JEE Main Exam: Preparation tips, Important Topics & Books

JEE Main Exam: Preparation tips, Important Topics & Books
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JEE Main Exam: Preparation tips, Important Topics & Books

JEE Main Exam: Preparation tips, Important Topics & Books

Preparing for a tough exam like JEE Main takes a lot of effort and commitment. Sometimes it might get a little overwhelming and confusing as well, but you shouldn't be scared at all. Just start your preparation early and don?t lose sight in the process. Here?s all you need to know before you start your preparation for the biggest examination of your career. 

Know the syllabus well 

You need to know the complete syllabus in detail so that you know what you are expected to know. For JEE Main Paper 1 (B.Tech Examination), you need to study three subjects, Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. 

In Mathematics you need to learn the following chapters:

  • Sets, Relations and Functions

  • Complex Numbers and Quadratic Equations

  • Matrices and Determinants

  • Permutations and Combinations

  • Mathematical Induction

  • Binomial Theorem and Its Simple Application

  • Sequences and Series

  • Limit, Continuity and Differentiability

  • Integral Calculus

  • Differential Equations

  • Coordinate Geometry

  • Three Dimensional Geometry

  • Vector Algebra

  • Statistics and Probability

  • Trigonometry

  • Mathematical Reasoning 

For Physics, you need to learn the following chapters:

  • Physics and Measurement

  • Kinematics

  • Laws of Motion

  • Work, Energy and Power

  • Rotational Motion

  • Gravitation

  • Properties of Solids and Liquids

  • Thermodynamics

  • Kinetic Theory of Gases

  • Oscillations and Waves

  • Electrostatics

  • Current Electricity

  • Magnetic Effects of Current and Magnetism

  • Electromagnetic Induction and Alternating Currents 

  • Electromagnetic Waves

  • Optics

  • Dual Nature of Matter and Radiation 

  • Atoms and Nuclei

  • Electronics Devices

  • Communication Systems

  • Experimental Skills

Chemistry has three sections:

  • Physical Chemistry 

  • Inorganic Chemistry

  • Organic Chemistry

Under Physical Chemistry, the students need to study the following chapters:

  • Basic concepts in Chemistry

  • States of Matter

  • Atomic Structure

  • Chemical Bonding and Molecular Structure

  • Chemical Thermodynamics

  • Solutions 

  • Equilibrium

  • Redox Reactions and Electrochemistry

  • Chemical Kinetics

  • Surface Chemistry


Under Inorganic Chemistry, the students need to study the following chapters:

  • Classification of Elements and Periodicity in Properties 

  • General Principles and Processes of Isolation of Metals

  • Hydrogen

  • Block Elements (Alkali and Alkaline Earth Metals)

  • Block Elements 

  • Block Elements

  • Coordination Compounds

  • Environmental Chemistry

Under Organic Chemistry, the students need to study the following chapters:

  • Purification and Characterisation of Organic Compounds

  • Some Basic Principles of Organic Chemistry

  • Hydrocarbons

  • Organic Compounds Containing Halogens

  • Organic Compounds Containing Oxygen 

  • Organic Compounds Containing Nitrogen 

  • Polymers

  • Biomolecules 

  • Chemistry in Everyday Life

  • Principles Related to Practical Chemistry

For students who are opting for B. Arch and B. Planning, they have to prepare for an Aptitude test with Mathematics. 

You can find the complete syllabus pdf here.  

Students who are opting for B. Arch need to give an offline Architectural Drawing examination whereas, the students who are opting for B. Planning need to opt for Planning Based Objective Type Exam along with Mathematics and Aptitude.   

Make a list of Important Topics

You cannot spend the whole day studying the same chapter. Therefore, it?s better to make a list of important subjects by going through the old question papers. Here are the important topics you need to study for Physics based on the maximum weight given in the chapters.  

  1. Electrodynamics

  2. Mechanics

  3. Modern Physics

  4. Heat & Thermodynamics

  5. SHM & Waves

  6. Optics

For Mathematics, the following are the important topics that you absolutely need to cover:

  1. Differential Calculus

  2. Integral Calculus

  3. Coordinate Geometry

  4. Coordinate Geometry (3-D)

  5. Matrix & Determinants

  6. Probability

  7. Matrix & Determinants

  8. Trigonometry

For Chemistry, don't miss out on the following topics at all:

  1. Organic Chemistry-II [Alkyl Halide, Alcohol & Ether (Reaction Mechanism), Aromatic Compounds, Biomolecules, Carbohydrates, Amino Acids and Polymers, Carbonyl Compounds, Environmental chemistry, Grignard Reagent, Reduction, Oxidation & Hydrolysis]

  2. Physical Chemistry-I [Atomic Structure & Nuclear Chemistry, Ionic Equilibrium, Mole Concept, Thermodynamics and Thermochemistry]

  3. Physical Chemistry-II [Chemical Kinetics, Electrochemistry, Solid State, Solution & Colligative Properties, Surface Chemistry]

  4. Inorganic Chemistry-I [Chemical Bonding, Periodic Table & Periodicity in Properties, S-Block]

Books that you can't miss reading

If you are preparing for JEE Mathematics, there is nothing better than NCERT.  For most of the CBSE students, NCERT is the bible for Mathematics. As most of the questions in your 12th board examination are from the textbook. 

Apart from that, these are the few books you need to absolutely get when you start preparing for the examination: 


  • Concepts of Physics Vol I and II 

Author: H.C. Verma

  • Fundamentals of Physics 

Author: Halliday, Resnick and Walker

  • Problems in General Physics 

Author: I.E. Irodov


  • Numerical Chemistry 

Author: P. Bahadur

  • Inorganic Chemistry 

Author:  J.D. Lee

  • Organic Chemistry 

Author: Paula Bruice Yurkanis

  • Organic Chemistry 

Author: Morrison and Boyd


  • Trigonometry 

Author: S. L. Loney

  • Higher Algebra 

Author: Hall and Knight

  • Coordinate Geometry 

Author: S. L. Loney

  • Problems in Calculus of One Variable 

Author: I.A. Maron

For B.Arch students, these are the few books are quite helpful:

  • A Complete Self Study Guide for B.Arch Entrance Examination (English) 

Author: P.K Mishra, Arihant Publications

  • Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning Book 

Author: R.S. Aggarwal

  • Architecture Entrance Book 

Author: P.K Mishra

Solving previous year question paper

There?s nothing better than solving the previous year question papers on your own. It helps you to understand the level of difficulty. It is important to know the questions that were asked previously in the exam because that will help you find out the repetitive questions. 

Online mock test to test your knowledge

Finally, never underestimate the value of a mock test before the actual examination. Mock test online or otherwise will help you understand where you stand in the level of your preparation. You probably need to give a hundred mock tests before you are completely ready for the actual test.

Preparing for a competitive examination can be tough but don't worry. There are thousands of students studying for the same examination right now. Many more have already passed this phase and studying in their dream college. If you have consistently studied and done a good revision, then you can definitely score high. 

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