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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
- 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)
Facts, Syllabus and Pattern
What is JEE Main?
- The Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) is an All-India Common Entrance Exam for getting admissions into engineering colleges across India
- It is conducted in two phases: JEE Main and JEE Advanced
- If you clear the given cutoff 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
- You can appear for JEE Main, both online and offline on the JEE Main website
- This year, IIT Kanpur will be conducting the JEE Main exam.
Syllabus for JEE Main
JEE Main 2018 follows the CBSE prescribed NCERT syllabus. The difficulty level of the examination will also be based on the difficulty level of NCERT.
- Physics and Measurement
- Laws of Motion
- Work, Energy and Power
- Rotational Motion
- Properties of Solid and Liquids
- Kinetic Theory of Gases
- Oscillations and Waves
- Current Electricity
- Magnetic Effects of Currents and Magnetism
- Electromagnetic Induction
- Alternating Currents
- Electromagnetic Waves
- Dual Nature of Matter and Radiation
- Atoms and Nuclei
- Electronic Devices
- Communication Systems and Experimental Skills
- Some Basic Concepts in Chemistry
- The States of Matter
- Atomic Structure
- Chemical Bonding and Molecular Structure
- Chemical Thermodynamics
- Redox Reactions and Electrochemistry
- Chemical Kinetics
- Surface Chemistry
- Classification of Elements and Periodicity in Properties
- General Principles and Processes of Isolation of Metals
- S-Block Elements
- P-Block Elements
- D- and F-Block Elements
- Coordination Compounds
- Environmental Chemistry
- Purification and Characterisation of Organic Compounds
- Some Basic Principles of Organic Chemistry
- Organic Compounds Containing Halogens
- Organic Compounds Containing Oxygen
- Organic Compounds Containing Nitrogen
- Chemistry in Everyday Life
- Principles Related to Practical Chemistry
- Sets, Relations, and Functions
- Complex Numbers and Quadratic Equations
- Matrices and Determinants
- Permutations and Combinations
- Mathematical Induction
- Binomial Theorem and its Simple Applications
- Sequences and Series
- Limits Continuity and Differentiability
- Integral Calculus
- Differential Equations
- Coordinate Geometry
- Three-dimensional Geometry
- Vector Algebra
- Statistics and Probability
- Mathematical Reasoning
Exam Pattern for JEE Main
- Paper 1 for B.E. and B. Tech. (Computer based or pen and paper)
- Paper 2 for B. Arch. & B. Planning (Pen and paper only)
|Subjects||Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics|
|Type of questions||Objective (MCQs)|
|Mode of examination||Online OR Offline mode|
|Exam duration||3 hours|
|Number of questions||90 (30 questions from each subject)|
|Marking scheme||4 marks awarded for each correct answer|
|Negative marking||1/4 marks deducted for each incorrect response|
|Sections||Type of Question|
|Section 1: Mathematics||Objective (MCQs)|
|Section 2: Aptitude test||Objective (MCQs)|
|Section 3: Drawing test||-|
|Mode of Examination||Offline|
|Exam Duration||3 hours|
|Exam Centres||Medium of Language|
|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|
- Candidates appearing for the Pen & Paper mode must use only blue or black ball point pens only.
- 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.
How to apply
Eligibility Criteria for JEE Main
General category candidates must have been born on or after 1st October, 1993.
SC, ST and PWD candidates must have been born on or after 1st October, 1988.
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.
Year of passing 12th standard or equivalent exam:
You must have passed Class 12th or any equivalent qualifying examination in the years 2016, 2017 or 2018 (provided the results are declared before 15th June 2018).
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 a maximum of 3 times.
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:
- Board examination details
- Personal details like name, email id, mobile number
- Academic qualification (Class 12 marks or appearing date)
- Contact details of student and guardian
- 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.
- Exam centres vary, depending on whether you select the pen and paper format or computer based exam.
- Choose a centre according to your preference.
- You can pay your fees online through credit and debit cards.
- If you wish to pay it offline, you can deposit the fee in cash at Syndicate, Canara, ICICI and HDFC banks through E-Challan.
- This page will mention all the details you have filled out in your application form.
- Keep a copy of this page saved at all times.
Application Fees for JEE Main
|Papers||Pen and Paper Based Exam||Computer Based Test|
|General and OBC (Boys)||SC, ST, PWD and All Girls||General and OBC (Boys)||SC, ST, PWD and All Girls|
|For Exam Centres in India|
|Either Paper 1 OR 2||1000/-||500/-||500/-||250/-|
|Both Paper 1 AND 2||1800/-||900/-||1300/-||650/-|
|For Exam Centres in a Foreign Country|
|Either Paper 1 OR 2||2500/-||1250/-||2500/-||1250/-|
|Both Paper 1 AND 2||3800/-||1900/-||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
- Admit Card is available only on the CBSE servers
- 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
Exam Dates for JEE Main
|Start of online registration & submission of application form||1st December, 2017||00:01 AM|
|Last date for submission of application form||16th January, 2018||11:59 PM|
|Last date for payment of application Fees through Credit or Debit Card||17th January, 2018||11:59 PM|
|Last date for payment of application fees through E-Challan||18th January, 2018||11:59 PM|
|Admit card available||14th March, 2018||00:00 AM|
|Offline JEE Main 2018 Exam - Paper 1||2nd April, 2018||9:30 AM to 12:30 PM|
|Offline JEE Main 2018 Exam - Paper 2||2nd April, 2018||2:00 PM to 5:00 PM|
|Online JEE Main 2018 Exam||8th to 9th April, 2018||Phase 1: 9:30 am to 12:30 pm Phase 2: 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm|
|Answer Key and OMR Sheet Declaration||18th to 22th April, 2018|
|Acceptance of Challenge to Answer Keys (Rs. 1000/question)||22nd April, 2018||Upto 5:00 PM|
|Paper 1 - Result Declaration (Scores and AIR)||27th April, 2018|
|Paper 2 - Result Declaration||26th May, 2018|
Exam Schedule for JEE Main
The schedule for the JEE Main 2018 Offline Exam, conducted on 2nd April, 2018, was as follows:
|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|
|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|
Results and Cut-off
Answer Key for JEE Main
- The official answer key is released soon after the 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
- Log in to the JEE Main official website.
- Select the question booklet number and the corresponding question number.
- The answer as per the answer key will appear in the next box by default.
- Enter your claimed answer and click on ‘Add to Claims List’ tab.
- All claims must be submitted in one click.
- 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 2018 is calculated on the basis of your JEE Main 2018 result only and not the 12th standard percentile.
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:
- Keep your admit card ready.
- Click on the link to access your JEE Main 2018 result.
- Enter your JEE Main roll number and date of birth.
- Click on the ‘Submit’ tab.
- 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 here.
- 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 2018 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.
|OBC - NCL||49|
Rank List for JEE Main
The JEE Main 2018 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 2018 results
- A separate rank list is prepared for B. Arch. and B. Planning which is declared after the results of Paper 1
- Visit the JEE Main official website.
- Enter your JEE Main 2018 roll number and date of birth.
- Click on the ‘Submit’ tab.
- The JEE Main 2018 rank list will appear on the computer screen.
- Check the JEE Main 2018 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 2018 through this process
- It is conducted online in six rounds tentatively
- Counselling for JEE Main 2018 is likely to start from the first week of July, 2018
- Online Registration
- Online Choice Filling and Locking
- JoSAA 2017 Seat Allotment
- Seat Acceptance and Fees Payment
- Reporting to the Allotted College
- 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 2018 Admit Card
- Proof of Date of Birth
- JEE Main 2018 Scorecard
- Mark sheet of Class 12th, or any equivalent qualifying exam
- Category Certificate (if applicable)
How to Prepare
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.
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- Join coaching classes: It is not just about preparing hard for JEE Main 2018, but also about applying certain tried and time-tested techniques. Depending on factors like location, accessibility, convenience and previous results, students go to different coaching classes like Allen, Bansal’s, Career Point and a few others. Find the complete list of these coaching classes along with the details about what they offer in top coaching classes in India.
- 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
- Physics NCERT Textbooks for Classes 11th and 12th
- Arihant Series - D.C. Pandey
- Books on: Mechanics – Part 1, Mechanics – Part 2, Waves and Thermodynamics, Electricity and Magnetism, Optics and Modern Physics
- Concepts of Physics (both volumes) by H.C. Verma
- 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
- 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 2018. 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 2018.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q1: Can a candidate change the mode of examination?
Ans: Yes, but a candidate can only change the mode of examination from a Pen and Paper Examination to a Computer Based Examination. However, the opposite - a change from Computer Based Examination to Pen and Paper Based Examination - is not allowed.
Q2: Can the candidates opt for both the papers of JEE Main 2018?
Ans: Yes, the candidates can appear for both papers in JEE 2018, or can also have the liberty to appear for just one of the two.
Q3: Is it compulsory to have an Aadhaar Card Number to apply for JEE Main 2018?
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.
Q4: 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.
Q5: 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 2018 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 2018 FAQs.
That’s all you need to know about JEE Main 2018. Don’t lose heart if you don’t get through to JEE Advanced as some NITs are even better than a few IITs.
Q6: 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 all participating NITs in JEE Main 2018:
|Sr No||Top 10 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|