Joint Admission Test for M.Sc is the IIT JAM exam. A large number of students appear for the JAM Physics paper each year to compete for seats in the Indian Institutes of Technology. With the aim of scoring high in JAM exam, one must have an effective preparation strategy in place. Knowing the syllabus of IIT JAM is the first step towards this goal. Next comes selecting ideal books to prepare from. We have simplified the hunt for best books for IIT JAM Physics exam for test takers by listing out the most recommended books here. Take a look at them and prepare early on!

IIT JAM Books For Physics (PH)

Whereas some of you might be attending coaching for JAM exam, others prepare on their own. The strategy for exam preparation largely is common for both groups of aspirants. As Physics is a subject that combines theory and practice in deft amount, it is important to include theoretical understanding with practice of questions for IIT JAM Physics exam preparation. These books will be a good help to you for both.

Keep in mind that your self written notes, and class notes (graduation) will also play an important role. At the time of studying theory for any subject, jot down notes in your words.

The book list compiled here contains topic wise, as well as general preparation books for JAM. While deciding which ones to purchase / study from, assess compatibility with the way author has presented topics in the book first.

Among the top priority books are solved papers of IIT JAM Physics. Whether you have started preparing early or not, at least one of these are must haves.

Name of book Author
IIT-JAM: M.Sc. (Physics) Previous Papers & Practice Test Papers (Solved) R Gupta
Solved Papers & Practice Sets IIT JAM (Joint Admission Test for M. Sc. from IITs) – Physics Arihant Publications

Subject wise, you can refer to one or more of following books for each subject.

Name of book Author
Intro to quantum mechanics David Griffith
Quantum Mechanics: Concepts and Applications Nouredine Zettili
Quantum Mechanics (Schaum’s Outline Series) Yoav Peleg, Reuven Pnini, Elyahu Zaarur, Eugene Hecht
Introduction to Solid State Physics Charles Kittel
Elementary Solid State Physics Omar
Solid State Physics S. O. Pillai
Statistical Physics Reif
Mathematical Methods for Physics and Engineering Riley, Hobson, Bence
Mathematical Methods for Physicists Arfken
Classical Mechanics Herbert Goldstein
Classical Mechanics John R. Taylor
Introduction to Classical Mechanics: With Problems and Solutions David Morin
Heat and Thermodynamics  Mark Zemansky
Thermodynamics Kinetic Theory and Statistical Thermodynamics F.W. Sears, G.L. Salinger
Optics Ghatak
A Text Book of Optics Brijlal and Subhramanyam
Introduction to Electrodynamics Griffith
Electronic Devices and Circuit Boylestad / Nashelsky
Nuclear Fission and Cluster Radioactivity: An Energy-Density Functional Approach M.A. Hooshyar, Irwin Reichstein, F. Bary Malik
Nuclear Physics V. Devanathan
Atomic and Molecular Physics Raj Kumar

Note The JAM Physics Exam Syllabus

Following are the topics from which questions are asked; this is however a concise list. For detailed syllabus, check out JAM Physics Exam Syllabus.

  • Mathematical Methods
  • Mechanics and General Properties of Matter
  • Oscillations, Waves and Optics
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Kinetic theory, Thermodynamics
  • Modern Physics
  • Solid State Physics, Devices and Electronics

Which are the best books to prepare for IIT JAM Physics?

The decision for which books to study from (for JAM Physics) can be answered on two criteria:- (1) When have you started the preparation? (2) What is your current status of knowledge of the topics? Refer to books given here to prepare for JAM Physics exam. In addition, here are some excellent tips for preparation.

Theoretical knowledge is important for JAM exam. If you have started preparations early, we recommend you to spend some time understanding the theoretical concepts. Although there are no subjective questions, but having a firm grasp of theory will go a long way in helping you tackle the paper.

Assisting knowledge with problem solving skills for IIT JAM. Education experts recommend that immediately after covering a topic, solve questions on the same. You can use other books to solve questions if the book you are currently studying from does not have many exercises for practice.

JAM Physics Exam Preparation’s key highlight is solving past year papers. At least a few months before exam, start solving previous year question papers of IIT JAM. In fact, do so in a simulated exam environment. After each test paper check answers and proceed to study further.

Understanding that JAM Physics paper is not tough, but the competition is high. It is a fact that IIT JAM Physics exam is among the toughest exams you may appear for after graduation. However level of questions is easier than JRF / UGC NET exams. Also the number of test takers compared to seats available is high, so each mark counts. For the purpose of maximizing score, focus on developing speed solving skills.

Go through list of books for IIT JAM Physics Preparation given here for your exam preparation.

If you think we should add any other book, please comment below.

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