JEE Main Chemistry Syllabus 2024: Detailed Syllabus with Unitwise Topics, Download PDF

This article provides the details about the syllabus of Chemistry for JEE (Main) Paper - 1 for candidates aspiring to pursue B.E./ B.Tech. in top colleges or universities across the nation. The link to download the PDF is also available at the end of this article.

Sakshi Kabra
Nov 21, 2023, 00:48 IST
JEE Main Chemistry Syllabus 2024
JEE Main Chemistry Syllabus 2024

According to the NTA Examination Calendar for the Academic Year 2024 - 25, the JEE Main 2024 Session 1 will be organised between 24th January, 2024 and 1st February, 2024 and the the JEE Main 2024 Session 2 will be organised between 1st April, 2024 and 15th April, 2024. 

For all thе JEE Main studеnts out thеrе, rеmеmbеr that this journеy is morе than just a tеst of knowlеdgе; it's a tеstamеnt to your dеdication and hard work. Evеry problеm you solvе, еvеry concеpt you mastеr, and еvеry latе-night study sеssion you еndurе brings you onе stеp closеr to rеalizing your drеams. Stay focusеd, maintain your dеtеrmination, and abovе all, bеliеvе in yoursеlf. Your futurе is not a distant drеam; it's bеing shapеd by thе еffort you put in today. So, risе to thе challеngе, еmbracе thе procеss, and kееp pushing forward with unwavеring dеtеrmination. Succеss is within your rеach, and with еach passing day, you'rе onе stеp closеr to achiеving it. 

Succеss in thе JEE Main is not thе dеstination; it's a stеpping stonе on your path to grеatnеss. Kееp striving, and you'll achiеvе your drеams.

The Joint Entrance Examination, abbreviated as JEE (Main), consists of two distinct papers. Those who successfully clear Paper 1 become eligible for enrollment in Undergraduate Engineering Programs such as B.E./B.Tech. These programs are offered by institutions like National Institutes of Technology (NITs), Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs), other Centrally Funded Technical Institutions (CFTIs), as well as Institutions and Universities that receive financial support or recognition from participating State Governments. Individuals who meet the qualifying criteria in the JEE (Main) are also qualified to take the JEE (Advanced), the entrance exam required for admission to Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). Paper 2 of the JEE (Main) is conducted for those individuals who aspire to pursue B. Arch and B. Planning courses in various universities across the country.

Chemistry stands as a foundational subject within the JEE (Main) Examination. A strong grasp of the chemistry syllabus is imperative to anticipate the potential questions that may arise in the JEE (Main) exam. The syllabus is composed of 28 distinct units, categorized into Physical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and Inorganic Chemistry. Each unit encompasses specific insights into various concepts. Notably, questions tend to be drawn from all units outlined in the syllabus. Consequently, students should strive to cover all units and develop a study strategy that allots ample time for multiple revision sessions. This article furnishes a comprehensive breakdown of the chemistry syllabus designated for the JEE (Main) Examination. Additionally, a downloadable PDF of the syllabus is conveniently provided at the conclusion of the article. 

Whilе gеtting rеady for thе chеmistry еxam, studеnts nееd to allocatе sufficiеnt timе for both rеviеwing thе matеrial and еngaging in practicе tеst sеssions. Rеvisiting thе contеnt will еnhancе thеir comprеhеnsion and еxam rеadinеss,  and participating in tеst sеriеs will bolstеr thеir sеlf-assurancе for thе actual еxam. It's crucial for studеnts to approach thе practicе tеsts with thе samе lеvеl of sеriousnеss as thе primary еxam. Thеy should also strivе to complеtе thе practicе tеsts within thе stipulatеd timе framе, rеsеrving thirty minutеs aftеr thе tеst to rеviеw thеir answеrs and makе surе thеy havе bееn corrеctly markеd. 

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Studеnts should rеfrain from dеdicating morе than sеvеn minutеs to a singlе quеstion thеy arе unablе to solvе. Thе primary objеctivе should bе attеmpting as many quеstions as possiblе with accuracy. Any unanswеrеd quеstions or thosе with uncеrtain answеrs can bе tacklеd towards thе еnd if thеrе is rеmaining timе.  

Students must not worry much about their marks and must focus more on the understanding as marks are complementary to understanding. Students must also be thorough about the exam pattern and marking scheme of the question paper. In the competitive exams like that of JEE Main, the students must refrain from doing guess work. As wrong answers can lead to negative marking and can further decrease the score. Therefore, it is not advisable to mark an answer if the students are not very sure about it. Better preparation leads to better results with satisfaction and peace. We wish all the students the very best for their preparation journey and the competitive exams ahead.

The following tables provide the unit-wise detailed syllabus. The students can also take the prinout from the attached PDF at the end of the article. 



Matter and its nature, Dalton's atomic theory: Concept of atom, molecule, element, and compound: Laws of chemical combination; Atomic and molecular masses, mole concept, molar mass, percentage composition, empirical and molecular formulae: Chemical equations and stoichiometry. 


Nature of electromagnetic radiation, photoelectric effect; Spectrum of the hydrogen atom. Bohr model of a hydrogen atom - its postulates, derivation of the relations for the energy of the electron and radii of the different orbits, limitations of Bohr's model; Dual nature of matter, de Broglie's relationship. Heisenberg uncertainty principle. Elementary ideas of quantum mechanics, quantum mechanics, the quantum mechanical model of the atom, its important features. Concept of atomic orbitals as one-electron wave functions: Variation of  and 2 with r for 1s and 2s orbitals; various  quantum numbers (principal, angular momentum, and magnetic quantum numbers) and their significance; shapes of s, p, and d - orbitals, electron spin and spin quantum number: Rules for filling electrons in orbitals – Aufbau principle. Pauli's exclusion principle and Hund's rule, electronic configuration of elements, extra stability of half-filled and completely filled orbitals. 


Kossel - Lewis approach to chemical bond formation, the concept of ionic and covalent bonds.

Ionic Bonding: Formation of ionic bonds, factors affecting the formation of ionic bonds; calculation of lattice enthalpy. 

Covalent Bonding: Concept of electronegativity. Fajan’s rule, dipole moment: Valence Shell Electron Pair Repulsion (VSEPR ) theory and shapes of simple molecules.

Quantum mechanical approach to covalent bonding: Valence bond theory - its important features, the concept of hybridization involving s, p, and d orbitals; Resonance. 

Molecular Orbital Theory - Its important features. LCAOs, types of molecular orbitals (bonding, antibonding), sigma and pi-bonds, molecular orbital electronic configurations of homonuclear diatomic molecules, the concept of bond order, bond length, and bond energy. Elementary idea of metallic bonding. Hydrogen bonding and its applications.  


Fundamentals of thermodynamics: System and surroundings, extensive and intensive properties, state functions, entropy, types of processes. 

The first law of thermodynamics - Concept of work, heat internal energy and enthalpy, heat capacity, molar heat capacity; Hess’s law of constant heat summation; Enthalpies of bond dissociation, combustion, formation, atomization, sublimation, phase transition, hydration, ionization, and solution. 

The second law of thermodynamics - Spontaneity of processes; S of the universe and G of the system as criteria for spontaneity.  G (Standard Gibbs energy change) and equilibrium constant. 


Different methods for expressing the concentration of solution - molality, molarity, mole fraction, percentage (by volume and mass both), the vapour pressure of solutions and Raoult's Law - Ideal and non-ideal solutions, vapour pressure - composition, plots for ideal and nonideal solutions; Colligative properties of dilute solutions - a relative lowering of vapour pressure, depression of freezing point, the elevation of boiling point and osmotic pressure; Determination of molecular mass using colligative properties; Abnormal value of molar mass, van’t Hoff factor and its significance. 


Meaning of equilibrium, the concept of dynamic equilibrium. 

Equilibria involving physical processes: Solid-liquid, liquid - gas and solid-gas equilibria, Henry's law. General characteristics of equilibrium involving physical processes. 

Equilibrium involving chemical processes: Law of chemical equilibrium, equilibrium constants (Kp and Kc) and their significance, the significance of G and G in chemical equilibrium, factors affecting equilibrium concentration, pressure, temperature, the effect of catalyst; Le Chatelier’s principle. 

Ionic equilibrium: Weak and strong electrolytes, ionization of electrolytes, various concepts of acids and bases (Arrhenius. Bronsted - Lowry and Lewis) and their ionization, acid-base equilibria (including multistage ionization) and ionization constants, ionization of water. pH scale, common ion effect, hydrolysis of salts and pH of their solutions, the solubility of sparingly soluble salts and solubility products, buffer solutions. 


Electronic concepts of oxidation and reduction, redox reactions, oxidation number, rules for assigning oxidation number, balancing of redox reactions. 

Electrolytic and metallic conduction, conductance in electrolytic solutions, molar conductivities and their variation with concentration: Kohlrausch’s law and its applications. 

Electrochemical cells - Electrolytic and Galvanic cells, different types of electrodes, electrode potentials including standard electrode potential, half - cell and cell reactions, emf of a Galvanic cell and its measurement: Nernst equation and its applications; Relationship between cell potential and Gibbs' energy change: Dry cell and lead accumulator; Fuel cells. 


Rate of a chemical reaction, factors affecting the rate of reactions: concentration, temperature, pressure, and catalyst; elementary and complex reactions, order and molecularity of reactions, rate law, rate constant and its units, differential and integral forms of zero and first-order reactions, their characteristics and half-lives, the effect of temperature on the rate of reactions, Arrhenius theory, activation energy and its calculation, collision theory of bimolecular gaseous reactions (no derivation). 



Modern periodic law and present form of the periodic table, s, p. d and f block elements, periodic trends in properties of elements atomic and ionic radii, ionization enthalpy, electron gain enthalpy, valence, oxidation states, and chemical reactivity. 


  • Group -13 to Group 18 Elements:
  • General Introduction: Electronic configuration and general trends in physical and chemical properties of elements across the periods and down the groups; unique behaviour of the first element in each group. 

UNIT 11: d - and f- BLOCK ELEMENTS 

Transition Elements 

General introduction, electronic configuration, occurrence and characteristics, general trends in properties of the first-row transition elements - physical properties, ionization enthalpy, oxidation states, atomic radii, colour, catalytic behaviour, magnetic properties, complex formation, interstitial compounds, alloy formation; Preparation, properties, and uses of  K2Cr2O7, and KMnO4. 

Inner Transition Elements 

Lanthanoids - Electronic configuration, oxidation states, and lanthanoid contraction. Actinoids - Electronic configuration and oxidation states.


Introduction to coordination compounds. Werner's theory; ligands, coordination number, denticity. chelation; IUPAC nomenclature of mononuclear co-ordination compounds, isomerism; Bonding-Valence bond approach and basic ideas of Crystal field theory, colour and magnetic properties; Importance of co-ordination compounds (in qualitative analysis, extraction of metals and in biological systems). 



Purification - Crystallization, sublimation, distillation, differential extraction, and chromatography - principles and their applications. 

Qualitative analysis - Detection of nitrogen, sulphur, phosphorus, and halogens. Quantitative analysis (basic principles only) - Estimation of carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, halogens, sulphur, phosphorus. Calculations of empirical formulae and molecular formulae: Numerical problems in organic quantitative analysis, 


Tetravalency of carbon: Shapes of simple molecules - hybridization (s and p): Classification of organic compounds based on functional groups: and those containing halogens, oxygen, nitrogen, and sulphur; Homologous series: Isomerism - structural and stereoisomerism.

Nomenclature (Trivial and IUPAC) Covalent bond fission - Homolytic and heterolytic: free radicals, carbocations, and carbanions; stability of carbocations and free radicals, electrophiles, and nucleophiles. 

Electronic displacement in a covalent bond  - Inductive effect, electromeric effect, resonance, and hyperconjugation.

Common types of organic reactions- Substitution, addition, elimination, and rearrangement. 


Classification, isomerism, IUPAC nomenclature, general methods of preparation, properties, and reactions. 

Alkanes - Conformations: Sawhorse and Newman projections (of ethane): Mechanism of halogenation of alkanes. 

Alkenes - Geometrical isomerism: Mechanism of electrophilic addition: addition of hydrogen, halogens, water, hydrogen halides (Markownikoffs and peroxide effect): Ozonolysis and polymerization. 

Alkynes - Acidic character: Addition of hydrogen, halogens, water, and hydrogen halides: Polymerization. 

Aromatic hydrocarbons - Nomenclature, benzene - structure and aromaticity: Mechanism of electrophilic substitution: halogenation, nitration.  

Friedel - Craft's alkylation and acylation, directive influence of the functional group in monosubstituted benzene. 


General methods of preparation, properties, and reactions; Nature of C-X bond; Mechanisms of substitution reactions. 

Uses; Environmental effects of chloroform, iodoform freons, and DDT. 


General methods of preparation, properties, reactions, and uses. 


Alcohols: Identification of primary, secondary, and tertiary alcohols: mechanism of dehydration. 

Phenols: Acidic nature, electrophilic substitution reactions: halogenation. nitration and sulphonation. Reimer - Tiemann reaction. 

Ethers: Structure. 

Aldehyde and Ketones: Nature of carbonyl group; Nucleophilic addition to >C=O group, relative reactivities of aldehydes and ketones; Important reactions such as - Nucleophilic addition reactions (addition of HCN. NH3, and its derivatives), Grignard reagent; oxidation: reduction (Wolf Kishner and Clemmensen); the acidity of -hydrogen. aldol condensation, Cannizzaro reaction. Haloform reaction, Chemical tests to distinguish between aldehydes and Ketones. 

Carboxylic Acids 

Acidic strength and factors affecting it, 


General methods of preparation. Properties, reactions, and uses. 

Amines: Nomenclature, classification structure, basic character, and identification of primary, secondary, and tertiary amines and their basic character. 

Diazonium Salts: Importance in synthetic organic chemistry.


General introduction and importance of biomolecules. 

CARBOHYDRATES - Classification; aldoses and ketoses: monosaccharides (glucose and fructose) and constituent monosaccharides of oligosaccharides (sucrose, lactose, and maltose). 

PROTEINS - Elementary Idea of -amino acids, peptide bond, polypeptides. Proteins: primary, secondary, tertiary, and quaternary structure (qualitative idea only), denaturation of proteins, enzymes. 

VITAMINS – Classification and functions.  

NUCLEIC ACIDS – Chemical constitution of DNA and RNA. 

Biological functions of nucleic acids. 

Hormones (General introduction) 


Detection of extra elements (Nitrogen, Sulphur, halogens) in organic compounds; Detection of the following functional groups; hydroxyl (alcoholic and phenolic), carbonyl (aldehyde and ketones) carboxyl, and amino groups in organic compounds.  

The chemistry involved in the preparation of the following: 

Inorganic compounds; Mohr’s salt, potash alum. 

Organic compounds: Acetanilide, p-nitro acetanilide, aniline yellow, iodoform.  

The chemistry involved in the titrimetric exercises – Acids, bases and the use of indicators, oxalic-acid vs KMnO4, Mohr’s salt vs KMnO4  Chemical principles involved in the qualitative salt analysis: 

Cations – Pb2+, Cu2+, Al3+, Fe3+, Zn2+, Ni2+, Ca2+, Ba2+, Mg2+, NH 

Anions- CO , S2-,SO , NO3-, NO2-, Cl-, Br-,  I- ( Insoluble salts excluded). 

Chemical principles involved in the following experiments: 

  • Enthalpy of solution of CuSO4 
  • Enthalpy of neutralization of strong acid and strong base. 
  • Preparation of lyophilic and lyophobic sols. 
  • Kinetic study of the reaction of iodide ions with hydrogen peroxide at room temperature.

It is imperative for students to refer to the best study material during their preparation for the JEE Main 2024 Examination. The students can refer to the study material provided on the Jagran Josh Website and must also refer to the following booklist for JEE Main 2024 Examination:

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Students need to have a strong understanding of the syllabus to effectively plan their approach to preparing for the JEE Main Examination. This will enable them to maintain concentration on relevant concepts throughout the entire year. Staying informed is important, and students can achieve this by utilizing the resources within the dedicated JEE (Main) category on the Jagran Josh website for updates about the JEE Main Examination. Stay tuned with the Jagran Josh website to remain updated with the latest news and information about the exam. We have curated comprehensive material for JEE Main. The material is updated according to the latest changes and will be helpful for students in their preparation. The students must utilise these free resources for their preparation and aim to score better marks with their hard work and smart strategy. 


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