JEE Main

Joint Entrance Exam JEE (Main)

Admission criteria to Undergraduate Engineering Programs at NITs, IIITs, Other Centrally Funded Technical Institutions, Institutions funded by participating State Governments, and other Institutions shall include the performance in the class 12/equivalent qualifying Examination and in the Joint Entrance Examination, JEE (Main). The Paper-1 (B. E. / B. Tech.) of JEE (Main) will also be an eligibility test for the JEE (Advanced), which the candidate has to take if he/she is aspiring for admission to the undergraduate programmes offered by the IITs. The States of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Nagaland and Odisha have joined JEE (Main) system. Therefore, the candidates seeking admission to the institutions in these states, which were earlier admitting based on their State Level Examination, are also advised to fill in the JEE (Main) – 2017 application form online.

Mode of JEE (Main) Exam

The Paper-1 (B.E./B. Tech.) of JEE (Main) will be conducted in two separate modes i.e. Offline (Pen and Paper Based Examination) mode and Online (Computer Based Examination) mode. The Paper-2 (B. Arch./B. Planning.) of JEE (Main) will be conducted only in Pen and Paper based examination mode. A candidate will opt for either Pen and Paper Based or Computer Based examination modes for Paper-1 (B. E./B. Tech.) only.

Type of Examination

JEE (Main) shall have two papers, Paper-1 (B. E./B. Tech.) and Paper-2 (B. Arch./B. Planning.). Candidates may take Paper-1 (B. E./B. Tech.), or Paper-2 (B. Arch./B. Planning.), or both as per the course(s) they are seeking admission to.

Subject combinations for each paper, type of questions in each paper and mode of examination available is given in the table below.




Paper 1 (B.E./ B. Tech.) Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics Objective type with equal weightage to Physics, Chemistry & Maths Pen and Paper based OR Computer based
Paper 2 (B.Arch./ B.Planning) Mathematics – Part I Aptitude Test – Part II & Drawing Test – Part III Objective type Objective type Questions to test drawing aptitude Only Pen and Paper based

Requirement of papers for different courses is given in the table below.



All other undergraduate courses (B.E. /B. Tech.) Paper –1
B.ARCH/B. PLANNING (At Institutions other than IITs) Paper –2

About JEE (Main)-2018

JEE (Main)-2018 will be tentatively conducted in the first week of April 2018. The exact dates will be updated as soon as CBSE releases them. JEE (Main)-2018 is the entrance test for admissions into NITs, IIITs and GFTIs. It’s also the first stage exam for admissions to IITs. Through JEE (Main)-2018, the qualifying candidates will be offered admissions to undergraduate engineering programmes across the participating institutes. In order to be considered eligible for B.Tech admissions through JEE Main 2018, the candidates need to have at least secured 75% marks in class XII (65% for SC/ST candidates or be in the top 20 percentile in their respective state boards. From the academic year 2017-18, having an Aadhaar Card number is mandatory for filling up the application form of JEE (Main). Thus, aspiring candidates who do not possess Aadhaar Card must get their Aadhaar Cards made so that there is no last moment confusion or rush for JEE (Main)-2018.

JEE (Main)-2018 Eligibility Criteria

Candidates aspiring to take JEE Main 2018 have to meet the eligibility criteria set by CBSE, which is the exam conducting authority for the entrance exam. JEE Main 2018 eligibility criteria include eligibility conditions related to age, qualifying exam, qualifying marks, number of subjects in the qualifying examination and number of attempts, etc. Before applying for JEE Main 2018, al aspirants must go through the following eligibility criteria of JEE Main 2018.

Age Limit: As per CBSE, the aspirants must be born on or after October 1, 1993 (or be 25 years old) to meet the eligibility criteria. In case of SC/ST/PwD candidates, the age criterion has been relaxed by 5 years. This means that candidates from these categories must be born on or after October 1, 1988 (or be 30 years of age).

Academic Requirements:
Candidates must have qualified class 12th (or equivalent) examination in 2016 or 2017. Candidates appearing in the qualifying exam or class 12th or equivalent test in the year 2018 can also apply.

Qualifying Marks:
General Category candidates need to have secured minimum 75% marks or should be in the top 20 percentile in their class 12th board or equivalent examination. Qualifying marks requirement for candidates belonging to SC/ST category is 65%.

Number of Subjects in Qualifying Exam:
Candidates must have taken at least 5 subjects in 12th class or equivalent exam.

Aadhaar Card Number:
All candidates should posses Aadhaar Card and a registered Aadhaar Card Number.

Number of Attempts:
Aspirants can apply for JEE Main a total of 3 times.

JEE (Main)-2018 Important Dates:

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Admission Events

Important Dates

1 Start of Online Registration First week of December 2017
2 Last Date for Submission of Application Form Third week of January 2018
3 Last Date for Payment of Application Fees through  credit & debit card or e-challan Third week of January 2018
4 Admit Card availability Second week of March 2018
5 JEE Main 2018 (Offline) Exam (Paper I) First week of April 2018
6 JEE Main 2018 (Offline) Exam (Paper II) First week of April 2018
7 JEE Main 2018 (Online) Examination Second week of April 2018
8 Display of Answer Key and OMR Sheets Third week of April 2018
9 Acceptance of Challenge of Answer Keys Upto last week of April 2018
10 JEE Main 2018 Result Last week of April 2018
11 Declaration of All India Ranks Last week of April 2018
12 JEE Main 2018 Result for Paper 2 Last week of May 2018
13 Availability of Rank Card Last week of May 2018

Exam pattern of JEE (Main)-2018

It’s quite important for aspiring candidates to know about the exam pattern of JEE Main 2018 well in advance so that they can plan their preparation accordingly. JEE Main 2018 exam pattern includes details about marking scheme, nature of the questions, time duration to attempt the paper, mode of paper, medium of exam, etc.

Salient points of Exam pattern of JEE (Main)-2018

• JEE Main 2018 will have Paper I and Paper II. Candidates can take either of the two or both the papers. Paper I is for B. Tech while Paper II is held for admissions to B. Arch programme.
• The test has objective type or multiple choice questions (MCQs).
• JEE Main 2018 is expected to be held in English, Hindi, Urdu, Marathi and Gujarati languages.
• The entrance test is conducted in both modes – Online (computer based test) and Offline (Pen & Paper based test).
• Total marks for JEE Main 2018 paper are 360 against total 90 questions. This means that each question carries a weightage of 4 marks. Correct answers will fetch 4 marks each, while each incorrect answer carries negative marking (-1 or 1/4th marks will be deducted).

JEE (Main)-2018 Syllabus

The syllabus of JEE Main 2018 helps aspiring candidates in knowing the topics and chapters of Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics from where they must study in order to prepare for the engineering entrance test. JEE Main 2018 syllabus gives the candidates idea about the important topics they must invest time in studying, while it also helps the aspirants to understand what is not important to study.

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