JEE (Main)

Key things to know about this exam:

  • JEE(Main) is a national level test administered by CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) in the month of April. The exam can be taken by paper (offline) or online.
  • The exam consists of 90 multiple choice questions each worth 4 points for a total of 360 points. 0.25 points will be deducted for each incorrect response.
  • There will be 30 questions each in Maths, Physics and Chemistry and the exam is 3 hours long. See the list of places where JEE (Main) was conducted in 2017.
  • The top 2,20,000 rankers of the JEE (Main) will qualify to appear for JEE (Advanced).

Some key changes made in 2017:

“The Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India has notified following two changes in the JEE pattern for 2017:

1. There shall be no weightage for the 12th class marks in calculating the ranks in the JEE (Main) examination,

2. For the candidates to qualify for the admission in the IITs/NITs/IIITs and such other CFTIs whose admissions are based on the JEE (Advanced)/JEE(Main) ranks, they 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 students the qualifying marks would be 65% in the 12th class examination.

The States of Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Uttrakhand, Nagaland, Odisha & some other institutions have joined JEE (Main) system, however, their admission criteria will be notified by the concerned authorities. Therefore, the candidates seeking admission to the institutions in these states, which were earlier admitting based on their State level examination, are also advised to fill in the JEE (Main)–2017 application form online. The Paper-1 (B. E./B. Tech.) of JEE (Main) will also be an eligibility test for the JEE (Advanced), which the candidate has to take if he/she is aspiring for admission to the undergraduate programmes offered by the IITs” says official website

Number of applicants by year

The number of applicants taking the JEE Main has varied over the years. In 2016, fewer aspirants registered as compared to the previous three years as shown in the table below.1.3 million candidates appeared for JEE Main in 2014.[9] In 2016, JEE Main was conducted on 3 April 2016 (offline mode) and April 9 and April 10, 2016 (online mode).

Year No. of Students
2017 1,198,989Decrease
2016 1,303,000 Decrease
2015 1,860,000Increase
2014 1,710,000Increase
2013 1,400,000 Increase
2012 1,200,500 Increase

Source: Wiki

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