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There Are No Silver Medals In Competitive Entrance Examinations.

13.26 Lakh Students applied for the NEET Examination in 2018. More than 11 Lakh Students applied for JEE Examination in 2018. NEET and JEE are the National Level Entrance Exams for admissions into all Medical Colleges and premier Engineering Colleges like IITs and NITs.

With extremely low selection rates around 4.5% in NEET for all MBBS and BDS seats across India, only about 1% selection rate in the IITs, about 2% selection rate in the NITs and about 3.3% selection into premier institutes – when you look at the total seats in Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), National Institute of Technology (NITs), Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) and Government Funded Technical Institutes (GFTIs), one does not need to be reminded about how severe the academic competition plays out in these national level entrance examinations. If a student were to get one more question correct, it will translate into getting ahead of thousands of students (Yes, you read that right – thousands of students) in the actual examination. More on those statistics with a detailed analysis in another series of articles. And therefore, the need to be absolutely clear about your goals when you start your NEET Preparation and JEE preparation.

So, let’s understand this very clearly. There are no silver medals in competitive entrance examinations. Either you get admission, or you don’t. It’s as simple as that. Every year, for the past twenty years, I’ve spent countless number of hours with academically well-prepared students who narrowly missed out “making the cut” analysing their performance in each of the subject areas of the entrance examinations like NEET (and its earlier avatar AIPMT), JEE (and its earlier avatars like IIT-JEE and AIEEE). One thing has consistently presented itself year after year. It is the performance of the students in Physics that makes or breaks their chances in these exams. As a Physics Teacher, it has perplexed me at times, but I have settled with reality now. The real differentiator in competitive entrance examinations is Physics. If you analyse the performance data of students in NEET and JEE, more than 90% of students would have relatively much lesser percentage score in Physics when compared to Chemistry and Biology in NEET or when compared to Chemistry and Mathematics in JEE.

When I track the performance of students, I see that most well-prepared students also score pretty much the same in Chemistry and Biology (NEET) and Chemistry and Mathematics (JEE). The differentiator is the performance in Physics.

Your performance in Physics makes or breaks your chances in national level competitive entrance exams like NEET and JEE.
How do we tackle this – let’s discuss in the subsequent episodes of this article series

Ajay Antony
Founder & Teacher,
The Physics Chamber

Excellent PHYSICS Foundation Training for Classes 7th to 10th with Mathematical Applications. For More Details & Registration Visit https://thephysicschamber.com

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