JEE (Main) Examination is conducted by the CBSE for admissions to B.E./B.Tech courses at NITs, IIITs, GFTIs and other participating institutes. For B.E./B.Tech, it is held in two modes - Pen & Paper Based and Computer Based. 

The Paper-1 of JEE (Main) is also an eligibility criteria for the JEE Advanced, which you have to take if you are aspiring for admission to the undergraduate programmes offered by the IITs.

Important Dates

  • Start of Applications: 01 December, 2017
  • Last Date to Apply: 01 January, 2018
  • Pen-Paper Based Exam: 8 April, 2018
  • Computer Based Exam: 15 and  April, 2018
  • Declaration of Score: 30 April, 2018
  • Declaration of AIR: 31 May, 2018

Eligibility / Number of Attempts

The number of attempts you can avail at JEE Main is limited to 3 uniformly for all the candidates in consecutive years.

You should have Adhaar Card in order to validate your identity. You have to fill the Aadhaar number, name, date of birth and gender in the application form.

Preparation of Merit List

The merit list for admission to NITs, IIITs, DTU, Delhi and other CFTIs will be prepared by giving 40% weightage (suitably normalized) to class XII (or equivalent examination) or other qualifying examination marks and 60% to the performance in JEE Main Exam.

Exam Pattern

The JEE (Main) Paper I consists of of Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. The duration of the paper is 3 hours. The Paper II is for admissions to B.Arch/B.Planning courses at NITs, IIITs, DTU, Delhi and other CFTIs will have one Question Paper consisting of Mathematics, Aptitude Test and Drawing Test (same pattern that of AIEEE). The duration of the paper is 3 hours.

Paper  Subjects Question Type Mode of Exam
1 Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics Objective type Pen-paper Or Computer-based
2 Mathematics, Aptitude, Drawing Objective type (except for drawing) Pen-paper based only

Negative Marking: There are objective type questions with four options with single correct answer. For each incorrect response, one fourth (0.25) of the total marks allotted to the question will be deducted. No deduction from the total score will be made if no response is indicated for an item in the answer sheet.

Language of Question Paper: English, Hindi or Gujrati

Merit List

After the JEE-Main, there are two merit lists. One is for 1.5 lakh aspirants who take the JEE (Advance) Papers and the other overall merit list based on 60% weightage to JEE (main) score and 40% weightage of normalized class XII Board marks based on which you will be called for counseling and admission to various NITs, IIITs, and CFTIs.