In any engineering entrance examination Chemistry is one of the important subjects. In this article, students preparing for IIT JEE will learn some important tips and strategies associated with Chemistry section of the exam. They will also understand the common errors while attempting the paper.
For many, Chemistry is the easiest part of the JEE paper. In JEE, you get 30 questions in the Chemistry section which is same as Physics and Mathematics. The level of difficulty of the entire set is not different than the other two subjects. Most students can finish this section in shortest time and hence attempt this section first.
Some concepts need to be learnt and many can be conceptually understood.
The Main Mantra
On a Chemistry paper, typically about one third questions are numericals and others are conceptual questions. A Chemistry paper has questions from all three areas: Physical Chemistry (mainly numericals), Inorganic Chemistry and Organic Chemistry.
In Chemistry, more focus should be given on understanding the concepts given in a chapter. Chemistry is not about cramming and many questions can be logically solved. You should make notes on all chapters noting down important tips and tricks.
Solve first few questions, about 30, on each chapter with notes and books open. Then, once you are comfortable with questions, you can do them without reference. With every question you do and understanding how it is solved, you may update your notes.
How to approach Chemistry Syllabus
For Physical Chemistry section, where mostly numericals are asked, you must make a note of all formulae required. For most questions, calculation are very simple and many important values are already given in the question itself. So make a note of what is asked and then identify the formula to apply. Find out the required inputs to the given formula in the question or derive them if they are not directly given.
Inorganic Chemistry and Organic Chemistry section may seem a little difficult to many as it requires remembering a lot of facts. You can use mnemonics to remember things, for example, many mnemonics are available for remembering the Periodic Table. You can also use flash cards to learn all these concepts. There are some rules applying to compound formation or compound naming which can be easily learnt and applied to some questions.
For Organic Chemistry, as rule master the chapter “General Organic Chemistry” and other advanced concepts in Organic Chemistry will become easier to learn.
Some JEE Tricks
Since many questions of Chemistry can be solved mentally and without the need of a pen and paper, you must practice a lot of questions in every study session. This will help you strengthen your concepts and will make you familiar with a variety of questions asked in the exam.
Remember to do previous year questions from each chapter.
You can pick the Chemistry section to solve the first in the JEE exam. In this section as well as on the entire paper, if you find the question difficult to solve move on to the next question and come back to it later. If you continue to struggle with it you may lose time for other questions.
It is easy to get overconfident on the Chemistry section and make mistakes but be patient and have the presence of mind while solving the questions.
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