IIT JEE Syllabus For JEE Main 2020

Just like previous years, the IIT JEE Main syllabus adheres to the NCERT curriculum. To successfully crack IIT JEE, students must have a thorough conceptual understanding of the topics included in the JEE Main syllabus 2020. However, simply getting familiar with the topics is not enough. Students must be aware of the weightage of the topics as applicable for IIT JEE. Because teaming up smart work with dedication is the best way to go about IIT JEE preparation.

In 2018, a lot of changes perplexed students. NTA, the new exam body for IIT JEE, came on board to conduct the IIT JEE Main and Advanced exams twice a year (in January and in April) in the online mode. The JEE Main 2020 exam consists of three assessment papers namely Paper 1, Paper 2 and Paper 3. The National Testing Agency released the JEE Main Syllabus 2020 to give JEE aspirants a clear idea of all the topics to be studied for Paper 1, Paper 2 and Paper 3 of the exam.

Paper 1 of JEE syllabus 2020 includes questions based on Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics topics. JEE Main Paper 2 syllabus consists of Mathematics, Drawing and Aptitude-based topics. Planning-based questions, Mathematics and Aptitude test questions are part of Paper 3 of the JEE Main exam. On TopperLearning, you can refer subject-wise JEE Main important topics and other resources for last-minute JEE preparation.

Scroll down to access the full, subject-wise JEE Main syllabus 2020.

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  • Chemistry  |  View Syllabus

    • Some Basic Concepts in Chemistry

      • Stoichiometry
      • Chemical Equation

      States of Matter

      • Solid State
      • Ionic Equation
      • Gaseous State

      Atomic Structure

      • Atomic Structure

      Chemical Bonding and Molecular Structure

      • Chemical Bonding

      Chemical Thermodynamics

      • Thermodynamics
      • Thermo Chemistry

      Solid State


      • Liquid Solution


      Redox Reactions and Electrochemistry

      • Redox Reaction
      • Electrochemistry

      Chemical Kinetics

      • Chemical Kinetics

      Surface Chemistry

      • Surface Chemistry

      Classification of Elements and Periodicity in Properties

      • Periodic Properties
      • P Block
      • D Block

      General Principles and Processes of Isolation of Metals

      • Metallurgy


      s-Block Element (Alkali and Alkaline Earth Metals)

      • Block chemistry

      p-Block Elements

      d - and f - Block Elements

      Co-ordination Compounds

      • Isomerism
      • Coordination Compound

      Environmental Chemistry

      Purification and Characterisation of Organic Compounds

      Some Basic Principles of Organic Chemistry

      • IUPAC
      • General Organic Chemistry


      • Polymer
      • Hydrocarbons
      • Carbene
      • Aromatic Compounds
      • Acid Derivatives

      Organic Compounds Containing Halogens

      • Halide

      Organic Compounds Containing Oxygen

      • Alcohol
      • Carboxylic Compounds
      • Phenol

      Organic Compounds Containing Nitrogen

      • Amine



      • Biomolecule

      Chemistry in Everyday Life

      Principles Related to Practical Chemistry

      • Salt Analysis
      • Carbonyl Compound
  • Mathematics  |  View Syllabus

    • Sets, Relations and Functions

      • Basic Maths
      • Function
      • SET and Relation
      • Relation

      Complex Numbers and Quadratic Equations

      • Quadratic Equations
      • Inequality
      • Complex Numbers

      Matrices and Determinants

      • Matrix
      • Determinant

      Permutations and Combinations

      • Permutations

      Mathematical Induction

      Binomial Theorem and its Simple Applications

      • Binomial Theorem

      Sequences and Series

      • Progression

      Limit, Continuity and Differentiability

      • Tangent and Normal
      • Polynomial
      • Monotonocity
      • Maxima and Minima
      • Logarithm
      • Limits
      • Differentiation
      • Differentiability
      • Continuity

      Integral Calculus

      • Integration
      • Indefinite Integrals
      • Definite Integrals
      • Area Under Curves

      Differential Equations

      • Differential Equation

      Co-ordinate Geometry

      • Hyperbola
      • Circle
      • Conics
      • Coordinate Geometry
      • Straight Line
      • Parabola
      • Ellipse

      Three Dimensional Geometry

      • Three Dimension Geometry
      • Vector

      Vector Algebra

      Statistics and Probability

      • Variance
      • Statistics
      • Probability
      • Mean Deviation
      • Mean and Variance
      • Mean


      • Trigonometry
      • Solution of Triangle
      • Inverse Trigonometric Function
      • Height and Distance

      Mathematical Reasoning

      • Mathematical Reasoning
  • Physics  |  View Syllabus

    • Physics and Measurement

      • Units and Dimension
      • Error Analysis


      • Vector
      • Kinematics
      • Circular Motion

      Laws of Motion

      • Newtons Laws of Motion

      Work, Energy and Power

      • Work Energy and Power

      Rotational Motion

      • Rotational Motion


      • Gravitation

      Properties of Solids and Liquids

      • Thermal Expansion
      • Surface Tension
      • Heat
      • fluid
      • Elasticity


      • Thermodynamics

      Kinetic Theory of Gases

      Oscillations and Waves

      • Simple Harmonic Motion
      • Sound Wave
      • Wave


      • Electrostatics
      • Capacitance

      Current Electricity

      • Electric Current

      Magnetic Effects of Current and Magnetism

      • Magnetism
      • Electromagnets

      Electromagnetic Induction and Alternating Currents

      • AC

      Electromagnetic Waves


      • Geometrical Optics
      • Wave Optics

      Dual Nature of Matter and Radiation

      • Modern Physics

      Atoms and Nuclei

      Electronic Devices

      • Semi Conductor
      • EMI

      Communication Systems

      • Communication Systems

Importance of JEE syllabus and JEE Main exam

From 2019, NTA was given the responsibility to conduct Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main as per the prescribed JEE syllabus. The National Testing Agency (NTA) was established by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India (GOI) to conduct tests for assessment of candidates seeking admissions in top higher education institutes of India.

If you wish to join the undergraduate engineering programs at NIT’s, IIT’s or reputed government-funded higher education institutions, your Class 12 scores and your JEE (Main) score will be considered for admission assessments. You need to follow the JEE Main syllabus to prepare for JEE Main. Based on your JEE (Main) score, you’ll get an opportunity to appear for JEE (Advanced). For premier institutes such as the Indian Institute of Technology (IITs), your JEE Advanced score will be considered during the evaluation of your admission application.

JEE Main syllabus 2020 is important for you in many ways. It will help you with information on the topics to be studied for JEE Main preparation. You can create a comprehensive study plan as per the time available to you prior to the exam. The syllabus also gives clarity on the JEE Main exam pattern. Previous year papers of JEE Main will help you to understand the different types of questions that can be expected in the exam. By solving past question papers, you can also gauge the complexity level of the exam and accordingly, prepare your study plan for scoring high marks in JEE Main.

JEE Main 2020 Syllabus All Subjects

Here’s the subject-wise JEE Main syllabus 2020 for Paper 1 and Paper 2:

JEE Main 2020 Syllabus Paper 1, Paper 2 and Paper 3 Mathematics

  • Unit 1 – Sets, relations, and functions
  • Unit 2 – Complex numbers and quadratic equations
  • Unit 3 – Matrices and determinants
  • Unit 4 – Permutations and combinations
  • Unit 5 – Mathematical induction
  • Unit 6 – Binomial theorem and its simple applications
  • Unit 7 – Sequences and series
  • Unit 8 – Limit, continuity, and differentiability
  • Unit 9 – Integral calculus
  • Unit 10 – Differential equations
  • Unit 11 – Co-ordinate geometry
  • Unit 12 – Three-dimensional geometry
  • Unit 13 – Vector algebra
  • Unit 14 – Statistics and probability
  • Unit 15 – Trigonometry
  • Unit 16 – Mathematical reasoning

JEE Main 2020 Syllabus Paper 1 Physics


  • Unit 1 – Physics and measurement
  • Unit 2 – Kinematics
  • Unit 3 – Laws of motion
  • Unit 4 – Work, energy and power
  • Unit 5 – Rotational motion
  • Unit 6 – Gravitation
  • Unit 7 – Properties of solids and liquids
  • Unit 8 – Thermodynamics
  • Unit 9 – Kinetic theory of gases
  • Unit 10 – Oscillations and waves
  • Unit 11 – Electrostatics
  • Unit 12 – Current electricity
  • Unit 13 – Magnetic effects of current and magnetism
  • Unit 14 – Electromagnetic induction and alternating currents
  • Unit 15 – Electromagnetic waves
  • Unit 16 – Optics
  • Unit 17 – Dual nature of matter and radiation
  • Unit 18 – Atoms and nuclei
  • Unit 19 – Electronic devices
  • Unit 20 – Communication systems


    • Unit 21 – Experimental skills

JEE Main 2020 Syllabus Paper 1 Chemistry

Section-A Physical Chemistry

      • Unit 1 – Some basic concepts in chemistry
      • Unit 2 – States of matter
      • Unit 3 – Atomic structure
      • Unit 4 – Chemical bonding and molecular structure
      • Unit 5 – Chemical thermodynamics
      • Unit 6 – Solutions
      • Unit 7 – Equilibrium
      • Unit 8 – Redox reactions and electrochemistry
      • Unit 9 – Chemical kinetics
      • Unit 10 – Surface Chemistry

Section-B Inorganic Chemistry

      • Unit 11 – Classification of elements and periodicity properties
      • Unit 12 – General principles and processes of isolation of metals
      • Unit 13 – Hydrogen
      • Unit 14 – S-block elements (Alkali and Alkaline Earth Metals)
      • Unit 15 – P-block elements
      • Unit 16 – d- and f-block elements
      • Unit 17 – Co-ordination compounds
      • Unit 18 – Environmental Chemistry

Section-C Organic Chemistry

      • Unit – 19 Purification and characterization of organic compounds
      • Unit – 20 Some basic principles of organic chemistry
      • Unit – 21 Hydrocarbons
      • Unit – 22 Organic compounds containing halogens
      • Unit – 23 Organic compounds containing oxygen
      • Unit – 24 Organic compounds containing nitrogen
      • Unit – 25 Polymers
      • Unit – 26 Biomolecules
      • Unit – 27 Chemistry in everyday life
      • Unit – 28 Principles related to practical Chemistry


JEE Main 2020 Syllabus for Paper 2 and Paper 3 Aptitude Test B.Arch. and B.Planning


Awareness of persons, places, buildings, materials. Objects, Texture related to Architecture and build—environment. Visualizing three-dimensional objects from two-dimensional drawings. Visualizing different sides of three-dimensional objects. Analytical Reasoning Mental Ability (Visual, Numerical and Verbal).


Three dimensional - perception: Understanding and appreciation of scale and proportion of objects, building forms, and elements, color texture, harmony and contrast. Design and drawing of geometrical or abstract shapes and patterns in pencil. Transformation of forms both 2 D and 3 D union, subtraction, rotation, development of surfaces and volumes, generation of a plan, elevations and 3 D views of objects. Creating two dimensional and three-dimensional compositions using given shapes and forms.

Sketching of scenes and activities from memory of urbanscape (public space, market, festivals, street scenes, monuments, recreational spaces, etc.), landscape (river fronts, jungles, trees, plants, etc.) and rural life.

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) for JEE Main Syllabus 2020

1.      Is there a difference in the JEE Main syllabus and JEE Advanced syllabus?

Yes. There are some differences between the JEE Main syllabus and the JEE Advanced syllabus.

Listed below are the topic differences in each subject you can find in the JEE Main syllabus and JEE Advanced syllabus:



Topics in JEE Main syllabus that’s not part of JEE Advanced syllabus

Topics present in both JEE Main syllabus and JEE Advanced syllabus

Topics in JEE Advanced syllabus that’s not part of JEE Main syllabus


Chemistry in Everyday Life:

  • Detergents
  • Chemicals in Food
  • Cleansing Action of Soaps & Analgesics, Tranquillizers, Antibiotics, Antiseptics, Antihistamines, Antifertility Drugs, Antimicrobials, & Disinfectants


  • Definition & Classification of Biomolecules
  • Nucleic Acids & Their Chemical Composition
  • Functions of Biomolecules
  • Functions of DNA & RNA


  • Surface Chemistry
  • States of Matter
  • Atomic Structure
  • Electrochemistry
  • Solutions
  • Chemical Kinetics
  • Chemical bonding


  • Kinetics of Radioactive Decay
  • Radioactivity and Carbon Dating
  • Fission & Fusion Reactions
  • Properties of 𝛼-, 𝛽-, & 𝛾-rays
  • Proton to Neutron Ratio & Stability of Nuclei
  • Equivalent Conductivity



Sets, Relations, & Functions:

  • Representation of Sets
  • Algebraic Properties of Sets
  • Types of Relations & Equivalent Relations
  • Unions, Intersections, & Compliments
  • Power Sets

Statistics & Probability:

  • Calculating Mean & Median
  • Measures of Dispersion
  • Calculating Mode of Grouped/Ungrouped Data
  • Calculating Variance, Mean, & Standard Deviation of Grouped/Ungrouped Data


  • Heights and Distances

Mathematical Reasoning:

  • Statements & Logical Operations
  • Tautology
  • Contradiction
  • Converse
  • Contrapositive


  • Probability
  • Logarithms
  • Binomial Theorem
  • Derivatives
  • Integral Calculus
  • Limits
  • Complex Numbers
  • Quadratic Equations
  • Trigonometry
  • Sequences and Series
  • Differential Calculus
  • Differential Equations
  • Vectors
  • Permutations and Combinations
  • Matrices and Determinants
  • Trigonometric and Inverse Trigonometric Functions




Electronic Devices:

  • Semiconductors & Semiconductor Diodes
  • Forward & Reverse Bias
  • Solar Cells
  • Oscillators
  • Zener Diode as a Voltage Regulator
  • LEDs
  • I-V Characteristics of Photo-Diode
  • Transistors as Switches
  • Transistors as Amplifiers
  • Transistor Action
  • Junction Transistors & their Characteristics

Electronic Waves:

  • Definition & Characteristics of Electronic Waves
  • Electromagnetic Spectrum
  • Applications of EM Waves
  • Transverse Nature of Electronic Waves

Communication Systems:

  • Signal Bandwidth & Transmission Medium
  • Amplitude Modulation & Frequency Modulation
  • Propagation of EM Waves
  • Basic Elements of Communication Systems (Block Diagrams)


  • Electromagnetic Induction
  • Waves
  • Gravitation
  • Kinematics
  • Laws of motion
  • Optics


Thermal Physics:

  • Wein’s Displacement Law
  • Newton’s Laws of Cooling
  • Kirchoff’s Laws
  • Absorptive & Emissive Power
  • Black-Body Radiation
  • Stefan’s Law


2.      What topics are covered in the JEE syllabus Paper 1, Paper 2 and Paper 3?

JEE Main syllabus 2020 Paper 1 covers topics across Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry. Use the JEE Main January 2020 Paper 1 syllabus for Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry to prepare for questions that can appear in the Paper 1 exam. 

JEE Main Paper 2 will be conducted in 3 parts. Part I of Paper 2 will contain Maths MCQs and numericals. Part II of Paper 2 consists of the Aptitude Test with objective type questions. Part I and Part II of Paper 2 are computer-based tests. Part III of Paper 2 is a pen and paper-based drawing test.

JEE Main 2020 Paper 3 will also be conducted in 3 parts. For Paper 3, Part I and Part II exams will be similar in format to Paper 2 of JEE. In Paper 3, Part III will be MCQs consisting of planning-based questions. All the parts in Paper 3 will be conducted as computer-based tests (CBTs).

3.      Is the JEE Main syllabus same as the syllabus for Class 12?

No. JEE Main syllabus is not the same as your Class 12 syllabus. However, many topics covered in the CBSE Class 12 syllabus for Physics, Chemistry and Maths are part of the JEE Main syllabus. If you studied for your Class 12 using NCERT books, you may come across questions based on topics in your NCERT books in JEE Main 2020.

4.      Which subjects are included in the JEE Main January 2020 Paper 1 syllabus?

The latest JEE Main syllabus for Paper 1 B.E./B.Tech. includes Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry.

5.      What does the JEE Main syllabus for Paper 2 include?

JEE Main January Paper 2 syllabus includes Maths JEE Mains syllabus, JEE Main Aptitude Test syllabus and JEE Main drawing aptitude test syllabus.

6.      Which syllabus topics do I need to refer for JEE Main Paper 3?

To prepare for Paper 3, refer the JEE Main 2020 Maths syllabus, Aptitude Test syllabus and B.Planning syllabus. With an IIT JEE Syllabus 2020 PDF download, you can review all the topics that are covered in the syllabus for various subjects offline as well.

7.      What are the Chemistry topics in JEE Main syllabus 2020?

As per JEE Main syllabus 2020, the Chemistry topics are covalent bonding, Dalton’s atomic theory, redox reactions, catalysis, environmental pollution, tetravalency of carbon, biomolecules, polymers, etc.

8.      Which Physics topics are part of JEE Mains 2020 syllabus PDF?

For the complete list of chapters and topics, please check our JEE Main 2020 Physics syllabus. You can also download the printable IIT JEE Physics syllabus PDF on TopperLearning. Some of the JEE Main Physics topics are Photoelectric effect, electromagnetic induction, First law of thermodynamics, application of Biot-Savart law, Ohm’s law, Kepler’s laws of planetary motion, Lens formula, etc.

9.      What will be the Maths chapters to prepare for JEE Main 2020?

The Maths chapters for JEE Main 2020 includes mathematical induction, differential equations, binomial theorem, sets, integral calculus, etc. You need to practise the numericals to ensure effective preparation for JEE Main 2020.

10.  Can you tell me the weightage of subjects for Paper 1 from the JEE Main syllabus?

As per the NTA, equal weightage will be given to Physics, Chemistry and Maths for JEE Main Paper 1. For detailed information, you can use the JEE Main 2020 syllabus PDF download option.

11.  Are topics from Class 11 Science syllabus useful for preparation of JEE Main?

For JEE preps, NCERT CBSE textbook is one of the best books for JEE Main Physics Syllabus topics and other syllabus subjects. Certain chapters from the syllabus of CBSE Class 11 Physics, Class 11 Chemistry and Class 11 Maths cover the basics of topics you’ll need to prepare for the JEE Main exam. If you have studied from the NCERT books for those CBSE Class 11 chapters, you may find it easier to study particular topics for JEE Mains.

12.  What are the important topics for Physics in JEE Main Paper 1 syllabus?

For JEE Main Paper 1, the JEE syllabus-based important Physics topics are dimensional analysis, geometrical optics, current electricity & heat transfer, kinetic theory of gases, electromagnetic induction, gravitation and electro-statistics, and rotational dynamics.

13.  What are the JEE syllabus-based important topics to be prepared for the JEE Main Paper 1 Chemistry exam?

As per the JEE Main 2020 Chemistry syllabus, the important JEE Main Chemistry Paper 1 topics are redox reactions, thermodynamics, qualitative analysis, mole concept & concept of equivalents, electrochemistry, chemical bonding, co-ordination chemistry, redox reactions, carbonyl compounds & their derivative, and chemical equilibrium. You can find the details of Chemistry JEE topics in the IIT JEE Chemistry syllabus PDF. NCERT books, Motion Education Chemistry reference book, etc. are some of the best books for JEE Main Chemistry syllabus topics.

14.  Which Maths topics are part of JEE Main 2020 Paper 1?

As per the JEE Maths syllabus, the important topics for Maths JEE Main Paper 1 are application of derivatives, probability, complex numbers, quadratic equations & expressions, matrices, parabola, matrices, hyperbola in coordinate geometry, functions, continuity & differentiability, family of circles, limits, definite integral in calculus, limits, sequence & series, and vectors.

15.  What will be the key topics in the JEE Main syllabus for Paper 2?

As per the JEE Main syllabus for Paper 2, some of the key topics for JEE Main Paper 2 exam are three-dimensional perception, visualising three dimensional objects from two dimensional drawings, different sides of three-dimensional objects, etc.

16.  What will be the minimum marks I need to score to qualify in JEE Main?

Cut off marks for 2019 are analysed by experts to forecast the cut off marks for 2020. In 2019, the JEE Main cut off marks was 89 (General) and 74 (OBC-NCL). As per the experts at TopperLearning, the cut off marks for JEE Main 2020 will be 74.1(General) and 61.6(OBC-NCL). For more information on JEE 2020 cut off marks and tips to score the cut off marks, click here[VV1] [VV2]  

17.  Where to find the detailed JEE Main syllabus?

On TopperLearning, you will find the complete JEE Main syllabus including JEE Main Physics syllabus 2020, JEE Main Chemistry syllabus PDF 2020, and JEE Main syllabus 2020 Mathematics.

18.  How to study IIT JEE syllabus topics in a short time span?

Studying for IIT JEE requires dedication and perseverance. If you have made up your mind to score higher in the JEE Mains, you can cover a significant portion of the JEE Main 2020 syllabus in a short span. To support students, we have arranged subject-wise learning materials including concept videos, past year paper, practise tests, and more on our study portal.

19.  What will be the duration of IIT JEE Main exam?

The national-level JEE Main 2020 exam will be a computer-based (online) exam. As per your career aspirations, you can sit for Paper 1 or attempt all the 3 papers in JEE Main 2020. The duration of JEE Main 2020 is 3 hours. However, candidates with 40% disability will get an extra 1 hour to complete the exam. For candidates attempting the paper for B. Planning and B. Arch undergrad courses, the exam duration will be 3 hours 30 minutes.

20.  Will all JEE Main 2020 exams be computer-based only?

As per the JEE syllabus and exam guidelines JEE 2020 for B.E./B.Tech. and B.Planning will be Computer-Based Test (CBT). For B.Arch., the exam consists of 3 parts – Mathematics (Part I), Aptitude Test (Part II) and Drawing Test (Part III). The JEE for B.Arch. is computer-based for both Part I and Part II exams. For the Drawing Test (Part II), an A4-sized Drawing Sheet will be given and the candidates have to use a pen and paper to attempt this exam.

21.  Do I need to appear for all JEE Main 2020 papers?

It is not necessary to appear for all JEE Main exams. If you want to pursue B.E./B.Tech. course at a reputed institution in India, you just need to sit for Paper 1 of JEE. To pursue the B.Arch. course, you’ll have to give the JEE Paper 2 exam which covers topics as per JEE Main syllabus 2020. For pursuing B.Planning, you’ll need to attempt Paper 3 of JEE 2020. If you want to keep your options open, then you can sit for all the 3 papers of JEE and decide your career route as per your scores later.