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JEE is considered to be one of the most challenging Engineering Admission Tests in the country. The exam is conducted in two parts viz. JEE-Main and JEE-Advanced. The students clearing the JEE Main exams are eligible to take the JEE Advanced exams. JEE Advanced is for admission to the IITs while JEE Main is your gateway to National Institutes of Technology (NITs), Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs), and the Centrally Funded Technical Institutes (CFTIs).

Knowledge of JEE Main exam pattern is essential to cracking the entrance exam. In this article, we list down the JEE Main exam pattern, eligibility, syllabus and anything else you need to know.

Firstly, make a note of the Changes in the JEE – Main 2017 that the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has introduced in 2016. Here are the highlights.

  • No weigthtage will be given to 12th standard marks in calculating the JEE-Main exam ranks.
  • The students should have scored 75% marks in their 12th Standard Exams (65% for the Reserved Categories) or be in the top 20 percentile in the 12th Standard Exams conducted by their respective Boards.

JEE Main Eligibility Criteria

You must go through the eligibility criteria for the JEE-Main 2018 exams before applying for the examination.

  • Age Criteria – Candidate born on or before October 1’1992 (or 25 years of age) can appear for the JEE-Main exam. However, for the reserved categories (SC/ST) and Persons with Disabilities (PwD), the age limit is relaxed by 5 years. Candidates of these categories should have been born on or before October 1’1987 (or 30 years of age).
  • Educational Eligibility – If you wish to appear for JEE Main in 2018, then you should have passed class 12 or any other equivalent qualifying test in 2016 or 2017. If you’re appearing for class 12 exams in 2018 then also you can apply.
    Diploma students who have completed their degree, or are in the final year of doing so, are eligible to apply for JEE Main 2018, but will not be given admission to NITs and CFTIs. If they qualify JEE Main, they will have to appear for JEE Advanced, and they will be given admission like class 12th pass students. No lateral entry.
  • No. Of Subjects in Qualifying Exam – You should have taken at least 5 subjects in your class 12 or the qualifying test. If you have taken only 4 subjects in class 12, then you’re not eligible to apply for JEE-Main Exams.
  •  No. of Attempts – You can attempt the JEE-Main for a maximum number of 3 times.


Important Dates for JEE-Main 2018 (Tentative)

Here is the important event schedule for the JEE-Main 2018 Exam Calendar. Please note that these dates are tentative as of now and will be confirmed once the Official Notification is published on the JEE Main website.

Event Tentative Dates
Official Notification Release November’2018
Application Form Release 1st December’2017
Last date for Application Submission 1st January’2018
Last Date for Application Fee Payment 2nd January’2018
Admit Card Release 14th March’2018
JEE-Main Paper 1 & 2 (Pen & Paper based Exam) 8th April’2018
JEE-Main Online Exam (Computer based Exam) 15 and 16 April’2018
Display of Answer Keys 24 – 27 April’2018
Acceptance of Challenge of Answer Keys 27th April’2018
Declaration of JEE-Main 2018 Results 30th April’2018
Declaration of JEE-Main 2018 All India Ranks 30th April’2018
Counselling Schedule 1st week of July’2018


JEE Main 2018 Syllabus

You must gather all information about the syllabus for JEE Main 2018 exams before you start preparing for it. The JEE Main 2018 syllabus will consist of Paper 1 & Paper 2 syllabus. JEE Main Paper 1 will be pertaining to B.Tech. (Engineering) and Paper 2 will be pertaining to B. Arch (Architecture).

The Paper 1 syllabus will consist of three subjects i.e. Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics. You can find out the detailed syllabus here. Paper 2 syllabus is divided into three parts i.e. Mathematics, Aptitude Test & Drawing Test.

JEE Main Exam Pattern

JEE Main 2018 will be conducted in two papers – Paper-1 (for admission to B.E. /B. Tech) and Paper-2 (for admission to B. Arch/B. Planning) courses. You can opt for Paper 1 or Paper 2 or both the papers according to the programs you want to pursue. The duration of the test is 3 hours.

Here’s a subject-wise look at the JEE Main exam pattern.


JEE Main 2018 Paper Subjects Type of Questions Mode of Exam
Paper 1 (B.E. /B. Tech.) Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics Objective type with equal weightage to Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics Pen & Paper OR Computer Based


Paper 2 (B.Arch./B. Planning) Mathematics –Part 1 Aptitude Test- Part 2 & Drawing Test- Part 3


Objective Type & Questions to test the Drawing Aptitude Only Offline (Pen & Paper based)

JEE Main Exam Pattern: Paperwise

JEE Main 2018 – Paper 1 Pattern

Subject No. Of Questions Marks/Question
Physics 30 4
Chemistry 30 4
Mathematics 30 4
Total 90 360


  1. Paper 1 will have objective type questions where you have to choose 1 correct answer out of the four given options.
  2. 4 marks will be awarded for each correct answer and ¼ marks will be deducted for each wrongly answered question.
  3. No negative marking if you have not attempted a question.

JEE Main 2018 – Paper 2 Pattern

Sr. No. Exam Centres Exam Language
1 All Examination Centre Cities English & Hindi
2 Examination Centres Cities in Gujarat, Daman & Diu, Dadra & Nagar Haveli English, Hindi & Gujarati
3 Examination Centre Cities in Maharashtra English, Hindi, Marathi & Urdu


  1. The Paper 2 will have questions from Mathematics (Part 1), Aptitude Test

(Part 2) and Drawing Test (Part 3)

  1. Paper 2 will be conducted in offline mode ( Pen & Paper)
  2. The exam duration will be 3 hours ( 4 hours for Physically Disabled candidates)
  3. Every correct answer will be awarded 4 marks while 1 mark will be deducted for each incorrect or multi-responses.

We sincerely hope that this article has provided all the information you were looking for.

All the best for your JEE Main 2018 exam preparations! 🙂

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