After so many days of confusion prevailing in students, there seems to be some clarity on the IITs/NITs entrance test. As it was announced earlier (ISEET to replace IIT JEE and AIEEE) the centre has decided to go ahead with this its decision to replace IIT JEE and AIEEE with ISEET from year 2013 (Source: Deccan Chronicle)
This news is definitely a cause of concern for the students preparing to attempt ISEET in year 2013. This batch will be the first one to face the new exam. As we have been reading, ISEET will have two parts – ISEET Main and ISEET Advance each with three hour duration. ISEET Main will test comprehension, critical thinking and logical reasoning and ISEET Advance will test problem-solving ability in basic science subjects. In addition XII board marks will pay an important role too – the minimum weightage will be 40%.
The most natural reaction to this news is to panic. And there are multiple reasons for the same – Students in 11th standard would be facing the entrance exam for the first time, in fact they would be facing the exam which is being conducted for the first time and there is just one year to go. Well, take a deep breath. Just remember that all other students will also be having the same problems. Plus there is enough time to create a strategy to win.
Also think it this way – you were anyways going to prepare for XII board so that preparation is nothing new. ISEET Advance will test the problem-solving in basic science subject and since bodies from IITs are going to set the papers, the problems might be similar to those coming in previous exams – the problems that really test your fundamentals and problem solving abilities. This leaves only ISEET Main to worry about. This to me appears more like SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test or Scholastic Assessment Test) exam conducted in the United States. There are hundreds of videos and tests available to prepare for these kind of questions. The key will be to choose the right ones [because without any precedence, there will lot of courses available that will not be relevant]. Lets wait from the admission body regarding the syllabus; planning should be done accordingly. Also check out discussions going on here.
In the meantime, continue your focus on school studies . We have always advised to concentrate on school studies as well while preparing for competitive exams. Now with CBSE board marks weightage, this will be enforced with a stick and a carrot. Physics, Chemistry and Maths are important but so are other subjects and languages.
In summary, it’s going to be a new thing but instead of worrying about it, lets face it with the right strategy and planning.