Major Changes in JEE Main 2021

JEE Main is one of the most prestigious examinations in our country. Every year approximately 10 lakh candidates compete to get a seat in top NITs and government engineering colleges. In this article, I will explain the major changes in the JEE Main 2021 paper pattern.

About JEE Mains

Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Mains is an entrance test conducted annually by National Testing Agency (NTA) to select ace students to pursue their engineering career. Students qualifying JEE Mains examination who seek to get admission in different NITs and government engineering colleges become eligible to write the JEE Advanced examination which is held for admission in different IITs. JEE Mains is a Computer Based Examination that is conducted twice a year.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Candidates must have passed their 10+2 from an authorised board.
  • Candidates must have English, Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics in their 10+2
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  • Candidates must have secured an aggregate of 75% in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics.

Old Pattern

JEE Mains paper contain three section i.e. Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. Each section 25 questions out of which 20 questions were MCQ Types and 5 questions were Numerical Types in which the candidate had to answer up to 3 decimal places. Whole Mains paper had 75 questions.

Marking Scheme

For 25 MCQ questions +4 and -1 marking scheme was followed i.e. +4 marks for each correct response and -1 for each wrong response. And, for numerical type questions, 4 marks were awarded for each correct answer and there was no negative marking.

New Pattern

Everything was going smooth and fine and the Covid arrived changing lives and lifestyles It has adversely affected the studies of students. Taking this into consideration our Education Ministry and Minister decided to make some changes to the 2021 exam.
  • Earlier, the Mains was conducted twice a year but due to these unprecedented conditions, this year Mains will be conducted 4 times from February to May.
  • Earlier the paper contained 75 questions, 25 in each section but now paper will have 90 questions with 30 questions in each section. In each section out of 30 questions, 20 questions are MCQ Types and 10 questions are Numerical types. But, due to these stressful conditions students have the liberty to attempt only 5 numerical type questions out of 10.

Preparation Tips

  • In these tough conditions, it is difficult to concentrate but I suggest that whenever you feel it is all hopeless, to imagine that moment of joy on the faces of your parents when you will get selected in top NIT.
  • Be thorough with your syllabus and revise it multiple times so that you can recall it in your exam.
  • Practice enough mock papers so that you can get into the atmosphere of the examination.
  • Do practice previous year papers to get an idea of the questions which could be asked. I also suggest you practice some of the NTA Abhyaas app papers as these are free, online, and designed by NTA itself.

Lastly, I would suggest you to stay healthy, stay calm, and go with full confidence.


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