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Entrance Exams are one of the recent changes in past years that all the institutions are adapting. It has become a standard measure of checking a student’s capabilities for a particular course. There are various entrance exams undertaken by lakhs of students in the field of engineering, medicine, management, law, agriculture, etc.

Check Eligibility For NTA JEE Main Exam

CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education), a government-run body, is in charge of administering the largest and the most important engineering entrance exam i.e. Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main 2018. The exam is conducted every year in the month of April. JEE Main is conducted for admission to undergraduate courses in NITs, IIITs, CFTIs and various other engineering colleges/institutes. The exam also serves as the first stage to enter IITs. Top Candidates of JEE Main are eligible to apply for JEE Advanced.

Recent updates from the CBSE is that the JEE Main 2018 offline mode will be conducted on 8th April 2018. Dates for JEE Main 2018 online mode are still awaited. The online application forms for the same will be released in the 1st week of December 2018.

Students who wish to take the exam can check exam related details in the following section.

JEE Main 2018 Exam Pattern

To appear for any examination, every candidate must make sure that he/she knows the exam pattern of it thoroughly. This section will give a detailed view of the JEE Main 2018 exam pattern, the name and number of papers under this exam, the language of question paper, sections under each paper, the mode of exam, the marking scheme and other specifications of JEE Main 2018.

JEE Main Paper 1 and Paper 2

JEE Main is divided into 2 papers – Paper 1 and Paper 2.

  1. Paper 1 is taken by students who want to opt for courses like B.Tech (Bachelor of Technology) or B.E (Bachelor of Engineering). These courses are chosen by engineering students.
  2. Paper 2 is taken by architecture students who want to opt for courses like B. Arch (Bachelor of Architecture) and B. Planning (Bachelor of Planning).

Candidates can apply for either Paper 1 or Paper 2 or can choose to take both the exams i.e. Paper 1 and Paper 2.

JEE Main 2018 Mode of Exam

JEE Main 2018 is conducted in both online (computer-based test) and offline (pen and paper-based) mode. CBSE has recently announced that the offline mode of JEE Main 2018 will be held on 8th April 2018. The dates for online mode are 15th and 16th of  April 2018.

Important things to keep in mind:

While filling the online application form for the exam, if an engineering aspirant is choosing to take Paper 1, he/she can opt for either the online or the offline mode of exam.

If the candidate chooses to take paper 2, he/she can only give this exam in offline mode because paper 2 includes the drawing section.

In case, the candidate chooses to take both paper 1 and paper 2, he/she can either opt for offline mode for both the papers or choose CBT for Paper 1 and offline for Paper 2.

To understand this clearly, have a look at the table:

JEE Main Papers Mode of Exam
Paper 1 Online or offline
Paper 2 Offline only
Both paper 1 and paper 2 Both offline or paper 1 online and paper 2 offline

Choice of language for question paper

for all the examination centres cities, candidates can choose the medium of the question paper as English and Hindi.

For examination centres Cities in Gujarat, Daman & Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli, candidates can choose the medium of question paper in English, Hindi and Gujarati.

Sections of JEE Main 2018 Paper 1 and Paper 2

In the past few years, there have been no changes in the exam pattern of JEE Main. The information served below is taken from exam papers of last year.

Paper Sections Type of question duration
PAPER 1 Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics Objective type questions with equal weightage to each section              3 hours
PAPER 2 Mathematics, Aptitude Test,

Drawing test

Objective type questions and drawing aptitude for drawing test            3 hours

JEE Main 2018 Marking Scheme

For Paper 1

There will be 3 sections A, B, C from each subject i.e. physics, chemistry and maths. Each section will have 30 questions.

The question paper will be of maximum 360 marks with a total of 90 questions.

4 marks will be awarded for every correct answer and 1/4th will be deducted for every wrong answer. There will be no deduction of marks for not attempting the question.

You cannot fill in more than 1 answer for each question. Marking multiple answers will be rejected and the answer will be marked incorrect.

For Paper 2

There will be 3 parts in this paper part 1, part 2, part 3 from each section.

This paper will be marked from total 390 marks.

Part 1 will cover mathematics with 30 objective type questions. Each correct answer will be awarded 4 marks each.

Part 2 will be aptitude test with 50 objective type questions. Each correct answer will be awarded 4 marks each.

Part 3 will be drawing aptitude test. This part will have 2 questions for a total of 70 marks. Marks awarded will be based on the drawing skills of the candidate.

The marking scheme of both the papers is given below

Paper Sections No. of questions Marks per section Total marks
Paper 1 Physics 30 120 360
Chemistry 30 120
Mathematics 30 120
Paper 2 Mathematics 30 120 390
Aptitude test 50 200
Drawing test 2 70

Check Here for Complete Syllabus of JEE Main 2018 Exam

Other Details Regarding JEE Main 2018

For paper 1 the slot timings are from 9:30 AM to 12:30 AM. And for paper 2 the exam time has been schedule to 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM. These two papers will be held in offline mode on the 8th of April 2018 (Sunday).

For candidates who have opted to give the online examination will have to appear for the examination on 15th and 16th of April 2018 (Sunday and Monday) and the exam will be held from 9:30 AM to 12:30 AM and if required will be conducted in the second shift from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

Please note that the Computer Based Examination for Paper –1 in Colombo, Dhaka, Kathmandu, Singapore, Bahrain, Dubai, Muscat, Riyadh, Qatar, Sharjah and Dhaka will be held on 15th April 2018.

All the questions for JEE Main 2018 will be multiple choice questions except for the drawing test.

1/4th marks will be deducted for every incorrect answer. There will be no negative marking for not attempting the question.

Use of electronic devices is prohibited in the examination hall.

FAQs related to JEE Main exam 2018

I have applied for both paper 1 and paper 2. Can I take both these papers in online mode?

No. you can either opt for offline mode for both papers or take paper 1 in online mode and paper 2 in offline mode.

What are the exam dates for JEE Main 2018 online exam?

The tentative dates for JEE Main 2018 are 14th and 15th of April, 2018. there has been no announcement from CBSE regarding the final dates for the same.

If you have more questions related to the exam pattern of JEE Main 2018, do ask us in the comments section below.

ALL THE BEST FOR YOUR EXAM!

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