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JEE Main

JEE Main

IIT-JEE (commonly known as JEE) is an engineering entrance exam conducted across India to provide admission to premier engineering institutes. The exam is conducted in two stages: JEE Main and JEE Advanced.

Previously known as the All India Engineering Entrance Exam (AIEEE), JEE Main is organised by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and is a highly competitive exam. With over 12 lac applicants, it is often regarded as the single day largest exam in the world. The top 2.2 lac performers are shortlisted for the next stage, that is, JEE Advanced.

The JEE Main score is used for the admission into various National Institutes of Technology (NITs), Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) and several other Central Funded Technical Institutes (CFTIs). Some common colleges which accept JEE score are BIT Mesra Ranchi, Thapar University, Delhi Technological University, Punjab Engineering College, NSIT, etc.

Some institutes in the states of Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Uttrakhand, Nagaland and Odisha also use JEE Main score for admissions. However, their admission criteria is notified by the concerned authorities.

Eligibility Criteria

For a candidate to be eligible to take JEE Main 2018, he must fulfil the following eligibility criteria.

  • A general candidate should have been born on or after 1st October 1993. A relaxation of 5 years is provided to candidates who are SC, ST or PWD.
  • Candidates who have passed class 12th in the year 2016 or 2017, and who are appearing for it in 2018.
  • Candidates should have secured at least 75% in 12th Board exam. For SC, ST and PWD, the minimum required marks is 65% in 12th.
  • A student can take a maximum of 3 attempts for JEE Main.
  • Candidates must be Indian citizens. Note that a valid Aadhar Card is required for exam registration.
  • No weightage will be given to class 12th marks for the calculation of All India Rank (AIR) for JEE Main.

Important Dates

The important dates for JEE Main are announced.

Events Exam Dates (Tentative)
Online application for JEE Main Starts December 1, 2017
Online application for JEE Main Ends January 2, 2018
Last Date for Registration Fee Payment January 2, 2018
Availability of Admit Card 2nd week of March 2018
Offline JEE Main Exam Date (Pen & Paper) April 8, 2018
Online JEE Main Date (CBT) April 15 & 22, 2018
Answer Key Release 3rd week of April 2018
Result Announcements April 30, 2018

Exam Pattern

  • Mode of Exam: Unlike the JEE Advanced which is mandatorily online, JEE Main is conducted in offline (pen and paper) as well as online (computer-based test) mode. A student has the option to go for either of them.
  • Questions: The paper contains 90 questions, 30 each for physics, chemistry and mathematics. The questions are objective type. Each question has equal weightage of marks.
  • Exam Duration: The ideal exam duration is 3 hours. However, the candidates with 40% disability are given 4 hours to complete the paper.
  • Language for Question Paper: You have the option to take the paper in English or Hindi in all exam centers. For Gujarat, Daman & Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli cities, students have to select the language (English, Hindi or Gujarati) during registration.
  • Marking Scheme: Candidates will be awarded +4 and -1 for a correct and an incorrect response respectively.
Subjects Questions Marks
Physics 30 120
Chemistry 30 120
Mathematics 30 120
Total 90 360


The syllabus for JEE Main primary constitutes the topics covered in class 11 and 12 of the central boards such as CBSE, ISC and state boards. Approximately, 45% of the paper is prepared from class 11th syllabus and 55% from class 12th syllabus.

The subject-wise detailed syllabus is mentioned below.


Physics and Measurement, Kinematics, Laws of Motion, Work, Energy and Power, Rotational Motion, Gravitation, Properties of Solids and Liquids, Thermodynamics, Kinetic Theory of Gases, Oscillation and Waves, Electrostatics, Current Electricity, Magnetic Effects of Current and Magnetism, Electromagnetic Induction and Alternating Current, Electromagnetic Waves, Optics, Dual Nature of Matter and Radiation, Atoms and Nuclei, Electronic Devices, Communication Systems, Experimental Skills


Physical Chemistry: Some basic Concepts in Chemistry, States of Matter, Atomic Structure, Chemical Bonding and Molecular Structure, Chemical Thermodynamics, Solutions, Equilibrium, Redox Reactions and Electrochemistry, Chemical Kinetics, Surface Chemistry

Inorganic Chemistry: Classification of Elements and Periodicity in Properties, General Principles and Processes of Isolation of Metals, Hydrogen, S-Block Elements (Alkali Alkaline Earth Metals), P-Block Elements, d- and f- Block Elements, Co-ordination Compounds, Environmental Chemistry

Organic Chemistry: Purification and Characterization of Organic Compounds, Some Basic Principles of Organic Chemistry, Hydrocarbons, Organic Compounds Containing Halogens, Organic Compounds Containing Oxygen, Organic Compounds Containing Nitrogen, Polymers, Biomolecules, 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, Limit, continuity and differentiability, Integral Calculus, Differential Equations, Co-ordinate Geometry, Three-Dimensional Geometry, Vector Algebra, Statistics and Probability, Trigonometry, Mathematical Reasoning

Application Form

The online application for JEE Main starts on December 1, 2017 and ends on January 2, 2018.

  • A valid Aadhar card is mandatory for JEE Main application since the year 2018.
  • Candidates must fill out the application form carefully after reading all the instructions. The application fee must be paid last by January 2, 2018.
  • You may make changes to your application form in the correction window from January 9 to 22, 2018. The changes can be made in the exam mode (offline to online only), Aadhar details, exam medium, name, state and date of birth.

Application Procedure

  • Check and ensure your eligibility as per the aforementioned eligibility criteria.
  • Apply online by registering at JEE Main website (
  • Complete the online application form with correct information.
  • Upload the photograph, signature and thumb impression in JPEG format.
  • Pay the form fees either by credit/debit card or through e-challan.

Admit Card

  • JEE Main admit card is made available to candidates from the second week of March 2018.
  • It can be downloaded from the official website of JEE using your application number, id and password.
  • The admit card contains all relevant details such as the candidate’s name, his application number, his date of birth, gender, examination centre, timings, etc.
  • Check for all the details mentioned on the admit card. In case of any discrepancy, contain the JEE authority immediately.
  • The admit card must be kept safe and produced during the day of the examination, failing to which the candidate will not be allowed to appear for the exam.

Exam Fee

The application fee across various categories for JEE Main 2018 is listed below:

Offline (Pen & Paper Based)
Online (Computer Based)
Rs 1000 Rs 500
Rs 500 Rs 250
Rs 500 Rs 500
Rs 250 Rs 250


The cut-off scores for JEE Main depends on several factors:

  • Number of candidates appearing for the exam
  • Number of questions in the question paper
  • The level of difficulty of the paper
  • Candidates’ overall performance
  • Previous year trends in JEE Main scores

The cut-off trends for the past 5 years of JEE Main is mentioned below:

Category 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
General 113 115 105 100 81
OBC 70 74 70 70 49
SC 50 53 50 52 32
ST 45 47 44 48 27


  • JEE Main counselling is organised by the Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA).
  • Starting from the 3rd week of June 2018, it will be conducted in the online mode.
  • Candidates who qualify JEE Main will be eligible for the counselling process for all the participating institutes such as the NITs, IIITs, etc.
  • Candidates must first register for the counselling online.
  • After registering, they must fill and lock their choices of colleges and branches in the decreasing order of the preference.
  • 7 rounds of seat allocation will be conducted by JoSAA.
  • The seat allotment will be conducted on the basis of merit, seat availability and choice filling.
  • After the final allotment, candidates must pay a fee of Rs 45,000 as the seat acceptance fee.
  • The seat acceptance is followed by document verification and final reporting at the allotted college.
  • Candidates can withdraw their application up to the 6th round of seat allocation.
Events Tentative Dates
Counselling Registration Starts Third week of June 2018
Mock Allotment 1 Third week of June 2018
Mock Allotment 2 Third week of June 2018
First Round of Seat allotment Fourth week of June 2018
Seat Acceptance Fourth week of June 2018
Second Round of Seat allotment First week of July 2018
Seat Acceptance First week of July 2018
Third Round of Seat allotment First week of July 2018
Seat Acceptance Second week of July 2018
Fourth Round of Seat allotment Second week of July 2018
Seat Acceptance Second week of July 2018
Fifth Round of Seat allotment Third week of July 2018
Seat Acceptance Third week of July 2018
Sixth Round of Seat allotment Third week of July 2018
Seat Acceptance/Withdrawal Fourth week of July 2018
Seventh Round of Seat Allotment Fourth week of July 2018
Seat Acceptance (No Withdrawal Permitted) Fourth week of July 2018

Previous Year Papers

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