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All Details Regarding The Latest JEE Examinations (Main & Advanced)

Every year, the prestigious Joint Entrance Examination, short for JEE, is conducted in two phases: JEE Main and JEE Advanced.

JEE Main or phase 1 of the examination is conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA).

It consists of 2 question papers. Of these, Paper 1 is compulsory and it is conducted for admission to Undergraduate Programs (B.E./B.Tech.) at NITs, IIITs, CFTIs, and other renowned colleges of the country.

Paper 2 of JEE Main is optional and it is required only for those students who wish to pursue B.Arch./B.Planning courses.

Only students who score above a certain cutoff in paper 1 of JEE Main are eligible to appear for the second phase of the examination- JEE Advanced. (Foreign nationals however, are not required to appear or score in JEE Main)

It is conducted by one of the several IITs and it is this exam that holds the key for admission to undergraduate programs offered by the IITs.

However, one can get admission to other prestigious colleges too with their JEE Advanced scores like Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISER) etc. You may want to read more about them here.

After NTA took over the conduct of the JEE Main exam over CBSE, it has brought some major changes in the format and examination pattern.

Here is the latest exam pattern for both JEE Main & Advanced announced this year-

JEE Main

  1. JEE Main will be conducted two times- in the month of January and April. A student can appear for any one or both. If both exams are attempted, then better performance among the two will be considered for ranking.

  2. Candidates can sit for both attempts even after the result of each exam session. The registration portal will re-open again after the first exam session.

  3. Paper 1 (B.E./B.Tech.) will consist of 90 questions in total with 30 from each subject (Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics). Time duration is 3 hours.

    Note – For Pwd candidates an extra 1 hour is alloted.

  4. For each subject, the questions will be divided into two sections-

    • Section A will have 20 multiple choice questions without any choice.
    • Section B will have 10 questions of numerical value type. Only 5 have to be attempted.

    The candidates thus have to attempt only 75 questions out of the total 90.

  5. For every correct answer four marks will be awarded and for every wrong answer 1 mark will be deducted.

    Note – this year, there will be negative marking in both sections.

  6. In the optional paper 2 (B.Arch/B.Planning), mathematics subject follow a similar pattern. Time duration for this paper is 3 hours and 30 minutes, with an extra 1 hour compensation to PwD candidates.

  7. Exams will be conducted in online CBT mode only except for the two drawing questions of B.Arch.

    In Section B, if a candidate attempts more than 5 questions, only the first 5 are taken into consideration.

Pattern for JEE Advanced

  1. There are 2 question papers, paper-1 and paper-2. Both the papers are conducted on the same day. Time allotted to solve each paper is 3 hours.

  2. Each paper has questions from all the three subjects- Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics.

    Candidates have to clear the individual cut-offs in each subject (total marks from both paper-1 and paper-2 for each subject).

    This subject-wise cutoff mark, for common rank list, is around 10% of the total marks of the subject.

    The total cut-off marks (aggregate of all subjects), is around 35% for general (common rank list) students.

  3. Type of questions and number of questions in each paper usually varies from year to year.
    Nonetheless, a candidate can expect a mix of these types of questions- single correct objective type questions, multiple correct objective type questions, integer-based-answer questions and matching type questions.

  4. There is no set rule for negative marking, however integer-based-answer questions do not have negative marking normally.

    Note- the exam pattern for JEE Advanced varies from year to year as IITs usually surprise with new patterns.
    As such, students are advised to solve previous year papers and mock tests to get a feel for the type and difficulty of questions asked but do not rely too much on the pattern itself.


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Nikita 01-May 2022 11:39 am

Nice Article Sir when is JEE going to happen this year?

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Ayush 15-Feb 2023 07:13 am

Hello Sir, are class 12th marks also considered while preparing rank in JEE Mains and advanced ?