The Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main is for students aspiring to pursue courses in engineering at the premier institutions of the country – NITs (National Institutes of Technology), IIITs (Indian Institutes of Information Technology) and CFTIs (Centrally Funded Technical Institutions).

National Testing Agency made official notification for JEE Main 2020 January session in August 2019. The registration process for JEE Main 2020 January session is NOW CLOSED.

Like in 2019, JEE Mains 2020 will have two sessions – one in January and one in April.

This year onwards, the JEE Main will have THREE PAPERS: Paper 1 for admission to B.E and B.Tech courses, Paper 2 for admission to B.Arch courses and Paper 3 for B.Planning courses.

Who is it for?

Aspirants pursuing various courses in engineering at NITs (National Institutes of Technology), IIITs (Indian Institutes of Information Technology), CFTIs (Centrally Funded Technical Institutions) and GFTIs (Government funded Technical Institutions).

Who conducts it?

From 2019 onwards, the National Testing Agency or NTA would conduct these exams. The JEE (earlier known as All India Engineering Entrance Examinations) were initially being conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).

Papers in JEE Main

  • The JEE Main, from January 2020, will have three papers.
  • Paper 1 has 3 sections – Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics.
  • In Paper 1, each section has 25 questions: 20 of them multiple choice objective questions (4 choices each), and 5 will be of numerical value. All three sections carry equal weightage.
  • Each wrongly answered question will get a -1 mark. No negative marking for questions not attempted.
  • Paper 2 also has three parts: Mathematics – I, Aptitude Test – II and Drawing Test – III.
  • Paper 3, which has been introduced from January 2020 session, will have three sections, like Paper 2. The first two sections will be again of Mathematics and Aptitude, but the third section will have planning-based question.

Mode of Test

  • Paper 1 for the B.Tech courses are held online using computers
  • Paper 2 for the B.Arch and B.Planning courses are held online and offline using computers, and pen and paper (for the drawing test).

Age Limit

The National Testing Authority has removed the age limit for candidates from 2019.


  • It is mandatory for students to pass 10+2 to write the JEE Mains
  • Those appearing for the Class 12 exam in the same year as the JEE Mains) are also qualified to appear
  • Students should have passing marks in at least five subjects in Class 12: physics and mathematics mandatory with at least one language and any one subject from among chemistry/ Biology/ Biochemistry/ Biotechnology or a Technical vocational subject
  • Candidates can attempt JEE Mains for a total of six years across three years– twice in an academic year