Important do's and don'ts for JEE Main on the exam day

Are you going to appear for the JEE Main exam? Want to know the rules and regulations concerning the test on the exam day? Learn here the important advisories released by the NTA for the candidates appearing the JEE Main.

Advisories - JEE Main

Now that the candidates know the date, venue and timing of their JEE Main January 2019 exam and the exam is just a week away, it will be worthwhile for the candidates to take note of the important exam day rules. The JEE unit of NTA through its circular on 24 Dec 2018 has released a list of dos and don'ts that the candidates need to follow. Learn here about these important advisories. The advisories and other details regarding the JEE Main exam can also be seen at the NTA website at

The JEE Main this year will be conducted by the NTA or the National Testing Agency. There have been some major changes in JEE Main from this year. The format is very different from what it used to be all these years. For the first time NTA, an autonomous agency under the Ministry of Human Resource Development and set up by an Act of Parliament will be conducting the exam instead of CBSE. The exam will be conducted twice a year, first in January and then in April, thus giving two opportunities to the candidate to appear for the exam in the same year. Moreover, the exam will be completely computer based and the Paper-1 of the test will be spread across four days; two shifts a day.

Other than the above changes, a candidate appearing for the JEE Main also needs to be aware of the rules concerning the exam. In recent times, to ensure that the exam is conducted in a fair and foolproof manner, certain stringent rules have been made applicable for the candidates to adhere to at the exam center. This has been done to make the exam secure and to conduct it with full confidentiality and integrity. The exam centers will be under surveillance through CCTV cameras and jammers. The NTA, through its advisories, has asked the candidates to take note of these important rules. The candidates have been advised not to make use of any unfair means and to follow the dos and don'ts to the dot, failing which they may be debarred from the exam. Find here the list of important dos and don'ts concerning the JEE Exam.

A day before the exam

  • Before the exam day, download your admit card by visiting the NTA website at The printout should be on an A4 size paper and preferably in color
  • Check the admit card for details such as exam date, test venue, shift, exam timing, reporting time and gate closing time.
  • A day prior to the test, you should make a visit to the exam center and familiarize yourself with the route and means of travel. In place of the candidate, a parent or a relative, likely to accompany the candidate on the exam day may visit the test center.

Things to carry to the exam centre

  1. Printout of your admit card, downloaded from the NTA website.
  2. A photo ID proof such as Aadhaar Card, E-Aadhaar printout, PAN Card, Voter Card, Driving License, Passport or a Ration Card. Without a valid photo ID proof, no candidate will be allowed to appear for the test. ID proofs issued by colleges, schools, coaching centers or Aadhaar enrolment receipts won't be accepted.
  3. A passport size photograph of yours. Make sure it is the same one as uploaded by you in the online application form. The photo has to be pasted on the attendance sheet at the test center.
  4. Physically challenged candidates, claiming relaxation, to carry the PwD certificate issued to them by a competent authority.
  5. Candidates who are diabetic are allowed to carry a few eatables to the exam hall or room. These can be fruits like banana, apple and orange. They may also carry sugar tablets and a transparent bottle of water. Eatables like packed food, chocolates, sandwiches, candies, etc. will not be permitted.

Things not allowed in the exam hall

Following is the list of the items that are not allowed to be carried inside the exam hall.
  1. Any instrument, geometry or pencil boxes.
  2. Purses or handbags
  3. Mobile phones, earphones, microphones, pagers, tape recorders, cameras or any other electronic device
  4. Calculators, slide rule, DocuPen or log tables
  5. Watches, digital or otherwise with or without any calculating device
  6. Any kind of stationeries like pen, pencil or paper. Pen, pencils and blank sheets for rough work will be provided in the exam hall itself
  7. Any eatables or water, except for those permitted to the diabetic candidates

In short, other than a few important documents and a photograph of yours, candidates are not to take anything to the exam center. In case you do carry, you will have to leave them outside or with your parents or relatives accompanying you to the center. At the exam center, there may not be any provision for safekeeping of your goods and valuables. So plan accordingly and carry things that you really need.

Reach the exam center in time

Among other things, ensure that you reach the exam center well in time, in any case at least before the gate closing time. Beyond the gate closing time, no candidate will be allowed to enter the test center. The timings you can check in your admit card.

Candidates who are to appear for the test in the first shift should reach the center by 0730 hrs as advised by NTA. The exam for the first shift begins at 0930 hrs. Second shift begins at 1430 hrs, so candidates for the second shift should reach the center by 1230 hrs.

Things to check inside the exam hall

  • Write your details in the attendance sheet. The handwriting should be legible enough.
  • Put your signature and left-hand thumb impression at the appropriate place in the attendance sheet.
  • See to it that you paste the photograph at the appropriate place on the attendance sheet.
  • At the top of the sheets that you take for rough work, write your name and roll number. Return the sheets and your admit card to the invigilator at the end of the exam and before leaving the hall.

Since there have been many new changes in the way the JEE Main exam is going to be conducted this year, the candidates are advised to familiarize themselves with these changes. In case you are yet to familiarize yourself with the computer-based test, you can still do it by attempting the mock tests that are available at the NTA website. Also, make sure that you read all the instructions that are printed on the admit card.

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