How to Start Preparing for IIT JEE from Class 11?

As the students start to proceed towards 11th grade, they start gushing about the various prospects they can choose as a career. Questions like how to prepare for IIT from class 11, where to study from, how much time should be devoted to crack the exam goes around an engineering aspirant. The growing fad to study in India’s premier institute IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) is increasing day by day and why would it not? It has one of the best faculty, great placement opportunities, highly sophisticated research and the list goes on.

However, cracking IIT JEE is not that easy how may it seem. Lakhs of students apply for this college every day. To be in top thousand students out of those lakhs. Everyone dreams to be in their choice of IIT, studying in their favourite department but only few have the caliber to achieve that in real life. Many students start their preparation one year prior their exam i.e. class 12, but studies for them become way too hectic. Most of the aspirants now a days start preparation in class 11th itself. While there are also some kids who are highly ambitious and begin their preparations from class 9th itself.

So…… Why should I start my prep from 11th grade itself? Why not 12th?

Well… Why you should not? The JEE exam syllabus is that same of class 11th and class 12th syllabus of Physics, Chemistry and Maths. The only difference is that the question difficulty level is more in JEE than that in board exams and also rather than having subjective questions, JEE paper has objective type questions.

The core of your examination paper is on the basis of the teachings of class 11th. So, when you are preparing for weekly school tests, it is advisable to go through the same topics from IIT Preparation books. Starting your preparation from class 12th can be very tedious for any student. One year is a very short period of time to cover syllabus as vast as that of JEE which also requires immense practice. Lakhs of students end up overestimating themselves and then have to drop a year after completing class 12th to prepare for this exam.

Important Topics to cover in JEE Mains & Advanced

Had I been in your place, I would have gone in the following manner. It is really important to prepare the exam by topics as they carry more weightage. At least have 2 strong areas out of 3 subjects if you want to crack JEE Advanced. It would be great if you are strong in all the 3 domains of the exam.


1)    Kinematics

2)    Law of Motion

3)    Work Power Energy

4)    Rigid Body Dynamics and Rational Motion

5)    Fluid Mechanics

6)    Heat and Thermodynamics

7)    Kinetic Theory of Gases

8)    Waves and Oscillations

9)    Electrostatics

10)  Magnetism

11)  Current Electricity

12)  Optics

13)  Modern Physics

14)  Alternating Current and Electromagnetic Induction


1)    Mole Concept

2)    Atomic Structure

3)    Periodicity

4)    Chemical and Molecular Bonding

5)    States of Matter

6)    Electro chemistry and Redox reactions

7)    Chemical and Ionic Equilibrium

8)    General Organic Chemistry

9) Hydrogen

10)  Solutions and Colligative Properties

11)  Chemical Kinetics

12)  Coordination compounds

13)  P block, D&F block elements

14)  Metallurgy


1)    Relations and functions

2)    Trigonometric Functions

3)    Complex Numbers

4)    Binomial Theorem

5)    Sequences and Series

6)    Straight lines and Family of lines

7)    Conic Sections

8)    Statistics

9)   Matrices and Determinants

10)  Limits Continuity and Differentiation

11)  Application of Derivatives

12)  Definite Integration

13)  Vectors and 3D

14)  Differential Equation

15)  Probability

16)  Quadratic Equations

Class 11 IIT JEE Preparation

Know the Structure of Exam

You must have the idea of how to prepare for iit advanced as in how many topics are coming, what are its weightage, previous years question paper, exam pattern and so on. You should begin with the critical chapters first which are being more stressed upon in the paper followed by other topics.

The paper pattern for Online & Pen-Paper JEE Main 2021 Exam:

  • Objective type question with multiple choices – 4 marks for correct answer, -1 mark for wrong answer
  • Equal weightage to all 3 subjects – Physics, Chemistry & Maths
  • Total time duration – 3 hours

Keep Concepts clear and Solve as many problems as you can

NCERT books are bible for both board exams as well as competitive exams. Additional books and solved mock tests can be referred to make concepts clearer. JEE is all about practice. Try to solve as many questions you can.

Start Managing your Time

You can not ever crack any competitive exam if you are not managing your time well. It is number one criterion you should work on. Even if you know all the answers of the questions but you don’t have enough time, all these preparations will go to waste. If you want to reach your goal to ace the exam, you need to start devoting time towards your preparations from now onwards. Once you realize this fact that time is precious, you will start utilizing time in more efficient way.

Keep yourself motivated

Self-motivation is really important in all aspects in life. If you are motivated, chances of achieving are relatively higher because you will work harder for it. Sustaining motivation can be hard at times. There are some steps you can do to be motivated.

Set the aim and visualize you have achieved it. Make a list why this goal is so important for you. Have mini targets and reward yourself upon accomplishing them. Do not get deterred from your path. Focus on the big picture i.e. Cracking IIT.

Avoid Over Confidence

When you think you know everything, you become over-confident and haughty. This over confidence might bring you down. If you really want to avoid it, you should start seeing yourself objectively. There is always a place for improvement.

Solve previous years’ JEE Main and Advanced papers

One thing you should keep in mind while preparing that there are never any new questions. The exam tests on same concepts year after year just to check whether the applicants are capable to handle the pressure of studies in IIT or not. They also want to admit students and not disqualify. Questions also repeat from time to time.

These regular practices will also help you to gain confidence as similar type of questions will be asked on the main day and you will be ready. Time management also gets better with practice.

Give Full length practice Tests/ Mock Tests

Hardwork is key to success and so to crack iit jee. You should not just halfheartedly practice as you will not remember it then in a long term but you should have a perfect practice. Daily practice is very essential for JEE prep. Practicing variety of questions of various difficulty levels sharpen your skills.

Taking full length tests will help you know your strengths and weakness. You can start giving All India Test Series to get an early start to find out your position in reality.

Best Books for IIT JEE Preparation from Class 11

You can refer from the following books. However, I recommend to study as per your coaching institute as it is impossible to study and complete all the books in mere two years. These books cover all the topics needed for the preparation of the jee exams.

IIT JEE Books for Physics

• Concepts of Physics (Part I)-HC Verma

• Concepts of Physics (Part II)-HC Verma

• IIT JEE Physics-DC Pandey

• Problems in General Physics-I.E. Irodov

• Physics for IIT-JEE-Resnick, Halliday, Walker

• Problems in Physics-S.S. Krotov

IIT JEE Books for Chemistry

• Organic Chemistry-Morrison Boyd

• Organic Chemistry-O.P Tandon

• Modern Approach to Chemical Calculations-R.C. Mukherjee

• Numerical Chemistry-P. Bahadur

• Concise Inorganic Chemistry-J.D. Lee

IIT JEE Books for Maths

• IIT Mathematics by M.L. Khanna

• The Pearson Guide to Complete Mathematics for JEE by SL Loney

• NCERT Textbooks for Mathematics

• Objective Mathematics Vol 1 and Vol 2 by R.D. Sharma

• Complete Mathematics (TMH) by Ravi Prakash, Ajay Kumar, Usha Gupta

• Arihant Skills in Mathematics- Set of 7 books by Dr. SK Goyal, Amit M Agarwal

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