JEE Main 2018 – The Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main is held for admission to undergraduate engineering courses in IITs, IIITs, NITs and GFTIs. Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will conduct JEE Main 2018 in the first week of April in offline as well as online mode. JEE Main comprises two papers- Paper 1 (for B.Tech/B.E) and Paper 2 (B.Arch./B.Plan.). Candidates can apply for both or either of the papers as per their interest. Online registration for JEE Main 2018 is likely to start in the first week of December 2017. From the year 2017, the Aadhaar card has been made a mandatory requirement to fill JEE Main application form. Candidates who have passed or are appearing in class 12 are eligible to apply for JEE Main. The admit card of JEE Main 2018 will be released for all the successfully registered candidates tentatively in the third week of March. To get all important information about JEE Main 2018 such as eligibility criteria, application form, important dates, exam pattern, syllabus and more read the article given below on this page.
In 2017, around 12 lakh students registered for JEE Main out of which nearly 11 lakh appeared for the entrance test. A total number of 7,86,494 qualified JEE Main for admission at 31 NITs, 23 IIITs, 20 GFTIs and filled nearly 24000 undergraduate engineering seats. And 2.20 lakh (approx) candidates qualified for JEE Advanced for admission to the 23 IITs.
JEE Main 2018 Overview
|Name of Exam||Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main|
|Mode of Exam||Paper 1: Online/offline
Paper 2: Offline
|Conducting Authority||Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)|
|Number of Test Centres||113|
|No. of Papers||Paper 1: B.Tech/B.E
Paper 2: B.Arch./B.Plan.
|Offline Exam||1st week of April 2018|
|Online Exam||2nd week of April 2018|
|Result declaration||4th week of April 2018|
|JEE Main 2018 Counselling (To be conducted by JoSAA)||June to August 2018|
CBSE is expected to announce JEE Main important dates 2018 along with the information brochure in the fourth week of November 2017. The table below consist tentative dates related to various JEE Main events such as registration dates, availability of admit card, exam date, result among others.
JEE Main Important Dates
|S.No.||JEE Main 2018 Events||Important dates|
|1.||JEE Main application form to be available from||First week of December 2017|
|2.||Last date for JEE Main 2018 registration||Third week of January 2018|
|3.||Correction in JEE Main 2018 Application form||Fourth week of January 2018|
|4.||Availability of JEE Main admit card||Third week of March 2018|
|5.||JEE Main 2018 offline exam||First week of April 2018|
|6.||JEE Main 2018 online exam||Second week of April 2018|
|7.||Availability of JEE OMR sheet and answer key||Third week of April 2018|
|8.||JEE Main result to be announced on||Fourth week of April 2018|
|9.||Availability of JEE Main 2018 Paper 2 answer key and OMR sheet||Fourth week of May 2018|
|10.||Registration for JEE Main 2018 counselling conducted by JoSAA||Third week of June 2018|
The eligibility criteria of JEE Main is a set of norms defined by CBSE that candidates need to satisfy to appear for the entrance test. Before filling up the application form candidates are advised to ensure that they satisfy the following JEE Main eligibility criteria:
- Age requirement: Candidates whose date of birth falls on or after October 01, 1993 are eligible for JEE Main 2018. However, for SC, ST and PwD candidates, there is a relaxation of 5 years i.e. they must be born on or after October 01, 1988.
- Academic Qualification: Candidates must have passed class 12 or any other equivalent examination in the year 2016 or 2017. Students appearing for the qualifying examination in the year 2018 are also eligible.
In the qualifying examination, candidates must secure a minimum 75% (65% for reserved category) in aggregate or be in the top 20 percentile.
- Number of Attempts: Candidates can avail a maximum number of 3 attempts to appear in JEE Main.
Is Aadhaar card required to apply 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 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|
|4.||PwD (40% or more disability)||3%|
JEE Main 2018 application form is expected to be available online in December 2017. Candidates must be ready with all the details and scanned images required to fill up JEE Main application 2018. Basically, JEE Main registration is a five stage process. In order to apply for JEE Main candidates have to complete all the stages of application procedure mentioned below:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Payment of Application Fee– Candidates have to pay the prescribed JEE Main application fee online or through e-challan.
- 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)|
The graph below provides the total number of JEE Main Applicants in the last 6 years.
JEE Main 2018 will be conducted in around 104 cities across India and 9 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|
JEE Main admit card is likely to be issued in the third week of March. 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
For admission into B.E/B.Tech courses of the NITs, IIITs, GFTIs and other participating institutes, candidates have to appear in JEE Main Paper 1. The top 2 lakh (approx) candidates qualifying JEE Main paper 1 will be shortlisted to appear for JEE Advanced (held for admission to the IITs). While candidates interested in B.Arch/B.Planning courses have to appear in JEE Main Paper 2. The total duration to complete each paper is 3 hours. The overall structure of JEE Main 2018 paper 1 and paper 2 is given below in the tables:
JEE Main Exam Pattern 2018 – Paper 1
|S.No.||Particulars||JEE Main 2018 Paper Pattern|
|2.||Subjects||Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics|
|3.||Question Type||Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)|
|4.||Number of Questions||90|
|6.||Marking Scheme||4 marks for every correct response and 1 mark deduction for each incorrect response|
JEE Main Exam Pattern- Paper 2
|S.No.||Particulars||JEE Main Paper Pattern|
|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|
|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|
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.
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 year’s 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 time table 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.
The mock test of JEE Main 2018 is expected to be made available by CBSE in the 3rd week of December. 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.
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. The JEE Main official answer key will be released by CBSE along with the OMR sheet tentatively in the third week of April 2018. Candidate can also challenge the official answer key within the given period of time.
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 in the last week of April 2018. Whereas the result of JEE Main for paper 2 will be released in the last week of May 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 over all 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. Every year, only the top 2 lakhs (approx.) JEE Main qualifiers are eligible to appear for JEE Advanced. Therefore, 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
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 2017 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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