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The Joint Entrance Examination, previously known as IIT-JEE is a national level examination conducted twice a year for admission into NITs, IITs, IIITs, CFTIs and many other private deemed universities. The examination conduction duties have been handed over to the National Testing Agency (NTA) from the year 2019.

Latest Update: JEE Main 2020 Application Form has been started by NTA.

JEE Main 2020 Eligibility Criteria

The exam has predefined eligibility criteria which are as follows:

  • The students from categories other than SC/ST have to secure 75% or be in the top 20 percentile in the 10+2 or its equivalent examination conducted by a recognized state board of education. There is a relaxation of 65% for students of the SC/ST category. 

  • The candidate must have completed his 10+2 examinations by the year 2020 or probably complete in the year 2020. 

  • The candidate must have compulsorily studied the subjects Mathematics and Physics along with chemistry, biology, biotechnology or any other recognized vocational subject for paper 1 and essentially mathematics for paper 2. 

The complete details of the examination will be available on the websites www.nta.ac.in or www.jeemain.nic. The examination would be conducted twice a year, once in the month of January and once in the month of April in the online mode only and the students don’t get to book the slots for the examination; NTA would allocate the centers of examination randomly. The admit cards will be available online only and no other mode would be used to send the admit card to the student. 

From 2019, there would be no age limit to appear for the examination. According to the new guidelines, a candidate can appear for the examination for 3 consecutive years. Students who have already pursued diploma can also apply for the examination but they are restricted to write the examination for admission into IITs only. 

The examination pattern for paper 1 would essentially be MCQs with questions from class 11th and class 12th level mathematics, physics and chemistry. A thorough preparation of the NCERT textbooks for Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry along with a regular practice would suffice and give the student confidence on their subject. Along with formulae preparation, a thorough understanding of the concepts is equally or in fact more essential for the examination. 

Paper 2 or B.Arch paper would be conducted to test the student mainly in the fields of Mathematics, Aptitude and drawing. A student applying for this paper must have the knowledge of Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry. 

Paper 1 contains 30 questions each from the subjects Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry. Each correct answer carries 4 marks and each wrong answer carries -1 marks. This demands the student to answer the questions properly and not lose marks unnecessarily. 

On the other hand, paper 2 contains 50 questions from aptitude, 30 from mathematics and 2 questions related to drawing. For the aptitude and mathematics sections each correct answer gets a +4 marks and a wrong answer would get a negative of -1. In the drawing section, each question carries 35 marks and no negative marks are given. This paper is conducted in the pen and paper format. 

From this year onwards, aadhar is not mandatory for applying for JEE examinations. The fee structures, detailed syllabus and the dates of commencement of exams etc. would be kept on display on the official websites.


With a plethora of information available on the internet, a student wishing to apply in a certain college or university might get confused.

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