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

Updated On - October 3rd 2019 by KARISHMA KHATRI

JEE Main 2020 January Session is scheduled for January 6 – 11, 2019. It is one of the most strenuous national level entrance exam, conducted by NTA, for candidates seeking admission to B.E./ B.Tech and B.Arch courses. For a successful attempt at JEE Main 2020 candidates should be aware of the syllabus, pattern, latest updates and strategize accordingly.

Latest Updates: 

  • JEE Main Registrations open now, last date to register is October 10, 2019. Apply Now
  • NTA has commenced the registrations for JEE Main Mock Test 2020
  • Exam Pattern for JEE Main has undergone some major changes. NTA has introduced a separate paper for B. Planning. 

JEE Main SyllabusBest Books for JEE Main 2020

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

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

  • 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.

Here is an exclusive 30 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:

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Topics to be covered in second month:

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Topics to be covered in third month:

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  • 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.

    Also Check Free Online Video Lectures for JEE Main 2020 Aspirants by IIT Faculty

    JEE Main 2019 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

    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 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

    Study Notes for JEE Main 2020

    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 Study 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 Study Notes from the table below:

    JEE Main Study MaterialReference Link
    JEE Main Study Note 1Click Here
    JEE Main Study Note 2Click Here
    JEE Main Study Note 3Click Here
    JEE Main Study Note 4Click Here

    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

    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 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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