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One of the biggest questions in the mind of JEE Advanced aspirants is the weightage of 11thand 12th standard syllabus. Thanks to the million confusing suggestions by people who won’t just leave you alone, you might still be pondering over your analysis and study techniques. Well, fret not! You’ve come to the right place.

To simplify things, let me tell you right from the start that Class 12 weightage is more for Physics and mathematics while it is nearly equal for Chemistry. To be concise, the 12th syllabus has 60% weightage, and 11th syllabus has 40% weightage.

Here are a few topics that you need to concentrate on for JEE Advanced 2017 (From both Class 10 & 12):




Now, let’s talk about the recent JEE Advanced exam, which was successfully conducted on May 21, 2016. More than 1.5 lakh students appeared for the entrance examination, which was divided into two papers – Paper 1 and Paper 2.

There are two ways to analyse the percentage of syllabus asked in JEE: marks wise and questions wise. We will discuss both the distributions here. But before getting into them, let me remind you that most of the questions asked in JEE Advanced involve the application of Multiple concepts. A single question might put to use concepts from both 11th and 12th syllabus. So, in such cases, the most important concept is considered, and the distribution might vary a bit accordingly.

The following graph will give you an idea about the class-wise marks and number of questions asked in JEE Advanced 2016. Keep in mind that from the paper analysis of the past years; it can be said that there is no fixed number of questions from the particular topic. The number of questions fluctuates every year.

JEE Advanced 2016

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The following graph will get you the idea about the class-wise marks and number of questions asked in JEE Advanced 2015.

JEE Advanced 2015

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The following graph will get you the idea about the class-wise marks and number of questions asked in JEE Advanced 2014.

JEE Advanced 2014


Upon analyzing these facts, we can safely assume that 30-40% of the questions asked are from class 11th and the same can be said about their marks-wise weightage. Similarly, 60-70% of the questions asked are from class 12th syllabus, the mark-wise weightage being in the similar ranges.

You have to ensure that you have a balanced score in each subject. Generally, with a vast majority of students, two topics are strong and one is relatively average. Although you can secure a good rank if you are able to master all the three, a decent rank is achieved only if you are able to score well in two subjects and above average in one. So, be confident and ensure that you achieve at least above average marks in your weakest subject. The average cut-off for JEE Advanced over the past three to four years has been not more than 42 per cent.

But remember that most of the chapters of 12th are a continuation of the syllabus in 11th. Hence, I don’t think you should worry too much about the weightage.

One must always remember to look for multiple concept application type problems while revising and try to give as many practice tests as possible while preparing for this beast of an exam.

For more details on how to prepare for JEE Advanced, you can click here.

All the best!

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