JEE Main Syllabus – Topics, Books, Sample Papers, New Exam Pattern

National Testing Agency (NTA) is in charge of releasing the JEE Main syllabus 2021 along with the JEE Main notification 2021. The JEE Main syllabus is vast and the NTA has decided to NOT reduce the JEE Main 2021 syllabus. However, this year, the exam pattern has undergone a drastic change. From 2021 onwards, candidates can give 4 attempts of the JEE Main exam in a year. 

Additionally, from the year 2021, the exam pattern of JEE Main 2021 will be different for both Paper 1 and Paper 2. In each of the papers, each subject/section will have 20 MCQs and 10 Numerical Value questions (out of which candidates will have to attempt only 5 questions). Candidates are required to answer all the asked questions within 3 hours. By qualifying for the JEE Main 2021 exam, candidates shall become eligible to appear for JEE Advanced exam. 

NTA has already released the JEE Main 2021 syllabus for the subjects – Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics on the official JEE Main website – www.jeemain.nta.nic.in

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JEE Main Syllabus 2021 – Sections

NTA has published the JEE Main syllabus exclusively on the official JEE Main website.This year too, the JEE Main Paper 1 for B.E./B.Tech consists of 3 major subjects:

  1. Physics
  2. Chemistry 
  3. Mathematics

Syllabus for Paper 2 consists of topics for B.Arch. and BPlan. While the examination paper for B.Arch aspirants is called Paper 2A, the examination paper for B.Plan students is called Paper 2B

In Paper 2 A (B.Arch.), the sections include:

  1. Part I – Mathematics
  2. Part II – Aptitude
  3. Part III – Drawing

In Paper 2 B (BPlan.), the sections include:

  1. Part I – Mathematics
  2. Part II – Aptitude
  3. Part III – Plannin

JEE Main Syllabus 2021 – Sections

JEE Main Papers Paper 1 – B.E./B. Tech Paper 2A – B. Arch Paper 2B – B. Planning
Subjects Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics Mathematics, Aptitude Test, and Drawing Test Mathematics, Aptitude Test, and Planning Based Objective Type
Maximum Marks 300 Marks 400 Marks 400 Marks

JEE Main Syllabus 2021 – Section-wise Topics

The JEE Main syllabus is released paper-wise for different aspirants. Candidates can choose to appear for any one or both the papers. While Paper 1 is conducted for admission to B.E and B.Tech courses in a computer-based test mode, Paper 2 is conducted for to shortlist candidates for admission in B.Arch/B.Plan courses in institutes like the School of Planning and Architecture (SPAs) and NITs. Paper 2 is also conducted in a computer-based test mode, except the ‘Drawing Test’ which shall be held in a paper-and-pen mode. 

All JEE Main papers (including Paper 1, Paper 2A and Paper 2B) include 3 sections each respectively. B.E./B. Tech paper comprises 90 questions, B. Arch comprises 82 questions and BPlan consists of 105 questions. 

Candidates can find below all the important topics related to each subject covered in the prescribed syllabus of JEE Main.

Sections B.E./B. Tech B. Arch B. Planning
Number of Questions Asked 90

(30 questions from each subject)

20 MCQs and 10 Numerical value answer based questions

82

(Mathematics- 30

Aptitude- 50

Drawing- 2)

105

(Mathematics- 30

Aptitude- 50

Planning Based-25)

JEE Main Syllabus for Paper – 1 (B.E./B. Tech)

The JEE Main syllabus 2021 will be based mainly on the topics covered in Classes 11 and 12. Candidates are required to study the topics highlighted below to crack the entrance examination. 

JEE Main Syllabus 2021 – Chemistry 

Section A: Physical Chemistry
Unit 1: Some Basic Concepts in Chemistry Unit 2: States of Matter Unit 3: Atomic Structure
Unit 4: Chemical Bonding and Molecular Structure Unit 5: Chemical Thermodynamics Unit 6: Solutions
Unit 7: Equilibrium Unit 8: Redox Reactions and Electrochemistry Unit 9: Chemical Kinetics
Unit 10: Surface Chemistry
Section B: Inorganic Chemistry
Unit 11: Classification of Elements and Periodicity in Properties Unit 12: General Principles and Processes of Isolation of Metals Unit 13: Hydrogen
Unit 14: Block Elements (Alkali and Alkaline Earth Metals) Unit 15: P-Block Elements Unit 16: d-and-f Block Elements
Unit 17: Coordination Compounds Unit 18: Environmental Chemistry
Section C: Organic Chemistry
Unit 19: Purification and Characterization of Organic Compounds Unit 20: Some Basic Principles of Organic Chemistry Unit 21: Hydrocarbons
Unit 22: Organic Compounds Containing Halogens Unit 23:  Organic Compounds Containing Oxygen Unit 24: Organic Compounds Containing Nitrogen
Unit 25: Polymers Unit 26: Biomolecules Unit 27: Chemistry In Everyday Life
Unit 28: Principles Related to Practical Chemistry

JEE Main Syllabus 2021 – Physics

Section A – Theoretical Section
Unit 1: Physics and Measurement Unit 2: Kinematics Unit 3: Laws of Motion Unit 4: Work, Energy, and Power
Unit 5: Rotational Motion Unit 6: Gravitation Unit 7: Properties of Solids and Liquids Unit 8: Thermodynamics
Unit 9: Kinetic Theory of Gases Unit 10: Oscillations and Waves Unit 11: Electrostatics Unit 12: Current Electricity
Unit 13: Magnetic Effects of Current and Magnetism Unit 14: Electromagnetic Induction and Alternating Currents Unit 15: Electromagnetic Waves Unit 16: Optics
Unit 17: Dual Nature of Matter and Radiation Unit 18: Atoms and Nuclei Unit 19: Electronic Devices Unit 20: Communication Systems
Section B – Practical
Unit 21: Experimental Skills

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JEE Main Syllabus 2021 – Mathematics

Unit 1: Sets, Relations, and Functions Unit 2: Complex Numbers and Quadratic Equations Unit 3: Matrices and Determinants Unit 4: Permutations and Combinations
Unit 5: Mathematical Induction Unit 6: Binomial Theorem and Its Simple Applications Unit 7: Sequences and Series Unit 8: Limit Continuity, and Differentiability
Unit 9: Integral Calculus Unit 10: Differential Equations Unit 11: Coordinate Geometry Unit 12: Three Dimensional Geometry
Unit 13: Vector Algebra Unit 14: Statistics and Probability Unit 15: Trigonometry Unit 16: Mathematical Reasoning

JEE Main Syllabus for Paper – 2A (B.Arch.)

Part I – Mathematics

Unit 1: Sets, Relations, and Functions Unit 2: Complex Numbers and Quadratic Equations Unit 3: Matrices and Determinants Unit 4: Permutations and Combinations
Unit 5: Mathematical Inductions Unit 6: Binomial Theorem and Its Simple Applications Unit 7: Sequence and Series Unit 8: Limit, Continuity, and Differentiability
Unit 9: Integral Calculus Unit 10: Differential Equations Unit 11: Coordinate Geometry Unit 12: Three Dimensional Geometry
Unit 13: Vector Algebra Unit 14: Statistics and Probability Unit 15: Trigonometry Unit 16: Mathematical Reasoning

Part II – Aptitude

Unit – 1 Awareness of persons. Buildings, Materials Unit – 2 Three dimensional- perception

Part III – Drawing

Sketching of scenes and activities from memory of urban scape (public space, market, festivals, street scenes, monuments, recreational spaces, etc.). Sketching of landscape (riverfronts. Jungles. Gardens, trees. Plants, etc.) and rural life

JEE Main Syllabus for Paper – 2A (BPlan)

Part I – Mathematics

Unit 1: Sets, Relations, and Functions Unit 2: Complex Numbers and Quadratic Equations Unit 3: Matrices and Determinants Unit 4: Permutations and Combinations
Unit 5: Mathematical Inductions Unit 6: Binomial Theorem and Its Simple Applications Unit 7: Sequence and Series Unit 8: Limit, Continuity, and Differentiability
Unit 9: Integral Calculus Unit 10: Differential Equations Unit 11: Coordinate Geometry Unit 12: Three Dimensional Geometry
Unit 13: Vector Algebra Unit 14: Statistics and Probability Unit 15: Trigonometry Unit 16: Mathematical Reasoning

Part II – Aptitude

Unit-1 Awareness of persons. Buildings, Materials Unit –2 Three dimensional- perception

Part III – Planning

Unit-1 General Awareness Unit-2 Social Sciences Unit-3 Thinking Skills

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JEE Main Syllabus – Sectional Weightage

Candidates can check the previous year’s JEE Main weightage along with important topics asked in the exam.

Physics

Topics Number of Questions Weightage Marks
Electrostatics 1 3.33% 4
Current Electricity 3 10.00% 12
Capacitor 1 3.33% 4
Magnetic Effect of Current & Magnetism 2 6.67% 8
Alternating Current 2 6.67% 8
KTG & Thermodynamics 2 6.67% 8
SHM 1 3.33% 4
Sound Waves 1 3.33% 4
Kinematics 1 3.33% 4
Work Power Energy 1 3.33% 4
Kinematics 1 3.33% 4
Laws of motion 1 3.33% 4
Work, Power, and Energy 1 6.67% 4
Centre Of Mass 2 6.67% 8
Rotational Dynamics 2 6.67% 8
Modern Physics 2 6.67% 8
NLM 1 3.33% 4
Elasticity 1 3.33% 4
Wave Optics 2 6.67% 8
Error 1 3.33% 4
Circular Motion 1 3.33% 4
Electromagnetic Waves 1 3.33% 4
Semiconductors 1 3.33% 4
Communication System 1 3.33% 4
Total 30 10 120

Mathematics

Topics Number of Questions Weightage Marks
Quadratic Equation 1 3.33% 4
Sequences and  Series 2 6.67% 8
Trigonometric Equation 1 3.33% 4
Limit 1 3.33% 4
Differentiability 1 3.33% 4
Indefinite Integration 1 3.33% 4
Definite Integration 1 3.33% 4
Differential Equation 1 3.33% 4
Area Under the Curve 1 3.33% 4
Straight Line 2 6.67% 8
Vector 1 3.37% 4
3-D 2 6.67% 8
Permutation and combination 1 3.33% 4
Probability 1 3.33% 4
Complex Number 1 3.33% 4
Binomial Theorem 1 3.33% 4
Determinant 2 6.67% 8
Tangent and Normal 1 3.33% 4
Maxima and Minima 1 3.33% 4
Statistics 1 3.33% 4
Parabola 1 3.33% 4
Ellipse 1 3.33% 4
Hyperbola 1 3.33% 4
Mathematical Reasoning 1 3.33% 4
Height & Distance 1 3.33% 4
Sets 1 3.33% 4
Total 30 100% 120

Chemistry

Topics No of Questions Marks
Transition Elements and Coordination Chemistry 3 12
Periodic table and Representative Elements 3 12
Thermodynamics And Gaseous State 2 8
Atomic Structure 2 8
Chemical Bonding 2 8
Chemical And Ionic Equilibrium 2 8
Solid-State And Surface Chemistry 2 8
Nuclear Chemistry And Environment 2 8
Mole Concept 1 4
Redox Reaction 1 4
Electrochemistry 1 4
Chemical Kinetics 1 4
Solution and Colligative Properties 1 4
General Organic Chemistry 1 4
Stereochemistry 1 4
Hydrocarbon 1 4
Alkyl Halides 1 4
Carboxylic Acid and their Derivatives 1 4
Carbohydrates, amino acid, and Polymers 1 4
Aromatic Compounds 1 4

JEE Main 2021 – Recommended Books

Candidates need to prepare well from the topics highlighted as per the JEE Main syllabus to score well in the upcoming entrance test.

Buddy4Study advises candidates to prepare well for their upcoming exam with the help of the below-mentioned books that are recommended by candidates who cracked the exam successfully in the previous years.

Best Books as per JEE Main Syllabus 2021 – Physics

Book Name Author
Advance physics Nelkon and Parker
Aptitude test problem in physics Krotov
Fundamentals of Physics Halliday, Resnick & Walker
Dynamics of a Particle & of Rigid Bodies S.L. Loney
Physics Volume 1 & 2 Tipler
University Physics Freedman and Young
Problems in Physics A. A. Pinsky
Mechanics Part-1 & 2 DC Pandey
Problems in General Physics I. E. Irodov
Problems in Physics V. Zubov & V. Shalnov
Concepts of Physics Volume I and II H. C. Verma
Feynman Lectures on physics R. P. Feynman
A collection of questions and problems in physics L. A. Sena
Element of Dynamics part I & II S. L. Loney

Best Books as per JEE Main Syllabus 2021 – Chemistry

Books for Organic Chemistry

Book Name Author
Organic Chemistry O. P. Tandon
Concept of Organic Chemistry M. S. Chauhan
Organic Chemistry volume 1 I. L. Finar
Organic Chemistry Arihant Prakashan
A Guidebook to Mechanism in Organic Chemistry Peter Sykes

Books for Physical Chemistry

Books Name Author
IIT JEE Chemistry O. P. Agarwal
Numerical Chemistry P. Bahadur
General Chemistry Ebbing
Physical Chemistry O. P. Tandon
University Chemistry Bruce Mahan
Modern Approach to Chemical Calculations RC Mukherjee
Physical Chemistry (For Reading Theory) P. Bahadur
Physical Chemistry P.W.Atkins

Books for Inorganic Chemistry

Books Name Author
Concise Inorganic Chemistry J. D. Lee
Inorganic Chemistry Arihant Prakashan
Textbook of Inorganic Chemistry for Competitions (JEE Main & Advanced) OP Tondon

Best Books as per JEE Main Syllabus 2021 – Mathematics

Books Name Author
Mathematics for Class 11 & Class 12 R. D. Sharma
Algebra Arihant
Maths for Class 11 & Class 12 R. S. Agarwal
Vector Shanti Nayaran
IIT Mathematics M. L. Khanna
Trigonometry S. L. Loney
Problems in Calculus of One Variable I. A. Maron
Geometry Dr. Gorakh Prasad
Differential Calculus Arihant
Integral Calculus Arihant
Introduction Probability & Its Application W. Feller
Higher Algebra Barnard and Child
A problem book in mathematical Analysis G. N. Berman
Higher Algebra 4th Edition Hall and Knight
Course in Mathematics for IIT-JEE TMH Publication
Calculus and Analytic Geometry Thomas and Finney

JEE Main Exam Pattern 2021

Candidates who have registered and applied for the JEE Main exam 2021 should go through the exam pattern thoroughly and practice well with the help of online mock tests before attempting the exam. Besides, from 2021 onwards, candidates can appear for the JEE Main 2021 4 times in a year. Here are a few key points that they should definitely keep in mind:

JEE Main Exam Pattern 2021 for Paper 1 and 2

Parameters B.E./B. Tech B. Arch B. Planning
Mode of Examination CBT Mode Mathematics and Aptitude- CBT Mode

Drawing- Pen and paper mode

CBT Mode
Total subjects Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics Mathematics, Aptitude Test, and Drawing Test Mathematics, Aptitude Test, and Planning Based Objective Type
Number of questions

(Asked)

90 

(30 questions from each subject)

20 MCQs and 10 Numerical value answer based questions

82  

(Mathematics- 30

Aptitude- 50

Drawing- 2)

105 

(Mathematics- 30

Aptitude- 50

Planning Based-25)

Number of questions

(To be Answered)

75 

(25 questions from each subject)

77  

(Mathematics- 25

Aptitude- 50

Drawing- 2)

100 

(Mathematics- 25

Aptitude- 50

Planning Based-25)

Type of Questions 60 

(MCQs having 4 options each with 1 correct option) + 30 (Questions for which answer is a Numerical Value, 5 from each section – 15 in total from this section)

Maths- 20 (MCQs) + 10 (Questions for which answer is a Numerical Value, 5 needs to be done) +

Aptitude- 50 MCQ +

Drawing- 2 Questions

Maths- 20 (MCQs) + 10 (Questions for which answer is a Numerical Value, 5 needs to be done) +

Aptitude- 50 MCQs +

Planning Based Objective Type- 25 MCQs

Marking Scheme For MCQs: 

+4 for each correct response

-1 for each incorrect response

Unattempted questions will not be marked.

For Non- MCQs: 

+4 for each correct response

No negative marking for incorrect answers or unattempted questions.

For MCQs: 

+4 for each correct response

-1 for each incorrect response; Unattempted questions will not be marked.

For Non- MCQs: +4 for each correct response

No negative marking for incorrect answers or unattempted questions

For Drawing Test: 2 questions of 100 marks

For MCQs: 

+4 for each correct response

-1 for each incorrect response

Unattempted questions will not be marked.

For Non- MCQs: 

+4 for each correct response

No negative marking for incorrect answers or unattempted questions.

Maximum Marks 300 Marks 400 Marks 400 Marks
Medium of paper English, Hindi, Urdu (All Centre Cities),

Regional Languages

English, Hindi, Urdu (All Centre Cities),

Regional Languages

English, Hindi, Urdu (All Centre Cities),

Regional Languages

JEE Main Syllabus – Previous Years’ Question Papers

Buddy4Study has compiled previous years’ question papers in the below table. Candidates can download these to understand the JEE Main exam pattern in detail. 

JEE Main Previous Year Question Papers (2019)

Paper Question Paper
JEE Main 2019 Paper 8th April – Shift 1 Click Here
JEE Main 2019 Paper 8th April – Shift 2 Click Here
JEE Main 2019 Paper 9th April – Shift 1 Click Here
JEE Main 2019 Paper 9th April – Shift 2 Click Here
JEE Main 2019 Paper 10th April – Shift 1 Click Here
JEE Main 2019 Paper 10th April – Shift 2 Click Here
JEE Main 2019 Paper 12th April – Shift 1 Click Here
JEE Main 2019 Paper 12th April – Shift 2 Click Here

JEE Main Syllabus – FAQs

How many questions will be asked in the JEE Main exam 2021?

Candidates will have to attempt 75 questions out of 90 questions in Paper 1 (B. E/ BTech), 77 out of 82 questions in Paper 2A (BArch), and 100 out of 105 questions in Paper 2B (B.Arch.).

Is JEE Main February 2021 syllabus the same for Paper 1, Paper 2A, and Paper 2B?

No. The syllabus is different for JEE Main Paper 1 (BE/BTech), Paper 2A (BArch), and Paper 2B (BPlan).

What are the different sections of the JEE Main syllabus 2021?

The JEE Main exam consists of the following subjects/sections -

  • Paper 1 (B. E/ BTech) – Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics
  • Paper 2A (BArch) – Mathematics, Aptitude Test, and Drawing Test
  • Paper 2B (B.Arch.) – Mathematics, Aptitude Test, and Planning Based Objective Type

What is the standard of questions asked in the JEE Main Exam 2021?

The basic standard of questions asked in the JEE Main exam 2021 is from Class 10 and 12.

Is the JEE Main 2021 syllabus the same as CBSE Class 12?

The JEE Main 2021 syllabus will be similar to the Class 11 and 12 syllabus of CBSE. Candidates must note that the CBSE topics will be similar to JEE Main syllabus.

What is the negative marking scheme in the JEE Main exam?

For every incorrect answer in JEE Main MCQ questions, 1 mark will be deducted. For non-MCQ questions, there will not be any negative marking.

Is it useful to solve sample papers or previous years' question papers?

JEE Main previous years' question papers and model papers help candidates to get a better idea about the types of questions asked in the exam and prepare well for it.

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