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JEE Main 2019 Exam Pattern for Paper I (B.Tech) and Paper II (B.Arch)

Updated On - August 16th 2018 by SHIVANI TIWARI

JEE Main Exam Pattern: The national level examination comprises 2 papers- Paper 1 and Paper 2. From 2019 onwards, NTA will hold both the papers twice a year in online (computer-based) mode. The official notification released at has confirmed that no changes will be introduced in JEE Main Syllabus and Pattern. 

JEE Main (January session) will be held in 8 sittings from January 6 – 20, apply online from September 1, 2018. The April Session of JEE Main 2019 is scheduled from April 7 – 21. Paper 1 consists of 3 sections namely Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics whereas, Paper 2 has 3 sectionsAptitude Test, Mathematics and Drawing Test. Candidates can opt for one or both the papers of JEE Main. The duration of the exam is 3 hours. 4 marks will be awarded for every correct answer, while 1 mark will be deducted for every incorrect answer.

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JEE Main Pattern: Past Trends

  • Earlier, CBSE was the regulating body of JEE Main.
  • Paper 1 was held in online and offline modes both.
  • And, JEE Main Paper 2 was conducted in offline mode only.
  • CBSE used to release the official Mock Tests for the examination. 

Highlights of JEE Main Exam Pattern

SpecificationsJEE Main 2019 Pattern

Paper 1 – Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics 

Paper 2 – Aptitude test, Mathematics and Drawing

Type of QuestionsMCQ (Multiple Choice Questions)
Medium of ExamEnglish and Hindi
Duration of Exam3 Hours
Total Marks

Paper 1 – 360 | Paper 2 – 390

Marking Scheme

Each question carries 4 marks 
For every incorrect attempt, 1/4 marks will be deducted
2 drawing questions contain total 70 marks

JEE Main Exam Pattern - Paper 1 (B.Tech/B.E.)

  • JEE Main Paper 1 is held in online mode i.e. computer mode.
  • For January Session, the exam is scheduled from January 6 – 20.  Check JEE Main 2019 Important Dates
  • As per JEE Main Brochure, exam pattern of JEE Main Paper 1 such as question paper, duration of exam details are given below:

Detailed JEE Main Paper 1 Exam Pattern

  • Sections/ Parts
    • Part I - Physics
    • Part II - Chemistry
    • Part III – Mathematics
  • Number of Questions – 90 questions with each section comprising of 30 questions each.
  • Nature of Questions – Objective type
  • Exam Mode – Choice between Online (CBT) or Offline mode (PBT)
  • Exam Duration – 3 hours | For candidates with 40% disability- 4 hours
  • Exam Medium – The question papers at all exam centers will be in Hindi and English. For exam centers in Gujarat, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli, the medium of exam will also be available in Gujarati.
  • Marking Scheme – Each question carries 4 marks. For each incorrect answer, 1/4th mark of the total mark allotted will be deducted.

Subject-wise distribution of questions with marks is tabulated below:

SubjectsMaximum QuestionsMaximum Marks
Total90 questions360 marks

JEE Main Exam Schedule

The exam schedule for JEE Main Papers is elucidated in the following table:

Exam DatePaperSubjectTiming
January 6 – 20, 2019Paper 1 (BE/B.Tech)Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Paper 2 (B.Arch/B.Planning)Mathematics, Aptitude Test & Drawing Test2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Note: The schedule given above is tentative, NTA will release the official schedule shortly.

JEE Main 2019 Exam Pattern – Paper 2 (B.Arch/ B.Planning)

  • The exam will be a computer-based test.
  • JEE Main exam pattern for paper 2 includes objective as well as drawing questions.
  • This paper is a gateway for admission to UG architecture courses. 

Detailed JEE Main Paper 2 Exam Pattern

  • Sections/ Parts
    • Part I – Mathematics – Objective type questions
    • Part II – Aptitude Test – Objective type questions
    • Part III – Drawing Test – Questions based on drawing
  • Number of Questions – 82 questions.
  • Exam Duration – 3 Hours
  • Exam Medium – Hindi and English
  • Marking Scheme – All questions in Mathematics and Aptitude section have equal weightage i.e. 4 marks each. While questions based on drawing carry a total of 70 marks.
  • Negative Marking – For each incorrect answer, 1/4th mark of the total mark allotted will be deducted. For JEE Main Drawing Test, marks will be allotted on the basis of candidate’s drawing skills.

Click Here for JEE Main Syllabus (in detail)

​​Tabulated below is the subject wise distribution of questions with marks in JEE Main is provided:

SubjectsMaximum QuestionsMaximum Marks
Aptitude Test50200
Total82 questions390 marks

JEE Main Mock Test

NTA will release the mock test for JEE Main 2019 for each session at It is provided for the test takers to understand the type of online exam pattern. However, this test should not be taken as a sample paper for the exam and it doesn’t need any login detail. Click Here

Is it better to take a drop for JEE Main Preparation?

Sometimes, it becomes a plight for students to decide whether to take admission in the first attempt or give another chance by taking a drop. Even for many of the students, it is quite difficult to bridge the gap between board exams and preparation for JEE Main exam. Check: Pros and cons of taking a drop? 

Best Books for JEE Main Preparation

Organic Chemistry by Morrison and BoydDifferential Calculus for IIT-JEE by Amit Agarwal Mechanics Part-1 & 2 by DC Pandey
Concise Inorganic Chemistry by J. D. LeeIntegral Calculus for IIT-JEE by Amit Agarwal Understanding Physics for JEE Main & Advanced Waves & Thermodynamics by DC Pandey
Numerical Chemistry 22/e by P BahadurCalculus and Analytic Geometry by Thomas and FinneyConcepts of Physics by H.C. Verma - Volume 1 and Volume 2
Textbook of Inorganic Chemistry for Competitions (JEE Main & Advanced ) by OP TondonAlgebra for JEE Main & Advanced by Arihant PublicationFundamentals of Physics by Resnick and Halliday

Checklist: Best Books for JEE Main 2019 Preparation

Exam Day Guidelines

  • Candidates who are appearing for JEE Main Paper 2 will have to bring their own geometry box set, pencils, erasers, color pencils or crayons.
  • Only a black or blue ball point pen must be used for filling up the OMR sheet.
  • Candidates will be instructed to open the seal of the Test Booklet 5 minutes before the test commences. They must confirm that the Test Booklet Code printed on Side-2 of the Answer Sheet is similar to the one printed on the Test Booklet. If there is a mismatch, it must be reported to the invigilator and get it replaced.
  • Candidates will be allowed to carry a cardboard or a clip board with nothing written on it to the exam hall as a pad to keep the exam paper on it to write smoothly.
  • Candidates should not carry any ball pens to the exam hall. It will be provided at the exam hall.
  • They will be provided with rough sheets to work out the calculations or any other rough work. These sheets have to be returned to the invigilator before leaving the exam hall.


Ques. Is the exam pattern for JEE Main and Advanced different?

Ans. Yes, the exam pattern of JEE Main and JEE Advanced are different. JEE Main can be taken in either online or offline mode but JEE Advanced will not be held in completely online mode. Unlike JEE Main 2019, JEE Advanced exam pattern is not set.

Ques. Can we carry our own calculator at the exam center or we will be provided online calculator?

Ans. No calculator will be allowed to carry at the exam center and there will not be any online calculator. All of the calculations have to be done on the rough sheet.

Ques. What will be the level of difficulty for JEE Main 2019 exam?

Ans. There are high chances of the moderately high level of difficulty for JEE Main 2019 exam due to its high competency level.

Ques. What will be the mode of language in JEE Main Paper 1?

Ans. JEE Main Paper 1 will be available in both English and Hindi languages. However, for the exam centres chosen in Gujarat, Daman & Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli, the paper will also be available in Gujarati language.

Ques. With the introduction of NTA, can we expect any changes in the paper pattern of JEE Main?

Ans. No, as per the official notification released at, there will be no changes in Mains Exam Pattern and syllabus.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College



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08 Aug, 2018 00:20
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08 Aug, 2018 10:52

how much time is given for drawing in jee paper 2?

31 Mar, 2017 00:20

Hi Sushma, to get details on JEE Main Paper 2, please find the link

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