“IIT JEE – BIHAR”
A group of students (IIT Kanpur and IIT Kharagpur) from Bihar who had undergone ordeal and misguidance during their preparation bravely decided to take the onus of improving the current education system of Bihar and imparting correct guidance to the students preparing for IIT JEE.
They decided to help the IIT JEE aspirants from their state by way of motivating them and providing them with certain tips and tricks.This would help them in their preparation of IIT JEE. This led to the birth of “I-DESIRE”.
The first step of I-DESIRE was a workshop in 2002, which got an overwhelming response from all the sections of the society, media, students and teachers. The workshop was attended by over 900 students. From there onwards, there was no looking back and this mission gained momentum each year, motivating and guiding the IIT JEE aspirants.
”I-DSESIRE” is now an organization of students and alumnus of different IITs hailing from Bihar. It has gained strength by support of the fellow IITians from our state. Ever since its birth, “I-DESIRE” has a single goal of motivating and guiding the IIT JEE aspirants from this state, so that, they can prepare themselves in a better way.
Our long term goal is the social and economic uplifting of this state. We strive to increase the number of successes in all competitive examinations including IIT JEE from Bihar. Education brings enlightenment. Increased success will create an atmosphere of hope. More would take courage to do the impossible.
This could be a huge step towards overall well being of our state and country as a whole. With the support we are getting, we have decided to organize more workshop to help more and more students to crack IIT JEE. Proper guidance and free study material will be provided to the deserving students. Best professors of Bihar have also joined hands with us to provide free coaching to the students who clear our workshop tests.
As per the survey we conduct every year after the workshop, the common problems faced by the IIT JEE aspirants are:
• Inefficient School Education
The schools in Bihar especially public schools have been not so successful in guiding students to the level of excellence required to be successful in examinations like IIT JEE. The numerical problems are not given the importance they deserve.
The schools do not deem it necessary to motivate the students for competitive examinations. Under the lack of proper guidance, inspiration and motivation students fail to get the kind of orientation and thrust required for the competitive examinations. Under these circumstances students tend to get the impression that IIT JEE is nearly an impossible nut to crack and only the school admission can’t guarantee them a success at IIT JEE.
The truth however is that if a student studies properly at school and complete his syllabus in time, they have a hug chance of cracking IIT JEE. IIT JEE is well aware of this situation and is working continuously to improve the situation. The erratic pattern of IIT JEE is a testimony to this. In 2007 IIT JEE simplified the questions so that even a High School student with good understanding of the subject can solve it. The results were encouraging.
Lots of students who did not go to any coaching were successful. Generally most students resort to private coaching to get out of this situation, which is too expensive for most. With efforts of IIT JEE this might change a bit.
IIT JEE Seats Distribution – A Report
IIT seat distribution can be analyzed from the below given facts. In 2007 out of 2, 43,029 appeared for IIT JEE. IIT JEE short listed 7,200 students. Out of it only 5,537 will get a chance to study in one of the prestigious IITs, IT-BHU or ISM. The IIT JEE result was poorest from IIT Kanpur, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Roorkee and IIT Guwahati Zone. These represent poor and backward states of the country including Bihar.
“I-Desire” is aimed at making up this gap. We are here to motivate students and to guide them by providing valuable suggestions. Since we have also gone through all this at some stage of our life, we can
benefit the students by sharing our experience and our response to the various problems we faced during our preparation for the IIT JEE.
IIT JEE Results 2007 Analysis
Total Number of Seats in IITs + ISM + IT BHU = 5,537
The age limit for appearing in IIT JEE is 25 years. For candidates belonging to SC, ST and PD categories, the relaxed age limit is 30 years. Also, starting 2007, a candidate can take the JEE two times at the most. This has been done mainly to reduce stress on students and discourage the concept of “cram schools” — where students are made to memorize all types of possible exam questions. Furthermore, from 2007 onwards, students who are selected for admission to an IIT cannot attempt the examination again in the future. As above the national success rate is merely 2%, which is an obvious output for a competitive examination, like IIT JEE?
Now let us take a look of the situation in Bihar, particularly Patna. Every year more than fifteen thousand students appear in IIT JEE from here. The number of selected ones is a mere 60 or 70. The success rate is 0.4 %. It’s really alarming. The performance from other towns of Bihar is even worse. Why is it like this when some places boast of sending more than 60% students to IITs? The situation is pathetic and it really needs a wise thought.
IIT JEE Bihar- Fact
IIT JEE is unarguably one of the toughest entrance examinations on this earth. Cracking IIT JEE requires not only above average intelligence but also expert guidance and motivation. Having born and brought up in Bihar we are well aware of the fact that the Bihari students suffer a lot due to lack of proper guidance.One of the reasons is that Bihar has been a socially backward and economically deprived State for decades now. Bihari parents unfortunately fail to provide their wards with the kind of guidance and level of economic, professional and moral support required for such a high level of competition. Due to this the Bihari students despite being as talented as their counterparts in other states usually fail to compete with them. This is vividly reflected in the statistics of the IIT JEE examination results held every year for entrance to most prestigious engineering institutes of the country.While the national selection rate is around 3%, the success rate in Bihar is less than 0.6%.
IIT-JEE MYTHS and REALITY
The Indian Institute of Technology Joint Entrance Examination (popularly known as IIT-JEE or just JEE) is an annual college entrance examination in India. A total of nine colleges use JEE as a sole criterion for admission to their undergraduate programs. The nine colleges include the seven Indian Institutes of Technology, IIT-BHU Varanasi, and ISM Dhanbad. It is conducted by the various IITs by a policy of rotation. It is the toughest engineering entrance exam in the world with a success rate of around 1 in 60. Candidates who successfully pass the IIT-JEE can apply for admission to the BTech (Bachelor of Technology), Dual Degree (Integrated Bachelor of Technology and Masters of Technology) and Integrated MSc (Master of Sciences) courses in the various institutes. Getting entrance into an IIT is often considered the pinnacle of achievement for a student of the science stream and the IITs along with the IISc attract most of the brightest students of the nation.
IITians Helping Brains, Not go into Drains
We a group of IITians from Bihar studying at various IITs have joined hands to organize a four day workshop in Patna, which aims at motivating and guiding students for IITJEE. It would be a four day event where the aspirants would get an opportunity to talk to some of the top rankers in IITJEE. The idea emerges from our school days when we always kept searching for opportunities (although rare) to talk to some of our seniors at IITs. We wanted to share our concerns with them and ask various questions which now seem silly. IITJEE always used to be a nightmare for most of us, but meeting some of the IITians(sometimes our seniors used to visit our school) used to give us a tremendous mental boost up. They were a never ending source of inspiration for us. Their sheer presence and words used to recharge us. The transformation they created was charismatic. Enthused by their words we were filled with fresh energy to resume our studies with confidence.
The time has changed but the feeling remains same. Occasionally when I meet aspirants while traveling in a railway compartment the respect, love and affection shown by them and the numerous queries which follow reminds me of my school days. I shared my idea with some of my batch mates at IIT Kanpur and it was appreciated. We moved ahead and started preparing for the workshop. We aptly named it I-DESIRE which stands for “IITians Developing Effective Strategy Intensity and Re-believing in you through their Experience”. Then we thought of adding many other features to the workshop like guiding them to the type of grading system at IITJEE. This is based on our experience.We also prepared some lectures on topics of our expertise and taught them how to approach when starting a new topic. The ways to answer at the examination and the common errors which students generally make. How to tackle the stress during exam time and above all motivated them not to give up during the final phase of their preparation. This is a common practice among the students in Bihar. People out of exam fear, stop preparing for JEE just two or three months prior to the dooms day thinking that they have not prepared well. This is a serious problem with us, which leads to even some deserving candidates loosing a year. We want to clarify them about these and many other myths.
Collective effort by IITians
The most important part is that this is a collective effort of approximately 25 IITians. We have carefully planned the program in such a way that students would benefit from each and every second of the workshop. This was possible after several brainstorming sessions and lot of hard work. Every day we would have 240 minutes, which has been planned meticulously. We would also share with them how to utilize their time most efficiently and plan for studies so that they have their maxima on the day of the exam and finally crack it! Focused work is yet another important strategy for success in a fiercely competitive examination like JEE. Students loose a lot of time doing unnecessary stuff and ultimately finish late. We want to talk on these and many other issues.