We had discussed Eligibility, Attempts, Pattern of the Test, Pattern of the Question Paper in The IIT Trilogy – Part 1. We continue to add more useful information to the repository of all your JEE preparation needs.
Syllabus and Weightage of JEE:
From where we left it last, we now look at aiming for the Syllabus and Weightage, with more weight on the latter than the former. Remember though, the syllabus vaguely follows the NCERT with the omission of certain topics. Weightage is an illusion in JEE, for instance, JEE 2012 had around 33 marks of questions coming from Rotational Dynamics (a single chapter of a single section – Mechanics) and JEE 2013 had a simple problem of 2 marks from the same chapter. So, leave the decision of weightage to JEE and prepare all equally.
Further pressing on, I come to the Areas to Focus. Love two subjects, at least. Love them so much that whatever the questions may be, you should be able to score greater than 60% in them individually. This is very much required given the vast syllabus that you need to read for JEE. But, this doesn’t mean that you leave the third one completely, it should be prepared well enough to have 40% secure marks. Then only, you have a viable chance to get into the bracket where you may consider IIT for your undergraduate studies.
As we are into the preparation now, the required comes up – Books. As one who has gone through multiple books and settled in on the NCERTs and a few good ones finally, I would suggest you to go for the easy way out and have a simple set of general books and read them religiously. Also, you must go through the previous year questions for each chapter, without fail.
Physics for JEE:
For JEE Physics, the preparation for any chapter should start with NCERT and preferably must end with IE Irodov. Read every single line, every blue box (you would encounter them once you go through the chapters) and solve each question from the Exercise, Intext Section, Solved Examples and be thorough with the chapter before picking up any other source for your study. Then, you may go for HC Verma’s Concepts of Physics, these have been the go-to books for IIT aspirants and pack in a wonderful number of questions and concepts to help you expand from the concise NCERT. Another layer of study can come with JEE-adapted Halliday-Resnick books of Amit Gupta and Manish Singhal which shall give you another look into the topic, but this is very optional and do only if you have enough time. The final step is IE Irodov problems, do the problems in the book to check your concepts and be exposed to the level of problems in the JEE question paper.
Mathematics for JEE:
For Mathematics, it is way too difficult to choose a set of books though the recent Cengage Series by Tewani and the Arihant Series have packed up a good number of approaches and problems that may be worked out by the students to get a taste of JEE. Yet, this subject needs practice and exposure to various types of problems, hence prepare accordingly.