JEE Inorganic Chemistry: Here’s How to Prepare

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Inorganic Chemistry is the most hated branch of Chemistry among JEE aspirants. But unfortunately, if you wish to achieve a good rank in JEE, you need to study Inorganic Chemistry really well. Not exaggerating, Inorganic Chemistry is the key to getting a top rank in JEE.

Surprised? Don’t be. JEE Inorganic Chemistry is taken very seriously by the JEE toppers. This is where they literally beat everyone else! Why?Because generally, students don’t take Inorganic Chemistry very seriously. Most students consider it to be very boring because it requires a lot of memorization. But it is said that “the best things don’t come easy”–and this is surely true for top JEE ranks!

Most students think that the JEE only tests one’s conceptual clarity and problem-solving skills. But this is not entirely true. The JEE does test these skills, but it also tests your memorization skills–and this is where JEE Inorganic Chemistry comes into play. The questions asked from Inorganic Chemistry hold almost equal weightage as the Organic Chemistry questions. Therefore, if you don’t take it seriously you will end up losing the rank that you deserve.

In this post, we’ll discuss some tips that will help your JEE Inorganic Chemistry preparation.

JEE Inorganic Chemistry Preparation Tip-1: Be Consistent

Many students leave Inorganic Chemistry preparation for the last two months of their JEE preparation. This is because they think that it just requires cramming, which can be done fast. This is a blunder! Don’t do it!

Study Inorganic Chemistry consistently throughout your JEE preparation phase, the same way you study all other subjects. Seriously learn all the reactions that are in the JEE Inorganic Chemistry syllabus. Do not leave anything out.

JEE Inorganic Chemistry Preparation Tip-2: Mug Up NCERT

The NCERT Chemistry book will be your savior in the storm of JEE Inorganic Chemistry. Literally learn each and every word of the NCERT Inorganic Chemistry chapters.

Now, I can hear you out there. You are thinking that it is too much to do–and it indeed is. But the students who achieve awesome ranks in JEE do mug up the entire NCERT Inorganic Chemistry chapters word by word. In previous years, Inorganic Chemistry questions from NCERT have been directly asked in both the JEE Main and JEE Advanced.

Once you are thoroughly done with NCERT, you may want to study Inorganic Chemistry from other books as well. Some good books from which you can study Inorganic Chemistry are:

JEE Inorganic Chemistry Preparation Tip-3: Revise Regularly

Inorganic Chemistry demands regular revision. If you do not revise it regularly, you will surely forget all that you studied within 20 days.

Make a habit of revising the Inorganic Chemistry topics every weekend. If you do, all the equations will start settling in your mind and you will feel very comfortable with them. Also, if you practice this, you will not feel Inorganic Chemistry as a burden and will be saved from the last moment hustle of mugging up all the Inorganic Chemistry in last two months.

JEE Inorganic Chemistry Preparation Tip-4: Understand the Periodic Table Very Well

Understanding the Periodic Table is the very basic step for understanding Inorganic Chemistry well. Sharpen your understanding of all the trends in the Periodic Table. Be sure to have the entire Periodic Table memorized. That really helps to ease your process of understanding and memorizing stuff. You can use mnemonics for remembering the Periodic Table, and flowcharts can be used to remember the trends of the various properties that elements follow.

JEE Inorganic Chemistry Preparation Tip-5: Make Your Own Notes

Self-made notes hold great importance in JEE preparation. When you study a new chapter, always make notes of it in a separate notebook. While making notes, you also improve your understanding of what you study. And notes help a lot at the time of revision. Going back to the book for revision might be a tedious task, especially if you have studied a topic from multiple books. However, if you write all the important points in your self-made notes, you can access them easily when you revise. This will save a tremendous amount of time!

JEE Inorganic Chemistry Preparation Tip-6: Emphasize More on the Important Topics

There are some topics which are paper-setter favorites for both the JEE Main and JEE Advanced. You need to give these topics special attention! Some of the important topics of JEE Inorganic Chemistry are:

  • Coordination Compounds: This is a very important topic. Questions from this topic are sure to be present in both the JEE Main and JEE Advanced. Isomerism of coordination compounds should be understood really well as it is very frequently asked in exams.
  • Metallurgy: You should not cram this subject! It must be thoroughly understood. Generally, an effective approach for studying this topic is to first study all the metallurgical operations and their uses. Then you should go on to study the individual elements.
  • Qualitative Analysis: This topic requires a lot of memorization. You can try to remember a particular compound by writing about it with ink of the color same as the compound. This can help in memorization.
  • s, p, d and f Block Elements: Many questions are asked from these topics as well.

The above mentioned are just a few topics that are important, but the exam paper includes questions from other topics as well. It is advisable to study each topic very well so that you obtain a high score in the exam.

JEE Inorganic Chemistry Preparation Tip-7: Solve Previous Years’ JEE Questions

Solving questions that appeared in previous years in JEE Main and JEE Advanced is very important. It gives you an idea of the type of questions asked in the exams and also helps you to analyze your weak and strong points. Above all this, solving past years’ questions also help in boosting your confidence.

JEE Inorganic Chemistry Preparation Tip-8: Study Systematically

If you study Inorganic Chemistry consistently like you study other subjects, there is no need to hurry. Pick up topics one by one and finish them. Do not hop from one topic to another before completely finishing the previous topic. Do regular revision of the topics that you have covered so far.

JEE Inorganic Chemistry Preparation Tip-9: Make Charts

Develop a habit of writing as you memorize things. Do not write long paragraphs; make tables or flowcharts, as needed. Writing in tabular or flowchart form helps make memorization easy.

JEE Inorganic Chemistry Preparation Tip-10: Build Interest

This is the most important tip for studying Inorganic Chemistry well. Building interest is essential if you wish to succeed at anything. If you are not interested in what you are doing, you will never be able to give it your best shot–and you won’t perform as per your potential.

While you may consider Inorganic Chemistry boring (many students do), it’s important! If you study it consistently, and take your time so that you understand things well, you should perform well. Who knows? You may even end up developing an interest in it!

Use these tips to study the subject efficiently and ace both the JEE Main and JEE Advanced. All the best!

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