JEE Main and Advanced 2018 Prep: Important Books & Topics

JEE Main and Advanced aspirants are recommended many books and topics by many people they come across. Are they all important? Well, you will be confused if you try everyone’s suggestions and advice. The first phase JEE Main is important and so is the final phase which is JEE Advanced. Both the exams will need you to know the every topic of Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics of class 11th and 12th conceptually. You miss one concept; you may miss on several marks in the entrance. Many people do the mistake of studying only the important topics and not putting more stress on the rest of the syllabus. That shouldn’t be done at all. JEE demands an extensive understanding of every topic; however, more stress can be laid on a few topics for sure.

Let us begin with the syllabus after which we shall follow with the important topics and then IIT JEE books that one can refer for JEE Main and JEE Advanced.


Syllabus Important Topics Recommended Books
  • 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
  • Electronic Devices
  • Communication Systems
  • Dimensional Analysis
  • Gravitation and Electrostatics
  • Current Electricity and Heat Transfer
  • Electromagnetic Induction, Waves and Sound
  • Geometrical Optics
  • Thermodynamics
  • Kinetic Theory of Gases
  • Rotational Dynamics
  • NCERT Books 11th and 12th standards
  • Concepts of Physics by HC Verma
  • University Physics by Freedman and Young
  • Fundamentals of Physics by Halliday, Resnick and Walker
  •   Problems in General Physics by I.E Irodov


Syllabus Important Topics Recommended Books
  • General Chemistry
  • Gaseous and Liquid States
  • Structure and Chemical Bonding
  • Energetics
  • Chemical Equilibrium
  • Electrochemistry
  • Chemical Kinetics
  • Solid State
  • Solutions
  • Surface Chemistry
  • Nuclear Chemistry
  • P Block elements
  • D and F block elements
  • Coordination Compounds
  • S block elements
  • Atomic Structure
  • Biomolecules and Polymers
  • Alkanes, Alkenes and Alkynes
  • Electrochemistry
  • Physical Chemistry for Competition for IIT-JEE (O.P Tandon)
  • Physical Chemistry for JEE (Wiley)
  • Inorganic Chemistry by O.P Tandon
  • Organic Chemistry by Peter Skyes
  • R.C Mukherjee’s Modern Approach to Chemical Calculations


Syllabus Important Topics Recommended Books
  • Sets, Relations and Functions
  • Complex Numbers and Quadratic Equations
  • Matrices and Determinants
  • Permutations and Combinations
  • Mathematical Induction
  • Binomial theorem and its simple applications
  • Sequences and Series
  • Limit, Continuity and Differentiability
  • Integral Calculus
  • Differential Equations
  • Coordinate Geometry
  • Three Dimensional Geometry
  • Vector Algebra
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Circles and Family of Circles
  • Sequence and Series
  • Applications of Derivative
  • Matrices and Determinants
  • 3-D Geometry
  • Vector Algebra
  • Complex Numbers
  • Theory of Equations
  • 11th and 12th standard NCERT Books
  • The Elements of Coordinate Geometry Cartesian Coordinates by S.L Loney
  • Plane Trigonometry by S.L Loney
  • Problems in Calculus of One Variable by I.A Maron
  • Algebra by Arihant Publications

The tables above shouldn’t be the source of your study. You should study your prescribed books by board first and then move to the books recommended.

Few points to note

  1. Every topic should be given equal importance by a student who is eager to crack the entrance in one go. Many have done it and so can you.
  2. You should not start referring to all the books at a time. You should follow one book and one topic at a time.
  3. Don’t complicate things by mixing what you are studying at home and what you are learning in school.
  4. Study the same concept at home and school. It will give a better understanding of the JEE Main books and JEE Advanced books.
  5. IIT JEE books are your companions when you don’t know a particular topic well. Make full use of the resource.

Although the table above gives you a fair idea about which topics are given more weightage than the rest of the topics, you need to be thorough with every topic of the syllabus. It has happened in the past that questions were absolutely different although students had followed the examination pattern of years in the past.

One thing that definitely works here is the division of time. You can one hour extra for all the important topics marked. This way you will not invest all your self-study time for only the important ones. Anything that you don’t understand should be brought to the attention of your teacher in school or IIT JEE coaching center.

Unpredictability is an attribute of IIT JEE entrance and you will never be sure of what exactly is so important and what not. Study everything for the best result. Your dream is just a preparation away.

Author bio:- Aditya Singhal is the co-founder of, an online coaching platform for IIT JEE, Medical and School Entrance exams. It is his passion and vision to help the engineering and medical aspirants that he along with his co-founder started with this venture. He had worked with Kurt Salmon Associates, a reputed American Management Consultancy.

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