Joint Entrance Examination – Main

Joint Entrance Examination – Main (JEE-Main), formerly All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE), is an examination organised by the National Testing Agency (NTA) in India.[1] Introduced in the year 2002 and renamed in April 2017, this national level competitive test is for admission to various undergraduate engineering and architecture courses in institutes accepting the JEE-Main score, mainly National Institutes of Technology (NITs), Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIITs) and Government Funded Technical Institutes (GFTIs).

Joint Entrance Examination – Main
AcronymJEE Main
TypeComputer based
Developer / administratorNational Testing Agency
Knowledge / skills tested
PurposeAdmission to undergraduate Engineering and architecture courses in 31 NITs, 20 IIITs and other colleges. Also serves as a prelim selection for JEE Advanced
Year started2002 (2002)
Duration3 hours for each paper
Score / grade range-60 to +300 in Paper 1
OfferedTwice a year
Restrictions on attemptsMaximum three attempts in successive years
Countries / regionsIndia
LanguagesEnglish and Hindi

Until 2018, JEE-Main was on the first week of April by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). It was held both on paper and electronically. From 2019 it is conducted by the NTA, twice a year, and online only.[2]


The examination consists of only two papers: Paper 1 for B.E./BTech courses and Paper 2 for BArch and BPlanning courses[3]. A candidate can opt for any or both the papers. Paper 1 is mandatorily a computer based test (called Online mode) from 2019. Till 2018, there was an option between OMR based and computer based mode. The examination was conducted in offline pen and paper mode till 2010. In 2011, as per the orders of the Ministry of Human Resource Development, CBSE conducted Paper 1 in Computer-Based-Test mode for the first one lakh candidates who opted for the same, while the remaining students took the examination in the conventional pen and paper mode.[4] The number of attempts which a candidate can avail at the examination is limited to three in consecutive years. As of 2018, the top 224,000 rankers of JEE (Main) will qualify to take the second and final level of examination: JEE (Advanced)[5]

In 2010 the Ministry of Human Resource Development announced plans to replace JEE by 2013 with a common entrance test for all government engineering colleges which will be called Indian Science Engineering Eligibility Test (ISEET).[6][7] Accordingly, MHRD proposes to set up National Testing Service, which will be an autonomous and self-sustained agency to conduct this new common entrance test.

Exam revamp

From January 2020, new revamped structure of the exam will be applicable. Total number of questions will be reduced to 25 from 30, where 20 will be MCQs and 5 questions with answers as numerical value in the three subjects, Physics, Chemistry and Maths.[3]

Mode of exam

  • B.E. /B. Tech. (Paper 1) Physics, Chemistry and Math

, part 1, 2 and 3 respectively will be conducted in Computer Based Test mode only.

  • B. Arch (Paper 2) Mathematics and Aptitude Test, part 1 and 2 respectively will be held in Computer Based Test mode only. While Drawing Test or part 3 will be in offline mode on drawing sheet.
  • B. Planning (Paper 3) Mathematics, Aptitude Test and Planning Based Questions, part 1, 2 and 3 respectively will be held in Computer Based Test mode only.[8][9]

Participating institutes

Institutes participating in the 2017 centralized seat allocation process included:[10]

Number of applicants by year

The number of applicants taking the JEE Main has varied over the years, with a peak of over 1.35 million in 2014.

Year Phase Number of applicants
2019 2 935,741[11]
1 929,198
2018 Held once

a year

20161,194,938 [14]
2012 1,220,000

2011 incident

In 2011, CBSE postponed the examination by a few hours after the question papers were leaked in Uttar Pradesh the night before. Meanwhile, alternate set of question papers were sent to the examination centres. CBSE announced the postponement 30 minutes before the scheduled start of the examination.[18][19]

See also


  1. "Official Website". Retrieved 21 January 2017.
  2. "JEE Main Registrations 2019 to begin from this date: Check eligibility criteria, important dates here". India Today. 16 August 2018. Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  3. "JEE revamp: Science no more must for BPlanning - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 3 September 2019.
  4. The Times of India (22 November 2010). "1L students to take AIEEE online". The Times of India.
  5. Bhandary, Shreya (30 October 2017). "Eligibility criteria for JEE Advanced 2018 released, more students can appear for exam". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  6. "IIT-JEE likely to be abolished by 2013". Retrieved 12 September 2011.
  7. "ISEET to replace IIT JEE and AIEEE".
  8. "JEE Exam Main 2020: New Exam Pattern and Syllabus released, Know what are the changes at". Zee Business. 6 September 2019. Retrieved 6 September 2019.
  9. Network, digitalLEARNING. "JEE Main Paper 2020: Testing agency introduces new paper for B.Planning courses". Retrieved 6 September 2019.
  10. "Joint Entrance Examination(Main) - 2017 - Information Bulletin". JEE (Main) Secretariat - Central Board of Secondary Education. 10 November 2016. Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 October 2017. Retrieved 27 April 2017.
  11. "JEE Main 2019: In April, 9.35 lakh candidates registered; January was 9.29 lakh". The Indian Express. 29 April 2019. Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  12. "JEE Main Answer Key 2018 Released". NDTV. 24 April 2018. Retrieved 5 November 2018. A total of 2.16 lakh candidates appeared for the JEE Main online exam... while, offline exam ... for around 10.43 lakh aspirants.
  13. "RESULT OF JEE (MAIN) 2017" (PDF). National Informatics Centre. 27 April 2017. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  14. "CBSE JEE Main 2016: Check out the result analysis here!". 27 April 2016. India Today. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  15. "JEE Main Registrations Stats: 2014 vs 2015". 2 March 2014. Careers360. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  16. "JEE Main 2014 Result Analysis". 7 May 2014. Shiksha. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  17. "Number of applicants for JEE Main decreased in 2015". 8 January 2016. Jagran Josh. 1 April 2017. Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  18. Central Board of Secondary Education (1 May 2011). "AIEEE-2011 Important Press Release" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 15 May 2011. Retrieved 15 June 2011.
  19. Times of India. "AIEEE question papers leaked, test postponed". The Times of India. Retrieved 15 June 2011.

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