JEE MAINS EXAM 2021: Application Form (Out), Exam Date, Eligibility Criteria, Cutoff, Syllabus, Exam Pattern

JEE Main is a national level entrance exam which is previously conducted twice an year. But this year, JEE Main 2021 will be conducted in four sessions, as per the new guidelines of Union Education Minister to improve the education system of India. 

JEE Main 2021 offers admission to various undergraduate engineering and architecture courses like BE/BTech,BPlan and BArch courses at the IIITs (Indian Institute of Information Technology), NITs (National Institute of Technology) and other Centrally Funded Technical Institutions (CFTIs) across India.  

JEE Main Application Form has been released on 16 December 2020. The candidate can register themselves online until 16 January 2021. After the change in the CBSE and ther board exam’s syllabus, JEE Main Exam pattern has also been revised, accordingly. 

 

NTA has released the notification of JEE Main 2021 on the official website. The dates are announced for the 1st Session, i.e. Feb 23 to 26, 2021, followed by the three sessions which is on March, April and May 2021

Joint Entrance Exam ( JEE 2020)

JEE Main 2021 Highlights

Examination Name

Joint Entrance Examination (JEE Main)

Conducting Body

National Testing Agency (NTA)

Official Website

www.jeemain.nta.nic.in/

Exam Frequency 

Four times a year (Feb, Mar, Apr, May)

Exam Duration & Timings

9 am – 12 pm
3 pm – 6 pm

Paper

3 – B.Tech/B.E, B.Arch & B Planning

Marking Scheme

Total Marks – B.Arch 300, B.Planning/B.Arch 400
Correct Ans + 4, Incorrect Ans – 1

Median of Paper (Lang.)

English, Hindi and 11 other regional lang.

Accepting Colleges

1424 Colleges

Latest JEE Main 2021 Updates: Key points to highlight new changes

Particular

JEE Main 2020

JEE Main 2021

New Changes

No. of Sessions/Attempts

2

4
(Feb, March, April & May)

JEE Main 2021 will be conducted 4 times in an year. The exam dates have been announced

Exam Language

English & Hindi

13 regional languages

Candidates can write their exam in 13 different regional languages.

Exam Pattern

20 MCQs + 5 numerical question for subject 

Section A: 20 MCQs for each subject
Section B: 10 Numerical ques (out of which 5 ques must be attempted by students)

Candidates now have the option of attempting 5 questions out of 10. 

Major changes in JEE Main 2021

Changes in JEE Main application 

  • The primary changes in JEE Main application include increment in application fee for all categories. Also, the payment can only be done in online mode.

  • As per the new norms, separate papers will be conducted for BArch and BPlan from this year. Candidates can register for three papers – BE/BTech, BArch, and BPlan.

  • Additionally, the number of centers in India where JEE Main exam is conducted has been reduced from 264 to 233.

Changes in JEE Main exam pattern

  • Starting from 2020, the number of questions appearing in JEE Main exam will be reduced to 75. Until last year, the exam comprised 90 questions.

  • Separate question papers will be set for BArch and BPlan exam

  • Numerical based questions will also be included in the JEE Main examination paper.

JEE Main 2021 Important Dates

Event

Feb 2021

Mar 2021

Apr 2021 

May 2021

JEE Main Registration (Open) 2021

16 Dec, 2020

Not announced

Not announced

Not Announced

JEE Main Registration (Closes) 2021

16 Jan, 2021

Not announced

Not announced

Not announced 

Last Date of Fee Submission

17 Jan, 2021

Not announced

Not announced

Not announced

JEE Main Application form correction

19 Jan – 21 Jan, 2021

Not announced

Not announced

Not announced

Exam Date of JEE Main 2021

23 Feb – 26 Feb, 2021 

15 Mar – 18 Mar, 2021

27 Apr – 30 Apr, 2021

24 May – 28 May, 2021

JEE Main 2021 Admit Card Released

The Admit card for JEE MAIN 2021 will be released on the official site in the last week of January Session 2021. Registered candidates will be informed about the release of admit card through registered email ID and mobile number, and it can be downloaded from the official website. Also carry one additional identity like PAN card/Driving License/Voter ID/Passport/Aadhaar Card (With photograph)/Ration Card.


Candidates must have to carry their admit card in the exam center on the date of exam with a valid ID Proof. As it contains important information like the exam centre’s name and address, candidate’s photograph, roll no. etc.

Steps to download JEE Main 2021 Admit Card

Refer the following steps to download JEE Main 2020 admit card:

  1. Visit the official website.

  2. Enter your application number, password, and date of birth.

  3. Once you enter the above details, your admit card will be displayed.

  4. You can choose to download the file or print it directly.

Things to carry to the exam centre for JEE Main 2021 exam

On the day of final examination, candidates need to carry the following documents:

  1. A valid id proof such as College/ School ID Card, Driving License, or Passport

  2. Admit card

  3. A passport size photograph 

  4. PwD certificate (if applicable)

Having troubles in downloading admit card?

In case you face any difficulty in downloading your admit card, you can call the helpline numbers from 10 am – 5 pm. You can also send an email to [email protected] providing complete details of your application number, confirmation page, and the issue you are facing.

JEE MAIN 2021 Application Form

NTA has released the last date of applicatio;n form submission i.e. 16 January 2021. The Application form is available at www.jeemain.nta.nic.in Candidate can register and fill the application form in between 16 dec – 16 Jan, 2021.  

The Candidate can now apply for one or more attempts of JEE Main 2021 Exam Session, while filling the form. They can opt for different exam center cities for each session. This year, if any candidate is unable to appear for JEE Main Exam, the application fee will be carried forward to the next attempt. Also, they can ask for refund of application fee, if they wish to withdraw.

How to apply for JEE Main 2021?

Step 1: Visit the official website at jeemain.nta.nic.in. Click the “Fill online application form” button.

Step 2: After clicking on the above button, the candidates are redirected to a new page, click on “Registration” button.

Step 3: Now the candidate is redirected to another page where you have to read all the given instructions from the Information Bulletin Board. After you are done, click the “I have downloaded Information Bulletin, read and understood all the instructions” checkbox and click “Proceed to Apply Online” button.

Step 4: JEE Main 2021 registration form will open.

Step 5: You will be redirected to the JEE Main 2021 Dashboard. Click “complete the application form” to proceed.

Step 6: Upload the passport size photograph and signature, along with the scanned copy of your documents. Then click on proceed to verify and finally proceed the step. 

Step 7: Pay the Application fee of JEE Main 2021, through online banking/ debit/ credit card. 

Step 8: At last review the application form and take a print of it for future reference. 

Documents Required

  • Passport Size Photograph
  • Signature
  • Category Certificate
  • PwD Certificate

JEE Main 2021 Application Fees

Mode of Payment:  Application Fee can be paid through online mode by net banking/debit card/credit card, UPI & PAYTM.

JEE Main 2020 Application fee for various categories as specified by NTA is given below:

 

Papers

Category

Application Fee

Exam Center in India

Exam Center Outside India

B.E./B.Tech
or
B.Arch
or
B.Planning

Gen/Gen-EWS/ OBC-NCL candidates

Boys – Rs.650
Girls – Rs.325

Boys – Rs.3000
Girls – Rs.1500

SC/ ST/ PwD/ Transgender candidates

Boys – Rs.325
Girls – Rs.325

Boys – Rs.1500
Girls – Rs.1500

B.E./B.Tech & B. Arch
or
B.E./B.Tech & B. Planning
or
B.E./B.Tech, B. Arch &
B.Planning
or
B.Arch & B.Planning

Gen/Gen-EWS/ OBC-NCL candidates

Boys – Rs.1300
Girls – Rs.650

Boys – Rs.6000
Girls – Rs.3000

SC/ ST/ PwD/ Transgender candidates

Boys – Rs.650
Girls – Rs.650

Boys – Rs.3000
Girls – Rs.3000

JEE Main 2021 New Exam Pattern

Major changes have been implemented in the pattern of JEE Main examination. The entrance exam is conducted only in online mode at designated centres specified by NTA. 

Parameters

Particulars

Exam Mode

Computer-based test mode

Exam Duration

3 hours

Subjects

Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics

Total questions

75 (25 questions per subject)

Type of Questions

20 Objective questions with 4 options and only 1 correct answer
5 Numerical questions with unique value as answer

Marking Scheme

For MCQs – 4 Marks for every correct answer and 1 Mark will be deducted for every incorrect answer

For numeric value type questions, 4 Marks will be awarded for every correct answer and no marks will be deducted for incorrect answers

Maximum Marks

300

Medium of paper

English, Hindi and 11 other regional languages 

JEE Main 2021 Reservation Criteria

Certain reservation criteria have been set by NTA for JEE Main 2021 exam. The category-wise reservation is as follows:

 

Category

Reservation

Persons with Disability with 40% or more disability

3% horizontal

General- EWS

10%

Schedule caste

15%

Schedule tribe

7.5%

Other backward classes

27%

Female Category (only in NIT)

8 to 14%

JEE Main 2021 Eligibility Criteria

NTA has specified strict eligibility guidelines for candidates who wish to appear for JEE Main 2021 examination. Before applying for BTech, BArch, or BPlan exam, you must check its eligibility conditions. The key criteria are as follows:  

 

  • Qualifying Exam: Applicant must have passed class 12 exam or its equivalent from a recognized board or university.

  • Year of Qualifying Examination: Candidates who have successfully qualified their Class 12 exam or its equivalent in 2019/2020 can apply for JEE Main 2021. Also, those who will appear for their class 12th exam in 2021 can also apply for both January and April sessions. Others are not eligible for this examination.

  • Diploma Holders: Diploma candidates can also apply for admissions (only in IITs).

  • Qualifying Subjects: Candidates need to take at least 5 subjects to become eligible for this examination.

  • Qualifying marks: To become eligible for JEE Main 2021, all unreserved candidates require 75 percent aggregate while reserved category candidates require 65 percent. Also, candidates must be in the top 20 percentile of the class 12 result. 

  • Age Criterion: No age limit has been prescribed to apply for JEE Main 2021 exam.

  • Total attempts allowed: All candidates can apply for 3 consecutive years. However, the total number of attempts are restricted to 6 (twice for each year) 

JEE Main 2021 Marking Scheme

In JEE Main 2021 examination, the total score of a candidate will be calculated using the following criteria:

  • +4 marks for each correct answer,

  • 1 marks for each wrong answer

  • 0 mark for each unanswered question

JEE Main 2021 Syllabus

Following topics are included in the syllabus for JEE Main 2021 examination Paper 1 and 2:

Mathematics

  • Complex numbers and quadratic equations
  • Matrices and determinants
  • Sets, relations and functions
  • Mathematical induction
  • Permutations and combinations
  • Mathematical reasoning
  • Limit, continuity and differentiability
  • Integral calculus
  • Three-dimensional geometry
  • Differential equations
  • Binomial theorem and its simple applications
  • Sequences and series
  • Vector algebra
  • Statistics and probability
  • Trigonometry
  • Co-ordinate geometry

Physics

Section A

Physics and measurement

Rotational motion

Thermodynamics

Kinematics

Work, energy and power

Properties of solids and liquids

Gravitation

Laws of motion

Oscillations and waves

Electronic devices

Kinetic theory of gases

Current electricity

Communication systems

Electromagnetic induction and alternating currents

Magnetic effects of current and magnetism

Optics

Electromagnetic waves

Atoms and nuclei

Electrostatics

Dual nature of matter and radiation

Section B

Experimental Skills

Chemistry

Physical Chemistry

Some basic concepts in chemistry

States of matter

Atomic structure

Chemical bonding and molecular structure

Chemical thermodynamics

Solutions

Equilibrium

Redox reactions and electrochemistry

Chemical kinetics

Surface chemistry

Organic Chemistry

Purification and characterisation of organic compounds

Hydrocarbons

Chemistry in everyday life

Principles related to practical chemistry

Organic compounds containing halogens

Organic compounds containing oxygen

Organic compounds containing nitrogen

Polymers

Some basic principles of organic chemistry

Biomolecules

Inorganic Chemistry

Classification of elements and periodicity in properties

Hydrogen

Block elements (alkali and alkaline earth metals)

P Block elements group 13 to group 18 elements

d- and f – block elements

Co-ordination compounds

Environmental chemistry

General principles and processes of isolation of metals

Books to prepare for JEE Main 2021 Following is a list of books you can refer to prepare for JEE Main examination:

For Mathematics:

  • Maths XI & XII – NCERT

  • Trigonometry (Author: S. L. Loney)

  • Co-ordinate Geometry (Author: S. L. Loney)

  • Higher Algebra (Author: Hall & Knight)

For Physics:

  • Advanced Physics (Author: Nelkon and Parker)

  • Concepts of Physics Volume 1 and Volume 2 (Author: H.C. Verma)

  • Feynman Lectures on Physics (Author: Feynman, Leighton and Sands)

  • Fundamentals of Physics (Author: Halliday, Resnick and Walker)

  • Objective Questions on Physics- Chapterwise Solved Papers (Author: D.C. Pandey)

  • Problems in General Physics (Author: IE Irodov)

  • Problems in Physics (Author: AA Pinsky)

For Chemistry:

  • Chemistry – NCERT

  • Numerical Chemistry (Author: P. Bahadur)

  • Inorganic Chemistry (Author: J.D. Lee)

  • Organic Chemistry (Author: Morrison & Boyd)

JEE Main 2021 Mock Test

Candidates can use mock tests available on the official website of NTA for practicing purpose. These tests can be accessed by visiting www.nta.ac.in in online mode. They can also be downloaded for future reference. A total of 18 mock tests are available on the website.

Frequently Asked Questions or FAQs

ANS. No, the admit card of JEE Main will not be available in offline mode. The conducting authority has released the admit card in online mode only.

ANS. In case of such error in the admit card, candidates must immediately contact the JEE officials for help.

ANS. From this year, JEE Main 2021 will be conducted for three papers – BTech, BArch and BPlan.

ANS: Although class 12th marks will not be used for final JEE Main score calculation, they will be considered during admissions.

ANS. Yes, Diploma holders can apply for JEE Main Paper I. However, they will not be allotted seats based on their JEE Main scores.

ANS: Candidate can apply for a maximum of three consecutive years for JEE Main exam. In total, candidates will be allowed six attempts since this exam is conducted twice a year.

ANS: Yes, candidates must meet the minimum percentage criteria set by the authorities.

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