JEE Main Exam

About JEE Main

The Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) is an All-India Common Entrance Exam for facilitating admissions into engineering colleges across India. It is conducted in two phases: the first being JEE Main and the second being JEE Advanced. While institutions like the NITs, IIITs and other Central or State Funded Institutes grant admissions based on the results of JEE Main, IITs and ISM, Dhanbad, grant admissions based on the results of JEE Advanced. Additionally, students are eligible to take JEE Advanced only if they clear the cut-off marks prescribed for JEE Main.

JEE Main is considered to be one of the toughest exams in the world. Every year, over 1.4 million students appear for this exam while only 20000 get a rank to qualify for JEE Advanced.

Computer Based Exam for JEE Main 2018

You can appear for JEE Main 2018 in both online and offline exams. The Computer Based Exam (online exam) is conducted using Local Area Network (LAN), instead of the internet, to make JEE Main 2018 safe, secure and uninterrupted. Candidates can apply for the computer-based exam through the JEE Main website. The Computer-Based Test will be quite similar to the offline ones, except for the fact that candidates will be given an unlimited amount of rough sheets for calculations and other rough work.


  • Age Criteria: Candidates born on or after October 1, 1993, are eligible to apply for JEE Main; provided their SSC certificate shows the same. SC, ST and PWD candidates must be born on or after October 1, 1988.
  • 12th Standard or Equivalent Examination: Only those candidates who have passed their Class 12th Exam or any equivalent qualifying examination in 2016 or 2017; or those who are appearing in their Class 12th Exam or any equivalent qualifying examination in 2018 are eligible to appear in JEE(Main)- 2018. Candidates who passed Class 12th/Qualifying examination in 2015 or before as well as those who will appear in such examination in 2019 or later are not eligible to appear in JEE (Main) – 2018. Candidates who appeared in class 12th/equivalent qualifying Examinations in 2015, did not pass in 2015, but passed in 2016 are also not eligible to appear in JEE (Main) 2018.
  • Qualifying Marks: Candidate should have secured at least 75% marks in the 12thclass examination, or be in the top 20 percentile in the 12th class examination conducted by the respective Boards. For SC/ST candidates the qualifying marks would be 65% in the 12thclass examination.
  • Result: The score and rank of Paper-I of JEE (Main) – 2018 for all candidates will be declared by 30th April 2018. This score shall comprise the actual marks obtained in Paper-I of JEE (Main) – 2018 along with the status of those who qualify for appearing in JEE (Advanced) – 2018 provided and subject to other conditions of eligibility being met. The rank shall comprise All India rank and All India category rank. Candidates are advised to download their score/rank cards from the JEE (Main) website only.
  • Subjects in Qualifying ExaminationCandidates must have taken at least five subjects in class 12th/qualifying examination in order to be eligible for writing JEE (Main) – 2018. The candidates who have taken four subjects are not permitted to write JEE (Main) 2018 and if such candidates appear in JEE(Main) 2018 by furnishing wrong information, their rank/result will not be declared.
  • Aadhar Card Requirement: In reference to admission notice for JEE(Main) 2018 published in the news papers regarding provision of Aadhaar at the time of filling online application for JEE(Main) 2018, following is being clarified.
    1. The use of Aadhaar for the applicants of JEE (Main) 2018 will result in accuracy of the applicants’ details. This will also help in ascertaining identities of the applicants at the examination centres in a convenient and hassle free manner. Aadhaar obviates the need for producing multiple documents to prove one’s identity
    2. Applicants who are in possession of Aadhaar, shall enter Aadhaar number, name, date of birth & gender in online application for JEE(Main) 2018 for the purpose of his/her identity and authentication thereof.
  • Number of Attempts: All the candidates aspiring to take admission in the undergraduate programmes at IITs and ISM Dhanbad for the year 2018 will have to appear in the Paper 1 (B. E./B. Tech.) of JEE (Main)-2018 Based on the performance in Paper 1 (B. E./B. Tech.) of JEE (Main)-2018, top 2,20,000 candidates (including all categories) will be eligible to appear in JEE(Advanced)-2018.
    • Admissions to IITs/ISM Dhanbad will be based only on category-wise All India Rank (AIR) in JEE (Advanced), subject to conditions as defined in JEE (Advanced)–2018 website.
    • A candidate can attempt JEE (Advanced) a maximum of two times in consecutive years irrespective of whether or not he/she passed the Qualifying Examination. The candidates, who have attempted JEE (Main) /JEE (Advanced) in 2016 or earlier, are NOT ELIGIBLE to appear in JEE(Advanced)–2018.


Applicants will have to apply online for JEE Mains 2018. No need to send any document(Hard Copy) to CBSE or IIT. Candidate can apply in simply follow the given below steps:

a. Registration: Candidate have to first register by providing some details such as name,email ID, Mobile No, DOB etc. Candidate must be kept safe their username and password entire duration of the JEE Main 2018 process, till the admission is complete.

b. Filling the Application Form: After registration candidate have to login using username and password and follow the given below instructions

  • Exam related details :- Such as Paper I or Paper II or Both, Mode of examination, Medium etc
  • Personal Details :-Such as Father’s name, Mother’s name etc
  • Academic Details:-Such as Passing year of 10th class, Name of School etc
  • Mailing address details :- Such as District, State, Pin etc
  • Guardian Details :- Such as Qualification, Occupation etc
  • Choose Password :-Security question and answer and Password (should be in 8 to 13 characters long)
  • Security Pin :- Enter given security pin or Generate new security pin
  • Verify mobile No and Email ID

c. Upload Image: Candidate also to upload their recent colored passport size photograph(With name and print date ) and signature in JPEG format.

  • Size of photograph 4KB to 40KB and Dimension 3.5 cm X 4.5 Cm
  • Size of signature 1KB to 30KB and Dimension 3.5 cm X 1.5 Cm


d. Fee Payment: Examination fee depends on Paper/ Examination Mode/ Category

Papers Online Offline
I or II 500 Boys 250 Boys 1000 Boys 500 Boys
250 Girls 250 Girls 500 Girls 500 Girls
Both 1300 Boys 650 Boys 1800 Boys 900 Boys
650 Girls 650 Girls 900 Girls 900 Girls
  • Amount in Indian rupees.

e. JEE Main 2018 Confirmation Page: After submission of the application form, a confirmation page will be generated. This page will mention all the details of the candidates as given in the application form. This page has to be kept safe by all applicants. However, they need not send this confirmation page to the JEE Main 2018 authorities.

Application Fees

Papers Online Offline
I or II 500 Boys 250 Boys 1000 Boys 500 Boys
250 Girls 250 Girls 500 Girls 500 Girls
Both 1300 Boys 650 Boys 1800 Boys 900 Boys
650 Girls 650 Girls 900 Girls 900 Girls

Exam Dates

Offline JEE Main 2018 Exam 8th April 2018
Online JEE Main 2018 Exam 15th and 16th April 2018

Exam Schedule

Pen and Paper based examination(OMR-Offline)

a) Entry in the Examination Centre
0700 HRS. (IST)
1300 HRS. (IST)
b) Entry in the Examination Hall
0900 HRS. (IST)
1330 HRS. (IST)
c) Distribution of Test Booklet
0920 HRS. (IST)
1350 HRS. (IST)
d) Seal of the Test Booklet to be broken/opened to take out the Answer Sheet
0925 HRS. (IST)
1355 HRS. (IST)
e) Last entry in the Examination Hall
0930 HRS. (IST)
1400 HRS. (IST)
f) Test commences
0930 HRS. (IST)
1400 HRS. (IST)
g) Test concludes
1230 HRS. (IST)
1700 HRS. (IST)


Morning Session
Afternoon session*
a) Entry in the Examination Centre
0700 HRS. (IST)
1300 HRS. (IST)
b) Entry in the Examination Hall
0900 HRS. (IST)
1330 HRS. (IST)
c) Last entry in the Examination Hall
0930 HRS. (IST)
1400 HRS. (IST)
d) Test commences
0930 HRS. (IST)
1400 HRS. (IST)
e) Test concludes
1230 HRS. (IST)
1700 HRS. (IST)

Exam Pattern

The JEE Main 2018 Examination will be conducted with Paper I & Paper II. Paper I for B.E & B.Tech and Paper II for B.Arch & B.Planning.

a. Paper 1 (for B.E. and B. Tech.)

Particulars Details
Subjects Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics
Type of Questions Objective (MCQs)
Mode of Examination Online or Offline Mode
Exam Duration 3 hours
Number of Questions 90 (30 Qs from each subject)
Marking Scheme 4 marks awarded for each correct answer
Negative Marking 1 mark deducted for each incorrect response

b. Paper 2 (for B. Arch. & B. Planning)

Particulars Details
Subjects and Type of Questions Part 1 – Mathematics – Objective Type Questions (30 question, 4 marks each)

Part 2 – Aptitude Test – Objective Type Questions (50 question, 4 marks each)

Part 3 – Drawing Test – Questions to test a candidate’s drawing aptitude (2 question, Total marks : 70)

Negative Marking 1 mark will be deducted for each incorrect response.
Mode of Examination Offline Mode
Exam Duration 3 hours

c. Language Mediums in JEE Main 2018

Exam Centres Medium of Language
All Examination Centres English and Hindi
Exam Centres in Gujarat, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli English, Hindi, and Gujarati


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  • Revision is Important: When you go through a formula or concept, maintain revision notes in the form of bullet points. Revision will be useful when the exam is close and a good revision pattern will take less time. Normally, without these notes, you would have to go through the entire chapter to understand important points once again.Then Motion provides FRM(Final Revision Module).

Previous Years Paper

Practising previous years’ JEE papers is important as it helps you simulate the real exam. Motion provides you with a complete set of all question banks from previous years which you can practice to sharpen your skills.

Here are the previous JEE Main papers you can refer:

You can find more papers here.

Sample Papers

Solving sample papers and previous year papers is not only advisable, but also mandatory if you want to stay ahead of the stiff competition in JEE Main 2018. Solving sample papers will help you to prepare for the expected paper and its pattern while also assisting you in learning efficient time management. You can also assess your own performance by practicing sample papers and judge your level of preparation for JEE Main 2018.


A candidate needs to clear the JEE Main 2018 cut-off to appear for JEE Advanced. Only the top 2,20,000 students will be qualified for  JEE Advanced, based on JEE Main 2018 results.

As for taking admissions via your JEE Main results, the cutoffs vary from year to year. The cutoffs of individual years depend upon the number of candidates who register, the difficulty level of the paper, and the number of institutes participating in the counseling procedure.

Admit Card

The Admit Card can be downloaded from JEE (Main) website from 2ndweek March 2018 onwards. The candidates are advised to download their admit cards from JEE (Main) website only. The Candidates are also advised to regularly see JEE (Main) website for updates. A help desk will also be functional on all working days from 9.00 AM to 5.30 PM for general facilitation. The phone numbers of the help desk are available on the website of JEE (Main).

Answer Key

The answer keys & images of response sheets (OMR sheets) of Pen & Paper Based examination and answer keys of Computer based examination will be displayed on the website during 24th – 27th April, 2018. The candidates, who are not satisfied with the captured response, may challenge by filling online application form and paying a sum of Rs.1000/- per question The challenge of answer keys will also be accepted online only through the link available on the website up to 11.59 PM on 27/04/2018 on payment of Rs.1000/- per question. The fee can be paid by credit/debit card. The fee once paid is non-refundable, however, in case the challenge is accepted by the Board, the fee of Rs. 1000/- for each accepted challenge will be refunded to the concerned candidate. Such refund will be made online to the concerned credit/debit card account, so the candidates/parents are advised to use their own credit/debit card for making above payment. The JAB’s/CBSE’s decision on the challenges shall be final and no further communication will be entertained.


The JEE Main 2018 result will be declared online. candidates are advised to download their score/rank cards from the JEE (Main) website only.

Display of Answer key and image of response (OMR) sheet from 24th – 27th April, 2018


The JEE Main 2018 cut-off indicates the closing ranks or minimum scores that the applicants need to score to qualify for JEE Advanced 2018. Candidates who don’t meet the cut-off will be considered ineligible. However, they can still participate in the JEE Main counseling, conducted by JoSAA.

JEE Main Cut off Trends (2013-2017)

S. No. Category 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013
1 General 81 100 105 115 113
2 OBC-NCL 49 70 70 74 70
3 SC 32 52 50 53 50
4 ST 27 48 44 47 45
Category wise Cutoff of JEE Main 2017 and Number of Candidates declared Eligible for JEE Advanced 2017
S. No. Category Cut off Number of Candidates
1 General 81 109585
2 OBC-NCL 49 60299
3 SC 32 33333
4 ST 27 16096
5 PWD 1 2114
Total 221427

The Best NITs in India per MHRD Ranking

The Government of India’s HRD ministry offers an official ranking of engineering institutions every year in India. According to its latest rankings, many NITs that have made it to the list, along with several premier institutions like IITs and IISc. However, we are providing you with the top-ranked NITs in this list in an ascending order of ranks. We are also giving you the exact rank of NIT in this list.

NIT Rank
Rank (NIRF – MHRD)
National Institute of Technology (NIT), Tiruchirappalli Tamil Nadu
Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Technology (SVNIT), Surat Gujarat
Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology (VNIT), Nagpur Maharashtra
National Institute of Technology(NIT), Rourkela Orissa
National Institute of Technology (NIT), Surathkal Karnataka
Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology(MNNIT), Allahabad Uttar Pradesh
National Institute of Technology (NIT), Warangal Telangana
National Institute of Technology (NIT), Durgapur West Bengal
National Institute of Technology(NIT), Calicut Kerala
Malviya National Institute of Technology (MNIT), Jaipur Rajasthan
National Institute of Technology (NIT), Jalandhar Punjab
National Institute of Technology (NIT), Kurukshetra Haryana
National Institute of Technology (NIT), Hamirpur Himachal Pradesh
National Institute of Technology (NIT), Agartala Tripura
National Institute of Technology (NIT), Meghalaya Meghalaya
Note: The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) announces NIRF or National Institutional Ranking Framework rankings every year. Thus, the mentioned ranks for NITs are among the top 100 engineering colleges in India.

Rank Predictor

Upon successfully completing the JEE Main 2018 exam, candidates can check their probable ranks before the announcement of the official results by using the JEE Main 2018 Rank Predictor. Candidates can submit the required details such as expected scores, category etc. to calculate their estimated ranks. A personal profile is generated, through which applicants can shortlist the names of colleges that will offer them admission on the basis of their respective ranking. Applicants should note, however, that these estimated ranks may not be 100% accurate.

Find out your own rank in JEE Main 2017 here!

Rank List

The JEE Main 2018 rank list reflects the All India Ranks (AIRs) and the respective category ranks of the candidates. Applicants can download their score/rank cards from the JEE (Main) website only
Here are the steps to download the JEE Main 2018 Rank List:
  • Visit the JEE Main official website.
  • Enter your JEE Main 2018 Roll Number and Date of Birth.
  • Click on the ‘Submit’ tab.
  • The JEE Main 2018 Rank List will appear in front of you.
  • Check the JEE Main 2018 rank and save it for future reference.
Note: Only the All-India Rank (AIR) is used for admissions through Central Seat Allocation Board to NITs, IIITs, CFTIs, SFIs and other institutions. Other ranks are primarily for information purposes.


The Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA) will conduct counseling and seat allotment for JEE Main 2018 through the online mode in six rounds tentatively. Counselling for JEE Main 2018 is likely to start from the first week of July 2018. Only candidates who clear JEE Main 2018 will be eligible for the counseling process and the subsequent steps of seat allotment:

The following steps are involved in the JEE Main 2018 counseling procedure:

  • Online Registration
  • Online Choice Filling and Locking
  • JoSAA 2017 Seat Allotment
  • Seat Acceptance and Fees Payment
  • Reporting to the Allotted College

List of documents required for the JEE Main 2017 Counselling:

  • 3 Passport Sized Colored Photographs (same as the ones uploaded during the time of registration)
  • Provisional Seat Allotment Letter
  • Photo Identity Card
  • Proof of Seat Acceptance Payment
  • JEE Main 2018 Admit Card
  • Proof of Date of Birth
  • JEE Main 2018 Scorecard
  • Mark sheet of Class 12th or any equivalent qualifying exam
  • Category Certificate (if applicable)


List of all participating NITs in JEE Main 2018:

1. National Institute of Technology , Agartala (Tripura)
2. Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology, Allahabad (U.P.)
3. National Institute of Technology, Arunachal Pradesh.
4. Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology, Bhopal (MP)
5. National Institute of Technology, Calicut (Kerela)
6. National Institute of Technology, Delhi
7. National Institute of Technology, Durgapur (West Bengal)
8. National Institute of Technology, Goa
9. National Institute of Technology, Hamirpur (Himachal Pradesh)
10. Malviya National Institute of Technology, Jaipur (Rajasthan)
11. Dr. B R Ambedkar National Institute of Technology, Jalandhar (Punjab)
12. National Institute of Technology, Jamshedpur (Jharkhand)
13. National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra (Haryana)
14. National Institute of Technology, Manipur
15. National Institute of Technology, Meghalaya
16. National Institute of Technology, Mizoram
17. National Institute of Technology, Nagaland
18. Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, Nagpur (Maharashtra)
19. National Institute of Technology, Patna (Bihar)
20. National Institute of Technology, Puducherry
21. National Institute of Technology, Raipur (Chhattisgarh)
22. National Institute of Technology, Rourkela (Odisha)
23. National Institute of Technology, Sikkim
24. National Institute of Technology, Silchar (Assam)
25. National Institute of Technology, Hazartbal, Srinagar (J & K)
26. Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Technology, Surat (Gujarat)
27. National Institute of Technology, Surathkal, Mangalore (Karnataka)
28. National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirapalli (Tamil Nadu)
29. National Institute of Technology, Uttrakhand
30. National Institute of Technology, Warangal
31. National Institute of Technology, Andhra Pradesh, Vatluru, Eluru – 534007