JEE Main 2020 – (Joint Entrance Exam Main)
What is JEE Main?
Joint Entrance Examination shorten ed as JEE Main is an engineering entrance examination conducted at the national level for admission to the elite engineering colleges and institutions across the country such as Indian Institutes of Technology, National Institutes of Technology, etc. Qualifying JEE Main exam would allow students to sit through JEE Advanced examination for admission to around 11279 seats across 23 Indian Institutes of Technology. The exam was previously conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education which has now been changed to the National Testing Agency.
As per the records, there used to be two exams i.e. Paper 1 and Paper 2 conducted for admission to B. Tech/B. E. and B. Arch respectively but from the academic year 2019 and onwards there would be another exam Paper 3 is added for admission to B. Planning. Besides, the National Testing Agency has decided to take the exam twice a year i.e. Session 1 and Session 2 in the month of January and April respectively. Candidates can appear for both the exams and they would be shortlisted based on the best score of the two exams.
JEE Main Exam Overview
|Name of Examination||JEE Main 2020|
|Exam Level||National Level Entrance Examination|
|Conducting Body||National Testing Agency|
|Courses Offered||B. Arch, B. Tech/B. E., and B. Planning|
|Mode of Examination||Online|
|Time Duration||3 hours, 180 minutes|
|No. of Test Cities||264 in India and 9 Abroad|
|Exam Score Accepted by||IITs, NITs, SFTIs, and CFTIs|
|Periodicity||Twice a year|
|Type of Questions||Multiple Choice Questions Type|
The exam is conducted through online as it is a Computer Based Test (CBT). Candidates applying for the exam must have passed senior secondary school with Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry/Biology as compulsory subjects.
JEE Main Application Process for the January session commenced from 3rd September, 2019. Candidates aspiring to appear for JEE Main January session must visit the JEE Main official website i.e. jeemain.nic.in. The last date to apply for the examination was 8th November, 2019. Since the exam is conducted twice a year, students who fail to perform well in January session can again apply for the exam conducted in April session to score well. JEE Main 2020 for January session is scheduled to be conducted from 6th January 2020 to 11th January 2020. The official website of JEE Main i.e. jeemain.nta.nic.in has now been shifted to jeemain.nic.in by the National Testing Agency which is the conducting authority of JEE Main Exam.
Highlights of JEE Main 2020
- Admit cards for JEE Main 2020 January session will be made live from 6th December 2019.
- There are overall 3 papers in which Numeric Value Questions have been added to the paper pattern.
- Candidates applying for B. Planning can now go through the sample papers released by NTA in order to understand the exam pattern.
- Total 2,50,000 top test takers would be allowed to sit through JEE Advanced 2020 Exam.
- Candidates who would have completed senior secondary school with a background of Commerce and Humanities would also be eligible to sit through JEE Main 2020 for admission to B. Planning.
JEE Main January session was successfully conducted on January 9, 2019, onwards and the result of the same was declared on January 19, 2019. As the examination was conducted in multiple sessions, the scores have been converted into percentile form by the NTA.
The candidates aspiring to appear for JEE Advanced examination must qualify Paper 1 of JEE Main examination. JEE Advanced is a national-level examination, conducted by the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) for admissions in courses offered by 21 IITs and Indian School of Mines (ISM). The top 2,24,000 scorers of JEE Main examination are eligible to apply for JEE Advanced examination.
JEE Main Applications Received for the Last 6 Years:
|2019 (January)||9.65 Lakh|
JEE Main 2020 Application Procedure
The application form of JEE Main 2020 was made available on the official website of JEE Main i.e. jeemain.nic.in from 3rd September 2019 to 8th November 2019. The registration window closed on 8th November 2019 and as per the recent information, there have been almost 9.34 lakh applications have been received so far. Since JEE Main 2020 Application Form can be filled only in online mode, students completed the registration procedure by visiting the official website of the exam.
Candidates who failed to fill the application form for January session can wait until the registration window again opens for April session. As per the scheduled slot, the application form for April session are expected to be made live during the first week of February 2020. Candidates must fill out the application form in order to appear for the exam conducted in April 2020.
JEE Main Application Form Pre-requisites – January 2020
While filling the application form, candidates must ensure that they possess all the required documents required to be submitted/uploaded during the registration procedure. The list of documents required to fill the application form are given below:
- Valid ID proof
- 12th Class Certificate
- 10th Class Marksheet
- Net Banking/Debit Card/Credit Card
Documents to be Uploaded During JEE Main Application Form Filling
- Recent Passport Sized Photograph
- Candidate’s Signature
|Passport Sized Photograph||JPG/JPEG||10 kb to 200 kb||3.5 cm * 4.5 cm|
|Signature||JPG/JPEG||4 kb to 30 kb||3.5 cm * 1.5 cm|
JEE Main Application Procedure generally consists of 4 steps that must be completed by candidates on the official website of JEE Main i.e. jeemain.nic.in.
JEE Main 2020 Admit Card
The National Testing Agency (NTA) will make JEE Main 2020 Admit Card for January session live on 6th December 2019 and candidates who have applied for the exam can download their respective admit cards by logging into the official website of JEE Main after entering the required credentials. These credentials include registered email id and password sent to candidates on their registered email id. JEE Main Admit Card is one of the most important documents one must carry to the examination hall since it carries important details about candidates such as exam center, exam date, instructions, candidate’s photograph and signature.
Candidates must follow the below mentioned instructions in order to download their respective admit cards:
- Visit the official website of JEE Main i.e. jeemain.nic.in.
- Click on the link stating “JEE Main January Session Admit Card 2020”.
- Enter the required details such as registration id and password and click on “Login”.
- Candidates will be redirected to a page where their admit card is displayed.
- Click on “Download Admit Card” and save it for future reference.
Before downloading the admit card, candidates must make sure that the details mentioned on their admit cards are correct as any incorrect detail may lead to cancelation of the candidature and refrain candidates from entering the examination hall.
Candidates must carry one of the photo ids proofs to the examination center along with JEE Main Admit Card. The valid photo id proofs are given below:
|PAN Card||Driving License|
|Aadhar Card||Ration Card|
|Bank Passbook||Voter ID Card|
|Passport||12th Class Board Admit Card|
JEE Main 2020 Exam Dates
While applying for any examination, it is important for candidates to be aware of important dates concerning the exam. Along with the official JEE Main 2020 Brochure, NTA also released JEE Main Important Dates for the exam scheduled to be conducted in January 2020.
Following are the important dates for JEE Main 2020 Exam of January session:
|Registration||3rd September 2019 to 30th September 2019|
|Admit Card Available||6th December 2019|
|Exam Date||6th January 2019 to 11th January 2019|
|Result Declaration||31st January 2019|
JEE Main 2020 Eligibility
Candidates applying for JEE Main 2020 must understand the basic parameters they should fulfill to become eligible for taking the examination. The eligibility criteria or set of minimum educational qualification required to sit through the exam has been defined by the National Testing Agency (NTA). This is a good to know information in order to avoid any last-minute hustle.
- Candidates who meet the requirement defined by the National Testing Agency can apply for JEE Main 2020 Exam.
- The basic eligibility to take the examination is to pass senior secondary school from a recognized board.
- The eligibility criteria for JEE Main 2020 have been defined in the table given below:
|Age Limit||Year of Appearing in Qualifying Examination||Educational Qualification||Number of Attempts|
|There is no age bar set to sit through the examination.||Candidates who have completed senior secondary school in 2018, 2019 and those who are appearing in 2020 are eligible to take the exam.||Candidates must have studied at least 5b subjects in senior secondary school.||Candidates have the opportunity to appear for the exam thrice that to in consecutive years.|
|Candidates must make sure that they satisfy themselves about the age limit required by institutes (they wish to apply in) to take JEE Main examination.||Candidates who completed their senior secondary school in the 2017/before that or would be appearing in 2021 are not eligible to take the exam.||For B. Tech – Candidates must have studied Physics and Mathematics as main subjects along with one of the subjects such as Chemistry/Biotechnology/Biology/Technical/Vocational. For B. Arch – Candidates must have passed 12th class with Physics, Mathematics, and Chemistry as main subjects. For B. Planning – It is important to have passed 12thclass with Mathematics as main subject.|
|Candidates who have completed senior secondary school in 2018, 2019 and those who are appearing in 2020 are eligible to take the exam.|
Reservation criteria for JEE Main 2020:
JEE Main 2020 Exam Pattern
One of the changes that JEE Main Exam Pattern has gone through is addition of third paper. There used to be two papers namely Paper 1 and Paper 2 conducted for B. Tech/ B. E. and B. Arch respectively. Third paper i.e. Paper 3 has been added for admission to B. Planning course offered at the institute.
Following are the few but drastic changes that JEE Main Exam Pattern has gone through:
- Paper 3 has been introduced for admission to B. Planning course offered at various institutes.
- There would be questions with numeric value answers.
- The total marks for B.E./B. Tech and B. Arch/B. Planning were kept at 360 and 390 marks respectively which now has been changed. JEE Main 2020 will consist of Papers B. Tech/B. E., B. Arch, and B. Planning with marks 300, 400, and 400 respectively.
- Paper 1 for B. E./B. Tech will be conducted in online mode.
- Paper 2 for admission to B. Arch consists of 3 parts namely Mathematics, Aptitude Test, and Drawing Test where in drawing test is conducted in offline mode.
- Paper 3 for admission to B. Planning will be conducted through online mode.
The duration of the exam is 3 hours and candidates can also check JEE Main Exam Pattern to be aware of examination pattern and what type of questions are asked in the exam.
JEE Main 2020 Syllabus
The examination conducting body i.e. the National Testing Agency (NTA) released JEE Main 2020 Syllabus along with JEE Main brochure. The syllabus includes topics that students must study for each section of the paper. It is seen that the syllabus is almost as same as that of NCERT for 11th and 12th Class.
On one hand for Paper 1, the syllabus generally covers 3 main sections such as Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics. On the other hand, Paper 2 and Paper 3 consist of 3 sections each including questions related to Mathematics, Aptitude Test, and Planning Subject. NTA would list the detailed syllabus for Paper 1, Paper 2, and Paper 3 on its official website.
JEE Main 2020 Important Dates
|Registration Starts on||02-Sep-2019|
|Registration Ends on||30-Sep-2019|
|Admit Card Date||06-Dec-2019|
|Exam Starts on||06-Jan-2020|
JEE Main 2020 Eligibility
The Eligibility Criteria of JEE Main examination has been declared by the National Testing Agency (NTA). The candidates aspiring to appear for JEE Main examination must fulfill the determined Eligibility Criteria to apply for the examination. The JEE Main eligibility criteria include the following factors – Qualification, Age limit, Attempt number, year of appearing and other relevant details.
It must be noted that the JEE Main Eligibility Criteria determines whether the candidate can appear for the examination or not. It doesn’t deal with eligibility for admissions in NITs, IIITs, SFTIs and CFTIs. Earlier the examination was conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) but from the current year, the examination will be conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA). From the year 2019, the examination will be conducted twice a year i.e. in the month of January and April.
JEE Main Eligibility criteria have been detailed as follows:
- Date of birth of the applicant
- Qualifying Examination
- Subjects of the Qualifying Examination
- Marks secured by the candidate in the Qualifying Examination
- Remaining number of attempts
JEE Main Eligibility Criteria in Detail:
|JEE Main Eligibility||Details|
|Age Limit||There is no maximum age limit to appear for JEE Main examination.The candidate must have passed Class XII or an equivalent examination from a recognized Board in the year 2017 or 2018.The candidate appearing for Class XII or an equivalent examination in the current year can also appear for JEE Main examination.|
JEE Main 2020 Application Procedure
JEE Main 2019 Application Procedure for January attempt has been closed. However, the JEE Main registrations for April attempt will commence from March 18, 2019. The candidates with a minimum of 75 percent aggregate in Class XII can apply for JEE main at nta.ac.in. The candidates of reserved category require 65 percent aggregate.
Important Dates for JEE Main Registration:
|Schedule||January Session||April Session|
|Availability of Application Form||From September 1, 2018 to September 30, 2018||From February 8 to March 7, 2019|
|Application Form Correction Facility||October 2018||March 2019|
JEE Main Application Fee varies for different categories. Here are the details about JEE Main Application Fee:
|Paper(s) Appearing||Computer Based Test|
|JEE (Main) Paper-1 or JEE (Main) Paper-2 only|| 1000 (boys)|
| 500 (Boys)|
| Both |
JEE (Main) Paper-1 and JEE (Main) Paper-2
| 1800 (boys)|
| 900 (Boys)|
|JEE Main Paper 1 or JEE Main paper 2 (Foreign Countries)|| 2500 (boys)|
| 1250 (boys)|
|Both JEE Main Paper 1 (B.tech) and Paper 2 (B.Arch/B.Planning)|| 3800 (boys)|
| 1900 (boys)|
JEE Main 2020 Admit Card
The JEE Main Admit Card will be released on March 18, 2019. Candidates who register would alone be able to log in and download JEE Main Admit Card. In order to access the Admit Card, the candidates would be required to submit their application number, personal details like pin and date of birth. The Admit Card is an important document that the candidates would be required to keep it safe and produce in the examination venue.
The JEE Main Admit Card will have details of the candidate such as their name, timings of the exam, exam center information, application number and other related details. The candidates will be required to bring in JEE Main Admit Cards with their Identity Proof on the examination day.
The National Testing Agency will be conducting JEE Main examination twice a year. According to the notification released by the NTA, Paper 1 will be conducted in Computer-based mode whereas Paper 2 will be Computer-based for Mathematics and Aptitude test and Paper-pen-based for Drawing test. JEE Main Paper 1 & Paper 2 are scheduled to be conducted from April 6 to April 20, 2019. JEE Main January attempt was conducted from January 8 to 12, 2019. The Admit Card for April attempt will be released on March 18, 2019.
JEE Main 2020 Preparation Tips
JEE Main examination is approaching and as the examination will be conducted twice a year, the candidates will get double chance to qualify the examination. The competition for this exam is pretty on a tough level and the candidate must ensure to do well in the examination in order to get selected. A certain amount of stress always seems to be associated with the country’s elite Engineering Examination i.e. JEE Main and JEE Advanced.
JEE Main examination, conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA), is done to provide admission into B.Tech courses in NITs, IIITs and GFTIs.About 2.24 Lakh candidates would be qualifying JEE Advanced that offers admission into IITs. This is one of the most important examinations that is conducted for candidates who wish to pursue engineering.
Following are preparations tips for JEE Main:
- A candidate must know his syllabus: Prior to beginning preparation for JEE Main, the candidate should refer to an exhaustive list of the syllabus and the topics would have to be studied under Physics, Chemistry and Maths for the entrance examination. A proper schedule can be created after having a look at the official syllabus that has been released by the NTA authorities.
- Time Table: After referring to the JEE Main Syllabus, the candidate should create a perfect timetable that would fit their schedule while enough time would be left for preparation with enough days left. Division of the subjects should be done in a way that preparation should not be monotonous. A specific proportion of hours can be divided among each subject so that a candidate can give the same amount of preparation across all subjects.
- Work on your Basics: The candidates must ensure that they make their basic concepts strong so that they can correspondingly attempt tougher questions. By having an understanding of the basic concepts, it becomes easier for candidates to attempt tougher questions. Practicing sample papers with a basic understanding of various topics is important to do well in the examination.
JEE Main 2020 Exam Pattern
The JEE Main Exam Pattern has been announced by the NTA. JEE Main Paper 1 and Paper 2 will be conducted in two individual shifts.
Things to Know About JEE Main Exam Pattern:
- JEE Main examination comprises of two papers i.e. Paper 1 and Paper 2.
- Paper 1 will be for candidates aspiring to seek admission in B.Tech./B.E.
- Paper 2 will be for candidates aspiring to seek admission in B.Arch/B.Planning.
- Paper 1 will be held online i.e. in computer-based mode.
- Paper 2 will be partly computer-based and party paper-and-pen-based. It will be computer-based for mathematics & aptitude test whereas paper-and-pen-based for drawing test.
- Paper 1 will be based on Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics.
- Paper 2 will be based on Mathematics, Aptitude and Drawing skills.
JEE Main Paper 1
JEE Main Paper 2
JEE Main 2020 Syllabus
The JEE Main syllabus for Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry is as given below. Candidates who prepare for the JEE Main are required to study all the topics that are given in the JEE Main Syllabus. The JEE Main syllabus is prepared by the Body that is in charge of conducting the exam.
JEE Main Syllabus consists of important topics covered in central Boards such as CBSE, ICSE and State Boards. The Topics that are studied in Class 11 and 12 would be included. A candidate must study Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics of Class 11 and 12 to score well in JEE Main Examination.
Following must be referred to by students in order to strengthen their JEE Main Preparation which has been detailed as below:
- Past 14 years solved JEE Main papers
- Mathematics material for JEE Main and JEE Advanced
- Organic Chemistry for JEE Main
- Inorganic Chemistry
Candidates seeking admission into B.Tech/BE courses would be required to appear in the Paper 1 of JEE Main. The candidates applying for B.Arch/B. Planning would have to appear in Paper 2. The syllabi of both the papers are different. The candidates seeking admission to both the streams have to appear in both papers of JEE Main.
JEE Main 2020 Study Material
JEE Main Study Material would be required to be studied on a regular basis to do well in the JEE Main Examination. The following are subject-wise study material that should be referred by students to do well in the examination. The candidates would be familiar with the exam pattern and also the exam like simulation to do well in the examination.
- Concepts of Physics by H.C. Verma – Volume 1 and Volume 2
- Complete Physics for JEE Main by Irodov
- NCERT books (only for Theory)
- IIT chemistry by O.P Tandon
- Complete Chemistry for JEE Main by NCERT
- IIT Mathematics by R.D Sharma
- The Pearson Guide to Complete Mathematics for JEE by SL Loney
JEE Main 2020 Result
JEE Main result will comprise of scores which include actual marks obtained by the candidate in the test along with the list of candidates qualifying for JEE Advanced. Hence, the result will provide the candidate their qualifying status for JEE Advanced examination. Basically, on the basis of the scores attained by the candidate in JEE Main examination, a separate rank list will be prepared for the admissions to B.E./B. Tech. and B.Arch/ B. Planning offered by numerous engineering institutes and colleges of India (apart from 23 Indian Institutes of Technology – IITs).
Publishing of results usually comprises of 2 steps:
The scorecards of the candidates will include the marks obtained by the candidate in All India Rank list for JEE Main Examination. This would also determine the candidate’s eligibility for JEE Advanced examination. A category wise list would be prepared for all courses which would help CSAB in determining seat allotment for IITs, NITs, SFTIs and Government-aided colleges.
JEE Main Cut-Offs
JEE Main cutoff is the minimum score that a candidate must get in order to be eligible for B.tech/BE and B.Arch/BPlan programmes in NITs, IIITs and top engineering colleges. With the announcement of JEE Main Result and AIR, NTA would be releasing qualifying marks for JEE Advanced.
In comparison to previous 5 year cutoffs, JEE Main last year Cutoff has been the lowest.
Cutoffs have been listed as below:
|Category||JEE Main marks|
Factors used to determine JEE Main cutoff:
- Number of candidates who appeared in the examination
- The difficulty level of the examination
- Number of questions
- Overall Performance Level
JEE Main 2020 Counseling Details
JEE Main Counselling will be conducted by following:
- JoSAA (Joint seat allocation authority) would conduct counseling session for IITs, ISMs, NITs, and other government-funded institutes.
- CSAB( Central Seat Allocation Board) conducts separate counseling for SFTIs and NEUT.
With about 92 institutes participating in the counseling process, it is expected to begin in June. All the state counseling authorities would have their own sessions for B.E/B.tech/B.Arch admission based on JEE Main ranks.
To be a part of JoSAA, the following is the criteria:
|Criteria 1||Criteria 2|
|For IITs and ISM Dhanbad||Qualify JEE Advanced criteria for academic courses in the IITs and ISMs and perform in the qualifying exam||Qualify JEE Advanced criteria for preparatory courses in the IITs and ISMs and perform in the qualifying exam|
|For NITs, IIITs and GFTIs||Qualify rank in JEE Main (Paper 1) and Class 12||Qualify Rank in JEE Main Paper 2 and pass in Grade 12 with Mathematics as one of the subjects|
Through JoSAA, seats would be allotted to different institutes as per the seat matrix:
|IITs and ISM Dhanbad||10k|
JEE Mains score can be used for a number of private colleges.Candidates qualifying JEE Mains give the JEE advanced out of which only 11,000 candidates are eligible for IIT’s and ISM.However, these scores can be used for entering into a number of prestigious colleges.
Documents to be Carried
Documents required during JEE Main Counselling:
- Printout of seat acceptance acknowledgment
- Printout of terms and conditions are taken from the CSAB website and duly signed by the candidate.
- Originals for verification:
- Admit Card of JEE (Main)-2018.
- Score Card of JEE (Main)-2018 issued by CBSE (downloaded scorecard is acceptable).
- Class X (High School) Board Certificate as proof of date of birth.
- Pass Certificate and Marks sheet of qualifying examination.
- Certificate of category (SC / ST/ BC-NCL) issued by the competent authority in the prescribed format.
- Certificate for Persons with Disabilities (PwD), if applicable.
- Passport, if the candidate has passed the qualifying examination from outside India; this is required for determining the ‘State from which eligible’.
- Proof of place of examination Center of the final examination from the National Open School for candidates having Senior Secondary Certificate; this is required for determining the ‘State from which eligible’.
- Two sets of self-attested copies of all the documents listed above. The originals will be returned after verification and self-attested copies will be retained by the Reporting Center.
- Two passport size photographs identical to the one which was pasted on the JEE Main application form.
JEE Main 2020 Test Center
JEE Main Seat Allocation Process:
- JEE Main Selection Procedure will be conducted by the Centralized Seat Allocation Board (CSAB) or Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA). The Seat Allocation Process will be conducted after the declaration of JEE Main Result by the National Testing Agency (NTA). NTA will not be responsible for conducting JEE Main Counselling or Seat Allocation.
- The candidates must check the availability of seats before choosing them during counseling. The candidates are free to change or delete their choice before locking the seat. Once the seat is locked, it can’t be unlocked or deleted.
- After locking the choice, the candidate must take a print out of their locked choice. This print out needs to be signed by the candidate and submitted at the time of reporting at Reporting Centre/Allotted Institute during Admission.
- The candidates who fail in locking the choice and saving it, will not be considered for seat allotment. Such candidates will be permitted to fill their choices during the third or fourth round of counseling.