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JEE Main Paper 1 & Paper 2 in Detail

By Manasvi GuptaFebruary 26, 2023
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Every year, JEE (Joint Entrance Exams) Mains are conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA) to provide eligible aspirants with admissions in various courses like B.Tech. B.Arch., B.Plan & B.E. The successful candidates in the JEE Main can secure admission into the prestigious engineering colleges in the country, including NITs, IIITs, Government Funded Technical Institutes, and CFTIs, etc.

A candidate must score well in paper 1 and paper 2 in JEE Main to enroll in JEE Advanced. Paper 1 is for admissions in B.Tech/B.E courses, whereas Paper 2 has further two parts - Paper 2A for B.Arch courses, and Paper 2B for B.Plan courses.

JEE Main Paper 1 & Paper 2 in Detail

Also Read: JEE Main 2023 Session 2 Preparation Tips Based on Session 1 Analysis

To crack the exam with good marks, understanding the JEE Main exam pattern is significant. This article contains all the details of the JEE Main 2023 exam pattern. Keep reading to know:

JEE Main Exam Pattern 2023

How many papers are in JEE Main? Below is the JEE Main exam pattern for Paper 1 and Paper 2, as announced by the conducting authority on the official website.

JEE Main Paper 1 (B.E/B.Tech)

m Paper 1 for B.E/B. Tech courses consist of 90 MCQs for a total of 300 marks. It has two sections for each subject - MCQs (Section A) and Numerical (Section B). 

Section A covers 20 questions from each subject with a compulsion to attempt. Whereas Section B consists of 10 questions, out of which candidates can select any five questions to attempt.

Go through this table to understand the Paper 1 exam pattern better:



Exam Mode

Online (Computer-Based Exam)


3 Hours


  • Mathematics

  • Physics

  • Chemistry

Types of Questions

  • Section A - MCQs

  • Section B - Numerical questions

Language of Exam

English, Hindi, Tamil, Bengali, Assamese, Gujarati, Kannada, Marathi, Malayalam, Odia, Punjabi, Telugu, and Urdu

Total No. of Questions 

90 (Each subject will have 30 questions each)

Total No. of Compulsory Questions

75 ( 5 questions are compulsory from Section B)

Total Marks

300 Marks (100 Marks for each section)

Marking Scheme

4 marks for each correct answer, and 1 mark will be cut for each incorrect answer

JEE Main Paper 2 (B.Arch and B.Plan)

What is JEE Main Paper 2? The JEE Main exam Paper 2 pattern is different for B.Arch and B.Planning. 

The candidates will get 3 hours to attempt both papers. There will be 82 questions in Paper 2A and 105 MCQs in Paper 2B for a total of 400 marks.

B.Arch (Paper 2A):

  • 2 questions will be there from the Drawing section to evaluate the drawing skills of the students.

  • In the Mathematics section contains 20 MCQs and 10 numerical-based questions.

  • Last, the Aptitude Section contains 50 questions.

B.Plan (Paper 2B):

  • The Planning section contains 25 questions 

  • There will be 20 MCQs and 10 numerical questions in the Mathematic section

  • Finally, the Aptitude section contains 50 questions.

Here is the table of JEE Main Paper 2 for better understanding:



Total Duration

3 Hours

Exam Mode

  • Paper 2A - Online & Offline

  • Paper 2B - Online

Language of Exam

English, Hindi, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Marathi, Malayalam, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu.

Total No. of Sections

Paper 2A:

  • Mathematics

  • Aptitude Test

  • Drawing Test

Paper 2B:

  • Mathematics

  • Aptitude Test

  • Planning Test

Type of Questions

  • Paper 2A - MCQs, Numerical Based Questions, Drawing Aptitude

  • Paper 2B - Multiple choice and Numerical based questions

Total No.of Questions

  • Paper 2A: 82 Questions

  • Paper 2B: 105 Questions

Compulsory Questions

  • Paper 2A: 77

  • Paper 2B: 100

Total Marks 

400 marks for each paper

Marking Scheme

4 marks will be given for each correct answer, 1 mark is deducted for each wrong answer. 

JEE Main Syllabus 2023

The JEE Main syllabus for 2023 is published by the conducting authority ie. National Testing Agency (NTA) on the official website. All the JEE aspirants are recommended to go through the syllabus before appearing for the exam.

JEE Paper 1 Syllabus



JEE Paper 2 Syllabus

The JEE Main 2023 exam Paper 2 will be scheduled to select candidates for admissions in B.Arch/B.Plan courses. The syllabus is divided into three sections, Part 1 as Mathematics, Part 2 as General Aptitude, and Part 3 as Drawing/Planning, depending upon candidates’ choices.

Here is the syllabus for JEE Main Paper 2. Take a look:


General Aptitude

  • Understanding & appreciation of scale & proportion of objects

  • harmony and contrast

  • Transformation of forms both 2D and 3D union

  • Rotation subtraction

  • Building two-dimensional and three-dimensional compositions using given shapes and forms


  • Elevation and 3D views of objects rotation

  • Generation of Plan

  • Transformation of forms both 2D and 3D union

  • Development of Surfaces and Volumes


  • General Awareness

  • Comprehension

  • Graphs, Charts, and Map

  • Reading Skills, etc.

Summing Up

Now you are familiarized with Paper 1 And Paper 2 in JEE Main. Apart from getting aware of JEE Main exam pattern & syllabus, creating a strategic study plan with frequent revision is also vital to score well in the exam. Additionally, candidates are suggested to solve many mock tests and sample papers so that they can identify their mistakes and grasp a command of them. 

FAQs on JEE Main Paper 1 & Paper 2 in Detail

1. What is the JEE Main exam pattern for Paper 1 for 2023?

The JEE Main exam pattern for B.Tech Paper 1 will have three sections - Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics. There will be 90 questions for a total of 300 marks.

2. What is the marking scheme for the JEE Mains 2023 exam?

The JEE Mains 2023 exam will have 30 questions from each subject and the total marks are 300. In MCQ-based questions, students will be given 4 marks for every correct answer whereas 1 mark will be deducted for each wrong answer.

3. What are the sections of the B.Tech and B.Arch in JEE Mains?

For B.Tech, there are three sections - Mathematics, Chemistry, and Physics. For B.Arch, the sections are - Mathematics, Aptitude, and Drawing Tests.

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