Sifting out the redundant information and therefore not bringing in unwanted data is critical, finds R.RAVIKANTH REDDY

With less than a week to go for the offline AIEEE examination on the coming Sunday aspirants need to seriously look at some important aspects of attempting in the “largest engineering entrance examination.”

Remember that all questions in AIEEE 2012 will have four options with single correct answer. While proceeding with the mental make-up of finding the correct answer see which answers can be eliminated first rather than trying to find the correct one. There will be options that can be eliminated as they are inconsistent with the basic premise of the stated question. Proceeding in this fashion, a student can effectively increase the probability of hitting the correct answer upwards to 50 per cent from the initial level of 25 per cent.

Ajay Antony, Course Director, IIT-JEE & AIEEE Training at TIME says the shortest method of arriving at the answer is to hit the problem situation with the required – and only the required – concept fast enough. Sifting out the redundant information and therefore not bringing in unwanted data is critical to arriving at the critical path of problem-solving.

Therefore, spend more time in this step of problem-solving than in the actual step-by-step approach. “Thinking through” offers more return on the time invested than “Working through” time. If the initial stance is based on faulty premises, everything else that you proceed to do will naturally be wrong also. The worst part – from the test-takers perspective – is that there will be options among the choices positioned just to exploit this weakness at the “Thinking through” process.

Mr. Antony says it is alright to mark some questions as “Come-back later” questions if you are not able to get to the answers in the first go. As a thumb-rule, let this number not exceed 15 per cent of the total number of questions that you finally get to attempt. Irrespective of the amount of time invested in the original attempt at the question, there is still the necessary “recollection effort” in the come-back attempt.

Too many of this will rob you of the time other-wise available for fresher attempts. Always keep in mind; if you have not been able to get a good fix on the problem at the first go, it is unlikely that you will have an inspired knowledge-spell again within the window of the same three hours. So the key is to remain focussed so as to draw forth your best efforts at the first go itself, even at the expense of spending twice the average time-per question on difficult ones.

The first paper – taken up by all the B.Tech aspirants have Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics with equal weightage. Twenty-two cities across the country will host the online model of the examination during the window of May 7 to 26. The offline exam is scheduled for April 29 (Sunday).