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Mathematics and Physics Not Mandatory For Pursuing Engineering, Says AICTE

Last updated on August 26th, 2021

According to a new notification, Mathematics and Physics will not be compulsory subjects for Engineering Aspirants planning to pursue a B.Tech course. The notification was made available by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) who has released its approval access handbook for the academic year 2021-22. The eligibility criteria for UG admissions have now been revised – students planning to take admissions into UG engineering courses need not have Mathematics and Physics as their core subjects in Class 12th.AICTE notification

Now students are allowed to select a combination any three subjects from the following-

Physics IT
Chemistry Information Practices
Mathematics Technical Vocational Subject
Biology Biotechnology, Agriculture
Computer science Business Studies
Electronics Engineering Graphics and Entrepreneurship

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Introduction of Bridge Courses

As per the revised rules, AICTE informed that the unreserved category students need to get 45% marks to pass 12th while for the reserved category, students need to get at least 40% marks to pass. AICTE also proposed the introduction of bridge courses.

Since Physics and Maths will not be compulsory for students of class 12th, introduction of bridge courses in mathematics, physics, engineering drawing by the engineering colleges and institutes will improve the base of these subjects for students during the initial semesters. The move will help students in becoming more productive while pursuing an engineering course.

The new revisions by AICTE have received many disapprovals as Class 12th Mathematics and Physics is the foundation for Engineering studies. Bridge courses might not be able to substitute Class 12th Maths as it is only a remedial course. While in engineering, students have to study higher-level mathematics till the fifth semester.

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Opinions From Experts

According to educationists, for doing courses like Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, students need to have a deeper understanding of Maths and Statistics. So, AICTE needs to reconsider the amendments done in the approval process handbook 2021-22. Many education experts also believed that since Class 12 physics and mathematics are essential for engineering students, this move might prove wrong in the future of the country. The amendments proposed by AICTE have received several criticism from educators and colleges from across the country.

At present, the study of Physics and Mathematics is mandatory for the students of Class 12th of the science stream who are looking for admissions to UG engineering courses. The revised eligibility rules for JEE Main also mentioned that Chemistry is not mandatory, but Physics and Mathematics are, with an additional subject.

No matter whatever the future consequences of this decision, one thing is possible for all the students coming from medicine, commerce and vocational backgrounds. That is, they can apply for B.E. and B.Tech degree courses in the country.

[Latest] NTA Re-Opens JEE Main Application Window; Answer Key and Response Sheet Released For February 2021 Session

Last updated on March 2nd, 2021

NTA has re-opened the JEE Main 2021 Application Forms for the upcoming sessions i.e. March, April and May 2021. The dates for registration are 2nd to 6th March only. Previously, NTA had notified that the application window will reopen briefly after results of each JEE Main 2021 session. But it came as a sudden shock to many students, who were waiting for JEE Main Results and Answer Keys.NTA JEE updates

Along with the re-opening of the application window, NTA has also stated that the JEE Main Form Correction Window will not be opening after 6th March due to limited time frame. So, candidates are advised to properly fill the application form, without making any mistakes.

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Provisional Answer Keys and Response Sheets Released For Feb 2021

In addition to the above announcements, NTA released the provisional JEE Main Answer Keys for February 2021 session. Response sheets of candidates have also been released which they can check by logging in to the official website.

  • Candidates can challenge the answer key by paying INR 200 / question challenged. This amount is non-refundable even if the challenge is accepted.
  • The window to challenge/view the answer key is open from 1st to 3rd March 2021 only.
  • Based on the revisions, final JEE Main Answer Key will be released later on by NTA.

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Procedure To Check Answer Keys

Candidates can check their responses and correct answers thereof using the steps below-

  • Open the official website of JEE Main 2021.
  • Click on the button – “Display Question ….. February 2021 Session”
  • A new login window will open. Candidates can login using application number and password OR application number and DOB.
  • Enter the details and click on Submit/Login.
  • You can now check the responses and respective correct answers to questions.

NTA successfully conducted JEE Main 2021 February session from 23rd to 26th Feb. Students and expert analysis has been out for all the shifts. Aspiring candidates can check the JEE Main 2021 Paper Analysis.

JEE Main 2021 Begins With B.Arch and B.Planning Papers; Check Exam Analysis, Difficulty of Mathematics Section

Last updated on August 24th, 2021

The February session of JEE Main 2021 has commenced today i.e. 23rd February. As per the official data, 6.60 lakh candidates have registered for February 2021 session. About 6.5 lakh candidates will appear for B.Tech Paper (Paper 1). While, 63,065 candidates will appear for Paper 2A and 2B i.e. B.Arch and B.Planning papers respectively.JEE Main 2021

The Papers 2A and 2B were conducted on 23rd February 2021. Candidates were required to appear at exam centers while following proper COVID-19 guidelines. The JEE Main Admit Card 2021 also includes a declaration which students must sign and submit at the examination centre.

JEE Main B.Arch Paper Analysis – 23rd Feb 2021 (Shift 1)

Mixed reactions were taken from students who appeared for the Paper 2A and 2B. First reactions from the candidates say that the JEE Main B.Arch paper was easy to moderate. Given below is the JEE Main Paper Analysis for Shift 1-

  • Mathematics section was easy as reported by most candidates.
  • Aptitude section was moderate. Some students said it was more difficult than Mathematics.
  • Drawing section is subjective so usually questions are easier. However, the marking scheme for the drawing part varies depending on the performance of a candidate.
  • Experts have also reviewed the B.Arch paper of Shift 1. The JEE Main Cut Off 2021 might go higher as the number of students are less. Paper was a bit difficult according to the level of questions asked. However, students reported it was easier than previous years.

Soon, B.Planning paper will also be conducted. Exam Analysis for Paper 2B will also be updated here. The exam pattern for both papers is given below-

B.Arch – Paper 2A Pattern

Mathematics CBT 25 100
Aptitude Test CBT 50 200
Drawing Pen-Paper 02 100
Total Mixed 77 questions 400 marks

B.Planning – Paper 2B

Mathematics CBT 25 100
Aptitude Test CBT 50 200
Planning Based CBT 25 100
Total CBT 100 questions 400 marks

Do note that candidates get options in Numerical Value Type Questions. Total numerical questions in Mathematics would be 10 instead of 5. However, only 5 need to be attempted. NTA will be conducting the B.Tech/B.E. paper from 24th to 26th February and will soon be releasing the JEE Main Answer Keys. Within a few days, JEE Main Results 2021 will be available, tentatively around 1st week of March 2021.

NTA Will Allow Students To Choose JEE Main Exam Date For May 2021 Due To Dates Clash With 12th Boards

Last updated on February 15th, 2021

Soon after the 12th boards date sheet was released by CBSE and other state boards, a lot of students were in shock and worry as the exam dates clashed with the May 2021 session of JEE Main 2021. Multiple students reached out to Dr Ramesh Pokriyal, Education Minister of India, and asked him for help as NTA usually allotted random dates during the exam sessions.JEE Main exam date 2021

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JEE Main 2021 May session (4th session) will be conducted on 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th and 28th May 2021. During these dates, CBSE and few other state boards have also decided to conduct examinations for certain subjects.

In order to avoid any clash, NTA has decided to provide the option to choose an exam date. Given below are some points from the official notice-

  • NTA is going to open the JEE Main Application Form 2021 from 3rd May to 12th May 2021 (for May session).
  • Candidates will be asked to provide their Class 12th Roll Number and Name of Examination Board such as CBSE, ICSE or respective state boards.
  • Those candidates who are appearing for JEE Main 2021 and 12th boards will be required to select ‘Date’ in their online application form. This will be under the heading – “Whether appearing for Board Examination on any of the dates 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th and 28th May 2021”.

This will ensure no confusion remains between the students with regards to clash in exam dates. NTA’s early move has been widely appreciated by the students as it will help many students to plan their dates much earlier.

Recently, NTA has also released the JEE Main Admit Cards 2021 for February session. Candidates can download the same here. In order to download the admit card/hall ticket, candidates need to provide application number and date of birth. Any discrepancy in JEE Main Admit Card needs to be reported via NTA helpline numbers only.

JEE Main 2021 Application Form Correction Window Open, Check Details

Last updated on January 28th, 2021

NTA has opened the JEE Main 2021 application form correction facility to make changes in the application form of the exam from today. Students can make the corrections in their JEE Main 2021 Application forms till 30th January 2021. On the application form, the aspirants will be able to edit various details like – name, address, educational details, photos and others.

JEE Main 2021 Application Form Correction: 8 Steps

Check the 8 steps to correct your JEE Main 2021 application forms below:

  • Aspirants must visit the official website of JEE Main 2021 i.e. jeemain.nta.nic.in.
  • Then, click on either – “Image Correction” or “Application Correction” button to make the changes.JEE Main 2021 Application
  • Now, the candidates should read all the instructions and click on ‘Proceed’ to move to the next step.
  • Check if all information is correct. In case changes are required, please do the same and click the ‘Submit’ button.
  • In case you want to make corrections to the photograph, they must click on the link – “Image Correction”.
  • Then provide your credentials to login and proceed further.
  • Students will have to upload their photograph once again with the ascertained size and format.
  • After that, candidates will have to ‘Save’ their changes and then click on the ‘Submit’ tab.

After the JEE Main 2021 application form correction, NTA will release the admit card in the second week of February 2021 tentatively. NTA also has stated the details like – name, address, category, PWD status, educational details, date of birth, choice of exam cities, etc. once changed on the application form and submitted will not be considered for changes further.

What’s New This Time?

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a lot of changes were incorporated in the previous year to ensure all aspirants get to write the exam. Those changes have also been included in this year. Few are mentioned below-

  1. Candidates are allowed to update their exam city preferences in form correction. This means, if a candidate has moved to another city, he/she can provide it as first preference, in case they want an exam center in that city.
  2. This year, the exam is being conducted in 4 sessions – February, March, April and May. Candidates who have not opted for any of the sessions while filling the application form can do so by using the correction window.
  3. In the above case, candidates will be asked to pay additional fees according to the number of sessions and papers chosen by the candidate.
  4. Candidates who were not able to take JEE Advanced in the previous year (2020), do not have to attempt JEE Main 2021 again. They can directly attempt JEE Advanced 2021, while providing valid proof of reason over why they weren’t able to take the exam. The rules will be communicated once JEE Advanced 2021 notification is released.

In case you are facing any issues in form correction, you can comment here or contact JEE Main Helpline. Keep visiting JEEMains.in for regular updates!

JEE Main 2021 Registrations Deadline Extended Till 23rd January 2021, Fill Application Forms Here

Last updated on August 24th, 2021

NTA JEE Main 2021 is scheduled to be conducted from 23rd to 26th February 2021. Candidates who wish to fill the JEE Main Application Form can do so by the 23rd January 2021 (extended). The deadline for application forms was previously 16th January. Candidates can now fill the form, and pay the application fee by 24th January 2021.

Apply Now For JEE Main 2021

Some important FAQs were answered by NTA on multiple queries raised by aspiring students. Candidates who have not filled the form, or have missed filling form for any session can check FAQs here.

Key Points For JEE Main Registrations 2021JEE Main 2021 Registrations Deadline

  1. This year, the candidates can take JEE Main Examination in 4 sessions – February, March, April and May 2021. Application Forms will be made available again after results of Feb, March and April sessions.
  2. B.Arch (Paper 2A) and B.Planning (Paper 2B) will be conducted in February and May 2021 sessions only.
  3. NTA also changed the exam pattern for candidates, instead of reducing the syllabus. Check Exam Pattern
  4. JEE Main Form Corrections will commence from 19th January and will close on 21st January. Do ensure if you have made any errors in the application form, correct those during this period.

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Will NTA extend JEE Main Application Window?

Any chances of extending the JEE Main Application Window are very less likely. NTA has already notified that the application window will be reopened after the results of each session. They also notified the complete schedule from January to May 2021 for various sessions. Hence, NTA might not extend the application dates for students.

What about CBSE Boards?

Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal has already announced that CBSE Boards will be conducted after May 2021. This directly implies much more importance being given to competitive exams. He also announced that 75% eligibility criteria or top 20 percentile rule is being dropped this year as well. This also means students will be much less worried about their board exams. The dates will not clash either and students can focus calmly on JEE Main 2021 only.

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Education Minister Announces JEE Advanced 2021 For 3rd July, 75% Criteria Removed

Last updated on August 18th, 2021

The Education Minister of India, Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal, has announced that JEE Advanced 2021 will be conducted on 3rd July 2021. In a live session, he announced the dates and also said that with due consideration, the top 20 percentile criteria or 75% eligibility rule for class 12th boards has been waived off this year too.

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He told students that there is enough time for JEE Advanced preparations. As COVID-19 crisis is still ongoing and schools have not re-opened completely, 75% eligibility criteria is being scrapped. IIT Kharagpur will be conducting the exam this year.

Who Can Directly Apply For JEE Advanced 2021?

As per the older rules, candidates who wish to take admissions in NITs or IITs or other JEE Main Participating colleges must have scored 75% or higher in their 12th board exams. This is also called the top 20 percentile criteria.

In addition to this, the students who were unable to attend JEE Advanced previous year (2020) due to COVID-19 restrictions, are directly eligible for JEE Advanced 2021. They will not be required to attempt and qualify JEE Main 2021 again.

When will JEE Advanced 2021 Application Form Open?

With this recent announcement, JEE Advanced official website – jeeadv.ac.in – is now being rebuilt for the 2021 session. The information brochure for JEE Advanced and other exam dates are expected to be available soon.

The registration process will undergo some or other changes as few students might be asked to provide specific reasons over why they were unable to attend JEE Advanced 2020. Consequently, it is possible that the application window for JEE Advanced 2021 might open soon after the JEE Main Results of May session. This would be tentatively around mid-June 2021.

Keep visiting JEEMains.in for latest updates on Joint Entrance Examination.

Important FAQs Answered On NTA JEE Main 2021: Sessions, Syllabus, Category Certificate

Last updated on December 30th, 2020

NTA recently released a total of 36 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on JEE Main 2021. They were released on the official website for students who have been confused over how multiple changes in JEE Main 2021 are being incorporated.

The most important change is, of course – 4 sessions. Students are majorly confused about the JEE Main Application Forms of these multiple sessions. To clarify these issues, NTA provided relevant information in their FAQs. We are including some of the most important FAQs below.

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faq on JEE MAIN 2021Q1. When can students fill the JEE Main Application Form 2021?

Ans. JEE Main Application Window 2021 is open from 16 December 2020 to 16 January 2021. Fees can be paid online only till 17 January 2021. Register Now

However, the application/registration window will be open again for 3 to 4 days after results of February, March and April sessions. Students can apply for further upcoming sessions through these windows.

Q2. Do candidates have to fill separate Application Forms for each session of JEE Main 2021?

Ans. No, candidates will be required to fill only one application form for JEE Main 2021 for all sessions. Candidates can opt for all/partial sessions now or later on, within the same application form. While filling the JEE Main Application Form for another session later on, candidates need to use the same credentials as the previous session. They will only be required to pay application fee.

Q3. I paid the application fee for a particular session, but do not want to attend that session. Can I get a refund?

Ans. A candidate can get a refund if he/she does not want to attend the session. In this case, the candidate must apply for a refund request only during the application window of that session. Candidates can also carry forward the fee for next session.

Q4. Has the NTA changed JEE Main Syllabus 2021?

Ans. NTA has not changed the JEE Main Syllabus 2021. The syllabus is the same as previous year. Although, the number of numerical questions in each section have been increased from 5 to 10 with any 5 to attempt. This will be provided in the Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics section of all papers.

Q5. In which sessions will Paper 2A (B.Arch) and Paper 2B (B.Planning) be conducted?

Ans. Paper 2A and 2B will be conducted only twice a year as before – February and May 2021 sessions only. This is because both papers include Pen and Paper mode for the Drawing section.

Q6. What is the duration of exam for Paper 2A and 2B when attempted together?

Ans. The duration is 3 hours and 30 minutes for Paper 2A and 2B. The shift is fixed from 3 PM to 6:30 PM only.

Q7. Is it compulsory to upload category certificates – Gen-EWS, SC, ST, OBC (NCL) and PwD certificate – in JEE Main Application Form?

Ans. Yes, it is compulsory to upload your respective category and PwD certificate (if applicable). However, candidates who do not have it currently available can upload the printable self-undertaking. However, the original certificate (scanned) has to be uploaded before the end of May 2021. Check JEE Main Reservation Criteria

These were few of the main questions which were important for aspirants. All of the FAQs can be read here. Self-undertaking (Appendix II) can be found at the end of this document.

Key Takeaways From Education Minister’s Webinar On JEE Main 2021 Examination

Last updated on December 11th, 2020

On 10th December 2020, Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ hosted a live webinar to address the concerns of various students. These included JEE Main 2021 aspirants, NEET Aspirants and students concerned on CBSE Board exams. All students were majorly concerned about the dates of various examinations. However, those were not revealed by the Education Minister.

Students who wish to watch the whole webinar again can check it below-

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Few Main Points From #EducationMinisterGoesLiveJEE Main 2021

There were some major takeaways from this live session specifically on Joint Entrance Examination 2021 as it is conducted in multiple sessions. Moreover, JEE Advanced 2021 is also undergoing changes this year.

  • The Ministry of Education is discussing the prospect of conducting JEE Main 2021 in multiple sessions each year. He hinted at 4 sessions of JEE Main. At present, NTA conducts the exam only twice a year.
  • Syllabus for board examinations is often not standardised with JEE Main Syllabus. While CBSE and few state boards have decreased their syllabus, some state boards have backed out. Dr Pokhriyal hinted at a decreased JEE Main 2021 Syllabus too.
  • Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal has assured the students of safety amid COVID-19 and also ensured that they will be provided with appropriate time to prepare for both entrance exams and board exams. Students have been concerned as they lost about 4 months of the academic year due to delay in CBSE exam results.
  • There were no official announcements of exam dates, which we have seen in his previous webinars and tweets. However, Dr Pokhriyal said exam dates will be announced soon. He ensured the dates will not clash for 12th board exams and entrance exams – JEE Main or NEET.

Schools Will Completely Reopen Soon

Dr Pokhriyal gave some other assurances as well. Given the sudden release of National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, there are some setbacks as students haven’t been able to get regular classroom education. Many have complained about poor online classes which offer no benefit at all.

  • He had said that schools will soon reopen completely. COVID-19 cases are decreasing as the government is getting a better control towards the situation. Till date, 17 states have taken the decision to reopen schools.
  • Some students asked about practical exams which have a 25% weightage in 12th boards. Amid COVID-19 pandemic, it will be impossible to conduct these exams. Dr Pokhriyal said the ministry will “discuss in this regard”.

“No Plan To Postpone NEET 2021”

Before this live session, students had tweeted to the Education Minister requesting to postpone the exams, especially NEET 2021. However, Dr Pokhriyal clarified that there is no plan to postpone the NEET 2021 exam.

  • As an assurance of safety, he hinted at NEET 2021 being conducted in CBT (computer-based test) mode. NEET was conducted in offline mode only. He said since students want NEET exam online, it can be considered too.
  • Dr Pokhriyal gave the example of Bihar elections where guidelines were followed similar to entrance exams. He appreciated that NEET exam, with most number of participants, was conducted amid COVID-19 pandemic.

He thanked and congratulated ministers, officials and essential workers on conducting the board and competitive exams of 2020 successfully even amid the COVID-19 pandemic. NTA’s National Test Abhyas app helped students prepare for JEE Main and NEET, and is still useful for upcoming exams.

Students Want JEE Main 2021 Postponed, More Attempts For JEE Advanced 2021

Last updated on December 7th, 2020

Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal has asked students to raise their concerns by tagging him and using the hashtag #EducationMinisterGoesLive. In a turn of events, instead of asking the dates for exams, students are asking to postpone JEE Main 2021. Students are also asking the Education Minister to reduce the JEE Main 2021 Syllabus.

The major requests from students are on syllabus. Few are asking to release the official syllabus soon, while many want a reduction similar to CBSE. Many students have also raised their voices on an additional attempt for JEE Advanced 2021. This comes as many were unable to take the exam amid the COVID-19 pandemic.JEE Main 2021

JEE Main Application Forms Out Soon?

Students are also expecting the commencement of JEE Main 2021 Applications soon after the live session by the Education Minister. Exam dates for 2021 session are yet to be announced.

Do note that JAB (Joint Admission Board) had decided to provide an additional attempt for JEE Advanced but only to those who had their last chance in 2020. Those who were attempting JEE Advanced 2020 for first time, will be considered for only 1 more attempt i.e. JEE Advanced 2021. Read More

“Online Classes Are A Formality”

For JEE Main 2021, many are requesting Dr Pokhriyal to postpone it to March 2021. This is because of uncertainty towards syllabus and improper implementation of online education. A lot of students have complained about “poor video quality” in online classes. They are also asking to postpone the board exams amid the COVID-19 pandemic as chances of spread of virus might go high during the February-March.

The live webinar will be held by Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal on 10th December 2020. Students can raise their queries on Twitter and Facebook. Keep visiting JEEMains.in for latest updates on your B.Tech entrance exams!