JEE Main & JEE Advanced 2018 Syllabus: Know the Insights by IIT Kanpur

Joint Entrance Examination (JEE Main) 2018, as known, is to basically help students gain admissions into various Engineering and Architecture Institutions like NITs, IIITs, CFTIs etc.

JEE Advanced exam is your ticket to the famous IITs but for this, one has to qualify the JEE Main, first. Another thing for you to be aware is that JEE Main exam is CBSE conducted by whereas JEE Advanced, is conducted jointly by the seven IITs, every year.

Moving further, the JEE Main and JEE Advanced consist of Paper 1 and Paper 2. Paper 1 is for those who desire admission in BE and B.Tech courses and it’s Paper 2 is for those who wish to pursue B.Arch and B.Planning courses. For JEE Advanced, it is essential that one sits for the Architecture Aptitude Test, for admissions into architecture courses of IITs after clearing Paper 1 and Paper 2.

As IIT Kanpur conducting body for JEE Advanced 2018 has released the revised syllabus, through this article all JEE aspirants will know about JEE Main Syllabus 2018 & JEE Advanced Syllabus 2018.

What Does the Syllabus Say?

Well, knowing about examinations and their pattern isn’t solely enough. A detailed knowledge of the syllabus is the first step, based on which you can plan your revision and preparations.

The NCERT syllabus and topics of Class 11 and 12 is recommended for both exams. So, while there are many similarities of topics for both JEE Main and JEE Advanced, the preparations should be done differently.

As JEE Advanced ranks high in terms of difficulty than JEE Mains and needs a deeper understanding and knowledge of the basic concepts and fundamentals of all the subjects.So, you can expect more application based questions in JEE Advanced whereas questions from JEE Mains can be more direct.

Recently, IIT Kanpur had come out, with the latest revised JEE Main syllabus and JEE Advanced syllabus. So, that’s where we are heading next.

Let’s have a look:

JEE Main Syllabus 2018

Paper 1

  • JEE Main Physics 2018

Firstly, some of the definite topics for Physics section are going to be Measurement, Kinematics, Work, Energy, and Power; Rotational Motion, Laws of Motion, Gravitation, Thermodynamics, Oscillations and Waves, Magnetism, Electrostatics, Optics, Dual nature of matter and radiation and Kinetic Theory of Gases etc.

However, the topic of Electronic Devices (Semiconductors, logic gates) Electromagnetic Waves and Communication Systems are strictly restricted to JEE Mains.

You can also expect a few questions for Physics practicals, from topics of Vernier Callipers, Screw gauge, Simple Pendulum, Metre Scale, Ohm’s law name a few.

Well, there you go. Study and focus on these topics for Physics and you are good to go on the first subject of Paper 1, JEE Main syllabus.

  • JEE Main Chemistry 2018

Next, moving on to the Chemistry section. And, some of the definite topics in here, are

Basic concepts of Chemistry, States of Matter, Atomic Structure, Chemical Bonding and Molecular Structure, Equilibrium, Chemical Thermodynamics, Surface Chemistry, Classification of elements, Environmental chemistry, Basic principles of Organic Chemistry etc.

Also to remember, topics of Biomolecules, Chemistry in everyday life appear only for JEE Main.

  • JEE Main Mathematics 2018

Last, but not the least, the Mathematics section. Definitely one of the best scoring section for you as mathematical calculations and formulae can sometimes be fun. And, a good understanding of Mathematics makes it also easier to relate to some of the basic concepts of Physics.

So, here are some of the definite topics for this subject, namely; Algebra, Sets, Relations and Functions, Complex Numbers and Quadratic Equations, Matrices and Determinants, Sequences and Series; Three-Dimensional Geometry, Vector Algebra, Statistics and Probability, Trigonometry etc.

Again, to remember, Sets, Relations and Functions, Statistics and Probability, Trigonometry and Mathematical Reasoning are limited only to JEE Mains.

So, there you go, the awaited JEE Main syllabus for Paper 1, JEE Main.

Paper 2

  • Syllabus for Aptitude Test

Moving on to the paper 2, we are going to be looking at Aptitude test section. It is based on Analytical Reasoning mental ability and includes three-dimensional visualization of objects from two-dimensional drawings, different sides of three-dimensional objects, basic awareness of people, places, buildings, objects, Three-dimensional perception, Geometrical drawing, and design etc.

JEE Advanced Syllabus 2018

Now, JEE Advanced is the second step for the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE). The seven IITs conducts this exam, every year, jointly through Joint Admission Board. And in 2018, it will be conducted by IIT Kanpur on 20 May 2018. And this is how it’s syllabus will look like.


  • JEE Advanced Physics 2018

 Mechanics, Thermal Physics, Electricity and Magnetism, Optics and Modern Physics comprises the syllabus for Physics section, in the Advanced exam.

Also, to remember that the topics of Newton’s law of cooling, Blackbody radiation, Absorptive and Emissive powers, Kirchhoff’s law, Wien’s Displacement Law and Stefan’s Law, are exclusively limited to JEE Advanced syllabus.

  • JEE Advanced Chemistry 2018

Many of the basic concepts serve as the syllabus for both, JEE Main and Advanced Chemistry. But, apart from those, there are also few other exclusive topics for the Advanced Chemistry syllabus, alone.

They are Energetics, Amino Acids and Peptides, Properties and use of important Polymers, Practical Organic Chemistry, Transition Elements, Ores and Minerals, Extractive Metallurgy, Isolation and properties of non-metals, and Preparation, properties, and reactions of alkanes and alkynes.

A note to remember that the topics of Electrochemistry Equivalent Conductivity and Nuclear Chemistry is covered only in JEE Advanced and not in JEE Main.

  • JEE Advanced Mathematics 2018

Last but not the least is the Mathematics section. And its Advanced level topics include Algebra, Analytical Geometry, Differential Calculus, Integral Calculus, Vectors, and Trigonometry.


  • Architecture Aptitude Test

Moving on the Architecture Aptitude test, JEE Advanced. Under this section, the topics of Freehand Drawing, Geometrical Drawing, Three-dimensional Perception, Imagination and Aesthetic Sensitivity and Architectural Awareness makes up the syllabus.

Tip for Preparation of JEE Main & JEE Advanced 2018

Important thing is to prepare in advance, know your plus points and go in for a systematic approach, starting with your toughest subjects. Obviously, that would differ, from person to person. For those who prefer Physics, maybe Chemistry is tougher. For some who prefer Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry might be their tough subjects.

But, along with your studies, have a good look at the previous papers of both JEE Main and JEE Advanced, and practice as much as you can. In the JEE Advanced 2017, Paper 1 had more than 50% of questions in moderate category and Paper 2 was found to be a bit tougher, in all three subjects. So, knowing about such difficulty level trends in the past few years, can come in handy, and also the weightage for each subject wise question.

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