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JEE Main 2021 (Postponed), Exam Dates, Syllabus, Pattern, Result and Cut off

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Exams Prep. Master | Updated On - Oct 22, 2021

JEE Main 2021 April session (Phase-III) has been postponed by NTA. It was earlier scheduled from April 27 – 30, 2021. NTA will soon release the April session dates on the official website – jeemain.nta.nic.inJEE Main Result for March session for B.E/B.Tech paper has been released on March 24, 2021, the March session result for B.Arch and B.Planninng papers will be released soon. Check JEE Main Result – March Session 

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JEE Main is a national level entrance exam for admission to undergraduate engineering and architecture courses in various institutes notably 23 IITs, 31 NITs, 26 IIITs, 29 Other-GFTIs and IIEST, Shibpur. NTA will release JEE Main Cut off post the release of final results for JEE Main May session. JEE Main Qualifying Cut off for General Category last year, landed at 90.3 while the cut-off for reserved categories ranged from 39-72.

JEE Main Latest Updates?

  • April 15: CBSE class XII exams postponed, JEE Main April session dates to be revised. Read More
  • Mar 24: JEE Main Final Answer Key for March released. Check Here
  • Mar 19: JEE Main 2021: B.Arch Admission Criteria Relaxed for 2021-22. Check Here
  • Mar 18: JEE Main 2021 Paper 2 (B.Arch, B.Plan) Result Announced. Check here
  • Mar 3: NTA adds 3 new cities as JEE Main Exam Centers for March-May sessions. Check Here

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JEE Main 2021 Exam Dates 

Upcoming Events Dates
 Issue of JEE Main 2021 Admit Card (April session) 3rd week of April 2021
 JEE Main Exam Dates (April Session) April 27 – 30, 2021 Postponed
 JEE Main Answer Key (April session) 1st week of May 2021
 JEE Main Result (April session) 2nd week of May 2021
JEE Main Registration (May session) May 3 – 12, 2021

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JEE Main 2021 Highlights

Exam Name Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main
Mode of Conduction Computed Based Test (Pen and paper-based for Drawing section in B.Arch)
Duration 3 hours (3.5 hours for both – B.Arch and B. Planning)
Exam Frequency Four times a year (February, March, April and May sessions)
Total Registrants for Previous session 8,58,273
Official Website
Papers 3 –  B.E/B.Tech, B. Arch and B. Planning
Total Marks  B.E/B.Tech – 300; B.Arch – 400; B. Planning- 400
Total Questions Asked (Increased in 2021) B.E/B.Tech – 90; B.Arch – 82; B. Planning- 105
Total Questions to be Answered B.E/B.Tech – 75; B.Arch – 77; B. Planning- 100
Marking Scheme

4 for each correct response;
-1 for each incorrect response;
Unattempted questions will not be marked;
No negative marking for Non-MCQ questions

Medium of paper

English, Hindi, Urdu (All Center Cities)
Regional Languages

Helpline 0120 6895200

JEE Main 2021 – What’s new?

  • Increased sessions: NTA has decided to take JEE Main 2021 in 4 sessions –  February, March, April and May 2021. Download JEE Main 2021 Notification
  • Revised Pattern: JEE Main 2021 questions papers will have choices. There will be 30 questions in each subject of Physics, Chemistry. and Maths, that are segmented into two sections. Section A will have 20 questions while section B will have 10 questions. Of the total 10 questions asked in Section B, candidates are supposed to answer just half. Total questions that need to be answered will remain the same (Physics – 25, Chemistry – 25 and Mathematics – 25).
  • Contrary to the speculations, JEE Main 2021 Syllabus has not been reduced.
  • Exam in 13 languages: JEE Main 2021 will be taken in 13 different languages. JEE Main 2021 will be taken in other regional languages that include Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Marathi, Malayalam, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil and Telugu in addition to English, Hindi and Urdu.
  • 4 attempts: Due to increased sessions, candidates can now attempt JEE Main 4 times in one year.
  • Relaxation in Admission Eligibility: Like the previous year, 75% criteria has been scrapped for this year as well. Candidates who clear JEE Main 2021 will only need their 12th passing certificate for admissions, irrespective of the score obtained by them. 

JEE Main Eligibility Criteria 2021

75 % eligibility criteria for JEE Main 2021 has been removed. According to this criteria, students should have obtained a minimum of 75 per cent marks in the Class 12 examination or have the top 20 percentile in Class 12/qualifying examination held by the respective Boards to be eligible to apply for admission. Check JEE Main 2021 Eligibility

  • Age Limit Criteria: There is no upper age limit for appearing in JEE Main 2021. Candidates who have passed class 12th or equivalent in 2019, 2020 or appearing in 2021 irrespective of their age can appear in JEE Main 2021.
  • Maximum number of Attempts: Candidates can take the exam maximum for 3 years consecutively. Candidates can sit for all four sessions- February, March, April and May sessions. All of these will be counted as a single attempt. 
  • Educational Qualification: Candidates who have qualified their XII or equivalent exam in 2019, 2020 or appearing in 2021 are eligible to sit for JEE Main 2021. Candidates must have passed qualifying examination with 50% marks in Mathematics and 50% in aggregate of the QE to sit for B. Planning Paper. B.E/ B. Tech applicants must have passed the qualifying examination with Physics and Mathematics as compulsory subjects along with one of the Chemistry/Biotechnology/ Biology/ Technical Vocational Subject. For B. Arch, candidates must have passed the Qualifying Examination with Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry.
  • Year of Appearance in Qualifying Examination: Candidates must have passed their XII or equivalent exam in 2019, 2020 or appearing in 2021 can sit for JEE Main 2021. Candidates who passed class XII or QE in 2018 or before as well as those who will appear in such examination in 2022 or later are not eligible to appear in JEE Main 2021. 

JEE Main Reservation Policy 2021

Category Reservation (%)
Other Backward Class (Non Creamy Layer) 27
General – Economically Weaker Section (GEN-EWS) 10
Scheduled Castes (SC) 15
Scheduled Tribes (ST) 7.5
Person with Disabilities (PwD) (Within Every Category) 5
JEE Main Registration

JEE Main 2021 Registration

  • JEE Main Registration for April was open from March 25 to April 4, 2021.
  • If a student wishes or is unable to attend any particular session for which he/she has registered, he/she may apply for a refund of the fees.
  • The student will not be able to transfer the registration to another month.
  • The fee refund must also be applied for within the time the application window is opened. 
  • Students can apply for a different city for each exam. 

JEE Main 2021 Application Fee

Candidates can pay the application fee using Credit/Debit card/Net Banking/Paytm/Cash Cards/SBI Buddy Wallet or they can also download e-challan and make the payment in any branch of Syndicate Bank, Canara Bank or ICICI Bank. Fee once paid will not be refunded in any case. The updated fees for JEE Main 2021 is tabulated below:

Exam Center Opted Appearing Papers Online Mode Exam
  Paper Type General/Gen- EWS/ OBC(NCL) (Male) (INR) SC/ST/PWD/Girls/Transgender (INR)
In India Single Paper 650 325

B.E./B.Tech and B. Arch or
B.E./B.Tech and B. Planning or
B.E./B.Tech, B. Arch and B.Planning or
B.Arch and B.Planning

1300 650
Outside India Single Paper 3000 1500

B.E./B.Tech and B. Arch or
B.E./B.Tech and B. Planning or
B.E./B.Tech, B. Arch and B.Planning or
B.Arch and B.Planning

6000 3000

JEE Main Form Correction

 JEE Main Form Correction window was open until April 7, 2021. Applicants can check their form status later by logging into their portal. Also, the link for image correction in JEE Main application form is activated at the official website.

JEE Main Photo Size

Image File size Dimensions File Format
Photograph (with name and date of taking photo) 10 kb to 200 kb 3.5 cm x 4.5 cm  JPEG/JPG
Signature of Candidate 4 kb to 30 kb 3.5 cm x 1.5 cm  JPEG/JPG

JEE Main Admit Card 2021

  • NTA will release JEE Main Admit Card during the 3rd week of April 2021.
  • Candidates can download their admit card by logging into the official website ( using their application number and DOB.
  • JEE Main 2021 Admit Card has four pages which includes information about “Important Instructions for Candidates” given on Page No. 2 and an “Advisory for Candidates regarding COVID-19” on Pages No. 3 and 4. 
  • The hall ticket is a mandatory document that a candidate needs to carry on the exam day along with a valid ID proof.
  • It carries important information about the candidate and exam i.e. exam centre’s name and address, exam day instructions, candidate’s photograph and signature and more.

JEE Main 2021 Exam Centers

  • This year, NTA is expected to conduct JEE Main 2021 in 329 JEE Main Exam Centers across cities across India and 10 cities abroad.
  • Odd-Even Rule will be followed when it comes to the seating arrangement in JEE Main 2021 February Session.
  • Candidates are given an opportunity to list up to 4 preferences in the exam center category, during filling the JEE Main Application form.
  • Candidates can give different preferences for all the 4 sessions. 
JEE Main Exam Pattern

JEE Main Exam Pattern 2021 

JEE Main 2021 will be conducted through three papers –  B.E/ B.Tech, B.Architecture and B.Planning Papers. JEE Main 2021 Exam pattern has undergone some drastic changes this year. For the first time choice has been introduced for questions considering the reduction in syllabus by CBSE and other state boards. Although total questions in each of the 3 papers has been increased, but the total marks for the papers remains the same as the previous years. 

Marking Scheme of JEE Main 2021 is as follows:

  • For MCQs:+4 for each correct response; -1 for each incorrect response; Unattempted questions will not be marked. 
  • For Non- MCQs: +4 for each correct response, no negative marking for incorrect answers or unattempted questions. 
  • For Drawing Test: 2 questions of 100 marks

JEE Main B.E/B.Tech Paper Pattern

Subjects Maximum Questions Asked Maximum Questions to Answer Marks
Chemistry 30 (20+10) 25  (20+5) 100
Physics 30 (20+10) 25  (20+5) 100
Mathematics 30 (20+10) 25  (20+5) 100
Total 90 75 300

JEE Main B. Arch Paper Pattern

Subjects Maximum Questions Asked Maximum Questions to Answer Marks
Mathematics 30 (20+10) 25  (20+5) 100
Aptitude 50 50 200
Drawing 2 2 100
Total 82 77 400

JEE Main B. Planning Paper Pattern

Subjects Maximum Questions Asked Maximum Questions to Answer Marks
Mathematics 30 (20+10) 25  (20+5) 100
Aptitude 50 50 200
Planning 25 25 100
Total 105 100 400

How to Approach JEE Main Question Paper? Section-wise Ideal Attempts

With the increasing competition in JEE Main, it is a must for the candidates to set specific targets. Here are some section-wise tips which can assist you in finding the accurate paper attempting approach: 

  1. Mathematics: Mathematics level has been easy to moderate for 3 years and topics like Matrices, Vector 3D, Determinants are some of the high scoring topics. Questions from Height and Distance and Trigonometry have not been asked from these chapters in recent years.

A person is likely to score 45-50 marks if he/she attempts 20 questions in Mathematics with 60% accuracy provided the candidate attempts all integer questions(non-negative questions). More emphasis should be laid on attempting integer questions rather than single choice questions.

  1. Physics: For the last 5 years, Physics has been the toughest section of all which includes a lot of lengthy questions. The numerical part of the paper is generally asked from 11th standard whereas the conceptual part is mostly from 12th standard. One must concentrate more on the latter as it is a comparatively scoring part. 

With a 70% accuracy, if a candidate attempts 15 questions of the Physics section, he/she can score more than 30 marks.

  1. Chemistry: The Chemistry section is believed to be the easiest one where organic and inorganic questions are more of a conceptual type. These questions should be given more focus due to direct correspondence with respective options.

If a candidate is able to attempt 22 Chemistry questions with 80% accuracy, he/she can score more than 60 marks.

JEE Main Syllabus

JEE Main 2021 Syllabus

JEE Main Syllabus 2021 has been released by NTA on the official website i.e. JEE Main Syllabus has not been impacted with 30% reduction in CBSE class XI and XII syllabus. To address the issue, NTA has introduced choices in JEE Main Question Paper instead. 



JEE Main Mathematics Syllabus

Calculus, Coordinate Geometry, Sets, Relations, and Functions, Complex Numbers And Quadratic Equations, Matrices And Determinants, Permutations And Combinations, Trigonometry, Probability, and others.

JEE Main Physics Syllabus

Electromagnetic waves, optics, thermodynamics, electronic devices, physics and measurement, kinematics, laws of motion, work, energy and power, rotational motion, gravity, electrostatics, magnetic effects of current, communication systems, and so on

JEE Main Chemistry Syllabus

Atomic Structure, Chemical Thermodynamics, Redox Reaction & Thermo-chemistry, Surface Chemistry, Hydrogen, s & p-Block Elements, Hydrocarbons, Polymers, Some Basic Concepts Of Chemistry, States Of Matter, Organic Nitrogen Compounds, and so on.

JEE Main Aptitude Syllabus

Surfaces and objects associated with Architecture and as building elements.

Familiarization with places, relevant people, structures/buildings and materials/objects.

The capability of visualizing various sides of 3D items.

Transformation capabilities of 3D objects from 2D drawings.

Mental Capability of Analytical & Reasoning concepts.

Structure and drawing of geometrical or dynamic shapes & examples in pencil.

3D perception: Analyzing and developing concepts about scale and object proportions, building structures & components, shading surface, agreement, and complexity.

JEE Main Drawing Test Syllabus

Portraying of scenes and exercises from the memory of urbanscape and scenes for open spaces, festivals, markets, road scenes, landmarks, recreational spaces, waterway fronts, wildernesses, trees, plants, etc.

Making two-dimensional and three-dimensional pieces utilizing given shapes and structures.

JEE Main Planning Syllabus

General Awareness with regard to government programs/schemes, development issues etc.

Critical thinking, Comprehension, Analytical skills, Map reading skills, Graphs, Charts, Simple statistics etc. 

CBSE Class X Social Sciences

Must Read for Subject-wise Pattern

JEE Main Mock Test 2021

  • NTA provides official JEE Main Mock test, this can highly beneficial for the candidates in terms of understating the exam pattern.
  • Candidates can access the mock test from the official website of NTA i.e. 
  •  NTA launched Abhyaas app for JEE Main Preparation.
  • Mock test facility is now available in Hindi and English language both as informed by HRD Minister.
  • The app has been accessed by lakhs of Joint Entrance Examination(JEE) Main aspirants. Read More

Best Books for JEE Main 2021 Preparation

First of all, go through NCERT books completely at least twice before referring to any other books. NCERT books are considered to be the best source, especially for Chemistry. Also since, the syllabus followed in JEE Main was stipulated by CBSE so NCERT books give you an extra edge. Below is the list of suggested books for all the subjects of JEE Main 2021:

Name of the Book Name of the Author
Mathematics Books for JEE Main Preparation
Mathematics for Class 12 (2 Volumes) R.D Sharma
Algebra for JEE Main & Advanced S.K Goyal
Differential & Integral Calculus N. Piskunov
Coordinate Geometry S.L Loney
Physics Books For JEE Main Preparation
Concepts of Physics H.C Verma
Problems in Physics A.A Pinsky
University Physics Freedman and Young
Chemistry Books For JEE Main 2021
Organic Chemistry R.K Gupta
Concise Inorganic J.D Lee
General Chemistry Darrell D Ebbing
University Chemistry Freedman and Young

JEE Main 2021 Paper Analysis - March Session

JEE Main Paper Analysis for March Session will be updated her as soon as the day-wise shifts conclude. Check Here for JEE Main 2021 February Session Paper Analysis

JEE Main –  March Session Shift I Shift II
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JEE Main Answer Key

JEE Main Answer Key 2021

  • JEE Main Answer Key for March session has been released on March 20, 2021.
  • NTA has released JEE Main Answer Key for all 3 papers of February session. 
  • Candidates can download the question papers and answer keys for different slots from the official website using their login credentials.
  • Candidates can also challenge JEE Main Answer Key 2021 against a fee of INR 200 . 
  • This fee shall not be refundable even if the answer is found to be correct.
  • Candidates can also check JEE Main Memory Based Question Paper and Answers


JEE Main 2021 Result

JEE Main 2021 Result

  • NTA has released JEE Main Result March session for B.E/B.Tech paper on March 24, 2021.
  • JEE Main February session results for all 3 papers are available at the official website. 
  • Candidates can check their result by entering their application number, date of birth, and security pin.
  • JEE Main Result for all 4 sessions will be compiled and final merit list will be formulated.
  • For candidates appearing in both sessions, the better of the four scores will be considered for the merit list.
  • Result for JEE Main is released separately for B.E/B.Tech, B. Arch and B. Planning papers.
  • NTA will award students with percentile scores and not ranks.
  • NTA uses Normalization Procedure in order to nullify the effects from varying difficulty level in question paper sets in different shifts. 
  • Check Complete list of JEE Main State-wise Toppers


JEE Main 2021 Cut Off

JEE Main Cut Off 2021

Qualifying Cut off and Admission Cut off are different for JEE Main 2021. Qualifying Cut off is the minimum score required to sit for JEE Advanced 2021. Admission Cut off is the merit list based on the cut off which is used for the counseling process. The cut off is based on various factors such as the difficulty level of the exam, number of appeared students, category of the candidate, cut off trend over the years and number of candidates applying for a particular course. Check JEE Main Cut Off

JEE Main Qualifying Cutoff 2021

JEE Main 2021 Qualifying Cutoff will be released by NTA. Candidates can check previous session’s category-wise cut off for JEE Main:

Category Cut Off
General 90.3765335
GEN- EWS 70.2435518
OBC – NCL 72.8887969
Scheduled Caste (SC) 50.1760245
Scheduled tribes (ST) 39.0696101
PwD 0.0618524

JEE Main Admission Cut off - JoSAA Cutoff Ranks

Candidates can check the institute wise opening and closing rank cutoffs and allotment for 2020 from the following table. Unlike the previous year, this year JoSAA counselling will be held in six rounds.  

JoSAA Counselling Rounds JoSAA Cutoff Ranks
Round 1 Download Here
Round 2 Download Here
Round 3 Download Here
Round 4 Download Here
Round 5 Download Here
Round 6 Download Here

Top B.Tech Colleges in India

Top Engineering Colleges in India

JEE Main 2021 –  Admission at NITs

  • The admission policy for NIT states is that out of the total number of seats, 50 percent of the seats will be reserved for students of the particular state where the NIT is located. 
  • The other 50 percent of seats will be granted based on All India Rank (AIR) of students from other states.
  • A candidate can avail of a scholarship based on their class XII performance and JEE Main Score.

Top 15 NITs as per NIRF Ranking

Must Read on NITs:

Low Score in JEE Main? Apply Here

With lakhs of students competing for seats in IITs, IIITs and NITs, it is often that candidates end up not achieving the desired rank. There are a number of prestigious B.Tech colleges, admissions to which is possible without JEE Main Score.

Name of the Institute Admission Process Number of Seats (approx.)
BITS Pilani BITSAT 800
NSIT Delhi DTU Entrance Exam 775
MIT Pune MHT CET 540
CEAU Guindy TNEA  -
MIT Karnataka MU OET 6,520
SRM University SRMJEEE 10,200
BMSCE Bangalore BMSCE Entrance Exam 970
R.V. College of Engineering KEA CET, COMEDK 1,080

JEE Main College Predictor

JEE Main College Predictor 2021

Collegedunia’s exclusive college predictor assists candidates in finding their suitable colleges and understanding their admission chances at premium institutes like NITs, CFTIs and IIITs. JEE Main College Predictor uses the opening and closing ranks of previous year counseling data and predicts the most suitable college options to pursue Engineering. Candidates can also narrow down the available options by adding specific filters such as their preferred city or course they wish to pursue. Check JEE Main College Predictor

JEE Main Toppers

Tabulated below is the list of state-wise toppers of JEE Main 2020 January session including the 9 candidates who received NTA score 100 in  B.E/B. Tech paper of JEE Main 2020 for January session:

Candidate Name  NTA Score State Code of Eligibility
NISARG CHADHA 100.0000000 G

The list of candidates with 100 NTA score in B. Arch and B. Planning papers is tabulated below:

Candidate Name Paper State Code of Eligibility
Aarzoo B.Arch Haryana
Hardik Rajpal B.Arch Telangana
Kanumuri Bheemeswara Vijay Varma B. Planning Andhra Pradesh

Must Read Interviews of JEE Main Toppers (NTA Score 100)

JEE Main Counselling

Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA) 2020 has released the counselling schedule, as per the notification released, the counselling will be done in 6 rounds. JoSAA Seat Allotment Round 6 result has been released on November 7, 2020. JoSAA 2020 Cutoff for Round 1 – 6 is available on the official portal, students can check institute-wise opening and closing ranks. There are three counselling processes for 15% JEE Main All India Seats:

  • JoSAA Counselling is done for seat allotment of all IITs, IIITs, NITs and Other Government Funded Technical Institutes.
  • CSAB NEUT manages counselling for seats of AICTE approved institutes in India which are not covered under CSAB for the North Eastern States & Union Territories (NEUT).
  • CSAB SFTI takes care of counselling for Self-Funded Technical Institutes.

 Check JEE Main Counselling Process

JEE Main Eligibility for Admission to NITs, IITs and CFTIs

  • Admission to B.Tech / B. Arch / B.E. / B. Planning courses in these institutes will be based on All India Rank with the requirement that the candidate should have attained at least 75% in 12th examination or should have been in the top 20 percentile in 12th.

  • For SC / ST candidates the requirement is 65% in 12th.

JEE Main Eligibility for Admission to B.Arch

  • Requirement for architecture course includes passing an examination at the end of qualifying examination with 50% marks in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics and 50% marks aggregate of the qualifying examination.

  • For B. Planning, the candidate should have attained a minimum of 50% marks in Mathematics and 50% marks in aggregate of the qualifying examination.

Subject combinations mandated in the qualifying examination for entry to B.E. / B.Tech, B.Arch and B. Planning courses in IITs, NITs and other CFTIs shall be under:

Course Required Criteria based on Class 12th / Equivalent qualifying examination
B.E / B.Tech Passed qualifying examination with Physics and Mathematics as compulsory subjects along with one of the Chemistry / Biotechnology / Biology / Technical Vocational subject.
B. Arch Passed qualifying examination with Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry
B. Planning Passed qualifying examination with Mathematics

Eligibility for Admission to Other Institutions:

  • Above mentioned criteria could be adopted by other technical institutions that are going to participate in counselling through CSAB / JoSAA.

  • In the case that a state plans to admit students into engineering colleges affiliated to State Universities, the state may prepare a completely separate rank list based on guidelines set by them.

JoSAA Seat Matrix 

JoSAA has released the information on number of seats available at IITs. NITs, IIITs and GFTIs for JEE Main 2020 candidates for the academic session 2021. This year JoSAA shall conduct counselling for a total of 50,822 seats available at 110 institutes accepting JEE Main 2020 score i.e. 23 IITs, 31 NITs, IIEST Shibpur, 26 IIITs and 29 Other-GFTIs?. Candidates can check the category wise availability of seats below:


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Category-wise Distribution of JEE Main Qualifiers

The category wise distribution of the top 2,50,000 JEE Main 2021 Rank Holders who will be eligible to sit for JEE Advanced 2021 are as follows:

Category Total Number of Category wise Seats Reserved for JEE Advanced 2021
Open 96187 101250
Open Pwd 5063
Gen - EWS 23750 25000
Gen - EWS - Pwd 1250
OBC - NCL 64125 67500
OBC - NCL - Pwd 3375
SC 35625 37500
SC - Pwd 1875
ST 17812 18750
ST - Pwd 938

JEE Main Helpline

Keeping in mind the hardships faced by candidates amidst the COVID-19 epidemic, NTA has come up with an exclusive helpline, candidates can contact the authorities regarding exam-related queries through text messages or SMS services. The helpline shall be operational during 9.30 AM to 5.30 PM. Read More

NTA SMS Helpline for COVID-19
NTA Text Helpline No 1 8178359845
NTA Text Helpline No 2 8700028512
NTA Text Helpline No 3 9650173668
NTA Text Helpline No 4 9599676953
NTA Text Helpline No 5 8882356803
  • JEE Main Helpline for Transactions: For transaction related queries, Click Here
  • JEE Main Helpline for Mock test: For mock test related queries, contact - 

National Testing Agency

Block C-20 1A/8 ,Sector- 62

IITK Outreach Centre, Gautam Buddh Nagar

Noida-201309, Uttar Pradesh (India)

Contact No. :  0120 6895200

Frequently Asked Questions

JEE Main 2021 FAQs

Ques. What are the new exam dates for JEE Main 2021 April session.

Ans. With the postponement of CBSE class XII exams and rising COVID-19 cases since the end of March, JEE Main April Session has been postponed until further notice. JEE Main New Exam Dates will be announced soon on the official website – 

Ques. When will NTA release JEE Main 2021 Admit Card for April session?

Ans. JEE Main 2021 Admit Card for April session will be released on the official website post the new exam dates for JEE Main April session are released. Successfully registered candidates can download JEE Main Admit card from or by logging in with their Application Number and DOB. 

Ques. When will NTA release JEE Main 2021 Result for March session?

Ans. JEE Main Result for March 2021 session has been by NTA on March 24, 2021. Candidates can download their score card by logging into the official website ( using their login credentials.

Ques. Will NTA open the registration window again for JEE Main 2021 May Session?

Ans. Yes, JEE Main Application form for the May session will be released again from May 3 – 12, 2021. Candidates can check the official website for regular updates. 

Ques. Will JEE Main 2021 May session exam dates clash with CBSE Board Exam Dates?

Ans. NTA has resolved the date clash issue between CBSE Board exams and JEE Main 2021 by allowing candidates to decide their JEE Main exam date for May session. JEE Main Application for May session will be released from May 3 – 12, 2021, Candidates will have to submit the application along with their class 12th roll number. Candidates will also have to inform under section “whether appearing for Board exam” on May 24 – 28, 2021 and select a date without clashes. 

Ques. How many sessions will JEE Main 2021 be conducted in?

Ans. JEE Main 2021 will be conducted in four sessions, the dates being February 23  – 26, March 15 – 18, April 27 – 30 and May 24 – 28, 2021.

Ques. I had initially applied for only JEE Main  paper 1, but now i want to apply for JEE Main paper 2. Can I make that change?

Ans. Yes. With the help of JEE Main Form correction window, you can switch between JEE Main paper 1 and paper 2 if you wish, and you can also apply for both papers after the payment of the additional fees even if you had initially applied for only one. JEE Main form correction window was active from January 27 – 30, 2021.

Ques. Is there any change in JEE Main 2021 Eligibility Criteria?

Ans. Education Minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ has announced the revision in JEE Main Eligibility CriteriaLike the previous year, 75% criteria has been scrapped for this year as well.  According to this criteria, students should have obtained a minimum of 75 per cent marks in the Class 12 examination or be in the top 20 percentile in Class 12/qualifying examination held by the respective Boards to be eligible to apply for admission. However, candidates who clear JEE Main 2021 will only need their 12th passing certificate for admissions, irrespective of the score obtained by them.  

Ques. Are there any changes in JEE Main 2021 Exam Pattern?

Ans. JEE Main 2021 Exam Pattern has been revised considering the syllabus reduction by CBSE and state boards. Physics, Chemistry and Maths will now have 30 questions each. All three of these subjects will have two sections. Section A will contain 20 MCQs and Section B will contain 10 Numerical value answer based questions. Candidates have to attempt any five questions out of 10 in section B. 

Ques. If a candidate has passed in 2020 and has appeared for improvement in 2021, what will they fill in the academic details section in JEE Main Registration?

Ans. Such candidates have to decide as to which percentage of marks i.e. 2020 or 2021 is better and accordingly select the year and corresponding roll number in the first step of JEE Main 2021 Application Form. Further, the candidates who have passed class 12th in 2020 and appearing in improvement examination of class 12th in 2021, may fill the form in either of the following methods:-

a) Select the year of passing class 12th as 2021 and enter the roll number, name of the board in the first step of the application form. In the second step of application form, select ‘yes’ in the column – appearing for improvement examination, Or

b) Select the year of appearing class 12th as 2021 and fill the

Ques. Who can apply for JEE Main 2021?

Ans.  Candidates who have passed Class 12th in 2019, 2020 or appearing in 2021 irrespective of their age are eligible to sit for JEE Main 2021, check detailed eligibility here

Ques. How much should I score to get a 99 percentile in JEE Main 2021?

Ans.  Marks required in getting a 99 percentile in JEE Main varies from session to session. As the percentile score is calculated in relation to the scores of all the other candidates taking the exam, things like paper difficulty and average scores on the particular exam day come into play. You cannot calculate your percentile with just your score while ignoring all of these other variables.

Ques. What are the instructions for JEE Main Image size?

Ans.  After filling in the online form, candidates are required to scan and upload photographs and signatures as per the defined guidelines by NTA. 

  • Scanned photograph and signature should be in JPG/JPEG format.
  • Size of scanned photograph should be between 10 kb to 200 kb.
  • Size of scanned signature should be between 4 kb to 30 kb.

Ques. When should I attempt JEE Main in order to get the best possible percentile score?

Ans. The competition in JEE Main is usually relatively lower in the January session, as many students do not complete their syllabus by then. If you take the January session exam seriously and prepare for it well in advance, you will already have a leg up against a lot of the other candidates. This means that you will get a higher percentile even with lower marks in the January session as compared to the September session.

Ques. What items are allowed in JEE Main exam center?

Ans. The list of items allowed in JEE Main exam center are as follows:

  • JEE Main Admit Card, ID and other exam related documents.
  • Transparent Ball Point Pen
  • Additional photograph to be pasted on the attendance sheet
  • Personal hand sanitizer (50 ml)
  • Personal transparent water bottle.   

Ques. With the economic slowdown due to COVID-19 pandemic, will there be any relief in the fees of NITs and IITs?

Ans. As per the statement of the education minister during his webinar on May 5, 2020, HRD has insisted to NITs and IITs to avoid the yearly fee hike during these times. 

Ques. How will I manage JEE Main 2021, if I have no experience with computers and online tests?

Ans. The Ministry of Human Resource Development has mandated the NTA to set up, establish and create a network of Test Practice Centres for candidates, especially in remote and rural areas to enable them to practice and be comfortable in taking a Computer Based Test (CBT). This facility will be completely free of cost. This will facilitate and ease the process of being able to take a Computer Based Test (CBT). The entire experience of using a computer will be as close to the actual experience of taking a CBT as possible. All efforts will also be made to provide practice tests and questions so that candidates can familiarize themselves with logging into the system, go through the detailed instructions regarding the test, use the mouse, scroll down to the next question, navigate between questions, review and edit their options and submit questions. It will also offer Mock Test.

Ques. Are there good options for JEE Main Online Classes?

Ans. NTA has provided online video lectures by IIT Faculty and experts for the preparation of JEE Main . The steps to access the video lectures are as follows:

  • Visit the official website of NTA i.e.
  • You will be redirected to the page containing the name of different subjects. 
  • Choose the video lecture by clicking on the subject. 

Ques. Can I crack JEE Main without coaching?

Ans. The need for a coaching center to go about the preparation is totally subjective and depends upon the student’s caliber and preference. Coaching centers can provide you with a direction through their guidance and can bring regularity in the study pattern. Your performance will also be constantly analyzed, helping you improve. On the other hand, self-study has its own advantages. You can save traveling time, energy and money. In the case of self-study, be very focused during school lectures and take help from your school teachers for doubt clarification.

Ques. Is JEE Main and JEE Advanced syllabus the same?

Ans. Unlike JEE main, JEE Advanced includes a few extra topics apart from class 12th syllabus. JEE main does not include some of the topics of JEE Advanced, For e.g. Thermal Physics is included in JEE Advanced but is not asked in JEE main. Similarly, Electrochemistry is included in JEE Advanced but not in JEE main.

Ques. JEE Main site is not opening, what should I do?

Ans. If there is an issue with your browser, we suggest you clear your cache and retry. However, any technical issue with the official website will be fixed as soon as possible.

Ques. I am preparing for NATA 2021 as well as JEE Main 2021 for B. Arch. What is the difference between in both the syllabi and the preparations?

Ans. The exam pattern for NATA as well as JEE Main Paper II for B. Arch. is fairly similar which is great news for all the aspirants. JEE Main B. Arch question paper comprises 77 questions in total, there are 3 sections in JEE Main Paper II – Aptitude Test (50 questions), Mathematics (25 questions) and Drawing Test (2 questions). 

Ques. Where to check JEE Main Result?

Ans. A simple 4 step process to download the JEE Main Result is as follows:

  • Open the official website:
  • Look for the link that reads “JEE Main 2021 result”.
  • Click on the link and provide the details of the Roll Number and Date of Birth.
  • Click on the submit button and your JEE Main 2021 score is displayed on the screen.

Ques. What is the weightage of JEE Main Kinematics Questions?

Ans. Kinematics is an essential very chapter not only because its weight age is high but also because it is the most basic chapter of mechanics and can be applied in almost any topic of physics. Candidates must make sure that they have conceptual clarity when it comes to Kinematics.

Ques. Can I edit my category in JEE Main Application Form?

Ans. Yes, you can edit your category in the form during Form Correction. Login with Application Number and Password to access the form correction.

Ques. Is JEE Main tough?

Ans. Lakhs of candidates appear for JEE Main every year, the exam is a gateway to top engineering colleges in the country. The level of difficulty of the exam can not be underestimated mainly because of the high level of competition. But with a proper plan, accurate resources and dedication, one can definitely make it to the required rank range.

Ques. How many times can I attempt JEE Main?

Ans. Candidates can appear for JEE Main exam for up to 3 consecutive years. For 2021, JEE Main will be held four times a year, the candidate may appear in all the attempts. Appearing in all four sessions of the same year will be counted as a single attempt. 

Ques. I have made a mistake in uploading photo in the application form. How can I edit it?

Ans. In case you have made any mistake while uploading the photograph in the application form, it can be edited during JEE Main Form Correction 

Ques. Sir, I am from J&K and I passed class 12th last year with 72%. Am I eligible for JEE Mains and can I get admission in NIT?

Ans. Yes, you are eligible to apply for JEE Main 2021 (minimum 50% marks in PCM). To get admission in NIT, a candidate must secure at least 75% marks in 10+2 Exam (65% for SC/ST category) or be in the top 20 percentiles in the 10+2 exam conducted by respective boards.

Ques. I have submitted more than one form. Will my application be rejected?

Ans. No, the authority will merge both of your applications and on this behalf, they will issue an admit card to you. However, in this case candidates need to send an email to providing both the application number and mentioning the application number, they want to consider.

Ques. How to Download JEE Main Admit Card?

Ans. Candidates can download JEE Main admit card from the official website i.e. using their Application number and password/DOB.

Ques. My transaction failed while paying the application fee. What can be done?

Ans. If you come across this situation then you need to pay the fees again. In case you balance is deducted due to any technical failure then the same would be refunded to your account within 7 to 10 days. If you have made the payment through e-challan then you should quickly contact the concerned bank/branch.

Ques. How can Assam, J&K and Meghalaya candidates apply, having no aadhaar card?

Ans. Candidates who have passed/appearing the class 12th examination from Assam, J&K and Meghalaya states have to enter passport number, ration card number, bank account number or any other valid Govt. Identity number. Such candidates have to select the exam city centre in these states itself.

Ques. Can candidates with a Diploma apply for JEE Main?

Ans. Yes, diploma candidates can apply for JEE Main 2021 but only to fulfill the eligibility for JEE Advanced 2021. Diploma holders will not be eligible for admission to NITs and CFTIs through JEE Main channel.

Ques. I am from Nepal. Can I apply for JEE main?

Ans. Yes you can apply for JEE Main. You have to fulfil the education qualifications. And select the Nepal Board during filling application form. For more information check Application Process

Ques. What is the importance of Organic Chemistry in JEE Main?

Ans. Organic Chemistry has weightage of at least 30-35% of chemistry part in JEE Main. Important topics of organic chemistry are general organic chemistry, alcohol, phenols and ether, aldehydes and ketones.

Ques. I am from Assam and I don't have aadhaar number and passport. Which number should I enter as my identification number?

Ans. If you don't have aadhaar number and passport number then you can enter any one of the followings, ration card number, bank account number or any other valid Govt. identity number.

Ques. Can you suggest the top JEE Main coaching institutes in Delhi?

Ans. You can join any one of these institutes in Delhi- Narayna, Vidya Mandir Classes, Resonance, Aakash, Pi Education, FIIT JEE etc. These will provide you expert guidance.

Ques. How many institutes are participating in JoSAA Counselling this year?

Ans. There a total of 110 institutes that are participating in JoSAA Counselling 2021.

Ques. I have filled the application form under SC quota and I belong to defence services category as well, how will I be allotted a seat at NIT?

Ans. the seat allocation will be based on SC quota firstly, following which DS category conditions will be applicable. However, you will have to qualify the cut off set for SC quota in the cut off list.

Ques. What is the State of Eligibility for the Improvement Candidates/Institution Abroad/NIOS?

Ans. If a candidate has passed Class 12 or the equivalent qualifying examination from one state but appeared for improvement from another state, their state code of eligibility will be from where they have originally passed Class 12 or the equivalent qualifying examination. Indian nationals passing the equivalent qualifying examination from an institution abroad, their State of Eligibility will be determined based on their permanent address in India as provided in the Passport. Candidate passed/appearing class 12th from NIOS should select the State of Eligibility according to the state in which the study Centre is located. The State of Eligibility is not applicable for the candidates belonging to Nepal /Bhutan/Foreign/OCI/PIO.

Ques. I will clear my Diploma in Mechanical Engineering in 2021. Can I apply for JEE Main 2021?

Ans. Yes, to appear in JEE Advanced, a diploma holder can apply in JEE Main 2021 but their ranks and scores for JEE Main will not be declared as diploma holders cannot apply for admission in NITs and CFTIs through JEE Main.

Ques. What is the admission procedure for admission in BArch course in an IIT through JEE Main 2021?

Ans. Candidates appeared in JEE Main Paper 2 are eligible for admission to B. Arch. Course only in NITs/SPAs other CFTIs (where B.Arch. course is available). For taking admission to B.Arch. in IIT’s, there is a separate procedure for which they should see the respective websites of IITs.

Ques. I forgot to upload the photograph with name and date of taking photograph in JEE Main Application Form. Will my form be rejected?

Ans. No. JEE Main Application Form will not be rejected for uploading the photograph without the name and date of photograph is taken. You will be issued admit card for appearing in the exam without any corrections.

Ques. How much percentage of marks are required to be eligible for JEE Main 2021?

Ans. There is no special criteria of minimum percentage defined for appearing in JEE Main 2021. But for taking admission in NITs, IIITs, IITs and CFTIs through JoSAA Counselling, a candidate must secure a minimum percentage of 75 or be in top 20 percentile in class 12. For SC/ST, the qualifying marks is 65%.

Ques. I am from West Bengal. What are the other engineering entrance exams that I can appear apart from JEE Main 2021?

Ans. Apart from JEE Main, you can appear for BITSAT, COMEDK UGET, VITEEE, MU OET, SRMJEEE, UPSEE, AEEE and WBJEE.

Ques. Do I need to apply to the participating colleges at the time of JEE Main Registration?

Ans. No. There is no provision of applying for colleges during JEE Main Registration. After the declaration of JEE Main Result, candidates must register for JoSAA and CSAB for the counselling.

Ques. Which book can I prefer for JEE Main Paper 2?

Ans. Following books can be preferred for preparing for JEE Main Paper 2: A Complete Self Study Guide for B.Arch 2021 Entrance Examination (English) by P.K Mishra, Arihant Publications Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning Book by R.S. Aggarwal Architecture Entrance Book by P.K. Mishra. B. Arch/ B. Planning Aptitude Test for J.E.E. (Main) - SC Garg Steps to Architecture: B. Arch (NATA/JEE) Main Exam Guide Paperback- 2017 by Nimish Madan NATA & B. ARCH Complete Self Study Material: Entrance Examination -2017 by Ar. Shadan Usmani.

Ques. What are HSC Vocational Courses?

Ans. Different states have different HSC vocational courses. You need to verify them from your respective state.

Ques. Is my thumb impression necessary while filling JEE Main Application Form?

Ans. No, uploading a scanned copy of your thumb impression is not essential during JEE Main Registration.

Ques. What are the responsibilities of NTA/ JEE Main secretariat in JEE Main?



Not Responsible

Conduct JEE Main

Seat Matrix Information

Release the results

Reservation Criteria


Verify data entered in Online Form

Ques.  Can I change my paper appearing mode from Hindi to English?

Ans. JEE Main 2021 exam will be conducted through online mode only, i.e Computer Based Test. So, Yes, candidates can choose the medium on their screen during the examination.

Ques.  By mistake I misspelt my mother’s name and category so can I change it?

Ans. Yes, you can edit your mother’s name and category in the form during Form Correction. The window for JEE Main application form correction will open for a specified period of time. Login with Application Number and Password to access the form correction.

Ques.  If I typed my email id incorrectly, will it effect my hall ticket?

Ans.  Yes, you cannot get your JEE Main admit card through post. You can only download JEE Main Admit Card from In that case, You need to login to the systems with your roll number and password, which are stored on your email, just check in your personal mail id, else send an email on helpline to get your credentials.

Ques.  If I give the exam both the times i.e., January as well as in April then will it be considered my 2 attempts or just 1?

Ans. The Number of attempts for admission in particular academic session will be treated as one. It is not necessary to appear the exam twice. This would be optional for the candidate to appears once or twice for the current academic sessions. If the Candidate appears both the test it is better to used both the scores, best of the score would be taken for the merit list.

Ques. I have uploaded the photograph without name and date but I still got the message and any email saying that "your registration is successfully done" is that fine.

Ans. Name of the candidate and date on which the photograph is taken is to be mentioned on the photograph, but in case uploaded photograph does not have name and date, the form will not be rejected and no correction is required in such a case and he/she will be issued admit card for appearing in JEE Main 2021 as usual.

Ques. How can one check the status of application for JEE main?

Ans. To access the form status (or rechecking form), login using application number and password.

  • After that, click on Status tab.

Anyone of the following messages will be displayed on the user’s window:

Received – If the application form is successfully submitted

Unsuccessful – If the application form is Incomplete/Rejected/Not Submitted

  • In case the confirmation page is not generated after payment of fee then the transaction is cancelled and the amount will be refunded to the candidate account within a week and however the candidate has to make another transaction till the confirmation Page is not generated.
  • After the confirmation of fee deposited from Bank, the candidate will be able to print the Acknowledgment Page, by login to their account again.
  • In case the Acknowledgment Page is not generated, the candidate should contact the concerned bank/branch to update his/her transaction.
  • Now safely log-out the window.

Ques. Will JEE Main 2021 be postponed?

Ans. JEE Main January session has been postponed to February and the exam is scheduled to be held between February 23  – 26, 2021. Also there will be four sessions for JEE Main 2021 that will be held in February, March, April, and May. Therefore further delay in the exam is not expected. Students can sit for any or all the sessions and can use the best scores for admission purposes.

Ques. Is 150 a good JEE Main score? Can I get an admission in IIT with this score?

Ans. A score ranging from 150-200 is considered to be good in JEE Main. Students are able to get admission at top NITs with this score. With a score of 150 in JEE Main 2021, you will be eligible for JEE Advanced. And a good score in JEE Advanced can guarantee you admission to IIT. 

Ques: Is 75% percentage mandatory to apply for JEE Main 2021?

Ans. Yes. As per the latest JEE Main eligibility criteria candidates (general category) should have secured at least 75% marks in Class 12 or qualifying exam. Other category candidates should have 65% marks in order to become eligible for JEE Main 2021. 

Ques. Can I apply for two sessions together in JEE Main 2021?

Ans. Yes. Candidates can apply for two sessions together in JEE Main 2021. The exam is scheduled to be held in four sessions i.e. February/ March/ April/ May. Candidates need to pay the fees accordingly if they are planning to apply for 2 sessions. 

Ques. Can I appear for JEE Main 2021 in the Hindi Language?

Ans. Yes. As per new exam pattern, JEE Main exam 2021 will be conducted in 13 languages i.e. English, Hindi, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Marathi, Malayalam, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu.

Ques. By mistake, I have mentioned some details wrong in my JEE Main 2021 Application Form. Can I fill a new application form?

Ans. No. Multiple applications from one applicant are not acceptable or might get rejected as a single email ID and mobile can be used to fill one application form only. However, students can make corrections in the details during the time of JEE Main Form Correction which will be available from January 19 to 21, 2020. 

Ques. For how many papers JEE Main 2021 Phase 1 will be conducted?

Ans. JEE Main 2021 Phase 1 examination will be conducted for B.Tech, B.Arch and B.Plan. The remaining 3 phases will be also be conducted for these papers only. 

Ques. Other than Photograph and Signature which documents need to be uploaded during JEE Main 2021 Registration?

Ans. Photograph and Signature are the only documents that need to be uploaded during JEE Main 2021 Registration. All the candidates are advised to upload the documents as per the guidelines of NTA. 

*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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What is the maximum number of attempts one can make for JEE Main exam?
mohit sarohi

Hello Vipasha,

You can have a maximum of 3 attempts at the JEE Main exam. 

I have cleared my 12th in second attempt with more than 75 percentage of marks. Will I am allowed to appear for 2021 JEE mains?
mohit sarohi

Hello Riyaz,

Yes, you can appear for the JEE Main 2021 exam. For more details about eligibility, please refer to the following link: JEE Main eligibility.

What subjects should I opt in class 12 in order to be eligible for B. Arch exam?
Is there a maximum prescribed age for JEE Main 2021?
When can I register for JEE Main 2021?
Is there any center for JEE Main 2021 in Malabar?
Will there be any changes in JEE Exam Pattern?
mohit sarohi

Hello Sheetal,

As of now, NTA hasn’t released any notification regarding any update in the exam pattern. Once the official notification is released, you will see it here first.

Can I appear for both the session of the JEE Main exam? I mean January and April?
mohit sarohi

Hello Neha,

Yes! you can appear for both the sessions of JEE Main. A candidate can appear for the exam on their own will, depending on their ease and preparation level.

Is there a minimum prescribed age for JEE Main 2021?
mohit sarohi

Hello Mohammed,

There is no prescribed age for appearing for the JEE Main exam. However, you have to check the prescribed eligibility for individual colleges while applying.

I am in class 11 and my dream is to get into IIT. What all things should I take care of?
abhishek upadhyay

Hello Ankita, greetings from Collegedunia. For accomplishing your aim of getting an admission into an IIT, focusing on the core subjects and preparing efficiently is very crucial. Aim high, and practice well. Click here for a comprehensive study plan for JEE.

i am in 12th now, can i apply for JEE main and advance
abhishek upadhyay

Hello Bhupesh, greetings from Collegedunia. For comprehensive details about the eligibility for JEE, click here.

Do universities outside India accept JEE Main scores?
abhishek upadhyay

Hi Priya, click here to get customized and more clear information about admission criteria for foreign universities.