Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) Main is national level undergraduate engineering entrance exam conducted by National Testing Agency for admission to B.Tech or B.E. programmes in NITs, IIITs, CFTIs and other participating institutes. The exam is conducted two times in a year in online mode in January and April.

The Paper-1 of JEE Main is also an eligibility criteria for the JEE Advanced, which you have to take for admission to the undergraduate programmes at the IITs.

Important Dates

  • Start of Applications: 01 September, 2018
  • Last Date to Apply: 30 September, 2018
  • Exam Dates: 06 to 20 January, 2019

Second session is expected from April 7 to 21 and the registration will start from the first week of February 2019.

Eligibility Criteria

Age: Only those candidates (General Category) who are 25 years or less on October 1 of the admission year are eligible to appear in JEE Main. However, in case of Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Persons with Disabilities (PwD) candidates, upper age limit is relaxed by 5 years.

Education: Only those candidates, who have passed their class 12th exam or any equivalent qualifying examination in the preceding year of the admission and a year before the preceding year or those who are appearing in their class 12th exam or any equivalent qualifying examination in the same admission year of JEE Main are eligible to appear.

You must have taken at least five subjects in class 12th or qualifying examination in order to be eligible for writing JEE Main.

Number of Attempts: The number of attempts, which you can avail at JEE Main are limited to three.

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 1 consists of three sections: Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. The duration of the paper is 3 hours. Paper 2 is for admissions to B.Arch or B.Planning courses at NITs, IIITs, DTU, Delhi and other CFTIs. It has one question paper consisting of Mathematics, Aptitude Test and Drawing Test. The duration of the paper is 3 hours.

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

Paper 1 Exam Pattern

# Section Questions Marks
1 Physics 30 120
2 Chemistry 30 120
3 Mathematics 30 120

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 are deducted. No deduction from the total score is made if no response is indicated for an item in the answer sheet.

Language of Question Paper: English, Hindi or Gujrati 


JEE Main Counselling and Seat Allotment is conducted by JoSAA. You have to register online to fill choices of branch and institute. Seat Allocation is done on the basis of your All India Rank (AIR) in JEE Main and the choices filled in by you. Seat Allotment for NITs, IIITs and CFTIs is done in four rounds of counselling.

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