NTA has successfully conducted the JEE Main for the January session for 2020. About 9 lakh examinees appeared for the examination. Here is a detailed analysis of the JEE Main paper. It is said that JEE Main Phase 2 papers are less complex than papers of phase 1. As per the analysis, experts believe that this year’s cut off will see substantial increment than last year’s JEE Main Cut Off.
Latest Update: As announced by the HRD Minister Mr Ramesh Pokhriyal on 5th May, 2020, the JEE Main examination will be conducted from 18th – 23rd July, 2020.
- For JEE Main 2020, 9,34,619 students had applied for both papers. However, 85% who registered, appeared for the exam.
- All sections are conducted in online mode.
- There have been no technical glitches found at any JEE Main Exam Center.
Here we have presented an analysis of the JEE Main Paper 1, Paper 2 and Paper 3 for all shifts. The analysis will involve the question patterns, difficulty levels and good attempts to help the aspirants evaluate their performance. Moreover, the analysis can also help future aspirants get an idea of the test they are yet to face.
Recent Changes in JEE Main Exam
There are a few changes made in JEE Main Examination. They are:
- The exam will be conducted in two sessions. The exam will be held twice a year, in the month of January and April.
- Candidates can sit for both the sessions. Only the best score will be taken into consideration.
- The conducting body for JEE Main Exam will be conducted by NTA instead of CBSE.
- The number of questions asked has been reduced from 30 to 25. These 25 questions will comprise 20 MCQs and 5 numerical questions.
- All the three subjects, i.e, Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry will be given equal weightage. Each question of each section will carry 4 marks. For every MCQ answered incorrectly, one mark will be deducted. On the other hand, there is no negative marking for numerical-based questions.
- Maths and Aptitude Tests will be common for both B.Arch and B.Plan Papers. Candidates taking the B.Planning exam will have to solve a paper of 25 multiple choice questions on planning. On the other hand, B.Arch aspirants will have to sit for a Drawing test.
- The drawing test will be of 100 marks and will consist of only 2 questions instead of 3. The B.Arch Paper will consist of 77 questions instead of 81.
- B. Planning paper will carry 100 questions of 4 marks each.
- The B.Planning exam will be held separately. According to its exam pattern, it will have three sections—I, II, III—that will be Mathematics and the Aptitude test (similar to B.Arch), and Planning (multiple-choice questions).
- As the number of negative responses in the exam will be slightly lower, students will have a better chance of securing a rank.
- The intention of holding the exam twice a year is to encourage more and more students to take the exam. It will also enable the students to understand the exam pattern in the first session and score better in the next one.
JEE Main Paper 1 Analysis
Overall, the difficulty level of the JEE Main Paper 1 was similar for all shifts.
- The Physics section was the toughest according to most candidates.
- Chemistry was the easiest section for many candidates.
- NCERT exercises dominated the Chemistry section, which proved to be beneficial for most aspirants.
- Although many found the Mathematics section easier, some questions were time-consuming.
- Many candidates found it tough to attempt all the questions from the Mathematics section within the given time of 3 hours.
- At least 90 minutes was needed to be able to solve all the questions in Maths section only.
JEE Main 2020 Paper 1 Details
Subject-wise distribution of Questions, Total number of questions and marks:-
Subject | Number of Questions | Marks |
Mathematics | 20 MCQ + 5 numerical value | 100 |
Physics | 20 MCQ + 5 numerical value | 100 |
Chemistry | 20 MCQ + 5 numerical value | 100 |
Total | 75 | 300 |
JEE Main Paper 1 Analysis – January 9, 2020 (Morning Shift)
- Physics section was the toughest for most of the candidates. There were many calculative problems and formula-based questions.
- In the Physics section, the most dominating topics were – thermodynamics, resistance and fluids, etc. Few questions were from optics.
- Mathematics was easier to solve. However many candidates found the questions to be lengthy. Therefore, it was a little difficult to solve them within the given time.
- In the Mathematics section, about 5 questions were on Calculus. Few questions were asked on Trigonometry, Algebra, Continuity and Differentiability too.
- NCERT syllabus dominated the Chemistry section. However, few questions were tricky and students found it difficult to answer.
- The Chemistry section covered topics like coordination compounds.
- The overall difficulty level of the paper was moderate. Students found that almost equal weightage was given on the syllabus of standard XI and XII.
Paper Analysis as per division of questions from Class 11th and 12th
Subject | Class 11 | Class 12 | Total Percentage | |||
Number of Questions | Total Marks | Number of Questions | Total Marks | Class 11 | Class 12 | |
Chemistry | 10 | 40 | 15 | 60 | 40% | 60% |
Maths | 12 | 48 | 13 | 52 | 48% | 52% |
Physics | 14 | 56 | 11 | 44 | 56% | 44% |
Grand Total | 36 | 144 | 39 | 156 | 48.00% | 52.00% |
Paper Analysis as per difficulty level of questions
Subject | Easy | Medium | Difficult | |||
Number of Questions | Total Marks | Number of Questions | Total Marks | Number of Questions | Total Marks | |
Chemistry | 6 | 24 | 12 | 48 | 7 | 28 |
Maths | 7 | 28 | 13 | 52 | 5 | 20 |
Physics | 11 | 44 | 10 | 40 | 4 | 16 |
Grand Total | 24 | 96 | 35 | 140 | 16 | 64 |
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JEE Main Paper 1 Analysis – January 9, 2020 (Afternoon Shift)
- Chemistry in this shift was the easiest section. Many questions on organic chemistry were directly from NCERT exercises.
- The Chemistry section covered topics like Markovnikov reaction, Anti-Markovnikov reaction, Ideal gas equations, Thermal Expansion, etc. There were more questions from inorganic chemistry than organic chemistry.
- The difficulty level of the Mathematics section was moderate to easy. Higher weightage was given to the syllabus of Standard XII in this section.
- Topics like vector and 3D, Probability and AP dominated the Mathematics section.
- The Numerical value questions were easier. Students with clear conceptual knowledge could solve them easily.
- Physics section covered questions from topics like Centre of Mass and Inertia.
- Physics was the toughest section and more weightage was given on the syllabus of Standard XI.
Paper Analysis as per division of questions from Class 11th and 12th
Subject | Class 11 | Class 12 | Total Percentage | |||
Number of Questions | Total Marks | Number of Questions | Total Marks | Class 11 | Class 12 | |
Chemistry | 11 | 44 | 14 | 56 | 44% | 56% |
Maths | 13 | 52 | 12 | 48 | 52% | 48% |
Physics | 13 | 52 | 12 | 48 | 52% | 48% |
Grand Total | 37 | 148 | 38 | 152 | 49.33% | 50.67% |
Paper Analysis as per difficulty level of questions
Subject | Easy | Medium | Difficult | |||
Number of Questions | Total Marks | Number of Questions | Total Marks | Number of Questions | Total Marks | |
Chemistry | 6 | 24 | 12 | 48 | 7 | 28 |
Maths | 7 | 28 | 13 | 52 | 5 | 20 |
Physics | 11 | 44 | 10 | 40 | 4 | 16 |
Grand Total | 24 | 96 | 35 | 140 | 16 | 64 |
JEE Main Paper 1 Analysis – January 8, 2020 (Morning Shift)
- The paper was of moderate to difficult level. Physics and Chemistry were tougher than the Mathematics section.
- Mathematics section was more time-consuming than the other two sections. However, numerical value questions were easy to solve.
- Although the questions covered the syllabus of both Standard XI and XII, few students found more questions from Standard XII, especially in the Physics section.
- Chemistry section was quite difficult, which came as a surprise to many candidates. Many questions were from Inorganic Chemistry, a pattern that was unexpected for many candidates.
- Some important topics covered in the Chemistry section are – environmental chemistry (greenhouse gases), ionization enthalpy, etc.
- Physics section covered questions on ray optics and waves.
- Mathematics section covered questions from AP, matrix and determinants, parabola, calculus, vectors and 3D etc.
Paper Analysis as per division of questions from Class 11th and 12th
Subject | Class 11 | Class 12 | Total Percentage | |||
Number of Questions | Total Marks | Number of Questions | Total Marks | Class 11 | Class 12 | |
Chemistry | 12 | 48 | 13 | 52 | 48% | 52% |
Maths | 11 | 44 | 14 | 56 | 44% | 56% |
Physics | 12 | 48 | 13 | 52 | 48% | 52% |
Grand Total | 35 | 140 | 40 | 160 | 46.67% | 53.33% |
Paper Analysis as per difficulty level of questions
Subject | Easy | Medium | Difficult | |||
Number of Questions | Total Marks | Number of Questions | Total Marks | Number of Questions | Total Marks | |
Chemistry | 9 | 36 | 13 | 52 | 3 | 12 |
Maths | 9 | 36 | 11 | 44 | 5 | 20 |
Physics | 22 | 88 | 2 | 8 | 1 | 4 |
Grand Total | 40 | 160 | 26 | 104 | 9 | 36 |
Check JEE Main Physics Syllabus
JEE Main Paper 1 Analysis – January 8, 2020 (Afternoon Shift)
- In this shift, Chemistry was the easiest to solve. However, Physics was the toughest. The overall difficulty level was moderate.
- Although Mathematics was solvable, the questions were very time-consuming.
- Most of the questions in the Chemistry section were asked from NCERT syllabus. This made the paper easier and was a relief for most candidates.
- The Mathematics section consisted of more questions from the Standard XI syllabus.
- Most of the candidates found the numerical value questions to be easy and solvable.
- Electromagnetism was the most dominant topic in the Physics section. In the Chemistry section, organic chemistry was one of the major topics.
Paper Analysis as per division of questions from Class 11th and 12th
Subject | Class 11 | Class 12 | Total Percentage | |||
Number of Questions | Total Marks | Number of Questions | Total Marks | Class 11 | Class 12 | |
Chemistry | 8 | 32 | 17 | 68 | 32% | 68% |
Maths | 12 | 48 | 13 | 52 | 48% | 52% |
Physics | 11 | 44 | 14 | 56 | 44% | 56% |
Grand Total | 31 | 124 | 44 | 176 | 41.33% | 58.67% |
Paper Analysis as per difficulty level of questions
Subject | Easy | Medium | Difficult | |||
Number of Questions | Total Marks | Number of Questions | Total Marks | Number of Questions | Total Marks | |
Chemistry | 12 | 48 | 9 | 36 | 4 | 16 |
Maths | 7 | 28 | 15 | 60 | 3 | 12 |
Physics | 13 | 52 | 9 | 36 | 3 | 12 |
Grand Total | 32 | 128 | 33 | 132 | 10 | 40 |
JEE Main Paper 1 Analysis – January 7, 2020 (Morning Shift)
- Physics was the toughest section, according to many candidates. However, Chemistry was easier than in previous years. Most of the questions from Chemistry were covered by the NCERT syllabus.
- Numerical value questions were tricky for some candidates, while some found them to be moderately difficult.
- Mathematics appeared lengthy and difficult for many candidates.
- Some notable topics covered in the Chemistry section were – quantum numbers, chemical bonds, organic compounds, etc. Answering about 17 to 20 questions could be a good attempt.
- Some important topics covered in the Mathematics section were – parabola, quadratic equation, probability, permutation-combination, calculus, etc. All questions were of moderate to difficult level. A good attempt is 13 to 17 questions.
- Some mentionable topics covered in the Physics section were – wave optics, projectile, magnetic field, resistance, modern physics, etc. This section was a little calculative and many students found it difficult. The number of good attempts is 14 to 17 questions.
Paper Analysis as per division of questions from Class 11th and 12th
Subject | Class 11 | Class 12 | Total Percentage | |||
Number of Questions | Total Marks | Number of Questions | Total Marks | Class 11 | Class 12 | |
Chemistry | 11 | 44 | 14 | 56 | 44% | 56% |
Maths | 11 | 44 | 14 | 56 | 44% | 56% |
Physics | 12 | 48 | 13 | 52 | 48% | 52% |
Grand Total | 31 | 124 | 44 | 176 | 45.33% | 54.67% |
Paper Analysis as per difficulty level of questions
Subject | Easy | Medium | Difficult | |||
Number of Questions | Total Marks | Number of Questions | Total Marks | Number of Questions | Total Marks | |
Chemistry | 10 | 40 | 11 | 44 | 4 | 16 |
Maths | 13 | 52 | 10 | 40 | 2 | 8 |
Physics | 16 | 64 | 7 | 28 | 2 | 8 |
Grand Total | 39 | 156 | 28 | 112 | 8 | 32 |
Check JEE Main Chemistry Syllabus
JEE Main Paper 1 Analysis – January 7, 2020 (Afternoon Shift)
- Similar to the morning shift, Chemistry was the easiest section, while Physics and Mathematics were tougher.
- Mathematics section covered mainly from the syllabus of Standard XII.
- Numerical questions in the Mathematics section were lengthy. Many candidates found it difficult to complete them in the allotted time. However, numerical value questions in Chemistry were quite easy and students can expect to score if correctly answered.
- Integration and probability were the easiest problems to answer in the Mathematics section. There were about 4-5 questions from these topics that were easier to solve.
- In the Chemistry section, more questions were on Organic Chemistry than Inorganic Chemistry.
- In the Physics section, there were a considerable number of questions from Newton’s Law of Cooling and Thermodynamics.
Paper Analysis as per division of questions from Class 11th and 12th
Subject | Class 11 | Class 12 | Total Percentage | |||
Number of Questions | Total Marks | Number of Questions | Total Marks | Class 11 | Class 12 | |
Chemistry | 11 | 44 | 14 | 56 | 44% | 56% |
Maths | 12 | 48 | 13 | 52 | 48% | 52% |
Physics | 12 | 48 | 13 | 52 | 48% | 52% |
Grand Total | 31 | 124 | 44 | 176 | 46.67% | 53.33% |
Paper Analysis as per difficulty level of questions
Subject | Easy | Medium | Difficult | |||
Number of Questions | Total Marks | Number of Questions | Total Marks | Number of Questions | Total Marks | |
Chemistry | 4 | 16 | 13 | 52 | 8 | 32 |
Maths | 5 | 20 | 14 | 56 | 6 | 24 |
Physics | 13 | 52 | 8 | 32 | 4 | 16 |
Grand Total | 22 | 88 | 35 | 140 | 18 | 72 |
JEE Main 2020 Paper 1 Analysis by Resonance (PDFs)
Resonance Institute has provided detailed Paper Analysis of JEE Main 2020 January Session for B.E/B.Tech Paper. Candidates can download the PDFs from the links below.
Date | Shift 1 (Morning) | Shift 2 (Afternoon) |
7th Jan 2020 | Download | Download |
8th Jan 2020 | Download | Download |
9th Jan 2020 | Download | Download |
JEE Main Paper 2 Analysis
The JEE Main Paper 2 exam was conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) on January 6. JEE Main Paper 2 is the entrance exam for admission to B.Arch courses at various government universities. The exams were conducted in two sessions, the forenoon session and the afternoon session.
In this article, we have provided a detailed analysis of the papers in both sessions so that students can get a better understanding of the exam.
Student’s Reaction (JEE Main 2020)
- The papers in both the sessions were moderate to easy in their difficulty level.
- Questions were trickier rather than difficult.
- More questions were asked from the 11th standard syllabus.
- Numerical answer based questions are more challenging, said some candidates.
As usual, the B.Arch paper was subdivided into three sections – aptitude, mathematics and drawing.
Aptitude Section
In the aptitude section, students were tested on their mental ability rather than theoretical knowledge. There were questions regarding
- 3D images
- Symmetry between figures
- viewing of building structures from the top
Mathematics Section
In the mathematics section, questions were asked from
- Coordinate geometry
- Calculus
- Set theory
- Probability
Some students have said that they found solving the numerical value questions more challenging than other questions. Since the questions in this section were a bit tricky, many students found this to be the most difficult section of the paper.
Drawing Section
The third and last section is the drawing section. This section tests the creativity and artistic skill of students. In the drawing section, which contains 100 marks, students were asked to draw a gymnast and make a composition out of cylinders.
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JEE Main Paper 3 Analysis
The JEE Main paper 3 is the official entrance exam conducted by the NTA for admission to B.Planning courses. The exam was conducted on January 6, 2020, at 327 JEE Main Exam Centers spread around the country.
The paper was subdivided into three subsections
- Mathematics- Part 1
- Aptitude test- Part 2
- Planning based objective type questions- Part 3.
The total time limit for the exam was three hours.
Student’s Reaction (JEE Main 2020)
Mathematics Section
Following in the trend of the shift 1 exam, students found the questions in the mathematics section to be the most difficult. Questions mostly tested the fundamental knowledge of the students and no advanced level questions were asked as such. Most questions in the mathematics section were asked from the class 11 syllabus. Students were tested on their knowledge in
- Probability
- Conic sections
- Set theory
- Calculus
- Coordinate geometry
An example of the questions in the mathematics section would be, “The vector equations of the sides of a parallel pipe is given along with its volume, find the coordinates of the vector equations of the sides.”
Objective Type Planning Section
Students also said that they found the objective type planning section questions quick to solve but required factual knowledge rather than conceptual. In this section, they were asked general knowledge questions, such as who is the architect of the LIC buildings. Ministers and government-related questions were also asked.
Aptitude Section
The aptitude section was of easy to moderate difficulty level. Questions such as, what will be the side view of a building, if its top view is given or vice versa, were asked here. The questions in the drawing section were considered easy by most students, however, it was a bit time-consuming.
Both paper 2 and paper 3 were conducted in the CBT (computer-based test) mode although drawing questions were attempted on paper. In general, students have reacted positively to the ambiance in the exam halls. The centers were peaceful and no technical glitches occurred as such.
The marking scheme is the same for all three paper types (B.Tech, B.Arch and B.Planning).
- For every correct answer, the student will be awarded 4 marks
- For every wrong answer, one mark will be deducted
- Choosing multiple answers on the MCQ is treated as a wrong answer and marks will get deducted
- There is no negative marking in the numerical type questions.
Students are encouraged to attempt previous year question papers and also refer to the JEE Main 2020 Answer Key. This will not only strengthen their fundamental knowledge but also give them a clear idea about the pattern and difficulty level of these competitive exams.
JEE Main 2019 Paper Analysis – Paper 1
According to the analysis, the JEE Main paper for 2019 was moderately difficult.
Physics Section
- It was the toughest section of the entire paper.
- The section consisted of tricky questions that required logical and reasoning skills.
- The section consisted of 30 questions.
- 13 questions were from electromagnetism, 8 from mechanics 2 from modern physics, 3 from optics, 3 from thermodynamics,1 from SHM and Waves.
- On a scale of difficulty, 10 questions were quite easy, 17 were moderate and 3 questions were difficult.
Topics | No of Questions | Weightage of Marks |
Electromagnetics Induction; AC | 1 | 4 |
Solids and Fluids | 1 | 4 |
Waves | 1 | 4 |
Work, Power and Energy | 1 | 4 |
Gravitation | 1 | 4 |
Simple Harmonic Motion | 1 | 4 |
Unit, Dimension and Vector | 1 | 4 |
Kinematics | 1 | 4 |
Laws of motion | 1 | 4 |
Centre Of Mass, Impulse and Momentum | 1 | 4 |
Rotation | 1 | 4 |
Magnetics | 2 | 8 |
Heat and Thermodynamics | 3 | 12 |
Current Electricity | 3 | 12 |
Electrostatics | 3 | 12 |
Optics | 3 | 12 |
Modern Physics | 5 | 20 |
Total | 30 | 120 |
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Chemistry Section
- This section was considered the easiest among all the three sections.
- Equal weightage was given to all the three sections – Physical, organic and inorganic.
- Looking from a different perspective, the section had more questions from the class 12 syllabus.
- There were 12 questions from physical chemistry, 10 from organic chemistry and 8 from inorganic chemistry.
- Out of these, 11 questions were quite easy, 16 on a moderate level and 3 were a little tricky but doable.
Topics | No of Questions | Weightage of Marks |
Electrochemistry | 1 | 4 |
General Organic Chemistry | 1 | 4 |
Stereochemistry | 1 | 4 |
Carbohydrates, amino acid and Polymers | 1 | 4 |
Alkyl Halides | 1 | 4 |
Carboxylic Acid and their Derivatives | 1 | 4 |
Aromatic Compounds | 1 | 4 |
Redox Reaction | 1 | 4 |
Mole Concept | 1 | 4 |
Solution and Colligative Properties | 1 | 4 |
Hydrocarbon | 1 | 4 |
Chemical Kinetics | 1 | 4 |
Solid-State And Surface Chemistry | 2 | 8 |
Thermodynamics And Gaseous State | 2 | 8 |
Chemical Bonding | 2 | 8 |
Chemical And Ionic Equilibrium | 2 | 8 |
Atomic Structure | 2 | 8 |
Nuclear Chemistry And Environment | 2 | 8 |
The periodic table and Representative Elements | 3 | 12 |
Transition Elements and Coordination Chemistry | 3 | 12 |
Total | 30 | 120 |
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Mathematics Section
- The questions asked in this section were moderately difficult.
- A few candidates stated that there were few calculations in the exam that took a little bit longer.
- There were 9 questions from algebra, 8 from coordinate geometry, 9 from calculus and 4 were based on probability, mathematical reasoning and statistics.
- 13 questions were fairly easy, 13 were on a moderate level and 4 questions were difficult.
Topics | No of Questions | Weightage of Marks |
Sets, Relation and Function | 1 | 4 |
Sequences and Series | 1 | 4 |
Binomial Theorem and Its Application | 1 | 4 |
Differential Equation | 1 | 4 |
Differential Calculus | 1 | 4 |
Permutations and Combinations | 1 | 4 |
Trigonometry | 1 | 4 |
Mathematical Reasoning | 1 | 4 |
Statics and Dynamics | 1 | 4 |
Statistics and Probability | 2 | 8 |
Matrices and Determinants | 2 | 8 |
Vector Algebra | 2 | 8 |
Three Dimensional Geometry | 2 | 8 |
Complex numbers and Quadratic Equation | 2 | 8 |
Limits, Continuity and Differentiability | 3 | 12 |
Integral Calculus | 3 | 12 |
Coordinate Geometry | 5 | 20 |
Total | 30 | 120 |
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JEE Main 2019 Important Chapters That Were Covered
In JEE 2019, there were 20 chapters belonging to maths, physics and chemistry syllabus that were mostly covered in all the 8 different question papers. Some of these chapters are important and have been appearing in most of the exams.
Chemistry |
Solutions and Colligative Properties |
Chemical Thermodynamics |
General Principles and Processes of Isolation of Metals (Metallurgy) |
Nuclear and Surface Chemistry |
Practical and Environmental Chemistry |
Maths |
Indefinite Integration |
Definite Integration |
Complex Numbers |
Matrices and Determinants |
Circle |
Three Dimensional Geometrical System |
Point and Straight Line |
Binomial Theorem |
Application of Derivatives |
Probability |
Statistics |
Physics |
Electrostatics |
Ray Optics |
Current Electricity |
Photoelectric Effect and Electromagnetic Waves |
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JEE Main 2019 Paper Analysis – Paper 2
Mathematics and General Aptitude section of JEE Main Paper 2 were conducted in computer-based mode and Drawing test in pen and paper-based mode.
Mathematics Section
- The questions were quite difficult in the mathematics section.
- Most of the questions were based on calculus.
- The questions in the April section and January session displayed no similarity.
General Aptitude Section
- This section comprised a lot of tricky questions.
- The questions were based on topics such as 3D objects and shapes.
- Questions were General Knowledge-based too.
- Candidates were also asked about the location of architectural importance and the full form of important words.
- The entire section comprised fifty questions in 4 marks.
Drawing Section
- This section consisted of easy questions.
- The questions were lengthy and very time-consuming.
- The section consisted of 3 questions of 70 marks.
- The questions were basically designed to test the creativity and drawing skills of the students.
JEE Main 2018 Paper Analysis
JEE Main was conducted in online and offline mode. It was held in two shifts in India and abroad on April 8 (pen and paper-based) and April 15 and 16 (computer-based) respectively. The exam was conducted across 258 centers and approximately 10.5 lakhs aspirants appeared for the examination. The paper analysis will help to understand the exam pattern. Check the Paper analysis for Paper 1:
- JEE Main 2018 Paper was tougher than JEE Main 2017.
- The physics section was the most difficult to crack. Students faced a lot of difficulties while solving this section.
- The chemistry section was the easiest. The questions were straightforward and easy to solve. The students did not have to go out of their way to solve these questions.
- While some students claimed that the maths section was moderately difficult, others were of the opinion it was tough and lengthy.
- The ratio of questions asked from class 11 and 12 syllabi was unevenly distributed. The concentration of questions asked from class 11 paper was higher than class 12.
- Topics that were found easy: Integration, Conic Sections, Semiconductor, Optics.
- Most of the questions in physics were asked from Electrodynamics and Mechanics.
On the exam day, at the JEE Main exam centers, metal detectors were set up to ensure that the candidates were not carrying any prohibited materials. The candidates were even asked to remove their belt and shoes.
JEE Main 2018 Exam Pattern
In the following section, students will be able to get an analysis of the paper on the basis of different categories.
Distribution based on Difficulty
Levels | Physics | Chemistry | Mathematics |
Difficult | 6 Questions | 3 Questions | 3 Questions |
Moderate | 20 Questions | 17 Questions | 14 Questions |
Easy | 4 Questions | 10 Questions | 13 Questions |
Total | 30 Questions | 30 Questions | 30 Questions |
Class-wise Marks Distribution
The ratio of questions asked from class 11 and 12 syllabi was unevenly distributed. The concentration of questions asked from class 11 paper was higher than class 12.
Physics
Class | Total Questions | Topics |
11 | 17 | Magnetism, Solutions, Electromagnetic Induction, Magnetic Effects of Current, Electronic Devices |
12 | 13 | Motion in a plane, Kinematics, Friction, Gravitation, Surface Tension |
Chemistry
Class | Total Questions | Topics |
11 | 14 | Electrochemistry, Solutions, Solid State, Biomolecules, Chemistry in Everyday Life |
12 | 16 | Chemical Thermodynamics, Chemical Bonding, Hydrocarbons, P-block Elements |
Mathematics
Class | Total Questions | Topics |
11 | 10 | Differential Equations, 3D Geometry, Application of Integration, Matrices, Inverse trigonometry |
12 | 20 | Statistics, Quadratic Equations, Trigonometry, Sequences, and Series, Permutations and Combinations |
Topic-wise Marks Distribution
The topics-wise marks distribution is as follows:
Physics
Unit | Marks |
Mechanics | 44 |
Electrodynamics | 48 |
Thermodynamics | 8 |
Optics | 8 |
Modern and Nuclear Physics | 12 |
Total | 120 |
Chemistry
Unit | Marks |
Physical Chemistry | 48 |
Inorganic Chemistry | 28 |
Organic Chemistry | 44 |
Total | 120 |
Mathematics
Unit | Marks |
Calculus | 28 |
Algebra | 56 |
Conics | 16 |
Trigonometry | 8 |
Vector Algebra | 12 |
Total | 120 |
Chapter-wise analysis of the section over the years
This section will cater to the trend of the chapter-wise distribution of the questions over the years.
Physics
Topic | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019 |
Units, Dimensions, Errors and Experiments | 2 | 1 | 2 | 1 | 1 | 1 |
Kinematics | 1 | 1 | 0 | 1 | 2 | 1 |
Newtons’ Law of Friction | 1 | 1 | 0 | 1 | 1 | 1 |
Work, Power and Energy | 1 | 0 | 2 | 1 | 1 | 1 |
System of Particles | 1 | 2 | 1 | 0 | 0 | 1 |
Gravitation, Rotational Mechanics | 2 | 2 | 2 | 3 | 2 | 1 |
Properties of Matter | 4 | 1 | 0 | 1 | 1 | 1 |
SHM, Oscillations | 1 | 1 | 1 | 1 | 1 | 1 |
Mechanical Waves and Sound | 1 | 1 | 2 | 0 | 1 | 1 |
Ray Optics and Wave Optics | 3 | 3 | 3 | 3 | 2 | 3 |
Heat and Thermodynamics | 2 | 3 | 3 | 4 | 2 | 4 |
Electrostatics | 2 | 3 | 2 | 2 | 3 | 3 |
Current Electricity | 1 | 2 | 2 | 4 | 3 | 2 |
Magnetism, Magnetic effects of current | 2 | 3 | 2 | 1 | 2 | 2 |
EMI, AC and EM waves and Communication | 3 | 4 | 3 | 2 | 2 | 3 |
Modern Physics | 3 | 2 | 5 | 5 | 5 | 4 |
Total Questions | 30 | 30 | 30 | 30 | 30 | 30 |
Chemistry
Topic | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019 |
Atomic Structure and Classification | 2 | 2 | 1 | 2 | 1 | 2 |
Chemical Bonding | 2 | 1 | 1 | 1 | 2 | 2 |
Stoichiometry | 0 | 1 | 1 | 2 | 1 | 1 |
States of Matter | 3 | 1 | 1 | 1 | 2 | 3 |
Chemical and Ionic Equilibrium | 0 | 1 | 1 | 1 | 4 | 2 |
Chemical Kinetics and Nuclear Chemistry | 1 | 1 | 1 | 1 | 1 | 1 |
Chemical Thermodynamics | 1 | 1 | 1 | 2 | 1 | 1 |
Solutions | 1 | 1 | 1 | 1 | 1 | 1 |
Electrochemistry | 3 | 1 | 1 | 1 | 1 | 1 |
General Organic Chemistry + Functional Group I | 3 | 3 | 6 | 3 | 3 | 3 |
General Organic Chemistry + Functional Group II | 3 | 2 | 0 | 4 | 4 | 1 |
General Organic Chemistry + Functional Group III | 2 | 1 | 1 | 2 | 1 | 2 |
Chemistry of Representative Elements | 5 | 7 | 6 | 4 | 4 | 4 |
Transition Elements | 1 | 3 | 2 | 1 | 1 | 1 |
Coordination Compounds and Organometallics | 1 | 1 | 2 | 1 | 2 | 2 |
Surface Chemistry | 0 | 0 | 1 | 1 | 1 | 1 |
Biomolecules | 2 | 3 | 3 | 2 | 1 | 2 |
Total Questions | 30 | 30 | 30 | 30 | 30 | 30 |
Mathematics
Topic | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019 |
Sets, Relations and Functions | 2 | 1 | 1 | 1 | 1 | 1 |
Limits, Continuity and Differentiability | 1 | 3 | 2 | 2 | 2 | 3 |
Application of Derivatives | 2 | 1 | 2 | 2 | 1 | 1 |
Indefinite and Definite Integrals and Area Under the Curve | 3 | 3 | 3 | 3 | 3 | 3 |
Cartesian coordinates and Straight Line | 2 | 2 | 1 | 1 | 1 | 3 |
Circles | 1 | 1 | 2 | 1 | 1 | 1 |
Conics | 2 | 2 | 2 | 2 | 3 | 1 |
Quadratic Equations, Inequalities and Progressions | 4 | 3 | 3 | 3 | 3 | 1 |
Complex numbers | 1 | 1 | 1 | 1 | 1 | 1 |
Binomial Theorem, Exponential and Logarithmic Series | 1 | 1 | 1 | 1 | 1 | 1 |
Permutation and Combination | 0 | 1 | 1 | 1 | 1 | 1 |
Probability | 1 | 1 | 1 | 3 | 1 | 1 |
Vectors | 1 | 1 | 1 | 1 | 1 | 2 |
3-D Coordinate Geometry | 2 | 2 | 2 | 2 | 2 | 2 |
Differential Equations and Properties of Triangles | 1 | 1 | 1 | 1 | 1 | 1 |
Trigonometry and Inverse Circular Function | 1 | 1 | 1 | 1 | 2 | 1 |
Heights and Distances | 1 | 1 | 1 | 1 | 1 | 1 |
Matrices and Determinants | 2 | 2 | 2 | 2 | 2 | 2 |
Mathematical Logic | 1 | 1 | 1 | 1 | 1 | 1 |
Statics and Dynamics | 0 | 0 | 0 | 0 | 0 | 1 |
Statistics | 1 | 1 | 1 | 0 | 1 | 1 |
Total Questions | 30 | 30 | 30 | 30 | 30 | 30 |
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Importance of JEE Main Paper Analysis
JEE Main Paper Analysis gives you an insight about several things in the paper. These include
- Comprehending the difficulty of each of the papers.
- Overall difficulty level.
- The nature of questions, whether they were easy, tricky, difficult, conceptual and more.
- The number of questions.
- The chapters from which the questions were asked.
- Weightage of marks.
- Subject-wise Analysis.
- Marks allotted to each question and each section.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Ans. Questions asked in JEE Main are mostly multiple-choice questions. According to the new pattern, Paper 1 will now have 5 numerical based questions in each section. Candidates will not be marked negatively for these numerical based questions. Although, 1 mark will be deducted if they answer a multiple-choice question incorrectly.
Ans. In the January session, Physics was the most difficult with a lot of formula-based questions. Mathematics was moderately difficult and time-consuming. Chemistry questions were mostly from NCERT with some tricky portions.