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JEE Main Pattern

Highlights of JEE Main Exam Pattern 2020

Parameters JEE Main 2020 – B.E./B. Tech JEE Main 2020 – B. Arch JEE Main 2020 – B. Planning
Mode of Examination CBT Mode Mathematics  and Aptitude- CBT Mode

Drawing- Pen and paper mode

CBT Mode
Duration of exam 3 hours 3 hours 3 hours
Total subjects Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics Mathematics, Aptitude Test, and Drawing Test Mathematics, Aptitude Test, and Planning Based Objective Type
Number of questions 75 (25 questions from each subject) 77  (Mathematics- 25; Aptitude- 50; Drawing- 2) 100  (Mathematics- 25; Aptitude- 50; Planning Based-25)
Type of Questions 60 (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 Scheme 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 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 marks

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.

Maximum Marks 300 Marks 400 Marks 400 Marks
Medium of paper English and Hindi (All Centre Cities)

English, Hindi and Gujarati (Centre Cities in Gujarat, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli)

English and Hindi (All Centre Cities)

English, Hindi and Gujarati (Centre Cities in Gujarat, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli)

English and Hindi (All Centre Cities)

English, Hindi and Gujarati (Centre Cities in Gujarat, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli



JEE Main Exam Pattern

Detailed JEE Main Exam Pattern 2020 – Paper 1 (B.Tech/B.E.)

  • For January Session, the exam will be conducted from January 6, 2019 to January 11, 2019
  • Sections/ Parts:
    • Part I – Physics
    • Part II – Chemistry
    • Part III – Mathematics
  • Number of Questions – 75 questions with 25 questions per section.
  • Nature of Questions – 20 MCQs + 5 (Numeric Value Questions) FOR EACH SECTION
  • Exam Mode – Computer Based Test Mode
  • Exam Duration – 3 hours | For candidates with 40% disability – 4 hours
  • Exam Medium – The question papers at all exam centers will be in Hindi and English. For in Gujarat, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli, the medium of exam will also be available in Gujarati.
  • Marking Scheme –   All questions in Physics, Chemistry and Maths sections have equal weightage. 4 marks will be given for every correct response. 
  • Negative Marking –  For each incorrect answer in MCQs,1 mark will be deducted. Questions for which answers have a Numeric Value will fetch 4 marks for every correct response, with no negative marking in case of an incorrect answer or unattempted question.

Subject-wise distribution of questions with marks is tabulated below:

Subjects Maximum Questions Maximum Marks
Physics 25 100
Chemistry 25 100
Mathematics 25 100
Total 75 questions 300 marks

Detailed JEE Main Exam Pattern 2020 – Paper 2 (B.Arch)

  • The exam will be conducted partially in computer-based and pen-paper mode.
  • JEE Main exam pattern for B. Arch Paper will include objective (online) as well as drawing questions (offline).
  • This paper is a gateway for admission to UG architecture courses. 
  • Sections/ Parts- Type of Questions:
    • Part I – Mathematics – 20 MCQs + 5 numeric value based questions
    • Part II – Aptitude Test – 50 MCQs
    • Part III – Drawing Test – 2 Questions
  • Total Number of Questions – 77 questions
  • Exam Duration – 3 Hours
  • Exam Medium – The question papers at all exam centers will be in Hindi and English. For in Gujarat, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli, the medium of exam will also be available in Gujarati.
  • Marking Scheme – All questions in Mathematics, Aptitude and Planning based sections have equal weightage. 4 marks will be given for every correct response.  For JEE Main Drawing Test, marks will be allotted on the basis of candidate’s drawing skills.
  • Negative Marking –  For each incorrect answer in MCQs,1 mark will be deducted. Questions for which answers have a Numeric Value will fetch 4 marks for every correct response, with no negative marking in case of an incorrect answer or unattempted question.

Subject wise distribution of questions with marks is tabulated below:

Subjects Maximum Questions Maximum Marks
Mathematics 25 100
Aptitude Test 50 200
Drawing 02 100
Total 77 questions 400 marks

Detailed JEE Main Exam Pattern 2020 – Paper 3 (B.Planning)

  • The exam will be conducted partially in computer-based test mode.
  • Sections/ Parts:
    • Part I – Mathematics – 20 MCQs + 5 Numeric value based questions
    • Part II – Aptitude Test – 50 MCQs
    • Part III – Planning Based Objective Type – 25 MCQs
  • Number of Questions – 100 questions.
  • Exam Duration – 3 Hours
  • Exam Medium – The question papers at all exam centers will be in Hindi and English. For in Gujarat, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli, the medium of exam will also be available in Gujarati.
  • Marking Scheme – All questions in Mathematics, Aptitude and Planning Based sections have equal weightage. 4 marks will be given for every correct answer. 
  • Negative Marking –  For each incorrect answer, 1 mark will be deducted. Questions for which answers have a Numeric Value will fetch 4 marks for every correct response, with no negative marking in case of an incorrect answer or unattempted question.

Subject wise distribution of questions with marks is tabulated below:

Subjects Maximum Questions Maximum Marks
Mathematics 25 100
Aptitude Test 50 200
Planning Based Objective Type 25 100
Total 100  400 marks

JEE Main 2020 Important Dates

The important dates for JEE Main 2020 will be updated soon after the release of official notification by NTA. As per the examination calendar, the first and second session of JEE Main exam will be conducted in the second week of January and April 2020. Below we have provided the tentative dates for both January and April sessions:

JEE Main 2020 January Exam

Events Important Dates
Availability of Online Application Form September 3rd, 2019
Availability of Admit Card December 3rd week, 2019
JEE Main Exam Date January 6 t0 11, 2020
Release of Answer Keys January 3rd week, 2020
Results Declaration January last week, 2020

JEE Main 2020 April Exam

Events Important Dates
Availability of Online Application Form February 2nd week 2020
Availability of Admit Card March 3rd week 2020
JEE Main Exam Date April 2nd week 2020
Release Answer Keys April Last week 2020
Results Declaration April Last week 2020
JoSAA Counselling June 2020

JEE Main 2020 Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria describe all the terms and conditions that a JEE Main 2020 aspirant has to satisfy for being eligible. Hence, to avoid rejections in later stages, the students are advised to know the eligibility criteria before registering for the exam.

Age Criteria: There is no age limit prescribed by NTA for appearing in JEE Main 2020 January and April exams.

Qualifying Exam: Irrespective of the age the applicant must qualify i.e. 2019 appearing students or have qualified their class 12th or any equivalent exam in 2017 or 2018.

Qualifying Marks: There is no minimum pass percentage for appearing in JEE Main exam. However, the applicants must pass their class 12 board or other equivalent examination.

Criteria For admissions in NITs, IIITs, and GFTIs: The candidate must secure 75% Marks in their class 12 board exams or should be within the top 20 percentile of their respective boards. For reserved category candidates, the minimum percentage required for admissions in NITs, IIITs, and GFTIs is 65%.

Subjects Pursued in the Qualifying Exam:

JEE Main 2020 Counselling Procedure

Joint Seat Allocation Authority is set by the HRD Ministry to regulate the admission process for IITs, IIITs, NITs, and government-funded technical institutes. The students qualifying JEE Main will be able to apply for NITs, IIITs and CFTIs through JoSAA counselling.

The seat allocation in the preferred technical institute is done based on the merit, eligibility, preferences and seat availability. The qualifying students are required to register for JoSAA counselling whose registrations will commence tentatively in the 2nd week of June 2020.

JoSAA Participating Institutes

A total of 97 engineering institutes comprising of 23 IITs, 31NITs, 23 IIITs and 20 GFTIs participate in the seat allocation procedure through JoSAA.

S.No Name of Institutes Total Colleges Total Seats
1. Indian Institute of Technology 23 Colleges 10,988 Seats
2. National Institute of Technology 31 Colleges 17,868 Seats
3. Indian Institute of Information Technology 23 Colleges 3,433 Seats
4. Government Funded Technical Institutes 20 Colleges 3,919 Seats

Admission in a top NIT college is a dream for every JEE Main aspirant. However, to grab a seat in NIT colleges demands a meritorious rank. The leading NIT institutes include NIT Warangal, NIT Trichy, NIT Surathkal, NIT Rourkela, and MNNIT Allahabad.

Top 10 NIT Colleges

S.No. Institute Location Total Seats
1. NIT Trichy Tamil Nadu 814 Seats
2. NIT Rourkela Odisha 850 Seats
3. NIT Surathkal Karnataka 740 Seats
4. NIT Warangal Telangana 800 Seats
5. Motilal Nehru NIT Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh 814 Seats
6. Visvesvaraya NIT Nagpur, Maharashtra 746 Seats
7. NIT Calicut Kerala 937 Seats
8. Sardar Vallabhbhai NIT Surat, Gujarat 873 Seats
9. NIT Silchar Assam 632 Seats
10. NIT Durgapur West Bengal 672 Seats

Other technical institutes like DTU (Delhi Technical University), NSIT Delhi, IIIT Delhi are excluded from JoSAA counselling. However, these institutes offer admissions based on JEE Main scorecard and the students are required to apply separately.

Apart from IIITs, NITs and GFTIs several private engineering institutes like BIT Mesra, HBTI Kanpur, Thapar University, Assam University, Tezpur University, JAYPEE Institute, and LNMIIT Jaipur offer admission based on the marks in JEE Main exam.