JEE Advanced FAQs

Some of the most common JEE Advanced FAQs have been discussed here. Students can go through them and get answers to their own queries regarding the national level entrance exam. The JEE Advanced FAQs given here consists of questions related to the exam authority, eligibility, application, syllabus, admit card, scoring, admissions and more. Scroll down to know the details of JEE Advanced 2020.

JEE Advanced 2020 FAQs

Q1. What is IIT JEE Advanced?

Ans: JEE Advanced is the second phase of the IIT JEE Exam. This exam is conducted for selecting top candidates and providing them admission in IITs across India.

Q2. Who will conduct JEE Advanced 2020?

Ans: IIT Delhi will conduct the JEE Advanced 2020. Normally, the exam is conducted by the 7 Zonal coordinating IITs under the guidance of the Joint Admission Board (JAB).

Q3. What kind of courses can I opt for through JEE Advanced?

Ans: Through JEE (Advanced), IITs offer admission into undergraduate courses leading to a Bachelor’s, Integrated Master’s or Bachelor-Master Dual Degree in Engineering, Sciences or Architecture.

Q4. What changes have been introduced for  IIT JEE Advanced 2020?

Ans. The changes are as follows:

  • Top 2.50 Lakh aspirants will qualify for writing JEE Advanced. 
  • The JEE Exam will be held in 5 foreign countries apart from India.
  • Application fee increased for Indian candidates while it has been decreased for the foreign candidates.
  • Questions will be more descriptive.
  • Supernumerary seats for female candidates have been increased from 17% to 20%.

Q5. How many seats are available in IITs in 2020?

Ans: The number of seats offered by IITs usually varies every year. In 2020, approximately 13,853 seats will be offered to the top rankers across 23 IITs in the country.

Eligibility

Q6. Who is eligible to appear for JEE Advanced 2020?

Ans: The top 2,50,000 candidates who qualify JEE Main are eligible for applying and writing the JEE Advanced exam.

Q7. What are the main factors considered in JEE Advanced Eligibility criteria apart from JEE Main score?

Ans: The main factors include age, number of attempts, educational qualification, admission in IITs. 

  • You should be born on or after October 1, 1995.
  • You can attempt JEE (Advanced) for a maximum of two times in two consecutive years. 
  • Should have cleared the Class XII (or equivalent) examination in either 2019 or 2020.
  • A candidate should NOT have been admitted to an IIT.

Q8. I appeared in the Class XII examination for the first time in 2019. Am I eligible for JEE (Advanced) 2020?

Ans: Yes. You are eligible for appearing in JEE (Advanced) 2020, provided you also satisfy all other eligibility criteria.

Q9. I appeared in the Class XII examination for the first time in 2018. My Class XII examination board declared the results of all the candidates of the board after June 2018. Am I eligible for JEE (Advanced) 2020?

Ans: YES. You are eligible for appearing in JEE (Advanced) 2020, provided you also satisfy all other eligibility criteria.

Q11. I have taken admission in one of the IITs for the preparatory course in 2019. Am I eligible for JEE (Advanced) 2020?

Ans: Yes. You are eligible for JEE (Advanced) 2020, provided you satisfy all other eligibility criteria.

Q12. I had taken admission in one of the NITs in 2019. Am I eligible for JEE (Advanced) 2020?

Ans: Yes. Candidates who had taken admissions in NITs in 2019 are eligible for appearing in JEE (Advanced) 2020, provided they satisfy all other eligibility criteria.

Application

Q13. How To Apply For JEE Advanced 2020?

Ans: Candidates who want to apply for JEE Advanced 2020 must first qualify JEE Main and be in the top 2,50,000 candidates. The application form for JEE Advanced 2020 is usually made available online on the official website.

Q14. I entered the wrong details in the JEE Advanced Application Form. Can I correct my details?

Ans: Yes, you can correct your details until the time it is submitted. After that, you will not be able to make corrections in your application form.

Q15. During JEE (Main) 2020 registration I have declared my category wrongly. Can I correct it during JEE (Advanced) 2020 registration?

Ans: No. Category declared during JEE (Main) 2020 registration cannot be changed during JEE (Advanced) 2020 registration.

Q16. How many cities can be chosen while submitting the registration form?

Ans: Candidates also have to compulsorily choose six cities/towns from a zone of their choice at the time of online registration.

Q17. What documents are required during the online application process of JEE Advanced Exam?

Ans: Following documents are required:

  • Class 10th and 12th Mark Sheet.
  • Caste/Category Certificate.
  • Scribe form (for handicapped candidates).

Q18. I have Class XII pass certificate of 2019 Class XII examination and the marks statement as a separate document. Which document should I upload during the JEE (Advanced) 2020 registration?

Ans: Upload the Class XII marks statement.

Q19. I have appeared for the Class XII examination in 2020. Will I be able to register for JEE (Advanced) 2020 without uploading the Class XII certificate?

Ans: Yes. The candidates who appeared in Class XII examination in 2020 do not have to upload any document with respect to Class XII examination at the time of JEE (Advanced) 2020 registration.

Q20. How to pay the application fees? What is the Application Fee for JEE Advanced 2020?

Ans: The fees can be paid online or through challans. The new application fee details are given below:

Category Amount
Indian Nationals Female Candidates (All categories) Rs. 1400
SC, ST and PWD Rs. 1400
Others Rs. 2800
Foreign Nationals Candidates from SAARC

countries

USD 75
Candidates from Non-SAARC

countries

USD 150

Syllabus

Q21. Has JEE Advanced Syllabus changed for 2020? Or is it still the same.

Ans: The JEE Advanced syllabus of the 2020 exam is the same as the previous years. No changes have been introduced.

Q22. Are JEE Main and Advanced Syllabus the same?

Ans: Not entirely. There are some topics that differ in JEE Main and Advanced.

Q23. Which syllabus should I focus more on – JEE Main or Advanced?

Ans. JEE Main is the qualifying examination for JEE Advanced. There are no major differences between the two syllabi as such. You can focus more on JEE Main syllabus first because you have to qualify in this exam in order to reach JEE Advanced level. After clearing JEE Main you can prepare accordingly.

Exam Paper and Mode

Q24. In what mode will the JEE Advanced 2020 exam be conducted? Will the exam be conducted online or offline?

Ans: JEE (Advanced) 2020 examination will be conducted only in the Computer Based Test (CBT) mode.

Q25. Are both papers mandatory for JEE Advanced?

Ans: JEE Advanced consists of two papers (Paper 1 and Paper 2) of three hours duration each. Both the papers will consist of three separate sections, viz., Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics and they are compulsory. The responses of ONLY those candidates who have appeared in both Paper 1 and Paper 2 will be evaluated/graded.

Q26. What kind of questions are asked in the exam?

Ans: The question papers will consist of questions designed to test comprehension, reasoning and analytical ability of candidates.

Q27. How will I be getting a copy of the QUESTION papers and my responses to questions in Paper 1 and Paper 2?

Ans: No but it will be available for download from the portal link that will be made available at the JEE (Advanced) 2020 website.

Q28. Can I change the language (from English to Hindi and vice versa) of viewing the questions during the CBT of JEE (Advanced) 2020?

Ans: Candidate can switch/toggle between English or Hindi languages, as the viewing language of any question, anytime during the entire period of the examination. 

Q29. Will I be given rough sheets for my calculations during the Computer Based Test (CBT) of JEE (Advanced) 2020?

Ans: Yes, you will be given a “Scribble Pad” (containing blank sheets, for rough work) at the start of every paper of JEE (Advanced) 2020. You can do all your calculations inside this “Scribble Pad”. You will need to bring your own pen/pencil.

Q30. Will PwD candidates be eligible for compensatory time?

Ans: All PwD candidates are eligible for one hour compensatory time, i.e., the end time will be 13:00 IST for Paper 1 and 18:30 IST for Paper 2.

Q31. Can I change my answer in the CBT mode?

Ans: Candidate will have the option to change the previously saved answer of any question, anytime during the entire duration of the test.

Q32. Are there any mock tests provided to get familiar with the exam mode?

Ans: Yes.  To attain familiarity with the CBT mode candidates are advised to take mock tests available on the website https://jeeadv.ac.in.

Admit Card

Q33. I have a problem downloading my admit card through the candidate portal. What should I do?

Ans: In case of any problem in downloading of the admit card, the candidate should immediately contact the Chairman, JEE (Advanced) 2020 of their respective zonal coordinating IIT.

Q34. Will the JEE Advanced admit card be sent by mail? How can I get a hold of the admit card?

Ans: Not, you won’t receive a physical copy of the admit card through the mail. Candidates who successfully registered for JEE (Advanced) 2020 can download the admit card from the online registration portal: https://jeeadv.ac.in.

Q35. When can I download my JEE Advanced Admit Card?

Ans: You will be able to download your JEE Advanced Admit Card one week prior to the exam. The admit card downloading schedule is said to begin from May 12th, 2020 and go on until May 17th, 2020.

Q36. Is there any separate admit card for JEE Advanced AAT 2020?

Ans: No, for JEE Advanced AAT Exam you will have to carry the same JEE Advanced Exam admit card.

Reservation

Q37. Is there reservation of seats in IIT JEE Advanced?

Ans: Yes. Indian nationals belonging to certain categories are admitted under the seats reserved for them in accordance with the rules of the Government of India.

Q38. What is the non-creamy layer (NCL) criteria for availing benefits of reservation under the OBC-NCL category?

Ans: The criteria for Non-Creamy Layer (OBC-NCL) will be as per the current notification of Government of India.

Q39. How many seats are allotted for defence personnel?

Ans: 2 seats are reserved for allotment in each institute under JEE Advanced for DS candidates. However, in order to avail this preferential allotment, a DS candidate must qualify the JEE Advanced and hence, be in the Common Rank List of JEE.

Q40. Is there a sports quota at the IIT?

Ans: No. There is no sports quota for admission in IITs.

Q41. Is there any reservation of seats for women?

Ans: Yes. From 2020, 20% of supernumerary seats will be reserved for female candidates. 

Q42. What is the seat allocation percentage for foreign students?

Ans: Seats allotted to such foreign nationals are supernumerary with a cap of 10% of total number of seats in every course.

Q43. What is the percentage of seats reserved for JEE Advanced 2020?

Ans:

Category Reservation matrix of seats
Other Backward Classes (OBC-NCL) 27%
Scheduled Caste (SC) 15%
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 7.5%

Score and Tie Breaker

Q44. How is JEE Advanced marks tallied or calculated?

Ans: The marks obtained by a candidate in Physics in JEE (Advanced) 2020 will be equal to the marks scored in Physics part of Paper 1 plus the marks scored in Physics part of Paper 2. Marks obtained in Chemistry and Mathematics will be calculated in the same way. 

Q45. What is aggregate marks in JEE Advanced?

Ans: The aggregate marks obtained by a candidate in JEE (Advanced) 2020 is the sum of the marks awarded to him/her in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics.

Q46. How is the Rank list prepared?

Ans: Rank lists are prepared based on the aggregate marks in JEE (Advanced) 2020. Moreover, only candidates who have appeared in both Paper 1 and Paper 2 will be considered for the ranking.

Q47. What happens when candidates have the same score?

Ans: If the aggregate marks scored by two or more candidates are the same, then the following tie-break policy will be used for awarding ranks:

  • Candidates having higher positive marks will be awarded a higher rank.
  • Higher rank will be assigned to the candidate who has obtained higher marks in Mathematics. 
  • If this does not break the tie, higher rank will be assigned to the candidate who has obtained higher marks in Physics. If there is a tie even after this, candidates will be assigned the same rank.

Q48. What role does category play in JEE Advanced ranking? Is there any waiting list?

Ans: A candidate who qualifies in more than one category will be considered in all the categories to which he/she belongs for the purpose of ranking. There will be no waiting list for ranking.

Q49. How is the top 20 percentile calculated for the Qualifying Exam?

Ans: The percentiles are calculated by taking the aggregate marks of all the subjects of the Qualifying Exam. Institutions will provide cutoff marks for top 20 percentiles of various categories and the information will be published on the IIT websites.

Q50. Is the Top 20 percentile calculated on all the subjects of the Qualifying Exam or just the Science subjects students appear for?

Ans: To calculate percentiles, aggregate marks of all the subjects of the Qualifying Exam are taken into consideration.

Q51. Marks in which subjects of the Class XII examination would be considered for calculating my aggregate marks for the purpose of checking whether I qualify for admission in IITs?

Ans: The marks scored in five subjects (Physics, Chemistry, Maths, Language and any other subject with high marks) will be considered for calculating the aggregate marks of the candidates (and also the cut-off marks for fulfilling the top 20 percentile criterion).

Q52. What is the minimum percentage of marks prescribed for inclusion in the rank list?

Ans: The minimum percentage of marks are given below:

Cutoffs

Q53. What is the meaning of cutoff in the JEE Advanced exam?

Ans: The cutoff is the minimum qualifying score that JEE Advanced candidates must obtain to be considered for admission.

Q54. What factors are considered for the JEE Advanced cutoff?

Ans: The JEE Advanced 2020 cutoff will be created considering various factors such as;

  • Previous year’s cutoff trends.
  • The total number of applicants.
  • The difficulty level of the exam.
  • Candidates’ performance in the exam.
  • The number of seats available for admission.

Q55. Are cutoffs based on different categories?

Ans: The JEE Advanced cutoffs are based on different categories for different programmes. There are different cutoffs for the general category, SC and ST, OBC, etc. The cutoff for admission is also based on the course and college selected by the candidates.

Q56. What is the cutoff for foreign students?

Ans: Foreign students will be granted admission to IITs solely based on the scores they obtain in the JEE Advanced exam. However, foreign candidates don’t need to qualify JEE Main and they can directly register for JEE Advanced.

Q57. Are opening and closing ranks the same as the cutoff?

Ans: Yes. JEE Advanced cut off is usually released in the form of Opening and Closing Ranks for every participating institute.

Q58. Are cutoffs based on different categories?

Ans: The JEE Advanced cutoffs are based on different categories for different programmes. There are different cutoffs for the general category, SC and ST, OBC, etc. The cutoff for admission is also based on the course and college selected by the candidates.

Q59. Are cutoffs important?

Ans: Students qualifying JEE Advanced cutoff will be considered eligible for admission in IITs. Furthermore, Cut off list will contain the Minimum Percentage of Marks in Each Subject and Minimum Percentage of Aggregate Marks.

Admissions

Q60. Do I have to register with Joint Seat Allocation Authority for counselling and be eligible for admission in IITs?

Ans: All JEE (Advanced) 2020 qualified candidates MUST register with Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA) 2020 and fill in course choices in order to be eligible for admission in IITs.

Q61. I qualified in JEE (Advanced) 2020 and registered for Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA) 2020. However, I forgot to fill in my choices for courses. Will I be considered for admission in IITs?

Ans: NO. If you have not filled in your course choices by the deadline (last date for choice filling), then you will NOT be considered for admission to any program in IITs.

Q62. Does qualifying JEE guarantee admission in IITs?

Ans: Qualifying in JEE Advanced (2020), filling up choices and/or participating in the joint seat allocation process do not guarantee a candidate to get admission in IITs. Admission will depend on the availability of seats during various rounds of seat allocation.

General Queries

Q63. Is there any dress code to appear in the JEE Advanced Exam?

Ans: Yes, there is a proper Dress code in JEE Advanced Exam. Candidates are also advised not to wear items containing metals such as rings, bracelets, earrings, pendants or clothes with big buttons.

Q64. Can I use the calculator in the JEE Advanced Exam?

Ans: No, you are not allowed to bring the physical calculator in the exam hall. You will be provided with a virtual calculator during the exam.

Q65. Is Aadhar Card compulsory for JEE Advanced Exam?

Ans: No. Along with a printed copy of the admit card candidates can carry any of their original and valid photo identity card including School ID, Driving License, Voter ID, Passport, PAN Card for the examination.

Q66. What things can I take inside the JEE Advanced Exam hall?

Ans: Only pens, pencils, drinking water in a transparent bottle are allowed to be taken inside the examination hall.

Q67. Can I use the calculator in the JEE Advanced Exam?

Ans: No, you are not allowed to bring the physical calculator in the exam hall. You will be provided with a virtual calculator during the exam.

Q68. Is Aadhar Card compulsory for JEE Advanced Exam?

Ans: No. Along with a printed copy of the admit card candidates can carry any of their original and valid photo identity card including School ID, Driving License, Voter ID, Passport, PAN Card for the examination.

Q69. What to do in case of any problems during the exam time?

Ans: Should there be any grievance relating to JEE (Advanced) 2020, the candidate can write to the Chairman of the Zonal IIT, or to the Organizing Chairman of JEE (Advanced) 2020 for clarification

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