Subject Wise funda
i.Chemistry- Lecture slides are more than sufficient for scoring an EX/A grade if studied with diligence. Tutorial assignments are extremely important because a lot of questions/numericals asked in the exams are direct lifts from these with certain variations. Reference books like Peter Atkins(Physical), Shriver & Atkins(Inorganic) etc. are NOT necessary(from exam point of view) but might be useful in understanding some key concepts not so well explained in the slides.
ii. Electrical Technology- For the pre mid-sem part, Edward Hughes is a handy book containing lots of basic solved examples and a good set of unsolved questions. For post mid-sem part, although you may follow Nagrath-Kothari but if you get Prof. Chandan Chakraborty’s notes and try the numericals practised by him, that would be essentially great. NPTEL video lectures might also interest you. So have a look at them too. Tutorials are of utmost importance for this subject as the questions in them are of moderate-high difficulty whose solving requires deep understanding. Rigorous practice of the tutorials alone guarantees one of good grades.
iii. Mathematics-1 – Jain and Iyengar is the best book available which would come handy even in the second year. So get a copy of it. It has a beautifully written theory along with a lot of quality solved and unsolved questions. If you study and practice Prof. Jitendra Kumar’s notes(get them from your friends who study in his section), you will be assured of an EX/A grade at least.
iv. English for Communication- You need to learn the short summaries and detailed analysis and interpretations of the chapters(google them, you will find it easily) which would be helpful.
v. Physics- You definitely need to follow two books for this- Somnath Bharadwaj and Lecture Notes by Saraswat & Sastry. Religiously solving the back-side exercises given in the Saraswat & Sastry book is extremely necessary. Questions asked in the exams are usually based upon these exercises. Try learning the theory also as it is also of the same weightage as numericals. For the oscillations & waves part, Saraswat & sastry’s theory is more comprehensive and for quantum theory, Somnath Bharadwaj’s book is a better alternative.
vi. Mechanics- For the statics part(mid-sem), the book by Meriam & Kraige is exceptionally good which contains several illustrated examples and quality questions. Apart from your tutorial assignments, you may try the problems given in this book(but not compulsory) which would boost your understanding and confidence. And for the Strength of materials part(end sem), solving only the tutorials at least 2 times is good enough. (Beer and johnston’s book is not really necessary but you may follow it for illustrations of concepts). For understanding the theory, revising your class notes is sufficient.
vii. Mathematics-2-Again jain and Iyengar book would be very useful for this. Try to get Prof. Koeli Ghoshal’s notes which contains concise yet detailed theory of various concepts along with quality solved examples. Tutorials are also equally important.
viii. Programming and Data Structures-This course involves C programming basics and data structures. If you are new to C programming, try watching some video tutorials on the youtube channel ‘My Codeschool’ which are easy to comprehend. Lecture slides are also useful in clearing concepts. C programming by William Gottfried and ANSI C by Balagurusamy are ideal books to be referred to.
At last but not the least. Don't get bogged down by pressure, many people are very talented, but it is important how you perform on the exam day. If you had prepared well during JEE , you must have learnt to cope with the pressure. If not, then learn now. Nothing is impossible and don’t believe on something called LUCK. It is nothing but- Labour Under Correct Knowledge. Work diligently and make sure not to keep any works pending. Stay consistent and success will be all yours.
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