JEE Main Joint Entrance Examination Main

CBSE is conducting JEE Main 2018. Now that the admit card of JEE Main 2018 has been issued, the candidates can prepare by studying all topics given in syllabus and practicing questions from past year papers. Joint Entrance Examination is the national level engineering entrance exam conducted by CBSE for BE/B.Tech, B.Arch/Plan. Admission in NITs, IIITs, CFTIs, and several other engineering colleges will only be on the basis of JEE Main 2018 result. It will be held in offline mode on 08 April 2018 and in online mode on 15 & 16 April 2018. After the exam, answer keys will also release, followed by the declaration of results. Get here complete details of JEE Main 2018 including exam date, admit card, answer key, result.

JEE Main 2018

Latest: JEE Main 2018 Admit Card has been issued. You can download it from here.

JEE Main 2018 Paper 1

Paper 1 of JEE Main 2018 is the exam for BE/B.Tech aspirants. It is held online as well as offline. Candidates can select mode of exam while applying. The paper comprises of three sections namely physics, chemistry, mathematics with overall 90 questions. All the questions are objective type. Maximum marks that can be scored in paper 1 is 360. Based on All India Rank of JEE Main 2018 paper 1, candidates can get admission to undergraduate engineering programs in participating institutes.

You can read this article on JEE Main 2018 in Hindi.

JEE Main 2018 Paper 2

Paper 2 of JEE Main 2018 is the exam for B.Arch / B.Plan aspirants. Those who wish to study undergraduate architecture and planning in institutes that accept JEE score should appear in paper 2. It is held offline only. In paper 2, there are objective questions in mathematics section and aptitude test section. However in drawing test there are subjective questions where one has to answer by drawing.

JEE Main 2018 Admit Card

Those candidates who have submitted application form within the deadline has been issued admit card of JEE Main 2018. Candidates have to login to admit card download link and get admit card. After downloading it, it should be printed on a plain white sheet of paper. The JEE admit card is that document which acts as admission ticket to the exam hall.

This is what JEE Main admit card looks like.

JEE Main 2018

How to download it?

Do what is mentioned in the steps below to download it.

  • Go to the official website
  • If admit card is available, then you can see a button with text “Download admit card of JEE Main 2018”. Click it.
  • Now you reach login page. Here, enter application number and password.
  • Admit card appears on the screen. Download and print it.

JEE Main 2018 Exam Dates

All the important dates related to JEE Main 2018 exam are in information brochure. In addition, some dates such as that for correction, admit card, answer key are announced one by one in time. Here are all the JEE Main 2018 exam dates in one place so that you can easily keep track of all the events.

JEE Main 2018 Dates
Commencement of online registration 01 Dec 2017
Last date to apply online and pay fee 01 Jan 2018
Candidates can edit mistakes in application form during 09 Jan 2018 to 22 Jan 2018
JEE Main 2018 admit card download 12 Mar 2018
Date of exam of JEE Main 2018 paper 1 and paper 2 in offline mode 08 Apr 2018
Paper 1 9.30 am to 12.30 pm
Paper 2 2 pm to 5 pm
Date of exam of JEE Main 2018 paper 1 in online mode 15 Apr 2018 and 16 Apr 2018
Shift 1 9.30 am to 12.30 pm
Shift 2 2 pm to 5 pm
JEE Main answer key and recorded responses download 24 Apr 2018 to 27 Apr 2018
Declaration of result of paper 1 and All India Rank 30 Apr 2018
Publication of candidates eligible for JEE Advanced 30 Apr 2018
Declaration of result of paper 2 and All India Rank 31 May 2018

Previous year question papers of JEE Main

After the exam, CBSE releases question papers and answer keys. Thus candidates can get all the previous year question papers of JEE Main online for free only. Here we have past 5 years JEE Main question papers (2013-2017).

Get all previous year question papers of JEE Main here

How to use previous year question papers to prepare for JEE Main 2018?

  • Download or view one question paper at a time.
  • Also download a sample OMR paper.
  • Be seated at a chair-table set up. Choose a time slot where you will be undisturbed for at least 3 hours.
  • Now start answering questions one by one as if you are actually in an exam centre.
  • After 3 hours, stop attempting. Now check all answers.

Now you will know your strengths and weaknesses. You can prepare those topics next where you need to put in more efforts. Repeat this for all papers.

JEE Main 2018 Pattern

The exam pattern of Joint Entrance Examination Mains is different for paper 1 and paper 2. Candidate can appear in either paper 1 or paper 2 or both. Know complete pattern here.

(i) Mode of exam

Whereas paper 1 will be held both online as well as offline, paper 2 will only be held offline.

In the online mode, candidates are assigned computers at the test centres. They must login to the system at exactly the time mentioned in admit card and instructed at centre. When they login, they can see exactly the same layout as given in the official JEE Main mock test.

Check out official mock test of JEE Main

JEE Main 2018

In the offline mode, candidates get question paper hard copies. There are usually 4 sets of question papers. The questions in each set are same, only in different order.

(ii) Types of questions

In paper 1, all questions are objective type.

In paper 2, questions in part I (mathematics) and part II (aptitude test) are objective type. Questions in drawing test are not objective.

(iii) Distribution of questions

Paper 1 Number of questions Max Marks Duration
Physics 30 120 3 hours
Chemistry 30 120
Mathematics 30 120
Total 90 360
Paper 1 Number of questions Max Marks Duration
Mathematics – Part I 30 120 3 hours
Aptitude test – Part II 50 200
Drawing test – Part III 2 70
Total 82 390

(iv) Marking scheme

For all objective questions, the marking scheme is +4, -1. Which means that for every correct answer, 4 marks are awarded. For every incorrect answer, 1 mark is deducted.

JEE Main 2018 Cut Off

There is no minimum qualifying marks in JEE Main to get a rank. In other words, whatever marks you get, you will get a rank.

Nevertheless, a cut off is fixed in order to be eligible for JEE Advanced. The cut off score changes every year as it depends upon various factors. The various factors on which cut off depends are:

  • Difficulty level of JEE Main
  • Average performance of candidates
  • Minimum expectations of the institutes

Check the past year JEE Main cut offs given below have been in order to get an idea of what to expect.

Category 2017 JEE Main Cut Off 2016 JEE Main Cut Off 2015 JEE Main Cut Off
General 81 100 105
OBC 49 70 70
SC 32 52 50
ST 27 48 44

Other than this, JEE Main 2018 cut off for NITs, IIITs, CFTIs will also be there. They refer to the opening and closing ranks for admission.

Check all JEE Main cut offs here.

JEE Main 2018 Syllabus

There is a fixed syllabus for Joint Entrance Examination.

Paper 1 syllabus

The syllabus for JEE Main 2018 paper 1 comprises of physics, chemistry, mathematics of standard taught in class 11th and 12th. Candidates can go through the complete syllabus and study topics from NCERT. Apart from NCERT, reference books can also be used for some topics and to practice questions.

Get complete JEE Main syllabus of Paper 1

Paper 2 syllabus

The syllabus for JEE Main 2018 paper 2 contains such topics which a candidate is expected to be good at if he/she will pursue B.Arch/B.Plan. It includes architecture related objects, texture, 3-D visualization and perception, reasoning and mental ability and likewise topics.

Get complete JEE Main syllabus of Paper 2

How to prepare for JEE Main 2018?

Whether you can crack JEE Mains or not depends on how truly you want to do it, and how hard you work for it. You have to dream about it while asleep and work for it while awake.

JEE Main 2018 Preparation

Tips to prepare for JEE Main 2018

  1. You should know the syllabus of JEE Main as well as JEE Advanced. Preparation for both will go hand in hand, so it is well to be aware of both from the beginning.
  2. You should also know the exam pattern of JEE. Here it is wise to note that while you will know exam pattern before you take the test, format of JEE Advanced will be a mystery until the actual exam.
  3. Next matter of concern is having the right preparation books. This is relevant even now (with fewer days left for exam). Book list given here is relevant for new and old aspirants alike. However, a shorter list, relevant only for those who are in the last lap of exam preparation is given in upcoming passages.
  4. Self written notes of physics, chemistry, mathematics prove very useful in days drawing up to the exam.
  5. Continuously solving MCQs is important during initial days of JEE preparation as well as later.

How did Kalpit Veerwal score 360/360 in JEE Main?

In this video, watch Kalpit Veerwal, the only student in the history of JEE Main to have scored 360/360, share how to prepare.

Best JEE Main 2018 Preparation Books

Here we are dividing books in two parts. One are those that you need to practice problems. The second lot is hard core preparation for days nearer to exam, when solving past year papers and sample papers is most recommended.

Subject Books for preparation Books for preparation in days closer to exam
Physics HC Verma,
MCQ by D Mukherjee,
DC Pandey problems book
39 Years’ Chapterwise Topicwise Solved Papers IIT JEE Physics
Chemistry P Bahadur numerical problems for physical chemistry,
MS Chauhan problems in organic chemistry for organic chemistry,
OP Tandon for inorganic chemistry
39 Years’ Chapterwise Topicwise Solved Papers IIT JEE Chemistry
Mathematics A Das Gupta 39 Years’ Chapterwise Topicwise Solved Papers IIT JEE Mathematics

JEE Main Answer Key 2018

JEE Main 2018 Answer Keys, images of response sheets (OMR sheets) of pen and paper based exam, and answer key of computer based exam will be released officially after exam.

Those who are not satisfied with recorded answers can challenge by filling the online JEE Main 2018 answer key challenge form. They also have to pay Rs 1000 per question. Candidates can also challenge answer keys in online mode. Fee to challenge answers is also Rs 1000 per question. Candidates who are challenging answers and responses can pay fee by credit / debit card. JAB / CBSE will take final decision on the same.

JEE Main 2018 Result / All India Rank

CBSE will declare score and All India Rank of Paper 1 of JEE Main 2018 as per schedule. If two or more candidates get same marks, then inter-se ranking is implemented to break tie.

JEE Main Rank is only as per marks obtained in exam. Until 2016, the marks of class 12 exam were also given 25% weightage. This practice was discontinued in 2017.

The result of paper 1 will also show whether the candidate has qualified or not for JEE Adv 2018. JEE Main 2018 All India Rank, as well as All India Category Rank, will be present.

Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA) will use only the All India Rank for the purpose of admission to NITs, IIITs, CFTIs, SFTIs, Others. Other rank will only be for information purpose. The board does not post (send by post) score card or rank card of JEE Mains. Therefore candidates must download it from when result is declared.

JEE Main Counselling 2018

  • For processes beyond result, candidate needs to refer website of counselling authorities.
  • CSAB, state government, institute will release individual admission and counselling details around the time of declaration of result of JEE Main 2018.
  • JEE Main or CBSE will not be answerable to RTIs or queries pertaining to admission related procedures.

Seat allocation authority offers admission to candidates on basis of choices entered by them in choice filling, and All India Rank of JEE Mains 2018. Candidates can do registration, choice filling, choice locking as per rules of counselling, which CSAB will announce later. Authorities will verify documents at time of seat allotment / admission. Herein they will verify records pertaining to age, identification, state of eligibility, QE, category, disability. If a candidate is unable to show requisite documents then he/she will not be considered for admission.

Those who belong to SC / ST / OBC / PwD category must show original certificate issued by competent authority at time of seat allotment as well as admission.

Number of Seats in JEE Main

Last year there were 36208 seats under common counselling All India 15% quota admissions. Candidates can check individual state seat allocation authority websites, institutes offering BTech Admission through JEE Main 2018 websites for precise seat details of state and institute. As per statistics, there are 15,53,809 undergraduate engineering seats in India in 3,289 colleges. (please note that there are other engineering entrance exams as well).

JEE Main 2018 Exam Centres

CBSE is conducting JEE Main at 248 cities in India and in 10 cities abroad. In some cities there are exam centres of online as well as offline exam. Whereas in some cities there are centres for only online exam. Candidates could enter choices of four cities in the application form. CBSE will assign any one city as per availability, with preference given to the first choice given by candidate.

Candidates can know the assigned test centre through admit card. Admit card contains name as well as address of the exam centre which CBSE has finally assigned. There can be no changes to this after issuance of admit card. Candidates should therefore make arrangements to attend exam at assigned centre only.

Click here to download the complete list of exam centres.

Candidate Login for JEE Main 2018

The login page at remains active since the day application form submission begins, to the date of result declaration. Only registered candidates can sign in / log in.

Details required to login are application number and password. 2018 login is useful for taking a printout of application form, doing form correction, downloading admit card, viewing OMR sheet, checking result.

JEE Main Question Paper 2018

Question paper in PDF format will be available after exam. Question paper of paper 1 will consist of 90 questions, divided equally among physics, chemistry, mathematics. Paper 2’s question paper will have questions on mathematics, aptitude, and drawing.

Exam Schedule

JEE Main 2018

JEE Main 2018 Eligibility Criteria

You should apply for JEE Mains only if you are eligible for it. CBSE has specified five key points of eligibility criteria, which are as follows.

Date of Birth

Candidate is eligible if his/her DOB falls on or after 01 October 1993 or 01 Oct 1988 for SC, ST, PwD candidates.

Year of appearance in qualifying examination

Candidate is eligible if he/she has passed QE (class 12 or equivalent) in 2016 or 2017, or is appearing in 2018. Those who have passed QE in 2015 or before, or will appear in 2019 or later are not eligible. If a candidate has appeared in QE in 2015 but did not pass in 2015, but passed in 2016 are also not eligible.

Number of subjects in qualifying examination

Candidate must have studied at least five (5) subjects in QE.

Number of attempts

CBSE has limited number of attempts of JEE Mains to three (3).

JEE Main 2018 Application Form

The application process is going on right now. First and foremost, Aadhaar Card is needed to apply for the examination. Mode of filling application form is online only. The form can be submitted by following the steps below:

  • Register by entering Nationality, State of Eligibility, ID Type, ID Number, Name, Date of Birth, Gender, and Security Pin.
  • Fill particulars in online application form, upload scanned photograph and signature at
  • Pay the application fee for the exam
  • Once the form is submitted, an Acknowledgement page is generated containing Application Number. Take printout of the same and keep it safely for reference; there is no need to send it to authorities by post.

JEE Main Application Form Correction

Application form correction of JEE Main 2018 was available in online mode at After the forms were submitted, CBSE opened the form correction window for a few weeks, as per schedule.

In this duration, all the students who had made any mistake in the submitted form could login and make corrections. Data, as well as images, could be corrected. If there was any excess fee on the basis of changes made, then candidates could pay it in online mode only. Details submitted after correction are final and cannot be changed at all later.

Statistics – How many students appeared, qualified

Central Board of Secondary Education will release number of students appeared and qualified in JEE Main 2018, after declaring result. You can check last year’s figures here:

JEE Main Boys Girls Total
For offline exam 7,19,799 2,82,980 10,02,781
For online exam 1,37,098 46,574 1,83,673
Total 8,56,897 3,29,554 11,86,454
JEE Main Boys Girls Total
For offline exam 6,92,559 2,64,156 9,56,716
For online exam 1,25,249 40,385 1,65,635
Total 8,17,808 3,04,541 11,22,349

The number of students who have registered for JEE Mains over the past few years is as follows.

JEE Main statistics

In the same years, the number of students who appeared for the exam were as follows.

JEE Main

JEE Main 2018 FAQs

How to select the date of JEE Main 2018 online exam?

A. You can select the date of the online exam at the time of filling application form. Allotment of the slot is on the first-come-first-serve basis. If you do not select any slot during registration then CBSE will allow a random slot to you.

In which language will the JEE Main 2018 Question Paper be set?

Ans. Language of question papers will be English, Hindi. However, for the exam in centres at Gujarat, Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, question paper languages will be English, Hindi, Gujarati. Candidates need to exercise the option of question paper language at the time of filling the application form.

Will there be special provisions for persons with disabilities?

Ans. Yes. Candidates who are visually challenged with more than 40% disability will get scribe/reader on request of the candidate. They must have submitted a request to the superintendent at least two days prior to the exam. Also, candidates with more than 40% disability will get one-hour compensatory time.

Can I use a calculator in JEE Mains?

Ans. No. You cannot use calculator or any communication aid. Also you cannot use log tables, book, notebook.

If I am eligible for JEE Main, am I automatically also eligible for JEE Advanced?

Ans. No. you need to check eligibility criteria of JEE Advanced 2018 to verify whether you are eligible for JEE Adv 2018 or not.

Who will prepare ranking for admission to institutes other than those under Joint Seat Allocation?

Ans. Such participating institutes that do not use centralized Seat Allocation Process will prepare their own ranking on basis of performance of candidate in JEE Main 2018 and other criteria decided by them.

Official website:

For more information on JEE Main 2018, download Information Brochure in English or Information Brochure in Hindi.

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