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How to submit online applications for Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main 2020


Are you searching for the notification of the JEE-Main 2020 exam registration schedule? This article provides complete information on the Joint Entrance Examination (Main)-2020, including the schedule of dates for registration this year, the exam pattern and marking system, application fees, eligibility requirements and the online application process.

The National Testing Agency (NTA), established by the HRD Ministry, Govt. of India, has been conducting the Joint Entrance Examination JEE (Main) since last year. NTA has issued the notification for the registration process for candidates wishing to appear for the Joint Entrance Examination JEE (Main) for admission to reputed Engineering, Architecture and Planning institutes beginning in the 2020 academic session. The registration will be open up to 30th September 2019, for the JEE-Main exam which has been scheduled twice, for January and April 2020. Candidates do not have to appear for both, the January and April exam, but if they do so, the better of the two scores will be used for admission and eligibility for the JEE(Advanced)-2020 exam.

Scores of JEE-Main 2020 exam will be accepted for admission to undergraduate engineering programs at NITs, IIITs, Centrally Funded Technical Institutions (CFTIs), institutions funded by participating State Govts., and other institutions.

NTA JEE Main Exam 2020 notification
[Image source: TOI Mumbai advt. 4th September 2019.]

Eligibility requirements

Academic criteria

Candidates who have passed Class 12 or an equivalent exam in 2018, 2019 or are appearing for Class 12 in 2020 can register for JEE-Main 2020. If you have who passed the Class 12 or equivalent qualifying exam in 2017 or prior to that or will appear in that exam in 2021 or later, then you are ineligible to appear in JEE (Main)-2020.

It is advisable to go through the information brochure of the JEE(Advanced)2020 to be clear about the eligibility requirements for IITs and other institutions as well as know the reservation percentage of seats allocated to various categories of candidates.

The acceptable qualifying exams are as follows –
  1. CBSE or ISCE or any other equivalent recognized Central or State Board's final exam of the 10+2 system.

  2. The Intermediate or two-year pre-University exam conducted by a recognized Board or University.

  3. The final exam of the two-year course of the Joint Services Wing of the National Defense Academy.

  4. A Senior Secondary School exam conducted by the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) with a minimum of five subjects.

  5. Any Public School/ Board/ University exam in India or in any foreign country recognized as equivalent to the 10+2 system by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU).

  6. A Higher Secondary Certificate Vocational examination.

  7. A Diploma recognized by AICTE or a State Board of technical education, with the Diploma program being of a minimum of three years' duration.




Additionally, you must have cleared the below-mentioned specific subject combinations at the Class 12 level as per the course for which you are seeking admission.
For admission to B.Tech. courses and B.E. courses: You must pass the Class 12 qualifying exam from a recognized Board with Physics and Maths as compulsory subjects + any one of these – Chemistry or Biotechnology or Biology or a Technical vocational subject.

For admission to B.Arch courses: You must pass the Class 12 qualifying exam from a recognized Board with Physics, Maths, and Chemistry.

For admission to B. Planning courses: You must pass the Class 12 qualifying exam from a recognized Board with Maths.

Marks: For all of the above, you should score a minimum of 75% marks in the Class 12 exam or rank in the top 20 percentile in Class 12. In the case of SC and ST candidates, the requirement is a minimum of 65% in the Class 12 exam.

Age criteria

While there is no age limit for the candidates, you should check with the respective institutes where you are seeking admission about the age limit requirements because the IITs do have an age limit criterion. Details will be available in the JEE(Advanced)-2020 information brochure.

JEE-Main 2020 exam papers mode, pattern and marking system

The medium of all the question papers will be English, Hindi and Gujarati. The English and Hindi medium papers will be available in all the centre cities, while papers in the three languages English, Hindi and Gujarati will be available only in the centre cities in Gujarat, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli. During the online application process, you can select any four cities of your choice as the exam centre.

After consultation with subject experts, this year a couple of changes have been made in the pattern of the questions and the number of questions. These changes have been approved by the JEE Apex Board (JAB).

The mode of exam

For all the sections of the B.E., B. Tech. and B. Planning papers, the JEE (Main)-2020 will be conducted in the Computer Based Test (CBT) mode only. In the case of the B. Arch. Paper, the Mathematics (Part I) and Aptitude Test (Part II) papers will be in CBT mode, but the Drawing Test (Part III) will be in offline mode through a Pen and Paper-based test, which has is on an A4 size drawing sheet.

B.E./B.Tech. paper pattern

Subjects for this paper are Mathematics, Physics & Chemistry with equal weightage to all the three subjects. There are 25 questions totally, 100 marks for each paper. Out of these, 20 are objective type Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) and five are of the type which requires the answer to be a numerical value.

B.Arch. paper pattern

For the Mathematics (Part-I) paper, there are 25 questions totally with 100 marks. Out of these, 20 are objective type Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) and five are of the type which requires the answer to be a numerical value. For the Aptitude Test (Part-II) of 200 marks, there are 50 objective type Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs). For the Drawing test (Part-III), there are two questions, with a total of 100 marks.

B.Planning paper pattern

For the Mathematics (Part-I) paper, there are 25 questions totally of 100 marks. Out of these, 20 are objective type Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) and five are of the type which requires the answer to be a numerical value. For the Aptitude Test (Part-II) of 200 marks, there are 50 objective type Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs). For the Planning-based Questions (Part-III), there are 25 objective type Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs), with a total of 100 marks.

Four marks will be allocated to each correct answer and -1 for each incorrect answer. If you select multiple answers for a question, then, too, you will get -1 for that question. Zero marks will be given for unanswered questions and those marked for review. In the case of a question for which the answer is a numerical value, four marks will be given for each correct answer. There will be no negative marking for an incorrect answer.

Important note: You should report to the exam centre at least two hours before the commencement of the examination.



JEE-Main 2020 exam fees

The fee for the exam is not refundable.
For B.E./B.Tech or B.Arch or B.Planning exam: Rs.650/- for boys and Rs. 325/- for girls for candidates of General/Gen-EWS/ OBC(NCL) categories. In the case of SC/ST/PwD/Transgender category candidates, the fee is -Rs 325/- for both boys and girls.

Outside India candidates for these exams: Rs.3000/- for boys and Rs. 1500/- for girls for candidates of General/Gen-EWS/ OBC(NCL) categories. In the case of SC/ST/PwD/Transgender category candidates, the fee is -Rs 1500/- for both boys and girls.

For B.E./B.Tech & B. Arch or B.E./B.Tech & B. Planning or B.E./B.Tech, B. Arch & B.Planning or B.Arch & B.Planning exam: Rs.1300/- for boys and Rs. 650/- for girls for candidates of General/Gen-EWS/ OBC(NCL) categories. In the case of SC/ST/PwD/Transgender category candidates, the fee is -Rs 650/- for both boys and girls.

Outside India candidates for these exams: Rs.6000/- for boys and Rs. 3000/- for girls for candidates of General/Gen-EWS/ OBC(NCL) categories. In the case of SC/ST/PwD/Transgender category candidates, the fee is -Rs 3000/- for both boys and girls.

Note: There may be additional processing charges and GST as applicable.

How to apply

Only online applications will be accepted with a valid email ID and a valid mobile phone number at JEE Main registration website. You can also submit the online application at NTA official website .

On registration, an application number will be generated which is required for the application process. You must note down this number for future reference and communication as well.

Make sure that you select the correct option of question paper language while filling up the application form as this cannot be changed at a later stage.

Also, you must give the State code as per the State where you passed the Class 12 or equivalent exam and not the State where you were born or where you are residing. In case you appeared for Class 12 twice, the second time being from another State to get an improvement in the scores, then the State code to be entered is the one where you first passed the Class 12 or equivalent exam. For NIOS students, the State code is the one where the NIOS study centre is located. Candidates from Nepal, Bhutan and OCI/PCO candidates should check the guidelines for the correct selection of the State code (page 10 of the pdf document available at the website).

Documents required for uploading:
  1. Relevant academic-related documents.

  2. Scanned recent clear passport photograph in JPG/JPEG format (size between 10kb to 200kb) in colour or black/white (but with clear contrast).

  3. Scanned clear signature in JPG/JPEG format (size between 4kb to 30kb).

  4. Important note: Upload the correct Photograph and Signature as the facility for correction in images will not be given.

On filling up all the information and uploading the documents, you can then proceed to pay the fee. The application fee can be made with a debit/credit card or via Net banking account or through UPI or PAYTM Service. When you see on the screen that the payment status is 'OK', you can take the printout of the confirmation page. In case the status is not OK, this indicates that the payment transaction has been cancelled and the amount will automatically be refunded to you within 15 days. In such a case, you must then pay the fee once again and ensure that the fee status is OK.



Important dates

  • Online submission of application form: 3rd September 2019 to 30th September 2019 up to 11.50 p.m.

  • Successful final transaction of fee: 3rd September 2019 to 1st October 2019 up to 11.50 p.m.

  • Correction, if any, in particulars: 11th October 2019 to 17th October 2019 up to 11.50 p.m.

  • Printing of admit card for the exam from NTA website: from 6th December 2019.

  • Date of examination: between 6th January 2020 (Monday) to 11th January 2020 (Saturday). The exact date, shift timings and the city of exam will be updated on NTA's website on 6th December 2019.
    Timing of exam: First Shift 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Second Shift 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The B.Planning papers are in the second shift, 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. However, Those candidates who wish to appear for B.Arch, as well as B.Planning, will have the duration of examination 3.30 hrs. i.e. from 2:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

  • Display of question paper and answer keys for inviting challenges on NTA's website: will be displayed on the NTA's website.

  • Declaration of the Result on NTA's website: By 31st January 2020.

You are requested to visit the NTA website regularly for the latest updates and also check messages on your registered mobile for SMS and communications via e-mail at your registered email ID.

Best of luck!

NTA Correspondence address

IITK Outreach Centre,
Block C-20/1A/8, Sector-62,
Gautam Buddh Nagar,
Noida-201309,
Uttar Pradesh.
Note: Do not send copies of the application form printout or any documents to NTA. All applications and payment of fees have to be done online only.


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