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JEE Main

JEE Main

Joint Entrance Examination – Main (JEE Main) is an all-India entrance examination for admission to undergraduate engineering programs in India. It is conducted twice a year by the National Testing Agency (NTA). The first session is usually held in January and the second session in April.


  • Candidates must have passed class 12 or its equivalent from a recognized board with Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics as compulsory subjects.
  • For BE/B.Tech programs, the minimum marks required in PCM are 50% for general category candidates and 45% for SC/ST/OBC category candidates.
  • For B.Arch programs, the minimum marks required in PCM are 50% for general category candidates and 40% for SC/ST/OBC category candidates.

Exam Pattern:

  • JEE Main is a computer-based test (CBT) conducted in two phases:
    • Paper 1 (B.E./B.Tech.): This paper is for admission to engineering programs. It consists of three sections: Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics. Each section has 25 questions (carrying 4 marks each) and 5 questions (carrying 1 mark each).
    • Paper 2 (B.Arch./B.Planning): This paper is for admission to architecture and planning programs. It consists of three sections: Mathematics, Drawing Test, and Aptitude Test. The Mathematics section is similar to Paper 1, while the Drawing Test and Aptitude Test are specific to architecture and planning.

Marking Scheme:

  • For each correct answer, 4 marks are awarded.
  • For each incorrect answer, 1 mark is deducted.
  • There is no negative marking for unattempted questions.

Selection Process:

  • Based on the JEE Main score, candidates are shortlisted for counselling for admission to engineering colleges across India.
  • The counselling process is conducted by the Central Seat Allocation Board (CSAB).

Important Dates:

  • The deadlines for registration and application for JEE Main vary depending on the session. However, the general timeline is as follows:
    • January session: Registration opens in November and closes in December.
    • April session: Registration opens in February and closes in March.
    • The exam is usually conducted in the following month after the registration deadline.

Preparation Tips:

  • Start preparing early and make a well-structured study plan.
  • Focus on understanding the concepts rather than just memorizing formulas.
  • Practice solving previous years’ papers and mock tests.
  • Take care of your health and get enough sleep.


  • The official website of JEE Main: https://nta.nic.in/
  • NTA’s official JEE Main app
  • Books and study materials by Arihant, Resonance, and other coaching institutes
  • Online coaching platforms like Byju’s and Unacademy
  • YouTube channels like Khan Academy and Physics Wallah

I hope this overview provides you with a good starting point for your JEE Main preparation. If you have any further questions, please feel free to ask.