Lakhs of students appear for the Joint Entrance Examination(JEE) Main every year to achieve their dream of studying in the best engineering college. Getting the course and college of their choice is crucial for every student’s educational journey. These are the two factors (College and Course) that determine a student’s career prospects in the future. So, it is quite understandable to face a lot of pressure being put on your shoulders if you are planning to appear for JEE Main.
It is also essential to be fully aware of all the details related to this national-level competitive examination before appearing for it.
For that matter, we will provide you with all the important details you must know regarding the process of the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main.
Widely known as JEE Main, the Joint Entrance Examination (Main) is one of India's highly anticipated competitive examinations. JEE Main is the first of the two stages of JEE; the second stage is known as JEE (Advance). Conducted every year, JEE Main serves as an entry-level examination for students aspiring to get admission to engineering and architecture courses.
Upon qualifying, the candidates appearing for JEE Main are eligible for admission to undergraduate courses across technical and architecture colleges all across the country. Some of the most coveted engineering institutes in India which provide admission on the basis of JEE Main scores include all branches of the National Institute of Technology (NIT), Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), and the Centrally-Funded Technical Institutes (CFTIs).
The JEE Main exam is administered and conducted by the authority known as the National Testing Agency (NTA). NTA is the agency responsible for conducting the JEE Main every year. NTA has been working as a self-sustained and autonomous testing organisation. Founded in 2018, it has established its status as a specialist and premier organisation that not only conducts the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) but also other competitive entrance tests like the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), Common Management Admission Test (CMAT), UGC National Eligibility Test (UGC-NET), Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test (GPAT), Jawaharlal Nehru University Entrance Examination (JNUEE) and many more.
The above-mentioned and many other examinations conducted by NTA are held at a national level for admissions to various different courses and institutes. NTA is also responsible for deciding the eligibility criteria, setting question papers, releasing admit cards, declaring results, and more such related activities. For preparation assistance, NTA also releases mock tests and lectures for subjects including Mathematics, Physics, Biology, and Chemistry, along with mock test papers for all entrance exams (accessible to those who register for the particular exam).
Throughout the year, the National Testing Agency has been conducting research in the technological field in order to smoothen the practices that are currently being used during the examination processes. It has recently introduced changes that address the inclusion of candidates with a disability. Such changes can also be observed in the JEE Main eligibility criteria 2024 designed by NTA.
The JEE Main 2024 examination is inclusive of 2 papers - Paper 1 is for admission to B.Tech and B.E., while Paper 2 is meant for admission to B.Planning and B.Arch. All the papers are held in the form of a standardised computer-based test (CBT), except for the drawing section of Paper 2 for B.Arch, which includes a pen-and-paper test.
|Mode of exam
|Number of Subjects
|Total number of questions
|Total number of compulsory questions
|75 (only 5 questions from Section B are compulsory)
|Type of Questions
|Section A- Multiple choice questions (20 questions)
Section B- Numerical-based questions (10 questions)
|+4 marks for each correct answer, -1 marks for each wrong answer, and 0 marks for each unattempted answer.
|Mode of exam
|Paper 2A: Online and Offline
Paper 2B: Online
|Number of Subjects
|Total No. of Questions
|Paper 2A: 82 Questions
Paper 2B: 105 Questions
|Paper 2A: 77
Paper 2B: 100
|Type of Questions
|Paper 2A: Multiple choice questions, Numerical based questions, Drawing Aptitude
Paper 2B: Multiple choice and Numerical based questions
|Paper 2A: +4 marks for each correct answer, -1 marks for each wrong answer, and 0 marks for each unattempted answer. For the Drawing Test, 50 marks for each of the 2 questions
|400 marks for each paper
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Students who wish to appear for JEE Main must first register for the examination.
The registration fee differs on the basis of the category and gender of the candidate. For JEE Main 2024, the registration fee is provided in the table below:
Rs. 1000 for Male candidates of Unreserved/Gen-EWS/OBC category.
Rs. 800 for Female candidates of Unreserved/Gen-EWS/OBC category.
Rs. 500 for SC/ST/PwD/Transgender category candidates.
Candidates must keep in mind the last date for registration and register in time.
JEE Main is conducted in shifts spread over 6 to 7 days. The admit cards are released a few days before the beginning of the examination. Candidates can download their admit cards by logging in on the official website and taking printouts.
The candidates will not be allowed to appear for the JEE Main examination if they do not have their admit card.
The JEE Main results are released by NTA on its website a few days after the examination has been conducted successfully for all shifts. The JEE Main results and cutoff are the factors upon which various engineering colleges give admission to students into different engineering colleges and courses. The result released by NTA will show a candidate’s subject-wise and aggregate NTA scores along with their rank calculated accordingly.
Students can download the result by following these simple steps.
Generally, students who plan to pursue engineering or architecture as a career appear for JEE (Main) after the completion of Class 12th. The yearly-held JEE Main exam is usually taken by students who took up the subject stream that includes Physics, Chemistry, and Maths (PCM) in classes 11th and 12th.
The syllabus for JEE Main is also centred on these three subjects. Candidates must ensure that they cover the entire syllabus no matter how vast it is.
Find below the updated syllabus for JEE Main Paper 1 (B.E. & B.Tech)
The syllabus for JEE Main Paper 2 (B.Arch & B.Planning) is given in the table below.
The eligibility criteria given by the National Testing Agency for students who wish to appear for JEE Main are given below.
Students who aspire to appear for JEE Main must keep visiting the official NTA JEE website in order to stay up-to-date about the announcements related to the examination. Moreover, all notifications about the JEE Main dates, changes in pattern or syllabus, or any other changes related to JEE Main are also uploaded at ALLEN
Every year, various changes are introduced before the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main is conducted. In the past few years, there have been changes in the syllabus, the pattern of the question paper, the marking scheme, and other similar changes. All of these changes are made by the National Testing Agency (NTA).
Below are some of the latest changes introduced by NTA recently. Notifications for these changes can also be found on the official website.
After the final result for the JEE Main 2024, there will be a counselling process for the admissions. The authority responsible for administering the JEE Main counselling is JoSAA (Joint Seat Allocation Authority). In the counselling, there will be two mock rounds which are succeeded by the 6 general rounds for allocating the seats. The candidates will get an idea of how many seats are available and which course they can get in the mock tests.
The participating institutes for the JEE Main counselling include 31 NITs, 26 IIITs, and 33 CFTIs. After the candidates have been allotted their colleges as per the ranks, they can reach out to their colleges to complete the admission process by submitting the remaining fees and documents.
JEE Main 2023 Highlights- Both sessions for the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main 2023 have been successfully concluded. According to the candidates who appeared for the exam in these sessions, the question paper appeared moderately difficult.
JEE Main 2023 Session 2 Paper Analysis- JEE Main 2023 was successfully conducted during April 2023. The question paper's degree of difficulty was moderate, but the Mathematics section was challenging. The easiest of the three subjects was Physics.
JEE Main 2023 Session 1 Paper Analysis- Analysis of the question paper for JEE Main 2023 Shift 1 revealed that the paper was moderately difficult. Topic coverage was fairly balanced in all three subjects. There were several good questions in the paper. Overall, Mathematics was the most difficult, whereas Physics and Chemistry were on the easier side.
JEE Main 2024 Session 1 Results- The results for JEE Main Session 1 held from 24th January to 1st February will release on 12th February 2024. The results are uploaded by the National Testing Agency (NTA) on its official website- jeemain.nta.nic.in.
JEE Main 2024 Session 2 Results- The JEE Main 2024 Session 2 results will release on 25th April 2024.
JEE Main 2024 Answer Key Release- The JEE Main 2024 Answer Key for Session 1 will be notified soon. The answer key will be made available on the official NTA JEE website shortly after the exam.
Preparing for JEE Main puts the candidates under humongous pressure since this entrance examination determines if the candidates will be able to get into the course and college of their choice. The competition to get admission to the best engineering colleges increases every year and touches new heights. However, with sufficient preparation, candidates appearing for JEE Main can perform well and fulfil their educational goals. Let’s go through some JEE preparation tips.
A timetable can prove to be very helpful in covering your syllabus in time, allowing you to sufficiently practise all subjects well before you appear for the JEE Main. Make a study timetable with appropriate hours dedicated to each topic based on your strengths and weaknesses and include breaks for yourself.
The enormity of the syllabus for JEE Main can put candidates under stress. However, it is crucial that the entirety of the syllabus is covered by the candidates during their preparation. Nevertheless, the advantageous thing here is that all candidates are well aware of every topic in the syllabus since they have studied all of it in classes 11 and 12. So, preparing for the JEE Main examination is more like a revision and practice of everything that the candidates have studied for the 10+2 examinations.
Time management is an important skill to maintain while preparing for JEE Main. The examination is held for 3 hours, during which you must attempt at least 75 questions out of 90. The questions can be lengthy and require more time to solve. So, ensure that you practise enough to improve your accuracy and speed, further resulting in finishing your paper on time.
You cannot afford to waste any of their preparatory time before the JEE Main 2023 examination. Thus, it is crucial that they refer to the appropriate, reliable, and helpful study material. One such quality study material is the NCERT Books. These books cover the entire syllabus for Physics, Chemistry, and Maths for classes 11th and 12th. Moreover, you can also refer to the highly relevant and well-organised study material of ALLEN.
Practising your knowledge is the most crucial part of your preparation. You can make a timetable that gives you adequate time to practise solving JEE Main sample papers and question papers from previous years. NTA also releases mock test papers, which are highly recommended for better practice. Judiciously practising will help you decrease the chances of mistakes in the examination.
Physics, Chemistry, and Maths hold an equal weightage of marks in JEE Main exam pattern. Therefore, all candidates are advised to practise well enough for each of the three. One can practise more for the subject they might think they are weak at. As mentioned before, cover the entire syllabus for each subject and do not ignore any topic from any subject.
● During the preparatory period for JEE Main, candidates may often end up paying less attention to their health and sleep requirements. It is essential that all candidates also focus on their health during their preparation for JEE Main. Maintain a proper and healthy diet, avoid continuous and long study hours, take regular breaks, and fulfil your body’s need for sleep.
That’s all for the JEE Main 2024. To be updated on all the latest changes, stay connected with us at ALLEN. Moreover, we also provide the IIT coaching for both JEE Main and JEE Advanced to boost your preparation and pave the way for students to get admission into their desired colleges.