Every year, almost a million Indian students aspire to become engineers one day. For those who opt for science after class 10, there is only one obstacle that stands between the students and their dream of becoming a capable engineer. This obstacle is nothing else but the Joint Entrance Examination, the toughest set of competitive examinations that you are likely to find anywhere in the world, let alone India.
The JEE Main is a competitive examination held for admission to engineering and architecture courses of some of the most prestigious institutes of India, such as the NITs and IIITs. Over 13 lakh students sit for the JEE Main exam every year, hoping to grab a seat at the engineering institute of their dreams.
The NTA JEE Main, since 2019, is proctored by the National Testing Agency. It is now held twice a year, once in January, and once in April, as opposed to being held only once a year prior to 2019. The NTA allows students to appear for both sessions of the JEE Main, and the better performance is considered for college admissions later on.
There are two papers held as part of the NTA JEE Main, the first paper is for those who seek admission to engineering courses, and the second paper is for those who want to take admission in architecture and planning courses. The syllabus for both these papers has been officially released by the NTA, consisting of topics from physics, chemistry, mathematics, and general architecture aptitude.
From 2021, there has been a significant change in the JEE Main exam pattern. As opposed to 30 questions from each of the three subjects, the JEE Main from 2021 onwards will have 25 questions each from physics, chemistry, and mathematics, making up a total of 75 questions. 5 questions from each subject will be integer answer type questions with no negative marking.
The marking scheme remains the same as before, with 4 marks being awarded for the correct answer, 1 mark being deducted for a wrong answer, and 0 marks for leaving a question blank.
For the January session, the application process usually ends by the second week of October. The application process is online-only, with admit cards available by the first week of December. The application process portal gets reopened for corrections in data,in October itself. As per updates, the exam for the January session will be held from 6-11 January 2021.
As far as the April session is concerned, the application process shall begin in the first week of February, and will last up to March 2021. The admit cards will be available online from March, and the exam will be held in the first week of April.
The results of the JEE Main consist of normalized scores for each subject, the rank of the candidate among all aspirants, and the normalized total JEE Main score. On the basis of the rank of the candidates, institutes all over the country accept student applications to various engineering and architecture courses. All the best to all aspirants!