Best Books for JEE Main Preparation – Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics

# May 07, 2021 by Ojasvi Gupta

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Best Books for JEE Main Preparation – Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics

When you are preparing for one of the toughest competitive examinations in the world like JEE Main, having the right set of books and preparation material becomes one of the most important aspects. In this article students aspiring for JEE Main are provided with the list of Best Books for JEE Main preparation. Having a good preparation strategy is significant and books play a very big role in entrance exam preparation. Choosing the best books and the right study material will help the candidates in preparing well for the exam.

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There are several types of Books that a student may require for the preparation some for studying the topics with best explanations, some for the best set of practice questions and solutions, some for specific topics or sections of the examinations like Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Electromagnetic Induction, Modern Physics, Coordinate Geometry, and Vector Algebra, etc.

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NCERT: The NCERT Books are the most important and always come in the best books for JEE Main Preparation. As the JEE Main Syllabus includes class 11th and 12th Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics NCERT Syllabus, therefore studying and solving these books becomes one of the most important tasks for any JEE Main aspirant. As suggested by many Toppers and JEE Main experts the NCERT Books are the most important and make it to the Top of the list of Best Books for JEE Main Preparation.

Below are the Best Books for JEE Main Preparation for Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics respectively:

Best Books for JEE Main Preparation– Physics

Book Name


NCERT Physics Class XI & Class XII

NCERT Physics Textbook for Class 12 - Part 1 & 2 - 12089 & 12090 (Set of 2 books)


Concepts of Physics by H. C. Verma

Concept of Physics Part-1 & 2 (2020-2021 Session)

Fundamentals of Physics by Halliday, Resnick and Walker

Wiley's Halliday / Resnick / Walker Physics for JEE (Main & Advanced), Vol I, 3ed, 2021


Fundamental Physics by Pradeep

Pradeep's Fundamental Physics Vol I&II Class - 12 (Pradeep's Fundamental Physics Vol I&II Class - 12)


Problems in General Physics by IE Irodov


Problems in General Physics by IE Irodov's - Vol. II


Problems In General Physics By IE Irodov s Vol-I Arihant with free General Knowledge Genius

Understanding Physics - DC Pandey (Arihant Publications)

Understanding Physics Set Of 5 Books for JEE (Main & Advance ) Mechanics 1 & Mechanics 2 + Electricity & Magnetism + Optics & Modern Physics + Waves & Thermodynamics Exam -2021

Understanding physics - Freedman and Young

University Physics with Modern Physics | Fourteenth Edition | By Pearson+Understanding Physics for JEE Main and Advanced Mechanics Part 1 2021(Set of 2 books)

Problems in Physics - SS Krotov

Science For Everyone: Aptitude Test Problem In Physics

"Problems in Physics" - A.A. Pinsky



Best Books for JEE Main Preparation– Chemistry

Book Name


NCERT Chemistry textbooks for Class XI and XII



NCERT Chemistry Class 11 & 12 [Paperback]

Physical Chemistry by OP Tandon

Physical chemistry by OP tandon

ABC of Chemistry for Classes 11 and 12 by Modern



Modern Abc Chemistry For Class 11 (Part I & Ii) Examination 2020-2021&Modern Abc Chemistry For Class 12 (Part - I & Ii) Examination 2020-2021 (Set Of 2 Books)

Concise Inorganic Chemistry by JD Lee

Concise Inorganic Chemistry: Fifth Edition by J.D. Lee

Dinesh Chemistry Guide

Dinesh Objective Chemistry (Vol-I,Vol-II,Vol-III & Free Booklet) (For NEET , JEE(Main), JEE ( Advanced) and Other Competitive exams in 2021-2022)

Practice books by VK Jaiswal (Inorganic)


MS Chauhan (Organic) and




N Awasthi (Physical)

Problems in Inorganic Chemistry for NEET - 4/e, 2021-22 Session


Elementary Problems in Organic Chemistry for NEET - 8/e, 2021-22 Session


Problems in Physical Chemistry for NEET - 6/e, Session 2020-21

“Advanced Problems In Physical Chemistry For Competitive Examination” – Neeraj Kumar

Problems and Solutions in Physical Chemistry | For JEE Main and Advanced | Second Edition | By Pearson

“Inorganic Chemistry”-  Cengage

Problems and Solutions Organic & Inorganic Chemistry ( Set Of 2 Books ) For JEE ( MAIN & ADVANCE ) V.Joshi Sir & S. K. M Sir

“Pradeep's Objective Chemistry Vol. I & II for JEE Main and JEE Advanced” - Pradeep

Pradeep's Objective Chemistry Vol. I & II for JEE Main and JEE Advanced


 Best Books for JEE Main Preparation– Mathematics



“Objective Mathematics” - R D Sharma

R.D. Sharma Objective Mathematics Book Vol-1 & 2 + Solution

Plane Trigonometry by S L Loney

Plane Trigonometry by S.L. Loney

Algebra by Dr. S K Goyal Arihant Publications

ALGEBRA for JEE Main and Advanced with free General Knowledge Arihant

Differential Calculus by Amit M Agarwal (Arihant Publications)

Differential Calculus (Skills in Mathematics) with Free Sticky Book Cover by Arihant Publication & Amit M. Agarwal (For Jee Mains and Advanced) [Paperback] Amit M Agarwal and Fastbook Library

The Elements Of Coordinate Geometry by S L Loney

The elements of coordinate geometry, by S. L. Loney, M.A.

Integral Calculus by Amit M Agarwal (Arihant Publications)


"Coordinate Geometry for IIT-JEE" - S K Goyal

Skills in Mathematics Coordinate Geometry and Integral Calculus Combo (Best For Jee Mains and Advanced) by Arihant [Paperback] Amit M Agarwal; Dr. S.K Goyal and Fastbook Library

"Calculus and Analytic Geometry" - Thomas and Finney

Calculus And Analytic Geometry


Here are some of the quotes from JEE Main Past year Toppers and experts regarding books for JEE Main preparation:

"For Physics I followed HC Verma, for Chemistry I followed Pradeep and the modules given by my coaching and for Mathematics I followed Rd Sharma. NCERT books are good, but some concepts need to be understood in detail.” – Saket Jha, 100 percentile in JEE Main February Session

"NCERT Textbooks and NCERT Lab Manual are very important for JEE Main Preparation. Besides that, I followed Physics Galaxy books for Physics preparations. For Chemistry I did MS Chauhan, Neeraj Kumar and VK Jaiswal.” – Mridul Sharma, 100 percentile in JEE Main March Session

"I focused a lot on NCERT. NCERT books contain many gems that have to be discovered with a thorough reading. Please don’t dismiss them as “easy books”.” - Siddhant Mukherjee, 100 percentile scorer in JEE Main February Session

"I studied NCERT books and also studied some books like physics books by HC Verma, Shashi Bhushan Tiwari; chemistry books by MS Chouhan, Cengage publication, Neeraj Kumar, Narendra Avasthi and in maths only NCERT books.” – Rohit Kumar, 100 percentile scorer in JEE Main March Session

*Please Note: The above-recommended books have been collected as per the recommendations from various JEE Main Past year Toppers and Experts. If there are any more books that we might have missed or for any suggestions and queries please write to us at


The Eligibility Criteria is important for any examination because even if a candidate does not fulfill a single criterion of the eligibility criteria declared for the examination then the candidate is not allowed to appear for the examination or even after appearing for the examination and clearing the same the admission through the examination stands canceled or void.

The JEE Main Eligibility Criteria 2021 in detail are as follows: 

Age Limit

There is no age limit for candidates.


The candidate must have passed the 12th or equivalent examination from any recognized board in 2019, 2020, or appearing in 2021 is eligible to apply for JEE Main 2021.

Number of Attempts

Candidates are eligible to attempt this exam for 3 consecutive years.

Minimum Marks Required

At least 75% marks in the 12th class examination, or be in the top 20 percentile in the 12th class / Qualifying examination conducted by the respective Boards.

For SC/ST, marks relaxation is 65% in 12th class from any recognized board


The JEE Main Exam Pattern is important to read for every student who wishes to appear for it. The JEE Main Exam Pattern gives a clear idea to the student about the type of questions, exam duration exam language, and various other important details about the examination. It also helps in the planning of preparation for the examination and successfully clearing the same.

The JEE Main 2021 or Joint Entrance Examination Main 2021 is conducted online by the NTA or National Testing Agency in Four Sessions in February, March, April, and May respectively. The Examination will be used as a selection criterion for appearing in the JEE Advanced 2021 for admissions into the IITs and JEE Main 2021 will also serve as the Entrance examination for admissions into the various Engineering, Architecture, and Science courses after 10+2 or its equivalent in the NITs or National Institutes of Technology, IIITs or Indian Institutes of Information Technology and CFTIs/GFTIs or Centrally Funded Technical Institutes/Government Funded Technical Institutes.

In the early stage of preparation, candidates should know about each and every point of the exam pattern. With the help of this exam pattern students will get an idea about the duration of the exam, marking scheme, no. of the question, etc.




Mode of Examination

Computer Based Test (CBT)

Exam Duration

3 hours (180 minutes)


Section A: (MCQ’s)




Section B: (Numerical Based)




Total number of questions

90 questions

Section A: 20 questions from each subject.

Section B: 10 questions from each subject. (candidates have to attempt any five questions out of 10 from Section B)

Type of question

MCQ’s and Numerical Based

Negative Marking

Section A: -1 will be deducted for every wrong answer (Only for MCQ’s)

Section B: No Negative Marking

Language of Paper

This Year JEE Main will be conducted in 13 regional languages. You can find the information regarding languages above.


JEE MAIN Exam Pattern of Paper 1 (BE/B.Tech) in Detail:


Distribution of Question


Section A

Section B


20 (MCQ’s)

10* (Numerical)



20 (MCQ’s)

10* (Numerical)



20 (MCQ’s)

10* (Numerical)



90 questions

300 marks

Note: ‘*’ means that candidates have to attempt only 5 Numerical questions out of 10.


JEE MAIN Exam Pattern Marking Criteria for Paper 1 (BE/B.Tech):

Marking Scheme

For MCQs

For Numerical Value

Correct Answer



Incorrect Answer







Exam Timeline

JEE Main Application Form

Released in Mid-December

Last Date to fill JEE Main Application Form


JEE Main Admit Card

Releases Tentatively 10 days Before Exam

JEE Main Examination

Conducted in Two or more Sessions – Feb, March, April, and May

JEE Main Result and Final Answer Key

Tentatively 1st week of June

About Author

Ojasvi Gupta
Ojasvi Gupta

Ojasvi Gupta has worked for the Indian Express and Enactus DSC as a writer. Currently pursuing BCom Hons from Delhi University, she loves to spend her free time listening to music, reading, or playing with her dog. With her strong inclination towards writing, she serves as an author for Educere India.