JEE Main 2020: Dates, Application Form, Eligibility, Syllabus

Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) is one of the most prestigious examinations of the Indian education system. With the upheld prestige, it’s also one of the most grueling experiences that require untiring toil. The exam is essentially for those who intend to take engineering / architecture as their career option.

JEE is by far the most prestigious exam for the engineering aspirants. Every year more than 11 lakh students take the test, of which only a few begin their journey at an IIT. The level of difficulty is not a current matter of debate. Since the very beginning, the JEE Main exam has been giving a tough time to those who desire to crack it. Having said that, the institutions that a candidate gets admitted to on getting through JEE are of topnotch quality and therefore the level of difficulty and competition is understandable.

JEE Main 2020

JEE Main 2020 application form will be active from 3rd Sep 2019. The candidates intending to pursue engineering after their higher secondary must keep an eye on the official website of the exam.

The conducting body of Joint Entrance Exam has been changed to National Testing Agency, thereby conducting the test twice, once in January and the second time in April. After the notifications are released, students can register for either of the two attempts or both of them.

Important Exam Dates

The following is the schedule of JEE Examinations to be conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) for academic session 2020 – 2021. The examinations will be conducted in different cities at All India level.

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JEE Main 2020 Dates
Notification Date
Application Form Date 3 September 2019
Exam Dates 6 January 2020,7 Jan 2020,8 January 2020,9 January 2020,10 Jan 2020,11 Jan 2020
Last Date to Apply 30 September 2019
Last Date to Pay Fee 1 October 2019
Application Form Correction Date 2nd week of October 2019
Admit Card Date 6 December 2019
Result Date 31 January 2020

JEE Main 2020 Eligibility Criteria

Stated below is the criteria that one must qualify in order to take the JEE Main 2020 exam-

Age Limit
For appearing in the JEE (Main) examination there is no age limit for the candidates. The candidates who have passed class 12th / equivalent examination in 2018, 2019 or appearing in 2020 irrespective of their age can
appear in JEE (Main) examination – 2020. The candidates should also satisfy themselves about their fulfilling the age limit requirements of the Institutes in which they are desirous of taking admission. The candidates must note that the IITs have an age limit / restriction, which will be published in JEE(Advanced)-2020 Information Brochure.

List of Qualifying Examinations (QE)

  1. The final examination of the 10+2 system, conducted by any recognized central/ State Board, such as Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi; Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations, New Delhi; etc.
  2. Intermediate or two-year Pre-University examination conducted by a recognized Board/ University.
  3. Final examination of the two-year course of the Joint Services Wing of the National Defense Academy
  4. Senior Secondary School Examination conducted by the National Institute of Open Schooling with a minimum of five subjects.
  5. Any Public School/ Board/ University examination in India or in any foreign country recognized as equivalent to the 10+2 system by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU).
  6. Higher Secondary Certificate Vocational Examination.
  7. A Diploma recognized by AICTE or a State board of technical education of at least 3 year duration. [Only for Admission to IITs]
  8. General Certificate Education (GCE) examination (London/Cambridge/Sri Lanka) at the Advanced (A) level. [Only for Admission to IITs]
  9. High School Certificate Examination of the Cambridge University or International Baccalaureate Diploma of the International Baccalaureate Office, Geneva. [Only for Admission to IITs]

Process of applying for JEE Main 2020

There is only one mode to apply for JEE Main 2020 and that would be online. You can apply for the examination this year by visiting the official JEE Main portal. The process of applying will be online as the past years.

  • You will need to visit the official portal.
  • Register using a valid mobile number, email ID and adhaar card number.
  • Fill the online JEE Main Application Form.
  • Pay the registration fees.
  • Upload the photograph and signatures as per specification.
  • Submit the application form online.
  • Take print out of the generated acknowledgement page containing your application number.
  • Do not send it, keep it for reference.

JEE Main 2020 Admit Card

The JEE Main 2020 Admit is an important document that needs to be necessarily carried to the examination hall on the day of examination along with an ID. It is issued by NTA online on the official website after the successful application form submission on candidate’s part. The link of the JEE Mains 2020 Admit Card is also available on this page.

After checking the JEE Main 2020 Admit Card, candidates need to download it before the link vanishes or the website crashes. The JEE Main 2020 Admit Card contains some important candidate’s details, along with some examination related details. Make sure, you sign and paste a photograph at the space provided on the JEE Main 2020 Admit Card.

JEE Main 2020 Exam Pattern

The JEE Main 2020 exam will feature 75 MCQs for B.Tech Paper, 77 MCQ for B.Arch paper and 100 MCQs for B.Plan. The exam takes place in three phases, wherein Paper 1 is for the admissions in B.E / B.Tech, whereas Paper 2 is for getting admitted to B.Arch and Paper 3 for B.Plan. Moreover, the test admits the candidates primarily in NITs, CFTIs, and IITs, although the scores are valid across almost every engineering/architecture college.

Paper 1 The test is now conducted through the Computer Mode, wherein 20 questions from each section of Physics, Chemistry, and Maths are put forth and 5 questions each are put for answer to be filled by numerical value. 4 marks are awarded for every correct answer, whereas 1 mark is deducted for every wrong attempt.

Paper 2: The second paper is also computer-based, but the drawing test is pen and paper-based. The marking scheme remains the same with a total of 77 questions. 25 questions are asked from Mathematics, 50 from Aptitude and 2 from Drawing.

Paper 3: The Third Paper is also computer-based only. There are total 100 questions, out of which 25 questions for Mathematics, 50 from Aptitude and 25 for Planning Based Objective Type MCQs. Marking Scheme for Paper 3 also remains the same.

Mode of Examination

JEE (Main)-2020 will be conducted in the following modes:

  • B.E. /B. Tech. in “Computer Based Test (CBT)” mode only.
  • B. Arch: Mathematics- Part I and Aptitude Test-Part II in “Computer Based Test (CBT)” mode only and Drawing Test –Part III in “Pen & Paper Based” (offline) mode to be attempted on drawing sheet of A4 size.
  • B.Planning : Mathematics- Part I , Aptitude Test-Part II and Planning Based Questions Part III in “Computer Based Test (CBT)” mode only.

JEE Main 2020 Answer Key

Soon after the JEE Main 2020 is held successfully across its various test centers, NTA is expected to release its answer key. Candidates will be able to view the JEE Main 2020 Answer Key by logging in to the official portal. The application number and the date of birth are required for log in purposes.

Candidates will be able to calculate their rough score with the help of the JEE Main 2020 Answer key. With the help of this answer key, candidates will be able to predict whether they will actually qualify or not.

JEE Main 2020 Result

JEE Main 2020 Result will be announced after the exams have been conducted for the months of January and April 2020 separately. But only one merit list will be prepared for both these exams. The candidates will need to log in to check their results online with their user id and password. They are also advised to save a copy of their JEE Mains 2020 Result. The JEE Main 2020 Result will consist of All India Rank and All India Category Rank which will eventually decide which candidate ends up getting what engineering college.

JEE Main 2020 Syllabus

Although the pattern of Paper 1, Paper 2 and Paper 3 differ considerably, the basic idea is to question from the syllabus of classes 11th and 12th.

Paper 1: The topics covered in this paper are from the areas of Physics, Maths and Chemistry.

Paper 2: The second paper comprises of Mathematics, Aptitude and Drawing.

Paper 3: The third paper comprises of Mathematics, Aptitude and Planning Based Questions.

JEE Main 2020 and JEE Advanced 2020

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has been the conducting body up till 2019 when National Testing Agency (NTA) took the charge. JEE is conducted in two stages, i.e. JEE Main and JEE Advanced, the latter being a tougher stage. One needs to qualify the preliminary stage, which is the JEE Main for being able to appear for JEE Advanced. The exam is now conducted twice in each academic year, once in January and then in April.

JEE Main 2020 FAQs

With the change in the conducting body and examination board, a lot of questions are bound to arise. Some of the frequently asked questions related to JEE Main 2020 are-

Will the exam be online or offline?

The exam has primarily been shifted from pen-and-paper to computer-based. Only the drawing test in paper 2 will be offline

How many times can a student appear for the exam in a single academic year?

With the new scheme of NTA, the test will be conducted twice a year and thus an aspirant can appear for both these attempts.

Is there any change in syllabus with the change in the conducting body?

Although the new conducting body is NTA now, but the syllabus remains the same.

Will the level of difficulty change since NTA is setting the paper now?

The level of difficult remains the same.

Is it mandatory to appear for both the attempts in an academic year? And which score of the two will be counted in the case of two attempts?

It’s not compulsory to take both the attempts; the choice lies with the candidate. Furthermore, the better of two score will be considered for eligibility and admission in case of two attempts in one academic year.

Preparing for JEE Main 2020

Being one of the most popular and most competitive entrance examinations of the nation, you are very well aware of the competition that you will face if you are aspiring to appear in JEE main examination this year.

With the states of Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Uttrakhand, Nagaland, Odisha & some other institutions joining the JEE (Main) system, the competition is likely to increase. Thus you must be thoroughly prepared by December, so that you get enough time for revision before April, the month of the examination.

In addition to this, a set time table must be followed from now and at least 6-8 hour must be devoted to studies daily. NCERT should form the core of this educational program, wherein you first try to comprehend the basics. Following which, books of higher-order and papers must be solved.

Efforts cannot be substituted with anything as far as JEE is concerned and therefore don’t refrain yourself from going an extra mile because the competition is insane.

Few tips to prepare for JEE Main 2020:

  • Prepare a timetable that allows you to complete your chapters by the month of December 2019.
  • Be thorough with the JEE Main Syllabus.
  • Dedicate each day to practising problems, this will increase your speed of solving problems.
  • Gather previous years’ question papers, at least past 5 years’.
  • Create an exam environment and solve the papers in the specified time limit.
  • Get thorough with NCERT chapters of class 11 and 12.
  • Fall in love with solving each exercise in the textbooks.
  • If you are taking coaching, don’t just rely on them. Give ‘self-study’ plenty of time.

These were some general tips. But we have curated some very important points on ‘How to Prepare for JEE Mains 2020‘. Aspiring candidates will find them really helpful as they contain subject wise preparation techniques and guidance.

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