All you want to know about JEE Mains

JEE Main is a national level engineering entrance exam for admission to engineering colleges in India like IITs, NITs, GFTIs, etc.. Only the top 2.45 lakh score holders in JEE Main 2020 will be eligible to apply for JEEAdvanced.

NTA is responsible to conduct JEE Main from the year of 2019 onwards. Previously, the JEE Main exam was conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) till 2018. JEE Main 2020 will now be held for 3 papers where Paper 1 is for B. E./B.Tech admissions, Paper 2 is for B.Arch admissions, while Paper 3 is for B. Planning. NTA will conduct JEE Main exam twice a year ie., the first exam in the month of January and the second exam in the month of April. Candidates can appear for the exam both the times and NTA will consider the best score to provide All India Rank.Duration of exam is 3 hours and official website for jee mains is

JEE Main 2020 Eligibility Criteria

The detailed JEE Main eligibility criteria to appear for the entrance exam are specified below

Age Criteria: There is no age limit for JEE Main 2020.

Qualifying Examinations: Candidates must have passed class 12 or equivalent exam in 2018 or 2019. Candidates appearing for class 12 board examination in 2020 will be also eligible for JEE Main.

Subjects to be Qualified in Qualifying Examination: Candidates must have studied a minimum of 5 subjects which will be considered. They are Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry/Biology/Biotechnology/Technical Vocational Subject, Language and any other subject. Candidates who have taken four subjects will not be eligible.

Number of attempts: All aspirants can appear twice in a year. Students can appear for JEE Main for three years consecutively therefore the total attempts allowed for each student will be six in three years.

For JEE Main Paper II- Candidates applying for B.Archprogramme must have passed 10+2 or equivalent examination with 50% marks in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics individually and in aggregate. Diploma holders are not eligible for the entrance exam.

Qualifying Marks for Admission into IITs, NITs, IIITs and CFTIs: Gen/OBC candidates must have scored a minimum of 75% marks or should be in the top 20 percentile of their respective boards. Candidates belonging to SC/ST category must have minimum scores of 65% or be in the top 20 percentile of their boards.

Reservation Category:

Category Reservation

OBC if they belong to non-creamy layer 27%

Scheduled Castes 15%

Scheduled Tribes 7.5%

Persons with disability with 40%or more 3% horizontal

Female category(Supernumerary) only in NITs 8 to 14%


Colleges which take JEE Mains scores.Here a list of reputed colleges :-

  • IISc Bangalore

  • IIIT Hydrabad

  • NIT Trichy

  • NIT Warrangal

  • NIT Surathkal

  • MNNIT Allahabad

  • DTU

  • MNIT Jaipur

  • All other NITs

  • All other IIITs

  • Many more reputed government colleges of their respective states…

JEE Main 2020 admit card for January exam will be issued on December 6, 2019. Only those candidates who have submitted JEE Main 2020 application between September 3 and October 10 will be issued the JEE Main 2020 admit card for January session. NTA has also released JEE Main 2020 sample paper for numerical value section on November 7, 2019. JEE Main exam for January session is scheduled between January 6 and January 11 in online


JEE Main 2020 Exam Dates
JEE Mains New Pattern & Marking Scheme For Paper 1 or B.Tech/ B.E.

The JEE Main 2020 exam pattern for paper 1 is tabulated below:

JEE MainNew Pattern & Marking Scheme For Paper 1 or B.Tech/ B.E.

The JEE Main 2020 exam pattern for paper 1 is tabulated below:

Highlights of JEE Main 2020 Exam Pattern For Paper

  1. Courses: It is held for engineering courses, i.e., B.Tech or B.E

  2. For Numerical value questions, no marks will be deducted for incorrect answers

  3. No marks will be awarded for unattempted questions.

  4. Negative Marking: 1 mark will be deducted for each incorrect response or multi-responses.

  5. Marking Scheme: 4 marks for each correct response.

  6. Duration: 3 hours (4 hours for the candidates having 40% or more disability).

  7. Mode: It is a Computer Based Test.

  8. Language: Hindi, Gujarati or English (Candidates can select their preferred option while filling the application form)

  9. Subjects: The paper will be asked from subjects of Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics.

  10. Number of Questions: It consists of 60 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) and 15 questions will have the answer to be filled as a numerical value.

JEE Main Exam Pattern For B. Arch or Paper 2

The JEE Main Exam Pattern for B. Arch or Paper 2 is tabulated below:

  1. For Part 1 & Part 2 Correct Answer – 4 Marks Incorrect Answer – Minus 1 Mark Unanswered Questions – o Marks For Numerical value questions, no marks will be deducted for incorrect answers

  2. For Part 3 Two questions to be evaluated out of 100 marks

JEE Main Exam Pattern For B. Planning or Paper 3

JEE Main Exam Pattern for B. Planning or Paper 3 is tabulated below:

  1. For MCQs Correct Answer – 4 Marks Incorrect Answer – Minus 1 Mark Unanswered Questions – o Marks

  2. For Numerical Value Questions For Numerical value questions, no marks will be deducted for incorrect answers Each correct answer carries 4 marks

JEE Main Exam Pattern 2020

The JEE Main 2020 consists of three papers viz., Paper-I, Paper-II, and Paper III. Paper I is for B.E/ admissions which will be conducted in online mode. Paper II consists of 3 parts: Part 1 – Mathematics, Part 2 – Aptitude test and Part 3 – Drawing test. Part 1 & Part 2 will be held in online mode and drawing test will be held in offline mode. Whereas, Paper III is for admission into B. Planning and will be condcuted in CBT mode. The duration of the exam is 3 hours. For every correct answer, 4 marks will be awarded and for every incorrect answer, 1 mark will be deducted.

JEE Main Syllabus - Important Topics with weightage

While studying the complete syllabus is important, it is also a wise strategy to give importance to those topics that carry weightage in JEE Main. An analysis of the past 20 years of the papers of JEE Main and AIEEE show the following topics are important. The respective weightage of the same is given below. Make sure to incorporate this in your how to prepare for JEE Main plan.

JEE Main 2020 Physics Topics with Weightage

  1. Physics and Measurement - 4% weightage

  2. Work Energy and Power - 3% weightage

  3. Rotational Motion - 3% weightage

  4. Properties of Solids and Liquids - 5% weightage

  5. Kinetic theory of Gases - 3% weightage

  6. Electromagnetic Induction and Alternating currents - 3% weightage

  7. Experimental skills - 3% weightage

  8. Kinematics - 3% weightage

  9. Laws of motion - 3% weightage

  10. Gravitation - 2% weightage

  11. Thermodynamics - 9% weightage

  12. Oscillations and Waves - 3% weightage

  13. Electrostatics - 9% weightage

  14. Current Electricity - 8% weightage

  15. Magnetic Effects of Current and Magnetism - 5% weightage

  16. Electromagnetic Waves - 5% weightage

  17. Optics- 10% weightage

  18. Dual Nature of Matter and Radiation - 6% weightage

  19. Atoms and Nuclei - 3% weightage

  20. Electronic devices - 14% weightage

  21. Communication Systems - 5% weightage

JEE Main 2020 Maths Topics with Weightage

  1. Sets, Relations and Functions - 5% weightage

  2. Complex numbers and quadratic equations - 7% weightage

  3. Matrices and Determinants - 7% weightage

  4. Permutations and combinations - 4% weightage

  5. Binomial theorem and its simple applications - 2% weightage

  6. Sequence and series - 5% weightage

  7. Integral Calculus - 9% weightage

  8. Limit, continuity and differentiability - 10% weightage

  9. Co-ordinate geometry - 15% weightage

  10. Three Dimensional Geometry - 6% weightage

  11. Vector Algebra - 5% weightage

  12. Statistics and Probability - 8% weightage

  13. Trigonometry - 4% weightage

  14. Mathematical reasoning - 3% weightage

  15. Differential equations - 3% weightage

  16. Mathematical Induction - 3% weightage

Go through JEE Main Preparation Tips for Maths to better your preparation efforts

JEE Main 2020 Chemistry Topics with Weightage

  1. States of matter - 3% weightage

  2. Atomic Structure - 3% weightage

  3. Solutions - 5% weightage

  4. Chemical Thermodynamics - 4% weightage

  5. Equilibrium - 6% weightage

  6. Redox Reaction and Electrochemistry - 4% weightage

  7. Chemical kinetics - 3% weightage

  8. Surface Chemistry - 1% weightage

  9. General Principle and process of Isolation of metals - 2% weightage

  10. Classification of Elements and Periodic table - 3% weightage

  11. Hydrogen - 3% weightage

  12. p- Block Elements - 5% weightage

  13. S - Block Elements Alkali and Alkaline Earth Metals - 1% weightage

  14. Chemical Bonding and Molecular Structure- 5%

  15. d - and f - BLOCK ELEMENTS - 4% weightage

  16. Co-ordination Compounds - 4% weightage

  17. Environmental Chemistry - 3% weightage

  18. Purification and Characterisation of Organic Compounds -s 3% weightage

  19. Some Basic Principles of Organic Chemistry - 3% weightage

  20. Hydrocarbons - 3% weightage

  21. Organic Compounds containing Halogens - 2% weightage

  22. Organic Compounds containing Oxygen - 6% weightage

  23. Organic Compounds Containing Nitrogen - 1% weightage

  24. Polymers - 3% weightage

  25. Biomolecules - 3% weightage

  26. Chemistry in Everyday Life - 4% weightage

  27. Principles Related to Practical Chemistry - 3% weightage

JEE Main Cutoff for Top IIITs - 2019 vs 2018

Below are the previous year’s cutoff for top NITs in India for two programmes – Computer Science and Engineering & Electrical Engineering


JEE Main 2020 Preparation Tips

JEE Main 2020 preparation tips specify the steps to be followed by students wishing to crack the exam and taste success in it. Some of the preparation tips suggested by experts and toppers are

  • Use the syllabus and study all topics thoroughly

  • Understand and know the exam pattern well

  • Prepare a study plan and adhere to it well

  • Check and refer important books and topics recommended by experts and toppers

  • Prepare short notes while studying to use as reference at the last minute

  • Practice well by solving previous year sample papers

  • Revise and analyze after each test

  • Attempt JEE Main 2020 mock test to feel actual exam environment

  • Revise regularly to avoid missing or forgetting any topic

  • Go for small breaks to avoid monotony and tiredness

  • Stay positive and be confident; avoid comparisons with others

  • Keep healthy and fit.


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