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How to Prepare Chemistry for JEE Main 2023 - Tips to Score Maximum Marks

Sukriti Vajpayee
Sukriti VajpayeeUpdated On: April 12, 2023 10:05 am IST | JEE Main

Chemistry is said to be a scoring part of the JEE Main 2023 exam. The preparation tips for JEE Main Chemistry are given in this article. Students can also find the syllabus and best books here.

Chemistry Preparation for JEE Main

The Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main is the most popular and widely taken entrance exam for getting admission to the engineering colleges of the country. Lakhs of students appear for JEE Main 2023 every year to secure a seat in the courses of Bachelor of Technology (BTech), Bachelor of Architecture (BArch), Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.), and Bachelor of Planning (B.Planning). Questions asked in JEE Main are from Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics of the higher secondary level. Admission to all National Institutes of Technology (NITs), Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs), and Government Funded Technical Institutes (GFTIs) are done through JEE Main. The National Testing Agency (NTA) released the JEE Main exam dates 2023 and the official notification on December 15, 2022.

The competition of JEE Main is fierce in every academic session and the margin for error is extremely small. Hence, students prepare rigorously to beat the cut-throat competition and emerge victoriously. It is essential to perform well in all the sections of JEE Main in order to get a good rank. The Chemistry section of JEE Main is considered to be the most scoring among all the sections. Therefore, all JEE Main aspirants must prepare all the topics of Chemistry well so that their scope of getting higher marks increases. This article provides all the important tips to prepare for the Chemistry section of JEE Main. Students aspiring to give the JEE Main 2023 can follow these tips to ensure that their preparation for JEE Main chemistry is top-notch.

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JEE Main Exam Pattern

The JEE Main 2023 exam pattern will be released by NTA on its website along with the brochure. There will be three papers for the courses of B.Tech or B.E., B.Arch, and B.Planning. The exam will be in online mode. The details of JEE Main 2023 are given below:



Mode of exam

Online, computer-based

Duration of exam

3 hours


Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics

Total questions

75 (25 from each subject)

Type of questions

20 objective questions (MCQs),

5 numerical questions

Marking scheme

For objective questions: +4 for every correct answer,

  • -1 for every incorrect answer,
  • 0 for an unanswered question
  • For numerical questions: +4 for every correct answer,
  • 0 for every incorrect answer,
  • 0 for an unanswered question

Maximum Marks

300 (100 for each section)

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JEE Main 2023 Subject Wise Analysis (Session 2)

The JEE Main 2023 Subject wise analysis for session 2 is given below-
April 10, 2023JEE Main Physics Analysis 10 April 2023 Shift 1 & 2JEE Main Chemistry Analysis 10 April 2023 Shift 1 & 2JEE Main Maths Analysis 10 April 2023 Shift 1 & 2
April 8, 2023JEE Main Physics Analysis 8 April 2023 Shift 1 & 2JEE Main Chemistry Analysis 8 April 2023 Shift 1 & 2JEE Main Maths Analysis 8 April 2023 Shift 1 & 2
April 6, 2023JEE Main Physics Analysis 6 April 2023 Shift 1 & 2JEE Main Chemistry Analysis 6 April 2023 Shift 1 & 2JEE Main Maths Analysis 6 April 2023 Shift 1 & 2

JEE Main Chemistry Syllabus

The first step of starting the preparation for JEE Main Chemistry section is to be well aware of the JEE Main syllabus 2023. The detailed syllabus of Chemistry for JEE Main is given below. It is important to check that the candidate is not missing out on any topic as that can lead to a serious loss of marks in JEE Main.

The syllabus of Chemistry for JEE Main is broadly classified into three sections of the subject. The sections are:

  • Physical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry

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30 percent weightage is given to Organic Chemistry while Physical Chemistry and Inorganic Chemistry comprise 35 percent of the total questions each.

Physical Chemistry

  • Basic Concepts of Chemistry
  • States of Matter (Solid state, Liquid state, Gaseous state)
  • Atomic Structure
  • Chemical Bonding and Molecular Structure (Covalent Bonding, Ionic Bonding, Molecular Orbital Theory, Quantum Mechanical Approach to Covalent Bonding)
  • Chemical Thermodynamics (First law of thermodynamics, Second law of thermodynamics, Fundamentals of thermodynamics)
  • Equilibrium (Equilibria involving physical processes, Ionic equilibrium, Equilibria involving chemical processes)
  • Solutions
  • Chemical Kinetics
  • Redox Reactions and Electrochemistry
  • Surface Chemistry (Colloidal State, Adsorption)
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Organic Chemistry

  • Purification and Characterisation of Organic Compounds (Purification, Quantitative Analysis, Qualitative Analysis)
  • Basic Principles of Organic Chemistry (Nomenclature- Trivial and IUPAC, Common types of organic reactions, Electronic displacement in a covalent bond)
  • Organic Compounds Containing Oxygen (Alcohols, Phenols and Ethers; Carboxylic Acids; Aldehyde and Ketones)
  • Organic Compounds Containing Halogens
  • Hydrocarbons (Alkanes, Alkenes, Alkynes, Aromatic Hydrocarbons)
  • Organic Compounds Containing Nitrogen (Diazonium Salts, Amines)
  • Polymers
  • Chemistry in Everyday Life (Chemicals in medicines, Cleansing agents, Chemicals in food)
  • Bio-Molecules
  • Principles Related to Practical Chemistry

Inorganic Chemistry

  • General Principles and Process of Isolation of Metals
  • Classification of Elements and Periodicity in Properties
  • Hydrogen
  • s - block elements or Alkali and Alkaline Earth Metals (Elements of Group 1 and Group 2)
  • p - block elements (Elements of Group 13, Group 14, Group 15, Group 16, Group 17, Group 18)
  • d - and f - block elements (Transition Elements, Inner Transition Elements, Actinoids, Lanthanoids)
  • Coordination Compounds
  • Environmental Chemistry (Atmospheric pollution, Environmental pollution, Tropospheric pollutants - Gaseous pollutants, Water Pollution, Stratospheric pollution, Soil pollution)

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How to Prepare for JEE Main Chemistry?

Chemistry is the most rewarding among the three subjects that comprise the questions of JEE Main. Therefore, it is imperative that the students give special attention to the subject and are thorough with it. Here are some steps that can be followed for preparing for JEE Main Chemistry.

  • To begin with, the student must always assess all the sections carefully and figure out the parts in which he/ she will have to give more time. Allocating time to those sections accordingly will help the aspirants get a better grasp of the syllabus.

  • The best way to study is to make a schedule and stick to it. After a while, the aspirant can make certain alterations to the schedule as per the pace and understanding he/ she gets of certain topics in a few days. Once the preparation begins, it is easy to gauge how much time needs to be given to each topic and students should make a routine accordingly.

  • Being regular with the preparation is one of the most important aspects of studying for Chemistry for JEE Main. As the subject is quite vast and hugely theoretical, students will have to study for it regularly so as to keep the flow. It is only by giving time to the subject on a regular basis that a student can memorise all the topics.

  • Setting aside some time for the revision of topics that have been covered is also among the most essential aspects of preparing for JEE Main Chemistry. As the subject is quite theoretical, students will need to keep going back to the chapters they have finished so that they remain fresh in memory and the students are well versed with them.

  • Studying from several books is not recommended for JEE Main Chemistry. All candidates should stick to some good books and use them for their preparation. Referring to different books results in wastage of time in trying to understand the language and also builds incoherence. Students often get confused when they use books of different authors to study or practise as different techniques might be used in them.

  • Memorising certain parts of the subject like the Periodic Table, Atomic Weights, Atomic Symbols, Atomic Numbers, necessary while preparing for the Chemistry section. This saves a lot of time while writing the exam and increases the scope of scoring significantly. A major part of Chemistry needs to be memorised like certain reactions and bonds. This will help the candidate score more while also saving time.

  • Once the aspirant has started with preparation in a full-fledged way, he/ she must check the accuracy of his/ her answers and incorporate ways to improve in this area. Apart from this, the candidates must also try to increase their speed as the importance of time in the JEE Main exam is important. Solving certain questions in less time will give the student an opportunity to use that time in the sections of Physics and Mathematics and also in reviewing the answers after the completion of the paper.

  • When preparing for any exam, practising JEE Main previous year question papers and doing mock tests is undoubtedly one of the most important parts. Practising helps the student in realising which areas he/ she has to focus on and how he/ she should approach a question. It is always better to have an understanding of the type of questions that are asked in the exam so that the student is mentally prepared and knows how to go about the questions. Therefore, practising old papers regularly is an extremely important step while preparing for JEE Main Chemistry in order to score well.

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Best Books for JEE Main Chemistry

As the Chemistry preparation for JEE Main is done majorly through books and comprises theoretical parts, studying from good books has an important role. The candidates must not juggle between several books as that will only lead to confusion. They should refer to certain books that are reputed and acclaimed to be the best publications for the subject. Some of the best books for JEE Main 2023 Chemistry preparation are given below:



Modern Approach to Chemical Calculations

R.C. Mukherjee

Organic Chemistry

O. P. Tandon

Concept of Physical Chemistry

P. Bahadur

Physical Chemistry

P. W. Atkins

Concise Inorganic Chemistry

J. D. Lee

Organic Chemistry

Morrison and Boyd

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