JEE Advanced Preparation – Information and Advice

This page provides information about the JEE Advanced Examination and how to prepare for the JEE Advanced.

What is the JEE Advanced?


The JEE Advanced is the examination for admission to the IITs and ISM Dhanbad. In addition a few other institutes such as the IISER and IIST use the results of the JEE Advanced for admission.


JEE Advanced Details


The JEE Advanced is conducted by a rotating group of IITs. It comprises of two papers of three hours each with equal weight age to Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. It is conducted on a pre announced date sometime in late May/early April after the results of the JEE Main are announced. It is an offline pen and paper exam with objective type questions of different types. They feature negative marking on some of these types of questions in order to discourage guesswork. No calculators or other aids are allowed. The questions are designed to test comprehension,  reasoning and analytical ability. The exam is conducted in English and Hindi.


Eligibility and Qualifying Examination:


Students writing the JEE Advanced must be at most 23 in the October of the year before writing the JEE Advanced. Only two attempts are available for students, the year in which a students writes the Qualifying Examination and the year immediately after that. Finally and most importantly, only the top 1,50,000 students in the JEE Main are able to write the JEE Advanced. These are category wise, with separate numbers for the Common Merit List, OBC, SC and ST categories.


How are the JEE Advanced Scores Used?


A students’ performance in the JEE Advanced solely determines the ability to choose between Institutes and Subjects of Study. However in order to be eligible for the IITs, students must be in the top 20% of students in their Qualifying Exam (top 20% of students who pass the Qualifying Exam). If a Qualifying Exam board does not provide top 20% percentile cutoff marks, then the CBSE Marks will be used instead as the minimum marks necessary in the Qualifying Examination.

IIT JEE (JEE Advanced) Preparation


We get asked this question a lot – “How should JEE Advanced preparation be done?” Unfortunately there is no simple formula for this. To understand how JEE Advanced preparation needs to be done, one first needs to understand what the JEE Advanced, JEE Main and BITSAT exams are trying to do. These exams aim to find students who have the aptitude for application of Science and Technology, which is what engineering is all about! Clearly then, JEE Advanced Preparation requires that

  • Students should understand scientific concepts
  • Students should learn how to apply these concepts

Coaching for JEE Advanced Preparation is required by students as board exams do not typically test the second part, i.e. application of concepts. The figure below shows the relative emphasis of the Board Exams and exams like the JEE

Hence one can think of two broad approaches to JEE Advanced Test Preparation

  • Approach 1: Understand concepts and learn how to apply them to any situation
  • Approach 2: Memorize formulae and practice all types of problems that can possibly come in the exam

Bear in mind that when applying concepts to JEE Advanced type of problems many concepts may be involved together in one problem. Given the many ways in which concepts can be combined it is almost impossible for any one student to practice all “types” of JEE Advanced preparation problems beforehand – there is simply not enough time, given that IIT JEE Advanced preparation must be done concurrently with schoolwork. Hence it is not advisable to follow Approach 2 where students simply try to solve many problems of one “type” – this method of JEE Advanced Preparation has a high likelihood of failing as students just do not have the time to practice all “types” of problems extensively. In addition, given the fact that board results also count in some form or fashion for all exams,  students following approach 2 will have to sacrifice either their board exam study or their Test Preparation because of the lack of time.

Hence the only sustainable method of JEE Advanced Preparation is Approach 1. ClearConcepts JEE Advanced coaching methodology is based around Approach 1.

It is also important to understand that JEE Main Preparation also needs to be incorporated into JEE Advanced Preparation. This is because under the new format students cannot write the JEE Advanced without getting a rank of 150,000 and higher. The ClearConcepts Program incorporates both aspects, JEE Main coaching as well as JEE Advanced coaching.

JEE Advanced Preparation requires students to go behind what is required for JEE Mains alone. This is because of two reasons

a. The JEE Advanced has different types of problems, with different marking schemes. As a part of JEE Advanced Preparation, students need to be be able to understand how to approach these different problem types in the context of the risk and reward possibilities of the marking scheme

b. The standard of the JEE Advanced is a little higher than that of the JEE Main. JEE Advanced Preparation should, therefore, include dealing with concepts and problems of higher complexity as compared to the JEE Main.