JEE Main 2020 - Preparation Tips, Study Notes and Toppers' Tips

    Karishma Khatri Karishma Khatri
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    JEE Main session for January 2020 has been conducted successfully. JEE Main 2020 April session was scheduled for the 2nd week of April, it has been postponed considering the nationwide lockdown, the exam will now be conducted from July 18 – 23, 2020. Candidates can use this time of social distancing productively and invest in a better preparation for the coming session. 

    JEE Main January Session Paper Analysis for B.E/ B.Tech, B. Arch and B. Planning Papersof all shifts is available, April session aspirants of JEE Main 2020 can take guidance from the same. Result for January 2020 session is expected to be out by January 31, 2020. Check JEE Main 2020 Expected Cut Off

    NTA released the sample questions for numeric value answer based questions in mathematics. Paper 1 will involve various questions both in the form of MCQs and numerical questions while Paper 2 is now segregated amongst B.Arch and B.Plan aspirants. With regards to B.E/B.Tech paper, there will be 75 questions in totality when contrasted with the previous count of 90. Likewise, aspirants for Paper 2 - B.Arch will have an aggregate of 77 questionsRead JEE Main Revised Exam Pattern

    Anand Kumar, the mathematician famous for his Super 30 project, will develop a course module for JEE Main Preparation with the help of CSC e-Governance India Services. This module will be made available to students in rural India in just Re 1.  

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    30 Days Revision Plan

    Last 30 Days Revision Plan for JEE Main 2020

    • Revise your notes: Covering the syllabus is not the key for success in JEE Main, what actually matters is how much you retain for the exam. Therefore, revise your notes every day for a strong grasp of concepts and application. Revise your formulas as most of the questions will be formula based. It’s not practical to revise and retain all the important formulas at once so please revise some portion of it daily during your last days before the exam.

    • Important topics: Observing the last year's JEE Main question paper, it was noted that the paper was quite balanced and spread out, covering most of the paper so keep a balanced preparation. However, there are topics from which questions are surely asked.

      Radioactivity, X-Ray, Atomic structure and Photoelectric effect are some such topics from Physics. Besides these, some easy to cover and recurring topics include Unit and Dimension, Instrument etc. It’s difficult to identify important chapters in chemistry, but questions from chemical bonding, transition element and coordination compounds appear almost every year. Straight-line circle, Vector and 3D are some most asked topics from mathematics. Topics like Quadratic equation, sequence and series are some easy to cover and recurring topics in mathematics.

      Candidates can also divide the topics in categories of easy, medium and difficult in terms of their difficulty level and move in the direction of easy to difficult. Since tough concepts are harder to retain, so it is best to brush up these concepts once before the exam. 

    • Mock tests are a must: Take at least one full-length mock test every day and device your paper attempting strategies accordingly.
    • Question-solving approach: During your mock tests and practice papers, keep in mind that solving every question requires the right approach. This approach must include first understanding the question followed by application of concepts and ultimately calculation.
    • Paper Attempting Strategy: Candidates appearing for JEE Main must have certain strategies for time management, selection of questions and accuracy. All these factors are interdependent on each other and essential for a successful attempt. Candidates must have a clear idea of what questions they can or can not attempt. Aiming to solve the entire paper will only lead to disruption of clarity. Sequence of attempting the question paper must be chosen as per one’s own convenience. However our advice is to attempt the chemistry section first as the questions can be addressed quickly so aspirants can have more time to attempt Physics and Mathematics sections.Graph based questions are easy to attempt, candidates can use different parameters like inserting values etc to eliminate the wrong options.
    • Maintain a healthy lifestyle: Don’t undermine your health amidst all the stress. Maintain a healthy diet and sleep schedule during these last days before the exam. This is essential for a high concentration level and productivity during the paper.

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    JEE Main Time Table

    JEE Main Time Table

    JEE Main is one of the toughest engineering entrance exams which ensure you the admission to one of the premier institutes of country. JEE Main April exam is scheduled to be held between July 18 – 23, 2020. Candidates have just two months of preparation time to prepare for the prestigious paper. In order to ace the exam easily, candidates have to make a proper time table and follow it religiously. While preparing for each topic, the candidates need to note down the important topics or points from the same. This will help the candidates with last-minute revision.

    Division of syllabus for 60 days

    First of all you need to divide the syllabus according to the days you are left with and then you are required to make a proper time table to finish it on time. There are three major subjects in JEE Main examination- Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. The division of the syllabus for the next 60 days is tabulated below. If you have less days in hand, you can always modify the division of days proportionately:

    Number of days for exam preparation


    Total Number of topics


    Total No. of Topics to be Revised in Mathematics


    Total No. of days to revised the topics of Mathematics


    Total No. of Topics to be Revised in Physics


    Total No. of days to revised the topics of Physics


    Total No. of Topics to be Revised in Mathematics


    Total No. of days to revised the topics of Physics


    JEE Main Daily Routine Timetable

    Time table to be followed along with the information about how many hours to give to preparations of each section like physics, chemistry, maths, mock test etc. is given below:



    Topics to be covered

    Time durations

    7:45 – 8:00

    Wake up and freshen up/prepare for studying

    8:00 – 10:30



    2.5 hours

    10:30 – 11:00


    11:00 – 2:00



    3 hours

    2:00 – 3:30

    Lunch/ Sleep and Leisure time

    3:30 – 6:00



    2.5 hours

    6:00 – 6:30

    A short break and Leisure time

    6:30 – 8:30


    Attempt any mock test or Practice previous years question paper

    2 hours

    8:30 – 9:30

    Break/ Dinner and Leisure time

    9:30- 11:30


    Revise all the topics studied the whole day, Analyse your mock test

    2 hours

    The time table is to be followed regularly for 2 months before the exam and once the exam comes near, start dedicating more time to Revision and attempting mock tests along with the previous years’ question paper. Candidates must emphasize more on revision and attempting mock tests since they help us prepare in a better way and let us know our strengths and weaknesses. Previous years’ question paper and mock tests give an overview of the exam pattern and marking scheme.

    90 Days Preparation Plan for JEE Main 2020 B.E/ B. Tech Paper

    Considering JEE Main 2020 April Session is just a couple of months away, aspirants should fasten their seat belts and completely dedicate their schedule to JEE Main 2020 preparations. 

      Here is an exclusive 90 days study plan by collegedunia. We’ve categorized topics on a monthly basis on the basis of relevance for the convenience of aspirants. The plan is as follows:

      Topics to be covered in first month:

      JEE Main Preparation Tips

      Topics to be covered in second month:

      JEE Main Preparation Tips

      Topics to be covered in third month:

      JEE Main Preparation Tips
      • Divide your schedule: Studying without a deadline isn’t something that aspirants can afford now, therefore you must assign your days to certain topics and finish them within the deadline.
      • Keep your resources limited: It is a must for candidates to remain focused. Having too many resources will only alleviate the stress. Therefore, research well and shortlist some resources for your study plan and stick to it. Remember, you can’t cover everything from everywhere, therefore keep it simple and accurate. Check JEE Main Important Books
      • Revision is the Key: Don’t keep revision for the last minute. Keep revision sessions for regular intervals. Make some crisp notes for the last minute reading and avoid unnecessary panic before the exam.
      • Maintain a Healthy lifestyle: This has been repeated several times but only because it is highly significant to maintain a healthy lifestyle if one needs to keep her/ his productivity at the peak. Sleep for 6- 7 hours, and on time. Stay hydrated and take breaks at intervals. We know binge watching tv shows and social media can be tempting but you’ve a goal for the next few months and like everything in the world, it comes at a cost. 
      • Mock tests = Game Changers: It is only through mock tests that one can identify his strengths and weaknesses, so take up mock tests at least twice a weak and increase the frequency if you feel like time management and accuracy needs to be worked upon. Mock test will lead to the formulation of accurate exam day strategies.

      Must Read Interviews of JEE Main 2020 Toppers (NTA Score 100)

      Preparation Tips by Toppers

      JEE Main 2020 Toppers’ Tips

      JEE MAIN 2019 Topper Shubham Srivastava AIR 1, encourages a balance of work and play.

      Shubham secured AIR 1, and topped the JEE MAIN 2019 exam with 100 percentile in his April attempt. He shares that he followed a clear strategy of sticking to the NCERT textbooks as the problems asked in the exam are NCERT based. He studied for 4 hours per day and believes that there should be a balance between study and other activities. Shubham advises the future aspirants to be dedicated and genuinely interested in what they are studying instead of worrying about ranks. Read More

      JEE MAIN 2019 Topper Sambit Behera AIR 11, comments, “The only thing is to have faith in your ability as it will help you sail through any hurdle and will help you accomplish your goal.”

      Sambit secured AIR 11, with 100 percentile. He believes immense and constant hard work and the appropriate guidance by his parents and teachers are the contributing factors for his success. He took a lot of mock tests and rectified the conceptual mistakes he would make at the time of practice. Read More

      JEE MAIN 2019 Topper Bojja Chetan Reddy, AIR 21 advises a stress free approach towards the exam for a good performance

      Chetan says that he initiated the preparation for JEE MAIN when he was in VIII standard in school. Months of rigorous revision followed by lots of practice can be seen as some of his strategies for success. It helped him get a grip over concepts and made him completely ready for the exam. He suggests the aspirants to treat the exam like an exam instead of overburdening oneself with pressure. As per him, without the stress, one has a better frame of mind during the entire process of preparation and exam taking. Read More

      With or Without Coaching?

      Prepare for JEE Main 2020: With or Without Coaching?

      JEE Main 2020 is a tough nut to crack and for their benefit, many candidates join a coaching institute which has also become a trend. Joining a coaching institute does help a lot but it isn’t necessary. The coaching material will help you form a strong base for IIT JEE 2020. You would have to follow a particular study pattern set by the respective institutes and plan your study schedule accordingly. If you are comfortable studying in such a way, you can join a reputed coaching institute.

      But, if you cannot copewith such a pattern, don’t forget self-study is always the best option. Self-studying will prove to be as advantageous as joining a coaching institute considering you plan your time table well and follow the same rigorously. Meanwhile, you can prepare for various Olympiads and exams like NTSE (National Talent Search Examination) which will strengthen your skills and knowledge from the grass root level. This will also aid in the preparation for your board exams.

      JEE Main Study Material

      JEE Main Study Material

      Class Notes

      Class Notes are the perfect example of an initiating step that helps you begin from scratch and build your concepts strong slowly. Always remember to pen down all the important information you receive in the class. Class notes will provide the basic founding steps to your JEE Main preparation. Once the basic concepts are clear and understood, students can move on to build on this knowledge.

      Online Test Series

      Candidates can purchase the online test series by some of the best and top coaching institutes in online mode only. The tests will be a dummy of the actual question paper and will definitely help the candidates in getting an overview of the actual question paper and prepare for it in a better way. The features of the online test series will exactly the same as the original question paper. Read JEE Main Mock Test

      Online Tutorials

      Online tutorials are a good source of preparation as one can find unlimited video lectures on each subject. Each video is quite informative and easy to comprehend. The lectures are prepared by field experts to cater to the needs of students who are slow at understanding concepts. The content offered through these channels is reliable, given by field experts. Also, students can rely on these video lectures in case they’ve missed a topic or had doubts even after attending the lecture.

      Previous Year Sample Papers

      Candidates are advised to attempt at least 10- 15 previous year sample papers before appearing for the actual examination to understand the paper pattern, marking scheme and types of questions asked in the examination. By attempting the previous years’ question papers, candidates can analyze their level of preparation and work on their weaker sections. This will strengthen your preparation and will definitely help you in achieving a better score.

      Important Books

      It can be a difficult job to select a book for the preparation of the examination. Candidates have to keep few points in mind while selecting a book for the preparation:

      • Always go for the latest edition as they follow the most recent exam pattern
      • NCERT Textbooks should be chosen first
      • Be specific and select only a limited number of books. Check Best Books for JEE Main Preparation

      JEE Main Youtube Channels

      JEE Main Youtube Channels

      Scoring well in the JEE Main exams is the dream of many aspirants. The two- level entrance test opens the gateway to the prestigious institutes like NITs, IITs, IIITs etc. One may find it difficult to understand a particular topic from books. Hence, Youtube channels are a good source of preparation as one can find unlimited video lectures on each subject. Each video is quite informative and easy to comprehend. The lectures are prepared by field experts to cater to the needs of students who are slow at understanding concepts.

      The content offered through these channels is reliable, given by field experts. Also, students can rely on these video lectures in case they’ve missed a topic or had doubts even after attending the lecture.

      • IITJEE Master (PCM): IITJEE Master is one of the best youtube channels dedicated to preparation lectures for all the three subjects, i.e., Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry at the JEE level. The videos are intended at providing home- based coaching and are a highly watched channel among JEE aspirants. Each video aims and focuses on concept building and smart and easy methods to solve JEE questions. Some of the most popular and useful videos on the channel are based on the topics like Ray Optics, Atomic structure, Relations and Functions, Domain and Range and a lot more.
      • Study 24/7 : Study 24/7 is another Youtube channel meant for JEE Main preparation that helps candidates to prepare for the maths section of JEE level. The channel provides simple, quality and interactive video lessons to aid engineering aspirants learn Maths and Physics for the JEE exam.
      • M- Learning (IIT JEE): In order to begin from scratch and build concepts, m- learning is a good source for preparation. The channel covers all topics asked in the JEE Main exam and can be highly useful for the JEE aspirants. The video lectures are quite informative and easy to comprehend. The lectures are delivered by highly qualified and well experienced experts to cater the needs of the students who are slow at understanding topics.
      • Unacademy Learning App: Unacademy is one of the largest learning platforms in India. The app is designed to offer free lectures to the students on various subjects. Most of the tutors are exam toppers and the lectures available are absolutely free. The app not only caters to the need for JEE Main preparations but also offers preparation aid for various other medical, engineering, and state-level competitive exams.
      • Topper: The app is one of the highest-rated among the apps for JEE Main 2020 Preparation. It offers a comprehensive learning solution for students who are preparing for JEE Main and other competitive exams like NEET. Most important feature of the app is its organized and structured learning resources and personalized preparation interface. The app also lets you set your learning goals and achieve them in a stipulated time frame.

      Educational content has grown immensely on Youtube. It is highly advisable that students must utilize it in the best way possible. The content offered through these channels is reliable, given by field experts. Also, students can rely on these video lectures in case they’ve missed a topic or had doubts even after attending the lecture. These apps are cost effective, time saving and economical. 

      Collegedunia: Collegedunia’s Youtube channel is one of the best platforms where you can find updates regarding the examination from time to time. The registration process to appear for the entrance test, information on how to prepare for the exam, pattern of the question paper, marking scheme, results, cut off and everything is available on the Youtube channel. One can visit the channel and gather all types of information according to his/ her requirement.

      JEE Main Preparation Tips for Students from Class XI & XII

      • Tackling Backlogs from Class XI: After the commencement of STD XI, list down the topics that you feel you were weak in. Before STD XII classes begin, in between the session gap, revise those topics thoroughly and build that base that went lacking while the academic session. If you keep them lagging, just before the JEE Main Exam, it will become difficult for you to study them all from scratch.
      • Maintaining Notes: Make a habit of maintaining notes of important topics. This is extremely crucial because just in a few weeks’ time, before the exam, you will want to go through each chapter, but time will be limited. At that juncture, your notes will come in handy. You can refer to important formulae, short cut methods and other essential information that you had jotted down while preparing for the topic.
      • Avoiding Complacency: Do not delay or take things lightly. Each day is important in the course of preparing yourself and eventually cracking important entrance exams, one like JEE Main 2020.
      • Utilizing Time judicially: Time management is one of the biggest pillars of success in an exam like this. Ensure to divide your available time well-balanced between school, coaching classes, entertainment & exercise.
      • Focusing on Board Exam: For students in STD XII, they have to be mindful that they should score high in their board exams also. Thus, they should not take their school exams lightly as the sessional assessments will eventually reflect what you end up scoring in the final exam.

      JEE Main Notes

      JEE Main Notes

      While preparing for JEE Main, candidates must refer to good study notes and practice as many sample papers as they can. For your convenience, we have compiled JEE Main Notes and Lecture notes from top institutes and toppers as well. Along with it, previous year question papers and sample papers are available.

      Download JEE Main Notes from the table below:

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      Subject-wise Preparation Tips

      Subject-Wise Strategy for JEE Main 2020

      Planning and strategizing isn’t the challenging part. The challenging and time consuming bit is the action. For your ease, we have devised subject-wise strategies for your reference that will help you crack the Engineering entrance exam.

      Physics:Understanding concepts and solving problems is the key to score well in Physics. Tighten your grip on the basics of the subject rather than memorizing the formulas. While preparing, master the concepts before you start solving questions. Numerical problems and conceptual questions, both are important for JEE.

      Mathematics: Mathematics requires immense practice and you must ensure that concepts and formulae are at your fingertips. Know every possible shortcut and formula. Mathematics is not just solving, it needs a little visualisation skills too.

      Chemistry: Complete NCERT thoroughly and you’re done with the basics of your Inorganic Chemistry. Make suitable notes for each chapter and study all reaction mechanisms and remember all named reactions. Constantly revise your reactions and formulae in free time. On the other hand, for Physical Chemistry, read from NCERT and have your concepts clarified. After you are done with the chapter, write down all equations from the chapter in a notebook for speedy reference while solving problems.

      Android Apps to Prepare for JEE Main 2020

      With the advent of digitization in every sphere, online education has paced up considerably. There are many online resources available for JEE Main Preparation. Apart from some good books, aspirants can go for android apps specially designed for JEE Main Preparation. These apps include: Topper, JEE Main Prep, Unacademy Learning App, etc. It is advisable for the candidates to not make these apps their core preparation source but use them as additional tools to enhance their preparation level. Such a preparation source comes with advatages like cost-effectiveness, handiness and reduced time consumption. 

      Check Top 10 Android apps for JEE Main 2020 Preparation

      Most suggested Books

      Best Books for JEE Main Preparation

      Best Books for JEE Main 2020 Preparation


      Concepts of Physics by H.C.Verma

      Fundamentals of Physics by Halliday and Walker

      Understanding of JEE Physics by D.C. Pandey


      Organic Chemistry by Morrison and Boyd

      Numerical Chemistry by P. Bahadur

      Practice Book Chemistry For Jee Main and Advanced 2020 by Arihant Experts


      Higher Algebra by Hall and Knight

      Modern Approach to Chemical Calculations by R.C. Mukherjee

      Problems Plus in IIT Mathematics by A. Das Gupta

      For a detailed list of JEE Main 2020 Important Books, Click Here

      JEE Main 2020 - Preparation Tips

      Preparation for JEE Main should focus on covering individual subjects separately since topics and types of questions simultaneously. Here are a few tips for scoring well in JEE 

      1. Time Management –A good time management strategy to balance the preparation of JEE Main 2020, Class XII Board examinations and routine activities will play a crucial role in your performance in the entrance exam. Check How to bridge the gap between JEE Main 2020 and Boards Preparation?
      2. Be Confident – Don’t get bogged down by complex topics. Focus on understanding and solving the problems rather than worrying about not performing well.
      3. Revision – Candidates have to focus on revising all the topics thoroughly and also create separate plan for last minute preparation.
      4. Mock Tests and Sample papers – Utilize the mock tests and sample papers to check out the trends in previous question papers and gain first-hand experience in solving questions.
      5. Smart Preparation Plan – Make cheat sheets and flash cards to revise formulae. Practice solving complex equations and learn shortcuts for lengthy calculations. Find innovative ways to keep the preparation process interesting and productive. Check Top 10 Android apps for JEE Main 2020 Preparation

      Frequently Asked Questions

      JEE Main Preparation Tips FAQs

      Ques. What type of questions are asked in JEE Main exam?

      Ans. The type of questions asked in JEE Main 2020 will be Multiple Choice Question, with four choices each. Drawing section will comprise of questions to test the drawing and sketching skills of the candidate

      Ques. How can I prepare for JEE Main 2020 without coaching?

      Ans. The stress regarding the preparation process is understandable considering JEE Main 2020 is just a few months away. Coachings can be a guiding unit for the candidates, however, the preparation bit always depends on the aspirant’s dedication. Candidate’s must make a timetable and stick to it. Beginning with cilearing the basics is always a good take. Make your conceptual understanding strong and practice as much as you can. Take frequents mocks and work on your strengths and weaknesses. With planning and hardwork, the exam won’t seem as troublesome. 

      Ques. What is the new Exam Pattern for JEE Main 2020?

      Ans. Paper 1 (B.E/B.Tech) of JEE Main consists of three sections i.e. Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics of Class 11 and 12. B.E/ B. Tech Paper will have 75 questions of varying marking scheme. Exam Pattern for Paper 2 (B.Arch) will include Mathematics (Class 12), Aptitude and Drawing section. Paper 2 will carry 77 questions of varying marking scheme. Exam Pattern for Paper 3 (B. Planning) will include 3 sections i.e. Mathematics, Aptitude and Planning Based Objective Type. Read More

      Ques. How to prepare for JEE Main from Class XI?

      Ans. Two years is more than enough to prepare for an exam like JEE Main. Candidates should start with enhancing their grasp over NCERT books and strengthening their conceptual base. Thereafter, candidates can move to the core books for preparation. Candidates can also subscribe to online mock tests and test series for time management and formulation of effective strategies.

      Ques.  What is the syllabus for JEE Main 2020.

      Ans. NTA released JEE Main 2020 syllabus for B.E/ B. Tech, B. Arch and B. Planning papers. Check here

      *The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College


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      Patel Vrajesh Dineshbhai

      What are the tips for preparation of a student who is starting his preparation 9 months prior?

      26 Jun, 2019 08:35
      Akhil Pasanth

      Hi Patel, Click on the Important Tips for easier tips for a student to prepare.

      26 Jun, 2019 14:55
      Sakshi Sanan

      Can I use any other document instead of hall ticket in the examination center?

      18 Mar, 2019 16:37
      Komal Chawla

      Hi Sakshi, No, All the candidates who are appearing for JEE Main 2019 must carry their hall ticket to enter inside the examination hall. Along with hall ticket also carry a valid photo ID proof. There is no other option.

      18 Mar, 2019 18:12

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