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Important Name Reactions Asked in CBSE & IIT JEE Exams: Analysis of Previous Exams

Mayank Uttam

Name reactions given in 11th and 12th NCERT textbooks are frequently asked in CBSE 12th board exams and other competitive exams (like JEE Main, JEE Advanced, NEET, WBJEE, UPSEE etc.). As, syllabus of Class 11th and Class 12th Chemistry is huge so selective study in Chemistry subject plays a very important. Name reactions (chemical reaction generally named after its discoverers or developers) of Organic Chemistry are important for both competitive and board exams, so, in this article, we have analysed previous 5-year papers of JEE Main and CBSE Class 12 board exams. You can learn about the complete analysis from the video given above. Important and main highlights of the video are given below:

Important Name reactions asked in previous year papers of JEE Main and CBSE Class 12 Chemistry Board Exam

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JEE Main 2017: Two name reactions were asked   

• Friedel Craft Reaction

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• SN1

Technically speaking SN1 & SN2 are reaction mechanism but these mechanisms are frequently asked in CBSE board and competitive exams. So, we have included SN1 and SN2 under name reactions. 

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CBSE Board Exam 2017: Two reactions were asked

• Wolff Kishner Reduction

• Etard Reaction

JEE Main 2016: Many name reactions were asked

• Cannizzaro Reaction

• Clemmensen Reduction

(To avoid redundancy, we have not given reactants and products for all reactions. Please refer NCERT for more information)

• Sandmeyer Reaction

• Hoffmann Bromamide Reaction

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CBSE Board Exam 2016: One name reaction was asked

• SN1

JEE Main 2015: Multiple name reactions were asked

• Cannizzaro Reaction

• Swarts Reaction

• Rosenmund Reaction

• Etard Reaction

• Finkelstein reaction

• Sandmeyer’s Reaction

CBSE Board Exam 2015: One name reaction was asked

• SN2 Reaction

JEE Main 2014: Multiple name reactions were asked

• SN2 Reaction

• Perkin Reaction

• Gattermann Koch Reaction

• Kolbe’s Reaction

• Aldol Condensation

• Caninzaro reaction

• Pinacol-Pinacolone Rearrangement

• Friedel – craft

• Sandmeyer Reaction

• Wurtz Reaction

• Williamson Ether Synthesis

Name Reactions asked CBSE Board Exam 2014

• Rosenmund reduction

• Cannizzaro reaction

• Iodoform Test

JEE Main 2013: One name reaction was asked

• SN1 Reaction

Many reactions were asked in CBSE Board Exam 2013

• Clemmesen Reduction

• Wolff Kishner Reduction

• Cannizaro reaction

• Hell-Volhard-Zelinsky Reaction

• Idoform Test

These are some important name reactions which were asked in previous year papers of JEE Main and CBSE Class 12 Chemistry board exam. Students preparing for CBSE Class 12 board exam 2020 or JEE Main 2020 must learn these name reactions in organic chemistry.

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