IIT JEE EXAM
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) till 2018. From 2019 onwards, 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 Programs 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.
National Testing Agency (NTA)
NTA has been established as a premier, specialist, autonomous and self-sustained testing organization to conduct entrance examinations for admission/fellowship in higher educational institutions. It is a newly formed body by the center to conduct prestigious entrance examinations such as JEE Main and NEET UG. The Agency has also vested with all the authority to conduct the entrance examinations in the online mode from 2019 onwards. Here are some of the changes in the JEE Main examination after the introduction of NTA.
From the year 2019 onwards, candidates should have to appear for JEE Main in online mode only, but for one subject a candidate will have Pen and Paper Based mode to be attempted on Drawing Sheet
Aspirants will have double the chance, more opportunity, NTA is going to be conducted JEE Main twice a year
The candidates can pick desirable slots to appear in the exam owing to the flexibility and availability of sittings from January 08 to January 20 and April 07 to April 20
Students will have more time to prepare for their entrance exam because the exam will take place in the month of January and April
The exam centers have been to 258 which include 248 exam centers in India and 9 centers in abroad countries
In case of students who have appeared in both exams, the best of the two scores will be taken into account for the result
Around 3000 practice test centers for JEE aspirants to train them for computer-based examination, which will be functioning from August 2018. Click here to register for the practice center.
There will be a normalization process for the calculation of scores to have fair results
JEE Main Exam Highlights
Exam name Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) Main
Conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA)
Frequency Twice a year (January & April)
Exam level National
Mode of exam Online (Computer-based)
Application mode Online
Number of papers 2 (Paper 1 for B.E./B.Tech & Paper 2 for B.Arch/B.Planning)
Duration 3 hours
Type of questions Objective-type `
Contact no 7042399521, 7042399525, 7042399526
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 to a particular institute.
2. Year of Appearance in Qualifying Examination (QE): Candidates who have passed class 12 or its equivalent qualifying examination in 2017 or 2018 are only eligible. Candidates appearing for the final examinations in class 12 are also eligible.
3. The 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 2019. The candidate must have studied Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics in qualifying examination for B.Arch.
4. Percentage of Marks: Candidates have to secure a 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.
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.
Category Reservation (%)
Scheduled Castes (SC) 15%
Scheduled Tribes (ST) 7.5%
Persons with Disability (PwD) 5%
Process of filling 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 acknowledgment page.
Note: The application fee may be paid either by Credit/Debit Card/ Net Banking or e-challan generated during the online filling of the application form using an online payment gateway facility in State Bank of India.
Candidates are advised not to submit/send application fee by any other mode like Money Order, Demand Draft, IPO, etc. will be rejected.
JEE Main Exam Pattern
The JEE Main is an online written examination. Each correct answer will be awarded 4 marks and 1 mark will be deducted for the wrong attempt. The examination will be held in two shifts per day (9:30 am to 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm).
JEE Main (Paper-I) Exam Pattern
Subjects Maximum Questions Maximum Marks
Physics 20+5 100
Chemistry 20+5 100
Mathematics 20+5 100
Total 75 300
JEE Main (Paper-II) Exam Pattern
Subjects Maximum Questions Maximum Marks
Mathematics 20+5 100
Aptitude Test 50 200
Drawing 02 100
Total 75 400