JEE Main Exam | Eligibility, Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Imp dates & more

Scholarship Examination in India

JEE Mains is one of the top level examinations of India. Joint Entrance Exam (Main) is conducted by CBSE, for admission in various Undergraduate Engineering Programs at NITs, IIITs, Other Centrally Funded Technical Institutions.

The exam is conducted in two parts viz. JEE-Main and JEE-Advanced. The students clearing the JEE Main exams are eligible to take the JEE Advanced exams. It is conducted in two modes which are online (computer based mode) and offline (pen and paper based mode).


Important Dates

Release of Notification3rd week of Nov 2017
Online Application Form Starts1st week of Dec 2017
Facility of Correcting Images2nd week of Dec 2017
Closing Date of Online Application Form1st week of Jan 2018
Last Date of Fee Payment1st week of Jan 2018
Opening of Application Form Correction Window2nd half of Jan 2018
Availability of Admit Card2nd week of Mar 2018
Pen & Paper Based Test Date for offline exam1st week of Apr 2018
Computer Based Test Date2nd week of Apr 2018
Answer Key & OMR Sheet Availability3rd week of Apr 2018
Declaration of Result (Score & Rank)4th week of Apr 2018




JEE Main Eligibility 2018

Below, we have mentioned complete details about JEE Main 2018 Eligibility Criteria to appear in the examination. Candidates should full fill the given eligibility:


Eligibility in terms of Age

  • Candidates should be born on or after 1st October 1993.
  • Date of Birthwill be considered as mentioned in secondary education board certificate.
  • 5 years relaxatione. DOB falls on or after 1st October 1988 shall be provided in the upper age limit for SC/ST & PWD candidates.



Eligibility in terms of Education

If you wish to appear for JEE Main in 2017, then you should have passed class 12 or any other equivalent qualifying test in 2015 or 2016. If you’re appearing for class 12 exams in 2017 then also you can apply.

Diploma students who have completed their degree, or are in the final year of doing so, are eligible to apply for JEE Main 2017, but will not be given admission to NITs and CFTIs. If they qualify JEE Main, they will have to appear for JEE Advanced, and they will be given admission like class 12th pass students. No lateral entry



Eligibility in terms of Appearance

Only those candidates who have passed their Class 12th Exam or any equivalent qualifying examination in 2015 or 2016; or those who are appearing in their Class 12th Exam or any equivalent qualifying examination in 2017 are eligible to appear in JEE (Main) – 2017.

Candidates who passed Class 12th/Qualifying examination in 2014 or before as well as those who will appear in such examination in 2018 or later are not eligible to appear in JEE (Main) – 2017. Candidates who appeared in class 12th/equivalent qualifying Examinations in 2014, did not pass in 2014, but passed in 2015 are also not eligible to appear in JEE (Main) 2017.


Eligibility in terms of Aadhar Card

The Central Board Of Secondary Education has made Aadhar card mandatory for all students appearing for JEE (Main) in 2017, except Jammu amd Kashmir, Assam and Meghalaya.

All those students who do not possess the Aadhaar card should get apply for it. In case the card has some invalid or wrong information, it should be rectified before apply for the entrance test.

The applicants from J&K, Assam and Meghalaya need to enter the passport number, ration card number, bank account number or any other valid government identity number provided they should select the city of examination in these states only.


List of Qualifying Examinations

  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 Defence 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. S.C. vocational examination. [Only for Admission to IITs]
  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]



No. of Attempts and Age limit for the states of Madhya Pradesh and Odisha

Since the states of Madhya Pradesh, Nagaland and Odisha have joined JEE (Main) system from 2014. The age limit, for admission to institutions in these states which were earlier admitting candidates based on their state level examinations, will be as per their past practice only. The number of attempts in such cases will also remain same as per their past practice. This will however be obviously not applicable for admission to IITs/NITs/IIITs/CFTIs.



No. of Attempts – You can attempt the JEE-Main for a maximum number of 3 times.


JEE Exam Pattern

S. No.PaperCoursesDurationType of QuestionsQuestionsMarks
1Paper IFor All undergraduate courses EXCEPT B.ARCH/ B.PLANNING(At Institutions other than IITs)3 hoursPhysics Chemistry Mathematics30  30  30120  120  120
2Paper IIFor B.ARCH/B. PLANNING (At Institutions other than IITs)3 hoursPart I – Mathematics Part II – Aptitude Test Part III – Drawing Test30  50  2120  200  70



  1. There will be 2 papers in JEE Main examination– Paper I for engineering and Paper II for architecture.


  1. Paper I includes total 90 OMCquestions from Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics.


  1. Paper II includes total 82 questions– 30 questions from Mathematics, 50 questions from aptitude test and 2 questions from drawing test.



JEE Main Application Form 2018

The interested candidates can apply for JEE Main 2018 only through online mode from the official website of JEE Main 2018. The application forms will be available from 1st week of December 2017. They have to fill all the required information in correct formats.

The details regarding JEE Main application form are given below:

  1. Candidates have to fill the JEE Main application form via online mode only.
  2. Applications are expected to be released in the first week of December 2017.
  3. To apply for JEE Main, students should have Aadhaar Number/Aadhaar Enrollment Number/Registration Number which will be provided by facilitation center
  4. Apply online by registering at JEE Main website.
  5. Complete the online application form with correct information.
  6. Upload the photograph, signature and thumb impression in JPEG format.
  7. In addition to filling personal & academic details, candidates also have to upload scanned images of photograph and signature in prescribed specifications
  8. Pay the form fees either by credit/debit card or through e-challan
  9. Candidates can download the acknowledgement page as the proof of successful submission of application form.



JEE Main Admit Card 2018

  • After submitting the application form, candidates start searching the admit card. JEE Main 2018 admit card will be issued in the second week of March 2018.
  • CBSE will release the admit card through online mode.
  • Admit card will contain exam schedule, exam centre details, candidate’s roll number, etc.


PapersOffline mode (Pen & Paper Based)Online mode (Computer Based)
AppearingGeneral/OBCs (Boys)SC/ST/PWD/All GirlsGeneral/OBCs (Boys)SC/ST/PWD/All Girls
For Examination Centres opted in India
Paper 1 or 21000500500250
Paper 1 and 2 both18009001300650
For Examination Centres opted in foreign country
Paper 1 or 22500125025001250
Paper 1 and 2 both3800190038001900



JEE Main 2018 Counselling procedure

The candidates will be selected for counseling on the basis of their ranks on merit list. The counseling will start from 1st week of July 2018. The authorities who will handle the counseling procedure are- CSAB and JoSAA. There will be 4 rounds in counseling procedure- 1st 3 rounds will be handled by JoSAA and the last & final round will be handled by CSAB. The entire counseling process will be completely online based.

  • The counseling of JEE Main 2018, will be conducted by JoSAA, along with that of JEE Advanced and will be held for admissions to IITs, NITs and other participating CFTIs.
  • Up to 92 institutes including 22 IITs, ISM, 31 NITs, 20 IIITs and 18 Other-Government Funded Technical Institutes (Other-GFTIs) will participate under JoSAA 2018.


JEE Main 2018 Cut-Off marks

The cutoffs for the year 2018 will be available only after the results are announced. The candidates have to score minimum cut-off marks to get admission in the best colleges of India. In the academic year 2016-2017, JEE Main cut-off is as follows:

  • For general candidates, it is 105 marks.
  • For OBC candidates it is 70 marks.
  • For SC candidates it is 50 marks.
  • For ST candidates it is 44 marks.


Tips for Selecting IIT JEE Books

Two important points when choosing best books for IIT JEE Preparation:

  1. Remember to buy only the latest editions of JEE Main preparation books
  2. Read the NCERT chapters thoroughly, NCERT textbooks are written by a team of authors who are all experts in their area.


Best Books for IIT JEE

Here is the list of books which you can refer to understand the topics and practice problems. These are the books recommended by teachers and IIT pass out students for the preparation of JEE Main, JEE Advanced, BITSAT or any other engineering entrance examination.

Best Physics Books for IIT JEE Preparation:


  1. Concepts of Physics by H. C. Verma
  2. Fundamentals of Physics by Halliday, Resnick and Walker
  3. Problems in General Physics by I. E. Irodov
  4. University Physics by Freedman and Young


Best Chemistry Books for IIT JEE Preparation:


  1. University Chemistry by Freedman and Young for Physical Chemistry
  2. Organic Chemistry by Morrison and Boyd for Organic Chemistry
  3. Organic Chemistry by Solomons and Fryhle for Organic Chemistry
  4. Concise Inorganic Chemistry by J. D. Lee for Inorganic Chemistry
  5. Modern Approach to Chemical Calculations by RC Mukherjee


Best Mathematics Books for IIT JEE Preparation:


  1. Higher Algebra by Hall and Knight for Algebra
  2. Coordinate Geometry by S.L. Loney
  3. Differential and Integral Calculus by N. Piskunov
  4. Calculus and Analytic Geometry by Thomas and Finney for Calculus
  5. IIT Mathematics by M.L. Khanna
  6. Course in Mathematics for IIT-JEE by Tata McGraw Hill publications
  7. Problems Plus in IIT Mathematics by A Das GuptaTrigonometry by S L Loney
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