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JEE Main Syllabus 2020 for PCM by NTA, Books, Pattern

JEE Main Syllabus for Paper 1 (Engineering) and Paper 2 (Architecture) is expected to be same as last year. The National Testing Agency will organise JEE Main 2020 twice a year in online mode.

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The engineering exam will have Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics sections, whereas, architecture exam includes Mathematics, Aptitude and Drawing section.

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Even though the coordinating body for JEE has switched from CBSE to NTA, the syllabus and pattern are expected to remain same. The questions for PCM will be framed out of NCERT books of Class 11th and 12th. For a better idea, the authorities will release the sample papers and mock papers online shortly.

Listed below are quick facts of the paper pattern of JEE Main:

  • Paper 1 will have 90 questions of 4 marks each.
  • Paper 2 will have 82 questions of varying marking scheme.
  • Aspirants can opt for one or both the JEE Main paper.
  • The exam duration of both the papers is 3 hours each.
  • A compensatory time of 1 hour is given to candidates with 40% disability.
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JEE Main 2020 will be conducted in January and April. Candidates seeking admissions to B.E./B.Tech and B.Arch courses to IITs, NITs, IIITs and CFTIs can apply for JEE Main 2020 as when the registration window opens. The syllabus of both the papers is different, read on to know more about the weightage, important topics and best books to prepare from.

JEE Main Syllabus 2020

JEE Main Syllabus – Mathematics

Mathematics section consists of class 11 and 12th topics as per CBSE Syllabus. There are total 30 questions from this section. Major topics under this section are:

  1. Algebra
  2. Trigonometry
  3. Calculus
  4. Coordinate Geometry

Topic-wise Mathematics Weightage

Important Topics Expected weightage
Coordinate Geometry 12%
Integral Calculus 12%
Trigonometry 7%
Sequence and Series 7%
Matrices and Determinants 7%
Differential Equations 7%

Tabulated below are the most important topics with an expected number of questions in JEE Main 2020:

Topic No. of questions
Sets, Relations and Functions 1
Complex Numbers and Quadratic Equations 3
Matrices and Determinants 2
Permutations and Combinations 1
Mathematical Induction 1
Binomial Theorem and its simple applications 1
Sequences and Series 2
Limit, Continuity and Differentiability 1
Integral Calculus 3
Differential Equations 1
Co-Ordinate Geometry 5
Three-Dimensional Geometry 3
Vector Algebra 1
Statistics and Probability 2
Trigonometry 2
Mathematical Reasoning 1

Difficulty level of Mathematics Section

As per the previous year trends, the level of difficulty of JEE Main Math section is moderate to difficult:

Difficulty level No. of Questions
Easy Questions 13
Medium Questions 12
Difficult Questions 5

JEE Main Mathematics: Best Books

Book Title Author
Maths XI & XII R.D. Sharma
Plane Trigonometry S.L. Loney
Higher Algebra Hall & Knight
IIT Mathematics A Das Gupta
Problems of Calculus in one Variable I.A. Maron
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JEE Main Syllabus 2020: Chemistry

Chemistry section has three sub-sections including Physical Chemistry, Organic and Inorganic Chemistry. The following topics have been exam favourites over the years and must be given more time and effort as compared to other topics.

Topic-wise Chemistry Weightage

Important Topics Expected weightage
Carbohydrates, Amino Acids and Polymers 7%
Transition Elements & Coordination Chemistry 9%
Periodic Table and Representative elements 6%
General Organic Chemistry 6%
Chemical Bonding 6%
Atomic Structure 5%

Following table illustrates Chemistry chapters and percentage of questions asked in JEE Main.

Topic Percentage of question
General Organic Chemistry 9
Alcohol Phenol Ether 7
Redox reactions 6
Chemical Bonding 5
Coordination Compound 5
P-block elements 5
S-block elements 5
Aldehyde & Ketones 5
Solutions 5
Solid State 5
Chemical Thermodynamics 5
Ionic Equilibrium 3
Chemical Equilibrium 3
Surface chemistry 3
Atomic Structure 2
Gaseous State 2
Transition Elements 2
Polymers 2
Nuclear Chemistry 2
Chemical Kinetics 2
Mole Concepts 2
Amines and Diazonium Salts 2
Biomolecules 2
Alkanes, Alkenes &Alkynes 2
Electrochemistry 2

JEE Main Chemistry: Best Books

Book Title Author
Physical Chemistry O.P. Tandon
Numerical Chemistry P Bahadur
Modern Approach to Chemical Chemistry RC Mukherjee
Organic Chemistry Paula Bruice Yurkanis
Organic Chemistry O.P. Tandon

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JEE Main 2020 Physics Syllabus

The Physics syllabus contains two sections — A and B. Section A pertains to the theory having 80% weightage, while Section B contains practical component (Experimental Skills) having 20% weightage. There are 30 questions from this section in JEE Main 2020.

The syllabus can be broadly segregated into the following 5 sections:

  1. Heat and Thermodynamics
  2. Electrostatics and Magnetism
  3. Mechanics
  4. Current Electricity and Electromagnetism
  5. Optics and Modern Physics

Topic-wise Physics Weightage

Important Topics Expected weightage
Heat and Thermodynamics 11%
Optics 11%
Modern Physics 10%
Electrostatics 8%
Current and Electricity 7%
Waves 5%

Following table indicates Physics chapters and percentage of questions asked in JEE Main.

Topic Percentage of question
Electrostatics 9
Thermodynamics 8
Wave Motion 7
Rotational Motion 7
Laws of Motion 6
Ray Optics 6
Magnetic effect of current and Magnetism 6
Simple Harmonic Motion 5
Wave optics 5
Units Dimension Errors 4
Work Energy Power 4
Modern Physics 4
Current Electricity 4
Electromagnetic Induction 3
Physics of Nucleus 3
Fluids 2
Gravitation 2
Elasticity 2
Solids and Semiconductor Devices 2
Center of Mass, Impulse and Momentum 2
Kinetic Theory of Gases 2
Radioactivity 2
Alternating Current 1
EM waves 1

JEE Main Physics: Best Books

Book Title Author
Concept of Physics Part 1&2 H.C. Verma
IIT JEE Physics D.C. Pandey
Problems in Physics S.S. Krotov
Fundamental of Physics Resnick, Halliday and Walker

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JEE Main Syllabus: Paper 2 (B. Arch/ B.Planning)

JEE Main Paper 2 is for candidates who wish to pursue B.Arch and B.Planning in JEE Mains scores accepting colleges/ institutes. The exam will comprise of 3 sections:

Part 1: Mathematics- 30 Questions

Part 2: Aptitude Test- 50 Questions

Part 3: Drawing Test- 2 Questions

Drawing Test Syllabus

  • 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)
  • 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.
  • Sketching of scenes and activities from memory of urban scape, landscape and rural life.

Highlights of JEE Main Exam Pattern

JEE Main 2020 is conducted in two papers – Paper 1 (Engineering) and Paper (Architecture). A quick sneak peek is given below:

JEE Main Paper Paper 1 Paper 2
Programs Offered B.E./ B.Tech. B.Arch/ B.Planning
Sections/ Subjects Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics Aptitude Test, Mathematics & Drawing
Type of Questions MCQs MCQs + Drawing
Medium of Exam English/ Hindi/ Other regional language English/ Hindi/ Other regional language
Duration of Exam 3 hours 3 hours
Total Questions 90 82
Total Marks 360 390
JEE Marking Scheme +4 marks | – ¼ marks +4 marks | – ¼ marks | 2*35 = Drawing Ques.


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