JEE Main B. Planning Paper Exam Pattern - A Comprehensive Guide

    Karishma Khatri Karishma Khatri
    Exams Prep Master

    NTA introduced a separate paper for B. Planning this year, a total of 59003 candidates applied for B. Planning January 2020 session. With several opportunities in the private and public sector, it is a growingly popular field among graduates. Candidates from this year can choose to attempt either B. Planning or B. Arch, or both of these papers.

    JEE Main B. Planning Paper is conducted for a duration of 3 hours. As per the exam pattern, candidates will be tested based on their Aptitude, Mathematics, and Problem solving based on planning. The Aptitude section holds the most weightage with 50 questions, followed by 25 in Mathematics and 25 Planning-based questions. This paper is administered online, in the Computer-Based Test (CBT) mode.


    JEE Main B. Planning Exam Pattern 

    Mode of Exam

    Computer-Based Test

    Marking Scheme

    MCQs - +4 for the correct answer and -1 for any wrong answer

    NAT questions - +4 for the correct answer, 0 for an incorrect answer

    Duration of Exam

    3 hours

    Language of Exam

    Hindi, English, and Gujarati (only for centers in Gujarat, Daman and Diu, and Dadra and Nagar Haveli)

    Type of Questions

    MCQs and Numerical Answer Type (NAT)


    • Mathematics (25 questions - 20 MCQs, 5 NAT)

    • Aptitude (50 MCQs) 

    • Planning-based questions (25 MCQs)

    Total Number of Questions 


    Total Marks


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    Why is the knowledge of the exam paper pattern important?

    The knowledge of the B. Planning paper pattern of JEE Main is extremely essential as you can find a clear understanding of the amount of effort you will have to allocate for each section according to the expected number of questions. Candidates often end up making time tables that are not as productive, the accurate information of the exam pattern shall save you the headache of investing in the wrong direction. The knowledge of the marking scheme and nature of questions will also help you formulate paper attempting tricks. 

    How are Separate Papers for B. Arch and B. Planning Helpful?

    How are Separate Papers for B. Arch and B. Planning Helpful for the Candidates?

    For applicants, the presence of separate papers for B.Arch and B.Planning is very beneficial, since the papers vary according to each course's requirements. Students can choose to attempt either one of these papers, or both. The Mathematics and Aptitude sections are common to B.Arch and B.Planning papers because fluency in these topics is necessary for admission to both courses. The third part, however, differs in these two papers. The B.Arch paper has questions appropriate for B.Arch courses while B.Planning has questions specifically relevant to B.Planning courses in the Planning-based questions section. 

    Registration trend for B. Planning January 2020 session is as follows:

    Changes Introduced in JEE Main Exam Pattern

    Changes Introduced in JEE Main Exam Pattern

    1. Different papers for B. Arch and B. Planning 

    Until 2019, B.Arch and B.Planning papers were viewed as one. For the candidates who wish to particularly apply for B.Planning courses, for the first time in JEE Mains’ history, a separate exam will be organized. Therefore, JEE Main 2020 will be handled in three parts - 

    • B.E / B. Tech Paper 1 

    • B. Arch Paper 2 

    • B. Planning Paper 3 

    Now, students have the option to appear for either one, two, or all three papers according to their choice.

    2. JEE Main B. Planning Paper pattern 

    • The B. Planning paper (Paper 3) will be conducted in the Computer-Based Test (CBT) mode. 

    • There will be a total of 100 questions in Paper 3, divided into three sections - 

    Section I - Mathematics (25 questions - 20 MCQs, 5 NAT questions)

    Section II - Aptitude (50 MCQs)

    Section III - Planning-based questions (25 MCQs)

    • Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions have been introduced for the Mathematics section with no negative marking. 

    • The maximum possible marks are 400. 

    Marking Scheme of B. Planning Paper

    Marking Scheme of B. Planning Paper


    Type of Questions

    Marking Scheme

    Maximum Marks

    Section I - Mathematics

    20 MCQs and 5 NAT questions

    MCQs - +4 for the correct answer, -1 for an incorrect answer, 0 for unanswered questions

    NAT - +4 for the correct answer, 0 for an incorrect answer


    Section II - Aptitude 

    50 MCQs

    MCQs - +4 for the correct answer, -1 for an incorrect answer, 0 for unanswered questions


    Section III - Planning-based questions

    25 MCQs

    MCQs - +4 for the correct answer, -1 for an incorrect answer, 0 for unanswered questions



    100 questions



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    B. Planning Paper Analysis of JEE Main January Session

    B. Planning Paper Analysis of JEE Main January 2020 Session

    The JEE Main B. Planning exam was conducted over two shifts in one day on January 6, 2020. 


    Exam Start

    Exam End

    Shift I

    09:30 AM

    12:30 PM

    Shift II

    02:30 PM

    05:30 PM

    JEE Main 2020 Shift I Day 1 (January 6, 2020)

    Shift 1 of the JEE Main 2020 session of January successfully began on January 6 , 2020. The Mathematics section was found to be the hardest, based on the candidates' initial reactions. The exam's general level of difficulty was moderate to difficult.

    JEE Main B. Planning Paper Mathematics

    The level of difficulty of the Mathematics section was found to be very high by the test-takers. Questions were asked from the maths syllabus of Class 11 and 12. However, according to a majority of the candidates, a higher weightage was given to the class 11 syllabus in the Mathematics section. Several questions appeared from topics like 3D coordinate geometry and distance. The number of questions asked from topics such as integration and differentiation was low. 

    JEE Main B. Planning Aptitude

    When compared to the Mathematics section, the Aptitude section was considered to be easier by the test-takers. Mirror image and 3D figures were some of the topics from which questions were asked. Some questions from the Aptitude section were regarding the location of the Konark temple, correct size of a door, and the texture of a mirror. 

    JEE Main B. Planning Paper Planning

    The Planning section continued online. 25 questions in MCQ form were asked in the Planning section. The Planning section was considered easy. 

    JEE Main 2020 Shift II Day 1 (January 6, 2020)

    The JEE Main 2020 afternoon shift for B.Planning was scheduled between 2.30 PM to 5.30 PM. Candidates considered the Mathematics section to be the toughest. The difficulty level of the paper was moderate to difficult. 

    JEE Main B. Planning Paper Mathematics

    According to test-takers, the Mathematics section was difficult. 4 Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions were asked. Many of the questions asked were from the Class 11 syllabus. The questions from calculus were quite difficult.

    JEE Main B. Planning Aptitude

    The Aptitude section was of a moderate difficulty level. A few questions in this section consisted of designs and candidates were required to determine how they would look from different views. 

    JEE Main B. Planning Paper Planning

    The Planning section continued online and was considered to be easy. The questions in this section included topics like Ministers and the Government. Questions such as - “Who is the architect of the LIC building?” were also asked.

    Paper Attempting Tricks for JEE Main B. Planning

    Paper Attempting Tricks for JEE Main B. Planning

    Trick 1 - Read through the B. Planning paper 

    When you get the JEE main B. Planning paper, read through it and find out the easy and moderately difficult questions. Ensure that you answer them first so that you will not miss out on a good score later due to failure in attempting all the easy questions. It is highly recommended that you attempt the Planning section first because it is usually the easiest of all three sections.

    Also Read How to prepare for JEE Main B. Planning Paper?

    Trick 2 - Do not spend a lot of time on a single question

    You must take care not to spend more than 5 minutes on MCQs and NAT questions in the B. Planning paper. If you fail to do so, you will lag behind and will be unable to answer the whole paper within 3 hours. You will also be left with no time to recheck your answers. If at any point you are unable to answer a question, go on to attempt the next one. You can mark the difficult questions and get back to them at the end of the paper. 

    Trick 3 - Stay confident and optimistic

    Keeping up your confidence and positivity with regard to your preparation is very essential. Panicking will cause you to blank out when you receive the question paper. You have to believe that you have put in adequate preparation for the B. Planning paper. 

    Trick 4 - Steer clear from making random guesses in MCQs

    MCQs are given negative marking in the JEE Main B. Planning paper. You must ensure that you do not answer these questions in a random manner. If you cannot find an answer to a question even at the end, leave it answered. 

    Trick 5 - Pay attention to details in the questions

    Do not allow panic to interfere with your reading of the questions. You must focus on every minute detail of every question in order to be able to answer correctly. 

    Trick 6 - Make use of rough work

    Carry out your rough work in a comprehensible manner. Soiled rough work will lead to confusion and further complication of a problem. Ensure that you mark your rough work according to the question numbers so that you can find it easily later. 

    Trick 7 - Check your answers 

    It is very crucial for you to check your answers in the JEE Main B. Planning paper. Especially in the planning section, you must make sure to revisit your answers. 

    Sample Questions for JEE Main B. Planning

    Sample Questions for JEE Main B. Planning

    1. The full form of UTM is - 

    a. Universal Transverse Mercator

    b. United Travel Mechanism

    c. Universal Target Machine

    d. Universal Transverse Machine

    2. When was the Earth Summit held?

    a. 990

    b. 1991

    c. 1992

    d. 1994

    3. What is the median of these values ( 2,4,3,2,9,75,29 )?

    a. 2

    b. 4

    c. 9

    d. 5

    4. Which organization manages the solid waste in a city?

    a. Municipal corporation/committee/municipality

    b. Public Works Department

    c. Development Authority

    d. Town and Country Planning Organisation

    5. If C is a circle with a diameter that is formed by a line segment of the line 3x + 2y = 6 intercepted by coordinate axes, at which point does C also pass through?

    a. (2,2)

    b. (1,1)

    c. (2,3)

    d. (3,2)

    6. Any tangent to the parabola x-square = 4y intersects the hyperbola xy = 2 at points P and Q. Then, the midpoint of line segment PQ rests on a parabola with axis along - 

    a. x-axis and focus on positive x-axis

    b. y-axis and focus on positive y-axis

    c. x-axis and focus on negative x-axis

    d. y-axis and focus on negative y-axis

    7. Match Group I with Group II

    1. Shimla Cantonment Hill

    2. Mhow Hill Town

    3. Kochi Port Town

    8. Which one of these programs is relevant to the development of heritage cities?

    a. HRIDAY

    b. Digital India

    c. Make in India

    d. Skill India

    9. The symbols on a map that are a representation of Earth’s physical features are known as?

    a. legend

    b. grid

    c. key

    d. scale

    Syllabus for JEE Main B. Planning

    JEE Main B. Planning Syllabus 2020

    JEE Main B. Planning Mathematics Syllabus

    Topic Name

    Sets, relations, and functions

    Integral calculus

    Sequences and series

    Complex numbers and quadratic equations

    Differential equations

    Limit, continuity, and differentiability

    Matrices and determinants

    Coordinate geometry


    Permutations and combinations

    Three-dimensional geometry

    Mathematical reasoning

    Mathematical induction

    Vector algebra


    Binomial theorem and its simple applications

    Statistics and probability


    JEE Main B. Planning Aptitude Syllabus

    Serial Number

    Topic Name


    Awareness of persons, places, buildings, materials


    Objects, texture related to architecture and built-environment


    Visualizing three-dimensional objects from two-dimensional drawings


    Visualizing different sides of three-dimensional objects


    Analytical Reasoning Mental Ability (Visual, Numerical and Verbal)

    JEE Main B. Planning (Planning-based Section) Syllabus

    Serial Number

    Topic Name


    General awareness, government programs/schemes, development issues


    Comprehension, graphs, charts and map reading skills, critical thinking and analytical skills, simple statistics


    CBSE Class X Social Sciences

    Career Scope for JEE Main B. Planning Paper

    Career Scope for JEE Main B. Planning Paper

    B.Planning is a four-year undergraduate course, after 10 + 2. It deals with the experience of small and large scale planning. Whether it is small towns or localities, or a full state or country, a planner needs to formulate a site plan to ensure a seamless incorporation of the different requirements of all those who will occupy the city. JEE Main B. Planning Paper 3 will let you get into the top B. Planning courses in the country. 

    What after B. Planning?

    You have the following options after B. Planning - 

    1. Study M. Planning 

    2. Purse relevant M.Sc or M.Tech courses 

    3. Take up a PG Diploma course

    4. Work in planning jobs

    Job Opportunities for B. Planning 

    There are several career opportunities for B. Planning graduates. They involve working in - 

    Public Sector

    • Government departments of urban and town planning

    • Housing schemes operated by the Government

    • Government transportation projects like highways, metros, and railways

    • Administration creation and rehabilitation projects

    • PWD employment posts

    • Municipal conglomerate job posts 

    Private Sector 

    • Realty development firms

    • Construction firms

    • Architecture and interior design firms

    • Public structure construction firms (PPP model- like roads and bridges etc)

    • NGOs

    There are also self-employment opportunities through which you can start your own consultancy service. 

    Some of the popular job titles for B. Planning graduates are - 

    Job TitleJob DescriptionApproximate Beginners Annual Pay (in INR)
    Urban PlannerAn urban planner is anyone who designs land use plans and initiatives, develops neighborhoods, supports development, or revitalizes public infrastructure in counties, towns, cities, and metropolitan areas.5,44,000
    Regional PlannerRegional planners design land use policies and services that help build neighborhoods, provide space for population development, and revitalize public infrastructure in towns , cities , counties, and metropolitan areas. 6,00,000
    Project Planner Project planners or project managers collaborate with business managers to monitor and guide the development of a project, ensuring that tasks are completed within a given timeline under budget limits, and adequate personnel. 3,51,000
    Design ArchitectDesign architects produce designs for new construction projects, improvements and redevelopments. They use their professional architectural experience and high-level drawing skills to design practical, healthy, sustainable and aesthetically pleasing buildings.3,90,000
    Interior DesignerInterior Designers understand the particular taste and aesthetic needs of a client to dress up an interior space with colour, lighting and furnishings.2,99,000

    Frequently Asked Questions

    JEE Main B. Planning Paper FAQs

    Question: What is the difference between B.Arch and B. Planning papers?

    Ans. The B.Arch paper is Paper 2 of JEE Main while B. Planning is Paper 3 of JEE Main. Paper 2 and Paper 3 have the same Mathematics and Aptitude section to be attempted online. Section III is different in both these papers. B. Arch has Drawing Test-based questions to be attempted offline while B. Planning has Planning-based questions to be attempted online in Section III. B.Arch provides admission to B.Arch courses while B.Planning provides admission to B.Planning courses in the country. 

    Question: How do I prepare for JEE Main B. Planning?

    Ans. To prepare for JEE Main B. Planning - 

    • Read from textbooks of Classes 11 and 12 for the Mathematics section. 

    • Divide topics into weekly and monthly segments and set practical goals in your study plan.

    • Practice your observation skills to score well in the Aptitude section.

    • Refer to a sufficient number of Planning books to ace the Planning section.

    • Utilize flash cards and revision notes. 

    • Attempt an adequate number of sample questions, previous years’ papers, and mock tests. 

    Question: Which are the best books for Planning?

    Ans. The best books for Planning are - 

    • Contemporary India Part – 2 Textbook in Geography for Class 10 by NCERT 

    • Democratic Politics – II Textbook in Social Science for Class 10 by NCERT

    • Understanding Economic Development – Textbook in Social Science for Class 10 by NCERT

    • India and the Contemporary World – 2 Textbook in History for Class 10 by NCERT

    Question: Is JEE Main B. Planning easy?

    Ans. JEE Main B. Planning has a moderate to high difficulty level. The Mathematics section is generally very tough with MCQs and Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions. The Aptitude section is of a moderate difficulty level. The Planning section is usually quite easy. 

    Question: How many questions are asked in JEE Main Paper 3?

    Ans. A total of 100 questions are asked in JEE Main Paper 3. The paper is divided into three sections - the Mathematics section has 25 questions (20 MCQs and 5 NAT questions); the Aptitude section has 50 MCQs; and the Planning section has 25 MCQs. 

    Question: Does JEE Main B. Planning have negative marking?

    Ans. Yes, JEE Main B.Planning has many questions with negative marking. There are two types of questions in the paper - MCQs and Numerical Answer Type(NAT) questions. 95 MCQs are asked from the Mathematics (20), Aptitude (50), and Planning (25) sections. Only 5 questions in the Mathematics section are NAT. MCQs have negative marking while NAT questions do not. For MCQs, 4 marks are given for a correct answer and 1 mark is reduced for an incorrect answer. NAT questions are given +4 if correct and 0 if incorrect. 

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