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JEE 2020: Step by Step Guide for learning Physics:

Physics has always been the most interesting subject in IIT JEE and other engineering entrance exams preparation. A survey was conducted in 5 IIT’s amongst the IIT students who cleared IIT JEE. The results clearly tilted in favor of physics as around 45% students consider physics as most interesting subject under IIT JEE. Physics is followed by mathematics 35% and then chemistry 20%.

The strategy to crack IIT JEE physics exam is to build very good conceptual clarity.

1. Learn basics first:
Focus on your basic concepts initially before jumping to the advanced concepts.
Go through the physics NCERT Textbook thoroughly. Make your own notes. Combine your JEE Main and board syllabus, as most of the topics and their concepts are common. Don’t forget to review your syllabus and don’t ignore any topic while preparation, everything is important.
Go through the NCERT books for Physics. NCERT books cover all the topics in the syllabus of the exam. For this reason, finish the NCERT books first to clear your basics. It is very important to get a clear understanding of the basic concepts.
Once your basics are cleared, focus on the most important chapters for IIT JEE Physics. Prioritize your important chapters depending on their weightage in the exams.

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2. Make a Formula Sheet:

Learning different formulae is difficult yet very beneficial. If those are on your finger tips, a lot of time would be saved while solving numericals. Make a proper sheet with all formulas written in easy manner, go through it and try to remember the important ones.

Make a complete list of derivations, formulas, and experiments in your syllabus and keep that list somewhere you can see it every day. Make Flash cards for the formulae and topics you feel you need to be clear with. Just a glance during the last days will sort them out for you. Revise all the important concepts religiously.
3. Prepare a Timetable:
Make a proper time-table and make sure you follow it strictly. Give required time to each subject which will help you learn the difficult concepts in a good amount of time. Time management during preparation is really important as then, you will have enough time for every subject and n time constraints would arise.
4. Improve Your Weak Areas:
Try to improve your weak areas. Focus more on the topics in which you are weak. Make a list of those topics and try to improve those. You must start with the most important topics of JEE mains Physics and after that prepare for the less important ones.

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5. Make Notes:
During your JEE Physics Preparation, you need to make notes of all the important formulas, theorems and concepts. Physics Notes for JEE mains will help you to learn the concepts faster and will also help you in your last-minute preparation. These notes will be helpful during the revision time and also, while you write the concepts you are learning, you understand them better and they are retained in your mind for a long time.
6. Practice Sample papers:
Always solve sample papers after completion of your preparation. This is one of the most important thing as it provides you a clear idea about how to manage the time during examination. If you solve 10-12 sample papers, then you would get information about the pattern of questions and how much time should be devoted to each section.
Solve IIT JEE mains practice questions regularly. Mark the questions you find difficult to solve and revise them regularly.
Once you have finished the entire syllabus, take full-length IIT JEE mains mock tests.
7. Solve JEE Mains Previous Year Papers:
The best way to prepare for JEE Mains  Physics is to solve Previous Year Question Papers. Solving these JEE Physics Questions will help you identify the type of questions asked in the JEE Mains Exam. It also improves your speed and accuracy. So, solve as many question papers as possible and get yourself prepared for the exam.

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Important topics for JEE Mains:
Some topics are pretty important in every subject. So, here we have mentioned some important topics based on previous year papers analysis:

  • Electrostatics: The section carries 4 questions every year. It is also a scoring section.
  • Oscillation and Waves: Damped Harmonic Motion, Forced Vibrations and Resonance, Wave characteristics, Reflection, Refraction and Diffraction, Snell’s Law to Describe Refraction, Superposition and Interference are the important topics from this section.
  • Modern Physics: It is also a scoring subject and the Bohr’s model is the most important topic. Try to solve more and more no. of questions to get familiar with numerical questions
  • Optics: Huygens’ principles is important. A numerical question or a conceptual question is always asked.
  • Magnetics: Earth’s Magnetism, Biot – Savart law, Magnetic Field, Magnetic Field of Moving Charge, Force on a Current Carrying Conductor, Lorentz Force, Force Between Parallel, Current Carrying Wires, Bar Magnets and Magnetic Dipoles, Torque on Bar Magnet, Potential Energy of a Magnetic Dipole, Magnetization of Materials, Curie’s Law and Curie Temperature are important topics from this section.
  • Electromagnetic Induction and AC: Electromagnetic Induction, Faraday’s Laws of Electromagnetic Induction, Energy Stored in an Inductor, Oscillations in L-C Circuit
  • Current Electricity: Ohm’s law, color code for resistors, characteristic of ohmic and non-ohmic conductors are the important topics from this section
  • Waves: Sub-topics like principle of superposition of waves, simple harmonic motion (S.H.M) and its equation, Doppler Effect in sound are important from this section.

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Important: JEE Main Preparation Tips for Physics Part B:

While preparing for JEE Main for Physics, students must take note of part B of the syllabus of JEE Main 2020(Physics) which states that 20% weightage will be given to practical component (Experimental Skills). These are simple problems based on the given topics. You can score high in this section if you do the problems and questions based on the topics given in the table below. This is a scoring section, so, it should be given proper time and practice.  

JEE Main Physics Part B Syllabus:

  1. Vernier callipers- its use to measure internal and external diameter and depth of the vessel.
  2. Resistance of a given wire using Ohm’s law.
  3. Metre scale- mass of a given object by principle of moments.
  4. Surface Tension of water by capillary rise and effect of detergents.
  5. Screw gauge- its use to determine thickness/ diameter of thin sheet/ wire.
  6. Specific heat capacity of a given: (i) solid and (ii) liquid by method of mixtures.
  7. Coefficient of Viscosity of a given viscous liquid by measuring the terminal velocity of a given spherical body.
  8. Resistance and figure of merit of a galvanometer by half deflection method.
  9. Speed of sound in air at room temperature using a resonance tube.
  10. Young modulus of elasticity of the material of a metallic wire.
  11. Plotting a cooling curve for the relationship between the temperature of a hot body and time.
  12. Focal Length of : (a) Concave mirror (b) Convex mirror (c) Convex lens using parallax method.
  13. Refractive index of a glass slab using a travelling microscope.
  14. Identification of diode, transistor, IC Resistor, Capacitor from mixed collection of such items.
  15. Plot of angle of deviation vs angle of incidence for triangular prism.
  16. Simple pendulum- dissipation of energy by plotting a graph between square of amplitude and time.
  17. Resistivity of the material of a given wire using metre bridge.
  18. Characteristic curves of a Zener diode and finding reverse breakdown voltage.
  19. Using multimeter to (a) identify base of a transistor (b)See the unidirectional flow of current in case of a diode and an LED (c) Check the correctness or otherwise of a given electronic component (d) distinguish between npn and pnp type transistor.
  20. Characteristic curves of a transistor and finding current gain and voltage gain.
  21. Potentiometer- (a) Comparison of emf of two primary cells (b) Determination of internal resistance of a cell.
  22. Characteristic curves of a p-n junction diode in forward and reverse bias.

Unit-wise weightage of JEE Main Physics:

We have divided all the chapters of Physics into 5 Units as given below:

  1. Mechanics (Class XI)

  2. Heat & Thermodynamics (Class XI)

  3. Electrostatics & Magnetism (Class XII)

  4. Current Electricity & EMI (Class XII)

  5. Optics & Modern Physics (Class XII)

The weightage of these units is given below: 


 Previous 4 year Analysis



 Heat & Thermodynamics


 Electrostatics and Magnetism


 Current Electricity & EMI


 Optics & Modern Physics


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Books for JEE Main Physics:

  • Concepts of Physics Volume 1 and Volume 2 (Author: H.C. Verma)
  • Problems in General Physics (Author: IE Irodov)
  • Fundamentals of Physics (Author: Halliday, Resnick and Walker)
  • Advance Physics (Author: Nelkon and Parker)
  • Problems in Physics (Author: AA Pinsky)
  • Objective Questions on Physics- Chapterwise Solved Papers (Author: D.C. Pandey)
  • Feynman Lectures on Physics (Author: Feynman, Leighton and Sands)

JEE Main Physics Syllabus- Section A: 





Physics and Measurement

Physics, technology and society, SI units, Fundamental and derived units. Least count, accuracy and precision of measuring instruments, Errors in measurement, Dimensions of Physical quantities, dimensional analysis and its applications,



Frame of reference. Motion in a straight line: Position-time graph, speed and velocity. Uniform and non-uniform motion, average speed and instantaneous velocity Uniformly accelerated motion, velocity-time, position-time graphs, relations for uniformly accelerated motion. Scalars and Vectors, Vector addition and Subtraction, Zero Vector, Scalar and Vector products, Unit Vector, Resolution of a Vector. Relative Velocity, Motion in a plane. Projectile Motion, Uniform Circular Motion.


Laws of Motion

Force and Inertia, Newton's First Law of motion; Momentum, Newton's Second Law of motion; Impulse; Newton's Third Law of motion. Law of conservation of linear momentum and its applications, Equilibrium of concurrent forces.

Static and Kinetic friction, laws of friction, rolling friction.

Dynamics of uniform circular motion: Centripetal force and its applications,


Work, Energy and Power

Work done by a constant force and a variable force; kinetic and potential energies, work energy theorem, power.

Potential energy of a spring, conservation of mechanical energy, conservative and non conservative forces; Elastic and inelastic collisions in one and two dimensions.


Rotational Motion

Centre of mass of a two-particle system, Centre of mass of a rigid body; Basic concepts of rotational motion; moment of a force, torque, angular momentum, conservation of angular momentum and its applications; moment of inertia, radius of gyration. Values of moments of inertia for simple geometrical objects, parallel and perpendicular axes theorems and their applications. Rigid body rotation, equations of rotational motion.



The universal law of gravitation. Acceleration due to gravity and its variation with altitude and depth, Kepler's laws of planetary motion. Gravitational potential energy; gravitational potential. Escape velocity. Orbital velocity of a satellite. Geo-stationary satellites.


Properties of Solids and Liquids

Elastic behaviour, Stress-strain relationship, Hooke's Law, Young's modulus, bulk modulus, modulus of rigidity. Pressure due to a fluid column; Pascal's law and its applications. Viscosity, Stokes' law, terminal velocity, streamline and turbulent flow, Reynolds number. Bernoulli's principle and its applications. Surface energy and surface tension, angle of contact, application of surface tension - drops, bubbles and capillary rise. Heat, temperature, thermal expansion; specific heat capacity, calorimetry; change of state, latent heat. Heat transfer-conduction, convection and radiation, Newton's law of cooling.



Thermal equilibrium, zeroth law of thermodynamics, concept of temperature. Heat, work and internal energy. First law of thermodynamics. Second law of thermodynamics: reversible and irreversible processes. Carnot engine and its efficiency.


Kinetic Theory of Gases

Equation of state of a perfect gas, work done on compressing a gas. Kinetic theory of gases-assumptions, concept of pressure. Kinetic energy and temperature: rms speed of gas molecules; Degrees of freedom, Law of equipartition of energy,applications to specific heat capacities of gases; Mean free path, Avogadro's number.


Oscillations and Waves

Periodic motion - period, frequency, displacement as a function of time. Periodic functions. Simple harmonic motion (S.H.M.) and its equation; phase; oscillations of a spring -restoring force and force constant; energy in S.H.M. - kinetic and potential energies; Simple pendulum - derivation of expression for its time period; Free, forced and damped oscillations, resonance.

Wave motion. Longitudinal and transverse waves, speed of a wave. Displacement relation for a progressive wave. Principle of superposition of waves, reflection of waves, Standing waves in strings and organ pipes, fundamental mode and harmonics, Beats, Doppler effect in sound



Electric charges: Conservation of charge, Coulomb's law-forces between two point charges, forces between multiple charges; superposition principle and continuous charge distribution.

Electric field: Electric field due to a point charge, Electric field lines, Electric dipole, Electric field due to a dipole, Torque on a dipole in a uniform electric field.

Electric flux, Gauss's law and its applications to find field due to infinitely long uniformly charged straight wire, uniformly charged infinite plane sheet and uniformly charged thin spherical shell. Electric potential and its calculation for a point charge, electric dipole and system of charges; Equipotential surfaces, Electrical potential energy of a system of two point charges in an electrostatic field.

Conductors and insulators, Dielectrics and electric polarization, capacitor, combination of capacitors in series and in parallel, capacitance of a parallel plate capacitor with and without dielectric medium between the plates, Energy stored in a capacitor.


Currrent Electricity

Electric current, Drift velocity, Ohm's law, Electrical resistance, Resistances of different materials, V-I characteristics of Ohmic and nonohmic conductors, Electrical energy and power, Electrical resistivity, Colour code for resistors; Series and parallel combinations of resistors; Temperature dependence of resistance.

Electric Cell and its Internal resistance, potential difference and emf of a cell, combination of cells in series and in parallel. Kirchhoffs laws and their applications. Wheatstone bridge, Metre bridge. Potentiometer - principle and its applications.


Magnetic Effects of Current and Magnetism

Biot - Savart law and its application to current carrying circular loop. Ampere's law and its applications to infinitely long current carrying straight wire and solenoid. Force on a moving charge in uniform magnetic and electric fields. Cyclotron.

Force on a current-carrying conductor in a uniform magnetic field. Force between two parallel current-carrying conductors-definition of ampere, Torque experienced by a current loop in uniform magnetic field; Moving coil galvanometer, its current sensitivity and conversion to ammeter and voltmeter.

Current loop as a magnetic dipole and its magnetic dipole moment. Bar magnet as an equivalent solenoid, magnetic field lines; Earth's magnetic field and magnetic elements. Para-, dia- and ferro- magnetic substances.

Magnetic susceptibility and permeability, Hysteresis, Electromagnets and permanent magnets.


Electromagnetic Induction and Alternating Currents

Electromagnetic induction; Faraday's law, induced emf and current; Lenz's Law, Eddy currents. Self and mutual inductance. Alternating currents, peak and rms value of alternating current/ voltage; reactance and impedance; LCR series circuit, resonance; Quality factor, power in AC circuits, wattless current. AC generator and transformer.


Electromagnetic Waves

Electromagnetic waves and their characteristics. Transverse nature of electromagnetic waves.

Electromagnetic spectrum (radio waves, microwaves, infrared, visible, ultraviolet, X-rays, gamma rays). Applications of e.m. waves.



Reflection and refraction of light at plane and spherical surfaces, mirror formula, Total internal reflection and its applications, Deviation and Dispersion of light by a prism, Lens Formula, Magnification, Power of a Lens, Combination of thin lenses in contact, Microscope and Astronomical Telescope (reflecting and refracting) and their magnifying powers.

Wave optics: wavefront and Huygens' principle, Laws of reflection and refraction using Huygens’ principle. Interference, Young's double slit experiment and expression for fringe width, coherent sources and sustained interference of light. Diffraction due to a single slit, width of central maximum. Resolving power of microscopes and astronomical telescopes, Polarisation, plane polarized light; Brewster's law, uses of plane polarized light and Polaroids.


Dual Nature of Matter and Radiation

Dual nature of radiation. Photoelectric effect, Hertz and Lenard's observations; Einstein's photoelectric equation; particle nature of light. Matter waves-wave nature of particle, de Broglie relation. Davis son-Germer experiment.


Atoms and Nuclei

Alpha-particle scattering experiment; Rutherford's model of atom; Bohr model, energy levels, hydrogen spectrum. Composition and size of nucleus, atomic masses, isotopes, isobars; isotones. Radioactivity-alpha, beta and gamma particles/rays and their properties; radioactive decay law. Mass-energy relation, mass defect; binding energy per nucleon and its variation with mass number, nuclear fission and fusion.


Electronic Devices

Semiconductors; semiconductor diode: I-V characteristics in forward and reverse bias; diode as a rectifier; 1-V characteristics of LED, photodiode, solar cell and Zener diode; Zener diode as a voltage regulator. Junction transistor, transistor action, characteristics of a transistor; transistor as an amplifier (common emitter configuration) and oscillator. Logic gates (OR, AND, NOT, NAND and NOR). Transistor as a switch.


Communication Systems

Propagation of electromagnetic waves in the atmosphere; Sky and space wave propagation, Need for modulation, Amplitude and Frequency Modulation, Bandwidth of signals, Bandwidth of Transmission medium, Basic Elements of a Communication System (Block Diagram only).

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