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JEE Main 2018- Joint Entrance Exam (Main)

Last Updated - April 24, 2017

JEE Main 2018 (Joint Entrance Exam- Main) is a single window exam for admission to B.Tech program in various IITs, NITs, IIITs, GFTIs, SFTIs and NEUTs. Candidates who wish to seek admission to Architecture program have to choose Paper 2 of JEE Main 2018. The exam will be conducted in multiple sessions at centers located in India and outside India as well. JEE Main is also a qualifying exam for applicants who wish to appear for JEE Advanced 2018.

JEE Main 2018 includes two papers- Paper 1 (for B.Tech/B.E) and Paper 2 (for B.Arch./B.Planning). JEE Main 2018 is expected to be conducted on April 01, 2018 in offline mode and on April 07- April 08, 2018 in online mode. Here are the details of the JEE Main Exam Pattern 2018 for both Paper 1 and Paper 2: DOWNLOAD FREE JEE MAIN PRACTICE PAPERS

  • Paper 1 is conducted in both offline or online. However, candidates have to opt for their desired mode during the registration.
  • There are 90 objective type questions in the exam to be solved in 3 hours. There are 3 sections in the exam- Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics.
  • Paper 2 is a pen and paper based exam. There are 80 objective type questions in the exam to be solved in 2 hours.
  • Paper 2 comprises 3 sections- Aptitude Test, Mathematics and Drawing Test (2 drawing based questions)
JEE Main Exam Pattern 2018

From the statistics of last year, we infer that from now Class XII syllabi will be given more weightage than the Class XI syllabus. So, candidates must devote time strengthening the topics from Class XII syllabus but mustn’t neglect the topics from Class XI topics.

Preparation from only the NCERT books won’t be of any help. Though NCERT will help you improve your basics but for better practice consulting other reference books is advised. Devote time to solve the questions after which you will gradually be able to solve questions using your own tricks.

JEE Main 2018 Application Form will be released on on December 01, 2017. Register as a new user on the official website and submit the application form latest by January 02, 2018. The application fee for one paper is INR 1000 for general category (INR 500 for SC/ST/Female) for offline mode while it is INR 500 for general category (INR 250 for SC/ST/Females) for online mode.

JEE Main Results 2018 are expected to be announced by the last week of April 2018. The results are published online along with the JEE Main AIR (All India Rank) List and cutoffs. JoSAA is the joint counselling authority which manages the seat allocation for B.E./B. Tech courses in IITs, NITs, IIITs and CFTIs. Check JEE Main Cutoff for Top NITs, IIITs, CFTIs

JEE Main 2018 Exam Dates

JEE Main 2018 is expected to be scheduled on April 01, 2018 in offline mode. Candidates can check the tentative schedule for JEE Main 2018 given in the table below:

JEE Main 2018 Application Form will be available fromDecember 01, 2017
Last date to fill JEE Main 2018 Application FormJanuary 02, 2018
JEE Main 2018 Application Form Correction begins from3rd Week of January 2018
JEE Main Admit Card will be issued on2nd week of March 2018
JEE Main 2018 Offline exam is scheduled on (Paper 1 and Paper 2)April 01, 2018
JEE Main 2018 Online Exam will be conducted on (Paper 1)April 07 & 08, 2018
JEE Main 2018 Answer Key and OMR Sheet will be displayed fromApril 18 –April 22, 2018
JEE Main Result 2018 will be declared onApril 28, 2018
Top 2,20,000 Candidates will be announced onApril 28, 2018
JEE Main All India Rank will be declared onBefore or on June 30, 2018

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JEE Main 2018 Eligibility

Candidates have to satisfy the JEE Main 2018 Eligibility devised by CBSE. The minimum academic qualification is Class XII. The number of attempts in clearing Class XII and year of passing XII is also an important aspect of the eligibility criteria. Candidates should have born be on or after October 1, 1993 (5 years relaxation for SC/ST/PwD. i.e 1988).

The important JEE Main 2018 Eligibility Criteria are detailed below:

Academic Qualification

  • Candidates should have passed Class 12 examination with minimum 45 % marks in each of the subjects included in their 10+2 curriculum. (the minimum marks is 40% in case of reserved categories).
  • The candidate must have had a minimum of 5 subjects in class 12. The candidates who are applying for B.E. / B. Tech must have Physics and Mathematics along with one of these subjects Chemistry/Biology/Biotechnology.
  • For admission to IITs/NITs/IIITs and CFTIs, candidates must secure 75% or be in the top 20 percentile of the 10+2 exam conducted by CBSE or other respective state boards. For students from SC/ST category, the minimum aggregate is 65% in the 10+2 exam.
  • The candidates who have applied for B.Arch. /B. Planning must have studied Mathematics. They should also score a minimum of 50% marks in total including the five subjects.
  • The applicants of JEE Main 2018 should have passed the class 12 in either 2016 or 2017. Candidates who are appearing for class 12 examination in 2018 can also apply.

NOTE: A candidate can is eligible to appear in JEE Main for a maximum of 3 times.

JEE Main 2018 Application Form

JEE Main Application form can be filled only on the official website i.e. on the scheduled date. Candidates can begin with the registration process from December 01, 2017 and it closes on January 02, 2018.

It is mandatory for all the applicants to possess a valid aadhaar number or the aadhaar enrollment number/registration number issued by CBSE facilitation centers to apply for JEE Main 2018. Additionally, they should have a valid E-mail ID & mobile number through which CBSE will make any future correspondences.

How to fill JEE Main 2018 Application Form?

The basic steps involved while completing the JEE Main 2018 Application process are detailed below:

JEE Main 2018 Application Form
  1. Visit the official website of JEE Main.
  2. Click on “Apply for JEE Main 2018”.
  3. They have to go the New Registration tab and fill the details asked correctly as mentioned in the Aadhar card or other identification documents.
  4. The candidates should also select a password for their JEE Main 2018 Registration Portal.
  5. After the applicants have filled all the personal and academic details, the next step is to upload their photograph, signature and left thumb impression in accordance with the given specifications.
  6. The last step is to complete the payment of the JEE Main 2018 Application fee. The candidates can remit the fee via any one of the following methods: debit card/credit card/ PayTM/ SBI Buddy Wallet/ Cash Card or by generating and submitting fee via E-challan.

Note: The applicants can check their JEE Main 2018 Application Form status later by logging into their portal. CBSE allows a one-time application form correction facility to the students in case of any discrepancy.

JEE Main 2018 Application Fee

The JEE Main 2018 Application Fee differs in accordance with the gender and category of the applicants. Below given is a table that mentions the JEE Main 2018 Application fee for both the Indian and Foreign candidates:

Examination(General/OBC)(Offline Mode)(SC/ST/PWD/Girls)(General/OBC)(Online Mode)(SC/ST/PWD/Girls)(Online Mode)
For Examination Centre in IndiaJEE (Main) Paper-1(B.E./B.Tech.) or JEE (Main) Paper-2 (B.Arch./B.Planning) only1000500500250
Both JEE (Main) Paper-1(B.E./B.Tech.) and JEE (Main) Paper-2 (B.Arch./B.Planning)18009001300650
For Examination Centre Outside IndiaJEE (Main) Paper-1(B.E./B.Tech.) or JEE (Main) Paper-2 (B.Arch./B.Planning) only2500125025001250
Both JEE (Main) Paper-1(B.E./B.Tech.) and JEE (Main) Paper-2 (B.Arch./B.Planning3800190038001900

JEE Main 2018 Admit Card

JEE Main Admit Card 2018 can be accessed from the official website of JEE Main from the first week of March 2018. This date is tentative, it may be postponed due to changes in the eligibility or extension of registration dates.

The Admit Card for JEE Main 2018 must be downloaded and printed in multiple copies for the future use. It must be carried to the exam center with all the required identification documents.

How to download the JEE Main 2018 Admit Card?

Here are the steps to download the JEE Main 2018 Admit Card:

JEE Main Admit Card 2018
  • Visit the official website and find the link “Download JEE Main Admit Card 2018”
  • Click on the link and you are directed to a new page
  • Enter your roll number and date of birth and submit the details
  • Check details on the admit card and download the same.

JEE Main 2017 Exam Centers

CBSE will conduct JEE Main 2018 across 104 cities in India and 9 international cities. Applicants will get a chance to choose their desired JEE Main Exam Center during the registration process.

  • If the candidates opt for offline mode, they have to mention 4 preferences of exam centers.
  • In case, the candidates opt for the computer based test, they can select only 1 JEE Main 2018 Exam center in the application form.

However, the applicants should note that the final decision of allotting the JEE Main 2018 Exam centrecenter in the hands of the hands of CBSE. The exam center which is finally allotted to the candidate will be mentioned in JEE Main 2018 Admit Card.

JEE Main 2018 Exam Pattern

JEE Main 2018 will be conducted in both online and offline mode. The candidates will have the option to choose the mode of appearing for the exam. JEE Main consists of two papers - Paper 1 is for the candidates appearing for B.E/B. Tech and Paper 2 for B. Planning / B. Arch aspirants.

Candidates can check below the pattern and marking scheme for both the papers. READ MORE ABOUT JEE MAIN EXAM PATTERN

JEE Main 2018 Exam Pattern-Paper 1

  • The question paper consists of a total of 90 questions. The test will cover questions from 3 subjects - Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics.
  • There will be 30 questions from each subject.
  • The candidates of JEE Main 2018 have to attempt the paper in 3 hours. Each question will carry 4 marks and hence the total marks allocated for paper 1 is 360.
  • There will be a negative marking of 1 mark for every incorrect answer.

180 minutes


Exam duration is 3 hours


Each of 4


Each Correct Answer will be awarded 4 marks 


-1 mark

-ve Score

1 mark is deducted for every wrong answer. 


Offline or Online 

Exam type

JEE Main 2018 is offline or online mode test



Question type

Questions will be of objective type



Total questions

There are 90 questions in JEE Main 2018

JEE Main 2018 Exam Pattern-Paper 2

  • Paper 2 is conducted only in pen and paper based mode. There will be a total of 80 questions. The paper is divided into 3 sections - Aptitude Test, Mathematics and Drawing test. The total duration of paper 2 is 2 hours.
  • 50 objective questions will come from Aptitude test and 30 objective questions from the Mathematics question. The drawing test will have 2 questions. One question is based on a memory test and the other is based on a 2D design. The marking scheme is similar to that of Paper 1. The total marks of Paper 2 is 390.

120 minutes


Exam duration is 2 hours


Each of 4


Each Correct Answer will be awarded 4 marks 


-1 mark

-ve Score

1 mark is deducted for every wrong answer. 



Exam type

JEE Main Paper 2 is pen paper based test



Question type

Questions will be of objective type


80 + 2

Total questions

There are 80 questions objective questions and 2 Drawing based questions

JEE Main Previous Year Analysis

As per the analysis of the last year, the offline exam was easier than the online sessions of JEE Main. Talking about the subject wise analysis, the Physics and Chemistry sections were easy. Mathematics section was found to be tricky.

The more application based questions was also an advantage in 2017. More number of problem solving questions made the paper lengthy and time consuming. Many students failed to attempt questions left for review or questions left to do later.

The focus of the question paper in the previous JEE Main exam was titled to the Class XII Syllabi. So the candidates are advised to focus more on the syllabus of Class XII in all the subjects than Class XI syllabus.

However, the overall JEE Main exam was found to be easy so the cut off was higher in comparison to the previous year’s. Here is a subject wise analysis for the previous year paper:

JEE Main Paper Analysis

Physics Section Analysis in JEE Main

Physics is found to be difficult by many students but last year Physics was found to be easier. Candidates claimed it to be moderately difficult with more number of numerical and direct formulae based questions being an advantage. The ratio of questions from class XII to questions from class XI was 2:1. Here is a graphical representation of number of questions from each chapter in the Physics Syllabi:

JEE Main Physics Weightage

Chemistry Section Analysis in JEE Main

This section as per the student’s opinion was the easiest of all the three sections in JEE Main though the level of difficulty was similar to other years’ question paper. It had more theoretical questions than the calculation based which made this section less time consuming. Same as the Physics section, the weightage of Class XII was comparatively more than the Class XI syllabi. The ratio of questions from class XII syllabi to questions from class XI syllabi was 3:2.

Here is a graphical representation of the previous year chapter wise weightage in Chemistry section of JEE Main:

JEE Main Chemistry Weightage

Mathematics Section Analysis in JEE Main

From the analysis reported by institutes, students and experts, Mathematics section in JEE Main was toughest purely because of the length of the section. It included direct formulae based questions but the most of the questions consumed time in the calculations.

Here again, the questions from Class XII syllabi were given more focus than the questions from Class XI syllabi. The ratio of questions from Class XII to questions from Class XI syllabus was found to be 2:1 in this section. Here is chapter wise distribution of the questions in JEE Main Maths section:

JEE Main Maths Weightage

JEE Main 2018 Result

JEE Main 2018 Result is expected to be declared on April 27, 2018. The result will be uploaded on the official website of JEE Main. Enter the roll number and date of birth.

CBSE publishes results in two stages-the candidates can access the JEE Main scorecards initially and then CBSE releases the AIR-All India Rank list. The AIR list will be tentatively published on June 30, 2018.

How to check JEE Main 2018 Result?

The candidates can check the JEE Main 2018 Result via the following simple steps:

JEE Main Result 2018
  • Visit the official website for JEE Main 2017.
  • Enter the following details- JEE Main 2017 Roll Number and DOB.
  • After submitting, the candidates’ score card will be displayed.
  • Download and take printout for future reference

JEE Main 2018 Cutoff

JAB (Joint Admission Board) will release JEE Main 2018 Cutoff after JEE Main 2018 Results are declared. The cut off will be prepared on the basis of the All India rank-AIR list. The cut off scores will consist of the opening & closing ranks for each of the institutes.

On the basis of the All India Rank list, the candidates can take admission in the B.E./ B. Tech program at NITs/IIITs/CFTIs and state-owned colleges accepting JEE Main Score. The expected marks vs rank analysis for JEE Main 2018 is indicated in the table below.

CategoryMarks RangeAll India Rank

Know More About JEE Main Cutoff for IITs, NITs and CFTIs

JEE Main 2018 Counselling

JEE Main 2018 counselling process is conducted online and will commence from June 24, 2018. The counselling and seat allotment procedure for will start only after the declaration of results for JEE Advanced 2018. There are 3 types of counselling bodies for JEE Main 15% All India Quota seats:

  1. JoSAA Counselling (Joint seat allocation authority) manages combined counselling and seat allotment procedure for all the IITs, ISM, IIITs, NITs and other government funded institutes (GFTIs).
  2. CSAB NEUT Counselling is conducted for seats available in NEUT (The North Eastern States and Union Territories).
  3. CSAB SFTI Counselling is conducted for SFTIs (Self-Funded Technical Institutes)

All state technical counselling bodies are responsible for counselling and allocation of state quota seats offered on the basis of JEE Main score. Here is a highlight table for the counselling sessions in JEE Main 2018:

JoSAA Counselling begins fromFirst week of July 2018
Number of Institutes participating in JoSAA93 (IITs, NITs, IIITs and GFTIs)
Total Seats offered through JoSAA34895 seats
Number of institutes participating in CSAB SFTI21 Self- Financed Technical Institutes
Total seats in CSAB SFTI16987 seats
Total NEUTs offering admissions213 North Eastern and Union Territory Institutes
Seats offered by NEUTs981 seats



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