JEE Main 2019 – Preparation Tips, Important Topics & Books
Surbhi Mehtani, 03 Nov 2018, #JEE Main

JEE Main 2019 – National Testing Agency (NTA) will conduct JEE Main 2019 twice a year as a Computer Based Test. The first attempt of JEE Main 2019 will be held on January 9, 10, 11 and 12 in 8 different slots (Paper I) and on January 8 in two slots (Paper 2). The exam date and shift have been randomly allotted to the candidates. The second attempt of JEE Main 2019 will be held between April 6 to 20 again in 8 different slots. The authorities had released the application form of JEE Main 2019 for the first attempt from September 1 to 30, 2018 in online mode. However, the fee payment and uploading of photograph and signature were open till October 1, 2018. While application form for JEE Main 2019 second attempt will be released from February 8 to March 7. The engineering entrance exam at the undergraduate level, JEE Main 2019 attract candidates in good numbers due to its sanctity and the opportunity it provides of studying at NITs, IIITs and GFTIs. However, it is important that candidates first check the complete eligibility criteria of JEE Main 2019 and then only proceed to fill the form.

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Before starting the preparation, candidates must know the official JEE Main 2019 syllabus and pattern. The preparation of JEE Main 2019 involves knowledge of syllabus, pattern and books required as walking the unknown path will lead to hitting at sixes and sevens. The books referred to by JEE Main toppers will also be of big help as apart from NCERT, there are some concepts which are better explained in other books. Along with JEE Main 2019 syllabus and pattern, the books suggested by toppers in exclusive interviews to Careers360 has also been compiled on this page for candidates to chalk out a better preparation strategy for them and achieve success at one go!  


Know about JEE Main Exam



Name of Examination

Joint Entrance Examination Main

Commonly Known As

JEE Main

Conducting Body

National Testing Agency (NTA)

Examination Level

National Level


Undergraduate Examination

Purpose of Exam

  • Admissions into NITs, IIITs and CFTIs

  • Qualifying Test for JEE Advanced

Mode of Examination

Computer based

Number of Attempts


Duration of Exam

3 Hours

Total Marks


States that accept JEE Main scores

Rajasthan, Punjab, Chandigarh, Himachal Pradesh

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What's New?

  • From 2019, JEE Main will be conducted in Computer Based Mode. However, for Paper 2, the drawing section will be conducted as pen and paper exam.
  • JEE Main 2019 will be conducted twice a year. However, sitting in both the tests will not be compulsory.
  • JEE Main 2019 will be conducted in multiple settings.
  • The two tests (for JEE Main 2019) will be equated using psychometric methods, standardisation techniques and the equated scores will be used for the admissions.
  • NTA has established a network of more than 3400 test practice centres for candidates of rural areas so that everyone will have an opportunity to practice before the exam. Schools/engineering colleges with computer centres would be identified and kept open on Saturday/Sunday. Any student can use the facility free of charge. 
  • JEE Main 2019 will be held in existing number of languages only.
  • For admissions through JEE Main 2019 Paper II (B.Arch), the candidates should have scored 50% marks individually in Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and also an aggregate of 50% marks in 10+2 (or equivalent) examination.  

JEE Main 2019 Important Dates


There are many events related to JEE Main 2019 exam, therefore, it is important to keep a track of each one of them to not miss anything crucial and worthy.


Candidates can follow the table given below related to important dates of JEE Main 2019 and keep a track of all the events.


JEE Main Important Dates 2019





Release of Notification for JEE Main

July 2018 


JEE Main 2019 Registration Starts (for January attempt)

September 1 to 30, 2018


JEE Main 2019 Registration Starts (for April attempt)

February 8 to March 7, 2019


JEE Main registration for practice centre starts

September 1, 2018 


Mock Test Availability 

September 8, 2018


Announcement of date and shiift for paper I and II

October 5, 2018 


Announcement of exam city for paper I and II

October 19, 2018 


Availability of exact city, date and shift for paper I and II

November 15, 2018 


Admit Card Release Date

December 17, 2018 for JEE Main I and March 18, 2019 for JEE Main II


JEE Main 2019 (January attempt)

Paper I - January 9. 10, 11 and 12, 2019 (8 different sittings)

Paper II - January 8, 2019 (in two slots)


JEE Main 2019 (April attempt)

Between April 6 to 20, 2019 (8 different sittings)


Announcement of Result for JEE Main 2019 January attempt

January 31, 2019


Announcement of Result for JEE Main 2019 April attempt

April 30, 2019


Rank Card Availability

After announcement of JEE Main 2019 AIR

Candidates must be well informed of the JEE Main exam pattern so that they can divide the syllabus accordingly, know the timing of the exam, marks allotted and language in which questions will be asked.

Candidates can check the previous year JEE Main exam pattern below and refer to it while preparing.

 JEE Main Exam Pattern for Paper I and Paper II

Paper I 

  • Mode of Exam: The exam will be conducted in Computer Based mode (online) only. 

  • Duration of the Exam: The total time duration for the exam will be 3 hours.

  • Subjects: Questions in the exam will be asked from the prescribed syllabus of Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics.

  • Total Number of questions: There will be a total of 90 questions in the exam. Each section will consist of 30 questions each.

  • Type of questions: In the exam, only objective type questions will be asked. This means that each question will have four options out of which one will be correct.

  • Marking scheme: Each correct answer in the exam will be given 4 marks, whereas every wrong answer will get (-1) mark while answers with no responses will be given no marks.

  • Total marks awarded: The total marks in the exam will be 360.

  • Language / Medium of question paper: All the candidates appearing will be given an option to attempt JEE Main exam in English or Hindi except for candidates from Gujarat, Daman & Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli who can opt for Gujarati.

Paper II

  • Mode of Exam: Mathematics and Aptitude test will be computer based mode while drawing test will be conducted in pen and paper mode.
  • Duration of the exam-The total time allotted for the exam is three hours
  • Subjects: Question will be asked from Mathematics, General Aptitude, and Drawing skills 
  • Total Number of Questions: There will be a total of 82 questions, 30 questions from Mathematics, 50 from Aptitude and 2 from Drawing
  • Type of Questions: Maths and Aptitude will be objective type while drawing section will have questions to test the drawing and sketching skills of candidates
  • Marking Scheme: 4 marks will be awarded to each correct answer, whereas every wrong answer will attract (-1) mark. Unattempted answers will be given no marks.
  • Total Marks Awarded: The total marks in the exam will be of 390 marks
  • Medium of Question Paper: English or Hindi (Candidates from Gujarat, Daman & Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli can opt for Gujarati) 


JEE Main 2019 Syllabus 

JEE Main syllabus forms an important part of preparation plan and candidates must refer to it before they kickstart their groundwork for the exam.


On similar grounds of being officially announced for 2019, candidates can refer to previous year syllabus as there are very minute chances of it being reformed.


JEE Main Syllabus 2019 for Paper I

On dealing with the syllabus, the AIR 1, JEE Main 2018,  Bhogi Suraj Krishna, says, “Be comfortable with the subjects. Enjoy learning and enjoy the preparation time you spend.”


JEE Main 2019 Syllabus




Physics and measurement

Physical Chemistry

Sets, relations and functions


Some basic concepts in chemistry

Complex numbers and quadratic equations


States of matter

Matrices and determinants

Work, energy and power

Atomic structure

Mathematical reasoning

Rotational motion

Chemical bonding and molecular structure

Mathematical induction


Chemical thermodynamics

Permutations and combinations

Laws of motion


Sequences and series

Properties of solids and liquids


Lbw, continuity and differentiability

Electronic devices

Redox reactions and electrochemistry

Integral calculus

Kinetic theory of gases

Chemical kinetics

Differential equations

Oscillations and waves

Surface chemistry

Binomial theorem and its simple applications

Communication systems

Organic Chemistry

Three dimensional geometry

Current electricity

Purification and characterisation of organic compounds

Vector algebra

Magnetic effects of current and magnetism


Co-ordinate geometry

Electromagnetic induction and alternating currents

Chemistry in everyday life

Statistics and probability

Electromagnetic waves

Principles related to practical chemistry



Organic compounds containing halogens


Dual nature of matter and radiation

Organic compounds containing oxygen


Organic compounds containing nitrogen

Atoms and nuclei



Some basic principles of organic chemistry


Inorganic Chemistry

Classification of elements and periodicity in properties


Block elements (alkali and alkaline earth metals)

Block elements group 13 to group 18 elements

D - and f - block elements

Co-ordination compounds

Environmental chemistry

General principles and processes of isolation of metals

Previous Year JEE Main Exam Analysis

Candidates appearing in JEE Main 2019 must know how the last year paper was.

According to experts and students who appeared in JEE Main, the paper was similar to that of the last two years. The paper was moderately easy and the weightage of the question paper was the same as that of class XII standard syllabus.


Section wise analysis

Physics – Of all the three sections, Physics was the most difficult one and the majority of questions asked were theory and calculation based. The section was not very lengthy. In it, 17 questions were from class XII standard and 13 were from class XI standard.

Chemistry – This section had moderate level difficulty. The questions were a mix of theory and calculations. In this section, 14 questions were asked from class XII standard and remaining 16 questions were from class XI standard.

Mathematics – In this section, questions were mostly calculation based and most of the students found this section easiest of all three. 10 questions in this section were from class XII standard and 20 questions were from class XI standard.


How to prepare for JEE Main 2019?


“Success is where preparation and opportunity meet”. JEE Main 2019 is that opportunity and preparation is what candidates appearing need to do.

The preparation of JEE Main 2019 involves everything – knowledge of syllabus, acquaintance with exam pattern and awareness about books. Apart from this, JEE Main 2019 preparation also includes the strategy to achieve success, the plan to use the aforementioned resources in the best possible way and evaluation of the preparation targets achieved.


Hence, it is important to follow the preparation tips of JEE Main 2019 to be able to ace the entrance exam.


Planning is everything – For JEE Main 2019, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail”. Nothing in the preparation procedure will start and progress if not planned. So, before starting the preparation, candidates need to plan how they will prepare. The plan has to be made keeping in mind all the practical possibilities of completing it, making castles in the air will certainly not help.

ASAP – It is important that candidates start the planning and preparation both As Soon As Possible because time has wings. Once, it is gone, there will be left nothing, except heavy regret which will be totally worthless.


Books & Syllabus – One has to be aware of the books and syllabus of JEE Main 2019 before the preparation starts. The official syllabus of JEE Main 2019 must be followed for preparation purpose. Also, the right books will help you get your concepts clear.


Schedule it well – It is important to make a schedule and stick to it. Without a schedule, your syllabus and preparation will go for a task.

Take the right pressure – JEE Main is big and the pressure to perform in it is bigger. Try keeping the positive one only that helps to motivate. Stay away from all sorts of worries, tensions and negative vibes. Mental balance is important to keep during the process of preparation. It is plain studying and performing, THAT'S IT!


Break it down – Whenever bored or tired of studying, take breaks. Mind works better if involved in different activities at different hours. Walk, play, dance, sing, meditate, go for a movie etc. Do anything that helps rejuvenate. Make sure that involvement in different activities is not tiresome and for a very long time because STUDYING is the priority at the moment.


Revision is the key – Whenever done with a topic, revise it. This forms as an important part of preparation. As the syllabus is vast, there is a possibility that learning new topics might erase off the previous ones. Keep revising while learning.


Test yourself – Evaluation is equally important as preparation. Take up previous year's question papers and solve them at regular breaks. This helps give a REALITY CHECK which is super important to know the status of one's actual preparation.


JEE Main 2019 Preparation Tips by Toppers


What could be better than having it from the horse's mouth? Know what the toppers of JEE Main suggest regarding preparation.


AIR 2, JEE Main 2018, KVR Hemant Kumar Chodipilli suggests that “ To crack JEE one has to remain positive and confident. There may be times when you may face difficulty in understanding the concepts, but still you must try to remain calm and try with renewed determination to understand the concepts without skipping them. Try to interact with the faculty for guidance. “Be patient, Work hard.”


The All India Ranker 3 of JEE Main 2018, Parth Satish Laturia says, “If you are aiming to crack the JEE exam, you must manage your time well, work hard, remain positive and should not lose hope at any stage of preparation. There may be times when you might not be performing well in the mock tests. It is at that time that you should not lose hope. If you have any doubts, then please clear your doubts from your faculty. Try to remain relaxed and take proper rest and eat well.”


JEE Main 2018, AIR 4, Pranav Goyal suggests, “ Remain focused. Mere hard work will not yield the desired result if you are not focussed.”


Pawan Goyal, AIR 6, JEE Main 2018 says, “ Be consistent in your study and pursue your goals. Keep your interests in mind while choosing your goals in life. You can do better then.”


JEE Main 2019 Important Books

NCERT is the most important book for JEE Main preparation, however, there are reference books that have some concepts explained in a better and comprehensive manner. These books have been suggested by JEE Main toppers of previous years. Candidates can refer to these books and make their concepts more stronger and clear.


JEE Main best books for reference




  • Concepts of Physics by H C Verma

  • Problems in General Physics by I.E. Irodov

  • Arihant Physics by D. C. Pandey

  • Elements of Dynamics by S.L.Loney

  • Advanced level Physics by Nelson and Parker

  • University Physics by Sears and Zemansky

  • Fundamentals of Physics by Resnick, Halliday, Walker


  • Modern Approach to Chemical Calculations by R.C. Mukherjee

  • For Physical Chemistry-Atkins' and N Awasthi’s Physical Chemistry

  • For Organic Chemistry- Organic Chemistry by Paula Bruice Yurkanis, O.P. Tandon Organic Chemistry and Organic Chemistry by M.S. Chauhan

  • For Inorganic Chemistry- Book by J.D Lee and O.P. Tandon


  • Trigonometry; 103 Trigonometry Problems by Titu Andreescu & Zuming Feng by S.L.Loney, Titu Andreescu & Zuming Feng

  • Co-ordinate Geometry by S.L.Loney

  • Higher Algebra by Hall Knight+ Bernard-child

    Problems in Calculus of One Variable Algebra by I.A.Maron

  • Algebra by Arihant

  • Differential Calculus by Arihant

  • Integral Calculus by Arihant

  • Complete Mathematics for JEE Main by Tata McGrawHill (TMH)

  • New Pattern Mathematics for JEE Main/Advanced by Arihant Publications

    Previous year-IIT-JEE- question bank

JEE Main Important Topics


Candidates preparing for the entrance exam must note that the whole syllabus of JEE Main is important and must be studied. However, there are some topics on which candidates must focus more or revise them more as they have been suggested by previous year toppers and questions are being asked from those topics frequently.

JEE Main Important Topics for Physics

  • Magnetics-One of the topic from which maximum questions are asked in the question paper.

  • Modern Physics-It is one of the important and scoring topics for both JEE Main and JEE Advanced. Also, candidates must check sub-topics such as radioactive decay of substances, nuclear fission and fusion, dual nature of matter and X-rays in detail.

  • Optics-It is a relatively easy topic to study.

  • Oscillation and Waves-Must study this topic in detail.

  • Electromagnetic Induction and AC- Generally, numerical problems are asked from this topic.

  • Current Electricity- Another important topic which candidates need to cover. Ohm’s law, colour code for resistors etc are asked from this.

  • Electrostatics- According to the previous year trend, this is the most scoring topic as almost four questions are asked from it every year in.


JEE Main Important Topics for Chemistry

  • Organic Chemistry- Purification and Characterisation of Organic Compounds, Some Basic Principles of Organic Chemistry, Hydrocarbons,Organic Compounds Containing Oxygen, Organic Compounds Containing Nitrogen, Bio Molecules etc.

  • Inorganic Chemistry- Classification of Elements and Periodicity in Properties, General Principles and Process of Isolation of Metals, Hydrogen, s - Block Elements (Alkali and Alkaline Earth Metals), Co-ordination Compounds, Environmental Chemistry to name few.

  • Physical Chemistry- Some Basic concepts in Chemistry,States of Matter, Atomic Structure, Chemical Bonding and Molecular Structure,Chemical Thermodynamics, Equilibrium, Surface Chemistry,Chemical Kinetics and Redox Reactions and Electrochemistry.


JEE Main Important Topics for Mathematics

  • Permutations & Combinations

  • Definite Integration

  • Quadratic Equation

  • Conic Section

  • Differential Equation

  • Probability

  • Determinants

  • Application of Derivatives

  • Vector & 3D Geometry

  • Complex Numbers

  • Coordinate Geometry; Matrices in Algebra: Circle, Parabola, Hyperbola in Coordinate Geometry

  • Functions, limits, Continuity & Differentiability

  • Sequences engineers

  • Calculus; Definite Integral in Calculus 

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