Organic Name Reactions/Revision List for Top ranks in IIT/AIIMS

As a general rule, you must remember everything (including name, mechanism, applications, limitations, exceptional behaviours) about reactions given in NCERT/ mentioned in JEE Advanced Syllabus (if any extra reactions are there)

Alkanes –

Wurtz reaction / Wurtz Fittig reaction/ Fittig reaction

Soda-lime decarboxylation / Kolbe Electrolysis

Halogenation of alkanes

Use of HI / red P


Saytzeff Rule/ Markownikoff Rule/ Kharasch or Peroxide Effect

Hoffmann Elimination of Quaternary Ammonium Hydroxides

Acid catalysed dehydration of alcohols

Oxymercuration-Demercuration of alkenes

Hydroboration Oxidation of alkenes

Ozonolysis (Reductive/Oxidative)

Tests of Terminal alkynes


Friedel-Crafts Acylation/ Friedel-Crafts Alkylation


Finkelstein Reaction / Swarts Reaction

Hoffmann Ammonolysis of alkyl halides

Grignard Reactions

Dow’s process


Lucas Test

Reimer Tiemann reaction / Kolbe-Schmitt Reaction / Fries Rearrangement

Williamson Synthesis of ethers


Etard Reaction

Aldol Condensation / Perkin reaction

Clemmensen Reduction / Wolff-Kishner Reduction

Tollen’s test / Fehling test/ Benedict test / Schiff test / 2,4-DNP test (Brady’s test)

Cannizaro reaction

Haloform Test

Carboxylic acids & Derivatives-

HVZ (Hell-Volhard-Zelinsky) Reaction

Hunsdiecker Reaction

Esterification/ Trans-Esterification/ Saponification

Rosenmund Reduction / Bouveault-Blanc Reduction;

Hoffmann Bromamide Degradation of acid amides

Dry distillation of Calcium salts of carboxylic acids

Stephen Reduction


Gabriel Phthalimide Synthesis of primary amines;

Carbyl Amine test of primary amines

Hinsberg Test

Diazotisation / Azo Coupling

Schotten-Baumann Reaction

Sandmeyer Reaction / Gattermann reaction /Balz Schiemann Reaction

now for other related name reactions but not mentioned in above,

you are required to learn/understand their mechanism as they will be just needed to answer as “identify products” type questions, when they are asked

Reactivity vs Selectivity in Halogenation of Alkanes

Use of NBS or SO2Cl2 (Wohl-Ziegler Reaction)

Corey House Synthesis / Ullmann reaction

Use of Lemieux reagent

Alkylation/Dimerisation of alkenes

Birch Reduction;

Simmons Smith Reaction

Diels-Alder Reaction

Wagner-Meerwein Rearrangement / Demajnov Rearrangement;

Ring contraction examples

Oxidation of Alkylbenzenes

Gattermann Koch Reaction

Gattermann Aldehyde Synthesis

Frankland Reaction


Benzyne Mechanism/ Cine Substitution

Darzens Reaction/Glycidic Ester Condensation

Victor Meyer Test

Pinacol-Pinacolone Rearrangement

Use of Ceric ammonium nitrate in Test of Alcohols

Test of enols

Dienone Phenol Rearrangement

Reactions of Epoxides

Claisen-Schmidt Reaction

Jones reagent / Tilden Reagent / Gilmann reagent

Claisen Condensation / Dieckmann Condensation / Stobbe Condensation

Decarboxylation of beta-keto carboxylic acids

Acetoacetic Ester Synthesis of Ketones

Malonic ester Synthesis of Carboxylic acids

Baeyer-Villiger Oxidation of Ketones

Benzilic Acid Rearrangement / Benzoin Condensation / Tischenko reaction

Oppenauer oxidation / MPV (Meerwein-Ponndorf-Verley) Reduction;

Michael Addition

Reformatsky Reaction

Knoevenagel Condensation

Wittig Reaction

Favorskii Reaction/ Rearrangement

Arndt-Eistert Synthesis/ Curtius Reaction / Schmidt reaction

Beckmann rearrangement / Wolff Rearrangement

Liebermann nitroso-amine test of secondary amines

Hoffmann Mustard Oil reaction

Stork Enamine Synthesis / Leuckart Reaction

Cope Elimination / Ester Pyrolysis

Bridgehead Systems

Kinetic Isotope Effects

Vilsmeier-Haack Reaction

Reduction / Hydrolysis of Cyanides / Isocyanides / Nitro Compounds

Reduction of Nitrobenzene in different medium

Reducing Behavior of Formic Acid

///Acid-catalysed Aldol Condensation

Wacker process / Oxo process (Hydroformylation)

Houben Hoesch Condensation Reaction

Sommelet Reaction

Mulliken Barker Test


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