JEE Mains 2020 Begins Today - List of Items Allowed in The Exam Hall

By Asmita Kundu, September 1, 2020

JEE Mains exam 2020 has finally begun today amid the COVID-19 outbreak. Check all the guidelines issued by NTA to ensure smooth conduct of the exam.



Following a lot of turmoil, JEE Mains 2020 exam has finally made the kickstart today (September 1, 2020). Honorary Supreme Court has dismissed all the pleas made by students, parents, and several ministers to postpone the engineering exam this year due to the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic nationwide.


In order to avoid the unprecedented circumstances and smooth conduct of the exam, the National Testing Agency (NTA) has brought up several instructions and guidelines along with a four-page admit card for all the candidates. Nearly 8.67 lakhs students would appear for the JEE Mains exam this year following all the strict instructions. JEE Mains September session exam has started today i.e. September 1, 2020, and will end on September 6, 2020.


In this year’s four-page long JEE Mains admit card, there is a hall ticket, exam day instructions, and self-declaration form which must be filled in by the candidate of JEE Mains in order to appear for the exam. Take a look at the list of other items which are allowed and not allowed in the examination hall.


Items that are Allowed in the JEE 1xam Centre:

  1. JEE Mains Admit Card:

The complete four-page long admit card/ hall ticket is absolutely mandatory to carry along to the examination centre.

  1. Photo ID Proof:

Carrying a photo ID is absolutely mandatory for all the candidates. They can carry PAN card/ Driving License/ Voter ID/ Class 12th Admit or Registration card/ Passport/ Aadhaar Card (With photograph)/ E-Aadhaar/ Ration Card etc. Any kind of attested photo or photocopy of any document will not be accepted during the document verification process.

  1. Passport Size Photograph:

Along with the admit card and photo ID proof, candidates need to carry one passport size photograph which will be pasted on the attendance sheet by the exam invigilator. Candidates must remember that they should carry a hardcopy of the same photograph to the examination centre which they have already uploaded while filling in the JEE application form online.

  1. Transparent Ball-Point Pen:

Previously, JEE exam conducting authority NTA used to provide the transparent ball-point pens to the candidates during the JEE Mains examination. However, due to COVID-19 pandemic, this year candidates have been asked to carry their own ball-point pen.

  1. Hand Sanitizer:

All the JEE Mains candidates will be allowed to carry along a 50 ml bottle of personal sanitizer inside the examination centre. Besides, the sanitizer will also be provided at the exam venue.

  1. Transparent Water Bottle:

As per NTA, candidates can carry a small transparent water bottle along with them inside the exam hall. The water bottle has to be without any kind of label or markings. Otherwise, it will not be allowed inside.

  1. For B. Arch Students:

B. Arch students must carry all the necessary stationeries such as Geometry Box set, pencils, erasers, colour pencils or crayons along with themselves.


Items that are Prohibited in the JEE Mains Exam Centre:

  • Mobile Phones:

Mobile phones are strictly prohibited in the examination centre. However, this year the display of the Aarogya Setu app is mandatory in the exam gate/ exam venue to check the safety status. In that case, candidates will have to leave it outside the exam hall.

  • Electronic Devices:

Any kind of electronic or smart device is not allowed inside the exam hall such as calculators, smartwatches, Bluetooth devices, earphones, etc.

  • Rough Sheet:

Rough sheets would be provided by the authority in the exam centre to every candidate in order to do the rough work. Every invigilator is instructed to wear gloves and maintain hygiene while providing the rough worksheet to every candidate.

  • Attire:

According to NTA instructions, candidates must not wear any kind of garments with big buttons or shoes which have thick soles.


Aside from everything, all the candidates should wear light coloured clothes as per the climate along with slippers or open-toe sandals. Candidates are advised to follow all the instructions related to reporting time in order to avoid gatherings and follow social distancing norms.