JEE (Main) 2021: Check out the exam dates, pattern

JEE (Main) 2021: Check out the exam dates, pattern

The online registration for the Joint Entrance Examination (Main) exam has started. The JEE (Main) and (Advanced) are held for admission to engineering, architecture and bachelor planning graduation courses at the premier institutions in the country.

The National Testing Agency ( conducts the JEE (Main) examination.

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, candidates can appear for the exam up to four times next year in February, March, April and May. The best score will be considered.

Though there is no specific age criteria, those candidates who cleared class XII in 2019, 2020 and 2021 will be considered.

Candidates from the scheduled caste, scheduled tribe, backward communities and economically weaker sections will get 15%, 7.5%, 27 per cent and 10 per cent reservation, respectively. Also, 5 per cent for differently abled in each category.

Exam dates

Session 1 - February 23-26

Session 2 - March 15 - 18

Session 3 - April 27-30

Session 4 - May 24-28

Three-hour shifts in the morning and evening. Candidates need to write only one of them.

Two papers - First paper for BE, BTech admission. Second paper - 2A for BArch and 2B for BPlanning. Second paper only for February and May sessions.

Candidates have the choice to answer only 75 of the 90 questions. The syllabus is given on the website. There will be exam centres at various parts of Kerala.

Candidates seeking admission for BTech, BE, BArch and BPlanning courses at the 31 National Institute of Technology (NITs), including NIT Calicut; Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), centrally funded other technical institutions, certain deemed universities, and engineering colleges in several states need to write the JEE.

Those seeking admission to the 23 IITs should secure good scores in JEE Main and in the subsequent JEE Advanced. However, the list of institutions could change.

Question papers in 13 languages, including Malayalam. Malayalam option only in Kerala and Lakshadweep.

Apply by Jan 16

Applications can be submitted on the website till January 16. The application fee can be paid till January 17. The fee for one or more sessions can be paid at once.

If the fee is paid for one session but the candidate decides not to appear for it, then the fee can be carried forward to another session. There is also the provision for refund. Only a single confirmation page will be generated for those paying the fee for more than one session.

After the results for the February, March, and April sessions are declared, the application window will be re-opened for a short period of time. Only one application needs to be submitted, irrespective of the sessions the candidates plan to appear for.

Eligibility criteria

At least 75 per cent marks in class XII exam. Or the candidates must be included in the top 20 percentile in their respective board's class XII exam. Candidates in the SC/ST category need to have 65 per cent marks

BTech: Apart from maths and physics, the candidate should have opted for chemistry/ biotechnology/ biology/ technical vocational subjects in class XII.

BArch: 50 per cent marks for maths, physics and chemistry in class XII. Also, 50 per cent marks in aggregate

BPlanning: 50 per cent for maths and 50 per cent marks in aggregate in class XII.

Instead of plus-two, AICTE/state board recognised three-year diploma will also be considered.

Based on the JEE rank, the Central Seat Allocation Board / Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA) will carry out the admission process ( &

Application fee

The application fee for one paper in any of the 1, 2A, or 2B is Rs 650. Rs 1300 for BArch and BPlanning, along with the first paper. Girl students, SC/ST, transgender, and backward communities need to pay only half of these amounts. Special rates for exams held abroad.

There are around 1.5 lakh common centres ( at various places in the country to assist the applicants. Registration for test practice centres (


Paper 1, BTech, BE (90 questions, 3 hours)

Subjects: Maths, physics, chemistry

Questions: In each subject 20 multiple choice/10 numerical value (Of this, five need to be answered). No negative marking in this. Equal weightage for three subjects.

Mode of exam: Computer-based test

Paper 2A, BArch


1. Maths

Questions - 20 multiple choice/10 numerical value (Of this, five need to be answered). No negative marks for this

2. Aptitude

Questions: Multiple choice, 50 questions

3. Drawing

Questions: Aptitude for drawing, 2 questions.

Exam mode: Computer-based test for maths and aptitude, and pen & paper for drawing

Paper 2B, BPlanning


1. Maths

Questions: 20 multiple choice/10 numerical value (Of this, five need to be answered). No negative marks for this.

2. Aptitude

Questions: Multiple choice., 50 questions

3. Planning: Multiple choice, 25 questions

Exam mode: Computer-based test

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