JEE Main 2021: Apply by January 16

National Testing Agency (NTA) has invited applications for admission to the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main 2021.

JEE (Main) is for admission to the Bachelor of Engineering (B.E)/Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech)/Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch)/Bachelor of Planning (B.Planning) Programmes at National Institutes of Technology (NIT), Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIIT) and Centrally Funded Technical Institutes (CFTI).

JEE (Main) will also be an eligibility test for the JEE (Advanced), which the candidate has to take if he/she is aspiring for admission to the undergraduate programs offered by the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs).

JEE Dates: JEE (Main) will be conducted 4 times in 2021. The schedule is as follows: Session 1: 23, 24, 25 & 26 February 2021; Session 2: 15, 16, 17 & 18 March 2021; Session 3: 27, 28, 29 & 30 April 2021; Session 4: 24, 25, 26, 27 & 28 May 2021. Aspiring students can take one or more of the examinations. The rank list for admission will be prepared based on best performance in the examinations taken.

Examination papers: There will be two papers for JEE (Main). Paper 1 will be for admission to the B.E/B.Tech Programmes. Paper 2A will be for admission to B.Arch Programme and Paper 2B, for admission to the B.Planning Programme. Based on the plan of admission and eligibility, an aspirant can appear for the required papers.

Those desirous of admissions to IITs have to appear for Paper 1 (BE/BTech paper). Specified number of top candidates of this paper (from different categories), as per the requirement of JEE (Advanced)) will be eligible to appear in JEE (Advanced)-2021. In 2020, a total of 250000 candidates were selected from JEE (Main) to appear for JEE (Advanced). Admissions to all the Under Graduate Programmes at IITs including B.Teh, B.Arch, BS and Integrated Programmes will be based on rank in JEE Advanced.

Examination pattern: B.E./B.Tech paper will have 30 questions each from Mathematics, Physics & Chemistry with equal weightage. Of this, in each subject, 20 questions will be Objective Type- Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) all of which have to be answered. There will be 10 Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions for which answer will be a numerical value. From this NTA part, 5 questionss have to be answered.

B. Arch Paper will have 3 parts, with Mathematics in Part I, Aptitude Test in Part II and Drawing Test in Part III. B.Palanning paper will also have 3 parts, with Mathematics in Part I, Aptitude Test in Part II and Planning based Questions in Part III. In Paper 2A/2B, Part I will have 20 MCQs (all to be answered) and 10 NAT questions (5 to be answered). There will be 50 MCQs in Part II in both 2A and 2B. For 2A, the third part will be Drawing test. For Paper 2B, Part III will have 25 MCQs All Tests except the Drawing part in paper 2A will be computer based.

For all papers, for MCQ, each correct answer will get 4 marks and each incorrect answer will result in loss of 1 mark. For NAT questions, each correct answer will get 4 marks. No mark will be deducted for wrong answers. The syllabus for the examination is given at

Medium of the Question Papers: JEE (Main) 2021 will be conducted in Assamese, Bengali, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu in addition to Hindi, English and Gujarati.

List of examination cities is given in the Information Bulletin.

Eligibility: There is no age limit for appearing for JEE Main 2021. Applicant should have passed Class 12 / equivalent examination in 2019, 2020, or should be appearing in 2021. However, the candidates may be required to fulfil the age criteria of the Institute(s) in which they are desirous of taking admission.

For admission to the B.E/B.Tech programmes, applicant should have passed qualifying examination with Physics and Mathematics as compulsory subjects along with one of Chemistry/Biotechnology/Biology/ Technical Vocational subject.

For admission to B.Arch, applicant should have passed qualifying examination with Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry as subjects. Those who have passed the qualifying examination with Mathematics as a subject are eligible for admission to B.Planning.

The list of Qualifying Examinations is given in the Information Bulletin that can be downloaded from or from

Admission to NITs, IIITs, CFTIs, will be based on All India Rank subject to the condition that the candidate should have secured at least 75% marks in the 12th class examination, or be in the top 20 percentile in the 12th class / Qualifying examination conducted by the respective Boards. For SC/ST candidates the qualifying marks would be 65% in the 12th class / qualifying examination.

Application Fee: Applications fee is given in the Information Brochure.

Application: Application can be submitted online at latest by 16 January 2021. Detailed instructions for submission of application are given at the website and the Information Bulletin. Application fee can be paid online through Net Banking, Credit Card, Debit Card, UPI or Paytm 17 January 2021. Only one Application is to be submitted irrespective of the number of sessions in which the student plans to appear.

One has the option to apply for one Session or more than one Session (February/March /April /May 2021) together and pay exam fee accordingly. If one wishes to apply only for one Session, he / she has to pay Examination Fee only for that Session during the current application period and will have opportunity to apply again for the remaining March/ April / May Sessions. The application window will be re-opened briefly immediately after the declaration of the result of February / March/April Session.

Fees can also be carried forward to another Session of JEE (Main) 2021. In case a candidate does not want to appear in the Session for which fee has already been paid, it will be refunded by NTA. For this, the Candidate will have to make a request only during the application process of the session for which he/she wants to withdraw.

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