Best Books for IIT JAM 2020

Deepika Narwal Updated On: 15 Jul, 2019 15:28 IST

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Best Books for IIT JAM 2020

IIT JAM is scheduled to take place in February 2020 for those who are interested in pursuing post-graduate degree programmes such as M.Sc. (Two Year), Joint M.Sc.- Ph.D., M.Sc.-Ph.D. Dual Degree, and others. In order to secure well in the entrance exam and land a seat at one of the IIT JAM participating institutes, candidates must qualify the IIT JAM examination. For this, books can be the best medium to help candidates in the examination. CollegeDekho experts have, therefore, compiled a list of the best books for IIT JAM preparation.

While selecting the books, the candidates must ensure that they cover the entire syllabus. The right books will also have sufficient IIT JAM previous year question papers  and IIT JAM mock tests. Mock tests and Questions Papers are a great source of preparation as they help in understanding the structure of IIT JAM.  Applicants basically need to shortlist books that cover everything as part of the syllabus.

How to Select Best Books for IIT JAM 2020 Preparation

  • Always choose the latest edition books in order to get updated contents.

  • Candidates must ensure that the book also includes the previous years’ question papers as well.

  • Candidates must try and buy books by famous authors or known publication houses.

  • One should always choose a book, which is easy to understand and covers the whole syllabus.

  • While selecting the books for IIT JAM entrance exam, it is advisable to compare the contents of two or more books to get an authentic and correct explanation of important topics.

Best Books for IIT JAM 2020 Preparation

Books for Chemistry (CY):

Physical Chemistry

Name of Books


Atomic and Molecular Structure: Physical Chemistry

Peter W. Atkins

Chemical Thermodynamics: Physical Chemistry

Thomas Engel & Phillip Reid

Theory of Gase: Physical Chemistry

Peter W. Atkins

Electrochemistry: An Introduction to Electrochemistry

Samuel Glasstone

Chemical and Phase Equilibria: Principals of Chemical Equilibrium & Phase Rule

K.G. Denbigh

Adsorption: Introduction to Surface Chemistry & Catalysis

Gabor A. Somorjai

Basic Mathematical Concept: Differential Equation & Matrices

Shanti Narayan

Chemical Kinetics: Chemical Kinetics

Keith J. Laidler

Solid State: Solid State

Peter W. Atkins


Inorganic Chemistry

Name of Books


Chemical Bonding and Shapes of compounds: Inorganic Chemistry

Meissler & Tarr

Instrumental Method of Analysis: Instrumental method

Skoog, Holler & Crouch

Bioinorganic Chemistry: Inorganic Chemistry

James E. Huheey

Periodic Table: Concise Inorganic Chemistry

J. D. Lee

Analytical Chemistry: Quantitative Inorganic Analysis

A. I. Vogel

Main Group Elements (s and p blocks): Concise Inorganic Chemistry

J. D. Lee

Transition Metal (d block): Concise Inorganic Chemistry

James E. Huheey


Organic Chemistry

Name of Books


Qualitative organic Analysis: Introduction to Spectroscopy

Pavia, Lampman, Kriz, Vyvyan

Organic reaction Mechanism and synthetic applications

Organic Chemistry-Clayden, Greeves, Warner and Wothers

Organic Chemistry- Carey & Sundberg

Basic Concepts in Organic Chemistry and Stereochemistry: Stereochemistry Conformation and Mechanism

P.S. Kalsi

Natural Products Chemistry: Organic Chemistry (Vol-II)

 I. L. Finar

Heterocyclic Chemistry: Organic Chemistry (Vol-I)

I. L. Finar

Books for Physics (PH):

Mathematical Methods

Name of Books


Mathematical Physics

H.K. Dass

Mathematical Methods In The Physical Sciences

Mary L Boas

Advanced Engineering Mathematics

Erwin Kreyszig

Mathematical Methods for Physics & Engineering

Riley, Hobson & Bence

Vector Analysis: Schaum’s Series

Murray R Spiegel


Mechanics & General Properties of Matter

Name of Books


An Introduction to Mechanics

Kleppner and Kolenkow

Classical Mechanics & General Properties of matter

A.B. Gupta

Classical Mechanics

Walter Greiner

Classical Mechanics

J.C. Upadhyaya

Classical Mechanics

Herbert Goldstein


Oscillations, Wave and Optics

Name of Books



 B. Ghosh

Waves and Oscillations

N.K. Bajaj

Waves and Oscillations

Brij Lal & N Subrahmanyam


Eugune Hecht, A. R. Ganesan


Ajoy Ghatak


Solid State Physics, Devices and Electronics

Name of Books



B. Ghosh

Solid State Physics

S.O. Pillai

Digital Fundamentals


Solid State Physics

Puri & Babbar

Electronic Devices & Circuit Theory

Boylestad & Nashelsky


Kinetic Theory, Thermodynamics

Name of Books


Heat & Thermodynamics

H.P. Roy & A.B. Gupta

Funda-mentals of Statistical Mechanics & Thermal Physics

F. Reif


Garg, Bansal & Ghosh


Modern Physics

Name of Books


Nuclear Physics

D.C. Tayal

Introduction to Quantum Mechanics

David J. Griffiths

Quantum Physics

H.C. Verma

Concepts of Modern Physics

Beiser, Mahajan, Choudhury


Electricity and Magnetism

Name of Books


Electricity & Magnetism


Introduction to Electrodynamics

David J. Griffiths

Book for Mathematics (MA):

Name of Books


Modern Algebra

A. R. Vasishtha

Integral Calculus

F. Ayres (Schaum’s), Gorakh Prasad

University Algebra

N. S. Gopalakrishan

Real Analysis

H. L. Royden

Vector Calculus

Murray R. Spiegel (Schaum’s), A.R.Vasishtha

Linear Algebra

Seymour Lipschitz (Schaum’s), H. Anton, A.R.Vasishtha

Principle of Real Analysis

S. C. Malik

Ordinary Differential Equation

Peter J. Collins, G.F. Simmons, M.D. Raisinghania

Books for Biotechnology:

Name of Books


Cell Biology

  • Karp, G. 2010. Cell and Molecular Biology: Concepts and Experiments. 6th Edition. John Wiley & Sons. Inc.

  • Cooper, G.M. and Hausman, R.E. 2009. The Cell: A Molecular Approach. 5th edition. ASM Press & Sunderland, Washington, D.C.; Sinauer Associates, MA.

  • De Robertis, E.D.P. and De Robertis, E.M.F. 2006 Cell and Molecular Biology.,8th edition, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, Philadelphia


  • Griffiths, A.J.F., Wessler, S.R., Lewontin, R.C. and Carroll, S.B. IX Edition. Introduction to Genetic Analysis. W. H. Freeman and Co.

  • Klug, W.S., Cummings, M.R., Spencer, C.A. (2009). Concepts of Genetics. XI Edition. Benjamin Cummings.

  • Russell, P. J. (2009). Genetics- A Molecular Approach. III Edition. Benjamin Cummings.

Plant Physiology

  • Taiz, L. & Zeiger, E. 2006 Plant Physiology. (4th edition) Sinauer Associates, Inc. Sunderland, M.A.

  • Hopkins, W.G. and Huner, P.A. 2008 Introduction to Plant Physiology. John Wiley and Sons.

  • Salisbury, F.B. and Ross, C.W. 1991 Plant Physiology, Wadsworth Publishing Co. Ltd.

Molecular Biology

  • Watson, J. D., Baker T.A., Bell, S. P., Gann, A., Levine, M., and Losick, R., 2008 Molecular Biology of the Gene 6th edition. Cold Spring Harbour Lab. Press, Pearson Pub.                            

  • Molecular Cell Biology, Lodish et. al., (2007), W.H. Freeman and Company, New York, USA

  • Molecular Biology of the Cell, Alberts et. al., (2008), Garland Science, Taylor & Francis Group, New York, USA.


  • Pelczar, M.J. (2001) Microbiology, 5th edition, Tata Mc Graw-Hill Co, New Delhi.

  • Presscott, L. Harley, J. and Klein, D. (2005) Microbiology, 6th edition, Tata Mc Graw-Hill Co. New Delhi.

  • Waites MJ, Morgan NL, Rockey JS, Higton G (2001) Industrial Microbiology: An Introduction, Wiley-Blackwell.

Animal Physiology

  • Eckert animal physiology: mechanisms and adaptations by Randall, David J., Burggren, Warren W; French, 2002

  • Animal physiology: adaptation and environment by Schmidt-Nielsen, Knut, 2nd Edition.

  • Human physiology and mechanisms of diseaseby Guyton, Arthur C; Hall, John E. (John Edward), Sixth edition.

Development Biology

  • Wolpert-Principles of Development, Second Edition                                              

  • Developmental Biology, 6th Ed, Gilbert

  • Human Embryology and Developmental Biology Book by Bruce Carlso.6th edition


  • Kuby Immunology, Richard, Thomas, Barbara, Janis, (5th Ed., 2003), W. H. Freeman and company, New York, USA.

  • Immuno Biology- The immune system in health and disease, Janeway, Travers, Walport and Shlomchik, (6th Ed., 2005), Garland Science Publishing, New York, USA.

  • Immunology, David, Brostoff and Roitt, (7th Ed., 2006), Mosby & Elsevier Publishing, Canada, USA.


  • J.L.Jain

  • Buchanan, B.B., Gruissem, W., and Jones, R.L. (2000). Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of Plants. American Society of Plant Physiologists, Maryland.

  • Lehninger Biochemistry


  • Molecular Biotechnology: Principles and Applications of Recombinant DNA Textbook by Bernard R. Glick and Jack J. Pasternak (sixth edition)

  • Gene Cloning and DNA Analysis: An Introduction Book by Terence Brown (seventh edition)

  • Principles of Gene Manipulation: An Introduction to Genetic Engineering

  • Book by R. W Old and S. B. Primrose (sixth edition)


  • Sharma, P.D. (2010) Ecology and Environment, (8th Ed.) Rastogi Publications, Meerut.

  • Ecology(Peter H. Raven, George B. Johnson)

  • Chapman, J.L., Reiss, M.J. 1999. Ecology: Principles and applications (2nd edition) Cambridge University Press.

Systematics and evolution

  • Evolution, Futuyma, D. J., Sinauer Associates, Inc., Sunderland, USA

  • Judd WS, Campbell CS, Kellogg EA, Stevens PA and Donoghue MJ (2002) Plant Systematics: A Phylogenetic Approach. SinauerAssociaes, Inc., Massachusetts.

  • Gurucharan- Plant Systematics

Plant embryology

  • Bhojwani, S.S. and Bhatnagar, S.P. 2003. The Embryology of Angiosperms. Vikas Publishing House Pvt. Ltd., Delhi.

  • Maheshwari, P. 1980, An Introduction to the Embryology of Angiosperms. Tata McGraw Hill Publishing Company Ltd., Bombay – New Delhi.

  • Eames, A.J. 1961 Morphology of the Angiosperms. Tata McGraw Hill Publishing Co. Ltd. Bombay.

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