Important Physics books for JEE (Main and Advanced)

May 11, 2019

You have seen the market place flooded with Physics books for JEE, NEET and all the related exams. Ever felt confused about which book to read and which book to keep for reference. Which book seems essential and which book is a waste of time. Here is your guide to the most relevant books in the market which will make your life easy. Some books are great but should be kept only for reference, while some books need to be covered from end to end. Here is your guide to most important physics books for IIT JEE.

Concepts of Physics – HC Verma

Written by Dr. Harish Chandra Verma, retired Professor of IIT Kanpur, who incidentally had also studied from IIT Kanpur. The book has stood the test of time, being one of the most popular books for JEE as well as NEET without undergoing many changes. First published in 1992, the book has sold lakhs of copies every year for the last 27 years. The book was translated into Hindi as a project with the help of few of his students at IIT Kanpur with the name “Bhautiki ki Samajh”. The best thing about the book is the types of problems and how he tries to relate physics to real life. Students who have used the book say, 10 years ago, also even today fondly remember the monkeys hanging on each other’s tails and Simple Harmonic motion of earring of a lady. The book has to be solved completely end to end before moving on to other books. This will give you confidence that you are comfortable with all parts of the syllabus.  The problems are not completely easy but they don’t reach the very tough level as well. A student preparing for JEE should be able to handle most of the problems, with or without help. So I would definitely mark it as a must-have book.

Physics for JEE Mains and Advanced- Resnick, Halliday, and Walker

The original book was written for the first time in 1960 by Resnick and Halliday with the name “Physics for students of Science and Engineering”. It has remained the standard books for 1st-year students in colleges for Introductory Physics. Walker has been the revising author since 1990. The book has been revised specially for JEE preparation to make it more streamlined according to the syllabus of this exam. The book comes in 2 volumes and it should be used as a reference book to refer to in case of any doubts in any topic. The concepts are explained in depth and are easy to understand.  The theory is slightly verbose, but good in content, especially if you are trying to understand a concept on your own. The problems are of higher level and you can come to it after you have covered the basic problems. So I would mark it as a must-have book for reading the theory.

Problems in General Physics – I E Irodov

This is a classic book with problems of a higher level. It has been the subject of jokes for being above mere mortals reach. The level of problems in this book is quite tough and is not relevant for JEE Mains or Advanced. It used to be good for IIT JEE mains subjective exam 10-15 years back but not anymore. IIT JEE has consciously decreased the difficulty level of their exam so as not to deter students from preparing for their board exams. So you can safely skip this book without missing out on anything important. If you are really in love with physics and you love to challenge yourself, knock yourself out and explore the book. So in conclusion, we can skip the book.

Problems in Physics – AA Pinsky

This is another of the classical books for physics with problems ranging from simple level and going up to a very tough level. You should handle this kind of book carefully and not get stuck in solving each and every problem. The best strategy is to go through the previous 5-10 years papers and judging the difficulty level of papers before solving such books. It is a good book to have but only if handled correctly. You should approach all the problems, but should not take it on your ego if you are not able to solve a particularly tough problem and spend a disproportionate amount of time on a single problem. Also, some topics are not in the syllabus for JEE, so one should be careful before picking up a topic and keep referring back to the syllabus every time you have a doubt.

Aptitude test problems in Physics- S S Krotov

This is another of the classic books, especially good if you are preparing for the International Physics Olympiad. The problems test your theoretical knowledge and ability to handle multiple concepts in a single problem. The approach for this book should be similar to Pinsky, in that you should be selective in solving the problems.  This is a book which can be easily skipped unless you are a lover of physics and love doing that in your free time.

NCERT Physics

This is a book which has good coverage of theory and straight forward problems for practice. The problems may not be enough to handle JEE advanced problems but one should definitely go through all the problems to get a good handle on basic concepts and confidence to handle that particular topic. So I would definitely count it as must have and everyone should go through it from cover to cover. Once you have read it, keep it as a reference for going back to a particular topic and formula if you need further clarification. You can access our solutions for physics NCERT here.

Arihant series written by DC Pandey

This is a 5 volume series written by DC Pandey covering the full syllabus. It is written targeting IIT JEE Main and Advanced exams so it has a lot of practice problems and although the coverage of theory is not very detailed, the concepts are listed for easy reference so that you can refer to those while solving problems. Having said all this, it is a bulky book to have considering there are 5 volumes. A student might get lost in all this trying to do everything. It is not a kind of book which needs to be done cover to cover. It is a good book to have to solve a particular topic which you are not feeling too confident about and need more practice. You can buy books selectively for the topic which you want more practice on rather than buying the complete 5 part series.

40 years Chapter-wise Topic wise solved papers- D C Pandey

This book is a must have to understand the type of questions asked in JEE and being a judge of what to study. Any subject will have tough as well as easy questions, it is the responsibility of the student to filter out the content and question for that particular exam. This book has an analysis of previous years papers in JEE Mains as well as JEE Advanced, marking the number of questions asked from each particular topic, detailed in a tabular manner. This is a book which students must keep referring to throughout their preparation so that they give appropriate weight to topics,i.e. topics which have less weight should not be given too much attention because the exam is not about how many marks you score, but how many people score more marks than you. This is something which all students should keep track of during their preparation right from start to end.

41+17 JEE Mains and Advanced Physics – MTG publishers

This book is on a similar pattern as the book above. It guides students about the depth of understanding a topic required for a certain chapter and topic. The number of questions reflects which chapter is important for Mains and which is for Advanced. It contains an analysis of previous years papers. This is a book which students must keep referring to throughout their preparation so that they give appropriate weight to topics,i.e. topics which have less weight should not be given too much attention because the exam is not about how many marks you score, but how many people score more marks than you. This is something which all students should keep track of during their preparation right from start to end. Click on the book

So, in conclusion, I would like to say that don’t get drowned in the books and force yourself to try to read everything. You will be putting unnecessary pressure on yourself. The important thing is that you should have a good command over all the topics strictly according to syllabus published by IIT. The best judge for that is you alone. Gain confidence in each topic separately and work more on the topics you don’t feel very confident about. Keep referring to previous years papers and cover the basic books cover to cover, so you don’t get the feeling that you missed out a topic or a type of question.

Read another article on recommended books to study for IIT JEE here.

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