JEE Main 2021 Application Form (Started), Exam Dates, Pattern, Syllabus

JEE Main is a computer-based online test conducted by National Testing Agency for students aspiring to pursue undergraduate courses in top engineering institutes in India. It is the first phase of the IIT Joint Entrance Exam. The JEE Main examination is conducted in two sessions and candidates can take the exam either in the month of January or in April. The candidates can further opt to appear for one exam or both exams. The better of two NTA scores will be considered by the exam conducting authority in preparing the ranks/merit list.

More significantly, students are granted admission to IITs, CFITs, NITs, and other Government funded technical institutes based on the marks obtained in JEE Main. Also, the top 2,50,000 students from JEE Main will qualify to appear for JEE Advanced.

JEE Mains (Joint Entrance Examination Main) is a national level entrance exam conducted by the NTA to select students for admission in BE/BTech, BPlan, and BArch courses at the IIITs (Indian Institute of Information Technology), NITs (National Institute of Technology) and other Centrally Funded Technical Institutions (CFTIs) across the country. It is also the eligibility exam for the JEE Advanced for admission in various undergraduate and dual engineering programmes offered by the IIT’s in the country.

What is JEE Main?

Joint Entrance Examination – Main or commonly known as JEE Main is an engineering level entrance exam conducted by the NTA to offer admission to BE/BTech, BPlan and BArch courses at the IIITs (Indian Institute of Information Technology), NITs (National Institute of Technology) and other Centrally Funded Technical Institutions (CFTIs) across the country. From 2021, JEE Main will be held four times. The candidate’s best of the 2021 NTA scores will be considered for preparation of merit list/ranking

The counselling cum seat allotment for all the IITs, NITs, IIITs and CFTIs will be organised and managed by the Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA). In 2020, 107 institutes participated in JoSAA Counselling.

JEE Main 2021 Latest News (Announcements) –

  • JEE Main 2021 April & May Session application process has been started on 25th March 2021. Application form available online on the NTA website.
  • JEE Main March Session 2021 Result has been announced on 25th March 2021. Aspirants can check their result on the official NTA website.
  • JEE Main March 2021 final answer key is released. Candidates who have appeared for the exam can check the same at the official website.
  • JEE Main 2021 registration process started on 16th December 2020 and closed on 16th January 2021.
  • As per the released JEE Main 2021 schedule, the February and March sessions exam were conducted from February 23-26, 2021 (Session 1) and 16-18 March 2021 (Session 2). The April session exam is to be held from 27-30 April (Session 3) and the May session exam will be held from 24-28 May 2021 (Session 4).
  • JEE Main 2021 for the first time is being conducted in 13 regional languages including English, Hindi, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Marathi, Malayalam, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu. It will help candidates from all over the country to appear for the exam.
  • The Joint Entrance Examination (Main) 2021 contains 90 questions – 30 in each section of Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics. This step has been taken keeping in mind the syllabus reduced by different boards across the country.

JEE Main 2021 Exam Overview

Check the important details of JEE Main exam in the table given below.

Full Exam NameJoint Entrance Examination (Main)
Short Exam NameJEE Main
Conducting BodyNational Testing Agency
Frequency of Conduct4 times a year
Exam LevelNational Level Exam
LanguagesEnglish, Hindi, Urdu (All Center Cities) Regional Languages
Mode of ApplicationOnline
Mode of ExamComputed Based Test (Pen and paper-based for Drawing section in B.Arch)
Mode of CounsellingOnline
Total Questions Asked (Increased in 2021)B.E/B.Tech – 90; B.Arch – 82; B. Planning- 105
Total Questions to be AnsweredB.E/B.Tech – 75; B.Arch – 77; B. Planning- 100
Marking Scheme4 for each correct response; -1 for each incorrect response; Unattempted questions will not be marked; No negative marking for Non-MCQ questions
Total MarksB.E/B.Tech – 300; B.Arch – 400; B. Planning- 400
Exam Duration3 hours (3.5 hours for both – B.Arch and B. Planning)

JEE Main 2021 Exam Dates

The applicants can check here the tentative schedule of the JEE Main 2021 exam in the following tables. Actual dates will be updated later after announcement of the same:

EventsJEE Main 2021 Dates
JEE Main 2021 registration dateDecember 16, 2020
Last date to submit the application formJanuary 16, 2021
Last date of fee paymentJanuary 17, 2021
JEE Main Application Form Correction 2021January 19 to 21, 2021
Availability of JEE Main Admit CardSecond week of February 2021
JEE Main 2021 Exam DatesSession 1 – February 23 to 26, 2021
Session 2 – March 15 to 18, 2021
Session 3 – April 27 to 30, 2021
Session 4 – May 24 to 28, 2021
JEE Main Answer Key date 2021Yet To be notified
Availability of Answer Key challenge facilityYet To be notified
Release of Final Answer KeyYet To be notified
JEE Main Result (Paper 1)Yet To be notified
JEE Main Result (Paper 2)Yet To be notified
Registration for JoSAA CounsellingYet To be notified

Dates for April Exam

EventsDates (Tentative)
Release of application formFebruary 2021
Mock test availabilityFebruary 2021
Last date for submitting the application formMarch 2021
Last date for payment of application feeMarch 2021
Correction in the application formMarch 2021
Release of JEE Main admit cardMarch 2021
Date of ExamApril 2021
Announcement of resultApril 2021

JEE Main 2021 Exam Timings

As in 2020, NTA will be the conducting body for JEE Main 2021 exam. The exam would be conducted in two shifts each day namely Shift 1 and Shift 2. JEE Main shift 1 timings would be from 9 am to 12 pm while Shift 2 timings would be from 3 pm to 6 pm. Candidates should refer to the following table to check the JEE Main timings 2021.

JEE Main Exam Timings 2021

First ShiftSecond Shift
Timing of Examination9.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m.3.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m.
Entry in the Examination Centre/Hall/Room, frisking, biometric registration/ record of manual attendance by Invigilator, document verification/cross-checking of Admit Card, signature, and photo match to be completed by Invigilator, etc.7.30 a.m. to 8.30 a.m.02.00 p.m. to 2.30 p.m.
Instructions by the lnvigilator(s)8.30 a.m. to 8.50 a.m.2.30 p.m. to 2.50 p.m.
candidates log in to read instructions8.50 a.m.2.50 p.m.
Test Commences9.00 a.m.3.00 p.m.

JEE Main 2021 Exam Pattern

To qualify for the IIT Joint Entrance Exam, one must be aware of the complete JEE Main exam pattern 2021. The paper 1 pattern and paper 2 pattern of JEE Main 2021 is different. Candidates should refer to the respective JEE Main 2021 exam pattern to make a better JEE Main study plan. So, here we have provided the detailed exam pattern of JEE Main 2021 for both papers. Here, you can find important information regard exam pattern including the number of questions, the subject covered, marking scheme and exam duration etc.:

JEE Main Paper-I

CoursesB.E./B.Tech. Course.
Mode of ExamThe exam will be held through online mode i.e. computer-based test.
Total Number of questionsPaper-I will contain total 90 multiple-choice questions.
Subjects:Paper-I will consist of questions from Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics subjects.
LanguagePaper will be in English & Hindi (except exam centre cities in Gujarat, Daman & Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli where medium for question paper will be English, Hindi, and Gujarati). Candidates must choose language preference while filling the application form.
Type of QuestionsAll the questions will be objective type in nature having four alternatives.
Exam DurationThe duration of the exam will be 3.00 hours
Marking SchemeCandidates will get 4 marks for each correct answer.
Negative Marking1 mark will be deducted for each wrong attempt.

JEE Main Paper-II

CoursesB. Planning/ B.Arch.
Mode of ExamOnline Mode (Computer based test)
Total Number of questionsPaper-II will contain total 82 questions i.e. 30 questions from Mathematics, 50 questions from Aptitude Test and 2 descriptive type questions from Drawing.
Type of QuestionsMathematics and Aptitude Test section will consist of objective type questions whereas the Drawing section will contain 2 descriptive type questions.
Medium of LanguageEnglish & Hindi (except exam centre cities in Gujarat, Daman & Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli where medium for question paper will be English, Hindi, and Gujarati). Candidates must select their preferred language while filling the application form.
Exam DurationThe duration of the exam will be 3.00 hours.
Marking Scheme4 marks assigned to each objective type question and 2 descriptive question in drawing section will be of 70 marks.
Negative Marking1 mark will be deducted for each wrong answer in Mathematics and Aptitude Section.

JEE Main Eligibility Criteria

Candidates, who are willing to appear in JEE Main, must fulfil basic eligibility conditions to appear in the entrance test. The eligibility criteria for JEE Main 2021 is as follows:

Age Criteria

  • Those who are born on or after 1st October 1996 are eligible to appear in JEE Main 2021.
  • There is 5-year relaxation in upper age to the SC/ST and PWD candidates.
  • The date of birth should be as per the matriculation (10th) certificate.

Academic Qualification

  • Qualifying Exam: Candidate must have passed 10+2 or equivalent exam from a recognized board/institute.
  • Subjects: Candidates must have Physics and Mathematics as compulsory subjects along one of the subject among Biology/Chemistry/Biotechnology/Technical Vocational subject for B.E./B.Tech. course. However, for B.Arch./B.Planning, candidates should have completed 10+2 exam with Mathematics subject.
  • Passing Year: Candidates passed in the 12th class examination in the year 2019 and 2020 are also eligible to apply. However, the one who is appearing in the 12th class examination in the year 2021 can also apply for JEE Main.
  • The students who appeared in the class 12th examination in the year 2018 and did not pass the exam and passed in the year 2019 are not eligible to apply.

Number of Attempts

  • The number of attempts is restricted and students can appear in JEE Main maximum 03 number of times.

JEE Main Syllabus 2021

The candidates must be aware of the JEE Main syllabus in details for preparation of the exam. The syllabus will contain subject of the 11th and 12th standard of CBSE and other State boards. Syllabus for both paper 1 and Paper 2 will be different from each other. There will be questions on physics, chemistry and mathematics subjects in Paper 1 while Paper 2 will contain mathematics, aptitude and drawing sections. Check the following information with regard to JEE Main 2021 syllabus.

Syllabus for JEE Main Paper 1


Sequences and Series, Complex numbers and Quadratic Equations, Vector Algebra, Relations and Functions, Time and Work, Matrices and Determinants, Sets, Mathematical induction, Integral calculus, Binomial theorem and its simple applications, Permutations and Combinations, Statistics and probability, Mathematical Reasoning, Trigonometry, etc.


Work, Energy, Power, Oscillations and Waves, Laws of motion, Rotational Motion, Electrostatics, Current electricity, Optics, Physics and Measurement, Thermodynamics, Kinematics, Gravitation, Electronic devices, Electromagnetic induction and alternating currents, Kinetic theory of gases, Properties of solids and liquids etc.


Physical Chemistry: Some basic concepts in chemistry, Chemical thermodynamics, Equilibrium, Chemical kinetics, Chemical bonding and molecular structure, Atomic structure, States of matter etc.

Organic Chemistry: Organic compounds containing nitrogen, Purification and characterization of organic compounds, Organic compounds containing halogens, Chemistry in everyday life and some basic principles of organic chemistry etc.

Inorganic Chemistry: Environmental chemistry, Hydrogen, Classification of elements and periodicity in properties, Block elements (alkali and alkaline earth metals), Block elements group 13 to group 18 elements, D – and f – block elements etc.

Syllabus for JEE Main Paper 2

Section-I: Buildings, Materials, places, Awareness of persons, Visualizing, Visualizing three-dimensional objects from two-dimensional drawings, Mental Ability (Numerical, Visual and Verbal), Analytical Reasoning etc.

Section-II: building forms and elements, harmony and contrast, colour texture, rotation, subtraction, Understanding, and appreciation of scale and proportion of objects, Creating two dimensional and three-dimensional compositions as per the given shapes and forms, Transformation of forms both 2 D and 3 D union etc.

JEE Main Admit Card 2021

Admit cards for this exam will be released online soon. Admit card exams are released a few days ago. It is very important to take the admit card with you in the exam, without that you will not get an entry in the exam. These rules are mandatory for you to follow, without this, you cannot take the exam. The time table for the exam is released online, the link to the official website will be available to you in our article.

What is printed on JEE Main Admit Card 2021?

Some important information is given on your admit card, which is very important for you to know. Based on this information, you can check whether all the information in your admits card is correct, and if there is any mistake in your admit card, then you can get it corrected in time. Complete information about it is given below, please read it carefully, which are as follows:-

  • Applicant name
  • Exam name
  • Mother/Father name
  • Exam date and timing
  • Photograph and signature of the applicant
  • Important instructions
  • Applicants category
  • Date of birth

JEE Main 2021 Admit Card

  • Candidates can download the admit card through online mode.
  • The authority will not send any information in this regard via post.
  • The admit card will be available on official website of the exam conducting authority in the month of December 2020.
  • Keep your registration/application number safe for downloading the admit card.
  • Admit card will contain information like candidate’s name, roll number, exam date and time, venue of exam etc.
  • If any candidate found the discrepancy in the JEE Main Admit Card 2021, then report it to the concerned authority.
  • Do not forget to carry admit card along with photo ID proof on the day of the exam.

JEE Main Application Form 2021: How to Apply?

Candidates can submit JEE Main application form through online mode only. There is no other way to submit an application form. The application form will be available on the official website. Aspirants must apply after ensuring their eligibility to appear in the exam. Candidate must keep in mind following information while applying online for JEE Main:

  • First of all, obtain JEE Main 2021 official information bulletin from the official website.
  • Read information bulletin completely and if you find yourself eligible to appear in the exam then go ahead.
  • The JEE Main 2021 application form will be available from 1st week of September 2020 (January Exam).
  • Candidates can submit JEE Main application form through online mode only as there is no other way to apply.
  • The applicants must have Aadhar ID for appearing in the JEE Main exam as it is a mandatory document.
  • Students need to provide all the information asked in the application form.
  • You also need to upload scanned images of photograph, signature and left-hand thumb impression as per given specifications.
  • Make the payment of application fee whichever is applicable.
  • Check all the entries before clicking on the Submit button.
  • At the end submit your application form, an auto-generated confirmation page with application number will be generated.
  • Take the printout of the submitted application form for future reference.

Application Fee

Candidates have to pay the requisite application fee for appearing in the JEE Main exam. Check the following information with regard to JEE Main registration fee:

  • The application fee will be different from one category to another.
  • Payment of the application fee can be done through credit card/debit card and net banking.
  • Candidates can also pay the application fee through e-challan of Canara/Syndicate/ICICI bank.
  • After payment of the application fee, there is no refund in any case.
  • The fee structure is as under:

Offline (Pen & Paper Based)

PapersGeneral/OBC Male CandidatesSC/ST/PwD/Women Candidates
Paper I or II1000500
Paper I & II1800900

Online Mode (Computer Based)

PapersGeneral/OBC Male CandidatesSC/ST/PwD/Women Candidates
Paper I or II500250
Paper I & II1300650

Fee for those candidates who opted exam centre in Foreign Country

Offline (Pen & Paper Based)

PapersGeneral/OBC Male CandidatesSC/ST/PwD/Women Candidates
Paper I or II25001250
Paper I & II38001900

Online Mode (Computer Based)

PapersGeneral/OBC Male CandidatesSC/ST/PwD/Women Candidates
Paper I or II25001250
Paper I & II38001900

JEE Main Photo Size

Check the image size as prescribed by NTA for the JEE Mains Application Form.

ImageFile sizeDimensionsFile Format
Photograph (with name and date of taking the photo)10 kb to 200 kb3.5 cm x 4.5 cmJPEG/JPG
Signature of Candidate4 kb to 30 kb3.5 cm x 1.5 cmJPEG/JPG

How to Prepare for JEE Main 2021

Here candidates can check some important preparation tips for JEE Main exam which will be definitely helpful in the exam.

  • The prime work is to collect complete information about JEE Main syllabus and exam pattern.
  • Thereafter, make a proper study plan giving sufficient time to each subject.
  • Solve previous year question papers and sample paper on routine basis.
  • Collect the important information, study material and JEE Main Preparation Books and read the same.
  • During the study, you can make short notes of the important topics for revision of the same at the last stage.
  • Practice mock test as it is very-very beneficial to understand the exam pattern and to assess the capability.
  • You should also keep the focus on your health. Practice Yoga, Meditation and Gym to stay healthy.

JEE Main 2021 Exam Day Guidelines

Below are some of the important items that the candidates should or should not carry to the JEE Main 2021 test centre. Also given are the documents that candidates must bring to the examination centre without which they will not be allowed to appear in the exam.

What to carry on Exam Day?

The test-takers will be provided with a pencil and a sheet for any rough work they do. However, candidates are advised to carry a pen or a pencil for the test.

Items allowed within exam centre:

  • Admit card: This is a mandatory document without which candidates will not be allowed to take JEE Main 2021. Candidates will have to carry a printed copy of admit card downloaded from NTA’s website along with the Undertaking duly signed
  • Sanitiser: Candidates have to carry 50 ml sanitiser bottle
  • Ball Point Pen: This time candidates have to carry a ballpoint pen to the exam hall
  • Masks & Gloves: Candidates have to wear masks and gloves while in the examination hall
  • Photograph: Candidates are also requested to carry one passport size photograph to the test centre. This should be the same as uploaded while filling the online application form. The photograph needs to be pasted on a specific space in the attendance sheet at the examination hall
  • Transparent water bottle: Candidates have to carry one transparent water bottle
  • Photo ID: Authorised photo IDs (must be original, valid and non-expired) too will be required at the exam centre. You can carry your Aadhaar Card in case you are asked for a photo ID. If you do not have one, then carry any valid Photo ID along with your admit card.
  • Certificates: PWD certificate issued by the Competent Authority, if claiming relaxation under PwD category.

What not to do on exam day?

  • Candidates will not be allowed to leave the exam hall without the permission of Centre Superintendent or the Invigilator concerned.
  • No candidate will be allowed to carry any eatables, tea or coffee in the examination hall during exam hours.
  • Smoking and eating are strictly prohibited in the examination room.
  • Diabetic students will be allowed to carry eatables like sugar tablets/fruits (like banana/ apple/ orange) and transparent water bottle. However, they will not be allowed to carry any packed foods like candy/chocolate/sandwich.

JEE Main 2021 Mock Test

JEE Main 2021 mock test at the practice centres will be made available by the NTA. The mock tests can be accessed by all JEE Main 2021 aspirants. Candidates can practice regularly by taking the mock test as well as preparing from previous years’ question papers.

Steps to take the online JEE Main 2021 Mock Test at NTA’s website are given below:

  • Step-1: Visit the official website of NTA
  • Step-2: Navigate to the “Mock Test” link given at the top of the homepage
  • Step-3: Submit the required credentials and agree to the instructions
  • Step-4: On successful submission of the correct credentials, candidates can begin JEE Main 2021 Mock test online

JEE Main Answer Key 2021

  • The CBSE will publish the answer keys for both Paper-I and Paper-II in the month of January 2021.
  • Candidates can verify their answers and also calculate their expected score with the help of answer keys.
  • One can easily download the answer keys from the official website.
  • If a candidate is not satisfied with answers given in the answer key, then he/she can challenge the same by paying Rs.1000/per question.

JEE Main 2021 Result

  • JEE Main 2021 result is likely to be published on the official website in the month of February 2021.
  • The candidates can download their JEE Main result from the website.
  • Candidate must obtain cut off marks to pass the examination.
  • On the basis of All India Rank, candidates will able to get admission in IITs, NITs, CFTIs, SFTIs etc.
  • Candidates can appear in JEE Advanced after qualifying JEE main for taking admission in IITs/ISMs.

JEE Main 2021 Cut Off

The JEE Main Cut Off 2021 will also be announced along with the result. Check the following information with regard to JEE Main 2021 Cut Off:

  • The cut-off mark is expected to release in the month of February 2021 along with the JEE Main result.
  • The Cut Off marks will be available through online mode.
  • JEE Main cut off marks is the minimum qualifying marks on the basis of which, one can appear in All India counselling.
  • The authority will publish category wise cut off.

JEE Main Counselling 2021

After the announcement of the JEE Main result, the competent authority will publish the notification regarding the counselling schedule. There will be a separate schedule for both State Counselling and All India Rank.

  • JEE Main 2021 counselling is expected to start in the 3rd week of June 2021.
  • The counselling will be held through online mode.
  • A centralized counselling will also be conducted by JoSAA and CSAB which will be completed in several rounds.
  • The candidates have to register themselves for participating in the counselling process.
  • Candidates can fill their choices as per the preference of courses and colleges.
  • Thereafter, a provisional seat allotment will be declared on the basis of candidates rank, category, choice-filled and seat availability.
  • Download the provisional seat allotment letter from the website and pay the seat acceptance fee.
  • Candidates also need to verify the original documents at the reporting centre.
  • After confirmation of the seat by the reporting centre, the candidates must report to the allotted college for further admission process before the last date of admission.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q1. When will be the JEE mains 2021 April session admit card released?

The admit card of the JEE Mains April session is going to release after the completion of the registration on the official website any time soon.

Q2. Does NTA open registration for each session of the JEE Mains exam?

Yes, candidates get a chance to register themself for each session of the JEE Mains exam. The NTA opens a window for each session of the exam.

Q3. In how many sessions JEE Mains 2021 exam will be conducted?

The JEE Mains 2021 exam is conducted in 4 sessions from February to May. Check the details: February 23 to 26, March 15 to 18, April 27 to 30, and May 24 to 28, 2021.

Q4. How many subjects are asked in the JEE Mains exam?

A total of three subjects are asked in the JEE Mains exam. These are Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry.

Q5. What is the last date to apply for the April session of the JEE Mains 2021 exam?

The last date for the JEE Mains exam fourth session registration is April 04, 2021.

Q6. When will JEE Main NEW exam date 2021 be announced?

NTA is likely to announce JEE Main 2021 exam date soon. The official notification will be available on the official JEE Main and NTA website after the announcement.

Q7. When will JEE Main 2021 April and May be held?

NTA is likely to conduct the deferred JEE Main 2021 April and May exams in July and August.

Q8. Where can I get JEE Main March 2021 syllabus?

Candidates can download JEE Main syllabus 2021 for all sessions from the official website

Q9. When will JEE Main May 2021 registration start?

NTA has delayed the JEE Main May registration process. The application process was to begin from May 3 up to May 12.

Q10. When will JEE Main 2021 admit card release for the April session?

The JEE Main 2021 April admit card will be issued soon on the official website. Candidates need to log in to the official website using their application number and date of birth to check official answer keys & question papers.

Q11. Is there any change in JEE Main 2021 eligibility criteria?

Education Minister, Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal has recently announced through a tweet about a change in JEE Main 2021 eligibility criteria. 75 per cent of the criteria has been scrapped for JEE main aspirants. Read more

Q12. What items are allowed inside JEE Main 2021 exam centre?

Candidates can carry admit card along with the undertaking, transparent water bottle, ballpoint pen, additional photograph to be pasted on the attendance sheet, personal hand sanitiser (50 ml) Personal transparent water bottle

Q13. Should I pay the JEE Main 2021 application fees for all the sessions together?

Candidates who are appearing in all the sessions of JEE Mains 2021 can pay the application fees together or separately after each of the sessions. In case a candidate wants to opt-out of a session for which the fees has been paid, a request can be made to refund the application fee for the particular session.

Q15. Is it mandatory to appear for all sessions of JEE Main 2021 or can I take the JEE Main once?

No, it is not compulsory to appear for all the session of JEE Mains 2021. It depends on the candidate’s choice. The better of the scores of all the attempts taken by the candidate will be used to prepare the merit list.

Q16. Has NTA changed JEE Main 2021 exam pattern?

Yes, JEE Main exam pattern has been changed by the NTA. This year, candidates have to attempt a total of 75 questions out of 90 questions.

Q17. What is the qualifying marks for JEE Mains 2021?

The qualifying marks for JEE Main 2021 exam will be announced along with the final result. The qualifying cutoff for JEE Mains 2021 consists of the minimum marks that the candidates have to secure to qualify for JEE Advanced.

Q18. For how many papers will JEE Main 2021 April exam be conducted?

JEE Main 2021 April exam is being conducted for 3 papers – BTech (Paper 1) BArch (Paper 2A) and BPlan (Paper 2B).

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