JEE Main 2021 Registration, Eligibility, Exam Pattern, Sample Papers, Cut Off

    Urvashi Singhal Urvashi Singhal
    Exams Prep Master

    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. 

    JEE Main 2021 Exam Highlights

    • 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.

    JEE Main 2021 Important Dates

    JEE Main 2021 Important Dates (Tentative)

    EventJanuary Session April Session
    JEE Main Registration 20211st week of September, 20201st week of February, 2021
    JEE Main Registration (Closes)2nd week of October, 20201st week of March, 2021
    Last Date of Application Fee Submission2nd week of October, 20202nd week of March 2021
    JEE Main Application Form Correction3rd week of October, 20202nd week of March 2021
    Issue of JEE Main 2021 Admit Card1st week of December, 20203rd week of March, 2021
    JEE Main 2021 Exam Dates2nd week of January, 20212nd week of April, 2021

    JEE Main 2021 Preparation Guide

    JEE Main 2021 Preparation Tips

    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:

    • Basics of all subjects should be clear. Avoid skipping any topic. If a topic seems monotonous, try and incorporate new ways and tricks of studying or change the topics, but do complete them.
    • Devise different ways to soive problems.  You may find some other alternative approach to the problem. You have to reach to the solution in the fastest possible time. You can also refer to the solution after solving the problem.
    • Appear for mock tests, and assess yourself regularly. The purpose of the periodic tests is to make you realise your mistakes and not to repeat them in the succeeding tests.
    • Making notes is one of the best assets in JEE preparation. It’s easy and convenient to revise handmade notes in your own style and format. Make a separate notebook for remembering formulas in all three subjects.

    JEE Main 2021 Mock Test

    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.

    Steps to take JEE Main Official Mock Test:

    • The total duration for JEE Main Mock Test is 180 minutes and the clock will be set at the server. Candidates will be able to check the remaining time from the countdown timer on the top right corner of the screen. JEE Main Mock Test will end by itself on completion of 180 minutes. 
    • The ‘Questions Palette’ shows the status of each question and is displayed on the right side of the screen:
      1. White square - you have not visited the question yet
      2. Red trapezium - you have NOT answered the question 
      3. Green trapezium - you have answered the question
      4. Violet circle - you have NOT answered the question, but have marked the question for review
      5. Violet circle with a green circle inside - The question(s) "Answered and Marked for Review" will be considered for evaluation
    • All applicants get the option of changing the question content to their desired language. This could be easily done by clicking on "Profile Image” on the top right corner of the screen which will open a drop-down.

    • Navigating to a question - To answer a question, do the following:
    1. You can click on the “downward arrow” button to navigate to the bottom and “upward arrow” button to navigate to the top of the questionnaire, without scrolling.
    2. In order to go to a numbered question directly, candidates can click on the question number in the Question Palette at the right of the screen. Note - this option will NOT save the answer to the current question.
    3. Candidates need to click on “Save & Next” and then go to the next question, to save the answer for the current question. 
    4. Candidates need to click on “Mark for Review & Next”, to save an answer for the current question, mark it for review, and then go to the next question.
    • Answering a question - Steps to follow while answering a multiple choice type question:
    1. Candidates can click on the ">" arrow which appears to the left of the question palette to collapse the question palette thereby maximizing the question window. Similarly, candidates can click on "<" (which appears on the right side of the question window) to view the question palette again.
    2. To select an answer, candidates need to click on the button of one of the options.
    3. To deselect a chosen answer, candidates can click on the button of the chosen option again or click on the “Clear Response” button
    4. To change a chosen answer, click on the button of “Another Option”
    5. To save an answer, the candidate MUST click on the “Save & Next” button.
    6. To mark the question for review, candidates can click on the “Mark for Review & Next” button.
    7. To change an answer to a question that has already been answered, first select that question for answering and then follow the procedure for answering that type of question.
    • Navigating through sections - JEE Main Mock Test sections are displayed on the top bar of the screen. Questions in a section can be viewed by clicking on the section name.
    1. After clicking on the “Save & Next” button on the last question for a section, candidates will be automatically redirected to the first question of the next section.
    2. You can shuffle between sections and questions anything during the examination as per your convenience only during the time stipulated.
    3. Candidates can view the corresponding section summary as part of the legend that appears in every section above the question palette.

    Benefits Of JEE Main 2021 Mock Test

    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 -

    • Every mock test of JEE Main helps the students get a grasp on their strengths and weaknesses.
    • JEE Main Mock Tests build up speed and accuracy, both very important to score high.
    • Like sample papers, practice papers, previous year papers of JEE Main, mock tests also help students manage their time better in solving multiple choice questions.

    JEE Main 2021 Sample Papers

    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:

    ParticularsDownload Links
    JEE Main B.Planning PaperDownload
    JEE Main Sample Numeric Value QuestionsDownload 
    JEE Main Sample Mathematics Numeric QuestionsDownload
    JEE Main Sample Chemistry Numeric QuestionsDownload
    JEE Main Sample Physics Numeric QuestionsDownload

    Download JEE Main Previous Year Question Papers

    JEE Main 2021 Eligibility Criteria

    JEE Main 2021 Eligibility Criteria

    The eligibility for JEE Main 2021 is tabulated below:

    Age Limit CriteriaThere 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 AttemptsCandidates 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 QualificationCandidates 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 ExaminationCandidates 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.

    JEE Main 2021 Reservation Criteria 

    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 CategoryReservation (%)
    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 Application 

    JEE Main 2021 Application 

    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 registration

    JEE Main 2021 Application Fee

    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 ExaminationType of PaperGeneral/Gen- EWS/ OBC(NCL) (Male) (INR)SC/ST/PWD/Girls/Transgender (INR)

    In India
    Single Paper650325
    B.E./B.Tech and B. Arch1300650
    B.E./B.Tech and B. Planning1300650
    B.E./B.Tech, B. Arch and B.Planning1300650
    B.Arch and B.Planning1300650

    Outside India
    Single Paper30001500
    B.E./B.Tech and B. Arch60003000
    B.E./B.Tech and B. Planning60003000
    B.E./B.Tech, B. Arch and B.Planning60003000
    B.Arch and B.Planning60003000

    JEE Main 2021 Application Form Correction

    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 DocumentSizeDimensions in cmFormat
    Passport size photograph10KB-200KB3.5 x 4.5JPG/JPEG
    Signature4KB-30KB3.5 x 1.5JPG/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 2021 Admit Card

    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.

    How to Download JEE Main 2021 Admit Card?

    • Go to the official website of JEE Main -

    • 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. 

    JEE MAIN 2021 Exam Centers

    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.

    JEE Main 2021 Exam Day Essential Documents

    Here is a list of documents to carry along on the day of the examination:

    • A coloured copy of the admit card.
    • Passport size coloured photograph with name and date on the bottom.
    • A government authorized photo ID proof.
    • PwD certificate for candidates under PwD category.

    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

    JEE Main 2021 Exam Pattern

    JEE Main New Exam Pattern
    • JEE Main 2021 examination is supposed to be conducted in the new examination format. There will be three papers: B.E/ B.Tech, B.Arch. and Planning.
    • From JEE Main 2020 session, B.Planning was introduced as a separate paper for aspirants.
    • The question paper will have numeric value-based questions as well along with the other questions.
    • The examination will be conducted on different shifts.
    • There will be a separate section for Planning-based questions in the B.Planning paper.

    JEE Main 2021 Exam Pattern is tabulated below: 

    ParametersJEE Main 2021 – B.E./B. TechJEE Main 2021 – B. ArchJEE Main 2021 – B. Planning
    Mode of ExaminationCBT ModeMathematics and Aptitude- CBT Mode Drawing- Pen and paper modeCBT Mode
    Duration of exam3 hours3 hours3 hours
    Total subjectsPhysics, Chemistry, and MathematicsMathematics, Aptitude Test, and Drawing TestMathematics, Aptitude Test, and Planning Based Objective Type
    Number of questions75 (25 questions from each subject)77 (Mathematics- 25; Aptitude- 50; Drawing- 2)100 (Mathematics- 25; Aptitude- 50; Planning Based-25)
    Type of Questions60 (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 SchemeFor 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 marksFor 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 Marks300 Marks400 Marks400 Marks

    JEE Main 2021 Syllabus

    JEE Main 2021 Syllabus

    JEE Main Syllabus has remained more or less the same over the years. 

    JEE Main (B.E / B.Tech) – Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry

    Mathematics Syllabus

    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 InductionUnit 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

    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 MeasurementUnit 2: KinematicsUnit 3: Laws of MotionUnit 4: Work, Energy, and PowerUnit 5: Rotational Motion
    Unit 6: GravitationUnit 7: Properties of Solids and LiquidsUnit 8: ThermodynamicsUnit 9: Kinetic Theory of GasesUnit 10: Oscillations and Waves
    Unit 11: ElectrostaticsUnit 12: Current ElectricityUnit 13: Magnetic Effects of Current and MagnetismUnit 14: Electromagnetic Induction and Alternating CurrentsUnit 15: Electromagnetic Waves
    Unit 16: OpticsUnit 17: Dual Nature of Matter and RadiationUnit 18: Atoms and NucleiUnit 19: Electronic DevicesUnit 20: Communication Systems
    Section B – Practical
    Unit 21: Experimental Skills

    Chemistry Syllabus 

    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 NitrogenUnit 25: Polymers Unit 26: Biomolecules
    Unit 27: Chemistry In Everyday Life Unit 28: Principles Related to Practical Chemistry-

    JEE Main (B. Arch / B. Planning) – Aptitude Test 

    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 2021 Result

    JEE Main 2021 Result

    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.

    JEE Main exam Score and Percentile calculation

    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

    JEE Main 2021 Cut-Off

    JEE Main 2021 Cut-Off

    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:

    CategoryCut Off
    GEN- EWS77-80
    OBC – NCL73-76
    Scheduled Caste (SC)53-56
    Scheduled tribes (ST)43-46

    JEE Main 2021 Counselling

    JEE Main 2021 Counselling

    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.

    JEE Main 2021 FAQs

    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


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