The Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India and Central Board of Secondary education (CBSE), New Delhi introduced the national level common entrance exam called Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) conducted for admission to various engineering colleges in India.

JEE Main examination was being conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). The National Testing Agency (NTA) is vested with the authority to conduct the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main examination. The major development in JEE Main is the exam will be held twice a year for admission to Undergraduate Engineering Programmes in IITs, NIT's, IIIT's and other Centrally Funded Technical Institutions.

The Joint Entrance Exam will be conducted in two stages - JEE Main and JEE Advanced. JEE (Main) replaced the AIEEE entrance exam and JEE (Advanced) replaced the IIT-JEE entrance exam. Every year, over 25,000 Engineering and Architecture seats will be filled through the JEE Main score.

The aim of the common entrance test has been mooted to reduce stress on students, who have to appear for multiple entrance examinations and to give greater relevance to the school education, especially the class 12 board examinations.


JEE Main : Old Papers, Answer Key, Solution, Cutoff.

JEE Main Highlights

Exam Name Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main
Mode of Conduction Computed Based Test (Pen and paper based for Drawing section in B.Arch)
Duration 3 hours (3.5 hours for both – B.Arch and B. Planning)
Exam Frequency Four times a year (February, March, April and May sessions)
Total Registrants for Previous session 8,58,273
Official Website
Papers 3 –  B.E/B.Tech, B. Arch and B. Planning
Total Marks  B.E/B.Tech – 300; B.Arch – 400; B. Planning- 400
Total Questions Asked B.E/B.Tech – 90; B.Arch – 82; B. Planning- 105
Total Questions to be Answered B.E/B.Tech – 75; B.Arch – 77; B. Planning- 100
Marking Scheme

4 for each correct response;
-1 for each incorrect response;
Unattempted questions will not be marked;
No negative marking for Non-MCQ questions

Medium of paper

English, Hindi, Urdu (All Center Cities)
Regional Languages

Helpline 0120 6895200

JEE Main Exam Pattern

JEE Main will be conducted through three papers –  B.E/ B.Tech, B.Architecture and B.Planning Papers. JEE Main Exam pattern has undergone some drastic changes this year. For the first time choice has been introduced for questions considering the reduction in syllabus by CBSE and other state boards. Although total questions in each of the 3 papers has been increased, but the total marks for the papers remains the same as the previous years.

Parameters JEE Main – B.E./B. Tech JEE Main – B. Arch JEE Main – B. Planning
Mode of Examination CBT Mode Mathematics  and Aptitude- CBT Mode

Drawing- Pen and paper mode

CBT Mode
Duration of exam 3 hours 3 hours 3 hours
Total subjects Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics Mathematics, Aptitude Test, and Drawing Test Mathematics, Aptitude Test, and Planning Based Objective Type
Number of questions


 90 (30 questions from each subject) 82  (Mathematics- 30; Aptitude- 50; Drawing- 2) 105 (Mathematics- 30; Aptitude- 50; Planning Based-25)
Number of questions

(To be Answered)

 75 (25 questions from each subject) 77  (Mathematics- 25; Aptitude- 50; Drawing- 2) 100  (Mathematics- 25; Aptitude- 50; Planning Based-25)
Type of Questions 60 (MCQs having 4 options each with 1 correct option) + 30 (Questions for which answer is a Numerical Value) Maths- 20 (MCQs) + 10 (Questions for which answer is a Numerical Value) +
Aptitude- 50 MCQ +
Drawing- 2 Questions
Maths- 20 (MCQs) + 10 (Questions for which answer is a Numerical Value) +
Aptitude- 50 MCQs +
Planning Based Objective Type- 25 MCQs
Marking Scheme For MCQs:+4 for each correct response; -1 for each incorrect response; Unattempted questions will not be marked.
For Non- MCQs: +4 for each correct response, no negative marking for incorrect answers or unattempted questions.
For MCQs:+4 for each correct response; -1 for each incorrect response; Unattempted questions will not be marked.
For Non- MCQs: +4 for each correct response, no negative marking for incorrect answers or unattempted questions
For Drawing Test: 2 questions of 100 marks
For MCQs:+4 for each correct response; -1 for each incorrect response; Unattempted questions will not be marked.
For Non- MCQs: +4 for each correct response, no negative marking for incorrect answers or unattempted questions.
Maximum Marks 300 Marks 400 Marks 400 Marks

JEE Main Eligibility

Candidates who meet the eligibility criteria set by the NTA are only eligible to apply online for JEE Main. There are many eligibility criteria set by NTA.

1. Age Limit : There is no age limit for the candidates to appear for the JEE Main examination. However, candidates should satisfy themselves regarding the age limit while taking admission at a particular institute.

2. Year of Appearance in Qualifying Examination (QE) : Candidates who have passed class 12 or its equivalent qualifying examination in Previous year are only eligible. Candidates appearing for the final examinations in of class 12 are also eligible.

3. Number of subjects in the Qualifying Examination : Candidates must have taken at least five subjects in class 12 qualifying examination in order to apply online for JEE Main. The candidate must have studied Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics in qualifying examination for B.Arch. 4. Percentage of Marks: Candidates have to secure the minimum of 75% marks in aggregate for admission to pioneer institutes in the country such as IITs, IIITs, NITs and CFTIs. However, it is 65% for reserved categories.

5. B.Arch Eligibility : The paper-II is B.Arch. Candidates who are aiming for admission to this course must have passed 10+2 or its equivalent with 50% marks in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. The diploma holders are not eligible to apply.

How to Approach JEE Main Question Paper? Section-wise Ideal Attempts

With the increasing competition in JEE Main, it is a must for the candidates to set specific targets. Here are some section-wise tips which can assist you in finding the accurate paper attempting approach:

1. Mathematics: Mathematics level has been easy to moderate for 3 years and topics like Matrices, Vector 3D, Determinants are some of the high scoring topics. Questions from Height and Distance and Trigonometry have not been asked from these chapters in recent years.

A person is likely to score 45-50 marks if he/she attempts 20 questions in Mathematics with 60% accuracy provided the candidate attempts all integer questions(non-negative questions). More emphasis should be laid on attempting integer questions rather than single choice questions.

2. Physics: For the last 5 years, Physics has been the toughest section of all which includes a lot of lengthy questions. The numerical part of the paper is generally asked from 11th standard whereas the conceptual part is mostly from 12th standard. One must concentrate more on the latter as it is a comparatively scoring part.

With a 70% accuracy, if a candidate attempts 15 questions of the Physics section, he/she can score more than 30 marks.

3. Chemistry: The Chemistry section is believed to be the easiest one where organic and inorganic questions are more of a conceptual type. These questions should be given more focus due to direct correspondence with respective options.

If a candidate is able to attempt 22 Chemistry questions with 80% accuracy, he/she can score more than 60 marks.

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JEE Main Syllabus & Weightage

JEE Main Syllabus

JEE Main Syllabus 2021 has been released by NTA on the official website i.e. JEE Main Syllabus has not been impacted with 30% reduction in CBSE class XI and XII syllabus. To address the issue, NTA has introduced choices in JEE Main Question Paper instead. 

​Tabulated below are the notes for the most important topics of JEE Main Syllabus from all the 3 sections along with their weightage in the past trends. Candidates can click on the links to access the notes:

JEE Main Chemistry Notes and Weightage 

Physical Chemistry Chapter Topic Weightage
Some Basic Concepts in Chemistry 7.40%
States of Matter 23.20%
Atomic Structure 10.50%
Redox reactions and Electrochemistry 8.40%
Equilibrium 10.50%
Chemical Kinetics 10.50%
Surface Chemistry 17.90%
Inorganic Chemistry Chapter Topic Weightage
General principles and process of isolation of metals 21.80%
Hydrogen and s-Block elements


p-Block elements 16.80%
D- and f- Block elements 24.70%
Coordination compounds 14.90%
Environmental Chemistry 1.67%
Organic Chemistry Chapter Topic Weightage
Polymers and Biomolecules 5.67%
Hydrocarbons 6.33%
Organic Compounds Containing Oxygen  3.00%
Organic Compounds Containing Nitrogen 5.67%

JEE Main Physics Notes and Weightage 

Topics Weightage
Electrostatics 3.33%
Current Electricity 6.67%
Alternating Current 6.67%
KTG & Thermodynamics 6.67%
SHM 3.33%
Sound Waves 3.33%
Kinematics 6.67%
Work Power Energy 6.67%
Laws of motion 3.33%
Centre Of Mass 6.67%
Modern Physics 3.33%
Elasticity 3.33%
Wave Optics 6.67%
Error 3.33%
Circular Motion 3.33%
Electromagnetic Waves 3.33%
Semiconductors 3.33%
Communication System 3.33%

JEE Main Mathematics Notes and Weightage 

Topics Weightage
Coordinate Geometry 17%
Differential Calculus 17%
Integral Calculus 14%
Matrices and Determinants 7%
Sequence and Series 7%
Trigonometry 7%
Quadratic Equation 3%
Probability 3%
Permutation and Combination 3%
Mathematical Reasoning 3%
Statistics 3%
Algebra 3%
Binomial Theorem 3%
Complex Numbers 3%

JEE Main Reservation

The NTA will follow strictly the Govt. of India reservation rules belonging to certain categories are admitted to seats reserved for them based on relaxed criteria. In order to get admission to a particular institute, candidates are advised to check the percentage of reservation.

Scheduled Castes (SC) 15
Scheduled Tribes (ST) 7.5
Persons with Disability (PwD) 5

JEE Main Application Form

Candidates have to apply online on the official website of NTA for the JEE Main examination. Candidates are advised to check the steps for JEE Main registration.

Step 1 : Visit the official website of NTA –

Step 2 : Go to the engineering tab – JEE Main

Step 3 : A new page will be displayed –

Step 4 : On the homepage, click on the link Apply JEE (Main)

Step 5 : Candidates will find two tabs – Fresh Candidate Registration and Registered Candidates

Step 6 : Candidates are advised to register through Aadhaar number

Step 7 : Fill the online application form

Step 8 : Verify the mobile number and email ID

Step 9 : Pay the prescribed application fee.

Step 10 : Complete the slot booking.

Step 11 : Submit the details and print the acknowledgement page