The Supreme Court Wednesday came to the rescue of an 18-year-old student by directing the IIT Bombay to grant interim admission to him in an engineering course after he inadvertently lost his seat by clicking on a wrong link in the online admission process.
Siddhant Batra, who hails from Agra, had lost his seat for the four-year electrical engineering course in the prestigious IIT Bombay after he “inadvertently” clicked on a “wrong” link which was meant to withdraw from the process.
A bench headed by Justice S K Kaul took note of the submissions of lawyer Pralhad Paranjpe on behalf of the student and asked the IIT Bombay to grant provisional admission to him.
The bench, also comprising Justices Dinesh Maheshwari and Hrishikesh Roy, issued notice to the prestigious institution and fixed the plea of Siddhant for hearing after winter break. Paranjpe said the admission would be subject to the final decision of the apex court on the plea of the student. The plea was filed in the apex court after the Bombay High Court dismissed the petition by noting the submissions of the IIT that it cannot intervene at this stage as all the seats for the course were full and moreover, the admission rules had to be followed.
It had said Siddhant could apply again next year for JEE (Advanced). The High Court had initially directed the IIT to consider Siddhant’s petition after he approached it, as a representation and pass appropriate orders. Siddhant, who had secured All India Rank (AIR) of 270 in JEE Advanced exams and secured admission, claimed in his plea that he had clicked the wrong link which was meant to withdraw his seat.
He intended to freeze the seat, the plea said. On November 23, a division bench of the high court dismissed his petition noting that IIT had considered his representation and passed its order.
In his petition to the top court, the student has sought a direction to the IIT to consider his case on humanitarian grounds, and requested creation of an additional seat to undo his loss. Siddhant, who lives with his grandparents following the death of his parents, in the plea said he had worked hard against all odds to crack IIT JEE exams.
The petition said he had lost his father when he was a child and was brought up by his mother who died in 2018.
As per his plea, while filling out the admission process online, he came upon a page with ‘freeze’ option, which he thought meant confirming the seat and the completion of his admission process. “On October 31, 2020, when he was surfing the IIT portal to check for further updates, he came upon a link which carried a declaration that read ‘I would like to withdraw from the seat allocation process of JoSAA (Joint Seat Allocation Authority’,” the petition said.
In November 2020, when the final list of students was uploaded on the IIT portal, his name was not included. The IIT, in its order, however, said the withdrawal option was a “conscious” two-step process. It said candidates who want to withdraw before the final round can do so and the ‘seat acceptance fee’ gets refunded, adding that once a candidate has withdrawn then his or her seat stands cancelled
It’s clear enough that you don’t have much time left with you to prepare for JEE. You guys are about to compete with a whole lot of students who have been preparing for the very same thing for the past two years, four years and some, even more, than that. There here has to be some level of difference in their level of preparation and yours, and surely, they are at a better level than you. My aim by mentioning these things is not to demoralize or degrade you, but to make you understand your situation and get you warmed up for the next few months as they are going to need a very high level of dedication, determination and that NEVER GIVE UP attitude.
You only have 3–5 months left for JEE Mains and Advanced and the next few months would require a lot of dedication and hard-work. If you are in class 12 and need to prepare for Boards simultaneously, I would recommend you to go through the syllabus of class 12 before the class 11 in the content mentioned below.
I have mentioned details of which section to cover first and which part should given more importance further I this post. I have explained everything section wise for the ease of reading.
Chemistry is the easiest and the most scoring part of JEE Mains and Advanced Paper. You should be having a great hold on Chemistry keeping in mind the situation you are in. Honestly, this is the subject that could still fetch you about 90+ (out of 120), in JEE if studied properly and with full dedication!! Chemistry could be divided into 3 parts,
– Physical Chemistry
This is the easiest part of all of the JEE syllabus. Go through all the chapters, studying each and every part and practicing lots of questions. You would need to memorize the formulas, have a good hold on a few concepts and should be able to do a little multiplication, division etc. Most of the question of this section are application based and require the memorization of formulas and a little bit calculation.
– Organic Chemistry
This again is also a very scoring section and needs to be understood well. You should know all the Reactions well, how they proceed and most importantly, the mechanism they follow. Most of the questions in JEE Advanced test how well you understood the mechanism of the reaction.
If you are good at mugging up which most of us are, this is a section which could surely fetch you 100% score. Inorganic chemistry requires a good amount of time to read and memorize each and every aspect of whole bunch of reactions. You would need to put in a lot of time in this section and put it again and again to master Inorganic Chemistry and if done with full dedication, it would surely throw back a great result.
Go through your NCERT thoroughly for Chemistry. NCERT is like a Bible for Chemistry. Read each and every line of NCERT by heart and understand every bit of it. Chemistry is a very-very scoring section of all three, and one should never Bluff with it.
Important Chapters:Mole Concept, Equilibrium, Liquid Solutions, Chemical Kinetics, All of Inorganic is equally important, Benzene, Aldehydes and Ketones, Amino Acids, *Perkin’s Reaction*
This section would require a lot of time to master which you don’t have. I would advise you to go through Electricity and Magnetism, Modern Physics and Thermal Physics first. These are the most scoring and the least time-consuming parts of Physics. If given a good amount of time and understood well, it could give you a good score. These 3 constitute of about 60+% of Physics syllabus.
Modern Physics should be given a greater emphasis as it is mostly a formula and calculation based section and usually, quite a good number of questions are asked from this section.
Thermal Physics is also a calculation and formula based section and require a lot of memorization of formulas.
Move on to Optics after finishing this section. This is a very broad section and requires a lot of practice and a food hold on the concepts.
At last, if left with some time, start with Mechanics. Mechanics is the most important part of Physics but still I asked you guys to leave it for the end as it a vast and a difficult part. It requires a great amount of time and strong concepts. However, if you already have gone through Mechanics before and have quite a good hold over it, I would recommend you to revise and go through this section first especially Work Power Energy and Rotational Mechanics.
Important Chapters:Thermodynamics, Current and Electricity, Wave Optics, Atomic Structure, Rotational Mechanics
Maths is the broadest and the most difficult section of all 3. It consists of Algebra, Trigonometry, Calculus, Geometry, and Vectors. You don’t have enough time to cover all these sections.
I would suggest you, to go through the Calculus part first as it is a very easy to learn, scoring and a substantial weightage part. Then go for Geometry and Vectors. These 2 again consume a lot of time but are more of calculation based sections and require a lot of practice. These 3 alone comprise about 70% of the JEE Maths syllabus.
Also go through certain parts of Algebra like Complex Numbers, Probability and Quadratic Equations. Don’t try to cover all of it. Focus on quality rather than quantity.
The most important thing in Mathematics is practice. The more you practice the better you learn, and higher the chances of solving the question on JEE Day.
Important Chapters: Limits and Continuity, Maxima-Minima, Definite Integrals, Parabola, Circles, 3D Geometry, Complex Numbers, Probability
Now summing up, you need to prepare Chemistry very well and try to complete most of the part of it. Physics and Maths on the other hand should be done with patience and more emphasis should be made on quality rather than quantity. JEE is definitely going to put up a difficult question and a light read of these chapters are not going to help you. Try to go through the chapters that I have asked you to before. However, if there are certain topics on which you have a quite a good hold and but I haven’t mentioned in the TO DO FIRST list, do those topics first and then follow mine.
**Please attempt the previous year questions after completion of each topic. This is one of the most important part of JEE Preparation. Please do not forget to do this and attempt as many previous year questions as possible. Also try to attempt the previous year papers during the last few weeks**
If you are preparing Boards too, prepare simultaneously for JEE also. Attempts around 20 questions each day from various topics during Boards. Don’t go for anything new during the last week of JEE Mains, revise key concepts like Inorganic Chemistry and all other formulas and don’t go for anything new.
If you are preparing for JEE Advanced, after JEE Mains, you still have about 1.5 months more to prepare. Continue the same strategy. Try to cover the above mentioned part first and then move on to other topics.
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