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JEE Main

In order to unify the selection procedure for all centrally-funded technical colleges, JEE Main exam was introduced. Through a single exam and marking scheme, the exam aims at unifying the selection and admission criteria for Centrally-Funded Technical Institutes (CFTI) and many more technical institutes select students on this criterion.

JEE Main is an exam conducted by CBSE for admission in B.E./B.Tech. and B.Arch. courses. The exam consists of 2 papers, of which Paper 1 includes the subjects of Physics, Chemistry, and Maths and is a selection criterion for B.E./B.Tech. courses while Paper 2 consists of Maths, Drawing, and Aptitude. Students can give any one of the 2 papers and fees for them are separate as well. The complete application brochure can be checked here


The eligibility criteria differ for students slightly from state to state. The general rules for eligibility are as follows:

  1. Age: The age should be less than 25 years (5 years relaxation for SC/ST/PWD) i.e. their DOB should be on or after 1st October 1993 (1st October 1988 for SC/ST/PWD)
  2. The student should have scored a minimum of 75% (65% for SC/ST/PWD) aggregate in STD XII exam or should be appearing for the same in the current academic year i.e. 2017-18
  3. The student should have taken 5 subjects in the standard XII exam
  4. The total number of attempts allowed is 3
  5. The students are advised to check their eligibility for the specific institutes and state their aspire to take admission in as the rules may differ slightly
  6. The states of Madhya Pradesh and Odisha have joined the selection in the year 2014
  7. The Board has made it compulsory of the existence of Aadhar card of the candidate




1st December 2017

Registration Start

8th December 2017

Correction of Photo or signature in the filled application form

13th December 2017

Mock Test is available

1st January 2018

Last date of registration

2nd January 2018

Last date of fee payment

January 2018

Application correction

2nd week of March

Admit Cards are available

8th April 2018 (9.30 am to 12 pm)

JEE Main Paper 1 Offline Exam (Pen-Paper based)

8th April 2018 (2 pm to 5 pm)

JEE Main Paper 2 Offline Exam (Pen-Paper based)

15th & 16th April 2018 (9.30 am to 12.30 pm)

(2 pm to 5 pm)


JEE Main Paper 1 Online Exam (Computer-based)

24th April 2018

Display of OMR sheet and answer key

27th April 2018

Objection against answer key is accepted

30th April 2018

Results of Paper 1

31st May 2018

Result of Paper 2

How To Apply

  1. The application process for the exam is completely online
  2. Aadhar card is compulsory as the authentication of the student will be done through Aadhar card
  3. The candidate must fill the application form and verify the mobile no. and email id
  4. The student needs to upload the scanned documents namely photo,  signature of self and parent/guardian
  5. Then the fees can be paid through one of the following online modes:
  • Syndicate Bank (Debit card/credit card/PayTM/SBI Buddy Wallet/Cash Cards
  • HDFC Bank (Debit card/Credit Card)
  • ICICI Bank (Debit card/Credit Card/Net Banking)
  • Offline: The candidate must download the e-challan and pay the applicable amount in the nearest Syndicate Bank/ICICI Bank/Canara Bank
  • The student needs to appear for any one of the 2 papers for the field he/she is interested in
  • The application form can be filled here

Admit Cards

In the second week of March, the Admit Cards will be available for the students to download on their accounts. Once they have downloaded it they should check the details on it and file any discrepancies.

The Admit Cards can be downloaded from the login page here


The exam is based on the standard XI and XII syllabus of your high school (or junior college as you may call it locally)

The detailed topics in the syllabus are mentioned below:

  • Physics: Physics and Measurement, Kinematics, Laws of Motion, Work, Energy and Power, Rotational Motion, Gravitation, Properties of Solids and Liquids, Thermodynamics, Kinetic Theory of Gases
  • Chemistry: Some Basic Concepts in Chemistry, States of Matter, Solid State, Liquid State: Properties of liquids, Gaseous State, Atomic Structure, Chemical Bonding and Molecular Structure, Covalent Bonding, Molecular Orbital, Chemical Thermodynamics, First law of thermodynamics, Solutions, Equilibrium, Equilibrium involving chemical processes, Redox Reactions and Electrochemistry
  • Mathematics: Sets, Relations and Functions ,Complex Numbers, Quadratic Equations, Matrices and Determinants, Mathematical Induction, Sequences and Series , Permutations and Combinations, Limits, Continuity and Differentiability,, Applications of Binomial Theorem, Integral Calculus, Differential Equation, Vector Algebra, Trigonometry, Co-ordinate Geometry, Three Dimensional Geometry, Probability, Statistics, and Mathematical Reasoning.
  • Aptitude Test: Awareness of places, persons, buildings and materials, Texture and objects related to Architecture and building environment, Visualising 3D objects from 2D drawings, Visualising different sides of 3D objects, Mental Ability (Visual, Numerical and Verbal), Analytical Reasoning, Three dimensional – perception and appreciation of scale and proportion of objects, colour texture, building forms and elements, contrast and harmony.
  • Drawing: Drawing and designing of geometrical or abstract shapes and patterns in pencil, Transformation of forms both 2 D and 3 D union, Elevations and 3 D views of objects Rotation, Development of surfaces and volumes, Generation of Plan, Creating 2D and 3D compositions using given shapes and forms, Sketching of activities from memory of urban scenes (public space, festivals, market, street scenes, recreational spaces monuments, etc.), landscape (gardens, trees, riverfronts, jungles, plants etc.) and rural life.
  • The Paper consists of 90 questions (30 each of Physics, Chemistry, and Maths) of 4 marks each
  • Paper 2 consists of 30 questions of Mathematics (4 marks each), 2 questions of Drawing (35 marks each) and 50 questions of Aptitude(4 marks each)
  • Candidates must remember that there is -1 negative marking for wrong answers
  • No negative marking of not attempted
  • The Paper 1 can be given in an Offline format or Online format
  • The candidate is free to select whichever mode he/she is comfortable with
  • Paper 2 is available only in the Offline mode
  • The students are advised to give the mock test on the JEE MAIN website
  • The student can check previous year question papers and answer keys on the same website
  • The question papers of previous papers can be checked  here
  • The Answer Key can be checked here


  • The top 2.24 lakh students are allowed to appear for the JEE Advanced exam
  • There is caste-wise reservation for students for appearing in the JEE Advanced exam and for the selection in CFTI
  • Along with the criteria for the JEE Main exam, the student fulfill any criteria laid down by the State or the Institute itself
  • The results can be checked at


Q.1. What is the entry/registration fee for the exam?

Ans. The entry fee for the exam varies with mode of exam and caste


Offline Exam

Online Exam


General/OBC Category

SC/ST/PWD Category



SC/ST/PWD Category

For Exam Centres in India

JEE Main Paper I (B.E./B.Tech) or JEE Main Paper II (B. Arch/B.Planning) only

Rs. 1000 (Boys)

Rs. 500 (Girls)

Rs. 500 (Boys)

Rs. 500 (Girls)

Rs. 500 (Boys)

Rs. 250 (Girls)

Rs. 250 (Boys)

Rs. 250 (Girls)

Both JEE Main Paper I (B.E./B.Tech) and JEE Main Paper II (B. Arch/B.Planning)

Rs. 1800 (Boys)

Rs. 900 (Girls)

Rs. 900 (Boys)

Rs. 900 (Boys)

Rs. 1300 (Boys)

Rs. 650 (Girls)

Rs. 650 (Boys)

Rs. 650 (Girls)

For Exam Centres in Foreign Country

JEE Main Paper I (B.E./B.Tech) or JEE Main Paper II (B. Arch/B.Planning) only

Rs. 2500 (Boys)

Rs. 1250 (Girls)

Rs. 1250 (Boys)

Rs. 1250 (Girls)

Rs. 2500 (Boys)

Rs. 1250 (Girls)

Rs. 1250 (Boys)

Rs. 1250 (Girls)

Both JEE Main Paper I (B.E./B.Tech) and JEE Main Paper II (B. Arch/B.Planning)

Rs. 3800 (Boys)

Rs. 1900 (Girls)

Rs. 1900 (Boys)

Rs. 1900 (Girls)

Rs. 3800 (Boys)

Rs. 1900 (Girls)

Rs. 1900 (Boys)

Rs. 1900 (Girls)


Q.2. What is the computer-based exam?

Ans. The exam is supposed to be given on a computer in the respective examination center mentioned on the Admit Card.


Q.3. It is an online exam; does it mean I can give it from my home?

Ans. No. You must be present at your respective examination center.


Q.4. From where can I prepare for the exam?

Ans. You can prepare for the exam from your textbooks of STD XI and XII just check for the topics from the list. You can also buy books from your local bookstore but if you study deep enough with your own textbooks and prepare from previous question papers it should be sufficient


Q.5. What languages can the exam be given?

Ans. The exam can be given in English, Hindi, and Gujarati


Q.6. Is there any difference in syllabi of NATA and JEE MAIN Paper 2 for B.Arch.?

Ans. The syllabi of both the exams if fairly similar.


Q.7. I am from Nepal. Can I apply for JEE MAIN?

Ans. Yes, you can.


Previous year JEE Main Toppers

JEE Main Toppers Boys
  • Rank 1 – Kalpit Veerwal (360 out of 360)
  • Rank 2 – Vasu Jain (350 out of 360)
  • Rank 3 – Ananye Agarwal (350 out of 360)
JEE Main Toppers Girls
  • Rank 1 – Vrunda Nandkumar Rathi (321 out of 360; overall AIR 71)
  • Rank 2 – Poorva Garg (319 out of 360; overall AIR 96)
  • Rank 3 – Narayana Jeevana Reddy (318 out of 360; overall AIR 102)

In top 1000 ranks, there were 932 boys and 68 girls. In top 5000, there were 4534 boys and 466 girls.

Useful Statistics

Total candidates who registered for paper 1: 11,86,454 Total candidates who qualified for JEE Advanced: 2,21,427
Offline exam
  • Number of candidates who registered : 10,02,781
  • Number of candidates who appeared : 9,56,716
Online exam
  • Number of candidates who registered : 1,83,673
  • Number of candidates who appeared : 1,65,635