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Joint Entrance Examination Main (JEE Main)

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Joint Entrance Examination Main

Last updated: Oct 15, 2019

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Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) is an engineering entrance examination for admission to various engineering colleges in India. It is constituted by two different examinations - JEE Main and the JEE Advanced. The exams are of the objective pattern.

JEE Main is for admission to the National Institutes of Technology (NITs), Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) and some colleges designated as "centrally funded technical institutes".

JEE Main has two papers, Paper-1 and Paper-2. Candidates may opt for either or both of them. Both papers contain multiple choice questions. Paper 1 is for admission to B.E./B.Tech courses and is conducted both online and offline. Paper-2 is for admission to B.Arch and B.Planning courses.

JEE Main has a fixed exam structure and is not subject to change every year. Paper-1 is of three hours duration and consists of thirty multiple-choice questions in three subjects (physics, chemistry, and maths). There is negative marking for incorrect answers.

From 2019 onwards JEE Main is conducted two times a year and it is conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA). Students who qualify JEE-Main can appear for the JEE-Advanced examination.


  • The minimum academic qualification to apply for JEE Main is a pass in the qualifying exam (10+2)
  • Minimum 75% marks for general category (65% marks for Reserved category) to get admission to IITs, NITs, IIITs, and other CFTIs
  • There is no age limit to appear for JEE Main, but students have to satisfy the age limit requirements of the institutes to which they are seeking admission
  • The students can take 3 consecutive attempts in JEE Main and 2 consecutive attempts in JEE Advanced. The number of tests in one academic year will be treated as one attempt. The students can take two tests in an academic year and the best score will be considered for admission.
  • It is mandatory for all students appearing for JEE Main that they must have pursued at least 5 subjects with physics and mathematics as their core subjects in the qualifying exam.

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