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Joint Entrance Exam (JEE-MAIN) 2018

Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main is an entrance exam conducted for admissions to engineering programmes at NITs (National Institutes of Technology), IIITs (Indian Institutes of Information Technology) and other central government funded technical institutions located across the country. Besides, JEE Mains is also a qualifying exam for JEE Advanced. The total number of students that appeared for JEE Mains (2017) was 11.98 Lakhs and the top 220,000 students had qualified for JEE Advanced (2017).

JEE MAIN – Question Paper Pattern

JEE Mains consists of 2 papers (Paper 1 and Paper-2): Paper – 1 (B.E/B.Tech) contains Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics (objective type). The time duration for the entire paper is 3 hours. Student will be awarded 4 marks while 1 mark will be deducted in case of every wrong answer. There is no negative marking for an unattempted question. When more than one response is filled, then it will be cosidered as a wrong answer and marks will be deducted. The question paper will be of 360 marks, consisting of 90 questions with 30 questions from each Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics.

Paper – 2 (B.Arch/B.Planning) contains Mathematics and Aptitude Test (Objective type) and also includes drawing test. The time duration is 3 hours. First section (Aptitude Test) consists of 50 objective type questions. Second Section (Mathematics) consists of 30 objective type questions. Third Section (Drawing test) consists of 2 questions. The purpose is to check the candidates drawing abilities. For each correct answer in First and second section, 4 marks while 1 mark will be deducted in case of every wrong answer. But there is no negative marking for third section.


Candidates must qualify their 10+2 or equivalent examination from a recognized board with a minimum 5 subjects in 12th or equivalent examination. There is no prescribed percentage to appear in the examination,where candidates having passing marks can also apply. For admission for institute like NITs, IIITs, minimum 75% marks (65% for SC/ST students) in the qualifying examination. If a student appears in 12th or equivalent class in 2018 are also eligible for JEE Main 2018. Besides, NIOS candidates can also apply for this exam. Diploma holders can apply in JEE Main (2018).

Scoring and Attempts

Students can appear in JEE Main exams only up to 3 times. Beyond these attempts, the registration of the candidate will not be accepted. But, for the students of Madhya Pradesh, Nagaland and Odisha there are some relaxation regarding the age limit and number of attempts allowed. But, it is not allowed for admission for IITs, NITs and IIITs.

Exam schedule (2018)

Exam Name Application Date Last Date Exam Date Result
JEE – Main Dec, 2017 Jan, 2018 JEE(Main)- Paper-1
(B.E./B. Tech.) [Offline exam] : First week of April 2018
(B.Arch./B.Planning) [Offline exam] : First week of April 2018
JEE(Main)- Paper-2
[Online exam]: First week of April 2018
Last week of April 2018
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