As the JEE-mains for this year has taken place, you must be having a clear idea by now whether yougonna make it through to your dream college or not. Cheers to the new beginnings if you get fortunateenough to breakthrough. But, even if you think it was hard luck this time, it isn’t curtains yet, so not getdisheartened. You have one more innings to get back into the game even more strongly.Dropping an year is an important decision, youmight be told a hundred things from a hundredmouths, but it purely depends on your choice anddetermination. The pie-chart below from the year2012 will definitely boost your morale, becausealthough trends keep fluctuating every year butthe general weight is heavier towards the repeaterside.With every decision comes a responsibility and this oneneeds a lot of discipline.”Your drop year is different from a fresher’s insignificant ways where you have a valuableresource that can go against you if misused-Time.”The Execution Of The Simple Techniques GivenBelow Can Ensure Your ‘Resource’ (Time) Is Spent Wisely:Knowing your weakness and strengthIn a high number of cases, not all of the three subject appeal equally to the candidate. You might favorMathematics and Physics over Chemistry or vice-versa. So it becomes very important to plan yourpreparation by knowing the right scoring opportunities in the one subject that kind of bores you a bit.This can give you leverage to push and score in your better sections and jump ranks in the merit.? Pro-tip: Previous year papers help greatly to know the type of questions that repeat in anysubject. You can find papers for your reference here.Know test distributionGetting a hint of how the paper might look can give you a leap of advantage. Spare some time to Learnwhich topics are the heavyweights and how is the difficulty distributed in the paper.The image here can be accessed from a guest blog by Mr. Ashish Khare with other statistics andvaluable data.? Pro-tip: Follow recent trends and do not depend on very old IIT papers as the trends havechanged rapidly in recent times.Revise what you knowThere is a bad tendency within every dropper, which pulls them away from the idea of revision. Sincethey have come across the same topics again and again, they either start revising too late or never at all.Another bug that keeps us from revising and consolidating what we know is to try to know more andlearn about all the topics in the syllabus. Trust me, IIT seldom gives preference to ‘how much you know’over ‘how well you know it’.? Pro-tip: Post December, strictly stick to revision and mock tests; don’t try to touch theuntouched.Importance of Mock testsStudying alone is not enough to keep you engaged and prepared through this long period of ‘Apparentlyall Sundays’. A strategy is a necessity in this case. In this time, whether you go for self-study or acoaching for the concept revision part depends entirely on your personality as both have their pros andcons for distinct aspirants. Taking mock tests aka ‘Test Series’ is a must have component of yourpreparation. myPAT’s mock tests offer loads of main and concept questions, prepared by industryexperts, which you can solve in a real test environment and get the right approach and idea of the mainexam.? Pro-tip: Start taking mock tests religiously from January onwards and increase the frequencyof taking tests as exam closes in.On the Big-DayPerformance on the day of the exam is the key to whereyou rank in the merit.To give in a few points:1. Don’t get lured, negative marking can screw yourrank.2. Keep calm if the starting questions seem alien toyou, the paper is well balanced.3. Do go through the full paper at least once.? Pro-tip: myPAT’s mock tests offer loads of mainand concept questions can give you a real testenvironment through a timed assessmentsitting in your home.So prepare well and stay confident on the journey to your dream IIT! Good luck and happylearning from mypat.