JEE Main 2020 is a national level entrance exam for engineering admissions the NITs, CFTIs and the IIITs of India. It is also an eligibility test for JEE Advanced 2020 for IIT admission. Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main is held twice a year by the National Testing Agency (NTA) in a computer-based test format. There are 2 papers in the exam. Paper 1 is for B.E/B.Tech admission and Paper 2 is for B.Arch/B.Plan admissions. The exam is held in multiple session and 2 shifts each day. The class 12th pass-out/appearing candidates are eligible to apply for JEE Main 2020. Check JEE Main 2020 syllabus, exam date, eligibility, preparation, books on this page below
JEE Main 2020
JEE Main 2020 first exam is in the month of January and then in the month of April. The number of candidates who appear for JEE Main is more than 11 lakhs every year. Check the important dates of JEE Main 2020 first attempt in the table below.
|JEE Main January 2020||Important Dates|
|Application Form available from||1st week of Sep 2019|
|Last date to submit applications||4th week of Sep 2019|
|Last date to pay application fees||1st week of Oct 2019|
|Form correction dates||2nd week of Oct 2019|
|Release of Admit Card||3rd week of Dec 2019|
|JEE Main Exam date||2nd week of Jan 2020|
|Release of Answer Key||3rd week Jan 2020|
|Declaration of result||4th week of Jan 2020|
JEE Main 2020 Eligibility Criteria
NTA has decided on a strict set of guidelines regarding the eligibility conditions for the JEE Main exam. The candidates must fulfill the following eligibility criteria in order to be considered qualified to appear for the JEE Main 2020 exam:
- There is no age limit for the candidates to appear for the JEE Main exam.
- Only candidates who have passed or are appearing in their class 12th or equivalent examination in the years 2018, 2019 and 2020 are allowed to sit in the exam.
- The candidate must have studied at least 5 subjects in their class 12th or equivalent examination.
Course wise subject requirement:
- B.E/B.Tech: Physics, and Mathematics (compulsory subjects) and anyone subject from Chemistry/Biotechnology/Biology/ Technical Vocational subject.
- B.Arch/B.Plan: Mathematics (compulsory subject).
- The candidate must secure 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 State Boards. For SC/ST candidates the qualifying marks are 65% in the 12th class examination.
JEE Main 2020 Syllabus PDF Download
The syllabus of JEE Main 2020 is based on the syllabus of class 11 and class 12 science stream. The subjects that are covered in the exam particularly in paper 1 is Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics. However, paper 2 the candidates have to prepare the topics from Aptitude, Mathematics, and Architectural Drawing.
The topics for JEE Main 2020 Syllabus for each subject in paper 1 is as follows:
|Sets, Relations & Functions||Physics & Measurement||Basic Concepts of Chemistry|
|Complex Numbers & Quadratic Equation||Kinematics||States of Matter|
|Matrices & Determinants||Laws of Motion||Atomic Structure|
|Permutation & Combination||Work, Energy & Power||Chemical Bonding & Molecular Structure|
|Mathematical Induction||Rotational Motion||Chemical Thermodynamics|
|Sequencers & Series||Properties 0f Solids and Liquids||Equilibrium|
|Limit, Continuity & Differentiability||Thermodynamics||Redox Reactions and Electrochemistry|
|Integral Calculus||Kinetic Theory of Gases||Chemical Kinetics|
|Differential Equations||Oscillations & Waves||Surface Chemistry|
|Coordinate Geometry||Electrostatics||Classifications of Elements and Periodicity in Properties|
|Three Dimensional Geometry||Current Electricity||General Principles and Processes of Isolation of Metals|
|Vector Algebra||Magnetic Effects of Current & Magnetism||Hydrogen|
|Statistics & Probability||Electromagnetic Induction and Alternating Currents||Block Elements|
|Trigonometry||Electromagnetic Waves||Block Elements (Other Groups)|
|Mathematical Reasoning||Optics||D- and -f Block Elements|
|Dual Nature of Nature and Radiation||Coordination Compounds|
|Atoms and Nuclei||Environmental Chemistry|
|Electronic Devices||Purification and Characterisation of Organic Compounds|
|Communication System||Some Basic Principles of Organic Chemistry|
|Organic Compounds Containing Halogens|
|Organic Compounds Containing Oxygen|
|Organic Compounds Containing Nitrogen|
|Chemistry in Everyday Life|
|Principles Related to Practical Chemistry|
The topics for JEE Main 2020 Syllabus for each subject in paper 2 is as follows:
|Paper 2 (B.Arch/B.Planning)|
|Mathematics(Part 1)||Same as paper 1 maths syllabus|
|Aptitude Test (Part 2)||Awareness of places, persons, buildings and materials, Texture and objects related to Architecture and building environment, visualizing three-dimensional objects from two-dimensional drawings, Visualising different sides of three Dimensional objects, Mental Ability (Visual, Numerical and Verbal)|
|Three dimensional – perception: Understanding and appreciation of scale and proportion of objects, building forms, and elements, color texture, harmony, and contrast. Design and drawing of geometrical or abstract shapes and patterns in pencil. Transformation of forms both 2D and 3D union, subtraction, rotation, development of surfaces and volumes, Generation of Plan, elevations and 3 D views of objects.|
|Drawing Test (Part 3)||The candidates will be asked to draw any two items from a list of given things.
Download the PDF files of the syllabus below:
- Physics Syllabus PDF
- Chemistry Syllabus PDF
- Mathematics Syllabus PDF
- Aptitude Syllabus PDF for Paper 2
List of Important books for JEE Main preparation
Check below the list of books for JEE Main 2019 Preparation subject wise:
|4||Vector and 3D Geometry||Arihant Prakashan|
|5||Higher Algebra||Barnard and Child|
|6||40 + 16 Years Chapterwise Solutions – Mathematics for JEE (Main & Advanced)||MTG Editorial Board|
|7||Maths XI & XII||R.D. Sharma|
|1||Problems in physics||A. A Pinsky|
|2||Concepts of Physics Vol I and II||H.C.Verma|
|3||Fundamentals of Physics||Halliday, Resnick & Walker|
|4||Problems in General Physics||I.E. Irodov|
|5||Aptitude Test Problems in Physics||Krotov|
|6||A collection of questions and Problems in Physics||L. A. Sena|
|7||Advance physics||Nelkon and Parker|
|8||Feynman Lectures on Physics||R. P. Feynman|
|9||Elements of Dynamics Part I & II||S. L Loney|
|10||Dynamics of a Particle & of Rigid Bodies||S.L. Loney|
|11||Physics Vols I & II||Tipler|
|12||Problems in physics||V. Zubov & V. Shalnov|
|1||Organic Chemistry||Arihant Prakashan|
|2||Organic Chemistry Volume 1||I. L. Finar|
|3||Concept of Organic Chemistry||M. S. Chauhan|
|4||Organic Chemistry||O.P. Tandon|
|5||Organic Chemistry||Paula Bruice Yurkanis|
|6||Organic Chemistry||Peter Sykes|
|8||Organic Chemistry||Morrison and Boyd|
Books for Inorganic Chemistry:
|1||Inorganic Chemistry||Arihant Prakashan|
|2||Inorganic Chemistry||J.D. Lee|
|3||Inorganic Chemistry||O.P. Tandon|
Books for Physical Chemistry:
|1||University Chemistry||Bruce H. Mahan|
|3||IIT JEE Chemistry||O.P Agarwal|
|4||Physical Chemistry||O.P. Tandon|
|5||Physical Chemistry||P. Bahadur (For Reading Theory)|
|6||Numerical Chemistry||P.Bahadur (G.R.Bathla & Sons)|
|7||Physical Chemistry||P.W. Atkins|
JEE Main 2020 Examination Pattern
The candidates can check below the exam pattern of JEE Main 2020 paper 1 and paper2:
- Mode of Examination: Computer Based Test. However, part 3 (drawing section) of the Paper 2 exam is offline.
- Duration of the exam: 03 hours.
- Type of Questions: Objective Type / MCQ questions.
- The medium of Question Papers: English and Hindi. However, for Centre Cities in Gujarat, Daman & Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli, the questions are available in English, Hindi, and Gujarati.
Distribution of marks and question in Paper 1: B.E/B.Tech
|Sections||Number of Questions||Maximum Marks|
Distribution of marks and question in Paper 2: B.Arch/B.Plan
|Sections||Number of Questions||Maximum Marks|
|Part 1: Mathematics||30||120|
|Part 2: Aptitude Test||50||200|
|Part 3: Drawing||02||70|
Marking Scheme (Same for paper 1 and 2):
- For every correct answer, 04 marks will be given.
- Also, there shall be a negative marking of 01 marks for every incorrect answer.
- No marks are deducted or awarded in case if the question is left unanswered.
JEE Main 2020 Application Form
The JEE Main Application form has to be filled by the candidates online on the official website jeemain.nic.in. The candidates who wish to apply for the Joint Entrance Examination must keep their scanned copies of photograph and signature ready. The candidates can follow the steps given below to fill the JEE Main 2020 Application Form:
- Visit the official JEE Main 2020 website jeemain.nic.in
- Register as a new candidate and fill in details such as State of Eligibility, State where class 12th/NIOS Centre is located, Identification ID type, Identification ID number, Candidates Name, Date of Birth, Gender, Enter the security pin Captcha and click on submit.
- Complete the application form and review it before final submission.
- Upload the images and press submit.
- Make the necessary fee payment and download the confirmation page after the final payment has been made.
JEE Main 2020 Examination Fee: The application fee can be paid in the online mode only.
|Exam||General / OBC (NCL)||SC/ST/ PwD/ Transgender and Females|
|Paper 1 OR 2||500/-||250/-|
|Paper 1 AND 2||900/-||450/-|
|Paper 1 OR 2 (Foreign students)||2000/-||1000/-|
|Paper 1 AND 2 (Foreign students)||3000/-||1500/-|
JEE Main 2020 Application Form Correction
NTA understands that there can be mistakes in the application form and also there can be changes in the choice of the exam papers etc. after a candidate has submitted the application form. Therefore, they allow the candidates to make some changes in the application form via the application form correction window that opens for a specific duration of time.
The one-time correction window allows the candidates to make the necessary corrections only once. Once the changes are made the candidate can no longer edit the form nay further. Apart from the exam centers, the candidates can change all the details in the form in the application form correction window. Also, a certain extra amount is charged while making changes in a few fields of the application form.
List of exam centers for JEE Main 2020 exam
JEE Main 2020 exam is held in teh following tests cities:
|Arunachal Pradesh||Itanagar / Naharlagun|
|Andaman and Nicobar Islands||Port Blair|
|Chattisgarh||Bhilai / Durg/ Bhilai Nagar|
|Chandigarh||chandigarh / Mohali|
|Daman & Diu||Daman|
|Delhi||Delhi /New Delhi|
|Dadra and Nagar Haveli||Dadra and Nagar Haveli|
|Goa||Panaji / Madgaon|
|Kangra / Palampur|
|Jharkhand||Bokaro Steel City|
|Jammu & Kashmir||Baramulla|
|Kerala||Alappuzha / Chengannur|
|Ernakulam / Angamaly/ Muvattupuzha|
|Puducherry||Puducherry / Cuddalore|
|Kanyakumari / Nagercoil|
|NOIDA /Greater NOIDA|
JEE Main 2020 Admit Card
The candidates who register for the JEE Main 2020 exam and whose forms have been accepted can download their admit card from the official website jeemain.nic.in using their application number and password.
The candidates have to carry a colored print of the admit card at the exam center with a valid photo ID proof. Note that, NTA does not allow the candidates to book a test date and time of their choice. The exam date and time are made available via the admit card itself and via no other mode. Therefore the candidates have to download their admit card and check all details in it and appear for the exam accordingly.
JEE Main 2020 Answer Key and Response sheet
Once the examination process is over, NTA uploads the JEE Main Question Paper and Answer Key on the official website. The candidates can download the Answer Key using their login Id and password. Since the exam is held in the online mode the response sheet of the candidates are also uploaded under the candidate’s login. The response sheet is uploaded before the answer key and soon after the answer keys are made available. candidates can check the answer they have marked in the exam from the response sheet and crosscheck the same using the answer key.
If the candidate feels that the answers in the keys are wrong they can challenge the answer key too. The challenge of answer key can only be done through the link available on the website against payment of Rs.1000/- per question, using credit/debit card/Net banking.
JEE Main 2020 Result
NTA prepares a final Answer Key after the challenge claims have been settled, and a result is prepared on the basis of this final answer key. The candidates can check the JEE Main 2020 Result from the official website using their login id and password.
Individual marks of each candidate in the JEE Main exam are calculated using the marking scheme and the final answer key. These Raw scores are then normalized to get the Percentile scores/NTA scores. The candidates are given final ranks based on their best NTA score in the January and April exam.
JEE Main 2020 Merit list
NTA prepares a combined merit list for the JEE Main 2020 exam from both the January and the April attempt of the exam. The candidates who appeared in both the exams, the best out of the two attempts are considered for the overall merit list and their All India Ranking on it.
The merit list is prepared to segregate the candidates on the basis of their All India Rank for admission in NITs, IIITs and CFTIs. And the top rankers of the All India Rank become eligible for JEE Advanced exam, which is a secondary exam for admission in IITs.
Separate merit lists for both Paper 1 and Paper 2 are created, using different criteria. Candidates who score the highest NTA scores top the list, however in case two or more candidates score the exact same marks the following criteria is used for ranking:
|JEE Main 2020 Paper||Ranking Criteria|
|Paper 1||Candidates obtaining higher NTA score in Mathematics|
|Candidates obtaining higher NTA score in Physics|
|Candidates obtaining higher NTA score in Chemistry|
|Candidates older in age|
|Paper 2||Candidates obtaining a higher score in Mathematics in Paper-2|
|Candidates obtaining higher scores in Aptitude Test in Paper-2|
|Candidates obtaining higher scores in Drawing Test in Paper-2|
|Candidates older in age|
|In case a resolution is still not possible, candidates will be given the same rank|
JEE Main 2020 April Exam Dates
The candidates are given 2 chances to appear in JEE Main every year. The candidates who think they score better than their first attempt in January month can appear for the April month exam. The important date of the JEE Main 2019 April exam is as follows:
|JEE Main April 2020||Important Dates|
|Application Form available from||1st week of Feb 2020|
|Last date to submit applications||1st week of Mar 2020|
|Last date to pay application fees||1st week of Mar 2020|
|Form correction dates||2nd week of Mar 2020|
|Release of Admit Card||3rd week of Mar 2020|
|JEE Main Exam date||2nd week of Apr 2020|
|Release of Answer Key||3rd week of Apr 2020|
|Declaration of result||4th week of Apr 2020|
What is NTA (National Testing Agency)?
The National Testing Agency(NTA) is a government recognized autonomous agency, formulated in the year 2017, for conducting entrance exams for higher education and fellowship in higher educational institutions. The agency functions to ensure fair and transparent entrance test proceedings.
NTA took over the entrance examinations previously conducted by CBSE, including JEE Main from the year 2019. NTA made a few substantial changes to the JEE Main examination, last year onward the exam is being conducted twice a year in the online mode only. And to familiarise the candidates with the online pattern, NTA also conducts mock tests free of charge at various Test Practice Centers across India.
JEE Main 2020 FAQs
Given below is a list of repeatedly asked FAQs for the JEE Main exam:
Ques. What is the difference between the JEE Main exam and the JEE Advanced exam?
Ans. The JEE Main exam is a preliminary examination conducted to test the knowledge and skill of a candidate and create a list of qualifying candidates for admission to various NITs, IIITs, and CFTIs and GFTIs. JEE Advanced exam, on the other hand, conducts the exam only for those candidates who qualify the JEE Main exam for admission to all the IIT institutions in India.
Ques. What should I prepare for the JEE Main 2020 exam?
Ans. The candidate must go through all the NCERT books for the subjects before investing their time in any other study materials. The candidate should also make a proper time table for studies devoting ample time to each subject. Solving previous year question papers also helps during the preparation process.
Ques. How many times can I give the JEE Main exam?
Ans. A candidate can attempt the JEE Main exam only three times, in the year they passed/ are appearing the class 12th exam and two more attempts in the consecutive years. However, if the candidate attempts both the January and April sessions for the JEE Main exam it will be considered as one attempt.
Ques. Will NTA conduct the JEE Main 2020 exam twice this year?
Ans. Yes, last year NTA conducted the JEE Main exam two times during the year in multiple session in the months of January and April. This year too is expected that the same pattern will be followed.
Ques. What will be the cutoff for JEE Main 2020 exam?
Ans. NTA will release the cutoff for the JEE Main 2020 exam along with the result. However, the candidates can have look at the pattern of cutoffs from the old cutoffs given in the table above.
Ques. Should I only study from the NCERT books for my JEE Main preparations, will that be sufficient to score high marks?
Ans. The JEE Main exam is mostly based on questions from the NCERT books. The candidates must read the NCERT books thoroughly before picking up other books for reading extra information. A maximum number of questions are taken up from the NCERT books, so the candidates are advised to read the syllabus books line by line and clear all their concepts before attempting the JEE Main exam.
Check JEE Main Information Brochure from Last Year, to know more details – Download Brochure Here.
Insofar, official details of JEE Main 2020 have not been announced. Information on this page is as per last year brochure and for reference purpose only. As soon as NTA releases JEE Main 2020 information brochure, details will be updated here.