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Difference between JEE Main and JEE Advanced

Last Updated - February 27, 2018

Both JEE Mains and JEE Advanced are national level entrance exams for admission in the premier engineering institutes in India. JEE Mains is conducted by CBSE for admission to NITs, IIITs, CFTIs as well as other engineering and technology institutes run by the state governments and private institutions while JEE Advanced is conducted by IITs for admission in 23 IITs in the country. JEE Mains 2018 is scheduled for April 8, April 15 & April 16, 2018 while JEE Advanced exam will be conducted on May 20, 2018.

Both these exams are interconnected as JEE Mains is the eligibility test for appearing JEE Advanced exam. Nearly 12 lac candidates register for Mains exam. However, top 2.4 lac rank holders of Mains exam are eligible for Advanced exam.

Read on to know the differences between both the exams.


Difference in Eligibility Criteria

JEE Mains Eligibility

Any candidate who has qualified Class 12th from a recognized Government organisation is eligible to apply online for the exam. There is no prescribed percentage required to appear for the exam but for admission to the NITs, IIITs & CFTIs, the candidate must score minimum 75% marks in the qualifying exam or must be in top 20 percentile in class 12th examination. For SC/ST candidates, the minimum score should be 65% marks.Check Detailed JEE Main Eligibility

JEE Advanced Eligibility

The top 2, 24,000 rank holders of the JEE Mains exam are eligible to appear for the JEE Advanced exam. Check Detailed JEE Advanced Eligibility


Difference in Number of attempts

JEE Mains Attempts

A candidate can attempt Mains exam for three consecutive years i.e. a candidate can give the exam only 3 times and that too consecutively.

JEE Advanced Attempts

Unlike JEE Mains, the candidates can appear for the JEE Advanced exam only two consecutive times.


Difference in Exam Pattern

Although both the exams have two papers, there is a difference in the paper patterns of both the exams.

JEE Mains Exam Pattern

JEE Mains exam consists of two papers- Paper 1 and Paper 2. Highlights of the exam is as follows:

SpecificationsJEE Main 2018 Pattern for Paper 1JEE Main 2018 Pattern for Paper 2
SubjectsPhysics, Chemistry and MathematicsAptitude test, Mathematics and Drawing
Type of QuestionsMCQ (Multiple Choice Questions)MCQ (Multiple Choice Questions)
Medium of ExamEnglish and HindiEnglish and Hindi
Duration of Exam3 Hours3 Hours
Total Marks360390
Marking SchemeEach question carries 4 marks and For every incorrect attempt, 1/4 marks will be deductedEach objective type question carries 4 marks and For every objective type incorrect attempt, 1/4 marks will be deducted. 2 drawing questions contain total 70 marks

Read More JEE Main 2018 Exam Pattern

JEE Advanced Exam Pattern

SpecificationsJEE Advanced 2018 Pattern for Paper 1JEE Advanced 2018 Pattern for Paper 2
SubjectsPhysics, Chemistry and Mathematics(-)
Type of QuestionsMCQ (Multiple Choice Questions)Numerical type Questions
Medium of ExamEnglish and HindiEnglish and Hindi
Duration of Exam3 Hours3 Hours

Check Here JEE Advanced 2018 Exam Pattern


Difference in Syllabus

There is a lot of difference between the syllabi of both the exams. There are many topics which are included in JEE Mains but not in JEE Advanced and vice-versa.

JEE Mains Syllabus

The JEE Mains syllabus comprises of the syllabus of CBSE Class 11 and 12 Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics subjects. Topics like Electronic Devices, Electromagnetic Waves and Communication Systems are included in Mains exam but they are not asked in JEE Advanced. Similarly some of the topics of Mathematics like Sets, Relations and Functions, Statistics and Probability, Trigonometry and Mathematical Reasoning are included in JEE Mains but not in JEE Advanced.

JEE Advanced Syllabus

Unlike JEE Mains, it includes few extra topics than class 12th syllabus. For e.g. The Mains exam does not include some of the topics of JEE Advanced like Thermal Physics is included in Advanced but is not asked in Mains. Similarly Electrochemistry is included in Advanced but not in Mains. Check JEE Advanced Syllabus


Differences in Difficulty Level

Although difficulty level of an exam depends upon your preparation, let us discuss the difficulty level of both the exams.

JEE Mains – Difficulty Level

This exam is considered to be easier than JEE Advanced as it only tests the candidates on the syllabus of class 11th and 12th. However, good marks are required in the Mains exam to appear for JEE Advanced. Check Here JEE Main Preparation Tips

JEE Advanced -  Difficulty Level

It is considered to be tougher than Mains exam as it includes topics other than class 11th and 12th and moreover, it tests the problem-solving skills of the students.

Conclusion: So, these were the differences between the two interconnected exams i.e.  JEE Mains and JEE Advanced. We hope that our article would have cleared all your doubts about the differences in the exam.


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