Study pattern to be followed by Droppers for IIT JEE


IIT JEE is one of the most coveted and highly competitive entrance exams conducted in India to help candidates get admission in the top engineering colleges. Almost 13-15 lakh students apply for JEE Main out of which only 10,000 get selected for the next round which is JEE Advanced. Therefore, getting an unsatisfactory result is common for a large number of students in their first attempt. Looking at the competition, students don't even mind taking a break after class 12th to focus only on JEE Main preparation. 

However, what matters most is how you take your failure. Instead of losing hope, JEE droppers and repeaters should learn from their mistakes and make a study plan that helps them win the battle in their second attempt. If you are a JEE dropper and confused about the right study pattern for JEE Main preparation, here are a few tips for you along with the suggestion of the right books.

Before making a study plan for JEE preparation, you should first ask yourself two questions:

1. How much time do I have for preparation?

2. How much do I need to prepare?

Answer to these questions will help you effectively divide your time to cover JEE syllabus. Also, remember, when making the time table for different subjects, you should lay equal emphasis on revision and mock tests for JEE Main.


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Time management for JEE Main preparation 

Based on the time available with you, the study plan for JEE Main preparation can be divided into three phases:

First phase

This is the longest phase where you need to cover the complete syllabus. During this phase, you should study everything in detail. 

Second phase

This is the revision time where you should revise whatever you have covered in the first phase. In this phase, you should also get your doubts solved. This phase should end in 20-25 days based on the time left for the exam. 

Third phase

This is the time when your complete focus should be on solving mock tests. Solve as many mock tests, previous year papers, subject-wise tests, chapter tests and sample papers as you can to work on your speed and accuracy.


Subject-wise study pattern you should follow 

Prepare a study plan as per the topic-wise weightage given in the table below: 

Subject-wise weightage











Organic Chemistry




Differential Calculus


Inorganic Chemistry


Electro Dynamics




Physical Chemistry


Heat & Thermodynamics


Integral Calculus




Modern Physics


Matrix Determinants






Coordinate Geometry




SHM & Waves





JEE Physics preparation

  • Instead of just cramming the formulas, focus on understanding their application and functionality. 
  • Get a strong command on math tools like differentiation and integration as well as their application in Physics.
  • Once you have read the concepts, start solving problems from ‘Resnick and Halliday’, ‘Irodov’ and ‘Jewett and Serway’
  • Make short notes, which you can also use as a formula copy to quickly revise them. 

JEE Chemistry preparation

  • Revise the concept from NCERT books to get strong command on it
  • Follow mnemonics to memorize topics easily
  • Lay more emphasis on exceptions as these are most commonly asked in JEE 
  • Learn the reaction mechanism to quickly and easily predict the product of any reaction

JEE Math preparation

  • Understand the problem and practice as many questions as you can
  • Get a deeper understanding of the topic with regular practice. 
  • Mark important questions and make notes of them for quick revision.
  • Focus on accuracy and speed when solving mock tests.

Best books for JEE Main preparation

Selection of the books has a huge impact on the preparation of any exam be it highly competitive exam like IIT JEE or any other scholarship or entrance exam. To help you save time and efforts, here we provide you with the list of some important books for preparation of JEE Main.

Physics books for JEE Main preparation

  • Concepts of Physics by HC Verma to develop an understanding of the subject
  • General Physics by IE Irodov for advanced problems
  • Physics by DC Pandey to practice physics problems

Chemistry books for JEE Main preparation

  • NCERT books for class 11 and 12 to get a command on basic concepts
  • Physical chemistry by OP Tandon and Problems in Physical Chemistry by Narendra Awasthi to practice questions
  • Problems in Inorganic Chemistry by VK Jaiswal
  • Advanced Problems in Organic Chemistry by MS Chauhan for practice

Math books for JEE Main preparation

  • NCERT class 11 and 12 books to build basic concepts
  • RD Sharma’s mathematics books for class 11 and 12 
  • Tata McGraw Hills for IIT Mathematics to practice questions
  • SL Loney to strengthen coordinate geometry and trigonometry concepts

Key points JEE droppers should keep in the mind when making a study plan: 

  • Make a realistic plan and follow it regularly. There are around 90 chapters that you need to cover, so divide your time wisely.
  • Give equal importance to all the subjects and topics covered in JEE Main syllabus.
  • Make a list of the important topics and master those topics. Given below are some of the important topics from all three subjects:


Important topics - Physics 

Mechanics, Kinematics, Electromagnetism


Important topics - Chemistry

Physical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry


Important topics - Maths

Circles, Derivatives, Integrals, Trigonometry


  • Make a doubt notebook and write down your queries in that. Ask your doubts from teachers to ensure that you don't skip any topic.
  • Solve mock tests for JEE Main to regularly assess and analyse your progress.
  • Evaluate your study plan based on your performance in the practice tests and re-plan if needed. 
  • Make a subject-wise study plan to ensure that nothing gets less time or missed. 
  • Don't keep backlogs. Follow the study plan and complete daily tasks on time. 
  • Pay due attention to your health and learn tricks like exercise, meditation, yoga etc. to manage the stress that is common during JEE Main preparation.

In addition to these books, you should also solve mock tests for JEE Main regularly. It will help you understand the exam pattern and your preparation level. Platforms like Eduwhere provide detailed performance reports after every test, based on which you get to know how well you have understood a specific topic and what are your weak areas.