JEE Main - Chemistry Preparation Tips

  • Oct 31,2019

Chemistry is often the most rewarding subject in the JEE Mains exam as it is comparatively more scoring subject than physics and mathematics. Chemistry preparation needs a lot of practice of Reactions, Numerical and Revision.

Detailed analysis of scores of previous year students who cleared JEE (Mains) and Advanced indicates high scores obtained by these students in chemistry, thus proving its importance in helping secure your seat in IIT.

The consistency is the key to score well in Chemistry. If you carefully plan & follow a study plan for JEE Chemistry, it can be highly useful to score well. Also, JEE chemistry questions are mostly straightforward which reduces the probability of getting negative marks in attempted questions.

Daily preparation and revision of concepts can go a long way in accelerating your preparation for Chemistry.

Following are JEE Main Chemistry Preparation Tips –

JEE Main Chemistry can be divided into 3 major types as follows:

1) Physical and General Chemistry

2) Inorganic Chemistry

3) Organic Chemistry

In this post, we’ll cover the JEE Main Chemistry syllabus you need to study in JEE Chemistry, preparation tips and advice, study material and how to avoid making some common mistakes.

JEE Main Physical Chemistry Preparation Tips

Physical chemistry deals with observing and understanding the physical and chemical properties of matter and our surroundings. It is one of the major portions of JEE Chemistry, covering several basic, much-used concepts and covers at least 30-40% of the JEE exam paper.

Tip: Make detailed notes about each topic. Topics like Mole Concept, Thermodynamics, Energy, Chemical Equilibrium, Chemical Bonding, and Atomic structure are conceptually important and require thorough understanding and learning of concepts and formulae. Never skip practicing questions. With regular practice, JEE chemistry numerals can easily be cracked.

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Recommended books:-

- Atkin’s Physical Chemistry (Recommended)

- NCERT XI and XII chemistry Textbooks( Essential)

- University Chemistry by Bruce M Mahan & Rollie J. Meyers ( Advanced Level)

- Physical Chemistry by OP Tandon

- Modern Approach to Chemical Calculations by R.C. Mukherjee (numerical)

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 JEE Main Organic Chemistry Preparation Tips

Organic chemistry may seem difficult since it’s not an easy task to remember the reactions, compounds, mechanisms, and structures. But it’s essential to master this portion of JEE chemistry as it is highly scoring and if studied well, chances of negative marking are considerably less as the questions are generally straightforward with unambiguous answers.

Also, Organic chemistry is a great time-saver as JEE organic chemistry questions don’t require much work or calculations if the concepts are clear in your head, and the whole portion can be attempted quite easily in approx. 20 minutes.

Important topics in organic chemistry are – General organic chemistry, Isomerism, Nomenclature, Aromaticity, Stability, Functional Group analysis, Saturated and Unsaturated Hydrocarbons.

Tip: JEE Main Organic chemistry reactions and structures are important and need to be studied thoroughly. Try to understand the mechanisms instead of rote learning, and make notes for all important topics to be revised every week.

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Recommended books:-

- NCERT XI and XII chemistry textbook

- Modern Approach to Chemical Calculations by R.C. Mukherjee

- Arihant’s Textbook of Organic Chemistry

- P. Tandon Organic Chemistry

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JEE Main Inorganic Chemistry Preparation Tips

Inorganic Chemistry is the easiest part of JEE chemistry, as it involves almost no problem solving or calculations or formulae. It’s simple as simple can be- you either know the answer or you don’t, no need to solve or approach the question and waste time on it.

Again, this makes inorganic chemistry a big time-saver, as the whole section can be attempted in approx. 20 minutes easily.

Inorganic chemistry Questions are mainly conceptual. The major topics you need to focus on are – Chemical bonding, Analytical chemistry, Periodic table, metallurgy, Chemical reactions, and coordination chemistry.

Inorganic chemistry can be almost exclusively prepared from NCERT XI and XII textbooks, as the JEE Main syllabus covered is sufficient for JEE chemistry too. Preparing this part of Chemistry well will benefit you in both your Board exams and JEE as well.

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Recommended Books –

- NCERT XI and XII Textbooks (essential)

- Concise Inorganic Chemistry for JEE by J.D Lee (advanced)

- P Tandon Inorganic Chemistry

Your primary focus while preparing JEE chemistry should be to have clear concepts, application skills and concentrate on completing the syllabus before studying anything new.

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Practice more. Chemistry numerical are simple, but require loads of practice to reduce the possibility of mistakes. Pay close attention to the details in the question.

Patience is the key to crack Organic Chemistry. Give sufficient time for important topics like general organic chemistry, stereochemistry, etc. , which can yield you good marks.

Chemistry is highly scoring in every section. If you are weak in one of the parts, make sure to strengthen yourself in the other two sections- you can still obtain a high score by cracking the 2 sections.

Always attempt theoretical questions first, and then numerical. Also, it is advisable to not attempt and numerical question in JEE papers for the first 15-20 minutes.

At least Attempt 10-15 previous year papers before appearing for JEE. This is essential to help you get a feel of the questions asked, so you’re mentally prepared for the test.

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