Which is the best book for physical chemistry for the IIT-JEE?

Which is the best book for physical chemistry for the IIT-JEE?

The chemistry teacher who taught me at FIITJEE South Delhi,who had also taught top rankers like ARPIT AGGARWAL(IIT 2012 AIR 1)and many more, used to say that authors like


Etc have no clear knowledge about the subject, so don’t refer these books.
So, as far as physical chemistry is concerned, he just recommended two books-

  1. NCERT(best book for concepts,he used to even refer to it as a “granth”
  2. Narendra Avasthi
  3. Raymond Chang(although a nice book for in depth knowledge, but not compatible with the pattern now-a-days.


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Physical Chemistry by O.P. Tandon

This is considered to be the best book available in the country which deals with the in-depth concepts in the subject of Physical Chemistry. There are two official authors for this book, they are - A.S. Singh, O.P. Tandon. The book is very simple to understand as the English used in the books is very easy to read. The book also explains almost all the concepts of the Physical Chemistry subject. It also has a large number of problems after each related chapter with relevant solutions in the ending pages of the book. This book is also followed by a large number of students preparing for the JEE advanced exam and also appearing candidates.

Physical Chemistry by P. Bahadur

P. Bahadur is a well-known author who has already published many books in the subjects of physics and chemistry. He also wrote the book on Numerical Chemistry and is considered as one of the best books in the country on the subject of Physical Chemistry. The above-mentioned book is useful for the JEE advanced exam than that of the mains examination as the concepts of that book are very in-depth in nature. But this book is perfectly suitable for the preparation of both JEE mains and the advanced exams. This book also contains problems along with detailed solutions at the end of the book.

Physical Chemistry by P.W. Atkins

This is the only book on the list that has a foreign author. This book is considered to be one of the toughest books in the subject of Chemistry and the problems in this book are of a very high level. the book is quite dense and interactive and intimate with the reader. For a first-year, the books may seem fairly tough but over time and with the increase in the understanding of the concepts, the books will be a lot easier and will definitely make the concepts crisp and clear. A lot of people fail to solve them in the first attempt or without looking into the solutions before solving the problems. So, it is advised not to practice problems from this book. But people can read this book for its solid theory part which will make you understand the concept and basics very clearly.