All of the chemistry in JEE mains or advanced will be based on the NCERT Chemisry books of 11th and 12th class. It is the Bible for preparation of Chemistry. But just going through the book won’t help you prepare. We bring you a systematic approach to prepare for Organic Chemistry in JEE Advanced.
Approaching Organic Chemistry in JEE Advanced:
A top-down approach
For Organic Chemistry in JEE Advanced, you should know which type of questions usually come in papers and their weightage.
Try to solve these questions by yourself, if you don’t know the answer, check the solutions.
I would suggest you buy a book containing previous years’ solved question papers and go through it thoroughly.
Now, you know the types of questions and their weightage!
Ask yourself, can I answer all the questions asked in previous years’ papers?
If yes, well and good. If NO, then take out NCERT book and locate the chapter from where the question is asked and read it thoroughly. I would say, you will surely get the concept in the book. But if it is not in the book, then go for the supplementary/reference books.
In this way, by back-tracing you can get hold of the important concepts of Organic Chemistry in JEE advanced.
A Bottom-Up Approach
A bottom-up approach will be to do the reverse of what I have just told you. You buy chemistry NCERT books and one or two reference books and start mugging-up. What you have to mug-up is below-
1. All named reactions and their mechanisms with their intermediary products (if any) and the final products and by-products. Take note of reaction catalysts and atmospheric conditions required to carry out the reactions.
2. Order of nucleophilicity, electrophilicity, steric hindrance, etc.
3. Polymers and their monomers. Reactions and processes involved in polymerization.
4. Various configurations of organic compounds like R-S, cis-trans, etc
6. Structure of DNA and RNA.
7. Carbon and its Compounds.
and so on.
Basically, you have to go through each and every chapter of Organic chemistry from the NCERT and by-heart every single details. And, then try to solve the question paper problems and check where you stand.
But, this is very crude approach and here we don’t know which part of the chapter is important and which is not.
So, I would prefer to go by the Top-down approach only.
Approach During Exam
During the exam, try to use these tricks to get better marks:
1. Try to attempt all the questions which do not have negative marking.
2. If partial marking is there in multiple correct answer type questions, and you don’t know the correct answer for sure, then go for elimination of wrong options to reach to correct answers.
3. In first attempt, mark only those Negative Marking questions that you are sure of.
4. In second attempt, for rest of the questions go for elimination of wrong options and if you are able to eliminate any two of the given options, then definitely attempt the question. Otherwise, leave it.
These are some of the tricks that helped me during my examination. You can also check out our other blogs which help you prepare for Mechanics in JEE Advanced.
Best of luck 🙂