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Preparing For JEE and NEET Exam: Books You Need To Definitely check Out

As a student who gave competitive exams almost five years ago, I can safely say that these exams have become much tougher now than they were 5-6 years ago. While most of these exams are held after the 12th, most students start preparing for them in 10th grade itself. The combination of increased toughness and competitiveness of children has made it almost impossible to crack these exams with the preparation of just a few months.

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If you are a student in India, two of the most popular competitive exams held after the 12th are JEE and NEET exams. While the NEET exam is required for pursuing a degree in the medical stream, JEE exam is held for engineering students i.e., two of the most popular career paths in the country. This means cracking these exams is the only way to secure a spot in a good college. Depending on what you want to pursue in the future, you will look at one of the two exams, both equally daunting. If you are one of the many students that are looking to give one of these two exams in the coming year, you have come to the right place. In this article, we will be shedding some light on JEE and NEET, explaining the subjects and topics covered in both the exams and most importantly covering which books to refer to and how to plan a schedule for these preparations. Let’s start with the NEET exam.

Preparing For NEET Exam

NEET or National Eligibility cum Entrance Test is a common test held in India for people who dream of becoming a doctor. It is the largest medical exam that is held once in a year in the county. Although a student can only take the exam after the 12th, they generally start NEET preparation from class 10th. If you are a student who dreams of becoming a doctor someday, you understand the level of pressure and competition currently. Most probably you want to have a head start over other students which is why you need to start your preparation early and be smart about it.

To secure a great rank, you need to start from the 10th standard itself. Although the topics covered in the tenth aren’t included in the exam, these concepts form the basis for all topics and harder questions covered in the exam. This will also give you enough time to find out the topics you are good at and work on topics that you are weak at.

Syllabus for NEET- NEET exam covers topics like Physics, Biology, and Chemistry. Under Biology, it includes Botany and Zoology. The paper consists of 45 questions from each of these subjects, hence 180 multiple choice questions in total.

Important Topics for NEET

Some important topics under physics include:

  • ·  Thermodynamics
  • ·  Rotational motions
  • ·  Kinematics
  • ·  Work, energy, and power
  • ·  Electrostatics
  • ·  Optics
  • ·  Current electricity
  • ·  Electromagnetic induction and alternating current

Important topics under Chemistry:

  • ·   Equilibrium
  • ·   Organic chemistry
  • ·   Chemical bonding and molecular structure
  • ·   Solutions
  • ·   Thermodynamics
  • ·   Coordination compounds

Important topics under Biology:

  • ·  Human physiology
  • ·  Cell structure and function
  • ·  Living organisms
  • ·  Plant physiology
  • ·  Reproduction
  • ·  Genetics and evolution
  • ·  Ecology and environment

Books To Cover

Every aspirant of NEET will obviously cover NCERT books. But, with the increasing difficulty, students have also observed that just covering these books is not enough. If you are dedicated to the exam and want to get that extra edge over others, we suggest you go through the books we recommend. Hence, use your NCERT books to understand and work on your concept but also use these additional books to go through additional topics and for practice

Books for Physics:

  • Concepts of Physics by H.C. Verma
  • Objective Physics by DC Pandey
  • Fundamental Physics by Pradeep
  • Problems in General Physics by IE Irodov
  • Physics for NEET by C.P. Singh
  • 40 Days Physics for NEET by S.B. Tripathi
  • Fundamentals of Physics by Halliday, Resnick, and Walker

Books for Chemistry:

  • ABC of Chemistry for Class 11 and 12 by S.P. Jauhar
  • Dinesh Chemistry Guide by P.N. Kapil
  • Physical Chemistry by OP Tandon
  • Concise Inorganic Chemistry by JD Lee
  • Organic Chemistry by Morrison
  • Objective Chemistry by R.K. Gupta
  • 40 Days Chemistry for NEET by Sudhanshu Thakur

Books for Biology:

  • Trueman Biology Vol 1 and Vol 2 by Tyagi & Goyal
  • Objective Biology by Dinesh
  • Pradeep Guide on Biology
  • GR Bathla publications for Biology
  • 40 Days Biology for NEET by S. Chakravarty
  • Objective Botany by Ansari

Other practice books you need to check:

  • V.K Jaiswal for Inorganic
  • M.S Chauhan for Organic
  • N. Awasthi for Physical

Preparing for JEE Exam

If you are not appearing for NEET exams, there are high chances that you might be preparing for IIT JEE. Apart from NEET, JEE is one of the most popular entrance exams in the country. JEE exam is commonly taken by non-medical students who are interested in joining one of the top IIT colleges in India. Like NEET, JEE entrance exam is held after the 12th but students start preparing from the 10th class itself. IIT JEE exam has two different exams, one of them is conducted for B.Tech candidates and the other for B.Arch/B.Planning candidates. Both these papers have different exam patterns. The first one consists of 90 MCQ questions from Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics. The second one has 82 questions from Mathematics, Aptitude, and Drawing.

Important Topics for IIT JEE

Important topics under Mathematics:

  • ·  Integral calculus
  • ·  Coordinate Geometry
  • ·  Limits, continuity, differentiability
  • ·  Quadratic equations
  • ·  Stats and probability
  • ·  Matrices and determinants
  • ·  Vector algebra
  • ·  Vector algebra

Important topics under Physics:

  • ·  Modern physics
  • ·  Thermodynamics
  • ·  Optics
  • ·  Heat
  • ·  Current electricity
  • ·  Magnetics

Important topics under Chemistry:

  • ·  Coordination Chemistry
  • ·  Periodic table
  • ·  Atomic structure
  • ·  Chemical and Ionic equilibrium
  • ·  Chemical Bonding
  • ·  Nuclear chemistry

Securing a place in one of the reputed IIT colleges in India is impossible without a great JEE score. Students devote their entire 11th and 12th preparing for this one exam. It takes complete dedication and a strict schedule to crack this exam. If you are really serious about it, you should start by brushing up on the concepts from all topics. You can start from NCERT books as they explain concepts in the easiest and most detailed way. Then you can move to other books that include more high level topics and practice questions. These books will cover additional topics that might not be included in your NCERT but are equally necessary from the point of view of JEE. Keeping in mind that you might need more than one book to prepare for JEE, we have prepared a list of all the best books that you need if you want to ace the JEE entrance exam.

BOOKS TO COVER

Books for Physics:

  • ·  Concepts of physics (Vol. 1 and 2) by H.C Verma
  • ·  Understanding Physics by DC Pandey: use these for Electricity & Magnetism, Optics & Modern Physics and Thermodynamics
  • ·  Understanding physics by Freedman and Young
  • ·  Fundamentals of Physics by Halliday, Resnick & Walker
  • ·  Problems in General Physics by I.E Irodov

Other books you can use for practicing:

  • ·  Problems in physics by SS Krotov
  • ·  Problems and solution of physics by Shashi Bhushan Tiwari

Books for Chemistry:

  • ·  Organic Chemistry and Physical chemistry by OP Tandon 
  • ·  Modern Approach to Chemical Calculations by R.C. Mukherjee
  • ·  Concept of Physical Chemistry by P Bahadur
  • ·  Concise Inorganic Chemistry by J D Lee
  • ·  Physical Chemistry by P.W. Atkins

Books for Mathematics:

  • ·  Objective Mathematics by RD Sharma
  • ·  Complete Mathematics for JEE Main TMH
  • ·  Plane Trigonometry by S L Loney
  • ·  The Elements of Coordinate Geometry by S L Loney
  • ·  Differential Calculus by Amit M Agarwal (Arihant Publications)
  • ·  Algebra by Dr. S K Goyal Arihant Publications
  • ·  Integral Calculus by Amit M Agarwal (Arihant Publications)

Tips For Preparing for Competitive Exams

The biggest part of preparation is knowing what you are getting into. Make sure you are aware of the complete syllabus for the test you are giving. Write down the syllabus, mark the important topics and find out your strengths and weaknesses. Once that is done, you can follow some other tips listed below:

  • Make a study plan that works for you
  • Make sure you can answer each and every question from the NCERT
  • Learn your concepts completely and solve enough questions for every important topic
  • Self-assess your papers and also ask for an assessment from your teachers/peers
  • Work on your time management, accuracy, and question solving speed
  • Look back at your solved questions and check where you make more mistakes
  • Make sure you master your strength, master your strengths rather than focusing on your weaknesses
  • Check previous year’s papers and give as many mock tests as you can

And the most important study tip anyone can give you is to maintain consistency. Making a solid study plan is easy but sticking to it is the hard part.​​

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