How to Prepare for JEE from Class 11


Many JEE aspirants begin their exam preparation when they start Class 11. This gives them a good two years to complete the JEE Main and Advanced syllabus. The path might seem easy this way, but maintaining discipline and dedication throughout the two years is not that easy. Many students go off track and for many getting into the IITs becomes a distant dream. 


If you are beginning your JEE preparations from Class 11, you must go through these tips and tricks that we are going to share with you. All these tips will set your path straight for success and will make it possible for you to stay motivated and on track throughout these two years. 


Firstly, you must consider these top 4 mistakes that students often make while preparing for JEE Main and Advanced. Make sure that you do not make such mistakes. 


Top 4 Mistakes that JEE Aspirants Make 


1. Not following the JEE syllabus 

NTA provides the JEE Main syllabus and the conducting IIT provides JEE Advanced syllabus every year so that students have an idea of which topics to study and in how much depth. However, many students just randomly study topics (sometimes they even study out-dated topics) which not only wastes their time but also makes them score less in JEE Main and Advanced. 


Tip: It is important to keep a note of the complete and latest JEE Main and Advanced syllabus. You can mark the topics that overlap with your Class 11 and Class 12 syllabus and then start studying the new topics first. 


2. Not studying NCERT books 

NCERT books might not be sufficient for JEE Advanced but they are actually helpful for JEE Main preparation. NCERT books include easy to understand language and comprehensive explanations that strengthen your fundamentals. However, students straightaway start learning from high-level or advanced reference books like SL Loney, Hall and Knight, etc. and then face issues in solving questions since their basics are not clear. 


Tip: NCERT books are important for JEE and should not be neglected at all. First study a topic from NCERT and then from a reference book. 


3. Counting the hours 

A lot of students think that studying five hours a day or sacrificing your sleep to study is a good practice for JEE preparation. However, this is a big mistake. You should never count the hours but the number of topics that you studied. You should focus more so that you can complete more topics or answer more questions in a given time. 


Tip: Create monthly/weekly/daily goals where you decide how many topics you need to study in a month/week/day and stick to your schedule. It might happen that you will not be able to complete your goal every time but then you can look back and see why. 


4. Using too many study resources 

You have joined JEE coaching. You also have bought reference books. You are also watching YouTube channels from JEE experts. All of a sudden you have tons of resources to study from but you are getting confused more and more. Many students make this mistake and regret it later. 


Tip:  You must study from limited resources. For instance, start with NCERT. Once a chapter is complete, you can refer to another advanced book or the daily practice papers given to you by your coaching institute. 


Top 4 Tips for Class 11 JEE Aspirants 


Now that we have looked at the most common mistakes that Class 11 students make in JEE preparation, here are some tips that can help you stay on track in JEE preparation. 


A study plan is important 


As we said earlier, it is really necessary to save your time and stay on track during JEE preparation. This is why you must create a study plan. At askIITians we provide personalised JEE study planners to students so that they can manage the syllabus and their learning easily. 


Create a timetable 


A timetable can save you from wasting your time in deciding what to study next! A lot of students get confused when they have to start studying. But, when you have a predefined timetable or a learning schedule, it becomes easier to start with and they are able to achieve much more in their study session. 


Previous year questions are important


To prepare well for tough exams like JEE Main and Advanced, you must be familiar with the exam pattern. Past year papers can help you get acquainted with the type of questions asked in JEE Main and Advanced and can make it easier for you to prepare for the exams. 


The practice has no substitute 


There is no escaping the route to ‘practice’. All three subjects need practice for formulae, theorems, chemical equations and more. Therefore, students must make it their agenda to solve at least 5 questions every day from sample papers/ past papers. 


Subject–Wise Preparation Tips for JEE Main and Advanced for Class 11 Students 



The subject encompasses aspects of: Optics, Electrodynamics, Modern Physics, Heat & Thermodynamics, and Mechanics.


  • You need to analyse the trends in the Physics section of the JEE paper. You can refer to available online analysis or plot your own pie chart by allocating the biggest pieces of pie to the most prominently covered areas.
  • Conduct topic wise segregation: Mechanics seems to be the paper setters’ first choice for years, followed by questions from errors and measurements, fluids, gravitation etc. This is followed by Modern Physics, and Ray, Wave Optics in order. Remaining topics from the subject bring in a few questions each year, with the least favourite being Elasticity.
  • Recommended Books: NCERT Class 11th & 12th books, Concepts of Physics Vol 1 &2 (by H.C. Verma), Fundamentals of Physics by Halliday, Resnik and Walker.



The subject encompasses modules like Physical, Inorganic and Organic Chemistry.


  • While conducting the trend analysis, begin by gaining knowledge on how significant each of these modules is, from the exam perspective. Trust on your pie charts to give you a clear picture. They will even highlight the repetitive ‘Red’ areas, which should be your priority.
  • Physical Chemistry brings along questions from Kinetics, Chemical Equilibrium etc. in the majority. While thermodynamics and electrochemistry are on a steady decline through some years. Nomenclatures and general organic chemistry are observing fewer questions in Organic Chemistry. Although, Alkanes, Alkynes, Polymers, Carbonyls etc. see a rising number of questions.
  • Under Inorganic Chemistry, P Block elements bring along a lot of questions, consistently followed by Coordination Compound questions. Some consistent topics include periodic properties of these elements, metallurgy, chemical bonding etc.
  • Some of the recommended books for JEE chemistry are NCERT books for class 11th & 12th; Concepts of Physical Chemistry for JEE, 8th Edition (by P. Bahadur); A New Pattern Textbook of Organic/Inorganic Chemistry for Competitions (by O.P. Tandon).



The subject is all about ‘Practice’. There is no escaping that. A perfect plan must include dedicated time for practising all mathematical problems.


  • For the last five years, Differential Calculus has dominated the question papers, consistently followed by Coordinate Geometry.
  • Integral Calculus, questions on topics like Vector Analysis, and 3D queries find due coverage.
  • Other consistent areas in each year’s mathematics section are Matrices & Determinants, Statistics, and Binomial Theorem etc.
  • The least favoured area seems like Permutation & Combination, Probability etc.
  • Recommended books: NCERT Class 11th & 12th books; IIT Mathematics for JEE (Main & Advanced) (by M.L Khanna).


While the above-mentioned pointers should help all JEE aspirants from class 11 follow a specific subject-wise preparation approach. Beginning early, they get time to align their heart and mind to their career goals and put in their best efforts. While they have the intent, some students seem unclear on the correct approach for why and how to prepare for IIT from class 11 onwards.


Prepare for JEE with askIITians in Class 11

Led by the spirit of making education possible for every student, askIITians provides affordable online courses that students can opt for JEE Main and Advanced preparation. For more than 15 years askIITians has been a trendsetter when it comes to JEE preparation. Our exceptional student results say it is all about how learning online can change your life for the better. We have seen students preparing without any pressure. They get the time and freedom to study at their own pace and as per their schedule. They can still participate in discussions, attend regular classes for JEE, and ask doubts wherever they arise.


For Class 11 students we are offering a two year intensive JEE coaching program which includes: 

  • 412 hr Live Lectures
  • 150 hr Live Doubt Removal Sessions
  • 72 hr High Order Thinking Skills
  • 82 hr Chapter Tests (JEE Main Level)
  • 30 hr Unit Tests (JEE Mains Level)
  • 15 hr  Full Test (JEE Main Level) (PCM)
  • 15 hr Full Test (JEE Advanced Level) (PCM)
  • 15 hr SAT Subject Tests (PCM)
  • 40 hour Parent Teacher Meeting and much more. 


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