Difference in Syllabus for JEE Main and JEE Advanced 2015

PLEASE NOTE: The authorities conducting JEE exams – CBSE for JEE Main and IIT for JEE Advanced – have not yet published a syllabus for JEE 2016, so syllabus for JEE 2015 is the best indicator as of now. All points below are based on syllabus for JEE 2015, and are subject to change once JEE 2016 brochure is published.


Given the different patterns of the JEE Main and JEE Advanced exams, candidates need to modify their preparation plan for the two exams based on the difference in syllabus and weightage of marks.

The JEE experts at Meritnation analysed the JEE Main syllabus and JEE Advanced syllabus, as well as the question papers from the previous years for both the exams, and listed the differences between the topics for JEE Main and JEE Advanced. The differences between JEE Main syllabus and JEE Advanced syllabus have been listed below for every subject:


Topics included in JEE Advanced 2015 (and not in JEE Main 2015):

Thermal Physics: Newton’s law of cooling; Blackbody radiation; absorptive and emissive powers; Kirchoff’s law; Wein’s displacement law; Stefan’s law.

Topics excluded from JEE Advanced 2015 (but part of JEE Main 2015):

Electromagnetic Waves: Electromagnetic waves and their characteristics. Transverse nature of electromagnetic waves. Electromagnetic spectrum radio waves, microwaves, infrared, visible, ultraviolet, X-rays, gamma rays). Application of e.m.waves

Electronic Devices: Semiconductors; semiconductor diode: I-V characteristics in forward and reverse bias; diodes as a rectifier; I-V characteristics of LED, photodiode, solar cell and diode; Zener diode as a voltage regulator. Junction transistor, transistor action, characteristics of a transistor; transistor as an amplifier (common emitter configuration) and Oscillator. Logic gates (OR, AND, NOT, NAND and NOR). Transistor as a switch.

Communication Systems: Propagation of electromagnetic waves in the atmosphere; Sky and space wave propagation, Need for modulation Amplitude and Frequency Modulation, Bandwidth of signals, Bandwidth of transmission medium, basic elements of a Communication System (Block Diagram only).



Topics included in JEE Advanced 2015 (and not in JEE Main 2015):

Electrochemistry: Equivalent Conductivity

Nuclear Chemistry: Radioactivity; Properties of alpha, beta and gamma rays; Kinetics of radioactive decay (decay series excluded), carbon dating; Stability of nuclei with respect to proton-neutron ratio; Brief discussion on fission and fusion reactions.

Topics excluded from JEE Advanced 2015 (but part of JEE Main 2015):

Biomolecules: Vitamins – Classification and functions; Nucleic acids – Chemical constitution of DNA and RNA

Chemistry in Everyday Life: Chemicals in medicines – Analgesics, tranquilizers, antiseptics, disinfectants, antimicrobials, antifertility drugs, antibiotics, antacids, antihistamins – their meaning and common examples.
Chemicals in food – Preservatives, artificial sweetening agents – common examples.
Cleansing agents – Soaps and detergents, cleansing action



Topics excluded from JEE Advanced 2015 (but part of JEE Main 2015):

Sets, Relations and Functions: Sets and their representation; Union, intersection and complement of sets and their algebraic properties; power set; relation, Types of relations, equivalence relations

Statistics and Probability: Measures of Dispersion; calculation of mean, median. Mode of grouped and ungrouped data calculation of standard deviation, variance and mean deviation for grouped and ungrouped data

Trigonometry: Heights and Distances

Mathematical Reasoning: Statements, logical operations and, or, implies, implied by, if and only if. Understanding of tautology, contradiction, converse and contrapositive.

Difference in Syllabus in JEE 2015 Main and Advanced Syllabus

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