JEE Main 2020 Exam Pattern: Complete Analysis for B.E./B.Tech, B.Arch and B. Plan Papers

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JEE Main question paper is designed to test the knowledge of the candidate in Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics. NTA recently decided to bring about some changes in the pattern being followed for the JEE Main examination. Now, the JEE Main 2020 Exam Pattern comprises of 3 papers. Paper 1 is for admission to engineering courses, paper 2 is for admission to architecture courses and Paper 3 is for admission to planning courses. JEE Main 2020 was conducted in Jan from Jan 6 till Jan 11, 2020 and in April, it will be conducted from April 05 till April 11, 2020 for admission to engineering courses (B.E./B.Tech and B.Arch/B.Plan) in the most reputed engineering institutes of the country like NITs, ISM, and other prestigious institutes.

JEE Main 2020 Exam Pattern

Let us now know about JEE Main Exam Pattern in detail. There will be three papers for JEE Main 2020. Paper 1 is conducted for the candidates opting for B.E/B.Tech engineering courses, whereas Paper 2 and Paper 3 is conducted for the candidates opting for Architecture courses and Planning courses respectively (B.Arch./B.Planning).

Changes Introduced in JEE Main Exam Pattern

This year, NTA introduced some changes in the JEE Main exam pattern. Aspirants need to focus on these changes before the registration process and before they start preparing for the exam. The parameters which have changed in the exam pattern are:-

  • A separate exam will be conducted for b. planning courses
  • The number of questions, per section, has decreased to 25.
  • 5 Numerical questions will be asked along with MCQs.
  • There is no negative marking for numerical questions.

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Aspirants can apply for all the papers. Paper 1 will have objective type multiple choice questions and numerical value based questions comprising 3 subjects, viz Physics, Chemistry and Maths. There will be 75 questions altogether. Paper 2 and Paper 3 will have both objective and subjective-type questions. The questions consist of Mathematics test, aptitude test and drawing test. There will be 77 questions in Paper 2, whereas 100 questions in Paper 3. The test duration of each paper will be 3 hours.


Name of the exam JEE Main
Exam Mode Online 
Exam Medium English, Hindi and languages as per the exam center location
Total Papers 3
Paper 1 Mode Online
Paper 1 Sections Physics, Chemistry, Maths
Paper 1 Total Questions 75
Paper 1 Total Marks 300
Paper 1 Type of Questions MCQs and Numerical value bases questions with equal marks distribution in Physics, Chemistry, and Maths
Paper 2 Mode Online & Drawing section (Offline)
Paper 2 Sections Part 1: Mathematics test, Part 2: Aptitude test, Part 3: Drawing test
Paper 2 Type of Questions Part 1: MCQs and Numerical value bases questions, Part 2: Objective Type, Part 3: Questions on Test Drawing Aptitude
Paper 2 Total Questions 77
Paper 2 Total Marks 400
Paper 3 Mode Online
Paper 3 Section Part 1: Mathematics test, Part 2: Aptitude test, Part 3: Planning 
Paper 3 Type of Questions Part 1: MCQs and Numerical value bases questions, Part 2: Objective Type, Part 3: Planning Based objective type questions
Paper 3 Total Questions 100
Paper 3 Total 400
Marking Scheme -1 for an incorrect answer
+4 for a correct answer
No marks for unattempt question
Duration 3 hours for each paper

Exam Marking scheme

Paper 1 

JEE Main Paper 1 Total Questions 75
JEE Main Paper 1 Total Marks 300
Total questions in each section Physics: 25, Chemistry: 25, Maths: 25
Marks in each question 4
Question Type Multiple Choice & Numerical
Negative Marking For all incorrect answers, 1 mark is deducted. No mark is deducted for un-attempted questions.

JEE Main Paper 1 pattern

Subjects Questions Marks
Chemistry 25 100
Physics 25 100
Mathematics 25 100
Total 75 300

Paper 2 

 Total Questions 77
 Total Marks 400
Total questions in each section Part 1: 25 questions, Part 2: 50 questions, Part 3: 2 questions
Marks in each section 4 marks for each question in Part 1 and Part 2, 50 marks for each question in Part 3
Negative Marking For all incorrect answers in Part 1 and Part 2, 1 mark is deducted. No mark will be deducted for un-attempted questions. No negative marking in Part 3.

JEE Main Paper 2 pattern

Subjects Questions Marks
Mathematics 25 100
Aptitude test 50 200
Drawing 2 100
Total 77 400

Paper 3 

 Total Questions 100
 Total Marks 400
Total questions in each section Part 1: 25 questions, Part 2: 50 questions, Part 3: 25 questions
Marks in each section 4 marks for each question
Negative Marking For all incorrect answers 1 mark is deducted. No mark will be deducted for un-attempted questions.

JEE Main Paper 3 pattern

Subjects Questions Marks
Mathematics 25 100
Aptitude test 50 200
Drawing 25 100
Total 100 400

JEE Main 2020 Exam Syllabus

All the candidates need to be thorough and familiar with the examination pattern and also the syllabus for Physics, Chemistry, and Maths for JEE Main Exam 2020. The detailed syllabus is as follows: 

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Paper 1

Physics Physics and Measurement, Kinematics, Laws of Motion, Work, Energy and Power, Rotational Motion, Gravitation, Properties of Solids and Liquids, Thermodynamics, Kinetic Theory of Gases, Oscillations and Waves, Electrostatics, Current Electricity, Magnetic Effects of Current and Magnetism, Electromagnetic Induction and Alternating Currents, Electromagnetic Waves, Optics, Dual Nature of Matter and Radiation, Atoms and Nuclei, Electronic Devices, Communication Systems, Experimental Skill
Chemistry Some Basic concepts in Chemistry, States of Matter, Atomic Structure, Chemical Bonding and Molecular Structure, Chemical Thermodynamics, Solutions, Equilibrium, Redox Reactions and Electrochemistry, Chemical Kinetics, Surface Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Classification of Elements and Periodicity in Properties, General Principles and Process of Isolation of Metals, Hydrogen, Block Elements, Co-ordination Compounds, Environmental Chemistry, Organic Chemistry
Maths Sets, Relations and Functions, Complex Numbers and Quadratic Equations, Matrices and Determinants, Permutations and Combinations, Mathematical Induction, Binomial Theorem, Sequences and Series, Limit, Continuity and Differentiability, Integral Calculus, Differential Equations, Co-ordinate Geometry, Three Dimensional Geometry, Vector Algebra, Statistics and Probability, Trigonometry, Mathematical Reasoning

Paper 2 and Paper 3

Part 1 Mathematics Awareness of persons, places, Buildings, Materials. Objects, Texture related to Architecture and build—environment. Visualising three-dimensional objects from two-dimensional drawings. Visualizing. different sides of three-dimensional objects. Analytical Reasoning Mental Ability (Visual, Numerical and Verbal).
Part 2 

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 2 D and 3 D union, subtraction, rotation, development of surfaces and volumes, Generation of Plan, elevations and 3 D views of objects. Creating two dimensional and three-dimensional compositions using given shapes and forms.

Sketching of scenes and activities from memory of urbanscape (public space, market, festivals, street scenes, monuments, recreational spaces, ect.), landscape (river fronts, jungles, trees, plants, etc.) and rural life.

For 2020 admissions, JEE Main exam notifications were released on February 7 2020 and the candidates can fill the application forms from February 7, 2020 to March 6, 2020 for April session.

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So far, JEE Main was conducted once a year in the month of April. But there had been discussions going on for conducting the exam more than once in a year. The practice and pattern of two-tier JEE exam started in 2019 and will continue in 2020 in which all candidates who clear JEE Main are eligible to appear in JEE Advanced examination to get admission in the IITs. Joint counseling for IITs and NITs will be continued and from 2018, board marks have not been counted for the rankings. 

JEE Main Exam Highlights

Refer to the table below to get an overall idea of JEE Main 2020 exam:

Exam Joint Engineering Entrance
Popularly referred as JEE Main
Exam Type All India Level
Mode of Exam Online 
Conducting Body National Test Academy (NTA)
Notifications September 3, 2019
Online Application Forms Availability September 3, 2019- January Session
February 7, 2020- April Session
Last Date of Filling Up of Application Forms October 10, 2019 (Extended)- January Session
March 6, 2020- April Session
Correction of Forms October 14, 2019
Admit Cards December 6, 2019- January Session
March 20, 2020- April Session
JEE Main January session From Jan 6 till Jan 11, 2020
JEE Main April session From April 05 till April 11, 2020
Results 17 Jan 2020 (Paper I)
30th April 2020( Paper I) 
Counseling July 2020

Reference Books for JEE Main 2020

Subject Book Name Author
 Physics  Concepts of Physics (Part I)  HC Verma
 Concepts of Physics (Part II)  HC Verma
 Problems in General Physics  I.E. Irodov
 Physics for IIT-JEE  Resnick, Halliday, Walker
 Chemistry  Organic Chemistry  Morrison Boyd
Organic Chemistry   O.P Tandon
 Modern Approach to Chemical Calculations R.C. Mukherjee
 Numerical Chemistry P. Bahadur
Concise Inorganic Chemistry  J.D. Lee
Maths IIT Mathematics M.L. Khanna
Differential Calculus A Das Gupta
Class XI & XII Mathematics R.D. Sharma
Trigonometry, Geometry Books S.L. Loney
Higher Algebra Hall and Knight

Important Instructions for Preparing for JEE Main 2020

  • First of all, stay healthy physically and mentally so that you can work towards your goal with a positive state of mind.
  • Prepare a timetable and follow it strictly.
  • Prepare for the exam as per the JEE Main 2020 Syllabus.
  • Prepare and sit for mock tests.
  • Solve the model papers and sample questions within a certain time period.
  • Once you get your OMR sheet, fill in your name, roll number, application number correctly.
  • Read the entire question paper carefully and start solving the easy questions first.
  • Time management is very essential.
  • Give one answer to each question. Do not mark 2 answers for a question. It will be considered invalid.
  • Mark the OMR sheets clearly.
  • Take extra pencils and pens with you.
  • For drawing test, carry your own pencil, eraser, geometry box.
 


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