JEE Main

National level entrance examination, for students who wish to pursue Engineering and Architecture at colleges and institutes across the country.

JEE (Joint Entrance Examinations - Main) is the most important examination for all aspiring Engineers and Architects in India. The JEE is useful for those seeking admission into Undergraduate Engineering Programs at NITs, IIITs, other centrally funded technical Institutions, Institutions funded by several participating State Governments, and several other Institutions. The JEE (Main) is also an eligibility test for the JEE (Advanced) Examination.

The JEE (Advanced) is an admission test for the students who want to pursue undergraduate programs offered by the IITs.  To able to give the JEE (Advanced) Exam (for IITs), your rank must be in the top 2,20,000 in the JEE (Main).

Therefore to get into all top engineering and colleges like the NITs, IIITs, IITs etc. you will have to take the JEE – Main Examination. It is also very beneficial if you want to pursue courses like Bachelor’s of Architecture and Bachelor’s of Planning in any of these institutions.

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What are the eligibility criteria?

You need to have passed the final examination of the 10+2 system, conducted by any recognized central/ state Board, such as the CBSE, CISCE or equivalent qualifications, with an aggregate of 75 percent in five subjects or received a top 20 percentile position in the qualifying board.

The JEE approves candidates only within a certain age limit. For example, for the JEE – Main 2018, only those candidates whose date of birth falls on or after October 01, 1993 are eligible. However, in the case of Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Persons with Disabilities (PwD) candidates, the upper age limit is relaxed by 5 years.

You are only allowed to take the JEE – Main Exam three consecutive times (the year you pass out of school and the next 2 years). For example, a candidate who wants to take the 2016 examination, will only be eligible if he/she has passed out of school in 2014, 2015 or if the candidate’s 12th examinations are going to be held in 2016. Candidates who have completed their 12th before 2014 will not be eligible.

In case you’re appearing for your Class 12th exams in the same year as the JEE (Main), then you will have to submit you final Class 12th mark sheet by the 25th of June under all circumstances. Do not apply for the JEE (Main) examination if you will not receive your final results by the 25th of June.

Candidate must have taken at least five subjects in their 12th class examination.

For institutions like IIITs, NITs and a lot of other institutes, you will also need to take into account their separate eligibility criteria.

The candidates who wish to seek admission into institutions situated in Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Nagaland or Odisha are advised to go through the eligibility criteria laid down by their respective State Governments as well.

How to apply?

You can only apply for the JEE – Main online.

The application form is available at this link:

Before you fill the application form, make sure you have scanned images of your signature, photograph and thumb impression (left hand for boys and right for girls) ready to be uploaded during the submission of the form.

The photograph can be color or black and white but should have the name of the candidate and the date of taking the photograph printed on it.

Download and fill the details in the application form. Upload your photograph, signature and thumb impression.

Make the payment for the application fee through a Debit/Credit Card or through an E – Challan.

The E – Challan will be generated after the successful submission of the application form. You can deposit the fee for the challan at any branch of the ICICI Bank, Syndicate Bank or the Canara Bank.

Your application will not be considered if the payment has not been received.

You will get a computer generated acknowledgement page with an application number once you submit the form and make the payment. Take a print out of the acknowledgement page, and keep it safely with you for future reference.

Candidates may check the status of their application on JEE (Main) website by giving their application number and date of birth.

The admit card will be available on the JEE (Main) website in due time. You will need to enter your Board Details and Roll Number of your Class 12th board examination to access the admit card.

What is the pattern of the examination?

Your rank will be calculated by taking into account your performance in the JEE – Main. 

JEE – Main consists of two papers. Paper 1 is for Engineering and related programs (B.E./B.Tech). Paper 2 is for Architecture and Planning based programs (B.Arch/B.Planning). You can choose to take either of the two papers, or both the papers.

Paper 1 (Engineering) can be taken in a Pen and Paper based format or in a Computer Based format. Paper 2 can only be taken in the Pen and Paper based format.

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 based


The duration for both the papers is 3 hours.

All objective type questions will be in the multiple choice pattern, and have four options with one correct answer.

Do not try and attempt questions you do not know the answers to as there will be negative marking. For each wrong answer, ¼ of the maximum marks for a question will be deducted. There will be no negative marking if you do not attempt a question.

It is important to note that even if you want to gain admission into the Architecture or Planning course in the IITs or ISM Dhanbad, you will have to appear for Paper 1 in the JEE (Main). It is advisable that you appear for both Paper 1 and 2 if you’re an aspiring architecture student.

Your admission into a college or an institute will be decided through a counseling procedure that will take place after your All India Rank has been announced on the JEE (Main) website.

It is advisable to regularly visit the JEE (Main) website for important updates. Click on the following link to visit the JEE (Main) website:

What to do after you get your results?

1. If you want to apply to the IITs or ISM Dhanbad, and are ranked in the top 2,20,000 of all JEE Main applicants, you will use your JEE Main score to apply for and take the JEE Advanced.

2. You can also gain admission in many colleges directly on the basis of your JEE Main rank and score. These colleges are:

A. All the National Institutes of Technology (NITs) - Agartala (Tripura), Allahabad (U.P.), Arunachal Pradesh, Bhopal (MP), Calicut (Kerela), Delhi, Durgapur (West Bengal), Goa, Hamirpur (Himachal Pradesh), Jaipur (Rajasthan), Jalandhar (Punjab), Jamshedpur (Jharkhand), Kurukshetra (Haryana), Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Nagpur (Maharashtra), Patna (Bihar), Puducherry, Raipur (Chhattisgarh), Rourkela (Odisha), Sikkim, Silchar (Assam), Srinagar (J & K), Surat (Gujarat), Surathkal, Mangalore (Karnataka), Tiruchirapalli (Tamil Nadu), Uttrakhand, Warangal (Andhra Pradesh).

B. The Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITS, IIITM and IIITDM): IIITM, Gwalior (M.P.), IIITDM, Kanchipuram, (Tamil Nadu), IIITDM, Jabalpur (MP), and the IIITs - Amethi, Allahabad (U.P.), Jhalwa, Allahabad (UP), Guwahati (Assam), Kota (Rajasthan), Chitoor (A. P.), Vadodara (Gujarat).  

C. Other Central Government/State Government Funded Institutions such as Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Ranchi  and School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal, Delhi and Vijaywada.

For all the above colleges, you will have to participate in an online counseling procedure to enroll yourself in a course. It will be conducted by the ‘Central Seat Allocation Board’ or the CSAB (

The counseling will be conducted on the basis of the preferences/choices you make with regards to the course you wish to pursue once the online counseling procedure begins. The admissions will be based on your ‘All India Rank’ in the JEE (Main) examination.

Once you’re allotted a seat, you will need to report to the institute in due time and get your documents verified as well as submit the admission fee to confirm your seat.

You can read more on CSAB/JEE (Main) counseling here

3. Several states such as Haryana, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Nagaland, Punjab, Odisha and Chandigarh use the JEE Main rankings to fill seats in their engineering colleges through their own counselling.

4. Similarly, there are institutes that use JEE (MAIN) ranks to fill seats through their own counseling. Some of these are: Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, Indian Institute of Space Technology, Thiruvanathapuram, Delhi Technological University, New Delhi, Indrapastha Institute of information Technology, New Delhi, and Netaji Subhash Institute of Technology (under Delhi University). 

5. Self Financed/Deemed Universities/Universities/Other Institutions such as Amity Schools of Engineering, Manesar, Gwalior, Jaipur, Lucknow and Noida among others also admit students on their JEE Main rank.  


Important Dates for JEE (Main) – 2018:

Application Form Submission:

01-12-2017 to 01.01.2018

Admit Cards available from:

Second week of March 2018

Date of JEE (Main) – Pen and Paper Based – Paper 1 and 2


Date of JEE (Main) – Computer Based Examination:


Declaration of Paper 1 score and top 1,50,000 candidates eligible for JEE Advanced:


Declaration of All India Rank (AIR) for Paper 1 and Paper 2:




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