Important Section-Wise Topics and Books for Engineering and Medicine Entrance Exams


Every year, more than 25 lakh candidates appear for JEE Main and NEET combined. As the competition for admission into a course of choice in the desired college is very intense, preparation for JEE and NEET requires dedication, focus. With the exception of mathematics in JEE and biology in NEET. Both exams have several common subjects – physics and chemistry. Among these many chapters are so important that they are requested several times during the entrance exam.

We have summarized all the important elements of targeted JEE and NEET preparation for aspirants. Our preparation strategy must ensure that we are able to correctly answer all easy questions during exams.


The physics section is often the trickiest section as the questions are conceptual with numerical applications as well. The mechanics is the most important section. The trick to preparing for physics requires you to master the syllabus for class 11, as about 60% of physics papers are based on class topics. This includes mechanics, magnetism, electricity, etc.

Class 12 topics are relatively easy and carry less weight, but an important part of good prep strategy is that you should target all the easy questions, so you should cover the basics in all chapters.

Books to prepare for Physics include –

— Concepts of Physics by HC Verma
– NCERT (Textbook) Physics – Class 11 and 12
— DC Pandey’s Objective Physics
— Fundamentals of Physics by Halliday, Resnick and Walker
— Problems of General Physics by IE Irodov
— Documents from the previous year


Chemistry is the section where your ROI can be the best. It is divided into three subsections – physical, organic and inorganic chemistry. Candidates may find any of them difficult, and that should not be the criterion for ignoring the topic as such.

Chemistry questions require a balance of analytical and memorization skills. For example, physical chemistry questions are purely analytical, inorganic chemistry has questions that require memorization while organic chemistry has questions that often strike a balance between the two.

Important topics to focus on are – the mole concept, the periodic table, general organic chemistry, coordination chemistry and chemical bonding.

The books to consult to prepare Chemistry are the following:

– NCERT Chemistry (textbook)
— Physical Chemistry by OP Tandon
– Organic Chemistry by Morrison and Boyd
— Modern ABC of Chemistry for grades 11 and 12
– Concise Inorganic Chemistry by JD Lee
— Documents from previous years


The Math section is all about practice. Candidates who master the concepts and have practiced enough questions will easily pass this section. Candidates should always start with their conceptual clarity and analyze where they are in applying the concepts.

Mathematics in JEE has different sections such as Calculus, Coordinate Geometry, 3D Geometry and Vectors etc. Applicants should focus on the most important and impactful sections first and then start preparing for other sections. The essential books for the preparation are the following:

— NCERT Class 11 and 12 Handbooks
– Differential calculus for IIT-JEE and integral calculus for IIT-JEE by Amit Agarwal
— Calculus and Analytical Geometry by Thomas and Finney
— One-variable calculus problems by IA Maron
— Documents from the previous year


It is very important and critical to do well in the NEET exam as 50% of the exam weighting is for Biology (Botany and Zoology)

Genetics, cell biology, morphology, ecology and environment, reproduction, basics of biotechnology, animal and plant physiology are some of the important topics for NEET. Biology is the most important section of the NEET, to prepare you can refer to the following books:

– NCERT Biology (textbook) for grades 11 and 12
– Trueman’s Biology – Volume 1 and Volume 2
– Objective Biology – Dinesh
– Biology by Pradeep publication
– Biology by the publication of GRB Bathla
– Documents from the previous year (the most important)

After understanding the important topics and resources for the IIT JEE and NEET exam, you can design your winning strategy to pass these exams.

— The author is CEO and co-founder, Safalta

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