1. What is so special about IIT?
Ans: IIT or Indian Institute of Technology is the most elite group of institution consisting 15 autonomous engineering and technology oriented institutes of higher education established and declared as Institutes of National Importance by the Parliament of India. In the Global Engineering & Technology ranking IIT Bombay and IIT Delhi ranked 47 and 52, respectively. IIT Kanpur, IIT Madras and IIT Kharagpur also ranked among the top 100.
2. How many IITs are there and what are the total numbers of seats in these IITs?
Ans: Seventeen colleges use IIT JEE as a sole criterion for admission to their undergraduate programs. The seventeen colleges include the seven old and eight new (2009)Indian Institutes of Technology,IT-BHU Varanasi, and ISM Dhanbad. Starting in 2007, newly established institutions such as Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISERs) at Kolkata, Pune, Mohali, Bhopal & Thiruvananthapuram, Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST), Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, Indian Institute of Maritime Studies,Mumbai and Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology (RGIPT), Raebarely Uttar Pradesh are also admitting students through the JEE (Extended Merit List). For 2010, IIST has announced its own entrance exam. The exam is conducted by the various IITs by a policy of rotation. Of the 456,000 candidates who appeared in the examination conducted on April 11, 2010, 13,104 candidates have been declared qualified to seek admission, giving a selectivity of 1 in 35 overall, 1 in 48 for the 9,509 seats in IITs, IT-BHU and ISM and 1 in 61 for the IITs only.
3. Is IIT JEE a very tough exam?
Ans: It is one of the toughest engineering entrance exams in the world with a success rate of around 1 in 45. Achieving entrance into an IIT is often considered the pinnacle of achievement for a student of the sciences, and the IITs/IT-BHU/ISM attracts most of the brightest students of the nation. It is to be noted that IIT JEE is primarily an elimination procedure rather than the selection procedure with a stress on assessment of your Fundamental Knowledge.
4. How many attempts I can make for IIT JEE?
Ans: Two times: One immediately after 12th Boards and the other one next year. One candidate gets a fair chance to prove his/her capability during these two attempts.
5. What If I fail to qualify for IIT?
Ans: Even if you fail to qualify for IIT your preparation will count for other major engineering entrance exams such as AIEEE, DCE, State JEEs and you can get admission in NITS and other reputed institutes.
6. How can I balance between my preparation for board and that for IIT JEE?
Ans: It is a myth that board preparation and preparation for IIT JEE are two different issues. On the other hand your board preparation is the foundation for your preparation for IIT JEE. Your preparation for IIT JEE is a specialized approach which depends on your status of board preparation to a major extent.
7. Do I need coaching for IIT JEE preparation?
Ans: You definitely need a specific guidance as you should know each and every rule of the game before you take part in the competition. Being in an institute has the additional advantage of providing you with a competitive environment, and keeping you on your toes, making sure you are studying and practicing regularly. The testing system at such institutes reflects the JEE pattern, which helps the candidate in a focused way.
8. How should I decide on the selection of coaching institute?
Ans: Your judgment should be based on various criteria like academic & operational system of the institute, Institutes’ approach to provide the services, ability to impart the required services , Batch Size experience of faculty members, study material, test series etc. Before you decide to join any coaching institute kindly ensure the quality consciousness of the coaching institute and academic delivery system. Lastly don’t merely take admission on the basis of name of individual faculty or volume of propaganda. The most important is to explore if it’s a system oriented institute??
9. If my school and coaching institute follow different sequence for course progression what should I do?
Ans: This is one of the most frequently encountered problems of JEE aspirants. The best solution is to cover as much syllabus in advance as you can. So start early (coaching) will be best policy). Anyhow, suppose that right now, you are being taught Laws of Motion in your school, but Kinematics in your coaching, and you fail to find the time to practice both the topics. What if you were already familiar with both these concepts, even if your knowledge was only limited to the basics? How easier would it have been? Take the initiative to find out from your school teachers the sequence of syllabus coverage they will follow; do the same for your coaching classes. This way, you can plan much better, and iron out all the conflicts between the two.
10. Is it advisable to drop one year after class XII and prepare for IIT JEE for one year repeater course?
Ans: Dropping one year especially for the JEE is not advisable, though if you are sure you can crack the JEE in the second attempt, it may be done.