The Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India has notified following two changes in the JEE pattern from 2017:
1. There shall be no weightage for the 12th class marks in calculating the ranks in the JEE (Main) examination,
2. For the candidates to qualify for the admission in the IITs/NITs/IIITs and such other CFTIs whose admissions are based on the JEE (Advanced)/JEE(Main) ranks, they should have secured at least 75% marks in the 12th class examination, or be in the top 20 percentile in the 12th class examination conducted by the respective Boards. For SC/ST students the qualifying marks would be 65% in the 12th class examination.

Since there is no weightage of class 12th marks in calculation of ranks in JEE (Main) - 2018, so, the roll number of class 12th is not verified this year by the CBSE, however, the candidates have to show the marksheet of class 12th (regular/improvement) with 75% marks at the reporting centres at the time of counselling/admission in IITs/NITs/IIITs and other CFTIs.

JEE Mains Eligibility Criteria

Candidates must fulfil the minimum eligibility criteria while applying for JEE Main 2018. Candidates are advised to read the eligibility of JEE Main 2018 so that they can they know age criteria, qualifications and marks required for the qualifying exam. The detailed information related to JEE Main 2018 eligibility criteria given below.

Nationality required for JEE Main 2018

Indian/OCI/PIO/ Foreign candidates can appear for the exam

Age limit for JEE Main 2018

Only those candidates whose date of birth falls on or after October 01, 1993 are eligible for JEE Main 2018 Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Persons with Disabilities (PwD) candidates, upper age limit is relaxed by 5 years, i.e. SC, ST and PwD candidates who are born on or after October 01, 1988 are eligible to apply for JEE Main 2018
Upper age-limit for JEE Main 2018
Unreserved Category: 25 years
Reserved Category: 30 years
Year of appearance in the qualifying examination (QE) i.e. 10+2/HSC
Academic Qualifications:
Candidates must have passed their class 12 or equivalent examination in 2016 or 2017. Those who are appearing Class 12 exam or any equivalent exam in 2018 are also eligible to appear in JEE Main 2018
Number of subjects required in 10+2 for appearing in JEE Main 2018
Candidates must have taken at least five subjects in class 12/qualifying examination The candidates who have taken four subjects are not permitted for JEE Main 2018
JEE Main Number of attempts:
Candidates can attempt JEE Main for maximum three times.

Is Aadhaar card required for JEE Main 2018?

The Aadhaar card number was necessary to apply for JEE Main 2018. This requirement was introduced and executed from 2017. However, the Aadhaar number requirement has been waived off for candidates belonging to Jammu & Kashmir, Assam and Meghalaya.

JEE Mains Syllabus

The JEE Mains 2018 syllabus comprises topics from Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. Candidates must cover the entire syllabus to score well in the examination.

JEE Mains Syllabus Subject Wise

Sl. No Physics Chemistry Mathematics
1. Units and Measurement Properties of Bulk Matter Relations and functions
2. Kinematics States of matter Trigonometric functions
3. Laws of Motion Chemical bonding and molecular structure Algebra
4. Work and Energy Atomic structure Straight lines
5. Motion of System of Particles and Rigid Body Solutions Conic sections
6. Gravitation Equilibrium Vectors
7. Properties of Bulk Matter Redox reactions and Electrochemistry Calculus
8. Thermodynamics Chemical Kinetics Three-dimensional geometry
9. Behaviour of Perfect Gases and Kinetic Theory of Gases Surface chemistry Differential equations
10. Oscillations and Waves Chemical thermodynamics Integrals & its Applications
11. Electrostatics Periodic properties Statistics
12. Current Electricity Hydrogen Probability
13. Magnetic Effects of Current and Magnetism S-block elements Linear Programming
14. Electromagnetic Induction and Alternating Currents P-block elements Mathematical Reasoning
15. Electromagnetic Waves d & f-block elements Continuity and differentiability
16. Optics Co-ordination compound Applications of derivatives
17. Dual Nature of Radiation and Matter Environmental chemistry Matrices
18. Atoms and Nuclei Organic Chemistry Complex numbers and quadratic equations
19. Electronic Devices Hydrocarbons Permutations and combinations
20. Communication Systems Organic compounds containing Nitrogen Sequence and series
21. Polymers
22. Chemistry in everyday life

JEE Mains Exam Pattern

JEE Main 2018 exam pattern detail such as question type, number of questions, total marks etc. for both the papers can be checked from the table given below:

JEE Main Exam Pattern- Paper 1

Sl No. Particulars JEE Main 2018 Paper Pattern
1. Mode Offline/Online
2. Subjects Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics
3. Question Type Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
4. Number of Questions 90
5. Total Marks 360
6. Marking Scheme 4 marks for every correct response and 1 mark deduction for each incorrect response
7. Duration 3 Hours

JEE Main Exam Pattern- Paper 2

Sl No. Particulars JEE Main 2018 Paper Pattern
1. Mode Online
2. Subjects Mathematics, Aptitude test, Drawing test
3. Question Type Mathematics & Aptitude Test- Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) Drawing- Questions to test drawing skills
4. Number of Questions 82
5. Total Marks 390
6. Marking Scheme Mathematics & Aptitude Test- 4 marks for every correct response and 1 mark deduction for each incorrect response.Drawing- Marks will be allotted based on drawing skill
7. Duration 3 Hours

JEE Mains Important Dates

Jee Mains 2018 Event's Important Date's
JEE Main application form available from December 1, 2017
Correction of uploaded images in JEE Main application form December 8, 2017
Last date to submit JEE Main application form January 1, 2018
Last date to pay JEE Main 2018 application fee January 2, 2018
Correction details of JEE Main application form 2018 January 9 to 22, 2018
JEE Main admit card has been released on March 12, 2018
JEE Main 2018 pen and paper based exam April 8, 2018
JEE Main 2018 computer-based exam April 15 and 16, 2018
Display of JEE OMR sheet and answer key April 24 to 27, 2018
JEE Main 2018 result (Paper 1) April 30, 2018
JEE Main 2018 result (Paper 2) May 31, 2018
Registration for JEE Main counselling (Conducted by JoSAA) Third week of June 2018

JEE Mains Registrations

JEE Main 2018 application procedure involved five basic steps viz., registration, filling details in the form, uploading of scanned images, application fee payment and print out of acknowledgement slip. Check the five-stage procedure for JEE Main application form below:
1. JEE Main Registration 2018: To register for JEE Main 2018 candidates had to enter basic information such as name, date of birth, gender, nationality, state of eligibility etc.
2. Filling up of JEE Main application form: On JEE Main 2018 application page, candidates had to enter JEE Main exam related details, personal information, qualifying exam details etc. Applicants also had to choose a password and security question.
3. Uploading of Scanned Images: Applicants had to upload scanned images of their passport-sized photograph and signature. The format of scanned images had to match the given specification or else it will get rejected.
4. Payment of Application Fee: Candidates have to pay the prescribed JEE Main application fee online or through e-challan latest by January 2, 2018.
5. Print out of Acknowledgement Slip: After successful fee payment, applicants have to download and take a print out of the acknowledgement slip and keep it safe for future reference.

JEE Mains Admit Card

The Central Board of Secondary Education will be conducting the Joint Entrance Examination (Main) - 2018 in Pen and Paper mode at different centres located in 112 cities throughout the country and abroad on 08th April, 2018 (Sunday).
The computer based examination of Paper – I of JEE (Main) – 2018 will be conducted at different centres located in 258 cities throughout the country and abroad on 15th (in two shifts in some cities) & 16th April, 2018.
The e-Admit Cards of candidates (who have paid the fees) have been uploaded on the JEE website The candidates are advised to download their e-admit card of JEE (Main) - 2018.
In case any applicant is not able to download his/her e-Admit card, he/she may contact CBSE Helpline No.: 7042399520, 7042399521, 7042399525 and 7042399526, between (10.00 AM to 5.30 PM) on working days.

The candidates may note that no eAdmit Card will be sent to them by post.

JEE Mains Results

The result of JEE Main 2018 has been released for paper 1 on April 30 while paper 2 is scheduled to be announced on May 31. The result of paper 1 is available online and no hard copy will be sent to the test takers. Paper 2 result will also be declared online.
The JEE Main result 2017 will be declared on 27th April on their official website

JEE Mains Exam Centers

The entrance exam will be held in around 160 cities of the country and abroad. The zones and number of exam locations under each zone are given below:

Name of the Zone No. of exam cities and towns
North 23
South 22
East 21
West 24
Central 7
Union Territories 7
Foregin Countries 9

JEE Mains Counselling

The Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA) is the responsible authority for conducting the counselling of JEE Main. JEE Main counselling will be held in seven rounds on the basis of opening and closing rank declared by the respective institutes.
Candidates who have qualified JEE Main and secured a rank have to apply separately to participate in the counselling of JoSAA and select their choices of institutes and courses as per their preference.

JEE Mains Cuttoff's

Candidates can check minimum qualifying percentage prescribed for inclusion in the rank list from the table given below:

JEE Mains 2017 Cutoff

Year General OBC-NCL SC ST
2018 74 45 29 24
2017 81 49 32 27
2016 100 70 52 48
2015 105 70 52 48
2014 115 74 53 47
2013 113 70 50 45

JEE Mains Prepartion Tips

It is imperative to keep in mind that structured and scientific approach to preparation can see you through and here are few tips from expert on the way forward:
1. Don’t drift away from the syllabus/prescribed books: It is the general tendency among students to consult too many study materials and/or test papers as a result they end up studying more than is required. Hence, students should focus only on the syllabus pertaining to IIT-JEE.
2. Analyse ‘what’ went wrong and ‘why’ it went wrong in JEE Mains
3. Identify the weak areas and consult an expert faculty.
4. Start fresh and from scratch with requisite focus on Class XI and XII syllabus.
5. Remember, you need a competitive environment while studying, so that you get to learn from the peer group. Look out for such a group or join a coaching institute that offers one.
6. Prepare weekly study plan with study milestones marked. Stick to it under any circumstances.
7. Focus on the fundamental concepts and its application.
8. Try to finish the syllabus by December, so that you could revise appropriately.
9. Prepare good quality revision notes so that you can engage in quick revision at a later stage. If you are going to re-appear for the boards, ensure you are preparing your model answer and notes too.
10. Strength and weakness analysis: Students reappearing for IIT-JEE will always have an edge since they have already gone through the process/experience of writing the exam before. They would exactly know ‘what to do’ and ‘what not to do’ in the second attempt. Hence, a student should always keep the previous experience of do’s and don’ts in mind.


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