37 Evergreen, Best Books for JEE Main & Advanced – 2018
Choosing the right books for JEE Mains and JEE Advanced 2017 will provide the correct direction to your JEE preparation. JEE Mains and JEE Advanced exams are not new.
When I took the examinations, there used to be IIT JEE (Indian Institute of Technology – Joint Entrance Examination) and AIEEE (All India Engineering Entrance Exams), but this was almost 9 years ago – so yes it has been a very long time. But, some things still remain the same, like the books mentioned below.
I have written a post about the must-have JEE Main exam prep books where I talked about some additional reference books.
These books listed below have stood the test of time since many years and almost all successful IIT JEE, AIEEE, JEE Mains and JEE Advanced aspirants swear by these books. Although its not like all the 65 books have been used by each and every aspirant but you might want to refer to 1 – 2 books from each subsection mentioned below.
To make it simple for you, I have put comments next to each of the books regarding how I used it and how it was used by my friends who got much better ranks than me in the JEE exams.
1a. General Books
1b. Physical Chemistry
1c. Organic Chemistry
1d. Inorganic Chemistry
3a. General Books
3d. 3D, Vector & Co-ordinate Geometry
Chemistry Books for JEE Main and JEE Advanced
General Books for Chemistry prep
The two books below will help you cover pretty much everything you need for cracking the Chemistry paper in the JEE Main and Advanced exams. However, to go that extra mile you will have to refer some additional books and we have got you covered there too!
Chemistry Textbooks for Class 11 & Class 12 by NCERT
The NCERT Chemistry text books for Class 11 and Class 12 are really great when it comes to getting started with Chemistry at this level and helps you pick up some of the most important concepts of JEE Mains and Advanced Chemistry in a really great way for all the three branches of chemistry – Physical, Organic and Inorganic.
I did a mistake of not referring to these books initially and paid a huge price when I scored bad in my first all India test that was conducted by Brilliant Tutorials. After I saw that my other friends, whom I thought to be smarter than me, were referring to these books I knew where to look next. These books are available in 4 total parts and you can find them here.
IIT JEE Chemistry by O.P. Agarwal
This is one book that is recommended by almost any JEE chemistry teacher or even shopkeeper when you speak about Chemistry for JEE Prep. But you gotta take my word on this that you should avoid studying Inorganic and Organic chemistry from this book when you are just starting out.
The only reason you should have this book with you is as your chapter-wise and topic-wise guide and also for the vast number of problems at the end of each chapters. But, try to avoid this book as much as possible for concept-building.
Physical Chemistry (Numerical Chemistry) Books for JEE
Various Physical Chemistry concepts have been explained to great depth in this book and it also accompanies tough problems of various levels with their solutions. If you are preparing with taking JEE Advanced in mind then the problems in this book will be of great help to you however if you are looking to appear only for JEE Mains then you can give this book a miss. More details about this book can be found here.
This book for Numerical Chemistry by P. Bahadur is as good as the one by O.P Tandon, that I mentioned above and can be used for preparing both JEE Mains and JEE Advanced exams. During my days of JEE preparation, I did refer to the chapters of Chemical Kinetics, Ionic Equilibrium & Thermodynamics from this book and solved most of the numerical problems as daily practice.
This book is a course text-book higher education level Physical Chemistry in many colleges and provides in-depth explanation and coverage of almost all topics related to the subject. If you are in doubt about any specific topic in Physical chemistry then reading through that part of the book is highly recommended. You can find more details about this book here.
This book can easily be termed as the H.C. Verma of Chemistry, well not literally! During my JEE preparation days I used to swear by this book owing to the quality of the numerical problems in it and the explanation of the solutions – simple, to the point and lucid. Without solving questions from this book no preparation for JEE level physical chemistry can be termed as complete. More details about this book can be found here.
Before I say anything about Physical Chemistry by P.W.Atkins, please make sure you do not go into solving the problems in this book. They are of really high level and you do not really need to solve such problems to prepare yourself for the JEE Main exams or even the JEE Advanced exams. Just refer to the book for its solid concepts. Reading through the book was a charm during my JEE Prep days.
JEE Main Organic Chemistry Books (and Advanced)
Like I mentioned above, you must go through the Organic Chemistry chapters in the NCERT chemistry text books for Class 11 and Class 12 before you touch any of the books in this list. I am saying this out of experience as it would make it easier for you to have a rough idea of what the author is trying to convey.
Organic Chemistry is a highly scoring subject provided you have crystal clear concepts. Wrong information and bad teaching practices have created a false assumption among students that Organic Chemistry is tough, which is not at all true. You should also go through these common mistakes in Organic Chemistry that students make during their JEE Prep.
This text book for Organic Chemistry, written by O.P. Tandon puts JEE Main and Advanced exams forward, which means you will spend less time finding problems to solve for your daily practice. However, I was not a fan of this book when it comes to studying Organic Chemistry although many of my friends do make this one as their primary reference book.
Organic Chemistry by Morrison & Boyd
Organic Chemistry by Morrison & Boyd is definitely one of the best books for Organic Chemistry out there. Now, if you really want to build some of the best and most solid concepts in Organic Chemistry, this book should be on the top of your lists. Now, mind you the book is really thick which means you will have to put in extra hours. But trust me, if you do all these, you will definitely have an edge over your friends in the Organic Chemistry part of the JEE Main / Advanced exams.
You should also spend some time to solve the end-of-chapter questions to check your grasp of various concepts. FIITJEE generally gives tough organic questions in their All India Open Tests and I had scored a 99.99 – percentile in the Organic Chemistry module just be studying Organic Chemistry by Morrison Boyd.
This book has a vast amount of great JEE level problems and tricky questions that really test your Organic Chemistry concepts to the core. A must buy, if you want to gauge your preparation in Organic. However, there is a solution manual available as well for this book but we would suggest not to get the manual before you have put your 110% in solving the problems. More details here.
Organic Chemistry by Solomons
Organic Chemistry by Solomons and Fryhle is another great book that can be used for JEE Main & Advanced Organic Chemistry preparation. It is more of a choice – you can either choose between this or the Organic Chemistry book by Morrison & Boyd. I used to hear from my friends that the concepts of Stereochemistry has been explained in the simplest yet most effective way possible in this book.
The publishers of this book have released a JEE Mains special edition which drops out all the JEE irrelevant matter from the original book. You can find it here.
This book is more like a reference textbook and final revision material for Organic Chemistry. It contains all the name reactions, reagents and basic concepts like SN-1 SN-2 +I -I +R -R. It also list the practical use of all the organic chemical reactions so that you do not have to mug up things and can remember reactions by their actual utility.
I saw this book with a fellow JEE aspirant on the day of the final exam and regretted for sure that I could have saved so much time had I known about this book before hand. A must have, for sure. You can go through the comments section on Flipkart to see how many students actually swear by this book!
Inorganic Chemistry Books for JEE Mains & Advanced
Inorganic Chemistry preparation, in my humble opinion, differs a bit from the two other branches of chemistry. You will have to be more thorough with properties of elements and compounds. Now, for Inorganic Chemistry your NCERT Chemistry text books for Class 11 and Class 12 are really really really indispensable. This was true 9 years back when I took my JEE exam and this is true even till this date!
Arihant’s Inorganic Chemistry
In addition to the NCERT Texts, you will need another book that is written with JEE exams in mind just so that you can get a feel of the kind of questions you can expect on your D-Day. The Inorganic Chemistry book from Arihant has a good amount of JEE level problems and solved questions from previous years. You should use this book as the one from O.P. Tandon mentioned below just to solve the problems – try to avoid reading theory from either of them.
This book is an alternative to the Arihant book I mentioned above. Same commentary applies here as well – just use the book for solving the JEE level questions and to go through the questions that have been asked in the previous years’ papers. Avoid reading theory from them. More details about the book can be found here.
Concise Inorganic Chemistry by J.D. Lee
Looking for a solid base to your Inorganic Chemistry Preparation? Look no further! Yes, Concise Inorganic Chemistry by JD Lee is the best book for Inorganic Chemistry reference for your prep. The book is extremely relevant to JEE portions and does an awesome job in explaining concepts such as the periodic table properties and chemical bonding.
However, some portions in this book might not be your cup of tea so I would strongly recommend to go through the NCERT texts first before you start reading from this book. I used this book on various occasions during my preparation and surely reaped the benefits.
Physics Books for JEE Main and JEE Advanced
Physics used to be one of my most favourite subjects back in the day when I was preparing for JEE exams. Its only because Physics is one subject which you can correlate with your surroundings very easily. However, this is entirely my view point and you may not agree with me which is okay.
In addition to the Physics Textbooks for Classes 11 and 12 by NCERT (always keep in mind that JEE Main and Advanced exams are organised by CBSE), here are some of the Physics books for JEE Main and Advanced exams.
Concepts of Physics Volume 1 & Volume 2 by H.C. Verma
This is a very fine general Physics textbook written by Prof. H.C. Verma, who also happens to be a professor and an experimental physicist at IIT Kanpur. Here is the link to his website. Available in two volumes, this book is more than enough for building your concepts of Physics. All the basic theory and concepts have been explained by the prof in simple and easy to understand language.
After studying the chapters, you should attempt the end-of-chapter problems so that you can verify whether or not you thoroughly understood the concepts in there. Some problems are of very easy level and some are tough – try to complete the tough ones as well. In my opinion, if you study both the books well, you should be all set with your Physics preparation for JEE.
IIT JEE Main & Advanced – 14 Year’s Objective Solved Papers
When you finish studying a chapter from H.C. Verma or any of physics books mentioned below, try to attempt problems of those topics from this book so that you know where you stand in your Physics preparation for the JEE exams. I would recommend you to buy this book but any other book that has a listing of previous years’ JEE questions is good enough as well.
This is an expensive book and a really thick one but it is a charm to read physics from this book. Used as a general physics textbook in American universities, you can refer to this book just for additional study and there is no compulsion for going through this book. The only reason I studied a few chapters (Gravitation, Kinematics & electrostatics) from this book was the author’s ability to explain everything so well from nature’s point of view.
Problems in General Physics by I.E. Irodov
I.E. Irodov was one of the greatest General Physicists of all time (fun fact – he was a soldier in World War 2). His book, Problems in General Physics contains close to 300 problems in various topics of General Physics and in order to solve these problems you will really need to have strong concepts.
However, I did not have the time to solve the entire book (and trust me no one actually does that) but I did try to solve the problems from kinematics, gravitation and fluid mechanics. You do not need to buy this book as it is available online along with its solutions at this website.
A Collection of Questions & Problems in Physics by L.A. Sena
If you are doing self-study and have not joined any coaching class or tutorials for your JEE Prep then I would surely recommend you to use this book.Why? This book not only has more than 400 highly conceptual problems but also has the solutions for each of them and the solutions are accompanied by well-illustrated diagrams. You can read more about this book here.
I came to know about this book after starting college at IIT Bombay when a couple of my friends from Chhatisgarh were discussing about this book – they had not taken any coaching classes.
Physics Volume 1 & 2 by Tipler
The Physics texts (Vol 1 and Vol 2) authored by P.A. Tipler is a textbook for general physics used by students in many countries. One good thing about this book is the way things are laid out such as real-life examples and excerpts from documentaries – helps in the long run to those students who are preparing own their own.
In my opinion if you do not want to buy the expensive books by Resnick and Halliday mentioned above you could buy these books instead (provided you have enough time to go through additional material for Physics, after you are done with studying HC Verma).
Mathematics Books for JEE Main and JEE Advanced
For time immemorial Mathematics has been one of those subject where JEE paper setters have always tried to put the skills of aspirants at test. Mathematics problems can either be very easy to solve or look too deceiving before you can actually figure out how complicated they are. But, with ample practice you can overcome everything.
General Books for JEE Mathematics Prep
In my opinion, Cracking JEE Maths is more about practice than concepts. You just have a couple of hours to prove your mettle on the exam day, so when it comes to Mathematics you must make sure you practice a lot and practice a very wide variety of questions. Here are a few general books that you must follow in addition to the NCERT Class 11, 12 Math textbooks.
Mathematics for Class 11 & Class 12 by RD Sharma OR Maths for Class 11 & Class 12 by R.S. Agarwal
As the heading for this section suggests, you should go for either of the books as both give a general outlook to all the required and important topics in Mathematics for JEE Main and Advanced exams. Both the books have an ample amount of solved examples and detailed explanations for various mathematical concepts. The ideal way to prepare is start with one of these books and then move on to the books mentioned below (as required)
Link for Maths for Class 11 & Class 12 by R.S. Agarwal
Tata McGraw Hill (TMH) Mathematics
TMH for JEE Mathematics is a must if you are targeting either JEE Main or JEE Advanced or both. The level of problems in this book go from easy to very difficult and every problem in the book is different from the last one. This makes sure you are exposed to a variety of types of Math problems so that you are well equipped for the JEE Main and Advanced days.
One suggestion from my end would be that you should go slow with the book as some of the very tough problems can at times de-motivate you. When you see yourself running into such a situation, take it easy, take a break and come back to it later. I used this book myself and owe my success in JEE math to this one.
PRO Tip – Do not use this book for building concepts, coz you won’t find any. Its a pure drill question bank of the top notch level.
Algebra Books for JEE Main & Advanced
This book is one of the best JEE Level books out there – has the right mix of theory and problems. If you are preparing with JEE Advanced as your target then this one should be your go-to book and you can avoid the books I mentioned in the general section above, not the TMH one of course. I have heard good things about the book but it was not there during my days of JEE Prep so no personal comments. More details.
Although I did not refer to this book ever but have always heard good things about it from my friends who were preparing with me. If you are looking for a book to build your Algebra concepts and go through more theory then you should have a copy of Higher Algebra by Hall & Knight. However, it being a general algebra book you can stumble on to many topics that do not fall in the purview of JEE syllabus.
Trigonometry Books for JEE Main
This book has been used since many years for preparing JEE Trigonometry. You might not be fond of the presentation of topics in the book but has good concepts. What I did was just used this book to go through various necessary Trigonometry concepts and then used the TMH Math book to solve problems. My suggestion – you do not need to buy the book compulsorily.
3D, Vector & Co-Ordinate Geometry for JEE Main & Advanced
Co-ordinate geometry are some of the very easy topics in JEE Main and Advanced exams and students usually score pretty high. I used to read a couple of chapters from this book and then used the TMH book to solve the problems. However,I did not refer it to much because of the fact that the co-ordinate geometry problems can be pretty much solved with your class 10 (CBSE) geometry knowledge and some basic common sense.
This is another book from Arihant that is favorite among the JEE prep circle and teachers when it comes to studying Vector and 3D geometry. Like Co-Ordinate geometry, these are some really simple sections as well and you aim should be score full. I did not use this book, instead studied Vector and 3D geometry – both from the NCERT Mathematics Text Books. You can find more details about the book here.
Calculus Books for JEE Prep
Calculus is a very important topic in both JEE Main and Advanced exams. Make sure you leave no stone unturned in order to master this branch of mathematics. Calculus would be needed in your first year of engineering and the years to come depending on the branch you choose.
Differential Calculus from Arihant
This is one of the best JEE Main and Advanced focused books in the market for studying Differential Calculations. It has both good amount of theoretical concepts and practice problems which vary between various levels of difficulty. You could start with the NCERT books and then continue with this. More details about the book here.
Integral Calculus from Arihant
Just like the Differential Calculus book from Arihant, this one is also equally good and will help you in preparing well for the Integral calculus portions for the JEE exams. With calculus you must always remember that practice is the key to success!
[*] A note about some more books. Problems in Calculus of One Variable by I.A. Maron (link) and J. Edward’s book on Calculus (link) are some great books that you could refer to when you want additional help. However, the calculus books from Arihant cover all these material and also follow it up with JEE level problems and previous years’ questions.
Probability Books for JEE Math
This is the trickiest of all topics in the entire JEE Syllabus. In my experience you can either solve a JEE level probability question in one shot or get stuck on it. Now, in the exams if you are stuck on a Probability question then better leave it for later. You can score way more by concentrating on questions from other areas.
Introduction to Probability & Its Applications by W. Feller is one of the best probability books out there. But it is a really vast book and lot of topics in it are not required for the JEE prep. You can refer to it if you want but trust me, you would be better off studying Probability from the NCERT math text books and then solving related questions from the TMH math book (look above)
I hope with this massive list, you can choose 1 (or may be 2) book from each of the sections and begin your JEE preparation or put it back on track if you are already at it. Always remember, success in JEE is a mixture of hard work, conceptual clarity and of course some luck!
Please let me know in the comments section if you like this list. You can also tell me if you feel I missed out any good book or I need to remove a book from the list above.