The Joint Entrance Examination, Main popularly called as JEE  Main is the National Level examination conducted for the students seeking admission in Undergraduate Engineering Programmes at the NITs IIITs, and other government-funded Engineering institutes.

JEE Main is also the eligibility for JEE Advanced which is the entrance exam for admission to programmes offered by the IITs.

The exam will be conducted twice a year: in January and in April. There are two papers in the exam: Paper 1  for B.E & B.Tech and Paper 2 is for B.Arch & B.Planning.

Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria for JEE Mains 2020 as released by The National Testing Agency (NTA) is as follows:

  1. Age Limit: Students with date of birth on or after October 1, 1995, will be eligible. The Reserved category candidates have been given relaxation in Age Limit as per the Government norms.
  2. Year of Passing Qualifying Examination: Students who passed their XII or equivalent exam in 2018, 2019 or appearing in 2020 are eligible for applying in JEE Main 2020.
  3. Subjects in Qualifying Examination: Students with Physics and Mathematics along with either Chemistry or Biology or Biotechnology are eligible for Paper 1 of JEE Main 2020. For Paper 2, Mathematics is a mandatory subject with 50% aggregate in 5 subjects. Candidates must have 5 subjects in their qualifying paper.
  4. Number of Attempts: Students can appear for the exam thrice, that too in consecutive years. Appearing for both the sessions in the same year will be counted as a single attempt.


The Application Form

  1. Every candidate is required to fill only one application form. Multiple Application is subject to rejection.
  2. The application filling process will start from 2nd September for the January session and from 7th February for the April Session. Scroll down to know the important dates for both the sessions.
  3. The complete registration process had multiple steps: Online Registration, Filling of online Application form, Uploading your passport size photograph and signatures, Payment of application fee and printing the application for future reference.  Check the details here: 


Paper 1 Various topics from Physics, Chemistry, and MAthematics studied in std 11th and 12th
Paper 2 Topics from Aptitude, Mathematics, and Drawing

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The Exam Pattern

Paper 1

(B.Tech/ B.E ) 

Paper 2

(B.Arch/ B.Planning)

Mode of Examination  CBT
  • Mathematics and Aptitude- CBT mode;
  • Drawing- Pen and paper mode
Duration of Examination
  • 3 hours 
  • 4 Hours – For candidates with 40% disability
3 hours 
Medium of Exam Hindi and English* Hindi and English
Parts of paper
  • Part I – Physics
  • Part II – Chemistry
  • Part III – Mathematics
  • Part I – Mathematics 
  • Part II – Aptitude Test 
  • Part III – Drawing Test 
Number of Questions 90 (with each section having 30 questions) 82
Marking Scheme +4- for each correct answer

-1 for each incorrect answer

+4- for each correct answer

-1 for each incorrect answer

(For the JEE Main Drawing section, marks will be allocated on the basis of drawing skills)

paper 1:

Subjects Maximum Questions Maximum Marks
Physics 30 120
Chemistry 30 120
Mathematics 30 120
Total 90 questions 360 marks

Paper 2:

Subjects Maximum Questions Maximum Marks
Mathematics 30 120
Aptitude Test 50 200
Drawing 02 70
Total 82 questions 390 marks


Important Dates


Important Dates

January Session

Registration September 2 to 30, 2019
Availability of admit card December 6, 2019
JEE Main 2020 January session January 6 to 11, 2020
Announcement of Results January 31, 2020

April Session

Registration February 7 to March 7, 2020
Release of admit card March 16, 2020
JEE Main 2020 April session April 3 to 9, 2020
Declaration of Results April 30, 2020


For Foreign Students

From this year onwards, JEE Main is made mandatory for the foreign students, seeking admission to technical courses in institutes such as IIITs, NITs, another government-funded technical institute


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