JEE Main 2021 has been scheduled to take place in the months of February, March, April and May 2021. As per the standardized JEE Main 2021 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 B. Arch degree, 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 27,712 seats available in the IITs, 25 IIITs, 31 NITs, and 28 CIFTs. Now, with a unified system, students will no longer have to register for multiple examinations.
The unified JEE is conducted in 2 phases, and they are as follows:
JEE Mains is a crucial exam for candidates seeking admissions in NITs and other government engineering colleges in the country. It also allows qualified examinees to sit for JEE Advanced, the final round of exam to successfully enrol at an IIT.
JEE Mains 2021 has introduced a host of new changes, one of them is the exam being conducted across multiple sessions - February, March, April and May.
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 2021 exam pattern for each of its sessions.
JEE Main Paper-I Exam Pattern:
Paper I comprises objective type questions based on Physics, Chemistry and Math.
The table below lists the marking scheme of paper - I (B.E/B.Tech):
Maximum duration allotted for answering Paper I is 3 hours (4 hours for Persons with Benchmark Disabilities).
Paper-I for 2021 JEE Mains is 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 400.
The table below lists the marking scheme of Paper-II (B.Arch & B.Plan):
Note: B.Arch & B.Plan, 3.5 hours will be allotted for each.
JEE Mock Tests – A Deeper Insight Into the JEE Main Exam Pattern
NTA has developed mock tests under National Test Abhyas to help candidates get familiarised with the JEE Main exam pattern 2021. These mock tests can be easily accessed by downloading the application on your phone. They simulate the actual test environment, and hence, are an ideal way to know the JEE Main 2021 exam pattern.
Candidates will first need to register to practice the online mock tests. Mock test facility provided online is free of charge and is just a click away. Additionally, one can also access the online mock test facilities provided by NTA on its official website.
Preparation for the Examination
Gaining a clear understanding of JEE Mains 2021 online exam pattern is the first step to begin your preparations. Practising previous years’ question papers is useful too.
Students should use the correct books for practising 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
Few Guidelines and Important Facts for the Exam Day
The rules and exam hall timings for JEE Advanced will be the same as that of the Mains. So, knowing about them ahead of time can be helpful.
Other Points to Remember:
All must carry their admit cards, along with a recent passport size photograph and a valid photo ID proof. Anyone without an admit card won’t be granted entry into the examination hall.
Candidates appearing for Paper II of JEE Mains must carry their own geometry set, pencils, erasers, colours and crayons.
In the light of COVID-19, candidates are required to bring a duly filled in self-declaration form ( undertaking) from NTA’s official website.
A personal transparent hand sanitiser is also required
The examination hall entry will be allowed 1 hour to 30 minutes prior to the examination
PwD candidates are required to bring their PwD certificates in the format prescribed by NTA.
All electronic gadgets are barred from the examination hall. Other items like log tables, notebooks, books, and calculators are also not allowed.
Diabetic students will have the provision to carry food items like sugar tablets, fruits and transparent water bottles. However, packaged food items like chocolates and sandwiches are forbidden.
Candidates are required to maintain social distancing and take their seats as soon as the entry is permitted.
Rough sheets will be provided for calculations. A student must return those sheets to the invigilator before exiting the examination hall.
Hopefully, you are well prepared for the JEE Advanced phase.