JEE (Main) – 2021: Everything You Need To Know

The JEE Joint Entrance Examination (Main) is a national-level entrance exam conducted every year by the National Testing Agency (NTA) since 2019. JEE is an engineering entrance exam conducted for admission to various engineering colleges in India. The Joint Entrance Examination (JEE Main) comprises two papers. The Paper1 is conducted for admission to Undergraduate Engineering Programs (B.E/B. Tech) at NITs, IIITs, other Centrally Funded Technical Institutions (CFTIs), Institutions/Universities funded/recognized by participating State Governments, as well as an eligibility test for JEE (Advanced), which is conducted for admission to IITs. It is constituted by two different examinations: JEE Main and Advanced.

Important Dates

EVENTS

DATES

Online submission of Application Form16.12.2020 to 16.01.2021
Last date for successful transaction of the prescribed application fee17.01.2021
Fee payable for JEE (Main) – 2021

(through Credit Card /Debit Card (except Master/Visa Card) / Net- Banking/UPI)

Type of Candidate

In India

(Fee in Rs.)

Outside India

(Fee in Rs.)

 

Paper 1: B.E./B. Tech or

Paper 2A: B. Arch or

Paper 2B: B.Planning

General/Gen-EWS/ OBC(NCL)Male6503000
Female3251500
 

SC/ST/PwD

Male3251500
Female3251500
Transgender3251500
Paper 1: B.E./B. Tech & Paper 2A: B. Arch or

Paper 1: B.E./B. Tech & Paper 2B: B. Planning or

Paper 1: B.E./B.Tech, Paper 2A: B. Arch & Paper 2B: B.Planning

or

Paper 2A: B. Arch & Paper 2B: B.Planning

General/Gen- EWS/OBC(NCL)Male13006000
Female6503000
 

SC/ST/PwD

Male6503000
Female6503000
Transgender6503000
Processing charges and Goods & Service Taxes (GST) are to be paid by the candidate, as applicable.
Correction in particulars19.01.2021 to 21.01.2021 (for February Session)
Downloading of Admit Cards from NTA websiteThe second week of February 2021
 

Date of Examinations

(Session 1): 23, 24, 25 & 26 February 2021

(Session 2): 15, 16, 17 & 18 March 2021

(Session 3): 27, 28, 29 & 30 April 2021

(Session 4): 24, 25, 26, 27 & 28 May 2021

 

Timing of Examination

First Shift9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (IST)
Second Shift3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (IST)
Display of Question Paper attempted by the Candidate and Answer Keys for inviting challenges on the NTA website 

To be displayed on the NTA website in due course

Declaration of Result on NTA websiteTo be displayed on the NTA website in due course

Exam Scheme

Mode of Examination

JEE (Main)-2021 will be conducted in the following modes:

  1. Paper 1 (B.E. /B. Tech.) in “Computer Based Test (CBT)” mode only.
  2. Paper 2A (B. Arch): Mathematics (Part-I) and Aptitude Test (Part-II) in “Computer
    Based Test (CBT)” mode only and Drawing Test (Part-III) in pen & paper (offline) mode, to be attempted on a drawing sheet of A4 size.
  3. Paper 2B (B. Planning): Mathematics (Part-I), Aptitude Test (Part-II), and Planning
    Based Questions (Part-III) in Computer Based Test (CBT) mode only.

Choice of Medium of Question Papers

The medium of the Question Papers: Drawing from the National Education Policy (NEP), the JEE (Main) 2021 will now be conducted for the first time in Assamese, Bengali, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu for the first time, in addition to Hindi, Gujarati, and English.

S. No.LanguageExamination Centres
1.EnglishAll Examination Centres
2.HindiAll Examination Centres in India
3.English and AssameseExamination Centres in Assam
4.English and BengaliExamination Centres in West Bengal, Tripura and Andaman & Nicobar Island
5.English and GujaratiExamination Centres in Gujarat, Daman, and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli
6.English and KannadaExamination Centres in Karnataka
7.English and MarathiExamination Centres in Maharashtra
8.English and MalayalamExamination Centres in Kerala and Lakshadweep
9.English and OdiaExamination Centres in Odisha
10.English and PunjabiExamination Centres in Punjab, Chandigarh, and Delhi
11.English and TamilExamination Centres in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, and Andaman & Nicobar Island
12.English and TeluguExamination    Centres     in    Andhra    Pradesh and Telangana
13.English and UrduAll Examination Centres in India

The option of language for question paper should be exercised while filling up the Application Form online and it cannot be changed at a later stage.

Please note that for the correctness of the questions in all the question papers, the English version will be taken as final.

Paper & Subjects

PAPERSUBJECTSTYPE OF QUESTIONSMode of Examination
Paper 1: B.E./B.Tech.Mathematics, Physics & ChemistryObjective Type – Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) & Questions for which answer is a numerical value, with equal weightage to Mathematics,

Physics & Chemistry

“Computer Based Test (CBT)” mode only
Paper 2A:

B. Arch

Part-I: MathematicsObjective Type – Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) & Questions for which answer is a numerical value“Computer Based Test (CBT)” mode only
Part-II: Aptitude TestObjective Type Questions (MCQs)MultipleChoice
Part-III: Drawing TestQuestions to test drawing aptitude“Pen & (offline) attempted sheetPaper mode onBased” to be Drawing
Paper 2B:

B. Planning

Part-I: MathematicsObjective Type – Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) & Questions for which answer is a numerical value“Computer Based Test (CBT)” mode only
Part-II: Aptitude TestObjective Type Questions (MCQs)MultipleChoice
Part-III: Planning Based QuestionsObjective Type Questions (MCQs)MultipleChoice

Pattern

Paper 1: B.E./ B. Tech. in Computer Based Test (CBT) mode:
1.Subject wise distribution of Questions, Total Number of Questions and MarksSubjectSection ASection BMarks
Mathematics20*10*100
Physics20*10*100
Chemistry20*10*100
Total90300
*Each Subject will have two sections. Section A will be of Multiple-Choice Questions (MCQs) and Section B will contain Questions whose answers are to be filled in as a numerical value. In Section B, candidates have to attempt any five questions out of 10. There will be no negative marking for Section B.
2Marking Scheme for MCQsCorrect Answer or the best AnswerFour marks (+4)
Incorrect AnswerMinus one mark (-1)
Unanswered / Marked for ReviewNo mark (0)
3.Marking Scheme for questions for which the answer is a Numerical valueCorrect AnswerFour marks (+4)
Incorrect AnswerNo mark (0)
Unanswered / Marked for ReviewNo mark (0)

 

4.Method of determining meritConversion of the raw score in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, and Total into NTA scores.

Overall merit shall be prepared by merging NTA scores of all shifts of all days.

5.Method of resolving tiesTie between candidates obtaining equal Total NTA scores in Paper1: B.E./B.Tech will be resolved in the following descending order:

§  NTA score in Mathematics, followed by

§  NTA score in Physics, followed by

§  NTA score in Chemistry, followed by

§ Candidates having a lesser ratio of negative to positive responses

Paper 2A (B. Arch): Mathematics (Part-I) and Aptitude Test (Part-II) in Computer Based Test (CBT) mode only and Drawing Test (Part-III) in Pen & Paper Based (offline) mode, to be attempted on drawing sheet of A4 size.
1.Subject wise distribution of Questions, Total Number of Questions and MarksSubjectNo of Questions Marks
Mathematics (Part I)20*10*100
Aptitude Test (Part II)50 200
Drawing Test (Part III)02 100
Total82400
*20 questions will be MCQs and 5 questions will have answers to be filled as a numerical value out of

10. There will be no negative marking for numerical value.

2.(a) Marking Scheme for MCQsCorrect Answer or the most appropriate AnswerFour marks (+4)
Incorrect Answer/Multiple AnswerMinus one mark (-1)
Unanswered /Marked for ReviewNo mark (0)
(b) Marking Scheme for questions for which answer is a Numerical valueCorrect Answer or the most appropriate AnswerFour marks (+4)
Incorrect AnswerNo mark (0)
Unanswered / Marked for ReviewNo mark (0)
(c) Marking Scheme for Drawing Test (Part III) 

Two questions to be evaluated out of 100 marks.

3.Method of determining meritConversion of the raw score in Mathematics, Aptitude Test, Drawing Test, and Total into NTA Scores.

Overall merit shall be prepared by merging NTA Scores of all shifts of all days.

4.Method of resolving tiesTie between candidates obtaining equal Total NTA scores in Paper 2B: B. Arch will be resolved in the following manner:

§  NTA score in Mathematics, followed by

§  NTA score in Aptitude Test, followed by

§  NTA score in Drawing Test, followed by

§ Candidates having a lesser ratio of negative to positive responses

Paper 2B (B. Planning) Part-I: Mathematics, Part-II: Aptitude Test, and Part-III: Planning Based Questions in Computer Based Test (CBT) mode only
1.Subject wise distribution of Questions, Total Number of Questions and MarksSubjectNo of Questions Marks
Part-I: Mathematics20*10*100
Part-II: Aptitude Test50 200
Part-III: Planning Based Objective Type MCQs25 100
Total105 
*20 questions will be MCQs and 5 questions will have answers to be filled as a numerical value out of

10. There will be no negative marking for numerical value.

2.Marking Scheme for MCQsCorrect Answer or the most appropriate AnswerFour marks (+4)
Incorrect Answer/Multiple AnswerMinus one mark (-1)
Unanswered /Marked for ReviewNo mark (0)

 

3.Marking Scheme for questions for which answer is a Numerical valueCorrect Answer or the appropriate AnswerFour marks (+4)
Incorrect AnswerNo mark (0)
Unanswered / Marked for ReviewNo mark (0)
4.Method of determining meritConversion of the raw score in Mathematics, Aptitude Test, Planning Based Test, and Total into NTA Scores.

Overall merit shall be prepared by merging NTA Scores of all shifts of all days.

5.Method of resolving tiesTie between candidates obtaining equal Total NTA scores in B. Planning will be resolved in the following manner:
  • NTA score in Mathematics, followed by
  • NTA score in Aptitude Test, followed by
  • NTA score in Planning Based Questions, followed by
  • Candidates having a lesser ratio of negative to positive responses

Syllabus

The details of the syllabus are available on the official site. Moreover, to cater to a different reductions in the syllabus by various Boards, the NTA has decided to provide for choice in the question papers and thus there will be two Sections in each paper.

Eligibility Criteria

Age Limit

For appearing in the JEE (Main) 2021, there is no age limit for the candidates. The candidates who have passed the class 12 / equivalent examination in 2019, 2020, or appearing in 2021 irrespective of their age can appear in JEE (Main) 2021 examination. However, the candidates may be required to fulfill the age criteria of the Institute(s) in which they are desirous of taking admission.

Year of Appearance in Qualifying Examination

Only those candidates who have passed the Class 12 / equivalent examination in 2019, 2020, or 2021; or those who are appearing in Class 12 / equivalent examination in 2021, are eligible to appear in JEE (Main) 2021.

Candidates who passed the Class 12/equivalent examination in 2018 or before as well as those who will appear in such examination in 2022 or later are not eligible to appear in JEE (Main) 2021.

Candidates must note that the IITs permit only two attempts for the JEE (Advanced), i.e. a candidate should have appeared for the Class XII (or equivalent) examination for the first time in either 2020 or 2021, subject to the condition of not having been admitted at an IIT on an earlier occasion

Exam Schedule

 

 

Dates of Examination

(Session 1): 23, 24, 25 & 26 February 2021

(Session 2): 15, 16, 17 & 18 March 2021

(Session 3): 27, 28, 29 & 30 April 2021

(Session 4): 24, 25, 26, 27 & 28 May 2021

(Exact date, shift, and city of examination for Paper 1: B.E./B. Tech and Paper 2A: B. Arch and Paper 2B: B. Planning will be made available to the Candidates on their Admit Cards)

 

 

 

Mode of Examination

Paper1: B.E./B.Tech“Computer Based Test (CBT)” mode only
 

Paper2A: B.Arch.

Part-I: Mathematics and Part-II: Aptitude Test in Computer Based Test (CBT) mode only
Part-III: Drawing Test in “Pen & Paper” (offline) mode, to be attempted on the Drawing sheet
Paper2B: B. PlanningPart-I: Mathematics, Part-II: Aptitude Test and Part-III: Planning related MCQ’s in “Computer Based Test (CBT)” mode only
 First ShiftSecond Shift
Timing of Examination9.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m.3.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m.
Entry in the Examination Centre / Hall / Room, frisking, biometric registration/ record of manual attendance by Invigilator, document verification/cross-checking of Admit Card, signature,

and photo match to be completed by Invigilator, etc.

 

 

 

7.30 a.m. to 8.30 a.m.

 

 

 

02.00 p.m. to 2.30 p.m.

Instructions by the Invigilator(s)8.30 a.m. to 8.50 a.m.2.30 p.m. to 2.50 p.m.
Candidates log in to read instructions8.50 a.m.2.50 p.m.
Test Commences9.00 a.m.3.00 p.m.

e-Admit Card

The e-Admit Card would be issued provisionally to the candidates through the NTA website, subject to the fulfillment of the eligibility conditions and receipt of the prescribed application fee by NTA.

The candidate has to download the Admit Card from the NTA website. The candidate will appear in the examination at the given Centre on the date and shift/timing as indicated in his/her e-Admit Card.

No candidate will be allowed to appear at the examination center, on the date and shift/time other than that allotted to him/her in his/her Admit Card.

In case a candidate is unable to download his/her Admit Card from the website, he/she should approach the NTA Help Line Number: 0120-6895200 between 10.00 am to 5.00 pm.

The candidates are advised to read the instructions on the Admit Card carefully and strictly follow them during the examination.

In case of any discrepancy in the particulars of the candidate or his/her photograph and signature shown in the e-Admit Card and Confirmation Page, the candidate may immediately approach the NTA Help Line between 10.00 am to 5.00 pm. In such a case, the candidate would appear in the examination with the already downloaded Admit Card. However, NTA will take necessary action to make corrections in the record later.

The Admit Card for the February Session of the examination may be available for download in the second week of February 2021. The timing for downloading the Admit Card for subsequent Sessions of the exam will be announced on the NTA website.

Instructions

  1. Those candidates who wish to appear for B.Arch, as well as B.Planning, will have the duration of examination 30 hrs. i.e. from 3:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  2. Candidates are advised to report at the Examination Center well in time i.e. 2 hours before commencement of the examination.
  3. Candidates should take their seats immediately after the opening of the Examination If the candidates do not report in time due to any reason i.e. traffic jams, train/bus delays, etc, they are likely to miss some of the general instructions to be announced in the Examination Rooms/Halls. The NTA shall not be responsible for any delay.
  4. The candidate must show, on-demand, the Admit Card downloaded/printed from the NTA website for admission in the examination room/hall. The Test Centre Staff on duty is authorized to verify the identity of candidates and may take steps to verify and confirm the identity Candidates are requested to extend their full cooperation. A candidate who does not possess the valid Admit Card shall not be permitted for the examination under any circumstances by the Centre Superintendent.
  5. A seat indicating Roll Number will be allotted to each candidate. Candidates should find and sit on their allocated seat only in case of a candidate who changes room/hall or the seat on his/her own rather than the one allotted, the candidature shall be No plea would be entertained in this regard.
  6. The candidate should ensure that the question paper available on the computer is as per his/her opted subject indicated in the Admit Card. In case, the subject of the question paper is other than his/her opted subject, the same may be brought to the notice of the Invigilator
  7. The candidate may approach the Centre Superintendent/Invigilator in the room for any technical assistance, first aid emergency, or any other information during the course of

For any queries or issues regarding Computer Based Test, the candidates may contact on Helpline Numbers available on Joint Entrance Examination (Main) website.

  1. In case a candidate, by furnishing false information, appears in more than one shift/date, his candidature will be canceled and his result will not be
  2. For those who are unable to appear on the scheduled date of test for any reason, re-test shall not be held by the NTA under any

Note: Candidates shall appear at their own cost at the Centre on the date and shift as indicated in their Admit Card issued by the NTA. Under no circumstances the choice of cities for the Centre and shift provided in the Admit Card shall be changed.

Documents to Carry

Candidates MUST bring the following documents on the day of examination at the test center.

Candidates who will not bring these will not be allowed to sit in the examination.

  • Print copy of Admit Card downloaded from NTA website.
  • One passport size photograph (same as uploaded on the Online Application Form) should be taken for pasting on the specific space in the attendance sheet at the Centre during the examination.
  • Any one of the authorized photo IDs (must be original, valid, and non-expired) – School Identity Card/ PAN card/ Driving License/ Voter ID/ Passport/ Aadhaar Card (With photograph)/EAadhaar with photograph/ Ration Card with photograph/ 12th Class Board Admit Card with photograph/ Bank Passbook with Photograph.
  • PwD certificate issued by the authorized medical officer, if claiming the relaxation under PwD category or

PwD Certificate regarding physical limitation in an examination to write as per Appendix-I given in Information Bulletin, if claiming the relaxation under PwD category. or

Letter of Undertaking for using Own Scribe as per Appendix-II given in Information Bulletin, if claiming the relaxation under PwD category.

Admission to NITs, IIITs, etc.

Eligibility for Admission to NITs, IIITs, and CFTIs participating through Central Seat Allocation Board (CSAB):

Admission to B.E. / B.Tech / B.Arch / B.Planning. Courses in NITs, IIITs, and CFTIs participating through Central Seat Allocation Board will be based on All India Rank subject to the condition that the candidate should have secured at least 75% marks in the 12thclass examination or be in the top 20 percentile in the 12th class / Qualifying examination conducted by the respective Boards. For SC/ST candidates the qualifying marks would be 65% in the 12th class/qualifying examination.

The eligibility criteria decided by the Council of Architecture for admission to B.Arch. course other than NITs, IIITs, CFTIs:

“No candidate shall be admitted to Architecture course unless she/he has passed an examination at the end of the qualifying examination with 50% marks in Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics and also 50% marks in aggregate of the qualifying examination”.

For B. Planning, the candidates should have passed the qualifying examination with 50% marks in Mathematics and 50% marks in aggregate of the qualifying examination.

Subject combinations required in the qualifying examination for admission to B.E./B.Tech, B. Arch, and B. Planning Courses in NITs, IIITs, and other CFTIs shall be as under.

CourseRequired Criteria based on Class 12th / Equivalent qualifying Examination
B.E/B.Tech.Passed qualifying examination with Physics and Mathematics as compulsory subjects along with one of the Chemistry/Biotechnology/Biology/ Technical Vocational subjects.
B.Arch.Passed qualifying examination with Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry
B.PlanningPassed qualifying examination with Mathematics

Eligibility Criteria for Appearing in JEE (Advanced) 2021

The minimum academic qualification for appearing in JEE (Advanced) -2021 is that the candidate must have passed in the final examination of Class 12 or equivalent qualifying examination with at least 75% aggregate marks (65% for SC, ST, and PwD) or being in the top 20 percentile of the successful candidates in their respective Board examinations. Those appearing in these examinations in 2021 can also appear in JEE (Advanced) – 2021 provisionally and these candidates would also have to fulfill the above requirements. The IITs have specific eligibility criteria for admission, which include an age bar, limited number of attempts, and year of passing class 12th or equivalent; candidates are advised to refer to the JEE (Advanced) 2021 website for details.

All the candidates aspiring to take admission to the undergraduate programs at IITs for the year 2021 will have to appear in the B. E. /B. Tech. of JEE (Main)-2021. Based on the performance in the B. E. /B. Tech. of JEE (Main)-2021, number of top candidates as per the requirement of JEE (Advanced) (including all categories) will be eligible to appear in JEE (Advanced)-2021.

A candidate can attempt JEE (Advanced) a maximum of two times in consecutive years irrespective of whether or not he/she passed the Qualifying Examination. The candidates, who have attempted JEE (Main) /JEE (Advanced) in 2020 or earlier, are NOT ELIGIBLE to appear in JEE (Advanced)–2021.

The candidate who had taken admission in any institute other than IITs in 2020 is eligible to appear in JEE (Advanced)–2021 provided that the candidate satisfies other eligibility criteria.

Note: Please refer to JEE (Advanced) website for the latest information


For more details please check the official examination notice here.

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