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Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main

Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main is conducted to offer admissions to interested candidates in undergraduate engineering programmes at NITs (National Institutes of Technology), IIITs (Indian Institutes of Information Technology) and other centrally funded technical institutions (CFTIs) located across the country.

JEE Main Paper-1 evaluates the aptitude of candidates who want to pursue BE/BTech at NITs, IIITs and CFTIs. This exam is also the eligibility test for JEE advanced which is the entrance exam to secure admissions in programmes on offer by 16 IITs and Indian School of Mines (ISM). The top 1,50,000 score holders in JEE Main are only eligible to apply for JEE Advanced exam.

Eligibility Criteria

JEE Main exam eligibility criteria require candidates to fulfill multiple aspects so as to appear for this engineering entrance exam. The JEE Main eligibility criteria for candidates are as follows:

 

I – Date of Birth

 

To be eligible to appear for the JEE Main exam, age of the candidate should be less than 25 years. But, the age limit for candidates falling under the Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Persons with Disabilities (PwD) candidates is different.

 

SC, ST and PwD candidates are given an age relaxation of five years and can apply for JEE Main if their age is less than 30 years.

 

A point to be noted here is that candidates will be considered eligible to appear for JEE Main exam only on the basis of the date of birth mentioned on their Secondary Education Board/University certificate.

 

II – Year of Appearance in Qualifying Examination

 

  • Aspirants who have passed their Class 12th exam or those who would be appearing for their Class 12th exam or any equivalent qualifying examination will be eligible to appear in JEE Main
  • Aspirants who have passed Class 12th/Qualifying examination in previous year or two tear prior are eligible
  • Aspirants who have passed Class 12th/Qualifying examination 3 years prior will not be eligible to apply for the exam.

From the year 2015 onwards, aspirants who will be appearing for improvement examination of class 12th have to appear in all the 5 subjects as per the scheme of study of the concerned board. Further, please note that in the percentile system, the total marks (of all five subjects) obtained/shown on the mark-sheet of a particular year are required in JEE Main and also in JEE Advanced. The marks from two different year’s mark-sheets cannot be considered for percentile calculation.

 

 

III – Number of Subjects in the Qualifying Examination

 

The exam eligibility criteria for JEE Main mentions that interested candidates should have appeared for at least five subjects in their Class XII or equivalent qualifying examination.

 

Thus, candidates who have studied just four subjects in their Class XII or equivalent qualifying examination are not permitted to sit for JEE Main.

 

IV – Number of Attempts

 

Candidates can appear for this engineering entrance exam for a maximum of three times.

 

Also, candidates are advised to note as well as verify for themselves the eligibility for appearing in JEE Advanced. Candidates need to note as well as verify the eligibility for admissions into individual institutes through JEE Main exam.

 

V –   No. of Attempts and Age limit for the states of Madhya Pradesh and Odisha

 

The states of Madhya Pradesh, Nagaland and Odisha have joined JEE (Main) system from 2014. Thus, the age limit, for admission to institutions in these states which were earlier admitting candidates based on their state level examinations, will be as per their past practice only.  The number of attempts in such cases will also remain same as per their past practice. This will however be obviously not applicable for admission to IITs/NITs/IIITs/CFTIs.

JEE Main Application Process

Candidates are eligible for admissions in NITs, IIITs and CFTIs on the basis of choices made by them in their registration forms as well as their performance in JEE Main. After the entrance exam is conducted, candidates will go through a counselling session where they will be given their All India Ranks for JEE Main

Based on this rank, candidates will be given a choice to select their preferred institute/engineering branch/programme at the appropriate time.

Step 1: JEE Main Application Form

 

To register for JEE Main candidates need to fill a detailed JEE Main application form online. In order to successfully apply for the exam online, candidates need to upload the following on the JEE Main official website:

 

  • Scanned photograph
  • Scanned signature
  • Thumb impression (left hand thumb for boys and right hand thumb for girls) at the JEE Main official website.

As per the information bulletin – “The photograph should be colour or b/w (but clear contrast) with name of the candidate and date of taking the photograph printed on it”. Further it states that the candidate’s photograph, “should be without cap or goggles. Spectacles are allowed. Polaroid photos are not acceptable. Candidates with unclear photograph are liable to be rejected. Candidates may keep 6-8 identical photographs in reserve for use at the time of entrance examination, Counselling and Admission”.

 

Candidates need to supply all the required details while filling up their JEE Main online application form. After the candidate successfully submits his/her online application form for this engineering entrance exam, a Confirmation Page with their application number will be generated/issued to them. Candidates need to take a printout of this Confirmation Page and keep it for future reference.

JEE Main Application Fee

Candidates can pay the JEE Main application fee either through credit/debit card or by depositing fee in cash in the Syndicate/Canara/ICICI bank through e-challan generated during the online filling of JEE Main  application form.

 

Exam

Pen and Paper Based Examination

Computer Based Examination

(General/OBC)

(SC/ST/

PwD)

(General/OBC)

(SC/ST/

PwD)

JEE (Main) Paper-1 or JEE (Main) Paper-2 only 1000 (boys)

 

500 500 (boys) 250
500 (girls) 250 (girls)
JEE (Main) Paper-1 and JEE (Main) Paper-2 1800 (boys) 900 1300 (boys) 650
900 (girls) 650 (girls)

JEE Main Application fee for Exam Centre Opted Outside India

JEE (Main) Paper-1(B.E./B.Tech.) or

JEE (Main) Paper-2 (B.Arch./B.Planning) only

2500 (boys) 1250 2500 (boys) 1250
1250 (girls) 1250 (girls)
JEE (Main) Paper-1(B.E./B.Tech.) and
JEE (Main) Paper-2 (B.Arch./B.Planning)
3800 (boys) 1900 3800 (boys) 1900
1900 (girls) 1900 (girls)

 

 

JEE Main application form is long and has multiple fields to be filled. Candidates are advised to carefully fill each and every field correctly in the online application form

 

 

Step 2: JEE Main Admit Card

 

JEE Main  admit cards will be available for download as per the date mentioned by the conducting authority. Candidates can download the admit card from the official website of JEE Main by providing their roll number as well as the name of their Class XII Board exam or equivalent qualifying examination.

 

Candidates are advised to thoroughly check their JEE Main admit card and ensure that all the information on it such as their Name, Paper, Gender,Date of Birth, Test Center’s Name, City, State Code of Eligibility as well as Category is mentioned correctly. In case of any discrepancy, candidates are advised to communicate the same to JEE Main Secretariat immediately so that necessary action can be taken.

 

Candidates are advised to retain their admit cards for JEE Main till the time of counselling.

Step 3: JEE Main Exam

 

JEE Main exam for BE/BTech will be conducted both as a computer based test as well as an offline, pen-paper entrance examination.

 

Candidates need to reach the JEE Main exam venue at least 30 minutes before the commencement of the examination. This is necessary because candidates have to complete the JEE Main registration formalities before the examination. The registration desk for the exam will be closed five minutes before the commencement of the examination.

 

Candidates need to carry a copy of documents as mentioned in the table below on the day of the examination and submit the same to the invigilator at the examination centre.

 

Applicable Criteria to candidates

Copy of Document/s required to be brought and submitted to the invigilator at the Centre after writing JEE Main Roll No. on it

Candidates, who qualified in class 12th/ qualifying Examination in previous years and have not opted for improvement of performance Copy of their Final marks- sheet/ marks statement of Class 12th /Qualifying Examination of year
Candidates, who qualified in class 12th/qualifying Examination in previous and have opted for improvement of performance  in all subjects. Copy of their Admit card/Hall ticket for improvement of performance in Class 12th/Qualifying Examination
Candidates, who are appearing in class 12th/qualifying examination Copy of their Admit card/Hall ticket for class 12th/Qualifying Examination

Computer-Based Test

Candidates appearing for JEE Main computer based test (CBE) will be provided with a sample/mock test on the official website of JEE Main.

 

JEE Main CBE will be of three hour duration and consist of question from subjects such as Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. All questions will carry equal weightage.

 

Candidates will be provided a rough sheet for doing all their calculations/writing work at the examination centre and at the end of the exam, candidates need to hand over the rough sheets to the invigilator.

Pen and Paper Based Examination

Candidates who have selected the JEE Main pen and paper based examination will be allowed to break the seal of the test booklet five minutes before the entrance exam commencement. Candidate appearing for the exam should check carefully that the Test Booklet Code printed on Side-2 of the Answer Sheet is the same as that which is printed on the Test Booklet. However, if there is any discrepancy, then candidates should immediately report the same to the Invigilator in his exam hall and ask for a replacement of both the Test Booklet as well as the Answer Sheet.

 

Important: In the pen and paper based examination candidates need to fill their details with Blue/Black ball point pen only and that too on both sides of the answer sheet. Use of pencil for marking responses in JEE Main is strictly prohibited. The answer keys of candidates who use pencil will be rejected.

 

This engineering entrance exam will:

 

  • Be of three hour duration.
  • Consist of questions from subjects like Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics.

All questions will have equal weightage

JEE Main Exam Day

Candidates are advised to check their Test booklet and ensure that it contains all the pages as mentioned on top of the first page of the Test Booklet. The candidates also need to verify the serial number as well as the series of the Test Booklet with the serial number and series as mentioned on the OMR sheet. However, if there is any discrepancy in this, then the candidates are advised to alert the invigilator at the earliest and the same will be replaced.

 

In JEE Main pen-paper based entrance exam candidates need to sign two times on the Attendance Sheet. The first signature needs to be put immediately after commencement of the examination whereas the second signature needs to be done at the time of handing over the answer sheet to the Invigilator. Candidates also need to put their left hand thumb impression in the space provided in the exam attendance sheet.

JEE Main Exam Pattern

This engineering entrance exam will comprise of two papers. Candidates seeking admission in BE/BTech programmes at NITs, IIITs and CFTIs need to appear for Paper-1 whereas Paper-2 needs to be given by aspirants for architecture and planning programmes.

 

This engineering entrance exam is of three hour duration which candidates can give in either of the two mediums, that is:

 

  • Computer Based Exam
  • Pen-Paper Based Exam

 

A total of 90 questions will be asked in this engineering entrance exam. These questions will be asked from different subjects. JEE Main  syllabus lists the topics in which aptitude of candidates will be tested.

Computer Based Exam

JEE Main Computer Based Exam (CBE) will be of three hour duration and consist of question from subjects such as Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. All questions will carry equal weightage.

 

Marking: The exam pattern for JEE Main will be such that for every correct answer candidates will be awarded a total of four marks and for every wrong answer one mark will be deducted. However, no deduction will be made from the total score if no response is selected for a question by the candidate.

 

For every question asked in the exam, only one response is correct so candidates are advised against selecting multiple responses.

Pen and Paper Based Examination

JEE Main  pen and paper based examination will be a three hour duration entrance exam. The JEE Main exam pattern is such that the question paper will be divided into three sections each for Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics . Each section will contain multiple choice questions from the specific subject after which the section is named. Each question in the pen and paper based examination will carry equal weightage.

 

Marking: For every correct answer in pen and paper JEE Main examination candidates will be given four marks and for every incorrect response ¼ mark, that is, one mark will be deducted from the candidate’s score. No deduction will be made from the total score of a candidate if he/she doesn’t select any response for the question. For every question asked in this entrance examination only one out of the four responses will be correct.

 

The computer based test and the pen & paper based entrance exam will be held on separate dates.

JEE Main Examination cities in the mode

State City Mode Of Exam. Mode Of Exam.
Andaman & Nicobar Port Blair Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Andhra Pradesh Guntur Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Tirupati Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Vijayawada Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Visakapatnam Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Arunachal Pradesh Itanagar Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Assam Guwahati Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Silchar Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Bihar Gaya Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Muzaffarpur Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Patna Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Chandigarh Chandigarh/Mohali Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Chhatisgarh Raipur Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Dadra Nagar Haveli Dadra Nagar Haveli Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Daman & Diu Daman & Diu Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Delhi Delhi/New Delhi Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Goa Panaji Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Gujarat Ahmedabad Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Anand Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Bhavnagar Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Gandhinagar Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Godhra Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Jamnagar Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Patan Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Rajkot Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Surat Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Vadodara Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Valsad Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Haryana Faridabad Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Gurgaon Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Hisar Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Karnal Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Kurukshetra Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Himachal Pradesh Hamirpur Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Shimla Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Jammu & Kashmir Jammu Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Srinagar Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Jharkhand Bokaro Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Dhanbad Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Jamshedpur Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Ranchi Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Karnataka Bengaluru Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Hubli Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Mangalore Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Kerala Ernakulam Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Kozhikode Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Thiruvanthapuram Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Lakshadeep Kavarrati Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Madhya Pradesh Balaghat Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Barwani Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Betul Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Bhopal Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Chhatarpur Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Chhindwada Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Guna Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Gwalior Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Indore Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Jabalpur Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Khandwa Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Khargon Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Mandsour Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Ratlam Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Rewa Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Sagar Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Satna Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Shahdol Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Ujjain Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Vidisha Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Maharashtra Amravati Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Aurangabad Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Mumbai Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Nagpur Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Nasik Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Pune Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Thane Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Manipur Imphal Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Meghalaya Shillong Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Mizoram Aizwal Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Nagaland Dimapur Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Kohima Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Mokokchung Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Odisha Angul Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Balasore Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Berhampur Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Bhawanipatna Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Bhubaneswar Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Cuttack Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Jeypore Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Rourkela Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Sambalpur Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Puducherry Puducherry Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Punjab Amritsar Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Bathinda Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Rajasthan Ajmer Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Bikaner Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Jaipur Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Jodhpur Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Kota Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Udaipur Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Sikkim Gangtok Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Tamil Nadu Chennai Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Coimbatore Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Madurai Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Telangana Hyderabad Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Khammam Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Warangal Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Tripura Agartala Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Uttarakhand Dehradun Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Haldwani Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Haridwar Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Pant Nagar Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Roorkee Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Uttar Pradesh Agra Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Allahabad Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Bareilly Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Gorakhpur Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Jhansi  Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Kanpur Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Lucknow Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Varanasi Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
West Bengal Durgapur Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Howrah Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Kolkata Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Siliguri Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Outside India Colombo Computer Based
Kathmandu Computer Based
Singapore Computer Based
Bahrain Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Dubai Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Muscat Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Riyadh Pen & Paper Based Computer Based
Sharjah Pen & Paper Based Computer Based