JEE Main 2018 Paper Analysis

The JEE Main 2018 offline exam was held on the 8th of April, 2018. Toppr experts sat down and analysed the paper. We also spoke to students about their inputs. This is the complete JEE Main 2018 paper analysis.

This year has seen a dip in the number of students attempting JEE. Close to 12 lakh students appeared for this exam, as compared to the 13 lakh last year. The number of exam centres increased dramatically this year. The exam was held across 258 centres as opposed to the 113 centres last year. Of the 12 lakh students, only 2.24 lakh students will be eligible for appearing in the JEE Advanced 2018 exam which is scheduled on the 20th of May, 2018.

The JEE Main exam is considered to be one of the most challenging exams in India. Its score is a qualifying factor for securing admissions in the most prestigious engineering institutes in the country, like the IITs, NITs, GFTI, and ISM.

You can click here to view the JEE Main 2019 Answer Key right after the exam.

JEE Main 2018 Paper Download

Students can download all of the JEE Main 2018 question paper sets from these links.

Paper Download Link Date of Exam
Paper 1 Offline Set A View 8th April 2018
Paper 1 Offline Set B View 8th April 2018
Paper 1 Offline Set C View 8th April 2018
Paper 1 Offline Set D View 8th April 2018

JEE Main 2018 Paper Pattern

The JEE Main 2018 exam was a three-hour long exam. The offline exam was held between 9:30 am to 12:30 pm at various centres across the country. The online exam will be held on the 15th and 16th of April, from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm.

The offline exam had a total of 90 questions worth 4 marks each. It consisted of 3 sections – Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics. Each section had equal weightage, i.e. each section consisted of 30 questions worth 120 marks. All questions were objective, multiple choice questions. Answering a question correctly fetches you 4 marks. JEE has negative marking, so a wrong answer results in a deduction of 1 mark. Questions that have not been attempted do not face negative marking.

What did our experts think about JEE Main 2018?

In terms of difficulty level, this year’s paper was similar to the last two years’ papers. According to our experts, the paper was moderately easy. A student should not have had much trouble completing the paper as well. They found similarities between the weightage of marks in this paper and the 12th standard syllabus.

Physics

Surprisingly, Physics was the toughest paper amongst the three. The questions were a mix of theory-based and calculative. This section was not lengthy. There were 17 questions asked from the 12th standard syllabus and 13 questions from the 11th standard syllabus. This section had 4 difficult questions, 20 moderate questions and 6 easy questions. Initial assessment suspects none of the options of Q.6 Set B was correct. This was the question based on Pulley where minimum mass was required.

This is a breakup of chapters which had the toughest and easiest questions:

Tough Questions Easy questions (11th standard) Easy questions (12th standard)
Capacitors
Dual Nature of Matter and Radiation
Electromagnetic Waves
Electrostatics
Kinematics
Measurement and Errors
Electromagnetic Induction
Electronic Devices
Magnetic Effect of Current and Magnetism

This is the breakup of marks between different topics of the Physics section:

Topic Marks Allotted
Mechanics 44
Electrodynamics 48
Thermodynamics and Kinetic Theory 8
Optics and Wave Optics 8
Modern Physics and Nuclear Physics 12

This distribution of marks ensured that the overall paper was moderately easy.

Chemistry

Chemistry was moderately easy amongst the three. The questions were a mix of theory and calculations, which ensured that students saved time for the other two sections. This section was lengthy in comparison to the other sections. There were 14 questions asked from the 12th standard syllabus and 16 questions from the 11th standard syllabus. This section had 3 difficult questions, 17 moderate questions, and 10 easy questions. Initial assessment suspects students may find 2 options of Q.63 Set B could be correct, however, we think the answer should be option 1. This was a question of Alcohol phenol and ether, on a reaction of Phenol

This is a breakup of chapters which had the toughest and easiest questions:

Tough Questions (Standard 12 only) Easy questions Standard 11 Easy questions Standard 11
Alcohols Chemical Bonding Biomolecules
Phenols and Ethers Chemical Thermodynamics Chemistry in Everyday Life
Coordination Compounds Hydrocarbons Electrochemistry
P-block Elements Solid State Solutions
Purification and Characteristics of Organic Compounds

This is the breakup of marks between different topics of the Chemistry section:

Topic Marks Allotted
Organic Chemistry 44
Inorganic Chemistry 28
Physical Chemistry 48

This distribution of marks ensured that the overall paper was easy.

Mathematics

Surprisingly, Mathematics was the easiest paper amongst the three. Most questions were calculative. There were 10 questions asked from the 12th standard syllabus and 20 questions from the 11th standard syllabus. This section had 3 difficult questions, 14 moderate questions and 13 easy questions.

This is a breakup of chapters which had the toughest and easiest questions:

Tough Questions Easy questions (11th Standard) Easy questions (12th Standard)
Hyperbola
Parabola
Sets
Relations and Functions
Mathematical Induction and Reasoning
Parabola
Permutations and Combinations
Quadratic Equations
Sequences and Series
Statistics
Trigonometry
3D Geometry
Determinants
Differential Equations

This is the breakup of marks between different topics of the Maths section:

Topic Marks Allotted
Algebra 56
Calculus 28
Trigonometry 8
Conics 16
Vector Algebra 12

This distribution of marks ensured that the overall paper was tough.

Student reactions to JEE Main 2018?

Most candidates found the paper to be happier with the paper than last year. However, early reactions from students differed from our experts.

Arun* “Chemistry was the toughest paper from the three. Maths was second and Physics was the easiest.”

Scores and All India Ranks are scheduled to be declared on the 30th of April, 2018. According to our experts, the JEE Main cut off should fall between 95 and 105.

You can click here to view the JEE Main 2018 Answer Key. You can also visit our JEE Main Rank Predictor to know if you have cracked the exam.

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