Joint Entrance Examination JEE (Main)

Joint Entrance Examination JEE (Main):-From 2013 onwards, admission to the undergraduate courses in engineering in all Union government funded technical institutes and various other self financing institutes will be carried out through a single national level entrance test. Named as Joint Entrance Examination (JEE), this entrance will replace 2 major engineering entrance examinations in India, JEE (Joint Entrance Examination) held by the IITs and AIEEE (All India Engineering Entrance Examination) conducted by the CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education). In pursuance of Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, Notification, the Joint Entrance Examination (Main) will be conducted by the JEE Apex Board for admission to Undergraduate Engineering Programmes in NITs, IIITs and other Centrally Funded Technical Institutions etc. Now, AIEEE will be known as JEE (Main) and IIT – JEE as JEE (Advanced).

The JEE scheme of examination will benefit the student by way of reducing stress for students. Aspirants will not have to prepare for multiple test syllabus and can focus on the preparation of a single test. The CBSE Board will hold the JEE (Joint Entrance Exam) which serve as the only entrance exam for admissions to undergraduate courses in all technical colleges in India. JEE will be adopted by 15 Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), 30 National Institutes of Technology (NITs), 4 Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs), 5 Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISERs) and central technical universities. All states in India have accepted the proposal of a common national level single entrance test where specific weightage will be assigned to Main exam scores as well as state board class XII exam scores which will be normalized based on the percentile formula.

JEE Main – An expanded Joint Admission Board (JAB) will be set up for the conduct of JEE Main examination. The reconstituted board will include, in an appropriate manner, NITs, other CFTIs and State Government representatives. CBSE will provide the administrative and logistic support. JEE which has been designed to give more weightage to Std XII exam results, will be conducted in two parts, JEE-Main and JEE-Advanced. JEE (Main) will two papers, Paper-1 and Paper-2. Candidates may take Paper-1, or Paper-2, or both as per the course(s) they are seeking admission to. The Paper-1 of JEE (Main) will also be an eligibility test for the JEE (Advanced), which the candidate has to take if he/she is aspiring for admission to the undergraduate programmes offered by the IITs.

JEE Advanced – For the JEE Advanced examination, the JAB of the IIT system would have complete control on matters such as paper setting, evaluation and preparation of the merit list, etc. CBSE would provide the administrative support for conduct of the examination.

JEE Main exam will be multiple choice objective type paper which will test comprehension, critical thinking and logical reasoning. JEE Advance will test problem-solving ability in basic science subjects. The two tests together will indicate a candidate’s scholastic level and aptitude for science and engineering.

Overall, two rank lists will be prepared, one for all the IIT and one for all other engineering institutes. IIT ranked students can apply to other engineering institutions based on their ranks.

Admission process for IITs : 
IITs will screen top 25% candidates who scored above the cut-off and have the highest percentile as per Std XII marks and JEE-Main, for a special JEE-Advanced. For initial screening, a composite score is calculated with 50% weightage to class XII Board/ equivalent marks and the reMaining 50% weightage to JEE Mains performance. Based on this composite score, a fixed number of candidates (it is five times the number of seats available in the IITs or a pre-fixed cut off) are considered eligible for admission. These short-listed candidates would then be ranked in the order of merit based entirely on their performance in the JEE Advanced examination.

Admission process for all other CFTIs like NITs, IIITs etc :
For admission to NITs, Centrally Funded Technical Institutions (CFTIs) like IIITs etc. and other participating Institutions, the merit/rank list shall be prepared based on 40% weightage to school Boards marks in class 12 th or equivalent examination and 60% weightage to JEE(Main). The weightage to school Board/Equivalent examination marks shall be considered only after normalization.

Eligibility for appearing in JEE (Main)

Age Limit : Between 16-24 years of age on the first day of the October of the year of examination can attempt JEE (Main). However, in the case of Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Persons with Disabilities (PwD) candidates, upper age limit is relaxed by 5 years. Date of birth as recorded in the Secondary Education Board/University certificate will only be considered.

Educational Qualification

Only those candidates who have passed their Class 12th Exam or any other qualifying examination like

  • The final examination of the 10+2 system, conducted by any recognized central / state Board, such as Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi; Council for Indian School Certificate Examination, New Delhi; etc.
    •  Intermediate or two-year Pre-University examination conducted by a recognized Board / University.
    •  Final examination of the two-year course of the Joint Services Wing of the National Defence Academy.
    •  H.S.C. Vocational Examination.
    •  Senior Secondary School Examination conducted by the National Institute of Open Schooling with a minimum of five subjects.
    •  A Diploma recognized by AICTE or a state Board of technical education of atleast 3 year duration.
    •  Any Public School/Board/University examination in India or in any foreign country recognized as equivalent to the 10+2 system by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU).

State Code of Eligibility are eligible to appear in JEE (Main). Candidates must have taken at least five subjects in class 12th/any other Qualifying examination in order to be eligible for writing JEE (Main).

State Code of eligibility means the Code of the State from where the candidate has passed Class 12th / Other qualifying examination by virtue of which he/she becomes eligible to appear in the JEE (Main) for admission to B.E/ B.Tech and B.Arch/ B. Planning Courses of the institutions/ Colleges of the States/UT.

Note– If a candidate has passed Class 12th/ Other qualifying examination from one state but appeared for improvement from another state, his/her state code of eligibility will be from where he/she has originally passed Class 12th/ Other qualifying examination and not the state from where he/she has appeared for improvement.

Indian nationals passing the equivalent qualifying examination from an institution abroad, the State of Eligibility will be determined on the basis of permanent address in India as given in the Passport of the candidate.

Number of Attempts
The number of attempts which a candidate can avail at JEE (Main) shall be limited to 03 (three).

Eligibility for Admission to NITs, IIITs and Other Institutions participating through Central Counselling Board

Admission to NITs, IIITs and other institutions participating though Central Counselling Board will be based on All India Rank as explained above along with the criteria of subject combinations mentioned below. Subject combinations required in the qualifying examination for admission to B.E./B.Tech. and B. Arch./B. Planning Courses in NITs, IIITs, and other CFTIs shall be as under.

Course Required Criteria based on Class 12th / Other Qualifying Examination
B.E/B.TECH Subjects in Qualifying Examination: Physics, Mathematics and one of the subjects from (Chemistry, Bio-technology, Computer Science, Biology) along with 50% marks in total including all subjects
B.ARCH/B. PLANNING Mathematics subject along with 50% Marks in total including all subjects

Eligibility for Admission to Other Institutions
The above mentioned policy could also be adopted by other Centrally Funded Technical Institutions (CFTIs) and participating Institutions. In case a State opts to admit students in the engineering Colleges affiliated to state Universities, the State may prepare separate rank list based on criteria decided by them.

 Reservation of seats

As per Government of India rules candidates belonging to certain categories are admitted to seats reserved for them based on relaxed criteria. These categories are:

  1. Other Backward Classes (OBC) if they belong to Non Creamy Layer (NCL)
  2. Scheduled Castes (SC)
  3. Scheduled Tribes (ST)
  4. Persons with Disability (PwD)

Benefit of reservation for admission to NITs/IIITs and CFTIs shall be given only to those classes/castes/tribes which are in the respective central list published by the Govt of India. For admission to State Engineering colleges who have opted for admission through JEE (Main), the reservation rules of that state shall apply.

JEE (Main) will have two papers, Paper-1 and Paper-2. Candidates may take Paper-1, or Paper-2, or both as per the course(s) they are seeking admission to.

The Paper-1 of JEE (Main) will be conducted in two separate modes i.e. Offline (Pen and Paper Based Examination) mode and Online (Computer Based Examination) mode. The Paper-2 of JEE (Main) will be conducted only in Pen and Paper based examination mode. A candidate can opt for either Pen and Paper Based or Computer Based examination modes for Paper-1 only.

The Computer Based Examination and Pen and Paper Based Based Examination of JEE (Main) will be of 3 hrs duration. The test paper will consist questions of Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics and all question will have equal weightage. There will be three parts in the question paper consisting of Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics having equal weightages. Each question is allotted 4 (four) marks for each correct response. ¼ (one fourth) marks i.e. one mark will be deducted for indicating incorrect response of each question. No deduction from the total score will be made if no response is indicated for a question. There is only one correct response for each question out of four responses given.

Subject combination for each paper, type of questions in each paper and mode of examination available is given in the table below.

Paper 1 Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics Objective type with equal weightage to Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics Pen and Paper based OR Computer based
Paper 2 Mathematics – Part I
Aptitude Test – Part II &
Drawing Test – Part III
Objective type
Objective type
Questions to test drawing aptitude
Only Pen and Paper

Requirement of papers for different courses is given in the table below.

B.ARCH/ B. PLANNING (At Institutions other than IITs) Paper –2
All other undergraduate courses Paper –1

A sample/mock test will be available on JEE (Main) website in the month of Feb/Mar for practice purpose and to give the candidate look and feel of the Computer Based Examination (CBE). Facilitation center will be operational in the month of March for the hands on practice by the candidates in each and every city where online examination will be conducted.Computer Based Examination for Paper 1 of JEE (Main)

Pen and Paper Based Based Examination for Paper-1 and Paper -2 of JEE (Main)

A candidate can opt for question papers either in English or in Hindi. Those candidates who have opted for centres in the state of Gujarat can also opt for question paper in Gujarati medium. The option of question paper language should be exercised while filling up the Application Form and it cannot be changed at a later stage.

Note : No candidate is allowed to carry any textual material, printed or written, bits of papers, pager, mobile phone, any electronic device, etc., except the Admit Card, identity proof and pen inside the examination hall/room. Violation of this will lead to cancellation of candidature. All calculations/writing work are to be done in the rough sheet provided only and on completion of the test candidates must hand over the rough sheets to the invigilator on duty in the Room/Hall.

For Aptitude Test in Architecture, candidates are advised to bring their own geometry box set, pencils, erasers and colour pencils or crayons.

Examination for Blind Candidates
Provision has been made to provide amanuenses to the blind candidates. Candidates in need of amanuenses must place such requirements in their application form at appropriate place and must contact Executive Director, JEE (Main) in writing at the postal address given in the brochure at least one month before the examination along with medical certificate issued by a competent authority. Amanuenses will be provided only when approved by the Executive Director, JEE (Main) in writing. Candidates will not be permitted to bring their own amanuenses. Only in approved cases, amanuenses will be
provided by the Centre Superintendent who will appoint unrelated and unknown class XI students of Commerce/Humanities without Mathematics as amanuenses. One hour extra time will also be allowed to such candidates.

Cities/ Towns of JEE(Main) Examination Centres

JEE (Main) will be conducted in major cities and towns of India as well as abroad. While applying, candidates must select four centre cities if opting for Pen and Paper based examination and only one centre city if opting for Computer Based Examination. Efforts will be made to allot candidates’ city of choices opted for in the application. However, in some exceptional circumstances, a different city of nearby area may be allotted.

  1. a) Pen and Paper Based Examination
    Joint Entrance Examination (Main) will be conducted in Pen and Paper based examination mode for the B.E./ B.Tech. and B.Arch/ B.Planning courses in the following cities.

Andaman & Nicobar – Port Blair
Andhra Pradesh – Guntur, Khammam, Tirupati, Warrangal
Arunachal Pradesh – Itanagar
Assam – Guwahati, Silchar
Bihar – Gaya, Muzzafarpur, Patna
Chhattisgarh – Raipur
Dadar & Nagar Haveli – Dadar & Nagar Haveli
Daman & Diu – Daman & Diu
Goa – Panaji
Gujarat – Anand, Bhuj, Gandhi Nagar, Godhra, Himmat Nagar, Jam Nagar, Navsari, Valsad, Vejalpur, (Ahmedabad-Rural)
Haryana – Faridabad, Gurgaon, Hissar, Karnal, Kurukshetra
Himachal Pradesh – Hamirpur, Shimla
Jammu & Kashmir – Jammu, Srinagar
Jharkhand – Bokaro, Dhanbad, Jamshedpur, Ranchi
Karnataka – Hubli, Mangalore
Kerala – Kozhikode, Thiruvananthapuram
Lakshyadeep – Kavarati
Madhya Pradesh – Gwalior, Jabalpur, Indore,
Maharashtra– Amravati, Aurangabad, Nashik, Pune, Thane
Manipur – Imphal
Meghalaya – Shillong
Mizoram – Aizwal
Nagaland – Kohima
Odisha – Rourkela
Puducherry – Puducherry
Punjab – Amritsar, Bhatinda
Rajasthan – Ajmer, Bikaner, Jodhpur, Udaipur
Sikkim – Gangtok
Tamilnadu – Coimbatore, Madurai
Tripura – Agartala
Uttarakhand – Haldwani, Haridwar, Pantnagar, Roorkee
Uttar Pradesh – Agra, Bareilly, Gorakhpur, Kanpur, Varanasi
West Bengal – Durgapur, Siliguri, Howrah
Cities Outside India – Behrain, Dubai, Riyad, Muscat

  1. b) Computer Based Examination Joint Entrance Examination (Main) will be conducted in Computer based examination mode in the following cities.

Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Chandigarh, Delhi-Ncr (Except Faridabad & Gurgaon), Ahmedabad, Bhavnagar, Junagarh, Rajkot, Surat, Vadodara, Bengaluru, Ernakulam, Bhopal, Mumbai, Nagpur, Bhubaneswar, Jalandhar, Jaipur, Kota, Chennai, Dehradun, Allahabad, Lucknow, Kolkata
Cities Outside India – Colombo, Kathmandu, Singapore

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