Complete Exam Details Of JEE Mains

What Is the JEE Main?

The Joint Entrance Examination Main is a national-level entrance examination for students looking to enroll in engineering colleges in India. It’s a different examination from the JEE Advanced, which is more oriented towards admissions to the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). More than 300,000 candidates apply for this exam each year. Difficulty levels vary from JEE Advanced to JEE Main. The exam consists of a written test and a personal interview.

When Is the JEE Main Held?

The National Level Examination is conducted each year by CBSE in the months of May-June. The last date of online registration is generally in March or April. The actual examination will be conducted in more than 500 cities all over India as well as abroad. In addition, it can be attended by candidates from Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates as well as Nepal and Bhutan with prior permission from the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD).

What is the duration of the JEE Main Exam?

The duration of the exam is usually 3 hours. The examination is conducted in two stages, the first which is a computer-based test lasting for 2 hours and the second one comprises a paper-based test which lasts for more than an hour. The JEE Main results are announced by the Indian Ministry of Human Resource Development on 16 May every year at 11:30 AM, IST.

Who can appear for the JEE Main exam?

  • Indian Citizens 
  • Foreigners who have valid Work Permits issued by the Central Government. 
  • Persons belonging to certain categories, as specified in the Union Public Service Rules, 1973. These categories are not restricted to any State/UT or State/UT-like organizations under the States. In other words, any candidate may appear for the JEE Main examination irrespective of where he/she is from. However, a candidate must have been recruited by a Central Government organization.

NOTE: In case of any disputes, the concerned State/UT is bound to be the final authority to decide. 

No. of seats in JEE Main exam – 2013:

There were 11600 candidates in the examination conducted in May 2013. 

In 2017 2335 candidates wrote this exam and in 2018 there will be 3600 candidates in JEE Main exam.

How Many Seats Are Available in JEE Main?

The number of seats in the JEE Main exam is not fixed and varies from year to year based on the number of applicants and seat availability. As per the statistics of the last five years, an average of about 1460 seats will be available per year. This can further increase to more than 4000 seats depending on how many candidates apply for this examination.

Test Payscale

The following are the main test scores in JEE Main exam which are used to calculate the rank order of the candidates in the merit list. Test scores for each paper are given after dividing it by 2, then further divided into halves. The majority of this score is based on individual performance during the test. For example, in Paper-I it is equal to 50 marks out of 100, while Paper-II’s score is equal to 50 marks out of 100 minus 60 marks. The marks in the personal interview are added based on the ‘mode’ on which a candidate has been placed by the expert panel.

The following is a list of all test scores that are used to calculate the merit list:

Paper 1: Total Marks: 100, No. of Sections = 5, Total No. of Questions = 50, Max. Marks for each question = 3/4/5/20, Time Allowed for this paper: 2 Hours

Paper 2: Total Marks: 200, No. of Sections = 7, Total No. of Questions = 70, Max. Marks for each question = 2/4/6/20, Time Allowed: 2 Hours

Paper 3: Total Marks: 200, No. of Sections= 8, Total No. of Questions= 80, Max. Marks for each question = 2/4/6/20, Time Allowed: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

You can check the full Syllabus for JEE Main.

How Is My Rank In JEE Main Determined?

The Joint Entrance Examination (Mains) (JEE-Main) is a National Level Examination conducted by CBSE, Delhi for admission to Engineering / Technology and Architecture / Pharmacy Institutes all over India. The merit list is prepared based on the total marks obtained in the following three papers:

The exact percentage of marks obtained in each paper as well as personal interview marks, which form 20% of the total marks, are shown in the consolidated merit list. The marks are then converted into percentile scores. The percentile score is given to all candidates who have written the JEE Main. The percentile score serves as a tool to compare the relative performance of all candidates who have written the JEE Main exam. A rank is assigned to each candidate based on his/her performance in comparison with other candidates in terms of the percentile score achieved.

The following points should also be noted:

  1. A minimum of two marks must be obtained in each one of the three papers to qualify for a certain percentile rank.
  2. Candidates who have not qualified for a certain percentile rank will be placed in the next higher percentiles based on their percentile score achieved in that subject.
  3. If a candidate is placed in the highest percentiles from two or more subjects, his/her overall percentile score computed from all three papers will be used for calculating the rank order.

The rank order of the candidates is determined after considering all the factors mentioned above.

Every year, the JEE Main exam is conducted at more than 1,200 centers across India for qualifying IITs, NITs, and other technical universities. Candidates will be placed based on their percentile score in each subject of the JEE Main exam.


The Joint Entrance Examination for admission to Master’s courses in Engineering and Technology (JEE Mains) is a weekly entrance examination consisting of a written test and an objective type of multiple-choice based personal interview. It was introduced as the Joint Entrance Examination for admission to various Undergraduate programs in Engineering, Medical, Architecture, Pharmacy, Hotel Management, Commerce, etc. in the year 1989.

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