the ones that can be derived. Is there a way out? Am I losing out by not learning shortcuts? Will I not be able to be time competent if I solve the problems elegantly on the final day by not applying shortcuts?

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  4. Well, I never memorized them. The only shortcut that I memorized was, as far as I remember, the length of a chord of a parabola! But make sure that you know the shortest and least time consuming method to solve a problem, that helps a lot (in case you are wondering, it's not the same as remembering those shortcut formulae, I'm asking you to know how to solve questions in the shortest manner)!
    And no, I don't think you'll be losing out a lot if you don't remember the infinitely many shortcuts in the Narayana material. I re-emphasize, think how to solve those problems in a shorter manner, however.
    And don't shirk from remembering the essential formulae, you may not have enough time to derive them in the exam!

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  5. Is there anyway that you'll be able to provide me with FITJEE papers?

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    1. No. But you can always search the internet, if you're lucky, you might find them. :P
      On a serious note, get them from your seniors or your batch mates who are taking fiitjee AITS.
      Or, enroll yourself.

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  6. Awesome article read until now.I m sailing on d same boat as u were last year.I have taken a drop and m going to appear for her 2016. I had scored 86% in CBSE .and now I have joined Allen's AITS.I want to ask u how did u cutoff distractions like watching TV,listening music, hanging out wid frndz ? I do not have a concentration span of more than 2 hours . I am self studying student. Please give me some tips on how to concentrate and improve my focus.

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  7. Well, I did watch tv sometimes.
    Apart from that, I didn't do anything else, always thinking that I'm sacrificing these small short term joys for an achievement that is going to maybe make my life!
    Just think, a few more months of hard work, and you'll be in an iit, your dream destination!
    Try giving three hour tests at a stretch. That might increase your concentration.

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    1. Thanks shobhna for your quick response. From now onwards I"ll try my best and quit all sorts of distraction s and I"ll surely study for 3 hours at stretch.

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  9. Hi there :) I wanted to know which branch in engineering is suitable for girls .. I am not biased but I have heard many people saying that civil engineering , mechanical is not meant for girls and u could find only one or two girls in a class which creates an awkward atmosphere.. I am completely against this .. What do you feel ??

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    1. See, even I am against this! There are five girls in Mechanical at iitb and lots of them in Civil! And, iitb is a place where the girl:boy ratio is 1:8.5 this year! In fact, EP, which is considered to be a 'suitable' branch for girls as it focuses more on research, has just two girls!
      So, time to break the stereotypes and go ahead with the branch you find interesting!

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    2. Thank you so much :) I am quite comfortable after reading this and I will definitely choose one of them..

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  10. Hey Shobhna, can you please write something about fiitjee aits from your point of view. I am also a repeater, i had an AIR of 6963 this year, and aim for a rank below 300 in 2016. Also can you write about your experience of that extra year (2014-15). thanks .

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    1. fiitjee aits is very very challenging, go for it only if you are strong enough with your concepts. While giving fiitjee aits at home, my main goal was to improve my score with every possible attempt.
      Experience of the drop year coming soon, in another post.

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    2. What used to be your percentile in AITS, during the initial two years and the drop year ?

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    3. I am referring to the FIITJEE AITS

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    4. I used to give it AT HOME, so I have no idea about the percentile. :/

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    5. Number of questions you got correct while solving FIITJEE Aits papers ?...

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  11. hi di ..by when u completed your course in drop year and started with revision?

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    1. Well, Maths was technically completed before my drop year, I was strong with the concepts. Did require practice in my drop year, though.
      Physics got over around Nov /Dec.
      Chem was very late, got over around mid February.
      Revision is a daily affair, you need to keep revising everyday, else you'll forget stuff.
      I used to revise inorganic daily.

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  12. Tell me what you used to do when things seemed to be out of your control, you were not able to understand something or u were not able to solve questions from a particular topic or you were finding some particular topic very hard to master. What you used to do in such situations? (As we all know if the road to the IITs were straight, everyone would have reached the destination). Since last 1-2 days I'm struggling with Ionic Equilibrium, did you also find this topic difficult to master? Tell me your views on Ionic Equilibrium.

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  13. Finding a topic difficult to master? Take it as a challenge! How can you let a topic defeat you? Fight. Pester your teachers, that's what they're there for! Go through books, search the internet! Explore every possible way of understanding it. Remember, you can't let it be, you have to master it at any cost!
    Sometimes I did feel like giving up, I did get depressed, all I did was talk with my physics teacher (he used to motivate me a lot) and a friend (who is now my senior at iitb). That helped me bounce back with full momentum.
    Initially, when Ionic Equilibrium was taught in class, my chem teacher said, take it to be the same as chemical equilibrium. And that actually made the chapter easier. However, I understood the chapter completely only after I sat down one fine evening, speculated over the concepts, and solved the entire fiitjee package!
    Ionic Equilibrium may seem difficult at first, but, trust me, it's not!

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  14. hi...di in ur drop yr in which month u joined all india test series?...and what was your perecent in those test?

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    1. Hi.
      In my drop year, I joined only bansal's test series, the postal one, coz I already had fiitjee, resonance aits with me from +2.
      I used to score about 60-80/90 % in normal difficulty level tests... In the harder ones, my score even went down to 30%!

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  15. Which book u recommend for organic and from which source I should strong my goc concepts. I'm in 11 .

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  16. Which book u recommend for organic and from which source I should strong my goc concepts. I'm in 11 .

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    1. Read concepts from ur class notes.
      Solve ms chouhan.

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    2. In case you feel class notes are insufficient, you can try 'A Logical Approach To Modern Organic Chemistry', by Prof. Jagdamba Singh. It has some mistakes, but a good book overall.

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    3. What about Himanshu pandey by grb publications

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  17. Please tell us about your experience as a dropper and one more
    Can u tell us why did u drop even though getting a rank ?
    What was the case that when u first wrote , you were not prepared enough or it was just one bad day ?

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  18. Please tell us about your experience as a dropper and one more
    Can u tell us why did u drop even though getting a rank ?
    What was the case that when u first wrote , you were not prepared enough or it was just one bad day ?

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    1. Experience as a dropper coming soon, in another post.
      Well, I guess it was both. Neither was I prepared that well, nor was it a good day.
      However, I am glad that I took a drop.

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  19. Tell me about Himanshu pandey grb publication's

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    1. Good enough, but I preferred M S Chouhan over it, as Himanshu Pandey has a lot of similar-type problems, while M S Chouhan has a few, so it doesn't eat up a lot of time.
      In short, if you just want to solve various types of questions and have enough time, Himanshu Pandey is the book for you! Else go for M S Chouhan.

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  20. Hlo I am Bhanu in class 11 aj kal bahut timewaste ho rha h mtlab jo bi me plan karta hu vo pura ni kar pata becoz of my sleep and from past two week time is wasted in sleeping . I m suffered by it. Matlab hota ye h ki mene plan kiya ki aj meri Fiitjee 8 pm baje katam hogi to mene 9 baje Ghar pahuchkar 9 to 4 am paduga par start to hota h par me bich me so jata hu and next morning bahut bura lgta h .plz help the main reason of my this bad time management is that my Fiitjee held on week days so I didn't get time for study . plz help

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    1. Sleeping is absolutely not a waste of time. It's very necessary for the brain to function properly.
      And since you are unable to study at night, don't try to. Try waking up and studying instead.

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  22. Can u tell me how to manage my studies and sleep

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    1. No, I can't. Because your study timings are strongly dependent on you. YOU and only YOU can decide which time suits you. Experiment by studying in various times and find out when your productivity is maximum. However, avoid studying at night, because ultimately your exam is in the daytime.

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  23. Hi,
    I guess my story is very similar to yours , I got 5912 this year, and I've dropped !
    it is mathematics, organic and inorganic that I have to prepare... what books did you go through for these topics( theory + practice)
    Although I'm in top FIITJEE batch , but find it better to self study rather than attending classes .!
    Thanks ! :)

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    1. For theory, I was largely dependent on class notes, so sorry, can't help you there.
      Ask Karan/Aman.
      For practice
      Maths- TMH subjective/Arihant subjective
      Organic- MS Chouhan/ Himanshu Pandey
      Inorganic- NCERT, balaji, Resonance material, PACE material(if you can get hold of it somehow)

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    2. Okay ! Thanks btw, currently toh you are an inspiration for me as i am in the same situation ! :P
      ps. did 50 % of ms chauhan in 2 days ! its really easy :V

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    3. You can use Cengage publishers/ Arihant for maths theory. I'd recommend Cengage slightly more because it also contains a huge variety of questions.
      For Organic- I'd say go for 'A Logical Approach To Modern Organic Chemistry' by Dr. Jagdamba Singh. That was the source of my organic chem preparation throughout.
      For Inorganic- NCERT, OP Tandon, and Sudarshan Guha ought to be more than sufficient. But study all three if and only if time permits, otherwise go for either only OPT or NCERT.

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    4. Hi!

      I'd second Karan on his suggetions for Organic and Inorganic. The revision of JD Lee by Sudarshan Guha is truly an amazing book if you want to get the concepts right. Read every line (and between 'em!) and you won't be let down. By far, JD Lee is the only reason why I could smile and enjoy inorganic.

      For mathematics I STRONGLY suggest you subscribe to Mathematics Today magazine by MTG (since waiting every month is usless, you might wanna take the yearly pack of 2015 or 2014). The Concept Boosters in there are truly one of a kind and no, I repeat, NO other material can give you such concept-strengthening objective questions in Math. Sam goes for the Chemistry Today.
      You can also subscribe for FIITJEE's AITS(don't be afraid of what your friends say. it's amazing! just need to get a knack of it) for amazing problems.

      Cheers.

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  24. Hey Shobhna, i am going to reappear for jee in 2016 for rank improvisation. Physics was my weak subject last time so this time i have solved all chapters from Irodov(except optics &modern physics) but still feel that my preparation is incomplete for the theoretical questions. can you suggest ways for improving and a source for doing that kind of questions.

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    1. yeah, i have done hcv as well as advanced level questions from arihant dcp. Although objective 1&2 in hcv are some help but still i'm not confident enough, maybe it's just that i haven't tried my new level of understanding in a lot of papers yet, but i'll be very grateful if you could help.

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    2. Okay. Have you tried the old subjective questions? They're pretty conceptual and will boost up your confidence!
      If you still want more, go for Cengage.

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    3. thanks, i'll try it. One more thing, last year i solved all the past year papers (IITJEE + AIEEE) from 2001-14 in the exam timings and analysed them strictly as well, so should i do them all again this time?

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    4. Well, I don't think that'd be useful. I also didn't do them again. However, look through them once again, and do the questions you are not very comfortable with.
      And, don't forget to attempt at least some new questions everyday.
      The ability to solve new questions is what ultimately helps.

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  25. Hi di i m preparing for jee 2016, i got an air of 12000 in 2015.
    The biggest chalenge i m facing is course completion ,it is mid dec. But still i have around 25% of the course remaining. Plz help me out ,also i dont go for coachings.

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    1. Try to set deadlines for each chapter, and try to complete them by January. Approximately how many chapters are left in all the subjects?

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  26. In Phy i have mod. Phy. In maths i have algebra , In chem. I have inorganic nd physical(some topics) . Overall i have around 25% left. Nd thanks fr d reply

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  27. In Phy i have mod. Phy. In maths i have algebra , In chem. I have inorganic nd physical(some topics) . Overall i have around 25% left. Nd thanks fr d reply

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    1. Yeah, so set deadlines for each chapter, and complete the syllabus by January end max.

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  28. I have my coaching material,ncert exemplar and last year question papers of arihant .. Do I need to buy books like hc Verma , irodov etc ? Please help.. Its quite confusing with so many good books recommended..

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  29. Which coaching? A lot depends on that.
    And, HC Verma is a MUST.

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    1. I attend vidyamandir coaching classes .. I used to go to fiitjee but the quality of teaching and material of vidyamandir is known to be better than fiitjee so I left fiitjee and joined vidyamandir .. So i just wanted to know if coaching material is enough .. All experienced people in Delhi say vidyamandir's maths material is enough for cracking jee but I am confused about phy and chem .

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    2. And questions posted here might seem irrelevant or dumb .. Still you understand that we actually do face problems and reply to them .. Seriously thank you so much for it :)

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    3. Maths needs some more practice. Try tmh subjective after you complete your vmc material. Else, you could go for Bansal material also.
      For physics, do HC Verma, then vmc material, then D C Pandey, Irodov for mechanics & Cengage for the rest of the topics. Only coaching material will not suffice.
      For physical chem, vmc material is good enough. If you still have time, go for N Avasthi.
      For Organic, do MS Chouhan after vmc.
      For inorganic, vmc material is good enough. Don't forget to read ncert, though. If you have time, go for balaji publications.

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    4. Hello di, do you suggest TMH Subjective over Arihant Subjective?...
      Please try to suggest any advantages of TMH subjective over Arihant subjective by SK Goyal

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  30. okay sobhna.....i always have this tension that kota students are genius and too smart......students from other cities aren't that well prepared.....kota students always have an edge over us.......i want to know how did you keep yourself determined during the drop year knowing that you have to fight against the kota's ?....(Karan's reply also expected)

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    1. I used to have this buzzing inside my head too. But remember: not many students from Kota are born-geniuses. The ones who are.. Well they would have cracked JEE from anywhere. The thing that makes a difference is the fact that they are taught by the best profs in the country. Let's face it, they ARE well prepared. But since I couldn't mess up their prep, I chose to focus on my own :p If you do well in the AITS you have joined, you will get a big morale boost beleive me :)

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    2. Well, Karan is right. In fact, beating them with your own hard work should be your driving force. Think like this: Each minute you waste, there's someone in Kota studying and getting ahead of you. So, don't waste any time in these thoughts and go study!
      P.S. Sleeping, taking a short break after continuous study, playing a little are NOT a waste of time. They are absolutely essential to always keep you on your toes!

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  31. I am a jee 2016 aspirant.
    And i want to know the mistkes you did in preperation for jee in 2014.beacuse of which you took a drop .
    So that i could rectify some

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  32. I am a jee 2016 aspirant.
    And i want to know the mistkes you did in preperation for jee in 2014.beacuse of which you took a drop .
    So that i could rectify some

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    1. Well, I wasted a lot of time in going to school. So, not enough time for preparation. The BIGGEST mistake.
      Another mistake: Didn't study chemistry very well.
      I didn't practise much: another BIG mistake!

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  33. Hi shobna your are doing fabulous job please can you tell us about experience as dropper and what was your aim during preparation and will you please tell me that can we do whole maths in just one year

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    1. Thanks! Look at this: http://amangoeliitb.blogspot.in/2015/12/for-droppers.html

      Aim during preparation: To give in my best on the exam day.
      And, it's possible to do whole of Maths in a year, if you are decent enough in Physics and Chemistry.

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  34. Thank you so much dear sista u are really inspiring and motivating me thank for the quick response

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  36. A GENERAL QUESTION
    when u first started 11th syllabus did u develop interest then and there or was it ur constant studying and practising which made studies fun 4 u (and JEE toppers) thats y u cracked JEE twice, even i like PCM and always apply (try) them in real life(rotational, organic etc) but i never feel like actually doing problems.. i never gain that interest.. pl help

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    1. Well, I also used to do a lot of thinking and applying stuff to real life in my +2, but not enough practice (except Maths). So, I got a bad rank in my first attempt.
      Practice is the key to the rank that I got in my second attempt. (There are other factors too, but this is the most significant one)

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  37. I have completed tmh jee advanced physics twice and i have cengage learning , h.c. verma, and d.c. pandey with me .i have just 3 months left.which books should i solve now?

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    1. Well, I have no idea about tmh jee advanced physics, but if you want something for revision, try fiitjee gmp/ bansal rank booster. And try giving tests.

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    2. Thanks shobhna di for your quick response.m currently giving tests on embibe but i"ll try fiitjee material following your suggestion.

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  38. Hey Shobhna,

    It'd really mean a lot if you can clear a couple of my queries. I know there is a lot on your plate right now but it'd really mean a lot if you could clear this confusion. How important is it to make summary notes on your own apart from the class notes? I tend to study better when I make my own supplemental notes but it sucks a lot of time away. And how do I strengthen my application? I tend to grasp concepts quickly and vividly but when it comes to application, I'm bowled. This is a huge disadvantage since JEE is based on how good you can apply the concepts your learnt. Of course, practice is the only way out but it still doesn't stick. Can you give me some tips on that front?

    Thanks in advance.

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    1. Summary notes are an absolute MUST, especially for revision.
      And, Practice is the only way out if you want to improve on the application part.

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  40. Which is best test series for practice.

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    1. Bansal/Resonance. If you are a little more adventurous and confident of getting a good rank, you could try fiitjee as well.

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  41. Happy New year dear Aman and shobna may god full fill your every dream in 2016
    And BIG THANK TO YOU

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  42. Hi shobhna,I am jee 2017 aspirant.I have regular schooling and fiitjee student.my concepts till date is cleared but didn't practiced problems.Alot of time is wasted in school.Didn't scored well in fiitjee tests as I have not practiced problems.So please suggest some strategy so that I crack iitjee with a good rank.I am tensed as their is so much of backlog.How to tackle it? I aspire to get a decent rank.So please help me.From now how much problems is needed to be practiced daily so that I end up with a good rank?

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  43. Hi Shobhna,I'm from Delhi and due to the excessive pressure of parents and school,I completely focused on CBSE studies for the past two years.I wanted to prepare for JEE but wasn't allowed to do so.Everyone said that,"pehle 12 kar le, phir jo karna hai kar liyo"....but with no prep for JEE other than NCERT with some loopholes I couldn't clear JEE Mains cut off this year and am sure of not qualifying for Advanced.Many people around me say that nothing can be done in the situation in which I am.But when I look at u guys..I very badly want to be at IITB. Can I land up in IIT with utmost hardwork in the right direction by taking a drop this year?

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