There are lots of myths out there about IIT JAM that may be worthwhile for you to examine as you think about starting the preparation. Here are 10 most common myths and misconception about the exam. We’ll go through top myths/lies and find out the truth beneath these -
1. They say Joint Admission Test is the mother of all exams. Is it true?
Wrong! This is just another exam. It is the mother of all exams in the term of institution it offers for admission i.e. IITs.
It is said that only crème de la crème students get selected for this exam. But in reality, all sort of students crack IIT JAM Exam. Eduncle team has witnessed many success stories of average BSc students who completed their degrees from average institutes and yet made it big in IIT JAM. There are other exams like JEST, TIFR GS which can be your alternate choices.
2. They say JAM is not for faint-hearted. Is it?
When you say someone is faint-hearted you mean that they are not very confident and do not take strong action because they are afraid of failing. As most of the students who opted for BSc have one fear that their career will remain ordinary and nothing amazing will happen in term of career progress. IIT JAM is their only way to start “second innings at IITs”.
So, if you consider yourself faint-hearted then you better start preparing for this amazing journey called IIT JAM preparation to prove your hidden potential. This journey is as rewarding and satisfying as you can make it.
If you need motivation for IIT JAM, keep visiting Eduncle or stay in touch with your guide or friend who can uplift your spirits.
3. One topper in an interview said that he studied 16-20 hours every day for whole year. Is this true?
No one can study for that long duration. It is healthy to study for 10-12 hours a day as a person needs proper rest and time to rejuvenate. You all must have heard this proverb in your childhood “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” So, don’t be that guy who buries his head in books and ultimately never enjoys life or exam preparation. See how toppers studied for IIT JAM.
4. My English is very poor. They say I am out of the race. Am I?
Not at all, you are still in the race. Now that you’ve figured out the problem – Poor English, you can figure out the solution too. IIT JAM paper is in English only but you only need knowledge of basic English to crack the exam. And, most of the Hindi medium students have enough knowledge of English for IIT JAM level.
There will be no test to examine your spoken English, so don’t lose your mind, twisting and turning in bed thinking about your poor English. The IITs/NITs/IISc are amazing place to improve your overall personality. Work on your English and improve it with time.
5. They say, only going for coaching classes will help you crack the IIT JAM Exam. Really?
No, it's not like that. You can study for IIT JAM Exam by yourself. You can get the study material at your door-step any where in India. All you need to do is ask for it. So, it is not necessary to spend a whole lot of money in traveling and going for coaching classes. If your efforts are sincere then it doesn't matter whether you study at home or coaching.
6. Oh! so luck is needed for this exam.
The harder you work, the more luck you seem to have. Let’s modify a famous quote for you – "Success is one percent luck and ninety-nine percent perspiration." Don’t let that 99% thing slip away from your hand. Toil sincerely, and you will be rewarded with that 1 percent luck.
7. Thousands of aspirants give this exam and only a handful get into IITs. I am scared.
Although thousands of students write this exam every year, the real competition is between 1000-2000 serious students only. You are pitted against only those who want to pursue MSc, who study with plan and take regular tests, who want to crack the exam at any cost.
If you are one of those, don’t be afraid before you start. Enjoy studying, love what you do, dream about the future. Even if you couldn’t reach the destination – IIT. There are NITs and CFTIs to offer you admission in their programmes.
8. They say IITs are the best institution on Earth for MSc! Is it true?
Yes, if you want to make a research career in Science and technology then IITs are the best institutes in India, if not Earth. But don’t run behind the “brand IIT” and explore other options such as IISc and NITs too.
9. Some students say that questions are asked from outside the syllabus, even from other sources. Is it true?
10. I keep buying all the books and coaching material but don't study anything completely. Is there any cure for this?
If you’ve money, studying from multiple sources and books gives you immense satisfaction, that you are doing right thing in your preparation. No, you need not to spend good fortune on too many study material.
Always finish one book before buying another. If you still need to get more knowledge, then buy another book. This way you’ll save money and space in your study room.
As we’ve already discussed above, IIT JAM exam is for students who want to excel in their lives. For such curious souls, if not attended, such myths & lies about JAM exam could only lead to confusion and misdirection while giving shape to the MSc dream.
Here’s the bottom line – embrace facts rather than myths and make your opinion based on concrete truth.
We hope this article helped to dust off the misconceptions. If you liked this, do share this with your friends, study partners and teachers.
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