JEE Main 2020 Physics Preparation: Resources, Study Material and Last Minute Preparation Tips

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    JEE Main April session is round the corner as the exam will be conducted from September 1 to 6, 2020 and its time candidates gear up their preparation. JEE Main Physics is an important component and requires regular practice and a good understanding of all principles and formulas relevant to it. Therefore, the first step to score high in this section is to grasp and memorize all of the relevant concepts and formulae as per JEE Main Physics Syllabus. That would help the students respond relatively smoothly to complex numerical problems. 

    • Many aspirants of coveted engineering entrance exam have the common habit of memorizing everything. However, this method may be useful in subjects such as Chemistry, but it will never aid in preparing for Physics.
    • To have a full analysis of each and every concept, students are advised to take topic-wise online test series. Try to link every concept to its practical application. Read JEE Main 30 Day Preparation Plan
    • Apart from traditional preparation methods, there are certain online government portals like SWAYAM and newly launched Abhyas App to ace the preparation game. 
    • Gujarat state board has also launched question banks, which is a helpful resource to practice for candidates. 

    Must Read 

    JEE Main Physics: Study Notes and Topic Wise Weightage

    Here is the chapter wise weightage for JEE Main Physics syllabus, based on the previous year trends.


    No of Questions





    Current Electricity






    Magnetic Effect of Current & Magnetism



    Alternating Current



    KTG & Thermodynamics






    Sound Waves






    Work Power Energy



    Laws of motion



    Centre Of Mass



    Rotational Dynamics



    Modern Physics









    Wave Optics






    Circular Motion



    Electromagnetic Waves






    Communication System






    Physics Part A: Theory Preparation

    JEE Main Physics Part A: Theory Preparation Tips

    Once you understand the topic-wise weightage and the number of questions that could be asked, you can develop a good approach towards preparation of important topics. 


    Mechanics is one of the topics with the highest weightage. It consists of 9 chapters. While preparing for this topic, consider the weightage of each chapter and dedicate an appropriate amount of time and effort.

    Some of the important concepts in Mechanics for your preparation are - 

    Dimensional and error analysis

    Acceleration due to gravity

    Conservation of momentum & energy and collisions

    Equations of motion

    Kepler’s laws

    Mechanics of common forces

    Moment of inertia and dynamics of rotational motion

    Pascal’s law, Bernoulli’s principle, viscosity and Reynolds’ number

    Potential energy of a spring

    Projectile and circular motion

    Relative motion


    Simple Harmonic motion

    Standing waves & Beats, Doppler effect

    Transverse and longitudinal waves: superposition and reflection

    Download JEE Main 2020 Official Syllabus Released by NTA

    Electrostatics and Magnetism

    This section needs utmost clarity of concepts. Almost 4 questions are asked every year from electrostatics in JEE Main. Concept of Physics by HC Verma is a good book to cover core fundamental and also contain good quality numerical solved questions.

    Some of the important concepts in Electrostatics and Magnetism for your preparation are -

    Ampere's Circuital law

    Bandwidth and modulation of signals in communication systems

    Bar magnet and magnetic field lines

    Biot-Savart Law

    Capacitance and Capacitors

    Continuous charge distribution and Gauss’s Law

    Electric charge and Coulomb’s Law

    Electric field, field lines, flux

    Electromagnetic waves and spectrum

    Electrostatic potential and work done

    Electrostatics of conductors and Dielectrics

    Force between two parallel currents

    Motion in electric and magnetic fields and Cyclotrons

    Potential energy in an external field

    The earth’s magnetism

    Torque on current loop and magnetic dipole


    One of the scoring topics it contains sone important chapter like Huygens principle. to get a grab of this topics go through advanced optics, understanding physics for JEE Main and Modern PHysics by DC Pandey.

    Heat and Thermodynamics

    • Clearly know all of your basics regarding this JEE Main Physics portion. 
    • Understand the principles of Zeroth Law of Thermodynamics, Joules Law and the First Law of Thermodynamics. 
    • Practice model papers on Carnot Engine - Efficiency and Coefficient of Performance.
    • Kinetic Theory of Gasses is a portion that can be easily solved with practice. 

    Some of the important concepts in Heat and Thermodynamics for your preparation are -

    First Law of Thermodynamics and Heat Capacity

    Heat engines, refrigerators and heat pumps

    Heat transfer

    Law of equipartition of energy, specific heat capacity and mean free path

    Newton’s Law of Cooling

    Reversible and irreversible processes and Carnot engine

    Second law of thermodynamics

    Specific Heat Capacity and Calorimetry

    Thermodynamic state variables, equation of state and thermodynamic processes

    Transfer of Thermal Expansion

    Motion of System, Particles and Rigid Body

    • Questions for determining torque and moment of inertia of regular bodies using the theorem of parallel and perpendicular axes is considered an essential section in JEE Main Physics. Train more for questions like these. 
    • Practice numerical based on angular momentum conservation and rolling motion. 
    • Circular Motion problems are easy for the candidates to answer. Do practice answering these questions. 


    • Kinematics is the most important segment ofJEE Main Physics. This chapter is considered simple and interesting by most students. 
    • In JEE Main Physics, problems focused on finding maximum height, range, flight time, and velocity at any point in the trajectory are considered important. Practice is important. 
    • Make copies of all important formulae, theorems and derivations. That will help you prepare in the last minute. 
    • Gain clarity on the definitions of displacement, acceleration, average velocity, and relative velocity.

    Modern Physics 

    One of the important topics for JEE Main and JEE Advanced this is a scoring section. Sub topics in this section to be covered up include radioactive substances, nuclear fusion and fission, dual nature of matter and x rays. Boards model should not be forgotten. The trick to ace this section include solving numerical problems.

    NCERT is the best source to cover up basics. Then students can move onto HC Verma for covering up theory part and 3000 numerical problems by Schaum for practicing.

    • This topic is where you can score many marks in the JEE Main Physics section. You can begin with studying Radioactive Decay of Substances, Nuclear Fission and Fusion, Dual Nature of Matter, X-rays and Bohr’s Model.
    • You can get your basic concepts clear with NCERT Physics. 
    • To study the theory part, refer to ‘Concepts of Physics’ by H.C Verma. For numerical, refer to ‘3000 Solved Problems in Physics’ by Schaum. 

    Collegedunia Tip: Make short note and flash cards

    It's a good reference tactic during the last days of exam. Make short notes of each topics that you cover while preparation . This will allow you to check marks topics while revising without going into details and opening textbooks. Make flash cards for tricks and formulas

    Physics Part B: Practical Preparation

    JEE Main Physics Part B: Practical Components Preparation Tips

    While preparaing and revisiong the physics syllabus candidates must take note of part B which states that 20 % weightage of the entire paper will be given to practical components that is experimental skills. As every mark counts it is advised to gain maximum from attempting this section the right way and gain maximum scores. The questions are quite simple based on the following topics:

    Vernier callipers: its use to measure the internal and external diameter and depth of a vessel.
    Screw gauge: its use to determine thickness/diameter of thin sheet/wire.
    Simple Pendulum: dissipation of energy by plotting a graph between square of amplitude and time.
    Metre Scale: the mass of a given object by the principle of moments.
    Young’s modulus of elasticity of the material of a metallic wire.
    The surface tension of water by capillary rise and effect of detergents.
    The coefficient of Viscosity of a given viscous liquid by measuring the terminal velocity of a given spherical body.
    Plotting a cooling curve for the relationship between the temperature of a hot body and time.
    The speed of sound in air at room temperature using a resonance tube.
    The specific heat capacity of a given: Solid, and liquid by method of mixtures.
    The resistivity of the material of a given wire using meter bridge.
    The resistance of a given wire using Ohm’s law.
    Potentiometer: Comparison of emf of two primary cells and Determination of the internal resistance of a cell.
    Resistance and figure of merit of a galvanometer by half deflection method.
    The focal length of a Convex mirror, Concave mirror, and Convex lens using the parallax method.
    The plot of the angle of deviation vs angle of incidence for a triangular prism.
    Refractive index of a glass slab using a traveling microscope.
    Characteristic curves of a p-n junction diode in forward and reverse bias.
    Characteristic curves of a Zener diode and finding reverse breakdown voltage.
    Characteristic curves of a transistor and finding current gain and voltage gain.
    Identification of Diode, LED, Transistor, IC, Resistor, Capacitor from mixed collection of such items.
    Using the multimeter to: (i) Identify base of a transistor (ii) Distinguish between NPN and PNP type transistor (iii) See the unidirectional flow of current in case of a diode and an LED (iv) Check the correctness or otherwise of a given electronic component (diode, transistor or IC).

    Collegedunia Tip: Stress Buster

    Do take out time for an activity that you love doing, this will release the excess stress accumulated. A small walk, some recreational activity or it can be anything. Sitting all day continuously is not a healthy practice. Finish a topics and opt for a break.

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    Physics Last Minute Preparation Tips

    JEE Main Physics Last Minute Preparation

    • Focus on Strong Points, Don't Start Anything New: Rely on your strong points and ensure no question from these areas is left or is incorrect. Last minute is not the time to strat anything new. Hone and sharpen strongholds.
    • Revise important formula: Take reference of short notes and flash cards created to revise formulas and tricks. This is not appropriate time to go through details in the books. Revise those topics that carry weightage and have dominant question papers of last few years.
    • Go easy with the mock test: Certain students get affected by the hype of solving practice papers and spend too much of time on that. Where mock testvare essential just blindly practicing them will bore no fruit. It is important to solve one to two mock test each day, analyse them and work on the weak points. This ensures that mistakes made are not repeated on the exam day. A bad nock test should not demoralise candidate rather than help in improvising.
    • There is no room for self doubt: Any bad practice seasion or mock test or peer pressure should not demotivate you. Last few days are crucial so keep youself mentally strong. Revise topic wise, practice questions based on that and move on to the next topic without any doubt.
    • Take timely breaks: Continuous study can cause fatigue, thus it is advised to take small breaks after every hour or so to break the monotony and keep the momentum high. Though the breaks can be timely and as per schedule to ensure there is no wastage of time.
    • Eat healthy and taje good sleep: Depriving yourself of sleep in the last few days can cause high stress level and lack of concentration. Thus ensure good amount of sleep and relaxation. East healthy, avoid junk and try to keep fit especially in the last few days before the actual exam.
    • Avoid Preparation Discussion: Overdiscussing preparation kevel with friends and family can increase anxiety amount aspirants. This is a common tendency among aspirants hence

    Ideal way to Score 100+ in JEE Main Physics section

    • Practice Previous Year Question Paper: Solving previous year question paper will give an idea on what ki d of questions are asked and in which domain you lack. Enhance your score by practicing varied number of questions.
    • Shortcuts and formulae: To ace numerical type of questions formulas play an important role. Mugging up formulas will help arrive at the solutions quickly. If effort is taken to understand them, formulas can be derived on own.
    • Time Management: Students should not spend more than 45-50 minutes in physics as 30-40 % questions are theiritical in nature, thus can be attempted in less than a minute And as they say every second saved is every second earned.
    • Elimination of Wrong Answers: At the first instance elimination of options that seem incorrect by intelligent guessing and wisdom can lead to solve questions the right way and even arrive at correct answer.
    • Easy question first: It is advised to solve easy questions first and questions that seem approachable. This will maximise the number of questions attempted and score good marks. Time leaft can be spent on questions that are remaining.

    NEET vs JEE Physics Preparation 

    JEE Main vs JEE Advanced Physics Topic Wise Comparison 

    Candidates who attempt JEE Main wish to clear and make it to advanced level. Thus a comprehensive preparation for both the exams should be kept in mind. Several topics are covered under the domain of both the exams whereas certain topics are exclusive to each. Lets have a look in the difference of topics in chemistry section: 

    Common Topics

    Topics in JEE Main and not in JEE Advanced

    Topics in JEE Advanced and not in JEE Main


    Electronic devisces

    Kirchoff’s laws



    Newtons law of cooling

    Laws of Motion

    Electronic Waves

    Black body radiation


    Electromagnetic Spectrum

    Absorptive and Emissive power


    Communication System

    Stefan’s law

    Electromagnetic Induction

    Propogation of Electromagnetic Waves

    Weins displacement law

    NEET Physics Preparation vs JEE Physics Preparation 

    Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) is an admission examination to engineering colleges while the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) is an admission examination to medical colleges. Both examinations are conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA). JEE and NEET have a Physics segment with a few similarities and differences. 

    PatternNEET Physics Pattern JEE Main Physics Pattern 

    Number of Questions 

    45 Questions

    25 Questions

    Total Marks

    180 Marks

    180 Marks

    Type of Questions

    Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)

    20 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs); 5 Numericals 

    Marking Scheme

    + 4 for the correct answer, -1 for an incorrect answer

    + 4 for the correct answer, -1 for an incorrect answer for MCQs; + 4 for the correct answer, 0 for an incorrect answer for Numericals

    Exam Mode

    Offline (Pen and Paper Test)


    It is important to note that the preparation strategies for NEET Physics and JEE Physics differ considerably. NEET Physics expectations are not as high as those of JEE Physics because it is an entrance exam to medical colleges while JEE is for engineering colleges. 

    1. While preparing for NEET Physics, one must not refer to books of JEE Physics because NEET does not require you to solve the complex numerical asked in JEE Advanced. This is also because NEET aspirants usually opt out of Mathematics after Class 10 while JEE aspirants have a strong relationship with Mathematics. 

    2. The exam pattern of NEET Physics and JEE Physics differs considerably. Therefore, preparation strategies must be formed accordingly. 

    3. NEET Physics asks only MCQs while JEE Physics asks MCQs and numerical. Practice should be done keeping this in mind. 

    4. NEET Physics preparation must be lighter than JEE Physics preparation due to the nature of the difficulty of questions. JEE Physics requires more intense practice with complex numerical. 

    NCERT and Other Books for Physics

    NCERT and Other Books for JEE Main Physics

    NCERT Physics has all the important preparation topics to crack JEE Physics. Students require a lot of practice with NCERT books to ace the Physics section in JEE. NCERT Physics Solutions have been curated by subject matter experts after extensive research to provide the best study material for JEE Physics. The concepts are explained in a learner-friendly manner which makes it easy for students to understand and apply the concepts. Students preparing for JEE Physics can revise efficiently with NCERT books. They are the best resources for developing strong fundamentals in Physics and work on your weak areas. 

    Sources - Online versions from NCERT official website 

    NCERT Physics for Classes 11 and 12 are the best books for JEE Main Physics preparation. You should consider these books a Bible because about 50 percent of questions from the JEE Main Physics section come from NCERT Physics books.  

    H.C Verma Solutions are known to be the most sought-after study materials for JEE Main Physics. They provide conceptual clarity and in-depth knowledge of core concepts. Every chapter includes multiple-choice questions, varied approaches, numerical problems, analytical questions, brief answers and more. H.C Verma Solutions give clear and succinct explanations that can help students develop a strong fundamental base in physics. Preparing from H.C Verma Solutions Vol. 1 and 2 is the best way in which you can develop problem-solving skills in physics. This material helps to quickly understand the basic and advanced concepts usually asked in JEE Main Physics. 

    Candidates can refer to the following books while preparing for JEE Main Physics section: 

    Publisher/ Author


    I.E. Irodov

    Problems in General Physics

    Arihant Publications

    Understanding Physics by D.C. Pandey: Set of books for:

    Electricity & Magnetism

    Mechanics (Vol. 1 & 2)

    Optics & Modern Physics

    Waves & Thermodynamics

    R.P. Feynman

    Feynman Lectures on Physics

    SS KrotovProblems in Physics

    Arthur Beiser, Shobhit Mahajan, S. Rai Choudhury

    Concepts of Modern Physics

    Halliday, Resnick and Walker

    Fundamentals of Physics

    Advanced Level Physics: Examples and ExercisesNelkon, Michael, Parker, Philip

    Preparation as per type of questions in JEE Main Physics

    Preparation According to the Type of JEE Main Physics Questions 

    Type of questions


    Theory oriented/fact-based

    Direct from NCERT



    Logical concepts

    Concepts are from NCERT

    Application of these concepts

    Critical concept-based 

    Very complex questions

    Determine the toppers

    The topics mentioned below do not do not hold a substantial part in the reading order of JEE Main but should be handled in away that candidates are aware of basic concepts in case questions arise.

    • Dual Nature of matter and radistion
    • Physics and Measurement
    • Communication System
    • Gravitation
    • KTG

    Tricks to Solve Physics Questions

    Tricks to Solve JEE Main Physics Questions

    • If you already have notes from the teacher of your coaching institute, then there is no need to make comprehensive notes again.
    • You may enhance the class notes by using a red pen or neon highlighter to illustrate important concepts.
    • You can also add to the notes some good/popular questions that you answered earlier so that you will certainly see them again when revising your notes.
    • You can add tips/tricks in the space provided for margins to prevent any errors that you might have learned later. 
    • You can make short notes with full-length notes too, but that will take a lot of time.
    • Do not waste time writing down notes again and again. 
    • Develop an interest in the concepts and formulas that you are studying. A lack of interest will make it harder to remember formulas.
    • Use visual memory to connect concepts to formulas. This helps in easy memorization because you will know the process behind the formulas. 
    • Practice the formulas you want to memorize as often as you can. The more you practice, the better you will understand the application of formulas. 
    • Writing down formulas again and again will help in speedy and long-lasting memorization. 
    • You can stick the written formulas on the wall so that you will repeatedly see them. 
    • Before you go to sleep, think about the formulas. Your brain will have better chances of remembering them the next day. 

    Tips for JEE Main Physics During the Exam

    • Find the easier and approachable questions first aand solve them
    • Keep on solving questions and fill OMR sheet side but side
    • Do not opt for guess work it can degrade your marks and overall score.
    • Do not panic if stuck at any questions, try to be calm and solve the maximum you can.
    • Do not assume that you have full one hour for physics section, try to wrap up the portion in 45 minutes or so. the remaining time is neccesary for revision and omr sheet filling.

    Physics Preparation by NTA Lectures

    JEE Main Physics Preparation by NTA Content Based Lectures

    Candidates can also prepare from the online physics video lectures provided by NTA on it’s official website. The steps to access the video lectures are as follows:

    • Visit the official website of NTA i.e.


    • You will be redirected to the page containing the name of different subjects. 

    • Choose the video lecture by clicking on the subject. 

    Direct Link to JEE Main Physics Video Lectures

    BIE Telangana Mock Test Facility for JEE Main

    Board of Intermediate Education Telangana has launched a free mock test for JEE Main aspirants on a daily, weekly basis. An android app has been launched for smartphones users, thus candidates can take the test from their phones as well. In order to avail the facility candidates need to register themselves at

    In order to register aspirants have to provide their name, college name and contact information. Mock test facility is available in English and Telugu medium. 

    Study Notes and Government Resources for Physics

    ​Government Online Portals for JEE Main Physics Preparation

    HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank launched National Test Abhyaas App on May 19, 2020 for candidates preparing for JEE Main. The application has been developed by the NTA and it will be available for download on android and ios platforms. As announced by the HRD minister Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal, National Test Abhyaas App is mainly for the preparation of the upcoming JEE Main. More than 17 lakh times practice tests have been taken o Abhyas app and over 10 lakh candidates have downloaded the app which shows its growing popularity. Mock test are also available in Hindi in order to promote students fro all backgrounds.

    The app has been developed by NTA on advice of the HRD minister. The benefits of National Test Abhyaas App are:

    • One full question paper of 3 hours will be available everyday for both the exams which will be same like the real examination
    • There is no fixed schedule for the test candidates can anytime practice according to their convenience
    • The app will also provide the correct answers and detailed explanations for each answer thus analysis can be aptly done. 
    • After the test the students will be able to see the analysis of time management i.e. time spent on each section
    • The app will provide benefit for all the students staying in rural and urban areas and they will be able to practice daily up to the date of exam
    • National Test Abhyaas App is available for android at this time and the ios version of the app will be launched soon.

    Earlier, the HRD minister suggested the aspirants of JEE Main to study for SWAYAM, Swayam Prabha TV and Diksha portal. All these portals have been exclusively developed for the students preparing for exams conducted by NTA. All these portals have been launched under PM e-Vidya program as a part of ‘one nation one digital platform’ for online education. 

    Gujrat Board Question Bank For JEE Preparation

    The Gujarat state board has released question banks for the aspirants who are preparing for JEE Main, NEET and GUJCET and are supposed to take the examination in 2020. Question banks have been released for all the four subjects included in the syllabus of JEE Main, NEET and GUJCET i.e. Mathematics, Biology, Physics and Chemistry. Read More

    The question banks are available in Gujarati and English language. Chapter-wise question papers have also been framed for the aspirants. The question bank can be downloaded from the official website of Gujarat Board.

    Direct links for download of question banks:

    Free Doubt Solving Sessions by IIT-JEE Toppers 

    • Edvizo has started conducting the sessions through the zoom app everyday from 6 9 p.m.  Aspirants with doubts can get the solution through a live video

    • The group includes doctors, IITians and senior subject experts. The main motive of the group is to clear all the uncertainties of the aspirants in context to their preparation strategy and approach.

    • The announcement was made by Edvizo (a Guwahati based startup) which has launched the 30-days initiative to help the aspirants of JEE Main and NEET in resolving their issues/doubts online.

    • Over 50,000 students have been registered from all over the country and a tie-up has been made with around 2500 coaching institutes in order to carry the idea on a larger platform so that maximum students can get the benefit.

    • The main aim behind this initiative was to ensure that the students do not feel demotivated due to the lockdown and the flow must be carried. The team has also planned to start a career-guidance session online on the weekends for a duration of seven hours starting from 9 a.m.

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