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Know how JEE Main syllabus differs from that of JEE Advanced

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While preparing to study in an engineering college, students often wonder about the different entrance exams and what the syllabus might be. They all dream to get through IITs, NITs and GFTIs. The main entrance exam that all students want to do well is JEE. So, without further ado let us understand what is the difference between the JEE Main Syllabus verses JEE Advanced Syllabus.

While both JEE Mains and JEE Advanced are the getaways to great engineering colleges. They come as a package deal. In case you do not clear JEE Mains, you cannot work your way towards JEE Advanced.

Both JEE Mains and JEE Advanced consist of two papers; there is a staggering syllabus between them. While most of JEE Main syllabus consists of 11th and 12th-grade syllabus there are a few extra topics which need to be covered to get through JEE Advanced with a good score. Whilst preparing for JEE- Advanced the goal is to gain more knowledge and hence there are number of topics to study and grasp.

Let us dig in detail what are topics covered exclusively in both of the tests, which the other one does not cover.

Topics included in JEE Mains and not in JEE Advanced:

1. Physics:
– Communication Systems – Basic elements of a Communication System (Block Diagram only)Electromagnetic waves’ propagation; Bandwidth of signals & transmission medium; Amplitude and Frequency Modulation;

 –Electronic Devices – Junction transistor, transistor action; transistor as an amplifier characteristics of a transistor, diodes as a rectifier; I-V characteristics of LED, photodiode,  Logic gates (OR, AND, NOT, NAND and NOR), Zener diode as a voltage regulator and Oscillator, Semiconductors, semiconductor diode: I-V characteristics in forward and reverse bias; solar cell and diode.

Electromagnetic Waves – Electromagnetic spectrum; Characteristics of Electromagnetic Waves; Transverse nature of electromagnetic waves; Applications of Electromagnetic waves

  1. Mathematics:


– Trigonometry: Heights and Distances

Sets, Functions and Relations: Sets, intersection, union, the complement of sets, its representation, power set and  their algebraic properties; relation, equivalence relations, types of relations,

– Probability and statistics: Calculation of mean, median, mode, measures of dispersion, standard deviation, mean deviation and variance calculated for grouped and ungrouped data

– Mathematical Reasoning: Logical operations, statements, implies if, or, by and only if. Understanding of contradiction, contrapositive, tautology and contradiction.

  1. 3. Chemistry:

    – Chemistry in Everyday Life: Chemicals in food like preservatives and artificial sweetening agents.
    Chemicals in medicines like antimicrobials, antibiotics, analgesics, tranquillizers, antacids, antiseptics, antihistamines, disinfectants, antifertility drugs. All of the above have to be grasped with their examples and meanings.

Cleansing agents: Detergent, cleansing action and soaps

Bimolecular studies:  Nucleic acids and its Chemical constitution of DNA and RNA, Vitamins and its classification along with functions.

Topics included in JEE Advanced and not in JEE Main:

  1. Chemistry:
    • Electrochemistry: Equivalent Conductivity
    • Nuclear Chemistry: Carbon dating, properties of alpha, gamma and beta rays, radioactivity, kinetics of radioactive decay (exclude decay series), Brief of fission and fusion reactions, the stability of nuclei with respect to proton-neutron ratio
  2. Physics:
    • Thermal Physics – Absorptive and Emissive powers, Displacement law, Stefan’s law, Newton’s law of cooling, Blackbody radiation, Kirchoff’s law, Wein’s Displacement Law and Stefan’s Law.

Along with these syllabus differences, here are some other differences between JEE Main and JEE Advanced:

    • JEE Main helps qualify the students to show up in the JEE Advanced exam.
    • Selection of the candidates is decided based on the All India Rank (AIR) scored in the JEE Advanced exam.
    • JEE Advanced exam can be given for only two times (the year in which you appear for your board examination and the succeeding year) while JEE Main can be taken three times.
    • JEE Main conducts 2 papers, but those who want to take admission in B.E./B.Tech course has to give only Paper 1. The candidates must sit for both Paper 1 and Paper 2 in JEE Advanced to get admission into engineering courses.
    • JEE Main checks speed and basic knowledge of the subjects, while JEE Advanced checks for a strong grasp of the fundamentals and advanced concepts to solve problems.

Hence these are the primary differences in syllabus between JEE Main and JEE Advanced Syllabus.

Happy preparing!