JEE Main Exam Pattern

JEE Main Exam Pattern 2020 – Knowing the exam pattern is crucial for candidates and students appearing for the IIT JEE exam. Candidates who closely observe and follow the exam pattern will not only be able to prepare a successful study plan but they can ultimately perform well and achieve a better result in the exam.

From 2019 onwards, the National Testing Agency (NTA) has been granted the authority to design and develop the JEE Main syllabus as well as set the exam pattern. While there were a few modifications made to the exam pattern in 2019, for the upcoming 2020 exam NTA has yet again introduced some new changes. They are as follows.

  • Three papers for JEE Main. Paper 1 for B. E/ B. Tech, Paper 2 for B.Arch, Paper 3 for B.Planning.
  • Paper 1 will now consist of 77 questions where 25 questions will be asked from each section. Earlier the paper had 90 questions in total.
  • Paper 2 is now only set for B.Arch courses. It will consist of 77 questions and the total marks allotted is 400.
  • Paper 3 will consist of 100 questions and the paper will be out of 400 marks.

In essence, aspirants will find all the important information about the exam including the mode of the JEE Main 2020 exam, type of questions, different sections, allotment of marks and duration of the exam in this page. Let us look at the details below.

Highlights of JEE Main Exam Pattern

JEE Main mainly consists of two papers and is usually conducted in two sessions in the month of January and April and in two shifts – morning and evening. The general layout of the exam pattern for JEE Main is given below;

Particulars Paper 1 Paper 2 Paper 3
Mode Of The Exam Computer-based test Both online and offline Computer-based test
Number Of Sections Three sections comprising Physics, Maths and Chemistry. Three sections consisting of Mathematics, Drawing, and Aptitude. Three sections consisting of Mathematics, Aptitude, and Planning based test.
Duration 3 hours 3 hours 3 hours
Number Of Questions 75 questions out of which 25 questions are asked from each section. Total of 77 questions where Maths consists of 25 questions, aptitude has 50 questions and drawing includes 2 questions. It will consist of a total of 100 questions where Mathematics will have 25 questions, Aptitude section will consist of 50 questions and the planning test will include 25 questions.
Question Types Multiple Choice Questions as well as numerical based questions. Objective type questions are asked for Maths and Aptitude.

Questions to test drawing and sketching skills.

Objective types MCQs and 5 questions in Maths will have an answer that should be filled as a numerical value. 
Total Marks 300 400 400
Language Of Paper Hindi and English. Gujarati is also included for candidates from some states. English, Hindi and Gujarati. English, Hindi and Gujarati.

JEE Main Exam Pattern 2020 Detailed Description

The JEE Main 2020 exam pattern indicates how the exam will be conducted and how the JEE Main question paper will be set. Usually, in JEE Main the exam is held in two sessions. The first session of the exam is conducted in the month of January while the second session is held in the month of April. However, notifications and circulars about the exam are usually released on the official website and candidates should keep a close eye on the updates and refer them to know the latest details about the exam. Sometimes the exam conducting authority may introduce news changes. Nonetheless, we will look at the exam pattern for JEE Main 2020 below.

JEE Main Paper I Exam Pattern 

Course B. E / B. Tech
Exam Mode Online
Subjects Physics, Chemistry and Maths
Type Of Questions MCQs and Numerical based questions
Duration 3 hrs
Medium English, Hindi and Gujarati
Total Marks 300
Marking Scheme 4 for the correct answer, -1 for the wrong answer and 0 for unanswered question.

JEE Main Paper II Exam Pattern 

Course B.Architecture
Exam Mode Both online and offline
Subjects Maths with aptitude and drawing test
Type Of Questions Objective type questions for maths and aptitude while drawing test is also conducted
Duration 3 hrs. 4 hrs for people with disability
Medium English, Hindi and Gujarati
Total Marks 400
Marking Scheme 4 for the correct answer, -1 for the wrong answer.

JEE Main Paper III Exam Pattern 

Course B.Planning
Exam Mode Computer-based test
Subjects Maths with Aptitude and Planning based test
Type Of Questions Multiple-choice questions and 5 questions with the answer as a numerical value for maths
Duration 3 hrs. 4 hrs for people with disability
Medium English, Hindi and Gujarati
Total Marks 400
Marking Scheme 4 for the correct answer and -1 for wrong or multiple answers. Unanswered question will contain 0 marks. 

On a side note, it is also very important for candidates to carefully read all the instructions that are given in the question paper. Understand it clearly and then move on to solving the questions. It is important to follow the right procedure for the exams because gaining a negative marking or losing points may cost candidates a higher rank in the exams.

Distribution of Questions and Marks


Subjects Questions Marks
Chemistry 25 100
Physics 25 100
Mathematics 25 100
Total 75 300


Subjects Questions Marks
Mathematics 25 100
Aptitude 50 200
Drawing 2 100
Total 77 400


Subjects Questions Marks
Mathematics 25 100
Aptitude 50 200
Planning 25 100
Total 100 400

Benefits of the New Exam Pattern

According to NTA, students will reap the following benefits from the new pattern.

  • Students will get more opportunity to improve their scores in the examination after their first attempt. Their whole academic year will not go to waste.
  • When students take the exam for the first time they will gain a real experience of taking the JEE Main exam. They can then analyze their mistakes, correct them and write the exam for a second time.
  • Students need not worry about dropping a year. Furthermore, droppers would not have to waste a full year.
  • Students who fail to take the exam due to some unavoidable reasons they do not have to wait one full year to give the next exam. They can take the exam in the second session. Besides, only the best NTA scores out of the two exams will be considered for preparing the merit list.

JEE Main Paper Analysis and Syllabus

Candidates can also check or go through the JEE Main question paper analysis of each year to get a better idea of the exam pattern, types of questions, difficulty level, important topics and more. This will further help candidates to develop a proper strategy for preparing effectively and clearing the entrance exam. Additionally, candidates can take JEE mock tests to understand the examination mode, question types and they can also analyze their preparation level.

Alternatively, candidates should also get their hands on the JEE Main syllabus and go through it to get a deeper understanding of the exam pattern, marking scheme, course objectives and more. All these study exercises will help aspirants to perform excellently in the final exam.

JEE Main Exam Schedule 2020

The exam schedule for JEE Main is mainly fixed by the NTA. The JEE Main 2020 exam will be held on the following days;

  • January: 6th – 11th, 2020
  • April: 3rd – 9th, 2020

The JEE Main exam will be conducted in two shifts. The timing details are given below.

Timing of Examination First Shift Second Shift
For B.E./B.Tech 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. 2.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m
For B.Arch 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. 2.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m
For B.Planning 2.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m
For both B.Arch and B.Planning 2.30 p.m. to 6.00 p.m

While the JEE exams require smart and productive work, candidates can significantly boost their preparation by taking some JEE Crash course. Learn more about it by clicking on the given link.

JEE Main Merit List 2020 Determination

How is the JEE Main merit list determined? Let us find out below.

Paper 1 Paper 2 Paper 3
The raw scores in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry are converted into total NTA scores. The raw scores obtained in Mathematics, Aptitude Test, Drawing Test and Total are converted into NTA scores.  The raw score in Mathematics, Aptitude Test, Planning Based Test and Total is converted to NTA scores. 
Overall merit is determined by combining NTA scores of both the first and second shift including all the days.

Important Guidelines for JEE Main Exam Day

Here are some useful tips that candidates can follow to avoid any confusion during the exam day.

  • Candidates should reach the examination hall early. Normally, the gates are opened two hours in advance. There will be strict checking and candidates should have proper time management. They should be on time for the exam.
  • Aspirants should remember to carry their id proofs and their JEE Main admit card. These are important documents without which they will not be allowed to enter the exam hall.
  • No electronic devices including watches, calculators or phones as well books, notebooks will be allowed in the exam hall.

Frequently Asked Questions On JEE Main Exam Pattern

What is the mode of JEE Main Paper 1 and Paper 2?

JEE Main Paper 1 is conducted solely through a computer-based mode. Likewise, Paper 2, Part-I and II (Mathematics and Aptitude Test) is conducted via computer-based mode and Part-III which includes the drawing test will be held in a pen and paper mode. It is both online and offline. Candidates cannot choose between online or offline exams.

Is it mandatory for candidates to write both the JEE Main exam papers?

No, it is not mandatory for candidates to write both the JEE Main exam papers. It is optional. However, candidates can appear for both the JEE Main exam sessions which are held in January and April.

Is the exam conducted in any other language apart from Hindi and English?

Yes, but only for selected areas. Gujarati language is also used but only for exam centres in Gujarat, Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli. Rest will take the exam in either English or Hindi. Candidates can change the language settings at any point during the examination.

Is it mandatory to attempt all the questions from each section in the JEE Main?

No, it is not mandatory or necessary for candidates to attempt all the questions. However, it is always better to attempt more questions as you will be able to score higher marks which will ultimately lead to a higher rank.

Is it possible to change the answers during the examination?

Yes, candidates can easily change their answers at any point during the examination.

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