How To Prepare For IIT JEE Without Coaching?

How To Prepare For IIT JEE Without Coaching?

Are you like many other IIT aspirants asking whether it is possible to crack the IIT JEE without coaching? Let me tell you one thing. You have come to the right place. At this juncture, you should remember a quote. “There is no elevator to success. You have to take the stairs – one small step at a time”. Yes, just a coaching centre cannot act as an elevator for you. It is you and your hard work that will act as the stairs. You can go step-by-step using the stairs to reach the top floor called success. You should follow some do’s and don’ts in the process of preparing for IIT JEE. These things will help you during the self-preparation process:

What not to do during self-preparation?

Do not skip your school:

You know that questions in IIT JEE are purely based on the higher secondary syllabus. So, rather than taking separate coaching for IIT JEE, you can do one thing. Do not miss out your class right from the day one of class XI. The reason is that you should understand the concepts clearly. Once you have the right understanding of the concepts, you need not have to memorize things. Students memorizing generally have issues with reproducing what they studied. The reason is that if they could not catch the first point, they will forget the entire content. Even, if you have any doubts about concepts, get it clearly from your teacher immediately.

Do not sacrifice class XII:

Some students with an urge towards clearing IIT JEE Main and Advanced, they totally sacrifice their Class XII. This can turn out to be the biggest mistake. Do make sure that your first intention should be to score well in class XII. Only then, you should focus on IIT JEE. Nowadays, students are joining coaching classes right in their class 8 or 9. This is actually a mistake as they sacrifice their academics when they do it.

Do not take practice exams and do not skip sleep:

You might feel this to be a weird tip. But, let me tell you one thing. When you take practice exams before you are confident about your preparation, it can have a negative impact. In case, you score lower in your practice exams, it might affect your confidence level. To stay confident, try to avoid practice exams. Also, never skip your sleep time just for preparation. You might feel that you can complete a chapter by reducing an hour of sleep. But, let me tell you one thing, deprived sleep can affect your physical and mental well-being.

What to do during self-preparation?

Knowing what not to do is important during the self-preparation process. In addition, you should know what to do, such that you will move towards your goal of cracking the IIT JEE.

Do get help from dependable free resources:

Thanks to the initiatives from the Government of India to bring about equality of education to all including the disadvantages portion of the society. If you have a hard time finding or spending on the right books that will help you with self-preparation, you can get help from the National Digital Library of India. It is an initiative that will gain more resources in the near future and IIT, Kharagpur is actually entrusted with this responsibility.

Do remember about Gyan Darshan and Swayam:

These are other excellent examples of initiatives from the Government of India towards the educational development of the nation. The former is a web=based television channel devoted for the developmental and educational needs of the society, while the latter is an initiative to offer hundreds of courses and it is a virtual learning platform to help students.

Do study regularly at least for three hours a day:

You can start your preparation for IIT JEE right from the middle of your class XI. Here, do focus both on your higher secondary and your IIT JEE Mains. Do allocate at least one hour of study for your IIT JEE. Of course, preparing for your class XI and XII will help your IIT JEE as well and vice versa.

Do choose the right reference books:

This is something highly important. Of course, your NCERT Textbooks for physics, chemistry and mathematics are great materials for your JEE Mains and advanced preparation. But, you should also refer to books that are specially designed for IIT JEE like Amit Agarwal’s Differential Calculus, Organic and inorganic chemistry from O.P. Tandon and concepts of Physics from H.C. Verma for physics.

Do know the weightage:

In the process of making chapter-wise preparation, you should know the weightage given for different chapters in the question paper for IIT JEE. For instance, here is a table to show the weightage given for physics in JEE Main:

Important Chapters in Physics

Weightage (in Percentage)



Semi-Conductors & Electronics Devices


Modern Physics


Nuclear Physics




Kinematics & Newton’s Law of Motion


Basics of Vectors, Dimensions & Units


Mechanics, Electricity & Magnesium



Important Chapters in Chemistry

Weightage (in Percentage)

Organic Chemistry


Inorganic Chemistry


Physical Chemistry



Important Chapters in Mathematics

Weightage (in Percentage)

Determinants & Matrices


Sequence & Series


Complex Numbers


Vector Algebra


Theory of Equations


3-D Geometry


Parabola & Trigonometric Ratios


Derivatives, Limits and Continuity


Statistics & Probability




What Do Successful Candidates Say?

One of the successful candidates in the past IIT JEE Abhishek said “I prepared to on my own with a regular study plan. I kept to my schedule and this helped me a lot in securing good marks in IIT JEE”.

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