JEE Main Exam Pattern 2018

April 6, 2018 14888 Team EC

JEE Main Exam Pattern 2018JEE Main Exam Pattern 2018 – The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has declared the exam pattern of JEE Main 2018. The exam pattern will help students stay informed about the question paper beforehand. It gives details about the number of questions, distribution of questions, marking scheme, language of the medium and other important specifics. The entrance test comprises two papers: Paper 1 (B.E/B.Tech) and Paper 2 (B.Arch/B.Planning). As per JEE Main 2018 exam pattern, Paper 1 will have 90 questions covering Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry and Paper 2 will have 82 questions from Mathematics, Aptitude Test and Drawing. JEE Main 2018 Paper 1 will be held in both the offline (pen and paper) mode and online (computer based) mode whereas Paper 2 will only be held in the online mode. Candidates will be given a total of 3 hours for each paper. JEE Main exam pattern 2018 will allow students to get a better idea about the examination and prepare for it in a more efficient way. JEE Main 2018 is scheduled to take place on April 8 (offline) and April 15 and 16 (online). Candidates who qualify in the first 2,24,000 of JEE Main 2018 will further get shortlisted to appear in JEE Advanced 2018. Students who wish to pursue undergraduate engineering programmes in the 23 IITs of the country can do so by cracking JEE Advanced 2018. Check detailed JEE Main exam pattern 2018 for both Paper 1 and Paper 2, important guidelines for appearing in both offline and online modes of the exam and other relevant information in the article given below on this page.

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JEE Main Exam Pattern 2018 - Overview

Check the table given below for an overview of JEE Main 2018 paper pattern for both Paper 1 and Paper 2.



JEE Main Paper 1 Exam Pattern

JEE Main Paper 2 Exam Pattern



Online and Offline



Date of Exam

April 8, 2018 (Offline) and April 15 & 16, 2018 (Online)

April 8, 2018


Language of Medium

English, Hindi and Gujarati (for examination cities in Gujarat, Daman & Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli)

English, Hindi and Gujarati (for examination cities in Gujarat, Daman & Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli)



Part A: Physics
Part B: Chemistry
Part C: Mathematics

Part I: Aptitude test
Part II: Mathematics
Part III: Drawing


Type of questions

Objective type multiple choice questions (MCQs)

Objective type multiple choice questions (MCQs) and drawing


Total marks





3 hours

3 hours


JEE Main 2018 Exam Pattern 2018 – Detailed guide

The exam pattern of JEE Main 2018 for both the papers vary in particular aspects such as exam mode, number of questions, total marks etc. Aspirants can check JEE Main exam pattern 2018 for Paper 1 and Paper 2 below:

JEE Main Exam Pattern - Paper 1 (B.Tech/B.E.)

Paper 1 of JEE Main will take place to grant admission into B.Tech and B.E. courses offered by the 23 IIITs, 31 NITs and 23 GFTIs. Check the structure of the question paper for JEE Main paper 1 below:

Language of Medium: JEE Main Paper 1 question paper will be both in English and Hindi. However, for candidates who will be allotted test centres in Gujarat, Daman & Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli, the question paper will also be available in Gujarati.

Examination Mode: CBSE will conduct paper 1 entrance exam in both online and offline modes. The offline (Pen and Paper based) exam of JEE Main will be held on April 8, 2018, while the Computer Based Test (CBT) will take place on April 15 and 16. Aspirants can opt for either of the exam modes as per their convenience.

Combination of Subjects: Questions in paper 1 will be asked from three subjects. All the three subjects are divided into the following three parts:

Part A: Physics

Part B: Chemistry

Part C: Mathematics

Type of Questions: Questions asked in JEE Main Paper 1 will be objective type and applicants will have to attempt Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs). There will be four options given for each question out of which only one option will be correct. If applicants fill up more than one response for one question, their marks will be deducted accordingly.

Total no. of Questions: Paper 1 will have a total number of 90 questions covering all the three subjects. Each subject will consist of 30 questions.

Maximum Marks: The total number of marks for paper 1 is 360. The marking scheme of JEE Main paper 1 is as below:

  • Marks for correct response: For every correct response, candidates will be awarded 4 marks.

  • Marks for incorrect response: 1 mark will be deducted for every incorrect answer. There is no negative marking for unattempted questions.

Duration of the Exam: Applicants will be allotted a total duration of 3 hours to finish the entire question paper.

PWD candidates who have 40% or more disabilities will be given one hour compensatory (extra) time to complete JEE Main question paper.

JEE Main Exam Pattern - Paper 2 (B.Arch/B.Planning)

Paper 2 of JEE Main 2018 will be conducted by CBSE for students who are seeking for admission into B.Arch/B.Planning courses offered by the participating institutes. Here is the exam pattern for JEE Main Paper 2:

Language of Medium: Paper 2 of JEE Main 2018 will be available in two languages: English and Hindi. However, applicants appearing for the entrance test in Gujarat, Daman & Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli, the paper will be in Gujarati as well.

Examination Mode: Candidates have to write Paper 2 of JEE Main in the offline (pen and paper based) mode only, which is scheduled to be held on April 8, 2018.

Combination of Subjects: Paper 2 will comprise questions from the following three subjects divided further into three individual sections:

Part 1: Mathematics

Part 2: Aptitude Test

Part 3: Drawing

Type of Questions: Part 1 and Part 2 of the question paper will have objective type multiple choice questions. Each question from both the parts will have four options, out of which one response will be correct. If an applicants fills up more than one response for a question, it will be considered as an incorrect answer and will lead to negative marking.

Part III, on the other hand, will have questions on drawing. Applicants have to attempt the questions on a separate drawing sheet that will be placed inside the test booklet. Applicants have to use only colour pencils or crayons on the drawing sheet.

Total number of questions: JEE Main Paper 2 will have a total of 82 questions. Each part will have different numbers of questions allocated to it. Students can check the number of questions in each section of JEE Main paper 2 from the table below:



Number of Questions





Aptitude Test





Maximum Marks: As per the exam pattern of JEE Main paper 2, the maximum marks is 390. The marking scheme is as given below:

  • Marks for correct response: In Part 1 and 2, each correct response will contain 4 marks. However, in Part III, the two questions will carry a total of 70 marks.

  • Marks for incorrect response: For each incorrect response, 1 mark will be deducted per question in both Part 1 and 2 of JEE Main paper 2. There is no negative marking for questions that are not attempted. For the drawing section, marks will be rewarded depending on the drawing skills of applicants.

Duration of the Exam: The paper 2 of JEE Main 2018 will be for a duration of 3 hours. However, one hour compensatory (extra) time will be allotted for PwD category candidates who have 40% or more disability.

JEE Main Exam Pattern 2018 - Availability of Scribe

Aspirants who have 40% or more disability and have applied under the PwD category will be given a scribe/reader on request. Check more details below:

  • Students will be allowed to have their own scribe or reader on request. They can also submit a request to the centre superintendent for the same.

  • The centre superintendent will identify the scribe/reader. Candidates can also meet the scribe a day before the examination to verify the suitability of the scribe on request.

  • An extra time of one hour will be given to PwD candidates irrespective of the fact that candidates are availing the facility of a scribe/reader.

JEE Main Exam Pattern 2018 - Important Instructions

Apart from the structure of the paper as defined in JEE Main exam pattern 2018, there are some important instructions that candidates must pay attention to while appearing for the entrance test. Candidates can check important guidelines below for JEE Main 2018:

  • It is mandatory for candidates to carry the admit card of JEE Main 2018 to the examination centre.

  • PwD category candidates must carry a copy of the PWD certificate with them in the prescribed format issued by the competent authority.

  • Students must reach the exam venue 30 minutes before the start of the examination.

  • No candidate will be allowed to enter the test centre once the examination begins at the scheduled time.

  • No baggage will be allowed inside the examination centre. The JEE Apex board will not be responsible for the loss of any property at the venue.

  • Applicants are strictly prohibited from carrying any banned item along with them at the examination hall. Items such cell phones, mobile phones, electronic watches, textual and electronic devices like calculators, pagers, printed or written papers and other materials are not allowed inside the examination hall.

  • In any case an aspirant is found to possess any of the above-mentioned items, he/she will not be permitted for admittance inside the examination centre and will subsequently fail to appear in the entrance test. Moreover, the seized materials will be seized as well.

  • Candidates will not be allowed to leave the examination hall till the full duration of the paper ends.

JEE Main 2018 Guidelines for CBT & P&P Mode of Exam

CBSE has laid down certain instructions that candidates appearing in both the online and offline modes of JEE Main 2018 are needed to follow. Candidates can check the details for each mode of the examination below.

JEE Main 2018 Guidelines for P&P Mode

JEE Main 2018 Guidelines for CBT Mode

Students have to use black ball point pen provided in the exam hall to fill in particulars and to mark their responses.

Candidates will be provided ball pens in the examination hall to do rough work.

Candidates can carry a cardboard or a clipboard along with them. They should make sure that nothing is written on it.

All calculations/writing work should be done only on the rough sheet provided at the centre. candidates must hand over the rough sheets to the invigilator after the completion of the test

Candidates appearing in Paper 2 have to bring their own geometry box set, pencils, erasers and colour pencils or crayons.

Applicants must sign on the attendance sheet at the appropriate place.

On completion of the test, applicants must hand over the answer sheet to the invigilator on duty in the room/hall


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