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. Given below are some quick facts about JEE Main 2018-
- The exam is conducted in multiple sessions at various exam 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 includes 2 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 for both Paper 1 and Paper 2:
- 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)
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 and 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.
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- JEE Main Application Form is expected to be released on December 01, 2017 at jeemain.nic.in. 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.
- The application fee for JEE Main 2018 varies according to the number of papers applied and category of the candidates.
- JEE Main Results 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.
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JEE Main 2018 Exam Dates
Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will soon be announcing 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 given in the table below:
|JEE Main 2018 Application Form will be available from||December 01, 2017|
|Last date to fill JEE Main 2018 Application Form||January 02, 2018|
|JEE Main 2018 Application Form Correction begins from||3rd Week of January 2018|
|JEE Main Admit Card will be issued on||2nd 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 from||April 18 –April 22, 2018|
|JEE Main Result 2018 will be declared on||April 28, 2018|
|Top 2,20,000 Candidates will be announced on||April 28, 2018|
|JEE Main All India Rank will be declared on||Before or on June 30, 2018|
JEE Main 2018 Eligibility
JEE Main 2018 aspirants have to satisfy JEE Main 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 been born on or after October 1, 1993 (5 years relaxation for SC/ST/PwD. i.e 1988).
The eligibility criteria to be followed by JEE Main aspirants in order to appear for the exam is detailed below:
- Candidates should have passed Class 12 examination with minimum 45% marks in each of the subjects included in their 10+2 curriculum (40% in case of reserved categories).
- They must have had a minimum of 5 subjects in class 12 or qualifying examination. Those 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 have secured 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 should have passed the class 12 in either 2016 or 2017. Candidates who are appearing for class 12 examination in 2018 can also apply.
Number of Attempts
A total of 3 attempts will be provided to clear JEE Main. The total attempts will be counted from JEE Main 2017. Candidates who have appeared for JEE Main 2017 for the first time, will be eligible to appear for JEE Main 2018. While JEE Advanced can be attempted twice in consecutive years.
JEE Main 2018 Reservation
CBSE will follow the Reservation Rules laid by the Government for admission process through JEE Main. Candidates will be assigned All India Ranks (AIR) as per their respective categorical reservation policy.
The following categories will be considered in JEE Main along with percentage of reservation-
- NCL-OBC (Non Creamy Layer - Other Backward Class)- 27%
- Scheduled Castes (SC)- 15%
- Scheduled Tribes (ST)- 7.5%
- Persons with Disability (PwD)- 3%
JEE Main 2018 Application Form
JEE Main Application Form can be filled only on the official website i.e. jeemain.nic.in on the scheduled date. Candidates can begin JEE Main Registration from December 01, 2017 and it closes on January 02, 2018 (expected).
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. Additionally, they should have a valid E-mail ID & mobile number through which CBSE will make any future correspondences.
How to Fill JEE Main Application Form?
The process of applying for JEE Main is broadly divided into 6 steps. Here are the steps to fill JEE Main Application Form:
- Candidates should visit the official website of JEE Main to apply.
- Next, click on the “Apply for JEE Main 2018” button to navigate to the registration page of the JEE main.
- Click on Apply for JEE Main under New Registration tab
- All the aspirants must possess a valid aadhaar number/aadhaar enrollment number/registration number issued by CBSE facilitation centers before they apply online for JEE Main.
- Candidates must also have a valid e-mail ID & a mobile number to complete the registration process as well as for future correspondences.
- One has to choose a password of 8 to 13 characters with a capital letter, a small letter, a special character and a number.
- Candidates must ensure that they have filled correct details which must match with the aadhaar card and other relevant documents.
- The scanned images i.e., coloured passport size recent photograph, signature and left thumb impression must match the prescribed notifications.
- Finally, candidates have to pay the stipulated application fee using either debit card/credit card/ PayTM/ SBI Buddy Wallet/ Cash Card or by generating and submitting fee via E-challan.
- After Paying the application fee, candidates can successfully submit their form.
- Candidates can later check the status of their JEE Main Application Form. CBSE also provides the one-time facility for making changes in JEE Main Application Form in January.
Note: The applicants can check their JEE Main 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 Application Fee
JEE Main Application Fee will vary according to:
- Candidates’ Category
- Choice of Paper (Paper I/Paper II/Both)
- Mode of Exam (Pen and Paper Based/Computer Based)
- Country of Exam Center (India/Outside India)
Below given is a table that mentions the JEE Main 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 India||JEE Main Paper-1(B.E./B.Tech.) or JEE Main Paper-2 (B.Arch./B.Planning) only||INR 1000||INR 500||INR 500||INR 250|
|Both JEE Main Paper-1(B.E./B.Tech.) and JEE Main Paper-2 (B.Arch./B.Planning)||INR 1800||INR 900||INR 1300||INR 650|
|For Examination Centre Outside India||JEE Main Paper-1(B.E./B.Tech.) or JEE Main Paper-2 (B.Arch./B.Planning) only||INR 2500||INR 1250||INR 2500||INR 1250|
|Both JEE Main Paper-1(B.E./B.Tech.) and JEE Main Paper-2 (B.Arch./B.Planning)||INR 3800||INR 1900||INR 3800||INR 1900|
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JEE Main 2018 Admit Card
JEE Main Admit Card 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.
- JEE Main Admit Card 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.
- Enter registration number and Date of Birth to download the admit card.
- Even facility to retrieve application number and password is also available.
How to download the JEE Main Admit Card?
Here are the steps to download the JEE Main Admit Card:
- 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 registration number and date of birth and submit the details
- Check details on the admit card and download the same.
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Documents Required at Exam Center
- Copy of Passing Certificate of class 12 or equivalent examination of year 2016 or 2015 if not opted for improvement
- Copy of improvement exam admit card if opted for an improvement exam
- Copy of Admit card for class 12th examination if appearing for class 12th examination.
JEE Main 2017 Exam Centers
CBSE will conduct JEE Main across 104 cities in India and 9 international cities. Applicants will get a chance to choose their desired JEE Main Exam Center during JEE Main registration process.
- If the candidates opt for offline mode, they have to mention 4 preferences of JEE Main exam centers.
- In case, they opt for the computer based test, they can select only 1 JEE Main Exam Center in the application form.
However, the applicants should note that the final decision of allotting the JEE Main Exam Centre in the hands of the hands of CBSE. The exam center which is finally allotted to the candidate will be mentioned in JEE Main Admit Card.
JEE Main 2018 Exam Pattern
JEE Main exam pattern is defined by the conducting body, CBSE. JEE Main is 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.
- 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 have to attempt the JEE Main 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.
- JEE Main Paper 2 is conducted only in pen and paper based mode.
- There is a total of 82 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.
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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. 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:
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:
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:
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 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 to check JEE Main Result.
- 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 Result via the following simple steps:
- Visit the official website for JEE Main.
- Enter the following details- JEE Main Roll Number and DOB.
- After submitting, the candidates’ score card will be displayed.
- Download and take printout for future reference.
JEE Main 2018 Cut Off
JAB (Joint Admission Board) will release JEE Main Cut Off after 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.
|Category||Marks Range||All India Rank|
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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:
- 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).
- CSAB NEUT Counselling is conducted for seats available in NEUT (The North Eastern States and Union Territories).
- 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 from||First week of July 2018|
|Number of Institutes participating in JoSAA||93 (IITs, NITs, IIITs and GFTIs)|
|Total Seats offered through JoSAA||34895 seats|
|Number of institutes participating in CSAB SFTI||21 Self- Financed Technical Institutes|
|Total seats in CSAB SFTI||16987 seats|
|Total NEUTs offering admissions||213 North Eastern and Union Territory Institutes|
|Seats offered by NEUTs||981 seats|