JEE Main 2020: 3 papers and other major changes
National Testing Agency (NTA) will conduct the first Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main for 2020 admission session, from 6th January 2020 to 11th January 2020.
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 Government Funded Technical Institutes (GFTI).
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 (Main) is being conducted two times in an year for an admissions session. Aspiring students can take either of the examination or both of them. The rank list for admission will be prepared based on the performance in the two examinations. In case of those attending both the examinations, the better of the two scores will be considered for final ranking.
Examination papers: There will be three papers under JEE (Main). One will be for admission to the B.E/B.Tech Programmes, the second for admission to the B.Arch Programme and the third for admission to the B.Planning Programme. Based on the plan of admission and eligibility, an aspirant can appear for any one of the papers or more than one paper.
Those desirous of admissions to IITs have to appear for the BE/BTech paper. Specified number of top candidates of this paper (including all categories), as per the requirement of JEE (Advanced)) will be eligible to appear in JEE (Advanced)-2020. In 2019, a total of 245000 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 25 questions each from Mathematics, Physics & Chemistry with equal weightage. Of this, 20 questions will be Objective Type- Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) & 5 will be Questions for which answer is a numerical value (Numerical Answer Type-NAT). The examination will be a Computer based Test to be held in two sessions, with first session from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm and the second from 2.30 pm to 5.30 pm.
B. Arch Paper will have 3 parts, with Mathematics in Part I, Aptitude Test in Part II and Drawing Test in Part III. Part 1 will have 20 MCQs and 5 NAT questions. Part B will have 50 MCQs. Part III will have 2 questions to test drawing aptitude of the applicant, to be attempted on drawing sheet. The first 2 parts will be conducted as a Computer Based Test. The test will be held in 2 sessions from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm and the 2.30 pm to 5.30 pm.
The Test for B.Planning will have three parts with the first two parts being same as those of B Arch Test. Part III will have Planning Based Objective Type - Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs). The Test will be held from 2.30 pm to 5.30 pm.
Those applying for B.Arch and B.Planning will have the examination from 2.30 pm to 6 pm and will be attending the afternoon session only.
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.
List of examination cities for January JEE (Main)- 2020 is given in the Information Bulletin. An applicant will have to choose 4 centres based on priority while applying for the examination.
Eligibility: There is no age limit prescribed for applying for JEE (Main). (IITs have an age limit / restriction, which will be published in JEE (Advanced)-2020 Information Brochure)
Applicant should have passed the qualifying examination (Class 12/equivalent examination) in 2018, 2019 or should be appearing in 2020.
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 the 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 Qualifying Examinations include (i) final examination of the 10+2 system, conducted by any recognized central/ State Board, such as Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi; Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations, New Delhi; etc (ii) Intermediate or two-year Pre-University examination conducted by a recognized Board/ University (iii) Final examination of the two-year course of the Joint Services Wing of the National Defense Academy (iv) Senior Secondary School Examination conducted by the National Institute of Open Schooling with a minimum of five subjects (v) Any Public School/ Board/ University examination in India or in any foreign country recognized as equivalent to the 10+2 system by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) (vi) Higher Secondary Certificate Vocational Examination (vii) A Diploma recognized by AICTE or a State board of technical education of at least 3 year duration (viii) General Certificate Education (GCE) examination (London/Cambridge/Sri Lanka) at the Advanced (A) level (ix) High School Certificate Examination of the Cambridge University or International Baccalaureate Diploma of the International Baccalaureate Office, Geneva.
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 12thclass 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 for those appearing in Examination centres within India are as follows: For any one paper, boys of General/OBC/General EWS categories, the fee is Rs.650/- while for girls/SC/ST/PwD/Transgender applicants, it will be Rs.325/-. For appearing for 2 or 3 papers, this would be Rs.1300/- and Rs.650/- respectively. For Centres abroad, the fee is Rs.3000/-/Rs.1500/- respectively for one paper and Rs.6000/- / Rs.3000/- respectively for 2 or 3 papers. The fee can be paid through Credit/Debit Card/Net Banking/UPI and PAYTM Services.
Application: Application can be submitted online at https://jeemain.nta.nic.in/, latest by 11.50 pm on 30 September 2019. Detailed instructions for submission of application are given at the website and the Information Bulletin. Application fee can be paid by 11.50 pm on 1 October 2019.
The application process can be completed in 4 steps, Registering for Online Application Form and noting down system generated Application Number; Completing the Application Form, Uploading Scanned Images of Candidate’s Photograph and Candidate’s Signature, Payment of application fee by Debit/Credit Card/Net Banking/UPI/PAYTM.
Candidates are not required to send/submit any document(s) including Confirmation page to NTA through Post/Fax/email/ By Hand. Candidates may keep visiting the NTA’s website regularly for latest updates and to check their registered mobile for SMS/e-mails.
Result of the first examination is likely to be declared on NTA’s website by 31 January 2020.