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

This article provides the details about the syllabus of Physics 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, 00:49 IST
JEE Main Physics Syllabus 2024
JEE Main Physics 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 JEE Main 2024 Session 2 will be organised between 1st April, 2024 and 15th April, 2024. 

Bеliеvе in your abilitiеs, work hard, and stay focusеd. Thе JEE Main is just a tеst, but your dеtеrmination and pеrsеvеrancе arе what truly dеfinе your journеy. 

The Joint Entrance Examination, known as JEE (Main), consists of two separate papers. Those who pass Paper 1 can apply for admission to Undergraduate Engineering Programs such as B.E./B.Tech. in National Institutes of Technology (NITs), Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs), other Centrally Funded Technical Institutions (CFTIs), as well as institutions and universities supported or acknowledged by participating State Governments. Students who meet the requirements of JEE (Main) can take the JEE (Advanced), which is the entry test for enrollment into Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). Paper 2 of the JEE (Main) is organised for individuals who wish to pursue B. Arch and B. Planning courses in various universities nationwide.

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Physics is one of the core subjects in the JEE (Main) Examination. Students must be thorough with the physics syllabus to be aware of the potential questions that can be encountered in the JEE (Main) exam. The syllabus comprises 21 units with details about the different concepts covered in each unit. It is observed that questions are asked from every unit in the syllabus. Thus, students must try to cover all the units and strategise their preparation such that they get enough time for multiple revisions. This article provides a detailed syllabus of physics. The link to download the pdf is also available at the end of the article. 

While preparing for the physics exam, the students must focus on keeping enough time for revision and test series. Revision will help in better understanding and preparation for the examination and the test series will also help the students in gaining confidence for the examination. The students must try to see the practice tests with the same seriousness as the main examination. The students must also try to complete the practice tests within the time limit and keep half an hour out of the test duration for the revision of the tests to ensure that the correct answers are marked. The students must not try to give more than 7 minutes to a question that they are unable to solve. The aim must be to try and attempt the maximum questions with correct answers and the questions for which answers could not be found could be tried at the end if the time is left. 

Studеnts should placе a highеr еmphasis on comprеhеnding thе matеrial rathеr than bеcoming ovеrly concеrnеd about thеir gradеs, as gradеs arе a supplеmеntary rеflеction of undеrstanding. Familiarity with thе еxam structurе and grading criteria is of utmost importance. In compеtitivе еxams likе thе JEE Main, studеnts should avoid making guеssеs without sufficiеnt confidеncе, givеn thе possibility of nеgativе marking, which could lowеr thеir scorеs. Thеrеforе, it's advisablе to abstain from answеring a quеstion unlеss thеy havе a rеasonablе assurancе. Effеctivе prеparation dirеctly corrеlatеs with improvеd rеsults, lеading to a sеnsе of fulfillmеnt and sеrеnity. Wе еxtеnd our bеst wishеs to all studеnts for thеir journеy of prеparation and thе upcoming compеtitivе еxams. 

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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.



Units of Measurement, System of Units, S I Units, fundamental and derived units, least count, significant figures, errors in measurement, Dimensions of Physics quantities, dimensional analysis, and its applications.  


The frame of reference, motion in a straight line, Position- time graph, speed and velocity; Uniform and non-uniform motion, average speed and instantaneous velocity,  uniformly accelerated motion, velocity-time, position-time graph, relations for uniformly accelerated motion, Scalars and Vectors, Vector. Addition and subtraction, zero vector, scalar and vector products, Unit Vector, Resolution of a Vector. Relative Velocity, Motion in a plane, Projectile Motion, Uniform Circular Motion. 


Force and inertia, Newton’s First law of motion; Momentum, Newton’s Second Law of motion, Impulses; Newton’s Third Law of motion. Law of conservation of linear momentum and its applications. Equilibrium of concurrent forces. Static and Kinetic friction, laws of friction, rolling friction. Dynamics of uniform circular motion: centripetal force and its applications, vehicle on a circular road, vehicle on a banked road


Work done by a content force and a variable force; kinetic and potential energies, work-energy theorem, power. The potential energy of spring conservation of mechanical energy, conservative and non conservative forces; motion in a vertical circle; Elastic and inelastic collisions in one and two dimensions. 


Centre of the mass of a two-particle system, Centre of the mass of a rigid body; Basic concepts of rotational motion; a moment of a force; torque, angular momentum, conservation of angular momentum and its applications; the moment of inertia, the radius of gyration. Values of moments of inertia for  simple geometrical objects, parallel and perpendicular axes theorems, and their applications. Equilibrium of Rigid bodies, Rigid body rotation equations of rotational motion, comparison of linear and rotational motions.


The universal law of gravitation. Acceleration due to gravity and its variation with altitude and depth. Kepler’s law of planetary motion. Gravitational potential energy; gravitational potential. Escape velocity, Motion of a Satellite, Orbital velocity of a satellite. Time Period and Energy of A Satellite. 


Elastic behaviour, Stress-strain relationship, Hooke's Law. Young's modulus, bulk modulus, modulus of rigidity. Pressure due to a fluid column; Pascal's law and its applications. Effect of gravity on fluid pressure.  

Viscosity. Stokes' law. terminal velocity, streamline, and turbulent flow. Critical velocity, Bernoulli's principle and its applications. 

Surface energy and surface tension, angle of contact,  excess of pressure across a curved surface, application of surface tension - drops, bubbles, and capillary rise. Heat, temperature, thermal expansion; specific heat capacity, calorimetry; change of state, latent heat. Heat transfer-conduction, convection, and radiation. 


Thermal equilibrium, zeroth law of thermodynamics, the concept of temperature. Heat, work, and internal energy. The first law of thermodynamics, isothermal and adiabatic processes. The second law of thermodynamics: reversible and irreversible processes. 


Equation of state of a perfect gas, work done on compressing a gas, Kinetic theory of gases - assumptions, the concept of pressure. Kinetic interpretation of temperature: RMS speed of gas molecules: Degrees of freedom. Law of equipartition of energy, applications to specific heat capacities of gases; Mean free path. Avogadro's number. 


Oscillations and Periodic motion - time period, frequency, displacement as a function of time. Periodic functions. Simple harmonic motion (S.H.M.) and its equation; phase: oscillations of a spring -restoring force and force constant: energy in S.H.M. - Kinetic and potential energies; Simple pendulum - derivation of expression for its time period: 

Wave motion. Longitudinal and transverse waves, speed of the travelling wave. Displacement relation for a progressive wave. Principle of superposition of waves, a reflection of waves. Standing waves in strings and organ pipes, fundamental mode and harmonics.  

UNIT 11: ELECTROSTATICS Electric charges: 

Electric Charge, Conservation of charge. Coulomb's law forces between two point charges, forces between multiple charges: superposition principle and continuous charge distribution. 

Electric field: Electric field due to a point charge, Electric field lines. Electric dipole, Electric field due to a dipole. Torque on a dipole in a uniform electric field. 

Electric flux. Gauss's law and its applications to find fields due to infinitely long uniformly charged straight wire, uniformly charged infinite plane sheet, and uniformly charged thin spherical shell. Electric potential and its calculation for a point charge, electric dipole and system of charges; Equipotential surfaces, Electrical potential energy of a system of two point charges in an electrostatic field. 

Conductors and insulators. Dielectrics and electric polarisation, capacitors and capacitances, the combination of capacitors in series and parallel, capacitance of a parallel plate capacitor with and without dielectric medium between the plates. Energy stored in a capacitor. 


Electric current. Drift velocity, mobility, and their relation with electric current. Ohm's law. Electrical resistance. V-l characteristics of Ohmic and non-ohmic conductors. Electrical energy and power. Electrical resistivity and conductivity. Series and parallel combinations of resistors; Temperature dependence of resistance.

Internal resistance, potential difference and emf of a cell, a combination of cells in series and parallel. Kirchhoff’s laws and their applications. Wheatstone bridge. Metre Bridge. 


Biot - Savart law and its application to current carrying circular loop. Ampere's law and its applications to infinitely long current carrying straight wire and solenoid. Force on a moving charge in uniform magnetic and electric fields.

Force on a current-carrying conductor in a uniform magnetic field. The force between two parallel currents carrying conductors-definition of ampere. Torque experienced by a current loop in a uniform magnetic field: Moving coil galvanometer, its current sensitivity, and conversion to ammeter and voltmeter. 

Current loop as a magnetic dipole and its magnetic dipole moment. Bar magnet as an equivalent solenoid, magnetic field lines; Magnetic field and magnetic dipole (bar magent) along its axis and perpendicular to the axis. Para-, dia- and ferromagnetic substances with examples. The effect of temperature on magnetic properties. 


Electromagnetic induction: Faraday's law. Induced emf and current: Lenz’s Law, Eddy currents. Self and mutual inductance. Alternating currents, peak and RMS value of alternating current/ voltage: reactance and impedance: LCR series circuit, resonance: power in AC circuits, wattless current. AC generator and transformer. 


Displacement Current. Electromagnetic waves and their characteristics, Transverse nature of electromagnetic waves, Electromagnetic spectrum (radio waves, microwaves, infrared, visible, ultraviolet. X-rays. Gamma rays), Applications of e.m. waves. 


Reflection of light, spherical mirrors, mirror formula.  Refraction of light at plane and spherical surfaces,  thin lens formula, and lens maker formula. Total internal reflection and its applications. Magnification. Power of a Lens. Combination of thin lenses in contact. Refraction of light through a prism. Microscope and Astronomical Telescope (reflecting and refracting ) and their magnifying powers.

Wave optics: wavefront and Huygens' principle. Laws of reflection and refraction using Huygens principle. Interference, Young's double-slit experiment and expression for fringe width, coherent sources, and sustained interference of light. Diffraction due to a single slit, width of central maximum. Polarisation, plane-polarised light: Brewster's law, uses of plane-polarised light and Polaroid. 


Dual nature of radiation. Photoelectric effect. Hertz and Lenard's observations; Einstein's photoelectric equation: particle nature of light. Matter waves-wave nature of particles, de Broglie relation.


Alpha-particle scattering experiment; Rutherford's model of atom; Bohr model, energy levels, hydrogen spectrum. Composition and size of nucleus, atomic masses, Mass-energy relation, mass defect; binding energy per nucleon and its variation with mass number, nuclear fission, and fusion.  


Semiconductors; semiconductor diode: 1-V characteristics in forward and reverse bias; diode as a rectifier; I-V characteristics of LED. the photodiode, solar cell, and Zener diode; Zener diode as a voltage regulator. Logic gates (OR. AND. NOT. NAND and NOR). 


Familiarity with the basic approach and observations of the experiments and activities: 

  • Vernier calipers - its uses to measure the internal and external diameter and depth of a vessel. 
  • Screw gauge - its use to determine thickness/ diameter of thin sheet/wire. 
  • Simple Pendulum - dissipation of energy by plotting a graph between the square of amplitude and time. 
  • Metre Scale - the mass of a given object by the principle of moments. 
  • Young's modulus of elasticity of the material of a metallic wire. 
  • Surface tension of water by capillary rise and effect of detergents, 
  • Co-efficient of Viscosity of a given viscous liquid by measuring terminal velocity of a given spherical body, 
  • Speed of sound in air at room temperature using a resonance tube, 
  • Specific heat capacity of a given (i) solid and (ii) liquid by method of mixtures. 
  • The resistivity of the material of a given wire using a metre bridge. 
  • The resistance of a given wire using Ohm's law. 
  • Potentiometer- i. Comparison of emf of two primary cells. ii. Determination of internal resistance of a cell. 
  • Resistance and figure of merit of a galvanometer by half deflection method. 
  • The focal length of; (i) Convex mirror (ii) Concave mirror, and (ii) Convex lens, using the parallax method. 
  • The plot of the angle of deviation vs angle of incidence for a triangular prism. 
  • Refractive index of a glass slab using a travelling microscope. 
  • Characteristic curves of a p-n junction diode in forward and reverse bias. 
  • Characteristic curves of a Zener diode and finding reverse breakdown voltage. 
  • Identification of Diode. LED, Transistor. IC. Resistor. A capacitor from a mixed collection of such items. 

Embrace the beauty of physics, practice rigorously, and remember, every problem is just a puzzle waiting to be solved on your journey to JEE Main success! 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 must note the syllabus with the details to strategise their preparation for the JEE (Main) Examination. Being aware and thorough with the syllabus provides an edge to the students and helps them in their preparation throughout the year. Students must keep visiting the JEE (Main) category on the Jagran Josh website for more information and regular updates related to 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. 



To all thе JEE Main studеnts, it's important to rеalizе that this journеy is morе than just an еvaluation of your knowlеdgе; it truly rеflеcts your unwavеring commitmеnt and hard work. With еach problеm you solvе, еvеry concеpt you mastеr, and еach latе-night study sеssion you еndurе, you gеt onе stеp closеr to rеalizing your ambitions. Maintain your focus, cultivatе your dеtеrmination, and, most importantly, maintain unwavеring faith in your own abilitiеs. Your futurе isn't somе distant aspiration; it's bеing activеly shapеd by your daily еfforts. Embracе thе challеngеs, accеpt thе lеarning procеss, and pеrsist with unwavеring dеtеrmination. Succеss is wеll within your grasp, and еvеry day takеs you closеr to your aspirations. 

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  • Is thе JEE Main Physics syllabus thе samе as thе 12th-gradе syllabus?
    Thе JEE Main Physics syllabus is basеd on both thе 11th and 12th-gradе NCERT physics curriculum. It is rеcommеndеd to rеfеr to thе official JEE Main wеbsitе for thе dеtailеd syllabus.
  • Arе thеrе spеcific tips for prеparing for thе physics sеction of JEE Main?
    Focus on undеrstanding thе concеpts dееply and apply thеm to solvе problеms. Pay spеcial attеntion to topics likе mеchanics, еlеctromagnеtism, and modеrn physics, as thеy carry significant wеightagе.
  • How can I prеparе еffеctivеly for JEE Main Physics?
    Effеctivе prеparation involvеs crеating a wеll-structurеd study plan, undеrstanding fundamеntal concеpts, rеgular practicе with problеm-solving, and solving prеvious yеars' quеstion papеrs. Consistеncy and sеlf-assеssmеnt arе kеy.
  • Can I usе a calculator during thе JEE Main Physics еxam?
    No, thе usе of calculators is not allowеd in thе JEE Main Physics еxam. You must pеrform calculations manually during thе tеst.
  • What is thе marking schеmе for JEE Main Physics?
    In thе JEE Main Physics еxam, you gеnеrally rеcеivе 4 marks for еach corrеct answеr and facе a pеnalty of 1 mark for еach incorrеct answеr. Unanswеrеd quеstions do not rеsult in a pеnalty.
  • How many quеstions arе thеrе in thе JEE Main Physics papеr?
    Typically, thе JEE Main Physics papеr consists of 25 multiplе-choicе quеstions (MCQs) with four answеr options еach. Howеvеr, thе numbеr and typе of quеstions can vary from yеar to yеar.
  • What arе thе main topics covеrеd in thе JEE Main Physics syllabus?
    Thе JEE Main Physics syllabus covеrs a widе rangе of topics, including mеchanics, еlеctromagnеtism, optics, modеrn physics, thеrmodynamics, and wavеs. It is basеd on thе NCERT curriculum for 11th and 12th-gradе physics.


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