Vipul Singh from Bhilai (Chhatisgarh) was the AIEEE 2010 topper. He also got AIR #5 in IIT JEE 2010. He shared with the media that he was sure that he knew that he wanted to get into IIT right from Class 7 and that he started studying advanced topics right from Class 9. For example, if there was a topic on Mechanics in Class 9 NCERT Physics book, he would also cover Newton’s Laws that are actually taught in Class 11 – according to the CBSE syllabus.

Most students think of their dream career after Class 10 when they have to choose streams they would like to get in. But there are still many of us who already know that they want to be engineers right from Class 9 or 10 or even earlier. For such students, Vipul’s strategy for IIT JEE preparation can be quite helpful.

In fact, there are many foundation-level topics in Class 9 and Class 10 in Maths, Physics and Chemistry – that we study in greater details later. Since CBSE is the one conducting the JEE Main exam now, let’s look at the Class 9 and Class 10 syllabus of CBSE and see what it has in common with the JEE Main syllabus:



CBSE 2014-15 Math Syllabus for Class 9 and 10 covers:

  • NUMBER SYSTEMS (Real Numbers)
  • ALGEBRA (Polynomials, Linear Equations in 2 Variables, Quadratic Equations, Arithmetic Progressions)
  • GEOMETRY (Introduction to Euclid’s Geometry, Lines and Angles, Triangles, Quadrilaterals, Area, Circles, Constructions)
  • · (Areas, Surface Areas and Volumes, Areas related to Circles, Surface Areas and Volumes)
  • TRIGONOMETRY (Introduction to Trigonometry, Trigonometric Identities, Heights and Distances)

While all the topics you study help in strengthening your foundation for more complex topics, some of the Class 9 and Class 10 topics common with JEE Main Math Syllabus directly are as follows:

  • Quadratic equations,
  • Co-ordinate Geometry,
  • Probability, and
  • Trigonometry (especially Trigonometrical identities and Heights and Distances).

Physics & Chemistry


CBSE 2014-15 Science Syllabus for Class 9 and 10 covers:

  • MATTER – ITS NATURE AND BEHAVIOUR (Particle nature, basic units; Mole Concept; Structure of atom)
  • ORGANISATION IN THE LIVING WORLD (Tissues, Organs, Organ System, Organism, Biological Diversity, Health and Diseases)
  • MOTION, FORCE AND WORK (Motion, Force and Newton’s Laws, Gravitation, Floatation; Work, Energy and Power; Sound)
  • OUR ENVIRONMENT (Physical Resources, Bio-geo chemical cycles in nature)
  • CHEMICAL SUBSTANCES – NATURE AND BEHAVIOUR (Chemical reactions; Acids, bases and salts; Metals and non-metals; Carbon compounds; Periodic classification of elements)
  • WORLD OF LIVING (Life processes, Control and co-ordination in animals and plants, Reproduction, Heredity and Evolution)
  • EFFECTS OF CURRENT (Magnetic effects of current)
  • NATURAL RESOURCES (Sources of energy, conservation of natural resources, management of natural resources, Regional environment, Our environment)
  • NATURAL PHENOMENA (Reflection, Refraction)

Some of the Class 9 and Class 10 topics common with JEE Main Physics Syllabus directly are as follows:

  • Motion
  • Force and Newton’s Laws
  • Work, Energy and Power
  • Gravitation
  • Properties of Solids and Liquids (Matter – Its Nature and Behaviour)
  • Sound
  • Electric Current, and Magnetic Effects of Current (extension from Effects of Current)
  • Optics (extension from Natural Phenomena)
  • Atoms and Nuclei (extension of Structure of an Atom)

Some of the Class 9 and Class 10 topics common with JEE Main Chemistry Syllabus directly are as follows:

  • Matter and its nature, and States of Matter
  • Atomic Structure (extension of Structure of an Atom)
  • Chemical Bonding and Molecular Structure (extension of Chemical Substances – Nature and Behaviour)
  • Environmental Chemistry (extension of Our Environment)

Advantages a Class 9 student has over a Class 11 student for IIT JEE preparation:


  • Students in Class 11 have just 2 years to cover the vast IIT JEE syllabus while Class 9 students to cover it and so, can work at a more comfortable pace. In the final year, when most engineering aspirants will be busy finishing up their course, you will have time to work on the finer aspects of the toughest questions.
  • A Class 9 student has sufficient maturity level to master the basics of Mathematics and Science and build scientific concepts. You can opt for foundation courses of online JEE coaching and learn specialized techniques like Vedic mathematics skills, comprehension skills and analytical writing skills. You can train your mind to be analytical and scientific by solving crosswords, playing sudoku, analyzing graphs and charts and solving logical questions.

V Prashant who got AIR 5 in IIT JEE 2009 and AIR 8 in AIEEE shared how relaxed he was during his IIT JEE preparation. He started attending JEE coaching classes in Class 9 and 10. He said, “At that stage, I would attend the classes which were conducted once or twice a week. But in Class 11 and 12, I started attending classes three to four times a week.”

According to Prashant, “The IIT-JEE is a superset of all the board examination portions.” According to him, you can concentrate on your JEE preparation normally but 2-3 months before the board exams, you should start focussing on other subjects too.

askIITians experts can help Class 9 and Class 10 students to prepare for their board exams as well as emerge as a topper in JEE, NTSE, KVPY and Olympiads. To know which topics and concepts to focus on and types of questions asked in engineering entrance exams, you can write to us at

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