How should a dropper prepare in one Year?

How should a dropper prepare in one Year?

Hey there,


Let me give you a brief information about my JEE preparation. I dropped a year due to unsatisfactory performance in JEE and then joined a coaching institute to improve my result. After about 5-6 months of coaching, I thoroughly relied on self study and stopped going to lectures as I was finding it hard to get enough time for my self study. I followed the same routine everyday with occasional variations. I worked on my concentration level which I felt was the key to a successful study hour. I used to set weekly syllabus completion targets for me and take one week at a time. Whenever I felt demotivated and my zeal fading, I would watch some motivational videos or would have a nice talk with my parents about this to get the energy flowing again. Eventually, I got a rank of 2544 in JEE Mains and 5667 rank in JEE Advanced.


I believe that one should experience the coaching environment once,if someone is a repeater who has taken some coaching earlier don’t necessarily have to go for coaching again, rather they should stick to self study. But for those who don’t have any experience with coaching should join either one of the small or to be more precise an institute where they could get some personal attention from the teachers or they should find some platforms for personal guidance and proper study plan formulation.
Now the basic aim for any aspirant is to develop skills like:
Time Management Improving Quality of Study Hours Paper Solving Methods and Skills Pressure Handling Shortlisting syllabus
Some thumb rules which should be in one’s mind throughout the year based on my experiences:


  • Starting preparation as early as possible because the most important thing is time and the amount of syllabus to be covered demands good amount of it.
  • Sticking to one material throughout and finish it off completely. Don’t change books in between. Search out for the best books available there in the market for a particular subject and finish it thoroughly. If you are a coaching student, focus on the coaching material first.
  • Following a timetable which is flexible as well as suitable for your routine. Don’t study for long hours at a stroke. Make a proper study session lasting between 1-2 hours. Take proper breaks. Relaxing between the study hours is equally important as remaining concentrated during a study session. You may look at the following link to get a timetable in detail. It is just to give an idea, need not to be followed as it is.
  • Staying away from all sort of things which one may be distracted from. Facebook, Instagram, or any other social platforms which are far more interesting than struggling with a HC Verma problem for hours. But it is important to have self- discipline and sacrifice those pleasures for now.
  • One need not to know everything for clearing JEE. There is always something which one finds hard to understand and solve, even the toppers have their weak topics. So, just simply ignore them. Believe me, It is all right. Focus rather on what you know well and solve more varieties of problems from those topics.
  • Shortlisting the subtopics. Research for the important portions of a particular chapter which are frequently or mostly touched in the paper and prepare them well as compared to those which are rarely asked.


Basically, there are three phases of JEE preparation for an average dropper who has about 8-9 months before the paper:


  • First 5-6 months where one has to complete the whole syllabus studying every topic.
  • The next 1-2 month where one revises the whole course.
  • The last 15-20 days where one solves multiple mock papers and previous year questions. The second and the third phases play the most important role to get one a good rank in JEE and separating the high scorers from the average ones.


So, the revision plan has to be well formed and should be efficient. One simple example is that while doing the topics for the first time, mark the questions which were conceptually good and hard to think of. I used a coloured star rating system while preparing as per which: A blue star for a conceptual problem which should be done again while revising. A black star for a tough problem which required a unique method of solving. So, while revising I would solve only these problems leaving the ordinary problems or which are of the similar pattern to the ones which I already covered.
The last phase is all about solving the maximum number of mock test papers in a duration of 3 hours. One must try to attempt them with the same seriousness and intensity as the final paper.
There is no replacement for hard work. But the hard work has to be done in the right direction or the work done will be zero. Logical planning and near to perfect execution is the key. At times one may will feel the schedule to be too monotonous and hard to continue. But it’s about not giving up at those crucial stages of preparation. Believe me, I have gone through those phases myself. But again we all learn and we all grow.
Best of Luck…