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Important Topics for JEE MAINS 2016 Physics | Do & Die Topics

JEE Mains 2016 is going conducted in the month of April, 2016. It’s really not possible for some students to prepare the whole syllabus. Teachers also suggests that whatever you study, study it by heart. It doesn’t matter how many topics you have prepared for JEE Main exam but the thing that matters is how many topics you have prepared well.

So if you think that it’s not possible to prepare whole syllabus go with some important topics which are scoring and easy for JEE Main exam. Those who want to prepare the whole syllabus are advised to focus more on some scoring topics that I am going to share in this article.

I have gone through the last ten years question papers of AIEEE/JEE Main and gathers some information about important topics for jee mains 2016 physics section. Below I have mentioned eight topics which are relatively easy and scoring topics.

A table is also designed which provides you the information about the number of question asked in a particular year from these important topics. Eight topics are divided into two parts i.e. “Do and Die topics” and “other important topics”.

Do and Die topics share information about four most scoring topics along with their syllabus. Other important topics provides you the information about remaining four topics.

Important Topics for JEE MAINS 2016 :-

Important Topics for JEE MAINS 2016 Physics

Do or Die Topics:-

Here are four do and die topics of Physics which carries majority of question in JEE Main exam and it is excepted that that in JEE Main 2016 will have majority of questions from these topics only. This is JEE Advanced 2015 Cut off marks for physics which you can easily clear if you focus on do or die topics.

Category Marks
General Equal to or more than 17
OBC Equal to or more than 16
SC Equal to or more than 9
ST Equal to or more than 9
General-Pwd Equal to or more than 9
OBC-Pwd Equal to or more than 9
SC-Pwd Equal to or more than 9
ST-Pwd Equal to or more than 9

And the amazing fact about these topics is that they are from class 12th syllabus and are relatively easy that chapters of 11th class. Below I have shared about the number of questions asked in particular year from these four topics.

Chapter Name Year (20-
15 14 13 12 11 10 09 08 07
Modern Physics 4 5 1 6 4 6 6 4 9
Optics 3 3 4 3 5 3 2 4 2
Heat and Thermodynamics 3 3 2 4 3 1 5 1 4
Electrostatics 3 1 3 2 3 4 4 4 5


1.) Modern Physics: – The most important topic for jee mains 2016 is Modern Physics. This is only chapter which contains a weightage of more than 16 marks. It is a must chapter for each and every candidate who is preparing for JEE Main exam. Modern Physics also have good weightage in JEE Advanced exam.

The topic is relatively easy and one can easily score good marks in JEE Main physics just by understanding some of the concepts and formulas of Modern Physics. Get to know about the syllabus of Modern Physics for JEE Main 2016.

Dual Nature of Matter and Radiation:-Dual nature of radiation, photoelectric effect, hertz and lenard’s observations, einstein’s photoelectric equation, particle nature of light, matter waves-wave nature of particle, de broglie relation, davisson germer experiment.

Atoms and Nuclei:-Alpha-particle scattering experiment; Rutherford’s model of atom, Bohr model, energy levels, hydrogen spectrum, composition and size of nucleus, atomic masses, isotopes, isobars, isotones. Radioactivity-alpha, beta and gamma particles/rays and their properties; radioactive decay law. Mass-energy relation, mass defect, binding energy per nucleon and its variation with mass number, nuclear fission and fusion.

2.) Optics: – Optics is yet another do and die topic for JEE Main 2016. It carries a minimum weightage of 12 marks. If you want to score well in JEE Main then don’t ignore this topic.

It is the second most important topic for jee mains 2016 after modern physics. Get to know about the syllabus from Optics below.

Reflection and refraction of light at plane and spherical surfaces, mirror formula, total internal reflection and its applications, deviation and dispersion of light by a prism, lens formula, magnification, power of lens, combination of thin lenses in contact, microscope and astronomical telescope(reflecting and refracting) and their magnifying powers.

Wave Optics: – Wavefront and Huygen’s principle, Laws of reflection and refraction using Huygen’s 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, resolving power of microscopes and astronomical telescopes, polarisation, plane polarized light, brewster’s law, uses of plane polarized light and polaroids.

3.) Heat and Thermodynamics: – Heat and Thermodynamics also have a good weightage in JEE Main exam which make this topic among the list of do and die topics. Here is syllabus of Heat and Thermodynamics for JEE Main 2016.

Thermal equilibrium, zeroth law of thermodynamics, concept of temperature. Heat, work and internal energy. First law of thermodynamics. Second law of thermodynamics, reversible and irreversible processes, carnot engine and its efficiency.

4.) Electrostatics: – Electrostatics is the fourth most important topic for jee mains 2016 exam which also carries a good weightage. In 2015 cbse asked total of three questions and it is believed that in JEE Mains 2016 also have minimum of 2 question from Electrostatics.

Electric charges:

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 field 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 charge in an electrostatic field.

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

Other Important Topics:- Apart from do and die topics here is the list of remaining four topics which are also important for jee mains 2016. To get a good rank in JEE Main 2016 prefer doing these topics first .

Chapter Name Year (20-
15 14 13 12 11 10 09 08 07
Electromagnetic Induction and AC 2 1 1 2 2 1 1 1 2
Magnetics 3 1 2 2 1 2 2 4
Current Electricity 2 1 8 2 2 3 1 4 1
Waves 1 1 2 1 1 1 2 3 2


5.) Electromagnetic Induction and AC: – CBSE frequently ask questions from electromagnetic induction and ac. The topic is totally based on understanding the concepts. Here is the syllabus of Electromagnetic induction and ac for JEE Main 2016.

Electromagnetic induction, faraday’s law, induced emf and current, lenz’s law, eddy current, self and mutual inductance alternating current, peak and rms value of alternating current/voltage, reactance and impedance, LCR series circuit, resonance, quality factor, power in ac circuits, wattless current, ac generator and transformer.

6.) Magnetics: – Magnetics is the continuation of electrostatics. And there are many similarities between magnetics and electrostatics. If you are able to understand electrostatics then magnetics will be piece of cake for you.

Here is the syllabus of Magnetics for JEE Mains 2016.

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

Force on a current-carrying conductor in a uniform magnetic field. Force between two parallel current-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, earth’s magnetic field and magnetic elements, para-, dia- and ferro- magnetic substances.

Magnetic susceptibility and permeability, hysteresis, electromagnets and permanent magnets.

7.) Current Electricity:- Current electricity is important topic not only for JEE Main exam but also for JEE Advanced and GATE exam point of view. Many conceptual question were asked previously from this topic.

Electric current, Drift velocity, Ohm’s law, electric resistance, resistances of different materials, V-I characteristice of ohmic and nonohmic conductors, electrical energy and power, electrical resistivity, colour code for resistors, series and parallel combination of resistors, temperature dependence of resistance. Syllabus of Current electricity for JEE Mains 2016 is here. .

Electric cell and its internal resistance, potential difference and emf of a cell, combination of cells in series and in parallel. Kirchhoff’s law and their applications. Wheatstone bridge, metre bridge. potentiometer-principle and its applications.

8.) Waves: – Waves is the last important and scoring topic for JEE Mains 2016. Here is the syllabus of Waves for JEE Mains 2016 exam.

Periodic motion – 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 of its time period, free, forced and damped oscillations, resonance.

Wave motion, longitudinal and transverse waves, speed of wave, displacement relation for a progressive wave, principle of superposition of waves, reflection of waves, standing waves in strings and organ pipes, fundamental mode and harmonics, beats, doppler effect in sound.

So these were the eight important topics for jee mains 2016 physics section for your preparation. It is advised to prepare these topics first and later go with others topics because only your marks matters in deciding All India Rank.

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