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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.

Low Attendance for JEE Main 2020, Check State-wise Statistics

Last updated on September 3rd, 2020

The risk of spread of COVID-19 has forced many students to skip the JEE Main 2020 April/September session. Even though NTA has not released the official statistics yet, the trends at various exam centres show that more than 40% students have skipped the entrance exam in the current session.

Attendance for the April/September 2020 session has been low at almost all exam centres. The numbers are contrary to the claims from the Education Ministry or NTA, who said students want to take the exam as more than 80% of the students have downloaded their JEE Main Admit Cards.

Statistics for Day 1 and Day 2 from various states-

  1. Gujarat – For Day 1, 3020 students were registered for B.Arch and B.Planning Papers. However, 1664 (55%) took the exam, while 45% candidates skipped. The centre’s coordinator for Gujarat said that 25-30% students skip the exam every year, but this year it’s 15% higher.
  2. Odisha – The attendance at Odisha has been better than most. Around 3,600 candidates appeared for the JEE Main exam on Day 1. Total of 38,200 candidates have registered who will be appearing in various shifts from 1st to 6th September.
  3. Assam – Attendance at Assam for JEE Main 2020 was only around 50%. Assam only had 6 exam centres allocated state-wide. As per an NTA official, in Guwahati, only 200 students took the exam out of 600 registered candidates. 12,803 candidates have registered for JEE Main in Assam. The flood situation on top of COVID-19 has made it worse for residents of Assam.
  4. Punjab – Ludhiana, the largest city in Punjab, also had a poor response. The number of attendees were only 178 out of 388 registered candidates. For the January 2020 session, the number was much higher at 1400.
  5. Rajasthan – According to reports from Rajasthan, 1079 students were present (62%) and 667 students were absent (38%) in 1st shift. While for the 2nd shift, 681 were absent (43%) and 897 were present (57%). Overall, 1348 (68%) students skipped the exams in Rajasthan.
  6. West Bengal – The CM of West Bengal, Mamta Banerjee said that 75% students skipped the JEE Main exam, even after all necessary arrangements as per central government guidelines. She said, “Out of 4,652 candidates, only 1,167 could appear for JEE Main.” Mamta Banerjee had been against conducting JEE Main and NEET exams amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
  7. Uttar Pradesh – As per the stats from Lucknow, UP, only 56% could appear for JEE Main amid the fears of COVID-19. Out of 1065 applicants, 597 appeared for the exam on Day 1. Read More

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BJP’s Subramanian Swamy has taken the side of students on this issue. He had recently tweeted that Ministry of Education must release the info of how many students attended the JEE Main exam.

The statistics from all other states of the country have been similar with low attendance from students. Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh government have pledged to provide free conveyance to students who are unable to travel to their exam centres. IIT Delhi and IIT Bombay Alumni have also launched EduRide portal to help students reach exam centres.

On the other hand, COVID-19 has taken more than 67,000 lives in India so far. The most deaths have been among the older age groups of 50+. Usually, young individuals are prone to becoming carriers of COVID-19, as they are asymptomatic for quite a long time. This is the major reason, students are skipping various entrance exams this year.

JEE Main Day 2: B.E/B.Tech Exam Analysis, Check Students’ Reactions

Last updated on September 2nd, 2020

Its Day 2 for JEE Main and the first shift of B.E / B.Tech paper has been concluded. The exam is conducted for admissions to NITs, IIITs and GFTIs. Paper 2 (B.Arch) and Paper 3 (B.Planning) of JEE Main 2020 was conducted yesterday.

According to students, the COVID-19 social distancing and sanitization guidelines were followed outside and inside the exam centres. Students were put through thermal screening, provided fresh surgical masks and also asked to sanitize at all entry checkpoints inside the examination halls.

Students’ Reaction For JEE Main Paper 1 (B.E / B.Tech)

As per the majority of students, JEE Main Paper 1 of first shift was of easy to moderate difficulty level.

  • The Physics section was a bit tough than expected with lengthy questions.
  • Numerical Value Questions were easier in Mathematics.
  • Chemistry had more theoretical questions instead of numericals.
  • Majority of questions were from 12th Syllabus only.

According to the experts from Aakash Institute, the exam in 1st shift was moderate. The mathematics section was easier than January 2020 session. Physics was the toughest section of all and Chemistry was also easy and quick to solve.

SOP Not Followed After Exiting Exam Halls

A few students have tweeted about no guidelines being followed once the exam has concluded. Students seem to be rushing without any social distancing to leave from exam halls.

The JEE Main Paper 2 is being conducted by NTA in 660 centres in India and 8 centres abroad. First shift is conducted from 9 AM to 12 PM and second shift will start from 3 PM to 6 PM.

For the April / September session, 841188 students have registered for the B.E / B.Tech paper. Almost 85,000 students will appear today in the first shift of JEE Main.

Paper Analysis by Students

Students can check the JEE Main Paper Analysis and first reactions from students of various states below.


Candidates were happy about the COVID-19 Safety Guidelines being followed at the exam centres. JEE Main B.E/B.Tech paper’s difficulty level was moderate.

A candidate named Rajan Singh said, “The exam was moderate to difficult for me. I got nervous when the computer suddenly shut down for me. I lost around 5 minutes there.”


One of the candidates at JEE centre of Chandigarh, Chirag Bhatia, said that due to postponement he got much more time to prepare his weak topics in Chemistry. Many students reported that Chemistry was easiest of all sections. Physics was the toughest.

A student named Tanish said that NTA’s Sample Papers for JEE Main were much tougher than exam held in 1st Shift today.


A total of 16 centres in 9 cities were allocated for JEE Main in Haryana. Students were reporting to the exam centres at staggered time slots mentioned in their Admit Cards.

Sumit Kumar from Hisar said that he was happy the exams were not postponed further. Now, he is free of the anxiousness due to exams. He added, “Government have saved us the entire academic year by conducting the exams on time. Students should not be worried about safety protocols at the exam centres.


Divya Rani, a JEE Main candidate, took the exam from Patliputra centre. She said, “Physics was lengthy and time-consuming. Chemistry section was easiest as major questions were theoretical and same as NCERT books. Maths was also easy compared to expectations of major students.”

Overall, students said that the exam was much easier than the January Session of JEE Main 2020.

What Items To Carry At Exam Halls?

Candidates can carry only the following items inside exam halls. Facility to store bags has been provided to candidates as per JEE Main COVID-19 Safety Protocols released by NTA.

  1. JEE Main 2020 Admit Card (Duly filled with signed self-declaration)
  2. Valid Photo ID proof (Aadhar, PAN, Driving Licence etc)
  3. Addition Photo to be pasted in the attendance sheet
  4. Transparent ballpoint pen (no pens will be provided at exam halls)
  5. Mask (fresh mask will be provided at exam centres)
  6. Hand sanitizer (50 ml transparent bottle)
  7. Transparent Water Bottle (No facility for drinking water at exam halls)

Keep checking this page for latest updates on JEE Main Day 2, B.Tech Paper Analysis.

JEE Main Day 1: 44% Applicants In Lucknow Absent Amid COVID-19 Fears

Last updated on September 2nd, 2020

As per the reports from centre coordinators of Lucknow, 597 candidates out of 1065 applicants appeared for Day 1 of JEE Main 2020. September 1st was allocated for B.Arch and B.Planning papers of JEE Main. Lucknow city had a low attendance of only 56% as 469 applicants did not take the exams amid the fears of COVID-19.

According to official data-

  • For the first shift, 224 out of 528 applicants did not take the exam (42.4%).
  • For the second shift, 245 out of 537 candidates skipped the exam (45.6%).

Previous year, the rate was much less around 15-20% only.

Candidates who appeared at exam centres in Lucknow were from nearby districts such as Unnao, Rae Bareli, Barabanki. They said that many fear the risk of COVID-19 spread during travel. Hence, they decided to skip the exams. Students who attended the exam centres were also concerned on coming, but felt much satisfied due to proper management and following of COVID-19 Safety Protocols at exam centres.

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A candidate named Anupriya Gupta said, “I travelled from Hardoi to Lucknow. The exam centre is in the outskirts of the city which is difficult to reach easily. However, outside exam halls there was not a heavy crowd and COVID-19 guidelines were being followed strictly. I was pacified.”

“I was in panic while travelling to the exam centre. I was asked to walk through a sanitization tunnel similar to other candidates. The examiners were wearing PPE Kits after which I was relieved,” said Akshat from Rae Bareli.

Many students were fearing the spread of COVID-19 due to improper management at various exams like KCET and the entrance exam of BHU. The pictures showed heavy crowds with no social distancing outside exam centres. Till now, no such report has come out for NTA’s exam centres for JEE Main 2020.

JEE Main 2020 Begins Tomorrow, Here’s Revised List of Items Allowed at Exam Centres

Last updated on August 31st, 2020

Even after long protests and tweets with hashtags and multiple requests from state governments, the JEE Main 2020 has not postponed further. The JEE Main 2020 begins from tomorrow with B.Arch and B.Planning paper on 1st September and B.Tech paper from 2nd to 6th September.

The COVID-19 pandemic is still at large and daily cases are breaking records everyday. To ensure the safety of students, JEE Main Admit Card was released with 4 pages, including the instructions and COVID-19 Advisory / Safety Protocols.

What Items Are Allowed Inside JEE Main Exam Centres?

It also has a self-declaration form on the very first page similar to the Aarogya Setu Self Assessment Test. To help students with what is permissible at JEE Main Exam Centres, here is a list with complete details-

  1. Admit Card – With Self-Declaration Completely Filled and Signatures of self and parents.
  2. Valid Government ID – Aadhar Card, Driving Licence, PAN Card etc. must also be carried at all times.
  3. Simple transparent ballpoint pen – Earlier pens were provided by NTA at the exam centres to all the students. But due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and probable transmission of virus on using the same pens, this will be discontinued. Hence, students have to bring their own ballpoint pens.
  4. An Additional Photograph – Students must carry an additional passport photo to the exam centre same as the one provided in your JEE Main Admit Card. To take the attendance, invigilator will provide hand sanitizer after which candidates have to paste the photo in the attendance sheet.
  5. Personal Hand Sanitizer Bottle (50 ml) – Even though hand sanitizers will be provided at every point at the exam centres, candidates will be allowed to carry a small transparent hand sanitizer bottle of 50 ml.
  6. Water Bottle (Transparent) – Students will not be provided any facility for drinking water this time, again due to COVID-19. There are chances of crowds at drinking water points. Hence, students are advised to bring their own transparent water bottle at the exam centres.

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What is NOT Allowed?

The following is not allowed-

  1. No student can carry their mobile phones inside the exam hall. Students have been asked to install Aarogya Setu on their phones but students cannot carry their phones inside.
  2. Rough sheets will be placed at the allotted systems by invigilators while wearing gloves to ensure safety and hygiene. Students must not bring any rough sheets of their own at the exam halls.
  3. No other electronic device will be allowed at the exam centres such as calculators, bluetooth watches or headphones. Signal jammers will be installed at the exam halls.

Students have also been advised to wear light clothes, with slippers or open-toe sandals. Social distancing will be followed at all times and parents will be asked to leave the exam centres soon after dropping their son/daughter.

[Latest] JEE Main 2020 Admit Card Released on jeemain.nta.nic.in

Last updated on August 18th, 2020

After the Supreme Court of India announced its verdict on no further delay in JEE Main 2020, NTA finally released the JEE Main Admit Card 2020. The JEE Main Admit Card can be downloaded via jeemain.nta.nic.in or nta.nic.in using your JEE Main Application Number and your date of birth.

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In order to download the JEE Main Admit Card 2020, follow these steps-

  • Head over to the official website of JEE Main – jeemain.nta.nic.in
  • If the website does not load, try using the private mode of your browser.
  • There will be two links provided for download ‘JEE Main April/September 2020 Admit Card’. Click on either of the two.

Official Links of JEE Main Admit Card
Downloading JEE Main Admit Card

  • Clicking on both the links will redirect to a new webpage.
  • Enter your JEE Main Application Number and your date of birth.

Enter Details for JEE Main Admit Card
Click on Submit and download JEE Main Admit Card

  • Enter submit and your admit card will appear.
  • Download the JEE Main Admit Card/Hall Ticket or save as PDF using print option. Make sure to keep this safe as it will be mandatory to bring your JEE Main Admit Card 2020 at the exam centres.

This year the JEE Main Exam will be conducted in shifts of 9 AM to 12 PM and 3 PM to 6 PM. It has already been assured that the entrance exam will be conducted with all necessary precautions. The exam dates have already been announced i.e. from 1st September 2020 to 6th September 2020.

It is less than 15 days remaining for the exam. You can refer to the JEE Main Revision Plan to revisit topics in the last few days. Aspirants can also use the JEE Main Old Question Papers to practice some tough questions from the exam.