by Utkarsh Kumar Singh
Hello guys, firstly loads of appreciation to you all availing the access and need to this article because nevertheless, you guys are perhaps the best bunch of brains that India have. I’m sure most of you currently reading this article would soon be featuring in the best campuses of the country. And, I’d be extremely pleased if my experience does help you along.
Remember, I was also one of you just a year ago and so, I request you to proceed on this article not as some random stuff but as the experience of a student who has passed through that stage of mental dilemma as you are in right now.
JEE Advanced looks for problem-solving skills and they’ll come only and only from your own brain and lots of practice. Here is a list of few resources that I found reliable during my JEE preparations:
1. D. Sharma, Objective Mathematics (Part 1 & 2) – There are a lot of illustrations, examples and exercises in the book which’ll definitely help you understand the basics and applying them. Please note that it’s NOT the subjective one
2. Tata McGraw Hill, Advanced Mathematics – The book has many challenging questions and doing its questions get you some good mental practice.
If you are doing these two books, then I don’t think you need anything else. In case you still have time, you can go for FIITJEE RSM or Arihant Publication books (by S.K Goyal and Amit M Aggarwal).
1. DC Pandey, Physics (Arihant Publications) – The book is available in both subjective as well as objective editions. You can pick any of the two.
2. Tata McGraw Hill, Advanced Physics – It has some brainstorming problems and once you are through it, it’s ensured that you can use your understanding of the basic physical laws in the exam.
As for the preparations of JEE Advanced exam, these two books are sufficient. In case you are done with these books, go for the Resonance study material and solves its questions.
1. NCERT Chemistry for Class 11 & 12 – People often think that reading NCERT is of no use but that’s their biggest misconception. Before proceeding to anything else in organic chemistry, you must first complete all the reactions given in NCERT and believe me, that’ll be really helpful in the JEE ADVANCED exam.
2. RK Gupta, Organic Chemistry (Arihant) – Along with NCERT, thorough study of this book and solving its exercises helped me a lot. This book doesn’t contain anything useless as far as JEE syllabus is considered (something which every JEE aspirant fears while selection of books).
Apart from these two books, what I would suggest you is to go for study material of Resonance to better your understanding of GOC and Stereochemistry.
1. NCERT Inorganic Chemistry for Class 11 & 12 – Again, NCERT inorganic chemistry is a must for any JEE aspirant. You must try to go through the chapters and reactions line-by-line many times and I’d suggest while you’re reading the chapters, make your own notes from the chapters. NCERT will directly cover more than 80 percent of your questions of inorganic chemistry in the advanced examination (you can look on the previous years’ papers in case you doubt my words). And believe me, if you have read the NCERT chapters of inorganic chemistry a few times, this will be your key weapon in the advanced exam.
2. VK Jaiswal, Balaji Inorganic Chemistry – This book contains lots of practice problems in inorganic chemistry and they are very sufficient to make you damn confident in Inorganic Chemistry.
These two books together will be very sufficient to get you through the inorganic chemistry problems in JEE Advanced. Resonance study material will be very helpful for the preparation of inorganic chemistry. Don’t be misguided by bulky books like JD Lee or GRB. They’d distract your preparation.
1. N Awasthi, Balaji Physical Chemistry – This book contains extensive practice of problems in physical chemistry and believe me, they’ll surely give you the feel of JEE exam. Your concepts will definitely get stronger with this book.
2. P Bahadur, Physical Chemistry (for theory) – You can refer this book to go through the major concepts of physical chemistry. The book by the writer is available in two versions – one for questions and one for the theory. Make sure it’s the one for theory part.
So, these were the resources that I’d suggest you to go with for your JEE preparations. Honestly speaking, these are enough to get you AIR 1. I repeat, don’t get distracted by the range of books available in the market. That’ll just add to your worries. You just go by what your teachers and mentors suggest as far as selection of books is considered.
Even if you’re following some other books than the ones I mentioned above, it’s totally fine. Resources are just there to test your understanding of the subjects. Remember just one thing, your brain is your biggest weapon or asset for the JEE preparations and if there’s something that can secure you a place in IITs, it’s your skills, will power and confidence. No specified set of books can guarantee you a good JEE rank, so don’t waste your time and energy in solving SEVERAL BOOKS simultaneously.
Good luck with your exams and keep smiling always 🙂
Utkarsh Kumar Singh is a first year student at IIT Indore.
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