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JEE Main

An all-India level exam for admission into IITs, NITs, IIITs and some of India’s best engineering colleges.
  • Field
  • Eligibility
    12th Standard Science Students
  • Subjects
    Physics, Chemistry and Maths
  • Applicants
    1.2 Million
  • Qualified
  • Questions Type
    Objective MCQs and Blank type Questions
  • Paper Pattern
    75 Questions in 3 Hours
  • Colleges
    IITs, NITs and 100 Colleges
  • Difficulty Level
    Medium to Hard
  • Time to Prepare
    2 Years
  • When
    January and April

All you need to know about JEE Main


Facts, Syllabus & Pattern

  • What is JEE Main?
  • Syllabus for JEE Main
  • Exam Pattern for JEE Main

How to apply

  • Eligibility Criteria for JEE Main
  • Registration for JEE Main
  • Application Fees for JEE Main
  • Admit Card for JEE Main

Important Dates

  • Exam Dates for JEE Main
  • Exam Schedule for JEE Main

Results and Cut-off

  • Answer Key for JEE Main
  • Rank Predictor for JEE Main
  • Results for JEE Main
  • Cut-off for JEE Main
  • Rank List for JEE Main
  • Counselling for JEE Main

How to Prepare

  • Preparation Tips for JEE Main
  • Study Material for JEE Main
  • Sample Papers for JEE Main
  • Previous Years’ Papers for JEE Main

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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What is JEE Main?

JEE Main is among the toughest exams in the world. Every year, over 12 lakh students appear while only 2,20,000 qualify for JEE Advanced.

  • The Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) is an All-India Common Entrance Exam for getting admissions into engineering colleges across India
  • JEE Main will be conducted twice a year in the month of January and April respectively by National Testing Agency (NTA).
  • It is conducted in two phases: JEE Main and JEE Advanced
  • If you clear the given cut-off for JEE Main, you qualify for JEE Advanced
  • With a JEE Main score you can apply to institutions like NITs, IIITs and other Central or State Funded Institutes
  • Whereas, IITs and ISM, Dhanbad consider results of JEE Advanced for admissions
  • From 2020 the examination will be held only in the computer based mode.

Syllabus for JEE Main

JEE Main 2020 follows the CBSE prescribed NCERT syllabus. The difficulty level of the examination will also be based on the difficulty level of NCERT.

Physics Physics
  1. Physics and Measurement
  2. Kinematics
  3. Laws of Motion
  4. Work, Energy and Power
  5. Rotational Motion
  6. Gravitation
  7. Properties of Solid and Liquids
  8. Thermodynamics
  9. Kinetic Theory of Gases
  10. Oscillations and Waves
  11. Electrostatics
  1. Current Electricity
  2. Magnetic Effects of Currents and Magnetism
  3. Electromagnetic Induction & Alternating Currents
  4. Electromagnetic Waves
  5. Optics
  6. Dual Nature of Matter and Radiation
  7. Atoms and Nuclei
  8. Electronic Devices
  9. Communication Systems and Experimental Skills
Chemistry Chemistry
  1. Some Basic Concepts in Chemistry
  2. The States of Matter
  3. Atomic Structure
  4. Chemical Bonding and Molecular Structure
  5. Chemical Thermodynamics
  6. Solutions
  7. Equilibrium
  8. Redox Reactions and Electrochemistry
  9. Chemical Kinetics
  10. Surface Chemistry
  11. Classification of Elements and Periodicity in Properties
  12. General Principles and Processes of Isolation of Metals
  13. Hydrogen
  14. s-Block Elements
  1. p-Block Elements
  2. d- and f-Block Elements
  3. Coordination Compounds
  4. Environmental Chemistry
  5. Purification and Characterisation of Organic Compounds
  6. Some Basic Principles of Organic Chemistry
  7. Hydrocarbons
  8. Organic Compounds Containing Halogens
  9. Organic Compounds Containing Oxygen
  10. Organic Compounds Containing Nitrogen
  11. Polymers
  12. Biomolecules
  13. Chemistry in Everyday Life
  14. Principles Related to Practical Chemistry
maths Maths
  1. Sets, Relations, and Functions
  2. Complex Numbers and Quadratic Equations
  3. Matrices and Determinants
  4. Permutations and Combinations
  5. Mathematical Induction
  6. Binomial Theorem and its Simple Applications
  7. Sequences and Series
  8. Limits Continuity and Differentiability
  1. Integral Calculus
  2. Differential Equations
  3. Coordinate Geometry
  4. Three-dimensional Geometry
  5. Vector Algebra
  6. Statistics and Probability
  7. Trigonometry
  8. Mathematical Reasoning

Exam Pattern for JEE Main

The JEE Main 2020 Examination is divided into two parts:
  • Paper 1 for B.E. and B. Tech. (Computer based only)
  • Paper 2 for B. Arch. & B. Planning (Pen and paper only)
Paper 1
Particulars Details
Subjects Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics
Type of questions Objective (MCQs) & Blank Type Questions
Mode of examination Computer based mode only
Exam duration 3 hours
Number of questions 75 (25 questions from each subject)
Marking scheme 4 marks awarded for each correct answer
Negative marking 1/4 marks deducted for each Objective Type incorrect response & No negative marks for Black Type Questions
Paper 2
Sections Type of Question
Section 1: Mathematics Objective (MCQs)
Section 2: Aptitude test Objective (MCQs)
Section 3: Drawing test -
Particulars Details
Mode of Examination Offline
Exam Duration 3 hours
Language Mediums in JEE Main 2020
Medium of Language Exam Centres
English and Hindi All examination centres
Gujarati Exam centres in Gujarat, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli
Marathi Exam centres in Maharashtra
Urdu Exam centres in Maharashtra
Here are a few important guidelines you need to keep in mind.
  • There is only one correct response for a question. More than one response(s) to any question is considered incorrect and marks are deducted accordingly.
  • Electronic gadgets are not allowed in the exam hall.

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Eligibility Criteria for JEE Main

  • Age:

    General category candidates must have been born on or after 1st October, 1994.

    SC, ST and PWD candidates must have been born on or after 1st October, 1989.

  • Subjects:

    You must have studied at least 5 subjects in 10+2.

    Physics and Mathematics are compulsory subjects.

    Chemistry, Biotechnology, Biology or Technical vocational are the other subjects to select from.

  • Score in 12th standard or equivalent exam:

    General category candidates require a minimum score of least 75% or should be in the top 20 percentile in their respective 12th board or equivalent examination.

    For an SC or ST candidate, the minimum score is 65%.

    Here is the list of equivalent exams is available here.

  • Year of passing 12th standard or equivalent exam:

    You must have passed Class 12th or any equivalent qualifying examination in the years 2017, 2019 or 2020.

  • Aadhar Card requirement:

    You need a registered Aadhaar Card Number to be eligible to apply for JEE Main.

  • Number of attempts:

    You can attempt JEE Main twice in a year - once in January and once in April. Your best score will be considered for qualifying into JEE Advanced and admissions to colleges.

    You can attempt JEE Advanced only for 2 consecutive years.

Registration for JEE Main

The JEE Main application form has to be filled online. You need to provide details such as your name, email ID, mobile number etc. You will need to choose a username and password for login.

Step 1: Filling the application form

Checklist while filling the form - keep the following items ready:

  1. Board examination details
  2. Personal details like name, email id, mobile number
  3. Academic qualification (Class 12 marks or appearing date)
  4. Contact details of student and guardian
  5. Scanned copy of your photograph, signature and left thumb print (the specification for which are mentioned here)
Details File Format File Size Dimensions
Photograph with Name and Date Printed Below JPEG 4 KB - 40 KB 3.5 cm x 4.5 cm
Signature JPEG 1 KB - 30 KB 3.5 cm x 1.5 cm
Thumb Impression (Left Hand) JPEG 1 KB - 30 KB 3.5 cm x 1.5 cm

Once you’ve filled out this information and uploaded the required documents, you need to move to the next step.

Step 2: Choosing your exam centre.
  1. Choose a centre according to your preference.
Step 3: Payment of fees
  1. You can pay your fees online through credit and debit cards.
  2. If you wish to pay it offline, you can deposit the fee in cash at Syndicate, Canara, ICICI and HDFC banks through E-Challan.
Step 4: Confirmation page
  1. This page will mention all the details you have filled out in your application form.
  2. Keep a copy of this page saved at all times.

Application Fees for JEE Main

Fees for Exam Centres in India
Computer Based Test
Papers General and OBC (Boys) SC, ST, PWD and All Girls
Either Paper 1 or 2 500/- 250/-
Both Paper 1 and 2 1300/- 650/-
Fees for Exam Centres in a Foreign Country
Computer Based Test
Papers General and OBC (Boys) SC, ST, PWD and All Girls
Either Paper 1 or 2 2500/- 1250/-
Both Paper 1 and 2 3800/- 1900/-

Admit Card for JEE Main

Once you’ve completed the registration process, you will have to download your Admit Card.

  • It is mandatory to carry the Admit Card to the examination
  • Only eligible candidates who have completed the registration process can download the Admit Card
  • To do this, they need to enter their application number and their date of birth
The steps to download the JEE Main 2020 Admit Card:
  1. Click on JEE Main 2020 Admit Card link (Will be updated once released by the authorities).
  2. Submit the form with the information you entered during registration.
  3. Your JEE Main 2020 Admit Card will be displayed on the screen.
  4. Check and ensure that all the details on the Admit Card are correct and then download it.
Note: Take multiple printouts of your Admit Card for future reference.

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Exam Dates for JEE Main

Exam dates for JEE Main 2020 are announced.
Registration Deadlines
January 2020 Exam April 2020 Exam
Start of online registration & submission of application form 3rd September 2019 2nd week of February 2020
Last date for submission of application form 10th October 2019 4th week of February 2020
Last date for payment of application Fees through Credit or Debit Card 10th October 2019 4th week of February 2020
Last date for payment of application fees through E-Challan 10th October 2019 4th week of February 2020
Admit card available December 2019 March 2020
Exam Dates
Online JEE Main 2020 Exam 6th to 11th January 2020 7th to 21st April 2020
Result Dates
Answer Key and OMR Sheet Declaration January 2020 April 2020
Acceptance of Challenge to Answer Keys (Rs. 1000/question) January 2020 April 2020
Paper 1 - Result Declaration (Scores and AIR) 1st week of February 2020 1st week of May 2020
Paper 2 - Result Declaration 1st week of February 2020 1st week of May 2020

Exam Schedule for JEE Main

The schedule for the JEE Main 2019 Exam, conducted on 8th April, 2019, was as follows:

Exam schedule for Paper 1
Paper 1
Schedule Offline Exam Online Exam
Entry in the exam centre 8:00 AM 8:00 AM
Entry in the exam hall 9:00 AM 9:00 AM
Distribution of test paper 9:20 AM -
Last entry in the exam hall 9:30 AM 9:30 AM
Commencement of the test 9:30 AM 9:30 AM
Conclusion of the test 12:30 AM 12:30 AM
Exam schedule for Paper 2
Paper 2
Schedule Offline Exam Online Exam
Entry in the exam centre 1:00 PM 1:00 PM
Entry in the exam hall 1:30 PM 1:30 PM
Distribution of test paper 1:50 PM -
Last entry in the exam hall 2:00 PM 2:00 PM
Commencement of the test 2:00 PM 2:00 PM
Conclusion of the test 5:00 PM 5:00 PM

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Answer Key for JEE Main

  • The official answer key will be released within a week after the last exam
  • You can compare your answers and predict your score
  • You can even challenge the answer key if you believe the answer is incorrect or has more than one correct answer
  • To challenge the answer key, you need to pay a fee of Rs.1000 for each question you challenge
Here is how you can challenge the answer key .
Challenging the answer key
The process of challenging the JEE Main 2020 Answer Key is explained in detail below:
  1. Log in to the JEE Main official website.
  2. Select the question booklet number and the corresponding question number.
  3. The answer as per the answer key will appear in the next box by default.
  4. Enter your claimed answer and click on ‘Add to Claims List’ tab.
  5. All claims must be submitted in one click.
  6. Click on ‘Save Your Claims Finally’ tab.

Rank Predictor for JEE Main

The rank predictor helps you guess your rank before the official results are declared, in order to shortlist colleges that might admit you on the basis of your rank. The All India Rank in JEE Main 2020 is calculated on the basis of your JEE Main 2020 result only and not the 12th standard percentile.

Note: These estimated ranks may not be 100% accurate.
Find out your own rank in JEE Main 2020!

Results for JEE Main

Your JEE Main result indicates whether you are eligible for JEE Advanced or not. Follow these simple steps to check your result for JEE Main:

  1. Keep your admit card ready.
  2. Click on the link to access your JEE Main 2020 result.
  3. Enter your JEE Main roll number and date of birth.
  4. Click on the ‘Submit’ tab.
  5. Your JEE Main score and All India Rank (AIR) will be reflected on the screen.

Download your score card from the link provided on the same page itself.

Incase of a tie, take a look at the Tie-breaking Criteria for Paper 1.

  • The candidate with more marks in Mathematics will be given a better rank
  • In case marks in Mathematics are the same, candidates with more marks in Physics will be given a better rank
  • The ratio of positive marks and negative marks obtained by each candidate will be considered next. The candidate who has a higher absolute value of the ratio will be awarded a higher rank.
  • If the tie still persists, the candidates will be given the same JEE Main 2020 rank

Cut-off for JEE Main

The JEE Main cut-off indicates the closing ranks or minimum scores that you need to score to qualify for JEE Advanced . Candidates who don’t meet the cut-off will be considered ineligible. However, in that case, they can still participate in the JEE Main counselling, conducted by JoSAA.

JEE Main 2019 Category-wise Cut-off:
Category Cut-Off
Common Rank List 89
General - EWS 78
OBC - NCL 74
SC 54
ST 44
PWD 0.1
Check out the opening and closing ranks for some of the best colleges for JEE Main.

Rank List for JEE Main

The JEE Main 2020 rank list reflects the All India Ranks (AIRs) and the respective category ranks of the candidates.

  • You can download your rank card after you’ve checked your JEE Main 2020 results
  • A separate rank list is prepared for B. Arch. and B. Planning which is declared after the results of Paper 1
Here are the steps to download the JEE Main 2020 Rank List:
  1. Visit the JEE Main official website.
  2. Enter your JEE Main 2020 roll number and date of birth.
  3. Click on the ‘Submit’ tab.
  4. The JEE Main 2020 rank list will appear on the computer screen.
  5. Check the JEE Main 2020 rank and save it for future reference.

Counselling for JEE Main

Once you clear the JEE Main, you are eligible for counselling. Counselling is a process of picking colleges that are the perfect fit for your score and interest.

  • The Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA) will conduct counselling
  • Seats to colleges are allotted for JEE Main 2020 through this process
  • It is conducted online in seven rounds tentatively
  • Counselling for JEE Main 2020 is likely to start from the first week of July, 2020
The following steps are involved in the JEE Main 2020 counselling procedure:
  1. Online Registration
  2. Online Choice Filling and Locking
  3. JoSAA 2020 Seat Allotment
  4. Seat Acceptance and Fees Payment
  5. Reporting to the Allotted College
Here’s a list of documents required for the JEE Main 2020 counselling:
  • 3 Passport Sized Photographs (same as the ones uploaded during the time of registration)
  • Provisional Seat Allotment Letter
  • Photo Identity Card
  • Proof of Seat Acceptance Payment
  • JEE Main 2020 Admit Card
  • Proof of Date of Birth
  • JEE Main 2020 Scorecard
  • Mark sheet of Class 12th, or any equivalent qualifying exam
  • Category Certificate (if applicable)

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Preparation Tips for JEE Main

  • Practice is the key: Practice as much as you can. 70% of your JEE preparation comprises of practice. Toppr offers over 5 lakh questions in our question bank to help you learn and strengthen concepts in each chapter.
  • Take All-India Level mock tests: Give time-bound mock tests in a completely exam-like environment to improve your efficiency at attempting questions. Toppr offers an All-India Test Series that lets you compete with other students from all over India.
  • Clear all your doubts: Don't get stuck with doubts. Discuss and clarify them with Subject Experts at Toppr to get an instant reply.
  • Study from the best sources: NCERT and several recommended books for JEE are the minimum resources you need. Toppr offers the best study material from all over the web to help you prepare better.
  • Revision is important: When you go through a formula or concept, maintain revision notes in the form of bullet points. Revision will be useful when the exam is close and a good revision pattern will take less time. Normally, without these notes, you would have to go through the entire chapter to understand important points once again.

Study Material for JEE Main

Here are some recommended books to help you prepare for JEE:
Physics Physics
  • Physics NCERT Textbooks for Classes 11th and 12th
  • Arihant Series - D.C. Pandey
  • Concepts of Physics (both volumes) by H.C. Verma
Chemistry Chemistry
  • NCERT Textbooks for Inorganic Chemistry
  • Morrison and Boyd for Organic Chemistry
  • M.S. Chauhan for Problem Practice in Organic Chemistry
  • O.P. Tandon for Physical Chemistry
  • P. Bahadur for Problem Practice in Physical Chemistry
maths Maths
  • R.D. Sharma – Objective Mathematics, Part 1 and Part 2 (NCERT difficulty)
  • Arihant Series – Dr. S.K. Goyal

Sample Papers for JEE Main

Solving sample papers and previous year papers is not only advisable, but also mandatory if you want to stay ahead of the stiff competition in JEE Main 2020. Solving sample papers will help you to prepare for the expected paper and its pattern while also assisting you in learning efficient time management. You can also assess your own performance by practicing sample papers and judge your level of preparations for JEE Main 2020.

Previous Years’ Papers for JEE Main

Practising previous years’ JEE papers is important as it helps you simulate the real exam. Toppr provides you with a complete set of all question banks from previous years which you can practice to sharpen your skills.

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Q1: Can a candidate change the mode of examination?

Ans: The JEE Main exam will only be held in the computer based mode. The HRD ministry will organise practice centres from August. These will be free of cost for all aspirants who want to familiarise themselves with the new mode of examination.

Q2: Can the candidates opt for both the papers of JEE Main 2020?

Ans: Yes, the candidates can appear for both papers in JEE 2020, or can also have the liberty to appear for just one of the two.

Q3: Can candidates change the date of their exam?

Ans: Candidates can change the date of their exam only if it clashes with something important, like a board exam.

Q4: Is it compulsory to have an Aadhaar Card Number to apply for JEE Main 2020?

Ans: Yes, it’s mandatory for candidates to enter their Aadhaar Card Number in the application form in order to register successfully. No application will be accepted without the Aadhaar Card Number.

Q5: A candidate has applied for both Paper 1 and Paper 2. Can he or she opt for just one paper now?

Ans: There is no compulsion for such candidates to appear in both papers. They can choose to appear for the paper of their choice. However, there will be no refund of fees.

Q6: What action is to be taken if the candidate has opted for Hindi or Gujarati medium for the examination but now wants to appear in the English medium?

Ans: The JEE Main 2020 question paper is bilingual (both in Hindi and English as well as Gujarati and English) for candidates who have opted for Hindi or Gujarati mediums. The candidate can attempt the questions in any medium during the examination.

To clarify all your doubts, check out the detailed list of JEE Main 2020 FAQs.

That’s all you need to know about JEE Main 2020. Don’t lose heart if you don’t get through to JEE Advanced as some NITs are even better than a few IITs.

Q7: What colleges can I get into through JEE Main?

Ans: IITs, NITs, IIITs and a list of 100 or so central or state funded institutions participate in JEE Main. Though IITs and ISM don’t accept the JEE Main score, they require the JEE Advanced score, this is the first step to getting into the best colleges.

Here's a list of participating Colleges in JEE Main 2020.

Sr No Colleges
1 National Institute of Technology (NIT Trichy), Tiruchirappalli
2 Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Pune
3 Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT-A), Allahabad
4 National Institute of Foundry and Forge Technology (NIFFT), Ranchi
5 Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology (NSIT), Delhi
6 Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIITG), Guwahati, Assam
7 National Institute of Technology Warangal (NITW), Telangana
8 National Institute of Technology Patna (NIT Patna), Bihar
9 Thapar University, Patiala
10 PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore

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