Exam Pattern of JEE Main and Advanced

The new pattern of JEE- Main aims to create an umbrella through single combined entrance exam for the admission to over 2500 Engineering Colleges (Govt. + Private) in the country. It minimizes over 50 different Engineering Entrance Exams to one.

Joint Entrance Examination from the year 2013 has been made common for admission to the undergraduate programs in Engineering in two phases, i.e. JEE (Main) and JEE (Advanced). The first 2,20,000 candidates (including all categories) based on their performance in JEE (Main) will qualify to appear in JEE (Advanced) examination. Admissions to IITs will be based on category-wise All India Rank (AIR) in JEE (Advanced) subject to conditions that such candidates are in the top 20 percentile categories.

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Admission to NITs will be based on 40% weightage of the performance in Class XII board marks (normalized) and the remainder 60% weightage would be given to performance in JEE (Main) and a combined All India Rank (AIR) would be decided accordingly.

The normalized Qualifying examination marks will be based on the position of the candidate in the Board (i.e. his/her percentile score). The percentile score a candidate gets in his/her board will mainly contribute to his/her normalized marks. The weightage of normalized qualifying examination marks is only for deciding ranking of JEE (Main) which will be used for admission to all Government Funded Technical Institutions (GFTIs)/NITs/IITs but excluding IITs.

Important Dates of JEE

Tittle Date
Start of Online Application for JEE (Main) 1st week of December
Last date for Online submission of Applications Last week of December
JEE (Main) – Offline Examination 1st week of April
JEE (Main) – Offline Examination 2nd week of April
Declaration of JEE (Main) Score Last week of April
Registration and payment of fee fro JEE (Advanced) Last week of April to 1st week of May
Admit cards available for downloading 2nd week of May to 3rd week of May
JEE (advanced) – Entrance Exam (only Offline) 3rd week of May
Online Declaration of JEE (Advanced) Results 2nd week of June
Declaration of All India Rank (AIR) : JEE (Main) 1st week of July

Eligibility Criteria for JEE

  • Candidates of GEN and OBC-NCL categories must have completed 17 years at the time of admission and should be an Indian National.
  • The upper age limit for JEE (Advanced) is 25 years for GEN and OBC. NCL categories and this upper age limit shall be relaxed by a period of 5 years for SC, ST and PwD categories.
  • The candidate should be among the top 2,20,000 (including all categories) in Paper – 1 of JEE (Main) 2017 for candidate who wish to appear in JEE (Advanced) 2017. The percentage of various categories are : 27% for OBC, NCL, 15% for SC, 7.5% for ST and the remaining 50.5% is OPEN for all.
  • Those appearing in (10 + 2) final or equivalent examination may also appear in JEE (Main) in the following year provisionally.
  • However, admission criteria in the concerned Institution/University will be followed as prescribed by the concerned University/Institution and as per the guidelines and criteria prescribed by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).
  • Maximum number of attempts a candidate can avail at JEE (Main) shall be three and for JEE (Advanced), two uniformly in consecutive years.
  • In addition to JEE score, the qualifying examination is Class-XII from any National/State or ‘Approved’ International Board.
  • For NITs, IITs or GFTIs, a minimum 75% mark in PCM in XII board is required.
  • For IITs and ISM-Dhanbad, the student must be in Top 20 percentile of successful candidates in their Class-XII board or must have secured at least 75% marks in class XII board exam. The aggregate mark for SC, ST and PwD candidates should be at least 70%.
  • Marks of 5 subjects will be considered for calculation of percentile and normalization of qualifying examination marks for paper 1 (B.E./B.Tech) : 1-Language, 2-Physics, 3-Mathematics, 4-Any one of (Chemistry, Biology, Biotechnology, Technical Vocational Subject) 5-Any subject other than the above four subjects
  • For further details of the eligibility criteria for the admission into IITs and ISM-Dhanbad, please visit:
  • www.jeeadv.ac.in

Test Pattern of JEE

The admission to the undergraduate programme at the JEE (Main and Advanced) is based on a two-tier test. The first test is called the JEE (Main) for NITs and IITs shall be held during the month of April (both offline and online) conducted by CBSE/Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD). The second test, JEE (Advanced) for IITs and ISM-Dhanbad shall be held in the month of May (only offline) which is conducted by the IITs/JEE body.


The trend of questions in papers of JEE (Main & Advanced)

The (Main)

  • Objective (Single Correct Answer Type)
  • Reasoning (Assertion – Reason Type) questions with equal weightage to PCM

JEE (Advanced) : Paper – 1

  • Single Correct Option
  • One or More than One Correct Option (s)
  • Single Digit Integer (0-9)

JEE (Advanced): Paper 2

  • Single Correct Option
  • One or More than One Correct Option (s)
  • Comprehension Type (2 paragraphs will 2 MCQs each)

Exam Structure of JEE (Main)

The JEE (Main) exam consists of two papers; Paper -1 for B.E./B.Tech and Paper-2 for B.Arch/B. Planning aspirants. Paper-1 contains a total of 90 Multiple Choice Objective Type Questions with equal weightage to physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. Each correct answer will be awarded 4 marks whereas each incorrect answer will be awarded 1/4th negative marks. Mode of the test is both offline and online for Paper-1 and only offline for Paper-2. Question papers are provided in both English and Hindi medium

Total Questions: 90 Maximum Marks: 90 X 4 = 360 Duration of Paper: 3 hours

Paper Type of Questions (MCQs) Subjects No. of Qns. Max. Marks Negative Marks Duration
Paper-1 IIT-JEE Objective questions with equal weightage Physics 30 120 –1 3 Hrs. (9:30 – 12:30)
Chemistry 30 120 –1
Mathematics 30 120 –1
90 360

Candidates who wish to appear in JEE (Advanced) must write Paper-1 of JEE (Main)

Exam Structure of JEE (Advanced)

The JEE (Advanced) consists of two objective type papers i.e., paper-1 and Paper-2. Each consists of three parts – Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics with 3 separate sections i.e., Section-1, 2 and 3. Each paper comprises of 54 questions. 18 questions from each subject. The maximum marks are 186 for each paper comprising 62 marks for each subject. For both Paper-1 and Paper-2, each subject carried 124 (62 X 2) marks and the total marks are 372 (124 X 3). Duration of each paper is 3 hours. In some Sections, incorrect answers are awarded negative marks. Question papers are provided in both English and Hindi Medium.

Paper 1 Time: 3 hours (9.00 to 12.00 Hrs) Total Questions: 18 X 3 = 54 Max. Marks: 62 X 3 = 186

Questions and marks distribution for each Subject

Sections Type of Questions No. of Qns. Max. Marks Full Marks Partial Marks –Ve Marks
1 Single Correct Option 01-05 3 X 5 = 15 +3 -1
2 One or More than one Correct Options(s) 06-13 4 X 8 = 32 +4 +1 -2
3 Single Digit Integer (0.9) 14-18 3 X 5 = 15 +3 - -
Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) Total – 18 62 - - -

Paper 2 Time: 3 hours (14.00 to 17.00 Hrs) Total Questions: 18 X 3 = 54 Max. Marks: 62 X 3 = 186

Questions and marks distribution for each Subject

Sections Type of Questions No. of Qns. Max. Marks Full Marks Partial Marks –Ve Marks
1 Single Correct Option 01-06 3 X 6 = 18 +3 –1
2 One or More than one Correct Options(s) 07-14 4 X 8 = 32 +4 +1 –2
3 Comprehension (Paragraph Type) 15-18 3 X 4 = 12 +3
4 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) Total – 18 62 - - -