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JEE Main 2018 Exam Dates, Eligibility, Application Form, Exam Pattern

Last Updated - January 23, 2017

JEE Main 2018 is scheduled to be held on April 01, 2018 (offline) and April 07 & 08, 2018 (online) across multiple cities in India as well as at several international centers. JEE Main is the national level engineering entrance test conducted by CBSE for admission to B.E./B. Tech and B. Arch/B. Plan programs offered by NITs/IIITs/CFTIs and other state level & private engineering colleges/universities.

The Application Form for JEE Main 2018 will be tentatively available from Dec. 1, 2018. Candidates can complete the registration process on the official website of JEE Main i.e., 2018. JEE main is also the preliminary qualifying exam for aspirants who want to appear in JEE Advanced and secure admission in B. Tech programs in IITs and IISC, Bangalore. Know More About how to apply for JEE Main 2018 

The exam will be conducted in both online and offline mode. JEE Main 2018 will consist of two papers - Paper 1 for the B.E/ B. Tech aspirants and Paper 2 for the B. Arch. / B. Planning aspirants. The Paper 1 is completely objective, comprising 90 questions from Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics. In Paper 2, the Aptitude and Mathematics sections are objective in nature while there are 2 questions worth 70 marks in the Drawing section. Read More About JEE Main Exam Pattern

JEE Main 2018 results is 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. Candidates can check the tentative schedule for JEE Main 2018 mentioned below in the table.

Availability of JEE Main 2018 Application FormDecember 01, 2017
Last date to fill JEE Main 2018 application formJanuary 02, 2018
JEE Main 2018 Application Form Correction3rd Week of January, 2018
Issue of JEE Main Admit Card2nd week of March, 2018
JEE Main 2018 Offline examApril 01, 2018
JEE Main 2018 Online ExamApril 07 & 08, 2018
JEE Main 2018 Answer Key and OMR displayApril 18 –April 22, 2018
Declaration of JEE Mains 2018 ResultsApril 28, 2018
Declaration of top 2,20,000 CandidatesApril 28, 2018
Declaration of JEE Main All India RankBefore or on June 30, 2018

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JEE Main 2018 Eligibility

CBSE has devised certain eligibility criteria for JEE Main that all the candidates need to satisfy. The JEE Main 2018 Eligibility Criteria includes minimum Class 12 score, the number of attempts and the year of passing class 12. The important JEE Main 2018 Eligibility Criteria are detailed below:

  1. 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).
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Candidates should have born be on or after October 1, 1993 (5 years relaxation for SC/ST/PwD. i.e 1988).

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

JEE Main 2018 Application Form

Candidates can apply for JEE Main 2018 in online mode only through the official site. The JEE Main 2018 Online Application Form will be available from December 01, 2017. All the aspirants can complete the process of filling the application form till the second week of January.

The process of filling the JEE Main Application Form consists of mainly 3 main steps-

  • Filling the details in the application form
  • Uploading photograph & signature
  • Payment of JEE Main 2018 application fee.

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.

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

  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 2018 Admit Card will be available from the first week of March 2018 tentatively. The applicants who have successfully registered for JEE Main 2018, can download the admit card from the official website of JEE Main. All they would require is their roll no. and Date of Birth to access the JEE Main 2018 Admit card from the official portal.

The admit card is a mandatory document for all the candidates who will take the JEE Main 2018 test. In any case, if a candidate fails to carry the admit card to the JEE Main 2018 Exam centre, then the candidate will not be allowed to take the test.

Along with the admit card, they should also carry a list of identification documents.

JEE Main 2017 Exam Centre

CBSE will conduct JEE Main 2018 across 104 cities in India and 9 international cities. All the JEE Main Applicants will have the option of submitting preference for JEE Main 2018 Exam Center while filling the online Application Form.

They have the option to fill 4 preferences of exam centres if they opt for pen and paper based test. In case, the candidates opt for the computer based test, they can select only 1 JEE Main 2018 Exam centre in the application form.

However, the applicants should note that the final decision of allotting the JEE Main 2018 Exam centre rests 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

The 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.

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.

JEE Main 2018 Exam Pattern-Paper 2

  • Paper 2 is conducted only in pen and paper based mode. There will be a total of 90 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 2018 Result

The tentative date for announcement of JEE Main 2018 Result is April 27, 2018. The result will be uploaded on the official website of JEE Main. 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.

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

  • 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 announcement of JEE Main 2018 Results. 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 RangeOpening RankClosing 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.



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