JEE MAINS EXAM 2020: Application Form (Out), Exam Date, Eligibility Criteria, Cutoff, Syllabus, Exam Pattern

JEE Main (Joint Entrance Examination) is a national level exam conducted twice every year by National Testing Agency (NTA). It 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.  

It comprises of two papers– Paper 1 is for candidates seeking admission to BE/BTech and Paper 2 is for BArch and BPlan. Till 2018, JEE-Main was held both on paper and electronically but from 2019, it is conducted twice a year and only in online mode.

Joint Entrance Exam ( JEE 2020)

JEE Main 2020 Highlights


Examination Name

Joint Entrance Examination (JEE Main)

Conducting Body

National Testing Agency (NTA)

Exam Frequency

Twice a year

Exam Date

January Session – January 6 to 9, 2020
April Session – April 3 to 9, 2020

Exam Mode


Exam Duration

3 hours

Total Marks

300 for Paper 1 and 400 for Paper 2

Test Takers


Accepting Colleges

1424 Colleges

Official Website

Number of Attempts

Two attempts per year

  • JEE Main 2020 exam will be conducted between January 6 to 11, 2020 and April 3 to 19, 2020. 
  • Last day to submit JEE Main 2020 Application Form has been extended till October 10, 2019 (for January attempt) and March 7, 2020 (for April attempt). The application fee can only be submitted online. 

  • Kashmiri candidates may also register for JEE Main from November 4 to 8, 2019

  • JEE Main 2020 eligibility allows any person who has completed class 12th in 2018 or 2019 or appearing in 2020 with 5 subjects. 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.

  • Admissions to BE/BTech, BPlan and BArch courses will be done on the basis of JEE Main score.

  • General – EWS Quota shall be applicable in admissions through JEE Main 2020 score.  

  • Result for JEE Main 2020 shall be out by January 31, 2020 (for January attempt) and April 30, 2020 (for April attempt). 

Major changes in JEE Main 2020

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 2020 Important Dates

JEE Main 2020 schedule is available on its official website. The key dates of the schedule are as follows:

January session



Salient Features

Application Form availability

September 3, 2019

Online registration only

Last date to apply for JEE MAIN 2020

October 10, 2019

The last date to register for JEE Main exam has been extended by 10 days. Earlier, the candidates could only register till September 30, 2019. 

Registration for test practice centres

August 10 to December 29, 2019

Candidates can use mock tests available online to gauge their preparation.

Application fee payment, photograph and signature uploading.

October 11, 2019

  • Hike in payment fee.

  • Payment can only be done through online mode.

Application form correction window

October 14 to 20, 2019

All details except examination centre can be modified during this period.

Registration for J&K students

November 4 to 8, 2019

Registration date extended for J&K students

Admit Card release

December 6, 2019

Candidates can download their admit card from the official website of JEE Main

JEE MAIN 2020 Exam

January 6 to 11, 2020

JEE Main 2020 will be conducted in two shifts having 8 slots. Candidates must carry their admit card and a photo identity proof with them to the centre.

Release of response sheet and question paper

Third week of January 2020

OMR sheets available for download.

Answer key release date

Third week of January 2020

Official answer keys will be published on the JEE Main website for each exam.

Declaration of result for January session

January 31, 2020

JEE Main scorecard available for download.



April Session



Application Form availability

February 7, 2020

Last date to apply for JEE MAIN 2020

March 7, 2020

Application form correction window

Second week of March

Admit Card release

March 16, 2020

JEE MAIN 2020 Exam

April 3 to 19, 2020

Release date of answer key and recorded responses

Second week of April

Release of answer key

Last week of April: Paper 1

Second week of May: Paper 2 & 3

Declaration of result

April 30

Announcement of NTA score

Third week of May

JEE Main 2020 Admit Card Released

The Admit card for JEE MAIN 2020 was released on December 6, 2019 by NTA. Admit card for the April session will be released on March 16, 2020. 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.

Steps to download JEE Main 2020 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 2020 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 2020 Application Form

Candidates can start applying for the January session from 3rd September 2019. For April Session, candidates can apply from 7th February 2020.



Steps to Apply for JEE Main 2020 


Step 1: Visit the official website at or 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 2020 registration form will open.


Step 5: You will be redirected to the JEE Main 2020 Dashboard. Click “complete the application form” to proceed.


Step 6: On click the candidates are redirected to the Application form. Fill and submit it.


Step 7: Click next and upload images. 

Step 8: Then complete the payment and download receipt.

JEE Main 2020 Registration

The entire registration process for JEE MAIN 2020 is online. Filling of the form, payment of fee, admit card, form correction, declaration of result, etc will be commenced online

JEE Main 2020 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. 




Exam Mode

Computer-based test mode

Exam Duration

3 hours


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


Medium of paper

English or Hindi 

JEE Main 2020 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:




Application Fee

Exam Center in India

Exam Center Outside India


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
B.E./B.Tech & B. Planning
B.E./B.Tech, B. Arch &
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 2020 Reservation Criteria

Certain reservation criteria have been set by NTA for JEE Main 2020 exam. The category-wise reservation is as follows:




Persons with Disability with 40% or more disability

3% horizontal

General- EWS


Schedule caste


Schedule tribe


Other backward classes


Female Category (only in NIT)

8 to 14%

JEE Main 2020 Reservation Criteria

NTA has specified strict eligibility guidelines for candidates who wish to appear for JEE Main 2020 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 2018/2019 can apply for JEE Main 2020. Also, those who will appear for their class 12th exam in 2020 can also apply for both January and April session. 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 2020, 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 2020 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 2020 Marking Scheme

In JEE Main 2020 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 2020 Syllabus

Following topics are included in the syllabus for JEE Main 2020 examination Paper 1 and 2:


  • 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


Section A

Physics and measurement

Rotational motion



Work, energy and power

Properties of solids and liquids


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


Electromagnetic waves

Atoms and nuclei


Dual nature of matter and radiation

Section B

Experimental Skills


Physical Chemistry

Some basic concepts in chemistry

States of matter

Atomic structure

Chemical bonding and molecular structure

Chemical thermodynamics



Redox reactions and electrochemistry

Chemical kinetics

Surface chemistry

Organic Chemistry

Purification and characterisation of organic compounds


Chemistry in everyday life

Principles related to practical chemistry

Organic compounds containing halogens

Organic compounds containing oxygen

Organic compounds containing nitrogen


Some basic principles of organic chemistry


Inorganic Chemistry

Classification of elements and periodicity in properties


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 2020 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 2020 Mock Test

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

To take advantage of these mock tests, candidates can also register at test practice centres between August 10 to December 29, 2019.

JEE Main 2020 Result

NTA JEE Main 2020 Results shall be declared on 31st January 2020  (January session) and on 30th April 2020 (April session). Applicants will have to enter their date of birth and roll number to access their score card. The final scores will be calculated after implementing the normalization procedure set by NTA. Candidates will be able to view their All-India rank only after the final result declaration on April 30.

JEE Main 2020 Cutoff

JEE Main 2020 cut off will be released by NTA along with the exam results. This cut off score will be the minimum marks to qualify the exam.



Expected Cut-Off

Common Rank List










JEE Main 2020 Cutoff

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 2020 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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