The wee months of every year brings performance pressure due to pre-board and board exams. It is a cause of heavy stress and anxiety for a lot of students. While this anxiety is short lived for many students, almost 13 lakh ambitious students stretch themselves to the extent of appearing for one of the toughest exams in the world i.e. JEE.

JEE exam has a long and prestigious history of screening meritorious and intelligent students and sending them to prestigious IITs that churns out elite technocrats internationally. Few years back, JEE broadened its scope by taking over the AIEEE which was otherwise conducted for admission to the majority of the reputed colleges (excluding IITs).

WHAT is the current pattern?

Until a few years back, the admissions to NITs and many other government colleges or private colleges was done through AIEEE. AIEEE, which was conducted by Central Board of Secondary Examination (CBSE), has been replaced by JEE Main.

In the previous year, almost 13 lakh students appeared for the JEE Main exam out of which approximately 2.2 lakh students sat for JEE Advanced. The students who scored more than 115-120 range in JEE Main were selected to appear for the JEE Advanced last year.

JEE Main

JEE Main comprises of two papers namely Paper 1 and Paper 2. Paper 1 is for the B.E/B.Tech aspirants whereas Paper 2 is for those who are seeking admission into B.Arch/B.Planning courses. Paper 1 is available online as well as offline whereas Paper 2 is available offline only.

JEE Advanced

JEE Advanced is completely offline and paper based. It comprises of two papers namely Paper 1 and Paper 2. Both these papers are compulsory for clearing the JEE Advanced exam. For candidates aspiring to seek admissions in IIT Architecture courses, it is important to clear both Paper 1 and Paper 2 of JEE Advanced and then sit for the Architecture Aptitude Test (AAT) which seven IITs conduct.

Criteria: Number of Attempts

JEE Main can be attempted thrice consecutively but candidates can sit for the JEE Advanced exams for only two consecutive years.


The syllabus required in both the two exams is slightly different. While JEE Main is on the same lines of the CBSE 11 and 12, JEE Advanced requires a few extra topics to be covered for the exam.

Difficulty Level

The two exams also differ in complexity. The JEE Advanced questions are complex require in-depth knowledge of the concepts and their applications. On the other hand, JEE Main questions are easier but more in number. Speed and accuracy is focused on in JEE Advanced exams whereas in JEE Mai exams only speed is focused on.

Admission through JEE Main and Advanced

JEE Main is for those candidates aspiring to pursue Bachelors in Engineering courses at National Institutes of Technology (NITs), Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs), other Centrally Funded Technical Institutes (CFTIs) and many engineering colleges consider JEE Main rank and scores. JEE Main is the eligibility test to screen students to appear for the JEE Advanced exam which is the criteria for admission in the IITs or the Indian School of Mines (ISM).

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