JEE Main 2020: Admit Card (Postponed), Exam Dates, Syllabus, Pattern

Update 1: JEE Mains 2020 April Session has been postponed until end of May 2020 due to outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more about this update here.

Update 2: National Digital Library has provided JEE 2020 Preparation Module to study from home for students during 21-day lockdown. Read more about this update here.


JEE Main 2020 application process was available from February 7, 2020. Candidates were able to apply for the JEE Main April session on the official website till March 12, 2020. JEE Main 2020 exam has now been postponed by the exam authority due to novel coronavirus (COVID-19). NTA had scheduled the exam from April 5 to April 11, 2020 but will now announce new dates after 31 March 2020. Candidates are advised to check the eligibility criteria before filling the registration form. Check Eligibility Criteria

NTA has started registration for JEE Main Mock tests where students can practice for the main exam.

Application Form for JEE Main 2020 was available from September 3 – October 10, 2020 for January session and February 7 – March 12, 2020 (Extended) for April Session. Check Important Dates

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

JEE Main 2020 Official Exam Dates

January Session

Examination JEE Main – January Session 2020
Mode of Exam CBT
Registration Dates 3 to 30 September 2019
Availability of Admit Cards 6 December 2019
Exam Dates 6 – 9 January, 2020
Result 17 January, 2020

April Session

Examination JEE Main – April Session 2020
Mode of Exam CBT
Registration Dates 7 February to 12 March 2020
Correction Facility March 13 to 16, 2020 (Revised)
Availability of Admit Cards 20 March 2020 31 March 2020
Exam Dates 5- 11 April 2020 Postponed
Result 30 April 2020

JEE Main II Information Brochure Published on the official site.

Latest: An official notification released by the NTA for JEE Main 2020 January session said that the numerical questions in the jee main exam will also have numerical responses. The examination 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 held from April 05 – 11. For the January session, Physics and Mathematics sections were tough while Chemistry remained the easiest having direct questions from NCERT books. Here is a detailed Paper Analysis.

JEE Main syllabus is now available on the official website.

Based on JEE Main Score, around 25220 Engineering and Architecture seats are filled every year. JEE Main is a 3-hours duration exam consisting of Objective Type and Drawing Aptitude (only for Paper 2) questions. Objective type questions are based on class 11 and 12th science syllabus.

New IconCandidates can check NTA official notice for dates and shift allotment of JEE Main 2020 Candidates. Read here

Changes Introduced in JEE Main

  • B. Arch and B.Plan will be conducted separately.
  • A separate paper has been introduced for B. Planning.
  • Numeric value answer based questions have been introduced to the paper pattern.
  • B.E/B. Tech paper used to be of 360 marks and B. Arch/ B. Planning paper used to be of 390 marks, Whereas JEE Main 2020 will have B.E/B.Tech paper of 300 Marks, B. Arch/B.Planning paper of 400 marks.
  • Planning based Objective Type questions have been introduced for B.Planning.
  • The number of subject-wise questions 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 test with a total weightage of 100 marks.
  • There is no negative marking for numerical value answer based questions.
  • No marks will be deducted for unanswered questions.
  • Application Fee has changed.

JEE Main 2020 Highlights

Name of Examination JEE Main 2020
Conducting Body NTA (National Testing Agency)
Official Website jeemain.nta.nic.in
Mode of Application Online
Exam Level National Level UG Entrance
Mode of Exam Online
Number of Papers 3 (Paper 1 for B.E./B. Tech, Paper 2 for B. Arch & Paper 3 for B. Planning)
JEE Main Helpdesk 7042399520, 7042399521, 7042399525, 7042399526

JEE Main 2019 Qualifying Marks

JEE Main 2020: Exam Dates

JEE Main 2020 exam dates have been announced by NTA in due course through the official notification. Calendar of Events for the exam is tabulated below.

Events January Session April Session
Release of JEE Main Notification September 03, 2019 February 7, 2020
Commencement of JEE Main Application Form September 03, 2019 February 07, 2020
Closure of Application Process October 10, 2019 (Extended) March 12, 2020 (Extended)
Availability of Admit Card December 6, 2019 March 20, 2020 March 31, 2020
JEE Main 2020 Online Exam January 06 to January 09, 2020 April 05 to April 11, 2020 To be released on March 31
Declaration of Result January 17, 2020 April 30, 2020

JEE Main Eligibility Criteria

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

Criteria Eligibility for Appearing in JEE Main Relaxation (for reserved categories)
Age limit No age limit No age limit
Minimum qualifying marks (for admission in NITs, IIITs, IITs, and CFTIs) 75% marks in aggregate 65% marks in aggregate
Year of passing class 12 Passing after 2018, 2019 or appearing in 2020
Total number of attempts 3

Note:

  • There is no age bar to be eligible for JEE Main 2020. But some IITs have an age limit to get admission.
  • Candidates who have passed 12th or equivalent examination in 2018, 2019 or appearing in 2020 are eligible.
  • 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.
  • Candidates applying for B.E./B. Tech should have studied Physics and Mathematics along with Chemistry/Biology/Biotechnology while candidates applying for B.Arch/B. Planning should have studied Mathematics in their +2 level.
  • There is no specification on pass percentage in the qualifying examination to write JEE Main. However, for admissions into the IITs, NITs, IIITs and CFTIs, candidates need to have an aggregate score of 75% in the qualifying exam (65% for SC/ST/PwD categories).

JEE Main Reservation Criteria

The exam conducting body assigns All India Rankings to candidates as per their respective categories following the Government of India directives regarding reservation 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.

JEE Main 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 to J&K, Assam, and Meghalaya, should register with their Aadhaar Number (Aadhaar Enrollment Number for candidates whose Aadhaar Card has been applied for but not issued yet).
  • 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 personal email ID and an active mobile number for JEE Main Registration. Candidates are advised to retain their registered email ID and mobile phone number till the JEE Main and subsequent processes till admission are over as important information may be shared via email or SMS by the exam conducting authority.

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

JEE Main 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 e-mail 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 acknowledgment 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 particulars File Type File Size
Candidate’s Recent Photograph (photograph should be clear with the candidate’s name and date of clicking the photograph printed on it) .jpeg/jpg 10 KB – 200 KB
Candidate’s Specimen Signature .jpeg/jpg 4 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 acknowledgment page for future reference.

JEE Main 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 variations are 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 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.

JEE Main Application Form Correction

The organizing authority provides a one-time facility for making corrections in certain fields of the JEE Main Application Form. An additional amount of fee may be charged for making corrections. The 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 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 examination.

JEE Main Admit Card

JEE Main Admit Card will be released on the official website jeemain.nta.nic.in on December 6, 2019 for January session and March 20, 2020 for April session for all the candidates who have submitted the online application form complete in all respect within the deadline. The admit card has to be downloaded and printed from the website for writing the exam. Candidates are advised to save their JEE Main Admit Card for future reference. Check the steps to download the JEE Main Admit Card here.

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

JEE Main Exam Center

NTA allocates the Exam Centres according to the 4 preferences provided by the aspirants. 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 of JEE Main 2020 will be held only in one shift. NTA has provided ‘Centre Locator’ facility on their official website to indicate the shortest and fastest route for students.

  • JEE Main 2020 will be conducted in about 258 test locations including 10 cities outside India. All the locations had the facility of CBT while about 110+ locations are expected to have the facility of PBT. 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 locations in case of PBT and 1 location in case of CBT. If a candidate is opting for Paper 1 in a location where only CBT is conducted but wants to appear for Paper 2 as well, they have to select 4 other exam locations with PBT facility.
  • 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 of test location will not be entertained; however, the decision of the Executive Director (JAB) will be final in this context.

JEE Main Exam Pattern

The highlights of the JEE Main Exam Pattern are tabulated here:

Specifications/ Course B.E./B. Tech B. Arch B. Planning
Question Type 20 MCQ and 5 numerical value question 20 MCQ and 5 numerical value question 20 MCQ, 5 numerical value question and 2 planning based objective type MCQ
Medium of Exam Center cities in Gujarat, Dadra, Nagar Haveli, and Daman & Diu: English, Hindi, Gujarati.
Rest of India: English, Hindi
Mode of Exam Online Online and Offline 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 3 hours 3 hours
Total Marks 300 400 400
Marking Scheme for MCQ +4 for correct answer | -1 for an incorrect answer | no marks for unanswered +4 for correct answer | -1 for an incorrect answer +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 +4 for correct answer | no marks for an incorrect answer +4 for correct answer | no marks for an incorrect answer

JEE Main 2020 Mock Test

MHRD and NTA have made several efforts to make the preparation smoother for engineering aspirants. The official mock test for JEE Main 2020 and UGC NET will be live on the official site, nta.ac.in.

Moreover, more than 3000 TPCs (Test Practice Centers) will be allocated across the country for students lacking access to computers for practicing the mock test. Candidates can register for TPCs on the official site and centers will be allocated for specific batches. Check Complete Details About JEE Main Mock Test.

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.

JEE Main 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 Paper 2 are largely based on Aptitude and Drawing along with some class 12 level Mathematics. Click here to check the syllabus for JEE Main 2020.

The important topics as specified for JEE Main is tabulated below:

Subject Important Topics
Physics Physics and Measurement; Kinematics; Laws of Motion; Work, Energy and Power; Rotational Motion; Gravitation; Properties of Solids and Liquids; Thermodynamics, Kinetic Theory of Gases; Oscillation of Waves; Electrostatics; Current Electricity; Magnetic Effects of Current & Magnetism; Electromagnetic Induction & Alternating Currents; Electromagnetic Waves; Optics; Dual Nature of Matter & Radiation; Atoms & Nuclei; Electronic Devices; Communication Systems
Chemistry Some Basic Concepts in Chemistry; States of Matter; Atomic Structure; Chemical Bonding and Molecular Structure; Chemical Thermodynamics; Solutions; Equilibrium; Redox Reactions and Electrochemistry; Chemical Kinetics; Surface Chemistry; Classification of Elements & Periodicity in Properties; General Principals & Processes Of Isolation Of Metals; Hydrogen; S-Block Elements; P – Block Elements; D&F Block Elements; Co-ordination Compounds; Environmental Chemistry; Purification & Characterization of Organic Compounds; Basic Principles of Organic Chemistry; Hydrocarbons; Organic Compounds containing Halogens/Oxygen/Nitrogen; Polymers; Biomolecules; Chemistry in Everyday Life; Principles related to Practical Chemistry
Mathematics Sets, Relations and Functions; Complex Numbers and Quadratic Equations; Matrices & Determinants; Permutations & Combinations; Mathematical Induction; Binomial Theorem; Sequences & Series; Limit, Continuity & Differentiability; Integral Calculus; Differential Equations; Coordinate Geometry; Three Dimensional Geometry; Vector Algebra; Statistics & Probability; Trigonometry; Mathematical Reasoning
Aptitude Test Awareness of places, persons, buildings, and materials; Texture and objects related to Architecture and building environment; Visualizing 3D objects from 2D drawings; Visualizing different sides of 3D objects. Mental Ability (Visual, Numerical and Verbal), Analytical Reasoning, Three dimensional – perception and appreciation of scale and proportion of objects, color, texture, building forms and elements, contrast and harmony.
Drawing Test Drawing and designing of geometrical or abstract shapes and patterns in pencil; Transformation of forms both 2 D and 3 D union; Elevations and 3 D views of objects Rotation; Development of surfaces and volumes; Generation of Plan; Creating 2D and 3D compositions using given shapes and forms; Sketching of activities from memory of urban scenes (public space, festivals, market, street scenes, recreational spaces monuments, etc.); landscape (gardens, trees, riverfronts, jungles, plants etc.) and rural life.

JEE Main Answer Key

NTA hosts the official answer keys for both papers of JEE Main along with individual candidate’s OMR Sheets for a short period on the official website. Candidates can check their answers against the answer key and draw an estimate of their score in the exam.

NTA released the final answer keys for the January sessions on 17 January for paper 1 and on 23 January for Paper 2 & Paper 3. Download JEE Main Answer Keys here.

The organizing body also welcomes challenges to the 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 is based on the revised Answer Key.

JEE Main Result

The result for JEE Main 2020 is declared on the official website on January 17, 2020, for the January session and April 30, 2020, for the April session. Result for paper 1 and 2 will be announced separately along with All India Ranks (AIR) and Category Ranks. The 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 AIR. The JEE Main 2020 Score Card will carry the following details:

  • JEE Main All India Rank
  • Category Rank
  • Total Score in JEE Main
  • Sectional Scores secured in each paper
  • Qualifying Status for JEE Advanced

Three candidates achieved a full 100 NTA score in the JEE Main 2020 January session. 2 candidates score 100 in B.Arch and 1 candidate score 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 resultsand download the respective scorecards.

JEE Main 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.

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

Category Qualifying Marks
General 89.75
OBC – NCL 74.21
Scheduled Caste 54.01
Scheduled Tribe 44.33
PwD 0.11
EWS 78.21

JEE Main 2019 Cutoff

JEE Main Counselling

The centralized counseling 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 seat 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 center, a report has to be sent to the allotted college for the admission process.

Contact Details

JEE (Main) Unit Central Board of Secondary Education

Plot No. 149, Block – H,

Sector – 63, Noida – 201309

Distt- Gautam Budh Nagar (U.P.)

Email: [email protected]

Helpline No.: 7042399520, 7042399521, 7042399525, 7042399526