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JEE Main 2020 B.Planning Exam Pattern: A Complete Guide

Last updated on October 22nd, 2020 at 06:24 pm

NTA has officially revised JEE Main Exam Pattern from 2020 onwards on it’s official website. This includes an additional Paper of B.Planning, which earlier was in combination with B.Arch. Apart from new updates, NTA has devised a structured JEE Main 2020 B.Plan Exam Pattern for the aspirants.

Latest Update: JEE Main Counselling 2020 for admission to B.Arch and B.Planning colleges has commenced from 6th October. Results, Opening & Closing ranks for Seat Allotment in Round 2 are out. Read More

There has been additional changes for the JEE Main 2020 exam owing to the ongoing pandemic situation. The details below discuss important updates of JEE Main B. Plan Exam Pattern:

  • The total marks for the test will be 400 marks. The paper for selecting students for the B Plan courses will be conducted separately
  • The paper will have 100 MCQs for 400 marks.
  • A total of 59,003 aspirants had applied for JEE Main B.Plan exam (January session)
  • This year onwards, the aspirants can apply either for B.Arch or B.Plan paper or both of them together.
  • Candidates will be tested in three areas – Aptitude, Problem Solving and Mathematics.
  • A total of 100 questions is segregated in the following manner:
    • Aptitude – 50
    • Mathematics – 25
    • Planning – 25
  • B. Plan Exam Pattern, by NTA for upcoming JEE Main 2020 exam provides details like total number of questions, marks distribution, marking scheme etc.

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All about JEE Main B. Plan 2020

  • Bachelor of Planning or B.Planning is a 4-year UG course
  • The course explains different fields of designing, engineering, and managing
  • B.Plan program aims in resolving problems related to urban human settlements and building competencies in any area of business
  • Minimum eligibility for B.Plan is 10+2 or equivalent with at least 50% in Mathematics
  • JEE Main and subsequent round of counselling is the sole criteria for admission to this course in any college in India including IITs, CFITs, NITs, and other government-aided technical institutes

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JEE Main 2020 B. Plan Exam Pattern – Highlights


Details on latest JEE Main Pattern is tabulated below:

Particulars B. Plan exam pattern
Mode of exam Online
Number of sections and subjects 3 (Mathematics, Aptitude, and planning based questions)
Duration of exam 3 hours (however, it will be 4 hours for persons with benchmark disabilities)
Timings 2:30-5:30 pm (Timings for the aspirants opting for both B.Arch. and Planning will be 2:30 – 06:00 p.m.
Number of questions Paper 2: 100 questions (Mathematics: 25 questions, Aptitude: 50 and planning based questions 25)
Type of questions Mathematics and Aptitude: Objective type questions; planning based questions
JEE Main Total Marks 400 marks
Language of paper English, Hindi and Gujarati

B. Plan Exam Pattern – Marking Scheme of B. Plan paper

Particulars Marks
Correct Answer +4 marks
Incorrect Answer -1 mark
Unattempted Question 0

JEE Main Paper 3 – Marks per section

Section Number of Questions Total marks/section
Mathematics 25 100 (25 x 4)
Aptitude 50 200 (50 x 4)
Planning-based Questions 25 100 (25 x 4)

B. Plan Exam Pattern – Syllabus

  • NTA officially released updated syllabus for JEE Main aspirants
  • It is advisable to understand the syllabus for upcoming JEE Main 2020 exam
  • JEE Main syllabus helps in planning effective preparation strategies
  • B. Plan Exam Pattern ensures that students cover important chapters at the time of revisions

Details of JEE Main 2020 Syllabus for B.Planning is given below:

Part 1: Mathematics

Mathematics syllabus is the same for all the three JEE Main papers.

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

Part 2: Aptitude

The syllabus for JEE Main aptitude section is as follows:

  • Knowledge of places, buildings, persons, etc.
  • Texture and objects in relation to Architecture and building environment
  • Understanding three-dimensional objects from two-dimensional drawings
  • Analyzing sides of three-dimensional objects
  • Assuming three-dimensional objects
  • Transforming 2D and 3D unions

Part 3: Questions related to Planning (for B. Plan paper only)

  • General Awareness in relation to development issues, government policies, etc.
  • Reviewing the analytical skills of the candidates
  • CBSE Class X Social Sciences

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Changes in JEE Main Exam Pattern 2020

NTA has revised JEE Main Exam Pattern from 2020 onwards as below:.

Introduction of NAT

Numerical value questions do not have options and one needs to type the answer using the virtual keyboard available on computer screens:

  • For each section of B.E / B. Tech, there will be 5 NATs
  • JEE Main students of B. Plan. need to answer 5 NATs in the JEE Main Maths section
  • NATs does not have negative marking

Number of papers increased to 3

  • JEE Main 2020 will have separate papers for B. Arch and B.Plan
  • Therefore, JEE Main papers now include B.E. / B.Tech, B.Arch, and B.Plan

Reduced number of questions

  • For JEE Main B.E/B. Tech section, the number of questions has been reduced from 90 to 75
  • NTA has reduced overall marks as well from 360 to 300

Other changes

  • From 2020, the B. Plan Exam Pattern has been separately introduced in JEE Main
  • The increase in the application fee can be paid online
  • JEE Mains has removed upper age limit
  • To be eligible, a JEE Main applicant must meet the eligibility norms irrespective of age
  • Aadhar Card is not mandatory for registering for JEE Main exam
  • NTA has set up more than 3400 Practice centers across the country for exam preparation
  • Diabetic students can carry a water bottle, fruits, and sugar tablets to the exam hall

How to prepare as per the latest B. Plan Exam Pattern?

  • JEE Main aspirants need to focus more on the numerical value type questions
  • It has around 20% weightage in BE/B.Tech and B.Arch papers and 5% in B. Plan paper
  • Also, it is advisable to attempt these questions as they carry no negative marking
  • B. Plan Exam Pattern  has few variation, hence one must fluctuate speed of learning accordingly
  • Ensure to understand the question properly before attempting it
  • Avoid silly mistakes while doing calculations
  • JEE Main 2020 exam aspirants should try to complete the NCERT first before referring other books
  • As B. Plan Exam Pattern is new, understanding of syllabus and pattern is important for scoring well

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General preparation strategies for B. Plan aspirants

For better effective learning, understanding of the B. Plan Exam Pattern is essential including the following points:

  • Understand the difference in syllabus:
  1. Part 1 and 2 of the B. Plan syllabus are the same as the B. Arch syllabus
  2. Part 3 has variations
  3. There are planning based questions for the B.Plan exam, while B.Arch has drawing based
  • B. Planning section will have three sections of Mathematics, General Aptitude and Planning
  • Understand the important topics well for JEE Main B.Plan paper
  • Acquaint yourself with skills to read a map as it will help in answering the related questions
  • Candidates should prepare according to B. Plan Exam Pattern that includes enhancing general awareness skills
  • JEE Main aspirants are advised to be updated on current affairs
  • Candidates preparing as per B. Plan Exam Pattern must pay special attention to various developmental schemes, Government activity, etc.
  • Try to attempt maximum mock tests.

JEE Main Mock Tests

  • Annually NTA releases  JEE Main online mock test series for candidate reference for JEE Main exam
  • Coaching centers also rely heavily on these JEE Main test series
  • Owing to the COVID 19 crisis, for JEE Main 2020, NTA has launched the “National Test Abhyas” for aspirants to practice mock papers from home

JEE Main Previous Year Question Papers

  • JEE Main 2020 participants are advised to practice JEE Main previous year question papers to identify key concepts
  • Such question papers also helps in understanding style of question in the JEE Main exam
  • Practising previous year question papers also helps in better time management skill development

Some of the recommended books for JEE Main 2020

For JEE Main exam, selection of right books and authors is quite essential. Below mentioned are few suggested best books by popular authors for preparation of JEE Main 2020:


JEE Main Recommended Books for Mathematics

Book Author/Publisher
Trigonometry S.L. Loney
Higher Algebra Hall & Knight
Coordinate Geometry S.L. Loney

Best books to prepare for Part 2 & 3: Aptitude and Planning

  • Contemporary India – Textbook in Geography
  • India and Contemporary World – History
  • Understanding Economic Development Textbook in Social Science
  • Study Guide for B.Arch 2020
  • NATA & JEE (B.Arch) Study Pack for 2020: 12 books with Previous year Question Paper

JEE Main 2020 Exam Day Guidelines

JEE Main aspirants are advised to go through the detailed JEE Main 2020 exam day guidelines below to avoid any kind of issues on the day of exam:

  • Entry gates to the exam hall will be opened at least 2.5 hours before the starting of the exam
  • Candidates are advised to reach as early as possible to speed up the process of security checking and verification
  • JEE Main aspirants must carry JEE Main 2020 admit card and identity proof to enter the exam hall
  • PWD category students must produce a duly signed PWD certificate in the format prescribed by the authorities at the exam center
  • All sorts of electronic devices like phones, calculators, watches with calculators, etc. are prohibited inside the exam centers
  • Diabetic students are allowed to carry sugar tablets/fruits and water in a transparent water bottle inside the exam hall. However, packaged food items like chocolate, sandwich, etc. are not allowed

JEE Main 2021 Exam Pattern

  • NTA has not updated any information for changes in JEE MAin 2021 exam pattern as of now
  • It is speculated that owing to reduction in CBSE 12th syllabus by 30%, JEE Main syllabus might get affected
  • JEE Main exam considers syllabus of 11th and 12th class, hence covid crisis will adversely affect school reopening and subsequent entrance exams
  • Computer Based Test i.e. online mode will most probably be preferred for jEE Main 2021
  • No change in schedule of January session of 2021 has been updated yet
  • Division of B.Arch and B.Planning paper like JEE Main 2020, will likely remain same in coming years

JEE Main B.Planning – Scope and Career

After B.Planning, students can either pursue higher studies or can look for a suitable job. Below are few options to choose from:

  • M.Planning
  • Relative M.Sc or M.Tech courses
  • PG Diploma Course
  • There are jobs available in the government sector as well like government departments of planning, housing schemes, etc.
  • For private sectors, options are from sectors like construction, interior designing firms, NGOs, etc.

Those candidates appearing for JEE Main B. Plan paper this year, must strictly adhere to B. Plan Exam Pattern 2020.

Stay motivated and focus on revision well.

Best of luck with your upcoming exam!

JEE MAin B.Planning FAQs

Ques: What is the format for paper 3 in JEE Main 2020 exam?
Ans: From 2020 onwards, NTA has announced a separate paper for JEE Main exam. The third paper will be of B.Planning and comprises aptitude, mathematics and planning based questions. The medium of question paper will be English, Hindi and Gujarati. The duration of the exam will be 3 hours.
Ques: Are there any specific changes in the marking scheme for B.Plan?

Ans: There will be 3 sections in the paper namely mathematics, aptitude and planning based. There will be 50 aptitude based questions and 25 each for the mathematics and planning section. Numerical questions are added that carry no negative marking.

Ques: How will the merit list for paper 3 be devised?

Ans: The exam will be conducted in two shifts namely morning and evening. Overall NTA scores will be considered for preparing the merit list. In case of tie, merit will be based on score in mathematics, aptitude and planning based in the same order.

Ques: What is the basic eligibility to appear for the B.Plan exam?

ANs: To appear for paper 3 of B.Planning, a candidate needs to score a minimum of 50% marks in 12th board exam. However the minimum aggregate requirement has been deducted for this year exam. In 12th class, a JEE Main aspirant needs to appear for at least 5 subjects.

Ques: What is the minimum and maximum age limit for JEE Main?

Ans: To appear for JEE Main 2020, candidates must have passed 12th either in 2019 or 2018, not before that. Also, NTA does not specify any upper age limit to attempt the exam.


    • Hi Anmol, No official announce has been made by the authorities. For latest updates kindly keep visiting Official website.

  1. I have not started my JEE Main 2021 (not advance) preparation until now. How can I crack the JEE Mains 2021 in 5 months with 200+ marks?

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