Books for JEE Preparation

Hey people, with all the recent facebook/whatsapp messages i have been receiving lately, I decided to finally write this article down. I mean, it gets a bit tiring if you answer the same few books to each and every person out there…

So, anyways  I am here, you are here, this article is here. Gosh! If we are all here, why aren’t we talking? Let’s start off (Take a breather before i fire away…. you will need it)

So, these are the books i recommend for JEE. Buy them, as nothing beats studying the concepts from good books. They help you in understanding the subjects easily. For your convenience, I have added links to these books down below. Have a look, and buy them without a second thought. It will be worth it.

Book Links :

Physics : Well, this is the subject that demands intuition and imagination from you. Plus, you have got to be very very clear about the theoretical parts of Physics. Have no illusions about it. Most of the students practice Physics numericals, not theory. They think…. “If we have a good grasp over numericals, theory will be strong anyways. Also, JEE is objective too..why will they ask theory?” 

BE VERY CLEAR… The JEE paper setters know this fact. They will definitely ask mind- boggling theoretical questions. Hence, theory is not to be neglected. Right, so what books should be followed?

  • Concepts of Physics (H.C. Verma) Vol. 1 & 2 – Definitely the book to follow for theory. Make sure that you solve each and every question of the book, solved and unsolved. I mean, i did all the exercises. And it helped me a lot…so, you should do it too.
  • Problems in General Physics (I.E. Irodov) : This book will make you sweat. Keep in mind that this is at the Olympiad level, a step higher than JEE. So, only attempt it if you have the requisite level of confidence. However, it will give you a deep interest and understanding of Physics. The more you do it, the more your physics concepts strengthen. This book got me addicted so fast, my day felt incomplete without it.

Some people use D.C. Pandey. Although it is a good book, i would not personally recommend it. These 2 books mixed with any coaching material is ample for JEE.

Mathematics : Perhaps the toughest of the 3 subjects, Maths requires a high level of intuition, imagination and rigorous practice. Also, stick with one book and repeat it as many times as possible. Maths demands a lot of revision too. So, these are the books you should follow 

  • Comprehensive Mathematics for JEE Advanced (McGraw Hill) : This has got to be one of the best books of maths i have seen. This book has graded exercises by which it is able to gradually increase your level in the subject. If you keep your mind open and fresh, you wont’t even know how fast you have increased your level from a basic level to JEE-Advanced level. I used it, and loved it.
  • Problems Plus in IIT-Mathematics (A.Das Gupta) : Another classic for JEE. This is arguably the toughest book out there for JEE, and the tricks given in it are really helpful for JEE. However, the better questions are of subjective type. Hence, this book does not really prepare you for the paper pattern. On the other hand, this will give you an unmatched skill in maths. I have personally used it during my preparation, and grew addicted to it.

Some people also use Educative JEE Mathematics (K.D. Joshi). It is an excellent book for those who fear maths. One of our team members used it… he hated maths early on but after using this book, he began to love maths. I used it too. However, i already had a good grip on maths. So, it was not of much help to me. 

Basically, use a combo of 2 books : Anyone of A.Das Gupta or K.D. Joshi (based on your skill level) in the first 18 months of preparation (or till course ends). Thereafter, follow McGraw Hill to get habituated to the paper pattern.

Chemistry : The easiest subject of JEE syllabus. However, Chemistry involves a lot of patience and memorization skills.I know, loads of kids run away as soon as they get to know that things have to be memorized (I disliked memorization). However, if you know the correct material to follow, Chemistry becomes very easy…and most of all, very scoring. It will help you get a good score at JEE. So, let’s look at the set of books that i feel are essential for JEE….

  • NCERT Class XI and XII : They are of prime importance in Chemistry. Any chapter that involves memorization in Chemistry must be studied from NCERT. Do not neglect this book…it will be extremely helpful. I mean, literally..this book has the best RoI (Return on Investment…..my friends having a background in finance will know 🙂 )
  • Organic Chemistry (L.G. Wade/Morrison Boyd) : I have followed both of these books. However, i have found that L.G. Wade is the book more suited for JEE, while Morrison Boyd is more suited for higher studies and the Chemistry Olympiad. L.G. Wade had a lot of problem solving tricks that help a lot for JEE. I also saw stuff in L.G. Wade that has been asked in JEE. However, no other book had written that thing in their text. So, i recommend L.G. Wade for JEE Organic Chemistry.
  • Physical Chemistry : Bruce Mahan or K.L. Kapoor can be followed for theory…if you want a higher level than JEE. Else, for basics, coaching notes work well for theory. Practice is more important for Physical Chemistry, and for that i recommend 2 books… R.C. Mukherjee to develop a good level and understanding (to be followed for first 18 months of preparation) and N.Avasthi to get habitual to paper pattern. Do these, and revise them. You should be good. I have solved both of them. 
  • Inorganic Chemistry : NCERT is the godbook here. If you are thorough with NCERT, go for Concise Inorganic Chemistry (J.D. Lee) for much more knowledge. However, J.D. Lee is good mainly for Olympiad aspirants… nothing very helpful for JEE aspirants. I have used both, though.

But, you know what ? Much more important than these books is how well you prepare, how much you want to clear JEE, how well you use time and how motivated you are. 

Now that you know what books to use, start preparing well. Remember, the goal is as tough as you think it is. 

Best of Luck, 

Aakash Kapoor (AIR-95, JEE 2016)

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183 thoughts on “Books for JEE Preparation”

  1. Thanks sir for your answer. Please can you tell me which would be the most sought after major in general between ECE and EEE? Sir thanks in advance. I have seen many IIT Bombay b.tech graduates writing EEE degree as their major after their graduation , thats why i am confused.

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    1. I am telling you that this question is moot as there is only one EE degree in IIT Bombay.
      And EE of IITB encompasses both these things, so i cannot say which of the ones you should study at some other college. Look at your interests

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  2. Sir, please tell which is most sought after and popular major in IIT Bombay electrical engineering department – Electronics and communication engineering or electrical and electronics engineering ?

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  3. I have HC verma and IE irodov , by chance I got all books of DC pandey . How to use it along with them or just use it as reference

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  4. Hello,
    How is theory portion in Fiijee Rankers Study Material for beginners ( Physics, Chemistry And Mathematics) specially chemistry and physics portion.
    It is best for practice only or for both theory and practice.

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      1. Ok. If someone is only going to coaching for jee preparation ( non attending school). Is it possible to get good marks in 12th cbse board exam by solving only previous years papers two months before board.
        And which will be the best way to prepare for board exams to get above 90+ in board for a non attending student.

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      1. Ok. If someone is only going to coaching for jee preparation ( non attending school). Is it possible to get good marks in 12th cbse board exam by solving only previous years papers two months before board.
        And which will be the best way to prepare for board exams to get above 90+ in board for a non attending student.

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  5. Bhaiya i am in 11th. Going to appear in jee 2018 .At present i am following these combination.
    Maths- tmh+ rsm
    Chem- ncert + rsm
    Physics- dc gupta rank booster physics for problems + resnik halliday for theory

    Bhaiya this combination is good/ enough for getting good rank in jee or not ? and if you can suggest any other combination pl. Suggest.

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      1. Bhaiya i want to discuss with you regarding my jee preparation. If you can please give me your contact number. It will be helpful for me.

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      2. Please reply on the concerned Article. It’s getting hectic currently handling all your doubts personally

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      3. Thanks bhaiya for your suggestion.
        I have one more question. Ncert is necessary only for inorganic chemsity or for physical and organic also with fiitjee rsm?

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  6. Should I use skills in mathematics for calculus by Amit aggarwal or just rely on rd and coaching package (fiitjee ) for concepts and for practice book suggested by you bhaiya . Thanks

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    1. Amit agarwal is good for calculus. U can use it. However, if u have TMH, u can use that too. RD is tooo simple. Don’t rely on it

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  7. Hey! I just stumbled upon this blog a few days ago and GOD I wish I knew about this blog earlier. It would really mean a lot to me if you could help me out. I am a JEE 2017 aspirant and I’ve been through coaching classes for the past 2 years. I used to score 200 on an average. My past 2 months were totally consumed in pre-boards and proficiency exams and I feel really stupid for not focusing on JEE. My problem is that I feel like I don’t remember much from the coaching and my study notes and materials are NOT COMPLETE. So considering I have February for my preparation, suggest me the books that I can go through in this small amount of time to get a decent score around 200.
    P.S. I currently have NCERT, HC Verma, and previous year JEE question bank.
    Thank You!

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      1. Alright! Thank you very much for the quick reply. It really means a lot. I just sent you a mail with the subject – “Mail in response to Aakash bhaiya’s reply to rtomar1999’s comment”. Thank You!

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  8. Hey! I just wanted to ask that how much is the difference between the 8th edition of LG Wade and the 6th edition(the one edited by Maya Shankar Singh). You see the costs vary and the original version costs a bit less than the other one. So please help me to buy the correct version.

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  9. Hey! I just wanted to ask that how much is the difference between the 8th edition of LG Wade and the 6th edition(the one edited by Maya Shankar Singh). You see the costs vary and the original version costs a bit less than the other one. So please help me to buy the correct version.

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  10. When are the notes and material of bansal classes and fiitjee etc are going to be uploaded? Mohit Ryan Sir wrote on quora that they will upload it on Prepsera this month…..

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  11. Hiiiiii,
    Its piyush actually i have not joined in any coaching classes is this help me to to get rank in jee
    since iam solving hcv very carefully
    and rd sharma for maths
    and p bahadur for chemiscurrently im in 11th . Guide me to boost my level up

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    1. Okay…so u might need to take a correspondence course. It will be quite helpful truth be told.
      As far as your book choice is concerned, use irodov too if u can for Physics though if u can solve everything of HCV then it is perfect.
      For Maths, you need a tougher book. Start using TMH or A Das Gupta.
      For Chemistry, i would suggest buying the books given in the links in this article. Only the best books are recommended here by me so go for them.

      Look at the independent chapter review articles and comment if you find issues in those units.
      If you want even further support, go to the contact us page to personally communicate with Prepsera’s team.
      Though we would prefer thr blog comments.
      All the best,
      Aakash.

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      1. Any suugestibe way to solve irodov. Actually i have this but failed to solve
        even o solve my hcv goodlly. I have itodov of gcb publication.
        which book i go through lg wade or ms chawan and one more thing i am usin g pradeeps physical chemistry for theory and numerical from numerical chem by p bahadur
        is it boost up my jee prep

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      2. Irodov…just don’t jump to see solutions. try to do it as much khud se as you can.
        lg wade for theory and ms chouhan for practice. Buy from above links… don’t waste time searching for the correct version online.
        u

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  12. well i am in 12 and going through irp(intensive revision program) in vibrant where my rank is near the top 100 and scores near 200 in mains paper. i drive huge help from physics 100 marks or so. i have solved ie irodov and did dc pandey. in maths i find a lacking (lots of silly mistakes) same in physics barring me from the full score. please suggest

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    1. So, read the questions in the paper more carefully. This will help you avoid silly mistakes to a large extent. I mean, it helped me a lot.
      By the way, if you want an awesome JEE-Main rank, aim for marks around 280-300. This is because you should consider that Vibrant is one of the so many coachings of India.
      Anyways, do not feel under-confident because of this.

      And make sure you strengthen other parts of the paper as well, specially chemistry (easy marks). You need a backup in case your strongest subject fails you in the actual exam.
      All the best 🙂

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    1. Well, i did not find many wrong answers there. Confirm with solutions. Often those are right in the case of wrong answer key. Misprints occur at times. So, try to manage.
      A book lacking in mistakes is A Das Gupta. Buy that one too for additional practice

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  13. Ddid you manage to complete all these books while the chapter was done in your coaching institute ? If not which books did you complete and did you do any coaching institute packages along with them?

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  14. hello i was brought here by mohit ryan’s quora post. i need some help concerning the following things
    But firstly here are a few things what i am doing for the various exams so that you can help me more appropriately
    1. I am not attending any formal coaching however I have tutions for pcm subjects.
    2.I have joined resonance aits and out of
    for mains and bitsat (not advanced) and in my mains test series i am getting a decent rank of around 250-300 out of some 2000 people who are writing the test series.
    3. I am planning to write the bitsat test series after mains because i currently can’t prepare for two separate papers which have got different syllabi.
    4. i am using the following books for the test series
    1. hc verma-physics
    2. tmg for jee mains
    3. ncert plus bank of state level question for chemistry
    4. what is the right number of questions a person ahould mark in mains to get a decent score and how to keep negative marking at a minimum
    could you please hammer in some of the imperfections in my plan so that i can have better performance.

    PS i am aiming for a decent score in mains (190-200) and a good enough bitsat score so that i can get into msc maths @ bits goa
    (maths is my passion)

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    1. Well, see… BITSAT and JEE Main do not differ much… Look at me, i never prepared for bitsat ever.
      Your book choices seem pretty good… See the books post for some better books.
      Your rank is decent but given that most kids are not giving the test series u are giving, u need to improve still.
      Mark questions as much as you know… Do not take negative marks.
      Try for a better score in jee main… This one might not help u.
      As such, if you want to score around 200, aim around 230 so that under any unforeseeable circumstances if something goes wrong, you still have a buffer of 30 marks that might help you.
      It is just mind games….
      And for bits goa, it’s not tough…. It is easy to score 350+ in bitsat anyday so… Just practive previous years papers.

      You are not going to coaching… No worries. Just because everyone does something, does not mean they are doing it right. If you make an attempt am understand concepts, coaching has no use.

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  15. Hi Aakash
    I just wanted to ask that when we start revising for our monthly coaching exams, should we practice new questions or just do those ones which we didn’t get in the first attempt? (Given limited amount of time, especially concerning physics)
    Thanks in advance

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  16. I followed the books I mentioned but I am still not able to score good in coaching tests.do you know what I might be doing wrong

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    1. Well yeah, i guess i do.
      You are worrying too much. Practice practice and practice. It takes time and sustained hard work. After some time, your results will start improving. For sure.

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  17. here’s my strategy for advnaced

    physics: cengage, coaching modules and irodov
    chemistry: inorganic- ncert and op tondon(will study only main topics from this book)
    organic – solomons and fryhle or lg wade (based on your suggestion) , coaching modules , himanshu pandey (for practice)
    physical – coaching modules , p.bahadur
    maths : cengage , das gupta , coaching modules

    (i am good in maths and physics but bad in chemistry)

    can i get under 1000 rank if i follow these books?
    (i also have fiitjee phase test and aits papers . i will solving them after i complete my course)

    please give me some suggestions
    thank you

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    1. I never followed cengage but loads of my friends here at iit bombay did and they recommend it highly. So yeah, your book choice is great. Himanshu pandey can be ditched in favour of Advanced Problems in Organic Chemistry by MS Chouhan, which i used. LG Wade is better than solomons so go for it.
      Seeing tht u r bad at chemistry, i guess NCERT cover karna would be a good strategy.
      And yes, you can get even a 2 digi rank with these books, provided you work smartly enough.
      As far your pper strategy is concerned, it is perfect.
      So, this is what i would say. Look at other articles too based on what you need…

      Aakash

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    1. Himanshu pandey is a good book. However, it does not touch all the concepts you would need. Moreover, it can have wrong answers. As such, i would not recommend it. Better to spend your time and money on MS Chouhan

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      1. are you talking about “ADVANCED PROBLEMS IN ORGANIC CHEMISTRY”by ms chauhan
        or “Wiley’s Solomons & Fryhle’s Organic Chemistry for JEE (Main & Advanced)”

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    1. Well, practice is the best thing to strengthen GOC. It works for all chapters of organic. The book i recommend is MS Chouhan Advanced Organic Chemistry.
      Make sure you work it out in such a way that you know concept behind all questions.
      And repeat that book… Atleast 3 times

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    1. Well, at IITB, i have met a lot of friends who have cracked jee by only studying NcErT in chemistry. However, it is important to know that another of their subject was strong nd that helped them

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  18. Is the book “Advanced Problems in Organic Chemistry” by MS Chouhan recommended? How would you rate it’s difficult and syllabus coverage according to JEE pattern?

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    1. I would highly recommend it.
      This is because it helped me develop a good level of understanding in organic chemistry. Hence, i would recommend it from personal experience.
      See, it covers the entire syllabus… a good thing of it.
      You have all the possible types of questions in it…another good thing.
      Thirdly, each question invokes concepts. If you are able to solve questions while understanding what concept has been used, then organic chemistry will become extremely easy for you.
      It’s difficulty is over hyped, i believe. The level is exactly what you need for JEE. So, go ahead with it…solve it and master organic chemistry

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      1. Thanks for the quick reply. I’ll definitely use the book for problem solving now that I have a positive review. 🙂

        Another question : LG Wade : Organic Chemistry available on Amazon has been edited by Maya Shankar Singh. Is that the edition that has been recommended in this article?

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