Joint Entrance Examination

Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) is an engineering entrance examination conducted for admission to various engineering colleges in India. It is constituted by two different examinations - JEE Main and the JEE Advanced.

The Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA) conducts the joint admission process for a total of 24 Indian Institute of Technology campuses, 32 National Institute of Technology campuses, 18 Indian Institute of Information Technology campuses and 19 other Government Funded Technical Institutes (GFTIs) based on the rank obtained by a student in JEE Mains and JEE Advanced.[citation needed]

There are some institutes like Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISERs), Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology (RGIPT), and Indian Institute of Science (IISc) use the score obtained in JEE Advanced as the basis for admission. These institutes do not participate in the post examination counselling session. Any student who takes admission to IITs cannot appear for the JEE-Advanced exam in the next year, but the same is not the case with IISc, IISER, RGIPT and other institutes as these institutes only use JEE Advanced score for admission.

As per the reports from Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) of Government of India, the government is considering to conduct only one common engineering entrance test based on the lines of NEET for all engineering colleges, including private institutions, across India.[1]

JEE MainEdit

JEE Main has two papers, Paper-1 and Paper-2. Candidates may opt for either or both of them. Both papers contain multiple choice questions. Paper 1 is for admission to B.E./B.Tech courses and is conducted only online. Paper-2 is for admission in B.Arch and B.Planning courses and is conducted offline only. From January 2020 an additional Paper - 3 is being introduced for B.Planning courses separately.[2]

JEE Main, unlike JEE Advanced, has a fixed exam structure and is not subject to change every year. Paper-1 is of three hours duration and consists of thirty multiple-choice (single-correct) questions in each of the three subjects (physics, chemistry, and maths). 4 marks are awarded for correct answers and 1 mark is deducted for incorrect answers.

New pattern consisting of 20+5 questions per subject is introduced in January 2020 with 20 multiple choice questions + 5 numerical type question. In multiple choice questions 4 marks are awarded for correct answers and no marks are deducted from numerical type questions.[3]

From 2013 to 2016, the marks obtained in the class XII school board examination used to be accorded a 40% weightage in deciding the JEE Main all India ranks.[4][5]

Number of applicants by yearEdit

The number of applicants taking the JEE Main has varied over the years. In 2016, fewer aspirants registered as compared to the previous three years as shown in the table below.1.3 million candidates appeared for JEE Main in 2014.[6]

Year No. of Students
2020 (April) Postponed(COVID-19 pandemic)
2020(January)    921,261[7] 
2019    929,198[8] 
2018 1,043,739[9] 
2017 1,186,454[10]  
2016 1,194,938 [11]  
2015 1,304,495[12] 
2014 1,356,805[13] 
2013 1,282,000[14] 
2012    479,651[15]

JEE AdvancedEdit

The top students who take the JEE-Main qualify for the JEE-Advanced examination. In 2018, 224,000 students were allowed to take the JEE-Advanced,[16] a number that had gone up from 220,000 in 2017 and 200,000 in 2016.[17]


The JEE pattern has undergone many changes. Since 2010 candidates are given paper copies of their answers, and cutoffs are announced.[18] This transparency was achieved after a tenacious legal tussle waged by IIT Kharagpur professor Rajeev Kumar,[19] who was nominated for the National RTI Award 2010 for his crusade.[20] Since 2013–14, JEE has changed a lot and recently adopted new online admissions and application selection procedures which were not available in recent years.

In 2012, the government-run Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) that earlier conducted the AIEEE, announced the JEE that replaced the AIEEE and IIT-JEE. The JEE-Main, which replaces AIEEE, is for admission to the National Institutes of Technology (NITs), Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs), and some other colleges designated as "centrally funded technical institutes" (CFTIs). The JEE-Advanced, which replaces IIT-JEE, is for admission to the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). Only the students selected in JEE Main are eligible for appearing in JEE Advanced. About 224,000 students will be selected from 2018.

In September 2013, the IIT Council approved the decision of the Joint Admission Board to continue with the two-phase JEE pattern ("Main" followed by "Advanced") for IITs in 2014. Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA) conducted the joint admission process for a total of 23 IITs, ISM, 32 NITs, 18 IIITs and 19 other Government Funded Technical Institutes (GFTIs).[21][22]

JEE Main counsellingEdit

Earlier, counselling for JEE main was conducted through CSAB but now officials have made changes in the counselling procedure. The JAB (Joint Admission Board), representing IITs and CSAB (Central Seat Allocation Board), are making agreements on the behalf of NITs and other CFTIs, and are now united to conduct a counselling (common counselling) for the two exams of JEE. The memo for the same was signed on May 2, 2015. These two together will be known as the Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA).[23]

No Changes in JEE Main 2017 except that Board Marks will not be considered for normalisation and A.I.R will strictly be based on JEE Scores. As per the official changes made in Eligibility Criteria of JEE Advanced, 12th Marks will not matter for appearing in the exam.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "MHRD plans single entrance exam for all engineering colleges from 2018". 10 February 2017.
  2. ^ "Public Notice for JEE Mains 2020". NTA JEE Mains. National Testing Agency. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  3. ^ "JEE Main Public Notice 2020". NTA JEE Main 2020. National Testing Agency. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  4. ^ "40% weightage to class XII marks in JEE". Times of India. 5 October 2012.
  5. ^ "Class 12 marks will not impact JEE Main rank: HRD ministry". Hindustan Times. 8 April 2016.
  6. ^ "JEE (Mains) 2014: 14 lakh candidates appeared for the exam : News".
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  8. ^ "JEE Main 2019: In April, 9.35 lakh candidates registered; January was 9.29 lakh -The Indian Express". The Indian Express. Retrieved 29 April 2019.
  9. ^ "IIT JEE Main 2018: 10.5 lakh students appeared for the examination - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
  10. ^ "RESULT OF JEE (MAIN) 2017" (PDF). National Informatics Centre. 27 April 2017. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  11. ^ "CBSE JEE Main 2016: Check out the result analysis here!". 27 April 2016. India Today. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  12. ^ "JEE Main Registrations Stats: 2014 vs 2015". 2 March 2014. Careers360. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  13. ^ "JEE Main 2014 Result Analysis". 7 May 2014. Shiksha. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  14. ^ "Number of applicants for JEE Main decreased in 2015". 8 January 2016. Jagran Josh. 1 April 2017. Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  15. ^ "JEE 2012 Report" (PDF).
  16. ^ "Eligibility Criteria For Indian Nationals (including PIO/OCI For Appearing In Jee (Advanced) 2018". Archived from the original on 7 September 2018.
  17. ^ "CBSE JEE Main 2016: Check out the result analysis here!". India Today. 27 April 2016.
  18. ^ "Irregularities in IIT". 1 November 2012.
  19. ^ Charu Sudan Kasturi (27 June 2016). "For "unsung hero" behind IIT JEE transparency, some reprieve after years of torment". Hindustan Times. quote= Kumar, dubbed by the Supreme Court of India as an “unsung hero” responsible for much of the transparency introduced in the IIT entrance examination in recent years
  20. ^ "RTI Awards 2010 | Welcome".
  21. ^ "3,200 engineering seats vacant, govt makes Rs 14 crore".
  22. ^ "Only 591 seats vacant at IITs, ISM Dhanbad".
  23. ^ "Joint Seat Allocation Authority 2016". Retrieved 26 August 2016.[permanent dead link]

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