IIT JEE 2020 (Joint Entrance Examination) – Main and Advanced

IIT JEE (Joint Entrance Exam) is one of the most popular engineering entrance examination conducted in India for aspirants who are seeking admissions in some of the best engineering institutes across the country. Every year, lakhs of candidates appear for the JEE exam and successful candidates do get placed into renowned institutions like IITs, NITs, CFITs, amongst others which are privately owned or run by the government.

IIT JEE exam is mainly divided into two categories known as JEE Main and JEE Advanced. JEE Main is the first phase while JEE Advanced is the second phase of the exam. However, the main criteria here is that only applicants who qualify in JEE Main will be eligible to appear for the Advanced exam. Therefore, preparing well and clearing the first phase of the exam is really important. As for the examination mode, these two exams are mostly computer-based tests (could be either offline or online tests) and follow an objective questions type pattern.

Overview of IIT JEE

Till 2011, the entrance exams were known by different names. JEE Main was known as All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE) and JEE Advanced was called IIT JEE. In the year 2012, CBSE changed the exam names from IIT JEE and AIEEE to Joint Entrance Examination (JEE). With such developments in this space, AIEEE was renamed to JEE Main and IIT JEE was changed to JEE Advanced. These exams are primarily conducted to select worthy candidates and grant them admissions in different IITs and other prominent engineering institutes.

It is worth mentioning that the JEE has undergone many changes since 2012. There is more transparency where students are given their answer copies and the cutoffs are announced in advance. Today, there are even options for online admissions and application selection procedures. Against such a backdrop, there has also been a recent change regarding the examination body for JEE Main. Well, from 2019 onwards JEE Main exam will be conducted twice in a year. The exam authority has also been changed. National Testing Agency (NTA) will be in charge of conducting the exam instead of CBSE.

In any case, students will find more details about the two exams below. However, before we read more about the exams we would like to state that good preparation is crucial for clearing the exams. Therefore, we are also offering various JEE resources to help students study more productively and be well prepared for the exam. Students can check what BYJU’S has to offer below.

JEE Main 2020 Examination Schedule

Events JEE Main 2020 (January Session) JEE Main 2020 (April Session)
Mode of Examination Computer Based Examination Computer Based Examination
Registration Begins September 3, 2019 February 7, 2020

Registration Ends

September 30, 2019 March 7, 2020
Last Date for Application Fee Submission October 1, 2019 March 10, 2020
Availability of Admit Cards December 6, 2019 March 16, 2020
Examination Dates January 6- January 11, 2020 April 3- April 9, 2020
Announcement of Results January 31, 2020 April 30, 2020

JEE Main 2020 Details

  • Test Practice Centers (TPCs) have been set up by NTA across the country, for the convenience of the exam takers. These TPCs shall be available on every Saturday/Sunday from September 1, 2019. Check Here
  • The registrations for JEE Main 2020 Mock Test have begun. Aspirants can book their slots from the official website till December 29, 2019.
  • There will be a reservation of 10% to Economically Weaker Section in JEE Main 2020 and colleges accepting JEE score will reserve the seats for the same.
  • Admissions of students under Direct Admission of Students ABROAD (DASA) will be through JEE Main, as approved by MHRD. This will be applicable from academic year 2021-2022 onwards.
  • Candidates will be able to appear in either one or both the sessions to increase their chances of admission in the colleges. For candidates appearing in both January and April, their better of the twoscores will be considered for the JEE Main Merit List
  • Applicants who register for JEE Main January session will not need to reregister again for April session, they can directly apply using their Application Number and Password.

JEE Main Eligibility Criteria 2020

Candidates must be aware of the eligibility criteria as determined by NTA, to avoid any kind of last minute chaos. The eligibility criteria for JEE Main 2020 is as follows:

  • Age Limit: There is no age limit for appearing in JEE Main 2020. The candidates who have passed class 12th  / equivalent examination in 2018, 2019 or appearing in 2020 irrespective of their age can appear in JEE Main 2020.
  • Year of Passing Qualifying Examination: Students who passed their XII or equivalent exam in 2018, 2019 or appearing in 2020 are eligible for applying in JEE Main 2020. Candidates who passed Class 12th/Qualifying examination in 2017 or before as well as those who will appear in such examination in 2021 or later are not eligible to appear in JEE Main 2020.
  • Subjects in Qualifying Examination: For B.E/ B. Tech, it is essential to have passed 12th /qualifying examination with Physics and Mathematics as compulsory subjects along with one of the Chemistry/Biotechnology/Biology/ Technical Vocational subject. For B. Arch, it is essential to have passed qualifying examination with Physics, Mathematics, and Chemistry. For B. Planning, it is essential to have passed 12th /qualifying exam with Mathematics.
  • Number of Attempts: Students can appear for the exam thrice, that too in consecutive years. Appearing for both the sessions in the same year will be counted as a single attempt.

Note: Candidates must score 75% or above in the qualifying exam or rank in the top 20 percentile in their respective boards to get admission into IIITs/ NITs or CFTIs through JEE Main 2020 score.

JEE Main Application Form 2020

JEE Main Application Process has commenced. The last date for JEE Main 2020 January session registration is September 30, 2019. The application form can be filled hrough online mode only. Candidates will have to fill personal details, educational details, contact details, medium of language, choice of paper and exam center city.

The application process for JEE Main 2020 April Session shall last from February 7, 2020 to March 7, 2020. 

Candidates need to upload their scanned passport size photograph and signature in specified size and format. Check JEE Main Photo & Signature Size, Dimension, Format and Other Details

Once the documents are uploaded application fee has to be paid, followed by slot booking for the computer based test and printing of acknowledgement page.

Even though Aadhaar card is not mandatory, it is advisable to apply forJEE Main 2020 using Aadhaar number. Otherwise, Passport, Ration Card, Driving License or any other govt issued photo ID proof can be used.

JEE Main 2020 Application Fee

Application Fee for JEE Main 2020 can be paid from September 3, 2019 to October 1, 2019. Candidates can pay the application fee using Credit/Debit card/Net Banking/Paytm/Cash Cards/SBI Buddy Wallet or they can also download e-challan and make the payment in any branch of Syndicate Bank, Canara Bank or ICICI Bank. Fee once paid will not be refunded in any case. The updated fees for JEE Main 2020 is tabulated below:

Exam Center Opted Appearing Papers Online Mode Exam
Paper Type General/Gen- EWS/ OBC(NCL) (Male) (INR) SC/ST/PWD/Girls/Transgender (INR)
In India Single Paper 650 325

B.E./B.Tech and B. Arch or

B.E./B.Tech and B. Planning or

B.E./B.Tech, B. Arch and B.Planning or

B.Arch and B.Planning

1300 650
Outside India Single Paper 3000 1500

B.E./B.Tech and B. Arch or

B.E./B.Tech and B. Planning or

B.E./B.Tech, B. Arch and B.Planning or

B.Arch and B.Planning

6000 3000

JEE Main Statistics

  • The total number of applicants for JEE Main 2019 were around 9.29 lakh for the January Session against a total of approximately 9.58lakh applicants in the April Session of JEE Main 2019.
  • For JEE Main 2018, around 11.5 lakh candidates registered. Out of which, 2.25 lakh had opted for online mode examination while 9.25 lakh candidates took JEE Main in offline mode. As compared to last year, the numbers show an overall dip in registrations but rise in test takers for computer-based examination.

JEE Main Form Correction

JEE Main Form Correction window will open from October 11, 2019 to October 17, 2019 for making changes in the online form. Applicants can check their form status later by logging into their portal. Also, the link for image correction in JEE Main application form is activated at the official website.

JEE Main Photo Size

Image File size Dimensions File Format
Photograph (with name and date of taking photo) 10 kb to 200 kb 3.5 cm x 4.5 cm JPEG/JPG
Signature of Candidate 4 kb to 30 kb 3.5 cm x 1.5 cm JPEG/JPG

JEE Main 2020 Admit Card

NTA will release the JEE Main 2020 Admit Card for January session from December 6, 2019. Candidates can download the admit card from the official website. The Admit Card consists of details like exam center’s name and address, exam day instructions, candidate’s photograph and signature etc. Admit Card is a mandatory document to enter the exam hall and therefore candidates must save it for future reference. Read More

JEE Main 2020 Exam Centers

JEE Main 2020 will be conducted by NTA in two sessions i.e. January and April. Candidates will be filling separate application forms for both the sessions, therefore, choices of exam centers have to be filled twice too. Following are some key details regarding JEE Main 2020 Exam Centers:

  • Candidates can list upto 4 preferences in the exam center category, during filling the JEE Main Application form.
  • Candidates will be alloted one of the four choices preferred by them as their exam center.
  • Candidates must note that NTA will not entertain any requests for changing the exam center, once the application form is submitted.
  • Details like exam center address, day and slot of examination and other essential guidelines for JEE Main will be mentioned in the admit card.
  • Candidates are requested to visit the allocated exam center once prior to the actual exam day in order to avoid any last minute chaos. Check List of JEE Main Exam Cities 2020 – State Wise  

JEE Main Exam Pattern and Syllabus 2020

JEE Main 2020 will conducted through three papers –  B.E/ B.Tech, B.Architecture and B.Planning Papers. The brief about updated JEE Main Exam Pattern is tabulated below:

Specifications Paper 1 (B.E/B.Tech) Paper 2 (B.Arch) Paper 3 (B. Planning)
Subjects Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics Aptitude test, Mathematics and Drawing Mathematics
Type of Questions 60 MCQs + 15 Numerical Value Based Questions

Maths- 20 (MCQs) + 5 (Numerical Value Based Questions) +

Aptitude- 50 MCQs +

Drawing- 2 Questions

Maths- 20 (MCQs) + 5 ( Numerical Value Based Questions) +

Aptitude- 50 MCQs +

Planning Based Objective Type- 25 MCQs

Number of Questions

Physics – 25

Chemistry – 25

Mathematics – 25

Total – 75

Mathematics – 25

Aptitude Test – 50

Drawing – 2

Total – 77

Mathematics – 25

Aptitude Test – 50

Planning Based Objective Type- 25

Total – 100

Marking Scheme

+ 4 marks per  correct response

-1 for every incorrect response

No negative marking for Numeric Value based questions

+ 4 marks per  correct response

-1 for every incorrect response

No negative marking for Numeric Value based questions

2 drawing questions of 100 marks

+ 4 marks per  correct response

-1 for every incorrect response

No negative marking for Numeric Value based questions

Total Marks 300 400 400
Duration 3 hours 3 hours 3 hours

English and Hindi (All Centre Cities)

English, Hindi and Gujarati (Centre Cities in Gujarat, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli)

English and Hindi (All Centre Cities)

English, Hindi and Gujarati (Centre Cities in Gujarat, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli)

English and Hindi (All Centre Cities)

English, Hindi and Gujarati (Centre Cities in Gujarat, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli)

Check Complete JEE Main Exam Pattern

JEE Main 2020- Test Practice Centers

Around 4000 Schools/ Engineering colleges have been set up as Test Practice Centers (TPCs). The TPCs will be available from September 1, 2019 on all saturdays/sundays. The registration for TPCs is open at the official website of NTA.  Also Check Free Online Video Lectures for JEE Main 2020 Aspirants by IIT Faculty

NTA launched “NTA Student”, it is an application for the candidates to locate their exam centers and the nearest test practice centers. Click Here to download the app.

JEE Main 2020 Mock Test- Benefits

NTA has commenced the registrations for JEE Main Mock tests. Bookings will last from August 10, 2019 to December 29, 2019. The mock test facility is going to be highly beneficial for the candidates and they are requested to book their slots from the official website of NTA. Check JEE Main 2020 Mock Test- Registration, Guidelines and Preparation Tips

Some of the advantages of taking the mock tests are as follows:

  • Awareness: Along with the syllabus, candidates should have a practical experience of the exam pattern, the kinds of questions asked, time restrictions. With such awareness only can candidates strategize well for the exam.
  • Performance Analysis: Candidates often commit the mistake of studying from multiple sources but never really testing their preparation level. With the help of the Mock test result reports, candidates will be able to identify their strengths and weaknesses.

  • Improvement: Speed and accuracy are two pillars for success in an exam like JEE Main. Practice in the right direction is majorly essential and taking official mock tests is a step towards the same.

  • Productive Strategizing: With the help of the scores in the mock tests, candidates can figure out what strategies are working and otherwise. This way candidates will be confident about their strategies in the exam. An organized planning and productive strategies are two very essential factors for acing a competitive exam.

JEE Main Preparation Tips 2020

Is Coaching necessary to crack JEE Main 2020?

The need for a coaching center to go about the preparation is totally subjective and depends upon the student’s caliber and preference. Coaching centers can provide you with a direction through their guidance and can bring regularity in the study pattern. Your performance will also be constantly analyzed, helping you improve. On the other hand, self study has its own advantages. You can save travelling time, energy and money. In case of self study, be very focused during school lectures and take help your school teachers for doubt cllarification.

  • Start from Class XI: It’s always advisable to start the preparation from class XI, as you’ve opted your stream and you’re aware if you’ll be sitting for JEE Main. Starting in XI will also save you from taking a drop after XII as two years are more than enough for a balanced and good preparation.
  • Be thorough with your concepts: It is very important for students to keep their concepts clear, as the questions can be set in any manner. With clear concepts, students can also tackle twisted questions.
  • Practice Exam Oriented Questions: Candidates must practice exam oriented questions after the learning process, this well help them analyse their mistakes and rectify them.
  • Get Good Study Material: Each book uses different methodology of explaining concepts. Some books offer simple explanations while some use technical jargon. Candidates should use books best suited for them with a language which they’re comfortable with.
  • Practice Sample Papers: Sample papers are the blueprints of actual paper which familiarize students with the exam pattern, difficulty level, important topics that have been repeated over the years, marking scheme and time limitation. Hence, Sample Papers or Previous Year Question Papers must be practiced by students.

JEE Main 2020 Cut Off

Along with the result, JEE Main Cut Off is released by NTA. It also releases a merit list based on the cut off which is used for the counselling process. The cut off is based on various factors such as the difficulty level of the exam, number of appeared students, category of the candidate.

The expected category wise cut off of JEE Main 2020 is as follows:

Category Cut Off
General 83
OBC – NCL 49
Scheduled Caste (SC) 34
Scheduled tribes (ST) 29
PwD 01

Check JEE Main Cut Off

JEE Main 2020 Result

The result for JEE Main 2020 January session will be out on January 31, 2020. JEE Main Result is released separately for Paper 1 and Paper 2. The result can be downloaded from nta.ac.in. NTA will award students with percentile scores and not ranks. NTA uses Normalization Procedure in order to nullify the effects from varying difficulty level in question paper sets in different shifts.

JEE Main Result for January and April sessions will be compiled and final merit list will be formulated. For candidates appearing in both sessions, the better of the two scores will be considered for the merit list.

JEE Main Tie Resolving

NTA will use percentile upto 7 decimals in order to avoid ties. Further ties, if any, will be resolved using the following criteria:

  • Higher percentile in Mathematics
  • Higher percentile in Physics
  • Higher percentile in Chemistry
  • Higher in age

JEE Main 2020 Counselling

After the result declaration and merit list formulation JEE Main Counselling process will begin. There are three counselling processes for 15% JEE Main All India Seats:

  • JoSSA Counselling is done for seat allotment of all IITs, IIITs, NITs and Other Government Funded Technical Institutes.
  • CSAB NEUT manages counselling for seats of AICTE approved institutes in India which are not covered under CSAB for the North Eastern States & Union Territories (NEUT).
  • CSAB SFTI takes care of counselling for Self-Funded Technical Institutes.

Check JEE Main Counselling Process

Query Redressal System (QRS)

  • A Query Redressal System(QRS) has been set up by NTA.
  • It is an online web- enabled system which basically enables the submission of queries by the registered candidates of JEE Main 2020.
  • It’s a 24×7 facility for quick redressal of queries.
  • A Unique Registration Number will be generated for tracking the status of the queries/ grievances.

IIT JEE 2020 Exam Dates

Phase 1: JEE (Main) – Online Exam

  • January 6th – 11th
  • April 3rd – 9th

Phase 2: JEE (Advanced) – Online Exam

17th of May 2019

  • Paper 1 (9 am – 12 pm)
  • Paper 2 (2 pm – 5 pm)

Importance of IIT JEE: Why Appear For This Exam?

If you are a JEE aspirant and wondering what this exam is all about or what it’s worth, then to put it in simple terms, JEE is the most recognized competitive exam and probably the only way for aspirants to land a seat in some of the top engineering institutions in the country. Besides, students who get admitted into these institutions will be offered some of the best resources including, teachers, facilities and other amenities. In addition, students who successfully complete the course are placed in some of the top companies in the world.

Interestingly, apart from IIT colleges, other leading institutions also grant admissions based on JEE Advanced score. JEE students have a good career prospect.

JEE Main

As mentioned above, IIT JEE has two stages including JEE Main and JEE Advanced. JEE Main is the preliminary stage and candidates have to appear and clear this exam before proceeding to the next stage. From 2019 onwards, National Testing Agency (NTA) will be conducting JEE Main exams and they will also facilitate the counselling as well as the admission process. Admissions are provided for 20 IIITs, 31 NITs, and 18 other Centrally Funded Technical Institutes (CFTIs). JEE Main 2020 will be conducted in multiple sessions and the total slots included will be eight for both the January and April exams. Moving on, JEE Main 2020 will comprise of three papers where;

  • Paper 1 is mainly for B.Tech students and is computer-based. It includes sections like Maths, Physics, and Chemistry.
  • Paper 2 is set for B.Arch programmes. This paper is either computer-based or a written-based test. The test includes mathematics and aptitude test which will be a computer-based test. Students have to go through the drawing exam which will be in offline (pen and paper-based) mode.
  • Paper 3 will be for B.Planning courses. .
  • Students can appear for one or any two exams of their choice out of the three exams. However, only the better score between the two will be considered for admissions.
  • JEE Main merit list will be exclusively based on percentile scores and not on raw marks obtained by aspirants.

Learn more about JEE Main 2019 by following the given link.

JEE Advanced

JEE Advanced is the final phase of IIT JEE. Aspirants who secure a high rank and are within the top 2,24,000 (including all categories) will be eligible to appear for JEE Advanced. The main purpose of JEE Advanced is to provide admissions for B.E. or B.Tech. courses in 23 IIT and 9 Primer institutes.

The exam is conducted in the form of a computer-based test (online) and includes two papers. The test is carried out in two sessions on the same day and it is worth mentioning that the only students who appear for both paper 1 and paper 2 will make it to the merit list. IIT Delhi will administer the examination in 2020.

Get detailed information about IIT JEE Advanced including registration, eligibility, exam dates and more by clicking on the given link.

Important JEE Facts

IIT JEE is one of the most difficult engineering entrance examinations not only in India but in the world. The syllabus is vast and questions that are asked in the exams are very tricky. They require students to be academically strong and have adept problem-solving skills. Moreover, millions of students appear for this exam every year and the competition is intense. If we look at the previous year records, 1.2 million students registered for JEE Main in 2019. Meanwhile, close to 1.6 lakh candidates registered for JEE Advanced 2019.

JEE Preparation Tips

JEE is a serious undertaking and students should realize that they need to be focused and study smartly in order to clear the exam. They need to be organized, systematic and put in continuous effort to master all the concepts. When students and aspirants start their JEE preparation journey they need to develop a proper study time-table in order to cover all the topics given in the JEE syllabus. The good thing here is that the questions that are asked in the exams are mostly based on the prescribed syllabus which includes subjects such as Maths, Physics, and Chemistry. In any case, students can check out a few useful tips below;

  • The first thing that students should do is devise a suitable timetable. Having a dedicated study time and following it religiously will help them learn all the important topics in time. Students should allocate time judiciously for each subject so that each chapter, concepts, exercises are covered well before the final day of the exams. They should also have time for revisions.
  • Another important tip that students can follow is they should get a complete overview of the syllabus. Students should read the syllabus thoroughly and it will help them get an insight into all the important topics and spend more time studying them. One trick here is that as students will be preparing for both their board and IIT JEE exam simultaneously, they can compare the syllabus to know the common topics. It will make things easier for the students.
  • JEE exam is all about testing students’ in-depth understanding of the concepts and their analytical skills in solving various problems. Therefore, it is crucial for them to have a clear understanding of all the fundamental as well as advanced concepts. They should avoid rote learning or mugging up concepts.
  • Sometimes students think that having many reference books or study materials is good or necessary. This thought is not right. What is more important is having the right resources. Besides, inappropriate study material can have a negative impact on their preparation and it could also lead to students wasting their time. Thus, they should choose their resources wisely and select those that will add value. Reading class XII textbooks and NCERT books is the right way to start. Alternatively, studying topic wise as well as subject wise can prove to be advantageous.
  • There is a popular saying that states, “practice makes perfect.” This statement holds true in the case of JEE. Students should practice solving questions on a regular basis. They can start solving past question papers or sample papers or even attempt mock tests. All these study exercises will enable candidates to develop a better understanding of the questions paper format, question types and they can also extensively test their preparation level. They can further analyze the results and figure out the areas they need to improve.

To get the complete study plan for cracking JEE Exam visit the given link.

Advantages of Pursuing a Career in IITs

Candidates who appear for IIT JEE exam have one main goal or aim -to land a seat in some of the top IITs in India. Besides, this is the main driving force for many to work hard and get through this competitive exam. Successful candidates who crack the exam have a bright career to look forward to.

Joining an IIT is not all about excelling in the field of engineering or research but these institutes offer a lot more. Apart from academic learning IITs can significantly change a student’s life and help them develop better life skills, etc. IITs are a great platform and a step towards achieving greater success.

Given below are some of the key advantages of joining and pursuing courses in IIT colleges.

  • IITs offer the best resources to students to develop their talent to the full potential. These institutions offer some of the best mentors and facilities that cater to most of the needs of the students.
  • Students can study with some of the brilliant minds harnessing valuable experience and knowledge about certain things.
  • IITs have some of India’s experienced and top professors for teaching and research work.
  • Apart from just academic learning IITs also focus on the overall personality development of each student. The institutes have facilities for sports as well as communities for arts and culture.
  • Studying in IITs have one major benefit. Students have a high chance of landing a lucrative job in some of the top companies in the world with high salaries.