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JEE Main 2018 Syllabus for Physics, Chemistry and Maths with Weightage

Updated On - April 30th 2018 by SHIVANI TIWARI

JEE Main Syllabus for Paper 1 (B.E/B.Tech) comprises Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics of class 11 and 12 as prescribed by CBSE. It will have 90 questions of 4 marks each. Syllabus for Paper 2 (B.Arch) includes Mathematics (class 12), Aptitude and Drawing section. Paper 2 will carry 82 questions of varying marking scheme. 

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Aspirants can opt for one or both the papers of JEE Main. The duration of the exam is 3 hours. A compensatory time of 1 hour is given to candidates with 40% disability. 

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The syllabus for JEE Main & Advanced has been similar over the years and is set separately for Paper 1 and Paper 2. However, the distribution in exam pattern is slightly different. Candidates must rigorously practice JEE Main Sample Papers to get an idea of marking scheme and the pattern of JEE Main Papers. To download JEE Main 2017 Question Paper with solutions. Click Here

JEE Main is conducted by CBSE each year for admission to B.E./B.Tech and B.Arch courses to IITs, NITs, IIITs and CFTIs. Read on to know more about JEE Main Syllabus 2018 for both the papers.

JEE Main Chemistry Syllabus

Like Physics and Mathematics, Chemistry constitutes one-third of Paper 1. The question paper will have both, numerical and theory-based questions. You can download Chemistry Syllabus in PDF to get acquainted with all the topics that will be asked in the exam.  Here is a break up of the topics in the Chemistry syllabus

  1. Physical Chemistry
  2. Organic Chemistry
  3. Inorganic Chemistry

The following topics have been exam favourites over the years and must be given more time and effort as compared to other topics. Here is a list of such topics from the Chemistry syllabus of JEE Main along with their expected weightage in the exam.

Important TopicsExpected weightage
Carbohydrates, Amino Acids and Polymers7%
Transition Elements & Coordination Chemistry9%
Periodic Table and Representative elements6%
General Organic Chemistry6%
Chemical Bonding6%
Atomic Structure5%

Following table illustrates Chemistry chapters and percentage of questions asked in JEE Main.

TopicPercentage of question
General Organic Chemistry9
Alcohol Phenol Ether7
Redox reactions6
Chemical Bonding5
Coordination Compound5
P-block elements5
S-block elements5
Aldehyde & Ketones5
Solid State5
Chemical Thermodynamics5
Ionic Equilibrium3
Chemical Equilibrium3
Surface chemistry3
Atomic Structure2
Gaseous State2
Transition Elements2
Nuclear Chemistry2
Chemical Kinetics2
Mole Concepts2
Amines and Diazonium Salts2
Alkanes, Alkenes &Alkynes2

Reference Books

Since the Chemistry section has a lot of concept-based questions in JEE Main, it is advisable to refer to help books for a deeper understanding of the exam pattern and theoretical concepts.

Book TitleAuthor
Physical ChemistryO.P. Tandon
Numerical ChemistryP Bahadur
Modern Approach to Numerical ChemistryRC Mukherjee
Organic ChemistryPaula Bruice Yurkanis
Organic ChemistryO.P. Tandon

JEE Main Physics Syllabus

This subject will have 30 questions in the exam. You can download the complete JEE Main Physics syllabus for a detailed dissection of all the topics. The syllabus can be broadly segregated into the following 5 sections:

  1. Mechanics
  2. Heat and Thermodynamics
  3. Electrostatics and Magnetism
  4. Current Electricity and Electromagnetism
  5. Optics and Modern Physics

There are a few topics in the Physics syllabus that have been a regular feature of the JEE Main exam over the years. Students must target such chapters with the highest weightage first. Here is a list of the topics that are expected to have maximum weightage in JEE Main 2018.

Important TopicsExpected weightage
Heat and Thermodynamics11%
Modern Physics10%
Current and Electricity7%

The following table elucidates JEE Main Syllabus for Physics with the weightage of percentage of questions against the topic:

TopicPercentage of question
Wave Motion7
Rotational Motion7
Laws of Motion6
Ray Optics6
Magnetic effect of current and Magnetism6
Simple Harmonic Motion5
Wave optics5
Units Dimension Errors4
Work Energy Power4
Modern Physics4
Current Electricity4
Electromagnetic Induction3
Physics of Nucleus3
Solids and Semiconductor Devices2
Center of Mass, Impulse and Momentum2
Kinetic Theory of Gases2
Alternating Current1
EM waves1

Reference books Students can refer to the following books for a better idea of the exam questions and clarity of basic concepts. You must also practice sample question papers to get used to the exam pattern.

Book TitleAuthor
Concept of Physics Part 1&2H.C. Verma
IIT JEE PhysicsD.C. Pandey
Problems in PhysicsS.S. Krotov
Fundamental of PhysicsResnick, Halliday and Walker

JEE Main Mathematics Syllabus

Candidates must download the JEE Main Mathematics Syllabus for effective preparation. For every correct answer 4 marks will be awarded and for every incorrect answer, 1 mark will be deducted. Here are the topics included in this section.

  1. Algebra
  2. Trigonometry
  3. Calculus
  4. Coordinate Geometry

Some chapters from the Mathematics syllabus carry more weightage than the others. This list contains the most important topics from JEE Main syllabus with weightage.

Important TopicsExpected weightage
Coordinate Geometry12%
Integral Calculus12%
Sequence and Series7%
Matrices and Determinants7%
Differential Equations7%

Mathematics section has 30 objective type MCQs with the single correct option. There are total 16 units in JEE Main Syllabus for Maths with the following weightage:-

TopicNumber of questions
 Sets, Relations and Functions1
Complex Numbers and Quadratic Equations3
Matrices and Determinants2
Permutations and Combinations1
Mathematical Induction1
 Binomial Theorem and its simple applications1
Sequences and Series2
Limit, Continuity and Differentiability1
Integral Calculus3
Differential Equations1
Co-Ordinate Geometry5
Three Dimensional Geometry3
Vector Algebra1
Statistics and Probability2
Mathematical Reasoning1

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Level of Difficulty: Mathematics in JEE Main 2018 

The expected difficulty level of questions in JEE Main Maths section is indicated in the table below. This section can be said to be moderate to difficult level exam.

Easy Questions13
Medium Questions12
Hard Questions5

Reference Books Acing the Mathematics section requires rigorous practice. Although JEE main syllabus 2018 mostly comprises of NCERT topics, these books open up a range of questions that may be asked in the exam.

Book TitleAuthor
Maths XI & XIIR.D. Sharma
Plane TrigonometryS.L. Loney
Higher AlgebraHall & Knight
IIT MathematicsA Das Gupta
Problems of Calculus in one VariableI.A. Maron

Download Mathematics Syllabus in PDF

B.Arch Syllabus for JEE Main

Paper 2 is only for those candidates who wish to pursue B.Arch and B.Planning. The paper will be of 3 hours and it will be conducted only in the offline mode. It will be comprised of 3 sections:

Part 1: Mathematics- 30 Questions

Part 2: Aptitude Test- 50 Questions

Part 3: Drawing Test- 2 Questions

Here is the prescribed syllabus for the drawing test:

  • Drawing and Designing of geometrical or abstract shapes & patterns in pencil
  • Transformation of forms both 2D and 3D union
  • Elevation and 3D views of objects rotation
  • Development of Surfaces and Volumes
  • Generation of Plan
  • Creating 2D & 3D compositions using given shapes and forms
  • Sketching of activities from memory of urban scenes

How to Prepare for JEE Main Paper 2 Aptitude Test?

The following table elucidates the most important topics from the JEE Main syllabus with weightage for the Aptitude Test in Paper 2:

Important Topics for AptitudeMarking Weightage
Awareness of Places, persons, buildings and materials2-3% 
Texture and Objects related to Architecture2-3% 
Visualizing 3D objects from 2D drawings3-4% 
Visualizing Different sides of 3D Objects3% 
Mental Ability2% 
Analytical Reasoning1-2%
Color Texture1-2% 
Contrast and Harmony
Building Forms and Elements
3D- Perception and Appreciation of scale and proportion of objects.2-3% 

*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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1 Comment

SIR; is the chapterwise weightage for MATHS jee main paper 2 is same as weightage for paper 1?

15 Nov, 2017 00:20
Bhawna Vedwal

Hello Sarvani, Weightage is differ for MATHS JEE MAIN Paper 1 and paper 2

14 May, 2018 17:45

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