JEE MAIN 2021
NATIONAL LEVEL ONLINE TEST
JEE Main is the gateway to NITs, GFTIs and other prestigious engineering colleges of the country. Top 2,50,000 JEE Main rank holders qualify to sit for JEE Advanced, the entrance exam for 23 IITs. Over 11 lakh students are expected to sit for JEE Main 2021. JEE Main 2021 January session will be expectedly conducted in the second week of January, 2021. However, as per NTA Director Genreral Vineet Joshi, the schedule of the exam depends upon the COVID-19 situtation. Also, if board exams are rescheduled from March, then the dates for JEE Main 2021 January session will be impacted as well.
CBSE’s step of 30% syllabus reduction for class XI and XII, is most likely to impact JEE Main 2021 Syllabus and Question paper. Syllabus reduction in CBSE board has placed NTA and IITs in a tricky position as many boards will continue with the full syllabus as earlier. NTA Director General Joshi commented,”We will take it to JAB which is the authority on these matters.”
JEE Main 2021 will be conducted according to the new examination pattern which was introduced in the 2020 session. There will be 3 papers i.e. B.E./ B. Tech, B. Arch and B. Planning. The test is expected to be conducted in English, Hindi and Gujarati (For regional centers).
There will be a reservation of 10% to Economically Weaker Section in JEE Main 2021 and colleges accepting JEE score will reserve the seats for the same.
Admissions of students under Direct Admission of Students ABROAD (DASA) will be through JEE Main, as approved by MHRD. This will be applicable from academic year 2021-2022 onwards.
Candidates will be able to appear in either one or both the sessions to increase their chances of admission in the colleges. For candidates appearing in both January and April, their better of the two scores will be considered for the JEE Main Merit List.
|Event||January Session||April Session|
|JEE Main Registration 2021||1st week of September, 2020||1st week of February, 2021|
|JEE Main Registration (Closes)||2nd week of October, 2020||1st week of March, 2021|
|Last Date of Application Fee Submission||2nd week of October, 2020||2nd week of March 2021|
|JEE Main Application Form Correction||3rd week of October, 2020||2nd week of March 2021|
|Issue of JEE Main 2021 Admit Card||1st week of December, 2020||3rd week of March, 2021|
|JEE Main 2021 Exam Dates||2nd week of January, 2021||2nd week of April, 2021|
For candidates who are planning to appear for the examination in the coming year, it is necessary to carve out a startegical preparation plan for entire 2020 in order to crack the examination. We have prepared a JEE Main Preparation Guide that includes not only preparation tips, but also set of sample papers and mock tests. Here are few of the tips for all JEE aspirants:
Mock Test of JEE Main is an important part of exam preparation and can be taken from mobile also, even while you are travelling. Attempting JEE Main Mock Tests can help you understand exam pattern and difficulty level, analyse performance level, and get sufficient practice.
JEE Main Online Mock Test plays an important role in a student’s success by making them familiar with the actual exam pattern. JEE Main Mock Test may help a student in the following ways -
Numeric value based questions were introduced in JEE Main 2020, NTA released separate sample papers for these to get the aspirants familiar with the format:
|JEE Main B.Planning Paper||Download|
|JEE Main Sample Numeric Value Questions||Download|
|JEE Main Sample Mathematics Numeric Questions||Download|
|JEE Main Sample Chemistry Numeric Questions||Download|
|JEE Main Sample Physics Numeric Questions||Download|
The eligibility for JEE Main 2021 is tabulated below:
|Age Limit Criteria||There is no upper age limit for appearing in JEE Main 2021. Candidates who have passed class 12th or equivalent in 2019, 2020 or appearing in 2021 irrespective of their age can appear in JEE Main 2021.|
|Maximum number of Attempts||Candidates can take the exam maximum for 3 years consecutively. Candidates can sit for both January and April sessions, both of these will be counted as a single attempt.|
|Educational Qualification||Candidates who have qualified their XII or equivalent exam in 2018, 2019 or appearing in 2020 are eligible to sit for JEE Main 2020. Candidates must have passed qualifying examination with 50% marks in Mathematics and 50% in aggregate of the QE to sit for B. Planning Paper. B.E/ B. Tech applicants must have passed the qualifying examination with Physics and Mathematics as compulsory subjects along with one of the Chemistry/Biotechnology/ Biology/ Technical Vocational Subject. For B. Arch, candidates must have passed the Qualifying Examination with Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry.|
|Year of Appearance in Qualifying Examination||Candidates must have passed their XII or equivalent exam in 2019, 2020 or appearing in 2021 can sit for JEE Main 2021. Candidates who passed class XII or QE in 2018 or before as well as those who will appear in such examination in 2022 or later are not eligible to appear in JEE Main 2021.|
Note: The students are required to have a minimum of 75% in order to gain admission to the IITs or the NITs or the CFTIs.
Like every year, in 2021 also, a percentage of seats will be reserved for the economically backward classes. According to the rules of the Government, 10% of the seats will be reserved for them and there will be an additional 10% reservation for the EWS. JEE Main has not yet released an official circular but the reservations are expected to be similar to that of the previous year. We have mentioned the expected percentage of the reservation along with their respective categories in a tabular format:
|Reserved Category||Reservation (%)|
|Scheduled Castes (SC)||15|
|Scheduled Tribes (ST)||7.5|
|Person with Disabilities (PwD) (Within Every Category)||5|
|General – Economically Weaker Section (GEN-EWS)||10|
|Other Backward Class (Non-Creamy Layer)||27|
JEE Main 2021 registration is expected to commence in September 2020 for the January session. The last date will be in mid-October. The entire process is carried out online. Some of the important details which the students have to fill in their application form include educational details, personal details, the medium of examination, choice of exam center and choice of paper. The JEE Main 2021 application process for the April session is expected to begin in February.
The students will have to upload their passport size photograph and signature in digital format. They will have to be very particular regarding the size and format of the documents.
After the students have successfully filled the details and uploaded the necessary documents, they will have to pay the application fee. After that, they will have to book the slot of examination and take a printout of the acknowledgement.
The students must also have any Government ID like Adhaar Card, Passport, Driving License, Ration Card or any other government-approved photo ID proof.
JEE Main 2021 Application Fee is expected to be the same as that of JEE Main 2020. Students may pay their application fee using Credit/Debit card/Net Banking/Paytm/Cash Cards/SBI Buddy Wallet. They can also download e-challan available on the official website of JEE Main and make the payment in any branch of Canara Bank, ICICI Bank or Syndicate Bank. The application fee is non-refundable. Here, we have given the expected application fee for the 2021 candidates.
|Country of Examination||Type of Paper||General/Gen- EWS/ OBC(NCL) (Male) (INR)||SC/ST/PWD/Girls/Transgender (INR)|
|B.E./B.Tech and B. Arch||1300||650|
|B.E./B.Tech and B. Planning||1300||650|
|B.E./B.Tech, B. Arch and B.Planning||1300||650|
|B.Arch and B.Planning||1300||650|
|B.E./B.Tech and B. Arch||6000||3000|
|B.E./B.Tech and B. Planning||6000||3000|
|B.E./B.Tech, B. Arch and B.Planning||6000||3000|
|B.Arch and B.Planning||6000||3000|
The portal for the correction of application form will open just after the last date of submission of the application form. The students can log in to their accounts and check the status of their application form and check whether any kinds of correction are required. The link for the correction portal will be made available on the official website. The specifications of the documents to be uploaded have been mentioned below:
|Type of Document||Size||Dimensions in cm||Format|
|Passport size photograph||10KB-200KB||3.5 x 4.5||JPG/JPEG|
|Signature||4KB-30KB||3.5 x 1.5||JPG/JPEG|
Note: The passport size photograph must have the name of the candidate along with the date on which the photograph was taken.
JEE Main admit card will be released about a month prior to the date of examination. The students will not be allowed to enter the examination without their admit cards. JEE Main 2021 Admit Card will contain important details like exam centre name and address, exam day instructions, candidate's photograph and signature, etc.
Along with that, the students will also have to carry a government-approved photo ID proof. The admit card will contain detailed information regarding the examination centre and the time of examination. The students are advised to save a copy of their admit card for further references.
Go to the official website of JEE Main - jeemain.nta.nic.in
Click on the “Download Admit Card”
JEE Main admit card can be downloaded by two methods:
Method 1: Through Application Number and Password
Method 2: Through Application Number and DOB
Click on any of the 2 options to download the admit card.
Enter your JEE Main Application Number and DOB/ Password.
Enter the security pin.
Sign in and download your JEE Main 2021 Admit Card.
As of now, JEE Main examination will be conducted in two sessions. So, the students will have to apply separately for both the sessions and will have to fill the choices of their examination centres twice as well.
In JEE Main application form, candidates have to fill their four preferences for the choice of examination centre. The candidates will be allotted one particular centre among the choices they have made. The important details regarding the name and city of the examination centre, the complete address and the reporting time will be mentioned clearly in the admit card. The final decision as to which examination centre will be allocated to the students rest entirely upon the NTA and no request regarding the change of examination centre will be entertained by the NTA. Students are always advised to visit their examination centre prior to the date of the examination to avoid any kind of last-minute confusion.
Here is a list of documents to carry along on the day of the examination:
Important Tip: All students are advised to reach the examination centre at least two hours before the start of the examination.
JEE Main 2021 Exam Pattern is tabulated below:
|Parameters||JEE Main 2021 – B.E./B. Tech||JEE Main 2021 – B. Arch||JEE Main 2021 – B. Planning|
|Mode of Examination||CBT Mode||Mathematics and Aptitude- CBT Mode Drawing- Pen and paper mode||CBT Mode|
|Duration of exam||3 hours||3 hours||3 hours|
|Total subjects||Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics||Mathematics, Aptitude Test, and Drawing Test||Mathematics, Aptitude Test, and Planning Based Objective Type|
|Number of questions||75 (25 questions from each subject)||77 (Mathematics- 25; Aptitude- 50; Drawing- 2)||100 (Mathematics- 25; Aptitude- 50; Planning Based-25)|
|Type of Questions||60 (MCQs having 4 options each with 1 correct option) + 15 (Questions for which answer is a Numerical Value)||Maths- 20 (MCQs) + 5 (Questions for which answer is a Numerical Value) + Aptitude- 50 MCQ + Drawing- 2 Questions||Maths- 20 (MCQs) + 5 (Questions for which answer is a Numerical Value) + Aptitude- 50 MCQs + Planning Based Objective Type- 25 MCQs|
|Marking Scheme||For MCQs:+4 for each correct response; -1 for each incorrect response; Unattempted questions will not be marked. For Non- MCQs: +4 for each correct response, no negative marking for incorrect answers or unattempted questions.||For MCQs:+4 for each correct response; -1 for each incorrect response; Unattempted questions will not be marked. For Non- MCQs: +4 for each correct response, no negative marking for incorrect answers or unattempted questions For Drawing Test: 2 questions of 100 marks||For MCQs:+4 for each correct response; -1 for each incorrect response; Unattempted questions will not be marked. For Non- MCQs: +4 for each correct response, no negative marking for incorrect answers or unattempted questions.|
|Maximum Marks||300 Marks||400 Marks||400 Marks|
JEE Main Syllabus has remained more or less the same over the years. However, with the delay in events in JEE Main 2020 session due to the COVID-19 situation and CBSE’s step of 30% rent reduction for the syllabus of class 11th and 12th can definitely impact JEE Main 2021 syllabus. Read More
|Unit 1: Sets, Relations, and Functions||Unit 2: Complex Numbers and Quadratic Equations||Unit 3: Matrices and Determinants||Unit 4: Permutations and Combinations|
|Unit 5: Mathematical Induction||Unit 6: Binomial Theorem and Its Simple Applications||Unit 7: Sequences and Series||Unit 8: Limit Continuity, and Differentiability|
|Unit 9: Integral Calculus||Unit 10: Differential Equations||Unit 11: Coordinate Geometry||Unit 12: Three Dimensional Geometry|
|Unit 13: Vectoral Algebra||Unit 14: Statistics and Probability||Unit 15: Trigonometry||Unit 16: Mathematical Reasoning|
Physics syllabus for JEE Main 2021 contains two parts. Section A consists of all of the theoretical concepts and carries 80% weightage. On the other hand, section B consists of the practical aspect of the examination (experimental skills) and carries the remaining 20% weightage.
|Section A – Theory|
|Unit 1: Physics and Measurement||Unit 2: Kinematics||Unit 3: Laws of Motion||Unit 4: Work, Energy, and Power||Unit 5: Rotational Motion|
|Unit 6: Gravitation||Unit 7: Properties of Solids and Liquids||Unit 8: Thermodynamics||Unit 9: Kinetic Theory of Gases||Unit 10: Oscillations and Waves|
|Unit 11: Electrostatics||Unit 12: Current Electricity||Unit 13: Magnetic Effects of Current and Magnetism||Unit 14: Electromagnetic Induction and Alternating Currents||Unit 15: Electromagnetic Waves|
|Unit 16: Optics||Unit 17: Dual Nature of Matter and Radiation||Unit 18: Atoms and Nuclei||Unit 19: Electronic Devices||Unit 20: Communication Systems|
|Section B – Practical|
|Unit 21: Experimental Skills|
|Section A: Physical Chemistry|
|Unit 1: Some Basic Concepts in Chemistry||Unit 2: States of Matter||Unit 3: Atomic Structure||Unit 4: Chemical Bonding and Molecular Structure|
|Unit 5: Chemical Thermodynamics||Unit 6: Solutions||Unit 7: Equilibrium||Unit 8: Redox Reactions and Electrochemistry|
|Unit 9: Chemical Kinetics||Unit 10: Surface Chemistry||-||-|
|Section B: Inorganic Chemistry|
|Unit 11: Classification of Elements and Periodicity in Properties||Unit 12: General Principles and Processes of Isolation of Metals||Unit 13: Hydrogen||Unit 14: Block Elements (Alkali and Alkaline Earth Metals)|
|Unit 15: P-Block Elements||Unit 16: d-and-f Block Elements||Unit 17: Coordination Compounds||Unit 18: Environmental Chemistry|
|Section C: Organic Chemistry|
|Unit 19: Purification and Characterization of Organic Compounds||Unit 20: Some Basic Principles of Organic Chemistry||Unit 21: Hydrocarbons||Unit 22: Organic Compounds Containing Halogens|
|Unit 23: Organic Compounds Containing Oxygen||Unit 24: Organic Compounds Containing Nitrogen||Unit 25: Polymers||Unit 26: Biomolecules|
|Unit 27: Chemistry In Everyday Life||Unit 28: Principles Related to Practical Chemistry||-||-|
|Part 1||Part 2|
|Awareness of persons, places, buildings, materials, textures related to architecture and build-environment. Visualizing three-dimensional objects from two-dimensional drawings. Visualizing different sides of three-dimensional objects, analytical reasoning mental ability (visual, numerical, and verbal).||Three-dimensional perception: Understanding and appreciation of scale and proportion of objects, building forms, and elements, color texture, harmony, and contrast. Design and drawing of geometrical or abstract shapes and patterns in pencils. Transformation of forms both 2D and 3D union, subtraction, rotation, development of surfaces and volumes. Generation of plan, elevations and 3D views of objects. Creating two-dimensional and three-dimensional composition using given shapes and forms.|
JEE Main results will be released separately for the two sessions. The results can be downloaded from the official website. The results will display the marks and not the ranks secured by the students. All the marks obtained by the students will be converted to NTA Score. The result will show the NTA scores obtained by the students.
For B.E/B.Tech, the result will have the marks obtained in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics individually and also the total score.
For B.Arch. students, the result will show marks obtained in Mathematics, Aptitude Test and Planning along with the total score obtained.
For B.Planning students, the result will display marks obtained in Mathematics, Aptitude Test and Drawing and the total score obtained.
Merit list for JEE Main 2021 will be declared at the time of counselling and the actual scores of candidates in JEE Main 2021 will be used to calculate the ranks. Class 12 marks will not be considered for rank calculation. The formula used for calculating JEE Main score is – JEE Main Score = 4 marks x number of correct answers - number of wrong answers x 1
AIR is affected directly by the scores obtained in JEE Main i.e. higher the scores, better the rank in Mains. In case, two or more candidates score equal marks, then the tie-breaking rule or inter-se-merit is applicable.
Post-release of JEE Main answer keys candidates can also predict their ranks using JEE Main Rank Predictor designed by Collegedunia.com.
Every year, the cut-off for JEE Main differs. In 2021, the cut-off is expected to differ from that of previous years. The cut-off mainly depends on the overall percentile, the difficulty level of the questions and the number of candidates appearing for the examination. The official cut-off scores are released on the day of the result. The expected cut-off for JEE Main 2021 has been mentioned below:
|OBC – NCL||73-76|
|Scheduled Caste (SC)||53-56|
|Scheduled tribes (ST)||43-46|
The counselling process will begin soon after the results are declared. There will be three process of counseling:
JoSSA Counselling: This is mainly for the IITs, IIITs, NITs and various other Government Funded Technical Institutes.
CSAB NEUT: This counselling is for the AICTE approved institutes in India which are not under the control CSAB for the North Eastern States & Union Territories (NEUT).
CSAB SFTI: This counselling process is meant for the Self-Funded Technical Institutes.
Admission to NITs, IITs and CFTIs: The admission to these colleges will be entirely based on the All India Rank secured by the candidate. Along with that, the student must have secured at least 75% in 12th or equivalent examination. For SC/ ST candidates, the minimum percentage required is 65%.
Admission to B.Arch: The candidate must secure 50% marks in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics and must have minimum 50% marks in the 12th or qualifying examination.
Admission to B.Planning: The candidate must secure 50% marks in Mathematics and have minimum 50% marks in the 12th or qualifying examination.
Ques. Can JEE Main 2021 January session get postponed?
Ans. There have been many speculations about the schedule of JEE Main 2021 January session considering the delay in events this year. As per NTA Director General Vineet Joshi, the exam will be conducted in January as every year. However, if there is a change in the dates of the board exams (generally scheduled in March) or depending upon the COVID-19 situation, the dates for the January session shall be made official.
Ques. What are the responsibilities of NTA/ JEE Main Secretariat in JEE Main?
Ans. NTA or National Testing Agency is responsible for conducting the Joint Entrance Examination.
Ques. How can I prepare for the exam if I have no access to a computer or no experience with online exams?
Ans. Free practice sessions for JEE Main will be provided in more than 4000 schools and engineering colleges with internet and computer facilities in every region on every Saturday and Sunday. Student registration has to be done in online mode.
Ques. When will slot booking be available for JEE Main 2021?
Ans. There will be no slot booking. Allotment of slots will be done randomly by the NTA authorities.
Ques. What are the participating institutes for JEE Main 2021?
Ans. There are 1584 engineering colleges and technical institutes accepting JEE Main scores for making an admission decision. Furthermore, JEE Main 2020 qualified candidates will be able to apply for admission into 25 IIITs, 31 NITs and 28 GFTIs.
Ques. Can I change my paper appearing mode from Hindi to English?
Ans. Candidates can choose from Hindi, English and Gujrati(for regional centres) as their paper appearing mode.
Ques. I am from Nepal. Can I apply for JEE Main 2021?
Ans. Yes, candidates from neighbouring countries like Nepal are eligible for JEE Main 2020 examination.
Ques. What is the minimum NTA percentile that may stand a chance to qualify for JEE Advanced?
Ans. The NTA percentile score of 89.7548849 will stand a chance at JEE Advanced if one takes a look at JEE Main cutoff from last year.
*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College