JEE Main Exam Syllabus & Eligibility Criteria
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JEE Main


Joint Entrance Exam (Main) is conducted by CBSE, for admission in various Undergraduate Engineering Programs at NITs, IIITs, Other Centrally Funded Technical Institutions, Institutions funded by participating State Governments, and other Institutions. For engineering courses, candidates appear in Paper – I and for architecture courses, candidates appear in Paper – II. Also, (JEE Main) is an eligibility test for (JEE Advanced), which is for admission in undergraduate programs offered by the IITs (Indian Institute of Technology) and ISM (Indian School of Mines) Dhanbad.
JEE Main is held in multiple modes i.e. Computer Based as well as in Pen and paper format.

Eligibility Criteria

Date of Birth

Candidates whose date of birth falls on or after October 01, 1993 are eligible for JEE (Main) 2018. However, upper age limit is relaxed by 5 years in the case of Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Persons with Disabilities (PwD) candidates, i.e. SC, ST and PwD candidates who are born on or after October 01, 1988 are eligible. Date of birth as recorded in the Secondary Education Board/University certificate will only be considered.

Year of Appearance in Qualifying Examination (QE)

Only those candidates who have passed their Class 12th Exam or any equivalent qualifying examination in 2016 or 2017; or those who are appearing in their Class 12th Exam or any equivalent qualifying examination in 2018 are eligible to appear in JEE (Main) - 2018. Candidates passing their Class 12th in 2018 can appear if their results are declared before June 15, 2018.

Candidates who passed Class 12th qualifying examination in 2014 or before as well as those who will appear in such examination in 2018 or later are not eligible to appear in JEE (Main) – 2018. Students who appeared in class 12th equivalent qualifying Examinations in 2015, did not pass in 2015, but passed in 2016 are also not eligible to appear in JEE (Main) 2017.

Number of subjects in the Qualifying Examination (QE)

Candidates must have taken at least five subjects in class 12th qualifying examination to be eligible for writing JEE (Main) - 2018. The candidates who have taken four subjects are not permitted to write JEE (Main) 2018 and if such candidates appear in JEE (Main) by furnishing wrong information, their rank/result will not be declared.

Number of Attempts

The number of attempts for appearing in JEE Main is limited to 3.

No. of Attempts and Age limit for the states of Madhya Pradesh and Odisha

Since the states of Madhya Pradesh, Nagaland and Odisha have joined JEE (Main) system from 2014. The age limit, for admission to institutions in these states which were earlier admitting candidates based on their state level examinations, will be as per their past practice only. The number of attempts in such cases will also remain same as per their past practice. This will however be obviously not applicable for admission to IITs/NITs/IIITs/CFTIs.

Exam Pattern

JEE (Main) – 2018 shall have two papers, Paper-1 (B. E. / B. Tech.) and Paper-2 (B. Arch. / B. Planning.). Candidates may take Paper-1 (B. E. / B. Tech.), or Paper-2 (B. Arch. / B. Planning.), or both as per the course(s) they are seeking admission to.

Paper 1 (B.E./ B.Tech.) Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics Objective type with equal weightage to Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics Pen and Paper based OR Computer based
Paper 2 (B.Arch./ B.Planning) Mathematics – Part I Mathematics – Part I Aptitude Test – Part II & Drawing Test – Part III Objective type Objective type Questions to test drawing aptitude Only Pen and Paper based

Marks Distribution and No. of questions

S. No. Paper Courses Duration Type of Questions Questions Marks
1 Paper I For All undergraduate courses EXCEPT B.ARCH/ B.PLANNING(At Institutions other than IITs) 3 hours
Total 90 360
2 Paper II For B.ARCH/B. PLANNING (At Institutions other than IITs) 3 hours
Part I - Mathematics
Part II - Aptitude Test
Part III - Drawing Test
Total 82 390

Exam pattern for JEE (Main) – 2018 has been predicted based on the pattern of 2017. It will be updated based on the announcements by the exam conducting committee.

Application Procedure

  • 1. Check and ensure the eligibility as per the above mentioned criteria.
  • 2. Apply online by registering at JEE Main website (
  • 3. Complete the online application form with correct information.
  • 4. Upload the photograph, signature and thumb impression in JPEG format.
  • 5. Pay the form fees either by credit/debit card or through e-challan.

Note: There is no printed application form for JEE (Main). However, the candidates are advised to retain hard copy of the application i.e. acknowledgement page for future reference or correspondence, if any.. Candidates are allowed to submit only one application form; multiple applications from a candidate will be rejected.

Important Dates

Events ( JEE Main 2018 ) Dates
Availability of JEE Main Online Applications December 1st week, 2017
Last Date for submitting Online Applications and uploading of scanned images January 1st week, 2018
Last date of Application Fee Payment through credit/debit card January 1st or 2nd week, 2018
Last date of Application Fee Payment through e-challan January 1st or 2nd week, 2018
Availability of JEE Main Admit Card for download 2nd week of March, 2018
JEE Main Pencil-Paper Based Exam (Paper 1 & 2) April 1st week, 2018
JEE Main Computer Based Test April 2nd week, 2018
Display of Answer Key and OMR sheets 4th week of April 2018
Acceptance of challenge of Answer Keys 4th week of April, 2018
JEE Main Result - Scores 4th week of April, 2018
JEE Main Result - All India Ranks 4th week of April, 2018
Availability of JEE Main Rank Card After release of AIRs


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