JEE Main Exam Pattern 2021: Marking Scheme, Time Limit, Total Marks

Exam Date : February 23, 2021 To February 26, 2021
Result Date : March 10, 2021

The Central Board of Secondary Education has shortened the syllabus for this academic session. Corresponding to that, the National Testing Agency has also revised the exam pattern for JEE Main 2021. The exam will be held separately for aspirants appearing for B.Tech and B.Arch/B.Planning. All the new changes which have been accommodated in the JEE Main Exam Pattern 2021 are detailed below. Candidates are advised to go through this page thoroughly to gain insight into the JEE Main question paper and accordingly direct their preparatory efforts, especially considering there are some major changes in the JEE Main 2021 exam pattern as per the official updates by the conducting authority.

The contents of this page include:

JEE Main 2021 Exam Pattern Highlights

Several changes have been made in the exam pattern for JEE Main 2021. The gist of all the important elements of the exam pattern, revised as well as unrevised, are discussed in this section:

Papers: JEE Main 2021 consists of two papers. Paper-I is for the candidates who seek admission into B.E./B.Tech programs and Paper-II is for the candidates who seek admission into B.Arch./B.Planning programs.

Duration: The time duration for completion of the JEE Main 2021 examination paper is 3 hours, i.e. 180 minutes.

Mode of Paper-I: JEE Main 2021 Paper-I will be conducted in only one mode, i.e. Online mode or Computer-based Test (CBT).

Mode of Paper-II: JEE Main 2021 Paper-II will be conducted in two modes. Part-I: Mathematics and Part-II: Aptitude will be conducted in the Online mode, and Part-III: Drawing Test will be conducted in the Offline mode or Paper-based Test (PBT).

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JEE Main 2021 Syllabus JEE Main 2021 Eligibility JEE Main 2021 Answer Key

Alternative Section: A new pattern has been introduced in the JEE Main 2021 exam; there will be no negative marking in the additional 15 alternative questions. All candidates must attempt 75 questions out of 90, which can be further identified as 25 out of the 30 in each section, i.e., Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics.

The courses offered through the JEE Main 2021 papers is given in the table below:

Courses Offered through Paper-I and Paper-II in the JEE Main
Paper Course
Paper-I All other undergraduate courses (B.E./B.Tech.)
Paper-II B.Arch./B.Planning (At Institutions other than the IITs)
  • The entrance exam for B.Planning will be held separately from 2021 onwards.
  • Each subject will have 20 Multiple Choice Questions and 10 Numerical Value Based Questions. The candidates will have to attempt any 5 out of the 10 numerical value based questions.

Subject combinations for each JEE Main 2021 paper, types of questions in each paper, and the mode of examination available for each is given in the table below:

Language Options in JEE Main 2021

The candidates can answer the JEE Main 2021 in 13 different languages. However, it must not be assumed that every exam centre will allow candidates to attempt the paper in any language of his/her choice. Given below is a list of all the languages in which the JEE Main 2021 can be attempted, and all the centres where the corresponding language option will be available.

NEET Exam Pattern 2021: Language Options
Language Option State(s) in which the option is available
English, Hindi and Urdu All states
Assamese Assam
Bengali West Bengal, Tripura, Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Gujarati Gujarat, Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli
Kannada Karnataka
Malayalam Kerala and Lakshadweep Islands
Marathi Maharashtra
Odia Odisha
Punjabi Punjab, Chandigarh and Delhi
Tamil Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Telugu Andhra Pradesh and Telangana

JEE Main Exam Pattern for B.E. and B.Tech

JEE Main 2021 Paper 1 will have a total of 90 MCQs and each subject will have two sections: MCQs and Numerical value answers. The paper is further divided into 3 subject-wise sections where each section carries 100 marks and the candidates can score a maximum of 300 marks in JEE Main 2021 Paper 1.

Mode of Exam Online
Subjects Covered Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics
Exam Duration 3 hours | 180 minutes
No. of Questions Asked 90 (30 from each subject)
No. of Questions to be Attempted 75 (25 from each subject)
Type of Questions 60 Multiple Choice Questions30 Numerical Value Questions
Maximum Marks 300

The name of the subjects in the JEE Main Paper I and the number of questions which will be asked along with the corresponding marks allotted to it is mentioned in the table given below.

JEE Main 2021 Exam Pattern
S.No. Subjects Section A Section b Marks
1 Mathematics 20* 10* 100
2 Physics 20* 10* 100
3 Chemistry 20* 10* 100
Total 90 300

*NOTE: Each Subject will have two sections. Section A will be of Multiple-Choice Questions (MCQs) and Section B will contain Questions whose answers are to be filled in as a numerical value. In Section B, candidates have to attempt any five questions out of 10. There will be no negative marking for Section B.

JEE Main Exam Pattern for B.Arch (Paper: II-A)

The table below provides all the necessary insights about the exam patterns of the JEE Main 2021 Paper-II (A) like the type of questions that will be asked in the exam, the subjects involved, and the medium of the question paper.  JEE Main 2021 Paper-II (A) will have a total of 82 questions and it will be divided into 3 sections. Section One will have 20 MCQ's and 10 questions will have an answer to be filled as a numerical value and Section Two will have 50 MCQ's and 2 Drawing Questions where each question carries 50 marks. The candidates can score a maximum of 400 marks in JEE Main 2021 Paper 2.

Mode of Exam For Mathematics: OnlineFor Drawing: Pen and Paper Based Test
Subjects Covered Mathematics, Aptitude Test, Drawing
Exam Duration 3 hours | 180 minutes
No. of Questions Asked Mathematics: 30Aptitude Test: 50Drawing: 2
No. of Questions to be Attempted Mathematics: 25Aptitude Test: 50Drawing: 2
Type of Questions Mathematics: Multiple Choice Questions (20) and Numerical Value Questions (10)Aptitude Test: Multiple Choice Questions
Maximum Marks 400

*NOTE: 20 questions will be MCQs and 5 questions will have answers to be filled as a numerical value out of 10. There will be no negative marking for the numerical value based questions.

JEE Main Exam Pattern for Paper-II(B)

JEE Main  2021 Paper-II (B) Exam Pattern
Conducted for B.Arch. Admissions
Mode Online (CBT) & Offline (PBT) for Drawing Paper
Exam Duration 3 Hours
Subjects Mathematics, Aptitude, Drawing
Type of Questions 105 Multiple Choice Questions with a single correct response, 10 Questions will have the answer to be filled as a numeric value, and 25 PlanningBased Objective Type MCQs
Paper Medium English, Bengali, Assamese, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Malayalam, Odiya, Punjabi, Telugu, Tamil, and Urdu. The choice must be filled in the Application form.

The number of questions for each subject and the total marks allotted to that subject is provided in the table given below.

JEE Main 2021 Exam Pattern
S.No. Subjects Questions   Marks
1 Part-I: Mathematics 20* 10* 100
2 Part-II: Aptitude Test 50   200
3 Part-III: Drawing 25   100
Total 105 400

*NOTE: 20 questions will be MCQs and 5 questions will have answers to be filled as a numerical value out of 10. There will be no negative marking for the numerical value based questions.

JEE Main Exam Pattern 2021 for B.Plan

The important facts related to the exam pattern for JEE Main 2021 for admission to B.Plan course are given below:

JEE Main 2021 B.Plan Exam Pattern

Mode of Exam

Computer Based Test

Subjects Covered

Mathematics, Aptitude Test, Planning

Exam Duration

180 minutes or 3 hours

No. of Questions Asked

Mathematics: 30

Planning-based: 25

Aptitude: 50

No. of Questions to be Attempted

Mathematics: 25

Planning-Based: 25

Aptitude: 50

Type of Questions

Mathematics: 20 MCQs and 10 Numerical Value Based

Planning-Based: 25 MCQs

Aptitude: 50 MCQs

Maximum Marks

400

JEE Main 2021 Marking Scheme

The detailed marking scheme as per the updated JEE Main Exam Pattern 2021 is given below for your reference.

JEE Main 2021 Marking Scheme for B.E./B.Tech

The detailed marking scheme for the entrance exam for BE and B.Tch courses is detailed below:

JEE Main 2021 B.Tech and B.E. Marking Scheme

Total No. of Questions to Answer

75 (25 from each section)

Marks per Question

+4

Negative Marking

-1 (Inapplicable for descriptive/numerical based questions)

Unattempted Questions

No addition or deduction

Sectional Distribution of Marks

100 Marks per Section

Total Marks

300

JEE Main 2021 Marking Scheme for B.Arch and B.Planning

The detailed marking scheme for B.Arch and B.Planning under JEE 2021 is discussed in the table below:

JEE Main 2021 Marking Scheme for B.Arch and B.Plan

Marks per Question

+4

+4

Negative Marking

-1 (Inapplicable for numerical based questions and drawing)

-1 (Inapplicable for numerical based questions)

Unattempted Questions

No addition or deduction

No addition or deduction

Sectional Distribution of Marks

Mathematics: 100 Marks

Aptitude: 200 Marks

Drawing: 100 Marks (2 Questions of 50 Marks each)

Mathematics: 100 Marks

Aptitude: 200 Marks

Planning: 100 Marks

Total Marks

400

400

JEE Main 2021 Syllabus

The candidates must take a print out of the detailed syllabus for JEE Main 2021. The questions asked in the JEE Main 2021 Question Paper will entirely be based on the syllabus of class 11 and 12. The topics from each subject, which the candidates must pay the maximum attention to are listed below for your reference:

JEE Main Syllabus 2021: Important Topics in Physics

 The candidates must prepare the below listed topics from JEE Main 2021 syllabus well, as most of the questions are based on them

JEE Main 2021 Important Topics (Physics)

Current, Electricity and Heat Transfer

Waves and Sounds

Dimensional Analysis

Thermodynamics

Gravitation and Electro-Statistics

Kinetic Theory of Gases

Geometrical Optics

Rotational Dynamics

Electromagnetic Induction

Atoms and Nuclei

JEE Main Syllabus 2021: Important Topics in Chemistry

Based on our observation of JEE Main 2021 previous year question papers, the important topics from Chemistry, which occupy the maximum weightage are given below:

JEE Main 2021 Important Topics (Chemistry)

Mole Concept and the Concept of Equivalents

Carbonyl Compounds and their Derivatives

Redox Reactions

Coordination Chemistry

Electro-chemistry

Chemical Bonding & Qualitative Analysis

Thermodynamics

Organic Compounds containing Oxygen, Nitrogen and Halogens

Chemical Equilibrium

d-and-f Block Elements

JEE Main Syllabus 2021: Important Topics in Mathematics

The important topics from Mathematics syllabus of JEE Mains 2021 are given below.

JEE Main 2021 Important Topics in Mathematics Syllabus 

Inverse Trigonometric Functions

Parabola and Hyperbola- Coordinate Geometry

Circles and Family of Circles

Limits

Sequence & Series

Functions

Vectors

Continuity and Differentiability

Probability

Application of Derivatives

Complex Numbers

Definite Integral in Calculus

Quadratic Equations

Matrices

JEE Main Syllabus 2021 for Drawing

The questions asked in the exam may be based on the following topics:

  • Scenes: Markets, Festivals, Landmarks, Roads, Wilderness, Plants or Trees, Rural Life, Recreational Spaces
  • Drawing of Geometric or Abstract shapes/patterns
  • 2D or 3D views of objects

The candidates must go through the detailed syllabus for JEE Main 2021 and analyse which areas they need to put maximum in. 

JEE Main 2021 Previous Years’ Question Papers

About 9 lakh students appear for the JEE Main exam every year. As per the data released by the National Testing Agency, 9.34 lakh students gave the exam in 2020. A candidate’s preparation for JEE Main 2021 shall be considered inadequate if he/she doesn’t solve the previous years’ question papers and mock tests. Some of the reasons why solving the JEE Main 2021 Previous Years’ Question Papers is an absolute must for all the aspirants are given below:

  • It would help you enhance your speed.
  • The candidates will be able to analyse their weak areas.
  • The candidates will learn about the questions which are asked repeatedly in the exam.

Best Preparation Books for JEE Main 2021

It is often said that mastering the content given in NCERT textbooks is sufficient to ace any examination. However, several important topics are only discussed briefly in these books. The preparation books for JEE Main 2021 would surely explain each and every concept in detail, in easily understandable language. In addition to that, these reference books also have practice questions and mock tests which are beneficial for good exam preparation. Some of the best reference books recommended by the toppers of JEE Main exam are given below.

Subject

Recommended Reference Books

Physics

●      Problems in General Physics- IE Irodov

●      Advanced Level Physics- Nelson and Parker

●      D.C. Pandey

Mathematics

●      RD Sharma for class XI and XII

●      Differential Calculus- Arihant

●      Integral Calculus- Arihant

Chemistry

●      Modern Approach to Chemical Calculations- RC Mukherjee

●      Robert Thornton Morrison- Organic Chemistry

●      Numerical Chemistry by P. Bahadur

●      Sanjay Sharma’s Master Resource Chemistry Book

Section-wise Analysis of JEE Main Question Paper 2017

JEE Main Exam Pattern 2017 was easy compared to JEE Main 2016 question paper. Questions were moderate in terms of difficulty and length. There were more calculative and formula-based questions than theoretical.

Analysis of JEE Main 2017 Physics section

The Physics section in JEE Main 2017 was easy as compared to JEE Mains 2016. Questions were moderate in terms of difficulty and length. There were more formula-based and calculative questions than theoretical.

JEE Main 2017 Physics Section Analysis
Topic  Questions
Mechanics 11
Electrodynamics 8
Thermodynamics and Kinetic Theory 3
Optics and Wave Optics 2
Modern and Nuclear Physics 6

JEE Main 2017 Physics Section Analysis

Analysis of JEE Main 2017 Mathematics section

JEE Main 2017 Mathematics Question Paper was easier Compared to JEE Main 2016.  However, the questions were difficult in comparison to Physics and Chemistry and it was mainly due to its length. The questions were directly based on formulas and a lot of them required a lot of calculations.

JEE Main 2017 Maths Section Analysis
Topic  Questions
Algebra 15
Calculus 6
Trigonometry 3
Conics 3
Vector Algebra 3

 Analysis of JEE Main 2017 Chemistry section

In Chemistry, the difficulty curve of JEE Mains 2016 & 2017 is almost similar and chemistry was rated as the easiest one among the other two sections. The questions were more theoretical than calculative, making it the quickest subject to solve.

JEE Main 2017 Chemistry Paper Analysis
Topic  Questions
Organic Chemistry 8
Inorganic Chemistry 11
Physical Chemistry 11

JEE MAIN 2017 Chemistry Section Analysis

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Discussion Forum

Q.

A.

Hi Disha,

There are no major changes in the exam pattern as of now. The paper is divided into 2 parts: Part 1 is for BE/BTech & Part 2 is for Architecture. CBSE holds the rights to change the pattern for JEE MAIN. All the best for your preparation for the exam.

Answer By: Getmyuni

29 Sep 2017

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A.

The ratio of 11th and 12th class questions asked in JEE is around 40:60 respectively.This doesn't mean one can overlook the 11th syllabus since some of the easiest questions are asked from it.

Answer By: Getmyuni

28 Feb 2017

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A.

Hello, Prakesh myself is Sunil. In Singapore, Katmandu, and Colombo the JEE main exam will be only in the computer-based and Paper based examination will not be applicable. But in other exam centers, paper-based and computer-based examination both are applicable.

Answer By: Getmyuni

27 Sep 2017

Q.

Can we take JEE main exam online for B.Arch course?

Asked By: Anonymous 27 Sep 2017

A.

Hi, Sneha I think you can't take JEE main exam online for B.arch course. Computer-based examination mode is only available for B.tech courses.

Answer By: Getmyuni

27 Sep 2017

A.

Hi Rohit myself is Ravi. Aptitude question paper will be only applicable if you are registered for JEE MAIN B.Arch course (Paper 2). For B.Tech course there will only Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics syllabus.

Answer By: Getmyuni

28 Sep 2017

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