JEE Main Syllabus 2020

The JEE Main is a nationwide competitive examination held for admission to various engineering courses in some of the most prestigious institutes of India. These include the National Institutes of Technology, IIITs, and other national institutes. With over 13 lakh students sitting for the exam, it comes as no surprise that it is one of the toughest and most competitive examinations all over the country.

Since 2019, the JEE Main is organized by the National Testing Agency, and is now held twice in a year as opposed to only once earlier. The syllabus for the JEE Main 2020 has been confirmed by the NTA as on September 2. Consisting of two papers, one for admissions to BE/BTech, and one for admission to BArch/BPlan, the JEE Main 2020 syllabus encompasses concepts of physics, chemistry, mathematics, and aptitude/architecture. Read on and find out the complete JEE Main 2020 syllabus for both paper 1 and 2.

JEE Main 2020 January paper 1 syllabus

The JEE Main paper 1 consists of 75 questions on the three different subjects, 25 each from physics, chemistry, and mathematics. This is a change of pattern from previous years, where there used to be 30 questions from each subject, adding up to a total of 90 questions. The syllabus for each subject is as given below-

  • Physics- units, dimensions and measurement, rotational motion, thermodynamics, kinematics, work, power and energy, properties of solids and liquids, gravitation, laws of motion, electronic devices, oscillations and waves, kinetic theory of gases, communication systems, current electricity, electromagnetic induction and alternating currents, magnetism and magnetic effects of current, optics, EM waves, atoms and nuclei, electrostatics, and the dual nature of matter/radiation.
  • Chemistry- basic concepts in chemistry, structure of atom, states of matter, chemical bonding and molecular structure, thermodynamics, solutions, equilibrium, redox reactions, electrochemistry, kinetics, surface chemistry, purification and characterization of organic compounds, hydrocarbons, chemistry in everyday life, principles related to practical chemistry, organic compounds containing halogens oxygen and nitrogen, polymers, biomolecules, classification of elements and periodicity, hydrogen, S and P block elements, D and F block elements, coordination compounds, environmental chemistry, general principles and processes of isolation of metals.
  • Mathematics- sets, relations and functions, complex numbers and quadratic equations, matrices and determinants, mathematical induction, mathematical reasoning, permutations and combinations, limits, continuity and differentiability, integral calculus, differential equations, three dimensional geometry, binomial theorem, vector algebra, sequences and series, statistics and probability, trigonometry, coordinate geometry.

JEE Main 2020 January paper 2 syllabus

The JEE Main paper 2 is for the aspirants who seek admission to architecture and planning courses. It is an aptitude test consisting of testing of principles from general awareness about architecture. The syllabus topics are as mentioned below-

  • Part 1. 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 2. 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.
  • Part 3. General Awareness regarding development issues, government programs/schemes etc., Comprehension, critical thinking and analytical skills, graphs, charts and map reading skills, simple statistics, CBSE class X Social Sciences topics.


These were all the topics listed in the official JEE Main 2020 syllabus. All the best to all aspirants!

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