JEE Main 2021: Paper Analysis, Pattern, Cut Off, Admit Card, Dates, Syllabus, Question Papers

Last updated on February 25th, 2021 at 11:25 am

Education Minister, Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal, announced the exam dates for 4 sessions of JEE Main 2021 – February, March, April and May. Session 1 is being conducted from 23rd February to 26th February 2021. NTA released the JEE Main 2021 Admit Card on 11th February 2021. Candidates will be able to check their responses and official answer key on 28th February 2021. However, they can check the unofficial JEE Main Answer Keys that have been released with solutions.

JEE Main Admit Card 2021

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NTA has also released official notification and JEE Main 2021 Information Brochure. The major change is in the JEE Main Exam Pattern which will now have a total of 90 questions. However, candidates are required to attempt only 75 of them. Choices will be provided in numerical questions (Section B) of each subject.

Many students requested a reduction in JEE Main Syllabus 2021. However, considering this, NTA has only changed the exam pattern. The questions will be framed according to the syllabus of various boards. There has been no reduction in the syllabus for JEE Main 2021.

Latest Updates on NTA JEE Main 2021

  • 23rd February 2021: JEE Main 2021 has commenced for B.Arch and B.Planning candidates. Exam analysis for various shifts is out now. Know More
  • 15th February 2021: As per the recent notice, candidates appearing for 12th boards in May 2021 will have the option to choose their JEE Main Exam Date for May session. Read More
  • 11th February 2021: JEE Main Admit Card for February 2021 session has been released by NTA. Check Notice
  • 30th January 2021: JEE Main Form Correction Window has been closed by NTA. Only image corrections will be allowed till the release of JEE Main Admit Cards.
  • 19th January 2021: Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal has waived-off 75% eligibility criteria in JEE Main 2021.
  • 16th January 2021: NTA has extended the dates for JEE Mains 2021 Registration Form till 23rd January 2021. Check Application Process
  • 31st December 2020: Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal has announced that CBSE Board Exams will be held in May 2021, postponing them by 3 months.
  • 26th December 2020: A list of FAQs was published by NTA to clear some doubts of students. Paper 2A (B.Arch) and 2B (B.Planning) will be conducted in February and May sessions only. Know More
  • 16th December 2020: NTA released JEE Main 2021 Information Brochure with updated eligibility and pattern. Exam to be conducted in 13 languages.

JEE Main 2021 Eligibility CriteriaJEE Main 2021 Exam Pattern
JoSAA Cut Off Ranks 2020 (Updated)JEE Main 2021 Cut Off

For the year 2020, JEE Main Cut Off (General category) was 90.3 NTA score, slightly higher than previous year. It was around 30 to 72 for other categories.

Meanwhile, the top 20 percentile rule has been introduced again. It was scrapped for the 2020 session amid the COVID-19 pandemic and cancellation of board exams for multiple subjects.

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JEE Main 2021 – Exam Dates and Events

NTA released the official schedule for JEE Main 2021 on 16th December 2020. Complete schedule of various events in the timeline of JEE Main 2021 are given below. This year, JEE Main will be conducted in four sessions. Check JEE Exam Dates

EventsNTA JEE Main 2021 Session
JEE Main 2021 Application Form Date16th December 2020
JEE Main 2021 Application Form Closes23rd January 2021
Application Fee Window Closes 24th January 2021
JEE Main Form Correction27th – 30th January 2021
JEE Main 2021 Admit Card Released11th February 2021
JEE Main 2021 Exam Dates23 – 26th February 2021 (Session 1)

15 – 18th March 2021 (Session 2)

27 – 30th April 2021 (Session 3)

24 – 28th May 2021 (Session 4)
JEE Main 2021 Session ResultsTo Be Displayed Eventually (Between sessions)

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JEE Main 2021 Admit Card

NTA released the JEE Main 2021 Admit Card on 11th February 2021. Candidates can download their admit card for JEE Main from the official website i.e. using Application Number and DOB.

  • “Important Instructions For Candidates” are provided at page 2 of JEE Main Admit Card.
  • “Advisory for Candidates Regarding COVID-19” is also provided in the Admit Card.
  • Undertaking printed on page 1 must be brought at the JEE Main Exam Centre on the day of the exam. Undertaking filled online must also be brought at the exam centre along with Admit Card for JEE Main 2021.
  • Candidates must carry a valid ID proof along with JEE Main Admit Card at the exam centre.

Sample of Admit Card for JEE Main 2021

As shown below, a written undertaking has to be filled by the candidate. This undertaking must be submitted at the NTA JEE Main Exam Centre. The undertaking is for self-declaration from candidates on COVID-19.

JEE Main 2021 Admit Card - Download here
Sample of Hall Ticket for JEE Main

How To Download Admit Card for JEE Main 2021?

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

  • JEE Main Application Number
  • Date of Birth of candidate

Enter Details for Admit Card

Click on Submit and download JEE Main 2021 Admit Card

Steps for downloading JEE Main 2021 Admit Card are given below-

  • Visit the official site-
  • Click on “Download Admit Card” link
  • You will be asked to enter 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 Admit Card in PDF form and safely keep the PDF for future reference.
  • For the JEE exam centre, it must be printed on an A4 sheet.

Attributes of the JEE Main 2021 Admit Card

A lot of details will be provided in JEE Mains 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 Admit Card for JEE Main 2021-

  • 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 JEE 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 JEE exam
  • JEE Exam Day Instructions for candidates

JoSAA Cut Off Ranks 2020 (Updated)

Candidates can check the JoSAA 2020 cut off ranks (Opening and Closing) of various rounds of counselling for participating institutes such as – IITs, NITs, IIITs and GFTIs.

JoSAA Counselling RoundsIITs Cut Off (OR-CR)NITs Cut Off (OR-CR)IIITs Cut Off (OR-CR)GFTIs Cut Off (OR-CR)
Round 1DownloadDownloadDownloadDownload
Round 2DownloadDownloadDownloadDownload
Round 3DownloadDownloadDownloadDownload
Round 4DownloadDownloadDownloadDownload
Round 5DownloadDownloadDownloadDownload
Round 6DownloadDownloadDownloadDownload


  • ‘P’ in IITs cut off ranks denote Preparatory Course Allotment.
  • IIEST Shibpur rankings are available with NITs opening and closing ranks.

JEE Main Seat Matrix 2021 (Updated)

A total of 110 colleges (23 IITs, 26 IIITs, 29 GFTIs, 31 NITs, IIEST) participated in JoSAA Counselling of JEE Main. Data given below in the table provides the seat matrix for various types of government institutions. This data is compiled for all courses under various colleges including B.E/BTech, B.Arch and B.Planning.

CategoryIITsNITsIIITsGFTIsTotal Seats
Total Seats16053235065643559650798

Please do note that this data is subject to change depending on the seat matrix provided by various colleges. Check 2020-21 Official List of All Participating Colleges

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JEE Main 2021 Application Form

Update: NTA has released the Information Brochure for JEE Main 2021. Check JEE Main 2021 Information Brochure

JEE Main 2021 Application can be completed in the online mode via JEE Main 2021 Login page 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 2021 Login and JEE Main 2021 Registration Form.
  • 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 2021 Online Application

The application process contains 7 steps to complete the JEE Main 2021 Application Form. They are:

  1. JEE Main 2021 Registration through Aadhar Number
  2. Fill the Online Application Form
  3. Verification of Mobile Number and Email ID
  4. Uploading of Images
  5. Fee Payment
  6. 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.
  • The application fee for JEE Main 2021 can be paid online only using debit/credit cards/UPI/Netbanking. GST or charges will be applicable based on payment method.
  • 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. Contact NTA helpline in this case.
  • Candidates are required to upload scanned images of their photograph, and signature as per the specifications given below-
Image ParticularsFile TypeFile Size
Candidate’s Recent Photograph.jpeg/jpg10 KB – 200 KB
Candidate’s Specimen Signature.jpeg/jpg4 KB – 30 KB

JEE Main 2021 Application Fee (Updated)

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 2021 with all the combination of exams is tabulated below (INR):

Category Single Paper Two or Three Papers Single Paper Two or Three Papers
In India In India Outside India Outside India
General / OBC-NCL (Male) 650 1300 3000 6000
SC / ST / PwD / Female / Transgenders 325 650 1500 3000
  • Single Paper includes
    • B.Tech (Paper 1)
    • B.Arch (Paper 2A)
    • B.Planning (Paper 2B)
  • Two or Three Papers include
    • B.Tech + B.Arch
    • B.Tech + B.Planning
    • B.Arch + B.Planning
    • B.Tech + B.Arch + B.Planning

Updated Rules on JEE Main 2021 Application Fee

As the JEE Main 2021 session will have four sessions i.e. February, March, April and May 2021, NTA has provided some benefits in terms of refunds etc.

  • Candidates can apply for either 1 session or multiple sessions together while filling the online JEE Main Application Form 2021. Application Fee will be charged according to the choice.
  • Application Window will re-open for a short period after the results of February, March and April sessions. This will ensure aspirants are able to apply further as per their choice.
  • The Application Fee can be carried forward to next session of JEE Main 2021.
  • NTA will also refund the paid fee for a session that candidate does not wishes to attend. Candidate can make this request during the application process of that particular session only.
  • Option to change choice of cities will be provided in the Form Correction window.

JEE Main 2021 Eligibility Criteria

JEE Main 2021 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 2021:

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 2019, 2020 or appearing in 2021
Total number of attempts3 (consecutive)

Note: Education Minister has announced that 75% eligibility criteria has been scrapped off for JEE Main 2021, similar to previous year. This decision has been taken with respect to COVID-19 pandemic and loss of classroom education due to the pandemic.

Important Points for JEE Main Eligibility Criteria

  • There is no age limit to be eligible for JEE Main 2021. But some IITs have an age limit to get admission.
  • Further, candidates who have passed 12th or equivalent exam in 2019, 2020 or appearing in 2021 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 Mains. 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 2021. 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 2021 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 2021 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 2021 Syllabus from JEE Main January 2021 Syllabus. This is because a large number of students were asking for a decrease in the JEE Main Syllabus for April 2021 session which was postponed amid the COVID-19 crisis.

JEE Main 2021 Exam Pattern (Updated)

The major highlights of the JEE Main 2021 Exam Pattern are tabulated here. NTA has revised the number of questions in Paper 1 to 90, out of which 75 are to be attempted. The new scheme of examination is as given below-

Specifications/ Course B.E./B.Tech B.Arch B.Planning
Question Type MCQs + Numerical Value Drawing + MCQs + Numerical Value Planning + MCQs + Numerical Value
Mode of Exam Online Offline and Online Online
Total Questions 90 82 105
Sections Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics Aptitude Test, Mathematics and Drawing Test Aptitude Test, Mathematics and Planning Based Question
Questions in Each Section 20 – MCQs 
10 – Numerical
50 – Aptitude test 
25 – Mathematics 
2 – Drawing Test
50 – Aptitude test 
25 – Mathematics 
25 – Planning

9 AM – 12 PM

3 PM – 6 PM

9 AM – 12 PM

3 PM – 6 PM

3 PM – 6 PM
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

New Exam Languages Incorporated in JEE Main 2021

In accordance with the National Education Policy 2020 (NEP), NTA will also provide the JEE Main 2021 in multiple regional languages as given below-

S. No.LanguageExam Centres
1.EnglishAll Examination Centres
2.HindiAll Exam Centres in India
3.English and AssameseExam Centres in Assam
4.English and BengaliExam Centres in West Bengal, Tripura and Andaman & Nicobar Island
5.English and GujaratiExam Centres in Gujarat, Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli
6.English and KannadaExam Centres in Karnataka
7.English and MarathiExam Centres in Maharashtra
8.English and MalayalamExam Centres in Kerala and Lakshadweep
9.English and OdiaExam Centres in Odisha
10.English and PunjabiExam Centres in Punjab, Chandigarh and Delhi
11.English and TamilExam Centres in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Andaman & Nicobar Island
12.English and TeluguExam Centres in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana
13.English and UrduAll Exam Centres in India

JEE Main 2020 Application Statistics

The statistics for JEE Main April/September 2020 registrations is given below. The number of registered candidates have declined in the second session of JEE Main 2020.

S.No.Course DescriptionNo. of Candidates
1B.E./BTech Only746115
2B.Arch Only13609
3B. Planning Only699
4B.E./BTech and B.Arch Both53520
5B.E./BTech and B.Planning Both5580
6B.Arch. and B.Planning Both2777
7B.E./BTech., B.Arch. and B.Planning All35973

Given below is a short comparison of January 2020 and April 2020 statistics.

ExamsJEE Main January 2020JEE Main April/Sept 2020
JEE Main B.Tech/B.E Paper921261841188
JEE Main BArch Paper138409105879
JEE Main B.Planning Paper5900345029
  • The number of registered candidates has dropped around 7.12% even though the JEE Main Registration window was re-opened.
  • The total registrations of 2nd session i.e. 858273 is less than B.Tech Paper registrations of 1st session of JEE Main 2020.

JEE Main 2021 Exam Centres

NTA allocates the JEE Main 2021 Exam Centers according to the 4 preferences provided by the aspirants in JEE Main Application Form. There are some important points regarding JEE Main Exam Centres and guidelines that candidates must follow amid COVID-19.

  • JEE Main 2021 will be conducted in CBT mode at 605 exam centres for B.E/B.Tech and 489 exam centres for B.Arch and B.Planning.
  • A total of 224 cities in India and 8 cities abroad have JEE Main Exam Centres.

Timings at JEE Main Exam Center

JEE Main April 2021First ShiftSecond Shift
Date1st to 6th Sept1st to 6th Sept
Timing9.00 AM to 12.00 PM3.00 PM to 6.00 PM
Duration of Exam3 hours3 hours
Entry in the Examination Center*7.30 AM to 8.30 AM1.30 PM to 2.30 PM
Entry in the Examination Hall/Room7.30 AM to 8.45 AM1.30 PM to 2.45 PM
Test Commences9.00 AM3.00 PM
Test Concludes12.00 PM6.00 PM

*Last entry closes half an hour before the JEE exam commences. This means that no candidate will be allowed to sit in the exam after 8.30 AM for First Shift and 2.30 PM for Second Shift.

JEE Main Result 2021

NTA has released the JEE Main Result 2021 for Paper 1 (B.E/BTech), Paper 2 (B.Arch) and Paper 3 (B.Planning). The JEE Main Result or Scorecard must be downloaded from the official website only. 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 2021 Score Card will carry the following details:

  • JEE Main All India Rank
  • Category Rank
  • Total Score in NTA JEE Main 2021
  • NTA Score
  • Sectional Scores Secured in each paper
  • Overall Percentile
  • Sectional Percentile
  • Qualifying Cut Off for JEE Advanced 2021

24 candidates have scored a full 100 percentile in April / September 2020 session due to normalisation method of score calculation.

Sample for JEE Main Score Card 2021

Given below is a sample for JEE Main Score Card-

Sample of NTA JEE 2021 Scorecard

How To Check JEE Main Result 2021?

  • Go to the official site of JEE Main,
  • Now search for “JEE Main NTA Score Paper 1” 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 or save it as PDF for future correspondence.

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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 JEE results (of JEE Main Paper 1 only) and might not be accurate.
  • Due to recent changes in JEE Main 2021 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.
Score Range Rank Range
285 – 300 1 – 100
275 – 284 100 – 200
260 – 274 200 – 500
250 – 259 500 – 100
240 – 249 1000 – 1500
220 – 239 1500 – 3500
200 – 219 3500 – 6000
180 – 199 6000 – 9500
150 – 180 9500 – 15000
120 – 149 15000 – 35000
<120 More than 35000

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

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JEE Main Counselling 2021

The centralized counselling process for JEE Main 2020 has concluded for IITs and other engineering colleges. 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 four levels in online mode:

  • Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA): IITs, IIITs, NITs, IIEST Shibpur and other Government Funded Technical Institutes.
  • CSAB Special Rounds: For NIT+ system colleges, if seats left vacant after JoSAA Counselling.
  • CSAB-NEUT: AICTE approved institutes in North-East States & UTs.
  • CSAB-SFTI: Counselling for 17 Self-funded Technical Institutes.

Difference Between JoSAA and CSAB

Initially, the counselling for AIEEE (now JEE Main) was conducted by CCB or Central Counselling Board. With structure of exams changing from 2013, to JEE Main and JEE Advanced, CCB was also renamed CSAB (Central Seat Allocation Board).

  • But from 2015-16, JoSAA or Joint Seat Allocation Authority was setup to conduct the joint counselling for IITs, NITs, IIITs and GFTIs. This was done in order to keep the process simple for students who appeared for both JEE Mains and JEE Advanced.
  • Currently, CSAB handles counselling for few specific types – CSAB NEUT and CSAB Special Rounds. CSAB Special Round counselling is conducted only when there are vacant seats after all rounds of JoSAA Counselling are completed.

Seat Acceptance Procedure

  1. Payment of Fees and Seat Acceptance: After the seat allotment, candidates will have to choose one of the following options:
    • 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.
    • Float: Those candidates who want to keep the allotted seat but also wish to upgrade their seat (or course), may choose this option. This will take you for further rounds of JEE Main Counselling 2020.
    • 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.
    • 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 uploading and reporting online.
  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.

JEE Main 2021 Cut Off (Expected)

The JEE Main Joint Admission Board (JAB) releases the JEE Main Cut Off scores required to seek admission into B.E./BTech and B.Arch/B. Planning programs through the JoSAA Counselling.

The Final Qualifying JEE Main Cut Off has been announced in the scorecards issued by NTA. JEE Main 2020 Cut Off (Qualifying) for Paper 1 is indicated in the table provided below. This can be interpreted as the expected cut off for 2021-

CategoryQualifying Percentile (Paper 1)
General – CRL90.3765335
OBC – NCL72.8887969
Scheduled Caste50.1760245
Scheduled Tribe39.0696101
  • All participating institutes that do not use the Centralized Seat Allocation Process of JAB prepared their merit list based on JEE Main 2021 performance and other parameters as decided by them.
  • NTA will use percentile score and Normalization Procedure this time to rank the candidates after compiling the JEE result of both January and April sessions.
  • This is to ensure balanced competition among candidates appearing for JEE Main 2021.

JEE Main 2019 Qualifying Marks

What Factors Can Change JEE Mains 2021 Cut Off?

The following factors play a crucial role in determining the JEE Main Cut Off 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. The JEE Main Cutoff will increase in this case.
  • Level of difficulty of the exam – JEE Main Cut Off 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 (IITs), National Institutes of Technology (NITs), Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) and Government Funded Technical Institutions (GFTIs). If the number of colleges increase or decrease, or if the batch size is increased, compared to the number of applicants, JEE Main Cut Off will increase or decrease as well.
  • Overall performance of the candidate – If a large number of applicants perform very well in JEE Main, the cutoff is subject to increment.

JEE Main Cut Off Trends: 2016 to 2020

The JEE Main Cut Off decides your eligibility to appear in JEE Advanced 2021 which will further give you the chance to join the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs).

Category2020 JEE Main Cut Off (%ile)2019 JEE Main Cut Off2018 JEE Main Cut Off2017 JEE Main Cut Off2016 JEE Main Cut Off

JEE Main 2021 Answer Keys

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 responses against the provisional JEE Main 2021 Answer Key and draw an estimate of their score in the JEE exam.

  • The final JEE Main Answer Keys 2021 for February session will be released by 28th Feb 2021. Candidates will be able to challenge provisional answer key only.
  • NTA released the final JEE Main 2020 Answer Keys for the Paper 1 of April / September 2020 session. Candidates can download the same here.
  • The final result of JEE Main 2021 is based on the revised or final JEE Main 2021 Answer Key.

How To Check or Download JEE Main 2021 Answer Key?

Students can easily check the JEE Main 2021 Answer Key and their Response Sheets by visiting the official website. For 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 JEE Main 2021 Login page
  • Enter application number, password or date of birth, and then click on Submit.
  • The response sheet 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 2021 answer key and responses for future reference if required.

Challenging JEE Main 2021 Answer Key

If according to the student, the answer marked in the first JEE Main 2021 answer key is not correct, then he/she can challenge that particular answer in the JEE Main 2021 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 200/- for each question.

Steps to submit objection related to JEE Main 2021 Answer Key is as follows:

  • Open the JEE Main 2021 Login page i.e. official website.
  • Click on “Challenge answer key”
  • A new page will open with list of questions, correct answer (as per NTA) and option IDs to choose from.
  • Select the correct option ID for the respective question from the list of questions provided.
  • After selecting all the questions for the challenge, pay the required fee.

Note: The fee is non-refundable under any circumstance.

JEE Main 2021 Mock Test

MHRD and NTA have made several efforts to make the preparation smoother for engineering aspirants. JEE Main 2021 Mock Tests are live on the official site,

  • 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.

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.

Read JEE Main Revision Plan

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 2021 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 2021 Form Correction

The organizing authority of JEE Main 2021 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 2021 Application Form. The JEE Main Correction Window is made available after the last date of submitting the application form.

The corrections made after the end date are not considered. The JEE Main Form Correction facility is just like filling the JEE Mains 2021 Registration Form again. Every detail can be changed/edited except for the mode of exam.

Details that can be corrected in JEE Main Correction Facility

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 JEE 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 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 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 Paper Analysis: April/September 2020

The JEE Main Paper Analysis will help aspiring candidates to get an idea of the difficulty level of the paper, topics asked and pattern of JEE exam. Read Detailed JEE Main Paper Analysis

JEE Exam DatesJEE Main Paper Analysis
September 1, 2020Day 1 – Shift 1 and 2 BArch and B.Planning Paper Analysis
September 2, 2020Day 2 – Shift 1 and 2 B.E. / BTech Paper Analysis
September 3, 2020Day 3 – Shift 1 and 2 Exam Analysis & Expert Review
September 4, 2020Day 4 – Shift 1 and 2 Paper Analysis, Difficulty Level
September 5, 2020Day 5 – Shift 1 and 2 Student Reactions, Topics Asked
September 6, 2020Day 6 – Shift 1 and 2 BTech Paper Analysis

Top Engineering Colleges of India

Now that the JEE Main 2021 is coming closer, students are getting prepared for admissions to top engineering colleges in India. Students still prefer engineering in higher education due to its vast scope in the global industry.

  • As per the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) 2020, Engineering Rankings, 9 IITs and 1 NIT rank in top 10 colleges.
  • This year also, IIT Madras has topped the first position, with IIT Delhi on 2nd and IIT Bombay on 3rd.
  • NIT Tiruchirappalli is the only NIT to rank under top 10 colleges. It is at 9th position this year.

Given below is the list of top 10 engineering colleges as per NIRF 2020-

NIRF RankingInstituteAnnual Fees for BTech (INR)
1Indian Institute of Technology, Madras75,200
2Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi2,25,000
3Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay2,11,500
4Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur2,14,000
5Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur82,000
6Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee2,21,700
7Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati2,19,350
8Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad2,25,200
9National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli1,62,000
10Indian Institute of Technology, Indore2,43,000

Aspiring students can check a detailed list of top engineering colleges of India.

Next Step After JEE Main 2021: NITs

The best engineering colleges that a student can get barely on the basis of JEE Main Scores are National Institutes of Technology (NITs). To get admission into IITs, students must qualify JEE Advanced 2021 which is going to be conducted around a month after JEE Main 2021.

  • All the NITs have a 50% home state quota meaning 50% of the total seats are reserved for students with state domicile where the NIT is located.
  • Admission to NITs now only requires candidates to clear 10+2 with a passing certificate. CSAB scrabbed eligibility of 75% minimum aggregate.

National Institute of Technology (NITs) Under JEE Main 2021

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.

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

Some of the major courses offered at NITs and IITs, which have decent cut off ranks with readily available seat at tier 2 colleges, are given below-

  • Mechanical Engineering (B.Tech)
  • Electrical Engineering (B.Tech)
  • Aeronautical Engineering (B.Tech)
  • Civil Engineering (B.Tech)

Few moder B.Tech courses have been added in the list with top league institutes offering courses in Machine Learning, Data Science etc due to its huge and expanding scope. Know More About Such Courses

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

  • Paper-1 of JEE Main 2021 is conducted for admissions to undergraduate engineering courses.
  • As per the recent changes in JEE Main 2021, 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.

Read Detailed JEE Main Paper 1 Exam Pattern

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

  • JEE Main 2021 Paper 2 will be conducted for admission to undergraduate architecture courses (BArch).
  • 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.

Read Detailed JEE Main Paper 2 Exam Pattern

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

  • Paper-3 of JEE Main 2021 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.

Read Detailed JEE Main Paper 3 Exam Pattern

What Do Different Colours in JEE Main 2021 Questions 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

Navigating In Sections and Questions of JEE Main 2021

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 Important Topics

As the JEE Mains 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.

IIT-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 TopicsJEE Main 2021 Weightage
Oscillations And Waves10%
Rotational Motion6%
Atoms And Nuclei5%
Current Electricity7%
Laws of Motion5%
Magnetic effect of Current and Magnetism9%

IIT-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 TopicsJEE Main 2021 Weightage
Transition Elements & Coordination Chemistry9%
Carbohydrates, Amino Acids, and Polymers7%
Periodic Table and Representative elements6%
General Organic Chemistry6%
Chemical Bonding6%
Atomic Structure5%

IIT-JEE Main Important Topics for Mathematics

Mathematics section is probably the most scoring section of JEE Mains. 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 TopicsJEE Main 2021 Weightage
Coordinate Geometry12%
Integral Calculus12%
Differential Equations7%

All topics of Calculus are deemed highly important for the JEE Main 2021. 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 2021

Given below are some best books that will help students strategise their study pattern and subject-wise concepts for JEE Main 2021. 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 Mains.

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 BArch 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

Check Best Books for B.Arch

Preparation Tips for JEE Main 2021

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

Practice Tips

  • 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 JEE Main syllabus within the stipulated time.

JEE Main Paper Analysis (January 2020 Session)

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 Paper 1 Analysis PDFs (by Resonance)

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.

Top 20 Percentile Cut Off

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.
  • 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 JEE 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 2021 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 2021 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 2021.

  • 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.

Check JEE Main Participating Colleges

Indian Institute Of Information Technology (IIITs) Under JEE Main 2021

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

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 in 2016120
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

Government Funded Technical Institutes (GFTIs) Under JEE Main 2021

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. 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. Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra, J&K
  16. International Institute of Information Technology, Naya Raipur
  17. International Institute of Information Technology, Bhubaneswar

Check JEE Main Cut Off for Top GFTIs

Contact Details

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IITK Outreach Centre, Gautam Buddh Nagar
Noida-201309, Uttar Pradesh (India)
Contact No. :  0120-6895200

Email: [email protected]

Helpline Number: 8287471852, 8178359845, 9650173668, 9599676953


    • Hi Dharamveer, The exam dates for JEE Main 2021 are in 4 sessions:-
      23 – 26th February 2021 (Session 1)
      15 – 18th March 2021 (Session 2)
      27 – 30th April 2021 (Session 3)
      24 – 28th May 2021 (Session 4)

    • Hey, if you are getting such message, first ensure that the email is from NTA or verified source only. If the image in your admit card is not visible clearly, you might be required to contact NTA and update the image.

  1. I am unable to download my JEE Main Admit Card. Many say that NTA sends admit card on email. But I not received any mail. Can you please help?

    • Hi Jayesh, NTA does not send JEE Main Admit Card via email or post. Only you can download your admit card from the official website using application number and DOB. Contact NTA helpline number if you are unable to download your admit card.

    • Hi Arjun, NTA has recently announced that the Application Form for JEE Main 2021 May session will be out from 3rd May to 12th May 2021. You will be asked to choose your own exam date for JEE Main 2021 amid the clash with 12th board exams.

    • Hi Animesh Best Books you can refer are-Chemistry by J. D. Lee, Chemical Calculations by RC Mukherjee etc. Read more important preparation tips for Chemistry here

  2. Hello sir, my caste certificate is expired but I uploaded it in JEE Mains Application. Can I update it during JoSSA Counselling?

    • Hi Sameera, you must upload latest and valid documents only in order to avoid rejection in future. Contact NTA Helpline in this regard. During JEE Main 2021 Counselling, you will be asked for registration again. Please upload valid certificate if you wish to avail reservation in colleges via JEE Main 2021.

    • Hi Rakshit,the eligibility criterion of minimum marks in 12th boards (75%) have been scrapped for the year 2021, similar to 2020. This decision is likely taken due to COVID-19 pandemic as schools are still under lockdown and students are not able to avail proper classroom education which might hamper their overall scores in subjective exams.

    • Hi Sakshi, competition in JEE Main 2021 will be very tough as there are relaxations in various eligibility criteria. Even with 95 percentile, seats in NITs are tough to get. To get a suitable course at NIT, one must score about 97 percentile or above. However, you can check Top NITs Cut Off here.

    • Hi Tanvi, there is no reduction in JEE Main 2021 Syllabus. NTA has added Numerical-Based Questions in the Physics, Chemistry and Maths sections. Previously 5 compulsory questions were asked. But now 10 questions will be provided out of which 5 will have to attempted. This means out of a total of 30 Numerical questions, only 15 need to be attempted.

    • Hi Nishit, In this case, we are sorry but you can only contact NTA Helpline through email or landline number. You can also fill JEE Main 2021 Application again when window re-opens after February, March and April session.

    • Hi Abhishekh,it will not be possible to change the details (such as name, mobile, email etc.) provided during registration for JEE Main 2021. However, you can register for JEE again using a different email and mobile number and fill the application form using the new registration.

    • Hi Bhawna, A statement has released by Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal stating that most of queries will be answered on 10 December.

    • Hi Shivani, The total number of marks required to obtain a certain percentile score cannot be predicted because of the factors such as, number of shifts, total number of candidates and the level of difficulty of the exam. But securing a score of 260 plus marks would be a safe score.

    • Hi Purshottam, JEE Main 2021 is delayed, now conducted in February and May session. Registration process will be delayed too.

    • Hi Mayra, “The list of document to be carried at Exam hall are:-

      JEE Main Admit card
      valid photo ID proof in original 
      one passport size photograph
      Candidates must carry the requested documents in support of class 12th or qualifying examination.
      A PwD certificate if applicable.”

    • Hi Khushi, “JEE Main Registration/Application Fee can be paid via:

      Debit Card
      Credit Card
      Net Banking
      Online Wallets”

    • Hi Mohit, JEE Main Registration Fee for NRI students is USD 50 for candidates from SAARC countries and USD 150 for Candidates from non SAARC countries

    • Hi Suraj, JEE Advanced qualifying students have to register for JoSAA Counselling to get admissions in IIT Jodhpur. Click here to know how much you should score to get into IIT Jodhpur.

    • Hi Ritu Meena, IITs, NITs, and IIITs remove the 75% criteria to get admission due to COVID-19. This relaxation might be not applicable for JEE 2021 session. The authority has not made any official statement yet.