JEE Main Previous Years' Paper Analysis (Paper I and Paper II) and Trends

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    NTA released JEE Main 2020 Application forms. January session of the exam is scheduled for January 6 – 11, 2020. Aspirants must go through the previous year paper analysis to have an idea of what to expect from JEE Main

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    Awareness of the Exam Pattern based on past trends enables a preparation in the right direction, which is a must in the highly competetive examination like JEE Main. Also Read JEE Main Exam Pattern (New)

    JEE Main 2019 Paper I Analysis

    • A total of 9,58,619 students had registered for JEE Main 2019. However, more than 15% students dropped out from Paper 2. 
    • A total of 42,968 students availed the EWS reservation.
    • All sections were conducted in online computer based mode.

    JEE Main 2019 Paper Analysis (April 12 – Evening Shift)

    • Last day papers were tougher than previous day papers.
    • Even Chemistry which is considered to be easy section had difficult questions.
    • Physics questions were descriptive and time consuming. 
    • Questions had come from all the chapters. Equal weightage was given to the topics.

    JEE Main 2019 Paper Analysis (April 12 – Morning Shift)

    • Physics retained the tag of being the toughest among all the sections.
    • Mathematics had questions with heavy calculations making the paper lengthy and time consuming.
    • Chemistry was a scoring paper with direct questions from NCERT Books of class 11 and 12.

    There was no exam on April 11 due to general elections in 20 states.

    JEE Main 2019 Paper Analysis (April 10 – Morning Shift)

    • Students’ reactions are more or less the same for the papers.
    • Physics follows the trend of being the toughest paper while Chemistry remains the easiest one.
    • Experts have predicted the cut off for common rank list to be between 70 – 75.  

    JEE Main 2019 Paper Analysis (April 10 – Evening Shift)

    • This slot paper was easier than the paper sets of previous slots.
    • Mathematics paper was comparatively softer to the students.
    • While Physics challenged their aptitude by various application based questions.
    • Chemistry was easy, However, overall exam was lengthy.

    JEE Main 2019 Paper Analysis (April 9 – Morning Shift) 

    • Students referred to the overall paper as moderate to difficult.
    • There are mixed reactions for Chemistry paper. Some found it tougher than expected while others said it was easy as direct questions were asked from NCERT books.
    • Physics paper majorly followed NCERT syllabus and was lengthy.
    • Mathematics paper had moderate difficulty level with some tricky questions. 

    JEE Main 2019 Paper Analysis (April 9 – Evening Shift)

    • Following the exam trend, experts say that students should start the paper with Chemistry section to manage the time well.
    • A student said that Mathematics was the toughest, lengthy and time-consuming section having questions from Calculus and Trigonometry.
    • At the same time, Physics had high complexity level with many application – based questions.   

    JEE Main 2019 Paper Analysis (April 8 – Morning Shift)

    • In shift 2, Mathematics surpassed the difficulty level of Physics paper.
    • Physics was moderate but lengthy paper.
    • Chemistry section was again the easiest section with direct questions from the book.

    JEE Main 2019 Paper Analysis (April 8 – Evening Shift)​

    • Mathematics was moderate to difficult paper with a few repeated questions from previous year question papers.  
    • Physic paper had most number of questions from Mechanics and Electrostatic and Magnetism topis.
    • Chemistry section: As expected by students, Chemistry was the easiest paper among the three as it had 5 to 6 direct questions from class 11 and 12 NCERT Books.

    JEE Main 2019 Paper II Analysis

    • JEE Main Paper 2 was conducted on April 7, 2019 in two shifts.
    • A total of 1,80,052 candidates registered for the paper.
    • Mathematics and General Aptitude section were conducted in CBT mode.
    • Drawing Test was conducted in Pen-Paper mode. Check JEE Main Exam Pattern
    • Candidates did not face any technical glitches.
    • Mathematics section: Quesions from Calculus dominated this section, no question was similar to January paper. Students had mixed reaction as some found this paper difficult while others said it was expected. 
    • General Aptitude section: Tricky questions on identifying the top view, front view of 3D objects and shapes were asked. Also, there were 10 – 15 questions on GK like full form of ISRO or NASA and also location of places with architectural importance.
    • Drawing section: the difficulty level was easy according to students.
      • In first question, students were asked to make something out of a cube with their creativity and imagination.
      • In the second question, they were given a flower which had to be replicated. 
      • While in the third question, students had to draw a rear view of professor teaching a class of students.

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    JEE Main 2018 Paper Analysis

    JEE Main offline and online exam was successfully conducted in 2 shifts in India and abroad on April 8 & 15 respectively. The paper analysis intends to help candidates understand what the academia thinks of the question paper. At the JEE Main exam center, metal detectors were used to ensure candidates were not carrying any unfair material. The candidates were even asked to remove their belt and shoes. Check the analysis of JEE Main Paper 1 below-

    • JEE Main 2018 Paper was tougher than JEE Main 2017.
    • The most difficult section in the exam was Physics. Candidates had a tough time to solve few of the questions. 
    • Easiest of all was Chemistry section. Candidates did not have to think out of the box to solve it. Many of the questions were direct.
    • Mathematics section was moderate in level of difficulty. But many students found Mathematics as tough and a lengthy paper.
    • This time, the distribution of questions from class 11 was comparatively higher than class 12 for Mathematics.
    • Topics that were found easy: Integration, Conic Sections, Semi-Conductor, Optics.
    • Electrodynamics and Mechanics flooded the questions in Physics.

    JEE Main 2017 Paper Analysis

    • JEE Main 2017 was conducted on April 2 for offline mode and April 8 & 9 for online mode.
    • Paper 1 had 90 questions distributed equally among 3 sections – Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. 
    • Candidates with good preparation found the exam to be of moderate difficulty.
    • The difficulty level of Mathematics was maximum followed by Physics and Chemistry.
    • All the questions were framed as per JEE Main Syllabus prescribed by CBSE.
    • 4 marks were awarded for every correct answer while 1 mark was deducted for each incorrect response.

    The complete paper analysis of JEE Main 2017, along with JEE Main weightage is mentioned below.

    JEE Main Paper Analysis, JEE Main Chemistry wise weightage

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    JEE Main 2017 Trend Analysis

    The number of candidates who appear for JEE Main has increased exponentially. Total 11.21 lakh candidates appeared for JEE Main 2017, 73% of which were male and rest 27% were female.

    • From JEE Main 2017 Question Paper Analysis, we infer that the questions asked were quite similar to the questions asked in JEE Main 2016.
    • Most of the questions asked were time-consuming, making the paper lengthy.
    • Mathematics section was the most tricky, followed by Physics and Chemistry.
    • The overall difficulty level of JEE Main 2017 was moderate.
    • More questions were asked from Class XII CBSE Syllabus than Class XI.

    JEE Main 2017- Physics Analysis

    • In Physics, Modern Physics had maximum weightage with 24 marks.
    • Physics section was easier than that in JEE Main 2016.
    • However moderately difficult, the section was lengthier.
    • Students who focused on more numerical based questions than application based were at an advantage as more numercials were asked in this section.
    • 19 questions were asked from Class XII syllabus and 11 from Class XI.

    Here is a chapter-wise analysis of the section over the years:

    Units, Dimensions, Errors, Experiments212121
    New ton's Laws and Friction111101
    Work, Power & Energy101021
    System of Particles111210
    Gravitation, Rotational Mechanics122223
    Properties of Matter214101
    SHM, Oscillations111111
    Mechanical Waves and Sound111120
    Ray Optics, Wave Optics343333
    Heat and Thermodynamics332334
    Current Electricity231224
    Magnetism, Magnetic effects of current322321
    EMI, AC and EM waves and Communication123432
    Modern Physics443255

    JEE Main 2017- Chemistry Analysis

    • This section was considered to be the easiest among all the three sections.
    • In Chemistry, the maximum questions were asked from Organic Chemistry – 8 questions, for a total of 32 marks.
    • It wasn’t lengthy as more theory based questions were asked which made it easy and quick to solve.
    • 17 questions were asked from Class XII while 13 were from Class XI syllabus.

    Here is a chapter-wise analysis of the section over the years:

    Atomic Structure and Classification232212
    Chemical Bonding242111
    States of Matter223111
    Chemical & Ionic Equilibrium210111
    Chemical Kinetics & Nuclear Chemistry111111
    Chemical Thermodynamics111112
    General Organic Chemistry + Functional Group-I543363
    Organic Chemistry + Functional Group-II313204
    Organic Chemistry + Functional Group-III122112
    Chemistry of Representative Elements325764
    Transition Elements121321
    Coordination Compounds & Organometallics211121
    Surface Chemistry110011

    JEE Main 2017- Mathematics Analysis

    • This section, however easier than the previous year, was considered to be the most difficult one due to lengthy and time-consuming problems. 
    • In Mathematics, Coordinate Geometry and Differential Calculus both had 5 questions each.
    • 20 questions were asked from Class XII and 10 from Class XI syllabus.

    Here is a chapter-wise analysis of the section over the years:

    Sets, Relations and Functions112111
    Limits, Continuity & Differentiability121322
    Application of Derivatives232122
    Indefinite and Definite Integrals & Area under the Curve333333
    Cartesian coordinates & Straight Line222211
    Quadratic Equations, Inequalities, Progressions334333
    Complex Numbers111111
    Binomial Theorem, Exponential & Logarithmic Series111111
    Permutation & Combination210111
    3-D Coordinate Geometry222222
    Differential Equations & Properties of Triangles111111
    Trigonometry and Inverse Circular Function111111
    Heights and Distances001111
    Matrices & Determinants222222
    Mathematical Logic111111
    Statics & Dynamics000000

    *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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    05 Oct, 2019 00:20
    Ruchi garg

    What should we carry for Exam along with admitting card?

    18 Mar, 2019 16:41
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    Hi Ruchi, Carry a valid ID proof (Voter ID Card / Aadhaar Card) with your admit card at the exam center. Without it, students will not be allowed to appear for the exam.

    18 Mar, 2019 18:10
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