How to tackle Inorganic Chemistry and prepare for JEE ?

Chemistry is the subject which students tend to ignore the most. However, do remember that good students treat all the subjects equally and this is the reason they end up doing well in all the exams.

The most ignored topic by students is Inorganic Chemistry portion and so, in this blog, we will discuss good practices to tackle inorganic chemistry and maximize your score in the subject.


Why do students ignore inorganic chemistry?
Most of the students feel that inorganic chemistry is simply about remembering a bunch of chemical compounds, their physical and chemical properties and their reactions. They just try to memorize as much as possible and this turns out to be boring and so, they try to run away from the topic. Moreover, most students end up choosing the wrong books which make the subject even more boring. Also, it is hard to retain the “memorized” stuff and so, additional efforts are needed to retain the things.

Why should you not ignore inorganic chemistry?
First of all, students must understand that the aim of most of the competitive exams is not only to evaluate you on your analytical skills, but rather on a broader set of skills, which includes comprehension ability, analytical ability, pressure handling, time management as well as student’s memory! Also, as a scientist or an engineer, you must have a basic knowledge of the common chemical compounds and the associated properties. This is the reason inorganic chemistry is a part of the curriculum.

It comprises of about one-seventh of the paper of most competitive exams and a sincere student who aims to get a good rank can just not afford to lose even a single mark!


What are some good ways to make the study of inorganic chemistry interesting?

  • Getting a good book: The very first and most important step is to get a good book for inorganic chemistry, which will not only help you to really understand the subject, but also help you to avoid memorization. One such good book is Concise Inorganic Chemistry (JD Lee) by Wiley publishers.
  • Study methodology: The second step is to change your study methodology. Understand that inorganic chemistry needs more time compared to other subjects. But, the fruit of your hard work is also good – you can solve the entire inorganic chemistry portion in 10-15 minutes in any competitive exam. You don’t have to solve some complex problem. There is also little scope of making a silly error in an inorganic chemistry problem and so, your accuracy in this portion can be high if you give it enough time.

You should read as much as you can. Reading the same thing periodically will fix it in your mind without additional effort. This is a common technique that toppers use. They don’t just sit for a day to cram the entire book. They read small chunks of it periodically and gradually, things get etched into the memory without much of effort

  • Periodic table is essential: Make periodic table your friend. Having an in-depth knowledge of periodic table and the common periodic trends greatly simplifies the analysis of an inorganic chemistry problem. If you are aware of the properties of the representative elements of the group, you can solve almost any inorganic chemistry problem with ease.

It is always beneficial to chalk out a study plan before you sit to study inorganic chemistry. This way, you are aware of your target as well as your time limitations and you can study more efficiently.

We wish you for your success in competitive examinations.



About the Author

Aman Goel IIT B2 Aman Goel is B.Tech, computer science and engineering undergraduate student at Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. Born in a business oriented family of Kanpur he secured an All India Rank 33 in JEE advanced 2013 and also scored 323/360 in JEE main 2013. He has also cleared Indian National Physics and Chemistry Olympiads, and KVPY. In his free time, he likes to write articles related to JEE preparation. He loves speedcubing (the art of speed solving a Rubik's cube) and also loves to play computer/mobile games.


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