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

    Karishma Khatri Karishma Khatri
    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. 

    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 (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 Eligibility

    JEE Main 2021 Eligibility

    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. 

    Important 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 Registration

    JEE Main Registration 2021 

    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 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

    Important Note: The passport size photograph must have the name of the candidate along with the date on which the photograph was taken.

    JEE Main Reservation Criteria

    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 Admit Card

    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 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
    Download Sample Papers

    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 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 Paper Analysis

    JEE Main Paper Analysis

    JEE Main 2020 January Session- Day 4 (Morning Shift) Paper Analysis

    January 9, 2020 was the last day for JEE Main 2020 January session, morning shift B.E/ B. Tech paper was successfully conducted between 9.30 AM to 12.30 PM.

    • Candidates claimed Physics as the toughest section in JEE Main 2020, with a lot of formula based questions and topics from Thermodynamics, modern physics, resistance and fluids.
    • Mathematics was easy in terms of difficulty, with 4-5 questions in from Calculus. The section turned out to be time consuming and thus attempting the desired number of questions overall in paper was challenging.
    • There were about 6-8 questions from inorganic chemistry with a majority of questions from organic chemistry and Coordination compounds. Chemistry questions were mostly from NCERT with some tricky portions.

    JEE Main 2020 January Session- Day 4 (Afternoon Shift) Paper Analysis

    B.E/ B.Tech paper on January 9, 2020 afternoon session was the last paper of January 2020 session. In terms of level of difficulty, the afternoon paper was similar to the same day morning shift paper, with physics being the toughest section.

    • Chemistry once again was observed to be the easiest section with a majority of Organic chemistry questions from the exercises given in NCERT.
    • Mathematics was easy to moderate in terms of difficulty level with high weightage given to class XII syllabus.
    • As per the test takers more weightage was given to class XI syllabus in the physics section and was the most difficult one. Centre of mass and moment of inertia were some of the topics asked in Physics.

    Numerical value-based questions were conceptual and easy to solve, if candidates had a clear conceptual base. Most asked questions in mathematics were from Vector, 3D, Probability, AP etc.

    JEE Main 2020 January Session- Day 3 (Morning Shift) Paper Analysis

    Despite the Bharat Bandh strike, B.E/ B.Tech paper on January 8, 2020 was conducted as per the schedule. Question paper was seen as of moderate difficulty level with mathematics being the most time consuming section.

    • Question paper was fairly spread put over the syllabus of Class XI and XII. For physics, some test takers had the opinion that class XII syllabus was given more weightage.
    • Chemistry section which is generally found easy in terms of difficulty level was surprisingly tough this time. Candidates weren’t expecting a lot of questions from inorganic chemistry, but there was a fair amount from the same. A specific question from chemistry was from environmental chemistry regarding greenhouse gases. There were 2-3 questions from ionization enthalpy
    • Mathematics had questions from Matrix and Determinants, Vector and 3D, Arithmetic Progression, Parabola, Calculus, Conic sections etc. Numerical value based questions for mathematics were found easy by the candidates, however most of the candidates suggested that test takers should save 90 minutes for the maths section as attempting the desired number of questions can be challenging.

    JEE Main 2020 January Session- Day 3 (Afternoon Shift) Paper Analysis

    JEE Main afternoon shift on January 8, 2020 was conducted as per schedule between 2.30 PM to 5.30 PM. Paper Analysis for the same is as follows:

    • Physics was found to be the toughest section by a majority of the test takers, with more conceptual questions. Physics section had a lot of questions from electromagnetism. Chemistry section was dominated by organic chemistry questions.
    • Chemistry was comparatively easy as most of the chemistry section was from NCERT, and thus was not very time taking for candidates.
    • Candidates complained about not being able to solve the desired number of questions in mathematics and pointed out that class XI course was given more importance in mathematics. The section was of a moderate difficulty level but very time-consuming.

    Numerical Value based questions were overall easy in terms of level of difficulty.

    JEE Main 2020 January Session- Day 2 (Morning Shift) Paper Analysis

    JEE Main 2020 January Session commenced on January 6, 2020. B.E/B. Tech papers were scheduled for January 7-9, 2020. Morning shift on January 7 concluded between 9.30 PM to 12.30 PM. B.E/ B. Tech paper was divided into three sections i.e. Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. 

    • Chemistry was observed as the easiest section out of all three with most asked questions from quantum numbers, chemical bonds etc.
    • Most asked topics in Mathematics were Parabola, quadratic equations, circles, probability, permutation and combination etc. Questions from calculus were high in terms of difficulty level. Some questions in mathematics were very high in terms of difficulty level and the section as a whole was found to be time consuming. Numerical value based questions were of a moderate difficulty level.
    • Wave optics, projectile, resistance, magnetic field, modern physics etc were the most asked topics in Physics.

    Some candidates found maths and others found physics to be the toughest. 

    JEE Main 2020 January Session- Day 2 (Afternoon Shift) Paper Analysis

    The timings for the afternoon shift were 2.30 PM to 5.30 PM. B.E/ B. Tech paper was again described as easier when compared with the previous year JEE Main Question Papers. 

    Class XI and XII syllabus were distributed in a balanced way across the paper. However, mathematics section had more questions from Class XII syllabus with 3-4 questions from integrations which were all quite easy to attempt. Probability questions in maths were also easy.

    • Physics was described as the toughest section conceptually with a couple of questions from Newton’s law of cooling.
    • Mathematics was also high in terms of difficulty level and time-consuming at the same time.
    • Since most of the questions were from NCERT in chemistry, it was scaled easy in terms of difficulty level by the candidates. Weightage of organic chemistry was more in this year’s paper in comparison to last year. Whereas, there were just 2-3 questions from inorganic chemistry.

    Numerical value-based questions were tough for physics and easy for chemistry. But it got challenging to attempt these questions in mathematics as the section was lengthy and therefore time-consuming.

    JEE Main 2020 January Session- Day 1 (Morning Shift) Paper Analysis

    The morning shift of JEE Main 2020 January session successfully commenced on January 6, 2020. 1,38,409 and 59,003 had registered for B. Arch and B. Planning papers respectively. B.Arch and B. Planning papers were conducted in two shifts on January 6, 2020. As per the initial reactions of the candidates, mathematics section was found to be the toughest. Detailed JEE Main Paper Analysis is as follows:

    JEE Main B. Arch Paper Mathematics

    Candidates found the mathematics section to be high in terms of difficulty level. Questions were asked from both, maths syllabus of XI and XII. However, as per a lot of test takers, there was more weightage to class XI syllabus in mathematics. Most asked topics were from 3D coordinate geometry, distance, etc. There were fewer questions from integration and differentiation. 

    JEE Main B. Arch Paper Drawing

    Candidates had to answer 2 questions in the drawing section. The second question had 3 choices out of which, one had to be attempted by the candidate. Questions were based on topics like cylinder, school playground, gymnast, grandparents' face etc. Overall the drawing section was found to be difficult by most of the test takers.

    JEE Main B. Arch Aptitude

    In comparison to the mathematics and drawing sections, aptitude section was found to be comparatively easier by the test takers. Mirror image, 3D figures were some of the asked topics. Some specific questions from the Aptitude section were regarding the location of the Konark temple, correct size of a door, texture of a mirror etc.

    JEE Main 2020 January Session- Day 1 (Afternoon Shift) Paper Analysis

    As expected, candidates found the mathematics section to be the toughest. Planning section was introduced for the first time and a majority of candidates found it easy.

    JEE Main 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 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 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.



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