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JEE Main Paper Analysis 2020 – Read Students’ Reactions

NTA has successfully conducted the JEE Main for the year 2020. About 9 lakh examinees appeared for the examination. It is said that JEE Main Phase 2 papers are less complex than papers of phase 1. As per the analysis, experts believe that this year’s cut off will see substantial increment than last year’s cut off. Check JEE Main Cut Off

Latest: NTA has declared JEE Main 2020 Result for January session. Check Here

NTA has released the JEE Main 2020 Answer Key on their official website. The online window has been made available from January 13, 2020, until January 15, 2020.

  • For JEE Main 2020, 9,34,619 students had applied for both papers. However, 15% of registrants did not appear for the exam.
  • All sections are conducted in online mode.
  • There have been no technical glitches found at any exam center.

Here we have presented an analysis of the JEE Main Paper 1, Paper 2 and Paper 3 for all shifts. The analysis will involve the question patterns, difficulty levels and good attempts to help the aspirants evaluate their performance. Moreover, the analysis can also help future aspirants get an idea of the test they are yet to face.

JEE Main Paper 1 Analysis

Overall, the difficulty level of the JEE Main Paper 1 was similar for all shifts. 

  • The Physics section was the toughest according to most candidates. 
  • Chemistry was the easiest section for many candidates. 
  • NCERT exercises dominated the Chemistry section, which proved to be beneficial for most aspirants. 
  • Although many found the Mathematics section easier, some questions were time-consuming. 
  • Many candidates found it tough to attempt all the questions from the Mathematics section within the given time of 3 hours. 
  • At least 90 minutes was needed to be able to solve all the questions in this section.

JEE Main 2020 Paper 1 CBT details

Subject-wise distribution of Questions, Total number of questions and marks:-

SubjectNumber of QuestionsMarks
Mathematics20 MCQ + 5 numerical value100
Physics20 MCQ + 5 numerical value100
Chemistry20 MCQ + 5 numerical value100
Total75300

JEE Main Paper 1 Analysis – January 9, 2020 (Morning Shift)

  • Physics section was the toughest for most of the candidates. There were many calculative problems and formula-based questions.
  • In the Physics section, the most dominating topics were – thermodynamics, resistance and fluids, etc. Few questions were from optics.
  • Mathematics was easier to solve. However many candidates found the questions to be lengthy. Therefore, it was a little difficult to solve them within the given time.
  • In the Mathematics section, about 5 questions were on Calculus. Few questions were asked on Trigonometry, Algebra, Continuity and Differentiability too.
  • NCERT syllabus dominated the Chemistry section. However, few questions were tricky and students found it difficult to answer.
  • The Chemistry section covered topics like co-ordination compounds.
  • The overall difficulty level of the paper was moderate. Students found that almost equal weightage was given on the syllabus of standard XI and XII.
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JEE Main Paper 1 Analysis – January 9, 2020 (Afternoon Shift)
  • Chemistry in this shift was the easiest section. Many questions on organic chemistry were directly from NCERT exercises.
  • The Chemistry section covered topics like Markovnikov reaction, Anti-Markovnikov reaction, Ideal gas equations, Thermal Expansion, etc. There were more questions from inorganic chemistry than organic chemistry.
  • The difficulty level of the Mathematics section was moderate to easy. Higher weightage was given to the syllabus of Standard XII in this section.
  • Topics like vector and 3D, Probability and AP dominated the Mathematics section.
  • The Numerical value questions were easier. Students with clear conceptual knowledge could solve them easily.
  • Physics section covered questions from topics like Centre of Mass and Inertia.
  • Physics was the toughest section and more weightage was given on the syllabus of Standard XI.

JEE Main Paper 1 Analysis – January 8, 2020 (Morning Shift)

  • The paper was of moderate to difficult level. Physics and Chemistry were tougher than the Mathematics section.
  • Mathematics section was more time-consuming than the other two sections. However, numerical value questions were easy to solve.
  • Although the questions covered the syllabus of both Standard XI and XII, few students found more questions from Standard XII, especially in the Physics section.
  • Chemistry section was quite difficult, which came as a surprise to many candidates. Many questions were from Inorganic Chemistry, a pattern that was unexpected for many candidates.
  • Some important topics covered in the Chemistry section are – environmental chemistry (greenhouse gases), ionization enthalpy, etc.
  • Physics section covered questions on ray optics and waves.
  • Mathematics section covered questions from AP, matrix and determinants, parabola, calculus, vectors and 3D etc.

JEE Main Paper 1 Analysis – January 8, 2020 (Afternoon Shift)

  • In this shift, Chemistry was the easiest to solve. However, Physics was the toughest. The overall difficulty level was moderate.
  • Although Mathematics was solvable, the questions were very time-consuming.
  • Most of the questions in the Chemistry section were asked from NCERT syllabus. This made the paper easier and was a relief for most candidates.
  • The Mathematics section consisted of more questions from Standard XI syllabus.
  • Most of the candidates found the numerical value questions to be easy and solvable.
  • Electromagnetism was the most dominant topic in the Physics section. In the Chemistry section, organic chemistry was one of the major topics.

JEE Main Paper 1 Analysis – January 7, 2020 (Morning Shift)

  • Physics was the toughest section, according to many candidates. However, Chemistry was easier than in previous years. Most of the questions from Chemistry were covered by the NCERT syllabus.
  • Numerical value questions were tricky for some candidates, while some found them to be moderately difficult.
  • Mathematics appeared lengthy and difficult for many candidates.
  • Some notable topics covered in the Chemistry section were – quantum numbers, chemical bonds, organic compounds, etc. Answering about 17 to 20 questions could be a good attempt.
  • Some important topics covered in the Mathematics section were – parabola, quadratic equation, probability, permutation-combination, calculus, etc. All questions were of moderate to difficult level. A good attempt is 13 to 17 questions.
  • Some mentionable topics covered in the Physics section were – wave optics, projectile, magnetic field, resistance, modern physics, etc. This section was a little calculative and many students found it difficult. The number of good attempts is 14 to 17 questions.

JEE Main Paper 1 Analysis – January 7, 2020 (Afternoon Shift)

  • Similar to the morning shift, Chemistry was the easiest section, while Physics and Mathematics were tougher.
  • Mathematics section covered mainly from the syllabus of Standard XII.
  • Numerical questions in the Mathematics section were lengthy. Many candidates found it difficult to complete them in the allotted time. However, numerical value questions in Chemistry were quite easy and students can expect to score if correctly answered.
  • Integration and probability were the easiest problems to answer in the Mathematics section. There were about 4-5 questions from these topics that were easier to solve.
  • In the Chemistry section, more questions were on Organic Chemistry than Inorganic Chemistry.
  • In the Physics section, there were a considerable number of questions from Newton’s Law of Cooling and Thermodynamics.

JEE Main Paper 2 Analysis

The JEE Main Paper 2 exam was conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) on January 6. JEE Main paper 2 is the entrance exam for admission to B.Arch courses at various government universities. The exams were conducted in two sessions, the forenoon session and the afternoon session.

In this article, we have provided a detailed analysis of the papers in both sessions so that students can get a better understanding of the exam.

Student’s Reaction (JEE Main 2020)

  • The papers in both the sessions were moderate to easy in their difficulty level. 
  • Questions were trickier rather than difficult 
  • More questions were asked from the 11th standard syllabus.
  • Numerical answer based questions are more challenging, said some candidates. 

 As usual, the B.Arch paper was subdivided into three sections, general aptitude, mathematics and drawing.

General Aptitude Section

In the general aptitude section, students were tested on their mental ability rather than theoretical knowledge. There were questions regarding

  • 3D images
  • Symmetry between figures
  • viewing of building structures from the top

Mathematics Section

 In the mathematics section, questions were asked from

  • Coordinate geometry
  • Calculus
  • Set theory
  • Probability

Some students have said that they found solving the numerical value questions more challenging than other questions. Since the questions in this section were a bit tricky, many students found this to be the most difficult section of the paper.

Drawing Section

The third and last section is the drawing section. This section tests the creativity and artistic skill of students. In the drawing section, which contains 100 marks, students were asked to draw a gymnast and make a composition out of cylinders.

JEE Main Paper 3 Analysis

The JEE Main paper 3 is the official entrance exam conducted by the NTA for admission to B.Planning courses. The exam was conducted on January 6, 2020, at 327 centres spread around the country. Check Exam Centres

The paper was subdivided into three subsections

  • Mathematics- Part 1
  • Aptitude test- Part 2
  • Planning based objective type questions- Part 3. 

The total time limit for the exam was three hours.

Student’s Reaction (JEE Main 2020)

Mathematics Section

Following in the trend of the shift 1 exam, students found the questions in the mathematics section to be the most difficult. Questions mostly tested the fundamental knowledge of the students and no advanced level questions were asked as such. Most questions in the mathematics section were asked from the class 11 syllabus. Students were tested on their knowledge in

  • Probability
  • Conic sections
  • Set theory
  • Calculus
  • Coordinate geometry

An example of the questions in the mathematics section would be, “The vector equations of the sides of a parallel pipe is given along with its volume, find the coordinates of the vector equations of the sides.” 

Objective Type Planning Section 

Students also said that they found the objective type planning section questions easiest to attempt. In this section, they were asked general knowledge questions, such as who is the architect of the LIC buildings. Ministers and government-related questions were also asked. 

Aptitude Section 

The aptitude section was of easy to moderate difficulty level. Questions such as, what will be the side view of a building, if its top view is given or vice versa, were asked here. The questions in the drawing section were considered easy by most students, however, it was a bit time-consuming.

Both paper 2 and paper 3 was conducted in the CBT (computer-based test) mode although drawing questions were attempted on paper. In general, students have reacted positively to the ambiance in the exam halls. The centres were peaceful and no technical glitches occurred as such.

The marking scheme is the same for all three paper types (B.Tech, B.Arch and B.Planning). Check Exam Pattern

  • For every correct answer, the student will be awarded 4 marks
  • For every wrong answer, one mark will be deducted
  • Choosing multiple answers on the MCQ is treated as a wrong answer and marks will get deducted
  • There is no negative marking in the numerical type questions.

Students are encouraged to attempt previous year question papers and also refer to the JEE Main 2020 Answer Key. This will not only strengthen their fundamental knowledge but also give them a clear idea about the pattern and difficulty level of these competitive exams.


3 Comments

    • The level of difficulty of JEE Main 2018 should be similar to the 2017s. But there may be chances of paper being lengthy. And the weightage of questions asked from class 11 and 12 may vary a little. If you want more information about the Exam pattern check as mentioned above.

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