Difference Between JEE Main and JEE Advanced Syllabus

When your 2/3 years preparation is about to be over, all you expect is to get good marks in JEE Main and JEE Advanced so that you can get admission in one of the elite engineering colleges of India. First exam will be JEE Main, which is held in 1st week of April generally, and then those who qualify for JEE Main get to give JEE Advanced which is generally held in 3rd week of May. Now, you all would want is to score better in JEE Main as it will secure a seat for you and is also a confidence booster for JEE Advanced.

The principal thing which arrives in a student’s mind is that what are the distinctions of syllabuses of JEE Main and JEE Advanced. In this way, a student must know the syllabus and how to get ready for it. So here we are having a short discourse about the fundamental contrasts of the syllabus.

Topics that are included in JEE Main syllabus but not included in JEE Advanced syllabus


Sets, Relations and Functions: Sets and their representation; Union, intersection and complement of sets and their algebraic properties; power set; relation, Types of relations, equivalence relations

Statistics and Probability: Measures of Dispersion; calculation of mean, median. Mode of grouped and ungrouped data calculation of standard deviation, variance and mean deviation for grouped and ungrouped data.

Trigonometry: Heights and Distances

Mathematical Reasoning: Statements, logical operations and, or, implies, implied by, if and only if. Understanding of tautology, contradiction, converse and contra positive.


Electronic Devices: Semiconductors; semiconductor diode: I-V characteristics in forward and reverse bias; diodes as a rectifier; I-V characteristics of LED, photodiode, solar cell and diode; Zener diode as a voltage regulator. Junction transistor, transistor action, characteristics of a transistor; transistor as an amplifier (common emitter configuration) and Oscillator. Logic gates (OR, AND, NOT, NAND and NOR). Transistor as a switch.

Electromagnetic Waves: Electromagnetic waves; Characteristics of Electromagnetic Waves; Transverse nature of electromagnetic waves; Electromagnetic spectrum; Applications of Electromagnetic waves

Communication Systems: Electromagnetic waves’ propagation; Amplitude and Frequency Modulation; Bandwidth of signals & transmission medium; Basic elements of a Communication System (Block Diagram only).


Biomolecules: Vitamins – Classification and functions; Nucleic acids – Chemical constitution of DNA and RNA

Chemistry in Everyday Life: Chemicals in medicines – Analgesics, tranquilizers, antiseptics, disinfectants, antimicrobials, antifertility drugs, antibiotics, antacids, antihistamins – their meaning and common examples. Chemicals in food – Preservatives, artificial sweetening agents – common examples. Cleansing agents – Soaps and detergents, cleansing action

Topics that are included in JEE Advanced syllabus but not included in JEE Main syllabuses


Everything from JEE Advanced syllabus is also in JEE Main syllabus.


Thermal Physics: Newton’s law of cooling; Blackbody radiation; Absorptive and Emmissive powers; Kirchoff’s law; Wein’s Displacement Law; Stefan’s Law.


Electrochemistry: Equivalent Conductivity

Nuclear Chemistry: Radioactivity; Properties of alpha, beta and gamma rays; Kinetics of radioactive decay (decay series excluded), carbon dating; Stability of nuclei with respect to proton-neutron ratio; Brief discussion on fission and fusion reactions.

Having shrouded the syllabus contrasts in JEE Main and JEE Advanced, we should observe different contrasts between the two.

Score got in JEE Advance will be the criteria to get into the prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). You must know the distinction between the JEE Main exam, which is organized by the CBSE, and the JEE Advanced, which is directed by the IITs.

The primary differences between the two exams are:

  • JEE Main enables those applicants who wish to obtain a degree in BE or B.Tech courses in the National Institutes of Technology (NITs), Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs), and engineering colleges of the states that participate in the JEE Main. The JEE Main is also the qualification test that allows the students to show up in the JEE Advanced exam, which is the exam for admission in the IITs.
  • JEE Main conducts 2 papers, but those who want to take admission in B.E./B.Tech course have to give only Paper 1. The candidates must sit for both Paper 1 and Paper 2 in JEE Advanced to get admission into engineering courses in IITs. Selection of the candidates is decided on the basis of the All India Rank (AIR) secured by them in the JEE Advanced exam.
  • JEE Advanced exam can be taken only two times (the year in which you give board examination and the next year) while JEE Main can be taken three times.
  • JEE Main checks mostly your speed and your basic knowledge of the subjects, while JEE Advanced requires strong grasp of the fundamentals and advanced concepts to solve problems.

You must have a look at this when you are going to take JEE Main exam as you can skip those which are not included in it, and then the same for JEE Advanced exam.
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