The chemistry section of NEET will comprise 50 questions out of which 45 questions have to be attempted. Aspirants of this entrance test can refer to this article to know the best books for NEET Chemistry.
NEET books for Chemistry– Chemistry is usually not the strong suit of those preparing for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET). However, the subject holds a weightage of 25 per cent in NEET and thus cannot be overlooked. To prepare this section better, candidates need to make a wise choice with respect to the NEET books for the Chemistry section. The NEET books that aspirants choose during the preparation phase largely determine their success. Last year, the NEET exam pattern or structure had changed. It is expected that the same pattern will be followed for NEET as well. The subject will be divided into two sections. Section A will carry 35 questions and Section B will carry 15 questions, out of which 10 questions have to be attempted. Hence, the Biology section carries the highest weightage. But that does not undermine the importance of the Chemistry section in NEET.
The chemistry section of NEET consists of 45 questions. It can further be divided into three subsections; Physical, Organic and Inorganic. The majority of the questions in this section are from the organic and inorganic sections and are theory-based. The questions on Physical Chemistry are numerical and require problem-solving skills. In the article ‘NEET books for Chemistry’, aspirants will read about the books that have been suggested by experts and toppers for the preparation of the Chemistry section.
Best books for NEET Chemistry
To begin preparation, students can start with the NCERT books. NEET preparation is incomplete without the NCERT books which are to the point and will help them make notes.
- NCERT Chemistry textbooks for Class 11
- NCERT Chemistry textbooks for Class 12
- Modern’s ABC of Chemistry for Class 11
- Modern’s ABC of Chemistry for Class 12
After completing the NEET books given above, aspirants can start solving the NEET question papers from previous years. Once the basics are covered, they can start with the more complex reference books. Question papers carry questions of various difficulty levels. Some of them require a deeper knowledge of the topic, which is where the reference books come to the rescue. Some of the expert and topper-suggested reference books for Chemistry are:
- Physical Chemistry by O P Tandon
- ABC of Chemistry for Classes 11 and 12 by Modern
- Concise Inorganic Chemistry by J D Lee
- Dinesh Chemistry Guide
- Practice books by V K Jaiswal (Inorganic), M S Chauhan (Organic) and N Awasthi (Physical)
- Organic Chemistry by Morrison and Boyd for Organic Chemistry
- Elementary Problems in Organic Chemistry for NEET/AIIMS by M S Chauhan
- Modern Approach to Chemical Calculations by R C Mukherjee
After students have bought the books and prepared a list of the topics that need to be covered, they need to prepare a timetable. The table given below enlists the topics important for NEET 2023 along with their weightage in the examination. Aspirants can refer to this table to prepare a timetable for the preparation of the Chemistry section. It is also advised that they use reference books for the topics with a greater weightage.
NEET Chemistry section-wise weightage
The following table brings Chemistry’s topic-wise importance and weightage in terms of the number of questions in the NEET question papers.
|Name of the topic||Importance and weightage|
|Coordination Chemistry||High priority(3-4 questions from each topic)|
|Alcohols, Phenols and Ethers||Important(minimum 2 questions from each topic)|
|Aldehydes, Ketones and Carboxylic Acids|
|d-and f-block elements|
|p-block elements(13 14)|
|p-block elements(15 16 17 18)|
|Chemistry in everyday life||Low priority but should be covered(0-1 question from every topic)|
|General Principles and Process of Isolation elements|
|Haloalkanes and Haloarenes; Amines|
|N containing Organic Compounds|
|Organic chemistry some basic principles and techniques – 1|
|Organic chemistry some basic principles and techniques – 2|
|States of Matter|
|Structure of Atom|
|The Solid State|