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JEE Advanced Syllabus – Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Books, Preparation Tips

IIT Delhi has released the syllabus of JEE Advanced 2020 with detailed topics for Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Architecture Aptitude Test. JEE Advanced, the second phase of the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE), is conducted to fill more than 10,000 seats in 23 IITs and IISc. JEE Advanced is a computer-based exam consisting of 2 papers – Paper 1 and Paper 2 with 3 hours duration each. These papers are compulsory and there is no fixed pattern for them. The question types are MCQs, numeric value-based answer questions, etc. and the marking scheme for JEE Advanced comprises full, zero and partial marks. Architecture Aptitude Test (AAT) is held separately after JEE Advanced. 

In this article, you will become acquainted with the JEE Advanced section-wise syllabus, the difference between JEE Mains and Advanced syllabus, JEE Advanced exam pattern, marking schemes and types of questions.

Important Update- MHRD minister Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal has confirmed that the JEE Advanced will now be conducted on the 27th September 2020. The exam was previously scheduled to be conducted on 23rd August but due to massive outbreak of Covid 19 in the country, the exam is now rescheduled.

Important Update- The JEE Advanced 2020 registration commences from 12th September 2020. The deadline for the registration process is 17th September 2020.

Important Update- The JEE Advanced 2020 admit cards were recently released on 21st September 2020 on the official website- jeeadv.ac.in.

JEE Advanced Syllabus – Marking Scheme

The number of questions asked in the JEE Advanced is not fixed and so, the maximum marks cannot be defined. Candidates can get an idea of the marks and negative marking in the JEE Advanced Paper 1 from the table below:


Single correct answer




1 or more correct answer




Numerical Value Answer Based Question



For JEE Advanced Paper 2, the marking scheme for the 10 sets of questions is shown in the table below:


1 or more correct options




Numerical Value Based Answer




List Match Sets



Previous year JEE Advanced Paper I and II year-wise changes in marking schemes can be followed in the table below:

JEE Advanced 2019 Paper 1

Question Full Marks

Question Partial marks

Negative Marks

Max marks for section

Section 1: A Single option is correct


+3 for choosing the correct response


Section 2: 1 or more correct options


+4 for choosing all the right options

+3: If 4 options are correct and 3 correct options are chosen


+2: If 3 or more options are correct and 2 correct options are chosen


+1: If 2 or more options are correct but 1 correct option is selected

Section 3: Numerical Value-Based Answer


+3 for entering the correct response


Unattempted questions carry no marks.

JEE Advanced Syllabus – Physics

For the JEE Advanced Physics syllabus, refer to the table below for quick reference and for more details CLICK here to download the syllabus in PDF form.



General Physics

Units and dimensions, dimensional analysis; least count, significant figures; Methods of measurement and error analysis for physical quantities pertaining to the following experiments: Experiments based on using Vernier callipers and screw gauge (micrometre), Determination of g using a simple pendulum, Young’s modulus by Searle’s method, Specific heat of a liquid using a calorimeter, a focal length of a concave mirror and a convex lens using u-v method etc.


Kinematics in one and two dimensions (Cartesian coordinates only), projectiles; Uniform circular motion; Relative velocity.


Newton’s laws of motion; Inertial and uniformly accelerated frames of reference; Static and dynamic friction; Kinetic and potential energy; Work and power; Conservation of linear momentum and mechanical energy.


Systems of particles; Centre of mass and its motion; Impulse; Elastic and inelastic collisions.


Law of gravitation; Gravitational potential and field; Acceleration due to gravity; Motion of planets and satellites in circular orbits; Escape velocity etc.

Thermal Physics 

Thermal expansion of solids, liquids and gases; Calorimetry, latent heat; Heat conduction in one dimension; Elementary concepts of convection and radiation; Newton’s law of cooling; Ideal gas laws; Specific heats (Cv and Cp for monatomic and diatomic gases) etc.

Electricity and Magnetism

Coulomb’s law; Electric field and potential; Electrical potential energy of a system of point charges and of electrical dipoles in a uniform electrostatic field; Electric field lines; Flux of an electric field; Gauss’s law and its application in simple cases, such as, to find field due to infinitely long straight wire, uniformly charged infinite plane sheet and uniformly charged thin spherical shell. 


Capacitance; Parallel plate capacitor with and without dielectrics; Capacitors in series and parallel; Energy stored in a capacitor. 


Electric current; Ohm’s law; Series and parallel arrangements of resistances and cells; Kirchhoff’s laws and simple applications; Heating effect of current etc.


Rectilinear propagation of light; Reflection and refraction at plane and spherical surfaces; Total internal reflection; Deviation and dispersion of light by a prism etc.

Modern Physics

Atomic nucleus; Types of Radiations; Law of radioactive decay;  Decay constant; Half-life and mean life; Binding energy and its calculation; Fission and fusion processes; Energy calculation in these processes etc.

JEE Advanced Syllabus – Mathematics

Some of the topics in each subject are mentioned in the table below. More information can be found here in this PDF.




Algebra of complex numbers, addition, multiplication, conjugation, polar representation, properties of modulus and principal argument, triangle inequality, cube roots of unity, geometric interpretations.


Quadratic equations with real coefficients, relations between roots and coefficients, the formation of quadratic equations with given roots, symmetric functions of roots.etc.


Matrices as a rectangular array of real numbers, equality of matrices, addition, multiplication by a scalar and product of matrices, transpose of a matrix, Determinant of a square matrix of order up to three, inverse of a square matrix of order up to three etc.


Addition and multiplication rules of probability, conditional probability, Bayes Theorem, independence of events, computation of probability of events using permutations and combinations.etc.


Trigonometric functions, their periodicity and graphs, addition and subtraction formulae, formulae involving multiple and sub-multiple angles, general solution of trigonometric equations.


Relations between sides and angles of a triangle, sine rule, cosine rule, half-angle formula and the area of a triangle, inverse trigonometric functions etc.

Differential Calculus

Even and odd functions, the inverse of a function, continuity of composite functions, the intermediate value property of continuous functions.


A derivative of a function, a derivative of the sum, difference, product and quotient of two functions, chain rule, derivatives of polynomial, rational, trigonometric, inverse trigonometric, exponential and logarithmic functions. etc.

Integral Calculus

Integration as the inverse process of differentiation, indefinite integrals of standard functions, definite integrals and their properties, fundamental theorem of integral calculus etc.

Analytical Geometry

Two dimensions: Cartesian coordinates, the distance between two points, section formulae, the shift of origin.


Equation of a straight line in various forms, angle between two lines, the distance of a point from a line; Lines through the point of intersection of two given lines, equation of the bisector of the angle between two lines, concurrency of lines etc.


Addition of vectors, scalar multiplication, dot and cross products etc.

JEE Advanced Syllabus – Chemistry

Some of the topics in each subject are mentioned in the table below. For more information, refer to the PDF here.



General Chemistry 

Concept of atoms and molecules; Dalton’s atomic theory; Mole concept; Chemical formulae; Balanced chemical equations; etc.

Gaseous and liquid states

Absolute scale of temperature, ideal gas equation; Deviation from ideality, van der Waals equation; Kinetic theory of gases, etc.

Atomic structure and chemical bonding

Bohr model, spectrum of hydrogen atom, quantum numbers; Wave-particle duality, de Broglie hypothesis; Uncertainty principle; Qualitative quantum mechanical picture of hydrogen atom, shapes of s, p and d orbitals; Electronic configurations of elements (up to atomic number 36); Aufbau principle; Pauli’s exclusion principle and Hund’s rule; Orbital overlap and covalent bond; Hybridisation etc.


First law of thermodynamics; Internal energy, work and heat, pressure-volume work; Enthalpy, Hess’s law; etc.

Chemical Equilibrium

Law of mass action; Equilibrium constant, Le Chatelier’s principle (effect of concentration, temperature and pressure); Significance of G in chemical equilibrium; Solubility product, common ion effect, pH and buffer solutions, etc.


Electrochemical cells and cell reactions; Standard electrode potentials; Nernst equation and its relations, Electrochemical series, emf of galvanic cells; Faraday’s laws of electrolysis; Electrolytic conductance, etc.

Inorganic Chemistry

Preparation and properties of compounds 

Oxides, peroxides, hydroxides, carbonates, bicarbonates, chlorides and sulphates of sodium, potassium, magnesium and calcium; Boron: diborane, boric acid and borax; Aluminium: alumina, aluminium chloride and alums; Carbon: oxides and oxyacid (carbonic acid); Silicon etc.

Ores and Minerals

Commonly occurring ores and minerals of iron, copper, tin, lead, magnesium, aluminium, zinc and silver. etc.

Isolation and properties of the following non-metals

Boron, silicon, nitrogen, phosphorus, oxygen, sulphur and halogens; Properties of allotropes of carbon (only diamond and graphite), etc. For more topics in Inorganic chemistry – read the pdf given in this section.

Organic Chemistry

Preparation, properties and reactions of alkanes

Homologous series, physical properties of alkanes (melting points, boiling points and density); Combustion and halogenation of alkanes etc.


Classification; mono- and disaccharides (glucose and sucrose); Oxidation, reduction, glycoside formation and hydrolysis of sucrose etc.

Amino Acids 

General structure (only primary structure for peptides) and physical properties etc.

Practical Organic Chemistry

Detection of elements (N, S, halogens); Detection and identification of the following functional groups: hydroxyl (alcoholic and phenolic), etc. For more topics in Organic Chemistry – refer to PDF attached.

JEE Advanced Syllabus – Architecture Aptitude Test

AAT is not much different from JEE Advanced in terms of exam pattern. The pattern is not fixed like the JEE Advanced other papers.

  1. Mode of Examination: Offline
  2. Duration of Exam: 3 hours
  3. Language Medium: English

Syllabus for Architecture Aptitude Test is given in the table below:



Freehand Drawing

Simple drawing depicting the total object in its right form and proportion, surface texture, relative location and details of its component parts in an appropriate scale etc.

Geometric Drawing 

Exercises in geometrical drawing containing lines, angles, triangles, quadrilaterals, polygons, circles, etc. Study of plan (top view), elevation etc.`

Three-dimensional perception

Understanding and appreciation of three-dimensional forms with building elements, colour, volume and orientation etc.

Imagination Sensitivity

Composition exercise with given elements. Context mapping etc.

Architecture Sensitivity

General interest and awareness of famous architectural creations etc.

JEE Advanced Syllabus – Mains Vs Advanced Syllabus

The syllabus difference between the JEE Mains and JEE Advanced exam are at the subject level:


Topics asked in JEE mains but not in JEE Advanced are:

  • States of Matter & Solutions: Liquid state, Electric, magnetic and dielectric properties of solids, Henry’s law, osmotic pressure
  • Kossel-lewis approach, Molecular orbital theory
  • Discovery of subatomic particles and earlier atomic models
  • Physical equilibrium
  • Collision theory
  • Adsorption isotherms
  • Entire H chapter, F Block elements
  • Proteins, vitamins and nucleic acids
  • Practical Chemistry: Qualitative analysis of gp 1-4 included


Topics included in JEE mains but not in JEE Advanced are:

  • Magnetism and Matter
  • Semiconductors and Communication systems
  • Bulk modulus and modulus of rigidity
  • Diffraction and Polarisation


Topics included in JEE Mains but not in JEE Advanced are:

  • Sets
  • Statistics
  • Mathematical Induction
  • Mathematical reasoning.

JEE Advanced Syllabus – Books

Top books for preparing JEE Advanced syllabus are mentioned in the table below:




Concepts of Physics by H C Verma (Vol-1 and Vol-2)


Fundamentals of Physics by David Halliday/Resnick/Walker


Physical Chemistry by O P Tandon

Organic Chemistry by O.P. Tandon

Inorganic Chemistry by J.D Lee


Objective Mathematics By R.D. Sharma

Plane Trigonometry and Coordinate Geometry (Two Books) by S.L Loney


JEE Advanced Syllabus – Preparation Tips

  • For Engineering entrance exam preparation, Mathematics for JEE Advanced book is recommended. It has step-by-step solutions to every equation and key formulas to solve complex problems.
  • Plan your preparation – Establish definite goals to be achieved in a week or month’s time and stick to it. Analyze whether you achieved the goal or not.
  • Layout topics and solve numerical problems.
  • Solve at least one sample paper or previous years papers.
  • Focus more on understanding the topics rather than rotting.
  • Mostly, questions are asked based on application of concepts and fundamentals that you have learnt.
  • Practicing these papers within the time limit gives you an idea of how to attempt actual paper.
  • Study difficult topics when you are at your brightest and most alert and solve difficult problems when you are well-versed with the concept.
  • Try to build a suitable peer group for JEE Advanced preparation. Peer study groups provide constructive competition and keep you motivated.

Want to know about JEE Main ? Read JEE Main Updates blog here.

JEE Advanced Syllabus – FAQs

Q. Has JEE changed the syllabus for this exam session?

No. What is difficult to predict is the examination pattern. Syllabus is fixed over the years but the topics vary in JEE mains and advanced.

Q. Does HC Verma Physics book follow the JEE advanced syllabus?

H C Verma for Physics has topics that neither asked in JEE Main nor in Advanced. Candidates can refer the books for all the topics mentioned in the JEE Advanced syllabus.

Q. What are the subjects from which topics are asked in the JEE advanced exam?

Candidates need to have studied subjects like Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics in Class 12 for better hold on concepts in each subject.

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