Which book is better for Inorganic Chemistry - JD Lee or OP Tandon?

Wikipedia defines Inorganic Chemistry as:

"A subject which deals with the synthesis and behavior of inorganic and organometallic compounds. This field covers all chemical compounds except the myriad organic compounds (carbon-based compounds, usually containing C-H bonds), which are the subjects of organic chemistry. The distinction between the two disciplines is far from absolute, as there is much overlap in the subdiscipline of organometallic chemistry."

The subject being one of the more important and scoring portions in JEE and other Engineering based Competitive Examinations, The branch of Inorganic Chemistry is based upon the proforma of logical thinking and perfect knowledge of the subject. This section has two well renowned authors which are recommended by students across the country - JD Lee and OP Tandon. 

Where most students think that there are many difference which puts basis on which one is much more ideal and better when it comes to selecting the right book for the subject. In view of things to look for, a student should note that each of the authors have a similar yet unlike perspective of how they present the section in their respective books. So, instead of comparing them with the content, let us see how each of the books can actually benefit the student in his preparation or which book could be much more suited as per the student's persepective.

J.D. Lee Concise Inorganic Chemistry for JEE

Wiley's J.D. Lee Concise Inorganic Chemistry for JEE (Main & Advanced), 4th Edition, 2019 by Sudarshan Guha


It is in the same league as halliday for physics or Solomon for organic chemistry. But is it for JEE preparation? May be not. It's a huge collection of facts and theoretical write ups which are mostly beyond the JEE syllabus. You might learn inorganic chemistry from it. But JEE needs you to do good in what they ask and you may end up wasting a lot of time while reading it.

It is ideal for all those students who are looking to study Inorganic Chemistry in much more detail and understand the basics of each and every concept thoroughly. The information given in the book is backed by proper reasoning or experiments. The language is as simple as possible so that it can be of use to all and caters to all the questions that a student may have from Inorganic Chemistry. The book is divided into six parts so that the readers find it easy to locate their answers. Special attention has been given to the different blocks of the periodic table, so there are parts such as s-block, p-block, and other blockshydrogen, etc.

Buy it now: JD Lee's Inorganic Chemistry  



Concept of Inorganic Chemistry by O.P Tandon

GRB Concept of Inorganic Chemistry by O.P Tandon


This book by O.P Tandon is the only of its kind selection of books that started off as bestseller and continues to be the bestseller even today. The Book has been designed so as to work as elementary textbooks for Inorganic Chemistry which plays a crucial role in building the concepts from scratch as in-depth knowledge of concepts is necessary for students preparing for various entrance examinations.

if talked about JEE preparation you will find OP Tandon is sufficient and also it consists of lot of questions for practice purpose. Knowledge and Practice are the two main pillars which are important for this section's preparation.


Buy it now: Concept of Inorganic Chemistry by OP Tandon



Although JD Lee is a good book in terms of knowledge and explanation, but for your purpose of JEE, O.P. Tandon will suffice. It is more in coherence with the JEE Pattern of questions. If you work at a time constraint, the OP Tandon would be more suitable as compared to the former. However, if your purpose falls to actually increase your knowledge and your scope in the subject, JD Lee is the best you can actually get.



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