Advantages of Appearing in Both January And April Session of JEE Main

JEE Main 2020 Registration for January session has concluded and aspirants are gearing up their preparation for the exam. The first session of JEE Main will be held from January 6 to 11 while the second session will take place between 3 to 9 April. In 2019, for the first time, NTA conducted the biannual Main exam in Computer Based Mode. Candidates are also given liberty to choose Exam Dates and Center from 8 exam sitting options as per convenience. A major quandary that candidates face is whether they should appear for both the session of JEE Main 2020 or not?

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The intention behind biannual JEE Main was to give candidates another opportunity to perform better and increase their scores. Looking into statistics, first phase of the JEE Main 2019 saw 9.29 lakh registration out of which 8.64 lakh appeared for the exam. 9.35 lakh candidates registered for the second phase out of which 8.81 lakh appeared. Common candidates who appeared in both the sessions were 6.08 lakh.  Out of all the candidates who appeared in both the test 2.97 lakh improved their performance.

NTA releases JEE Main Result on the basis of ranks of candidates keeping into consideration the better score between the two sessions. The percentile method is used by NTA as the exam is conducted over several days in multiple sessions. In case there is a tie between marks of candidates, 100 percentile obtained in individual subjects that si Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics (in this order only) followed by negative marking received, if tie-up exists further, the older candidate will be considered in the ranking.

Going by what JEE 2019 Toppers opted for, Kartikey Gupta JEE Advanced topper 2019 appeared for the Main January session and secured AIR 18 with 100 percentile. Subhan Srivastava aced JEE Main 2019, he skipped Main 1 and appeared in Main 2 only. Thus there is no stark guarantee of improving the rank and securing admission into prestigious technical institutes if candidates appear for both the sessions. It is a highly subjective choice depending upon candidates’ performance.

In JEE Main three consecutive attempts are allowed, even if candidates appear in both the sessions it will be counted as one. The first session will give an idea of how the score and percentile calculation work. A framework for Advanced is also set up, acquiring an idea of how much effort is required to get a good rank and make it to the final selection list. This can help in improving the overall rank of the candidate. In case lower marks are obtained in the April exam, January scores are taken into consideration.

JEE Main Percentile Calculator can be used to predict one’s rank and hence decide of appearing for April session. Candidates can learn from the mistakes done in January paper and accordingly work on their performance. The first session acts as an eye-opener for thousands of aspirants. Candidates who are not entirely prepared for the January session exam should appear for the same and experience the exam under pressure.

There is sufficient time of 3 months between the two sessions. Class 12th Board Exams are generally held between mid-February to March. Post-January Session of JEE Main, Candidates gets approximately one month in their hands to revise for their board exams. Deciding to Appear for the April session means a stringent time frame to prepare well and appear for Boards as well as April session. Compromising Class 12th boards will not help in Final selection either.

Moreover, a large portion (more than 50%) of JEE Main Syllabus is covered from Class 12th. If rigorous preparation for boards is done, it will help candidates secure 150+ marks in JEE Main which is enough to get qualified for JEE Advanced. NCERT books are an important source for JEE Main preparation. Dhruv Arora (100 Percentile) JEE Main 2019 stressed the relevance of NCERT books, considering them enough for JEE Main preparation.  Clearing fundamental concepts and enhancing analytical skills from NCERT will serve the dual purpose of acing  Board and Entrance examinations.

Candidates who are on the desired timeline regarding their JEE Main preparation and syllabus and score up to the mark in the first session itself can focus on Class 12th Board exams. As board marks too are essential criteria, with at least 75% marks required in 10+2 or being in the top 20 percentile of the respective board. Also, if the January session turns out to be scoring candidates can dedicate their time and energy to their advanced preparation.

It should be kept in mind that the April session should not be kept as an alternative. Negligence in January session can take a toll on a candidate’s selection. Due preparation and a serious attempt should be made for any session that is attempted. The biannual exam gives candidates an opportunity to keep their best foot forward.  Both the sessions have their own purpose and are equally important, a candidate can attempt both and give their best



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