Hello! I hope your JEE preparation is well on track and you are enjoying a life full of tests, studies, and daily competition. It is quite natural to feel overwhelmed by this hectic schedule, but to achieve something significant you need to put in a lot of effort! Although you may be well equipped with the requisite JEE books and resources required for preparation, I’ve seen instances where some students are unable to progress further without additional text materials. So, I will briefly mention some of the books which almost all JEE Aspirants use to learn theory.
I generally stress having a Study Material Package from a reputable Coaching Institute for JEE Preparation, for the simple reason that they are perfectly exam-oriented, and written concisely to cater to the needs students. And while it is not always possible for you to have all of them, there are a lot of standard JEE oriented books available as well.
As you probably know, the JEE tests your application skills much more than rote learning capacity. So it is essential to develop good problem solving skills along with a firm hold of theory on each subject. Most of the JEE books available comply with this fact.
Therefore, it is difficult to find a book well-oriented for the JEE that focuses only on theory. Most of the books focus on problem solving skills. They do this to teach hidden concepts, as opposed to explicitly teaching the concept itself. But there is no need to panic, since concepts are made string only when you are tested on them from several possible perspectives.
In this article I’m including more “theory-oriented” books. Even though you may find a lot of questions, don’t worry because theory is included as well. So, let’s begin the list with Physics.
JEE Books for Physics
Concepts of Physics (by H.C. Verma): This is the traditional big gun. Although it may sound quite elementary amidst all big guns available, believe me—this is one of the best books to build a strong basic hold on some generally missed topics in Physics. Also, this is the best resource for testing your conceptual clarity because of its excellent Objective I and II exercises. Solving all end exercise questions is not compulsory, but reading the theory on all topics in the syllabus is indeed very beneficial.
Physics for JEE Advanced, Cengage (by B.M. Sharma): This is arguably the best book that covers all topics of the JEE Advanced Syllabus in a very elegant fashion. It is also equipped with a great number of solved and unsolved problems. The theory is given in just the required amount, coupled with plenty of exercises to hone your skills.
Understanding Physics for JEE Main and Advanced, Arihant (by D.C. Pandey): This can be used in case you don’t wish to go with option number 2. Again, a great book with an excellent presentation of theory. The author has made sure that the concepts are easy to understand with well-supported examples.
Organic Chemistry (by L.G. Wade): This is a very good book for beginners. The best part of it is the extremely useful mechanism boxes present at the end of the book, and the summary of all reactions and minor mechanisms at the end of each chapter. While the mechanism boxes curtail the need to ransack the entire book searching for a particular reaction, the summary provides a good and quick review of the topic. All in all, this may very well be the best resource for you if you are having a hard time in Organic Chemistry. It will surely give you a head start to your Organic Chemistry preparation.
Organic Chemistry (by Clayden, Greeves, Warren, and Wothers): This is one gem of a book! It is a brilliant, multicolored edition which is very pleasing to the eye. Also, each and every chapter deals with the spectrochemical aspects of every reaction quite beautifully. The book is ideal for people who are self-studying. There is no need for any tutor, you must merely have a receptive and sincere attitude towards the subject. A go-go for either of the two aforementioned books.
Qualitative Inorganic Analysis (by Vogel): Are you worried about all those colored salts, the solubility of different sulfides in different solvents, or troubled with remembering names of complexes? This is the book you need—as it is arguably the best book for an otherwise tough subject. The best part of it is that it presents all important reactions, colors of precipitates, complexes, and distinguishing tests on the left margin of each page. This eliminates the need to go through the text again and again. Also, it has all possible reactions that you may to encounter on the JEE out of the salt analysis.
NCERT Chemistry: This is the “God Book” of Chemistry, especially inorganic chemistry. It is a common mistake to neglect this book. The JEE hardly asks anything in Inorganic Chemistry that is not mentioned in NCERT—so a couple of sincere readings are simply a must.
Mathematics for JEE Advanced, Cengage (by G.Tewani): If you ask for a book on mathematics that is written in complete accordance with the present JEE Advanced syllabus and difficulty level—in my opinion, is this series of books. The writer did a commendable job selecting questions that require great concept application skills. Mind you, you will not find a single question in any book of this series that is child’s play. Although some questions are easy, the majority of the book is composed of questions that require a lot of brain-power! Without a second thought, you should go for this one.
Skills in Mathematics, Arihant (by S.K. Goyal and Amit M. Aggarwal): Again, this is a great set of books with slightly more theoretical content, because it presents proofs of almost all the properties it mentions. The theory is given in much depth (sometimes beyond the scope of the JEE Syllabus). But, if you are facing serious issues with concepts, go for it without a second thought.
Also, the book on Integral and Differential Calculus is a must-do because there are no other books matching its level of questions.
So, this sums it up. The books mentioned above are some of the best JEE books (apart from any study material package). Almost all JEE aspirants use them. Although some of them are more problem-oriented than theory-oriented, this is what the JEE is all about. You need to develop your application skills. These books explain the theory required for solving every kind of problem on the JEE, while also providing a great collection of problems. (Except for Chemistry, which only includes theory, not problems.) Recommendations specifically for the JEE Advanced are a bit different, but all are a great place to go for help if you are facing troubles with the intricacies of any subject.
Cheers and All the Best!