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How can be a one month crash course sufficient to crack IIT-JEE
The ad read like this. "Join us for one month crash course to clear IIT-JEE entrance. Success guaranteed." I was bewildered to read this. The pamphlets were given by someone at the school entrance to my son who is writing the 12th board this time.
Being a parent, I was already worried, as being the state-board student and without a long-term preparation, his chances of cracking (even) the IIT Main is almost nil. Like me, most of the parents in Tamil Nadu are waiting with bated breathe for the cut-off marks to be scored by their wards to enter into the Anna University-affiliated colleges (one of the top ten at least) with the stream of their choice.

In Chennai (I am sure, there must be pretty much same situation in other cities too), big to small-time institutes have started to woo students (and parents) with their "Crash Courses" which they would start after the board exams. However, whether a student from state board or CBSE, will this short time is enough for him to crack the most prestigious entrance exam?

In Chennai, much to the disappointment of some of these institutes, the 12th board annual exam pattern has been changed (for 2015 March). Instead of computer science, one of the core subjects Physics will be the last exam this time.

Earlier, once the Maths exam was over, these institutes used to begin their crash courses soon after as Computer Science, which used to be the last exam, was not considered for cut-off mark calculation by Anna University affiliated colleges for engineering admission.

If this is not enough, this year the IIT entrance exam has been propound to April 10-11 for Chennai circle. For state board students eying for IIT entrance, they will be writing their last exam on March 26, 2015. Which means these students will have only two weeks to prepare for IIT entrance!

Many of the IIT coaching centres have already taken advance money from parents in Chennai by giving assurances that students will be prepared well ahead of IIT entrance date. But the change in the exam pattern has thrown the spanner in their works.

Some of the institutes are putting a brave face telling parents that they will increase the daily coaching time to prepare the students. But will this one month crash course help students to clear even the preliminary round of IIT entrance? Across the country, students prepare for more than two years for IIT and even then, many of them don't clear it.

Since there is a vast difference between the state board and CBSE syllabus, it is my presumption that unless a child, who is studying state board syllabus, keeps a track of the extra portion in the CBSE under a given topic, it is pretty much difficult to clear the first level that is IIT Mains to enter into NITs.

How these institutes are going to prepare students within two or three weeks for the most prestigious and difficult entrance examination, only time will tell.

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