JEE Main Preparation Tips for Physics
Updated on Oct 23, 2017 - 3:29 p.m. IST by Richa Kapoor
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JEE Main 2018 is just round the corner. It is now that students need to shift gear if they aspire to clear one of the most coveted engineering exams. It is time to shift to a smarter preparation cum exam strategy that will work for you. Physics is one of those subjects that are scoring and it happens to be a key one for JEE Main. Since the syllabus for JEE Main is vast and your preparation includes the board exams too, it is right that you look at the priorities facing you. Careers360 brings you the JEE Main Preparation Tips for Physics to help you work towards success in your goal.

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An analysis of previous years papers, expert tips, topper experiences- these are invaluable to understand how to study and score well in Physics. The preparation can be made goal oriented if you know what topics are more important, which ones have generally been covered more in the past exams, how to remember the formulae and such. The JEE Main 2018 Preparation Tips for Physics spells the preparation strategy with special emphasis on the topics, weightage and books.

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Hone your basics

What you must not forget here is that the basic concepts and syllabus must be completely covered. There is no excuse to leave out any topic for the exam. The JEE Main and Class XII exam preparation can be clubbed for this purpose.

Best books to do this are the ones from NCERT. Read them to strengthen your grasp on the subject and move on to the other books delving deeper into the topics.

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Topic Wise JEE Main Preparation Tips for Physics

Must study Topics

Some topics are pretty important in every subject and we all know it. So we did an analysis and came up with the ones that you shouldn’t miss in your preparation for JEE Main. Check them out.

1. Electrostatics: A high scoring topic that needs clarity of concepts. There are almost four questions that are asked every year in the JEE Main exam.


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Book for Electrostatics- Concepts of Physics by H C Verma is a good book for electrostatics as it contains good quality of solved numerical problems

2. Oscillation and Waves- Once the basic concepts are clear, read the Concepts of Physics by H C Verma to study this in depth.

3. Modern Physics: One of the important topics for bothJEE Main and JEE Advanced 2018, this is a scoring topic. Check out sub-topics such as radioactive decay of substances, nuclear fission and fusion, dual nature of matter and X-rays. Don’t forget the Bohr’s model while studying this one. The trick is to study and practice the numerical questions in this topic also. NCERT is best to get the basics right. Then move on to Concepts of Physics by H C Verma for the theory and 3000 Solved Problems in Physics by Schaum for the numerical problems

4. OpticsA relatively easy topic, it also happens to be a scoring one too. While studying this don’t foget to check theHuygen’s principles. You can score well as this topic is easy as well as important. Read Understanding Physics for JEE Main, Advanced Optics & Modern Physics by DC Pandey to get a grip on this topic.

Important Topics

As part of the JEE Main Preparation Tips for Physics, we bring to you those topics which are important as a good amount of question from them will be asked in the JEE Main exam. The JEE Main 2018 preparation for Physics must include these topics as every mark counts and these topics count too.

1. Magnetics-. JEE Main in 40 Days by ARIHANT, Understanding Physics for JEE Main are books that will help you sail through

2. Electromagnetic Induction and AC- numerical problems from this topic generally are asked in JEE Main. Brush up Faraday’s Law while studying this. Read Concepts of Physics by H C Verma to get better in this topic.

3. Current Electricity- Ohm’s law, colour code for resistors, characteristic of ohmic and nonohmic conductors are some topics that need to be emphasized on. Use Concepts of Physics by H C Verma to hone them up.

4. Waves- Sub-topics like principle of superposition of waves, simple harmonic motion (S.H.M) and its equation, Doppler Effect in sound are scoring topics. Give more importance to them

Last but not least

The topics given below are not placed very high in the reading order but it is advisable to read them atleast once and know the concepts.

What else to refer for JEE Main Physics?

As part of the JEE Main Preparation Tips for Physics, we want you to get a strong grip on most of the topics in Physics and for that the following books can be used for reference and further study.

List of books


Name of the book




Concepts of Physics

H C Verma

The book is useful for Mechanics, Electrostatics, Optics, Modern Physics, Heat and waves and it contains good quality of solved numerical problems.


Problems in General Physics

I.E. Irodov

This book contains high level of problems and is good for modern physics, mechanics, electricity and mechanism


Arihant Physics

D. C. Pandey

It consists of solved problems


Elements of Dynamics


Check this book for better understanding


Advanced level Physics

Nelson and Parker

Good for JEE Main & Advanced also


NCERT Physics

Text Books for Basics

Class XI and Class XII books for CBSE


University Physics

Sears and Zemansky

It consists of good numerical problems.


Fundamentals of Physics

Resnick, Halliday, Walker

This book is good for electricity and magnetism, heat, mechanics

Important: JEE Main Preparation Tips for Physics Part B

While preparing for JEE Main for Physics, candidates must take note of part B of the syllabus of JEE Main 2018 (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. Since, every mark counts, it is imperative that you capitalize on this opportunity to score maximum in these questions.

JEE Main Physics Part B:




Vernier callipers- its use to measure internal and external diameter and depth of the vessel


Resistance of a given wire using Ohm’s law


Metre scale- mass of a given object by principle of moments


Surface Tension of water by capillary rise and effect of detergents


Screw gauge- its use to determine thickness/ diameter of thin sheet/ wire


Specific heat capacity of a given (i)solid and (ii) liquid by method of mixtures


Co-efficient of Viscosity of a given viscous liquid by measuring the terminal velocity of a given spherical body


Resistance and figure of merit of a galvanometer by half deflection method


Speed of sound in air at room temperature using a resonance tube


Young modulus of elasticity of the material of a metallic wire


Plotting a cooling curve for the relationship between the temperature of a hot body and time


Focal Length of : (a) Concave mirror (b) Convex mirror (c) Convex lens using parallax method


Refractive index of a glass slab using a travelling microscope


Identification of diode, transistor, IC Resistor, Capacitor from mixed collection of such items,


Plot of angle of deviation vs angle of incidence for triangular prism


Simple pendulum- dissipation of energy by plotting a graph between square of amplitude and time


Resistivity of the material of a given wire using metre bridge


Characteristic curves of a Zener diode and finding reverse break down voltage


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


Characteristic curves of a transistor and finding current gain and voltage gain


Potentiometer- (a) Comparison of emf of two primary cells (b) Determination of internal resistance of a cell


Characteristic curves of a p-n junction dioide in forward and reverse bias

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Short notes and flash cards:

One of the important aspects of JEE Main Preparation Tips for Physics is that you must make short notes as you go through each of the topics. This is a good reference tactic during the last days of the exam as it allows you to check the topic without opening the text book and going in detail.

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.

Stress busters:

“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”. It is next to impossible to sit all day and study. It is also an unhealthy practice. Therefore complete a topic and give yourself a short break. Take time off every day to do something that is close to your heart and relieves your stress – it may be music, a small walk, meditation or any small hobby.

All the best!

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