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JEE Main 2017 Paper Analysis: Key Trends for JEE Main 2018 Preparation
(Dec 1, 2017): JEE Main 2018 is the most speculated and awaited entrance exam of India. As through this exam, premier institutes like IITs, NITs enroll students. JEE Main is divided into two papers. Paper 1 is for students who wish to pursue B.Tech and Paper 2 is for students who want to take admission in B.Arch courses.

In 2018, it will be held on 8th April in the offline mode. JEE Main exam pattern for Paper 1 includes questions from the Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics. Majorly questions are asked from the NCERT syllabus of class XI and XII. Over the years the difficulty level of the exam has been increasing proportionately to the competition level.

Moving on to JEE Main Result, previous year result revealed a lot of facts like Mathematics was sighted to be a bit time-consuming than other two sections. But the low cut-off score definitely brought back the smiles on the faces of students. The good part about JEE Main 2017 was that the questions asked focused more on testing the basic knowledge of students.

In terms of nature of questions, in JEE Main 2017 Physics was the easiest out of the three subjects while Chemistry and Mathematics were equal in terms of difficulty level. On the other hand, JEE Main 2018 is expected to have a higher difficulty level following the trend over the years.

Through this article, we wish to equip you with the most important insights of JEE Main 2017.
This will hopefully help you in preparing and understanding JEE Main 2018 in a much better way.

Let’s Begin!!

JEE Main 2017: Physics

The questions were quite direct and easy to solve. There was only one difficult question on this subject. A new trend was observed where one question was formulated by combining two topics or concepts.

Mechanics held the maximum weightage in JEE Main 2017. There were 3 questions from Calorimetry and Thermal Expansion so Thermodynamics should be next on your priority list. Almost six questions were based on Kirchhoff’s Laws, EMI, and Current Electricity.

The exam had no questions from Motion in a Plane, Laws of Motion, Magnetism and Matter, Alternating Currents and Electromagnetic waves.

An excellent understanding of the concepts in NCERT is important for solving questions from Physics. But for some topics like Rotational Dynamics, Oscillation Waves, and Optics, you will have to shift to reference books.

Important Books: H.C. Verma’s ‘Concept of Physics Volume I and II’, I.E. Irodov’s ‘Problems in general Physics’, ‘Problems in Physics’ by S.S. Krotov, ‘Physics for IIT JEE’ by Resnick, Halliday, Walker.

Power Tip for JEE Main 2018 Physics, the ‘Highlights’ section at the end of each chapter is a treasure trove since many questions have been directly picked up from there.

JEE Main 2017: Chemistry

JEE Main 2017 saw a difference as Organic Chemistry carried more weightage than Inorganic Chemistry. There were about 2 difficult questions out of the 30 from this subject.

Going by the last year’s paper, you can expect more questions from Organic Chemistry but do not let loose your hold on Inorganic Chemistry since that has been the dominant trend over the years. There were about 11 questions from Physical Chemistry covering all the topics.

Redox Reactions, Mole Concept, and Carbonyl Compounds have been consistently given a lot of weightage over the years so make sure you’re through with all the concepts. There were no questions from Chemistry in Everyday Life and Qualitative Analysis so you can rush through that to leave more time for the important topics.

60-75% of the questions are picked up from the NCERT textbook, especially for Organic and Inorganic Chemistry. For Physical Chemistry, it is advisable to refer to other books for a better idea of exam questions. NCERT is of paramount importance for chapters like Redox reactions, Biomolecules, and Polymers.

Important Books: ‘Organic Chemistry’ by Morrison Boyd, ‘Organic Chemistry’ and ‘Inorganic Chemistry’ by O.P. Tandon, ‘Numerical Chemistry” by P. Bahadur and ‘Concise Inorganic Chemistry’ by J.D. Lee.

Power Tip for JEE Main 2018 Chemistry, may see more questions from Alkyl Halides and Aromatic Compounds since 2017 saw 3 questions from it. Focus on s, p, d and f block elements along with Equilibrium, Chemical Kinetics and Chemical Thermodynamics.

JEE Main 2017: Mathematics

Unlike Physics and Chemistry, you can’t really prioritize in Mathematics since the paper covers almost every topic in the syllabus. So even though the pattern is quite fixed, the questions tend to get tougher every year. There were approximately 2 difficult questions from the subject.

But don’t let that dishearten you. Over the years, Algebra has been given the most weightage so spend more time on that. Calculus too has been the focus point of JEE Main with about 11 questions last year and thus, is equally important. 17 questions came from the 12th class and 13 from the 11th class syllabus.

For Mathematics, NCERT is significant but not sufficient. Since it is the toughest out of the three subjects, it requires rigorous practice which is possible only when you refer to different books. Certain sections from Coordinate Geometry and Complex Numbers cannot be completely understood with just NCERT; this is where help books come in.

Important Books: ‘Class XI and XII Mathematics’ by R.D. Sharma, Trigonometry and Geometry Books by S.L. Loney, ‘Problems in Calculus of One Variable’ by I.A. Maron, ‘IIT Mathematics’ by M.L. Khanna and ‘Higher Algebra’ by Hall and Knight.

Power Tip for JEE Main 2018 Mathematics, it is expected to have lengthier calculations and more concept based questions in Mathematics. In Algebra, try to solve more questions from P&C, Progressions, and Series, and Complex Numbers and Quadratic Equations. The paper had 3 questions from Coordinate Geometry last year. Important topics in Calculus include Sets, Functions, Limits Integration and Differentiation.

Expected Changes in JEE Main 2018

JEE Main 2018 is not expected to have any major changes but here are a few things you should keep in mind.

Overall the paper can be tougher, in keeping with the rising competition.

Physics will be relatively easier as compared to Chemistry and Mathematics, but you might get the hybrid type of questions where two topics are blended into one question.

The most significant change in Chemistry has been the tilt towards Organic Chemistry in terms of weightage. Pay more attention to that.

NCERT books are the ultimate gospels, so be thorough with it. But for certain topics, you can look into reference books for better understanding of the concepts and exam questions.

Mathematics has been, by far, the toughest out of the three subjects. Don’t get intimidated by lengthy calculations and lay your hands on as many practice papers as you can because the pattern has not changed.

Time management is extremely crucial so keep sufficient time for self-study and mock tests.

Therefore, our final piece of advice is for you to keep yourself updated with all the latest happenings on JEE Main 2018. Also, to revise and practice from the previous year question papers to gain more understanding of the type of questions asked in the exam.


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