How to Use the JEE Main Syllabus to Prepare for Your Exam

Almost 1.5 million people appear for the JEE Main every year. In order to filter out the best students, the paper setters plan the exam in a way that students face minimum burden. Since CBSE is the largest board in India, they have decided to follow CBSE syllabus for JEE Main also. So following the JEE Main syllabus ensures that students do not have to study far beyond their school curriculum.

So you can see why it is important to stick to the syllabus to perform optimally on the JEE Main. Here are some tips on how to use the JEE Main syllabus in the best possible way.

JEE Main Syllabus: Physics

  • Mechanics: Mechanics consists of the chapters on Physics and Measurement, Kinematics, Laws of Motion, Work Power Energy, Rotation, and Gravitation. These are some of the most important chapters for the JEE Main, and they are used heavily in later chapters.
    For instance, you might see an electrostatics problem that can be solved by the application of the law of conservation of energy. A lot of questions asked in JEE Main are from the mechanics portion. So spending considerable time solving a good number of mechanics problems is worthwhile.

  • Properties of Solids and Liquids: Waves and sound is a chapter that carries high weight. Lots of problems from this unit are direct theory questions–so you should make sure to revise the chapter from NCERT multiple times.

  • Thermodynamics and Kinetic Theory of Gases: This is one of the favorite chapters for JEE Main paper setters. Therefore, you should spend enough time in this area of Physics.
    This is a huge unit with a wide scope. So sticking to the JEE syllabus is important–particularly for the second law of thermodynamics. Know that there is a lot of material presented in some books that isn’t a part of the JEE Main syllabus! And if it’s not on the syllabus, it is unlikely to show up on the exam. So don’t waste your time!

  • Electricity and Magnetism: Like thermodynamics, this unit also has a wide scope and sticking to JEE syllabus will be your safest bet.

  • Optics and Modern Physics: Many questions in this area have been straightforward, definition based questions in recent years.. You can crack these questions if you understand the definitions properly. Your focus for this unit should be on Huygen’s principles and Young’s Double Slit Experiment.

  • Electronic Devices and Communication Systems: Since the change in the pattern of JEE Main, several problems are typically asked from this unit. Be sure to stick to NCERT textbooks for the syllabus for this unit.

JEE Main Syllabus: Chemistry

  • Physical Chemistry: The units on Chemical Bonding and Molecular Structure form the most important part of the JEE Main Physical Chemistry syllabus. Every year these units carry substantial weight. So it follows that the students who understand these units well perform better on the JEE Main. In recent years, the number of questions from Molecular Orbital Theory have also increased. However, make sure to stick to the syllabus given that a lot of reference text is available on MOT which isn’t in the JEE syllabus.

  • Organic Chemistry: Named reactions form an integral part of the JEE Main syllabus. Every year almost a third of the JEE Organic Chemistry questions are from named reactions. In recent years the emphasis has also been on the Principles Related to Practical Chemistry chapters.

  • Inorganic Chemistry: This is one unit where students face a great deal of trouble. This is because of the humongous syllabus. It is highly recommended that students focus only on those topics mentioned in the syllabus. Preparing reactions that are out of syllabus is only going to increase your workload. You should study p-block elements properly because it forms a significant portion of JEE Main syllabus.

JEE Main Syllabus: Maths

  • Functions and Calculus: Differentiation and integration are by far the most important topics in the JEE syllabus. To study smart, be sure to practice lots and lots of problems. However, don’t waste time by going beyond the syllabus. There are standard integral types in the syllabus and it is unlikely that you will see a different problem.

  • Coordinate Geometry: This unit carries the second highest weight after functions and calculus. You should put extra effort into understanding the chapters on circles, ellipses, and parabolas as these topics carry high weight.

  • Algebra: Probability carries the highest weight in JEE algebra. You should practice as many probability problems as possible. Quadratic equations is another important topic. Again, don’t waste time on those equation forms that are not mentioned in the JEE syllabus.

  • Trigonometry: Hardly any direct trigonometry questions are asked on the JEE. However, the questions asked are generally a minor variation of the formulae mentioned in the syllabus.

The Bottom Line

The bottom line should be obvious! Aim to complete the syllabus thoroughly. Questions may be asked from any topic that is mentioned in the JEE Main syllabus. However, going beyond the syllabus is really a waste of time — as hardly any questions show up on the exam that are outside of the syllabus. So depend on it. Make it your lifeline. You’ll thank yourself later!

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