JEE Main 2020 Syllabus

JEE Main 2020 Syllabus was released by the National Testing Agency (NTA) on 2nd September 2019. Click here to download the JEE Main 2020 Syllabus PDF

JEE Main 2020 Syllabus

JEE Main 2020 Syllabus (Paper-I: PCM)

The JEE Main 2020 Syllabus for Paper 1 (B.E./B.Tech) features topics from 3 different subjects – physics, chemistry, and mathematics. Several topics that fall under the JEE Main 2020 syllabus are also covered in the NCERT Syllabus for Class 11 & 12. Therefore, a strong understanding of the concepts covered in the NCERT textbooks for class 11 & 12 is of vital importance to candidates hoping to crack the JEE Main & Advanced examinations. 

An overview of the syllabus for JEE Main 2020 (as prescribed by the NTA) is provided in this article. The important topics with their mark-wise weightage are also provided. In order to access detailed, concept-wise JEE Main 2020 syllabi for physics, chemistry, and maths, please follow the links tabulated below. 

JEE Main 2020 Paper 1 Syllabus (PCM)

Subject-wise list of all the chapters covered in the syllabus of JEE Main 2020 is provided here. The topic-wise weightage of IIT JEE is highly uncertain, therefore, the students are advised to prepare the entire syllabus without skipping. JEE Main syllabus is mapped as per class 11 and class 12 NCERT textbooks to ensure uniformity across the country. Have a complete overview of the entire syllabus and accordingly formulate a suitable preparation strategy.

Syllabus of JEE Main

JEE Main Physics Syllabus

Physics and Measurement Thermodynamics
Kinematics Rotational Motion
Gravitation Work and Energy
Power Properties of Solids and Liquids
Laws of Motion Electronic Devices
Oscillations Waves
Current Electricity Electromagnetic Waves
Communication Systems Electromagnetic Induction
Magnetism Alternating Currents
Magnetic Effects of Current Kinetic Theory of Gases
Dual Nature of Matter Radiation
Atoms Nuclei
Optics Electrostatics

Physics is an interesting subject for most of the JEE aspirants. A good score from this section requires meticulous planning. Concepts like electricity, mechanics, and magnetism constitute around 65% of marks distribution. All these concepts are of utmost importance.

JEE Main Chemistry Syllabus

Physical Chemistry
Basic concepts in Chemistry States of Matter
Chemical bonding Atomic Structure
Solutions Solutions
Redox Reactions Chemical Thermodynamics
Equilibrium Electrochemistry
Surface Chemistry Chemical Kinetics
Organic Chemistry
Polymers Principles of Practical Chemistry
Organic Compounds – Characterisation and Purification Oxygen, Halogens, and Nitrogen Organic Compounds
Hydrocarbons Biomolecules
Basics of Organic Chemistry Chemistry in everyday life
Inorganic Chemistry
Hydrogen Classification of Elements
Periodicity Alkali metals
Group 13 to Group 18 Elements Alkaline earth metals
D and f block elements Coordination compounds
Environmental chemistry Isolation of metals

All three sections of chemistry are interlinked. Candidates can start with Physical Chemistry section before moving on to the other two parts. Practice solving different type of questions like matching type, multiple-choice, and assertion reason type questions to boost one’s reasoning skills.

JEE Main Maths Syllabus

Sets, Relations, and Functions Complex Numbers
Determinant Quadratic Equations
Matrices Permutations Combinations
Mathematical Induction Sequence Series
Binomial Theorem Limits and Continuity
Differentiability Statistics
Differential Equations Integral Calculus
Trigonometry Vector Algebra
Coordinate Geometry Mathematical Reasoning
3D Geometry Probability

Topics covered in Maths are a perfect blend of simple and complex topics. Maths is easy to score if students develop a good understanding of the basic concepts. Concentrate on concept building and enhancing numerical solving skills by practising often.

JEE Main 2020 Paper 1 Exam Pattern

Exam Mode: Computer-Based (Online)
Exam Duration: 3 Hours
Subjects: Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics
Total Number of Questions: 75 (25 Physics + 25 Chemistry + 25 Maths)
Question Types: 20 MCQs & 5 Numerical Questions for Each Subject (PCM)
Maximum Marks: 300
Marking Scheme: 

  • MCQ: Correct Answer = +4, Incorrect Answer = -1, Unattempted Answer = 0
  • Numerical Question: Correct Answer = +4, Incorrect & Unattempted Answer = 0
Exam Languages: English, Hindi, and Gujarati

Important Physics Topics for JEE Main 2020 (with Marks-Wise Weightage)

(Please note that these topics have been listed from the trends observed over the last 5 years. Also, please note that each question carries 4 marks)

Electrostatics – 1 Question (3.3% Weightage)
Current Electricity – 3 Questions (9.9% Weightage)
Capacitors  1 Question (3.3% Weightage)
Magnetic Effect of Current and Magnetism – 2 Questions (6.6% Weightage)
Alternating Current – 2 Questions (6.6% Weightage)
Kinetic Theory of Gases & Thermodynamics 2 Questions (6.6% Weightage)
Simple Harmonic Motion 1 Question (3.3% Weightage)
Sound Waves 1 Question (3.3% Weightage)
Kinematics – 2 Questions (6.6% Weightage)
Work, Energy, and Power 2 Questions (6.6% Weightage)
Laws of Motion – 2 Questions (6.6% Weightage)
Centre Of Mass – 2 Questions (6.6% Weightage)
Rotational Dynamics 2 Questions (6.6% Weightage)
Modern Physics – 2 Questions (6.6% Weightage)
Elasticity – 1 Question (3.3% Weightage)
Wave Optics – 2 Questions (6.6% Weightage)
Error in Measurement – 1 Question (3.3% Weightage)
Circular Motion – 1 Question (3.3% Weightage)
Electromagnetic Waves – 1 Question (3.3% Weightage)
Semiconductors – 1 Question (3.3% Weightage)
Communication Systems – 1 Question (3.3% Weightage)

Important Chemistry Topics for JEE Main 2020 (with Marks-Wise Weightage)

Transition Elements & Coordination Compounds – 3 Questions (9.9% Weightage)
Periodic table, s and p-Block Elements – 3 Questions (9.9% Weightage)
Thermodynamics & the Gaseous State – 2 Questions (6.6% Weightage)
Atomic Structure – 2 Questions (6.6% Weightage)
Chemical Bonding – 2 Questions (6.6% Weightage)
Chemical And Ionic Equilibrium – 2 Questions (6.6% Weightage)
Solid-State And Surface Chemistry – 2 Questions (6.6% Weightage)
Nuclear & Environmental Chemistry – 2 Questions (6.6% Weightage)
Mole Concept – 1 Question (3.3% Weightage)
Redox Reactions – 1 Question (3.3% Weightage)
Electrochemistry – 1 Question (3.3% Weightage)
Chemical Kinetics – 1 Question (3.3% Weightage)
Solution & Colligative Properties – 1 Question (3.3% Weightage)
General Organic Chemistry – 1 Question (3.3% Weightage)
Stereochemistry – 1 Question (3.3% Weightage)
Hydrocarbon – 1 Question (3.3% Weightage)
Alkyl Halides – 1 Question (3.3% Weightage)
Carboxylic Acids & their Derivatives – 1 Question (3.3% Weightage)
Carbohydrates, Amino-Acids, and Polymers – 1 Question (3.3% Weightage)
Aromatic Compounds – 1 Question (3.3% Weightage)

Important Maths Topics for JEE Main 2020 (with Marks-Wise Weightage)

Quadratic Equations – 1 Question (3.3% Weightage)
Sequences & Series – 2 Questions (6.6% Weightage)
Trigonometric Equations – 1 Question (3.3% Weightage)
Limits – 1 Question (3.3% Weightage)
Differentiability – 1 Question (3.3% Weightage)
Indefinite Integration – 1 Question (3.3% Weightage)
Definite Integration – 1 Question (3.3% Weightage)
Differential Equations – 1 Question (3.3% Weightage)
The Area under the Curve – 1 Question (3.3% Weightage)
Straight Lines – 2 Questions (6.6% Weightage)
Vectors – 1 Question (3.3% Weightage)
3-D Geometry – 2 Questions (6.6% Weightage)
Permutations & Combinations – 1 Question (3.3% Weightage)
Probability – 1 Question (3.3% Weightage)
Complex Numbers – 1 Question (3.3% Weightage)
Binominal Theorem – 1 Question (3.3% Weightage)
Determinants – 2 Questions (6.6% Weightage)
Tangents and Normals – 1 Question (3.3% Weightage)
Maxima and Minima – 1 Question (3.3% Weightage)
Statistics – 1 Question (3.3% Weightage)
Parabola – 1 Question (3.3% Weightage)
Ellipse – 1 Question (3.3% Weightage)
Hyperbola – 1 Question (3.3% Weightage)
Mathematical Reasoning – 1 Question (3.3% Weightage)
Height & Distance – 1 Question (3.3% Weightage)
Sets – 1 Question (3.3% Weightage)

JEE Main Paper 2 & 3 Syllabus (Aptitude Test B. Arch/ B.Planning)

Part I Awareness of persons, places, Buildings, Materials. Objects, Texture related to Architecture and build—environment. Visualising three-dimensional objects from two-dimensional drawings. Visualising. different sides of three-dimensional objects. Analytical Reasoning Mental Ability (Visual, Numerical and Verbal).
Part II Three dimensional – perception: Understanding and appreciation of scale and proportion of objects, building forms and elements, colour 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 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, ect.), landscape (river fronts, jungles, trees, plants, etc.) and rural life.

JEE Main 2020 Paper 2 & 3 Exam Pattern

Exam Mode: Computer-Based (Online)
Exam Duration: 3 Hours
Subjects: Mathematics, General Aptitude, & Drawing (B.Arch.) or Planning (B.Plan.)
Total Number of Questions: 

B.Arch.: 77 (25 Maths + 50 Aptitude + 2 Drawing )

B.Plan.: 100 (25 Maths + 50 Aptitude + 25 Planning)

Question Types:

  • 20 MCQs & 5 Numerical Questions for Maths
  • 50 MCQs for Aptitude
  • 25 MCQs for Planning (B.Plan. only)
  • 2 Drawing Questions for Drawing (B.Arch. only).
Maximum Marks: 400
Marking Scheme: 

  • MCQ: Correct Answer = +4, Incorrect Answer = -1, Unattempted Answer = 0
  • Drawing Section = 2 Questions for a Total of 100 Marks
Exam Languages: English, Hindi, and Gujarati


After going through the JEE main syllabus for 2020, the students can also analyze the previous year 
JEE Main question papers and pattern which will be highly beneficial in designing a proper study plan.

Previous Year JEE Main Syllabus Analysis

The questions from physics were more calculative than theoretical. Overall, the section was moderate in terms of difficulty and length. The chemistry was the easiest in comparison to the other two sections, with the difficulty curve quite similar to the last year. The questions were more theoretical and direct making it the quickest section to solve. The mathematics section was considered as the toughest mainly because of its lengthiness. The overall difficulty of questions from JEE Main syllabus was in between easy to moderate.

To get an in-depth understanding of the JEE Main paper analysis, candidates can visit the linked page.


Frequently Asked Questions On JEE Main Syllabus

Is the syllabus same for JEE Main paper 1 and paper 2?

The JEE Main syllabus for paper 1 is completely different from paper 2. Paper 1 will consist of topics from maths, physics and chemistry whereas paper 2 will consist of maths, aptitude and drawing test.

Will the topics be the same as the CBSE class 11 and 12th standard syllabus?

The JEE syllabus is quite similar to the CBSE class 11 and 12 standard syllabi. However, the concepts and topics discussed in JEE are of a very high level and candidates require adept problem solving as well as analyzing skills.

It is necessary to go through the JEE Main syllabus?

Candidates, if they want to score higher marks and stay ahead in the competition, should not ignore the syllabus. They should read the syllabus thoroughly. This will help in developing a strong preparation strategy and candidates will also gain valuable insights into the exam pattern, important chapters and topics, weightage of marks, objective of the entire course, etc.

Will the syllabus be changed now that NTA is conducting the JEE exams?

The JEE Main syllabus is still the same as the previous year. No new changes have been introduced regarding the syllabus.

How long will it take to cover the entire JEE Main syllabus?

While there is no definite answer, candidates should plan properly and create a suitable timetable to study. Candidates should start studying as early as possible. JEE Main syllabus is quite vast and it will require a significant amount of time to cover the whole syllabus. Start at least 1 year in advance and also have time for revisions. This is crucial before the final exams.

Get information about the latest notifications and updates on JEE Main and Advanced including the eligibility criteria, exam dates, application form, examination pattern, and more at BYJU’S.

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