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We have received hundreds of questions on the above subject. As the questions continue to pour in, we found it necessary to create a post on it.
IIT JEE is an entrance exam of international repute and IITs are considered at par with MIT by many. So, if you are an IIT aspirant, it is very much essential to prepare well in advance.
In this article we are focusing on Physics only
Know the fundamentals
Knowing the fundamentals is the first step. Learn your daily lessons well. In learning Physics, “Questioning Every Answer is more important than Answering Every Question”
Whenever you learn a new concept, try to get all the doubts clarified. Ask doubts and questions to your teachers. (If they don’t answer you satisfactorily, post them at www.askphysics.com )
Observe your surrounding and try finding examples on what you have learnt. The syllabus and books give you a framework on what to study; but don’t just limit your studies on books and syllabus. Search related information from real life and other sources of reference.
RECOMMENDED BOOKS FOR IIT JEE PREPARATION
The very first book you cannot avoid is the NCERT TEXT BOOK for class XI and XII
These books are designed after thorough research and the exercises are carefully added. Be sure to solve all the exercises including the Additional Exercises
Here are some of the Books you can refer for practicing for IIT JEE
- Concepts of Physics (by H C Verma)
- Fundamentals of Physics (by Resnick, Hallidey)
- University Physics (Zemansky)
- Problems in Physics (IE Irodov)
By the by, having too much books will be a hindrance. It is better to start with the NCERT books and after mastering all the exercises take up Resnick Hallidey and after clarifying the concepts take up Problems from H C Verma’s concepts of Physics and then go on to IRODOV if time allows.
Wish you all the best.
It has been a question among many students; which is the best book for preparing for IIT JEE. Many suggest that H C Verma is the best one. A few who had access to I E Irodov’s book says that it is better.
What is your opinion?
Post your opinions as comments to this post. Please be sure that you post your comments after using the two books.
(In my opinion, you should use either only after completing all the problems of NCERT text book and the Resnick and Halidey)
The IIT JEE Syllabus for Physics is available at http://jee.iitd.ac.in/physics.php
For preparation, the most important books you must study is the NCERT Physics for class XI and XII. Don’t get misguided by someone saying that the NCERT books are not worthy. Almost all the entrance examinations are depending on NCERT syllabus and books to set the standard. The NCERT text book has evolved as a result of strenuous effort of a group of hundreds of teachers from different parts of India and has been revised and updated after consultation and review workshop including teachers from every state. So, it is better to depend on it.
If you have mastered the book and can solve each and every exercise and additional exercise from the NCERT text book, then be glad that you have reached the level expected of you.
The next book you should take for reference is Fundamentals of Physics by Resnick and Hallidey. (This is the book many of the teachers and authors used to follow before the present revised edition of NCERT text book)
While preparing for IIT or any other competitive exams, it is important to understand the concept basically rather than to practice a large number of numerical problems.
A Chinese proverb says:
“Don’t give fish to a hungry man, teach him how to fish. He will not be hungry again!”
So, our aim is to practice the tactics and methodology with a strong foundation of the subject so that we can solve any type of conceptual or numerical problem.
Dare ask doubts to your teachers. (If you don’t dare, just post them here at www.askphysics.com ). Think and analyse facts yourselves and never depend on mere rot learning. Doubts pop up when you start thinking on what you learn. What you learn must be a part of your brain and life.
Wish you good luck