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JEE Main vs JEE Advanced – Check The Differences Here

Last updated on September 14th, 2020 at 05:25 pm

If a person has to fulfill his dream to pursue studies in a premium engineering college in India, the pinnacle hurdle that he would have to overcome is JEE Main and further JEE Advanced in order to upgrade his chances of an imperial college. Let us read this article and resolve our doubts about JEE Main vs JEE Advanced.

Check | JEE Main Exam Dates

Due to the popularity of both JEE Main and Advanced, about ten lacs students appear every year for the primary stage of JEE Main to test their knowledge capabilities. Out of which only about one-fourth,i.e, 2.5 lakh students find themselves eligible for the ameliorated level of JEE Advanced.

JEE Main vs JEE Advanced: Quick ComparisonDifference between JEE Main and JEE Advanced

Let us see the comparison between JEE Main vs JEE Advanced on the basis of the following parameters.

JEE Main vs JEE Advanced – Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria as of 2020 for candidates are listed below:

For JEE Main:

  • Qualification: The aspirant should have passed class 12 or passed out of equivalent class 12 in 2018 or 2019. Also, students appearing for class 12 in 2020 must also satisfy JEE Main Eligibility Criteria.
  • Age: There is no age limit, however, the candidates should have positively passed out class 12 in either 2018 or 2019 else pursuing class 12 in 2020.
  • Number of attempts: The candidate is eligible to appear for JEE Main for three consecutive years abiding by the qualification criteria. In all, the candidate can have a maximum of 6 attempts as the examination is conducted twice in an academic year.
  • Subjects: The mandatory subjects vary for Paper 1, 2, and 3. For Paper 1(B.Tech/ B.E), Physics, Mathematics and any one of Chemistry, Biology, Biotechnology or a Technical Vocational Subject. For Paper 2 (B.Arch), Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry and for Paper 3 (B.Planning), Mathematics is considered to be a compulsory subject.

For JEE Advanced:

  • Merit in JEE Main: The candidate should have secured a rank among the top 2,50,000 candidates among all categories in JEE Main Paper 1. Those who succeed in securing among the above ranks are further divided into categories.
Particulars Percentage
GEN-EWS 10%
OBC-NCL 27%
SC 15%
ST 7.5%
OPEN 40.5%
PwD 5% horizontal reservation above all
  • Age Limit: Those candidates born after October 1, 1995, are eligible to appear for JEE Advanced. Also, for SC, ST and PwD category candidates, there’s an extension of five years, i.e, from October 1, 1990.
  • Number of Attempts: A candidate is eligible to appear for JEE Advanced for a maximum number of two times in two consecutive years.
  • Appearance in class 12 or equivalent examination: The aspirant should have appeared for class 12 or equivalent examination for the first time in 2020 or 2019. Also, if the result was declared after June 2018 for the academic year 2017-18, it would make candidates of that particular board of the academic year 2018 eligible for JEE Advanced 2020 given the fact that they meet the other criteria as well
  • Prior admissions in IIT: Students who have already been admitted into an IIT are not eligible TO appear in JEE Advanced except for those candidates who were admitted to a preparatory course in 2019 for the first time, also those candidates who paid the acceptance fees in 2019 provided, that the abided by the following conditions:
    • Didn’t report to any of the reporting centers, else
    • Drew out before the final stage of seat allotment, else
    • Canceled their seat before the final round of allotment.

JEE Main vs JEE Advanced – Exam Pattern

JEE Main

As per JEE Main exam pattern, it is segregated into three papers namely Paper-1, Paper-2 and Paper-3 all of which are CBT based. Although students are eligible to appear for all these papers simultaneously, Paper 1 is for aspirants seeking admission for B.E./B.Tech courses, Paper 2 is for admission in B.Arch and Paper-3 for B.Planning courses. Paper 3 is the latest edition to the series of papers inculcated from January 2020, before this it used to be an aspect of Paper-2 itself.

Check: B.Arch Exam Pattern

Basis JEE Main Paper 1 JEE Main Paper 2 JEE Main Paper 3
Course offered B.Tech / B.E B.Arch B.Planning
Exam mode CBT Mathematics and Aptitude – CBT Drawing – Pen and Paper Mode CBT
Duration 3 Hours 3 Hours 3 Hours
Total Marks 300 400 400
Subjects Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics Mathematics, Aptitude and Drawing Test Planning-based, Aptitude and Mathematics
Number of Questions 75 77 100
Type of questions MCQs + Numerical Value MCQs + Numerical Value + Drawing MCQs + Numerical Value + Planning
Medium of Exam English/ Hindi/Other regional languages English/ Hindi/Other regional languages English/ Hindi/Other regional languages

Read B.Plan Exam Pattern in detail.

JEE Advanced

As per JEE Advanced Exam Pattern is also segregated into two papers, i.e, Paper-1 and Paper-2 both of which are compulsory and CBT based. Unlike JEE Main, the number of questions in JEE Advanced is not fixed and hence maximum marks for this exam cannot be predetermined.

Basis of Distinction JEE Advanced Paper 1 JEE Advanced Paper 2
Exam Mode CBT CBT
Duration of Exam 3 Hours 3 Hours
Subjects Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics
Type of Questions MCQs, Numerical Value Questions MCQs, Numerical type Questions and List type Questions
Medium of Exam English and Hindi English and Hindi

JEE Main vs JEE Advanced – Syllabus

The course structure of JEE Main and JEE Advanced differ in various aspects as some of the topics included in JEE Main are omitted in JEE Advanced and vice-versa.

  • The syllabus for JEE Main Paper 1(B.E/B.Tech) includes topics from Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics. For Paper 2(B.Arch), the syllabus covers aspects of Aptitude, Drawing, and Mathematics while for Paper 3, the topics in the syllabus are included from Mathematics, Aptitude, and Planning based questions.
  • JEE Advanced 2020 Syllabus, on the other hand, includes quite a few topics like Thermal Physics and Electrochemistry along with others from Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics that are omitted in JEE Main. Topics like Electronic Devices, Electromagnetic Waves, and Communication Systems from Physics, Sets, Relations, and Functions, Statistics and Probability, Trigonometry, and Mathematical Reasoning from Mathematics are excluded from the syllabus of JEE Advanced, which prevail in the JEE Main syllabus.

JEE Marking Schemes 

The marking scheme of JEE Main and JEE Advanced is compared in the following section.

JEE Main

Basis B.E/ B.Tech (JEE Main Paper 1) B.Arch (JEE Main Paper 2) B.Plan (JEE Main Paper 3)
Total Marks 300 400 400
Correct Answers MCQs – +4 marksNon-MCQs – +4 marks MCQs – +4 marksNon-MCQs – +4 marks MCQs – +4 marksNon-MCQs – +4 marks
Incorrect Answers MCQs – (-1) marksNon-MCQs – 0 marks MCQs – (-1) marksNon-MCQs – 0 marks MCQs – (-1) marksNon-MCQs – 0 marks
Unattempted questions No marks awarded No marks awarded No marks awarded

For the drawing based questions in Paper 2, 100 marks are assigned for each of the two questions, marks of which are given based upon the evaluation of the drawings.

Check | JEE Main Paper Analysis

JEE Advanced

Basis JEE Advanced Paper 1 JEE Advanced Paper 2
Correct Answers MCQs with more than 1 correct answer – +4 marks MCQs with 1 correct answer – +3 marks Numerical Value Questions – +3 marks MCQs with more than 1 correct answer – +4 marks Numerical Value Questions – +3 marks List Type Questions – +3 marks
Incorrect Answers MCQs with more than 1 correct answer – -1 mark MCQs with 1 correct answer – -1 mark Numerical Value Questions – 0 MCQs with more than 1 correct answer – -1 mark Numerical Value Questions – 0 List Type Questions – -1 mark
Unattempted Questions No negative marking No negative marking

Check | JEE Advanced Paper Analysis

Due to the Pandemic of COVID-19 outbreak, the scheduling of these examinations have been delayed keeping in mind the risks and safeguard of the candidates involved. As of now, the Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal states that JEE Main is now scheduled to be conducted between 1 to 6th of September while JEE Advanced is now to be held on the 27th of September. Read the announcement here.

Although the dates have been set, nothing concrete can be said as it totally depends on what the scenario will be in September. Nonetheless, aspirants are advised to utilize this additional time to the maximum extent.