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About JEE (Joint Entrance Examination)

Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) is a national-level common engineering examination conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). This examination is held every year for admission to various engineering colleges, such as the IITs, NITs, CFTIs, state government run engineering colleges and other technical institutes.

The CBSE announced JEE as a replacement for the All-India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE) in 2012. JEE is conducted at 2 levels -JEE Main and JEE Advanced.

JEE Main

The JEE Main exam is conducted for admission to NITs, IITs, CFTIs and state government run institutes. Some private institutions have also adopted JEE Main for their admissions.
The first 2.24 lakh students of JEE Main rank list qualify for the JEE Advanced.

JEE Main Exam Pattern

The JEE Main exam consists of two parts: Paper 1 and Paper 2. Paper 1 is for admission into B.E./ B. Tech courses. Paper 2 is for admission into B.Arch/ B. Planning courses. Students can opt for either one of the two or choose both the papers offered.

Paper 1
Maximum marks
3 Hours
Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics
Total no. of questions
90 (30 in each of the three sections)
Marks awarded for a correct answer
Marks deducted for a wrong answer
Paper 2
Maximum marks
3 Hours
Mathematics and Aptitude; Drawing
Total no. of questions
80 in Mathematics and Aptitude; 2 in Drawing

JEE Main Exam Syllabus

Both in terms of the topics and the difficulty level of the questions, the JEE exam pattern has shown a great degree of consistency. Students are, therefore, advised to be thorough with these topics.
Students can find the detailed subject-wise syllabus for the JEE Main by clicking here

JEE Main and Advanced Eligibility Criteria

  1. Candidates who have passed or are appearing for the class 12 board exams are eligible to take the JEE Main for that year. They should have appeared for the class 12 exams in 2017 or 2018.
  2. For the JEE Main 2018, all candidates born on or after 1 October 1993 are eligible. For SC/ST/PWD candidates, a relaxation of 5 years is given.
  3. Candidates must have scored at least 75% marks in their board exam or must have been in the top 20 percentile. For SC/ST candidates, the qualifying marks is 65%.
  4. The maximum number of attempts for any candidate is limited to 3.

JEE Main Important Dates

The application process for the JEE Main exam begins with the release of the application form. This usually happens towards the end of the year, in December. This academic year, the application form for the JEE Main was released by the CBSE on 1 December 1 2016.

Beginning of Online Application Process
1 December 2017
Last date for submission of online applications and uploading of scanned images
1 January 2018
Last date for payment of application fee through credit/debit card
2 January 2018
Last date for payment of application fee through e-challan
2 January 2018
Availability of admit card for downloading
March 2nd Week 2018 [Tentative]
JEE Main 2018 Paper 1 (offline mode)
8 April 2018
JEE Main 2018 Paper 2 (offline mode)
8 April 2018
Display of Answer Key and OMR Sheets
24-27 April 2018
Declaration of JEE (Main) Paper-1 Score / All India Rank and top 2,20,000 candidates eligible for appearing in JEE (Advanced)
30 April 2018
Declaration of All India Rank JEE (Main) Paper - 2.
31 May 2018
Availability of Score/Rank Cards on the website
After declaration of All India Rank (AIR) of JEE (Main)-2018

Number of Applicants for JEE Main

The number of students applying for the JEE Main has varied over the years. In 2017, approximately 12 lakh students applied for Paper I.

JEE Advanced

The students who perform exceptionally well in the JEE Main are eligible to take the JEE Advanced. Usually, the top 2.24 lakh scorers of the JEE Main get a chance to take the JEE Advanced, which is the exam for seeking admission to one of the 23 IITs. Additionally, universities such as the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISERs) and Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Petroleum Technology also consider the scores obtained in JEE Advanced for admission.

JEE Advanced Exam Pattern

Every year, one of the various IITs sets the examination paper. In 2018, IIT Kanpur will set the question paper.

  1. Number of papers-2. Both papers are of two-hour duration, with a 2 hour interval between them
  2. The total marks of both papers in 2017 was 306.
  3. Types of questions - The different kinds of questions asked in JEE Advanced are:
    • Single-choice selection multiple-choice questions (MCQs)
    • Multiple-correct-response MCQs
    • Integer-answer-type questions
    • Matrix-match-type questions
  4. However, there is no certainty that all kinds of questions will be included in the question papers.

  5. There is no fixed marking scheme for JEE Advanced. Negative marking may or may not be available for both tests. Usually, wrong responses are penalised. For every four marks, one mark will be deducted on account of negative marking.

JEE Advanced Syllabus

Students can get the subject-wise syllabus for JEE Advanced by clicking here

JEE Advanced Eligibility Criteria

  1. The candidate should be among the top 2,24,000 rank holders of the JEE Main.
  2. The candidate should not be more than 25 years of age SC/ST candidates are given an age relaxation of 5 years.
  3. Candidates are allowed to attempt the JEE Advanced for a maximum of two times in consecutive years.
  4. Candidates whose class 12 results were declared after June 2016 are also eligible to appear for the JEE Advanced 2018.

JEE Advanced Important Dates

Date & Time
Start of online registration process
2 May 2018
Last date for the submission of application form
8 May 2018
Last date for the payment of application fees through credit card / debit card / e-challan
8 May 2018
Admit card available for downloading
14 - 20 May 2018
JEE (Advanced) 2018 examination
20 May 2018
Copy of candidate responses to be sent to the candidates
22 - 25 May 2018
Online display of answer keys
29 May 2018
Feedback and comments on answer keys from the candidates
29 - 30 May 2018
Online declaration of results of JEE Advanced 2018
10 June 2018
Online registration for Architecture Aptitude Test (AAT)
10 to 11 June 2018
Architecture Aptitude Test (AAT)
14 June 2018
JEE Main 2018 Result for Paper 2
Last week of May 2018
Seat Allotment
19 June to 15 July 2018
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