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Dec. 13, 2017
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JEE Main 2018

JEE Main 2018 - The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has started registration for JEE Main 2018 from December 1. Candidates seeking admission to 31 NITs, 23 IIITs and 20 GFTIs and 23 IITs of the country have to fill and submit JEE Main application form on or before January 1, 2018. JEE Main comprises of two papers- paper 1 (B.E./B.Tech.) and paper 2 (B.Arch./B.Plan.) CBSE will conduct JEE Main 2018 paper 1 and paper 2 in pen and paper based mode on April 8. While the computer-based test of JEE Main paper 1 will be held on April 15 and 16, 2018. Candidates who have passed or are studying in class 12 with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics as their main subjects are eligible to apply for JEE Main 2018. It is mandatory for candidates, except those from Assam, Meghalaya and J&K, to mention their Aadhaar details while registering for the exam. Admission at the 23 IITs is done on the basis of JEE Advanced score which can be taken only by those who qualify JEE Main 2018. Many state government, as well as private technical colleges also accept JEE Main score for admission to various undergraduate engineering programmes. Read here the details of JEE Main 2018 related to application procedure, eligibility, exam pattern, admit card, cut off, result and selection criteria, etc.

JEE Main is one of the most sought-after B. Tech/B.E. and B.Arch/B.Plan entrance exam of India which is attempted by more than 10 lakh candidates. Last year, 11,86,454 candidates registered for the exam. Among the total 9,56,716 candidates registered for JEE Main Pen and Paper exam while 1,65,635 for the computer-based exam or online test. Every year, through JEE Main, the NITs, IIITs and GFTIs fill over 24,000 seats.

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JEE Main 2018 Overview

JEE Main Particulars Details
Name of Exam Joint Entrance Examination
Commonly Known as JEE Main
Exam Level National
Conducting Authority Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)
Mode of Exam Pen and Paper and Computer (Offline & Online)
JEE Main 2018 Papers Paper 1: B.Tech/B.E
Paper 2: B.Arch./B.Plan
JEE 2018 Exam Date April 8, 2018, Pen and Paper based exam
April 15 & 16, 2018 Online Exam (Computer-based)
JEE Main Exam Centres 258 (248 cities in India and 10 in abroad)
Duration of Exam 3 hours
Paper 1: Exam Time 09:30 am to 12:30 pm
Paper 2: Exam Time 02:00 pm to 05:00 pm

JEE Main Exam Pattern
Paper 1 Total Questions: 90 Paper 2
Total Questions: 82
Physics 30
Chemistry 30
Mathematics 30
Mathematics 30
Aptitude Test 50
Drawing Test 2
JEE Main Result Date April 30, 2018 for Paper 1
May 31, 2018 for Paper 2
JEE Main 2018 Counselling (To be conducted by JoSAA) June to August 2018

JEE Main Seats
IITs 11,000 (through JEE Advanced)
NITs 18,013
IIITs 2,526
GFTIs 3, 784

JEE Main Important Dates 2018

CBSE has announced JEE Main important dates 2018. The application form of JEE Main has been made available online from December 1 to January 1, 2018. JEE 2018 is scheduled to be held on April 8 in offline mode while the online test to be held on April 15 & 16. Candidates can check JEE Main 2018 important dates from the table given below.

Important dates of JEE Main 2018

S.No. JEE Main 2018 events Important dates
1. JEE Main application form available from December 1, 2017
2. Correction of uploaded images in JEE Main application form December 8, 2017
3. Last date to submit JEE Main application form January 1, 2018
4. Last date to pay JEE Main 2018 application fee January 2, 2018
5. Correction details of JEE Main application form 2018 Second week of January 2018
6. JEE Main admit card releases on Second week of March 2018
7. JEE Main 2018 pen and paper based exam April 8, 2018
8. JEE Main 2018 computer-based exam April 15 and 16, 2018
9. Display of JEE OMR sheet and answer key April 24 to 27, 2018
10. JEE Main 2018 result (Paper 1) April 30, 2018
11. JEE Main 2018 result (Paper 2) May 31, 2018
12. Registration for JEE Main counselling (Conducted by JoSAA) Third week of June 2018


JEE Main Eligibility Criteria 2018

Candidates must fulfil the minimum eligibility criteria while applying for JEE Main 2018. Candidates are advised to read the eligibility of JEE Main 2018 so that they can they know age criteria, qualifications and marks required for the qualifying exam. The detailed information related to JEE Main 2018 eligibility criteria given below.

Nationality required for JEE Main 2018

Indian/OCI/PIO/ Foreign candidates can appear for the exam

Age limit for JEE Main 2018

  • Only those candidates whose date of birth falls on or after October 01, 1993 are eligible for JEE Main 2018
  • Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Persons with Disabilities (PwD) candidates, upper age limit is relaxed by 5 years, i.e. SC, ST and PwD candidates who are born on or after October 01, 1988 are eligible to apply for JEE Main 2018

Upper age-limit for JEE Main 2018

  • Unreserved Category: 25 years
  • Reserved Category: 30 years

Year of appearance in qualifying examination (QE) i.e. 10+2/HSC

  • Candidates must have passed their class 12 or equivalent examination in 2016 or 2017. Those who are appearing Class 12 exam or any equivalent exam in 2018 are also eligible to appear in JEE Main 2018

Number of subjects required in 10+2 for appearing in JEE Main 2018

  • Candidates must have taken at least five subjects in class 12/qualifying examination The candidates who have taken four subjects are not permitted for JEE Main 2018

JEE Main Number of attempts: Candidates can attempt JEE Main for maximum three times.

Is Aadhaar card required for JEE Main 2018?

The Aadhaar card number is necessary to apply for JEE Main 2018. This requirement was introduced and executed from 2017. However, the Aadhaar number requirement has been waived off for candidates belonging to Jammu & Kashmir, Assam and Meghalaya.

JEE Main Application Form 2018

CBSE has activated the facility to correct images in JEE Main application form 2018. The online registration has started from December 1, 2017. JEE Main application form 2018 involves five basic steps such as registration, filling details in the form, uploading of scanned images, application fee payment and print out of acknowledgement slip. Before filling JEE Main 2018 application form, candidates must be ready with all the required details and scanned images. Check the five-stage procedure for JEE Main application form below:

  1. JEE Main Registration 2018 On the registration page, candidates have to enter basic information such as name, date of birth, gender, nationality, state of eligibility etc.
  2. Filling up of JEE Main Application Form On JEE Main 2018 application page, candidates must enter JEE Main exam related details, personal information, qualifying exam details etc. Applicants also have to choose a password and security question.
  3. Uploading of Scanned Images Applicants have to upload scanned images of their passport-sized photograph and signature. The format of the scanned images must match the given specification or else it will get rejected.
  4. Payment of Application Fee Candidates have to pay the prescribed JEE Main application fee online or through e-challan.
  5. Print out of Acknowledgement Slip -After successful fee payment, applicants have to download and take a print out of the acknowledgement slip and keep it safe for future reference.

JEE Main Registration Trend

Every year, lakhs of engineering aspirants register for JEE Main. In 2017, the total number of applicants was around 12 lakhs. The highest number of applicants was witnessed in 2014. Candidates can check JEE Main registration trend for the past six years from the table and graph given below:

Number of JEE Applicants in Previous Years

S.No. Year Total number of Applicants (In Lakhs)
1. 2017 11.98
2. 2016 12.07
3. 2015 13.03
4. 2014 13.56
5. 2013 12.82
6. 2012 12.20

The graph below provides the total number of JEE Main Applicants in the last 6 years.


JEE Main Reservation of Seats 2018

As per the rules laid by the Government of India, a certain number of seats are reserved for candidates belonging to OBC- NCL, SC, ST and PwD, in various institutes based on relaxed criteria. Candidates can check category wise JEE Main seat reservation from the table given below:

JEE Main 2018 Reservation of Seats

S.No. Category JEE Main Seats Reservation
1. OBC-NCL 27%
2. SC 15%
3. ST 7.5%
4. PwD (40% or more disability) 3%

JEE Main Exam Centres 2018

JEE Main 2018 will be conducted in around 248 cities across India and 10 foreign cities. Candidates have to opt for JEE Main exam city as per their convenience while filling the application form. Candidates appearing in the offline mode will be allowed to choose four exam cities while for the computer-based test candidates have to choose only one city. The address of JEE Main exam centre 2018 allotted to students will be mentioned in the hall ticket. Check the total number of exam cities zone wise from the table given below:

JEE Main 2018 Exam Cities

S.No. Name of zone Number of exam cities
1. North 23
2. South 22
3. East 21
4. West 24
5. Central 7
6. Union Territories 7
7. Foreign Countries 9


JEE Main Exam Pattern 2018

The exam pattern of JEE Main 2018 consist details about the overall structure of the entrance test. As per JEE Main exam pattern, paper 1 will be held in pen and paper based mode as well as computer-based test mode. While JEE Main paper 2 will be conducted only in the offline mode. The total duration allotted for each JEE Main paper is 3 hours. JEE Main 2018 exam pattern detail such as question type, number of questions, total marks etc. for both the papers can be checked from the table given below:

JEE Main Exam Pattern 2018 - Paper 1

S.No. Particulars JEE Main 2018 Paper Pattern
1. Mode Offline/Online
2. Subjects Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics
3. Question Type Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
4. Number of Questions 90
5. Total marks 360
6. Marking Scheme 4 marks for every correct response and 1 mark deduction for each incorrect response
7. Duration 3 hours

JEE Main Exam Pattern- Paper 2

S.No. Particulars JEE Main Paper Pattern
1. Mode Offline
2. Subjects Mathematics, Aptitude test, Drawing test
3. Question Type Mathematics & Aptitude Test- Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
Drawing- Questions to test drawing skills
4. Number of Questions 82
5. Total marks 390
6. Marking Scheme Mathematics & Aptitude Test- 4 marks for every correct response and 1 mark deduction for each incorrect response.Drawing- Marks will be allotted based on drawing skill
7. Duration 3 hours

JEE Main Syllabus 2018

The syllabus of JEE Main list important topics that candidates must study for the exam. JEE Main syllabus is prescribed by CBSE and the curriculum is based on class 11 and 12 standards. The syllabus for JEE Main paper 1 comprises topics from Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. JEE Main syllabus for paper 2 consists Mathematics and topics to test candidates aptitude and drawing skills. Candidates must be thorough with JEE Main 2018 syllabus as the question paper will be framed based on the prescribed topics.

JEE Main Question Papers 2018

Candidates preparing for JEE Main 2018 must practice question papers of previous years to analyse their preparation level. The question papers will help candidates to get an insight into the questions that might be asked in entrance exam. With regular practice, students can improve their weak areas and it will boost up their confidence as well. Therefore, every aspirants are advised to solve previous years question papers or JEE Main sample papers to prepare more effectively for the entrance examination.

How to Prepare for JEE Main 2018?

As JEE Main is one of the most sought entrance exams for engineering aspirants, it is important to plan out a strategy to prepare for the exam. According to last years JEE Main topper, Kalpit Veerval, hard work, focus and having confidence in oneself are the key factors to ace JEE Main. Here are some important strategy for JEE Main preparation:

  • Candidates must cover the entire syllabus prescribed for JEE Main.
  • A timetable is a must for JEE aspirants as it will help them to get a definite direction to go about their preparation.
  • Regular practice of previous years question papers is necessary for aspirants to get an understanding of the paper pattern
  • Student must remember that no matter how difficult the road is, hard work, routine study and positive approach always leads to success.

JEE Main Admit Card 2018

JEE Main admit card is to be issued in the second week of March 2018. CBSE will release the admit card only for those candidates who have successfully registered for JEE Main 2018. To download admit card of JEE Main 2018, candidates have to log in with their application number and date of birth. The JEE Main admit card 2018 will contain the following important information:

  • Name of the candidate
  • Address of JEE Main 2018 exam centre
  • Exam date and time
  • Exam day guidelines

JEE Main Mock Test 2018

The mock test of JEE Main 2018 has been made available by CBSE. Candidates appearing for JEE Main in the Computer-Based mode must take the mock test to get familiar with the test pattern. Also, after every test, the aspirants must analyse their answers to check their preparation level.

JEE Main Answer Key 2018

JEE Main official answer key will be available online  along with the OMR sheet from April 24 to 27, 2018. Candidate can also challenge the official answer key within the given period of time. The answer key of JEE Main 2018 will be released by various coaching institutes such as Aakash, FIITJEE, Resonance, Career Point etc. after the completion of the exam. The answer key will help candidates to crosscheck their response and predict the score that they might obtain in the entrance examination.

JEE Main Result 2018

The result of JEE Main will be declared separately for paper 1 and paper 2. JEE Main paper 1 result will be announced on April 30, 2018. Whereas the result of JEE Main for paper 2 will be released on May 31, 2018. The result for both the papers will be available online and no hard copy will be sent to the test takers. Along with the subject wise and overall score, the result will also display candidates JEE Main All India Rank (AIR) and their category rank. Candidates must note that the JEE Main 2018 All India Rank will be used by JoSAA for admissions while other ranks are for information purpose only.

JEE Main Cutoff 2018

CBSE will release the cutoff of JEE Main 2018 along with the result. JEE Main cutoff is the minimum qualifying marks that candidates need to obtain to be eligible for JEE Advanced. However, obtaining the minimum cutoff marks does not always guarantee a chance to get shortlisted for JEE Advanced. Another set of JEE Main 2018 cutoff in the form of opening and closing rank will be published by JoSAA based on which seats will be allotted.

Previous Year JEE Main Cutoff Trend

Years General OBC-NCL SC ST
2017 81 49 32 27
2016 100 70 52 48
2015 105 70 50 44
2014 115 74 53 47
2013 113 70 50 45

JEE Main Participating Institutes 2018

JEE Main is conducted for admission into various undergraduate engineering institutes affiliated with it. The participating institutes of JEE Main 2018 include 31 National Institutes of Technology (NITs), 23 Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) and 20 Government Funded Technical Institutions (GFTIs). There are many other institutes as well as states like Gujarat, Haryana, Nagaland, Uttarakhand etc. that fill their seats through JEE Main score/rank list.

JEE Main Counselling 2018

The Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA) is the responsible authority for conducting the counselling of JEE Main. JEE Main counselling will be held in seven rounds on the basis of opening and closing rank declared by the respective institutes. Candidates who have qualified JEE Main and secured a rank have to apply separately to participate in the counselling of JoSAA and select their choices of institutes and courses as per their preference.

JEE Main Seat Allotment 2018

The seat allotment of JEE Main 2018 will be conducted online by JoSAA. After registration and choice filling, candidates have to appear in two mock seat allotment in order to lock in their best choices. After each round of JEE Main counselling, candidates will be allotted seats based on their rank, choice preferences and availability of seats. JEE Main seat allotment result along with the seat vacancy report for each round will be declared online. To confirm a seat, candidates should visit their respective reporting centres for document verification and pay the requisite fee.

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Result 22 November, 2017 . Plabita

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Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will release the application form of JEE Main 2018 on December 1. Candidates are required to apply online for JEE Main 2018.The last date to fill JEE Main application form is January 2. Applicants can pay their examination fees till January 3, 2018.  The pen and paper based test of JEE Main 2018 will be conducted on April 8 while the computer based test is likely to be... Read more

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Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has announced the date for the offline examination of JEE Main 2018. As per the notification, the pen and paper test will be held on 8 April, 2018. While the dates for the JEE Main computer-based test has not been announced yet, it is expected to be held around 14-15 April 2018, as it is usually held one week after the offline exam. JEE Main 2018 paper I (B.E./ B.Tech) will be... Read more