JEE Mains

JEE Main 2020

Joint Entrance Examination also commonly known as JEE Main is a national level engineering entrance exam which acts as a gateway for admission to engineering colleges in India like IITs, NITs, GFTIs, etc. Also JEE Main is a qualifying exam for JEE Advanced admissions to around 11279 seats in 23 IITs. NTA is responsible to conduct JEE Main from the year of 2019 onwards. Previously, the JEE Main exam was conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) till 2018. JEE Main 2020 will now be held for 3 papers where Paper 1 is for B. E./B.Tech admissions, Paper 2 is for B.Arch admissions, while Paper 3 is for B. Planning. NTA will conduct JEE Main exam twice a year ie., the first exam in the month of January and the second exam in the month of April. Candidates can appear for the exam both the times and NTA will consider the best score to provide All India Rank.

The JEE Main 2020 exam will be conducted in online mode, that is, as a Computer Based Test (CBT). Candidates who have passed 10+2 exam with Maths & Physics as compulsory subjects along with one of the Chemistry/Biology are eligible to appear for this exam. Those candidates who meet the JEE Main Eligibility criteria can fill up the JEE Main 2020 application form from 3rd September 2019. The JEE Main Application Form will be made available only in online mode on the official website of

JEE Main Exam Pattern and Structure

JEE Main 2020 will be conducted for three papers. Each paper to be conducted for 3 hours. This year, JEE Main 2020 question paper will include both multiple-choice questions as well as numerical based questions.

Check important highlights of JEE Main 2020 exam pattern below.

Features Exam Pattern
Mode of exam BTech/BPlan – CBT mode
BArch – PBTmode | CBT mode
Type of questions Objective (MCQs) and Numerical
Subjective – BArch Drawing Paper
Number of questions 75 for BTech
77 for BArch
100 for BPlan
Total marks  Paper 1 – 300 marks
Paper 2 – 400 marks
Paper 3 – 400 marks 
Duration 3 hours
Name of sections BTech – 3 (Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics)
BArch – 3 (Drawing, Mathematics and Aptitude)
BPlan –  3 (Mathematics, Aptitude and Planning Based Questions)
Marking scheme Correct Response – (+4)
Incorrect Response – (-1)
The difficulty level of exam Easy to Moderate

Changes in JEE Main Exam Pattern

JEE Main 2020 Syllabus

NTA has released JEE Main 2020 syllabus for Paper 1, 2 and 3 in online mode. This year, the authority has separated BPlan from BArch. From this year onwards BPlan will be a separate paper. The syllabus will help candidates to plan their studies accordingly.

Before starting with preparations, candidates must know the detailed syllabus. By going through the JEE Main syllabus, they will be able to know all the subjects and topics from where the questions are produced.


Unit 1: Sets, relations and functions

Unit 2: Complex numbers and quadratic equations

Unit 3: Matrices and determinants

Unit 4: Permutations and combinations

Unit 5: Mathematical induction

Unit 6: Binomial theorem and its simple applications

Unit 7: Sequences and series

Unit 8: Limit, continuity and differentiability

Unit 9: Integral calculus

Unit 10: Differential equations

Unit 11: Co-ordinate geometry

Unit 12: Three dimensional geometry

Unit 13: Vector algebra

Unit 14: Statistics and probability

Unit 15: Trigonometry

Unit 16: Mathematical reasoning


Unit 1: Physics And Measurement

Unit 2: Kinematics

Unit 3: Laws Of Motion

Unit 4: Work,Energy And Power

Unit 5: Rotational Motion

Unit 6: Gravitation

Unit 7: Properties Of Solids And Liquids

Unit 8: Thermodynamics

Unit 9: Kinetic Theory Of Gases

Unit 10: Oscillations And Waves

Unit 11: Electrostatics

Unit 12: Current Electricity

Unit 13: Magnetic Effects Of Current And Magnetism

Unit 14: Electromagnetic Induction And Alternating Currents

Unit 15: Electromagnetic Waves

Unit 16: Optics

Unit 17: Dual Nature Of Matter And radiation

Unit 18: Atoms And Nuclei

Unit 19: Electronic Devices

Unit 20: Communication Systems


Unit 1: Some Basic Concepts In Chemistry

Unit 2: States Of Matter

Unit 3: Atomic Structure

Unit 4: Chemical Bonding And Molecular Structure

Unit 5: Chemical Thermodynamics

Unit 6: Solutions

Unit 7: Equilibrium

Unit 8: Redox Reactions And Electrochemistry

Unit 9 : Chemical Kinetics

Unit10 : Surface Chemistry

Unit 11: Classification Of Elements And Periodicity In Properties

Unit 12: General Principles And Processes Of Isolation Of Metals

Unit 13: Hydrogen

Unit 14: S – Block Elements (Alkali And Alkaline Earth Metals)

Unit 15: P – Block Elements

Unit 16: D – And F – Block Elements

Unit 17: Co-Ordination Compounds

Unit 18: Environmental Chemistry

Unit 19: Purification And Characterization Of Organic Compounds

Unit 20: Some Basic Principles of Organic Chemistry

Unit 21: Hydrocarbons

Unit 22: Organic Compounds Containing Halogens

Unit 23: Organic Compound, Containing Oxygen Alcohols, Phenols and Ethers, Carboxylic Acids

Unit 24: Organic Compounds Containing Nitrogen

Unit 25: Polymers

Unit 26: Biomolecules

Unit 27: Chemistry In Everyday Life

Unit 28: Principles Related To Practical Chemistry

JEE Main 2020 Highlights

Exam Name Joint Entrance Exam
Exam Frequency Twice a year
Exam Mode Online
Exam Duration 3 hours
Test Takers 11,47,125
Accepting Colleges 1423 colleges
Official Website

Major changes in JEE Main 2020

  • JEE Main 2020 application fee is increased as compared to last year. The payment could be done in online mode only
  • From this year onwards, BArch and BPlan will be separate papers. There are three papers in total – BE/BTech, BArch and BPlan
  • The number of exam cities has been reduced from 264 to 233 in India
  • Major changes are introduced in JEE Main exam pattern 2020. The total number of questions have decreased as compared to last year.
  • This year, there will be numerical based questions for the exam
  • The BArch and BPlan questions are differentiated by introducing new questions for BPlan students

JEE Main 2020 Important Dates & Events

Below are the important dates of JEE Main 2020 for January and April session:

JEE Main 2020 – January Session Dates

 Events Dates Salient Features
Application form availability September 3, 2019 Registration was online. This year there were many changes in the application process, fee payment, fee structure etc.
Last date to apply for JEE Main 2020 October 10, 2019 Earlier, the last date to apply for JEE Main was September 30. Registration was extended by 10 days. This year the registrations have declined 9.41 lakhs to 9.34 lakhs.  
Registration for test practice centres August 10 to December 29, 2019 JEE Main mock tests available online. Candidates can also check also take JEE Main mock tests from Shiksha and analyze the level of preparation.
Payment of application fee, uploading of signature and photograph October 11, 2019 Fees increased for all the categories (General/OBC/ST/SC/EWS) and payment mode was online. No offline mode modes were available this year.
Image correction window available online September 12, 2019 Photo correction facility was available on the official website. In this window, candidates could correct their photograph and signature.
Application form correction window October 14 to 20, 2019 Application correction is a one-time process. Candidates who wanted to correct mistakes in the application form were able to rectify the data during this facility. All the details except the exam cities in the filled-in JEE Main application form could be modified.
Issuance of admit card December 6, 2019 To be available online for download from JEE Main NTA website. Along with the admit card candidates must carry any one of the photo identity proof.
JEE Main 2020 exam January 6 to 11, 2020 The exam is conducted in two shifts for 8 slots

Shift 1 – 9:30 am to 12 :30 pm

Shift 2 – 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Release of response sheet and question paper Third week of January 2020 Candidates can download their recorded responses marked in the OMR sheet.
Answer key release date Third week of January 2020 NTA will publish (BTech/BArch/BPlan) the answer keys each question paper on the official website of the exam. If any candidate wants to challenge the answer keys they can do so by paying Rs. 1000 per question.
Declaration of result for January session January 31, 2020 Result and scorecard can be downloaded from its official website. Last year, the result was declared 12 days before the release date.

JEE Main 2020 – April Session Dates

Events Dates
Application form availability February 7, 2020
Last date to apply for JEE Main 2020 March 7, 2020
Application form correction for (except the choice of cities) Second week of March
Issue of admit card March 16, 2020
JEE Main April 2020 exam April 3 to 19, 2020
Release date of answer key and recorded responses Second week of April
Release of answer key Last week of April: Paper 1
Second week of May: Paper 2 & 3
Declaration of result April 30, 2020
Announcement of NTA score Third week of May

JEE Main Registration Statistics

Below are the previous years’ registration statistics. This year the JEE Main 2020 registration is 9.34 lakh. In 2019, the registration was 9,58,619 for April session and 9,29,198 for January session. Candidates can check the number of JEE Main registrations over the last 6 years.

JEE Main Eligibility Criteria 2020

NTA has released the JEE Main 2020 eligibility criteria for BTech, BArch and BPlan papers. Candidates are required to fulfil multiple aspects to become eligible to appear for JEE Main exam. The eligibility criteria for JEE Main 2020 candidates is as follows:

1.Age Criteria: There is no age limit for aspirants appearing in the JEE Main examination
2. Year of Appearance in Qualifying Examination (QE)

  • Candidates who have passed their Class 12th examination or any equivalent qualifying examination in 2018 or 2019 are eligible or
  • Those who are appearing in their Class 12th examination or any equivalent qualifying examination in 2020 are eligible to appear in January and April session
  • Candidates who passed Class 12th /Qualifying examination in 2020 or before can apply too
  • Candidates who will appear in Class 12th /Qualifying examination in 2020 or later are not eligible

3.Qualifying subjects: Candidates must have taken at least five subjects in class 12th /qualifying examination in order to be eligible

4. Qualifying marks

  • To appear in JEE Main, the minimum qualifying marks (for admission to NITs, IIITs, IITs and CFTIs) that aspirants require is 75 per cent (aggregate)
  • They should be in the top 20 percentile in the Class 12 exam conducted by respective Boards
  • For reserved candidates, the minimum qualifying marks is 65 per cent

5. Total attempts

  • A candidate is allowed to attempt the exam for three consecutive years
  • The number of attempts will be six in total – twice each year for 3 years

Reservation Criteria for JEE Main 2020

Category Reservation in Percentage (%)
Scheduled Caste (SC) 15
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 7.5
Other Backward Class (OBC) -NCL 27
Persons with Disability (PwD)

JEE Main Cutoff 2020 will be released by National Testing Agency (NTA) after the declaration of result. For JEE Main, cut off will be of two types. First one will be the admission cut off and second one will be the qualifying cutoff. Candidates must note that the qualifying cutoff of JEE Main 2020 will comprise the minimum score that JEE Main 2020 aspirants need to secure to be eligible for JEE Advanced. Only those candidates who meet JEE Main cutoffs will be eligible for admission to IITs in India. Qualifying cutoff will be announced along with the result of JEE Main. The admission cutoff of JEE Main 2020 will be released by JoSAA. These will be the minimum ranks that candidates must secure for admissions to participating institutes of JEE Main.

Important dates related to JEE Main 2020 Cutoff

Events January Exam April Exam
JEE Main 2020 January exam January 6 to 11, 2020 April 3 to 9, 2020
Declaration of JEE Main 2020 January result January 31, 2020 April 30, 2020
Announcement of JEE Main 2020 January cutoff Last week of January 2020 Last week of April 2020
JEE Main 2020 counselling Third week of June 2020 Third week of June 2020

JEE Main Cutoff 2020 – Determining factor
Various factors determine JEE Main cut off (Admission/qualifying). Some of them are:

  • Number of aspirants appearing for JEE Main
  • The difficulty level of the exam
  • Total number of seats available
  • Total number of applications received for a particular programme
  • The category under which admission is sought

JEE Main 2020 Qualifying Cutoff

NTA will release the qualifying cutoff after the announcement of result. Candidates can check below previous year’s JEE Main qualifying cutoff for all categories.

JEE Main 2019 Qualifying Cutoff 

Category Cut-off
  Common Rank List (CRL) 89.7548849
  Economically Weaker Section (EWS) 78.2174869
  Other Backward Class (OBC-NCL) 74.3166557
  Scheduled Caste (SC) 54.0128155
  Scheduled Tribe (ST) 44.3345172
  People with Disability (PwD) 0.1137173 

Difference between JEE Main Qualifying Cutoff and JEE Main Admission Cutoff

Details JEE Main Cutoff (Qualifying) 2020 JEE Main Cutoff (Admission) 2020
Purpose Screen candidates for JEE Advanced Admissions to participating institutes
Significance Only those aspirants who meet JEE Main 2020 qualifying cutoff/marks will be able to appear in JEE Advanced Candidates need to secure JEE Main admission cut-off for admission to JEE Main participating institutes including NITs, IIITs, and CFTIs.


Cutoff published by JEE Main Qualifying Cutoff 2019 will be releasedby NTA on the exam’s official website. Till 2018, it was published by CBSE JEE Main Admission Cutoff is released by JoSAA on the counselling website on behalf of the participating institutes

JEE Main 2020 Result

  • NTA will declare JEE Main 2020 results for January session on January 31, 2020, while for the April session, the result will be announced on April 30, 2020
  • Candidates can access their results by entering their date of birth and roll number
  • The result will contain the scores of the candidates obtained in the entrance test
  • After the declaration of the result, NTA will release the scorecard in online mode
  • The scorecard consists of name, category, roll number, date of birth, state code eligibility, category and nationality, subjectwise NTA scores etc. The conducting authority will declare the JEE Main rank list for each category
  • There will be two types of rank lists – All India Rank and Category Rank

JEE Main 2020 Participating Institutes

JEE Main participating institutes are those which select students through a joint seat allocation process (JOSAA). JEE Main 2020 participating colleges include a total of 77 technical institutes including 31 NITs, 25 IIITs and 28 Government Funded Technical Institutes (GFTIs).

Colleges accepting JEE Main 2020 score

There are around 1246 BTech colleges in India that accept JEE Main scores. These colleges do not participate in JoSAA counselling process. Take a look at the list of colleges accepting JEE Main 2020 score.

JEE Main 2020 Counselling

The counselling process of JEE Main 2020 will be conducted by the Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA). The counselling will be a completely centralized process. All the candidates who will qualify JEE Main and meet the cutoff will be eligible to participate in the JoSAA counselling. As per the availability of seats in a particular institute and course and preferences of choices, candidates will be allotted seats.

JEE Main 2020 Admission Process

JEE Main 2020 process includes the following steps:

Important FAQs regarding JEE Main 2020

Who will conduct JEE Main 2020?

JEE Main 2020 will be conducted twice by NTA (National Testing Agency). The authority also  conducts NEET, GPAT, UGC NET and CMAT.

I belong to Jammu & Kashmir and I have passed my class XII last year with 75%. Am I eligible for JEE Main 2020?

Yes, you can apply for JEE Main 2020 from the official website. The authority reopened the application form window for J&K students only from November 4 to 8, 2019.

Will JEE Main be conducted offline or online?

JEE Main 2020 will be conducted in the Computer Based Test (Online mode) only.

How many times a student can appear for JEE Main in one year?

JEE Main 2020 will be conducted twice a year. The number of attempts for admission in a particular academic session will be considered as one. The age eligibility as prescribed by the authority allows a candidate to appear in JEE Main for three consecutive years.

Has the syllabus and pattern of JEE Main changed after NTA took over CBSE?

No. JEE Main syllabus, as well as JEE Main pattern, is same. However, this year, the authority has changed the exam pattern of JEE Main 2020.

Is it mandatory to appear for the exam twice or can I take the JEE Main once?

No. There is no mandate to appear for the exam twice. It depends on the candidate’s choice. In case they appear for the exam, the better of the two scores will be used for the purpose of ranking in the merit list.

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