JEE Main 2020 – Preparation Tips, Important Topics & Books
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JEE Main 2020 - NTA has closed JEE Main 2020 application form (January session) for candidates who will be attempting the exam at J&K centres. The final date to submit the application form was November 8, 2019. The authorities had earlier closed the application form of JEE Main 2020 for the rest of the students on October 10, 2019. The exam authorities will conduct JEE Main 2020 in two sessions namely - January and February. JEE Main is the most important exam for students aspiring to be future engineers after their class 12. From the year 2019, JEE Main is being conducted twice in a year. JEE Main 2020 first session will be conducted in January and the second session will be conducted in April. Being the biggest entrance test for undergraduate engineering courses, there were total 6,46,386 students who appeared for JEE Main 2019. Candidates appearing for JEE Main 2020 ought to be clear with their preparations and plan everything accordingly. By going through this article, students preparing for the coveted entrance exam can get information about important books, preparation tips and a lot more.
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Before beginning with their preparations for JEE Main 2020, students need to familiarize themselves with the syllabus and exam pattern. Acquainting themselves with the syllabus of JEE Main 2020, candidates can know what topics are important, the weightage given to topics and concepts and so on. Along with the syllabus, students should also go through the exam pattern of JEE Main 2020 to get knowledge about the nature of questions, marking scheme, duration of the exam and a lot of other important things relating to the entrance test.

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JEE Main 2020 - Key Points of Focus



Name of Examination

Joint Entrance Examination Main

Commonly called as

JEE Main

Conducting body

National Testing Agency (NTA)

Level of examination

National Level


Undergraduate Examination

Purpose of exam

  • Admissions into NITs, IIITs and CFTIs

  • Qualifying Test for JEE Advanced

Examination mode

Computer-based except for drawing in Paper 2 for B.Arch

Total number of attempts


Duration of exam

3 Hours

Total Marks

300 for Paper 1 and 400 for Paper 2

States accepting JEE Main scores

Rajasthan, Punjab, Chandigarh, Himachal Pradesh

JEE Main 2020 Important Dates

Important Dates of JEE Main January 2020


Important Dates

Registration for JEE Main 2020 January session

September 3 to October 10, 2019

Commencement of Registration for Test Practice Centres

August 10 to December 29, 2019

Last Date to Pay Application Fee, Upload Signature and Photograph

October 11, 2019

Correction Period of Application Form

October 14 to 20, 2019

Availability of JEE Main 2020 Admit Card

December 6, 2019

JEE Main 2020

January 6, 2020 (Paper 2 - B.Arch/B.Plan)

January 7 to 11, 2020 (Paper 1 - B.E./B.Tech)

Release of Question Paper and Responses of Candidates

Third week of January 2020

Answer Key

Third week of January 2020

Announcement of JEE Main January 2020 Result

January 31, 2020

Important Dates of JEE Main April 2020


Important Dates

Release of Application Form for JEE Main 2020 April session

February 7 to March 7, 2020

Correction of Application Form by First Time Registered Candidates (except the choice of cities)

To be notified

Availability of Admit Card

March 16, 2020

JEE Main April 2020

April 3 to 9, 2020

Availability of Answer Key and Recorded Candidate Responses

To be notified

Release of Final Answer Key

Paper I - To be notified

Paper II - To be notified

Announcement of Result

April 30, 2020

JEE Main Exam Pattern 2020

Before starting with the JEE Main 2020 preparations, candidates must thoroughly go through the detailed exam pattern of JEE Main 2020. Knowing the exam pattern makes sure that the student is well prepared for the exam and has knowledge about the nature of questions, total questions and a lot of other important aspects of the exam. JEE Main 2020 entrance exam for January attempt will be conducted by NTA from January 6 to 11, 2020. The admit card of JEE Main 2020 for January attempt has been released on December 6, 2019. The detailed exam pattern of JEE Main 2020 is given below:

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Mode of Exam

Computer-based test mode (Pen and Paper mode for drawing section in B.A

Exam Duration

3 hours


Paper 1 - Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics

Paper 2

B.Arch - Mathematics, General Aptitude, and Drawing skills

B.Plan - Mathematics, General Aptitude and Planning

Total number of questions

Paper 1 - 75 (Each subject will have 25 questions with 20 MCQs and 5 Numerical questions)

Paper 2 - 77 (B.Arch - Mathematics 20 questions and 5 numerical questions, Aptitude 50, Drawing 2 & B.Plan - Mathematics 20 questions and 5 numerical questions, Aptitude 50 and 25 MCQs)

Type of Questions

Objective having 4 options each with only 1 correct option

Paper 2 Drawing section will not carry any objective type questions

Marking Scheme

4 marks will be awarded for every correct response; for the incorrect response, 1 mark will be deducted. No marks will be given for unattempted questions. Numerical questions do not have any negative marking

Maximum number of marks

300 marks for Paper 1 and 400 Marks for Paper 2

Medium of paper

English or Hindi (Candidates from Gujarat, Daman & Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli can opt for Gujarati as well)

JEE Main Syllabus 2020

Syllabus is a very key aspect that candidate need to go through to start their preparations for JEE Main 2020. Students must kickstart with their preparations by thoroughly getting through the key concepts and topics from where questions will be asked in the entrance test. Given below is the JEE Main syllabus 2020 to help students glance through the subjects and important topics:



Section A

Section B


Physical Chemistry

Organic Chemistry

Inorganic Chemistry

Download the official JEE Main syllabus by clicking here

JEE Main Syllabus 2020 - Paper 2 (Aptitude Test B. Arch/ B.Planning)

Part I

Awareness of persons, places, Buildings, Materials. Objects, Texture related to Architecture and build—environment. Visualising three-dimensional objects from two-dimensional drawings. Visualising. different sides of three-dimensional objects. Analytical Reasoning Mental Ability (Visual, Numerical and Verbal).

Part II

Three dimensional - perception: Understanding and appreciation of scale and proportion of objects, building forms and elements, colour texture, harmony and contrast. Design and drawing of geometrical or abstract shapes and patterns in pencil. Transformation of forms both 2 D and 3 D union, subtraction, rotation, development of surfaces and volumes, Generation of Plan, elevations and 3 D views of objects. Creating two dimensional and three-dimensional compositions using given shapes and forms.

Drawing section

Sketching of scenes and activities from memory of urbanscape (public space, market, festivals, street scenes, monuments, recreational spaces, etc.), landscape (river fronts, jungles, trees, plants, etc.) and rural life.

Planning section
  • General awareness regarding development issues, government programmes/schemes etc.
  • Comprehension, critical thinking and analytical skills, graphs, charts and map reading skills, simple statistics.
  • CBSE class X social sciences
  • A written passage will also be included

JEE Main 2020 Important Books

NCERT is undoubtedly one of the most valuable books for JEE Main preparation, however, students must also take the help of other reference books where some concepts and topics are explained in a better and comprehensive way. Apart from NCERT, we have compiled a list of other important books that candidates can refer to prepare in a better manner. The list of JEE Main 2020 important books is given below.

JEE Main best books for reference




  • Fundamentals of Physics by Resnick, Halliday, Walker

  • Concepts of Physics by H C Verma

  • Advanced level Physics by Nelson and Parker

  • Elements of Dynamics by S.L.Loney

  • Arihant Physics by D. C. Pandey

  • University Physics by Sears and Zemansky

  • Problems in General Physics by I.E. Irodov


  • For Physical Chemistry-Atkins' and N Awasthi’s Physical Chemistry
    Modern Approach to Chemical Calculations by R.C. Mukherjee

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

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


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

  • Higher Algebra by Hall Knight+ Bernard-child
    Problems in Calculus of One Variable Algebra by I.A.Maron

  • Co-ordinate Geometry by S.L.Loney

  • Differential Calculus by Arihant

  • Algebra by Arihant

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

  • Integral Calculus by Arihant

  • Previous year-IIT-JEE- question bank

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

JEE Main 2020 Important Topics

Students preparing for JEE Main should segregate important topics from the JEE Main syllabus. It is important to understand what topics are important and carry greater weightage in the entrance exam. Accordingly, candidates should pay special focus to the important topics of JEE Main 2020. Given below is the list of important topics for JEE Main that have been curated by previous year question papers and by suggestions from toppers who appeared for the exam in the past.

JEE Main Important Topics for Physics

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

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

  • 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.

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

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

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

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

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, BioMolecules etc.

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

  • 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.

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

JEE Main Exam Analysis of Previous Years

It is a matter of fact that every year the JEE Main paper is different but going through the analysis of last year to get an idea about the pattern and style of the paper. This will further acquaint the student with the difficulty level of the exam and other important things about JEE Main 2020. Given below is the exam analysis of previous year editions of JEE Main:

Chemistry: The chemistry section of JEE Main 2019 was the easiest compared with the other subjects. As per the students who appeared for the entrance test, the questions from chemistry were basically asked from the NCERT syllabus and they did not face any major problem attempting the section.

Physics: The Physics section of the previous year JEE Main question paper was relatively tougher than the other two subjects. In some sessions, students found the Physics section lengthy and time-consuming. According to the candidates who appeared for the entrance test, the Physics section of JEE Main 2019 was above the NCERT level.

Mathematics: The Mathematics section of JEE Main exam of previous years was of moderate difficulty level. The topics in the Mathematics section were well balanced. Some students who appeared for the previous year JEE Main felt that the section was a bit lengthy, however it was moderately difficult.

JEE Main 2020 Preparation Tips

“Success is a combined result of hard work, proper planning, and the right approach.”

The probability of a student performing well in JEE Mains is directly proportional to the preparation they’ve done for the entrance exam. It goes without saying that hard work is the main ingredient for success in the entrance exam but it is important that the efforts made by the students are put in the right direction. Given below are some important preparation tips that may help students sail through the competition and come out with bright results.

Plan well before you start: Any key component of a success story is the plan which led to actions and actions which led to great results. Before students start their preparations for JEE Main 2020, they must first create a plan around how they are going to start their preparations, which topics to go first, schedule of preparations and a lot of other important things. Once students are done with creating a plan, they ought to stick with it.
Sample timetable for JEE Main Preparation

Time of the day

Planned Activity

Type of Study

Topics Covered

Total Hours

Studying/ break/ food/ tv/ mobile/ sleeping etc

New topics/ revision/ working on previous topics etc

Name of topics learnt or revised

The time is given to each activity

Make separate rows for different time slots of the day and plan what activity they have planned to do in that particular time slot. students can also create a monthly timetable for themselves same way.

Know what is important and what is not: Candidates before starting with their preparations must know what topics are important and what topics do not carry much weightage in the entrance test. There are some topics and concepts that carry more questions compared to others, separate such topics and pay special focus on them.

Do not take unnecessary stress: JEE Main without a doubt is the biggest engineering entrance examination for students after class 12, but taking unnecessary pressure will only make things go down for students. While preparing for the entrance test, students must be calm and focused. Believing in oneself not only brings self-confidence but also avoids stress and tension which is definitely a bad thing for students.

All study no play makes Jack a dull boy: It goes without saying that a candidate appearing for JEE Main exam will have to study hard to get the desired results but students must understand their body needs relaxation and studying continuously without proper breaks can be really stressful. Students must take regular breaks after a few hours of continuous study to ease the pressure and give their mind and body much-needed relaxation.

Read, Reflect, Revise - 3 ‘R’s of Academic Success: Students after completing any topic or concept must revise it properly. Revision is the ultimate key to master any concept or topic. Students with regular revision of what they have studied can memorize things in a better way and understand topics easily.

JEE Main Statistics of Previous Year

Total number of candidates registered for both January and April sessions


Number of candidates appeared for both January and April sessions


Number of candidate registered in January session


Number of candidate appeared in January session


Number of candidate registered in April session


Number of candidate appeared in April session


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I got 75percent in jee mains January 2020 under BC category will i apply for jee advance?

AYAN MULLA 29th Feb, 2020

since it is very difficult to predict the exact rank but we do have a backup> we have a formula to calculate the expected rank that is (100 – Total percentile) x 869010/100.So according to formula your expected rank for present percentile for January session comes out to be       . Now the expected rank might change depending on the no of candidates appearing the april session. For ex if 12 lakh candidate appear the april session then just replace 869010 by 12 lakhs. But if you score above 85 percentile then you have a very decent chance of qualifying jee mains.


Can English, Hindi, and PCM be taken for top 20 percentile criteria fulfilling in JEE Mains?

Manisha 29th Feb, 2020

Hello aspirant

No, you can not take two languages for top 20% criteria .  English is mandatory.

Your main  percentage will be decided by one language subject that is English and other  four subjects in which you get high scores.And remaining subjects become additional whose marks will not be added to your main percentages.

The subject you would score lowest will automatically be excluded.


Can I get admission in CS branch with 45000 rank in JEE Mains?

Rahul ke 29th Feb, 2020
Dear Aspirant, you can't get Computer Science (CS) in NIT with a rank of 45,000.
Low NIT's like NIT Srinagar and Nagaland also don't have that much lower cutoff.
For Example-you should have atleast Rank of around 20 to 25 thousand for getting Computer Science branch in NIT Srinagar.
For NIT Nagaland you should have at least rank of around 35 thousand for getting Computer Science, but for that also you have to wait for the last rounds.
But you can get a CS in some private colleges with this rank,but their Quality of Education and Labs of CS department are not that much good.
So my suggestion to you is to try for JEE MAINS April and make rank as much good rank as possible and after that search for the colleges.

Im in WB board class 12. I have English, Bengali PCM and Computer Science as extra subject. as per boards rules final marks are calculated of best 5 among these 6 subjects. And I am very less prepared in CS. But will score 85% in total in rest subjects.Which subjects will be taken for Jee 75% rule?

Aditi Amrendra Student Expert 29th Feb, 2020

The six subjected that are taken into consideration as best five for calculation of 75% for JEE mains and advance are :

One Language Paper (English)
And any other subject different from above given

I hope this helps.

I am OBC NCL GIRL PWD candidate and I have scored 80 percentile in jee Mains 2020 Jan. attempt . Can i get good branch in any of the Top NITs?

Manisha 29th Feb, 2020

Hello aspirant

Generally 80 percentile is not good enough to get admission in top NITs. But as you from OBC NCL PWD and a girl  so you have a chance for NIT.

Expected cut off are as follows

Category                            cut off.

General                                89.548849

gen ews                                78.2174869

obc                                         74.3166557

sc                                             54.0128155

st                                              44.3345172

PWD                                         0.11371730

seeing to this list you will be eligible for top NITs

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