How to Prepare Chemistry for JEE Main 2020

By Apoorva Gupta|Updated : June 14th, 2019

How to Prepare Chemistry for JEE Main 2020:  JEE Main Chemistry preparation requires a lot of practice of Conversions, Numerical and Revision of the theory. It is comparatively more scoring subject than physics and mathematics. Here are some preparation tips for JEE Main Chemistry.

Chemistry is often the most rewarding subject in JEE Mains exam, compared to Physics and Maths which require more effort and preparation in scoring high marks. Detailed analysis of scores of previous year students who cleared JEE(Mains) and Advanced showed consistent high scores obtained by these students in chemistry, thus proving its importance in helping you secure a good result in JEE. 

Unlike JEE Physics and Mathematics, Chemistry does not require a singular focus on applications and concepts- but it requires consistent study and learning. “ratta”  is not an apt word for it, but this type of study involving rote learning of equations, formulae and reactions is necessary for JEE chemistry. If you’re able to follow a study plan for JEE Chemistry effectively, it can be highly rewarding in terms of marks obtained. Also, JEE chemistry questions are unambiguous and the probability of getting negative marks in attempted questions is considerably reduced. 

The consistent study is the key to success for JEE Chemistry. Everyday preparation and revision of concepts can go a long way in accelerating your preparation for Chemistry.

Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out” – Robert J. Collier

Prepare Chemistry for JEE Main 2020

JEE Main Chemistry can be divided into 3 broad groups 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.

Let’s crack this topic wise

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 in Physical chemistry. 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. Also, never skip practising questions. JEE chemistry numerals can only be cracked by regular practice.

 Here are some books for your reference:-

  • Atkin’s Physical Chemistry(recommended)
  • NCERT XI and XII chemistry Textbooks( essential)
  • University Chemistry by Bruce M Mahan and Rollie J. Meyers( advanced level)
  • Physical Chemistry by OP Tandon
  • Modern Approach to Chemical Calculations by R.C. Mukherjee (numerical)

 JEE Main Organic Chemistry Preparation

Organic chemistry may seem difficult at first sight, since its 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 can end up as a time-saver. JEE questions in organic chemistry 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 under 20 minutes.

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

Tip: 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 on a weekly basis.

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

JEE Main Inorganic Chemistry Preparation

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 portion can be attempted within 20 minutes easily.

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

Inorganic chemistry can be almost exclusively prepared from NCERT XI and XII textbooks, as the JEE Main syllabus covered it is sufficient for JEE chemistry too. Preparing this part of Chemistry well has an added advantage of covering both your Board exams and JEE as well.

Recommended  JEE Main Chemistry Books 

  • NCERT XI and XII Textbooks (essential)
  • Concise Inorganic Chemistry for JEE by J.D Lee (advanced)
  • O P Tandon Inorganic Chemistry

With years of experience teaching chemistry to  JEE students successfully, our experts at have come up with some study strategy and advice to help you crack JEE chemistry to your benefit.

  1. Your main focus while preparing JEE chemistry should be to have clear concepts, application skills and concentrate on completing the syllabus before studying anything new.
  2. Practice more. Chemistry numerical are simple, but require loads of practice to clear any mistakes you might make. Pay attention to the details in the question.
  3. Patience is the key for cracking Organic Chemistry. Give sufficient time for topics like general organic chemistry, stereochemistry, etc and consistent study of these topics will yield results over time.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Attempt at least 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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Chikitha Savala
Tq so useful
Dhiraj Singh

Dhiraj SinghMar 18, 2018

iS conformational isomers in JEE MAINS TOPIC??
@Saruchi Kaushik
Ma'am, I really have a problem in organic chemistry. I read the reactions, the needed reagents,product. But I forget them as days goes on. Please suggest me any book or please tell me the way I have to practice or memorize easily. Thank you ma'am.
Shivam Rana

Shivam RanaJun 14, 2019

Mam i have really problem in organic chemistry i forget reaction as days so what i do
Chilukuri Ramesh9
Mam I really don't know even the weitage of chapters could you please tell me mam
Rambabu Yedla
Thank you mam
Dhiren Borah

Dhiren BorahJun 19, 2019

Thank u mam, please give more notes on other topics
Adinapunyo Banerjee
Thanks A Lot! Helped me!
Burramukku Lakshmi Chandrika
Tq mam for your suggestion

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