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 PapersPaper 1 – B.E./B. TechPaper 2A – B. ArchPaper 2B – B. Planning
SubjectsPhysics, Chemistry, and MathematicsMathematics, Aptitude Test, and Drawing TestMathematics, Aptitude Test, and Planning Based Objective Type
Maximum Marks300 Marks400 Marks400 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.

SectionsB.E./B. TechB. ArchB. Planning
Number of Questions Asked90

(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 ChemistryUnit 2: States of MatterUnit 3: Atomic Structure
Unit 4: Chemical Bonding and Molecular StructureUnit 5: Chemical ThermodynamicsUnit 6: Solutions
Unit 7: EquilibriumUnit 8: Redox Reactions and ElectrochemistryUnit 9: Chemical Kinetics
Unit 10: Surface Chemistry
Section B: Inorganic Chemistry
Unit 11: Classification of Elements and Periodicity in PropertiesUnit 12: General Principles and Processes of Isolation of MetalsUnit 13: Hydrogen
Unit 14: Block Elements (Alkali and Alkaline Earth Metals)Unit 15: P-Block ElementsUnit 16: d-and-f Block Elements
Unit 17: Coordination CompoundsUnit 18: Environmental Chemistry
Section C: Organic Chemistry
Unit 19: Purification and Characterization of Organic CompoundsUnit 20: Some Basic Principles of Organic ChemistryUnit 21: Hydrocarbons
Unit 22: Organic Compounds Containing HalogensUnit 23:  Organic Compounds Containing OxygenUnit 24: Organic Compounds Containing Nitrogen
Unit 25: PolymersUnit 26: BiomoleculesUnit 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 MeasurementUnit 2: KinematicsUnit 3: Laws of MotionUnit 4: Work, Energy, and Power
Unit 5: Rotational MotionUnit 6: GravitationUnit 7: Properties of Solids and LiquidsUnit 8: Thermodynamics
Unit 9: Kinetic Theory of GasesUnit 10: Oscillations and WavesUnit 11: ElectrostaticsUnit 12: Current Electricity
Unit 13: Magnetic Effects of Current and MagnetismUnit 14: Electromagnetic Induction and Alternating CurrentsUnit 15: Electromagnetic WavesUnit 16: Optics
Unit 17: Dual Nature of Matter and RadiationUnit 18: Atoms and NucleiUnit 19: Electronic DevicesUnit 20: Communication Systems
Section B – Practical
Unit 21: Experimental Skills

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JEE Main Syllabus 2021 – Mathematics

Unit 1: Sets, Relations, and FunctionsUnit 2: Complex Numbers and Quadratic EquationsUnit 3: Matrices and DeterminantsUnit 4: Permutations and Combinations
Unit 5: Mathematical InductionUnit 6: Binomial Theorem and Its Simple ApplicationsUnit 7: Sequences and SeriesUnit 8: Limit Continuity, and Differentiability
Unit 9: Integral CalculusUnit 10: Differential EquationsUnit 11: Coordinate GeometryUnit 12: Three Dimensional Geometry
Unit 13: Vector AlgebraUnit 14: Statistics and ProbabilityUnit 15: TrigonometryUnit 16: Mathematical Reasoning

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

Part I – Mathematics

Unit 1: Sets, Relations, and FunctionsUnit 2: Complex Numbers and Quadratic EquationsUnit 3: Matrices and DeterminantsUnit 4: Permutations and Combinations
Unit 5: Mathematical InductionsUnit 6: Binomial Theorem and Its Simple ApplicationsUnit 7: Sequence and SeriesUnit 8: Limit, Continuity, and Differentiability
Unit 9: Integral CalculusUnit 10: Differential EquationsUnit 11: Coordinate GeometryUnit 12: Three Dimensional Geometry
Unit 13: Vector AlgebraUnit 14: Statistics and ProbabilityUnit 15: TrigonometryUnit 16: Mathematical Reasoning

Part II – Aptitude

Unit – 1 Awareness of persons. Buildings, MaterialsUnit – 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 FunctionsUnit 2: Complex Numbers and Quadratic EquationsUnit 3: Matrices and DeterminantsUnit 4: Permutations and Combinations
Unit 5: Mathematical InductionsUnit 6: Binomial Theorem and Its Simple ApplicationsUnit 7: Sequence and SeriesUnit 8: Limit, Continuity, and Differentiability
Unit 9: Integral CalculusUnit 10: Differential EquationsUnit 11: Coordinate GeometryUnit 12: Three Dimensional Geometry
Unit 13: Vector AlgebraUnit 14: Statistics and ProbabilityUnit 15: TrigonometryUnit 16: Mathematical Reasoning

Part II – Aptitude

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

Part III – Planning

Unit-1 General AwarenessUnit-2 Social SciencesUnit-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

TopicsNumber of QuestionsWeightageMarks
Electrostatics13.33%4
Current Electricity310.00%12
Capacitor13.33%4
Magnetic Effect of Current & Magnetism26.67%8
Alternating Current26.67%8
KTG & Thermodynamics26.67%8
SHM13.33%4
Sound Waves13.33%4
Kinematics13.33%4
Work Power Energy13.33%4
Kinematics13.33%4
Laws of motion13.33%4
Work, Power, and Energy16.67%4
Centre Of Mass26.67%8
Rotational Dynamics26.67%8
Modern Physics26.67%8
NLM13.33%4
Elasticity13.33%4
Wave Optics26.67%8
Error13.33%4
Circular Motion13.33%4
Electromagnetic Waves13.33%4
Semiconductors13.33%4
Communication System13.33%4
Total3010120

Mathematics

TopicsNumber of QuestionsWeightageMarks
Quadratic Equation13.33%4
Sequences and  Series26.67%8
Trigonometric Equation13.33%4
Limit13.33%4
Differentiability13.33%4
Indefinite Integration13.33%4
Definite Integration13.33%4
Differential Equation13.33%4
Area Under the Curve13.33%4
Straight Line26.67%8
Vector13.37%4
3-D26.67%8
Permutation and combination13.33%4
Probability13.33%4
Complex Number13.33%4
Binomial Theorem13.33%4
Determinant26.67%8
Tangent and Normal13.33%4
Maxima and Minima13.33%4
Statistics13.33%4
Parabola13.33%4
Ellipse13.33%4
Hyperbola13.33%4
Mathematical Reasoning13.33%4
Height & Distance13.33%4
Sets13.33%4
Total30100%120

Chemistry

TopicsNo of QuestionsMarks
Transition Elements and Coordination Chemistry312
Periodic table and Representative Elements312
Thermodynamics And Gaseous State28
Atomic Structure28
Chemical Bonding28
Chemical And Ionic Equilibrium28
Solid-State And Surface Chemistry28
Nuclear Chemistry And Environment28
Mole Concept14
Redox Reaction14
Electrochemistry14
Chemical Kinetics14
Solution and Colligative Properties14
General Organic Chemistry14
Stereochemistry14
Hydrocarbon14
Alkyl Halides14
Carboxylic Acid and their Derivatives14
Carbohydrates, amino acid, and Polymers14
Aromatic Compounds14

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 NameAuthor
Advance physicsNelkon and Parker
Aptitude test problem in physicsKrotov
Fundamentals of PhysicsHalliday, Resnick & Walker
Dynamics of a Particle & of Rigid BodiesS.L. Loney
Physics Volume 1 & 2Tipler
University PhysicsFreedman and Young
Problems in PhysicsA. A. Pinsky
Mechanics Part-1 & 2DC Pandey
Problems in General PhysicsI. E. Irodov
Problems in PhysicsV. Zubov & V. Shalnov
Concepts of Physics Volume I and IIH. C. Verma
Feynman Lectures on physicsR. P. Feynman
A collection of questions and problems in physicsL. A. Sena
Element of Dynamics part I & IIS. L. Loney

Best Books as per JEE Main Syllabus 2021 – Chemistry

Books for Organic Chemistry

Book NameAuthor
Organic ChemistryO. P. Tandon
Concept of Organic ChemistryM. S. Chauhan
Organic Chemistry volume 1I. L. Finar
Organic ChemistryArihant Prakashan
A Guidebook to Mechanism in Organic ChemistryPeter Sykes

Books for Physical Chemistry

Books NameAuthor
IIT JEE ChemistryO. P. Agarwal
Numerical ChemistryP. Bahadur
General ChemistryEbbing
Physical ChemistryO. P. Tandon
University ChemistryBruce Mahan
Modern Approach to Chemical CalculationsRC Mukherjee
Physical Chemistry (For Reading Theory)P. Bahadur
Physical ChemistryP.W.Atkins

Books for Inorganic Chemistry

Books NameAuthor
Concise Inorganic ChemistryJ. D. Lee
Inorganic ChemistryArihant Prakashan
Textbook of Inorganic Chemistry for Competitions (JEE Main & Advanced)OP Tondon

Best Books as per JEE Main Syllabus 2021 – Mathematics

Books NameAuthor
Mathematics for Class 11 & Class 12R. D. Sharma
AlgebraArihant
Maths for Class 11 & Class 12R. S. Agarwal
VectorShanti Nayaran
IIT MathematicsM. L. Khanna
TrigonometryS. L. Loney
Problems in Calculus of One VariableI. A. Maron
GeometryDr. Gorakh Prasad
Differential CalculusArihant
Integral CalculusArihant
Introduction Probability & Its ApplicationW. Feller
Higher AlgebraBarnard and Child
A problem book in mathematical AnalysisG. N. Berman
Higher Algebra 4th EditionHall and Knight
Course in Mathematics for IIT-JEETMH Publication
Calculus and Analytic GeometryThomas 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

ParametersB.E./B. TechB. ArchB. Planning
Mode of ExaminationCBT ModeMathematics and Aptitude- CBT Mode

Drawing- Pen and paper mode

CBT Mode
Total subjectsPhysics, Chemistry, and MathematicsMathematics, Aptitude Test, and Drawing TestMathematics, 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 Questions60 

(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 SchemeFor 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 Marks300 Marks400 Marks400 Marks
Medium of paperEnglish, 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)

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