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JEE Main 2023 B.Planning Exam Pattern- NTA introduced a separate paper for B. Planning in 2019, candidates from this year can choose to attempt either B. Planning or B. Arch, or both of these papers of JEE Main. JEE Main B. Planning Paper is conducted for a duration of 3.5 hours.

JEE Main B.Planning Exam Pattern has gone major changes in the previous session (in 2021) with the reduction in CBSE syllabus. As per the revised JEE Main Exam Pattern, there will be a total of 105 questions of which students will need to answer 100 questions. The total marks however will remain the same as last year i.e., 400 marks.

For this year, there has been an increase in the number of NAT questions for Mathematics section. Students will be provided with a total of 10 questions (which was 5 last year) and they will have a choice of answering any five. Check Changes in JEE Main B.Planning Exam Pattern

Candidates will be tested based on their Aptitude, Mathematics, and Problem-solving based on planning. The Aptitude section holds the most weightage with 50 questions, followed by 25 in Mathematics and 25 Planning-based questions. The paper is administered online, in the Computer-Based Test (CBT) mode.

B. Plan Exam Pattern

JEE Main 2023 B. Planning Exam Pattern

Particulars Latest 2020
Mode of Exam Computer-Based Test
Marking Scheme MCQs: +4 for each correct answer and -1 for any wrong answer
NAT questions: +4 for the correct answer, 0 for an incorrect answer
Duration of Exam 3.5 hours
Language of Exam (Revised) English, Hindi, Urdu (All Center Cities)
Regional Languages
Hindi, English, and Gujarati (only for centers in Gujarat, Daman and Diu, and Dadra and Nagar Haveli)
Type of Questions MCQs and Numerical Answer Type (NAT)

Mathematics (30 questions- 20 MCQs + 10 NAT);
Aptitude (50 MCQs);
Planning-based questions (25 MCQs)

Mathematics (25 questions- 20 MCQs + 5 NAT);
Aptitude (50 MCQs);
​Planning-based questions (25 MCQs)
Total Number of Questions (Revised) 105 (Mathematics- 30; Aptitude- 50; Planning- 25) 100 (Mathematics- 25; Aptitude- 50; Planning- 25)
Questions to be Answered (Revised) 100 (Mathematics- 25; Aptitude- 50; Planning- 25) 100 (Mathematics- 25; Aptitude- 50; Planning- 25)
Total Marks 400

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Importance of Knowing the Exam Paper Pattern

The knowledge of the B. Planning paper pattern of JEE Main is extremely essential as you can find a clear understanding of the amount of effort you will have to allocate for each section according to the expected number of questions. Candidates often end up making time tables that are not as productive. The accurate information of the exam pattern shall save you the headache of investing in the wrong direction. The knowledge of the marking scheme and nature of questions will also help you formulate paper attempting tricks. 

How are Separate Papers for B. Arch and B. Planning Helpful for the Candidates?

For applicants, the presence of separate papers for B.Arch and B.Planning is very beneficial since the papers vary according to each course's requirements. Students can choose to attempt either one of these papers, or both. The Mathematics and Aptitude sections are common to B.Arch and B.Planning papers because fluency in these topics is necessary for admission to both courses. The third part, however, differs in these two papers. The B.Arch paper has questions appropriate for B.Arch courses while B.Planning has questions specifically relevant to B.Planning courses in the Planning-based questions section. 

Changes Made in Exam Pattern

Changes Introduced in JEE Main 2023 B.Planning Exam Pattern

JEE Main B. Planning Paper Pattern 

  • The B. Planning paper (Paper 3) will be conducted in the Computer-Based Test (CBT) mode. 
  • Unlike the previous year, the total number of questions that will be asked in B.Planning will be 105 with the addition of 5 more Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions in the Mathematics section. Students will however need to answer 100 questions only that will be divided into three sections:​
    • Section I - Mathematics
    • Section II - Aptitude
    • Section III - Planning-based questions
  • Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions for the Mathematics section will have no negative marking. 
  • The maximum possible marks are 400. 
Section Total Number of Questions Questions to be Answered Maximum Marks Type of Questions
Mathematics 30 (20 + 10) 25 (20 + 5) 100 20 Objective Type (MCQs) and 10 Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions
Aptitude Test 50 50 200 Objective Type - Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
Planning-based 25 25 100 Objective Type - Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
Total 105 100 400 -

Different papers for B. Arch and B. Planning 

Until 2019, B.Arch and B.Planning papers were viewed as one. For the candidates who wish to particularly apply for B.Planning courses, for the first time in JEE Mains’ history, a separate exam was organized in 2020. Therefore, JEE Main 2023 will be handled in three parts - 

  • B.E / B. Tech Paper 1 
  • B. Arch Paper 2 
  • B. Planning Paper 3 

Now, students have the option to appear for either one, two, or all three papers according to their choice.

Marking Scheme

Marking Scheme of JEE Main 2023 B.Planning Paper

  • Total Number of Questions Asked: 105 questions
  • Total Number of Questions to be Answered: 100 questions
  • Maximum Marks: 400 marks (Mathematics: 100; Aptitude: 200; Planning: 100)
Type of Questions For Each Correct Answer For Each Incorrect Answer For Each Unanswered Question
For MCQs +4  -1 0
For NAT +4 0 0

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Jan 2020 Paper Analysis

B. Planning Paper Analysis of JEE Main January 2020 Session

The JEE Main B. Planning exam was conducted over two shifts in one day on January 6, 2020. 

Shifts Exam Start Exam End
Shift I 09:30 AM 12:30 PM
Shift II 02:30 PM 05:30 PM

JEE Main 2020 Shift I Day 1 (January 6, 2020)

Shift 1 of the JEE Main 2020 session of January successfully began on January 6 , 2020. The Mathematics section was found to be the hardest, based on the candidates' initial reactions. The exam's general level of difficulty was moderate to difficult.

JEE Main B. Planning Paper Mathematics

The level of difficulty of the Mathematics section was found to be very high by the test-takers. Questions were asked from the maths syllabus of Class 11 and 12. However, according to a majority of the candidates, a higher weightage was given to the class 11 syllabus in the Mathematics section. Several questions appeared from topics like 3D coordinate geometry and distance. The number of questions asked from topics such as integration and differentiation was low. 

JEE Main B. Planning Aptitude

When compared to the Mathematics section, the Aptitude section was considered to be easier by the test-takers. Mirror image and 3D figures were some of the topics from which questions were asked. Some questions from the Aptitude section were regarding the location of the Konark temple, correct size of a door, and the texture of a mirror. 

JEE Main B. Planning Paper Planning

The Planning section continued online. 25 questions in MCQ form were asked in the Planning section. The Planning section was considered easy. 

JEE Main 2020 Shift II Day 1 (January 6, 2020)

The JEE Main 2020 afternoon shift for B.Planning was scheduled between 2.30 PM to 5.30 PM. Candidates considered the Mathematics section to be the toughest. The difficulty level of the paper was moderate to difficult. 

JEE Main B. Planning Paper Mathematics

According to test-takers, the Mathematics section was difficult. 4 Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions were asked. Many of the questions asked were from the Class 11 syllabus. The questions from calculus were quite difficult.

JEE Main B. Planning Aptitude

The Aptitude section was of a moderate difficulty level. A few questions in this section consisted of designs and candidates were required to determine how they would look from different views. 

JEE Main B. Planning Paper Planning

The Planning section continued online and was considered to be easy. The questions in this section included topics like Ministers and the Government. Questions such as - “Who is the architect of the LIC building?” were also asked.

Paper Attempting Tricks

Paper Attempting Tricks for JEE Main B. Planning

Trick 1 - Read through the B. Planning paper 

When you get the JEE main B. Planning paper, read through it and find out the easy and moderately difficult questions. Ensure that you answer them first so that you will not miss out on a good score later due to failure in attempting all the easy questions. It is highly recommended that you attempt the Planning section first because it is usually the easiest of all three sections.

Also Read How to prepare for JEE Main B. Planning Paper?

Trick 2 - Do not spend a lot of time on a single question

You must take care not to spend more than 5 minutes on MCQs and NAT questions in the B. Planning paper. If you fail to do so, you will lag behind and will be unable to answer the whole paper within 3 hours. You will also be left with no time to recheck your answers. If at any point you are unable to answer a question, go on to attempt the next one. You can mark the difficult questions and get back to them at the end of the paper. 

Trick 3 - Stay confident and optimistic

Keeping up your confidence and positivity with regard to your preparation is very essential. Panicking will cause you to blank out when you receive the question paper. You have to believe that you have put in adequate preparation for the B. Planning paper. 

Trick 4 - Steer clear from making random guesses in MCQs

MCQs are given negative marking in the JEE Main B. Planning paper. You must ensure that you do not answer these questions in a random manner. If you cannot find an answer to a question even at the end, leave it answered. 

Trick 5 - Pay attention to details in the questions

Do not allow panic to interfere with your reading of the questions. You must focus on every minute detail of every question in order to be able to answer correctly. 

Trick 6 - Make use of rough work

Carry out your rough work in a comprehensible manner. Soiled rough work will lead to confusion and further complication of a problem. Ensure that you mark your rough work according to the question numbers so that you can find it easily later. 

Trick 7 - Check your answers 

It is very crucial for you to check your answers in the JEE Main B. Planning paper. Especially in the planning section, you must make sure to revisit your answers. 

Sample Questions

JEE Main B. Planning Sample Questions

  1. The full form of UTM is - 
    1. Universal Transverse Mercator
    2. United Travel Mechanism
    3. Universal Target Machine
    4. Universal Transverse Machine
  2. When was the Earth Summit held?
    1. 990
    2. 1991
    3. 1992
    4. 1994
  3. What is the median of these values ( 2,4,3,2,9,75,29 )?
    1. 2
    2. 4
    3. 9
    4. 5
  4. Which organization manages the solid waste in a city?
    1. Municipal corporation/committee/municipality
    2. Public Works Department
    3. Development Authority
    4. Town and Country Planning Organisation
  5. If C is a circle with a diameter that is formed by a line segment of the line 3x + 2y = 6 intercepted by coordinate axes, at which point does C also pass through?
    1. (2,2)
    2. (1,1)
    3. (2,3)
    4. (3,2)
  6. Any tangent to the parabola x-square = 4y intersects the hyperbola xy = 2 at points P and Q. Then, the midpoint of line segment PQ rests on a parabola with axis along - 
    1. x-axis and focus on positive x-axis
    2. y-axis and focus on positive y-axis
    3. x-axis and focus on negative x-axis
    4. y-axis and focus on negative y-axis
  7. Match Group I with Group II
    1. Shimla Cantonment Hill
    2. Mhow Hill Town
    3. Kochi Port Town
  8. Which one of these programs is relevant to the development of heritage cities?
    1. HRIDAY
    2. Digital India
    3. Make in India
    4. Skill India
  9. The symbols on a map that are a representation of Earth’s physical features are known as?
    1. legend
    2. grid
    3. key
    4. scale

JEE Main B. Planning Syllabus 2023

MHRD’s announcement of 30% reduction in CBSE class XI and XII syllabus led to changes in JEE Main 2023 Exam Pattern. However, no changes have been announced for JEE Main Syllabus so far.

JEE Main B. Planning Mathematics Syllabus

Topic Name
Sets, relations, and functions Integral calculus Sequences and series
Complex numbers and quadratic equations Differential equations Limit, continuity, and differentiability
Matrices and determinants Coordinate geometry Trigonometry
Permutations and combinations Three-dimensional geometry Mathematical reasoning
Mathematical induction Vector algebra -
Binomial theorem and its simple applications Statistics and probability -

JEE Main B. Planning Aptitude Syllabus

Serial Number Topic Name
1 Awareness of persons, places, buildings, materials
2 Objects, texture related to architecture and built environment
3 Visualizing three-dimensional objects from two-dimensional drawings
4 Visualizing different sides of three-dimensional objects
5 Analytical Reasoning Mental Ability (Visual, Numerical and Verbal)

JEE Main B. Planning (Planning-based Section) Syllabus

Serial Number Topic Name
1 General awareness, government programs/schemes, development issues
2 Comprehension, graphs, charts and map reading skills, critical thinking and analytical skills, simple statistics
3 CBSE Class X Social Sciences

Career Scope for JEE Main B. Planning Paper

B.Planning is a four-year undergraduate course, after 10 + 2. It deals with the experience of small and large scale planning. Whether it is small towns or localities, or a full state or country, a planner needs to formulate a site plan to ensure a seamless incorporation of the different requirements of all those who will occupy the city. JEE Main B. Planning Paper 3 will let you get into the top B. Planning courses in the country. 

What after B. Planning?

You have the following options after B. Planning - 

  1. Study M. Planning 
  2. Pursue relevant M.Sc or M.Tech courses 
  3. Take up a PG Diploma course
  4. Work in planning jobs

Job Opportunities for B. Planning 

There are several career opportunities for B. Planning graduates. They involve working in - 

Public Sector

  • Government departments of urban and town planning
  • Housing schemes operated by the Government
  • Government transportation projects like highways, metros, and railways
  • Administration creation and rehabilitation projects
  • PWD employment posts
  • Municipal conglomerate job posts 

Private Sector 

  • Realty development firms
  • Construction firms
  • Architecture and interior design firms
  • Public structure construction firms (PPP model- like roads and bridges etc)
  • NGOs

There are also self-employment opportunities through which you can start your own consultancy service. 

Some of the popular job titles for B. Planning graduates are - 

Job Title Job Description Approximate Beginners Annual Pay (in INR)
Urban Planner An urban planner is anyone who designs land use plans and initiatives, develops neighbourhoods, supports development, or revitalizes public infrastructure in counties, towns, cities, and metropolitan areas. 5,44,000
Regional Planner Regional planners design land-use policies and services that help build neighbourhoods, provide space for population development and revitalize public infrastructure in towns, cities, counties, and metropolitan areas.  6,00,000
Project Planner  Project planners or project managers collaborate with business managers to monitor and guide the development of a project, ensuring that tasks are completed within a given timeline under budget limits and adequate personnel.  3,51,000
Design Architect Design architects produce designs for new construction projects, improvements and redevelopments. They use their professional architectural experience and high-level drawing skills to design practical, healthy, sustainable and aesthetically pleasing buildings. 3,90,000
Interior Designer Interior Designers understand the particular taste and aesthetic needs of a client to dress up interior space with colour, lighting and furnishings. 2,99,000

Frequently Asked Questions

JEE Main B. Planning Paper Pattern FAQs

Question: What is the difference between B.Arch and B. Planning papers?

Ans. The B.Arch paper is Paper 2 of JEE Main while B. Planning is Paper 3 of JEE Main. Paper 2 and Paper 3 have the same Mathematics and Aptitude section to be attempted online. Section III is different in both these papers. B. Arch has Drawing Test-based questions to be attempted offline while B. Planning has Planning-based questions to be attempted online in Section III. B.Arch provides admission to B.Arch courses while B.Planning provides admission to B.Planning courses in the country. 

Question: How do I prepare for JEE Main B. Planning?

Ans. To prepare for JEE Main B. Planning - 

  • Read from textbooks of Classes 11 and 12 for the Mathematics section. 
  • Divide topics into weekly and monthly segments and set practical goals in your study plan.
  • Practice your observation skills to score well in the Aptitude section.
  • Refer to a sufficient number of Planning books to ace the Planning section.
  • Utilize flashcards and revision notes. 
  • Attempt an adequate number of sample questions, previous years’ papers, and mock tests. 

Question: Which are the best books for Planning?

Ans. The best books for Planning are - 

  • Contemporary India Part – 2 Textbook in Geography for Class 10 by NCERT 
  • Democratic Politics – II Textbook in Social Science for Class 10 by NCERT
  • Understanding Economic Development – Textbook in Social Science for Class 10 by NCERT
  • India and the Contemporary World – 2 Textbook in History for Class 10 by NCERT

Question: Is JEE Main B. Planning easy?

Ans. JEE Main B. Planning has a moderate to high difficulty level. The Mathematics section is generally very tough with MCQs and Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions. The Aptitude section is of a moderate difficulty level. The Planning section is usually quite easy. 

Question: How many questions are asked in JEE Main Paper 3?

Ans. JEE Main 2023 B.Planning (or Paper 3) Exam Pattern has been revised. A total of 105 questions will be asked in JEE Main Paper 3. Students will need to answer 100 questions. The paper will be divided into three sections - the Mathematics section that will have 30 questions (20 MCQs and 10 NAT questions) and students will need to answer 25 (20 MCQs and 5 NAT questions); the Aptitude section with 50 MCQs; and the Planning section with 25 MCQs. Students need to answer all questions in aptitude and planning section.

Question: Does JEE Main B. Planning have negative marking?

Ans. Yes, JEE Main B.Planning has many questions with negative marking. There are two types of questions in the paper - MCQs and Numerical Answer Type(NAT) questions. 95 MCQs are asked from the Mathematics (20), Aptitude (50), and Planning (25) sections. There will be 10 NAT questions in Mathematics section, students will need to answer only 5 questions. MCQs have negative marking while NAT questions do not. For MCQs, 4 marks are given for a correct answer and 1 mark is reduced for an incorrect answer. NAT questions are given +4 if correct and 0 if incorrect. 

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.


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