DIY Tips - How to Prepare for CBSE Board Exams and JEE Main 2019 Simultaneously

Published on : 21st August 2018
IIT JEE Main Exam

Exam season is here and the students are leaving no stone unturned for their preparations. However, the biggest battle is for the class XII students who are juggling between Board and entrance examinations; precisely, between Class XII Board examinations and JEE Main. All the board exams kick-start from the first week of March every year. This indicates that students have to prepare for the board exams and JEE Main simultaneously. And, if you are thinking to give weightage to only one of these, it’s not a good idea as both are equally important for those looking forward to admission to engineering courses at the country’s elite engineering institutes.

With the class XII percentage being one of the yardsticks for JEE Main eligibility, performance in the class XII board examination cannot be ignored. Here are a few ‘Do It Yourself’ (DIY) tips for the Class XII board exam students who will also be appearing in the JEE Main 2019 exams - to fit-in their JEE Main revision with board preparations.

  • Changes in Revision Strategy: Keep the JEE Main exam pattern in your mind while revising for the CBSE board examinations. The only difference between both the exams is that the board exam includes both subjective and objective type questions while JEE Main includes only objective type questions. The JEE Main syllabus is the same as that of the class 12th Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics syllabus. So, while revising the class 12th board exam, study both subjective and objective questions from each subject.
  • Practice Mock Tests/Sample Papers: An easy way to stay in touch with your preparations is practising the mock tests. This will keep you in sync with your JEE Main preparations.
  • Don’t Compare: Don’t compare JEE Main with the Board exam preparations. In fact, utilize your board exam preparations for the Main exam. Strengthen your concepts as JEE will require you to apply the single concept on different types of questions.
  • Perfect Timetable: Time management is important. Maintaining an ideal study routine will certainly fetch your good results. When you are preparing for the two most important exams, creating a perfect timetable is the key to success. Devise separate timings for the 12th standard syllabus preparation and the 11th standard syllabus preparation (considering JEE Main syllabus).
  • Understand the Difference Between 12th and Main Exams: The preparation gets better when you are aware of the differences in various particulars of both the exams.


12th Exam

JEE Main

Question Type

Objective and Subjective



12th standard

11th and 12th standards

Marking Scheme

No negative marking

There is negative marking. 1 mark is deducted for every wrong answer

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Apart from this, what’s important is taking care of your health. So, plan gaps between studies, refresh your mind, don’t take the pressure, keep your thoughts positive, eat healthy and sleep sound.

The Twist: From 2019, NTA will conduct JEE Main (earlier, it was the Central Board of Secondary Education) two times in a year. The first session will be held in January (between 6th and 20th), while the second edition will be organised in April (between 7th and 21st). The candidates who will be taking their final qualifying exam in the month of March are eligible to appear in the January edition exam. They can also take the April session exam. If they clear the Main exam, the students need to produce the Class 12th scorecard after it is released.

The Exams Planner Team wishes you Good Luck for the CBSE Board Exams and JEE Main 2019.

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