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JEE Main is a computer-based online test conducted by National Testing Agency for students aspiring to pursue undergraduate courses in top engineering institutes in India. It is the first phase of the IIT Joint Entrance Exam. The examination is conducted in two sessions and candidates can take the exam either in the month of January or in April. The candidates can further opt to appear for one exam or both the exams. The better of two NTA scores will be considered by the exam conducting authority in preparing the ranks/merit list.

More significantly, students are granted admission to IITs, CFITs, NITs, and other Government funded technical institutes based on the marks obtained in JEE Main. Also, the top 2,50,000 students from JEE Main will qualify to appear for JEE Advanced.

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JEE Main 2020 Latest Updates

JEE Main 2020 Exam Status

JEE Main 2020 second session is scheduled for July. However, as of now the decision to postpone or cancel the exams is awaited. There is no update from the official exam authority (NTA) right now. HRD minister is having a review meeting with the heads on the matter. If JEE Main is postponed, JEE Advanced will also be postponed too. Check latest updates here.

JEE Main 2020 Exam Dates Announced By HRD Minister

JEE Main 2020 (second phase) exam dates have just been announced by the HRD Minister on May 5th, 2020. As per the announcement, the national level entrance exam will be held from July 18th to July 23, 2020. However, the date for the release of admit cards for JEE Main 2020 was not revealed by the minister. The entrance exam was postponed due to the COVID-19 lockdown which was imposed on March 24, 2020.

NTA Announces Exam Centre Change Facility for JEE Main 2020

National Testing Agency (NTA) in a notification has announced the opening of the exam centre correction facility for registered candidates. The exam authority will now be allowing students to change their choice of exam centre city for the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) Main 2020. This process will remain open until 5:00 PM, on 14th April 2020. The fee has to be paid via online mode before 11:50 PM.

JEE Main 2020 April Exam and Admit Card Release Date Postponed

Amid the ongoing Coronona virus situation, National Testing Agency has now postponed the ensuing JEE (Main) April 2020 examinations that were scheduled to be held on the 5th, 7th, 9th and 11th April 2020. The exam will most likely be held in the last week of May 2020. The exact dates will be announced on the official website (

Similarly, the admit card release date has also been postponed. As per the official notification dated March 31st, the hall tickets will be issued after 15th, April 2020 only.

JEE Main 2020 April Exam Registration Date Extended

National Testing Agency has now extended the JEE Main registration date for the April 2020 examination. According to the notification released on its official website the last day to submit the application form will be March 12. Previously, the deadline for completing the registration was March 6. The application form can be accessed from the official website ( and the registration link will remain open until 5 pm for the said date.

Additionally, candidates will be able to make corrections or edit the particulars in their form starting March 13th to 16th.

JEE Main April 2020 Information Bulletin Released By NTA

National Testing Agency (NTA) has now published the information brochure for JEE main 2020 April session. The document contains all the information about the entrance exam and is provided in English and Hindi languages. JEE Main second session will be held from April 5 to 11.

JEE Main 2020 Admit Card for January Session Releasing on 6th December

The admit card for JEE Main 2020 (January session) will be released online on the 6th of December, 2019 on the JEE Main official website ( For the JEE Main 2020 April session, the admit card is to be released online (on the official website) on the 16th of March, 2020. Candidates can note that a hard copy of the admit card WILL NOT be sent by post. Click here to learn how to download your JEE Main 2020 Admit card.

JEE Main 2020 Application Window Re-Opened For J&K Students

National Testing Agency (NTA), the main exam authority for JEE Main 2020 has yet again reopened the application window for Jammu and Kashmir candidates. Thus, interested students can fill and submit their applications starting October 4, 2019. They can visit the official website ( to fill the JEE Main application form. The application window will remain open until November 8, 2019.

JEE Main 2020 Application Dates Extended

NTA has just announced the extension of the application dates for JEE Main 2020. The application process was supposed to be closed on 30th September. As per the new notification, the date has been extended to 10th October. Students who wish to apply can visit the official website and fill the forms online.

JEE Main 2020 Exam Dates / Schedule Announced

NTA (National Testing Agency) has just revealed the exam dates for JEE Main 2020. According to the official notification:

  • The first session will be conducted from 6th to 11th January.
  • The second session will be held from 3rd to 9th April.

New Changes Introduced in JEE Main 2020 Exam Pattern

For 2020, the exam authority has introduced a few changes in the JEE Main exam pattern. These include;

  • The total number of questions in JEE Main 2020 question paper has been reduced from 90 questions to 75 questions. Additionally, each section will now consist of 25 question instead of 30 questions. Here, 20 will be MCQ type and 5 will be numerical type questions.
  • There will be three papers for JEE Main. A separate paper has been added for B.Planning courses. The paper will consist of 100 questions in total.
  • JEE Main Paper 2 for B.Arch will consist of a total number of 77 questions.

Students can now take any one paper, or two, or all three papers, according to their choice. Meanwhile, the registrations for the January session has already begun. Students can check the details below.

Check: All Important JEE Main 2020 Official Notifications

JEE Main 2020 Overview

Name of Exam JEE Main
Exam Duration 3 Hours
Total Marks 360 Marks
Total Attempts Twice a year
Examination Category Undergraduate Level Exam
Exam Conducting Authority NTA (National Testing Agency)
Purpose Admissions to 31 NITs, 23 IIITs and 20 GFTIs
Mode of Examination Computer-based
Total Slots 8 slots for each January and April Exam
Test Centres To be notified (India and Abroad)
JEE Main Official Website

JEE Main 2020

JEE Main 2020 Study Material

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JEE Main 2020 will comprise of three papers. Paper 1 will be for students who are planning to take B.Tech courses, whereas Paper 2 will be B.Arch programs and Paper 3 will be for B.Planning courses. NTA has introduced the new exam pattern for the upcoming 2020 exam. Meanwhile, the registration and application process for the January session starts in September and for the April session, it usually begins in the month of February. Students appearing for class 12 board exams with Physics and Maths as their compulsory subjects are eligible to appear for JEE Main 2020. 2018-19 pass-outs are also eligible to appear for this exam. However, before applying for the exam candidates should fulfil the JEE Main eligibility criteria. Failing to do so will result in the rejection of the application.

In JEE Main, the difficulty level of exam lies between moderate to tough. If we look at the previous year papers and break it down subject-wise, the Chemistry section is usually the easiest while Physics is found to be on a moderate level. Mathematics can be considered to be the toughest. In comparison to JEE Advanced, most of the questions in JEE Main are straightforward and NCERT based. However, a few tricky questions are also present and they are designed to test each candidate’s understanding of the concepts as well as their analytical skills.

NTA has set up several practice centres to familiarise students with the JEE Main examination. All the exam specifications like the paper pattern, syllabus, marking scheme, fee structure remains unchanged.

JEE Main 2020 Important Dates

The important dates for JEE Main 2020 have been released by NTA. As per the examination notification, the first and second session of JEE Main exam will be conducted in the first and second week of January and April 2020. Below we have provided the exam dates for both January and April sessions:

JEE Main 2020 January Exam

Availability of Online Application Form: September 3rd, 2019
Availability of Admit Card: December 6th, 2019
JEE Main Exam Date: January 6th to 11th, 2020
Release of Answer Keys: 
Results Declaration:

JEE Main 2020 April Exam

Availability of Online Application Form:
Availability of Admit Card: To be Announced
JEE Main Exam Date:
Release Answer Keys: To be announced
Results Declaration: To be announced
JoSAA Counselling: To be announced

What is JEE Main and Why You Should Take it?

JEE Main is a standardized test that is conducted across different states in India. The exam is held at an undergraduate level for offering admissions in some of the best engineering and technical institutions that are Government funded or privately owned. The top reasons for taking the exam are:

  • It is the only platform for engineering aspirants to land a seat in some of the premier technical institutes.
  • JEE Main is the first step for IIT aspirants to get admission in top IITs and other colleges across the country through JEE Advanced.

JEE Main 2020 Registration

The exam authority usually opens the registration process for JEE Main January session in the month of September. For 2020, the registration is staring from September 3rd 2019. The last date to submit the online application form is kept as 30th September.  Candidates can register for JEE Main 2020 via online mode only by visiting the official website. They also have to pay the application fees. Candidates are suggested to check all the academic and personal details thoroughly before submitting the application form.

NTA has also announced the dates for the second session and it is as follows.

Events Dates
Application Form Release February 7, 2020
Last date to submit application form for JEE Main April 2020 March 7, 2020
Application Correction Availability The second week of March 2020
Admit Card Release  To be announced.

JEE Main 2020 Notification

The National Testing Agency issued a public notice on the 3rd of September, 2019 announcing that it will be conducting the JEE Main 2020 examinations twice in the year 2020 (In the months of January and April). You can download the official notification in a pdf format by clicking the link provided below.

Click here to download JEE Main 2020 Notification

You can also access the official notification for JEE Main 2019 below.

Click here to download JEE Main 2019 Notification

How to Fill JEE Main 2020 Application Form?

Students to keep a few things in mind while filling the application form. Firstly, the application form other than online mode will not be accepted. Candidates can submit only one application. Multiple submissions will be rejected. They can follow the given steps for successfully submitting the online application form.

Step 1: Visit the official website ( and register for the online form. Make a note of the application number. It will be required to generate the password and for future correspondence.

Step 2: Log in to the portal using the application number and password and access the application form.

Step 3: Start filling in the form and type in all the required details.

Step 4: Upload the scanned copy of the documents containing the signature and also photographs.

Step 5: Payment of JEE Main 2020 Exam Fees – online or offline payment.

  • Offline Payment: Download the e-challan and transfer the fee amount at any branch of ICICI Bank, Syndicate Bank, or Canara Bank.
  • Online Payment: Using Credit Card, Debit Card, Net Banking, SBI Buddy Wallet, PAYTM, UPI, and Cash Cards.

Step 6: Take a print out of the acknowledgement or confirmation page.

Things Candidates Should Keep Ready Before Filling The Form

Before filling of the online application form candidates should keep the following things ready.

  • PC with a good internet connection.
  • Details of qualification.
  • Scanned copy of passport photograph. It has to be clear, in JPG/JPEG format and the image size has to be between 10 kb–200 kb.
  • Digital copy of the candidate’s signature in JPG/JPEG format with the image size between 4 kb–30 kb.
  • Working e-mail id.
  • Valid mobile number.
  • A printer to print the confirmation page.

NTA will also provide a one-time correction facility to make all the required changes in the form. For the new session, the correction window will be opened from 11th – 17th October 2019. Additional fees have to be paid.

Note: As per the official notification, no correction will be allowed after the submission of the final application. Moreover, candidates have to know that no change will be accepted even if they send a request by post, fax, email, or by hand.

JEE Main Application Fee

The application fee for the January session can be paid between 3rd September to 1st of October. The final financial transaction can be done up to 11:50 pm.

Fee payable for January JEE (Main)– 2020
B.E./B.Tech (or)

B.Arch (or)


(Only 1)

General/Gen-EWS/OBC(NCL) Boys: Rs 650/- (India) & Rs 3000/- (Outside India)

General/Gen-EWS/OBC(NCL) Girls:  Rs 325/- (India) & Rs 1500/- (Outside India)

SC/ST/PwD/Transgender (Same for Boys & Girls): Rs 325/- (India) & Rs 1500/- (Outside India)
B.E./B.Tech & B. Arch


B.E./B.Tech & B. Planning


B.E./B.Tech, B. Arch & B.Planning


B.Arch & B.Planning

General/Gen-EWS/ OBC(NCL) Boys: Rs 1300/- (India) & Rs 6000/- (Outside India)

General/Gen-EWS/ OBC(NCL) Girls: Rs 650/- (India) & Rs 3000/- (Outisde India)

SC/ST/PwD/Transgender (Same for Boys & Girls): Rs 650/- (India) & Rs 3000/- (Outside India)

If all the steps are not completed then the online application form will stand invalid. It will be dropped and no information will be released in this account. In addition, request for refund of fee will also be rejected. On the other hand, NTA can use the data gathered for research and analysis purpose.

JEE Main 2020 Eligibility Criteria

The JEE Main eligibility criteria describes all the terms and conditions that aspirants should satisfy in order to be eligible for the exam. Hence, to avoid rejection in later stages, the students go through and understand the eligibility criteria before registering for the exam. We have highlighted some of the important ones below.

Age Limit: There is no age limit for candidates who wish to appear for JEE Main 2020 January and April exams. However, candidates must note that the IITs can set age criteria for admissions. The details are usually published in the JEE Advanced 2020 Information Brochure.

Qualifying Exam: Irrespective of the age the applicant can qualify if they have cleared their class 12th or any equivalent exam such as a two-year Pre-University exam, Joint Services Wing of the National Defense Academy exam, senior secondary school examination, Higher Secondary Certificate Vocational Examination, amongst others.

Year: Students should have appeared for the exam in 2018 or 2019.  Those who are appearing in their class 12th examination in 2020 are eligible to appear in January JEE Main 2020 examination.

Criteria For admissions in NITs, IIITs, and GFTIs: The candidate must secure 75% Marks in their class 12 board exams or should be within the top 20 percentile of their respective boards. For reserved category candidates, the minimum percentage required for admissions in NITs, IIITs, and GFTIs is 65%.

Qualifying Marks: There is no minimum pass percentage for appearing in JEE Main exam. However, the applicants must pass their class 12 board or other equivalent examination.

Subjects Pursued in the Qualifying Exam:

B.E or B.Tech Courses
1. Physics
2. Mathematics
3. Language Subject
4. Any of the following: Biotechnology, Biology, Chemistry, Technical Vocational Subject
5. Any Optional subject
B.Arch/ B.Planning Courses
1. Physics
2. Language Subject
3. Mathematics (Compulsory Subject)
4. Any of the following: Biotechnology, Biology, Chemistry, Technical Vocational Subject
5. Any Optional subject

Eligibility Criteria for JEE Main Paper 2 and 3

Total Attempts: The candidates can appear for JEE Main for three consecutive years.

  • The Diploma holders are not eligible for this exam.
  • The candidate must have secured 50% marks in Maths, Physics, and Chemistry along with 50% aggregate marks in the qualifying examination.
  • Mathematics is compulsory for candidates applying for B.Arch./B.Planning courses.

JEE Main Reservation Criteria

The examination authority follows the reservation criteria laid by the government of India for granting admissions through JEE Main. All India ranks will be provided based on the categorical reservation policy. The percentage reservations of categories for admissions through JEE Main are as follows:

OBC candidates: 27% reservation
SC candidates: 15% reservation
ST candidates: 7.5% reservation
PwD candidates: 5% reservation
GEN-EWS candidates: 10% reservation
Women candidates: 5% reservation
Home State Quota: 50% of seats in NITs

Click here to know the complete eligibility criteria for JEE Main 2020This reservation applies to institutes run by the Central Government. For reservation details regarding a participating institute, candidates can check in the details with that particular institute.

JEE Main 2020 Exam Pattern

Knowing the JEE Main exam pattern is vital for candidates who want to have a smooth preparation for JEE. It helps students develop a clear idea of the marking scheme, distribution of questions, sectional weightage and exam duration. There is a new pattern for 2020 JEE Main exam. There are three papers instead of two. Paper 1 is for students aspiring for B.E./B.Tech courses in NITs, IIITs, DTU, and other GFTIs whereas Paper 2 is for B.Arch. Paper 3 is for B.Planning courses offered by these institutes.

Understanding the exam pattern enables candidates to gain a valuable opinion about the whole exam structure. Therefore, for better results, students are advised to get a complete overview of the paper pattern and devise a suitable study plan or strategy.

JEE Main Paper 1 comprises of Maths, Physics, and Chemistry whereas Paper 2 has Maths, Aptitude, and Drawing Test. Paper 3 will consist of Mathematics, Aptitude and Planning based questions. The candidates can opt for either one or both the papers. NTA has also reduced the number of questions in Paper 1. Now there are 75 questions instead of 90 questions and the total marks allotted is also 300.

All the Papers are entirely computer-based online test whereas Paper 2 drawing section is conducted offline in a pen and paper-based mode. The exam duration for all the Papers is 3 hours.

JEE Main 2020 Paper 1 (B.E or B.Tech Courses)

  • Exam Mode: Computer-based offline exam. The students will have to mark their responses on already downloaded answer sheets.
  • Exam Duration: 3 hours
  • The Questions will be from topics covered in Physics, Chemistry, and Maths.
  • Nature of Questions:  Objective type multiple-choice questions as well as numerical based questions.
  • The paper will have a total of 75 questions (300 marks) with 25 questions from each subject – Physics, Chemistry, and Maths.

JEE Main Paper 1 Marking Scheme

  • For every correct answer, 4 marks will be awarded while 1 mark will be deducted for every incorrect answer.
  • No marks are given for questions left unattempted.
  • Marking scheme for numerical based questions includes 4 marks for the correct answer. There is no negative marking even for incorrect answers.
  • Only one response has to be filled in, more than one response will be judged as a wrong answer and will result in negative marking.

JEE Main 2020 Paper 2 (B.Arch Courses)

  • Exam Mode: Offline Exam
  • Exam Duration: 3 hours
  • The Questions will be from topics covered in Maths, General Aptitude, and Drawing Skills.
  • Mathematics will consist of MCQs and questions for which answer is a numerical value. Aptitude will also have MCQs. Drawing test will evaluate the sketching and drawing skills.
  • The Aptitude Test consists of 50 questions (200 marks). Maths section consists of 25 questions (100 marks) and the Drawing test comprises of 2 questions (100 marks).

JEE Main Paper 2 Marking Scheme

  • For every correct answer in Maths and Aptitude section, 4 marks will be awarded while 1 mark will be deducted for every incorrect answer.
  • There is no negative marking for Drawing questions.

JEE Main 2020 Paper 3 (B.Planning Courses)

  • Exam Mode: Offline Exam
  • Exam Duration: 3 hours
  • The Questions will be from topics covered in Maths, General Aptitude, and Planning skills.
  • Mathematics and Aptitude will have single correct objective type multiple-choice questions. Planning based question will also be MCQ type.
  • The Aptitude Test consists of 50 questions (200 marks). Maths section consists of 25 questions (100 marks) and the Planning test comprises of 25 questions (100 marks).

JEE Main Paper 2 Marking Scheme

  • For every correct answer, 4 marks will be awarded while 1 mark will be deducted for every incorrect answer.
  • 4 marks will be awarded for the correct answer in numerical based question. No negative marking is given.

JEE Main Syllabus 2020

While the JEE Main syllabus is mainly mapped according to the NCERT textbooks, NTA does prescribe a separate syllabus for JEE. It comprises of topics that are covered in class 11th and 12th standard including subjects such as Maths, Physics and Chemistry.

Students can also refer subject wise detailed syllabus of JEE Main from the links given below.

The questions asked in the JEE Main exam are easy but require a lot of smart work, practice and effective preparation. One of the major challenges generally faced by students is the time constraint. To overcome this, students need to develop adept problem-solving skills as well as time management skills to ensure the successful completion of the examination. Moreover, before starting their preparations students should acquire an in-depth and clear understanding of each and every topic covered in the syllabus of JEE Main 2020. 

Therefore, candidates should read the syllabus at least once before studying. This exercise will help them gain insight into all the important chapters or topics that they should focus on. Additionally, they can formulate a proper study plan accordingly.

Having said that, here is the subject wise break down of important chapters for JEE Main 2020. Students need to pay proper attention to these chapters to ace the examination.

Important Chapters for JEE Main


Vectors 3D Geometry
Sequence and Series Determinant and Matrices
Circles Straight Lines
Definite Integral Probability Distribution
Functions Limits and Continuity
Conic Sections Application of Derivatives
Quadratic Equation Complex Numbers
Binomial Theorem Area under the Curve


Ray Optics Thermodynamics
Semiconductors EM Waves
Gravitation Magnetism
Alternating Current Wave Optics
Electromagnetic Induction Oscillations
Kinematics Rotation
Current Electricity Electrostatics
Magnetic Effects of Current Properties of Matter
Bohr’s Atomic Model Waves and Sound


Gaseous and Liquid State Atomic Structure
Chemical Kinetics Electrochemistry
Chemical Bonding Surface Chemistry
Coordination Compound D Block Elements
Aromatic Compounds Alkyl Halides
P Block Elements Thermodynamics
Isomerism General Organic Chemistry
Carboxylic Acids Aldehydes and Ketones
Nuclear Chemistry

Students can also check our JEE Main study material which covers all the important topics included in the syllabus with a detailed explanation of the concepts, solved examples and frequently asked questions.

JEE Main Study Material

JEE Main 2020 Mock Test

Since JEE Main exam can be taken only in the computer-based online test, therefore, the conducting authority has set up several practice centres to help the engineering aspirants get acquainted with the exam format.

Students can access the mock test for JEE Main online by visiting the link. They can also visit the practice centres set up by the National Testing Agency and take the test. They can train themselves for the “Computer Based Test (CBT)” mode of examinations. Experienced and professional Nodal officer and staff are available at the TPC. Candidates can take their help and clear their doubts regarding the exam.

The benefit of taking the mock test is that the pattern of the test is similar or exact to the real JEE Main exam. Therefore, it will have a good impact on the preparation as well as the performance of the candidates.

Click Here to Practice JEE Main Sample Papers

Importance of JEE Main Mock Test

  • Practising mock tests will help candidates get familiar with the type of questions, marks distribution, difficulty level and the topics relevant to the examination.
  • It helps to evaluate the performance before the final examination. From an in-depth evaluation of the section-wise performance report, a suitable JEE Main preparation strategy can be planned.
  • Regular practice of mock tests increases the speed and accuracy of students in completing the exam. It familiarizes them with the real exam scenario and drives away any nervousness for the test.

JEE Main Answer Keys

Soon after the examination, National Testing Agency also releases or publishes the set wise answer keys representing the correct options of all the questions asked in JEE Main.

With the help of these answer keys, students can calculate their expected scores before the results are announced. After successful completion of the exam, the official link for answer keys will be made available on the website using which the applicants can download and access the documents.

How to download JEE Main Answer Keys?

To download the answer keys, open the official link published by the conducting authority. Submit your application number and password followed by the selection of your date and slot of JEE Main examination. The answer keys will be displayed. The students can also download it for future references.

Challenging JEE Main Answer Keys: Initially, the provisional answer keys are released. After comparing the results applicants can raise their objections. This should be done within a certain time frame. After considering all the valid objections, the final answer keys of JEE Main are announced.

JEE Main Question Paper with Solutions and Answer keys

Along with the mock tests, students are also advised to practice previous year’s JEE Main question papers to boost their success rate in such a highly competitive entrance exam. Students can also directly download the JEE Main question paper PDFs with answer keys and solutions from the given links.

JEE Main Marks vs Ranks

We have prepared a predicted range of JEE Main Marks vs Ranks from the previous year’s trend. Engineering aspirants can check marks vs expected ranks from the table provided below.

JEE Main Score Range Expected Ranks
336 Marks to 360 Marks Rank 1 to 20
310 Marks to 335 Marks Rank 21 to 225
251 Marks to 300 Marks Rank 226 to 1,492
201 Marks to 250 Marks Rank 1,493 to 5,752
151 Marks to 200 Marks Rank 5753 to 18,377

They can also check out the JEE Main Rank Predictor page for further details.

JEE Main 2020 Results

The results of JEE Main is declared by NTA. For 2020 exam it will be released tentatively in the months of February and May. The results of JEE Main exam conducted in January will likely be declared in February 1st week and the results of the exam conducted in April will be declared in the 1st week of May.

For students appearing in both the phases of JEE Main, the better of the two results will be taken into consideration while preparing the final rank.

How to Check JEE Main Results?

  • Open JEE Main result portal
  • Enter your roll number and date of birth
  • Click the Submit button

The results will be displayed on the screen. Students are advised to download the scorecard for future references, especially for the counselling and admission process.

Details Mentioned in JEE Main Scorecard

  • Name of the Candidate
  • Nationality and Category of Candidate
  • Marks obtained in Maths, Physics, and Chemistry
  • Total marks obtained
  • All India Rank and Category Rank
  • JEE Advanced Qualifying Status

JEE Main 2020 Cutoff Marks

Soon after the exam, National Testing Agency also declares the JEE Main cutoff marks along with the detailed results comprising of subject wise marks secured, All India Rank, category rank and the qualifying status for JEE Advanced.

However, based on the cutoff marks, candidates are shortlisted for counselling. The cutoff marks for JEE Main 2020 will be determined by the following factors.

  • Total candidates appeared
  • The difficulty level of questions
  • The overall performance of the students
  • The cutoff trends of previous years

Previous Year’s JEE Main Cutoff Trends

JEE Main 2019 Cutoff

General: 89.75 Marks
OBC NCL: 74.31 Marks
Scheduled Caste: 54.01 Marks
Scheduled Tribe: 44.33 Marks

JEE Main 2018 Cutoff

General: 74 Marks
OBC NCL: 45 Marks
Scheduled Caste: 29 Marks
Scheduled Tribe: 24 Marks

JEE Main 2017 Cutoff

General: 81 Marks
OBC NCL: 49 Marks
Scheduled Caste: 32 Marks
Scheduled Tribe: 27 Marks

Number of Candidates that Appeared for JEE Main 2019, 2018, and 2017

JEE Main 2019: 9,29,198 Applicants
JEE Main 2018: 10,43,739 Applicants
JEE Main 2017: 11,86,454 Applicants

JEE Main 2020 Counselling Procedure

Joint Seat Allocation Authority is set by the HRD Ministry to regulate the admission process for IITs, IIITs, NITs, and government-funded technical institutes. The students qualifying JEE Main will be able to apply for NITs, IIITs and CFTIs through JoSAA counselling.

The seat allocation in the preferred technical institute is done based on the merit, eligibility, preferences and seat availability. The qualifying students are required to register for JoSAA counselling whose registrations will commence after the declaration of the results.

JoSAA Participating Institutes

A total of 97 engineering institutes comprising of 23 IITs, 31NITs, 23 IIITs and 20 GFTIs participate in the seat allocation procedure through JoSAA.

Indian Institute of Technology (23 Colleges, 10,988 Seats)
National Institute of Technology (31 Colleges, 17,868 Seats)
Indian Institute of Information Technology (23 Colleges, 3,433 Seats)
Government Funded Technical Institutes (20 Colleges, 3,919 Seats)

Top 10 NIT Colleges

Admission in a top NIT college is a dream for every JEE Main aspirant. However, to grab a seat in NIT colleges demands a meritorious rank. The leading NIT institutes include NIT Warangal, NIT Trichy, NIT Surathkal, NIT Rourkela, and MNNIT Allahabad.

NIT Trichy (Tamil Nadu) – 814 Seats
NIT Rourkela (Odisha) – 850 Seats
NIT Surathkal (Karnataka) –  740 Seats
NIT Warangal (Telangana) – 800 Seats
Motilal Nehru NIT (Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh) – 814 Seats
Visvesvaraya NIT (Nagpur, Maharashtra) – 746 Seats
NIT Calicut (Kerala) – 937 Seats
Sardar Vallabhbhai NIT (Surat, Gujarat) – 873 Seats
NIT Silchar (Assam) – 632 Seats
NIT Durgapur (West Bengal) – 672 Seats

Apart from IIITs, NITs and GFTIs several private engineering institutes like BIT Mesra, HBTI Kanpur, Thapar University, Assam University, Tezpur University, JAYPEE Institute, and LNMIIT Jaipur offer admission based on the marks in JEE Main exam. Other technical institutes like DTU (Delhi Technical University), NSIT Delhi, IIIT Delhi are excluded from JoSAA counselling. However, these institutes offer admissions based on JEE Main scorecard and the students are required to apply separately.

JEE Main 2020 Paper Analysis by IIT JEE Experts Available here!

How To Prepare For JEE Main 2020?

For most of the students, coaching classes are considered to be one of the main solutions to secure a good ranking. However, an aspirant can achieve their desired result without coaching provided they put in a fair amount of effort and develop an effective preparation strategy.

Candidates need to devise a well-organised study plan. Furthermore, they need to have a smart approach to everything. They need to learn what the exam is all about, read the syllabus, use the right study materials, practice solving questions, etc. They should also be mentally and physically fit to write the exam. In any case, we have listed some of the key tips that will help each candidate to boost their JEE Main preparation.

JEE Main Preparation Tips

  • Begin from scratch – Fundamentals play a vital role in JEE Main. Always concentrate on structuring and understanding the basics for all the subjects. When the basics are strong, learning becomes easier.
  • Prepare a timetable – JEE Main preparation curriculum is extensive. Hence, it should be scheduled to gain the best results. Split the syllabus into different parts according to your benefit. It can be limited to a chapter or a unit. Follow the timetable and avoid distractions in between.
  • Know the syllabus and pattern – For better preparations, the most significant factor is to keep oneself updated with the complete syllabus along with the paper pattern.
  • Befriend books – For JEE Main preparations, NCERT textbooks are a must, no matter which subject it is. Therefore solve NCERT textbooks before moving to other references. Also, remember to choose the right study resources which will help you study productively.

Best books for JEE Main Preparation

Here is a list of all the relevant textbooks that students can follow to boost their JEE Main preparation.


  • NCERT – Maths XI and XII
  • S. L. Loney – Trigonometry
  • S. L. Loney – Coordinate Geometry
  • Hall and Knight – Higher Algebra
  • I.A. Maron – Problems in Calculus of One Variable

  • NCERT Books – Class 11 and Class 12
  • Numerical Chemistry by P. Bahadur
  • J.D. Lee (Organic Chemistry)
  • Morrison and Boyd (Inorganic Chemistry)

  • H.C. Verma – Concepts of Physics Vol I and II
  • I.E. Irodov – Problems in General Physics
  • Halliday, Resnick, and Walker – Fundamentals of Physics
  • Read, Revise and Rehearse – Revise each and every topic that is learned. Do not keep it pending. Be a smart learner. Revision helps the candidates to recall everything that is studied.
  • Take up the Mock tests – Another important key to succeed in JEE Main is to take mock tests. Attend the tests that are released by the official websites. This indeed provides you with an actual feel of writing the online exams.
  • On a final note, do not compromise on the hard work and perseverance. Choose the best books for JEE preparation and follow the preparation tips as mentioned earlier to secure a meritorious position in the exam.

Importance of NCERT Books for JEE Main 2020

NCERT textbooks are essential as far as cracking JEE Main is concerned. These textbooks allow candidates to have a firm grasp of the fundamental concepts discussed in all three subjects. Let us go through the importance of NCERT curriculum for cracking JEE Main 2020.

JEE Main Chemistry:

NCERT Chemistry textbook is the most help for JEE Main Preparation. Some of the questions from organic and inorganic chemistry are taken directly from the textbook. So, make sure to study these textbooks thoroughly and get enough practice from solving exercises, question papers and mock tests.

JEE Main Maths:

Math is the toughest paper in the exam. Candidates will need more study material to fully master the concepts. However, they can start with this textbook first. The explanation and exercises given in this book will help students improve their analytical and problem-solving skills.

JEE Main Physics:

Physics paper is a bit tricky and the NCERT textbook is of minimal help here. However, the best place to start is still the CBSE curriculum which is based on the NCERT syllabus. Make sure to go through the points to ponder section in the textbook thoroughly.

⇒ Check: Important Physics Formulas for JEE Main

Frequently Asked Questions On JEE Main 2020

What is the difference between JEE Main and JEE Advanced?

JEE Main is conducted for candidates aspiring for B.Tech courses offered in NITs, IIITs, and other CFTIs. It is also an eligibility test for candidates preparing for JEE Advanced, which eventually leads to the admission in IITs. The students can appear for JEE Main for three consecutive times; however, JEE Advanced can be taken only for two consecutive years.

What is the eligibility criteria to apply for IIITs, NITs, and GFTIs?

For admissions in IIITs, NITs and GFTIs the student must clear JEE Main cutoff marks along with a minimum of 75% marks in their class 12 board exams or any other equivalent exam.

Is NCERT important for JEE Main?

JEE Main syllabus is mapped as per the topics covered in NCERT textbooks. Every year around 35% to 40% questions in JEE Main are picked directly from the concepts covered in NCERT books.

What should I do to get admission in IIT?

The students are granted admission to IIITs, NITs, and GFTIs based on the marks scored in JEE Main. For admissions in IIT colleges, the students have to qualify JEE Advanced. For which, the top 2.24 lakh students from JEE Main will be eligible.

How many attempts are granted for JEE Main?

JEE Main is conducted twice a year. The students can attempt it for three consecutive years, which means that the students can give a total of six attempts.

Is it mandatory to appear twice for JEE Main exam?

No, it entirely depends on the choice of the candidate. They can opt for either one or both the attempts. In case they have appeared for both the exams, the better of the two scores will be taken into consideration.

Is the syllabus of JEE Main and JEE Advanced same?

No, there are several differences in the syllabus of JEE Main and JEE Advanced. There are a lot of topics included in JEE Main but excluded in JEE Advanced and vice-versa. Topics like Electromagnetic Waves, Electronic Devices, and Communication Systems are included in JEE Main but excluded from the JEE Advanced syllabus. Also, concepts like Thermal Physics and Electrochemistry are covered in JEE Advanced syllabus but excluded from the JEE Main syllabus.

I uploaded the wrong photo in my JEE main 2020 application form. What should I do?

You can make corrections to your JEE Main 2020 application forms online during the form correction window. For the January session, the form correction window was from the 14th to the 20th of October, 2019. For the April session, the form correction window is expected to be active in the second week of March 2020.

What are the new changes in the JEE Main 2020 exam pattern?

Paper 1 of the JEE Main 2020 exam (for B.E. and B.Tech) will feature a total of 75 questions (25 Physics, 25 Chemistry, and 25 Maths). The B.Arch. paper (Paper 2) will have a total of 77 questions and the B.Plan paper (Paper 3) will have a total of 100 questions.

I got a “Transaction Failed” message while paying the application fee online, but the money was deducted from my account. What should I do?

This might occur due to some technical errors with the payment network and the money will most likely be refunded within 7 to 10 working days. Any candidates coming across such a situation must, therefore, pay the application fees again.

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