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JEE Main is an online computer-based test conducted by the National Testing Agency for students who wish to pursue undergraduate studies at higher engineering institutions in India. It is the first phase of the IIT Joint Entrance Exam. The main JEE tests are performed on two occasions and candidates can write the test in January or April. Baptismal candidates may continue to choose from one or both tests. The optimal achievement of the two NTA points will be considered by the testing authority in preparing the list of standards / readiness.
Most importantly, students are granted access to IITs, CFITs, NITs, and other state-sponsored technical institutions based on marks obtained from JEE Main. Also, the top 2,50,000 students from JEE Main will be eligible to appear from JEE Advanced.
Name of Exam
Total Sessions in 2021
Undergraduate Level Exam
Exam Conducting Authority
NTA (National Testing Agency)
Admissions to 31 NITs, 23 IIITs and 20 GFTIs
Mode of Examination
To be notified (India and Abroad)
JEE Main Official Website
JEE Main will consist of three papers. Paper 1 will be for students who are planning to take B.Tech courses, whereas Paper 2A will be B. Arch programs and Paper 2B will be for B.Planning courses. NTA has introduced the new exam pattern for the upcoming 2021 exam. Meanwhile, the registration and application process for the February session started in December. This time JEE Main (Paper 1) will be conducted in four sessions namely February, March, April and May sessions. However, B. Arch and B. Planning papers (papers 2A and 2B) will be held only twice a year in the months of February and May 2021. Further details are provided below.
Students appearing for class 12 board exams with Physics and Maths as their compulsory subjects are eligible to appear for JEE Main 2021. 2019-20 pass-outs are also eligible to appear for this exam. However, before applying for the exam candidates should fulfil the JEE Main eligibility criteria. Failing to do so will result in the rejection of the application.
In JEE Main, the difficulty level of the exam lies between moderate to tough. If we look at the previous year papers and break them down subject-wise, the Chemistry section is usually the easiest while Physics is found to be on a moderate level. Mathematics can be considered to be the toughest. In comparison to JEE Advanced, most of the questions in JEE Main are straightforward and NCERT based. However, a few tricky questions are also present and they are designed to test each candidate’s understanding of the concepts as well as their analytical skills. Meanwhile, NTA has set up several practice centres to familiarise students with the JEE Main examination.
Candidates are advised to carry only the following with them into the examination venue:
JEE Main is a standardized test that is conducted across different states in India. The exam is held at an undergraduate level for offering admissions in some of the best engineering and technical institutions that are Government funded or privately owned. The top reasons for taking the exam are:
It is the only platform for engineering aspirants to land a seat in some of the premier technical institutes.
JEE Main is the first step for IIT aspirants to get admission in top IITs and other colleges across the country through JEE Advanced.
The important dates for JEE Main 2021 have been released by NTA. As per the examination notification, the first session of JEE Main exam will be conducted in February 2021. Below we have provided the exam dates for the first session:
|Online submission of Application Forms||16.12.2020 to 16.01.2021|
|Last date for the successful payment of application fee||17.01.2021|
|Correction in Particulars||19.01.2021 to 21.01.2021 (for February Session)|
|Downloading of Admit Cards from NTA website||Second week of February 2021|
|Date of Examination||(Session 1): 23, 24, 25 & 26 February 2021|
(Session 2): 15, 16, 17 & 18 March 2021
(Session 3): (Postponed)
(Session 4): (Postponed) To be Notified
|Timing of Examination||First Shift||9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (IST)|
|Second Shift||3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (IST)|
|Display of Question Paper attempted by the Candidate and Answer Keys for inviting challenges on NTA website||The date shall be updated soon|
|Declaration of Result on the NTA website||The date shall be updated soon|
The exam authority usually opens the registration process for JEE Main quite early before the final exam. For 2021, the registration dates have been announced. Candidates can register for JEE Main 2021 via online mode only by visiting the official website. They also have to pay the application fees. Candidates are suggested to check all the academic and personal details thoroughly before submitting the JEE Main application form.
NTA has also announced the dates for the February session and it is as follows.
|Application Form Release||16.12.2020|
|Last date to submit the application form for JEE Main April 2020||16.01.2021|
|Application Fee Payment||17.01.2021|
|Application Correction Availability||19 to 21.01.2021|
Students to keep a few things in mind while filling the application form. Firstly, the application form other than online mode will not be accepted. Candidates can submit only one application. Multiple submissions will be rejected. They can follow the given steps for successfully submitting the online application form.
Things Candidates Should Keep Ready Before Filling The Form
Before filling out the online application form candidates should keep the following things ready.
PC with a good internet connection.
Scanned copy of passport photograph. It has to be clear, in JPG/JPEG format and the image size has to be between 10 kb–200 kb.
Digital copy of the candidate’s signature in JPG/JPEG format with the image size between 4 kb–30 kb.
Category certificate (SC/ST/OBC/EWS etc.) and the file size: 50kb to 300KB).
PwD certificate (file size: 50kb to 300kb) in jpg/jpeg format.
Working e-mail id.
Valid mobile number.
A printer to print the confirmation page.
NTA will also provide a one-time correction facility to make all the required changes in the form. For the new session, the correction window will be opened on certain dates which will be announced by the exam authority. Additional fees have to be paid.
Note: As per the official notification, no correction will be allowed after the submission of the final application. Moreover, candidates have to know that no change will be accepted even if they send a request by post, fax, email, or by hand.
The application fee for the exam has to be paid online. Following are the details for 2021.
Fee payable for JEE (Main) – 2021(through Credit Card /Debit Card (except Master/Visa Card) / Net-
|Type of Candidate||In India (Fee in Rs.)||Outside India (Fee in Rs.)|
Paper 1: B.E./B. Tech orPaper 2A: B. Arch
Paper 2B: B.Planning
Paper 1: B.E./B. Tech & Paper 2A: B. Arch
Paper 1: B.E./B. Tech & Paper 2B: B. Planning
Paper 1: B.E./B.Tech, Paper 2A: B. Arch & Paper 2B: B.Planning
Paper 2A: B. Arch & Paper 2B: B.Planning
|Processing charges and Goods & Service Taxes (GST) are to be paid by the candidate, as applicable.|
If all the steps are not completed then the online application form will stand invalid. It will be dropped and no information will be released in this account. In addition, any request for a refund of the fee will also be rejected. On the other hand, NTA can use the data gathered for research and analysis purpose.
The JEE Main eligibility criteria describes all the terms and conditions that aspirants should satisfy in order to be eligible for the exam. Hence, to avoid rejection in later stages, the students go through and understand the eligibility criteria before registering for the exam. We have highlighted some of the important ones below.
Age Limit: There is no age limit for candidates who wish to appear for JEE Main exams. However, candidates must note that the IITs can set age criteria for admissions. The details are usually published in the JEE Main 2021 Information Brochure.
Qualifying Exam: Irrespective of the age the applicant can qualify if they have cleared their class 12th or any equivalent exam such as a two-year Pre-University exam, Joint Services Wing of the National Defense Academy exam, senior secondary school examination, Higher Secondary Certificate Vocational Examination, Intermediate or two-year Pre-University examination, a diploma recognized by AICTE or a State board, General Certificate Education (GCE) examination (London/Cambridge/Sri Lanka) at the Advanced (A) level, High School Certificate Examination of the Cambridge University or International Baccalaureate Diploma of the International Baccalaureate Office, Geneva.
Year: Students should have appeared for the exam in 2019 or 2020. Those who are appearing in their class 12th examination in 2021 are eligible to appear in January JEE Main 2021 examination.
Criteria For admissions in NITs, IIITs, and GFTIs: The candidate must secure 75% Marks in their class 12 board exams or should be within the top 20 percentile of their respective boards. For reserved category candidates, the minimum percentage required for admissions in NITs, IIITs, and GFTIs is 65%.
Qualifying Marks: There is no minimum pass percentage for appearing in JEE Main exam. However, the applicants must pass their class 12 board or other equivalent examination.
|B.E or B.Tech Courses|
|3. Language Subject|
|4. Any of the following: Biotechnology, Biology, Chemistry, Technical Vocational Subject|
|5. Any Optional subject|
|B.Arch/ B.Planning Courses|
|2. Language Subject|
|3. Mathematics (Compulsory Subject)|
|4. Any of the following: Biotechnology, Biology, Chemistry, Technical Vocational Subject|
|5. Any Optional subject|
Total Attempts: The candidates can appear for JEE Main for three consecutive years.
The candidate must have secured 50% marks in Maths, Physics, and Chemistry along with 50% aggregate marks in the qualifying examination.
Mathematics is compulsory for candidates applying for B.Arch./B.Planning courses.
The examination authority follows the reservation criteria laid by the government of India for granting admissions through JEE Main. All India ranks will be provided based on the categorical reservation policy. The percentage reservations of categories for admissions through JEE Main are as follows:
|OBC candidates: 27% reservation|
|SC candidates: 15% reservation|
|ST candidates: 7.5% reservation|
|PwD candidates: 5% reservation|
|GEN-EWS candidates: 10% reservation|
|Women candidates: 5% reservation|
This reservation applies to institutes run by the Central Government. For reservation details regarding a participating institute, candidates can check in the details with that particular institute.
Knowing the JEE Main exam pattern is vital for candidates who want to have a smooth preparation for JEE. It helps students develop a clear idea of the marking scheme, distribution of questions, sectional weightage and exam duration. There is a new pattern for JEE Main exam. There are three papers instead of two. Paper 1 is for students aspiring for B.E./B.Tech courses in NITs, IIITs, DTU, and other GFTIs whereas Paper 2A is for B.Arch. Paper 2B is for B.Planning courses offered by these institutes.
Understanding the exam pattern enables candidates to gain a valuable opinion about the whole exam structure. Therefore, for better results, students are advised to get a complete overview of the paper pattern and devise a suitable study plan or strategy.
JEE Main Paper 1 comprises Maths, Physics, and Chemistry whereas Paper 2A has Maths, Aptitude, and Drawing Test. Paper 2B will consist of Mathematics, Aptitude and Planning based questions. The candidates can opt for either one or both the papers. NTA has also test again increased the number of questions in Paper 1. Now there will be 90 questions but candidates can attempt any 75 questions and the total marks allotted is also 300.
All the papers are entirely computer-based online test whereas Paper 2 drawing section is conducted offline in a pen and paper-based mode. The exam duration for all the Papers is 3 hours.
Exam Mode: Computer-based offline exam. The students will have to mark their responses on already downloaded answer sheets.
Exam Duration: 3 hours
The Questions will be from topics covered in Physics, Chemistry, and Maths.
Nature of Questions: Objective type multiple-choice questions as well as numerical based questions.
The paper will have a total of 90 questions with 20 questions in section a and 10 in section b. Candidates can attempt 75 questions (300 marks) with 20 questions in section a and 5 questions in section b for each subject – Physics, Chemistry, and Maths.
For MCQs, every correct answer will be awarded 4 marks while 1 mark will be deducted for every incorrect answer. No marks are given for questions left unattempted.
The marking scheme for numerical based questions includes 4 marks for the correct answer. There is no negative marking even for incorrect answers.
No marks are given for unanswered questions.
JEE Main Paper 2A (B.Arch Courses)
Exam Mode: Offline Exam
Exam Duration: 3 hours
The questions will be from topics covered in Maths, General Aptitude, and Drawing Skills.
Mathematics will consist of MCQs and questions for which the answer will be a numerical value. Aptitude will also have MCQs.
The drawing test will evaluate the sketching and drawing skills.
Total questions that will be asked in the paper will be 82 out of which students can attempt 77 questions (Mathematics- 25; Aptitude- 50; Drawing- 2).
Candidates can choose to answer any 5 out of the 10 numerical value-based questions asked in the Mathematics section.
For every correct answer in Maths and Aptitude section, 4 marks will be awarded while 1 mark will be deducted for every incorrect answer.
There is no negative marking for Drawing questions.
For the Drawing test, marks will be allotted on the basis of the candidate’s drawing skills.
Numeric Value questions will contain 4 marks for every correct response. There is no negative marking in case of an incorrect answer or unattempted question.
JEE Main Paper 2B (B.Planning Courses)
Exam Mode: Computer-based test mode.
Exam Duration: 3 hours
The Questions will be from topics covered in Maths, General Aptitude, and Planning skills.
Mathematics and Aptitude will have single correct objective type multiple-choice questions. Planning based question will also be MCQ type.
Total questions that will be asked in the paper will be 105 out of which students can attempt 100 questions.
In this paper also, candidates can choose to answer any 5 out of the 10 numerical value-based questions asked in the Mathematics section.
For every correct answer, 4 marks will be awarded while 1 mark will be deducted for every incorrect answer.
4 marks will be awarded for the correct answer in numerical based question. No negative marking is given.
Note: All the calculations/writing work should be done only in the Rough Sheet provided at the Test
Centre or the examination Room/Hall. Once the exam is over candidates should hand over the rough sheets to the invigilator.
Since JEE Main exam can be taken only in the computer-based online test, therefore, the conducting authority has set up several practice centres to help the engineering aspirants get acquainted with the exam format.
Students can access the mock test for JEE Main online by visiting the link ( www.nta.ac.in) for hands-on practice. Earlier, students could also visit the practice centres set up by the National Testing Agency and take the test. This facility might now be available this time. We will keep this space updated when we get the information.
They can train themselves for the “Computer Based Test (CBT)” mode of examinations. Experienced and professional Nodal officer and staff are said to be available at the TPC. Candidates could take their help and clear their doubts regarding the exam.
The benefit of taking the mock test is that the pattern of the test is similar or exact to the real JEE Main exam. Therefore, it will have a good impact on the preparation as well as the performance of the candidates.
Practicing mock tests will help candidates get familiar with the type of questions, marks distribution, difficulty level and the topics relevant to the examination.
It helps to evaluate the performance before the final examination. From an in-depth evaluation of the section-wise performance report, a suitable JEE Main preparation strategy can be planned.
Regular practice of mock tests increases the speed and accuracy of students in completing the exam. It familiarizes them with the real exam scenario and drives away any nervousness for the test.
While the JEE Main syllabus is mainly mapped according to the NCERT textbooks, NTA does prescribe a separate syllabus for JEE. It comprises of topics that are covered in class 11th and 12th standard including subjects such as Maths, Physics and Chemistry.
Note: As per the announcement made by the Union Minister for Education, Ramesh Pokhriyal, the syllabus will remain the same as the previous years. There will be no reduction.
The questions asked in the JEE Main exam are easy but require a lot of smart work, practice and effective preparation. One of the major challenges generally faced by students is the time constraint. To overcome this, students need to develop adept problem-solving skills as well as time management skills to ensure the successful completion of the examination. Moreover, before starting their preparations students should acquire an in-depth and clear understanding of each and every topic covered in the syllabus of JEE Main.
Therefore, candidates should read the syllabus at least once before studying. This exercise will help them gain insight into all the important chapters or topics that they should focus on. Additionally, they can formulate a proper study plan accordingly.
Having said that, here is the subject wise breakdown of important chapters for JEE Main 2021. Students need to pay proper attention to these chapters to ace the examination.
|Sequence and Series||Determinant and Matrices|
|Definite Integral||Probability Distribution|
|Functions||Limits and Continuity|
|Conic Sections||Application of Derivatives|
|Quadratic Equation||Complex Numbers|
|Binomial Theorem||Area under the Curve|
|Alternating Current||Wave Optics|
|Magnetic Effects of Current||Properties of Matter|
|Bohr’s Atomic Model||Waves and Sound|
|Gaseous and Liquid State||Atomic Structure|
|Chemical Bonding||Surface Chemistry|
|Coordination Compound||D Block Elements|
|Aromatic Compounds||Alkyl Halides|
|P Block Elements||Thermodynamics|
|Isomerism||General Organic Chemistry|
|Carboxylic Acids||Aldehydes and Ketones|
Soon after the examination, National Testing Agency also releases or publishes the set wise answer keys representing the correct options of all the questions asked in JEE Main.
With the help of these answer keys, students can calculate their expected scores before the results are announced. After successful completion of the exam, the official link for answer keys will be made available on the website using which the applicants can download and access the documents.
To download the answer keys, open the official link published by the conducting authority. Submit your application number and password followed by the selection of your date and slot of JEE Main examination. The answer keys will be displayed. The students can also download it for future references.
Challenging JEE Main Answer Keys: Initially, the provisional answer keys are released. After comparing the results applicants can raise their objections. This should be done within a certain time frame. After considering all the valid objections, the final answer keys of JEE Main are announced.
Along with the mock tests, students are also advised to practice previous year’s JEE Main question papers to boost their success rate in such a highly competitive entrance exam.
We have prepared a predicted range of JEE Main Marks vs Ranks from the previous year’s trend. Engineering aspirants can check marks vs expected ranks from the table provided below.
|JEE Main Score Range||Expected Ranks|
|336 Marks to 360 Marks||Rank 1 to 20|
|310 Marks to 335 Marks||Rank 21 to 225|
|251 Marks to 300 Marks||Rank 226 to 1,492|
|201 Marks to 250 Marks||Rank 1,493 to 5,752|
|151 Marks to 200 Marks||Rank 5753 to 18,377|
They can also check out the JEE Main Rank Predictor page for further details.
JEE Main Results
The results of JEE Main is declared by NTA. For the 2021 exam, we are awaiting announcements from the exam authority. For students appearing in all the phases of JEE Main, the best result will be taken into consideration while preparing the final rank.
Open JEE Main result portal
Enter your roll number and date of birth
Click the Submit button
The results will be displayed on the screen. Students are advised to download the scorecard for future references, especially for the counselling and admission process.
Name of the Candidate
Nationality and Category of Candidate
Marks obtained in Maths, Physics, and Chemistry
Total marks obtained
All India Rank and Category Rank
JEE Advanced Qualifying Status
Soon after the exam, National Testing Agency also declares the JEE Main cutoff marks along with the detailed results comprising of subject wise marks secured, All India Rank, category rank and the qualifying status for JEE Advanced.
However, based on the cutoff marks, candidates are shortlisted for counselling. The cutoff marks for JEE Main will be determined by the following factors.
Total candidates appeared
The difficulty level of questions
The overall performance of the students
The cutoff trends of previous years
Previous Year’s JEE Main Cutoff Trends
|Common Rank List: 90.37Marks|
|OBC NCL: 72.88 Marks|
|Scheduled Caste: 50.17 Marks|
|Scheduled Tribe: 39.06 Marks|
|GEN-EWS: 70.24 Marks|
|PWD: 0.061 Marks|
|General: 89.75 Marks|
|OBC NCL: 74.31 Marks|
|Scheduled Caste: 54.01 Marks|
|Scheduled Tribe: 44.33 Marks|
|General: 74 Marks|
|OBC NCL: 45 Marks|
|Scheduled Caste: 29 Marks|
|Scheduled Tribe: 24 Marks|
|General: 81 Marks|
|OBC NCL: 49 Marks|
|Scheduled Caste: 32 Marks|
|Scheduled Tribe: 27 Marks|
Number of Candidates that Appeared for JEE Main 2020, 2019, 2018, and 2017
|JEE Main 2020: 9,34,000 Applicants (January figures)|
|JEE Main 2019: 9,41,198 Applicants|
|JEE Main 2018: 10,43,739 Applicants|
|JEE Main 2017: 11,86,454 Applicants|
Joint Seat Allocation Authority is set by the HRD Ministry to regulate the admission process for IITs, IIITs, NITs, and government-funded technical institutes. The students qualifying JEE Main will be able to apply for NITs, IIITs and CFTIs through JoSAA counselling.
The seat allocation in the preferred technical institute is done based on merit, eligibility, preferences and seat availability. The qualifying students are required to register for JoSAA counselling whose registrations will commence after the declaration of the results.
A total of 97 engineering institutes comprising 23 IITs, 31NITs, 23 IIITs and 20 GFTIs participate in the seat allocation procedure through JoSAA.
|Indian Institute of Technology (23 Colleges, 10,988 Seats)|
|National Institute of Technology (31 Colleges, 17,868 Seats)|
|Indian Institute of Information Technology (23 Colleges, 3,433 Seats)|
|Government Funded Technical Institutes (20 Colleges, 3,919 Seats)|
Admission in a top NIT college is a dream for every JEE Main aspirant. However, to grab a seat in NIT colleges demands a meritorious rank. The leading NIT institutes include NIT Warangal, NIT Trichy, NIT Surathkal, NIT Rourkela, and MNNIT Allahabad.
|NIT Trichy (Tamil Nadu) – 814 Seats|
|NIT Rourkela (Odisha) – 850 Seats|
|NIT Surathkal (Karnataka) – 740 Seats|
|NIT Warangal (Telangana) – 800 Seats|
|Motilal Nehru NIT (Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh) – 814 Seats|
|Visvesvaraya NIT (Nagpur, Maharashtra) – 746 Seats|
|NIT Calicut (Kerala) – 937 Seats|
|Sardar Vallabhbhai NIT (Surat, Gujarat) – 873 Seats|
|NIT Silchar (Assam) – 632 Seats|
|NIT Durgapur (West Bengal) – 672 Seats|
Apart from IIITs, NITs and GFTIs several private engineering institutes like BIT Mesra, HBTI Kanpur, Thapar University, Assam University, Tezpur University, JAYPEE Institute, and LNMIIT Jaipur offer admission based on the marks in JEE Main exam. Other technical institutes like DTU (Delhi Technical University), NSIT Delhi, IIIT Delhi are excluded from JoSAA counselling. However, these institutes offer admissions based on JEE Main scorecard and the students are required to apply separately.
For most of the students, coaching classes are considered to be one of the main solutions to secure a good ranking. However, an aspirant can achieve their desired result without coaching provided they put in a fair amount of effort and develop an effective preparation strategy.
Candidates need to devise a well-organised study plan. Furthermore, they need to have a smart approach to everything. They need to learn what the exam is all about, read the syllabus, use the right study materials, practice solving questions, etc. They should also be mentally and physically fit to write the exam. In any case, we have listed some of the key tips that will help each candidate to boost their JEE Main preparation.
Begin from scratch – Fundamentals play a vital role in JEE Main. Always concentrate on structuring and understanding the basics of all the subjects. When the basics are strong, learning becomes easier.
Prepare a timetable – JEE Main preparation curriculum is extensive. Hence, it should be scheduled to gain the best results. Split the syllabus into different parts according to your benefit. It can be limited to a chapter or a unit. Follow the timetable and avoid distractions in between.
Know the syllabus and pattern – For better preparations, the most significant factor is to keep oneself updated with the complete syllabus along with the paper pattern.
Befriend books – For JEE Main preparations, NCERT textbooks are a must, no matter which subject it is. Therefore solve NCERT textbooks before moving to other references. Also, remember to choose the right study resources which will help you study productively.
Here is a list of all the relevant textbooks that students can follow to boost their JEE Main preparation.
NCERT – Maths XI and XII
S. L. Loney – Trigonometry
S. L. Loney – Coordinate Geometry
Hall and Knight – Higher Algebra
I.A. Maron – Problems in Calculus of One Variable
NCERT Books – Class 11 and Class 12
Numerical Chemistry by P. Bahadur
J.D. Lee (Organic Chemistry)
Morrison and Boyd (Inorganic Chemistry)
H.C. Verma – Concepts of Physics Vol I and II
I.E. Irodov – Problems in General Physics
Halliday, Resnick, and Walker – Fundamentals of Physics
Read, Revise and Rehearse – Revise each and every topic that is learned. Do not keep it pending. Be a smart learner. Revision helps the candidates to recall everything that is studied.
Take up the Mock tests – Another important key to succeed in JEE Main is to take mock tests. Attend the tests that are released by the official websites. This indeed provides you with an actual feel of writing the online exams.
On a final note, do not compromise on hard work and perseverance. Choose the best books for JEE preparation and follow the preparation tips mentioned earlier to secure a meritorious position in the exam.
NCERT textbooks are important in relation to the fragmentation of JEE Main. These publications allow the baptismal candidates to grasp the full significance of the principles discussed in these three studies. Let’s move on to the importance of the NCERT curriculum for the fragmentation of JEE Main 2021.
JEE Main Chemistry:
The NCERT Chemistry textbook is a great help to JEE Main Preparation. Some questions from living and non-living chemicals are taken directly from the book. Therefore, make sure that you read these books carefully and get enough practice in solving tests, question papers, and humorous tests.
JEE Key Statistics:
The math is the hardest paper in the test. Applicants will need additional reading to be able to fully understand the concepts. However, they can start with this textbook first. The explanations and exercises provided in this book will help students improve their analytical and problem-solving skills.
JEE Main Physics:
Physics paper is fake and the NCERT book is of little help here. However, the best place to start is still the CBSE curriculum based on the NCERT program. Make sure you go to the police to think about the section in the textbook.