IIT JAM is one of the most popular exams for MSc-PhD degrees from IISC, IIT, and NITs. The IIT JAM exam is held every year in February. Many students are appearing for this exam use many sources for preparation like mock tests, coaching, YouTube videos, etc.
While a lot of students prepare, a few can crack it to IIT, and being among toppers in IIT JAM is a dream for candidates preparing for this exam.
Here we present an interview with Radhika Suresh Nimse, the AIR 87 in IIT JAM Mathematical Statistics subject.
Here she discusses how to prepare for IIT JAM Mathematical Statistics and what strategies she used. Also, there are some excellent reference books for IIT JAM Mathematical Statistics recommended by her.
From Which college did you complete your undergraduates, and what was your major?
I have completed my BSc in Statistics from New Arts, science, commerce college Ahmednagar.
Did you opt for coaching for preparations? If yes, Why did you opt for this coaching?
No, I didn’t opt for coaching for my IIT JAM Mathematical Statistics preparation, instead, I took a year drop.
Which Books did you choose for preparations?
Mostly, I have used Fundamental of Mathematical Statistics for the statistics part. If you want some more practice problems mainly on hypothesis testing and estimation theory then there is a book, mathematical statistics by Hogg and Craig.
If I talk about mathematics par, there is no single book that contains all syllabus of IIT JAM Mathematical Statistics. I used the following books:
For matrices, I used Linear Algebra book by Gilbert Strange and other books by Dr. AP Sing.
For integral calculus, I used calculus by Thomas Finney and my own college textbook.
For sequence and series, I used a real analysis book by SK Mapa.
For differential calculus, I preferred a real analysis book by SC Malik and Elements of Real Analysis by Shanti Narayan.
Apart from these books, I referred course webpages of Harvard University and IIT Kanpur for practice problems. These course webpages have assignments, problem sets, and sometimes hints for solutions to these problems.
How did you make time for preparations apart from managing college study and daily work?
I had taken a gap year as I was not able to crack the entrance in the first attempt, but in that gap year, I was doing a job and I already had to manage my time well for my preparation.
I divided preparation in two-part, in the first two months I completed reading and prepared my own notes which one can use for revision. In the later two months of December and January, I mainly focused on solving the past year question papers.
To manage time one can start as early as possible. Daily 3-4 hours of study is sufficient to crack the IIT JAM Mathematical Statistics Exam.
Can you tell us something about your future goals?
I love to work with data. I want to work as a data scientist and data analyst and make my carrier in the field of data science only. It’s the field that inspires me to know more about data science and machine learning.
What advice you would like to give to students preparing for this exam?
1) Solve as many questions as you can: Do more practice than just studying concepts and try to solve as many problems as you can.
At least one should solve previous years question papers often. I will advise solving 4-5 question papers under strict time control.
For practice purposes, you can IIT JAM Statistics, JAM mathematics, GATE Statistics, and ISS question papers. These papers are of equal difficulty and you will get more thorough knowledge of what type of questions are asked.
2) Stick to the syllabus: Each topic which comes in the exam is mentioned in the syllabus. Do not read anything else.
3) Be familiar with the online exam platform: Give mock tests under the same conditions as exam and use the scribble pad for solving questions as you are going to get the same thing in the main exam too.
Be familiar with the calculator available online on the exam platform. It will be helpful for the exam and just takes some practice to operate it.
4) Evaluate your performance: If you are not able to solve questions of any particular topic then revise the notes, find the silly mistakes you have done.
5) Solve that you can: You do not have to solve many questions, but you have to solve only those questions for which you are confident in.
MSQ takes a lot of time so it’s better to solve MCQ and after it NAT and after that, if you have time, go for MSQ
Why did you choose this particular IIT for your MSc?
I choose IIT Bombay ASI Course. I am interested in the application of statistics and like programming, I think this course fulfills my requirements. Also, IIT Bombay has a very nice and growing culture and one can expect an awesome journey ahead in life.
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