JEE Main 2018 Question Paper Analysis

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JEE Main-2018 Paper Analysis, Difficulty Level, Weightage and Cutoff

JEE Main 2018 was conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). The examination was conducted in two modes. The first mode was ‘Offline’ or ‘Pen and Paper’ mode, while the other mode was ‘Online’ or ‘Computer Based Test (CBT)’. Candidates were given the option to choose any one of the two modes while filling out the form. The exam was conducted on the 8th of April in offline mode and on the 15th and 16th of April in online mode. Around 10.5 lakh candidates appeared for the exam across 258 centres.


Among the candidates who appeared for JEE Main, around 2,24,000 candidates qualified the cutoff marks and became eligible to appear in JEE Advanced. JEE Advanced was conducted on May 20th, the same year.


JEE Main is considered to be one of the most challenging entrance examinations for engineering at the undergraduate level. Based on their scores obtained in JEE Main, the candidates are granted admissions to NITs (National Institute of Technology), IIITs, and other GFTIs (Government Funded Technical Institutes).


JEE Main 2018 Review

The JEE Main 2018 question paper contained 90 questions carrying 4 marks each, divided equally among the three sections, i.e., Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics. Each section consisted of 30 questions worth 120 marks per section.


The paper contained all Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) only. For each correct answer, +4 marks were awarded, and for a wrong answer, 1 mark was deducted. For unattempted questions, no marks were awarded or deducted.


As per our experts, the overall level of the paper was between moderate and tough. The questions framed were conceptual, and thorough knowledge of the application of basic concepts was required to get them solved. In comparison to the past few years JEE Main question papers, the JEE Main 2018 question paper had more no of difficult or tricky questions especially in Physics.


The questions were more based on core concepts rather than being based on the introductory parts of the chapters. The difficulty level of the paper was also reflected in the cutoff marks of JEE Main that year (which we will see in a later section).


JEE Main 2018 Paper Analysis: Physics

Difficulty level analysis of the Physics section:


Difficulty Level

No. of Questions

Easy

6

Moderate

20

Difficult

4


As it can be seen in the above table, the majority of questions that appeared in the paper were of moderate level. A few questions were easy, and the rest of the questions were tough.


Class-wise marking the distribution of the Physics section:


Class

No. of Questions

Units From Which Majority of Questions Were Asked

11th class syllabus

13

Kinematics, Gravitation, Friction, Motion in a Plane, Surface Tension

12th class syllabus

17

Electrostatics, Current Electricity, Magnetism, Electromagnetic Induction, Magnetic Effects of Current, Electronic Devices


Topic-wise marks distribution in the Physics section:



The Physics section was the overall toughest section. Questions asked were more conceptual than calculative. The students were required to have a good grasp of the basic concepts in order to be able to solve them. This was also reflected in the scores of the candidates. In JEE Main 2018, it was observed that students scored less in Physics in comparison to other years.


JEE Main 2018 Paper Analysis: Chemistry

Difficulty level analysis of the Chemistry section:


Difficulty Level

No. of Questions

Easy

10

Moderate

17

Difficult

3


It is clear from the above table that the majority of questions were easy or moderate in the Chemistry section of the paper. Very few questions were tough.


Class-wise marking the distribution of the Chemistry section:


Class

No. of Questions

Units From Which Majority of Questions Were Asked

11th class syllabus

16

Chemical Bonding, Chemical Thermodynamics, Hydrocarbons, P-block Elements

12th class syllabus

14

Solid State, Solutions, Electrochemistry, Biomolecules, Chemistry in Everyday Life


Topic-wise marks distribution of Chemistry section:


Topics

Marks (weightage)

Physical Chemistry

48

Organic Chemistry

44

Inorganic Chemistry

28

Total

120


The Chemistry section of the JEE Main 2018 paper can be considered the easiest among the other sections. The conceptual questions asked were of the common type, and the calculative questions were mostly direct formula based. Most of the students scored good marks in this section.


JEE Main 2018 Paper Analysis: Mathematics

Difficulty level analysis of the Mathematics section:


Difficulty Level

No. of Questions

Easy

13

Moderate

14

Difficult

3


It is clear from the above table that the majority of questions were easy or moderate in the Mathematics section of the paper. Very few questions were tough. The questions were more based on straightforward methods rather than being tricky. The types of questions were not unfamiliar and hence did not require much effort in preparing an approach to solve them.


Class-wise marking the distribution of the Mathematics section:


Class

No. of Questions

Units From Which Majority of Questions Were Asked

11th class syllabus

20

Quadratic Equations, Trigonometry, Sequences, and Series, Permutations and Combinations, Statistics

12th class syllabus

10

Inverse trigonometry, Matrices, Application of Integration, 3D Geometry, Differential Equations,


Topic-wise marks distribution of Mathematics section:



It is observed that the Mathematics section of the JEE Main 2018 paper was relatively easier than the papers of previous years. The questions were not completely new or tricky. In fact, most of them could be solved easily by simply following straightforward steps.


JEE Main 2018 Important Topics

Based on our expert analysis of the JEE Main 2018 Paper 1 Syllabus, we can extract some important topics from which questions are frequently asked in JEE Main, including in JEE Main 2018. These topics are important from the JEE point of view, and aspirants should pay extra attention to these topics as they have always been on the top list among the other topics when we are talking about the popularity of these topics in the JEE Main Examination.


Let’s go through the section-wise important topics for JEE Main.


JEE Main 2018 Important Topics for Physics:


JEE Main 2018 Important Topics for Chemistry:


JEE Main 2018 Important Topics for Mathematics:


So these are the topics in which students must make an extra effort and practice if they are seeking to score well in the JEE Main Examination. These topics are important but not sufficient to complete your preparation. You should study the complete JEE Main syllabus in order to avoid the chances of achieving a low rank, as these trends are not guaranteed to be followed every year. There are times when other non-dominant topics are also given weightage in some of the papers. So it is not good practice to completely avoid any topic.


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Now let us see the cutoff marks for different categories in JEE Main 2018.


JEE Main 2018 Cutoff Marks

The category-wise cut off marks for the JEE Main 2018 are given below.


Category

Qualified

Max marks

Min marks

OBC-NCL

65313

73

45

SC

34425

73

29

ST

17256

73

24

PwD

2755

73

35

Common Rank List

111275

350

74


IIT JEE Main Question Paper with Solutions (2014-2021)

It is important to solve the previous year's question paper for JEE Main to perform well in the examination. Being able to solve previous year's questions builds confidence in you to appear in the original examination without any fear or hesitation. If you are not able to solve the past year's question papers (or a part of them), it simply means that you need to work more on your knowledge of the concepts and their applications.


The links to the previous year's question papers of the JEE  Main from the year 2014 to the year 2021 are given below.


Conclusion

The above article was all about the JEE Main 2018 Question Paper Analysis. We hope it was helpful in giving you an overview of JEE Main 2018. It should now be clear to you on the basis of this analysis, which topics are most popular because questions have been frequently framed around them in JEE Examinations.


Stay tuned to be updated for the analysis of other years' JEE Main papers to get a better understanding of the importance of each topic of the syllabus, which would help you prioritise them and develop a more effective strategy, which would definitely help you score well in JEE Main.

FAQs on JEE Main 2018 Question Paper Analysis

1. Give a brief JEE Main 2018 question paper analysis.

Ans: Overall, JEE Main 2018, in comparison to other years, leaned more towards the tough (difficult) side. The Physics section was found to be the toughest of the three sections. The questions asked in Physics were more conceptual than  calculative. The Chemistry section was the easiest and highest scoring one in JEE Main 2018. The basic knowledge of the concepts and their simple applications was sufficient to answer most of the questions in chemistry. We can say that the Mathematics section was moderate in difficulty level. The types of questions asked were not unfamiliar. Most of the questions could easily be solved by following straightforward steps.

2. What is the difficulty level of the JEE Main Exam?

Ans: JEE Main is considered one of the most challenging entrance examinations in the field of engineering at the undergraduate level. The reasons are obvious. The first reason is that all three subjects (Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics) on the syllabus are conceptual. An almost complete and thorough syllabus of 11th and 12th classes constitutes the syllabus for JEE Main. Hence, the syllabus becomes quite huge. The second reason is that there’s no weightage for aptitude or verbal reasoning, etc., which are there in most of the competitive examinations. These sections would have contributed to the overall score and brought down the difficulty level to some extent.

3. What was the JEE Main cut-off 2018?

Ans: For the OBC-NCL category, the maximum score was 73, the minimum was 45, and 65313 candidates qualified in JEE Main 2018. For the SC category, the maximum was 73 too, but the minimum was 29, and 34425 candidates qualified. For the ST category, the maximum was 73, the minimum was 24, and the number of candidates qualified was 17256. For the PWD category, the maximum score was 73, the minimum was-35, and 2755 candidates qualified from this category. For the Common Rank List, the maximum score was 350, the minimum was 74, and 111275 candidates qualified.

4. When was JEE Main 2018 conducted?

Ans: JEE Main 2018 was conducted in two modes; ‘Offline’ (or ‘Pen and Paper’ mode) and ‘Online’ (or ‘Computer Based Test’ mode). The offline mode was held on the 8th of April, 2018. The online mode examination was conducted in two batches on the 15th and 16th of April, 2018.

5. Where do I get the weightage of chapters in the JEE Main 2018 PDF?

Ans: You can get the complete and detailed JEE Main 2018 paper analysis, including the weightage of the chapters, in the above sections. If you want it in downloaded form, you can bookmark or save this page through your internet browser.

6. Where to download the JEE Main 2018 paper and solutions?

Ans: You can download all previous years' JEE Main question papers (from 2014 to the latest) and their solutions from Vedantu’s official website and Vedantu Learning App. For the JEE Main 2018 paper and solutions, you may go to the following link:

7. How many papers were there in JEE Main 2018?

Ans: There were two papers in JEE Main 2018; Paper-1 for getting admission under B.Tech scheme in government institutes and Paper-2 for admission under the B.Arch/B.Plan scheme in government institutes. Paper-1 was conducted in two modes; ‘Offline’ (or ‘Pen and Paper’ mode) and ‘Online’ (or ‘Computer Based Test’ mode). The offline mode was held on the 8th of April, 2018. The online mode examination was conducted in two batches on the 15th and 16th of April, 2018. Paper-2 was conducted only in offline mode on 8th of April, 2018.

8. What are the benefits of solving the JEE Main previous year question paper 2018?

Ans: Previous year's question papers are helpful to you as an aspirant in many ways. They allow you to evaluate your preparation and identify where you stand among other candidates on the basis of the standard of the questions that were actually asked in the original examinations.


Solving past year's question papers also gives you an idea of the  important topics on which questions were frequently asked. It also gives you an idea of the types of questions asked in the past years, which helps you pre-define strategies or approaches to solve  questions of specific types efficiently (in less time). Also, solving previous year's question papers allows you to improve your time management skills for the final examination. This way, solving past year's question papers is greatly helpful in your preparation for JEE Main.

9. What was the mode of JEE Main 2018 Paper 2?

Ans: JEE Main 2018 Paper-2 was conducted only in offline (pen and paper) mode. In 2018, the online (or computer-based test) mode was introduced only for Paper-1. In fact, Paper-2 is still ‘partially’ online or computer-based. The MCQ section is conducted in online mode while the drawing section is attempted through the pen and paper method.

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