JEE Main Exam Pattern

Knowing the JEE Main 2021 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 2021 exam NTA has yet again introduced some new changes. They are as follows.

  • Four sessions of the exam instead of two. The Paper 1 exam will be held in February, March, April and May. However, Paper 2A and Paper 2B (B. Arch & B. Planning) will be held only twice a year (February & May 2021).
  • Paper 1 will now consist of 90 questions where 20 questions will be asked in section a and 10 in section b. Students can answer a total of 75 questions – 20 questions in section a and 5 questions in section b for each subject – Physics, Chemistry, and Maths.
  • Paper 2A is only set for B.Arch courses. It will consist of 82 total questions out of which students can attempt only 77 questions (Mathematics- 25; Aptitude- 50; Drawing- 2). The total marks allotted is 400.
  • Paper  2B will consist of 105 questions and students can attempt 100 questions. The paper will also be out of 400 marks.
  • For Paper 2A and Paper 2B, candidates can answer any 5 out of the 10 questions in numerical value-based part in the Mathematics section.
  • The question papers will be set in 13 different languages.

In essence, aspirants will find all the important information about the exam including the mode of the JEE Main 2021 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 three papers and will be conducted in two shifts – morning and evening. The general layout of the exam pattern for JEE Main is given below;

Paper 1: B.E/B.Tech
Subject Section A

(Marking Scheme: Correct +4 , Incorrect -1, Unanswered : 0)

Question Type: MCQs

Section B

(Marking Scheme: Correct +4, Incorrect 0, Unanswered : 0)

Question Type: Numerical Value

Marks
Number of Questions in paper Number of questions can be attempted Number of Questions in paper Number of questions can be attempted
Physics 20 20 10 5 100
Chemistry 20 20 10 5 100
Maths 20 20 10 5 100
Total 90 Question | 75 Questions can be attempted 300

 

Paper 2A: B.Arch
Subject Section A

(Marking Scheme: Correct +4 , Incorrect -1, Unanswered : 0)

Question Type: MCQs

Section B

(Marking Scheme: Correct +4, Incorrect 0, Unanswered : 0)

Question Type: Numerical Value

Marks
Number of Questions in paper Number of questions can be attempted Number of Questions in paper Number of questions can be attempted
Maths 20 20 10 5 100
Aptitude 50 20 0 0 200
Drawing 2 20 0 0 100
Total 82 Question | 77 Questions can be attempted 400

 

Paper 2B: B.Planning
Subject Section A

(Marking Scheme: Correct +4 , Incorrect -1, Unanswered : 0)

Question Type: MCQs

Section B

(Marking Scheme: Correct +4, Incorrect 0, Unanswered : 0)

Question Type: Numerical Value

Marks
Number of Questions in paper Number of questions to be attempted Number of Questions in paper Number of questions to be attempted
Maths 20 20 10 5 100
Aptitude 50 20 0 0 200
Planning Based 25 20 0 0 100
Total 105 Question | 100 Questions can be attempted 400

JEE Main Exam Pattern 2021 Detailed Description

The JEE Main 2021 exam pattern indicates how the exam will be conducted and how the JEE Main question paper will be set. Going forward. JEE Main will be held in four sessions. The first session of the exam is being conducted in the month of February while the other sessions will be held in the month of March, April and May.

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. The exam conducting authority may introduce new changes at certain intervals. Nonetheless, we will look at the exam pattern for JEE Main 2021 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.

In paper I each Subject will contain two sections. Section A will be of Multiple-Choice Questions (MCQs) and
Section B will contain Questions whose answers are to be filled in as a numerical value. In Section B,
candidates have to attempt any five questions out of 10. There will be no negative marking for
Section B.

JEE Main Paper 2A 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
Total Marks 400
Marking Scheme 4 for the correct answer, -1 for the wrong answer.

In paper 2A, 20 questions will be MCQs and 5 questions will have answers to be filled as a numerical value out of
10. There will be no negative marking for numerical value.

JEE Main Paper 2B 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 answer as a numerical value for maths
Duration 3 hrs. 4 hrs for people with disability
Total Marks 400
Marking Scheme 4 for the correct answer and -1 for wrong or multiple answers. Unanswered question will contain 0 marks. 

*20 questions will be MCQs and 5 questions will have answers to be filled as a numerical value out of
10. There will be no negative marking for numerical value.

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.

JEE Main Paper Medium

From 2021 onwards, as per the National Education Policy (NEP), JEE Main paper will be set in 13 languages. They are as follows.

S. No. Language  Examination Centres
1 English All Examination Centres
2 Hindi All Examination Centres in India
3 English and Assamese Examination Centres in Assam
4 English and Bengali Examination Centres in West Bengal, Tripura and Andaman & Nicobar Island
5 English and Gujarati Examination Centres in Gujarat, Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli
6 English and Kannada Examination Centres in Karnataka
7 English and Marathi Examination Centres in Maharashtra
8 English and Malayalam Examination Centres in Kerala and Lakshadweep
9 English and Odia Examination Centres in Odisha
10 English and Punjabi Examination Centres in Punjab, Chandigarh and Delhi
11 English and Tamil Examination Centres in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Andaman & Nicobar Island
12 English and Telugu Examination Centres in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana
13 English and Urdu All Examination Centres in India

Candidates have to note the option of choosing a language for question paper should be exercised while filling up the application form online. NTA has mentioned that it cannot be changed at a later stage. Additionally, for the correctness of the questions in all the JEE Main question papers, the English version will be taken as final.

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 2021

The exam schedule for JEE Main has been released by the NTA. The JEE Main 2021 exam dates are as follows:

Date of Examination (Session 1): 23, 24, 25 & 26 February 2021
(Session 2): 15, 16, 17 & 18 March 2021
(Session 3): 27, 28, 29 & 30 April 2021
(Session 4): 24, 25, 26, 27 & 28 May 2021

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

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JEE Main Merit List 2021 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.

Method of resolving Ties

Tie between candidates obtaining equal Total NTA scores in Paper1: B.E./B.Tech will be resolved in the following descending order:
▪ NTA score in Mathematics, followed by
▪ NTA score in Physics, followed by
▪ NTA score in Chemistry, followed by
▪ Candidates having a lesser ratio of negative to positive responses

Tie between candidates obtaining equal Total NTA scores in Paper 2A: B.Arch will be resolved in the following manner:
▪ NTA score in Mathematics, followed by
▪ NTA score in Aptitude Test, followed by
▪ NTA score in Drawing Test, followed by
▪ Candidates having a lesser ratio of negative to positive responses

Tie between candidates obtaining equal Total NTA scores in 2B: B. Planning will be resolved in the following manner:
▪ NTA score in Mathematics, followed by
▪ NTA score in Aptitude Test, followed by
▪ NTA score in Planning Based Questions, followed by
▪ Candidates having a lesser ratio of negative to positive responses

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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