Best Books Recommended For IIT JEE Mains 2018

Best Books Recommended For IIT JEE Mains 2018

In 2017 IIT JEE  has undergone quite a change in question paper pattern and selection criteria. IIT JEE council aims at making students focus on underlying concepts of Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics and not just using formulas to solve problems. Whatever the case might be, if a student has a strong grip on concepts, he can be sure of a good rank in IIT JEE Mains and Advance irrespective of the changes in pattern.The first hurdle to cross in IIT JEE is the IIT Mains exam. From 2017, IIT JEE council has decided not to consider 12th board scorecard for the ranking. Students just have to get 75% or be among top 20 percentile in their 12th board exam. So, the students can focus entirely on the IIT JEE Mains exam. We will discuss some of the best books for IIT JEE Mains in this post..

IIT aspirants often look for a defined way to prepare for the IIT Mains exam. They ask for a defined number of hours to study each day, defined numbers of books for each subject and specific test series to join. Now, there is no fix way to study and there are no specific books that can ensure you success in IIT JEE Mains. It all depends person to person and various factors. But, there are some basic books that has proved their usefulness and worthiness over a period of time.

One word of advice for students prepare for IIT JEE Mains; THERE ARE NO BOOKS MADE ONLY AND ONLY FOR IIT JEE MAINS! IIT JEE Mains is still relatively a new concept and no book will make you specifically prepared for IIT JEE Mains.

Some of the books in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics which has been used by IIT aspirants over the years and are still as useful are listed below. Whatever the books you follow do remember that Concept Is The Key!


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Recommended Books for IIT JEE Mains


    1. Mathematics for class 11 and 12 by R. D. Sharma:
      These books have right balance of theoretical concept and numerical problems to give you good grasp of the subject. Theoretical concepts are explained quite well and there are ample questions to practice. Given that IIT JEE Mains has objective type questions which test your theoretical concept and your ability to apply them, this book is a must. If you plan to start preparing right from class 11th then books by R. D. Sharma are best for you. You can buy Class 11 book Here and for class 12 click Here.
    2. Tata McGraw Hill, Mathematics:
      Tata McGraw Hill or TMH as it is called by IIT aspirants is a must book to test your preparedness for IIT JEE Mains. Do keep in mind that Tata McGraw Hill is not a book to build up your concept. This book offers some mind-numbing problems and tests your grip on mathematical concepts. Coming from established publisher Tata McGraw Education, this book has concepts divided into 25 chapters. Do remember to brush up your concept before trying out problems from the book.



  1. Chemistry Text Books for 11th & 12th by NCERT: Chemistry is the only subject in IIT JEE which has three distinct parts- Organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry and Physical Chemistry. NCERT’s book on chemistry for 11th and 12th class are prominent stepping stone for all IIT JEE Mains aspirant. The language is easy and stress is given on to explain each concept in an easy-going fashion. Although you will still need some help apart from the NCERT books, nevertheless these books are too important to be missed. You can download the NCERT chemistry books from Here for free.
Organic Chemistry:
  1. Organic Chemistry by O. P. Tandon: This book by O. P. Tandon provides well-aligned concept in each chapter. Organic chemistry is a scoring topic but only if you have really understood and mastered the concepts. This book provides easy flow of concept and problems. You can have a look at the book Here.
  2. Organic Chemistry by Morrison & Boyd: One of the best reference books for Organic chemistry for IIT JEE Mains. If you want to build rock-solid concept in Organic Chemistry then this book is for you. This book was my companion for Organic Chemistry when I was preparing for IIT JEE. The book is a real thick one and chances are you will never be able to completely read it. Nevertheless, do read the book as much as you can to get maximum out of it. You can buy the book from Here.
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Inorganic Chemistry:

  1. Inorganic Chemistry by O. P. Tandon: Among Organic, Inorganic and Physical chemistry, Inorganic is probably the only one where you need to remember more facts than understand concepts. It’s wise to solve as many problems as possible from Inorganic Chemistry by O. P Tandon. You can learn more about the book here.
  2. Concise Inorganic Chemistry by J. D. Lee: Probably the best reference book for Inorganic chemistry for IIT JEE Mains preparation. The book helps in creating a solid concept specially in topics related to periodic table and properties of metals, non-metals etc. You can buy the book from Here.

Physical Chemistry:

  1. Modern Approach to Chemical Calculations by R. C. Mukherjee: One of the books on Physical Chemistry available for IIT JEE preparation. When I was preparing for IIT JEE, solving problems from this book was a must. The high point of this book is objective concept based questions at the starting of each chapter. If you want to have crystal-clear concept in physical chemistry apart from having a size-able amount of questions to solve, this book is for you. You can buy this book Here.
  2. Physical Chemistry by P. Bahadur: May be not as popular as the one by R. C. Mukherjee but this book offers some great practice for physical chemistry. Questions are concept based and are arranged in easy to difficult level. You can have a look Here.
  1. Concept of Physics Vol. 1 & 2 by H. C. Verma: When I was preparing for IIT JEE, there was a famous saying among the IIT aspirants-” If you have doubt in Physics, read H C Verma. If you still have doubt, read it again!”. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that concept  of physics by H C Verma is like gospel of physics for IIT JEE candidates. Each and every chapter has well-thought and well crafted problems that force you to think. No book can offer you stronger grip on concepts of physics then this book. Look Here for volume 1 and Here for volume 2.
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Apart from these books, do not forget to go through IIT JEE Mains question papers from previous years. It will help you in understanding the pattern and getting acquainted with types of questions asked in the exam.All the best.

It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer“. -Albert Einstein

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