JEE Main 2019 Exam Pattern

JEE Mains Exam Pattern for Paper 1 and 2

The JEE Mains 2019 has been scheduled between April 7 and 20 in 8 sessions. As per the standardized JEE Main 2019 exam pattern, candidates had the option to appear for two papers. While Paper I is compulsory for everyone, for those aspiring to study courses in Architecture and earn a BArch degree, a qualifying marks in Paper II is a necessary requisite.

Understanding the JEE Mains exam pattern is quite essential for successful preparation. Although the last attempt to JEE Mains is over, students willing to attain a seat amongst various engineering colleges must understand the exam pattern clearly.

A brief overview of JEE Mains

Previously, to study an engineering course, students had to register and appear in multiple exams. Each state conducted separate entrance examinations as a way to allot seats to aspirants. For Universities such as NITs, AIEEE was the only option. Further complicating this situation, the IITs required engineering aspirants to appear for a separate test, named IIT-Joint Entrance Examination.

In 2013, all these exams were unified under one umbrella, simplifying the evaluation process for allotting seats for government-funded engineering education in this country. In total, there are 36,268 seats available in the IITs, IIITs, NITs, and GIFTs. Now, with a unified system, students will no more have to register for multiple examinations.

The unified JEE is conducted in 2 phases, and they are as follows: 

  • The Mains –

  • The JEE Mains is a crucial exam for candidates to seek admissions in NITs and other government engineering colleges in the country. It also qualifies examinees to sit for JEE Advanced, the final round of exam to successfully enrol at an IIT.

    There are two attempts to JEE Mains. The first session occurred in January 2019. The second attempt was scheduled for April 2019. 
  • The Advanced –

  • As mentioned, JEE Advanced is the final and the toughest exams to qualify for a seat at an IIT.

    The Indian Institute of Technology is a collection of premier colleges with the best infrastructure for engineering education in India.

    Explanation of the exam pattern

    Following is the JEE Main 2019 exam pattern for each of its section.

    JEE Main Paper-I exam pattern –

  • • Paper I comprises objective type questions based on Physics, Chemistry and Math.

  • • All the subjects bear equal weightage.

  • • The total mark combining all 3 subjects is 360.

  • • There will be 30 questions from each of the subjects of Physics, Chemistry, and Math.

  • • All the 90 questions are of objective type and formatted as Multiple Choice Questions.

  • • Maximum duration allotted for answering Paper I is 3 hours.

  • • Paper I for 2019 JEE Mains was fully computer-based.

  • Exam pattern for Paper II –

  • • Paper II of JEE Mains examines candidates based on their Aptitude, Mathematics and Drawing skills.

  • • The Paper II of JEE Mains comprises a total mark of 390.

  • • 50 Questions from Aptitude test, 30 problems from Mathematics, and 2 questions on Drawing appears in Paper II of this exam.

  • • This 2nd paper is partly computer and partly pen-paper based. Mathematics and Aptitude involve answering in online mode, while the drawing section requires a student to answer on pen and paper.

  • Details of exam dates

    The first attempt to JEE Mains took place in January 2019. The second attempt to the exam held in April this year.

    JEE Mains 1st attempt exam details

    Paper I of 2019 JEE Main’s 1st attempt was held in 8 different slots on January 9, 10, 11, and 12. The NTA conducted Paper II of JEE Main over 2 slots on January 8 2019.

    JEE Mains 2nd attempt exam details

    The Paper II of JEE Mains exam details were held over 4 slots. April 8, 9, 10, and 12 were the dates for the exam. Paper II was conducted on April 7th.

    JEE Mock tests – a deeper insight into the JEE Main exam pattern

    NTA has developed Test Practice Centres to help candidates get familiarised with the JEE Main exam pattern 2019. These TPCs are located in various schools and engineering colleges. They simulate the actual test environment, and hence, are an ideal way to know the JEE Main 2019 exam pattern.

    Candidates will first need to register to practice mock test in these test centres. Mock test facility in these test centres is free of charge and available on weekends. Additionally, one can also access the online mock test facilities provided by NTA on its official website at

    Preparation for the examination

    Gaining a clear understanding of JEE Mains 2019 online exam pattern is the first step to begin your preparations. Practicing previous years’ question papers is useful too.

    Students should use the correct books for practicing sums and problems. Time management is another vital skill to attain the desired score in JEE Mains. For both these purposes, appropriate books are a student’s best aid.

    Books that are useful for JEE Main preparation

    PhysicsConcept of Physics Vol I and II by H.C. Verma
    Understanding Physics for JEE Main & Advanced Waves & Thermodynamics by DC Pandey
    Problems in General Physics by I.E. IrodovMechanics Part 1 & 2 by DC Pandey
    Fundamentals of Physics by Halliday, Resnick & Walker

    MathematicsTrigonometry by S. L. Loney
    Higher Algebra by Hall & Knight
    Problems in Calculus of One Variable by I.A. Maron
    Integral Calculus for IIT JEE by Amit Agarwal
    Maths XI & XII by NCERT

    ChemistryOrganic Chemistry by Morison and Boyd
    Numerical Chemistry by P. Bahadur
    Textbook of Inorganic Chemistry for Competitions (JEE Main & Advanced) by OP Tandon
    Concise Organic Chemistry by J.D. Lee
    Organic Chemistry by Paula Bruice Yurkanis

    Few guidelines and important facts for the exam day

    The rules and exam hall timings for JEE Advanced will be same as that of the Mains. So, knowing about them ahead of time can be helpful.

    Other points to remember - 

  • 1. All must carry their admit cards, along with a recent passport size photograph and a valid ID proof. Anyone without an admit card won’t be granted entry into the examination hall.

  • 2. Candidates appearing for Paper II of JEE Mains must carry their own geometry set, pencils, erasers, colours and crayons.

  • 3. The examination hall will allow entry to students 2 hours and 30 minutes before the commencement of the test.

  • 4. PwD candidates are required to bring their PwD certificates in the format prescribed by NTA.

  • 5. All electronic gadgets are barred from the examination hall. Other items like log tables, notebooks, books, and calculators are also not allowed.

  • 6. Diabetic students will have the provision to carry food items like sugar tables, fruits and transparent water bottles. However, packaged food items like chocolates and sandwiches are forbidden.

  • 7. One can carry a clean cardboard with nothing written on its surface for writing.

  • 8. Rough sheets will be provided for calculations. A student must return those sheets to the invigilator before exiting the examination hall.

  • Exam pattern of JEE Main 2019 isn’t much different from last year. The only change this time is that Paper I was fully computer-based, in contrast to last year when students got the options of pen and paper-based mode as well.
    Hopefully, you are well prepared for the JEE Advanced phase. 

    Wish you all the best with your JEE Mains results.