IIT JEE – Recommended Books

by Vivek Verma

Before giving the details about the books that helped me crack JEE Advanced, I would like to give a general advice to all JEE aspirants to study NCERT books thoroughly for Physics and Chemistry. The NCERT books are written by a team of experts in their respective areas. For physics and chemistry, go through the sample problems and miscellaneous problems because that contains some definitely-must-solve problems. However, NCERT books are not as beneficial for Mathematics.

The books I suggest for JEE Advanced are as follows:

 1. Physics

– Concepts of Physics, Vol I and II, by H. C. Verma.

– Fundamentals of Physics, by Halliday, Resnick & Walker.

– Problems in General Physics, by I. E. Irodov (optional).

The books written by H.C. Verma are more helpful for understanding all key concepts, through theory. Its numerical problems can only be solved if one has a good understanding of each and every aspect of the respective chapters. These books were more helpful to me for improving all weak areas of mine, including silly mistakes in solving problems and understanding the concepts involved in Modern Physics. After understanding all the concepts, solve as wide a variety of problems as you can.

 2. Chemistry

– Physical Chemistry, by O. P. Tandon.

– Organic Chemistry, by Morrison and Boyd.

– Concise Inorganic Chemistry, by J. D. Lee.

– Textbook of Inorganic Chemistry for Competitions (JEE Mains & Advanced ) by O. P. Tondon (excellent for practicing problems).

– Modern Approach to Chemical Calculations, by R. C. Mukherjee (for more practice).

In chemistry, the more time you give – the more you are going to learn. If you have left some portion of it untouched or confusing, then it may get you confused in other chapters as well. Chemistry requires proper attention and focused learning in a sequential manner. The strategy of jumping into random topics does not work here. Be regular, it will give you better results.

 3. Mathematics

– Calculus, by Thomas and Finney

– Mathematics for JEE Advanced, by Tata McGraw Hill publications.

– Co-ordinate Geometry and Trigonometry by S. L. Loney.

I had a good understanding of all chapters in maths. There was some difficulty in understanding the co-ordinate geometry and that too I was able to solve by studying the book by Loney.

 Online Resources of JEE Preparation:

During my preparation, I had only gone through books, mock tests / test series conducted by my coaching institute. As an alternate source of study, one can also go through the online resources available on the internet e.g. video lectures, JEE study planner, JEE study material that will help you during your self-study timings and revision timings.

In addition to my advice here, also do consult your teachers and other, since there can be diverse views on books, and choose what suits you best.

Good Luck!

Vivek Verma is a 3rd year B.Tech. student at IIT Roorkee.


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