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JEE MAIN- 2019 New Exam Pattern


The infamous and dreaded JEE exams have been in the limelight for a while. Panic and pandemonium struck amidst rumors of a changing exam pattern. However, at the 52nd Meeting of the Council of IITs held on 20th August 2018 in New Delhi, under the chairmanship of Union Minister of Human Resource Development Shri Prakash Javadekar, it has been decided that there shall be no change in exam patterns for the 2019 JEE exams. The IIT’s had rejected the proposal for radical reform of the JEE Advanced exam.

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The Joint Entrance Examination – A national level entrance test organised for 12th graduates offers admission to the programs of BE/B.
Tech and B.Arch/B.Plan courses at the IIT’s, NITs and Central Government Funded Institutes. However, various other colleges and institutions also consider JEE Main scores during admission. For admission in IITs & ISM Dhanbad, students must qualify for both examinations, i.e. JEE Main and JEE Advanced. Even though there isn’t any change in exam pattern or syllabus per say HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar, in a press conference on July 7th, announced that the JEE Main will be held twice in 2019 in online mode only by the newly established National Testing Agency(NTA). As many as 2,697 schools and engineering colleges with computer centres across the country would be made available on Saturday and Sunday from September 1st, 2018, as test practice centres for the benefit of students.

To attempt the JEE Main exam candidates should have secured at least 75% marks in the 12th class examination, or be in the top 20 percentile in the 12th class examination conducted by the respective Boards. For SC/ST candidates the qualifying marks would be 65% in the 12th class examination. – source.

This is sure to relieve the CBSE of multiple responsibilities, such as having to manage competitive exams along with the 10th and 12th board exams each year. In its place, the NTA, a central organization will ensure a standardized level of difficulty of the exam across various slots, dates and languages. Only once all the dust settles can we confirm if whether the students will be allowed to appear for the exam, twice a year. This will make it easier for aspirants as this will give them an opportunity to get admission in the same year, without having to wait until the next one to re-appear for the exam. A candidate may choose to appear in any one exam in a year or both the exams in a year. The best marks out of the two exams will be used for preparing the admission list/AIR. The announcement of the exam centres will be made as early as possible. Candidates will be able to take the practice tests by visiting the centres from August-end or the beginning of September. The number of attempts for the JEE Main exams, however, has remained at a maximum of 3. The four criteria of qualifications for the JEE mains are listed in the table below:-

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JEE Main will consist of two papers. Paper 1 will be for B.Tech / B.E admission, whereas, Paper 2 will be taken up by those candidates who wish to pursue the B.Arch / B.Plan course. The Exam Pattern for both the Papers is very different. While Paper 1 will comprises of objective type questions based on Maths, Chemistry, and Physics each subject having an equal weightage which add up to a total of 360 marks, paper 2 will be out of 390 marks based on Mathematics, Aptitude and Drawing skills. Both the papers will be of 3 hours. In JEE Main 2019, candidates will have the option of giving only Paper 1 via online mode. Paper 2 will have to be given by pen and paper.

The pattern of Paper 1(BE/B.Tech) is as follows.                                

Subject Number of Questions Maximum Marks
Chemistry 30 120
Physics 30 120
Mathematics 30 120
Total 90 360


The question paper will comprise of objective type questions. The total exam duration will be three hours. The question paper will be asked in English and Hindi language for all exam cities and English, Hindi and Gujarati languages for exam cities in Gujarat, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli. Four marks will be provided for each correct answer. One mark will be deducted for every incorrect answer.

The pattern of Paper 2(B.Arch/B.Plan) is as follows.

Subject Number of Questions Maximum Marks
Mathematics 30 120
Aptitude Test 50 200
Drawing Test 2 70
Total 82 390


Mathematics and aptitude section will be of objective type questions and drawing test will be subjective.

With exams speculated to be held in January 2019 and in April 2019, candidates will have to step up their preparation. It remains to be seen how coaching centres are going to react to this news. Will, they hold coaching and training classes separately for the two tests through the year or together for both the tests? For now, the centres are disseminating the information and asking enrolled students not to panic.


P.S Here’s the latest update regarding the JEE main exam: The exam will be held from January 6th to 20th, 2019 and from April 6th to 20th, 2019.

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