JEE Main 2020 Preparation Tips for January exam
Saakshi Lama, 03 Sep 2019, #JEE Main
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JEE Main 2020 Preparation Tips for January exam – Aspiring to join the IIT or even an NIT to pursue engineering? Then you must have been preparing with intensity for JEE Main which will be conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA). Since the exam is just a few months away, the game plan will change and should your preparation strategy. Preparation Tips for JEE Main 2020 January exam will slightly need to be modified to take into account the little time left as compared to the April exam. The strategy and preparation tips for JEE Main should incorporate study topics, timetables such that students are ready by December to tackle the actual exam. The online registrations for selecting the Test Practise Centres (TPCs) commenced in online mode. Registration for TPCs will be done a weekly basis since the test centres will be active only on weekends. Candidates should register for the nearby TPCs to prepare themselves for the JEE Main 2020. Read the article to know JEE Main 2020 Preparation Tips for the January exam.
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The National Testing Agency will conduct the first session of JEE Main 2020 exam in online mode from January 6 to 11, 2020. The test will purely be a computer-based exam.

A look at what’s new and what has changed in JEE Main 2020?

  • National Testing Agency has made some changes in the exam pattern of JEE Main 2020
  • The number of exam cities has been decreased to 233 in India.
  • Candidates can appear for one of the exams or both January and April session.
  • Application Fees is revised by NTA.
  • The better of the two scores will be considered for ranking purposes for JoSAA counselling and admissions to the NITs, IIITs and GFTIs
  • JEE Main Mock tests are available now. Students with no access to computers can go to the nearest practice centre to practice with the mock tests
  • Each candidate will get a unique question paper so misuse or malpractices will be eliminated
  • Age Limit has been removed by the NTA. Candidates who have passed their class 12 in 2018, 2019 or are appearing in 2020 can apply irrespective of their age.
  • 1.5 lakh common service centres (CSC) have mentioned where students can fill the application, pay fees, upload documents, download admit card of JEE Main 2020 and all such activities at a nominal fee.
  • For JEE Main Paper-II, candidates must secure at least 50% marks overall in the qualifying exam and 50% marks in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics individually as recommended by Council of Architecture (CoA) to NTA.

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  • The eligibility criteria are the same.

  • There is no change in the exam pattern or the syllabus either.

  • As per the authorities, the process of applying will also remain the same.

JEE Main 2020 Preparation tips for the January exam?

Time is of the essence and there is little of it to go with especially if you are studying in class 12. Balancing the two is not easy but also not impossible. Nevertheless, rid yourself of any tension and start preparing with the help of the following preparation tips for JEE Main 2020 January exam.

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JEE Main 2020 Preparation Tips for January Exam

Tip 1: Take stock of your the JEE Main Syllabus

Before you start, it is vital to sift through the syllabus of JEE Main 2020 to check the topics to cover. The syllabus will also have topics to cover form class 12 which can be clubbed for preparation. Segregate the topics to easy, difficult and unknown. Study the easy and unknown in the same period as you can strengthen the easy topics and learn the unknown ones. After that tackle the difficult ones. The reason is no one knows where the questions will come from and it is important to know most of the topics. While knowing all topics in depth may not be possible but knowing most of them will be the next best thing.

Tip 2: Set a time table for JEE Main January 2020

While many say timetables are certainly required, some disagree especially if they are students who feel restricted by rules or cannot stick to a timetable for long. So the idea behind the time table is to set parameters with deadlines to complete a majority of the topics if not all. Try to work at your pace but ensure that you complete what you set out to do. Also make sure that the plan is reasonably achievable.

Tip 3: Understand the JEE Main exam pattern

It is vital to know the pattern of the exam. How else will you know what type of questions will come, how many marks are awarded, time given to complete the exam and such questions? First, check the JEE Main exam pattern. Answering with ease will come with constant practice with question papers of JEE Main.

Some important things to know about the exam are it will be a computer-based test in English/ Hindi or Gujarati (only for students from the state)

JEE Main 2020 Exam Pattern



Total Number of Questions

  • Physics – 25

  • Chemistry – 25

  • Mathematics - 25

Type of Questions

Objective Multiple Choice Questions

Marks awarded per question

Correct answer: 4 marks

Wrong answer: 1 mark deducted

Total marks


Books and Topics to refer

The suggestions of experts and toppers have been used to compile the list of books and topics that will serve well to prepare for JEE Main 2020 exam be it January or April. Take a look at the books. An important preparation tip for JEE Main January 2020 is to be thorough with NCERT as they cover the basics so well that students can build easily on that.

Preparation Tips for JEE Main January 2020 - Physics

Topic wise weightage for JEE Main Physics 2020

JEE Main 2020 Books for Physics



Concepts of Physics

H. C. Verma

Fundamentals of Physics

Halliday, Resnick and Walker

Problems in General Physics

I. E. Irodov

University Physics

Freedman and Young

Understanding JEE physics series

DC Pandey

Problem In Physics

SS Krotov

Preparation Tips for JEE Main 2020 January Exam – Maths

Topic wise weightage for JEE Main Mathematics


Very Important Topics

Important Topics

Brushing up Topics

3-D Geometry

Applications of Derivative

Inverse Trigonometric Functions


Probability and Statistics

Limit and Continuity

Circles and Family of Circles

Quadratic Equations

Vector Algebra

Matrices and Determinants

Sequence and Series

Theory of Equations


Straight Lines and Pair of Straight Lines

Inverse Trigonometric Functions

Sets, Relations and Functions

Complex Numbers







Permutation and Combination




Binomial Theorem





JEE Main 2020 Reference Books for Mathematics



Higher Algebra

Hall and Knight

Coordinate Geometry

S.L. Loney

Differential and Integral Calculus

N. Piskunov

Calculus and Analytic Geometry

Thomas and Finney

IIT Mathematics for JEE Main & Advanced

M.L. Khanna

Course in Mathematics for IIT-JEE

Tata McGraw Hill publication

Problems Plus in IIT Mathematics

A Das Gupta


S L Loney

JEE Main 2020 Preparation Tips for Chemistry

Preparation Topics for JEE Main Chemistry as per weightage

Must Read Topics

Very Important Topics

Atomic Structure

Chemical Equilibrium

Gaseous & Liquid State

Redox & Volumetric Analysis



Chemical Kinetics


Nuclear & Surface Chemistry

Qualitative Analysis

Chemical Bonding


d-Block Elements

Mole Concept

Co-ordination Compound

Ionic Equilibrium

Alkyl Halides

Solid State


s-Block Elements


Periodic Classification

Classification & Nomenclature


Alcohol & Ether


Nitrogen Compounds & Aliphatic Amines


Biomolecules & Polymers

Chemistry Books for JEE Main 2020



Modern Approach to Chemical Calculations

RC Mukherjee

Organic Chemistry

Solomons and Fryhle

Concise Inorganic

J. D. Lee

Organic Chemistry

Morrison and Boyd

University Chemistry

Freedman and Young

Physical Chemistry

N Awasthi

Arihant's Practice Book Chemistry for JEE Main And Advanced

R.K Gupta

Tip 4: Mock Test and Question Papers

Success would be within reach if you put all that you learnt into practice. This is precisely what has to be done using the mock tests, for which the registration will start tentatively in September for the practice centers. Candidates, however, can download the mock test which will be available for download in 3 languages. Apart from that, the previous years question papers are a good place to start to know what the actual exam will be like, types of questions and difficulty levels. An ease with the exam environment, time management are some benefits of practising with mock tests or sample papers.

Tip 5: Keep the head high and motivation levels up

A beginning would be to realise that it is just an exam and no measure of what you are and what you can be. Another thing to keep in mind if you are attempting the JEE Main January 2020 exam is that there is another attempt that you can give in April and better the scores. So you can even think of the January exam as just a litmus test and prepare strongly for the April session since the option exists this year. Motivation levels have to be maintained as there will be times when the pressure may be high, you may feel low on account of a bad performance in a practice test. What is more important is to pick yourself up and bounce back into the race.

Tip 6: A healthy you can conquer mountains

Keeping healthy during these next few months is pretty important as only then can you cope up with the rigors of studying for what is one of the largest engineering entrance exams in the country. If you lose energy, feel low, fall sick, you will need time to recover and will not be able to cope up with the dedicated study hours required for an exam of this calibre. So this is a time to eat healthy and good food.

Tip 7: Give yourself breaks and a bit of space now and then

Nobody can work or study continuously at a stretch. It’s not really possible but also detrimental. So take a break now and then. Also give yourself some space to relax with music, meditation, art or whatever helps you ease the pressure.

Tip 8: Stay away from Social media, unnecessary comparisons etc

Social media is addictive. This includes even WhatsApp. You could go on with just chatting on it. Also stay away with negative thoughts, comparisons. Remember the fingers on your hand are not the same so how can two people be same? So while someone may have their good points, so do you. Build on your strengths and make the most. Also allow no one to convince you that you can do it because if you seriously believe it and work for it, you can achieve it.

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Ayan Khan 18th Nov, 2019
Bro to be honest... This is enough time for preparation but you'll really need to work very very hard!  Seriously!

how to prepare for jee exam mainly physics and maths, I am weak in these , pls suggest any tips to prepare for exam , as just 40 days more to go....????

Siddhi Shenoy 17th Nov, 2019

Hello aspirant,

Since there are just few more weeks to go for JEE, you need to work really hard. You still have time so I would request you to utilize your time wisely and not waste it anymore. You need to be serious if you want to score good.

Starting with your preparations, first, just go through whatever lessons you find easy and mainly focus on the chapters which are really scoring. Read the summary and note down all the important formulas required to solve numerical problems. Also, learn tips and shortcuts to solve a particular problem. Solve and keep practicing MCQs of the previous years' papers so that you get a brief idea about how the questions are asked. Refer reference books but mainly focus on NCERT books class XI and XII. IN mathematics, see that you practice and solve sums everyday. You need to this in order to adjust your time in a right way. Solve the questions which you can and the difficult or time consuming questions should be answered later.

Good luck.


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