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JEE Advanced Paper Analysis 2021 (Out): Check Difficulty level and Section-wise Weightage
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Karishma Khatri

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JEE Advanced 2021 has been conducted on Oct 3, 2021, by IIT Kharagpur in 2 shifts. Candidates can find the detailed analysis of JEE Advanced 2021 question papers in this article. JEE Advanced 2021 question paper was divided into 3 sections- Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics, to be attempted in 3 hours. As per the test-takers, JEE Advanced 2021 was easier than last year. Physics has been reported to be the toughest with more questions being asked from the class 12 syllabus. JEE Advanced Answer Key will be released on Oct 10, 2021, while the result will be published on Oct 15, 2021.

After the conclusion of the examination, candidates can use JEE Advanced 2021 College Predictor to get an idea about the colleges in which they can get admission based on their performance in the exam. Check JEE Advanced Cut Off


Paper Analysis 2020

JEE Advanced Paper Analysis 2021

JEE Advanced 2021 has been successfully conducted for Paper 1 and Paper 2 on October 3, 2021. Given below is the detailed shift wise paper analysis for JEE Advanced based on the initial reaction of the test-takers.

JEE Advanced 2021 Paper 1 Analysis

Mathematics was a bit time consuming with maximum questions from calculus and geometry. Chemistry was the easiest of all the sections with a majority of questions from organic chemistry. Students have reported that the questions with one correct option were easier than those with multiple correct answers. Physics was more application-based and the hardest to attempt within the given time frame. Tabulated below is the detailed section-wise analysis of JEE Advanced Paper 1.

Particulars JEE Advanced 2021 Paper 1
Difficulty Level Moderate
Difficulty Level of Mathematics Moderate
Difficulty Level of Physics Difficult to Moderate
Difficulty Level of Chemistry Easy to Moderate
Time Consuming section Physics and Mathematics
Topics with high weightage in Physics
  • Gravitation
  • Rotation
  • Waves
  • Mechanics
Topics with high weightage in Chemistry
  • Atomic Structure 
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Chemical Bonding
  • S,p,d, and f- block elements (5 questions)
Topics with high weightage in Mathematics
  • Integration
  • Calculus
  • Geometry
  • Trigonometry

JEE Advanced 2021 Paper 2 Analysis 

JEE Advanced 2021 Paper 2 is being held from 2:30 to 5:30 pm. The exam analysis for the same has been updated here based on the student's reactions for your reference.

  • The overall difficulty level of the paper was moderate.
  • Physics was the toughest section with topics like Mechanics, thermodynamics, and gravitation having maximum weightage.
  • Questions in Mathematics were of moderate level but lengthy. Calculus and Geometry dominated this section.
  • Chemistry was comparatively easier and the one-choice questions were easy. Some of the important topics asked in this section included organic chemistry, aldehydes, p-block elements, and atomic structure.

JEE Advanced Paper Analysis 2020

JEE Advanced 2020 was successfully conducted in two shifts for Paper 1 and 2 on September 27, 2020. Here is the paper analysis for both the shifts of JEE Advanced based on initial student reactions:

JEE Advanced 2020 Paper 1 Analysis 

  • JEE Advanced Paper 1 was conducted from 9.00 AM to 12.00 Noon.
  • As per the initial reaction of the test takers paper was moderate to difficult in terms of difficulty level.
  • The Chemistry section was observed as the easiest of the three sections as expected.
  • Mathematics was found to be highly time consuming and moderate in terms of level of difficulty.
  • Physics was labelled as the toughest section by most of the test takers.
  • In maths, questions from algebra and calculus were difficult.
  • Questions were mostly from chapters like rotation, work power energy, magnetism and thermodynamics in Physics.
  • The chemistry paper was mostly NCERT based.

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JEE Advanced 2020 Paper 2 Analysis

  • Paper 2 of JEE Advanced 2020 was conducted from 2.30 PM to 5.30 PM.
  • Mathematics and Physics were both found to be difficult in terms of calculations and time management.
  • Chemistry questions mostly followed the NCERT pattern.
  • IIT Delhi has raised the total marks of JEE Advanced 2020 to 396 (198 for each Paper 1 and Paper 2).

Paper Analysis 2019

JEE Advanced Paper Analysis 2019

Among 2.45 lakh qualified candidates, 1,61,319 candidates appeared for JEE Advanced 2019. As per the candidates who appeared for the examination,

  • Mathematics section was the most robust among all. The questions asked in the mathematics section were lengthy and took longer to solve.
  • Chemistry section was relatively more.
  • Physics section was moderately tough.
  • The overall difficulty of the paper was as expected.

Section-wise analysis of JEE Advanced 2019

Subject Paper 1 Analysis Paper 2 Analysis
Mathematics Difficult; Number of questions was from Algebra and Coordinate Geometry. Moderately Difficult
Physis Moderately Tough; Questions were asked from chapters of class 11 & 12 Difficult
Chemistry Moderate; Few questions were asked from organic chemistry. Moderate

The major change found in the paper pattern this year was the absence of paragraph-based questions. The overall difficulty level of Paper 1 was more as compared to Paper 2. According to the expert's analysis, the overall difficulty of both the papers was moderate. Both the papers required good time management skills. It is expected that JEE Advanced Cutoff for the general category may vary from 127-142 from a total of 372 marks for admission in IITs.

As per students’ reactions, Paper 2 was found to be tough as compared to Paper 1. Mathematics in Paper 2 was the most challenging section to solve, while in Paper 1, Physics was the difficult one. At some centers in Bangalore, Paper 2 was postponed till 4 pm. Unlike last year, students will neither get the copy of question paper nor the copy of the response sheet. JEE Advanced Exam Pattern is not fixed, this year too, some changes were observed in the paper pattern. This exam is considered as one of, if not the toughest to crack in India. Subject weightage, marking schemes, question formats and even total marks are unknown variables in this exam.


Paper Analysis 2018

JEE Advanced Paper Analysis 2018

The Paper Analysis for JEE Advanced 2018 question papers is given below:

JEE Advanced Paper 1 Analysis

  • Physics was complicated while Mathematics and Chemistry were comparatively easy. 
  • The level of difficulty in Paper 1 was marked moderate with maximum weightage given to class 12 syllabus.
  • No mistakes in the question paper were reported.
  • Questions based on Numericals and Conic sections had troubled most of the test takers.
  • Generally, in Numerical Type Answers, the answer is usually given in digits (0 – 9) but this time, applicants were asked to give answers with decimal points.
  • There were not many theoretical based questions in Chemistry. And some questions had a lot of calculations.

JEE Advanced Paper 2 Analysis

  • Mathematics was tough. Presence of Matrices based questions made it lengthy.
  • Physics and Chemistry sections were comparatively easy.
  • Questions based on Integration were more in number as compared to 2017.
  • According to experts, the CRL may go around 125.
  • Many students found the difficulty of the paper as moderate.
  • No mistakes were reported in the question paper.
  • The total number of questions in JEE Advanced Paper 2 has remained the same but the maximum marks changed to 180 from 183.
  • As compared to Paper 1, Paper 2 was relatively difficult.

Paper Analysis 2017

JEE Advanced Paper Analysis 2017

The following section defines the JEE Advanced Paper Analysis for 2017. 

JEE Advanced 2017 was held on May 21, 2017 at various centers across the country. 

  • There is no set examination pattern for JEE Advanced and most of the questions were more subjective or analytical.
  • Last year, both Paper I and Paper II were of 186 marks each, this year Paper I and Paper II were conducted for a total of 183 marks each. Thus, the total for JEE Advanced 2017 including Paper I and Paper II is 366 marks.

Paper-1 Analysis

Paper 1 was found to be moderately difficult. The examination was conceived as easier when compared to last year.

  • Multiple-correct choice questions award students with 4 marks for fully correct answers, 1 mark for partially correct answers and deducted 2 marks for incorrect answers.
  • Integer type questions awarded students with 3 marks for each correct answer, with no negative marking. Passage type single choice questions awarded students 3 marks for each correct answer and deducted 1 mark for each incorrect one. The paper was worth a total of 183 marks.

Thus, the exam consisted of 21 multiple correct choice questions that constituted 84 marks of the examination, 15 integer type questions made up 45 marks and 18 passage type questions made up 54 marks.

Paper-2 Analysis

  • Paper 2 was found to be relatively easy compared to last year.
  • It was comparatively easier than Paper 1. Single choice questions awarded students 3 marks for the correct answer and docked 1 mark for the incorrect one
  • Passage category single choice questions reward the students with 3 marks for the correct choice, with no negative marks.
  • 21 single choice questions constituted 63 marks, 21 multiple correct choice questions constituted 84 marks, and 12 passage type single choice questions made up 36 marks.

Physics Analysis

Physics section of paper-1 was moderately difficult. Questions included in Physics were a mix of conceptual and formula-based. Mentioned below is the chapter wise weightage of Paper-1 Physics section.

Chapter Number of Questions Marks
Thermodynamics 3 9
Electromagnetic Induction 4 13
Optics 2 7
Modern Physics 4 13
Fluid Mechanics 2 7
Sound Waves 1 3
Center of Mass 1 4
Alternating Current 1 4
Wave, Motion and String Waves 1 4
Heat Transfer 1 4

Maximum questions were asked from Electromagnetic Induction and Modern Physics.

Physics was considered to be moderate in difficulty. Compared to last year though, it was relatively easier. A majority of the questions were conceptual and needed students to be strong with basics. This year, 18 questions were asked from 12 chapters. Following is the analysis of chapter wise marking scheme as well as the number of questions:

Chapter Number of Questions Marks
Alternating Currents 1 4
Capacitors 2 6
Current Electricity 1 4
Electrostatics 1 4
Gravitation 1 3
Kinematics 1 3
Magnetism 2 7
Measurement and Errors 1 3
Modern Physics 1 3
Rotational Dynamics 5 17
Vectors 1 3
Wave Optics 1 4

Chemistry Analysis

Chemistry was moderately difficult. Compared to last year though, it was conceived to be slightly tougher. This exam had a mix of conceptual and calculation-based questions. Following is the analysis of chapter wise marking scheme as well as the number of questions:

  • There were 3 questions of 9 marks from Aldehydes, Ketones and Carboxylic Acids.
  • There were 3 questions of 9 marks from Chemical Bonding.
  • There was 1 question of 3 marks from Atomic Structure.
  • There were 2 questions of 7 marks from Organic Chemistry.
  • There was 1 question of 3 marks from Solid State.
  • There was 1 question of 3 marks from Coordination Compounds.
  • There was 1 question of 3 marks from Electrochemistry.
  • There were 2 questions of 8 marks from P-Block Elements.
  • There was 1 question of 4 marks from Thermodynamics.
  • There were 2 questions of 8 marks from Hydrocarbons.
  • There was 1 question of 4 marks.

Thus, there were 18 questions of 61 marks. Above weightage is for Chemistry Paper 1 of JEE Advanced 2017. Chemistry Paper 2 was relatively easy as compared to Paper 1, especially compared to last year. Questions coming from this topic were a combination of conceptual and formula-based. Following is the analysis of chapter wise marking scheme as well as the number of questions:

Chapter Number of Questions Marks
Alcohols, Phenols and Ethers 2 6
Chemical Kinetics 1 4
Electrochemistry 1 3
Equilibrium in Physical and Chemical Processes 1 4
Haloalkanes and Haloarenes 1 4
Hydrocarbons 1 4
Compounds Containing Nitrogen 2 6
P-Block Elements 1 16
Solutions 1 4
Hydrogen 1 3
Surface Chemistry 1 4
Thermodynamics 1 3

Mathematics Analysis

Mathematics was moderately easy this time. A lot of the questions asked in the exam required students to be strong with concepts to do well.

Following is the analysis of chapter wise marking scheme as well as the number of questions:

Chapter Name Number of Questions Marks
Application of Derivatives 3 9
Ellipse 1 3
Circles 2 6
Parabola 2 7
Definite Integral 2 7
Permutations and Combinations 1 3
Sequence and Series 1 3
Matrices 2 7
Limit and Continuity 1 4
Hyperbola 1 4
Probability 1 4
Complex Numbers 1 4

Thus, there were a total of 18 questions of 61 marks in Paper 1 of Mathematics.

Mathematics was moderately difficult. It was easier compared to what we saw last year. A majority of the questions in this subject were concept-based, while the rest required the use of facts and formulae. This year, 18 questions were asked from 11 chapters. Following is the analysis of chapter wise marking scheme as well as the number of questions:

  • There were 4 questions of 12 marks from 3D Geometry.
  • There were 3 questions of 11 marks from Application of Derivatives.
  • There was 1 question of 4 marks from the Area of Bounded Regions.
  • There were 2 questions of 8 marks from Definite Integrals.
  • There was 1 question of 3 marks from Differential Equations.
  • There was 1 question of 4 marks from Limits and Continuity.
  • There was 1 question of 3 marks from Matrices.
  • There was 1 question of 3 marks from Probability.
  • There was 1 question of 3 marks from Sets, Relations and Functions.
  • There were 2 questions of 6 marks from Theory of Equations.
  • There was 1 question of 4 marks from Trigonometry.

Thus, there were 18 questions of 61 marks. Above constituted the completed analysis of Mathematics Paper 2.


Expected Cutoff 2021

JEE Advanced 2021 Expected Cut-off

Minimum percentage of marks required to be included in JEE Advanced Rank List 2021 is shown below that have been declared by IIT Kanpur. The candidate will be included or dropped from the All India Rank list based on this cut-off.

S.No. Rank List Minimum percentage of marks in each subject Minimum percentage of aggregate marks
1. Common rank list (CRL) 10.0 35.0
2. OBC-NCL rank list 9.0 31.5
3. SC rank list 5.0 17.5
4. ST rank list 5.0 17.5
5. Common-PwD rank list (CRL-PwD) 5.0 17.5
6. OBC-NCL-PwD rank list 5.0 17.5
7. SC-PwD rank list 5.0 17.5
8. ST-PwD rank list 5.0 17.5
9. Preparatory course rank list 2.5 8.75

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College.

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