JEE Main 2020: New Exam Dates (Announced), Form Correction, Admit Card, Syllabus and Preparation

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According to the latest announcement by HRD Minister, the new exam dates for JEE Main 2020 are 1st September to 6th September 2020. The NTA JEE Main 2020 has been postponed again due to the growing pandemic of COVID-19. JEE Main 2020 Admit Card was expected to be released on 3rd July 2020 but will now be released later.

NTA has launched the National Test Abhyas Application for students to practice full mock tests. As per the latest report, more than 10 lakh candidates have taken the mock test on this application to analyze their preparation. JEE Main January 2020 Results were announced previously and JEE Main Score Card was released for the January session.

Latest Updates on NTA JEE Main 2020:

  • 25 July 2020: NTA has re-opened the JEE Main Correction Window till 31st July to ensure that exam dates for NDA (I) appearing candidates do not clash with dates of JEE Main 2020. Read More
  • 23 July 2020: CSAB omits the requirement of 75% marks in Class 12. Admissions will be done on the basis of JEE Main scores and rank only. Read more
  • Tamil Nadu Engineering Admissions (TNEA) Counselling scheduled has been released. Students can start registering online. The last date to apply for TNEA Counselling is 16th August 2020. Read More
  • HRD Minister, Mr Ramesh Pokhriyal, announced new exam dates for JEE Main. The exam is scheduled to be conducted from 1st September to 6th September 2020. JEE Advanced has also been rescheduled for 27th September.
  • Exam shifts for JEE Main have been changed. Shift 1 will be from 9 AM to 12 PM. Shift 2 will be from 3 PM to 6 PM. Changes have been made for maintaining social distancing at the exam centres.
  • Students can practice from Previous Year JEE Main Question Papers and Mock Tests.

Application Form for JEE Main 2020 was initially available from February 7 – March 12, 2020 (Extended) for April Session.

Candidates who want to reappear for the JEE Main 2020 April session can log in using their credentials of JEE Main 2020 January session. They do not need to register again.

Currently, major exams like VITEEE 2020 & SRMJEEE 2020 have been cancelled. Both will consider JEE Main 2020 scores and top 20 percentile cut off for admission to new courses.

JEE Main 2020 Highlights

Name of ExaminationJEE Main 2020
Conducting BodyNTA (National Testing Agency)
Mode of ApplicationOnline
Exam LevelNational Level UG Entrance
Mode of ExamOnline
Number of Papers3 (Paper 1 for B.E./B. Tech, Paper 2 for B. Arch, and Paper 3 for B. Planning)
JEE Main Helpdesk7042399520, 7042399521, 7042399525, 7042399526

JEE Main 2019 Qualifying Marks

JEE Main 2020 Exam Dates (Updated)

The new JEE Main 2020 exam dates have been announced by NTA in due course through the official notification. The Calendar of Events for the exam is tabulated below for both the sessions of JEE Main 2020. As per the latest update, COVID-19 crisis in India has brought almost all the exams to hold. And likewise, NTA has postponed JEE Main April 2020 session. JEE Main 2020 Exam is going to be conducted from 18th July 2020 to 23rd July 2020 across the country. To know complete JEE Main 2020 exam dates refer the tables below-

JEE Main 2020 January Session

ExaminationJEE Main – January Session 2020
Mode of ExamComputer-Based Test (Online only)
Registration DatesSept 3 – Oct 10, 2019
Correction FacilityOct 14 – 20, 2019
Availability of Admit CardsDec 6, 2019
Exam DatesJan 6 – Jan 9, 2020
ResultJanuary 17 & 23, 2020

JEE Main 2020 April Session

ExaminationJEE Main – April Session 2020
Mode of ExamComputer Based Test (CBT)
JEE Main Registration Dates7 February to 12 March 2020
First Correction FacilityOpen till 16th March 2020 (Closed)
Re-opening of Application Form Window19th May to 24th May 2020 (Closed)
Re-opening of Correction Facility31st July (Re-opened)
Availability of Admit CardsMid-July 2020 (tentative)
Exam Dates1st September to 6th September 2020
ResultTo be announced

As per the official notification released by the NTA for JEE Main 2020 April session, the numerical questions in the JEE Main Exam will also have numerical responses. The exam authority will also accept the answers submitted by the candidates in different formats based on zero values. Check Here

A total of 958,619 students registered for the second phase of JEE Main 2020. The exam is scheduled from 1 September to 6 September 2020. For the January session, Physics and Mathematics sections were tough. Meanwhile, Chemistry remained the easiest for having direct questions from NCERT books.

Based on JEE Main Score, around 25,000 Engineering and Architecture seats are filled every year. JEE Main is a 3-hour duration exam. It consists Objective Type, Numerical Based, Aptitude and Drawing (only for Paper 2) questions. Objective type questions are based on class 11 and 12th science syllabus.

Read JEE Main Revision Plan

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New Changes in JEE Main 2020

  • JEE Main B. Arch and B.Plan Paper will be conducted separately.
  • A separate paper has been introduced for B. Planning (JEE Main Paper 3) taking a total number of papers that can be opted to 3.
  • Numeric value-based questions have been introduced to the JEE Main Exam Pattern.
  • B.E/B. Tech paper used to be of 360 marks and B.Arch/B.Plan paper used to be of 390 marks. But now, the exam for JEE Main Paper 1 (B.E/B.Tech) is of 300 Marks and JEE Main Paper 2 (B.Arch) & Paper 3 (B.Planning) of 400 marks.
  • Planning based multiple-choice questions have been introduced for JEE Main Paper 3 – B.Planning.
  • The number of subject-wise questions in each section of JEE Main Papers will be 25 instead of 30.
  • Till 2019, in the drawing test of B.Arch paper, only 1 question of 70 marks was asked which comprised 3 parts. In JEE Main 2020, 2 questions will be asked in the Drawing section of JEE Main Paper 2 (B.Arch). It will have a total weightage of 100 marks (50 marks each).
  • There is no negative marking for numerical value-based questions.
  • No marks will be deducted for unanswered questions (JEE Main Only).
  • The fee for JEE Main Application/Registration has increased for all categories.

JEE Main Eligibility Criteria

JEE Main 2020 Eligibility is what decides if a candidate has all the required qualifications to take the JEE Main Exam. Unable to meet the criteria, your candidature can be cancelled at any moment before joining a college. To sum up, the JEE Main Eligibility Criteria is based on the following parameters-

  • Date of Birth/Age Limit
  • Qualifying Exam i.e. 10+2 or equivalent
  • Aggregate Marks scored in Qualifying Exam
  • Year of Passing the Qualifying Exam
  • Number of Attempts

Following is the Eligibility Criteria for the aspirants who wish to attempt the JEE Main exam in 2020:

CriteriaEligibility for Appearing in JEE MainRelaxation (for reserved categories)
Age limitNo age limitNo age limit
Minimum qualifying marks (for admission in NITs, IIITs, IITs, and CFTIs)75% marks in aggregate65% marks in aggregate
Year of passing class 12Passing after 2018, 2019 or appearing in 2020
Total number of attempts3 (consecutive)

Important Points for JEE Main Eligibility Criteria

  • There is no age limit to be eligible for JEE Main 2020. But some IITs have an age limit to get admission.
  • Further, candidates who have passed 12th or equivalent exam in 2018, 2019 or appearing in 2020 are eligible.
  • Also, candidates must have passed 12th from a recognized central or state board.
  • Candidates who have passed 12th from NIOS must have studied a minimum of five subjects.
  • There are no criteria on pass percentage in the qualifying exam to write JEE Main. Yet, for admissions into the IITs, NITs, IIITs and CFTIs, candidates need a certain score. In all, they need an aggregate score of 75% in the qualifying exam (65% for SC/ST/PwD categories).

Subjects required in 10+2

This criterion does not limit a candidate from appearing in JEE Main 2020. The participating colleges of JEE Main want these bucket of subjects in class 12th-

  • JEE Main Paper 1 – B.Tech/B.E.
    • Physics
    • Mathematics
    • Anyone of subjects including Chemistry, Biology, Biotechnology or Technical Vocational Subject
  • JEE Main Paper 2 – B.Arch.
    • Physics
    • Chemistry
    • Mathematics
  • JEE Main Paper 3 – B.Planning
    • Mathematics

With this under consideration, it is evident that now B.E/B.Tech course does not need Chemistry as the main subject. Although, colleges might still consider this under admission criteria.

JEE Main Reservation Criteria

NTA assigns All India Rank to candidates as per their respective categories. They follow the Government of India directives on reservation criteria as mentioned below:

JEE Main Reservation Criteria

The benefit of reservation for admission into the NITs/IIITs and CFTIs are extended by the central category list published by the GOI. State Engineering colleges accepting JEE Main scores abide by the state reservation rules.

InstituteReservation Criteria
NIT (Other State Quota)50% of the seats are reserved for the candidates who belong to all other states and Union Territories excluding Home State.
NIT (Home State Quota)50%
Center/State Funded Technical InstitutesHome Quota/State Quota/All India Quota
Government Funded Technical InstitutesAll India Quota
State Engineering CollegesAll India Quota

How to claim reservation in JEE Main?

So, candidates can easily claim reservation in JEE Main. The candidate must enter the category he/she belongs to in the following manner-

  • The candidate must mention the reservation category in JEE Main 2020 Application Form.
  • During JEE Main Counselling, the candidate must submit proof and documents of reservation.
  • If a candidate cannot provide proof, reservation for applied category will be void. And, the candidate will be considered under the unreserved category for further process.
  • Candidates can apply under the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) category. This is valid for all candidates. Including, General category falling under the EWS criteria.

JEE Main 2020 Application Form

  • JEE Main 2020 Application form can be completed in the online mode and can be accessed at the official website.
  • Candidates except for candidates of J&K, Assam, and Meghalaya, must register with their Aadhaar Number. (Aadhaar Enrollment Number for whose Aadhaar Card has been applied but not issued)
  • J&K, Assam and Meghalaya candidates can register with a valid passport number, bank a/c number, ration card number or any such ID proof issued by the government.
  • Also, candidates must have a valid email ID and an active mobile number for JEE Main Registration. Candidates must keep their email ID and mobile phone number till the JEE Main and admission is over. As important information may be shared via email or SMS by the exam conducting authority.

Steps for JEE Main 2020 Application

The application process contains 7 steps to complete the JEE Main Application Form. They are:

  1. Registration through Aadhaar Number
  2. Fill the Online Application Form
  3. Verification of Mobile Number and Email ID
  4. Uploading of Images
  5. Fee Payment
  6. Slot Booking (only for Computer Based Test)
  7. Printing of Acknowledgement Page
Application Form Hierarchy
  • Candidates must ensure that all details entered in the JEE Main Application Form are correct as there is a very limited scope to make any correction/modification in the form after submission.
  • There is usually a short window for online correction or modification with a valid reason for specific sections in the form. Please note that no change will be accepted through fax/application including email etc.
  • The application fee for JEE Main can be paid online (debit/credit cards) as well as offline (e-challan deposited with the requisite amount of cash at Syndicate/Canara/ICICI Bank). Additional bank charges as applicable are to be borne by the candidates.
  • Please note that in case the payment process is not complete, the acknowledgement slip will not be generated upon submission of the JEE Main Application Form. The fee payment status can be checked on the official website.
  • Candidates are required to upload scanned copies of their photograph, specimen signature and specimen signature of either parents/guardian as per the specifications given below:
Image ParticularsFile TypeFile Size
Candidate’s Recent Photograph (image should be clear with the name and date printed on it).jpeg/jpg10 KB – 200 KB
Candidate’s Specimen Signature.jpeg/jpg4 KB – 30 KB
  • Please note that candidates are not required to send the hard copy of the JEE Main Application to the NTA. However, candidates are advised to obtain a print of the application acknowledgement page (or save as PDF) for future reference.

How to set the password for JEE Main Application Form?

JEE Main 2020 Application Form will ask you to set a password and a security question the very first time of JEE Main Registration. It is always feasible to change the password but it is advised to set a strong password which is easy to remember and stops any information leaks. Below are the guidelines of the password for JEE Main Application Form 2020.

  • Character length of password must be 8 to 13. A longer password is accepted as well.
  • Password must contain-
    • One uppercase letter (ABCD..)
    • One lowercase letter (abcd..)
    • One numeric character (12345..)
    • One special character such as – [email protected]#$%^&*()_+

It is suggested not to save passwords but candidates can use free software such as LastPass to save passwords. Google Passwords is also a quick solution to save passwords on Chrome browser in your PC. Make sure not to save the password on any third party computer.

JEE Main 2020 Application Statistics: January 2020 Session

The number of applicants who registered and appeared for JEE Main 2020 January Session has been provided in the table below. These numbers show the trend for the upcoming JEE Main 2020 April Session.

ExamsCandidateGeneralOBCEWS (All)SCSTTotal
JEE Main Paper 1Registered358598358539846458525734222921261
JEE Main Paper 1Appeared336862339836821237884831341869010
JEE Main Paper 2Registered520825286413256134746734138410
JEE Main Paper 2Appeared403904468211721104785408112679
JEE Main Paper 3Registered248752112035396354311559003
JEE Main Paper 3Appeared176381693830324555235444517

How to avail EWS Reservation in JEE Main 2020 Application Form?

As per the new law enacted in 2019, 10% reservation will be provided to Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) in educational institutes. EWS reservation is valid for all the various categories if they fall under the criteria of EWS category. To get reservation under EWS while applying for JEE Main 2020, follow steps below-

  • Go to the official website of JEE Main 2020 –
  • Search for JEE Main Application Form.
  • While choosing a category in the JEE Main Application Form select – EWS
  • Fill the form same as given in the steps above.
  • Submit the application form.
  • Candidates will not be asked for proof while filling JEE Main Application but will be asked for JEE Advanced 2020 Application

JEE Main 2020 Application Fee

JEE Main Application Fee varies for categories as well as the choice of exam center and mode of exam. The fee details for JEE Main 2020 with all the combination of exams is tabulated below:

Paper/Category B.E./B.Tech or B.Arch or B.Planning 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 B.E./B.Tech or B.Arch or B.Planning 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
In India In India Outside India Outside India
General/OBCs (Boys) 650 1300 3000 6000
SC/ST/PwD/All Girls 325 650 1500 3000

Please note that application fees once paid are not refunded under any circumstances.

What happens if there is an error while paying JEE Main Application Fee?

Normally to prevent any errors, it is suggested that-

  • Internet Connection should be stable with a speed of at least 1 Mbps.
  • Debit/Credit Card details or Net Banking Details or UPI details should be ready before proceeding to the fee payment portal.
  • Do not pay the fee on a public internet connection. This is prone to data theft.
  • Do not press the back button in case of long loading time. Wait until the page redirects to JEE Main Application Portal.

In case, your account has been debited, but the payment has not been reflected in the JEE Main Application Form, it is suggested to pay the application fee again. The previous debit will automatically be reversed within 4 to 5 working days. If it does not reflect in your bank account, it is suggested to call NTA helpline number.

JEE Main Application Form Correction

The organizing authority of JEE Main 2020 provides a one-time facility for making corrections in certain fields of the JEE Main Application Form. An additional fee may be charged for making corrections in JEE Main Application Form. The JEE Main Form Correction Window is made available after the last date of submitting the JEE Main application form.

The corrections made after the end date are not considered. The JEE Main Form Correction facility is just like filling the registration form again for JEE Main 2020. Every detail can be changed/edited except for the mode of exam.

Details that can be corrected in JEE Main Correction Facility

As per the latest notice, JEE Main Application Form Correction Facility has been extended up to 31st July 2020 amid the further postponement of JEE Main 2020 April session, due to COVID-19 disease outbreak all over the country. Candidates can edit the following details in their JEE Main Application Form for April 2020 session-

  • Candidate’s Name (as per class 10th mark-sheet)
  • Paper (change from Paper 1 to Paper 2 or vice versa)
  • Aadhar Number: Unlike last year, the Aadhar number can be updated.
  • Date of Birth (as per class 10th mark-sheet)
  • Communication Address
  • Permanent Address
  • Contact Number
  • Photograph and Signature

Scope of Changing Exam Center City

This facility is not provided in JEE Main Form Correction Facility. But due to requests coming from multiple candidates regarding changing the exam city preference amid the country-wide lockdown imposed to control outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) disease, NTA has extended the scope of JEE Main Correction Facility with changing exam city preference. Now, candidates can update exam city preference for all 4 choices previously provided by them.

JEE Main Form Correction Fee

There is no fee required for making corrections in the JEE Main Application Form, except for the changes given below-

  • If a candidate is changing category, he/she will be required to pay as per the change in category. For example, if a candidate changes category from SC/ST to General, the additional fee will have to be paid.
  • If a candidate is changing exam city to a foreign exam center preference, then the additional fee will be required to be paid.

In case a candidate is making any changes where the JEE Main Application Fee is reduced, there are no refunds for such changes. For example, no refund will be provided for changing the category from General to SC/ST/OBC/PwD.

JEE Main 2020 Admit Card

The JEE Main 2020 Admit Card for January 2020 session was released on the official website on December 6, 2019. Admit Cards will be released 15 days before JEE Main 2020 April session (postponed due to COVID-19), for all the candidates who have submitted the online JEE Main application form fee completely in all respect within the deadline. It can thus be assumed that in the first week of July, the admit card of JEE Main 2020 (April session) will be available and the aspirants will be able to download it.

The JEE Main 2020 Admit Card has to be downloaded and printed from the website for writing the exam. Candidates are advised to save their JEE Main 2020 Admit Card for future reference.

Candidates are advised to check the admit card meticulously for the details such as Name, Paper, Date of Birth, Gender, Test Center Name, City, State Code of Eligibility and Category. Any discrepancy should be immediately reported to JEE Main Secretariat/NTA for necessary action.

Key Points for JEE Main 2020 Admit Card

  • NTA will issue separate admit cards for JEE Main 2020 Paper 1, Paper 2 and Paper 3. Paper 1 is for B.E/B. Tech, while Paper 2 is for B.Arch and Paper 3 is for B.Planning.
  • Candidates will be alerted about the release of JEE Main 2020 Admit Card on their registered Email address and Mobile Number. Hence, it is suggested that candidates must check their emails and SMS at registered mobile numbers regularly. Aspirants can also check the JEE Main Exam Center list which is officially released by NTA.
  • Candidates are advised to contact JEE Main Helpdesk Number in case of any error in image, signature or any kind of discrepancy in the JEE Main Admit Card. Keep an extra hard copy of JEE Main Admit Card in case of emergencies.
  • Candidates are advised to go through JEE Main 2020 January Paper Analysis to get an idea about the Paper pattern and difficulty level along with the type of questions asked.

Steps to download JEE Main 2020 Admit Card

Admit Card for JEE Main can be downloaded using a combination of the following details-

Options to download Admit Card

Additionally, candidates will be required to enter Security Pin (captcha) to ensure that a bot is not trying to download the JEE Main Admit Card.

Steps for downloading JEE Main 2020 Admit Card are given below-

  • Visit the official site-
  • Click on “Download Admit Card” link
  • Select either of options given to download Admit Card with Application Number and Password or Application Number and Date of Birth. Enter Required Details.
  • Review all the details – Candidate’s Name, DOB, Father’s Name and Mother’ Name and click on ‘Download Your Admit Card’.
  • Download your JEE Main Admit Card in PDF form and print or safely keep the PDF for future reference.

Attributes of the JEE Main 2020 Admit Card

A lot of details will be provided in JEE Main Hall Ticket/Admit Card. Ensure all the details that are particularly important for exam purposes are correct. Thoroughly check the spelling errors as these are most common errors. Given below is a list of details provided in JEE Main 2020 Admit Card-

  • Candidate’s Name
  • Father’s Name
  • Paper/Papers Chosen
  • Date of each Paper chosen
  • Time slot/Shift of each Paper Chosen
  • Date of Birth
  • Gender
  • Address of Exam Center
  • Exam City
  • State Code of Eligibility
  • Category
  • Passport Size Photograph (as uploaded in the JEE Main application form)
  • Signature (as uploaded in the JEE Main application form)
  • Medium (Language) of Question Paper
  • General Instructions and Guideline for the exam
  • Exam Day Instructions for candidates

JEE Main Exam Center

NTA allocates the JEE Main Exam Centers according to the 4 preferences provided by the aspirants in JEE Main Application Form. There will be no other choice that you will have for JEE Main 2020. The exam will be conducted in 2 shifts for JEE Main 2020 Paper 1- first, 9:30-12:30 pm and the second, 2:30-5:30 pm. Paper 2 and Paper 3 of JEE Main 2020 will be held only in one shift. The date and timings are segregated for 3 different days to ensure every candidate is allotted the exam center in the 1st preferred city. NTA has provided a ‘Center Locator’ facility on their official website to indicate the shortest and fastest route for students.

Key Points on JEE Main Exam Centers

  • JEE Main 2020 will be conducted in about 258 test locations including 10 cities outside India.
  • All the exam centers have been upgraded to ensure that the Computer-Based Test in Online Mode is conducted without any hassles. The comprehensive list of test locations and their codes are available with the official information brochure.
  • At the time of the JEE Main Application, candidates must select 4 exam city preferences. This preference cannot be changed after the final submission of the JEE Main Application.
  • Please note that if the number of candidates for CBT is less than 50 in a city on any scheduled date, then all such candidates will be allotted the last day of the CBT in the same location.
  • The organizing body makes all efforts to allot test locations as per candidates’ preferences; however, there can be exceptions due to unavoidable circumstances. Any request for change in JEE Main 2020 test location will not be entertained; however, the decision of the Executive Director (JAB) will be final in this context.

Timings at JEE Main Exam Center

JEE Main April 2020First ShiftSecond Shift
Date18 to 23 July 18 to 23 July
Timing9.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m.3.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m.
Duration of Exam3 Hours3 Hours
Entry in the Examination Center*7.30 a.m. – Up to 8.30 a.m.12.30 p.m. – Up to 1.30 p.m.
Entry in the Examination Hall/Room8.45 a.m. to 9.00 a.m.1.45 p.m. to 2.00 p.m.
Checking of Admit Cards9.00 a.m. to 9.15 a.m.2.00 p.m. to 2.15 p.m.
Sitting on the seat in the Examination Hall9.15 a.m.2.15 p.m.
Instructions by the Invigilators9.15 a.m. to 9.25 a.m.2.15 p.m. to 2.25 p.m.
Test Commences9.00 a.m.3.00 p.m.
Test Concludes12.00 p.m.6.00 p.m.

*Last entry closes half an hour before the exam commences. This means that no candidate will be allowed to sit in the exam after 9 AM for First Shift and 2 PM for Second Shift.

JEE Main Test Practice Centers by NTA

NTA has set up more than 4000 test centers in schools and colleges across the country to make more and more candidates aware of the Computer Based Test (CBT) environment. Free registration facility is provided to candidates on the official website of the National Testing Agency (NTA). “NTA Student” Application can also be downloaded to locate the exam centers and the nearest test practice center provided by NTA.

Test Practice Centers for JEE Main includes staff who help in motivating the students, clear their doubts and solve their problems while making them aware of the computer-based test environment. Recently, due to COVID-19 outbreak, NTA has also provided a similar facility as the test practice center. This facility of free mock tests can also be accessed using the official website of JEE Main.

For improving your performance in JEE Main: Read JEE Main Preparation Tips

JEE Main 2020 Exam Pattern

The major highlights of the JEE Main Exam Pattern are tabulated here. Point to note here is that there are now 3 separate papers for different courses and the exam pattern for each paper varies accordingly.

Specifications/ Course B.E./B.Tech B.Arch B.Planning
Question Type MCQs + Numerical Value Drawing + MCQs + Numerical Value Planning + MCQs + Numerical Value
Medium of Exam English, Hindi, Gujarati. Hindi, English, Gujarati English, Hindi, Gujarati.
Mode of Exam Online Offline and Online Online
Total Questions 75 77 100
Sections Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics Aptitude Test, Mathematics and Drawing Test Aptitude Test, Mathematics and Planning based question
Questions in Each Section 25 50 – Aptitude test | 25 – Mathematics | 2 – Drawing Test 50 – Aptitude test | 25 – Mathematics | 25- Planning
Duration 3 hours
Total Marks 300 400 400
Marking Scheme for MCQ +4 for correct answer | -1 for an incorrect answer
Marking Scheme for Numerical value +4 for correct answer | no marks for an incorrect answer | no marks for unanswered

JEE Main Exam Pattern: Paper 1 (B.Tech/B.E.)

  • Paper-1 of JEE Main 2020 is conducted for admissions to undergraduate engineering courses.
  • As per the recent changes in JEE Main 2020, the exam will be a Computer-Based Test and will be conducted in Online Mode only.
  • JEE Main Paper 1 will have questions from Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics subjects only.
  • There will be a total of 75 Questions including 5 numerical value questions and 20 Multiple Choice Questions from each subject.
  • The duration of the exam will be 180 minutes (3 hours)
  • The medium of the paper will be English and Hindi. However, students filling the exam centers in Gujarat, Daman & Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli cities will have the option to opt for English, Hindi or Gujarati medium.

JEE Main Exam Pattern: Paper 2 (B.Arch)

  • JEE Main 2020 Paper 2 will be conducted for admission to undergraduate architecture courses (B.Arch).
  • Paper 2 will be a Computer Based Test as well as Pen Paper Based Test, testing a candidate’s aptitude in the field of Mathematics and Drawing Ability. Paper 2 will also have an aptitude section.
  • Drawing section will be conducted offline in pen and paper mode.
  • Candidates are required to take essential equipment/tools for the Drawing section as these tools will not be provided by the exam authority for JEE Main.
  • JEE Main Paper 2 will have a total of 77 questions, 50 questions from aptitude test, 2 questions from drawing test and 25 questions from mathematics.
  • Aptitude and Maths section questions will score 4 marks for each right answer. Drawing section is more value-based, with a maximum score up to 50 for each question.
  • The duration of the exam will be 180 minutes only.
  • The medium of the paper will be English and Hindi. However, students filling the exam centers in Gujarat, Daman & Diu and Dadra and Nagar Havel cities will have the option to opt for English, Hindi or Gujarati medium.
  • Each correct question will carry 4 marks and two drawing questions will be of 50 marks each.
  • One mark will be deducted from the candidates’ total score for each incorrect response. No negative marking for Numerical Value Based Questions.

JEE Main Exam Pattern: Paper 3 (B.Planning)

  • Paper-3 of JEE Main 2020 will be conducted for admission to undergraduate planning courses in Architecture Colleges (B.Planning).
  • Paper 3 will also be a Computer Based Test, testing a candidate’s aptitude in the field of Mathematics and Planning ability.
  • The JEE Main Paper 3 will consist of a total of 100 questions (maximum of all JEE Main papers) which includes 50 questions for aptitude test, 25 questions for Planning test and 25 questions from Mathematics. Numerical Value-Based Questions will be asked here as well.
  • The duration of the exam will be 180 minutes.
  • The medium of the paper will be English and Hindi. However, students filling the exam centers in Gujarat, Daman & Diu and Dadra and Nagar Havel cities will have the option to opt for English, Hindi or Gujarati medium.
  • Each correct answer will provide 4 marks.
  • One mark will be deducted from the candidates’ total score for each incorrect response. There will be no negative marking for Numerical Value-Based Questions.

JEE Main 2020 Mock Test

MHRD and NTA have made several efforts to make the preparation smoother for engineering aspirants. JEE Main 2020 Mock Test and UGC NET will be live on the official site,

Moreover, more than 4000 TPCs (Test Practice Centers) will be allocated across the country for students lacking access to computers for practising the mock test for JEE Main 2020. Candidates can register for Test Practice Centers on the official site and centers will be allocated for specific batches.

NTA will also upload video lectures from prominent faculty as part of the IIT-PAL video series. These video lectures can also be accessed from Youtube and on mobile devices using ‘Swayam’ App. The lectures are currently added for Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Biology.

In a major shift from the traditional mode of conducting entrance exams, the new test conducting authority NTA decided to introduce CBT (Computer Based Test) in all the major national level entrance exams including JEE Main.

While CBT was earlier introduced a few years back in JEE Main, students also had the option of Pen and Paper Based Test. However, the offline mode was scrapped from this year as it created confusion among all the aspirants. NTA, however, has emphasized that the online mode will bring more transparency and with the advent of AI and Machine Learning, this will provide a fairer ground for students’ assessment.

How can you take the JEE Main Mock Test?

  1. The candidate needs to visit the official website of NTA to take the JEE Main Mock Test. Mock Test for JEE Main can now also be taken via home.
  2. Search for “Student” Tab. Click on it.
  3. Now, click on “Mock Test” which will take you to this link –
  4. Candidates would be asked to select the exam they are appearing for and the corresponding paper.
  5. Click on “Start Mock Test”.
  6. Candidates would not be asked for any credentials. After this, just click on login.
  7. At the beginning of the JEE Main Mock Tests, general instructions would be provided. The instructions would help the students to know the to-do’s in JEE Main Mock Tests.
  8. After making declarations on general instructions, click on “Proceed”.
  9. Question board on the right side of the screen would be depicting the status of the questions in the mock test. For different status, different colours are involved to show the answer status of each question.

What do different colours in JEE Main 2020 Mock Test mean?

There are specifically 5 ways a question can be depicted in an Online, Computer-Based Test. Below are the official instructions for questions from JEE Main Mock Test. These colours might be different in the actual exam.

  1. Grey – Unvisited/Not Checked
  2. Green – Answered
  3. Red – Visited but NOT answered
  4. Purple – Marked for REVIEW, and not yet answered
  5. Purple with green circle – Marked for REVIEW and answered

How to navigate within sections and questions in JEE Main 2020 Mock Test?

The steps here are not just dedicated for JEE Main Mock Test but also for the actual JEE Main Computer-Based Exam. Candidates will find these guidelines also before starting any JEE Main Mock Test.

  • While going through a question, select the option from the given multiple choices and click on the “Save and Next” button which will save your answer for the particular question and lead you to the next question from the section.
  • In order to change your answer, you can click on the respective option.
  • “Clear Response” button is used when you want to remove a marked answer. This can be used to prevent any negative marking for an uncertain question.
  • “Mark for Review and Next” will highlight the question in the Questions Panel on the right of the screen. This is useful if you want to return back to a question later on.
  • “Mark for Review and Next” will have a small green dot/circle if you have answered the particular question. If you are not sure about your choice for a question and want to review the same later on, this will be helpful.

Other Helpful Tips

  • All the sections are named on the top of the screen and the section which is being viewed would get highlighted. Sometimes, sections are provided in the Question Panel on the test screen.
  • You can jump from one section to another if you have viewed all the questions of that particular section. You cannot jump to the 3rd Section from the very beginning. To do that, visit all questions from the 1st and 2nd Section.
  • In a way, this shows that there is no time limit for any particular section. Candidates can move from any question or another.
  • Every new section will begin with the first question of that section. Remember that Question Papers in Computer Based Mode also have various sets which prevent any kind of cheating in an exam. Your question set will be different from the candidate sitting beside you.

JEE Main 2020 Syllabus

JEE Main Syllabus for Paper 1 covers the syllabus of Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics of CBSE class 11 and 12. While the questions in JEE Main Paper 2 are largely based on Aptitude and Drawing along with some class 12 level Mathematics. JEE Main Paper 3 consists of Planning based questions, Aptitude and Mathematics. JEE Main Paper 3 has the most number of questions with a total of 100 questions to be solved in 3 hours. Students must check the syllabus for JEE Main 2020 for all three papers.

Chemistry Syllabus

Classification of Elements and Periodicity in Properties Some Basic Concepts in Chemistry
General Principles and Processes of Isolation of Metals States of Matter
Hydrogen Atomic Structure
Block Elements (Alkali and Alkaline Earth Metals) Chemical Bonding and Molecular Structure
P-Block Elements Redox Reactions and Electrochemistry
d-and-f Block Elements Equilibrium
Coordination Compounds Solutions
Environmental Chemistry Chemical Thermodynamics
Purification and Characterization of Organic Compounds Chemical Kinetics
Some Basic Principles of Organic Chemistry Surface Chemistry
Hydrocarbons Polymers
Biomolecules Organic Compounds Containing Halogens
Compounds Containing Oxygen Organic Compounds Containing Nitrogen
Chemistry In Everyday Life Principles Related to Practical Chemistry

Physics Syllabus

Physics and Measurement Properties of Solids and Liquids
Kinematics Gravitation
Law of Motion Thermodynamics
Work, Energy, and Power Kinetic Theory of Gases
Rotational Motion Oscillations and Waves
Electromagnetic Induction and Alternating Currents Electromagnetic Waves
Magnetic Effects of Current and Magnetism Current Electricity
Electrostatics Dual Nature of Matter and Radiation
Optics Atoms and Nuclei
Electronic Devices Communication Systems
Experimental Skills

Mathematics Syllabus

Sets, Relations, and Functions Binomial Theorem and Its Simple Applications
Complex Numbers and Quadratic Equations Sequences and Series
Matrices and Determinants Limit Continuity, and Differentiability
Permutations and Combinations Three Dimensional Geometry
Mathematical Induction Integral Calculus
Coordinate Geometry Differential Equations
Vectoral Algebra Statistics and Probability
Mathematical Reasoning Trigonometry

Drawing Syllabus

Drawing and Designing of geometrical or abstract shapes & patterns in pencil Transformation of forms both 2D and 3D union
Development of Surfaces and Volumes Elevation and 3D views of objects rotation
Generation of Plan Creating 2D & 3D compositions using given shapes and forms
Sketching of activities from memory of urban scenes

Aptitude Syllabus

Awareness of persons, places, Buildings, Materials Objects, Texture related to Architecture and build—environment. Visualising three-dimensional objects from two-dimensional drawings
different sides of three-dimensional objects Analytical Reasoning Mental Ability (Visual, Numerical and Verbal)
Visualizing Three dimensional – perception: Understanding and appreciation of scale and proportion of objects, building forms, and elements, color texture, harmony and contrast
Design and drawing of geometrical or abstract shapes and patterns in pencil Transformation of forms both 2 D and 3 D union, subtraction, rotation, development of surfaces and volumes, Generation of Plan, elevations and 3 D views of objects
Creating two dimensional and three-dimensional compositions using given shapes and forms Sketching of scenes and activities from memory of urbanscape (public space, market, festivals, street scenes, monuments, recreational spaces, ect.), landscape (river fronts, jungles, trees, plants, etc.) and rural life.

Note that NTA has issued a notice regarding no change in JEE Main April 2020 Syllabus from JEE Main January 2020 Syllabus. This is because a large number of students were asking for a decrease in the syllabus for JEE Main April 2020 session which is postponed till 18th July 2020 amid the COVID-19 crisis.

JEE Main Important Topics

As the JEE Main exam is coming closer, it is very important to know the JEE Main Important Topics that you must prepare thoroughly to provide a good base for a good score. We have provided a list of subject-wise topics that are important for the JEE Main Exam (Paper 1 only). It is advised to read the whole article about important topics to understand segregation more deeply.

JEE Main Important Topics for Physics

Physics section of JEE Main includes more than 21 chapters and some of the most important chapters are given below-

Important TopicsWeightage
Oscillations And Waves10%
Rotational Motion6%
Atoms And Nuclei5%
Current Electricity7%
Laws of Motion5%
Magnetic effect of Current and Magnetism9%

JEE Main Important Topics for Chemistry

Chemistry section of JEE Main comprises 30 chapters. These are further divided into three – Organic, Inorganic and Physical Chemistry. The number of chapters in Chemistry is very large which makes it comparatively harder to score. It is often seen that students attempt the easiest questions of Chemistry wrongly. Given below are some most important chapters of JEE Main Chemistry. Do note that segregation according to 3 subheads is not given-

Important TopicsExpected Weightage
Transition Elements & Coordination Chemistry9%
Carbohydrates, Amino Acids, and Polymers7%
Periodic Table and Representative elements6%
General Organic Chemistry6%
Chemical Bonding6%
Atomic Structure5%

JEE Main Important Topics for Mathematics

Mathematics section is probably the most scoring section of JEE Main. Students do not have to write the steps or solve the complete question as required in board exams. This requires conceptual knowledge along with good calculation skills. There are around 25 chapters in JEE Main Mathematics syllabus. Out of these, the most important ones are given below-

Important TopicsWeightage
Coordinate Geometry12%
Integral Calculus12%
Differential Equations7%

All topics of Calculus are deemed highly important for the JEE Main 2020. These topics create a base for further study of engineering and require a lot of dedication from students. Prepare all these topics with complete dedication.

Best Books for JEE Main 2020

Given below are some best books that will help students strategise their study pattern and subject-wise concepts for JEE Main 2020. The maximum amount of practice is required and that is what these refreshers engage you in. Check out these subject-wise lists provided below-


Physics section of JEE Main consists of both theory and numerical questions. A student must be prepared with both types of questions. This can be done only by learning topics conceptually. Although, mugging up the topics is not a good idea it is suggested for a few things such as formulae. Given below is a table of books and it’s usage.

Book And AuthorUsage
Concepts of Physics (Vol. 1 and 2) by H.C VermaQuestions from all chapters. Topic-wise exercises.
Fundamentals of Physics by Halliday, Resnick & WalkerGood explanation of all topics
Understanding Physics by D C Pandey (Arihant Publications): Set of books for
Electricity & Magnetism
Mechanics (Vol. 1 & 2)
Optics & Modern Physics
Waves & Thermodynamics
Relevant explanations and deduction of answers. Large questions sets.
Problems in General Physics by I E IrodovLarge number of questions for practice
Understanding Physics by Freedman and YoungTheoretical explanation of major topics


Chemistry is often considered easy due to the limited number of practical questions and major topics on theoretical knowledge. But, if devised properly, questions from chemistry can be toughest of all the 3 sections. So, given below are books that will help in both theory as well as numericals of Chemistry section in JEE Main.

Book And AuthorUsage
NCERT Textbook (Class XI and XII)Practice. Weightage of NCERT questions is high.
Organic Chemistry by O P TandonClear description of major topics
Modern Approach to Chemical Calculations by R.C. MukherjeePractising Physical Chemistry Numerical Questions
Organic Chemistry by Morrison & BoydPractice of advanced level organic chemistry
Concise Inorganic Chemistry by J D LeeTopic explanation with useful numerical examples in Inorganic Chemistry
Physical Chemistry by P.W. AtkinsPractising advanced level Physical Chemistry
Concept of Physical Chemistry by P BahadurTheory and numericals of Physical chemistry


Mathematics is hard and interesting at the same time. Students can stretch their JEE Main score with the help of this section if their preparation is done properly. Mathematics has a straightforward approach towards questions and thus it can be quick to solve. If solving practical questions, it is often difficult to understand the question rather than solving it. Given below are some books that will help students excel their preparations-

Book And AuthorUsage
Objective Mathematics by R D SharmaPractising every topic
Plane Trigonometry by S L LoneyFocuses on Trigonometry
The Elements of Coordinate Geometry by S L LoneyQuestions on Coordinate Geometry
Algebra by Dr S K Goyal Arihant PublicationsAlgebra basics and advanced numericals
Play with Graphs by Amit M Agarwal (Arihant Publications)Solving questions using graphs
Differential Calculus by Amit M Agarwal (Arihant Publications)Practice maximum questions on Differentiation
Integral Calculus by Amit M Agarwal (Arihant Publications)Practical as well as Numerical Questions on Integration
Complete Mathematics for JEE Main TMHDescription of major topics

Aptitude and Drawing

Although these two sections are different, they can be prepared using compiled books available in the market specifically for JEE Main Paper 2 (B.Arch) exam. The same books are also used for the preparation of the National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA). Given below is a list of best books for Aptitude and Drawing.

Books and AuthorUsage
A Complete Self-Guide for B.Arch Entrance Examination – P.K. Mishra (Arihant)Prepare for – Analytical Reasoning


Architecture Aptitude

Drawing Aptitude


Steps to Architecture (NATA) B.Arch. Entrance Exam – Nimish MadanHistory of Architecture in India


Architecture Glossary

Availability of required Drawings and Sketches

Previous Year Papers

B.Arch/NATA/JEE Main – Offline Drawing Test – Nimish MadanExplanatory 2D and 3D images, solved and unsolved sample papers
Complete Architecture Entrance Guide – Ashok Goel and Arjun KamalArchitectural awareness and aptitude, Large question bank

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Preparation Tips for JEE Main 2020

To score well in JEE Main exam candidates must follow the preparation tips. We have provided some basic JEE Main preparation tips.

Practice Tips

  • Syllabus – Complete go through of syllabus of JEE Main 2020 is very important. Check the best books and check the weightage to prioritize topics from JEE Main Syllabus. Practice the topics according to the weightage given as per the past year trends. Maintain a separate sheet or checklist for topics of syllabus of various subjects.
  • Mock Tests – Solve maximum JEE Main Mock Tests to analyse the performance on a daily basis. Practising mocks daily on table and chair with a continuous dedication of 3 hours will engage your mind and body for the exam hall pressure. Online mocks also provide sectional, chapter-wise, accuracy and speed analysis of the attempted mock test. Look into your weaknesses and strengths.
  • Revision – Set a fixed study time and revision time for the week. Revision promises regularity with the topics that are left out of practice. Previous years’ JEE Main question papers must be solved to ensure a good revision strategy. Every weekend must be dedicated for revision of left out topics as well as a short revision of theoretical topics.

Exam Tips

  • Speed – Sectional Timing is not a thing in JEE Main. But 75 questions in 3 hours, notwithstanding the utmost difficulty level of the JEE Main Exam, will require quick speed in calculations as well as grasping power. Once you start reading and understanding maximum questions, the speed will pick up and you will be pacing through the exam with ease.
  • Accuracy – Try solving maximum questions in the first 90 minutes of the exam. Dedicate the second half towards accurate answers as speed usually kills accuracy. Try solving maximum questions but with accurate answers only. Hits and trials are allowed but it is better to be completely accurate to ensure the least negative marking. Building your score will get easy which in turn will also help in All India Ranks considered for IITs.
  • Time – Limit your time for recreational activities first. Calculate how many hours in a day do you have for dedicated study. Schedule the day accordingly. If not able to set a schedule, fix the number of hours of each activity. Stick to the schedule and set goals for each day. Set deadlines over the week and cover the entire syllabus within the stipulated time.

JEE Main 2020 Answer Key

NTA hosts the official answer keys for all three papers of JEE Main along with individual candidate’s responses for a short period on the official website. Candidates can check their answers against the provisional JEE Main 2020 Answer Key and draw an estimate of their score in the exam.

NTA released the final JEE Main 2020 Answer Key for the January 2020 session on 17 January for JEE Main Paper 1 and on 23 January for JEE Main Paper 2 & Paper 3.

The organizing body, NTA, also welcomes challenges to the JEE Main 2020 answer key from candidates, if any, supported by valid evidence. Candidates can submit their challenges online along with a fee of INR 1000 per question, payable online via a debit/credit card. Please note that if the challenge is found acceptable by the authority, the challenge fee is duly refunded. The decision of NTA/JAB on the challenges is final and no further communication is entertained in this regard. The final result of JEE Main 2020 is based on the revised or final JEE Main 2020 Answer Key.

Steps to get the JEE Main 2020 Answer Key

Students can easily check the JEE Main 2020 Answer key by visiting the official website. For successfully getting the answer key, students need to follow the given steps:

  • Open the official website of JEE Main
  • Click on the “View Answer Key and Question Paper” link
  • Students will be redirected to Login page
  • Enter application number, password or date of birth, and then click on the Sign-in button
  • The response key and answer key will appear on the screen
  • After that students can cross-check the answer with correct option ID

Students are suggested to download and take the print of the JEE Main 2020 answer key for future reference if required.

Challenge JEE Main 2020 Answer Key

If according to the student, the answer marked in the first JEE Main 2020 answer key is not correct, then he/she can challenge that particular answer in the JEE Main 2020 Answer key. Applicants can challenge the answer key through online mode only along with the relevant proof. To raise the objection, students need to pay an objection fee of INR 1000/- for each question by credit card/debit card/net banking.

Steps to submit objection related to JEE Main 2020 Answer Key is as follows:

  • Login to the official website.
  • Click on “Challenge answer key”
  • Choose the Question Paper code and date.
  • Select the question number and enter the “answer” mentioned as well as the “claimed answer “.
  • Click on “Add to Claims list” to submit the challenge.
  • After selecting all the questions for the challenge, pay the required fee using debit/credit card.

Note: The fee is non-refundable under any circumstance. The decision of the board in this regard will be considered final and no further clarification will be provided. Although if the claim/objection is accepted by NTA, the fee for the challenge will be refunded to the candidate.

JEE Main 2020 Paper Analysis

Before a candidate takes the JEE Main exam, it is of utmost importance that he/she knows how the previous year papers have troubled students in terms of difficulty or in terms of Class 11th or 12th. Many coaching institutes provide JEE Main Paper Analysis on the basis of a review by a mixed bag of students. The JEE Main Paper Analysis is useful to understand the trend of questions that might appear in future. Given below is JEE Main Paper Analysis of all three papers.

JEE Main Paper 1 Analysis (Jan 2020 session)

JEE Main Paper 1 was moderate to difficult in all the shifts conducted between Jan 6th to Jan 9th 2020.

  • The Physics section was hardest among all, according to many candidates.
  • The chemistry section was comparatively easy for a large number of students.
  • NCERT Questions were asked in the Chemistry section, which proved to be easy to moderate for most aspirants.
  • Mathematics was also easy but the questions were heavily time-consuming. Numerical Value Questions were most time-consuming.
  • Many candidates found it impossible to attempt all the questions from Mathematics within the given time frame. Even if allotted for more than 1 hour, questions consumed a long time to solve.
  • The overall time required to solve all the questions of the Paper would be at least 3 hours and 30 minutes.

JEE Main 2020 Question Paper for Paper 1 can also be downloaded as PDF from the table given below.

JEE Main – Date and ShiftDownload Link
7th Jan 2020 – Shift 2Download
8th Jan 2020 – Shift 1Download
8th Jan 2020 – Shift 2Download
9th Jan 2020 – Shift 1Download
9th Jan 2020 – Shift 2Download

JEE Main 2020 Paper 1 Analysis by Resonance (PDFs)

Resonance Institute released Paper Analysis of JEE Main 2020 January Session for B.E/B.Tech Paper (Paper 1). Candidates can download the PDFs from the links below.

DateShift 1 (Morning)Shift 2 (Afternoon)
7th Jan 2020DownloadDownload
8th Jan 2020DownloadDownload
9th Jan 2020DownloadDownload

JEE Main Paper 2 Analysis (Jan 2020 Session)

Given below is a detailed analysis of the JEE Main Paper 2 so that students can get a better understanding of the exam.

  • The overall difficulty of the B.Arch Paper in both the sessions was easy to moderate.
  • A large number of questions were complicated rather than tough.
  • In the Maths section, a lot of questions were from class 11th syllabus.
  • Many candidates stated that numerical answer based questions are very challenging and time-consuming.

The B.Arch paper is subdivided into three sections – Aptitude, Mathematics and Drawing. Given below is a snapshot of how the various sections of Paper 2 troubled a majority of students.

Aptitude Section

In the Aptitude section of Paper 2, students are usually evaluated on the basis of mental ability and not on theoretical facts. The questions were from these topics majorly-

  • 3D and 2D images
  • Symmetry between various figures
  • Viewing and analysis of building structures from the top

Mathematics Section

In the mathematics section, questions were asked from

  • Coordinate geometry
  • Calculus
  • Set theory
  • Probability

Questions from the Mathematics section were treated as most perplexing. Numerical Value Questions were also highly time-consuming. Due to this, many students stated that the Maths section was the toughest of all the sections of Paper 2.

Drawing Section

Drawing section of JEE Main Paper 2 assesses the creativity and artistic skills of candidates to ensure the best students join the B.Arch course. The JEE Main Paper 2 drawing section was of 100 marks, with just 2 questions of 50 marks each. Evaluation is based on various factors. Students were asked to draw a sketch of a gymnast and make a composition out of cylinders.

JEE Main Paper 3 Analysis (Jan 2020 Session)

The JEE Main Paper 3 is subdivided into three sections-

  • Mathematics
  • Aptitude test
  • Planning-based questions

The total time limit for the exam was three hours with the highest number of questions i.e. 100. Planning-based section alone comprises 50 questions. Given below is sectional analysis from JEE Main Paper 3.

Mathematics Section

Similar to JEE Main Paper 2 for B.Arch, the difficulty level for the mathematics section was highest as per the students. Questions were from the basic level of understanding and there were no advanced to difficult level questions. Questions were majorly from Class 11th syllabus. These topics were major contributors-

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

An example of a Mathematics question to describe how the mental ability of students is being evaluated – “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.”

Planning Section 

Students also said that they found the objective type planning section questions quick and easy to solve but required more factual and general knowledge rather than conceptual. In this section, they were asked general knowledge questions, such as who is the famous architect from the options given below. Questions related to development schemes of the government were also asked. Questions about planned cities and directions, maps were also very common.

Aptitude Section 

The Aptitude section was easy to moderate on the difficulty scale. Questions related to, what will be the side view of a particular building, or if its top view is given or vice versa, were mostly asked here. The questions from the Aptitude section were deemed easy by many students. However, it was a bit time-consuming similar to Mathematics.

JEE Main Result 2020

The result for JEE Main 2020 is declared on the official website on January 17, 2020, for the January session and for the April session, it will be announced after the exam (delayed as of now due to COVID-19). Results for JEE Main Paper 1, Paper 2 and Paper 3 will be announced separately along with All India Ranks (AIR) and Category-wise Ranks. The JEE Main scorecard must be downloaded from the website. Please note that the scorecards are not dispatched to candidates. Admissions to the NITs, IIITs, CFTIs, etc. is based on the All India Ranks List as well as the Category-wise Rank List. The JEE Main 2020 Score Card will carry the following details:

  • JEE Main All India Rank
  • Category Rank
  • Total Score in JEE Main
  • NTA Score
  • Sectional Scores Secured in each paper
  • Overall Percentile
  • Sectional Percentile
  • Qualifying Status for JEE Advanced 2020

Three candidates achieved a full 100 NTA score in the JEE Main 2020 January session. 2 candidates scored 100 in B.Arch and 1 candidate scored 100 in B. Planning.

NTA has released JEE Main 2020 result for the January session on the official website. 9 candidates stored 100 percentile. Candidates can check their results and download the respective scorecards.

How to check result of JEE Main 2020?

  • Go to the official site of JEE Main,
  • Now search for “JEE Main Result 2020” and click on it.
  • Enter the required details such as Application Number and Date of Birth. A security pin might be asked as well.
  • Click on the ‘Submit’ button.
  • Verify and Download JEE Main scorecard.
  • Take the print out of the JEE Main scorecard for future correspondence.
  • Do note that JEE Main January 2020 Result was announced by NTA during the end of January 2020 only.

Toppers of JEE Main 2020

The list of toppers from JEE Main January 2020 session is given below.

200310065452Landa JitendraANDHRA PRADESH
200310120506Nishant AgarwalDelhi
200310012227Nisarg ChadhaGujrat
200310041891DIVYANSHU AGARWALHaryana
200310436560Akhil JainRajasthan
200310166791PARTH DWIVEDIRajasthan
200310594754RONGALA ARUN SIDDARDHATelangana

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JEE Main Marks vs Rank

Given below is a table depicting the range of marks vs the range of rank according to that particular score. This data is based on a trend from previous year results (of JEE Main Paper 1 only) and might not be accurate. Due to recent changes in JEE Main 2020 exam pattern, the trend is shifting to a higher score for many candidates due to numerical value-based questions which do not have negative marking.

MarksRank Range
270 to 3001 – 9
250 to 26910 – 83
220 to 24984 – 244
200 to 219245 – 706
180 to 199707 – 1755
160 to 1791756 – 4163
140 to 1594164 – 8997
120 to 1398998 – 18371
100 to 11918372 – 35928
Below 9935929 and below

Note: This data is based on trend analysis. Accuracy of this data is not guaranteed.

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JEE Main 2020 Cut off

The JEE Main Joint Admission Board (JAB) will release the JEE Main cut-off scores required to seek admission into B.E./B. Tech and B. Arch/B. Planning programs through the Central Seat Allocation Board (CSAB).

All participating institutes that do not use the centralized Seat Allocation Process of JAB prepared their merit list based on JEE Main 2020 performance and other parameters as decided by them.

The final JEE Main cut off will be announced by NTA soon after the results. NTA will use percentile score and Normalization Procedure this time to rank the candidates after compiling the result of both January and April sessions. This is to ensure balanced competition among candidates appearing for JEE Main 2020.

JEE Main Cut off (2019) is indicated in the table provided below:

CategoryQualifying Marks
OBC – NCL74.21
Scheduled Caste54.01
Scheduled Tribe44.33

JEE Main 2019 Cutoff

Why are there changes in JEE Main 2020 Cutoff?

There are a large number of reasons that affect JEE Main Cutoff. Joint Admission Board (JAB) has already announced that class 12th marks will not be provided weightage for calculation of All India Rank (AIR) of candidates in JEE Main Exam. Applicants need to work even harder and perform equally better in the entrance exam for securing a good rank in JEE Main 2020.

Factors Affecting JEE Main Cutoff

The following factors play a crucial role in determining the JEE Main Cutoff every year-

  • A total number of candidates appeared for the exam – If the total number of candidates increases every year, the number of candidates scoring higher will increase as well. This will result in a higher number of candidates in the top 20 percentile. The JEE Main Cutoff will increase in this case.
  • Level of difficulty of the exam – Depending on the difficulty of the exam, cutoff might increase or decrease. While the colleges might increase their own Cutoff for JEE Main depending on the criteria of admission, JEE Main Cutoff for Counselling is majorly depending on the level of difficulty. This is why JEE Main Cutoff has decreased in recent years.
  • The number of available seats – Every year there are multiple intakes in Indian Institutes of Technology, National Institutes of Technology, Indian Institutes of Information Technology and Government Funded Technical Institutions. If the number of colleges increase or decrease, or if the batch size is increased, compared to the number of applicants, JEE Main Cutoff will increase or decrease as well.
  • Overall performance of the candidate – This depends entirely on the performance of the top candidates in the JEE Main Exam. If a large number of applicants perform very well in JEE Main, the cutoff is subject to increment. Similarly, poor performance might reduce the cutoff by a large gap to ensure candidates are ranked according to the trend.

JEE Main Cutoff Trend from previous years

JEE Main Cutoff trend has seen a decrease in Cutoff for the past few years. There was a significant decline in 2018 and 2017 due to the increased difficulty level. The JEE Main Cutoff decides your eligibility to appear in JEE Advanced 2020 which will further give you the chance to join the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs).

Category2019 JEE Main Cut Off2018 JEE Main Cut Off2017 JEE Main Cut Off2016 JEE Main Cut Off2015 JEE Main Cut Off2014 JEE Main Cut Off

Top 20 Percentile Cutoff

Although the marks secured in Class 12th is no longer given weightage for JEE Main Rank Calculation, yet it is a determining factor for admission to colleges such as IITs, NITs, IIITs and CFTIs. However, a lot of boards do not release marks in the form of percentage and therefore, it is not possible to check eligibility of 75% minimum aggregate marks. Hence, the counselling authority also considers candidates falling in the top 20 percentile while determining their eligibility for admission to colleges or courses.

The list of top 20 percentile scorers for each educational board will be released on the official site by JoSAA. The top 20 percentile cutoff marks will be released after class 12th exams of participating boards. Board exams for 12th Class were scheduled for March 2020 but now 29 subjects have been delayed indefinitely due to COVID-19 outbreak.

The top 20 percentile cutoff marks are announced for IITs and other colleges such as NITs, IIITs and GFTIs separately on the official site, Although the top 20 percentile is released after the result declaration, candidates must be aware of the previous year trends.

Top 20 Percentile Cutoff for CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education)


Top 20 Percentile Cut Off for ISCE (Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination)


JEE Main 2020 Counselling

The centralized counselling process for JEE Main 2020 will begin from March 2020 for the January session and June 2020 for the April session. Seat Allocation in the institutes participating in the centralized process will be based on AIR and candidate preferences for branch and institute.

JEE Main Counselling will be done at three levels in online mode:

  • Joint Seat Allocation Authority: IITs, IIITs, NITs and other Central Government Funded Technical Institutes.
  • Central Seat Allocation Board-NEUT: AICTE approved institutes in NE States & UTs.
  • CSAB-SFTI: Self-funded Technical Institutes.

Document verification for checking the eligibility of candidates is a crucial step in JEE Main Counselling. Based on choice preference, AIR, Category Rank and Availability of Seats, provisional allotment of seats is announced. Then, candidates have to download the provisional seat allotment letter and pay the requisite amount of fees for the seat acceptance. Once the seat gets confirmed by the reporting centre, a report has to be sent to the allotted college for the admission process.

Steps for JEE Main 2020 Counselling

JEE Main counselling involves the steps given below. Do remember that JEE Main and Advanced Counselling is conducted by JoSAA and CSAB. Register on both portals before beginning.

Seat Allotment

  1. Online Registration: Register online by providing JEE Main Application Number and Password on the respective website where you want to take part in.
  2. Online Choice Filling and Locking: Check the colleges suitable as per your JEE Main Rank and also check the courses available. Fill and lock the choices accordingly with higher to lower preference. The allotment of seats to candidates will be on the basis preference given here.
  3. Seat Allotment: As per the merit ranking, availability of seats, cutoff and choice preference, seats will be allotted to eligible candidates. Before the actual allotment of seats, mock seat allotment will be carried out. Those who are not allotted a seat might be kept under the waitlist for next rounds of JEE Main Counselling.

Payment and Reporting

  1. Payment of Fees and Seat Acceptance: After the seat allotment, candidates will have to choose one of the following options:
    1. Freeze: Candidates who are satisfied with the allotted seat and course and do not wish to participate in the JEE Main Counselling process any further, may choose this option.
    2. Float: Those candidates who want to keep the allotted seat but also wish to upgrade their seat (or the course), may choose this option. This will take you for further rounds of JEE Main Counselling.
    3. Slide: Those candidates who wish to keep the allotted seat in the same institute/college but would like to upgrade the course to a higher-ranked course can choose this option.
    4. Withdraw: Candidates who have been allotted a seat under a course of preferred college but now do not want admission can withdraw their seat by informing the same to the institute before the last date of seat allotment.
  2. Document Verification: The documents have to be verified during the reporting at colleges. This can be conducted while reporting in person or by reporting online. The following list of documents have to be carried for the purpose of verification:
    1. 3 passport size photographs (the same as uploaded during registration)
    2. Provisional JoSAA seat allotment letter
    3. Photo identity card
    4. Proof of seat acceptance fee payment
    5. JEE Main 2020 Admit Card
    6. Date of birth proof
    7. JEE Main 2020 Score Card
    8. Class XII Mark sheet
    9. Category certificate (if applicable)
  3. Final Reporting: After the verification of documents, candidates will have to report to the allotted institute and they will have to pay the balance fee as per the college course rules. In case a candidate does not report at college till the last date, the seat will be cancelled.

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JEE Main Seat Matrix for Counselling

A total of 94 colleges (23 IITs, 20 IIITs, 20 GFTIs, 31 NITs) participate in JoSAA Counselling of JEE Main Counselling Process. Data given below in the table provides the seat matrix for various types of institutions. This data is compiled for all courses under various colleges including B.E/B. Tech, B.Arch and B.Planning.

CategoryTotal SeatsGFTIsIIITsNITsIITs
OBC – PWD5665966272169
Total Seats38704563544491745211168

Please do note that this data is subject to change depending on the seat matrix provided by various colleges.

JEE Main Participating Colleges

More than 100 colleges take part in the counselling process of JEE Main. In order to score admission in top IIT courses, candidates need to clear JEE Advanced 2020 as well. But before that, candidates need to get a rank in the top 2,50,000 qualifiers of the JEE Main exam to be eligible for the JEE Advanced 2020.

But maybe it is good to have contingencies, and that is why it would be considered a smart move if you have knowledge of good institutes other than just the IITs. There are many private as well as government-funded institutes that provide admissions based on the JEE Main scores. Various institutes like NITs, IITs, IIITs, GFTIs and major state-funded colleges allot their seats on the basis of JEE Main scores. Now, seats in many private colleges are also filled using the scores of JEE Main only. Although there are a few colleges such as BITS Pilani which conduct their own exam (BITSAT) for admissions to their top courses. Candidates are advised to check the JoSAA counselling Process to ensure that they do not commit any mistakes.

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National Institute of Technology (NITs) Under JEE Main 2020

India has a total of 31 NITs, all of them categorised as autonomous public institutes. Out of these 31 NITs, 11 institutes have recently been established with NIT Andhra Pradesh being the latest established in 2016. All other NITs have been comparatively old engineering institutes. The admission in the National Institute of Technology (NITs) is completely based on JEE Main scores. The counselling process for NITs is conducted by JoSAA. It is responsible for allotting seats of various colleges under JEE Main Counselling Process. Given below is a list of all NITs in the country-

Name of NITNIRF RankingsB.Tech Seats
NIT Allahabad (MNNIT), 196148878
NIT Bhopal (MANIT), 196055868
NIT Calicut (NITC), 196150909
NIT Hamirpur (NITH), 198664522
NIT Jaipur (MNIT), 196352677
NIT Jalandhar (NITJ), 198774807
NIT Jamshedpur (NITJSR), 1960Not Ranked657
NIT Kurukshetra (NITKKR), 196343862
NIT Nagpur (VNIT), 196031871
NIT Rourkela (NITRKL), 196115747
NIT Silchar (NITS), 196757688
NIT Karnataka (NITK), 196021782
NIT Warangal (NITW), 195925817
NIT Durgapur (NITDGP), 196047700
NIT Srinagar (NITSRI), 196067672
NIT Surat (SVNIT), 196161719
NIT Trichy (NITT), 196411785
NIT Patna (NITP), 1886Not Ranked582
NIT Raipur (NITRR), 195681913
NIT Agartala (NITA), 196592797
NIT Arunachal Pradesh (NITAP), 2010Not Ranked190
NIT Delhi (NITD), 201092182
NIT Goa (NITG), 201076150
NIT Manipur (NITMN), 2010Not Ranked180
NIT Meghalaya (NITM), 201098152
NIT Mizoram (NITMZ), 2010Not Ranked150
NIT Nagaland (NITN), 2010Not Ranked180
NIT Puducherry (NITPY), 2010Not Ranked245
NIT Sikkim (NITSKM), 2010Not Ranked204
NIT Uttarakhand (NITUK), 2010Not Ranked150
NIT Andhra Pradesh (NITANP), 2015Not Ranked487

Indian Institute Of Information Technology (IIITs) Under JEE Main 2020

The Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) are also autonomous engineering institutions providing some of the best courses on engineering focused on Information Technology and Communication Studies. IIITs, usually pronounced triple-IT, are popular among the students after IITs and NITs, with a good student track record.

There are a total of 25 IIITs in India. Under these 25 IIITs, 5 are listed as Institutes of National Importance. These are established, funded and managed by the Ministry of Human Resource Development. Around 4,000 seats are allotted by JoSAA from these colleges. List of IIITs is given below-

Name of IIITsB.Tech Seats
PDSM IIITDM Jabalpur, Est in 2017300
ABV IIIT Gwalior, Est in 1997248
IIIT Allahabad, Est in 1999300
IIITDM Kanchipuram, Est in 2007420
IIIT Pune, Est in 2016120
IIIT Guwahati, Est in 2013200
IIIT Kota, Est in 2013180
IIIT Sri City, Est in 2013270
IIIT Vadodara, Est in 2013200
IIIT Nagpur, Est in 2016110
IIIT Kalyani, Est in 2014130
IIIT Lucknow, Est in 201575
IIIT Dharwad, Est in 2015180
IIIT Bhagalpur, Est in 2017150
IIIT Bhopal, Est in 2017180
IIIT Kottayam, Est in 201590
IIIT Ranchi, Est in2016120
IIIT Una, Est in 2014160
IIIT Surat, Ent in 2017120
IIIT Manipur, Est in 2015100
IIITDM Kurnool, Est in 2015120
IIIT Tiruchirapalli, Est in 201360
IIIT Sonepat, Est in 201490
IIIT Hyderabad225
IIIT Karnataka

Government Funded Technical Institutes (GFTIs) Under JEE Main 2020

Government Funded Technical Institutes (GFTIs) are another category of participating institutions which accept the score of JEE Main for the admission in B.Tech/B.E. courses. JEE Main Cutoff decides the All India Rank of a candidate and that further decides if the candidate will be allotted a seat under a particular course of a college. JoSAA conducts counselling process for GFTIs too, based on JEE Main scores. Students prefer these colleges after IITs, similarly to NITs. More than 9000 seats are allotted under GFTIs. Given below is a list of GFTIs

  1. Institute of Technology, Guru Ghasidas Vishwavidyalaya, Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh
  2. National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology (NIELIT), Aurangabad, Maharashtra
  3. Assam University, Silchar, Assam
  4. Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology, Longowal
  5. Mizoram University, Aizawl
  6. School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
  7. Institute of Infrastructure, Technology, Research and Management (IITRAM), Ahmedabad, Gujarat
  8. J.K. Institute of Applied Physics and Technology, University of Allahabad, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh
  9. Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Ranchi, Jharkhand
  10. Institute of Carpet Technology, Bhadohi, Uttar Pradesh
  11. School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi
  12. School of Planning and Architecture, Vijayawada
  13. Gurukula Kangri Vishwavidyalaya, Haridwar
  14. National Institute of Foundry and Forge Technology, Ranchi, Jharkhand
  15. School of Engineering and Technology, Mizoram
  16. Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra, J&K
  17. International Institute of Information Technology, Naya Raipur
  18. International Institute of Information Technology, Bhubaneswar

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