JEE Main Notification 2020

JEE Main 2020 will be conducted by the JEE Apex Board to screen the students for undergraduate engineering programmes at NITs, IIITs, other Centrally Funded Technical Institutions (CFTIs) and institutions of the states participating in the exam system.From the last year, the states of Maharashtra, Odisha and Gujarat have also joined the examination system. Thus, JEE Main 2015 has replaced the State Level Entrance Exams such as MHT CET (Maharashtra Common Entrance Test), OJEE (Odisha Joint Entrance Examination) and GUJCET (Gujarat Common Entrance Test) for admission to the engineering institutes of these states too.

JEE Main is also the eligibility test for JEE Advance, which leads to admission in the undergraduate programmes of the IITs or ISM Dhanbad.

JEE Main merit list or rank list gives 60% weightage to JEE Main scores and 40% weightage to the normalised marks of the class 10 and class 12 board examination.

JEE Main 2020 Application Form

The JEE Main notification specifically states that the students can only apply for the 2020 exam online.  JEE Main 2020 will be held twice a year. Candidates wishing to apply for JEE Main (January 2020) needs to fill the forms in the month of September 2020. Whereas, the candidates applying for JEE Main (April 2020), can fill the application form in the month of February / March 2020. The online application process has been started from 3 September 2019. The last date for online application form submission for JEE Main will be 10 October 2019.

Since the eligibility criteria for JEE Main and JEE Advanced are different, students should check whether they are eligible for both the exams or not, if they are targeting IITs.

To help JEE aspirants, JEE Main secretariat will set-up facilitation centres all over India which will help the students to fill-up the online application form for free. The list of these facilitation centres can be found in the JEE Main information bulletin as well as on its official website.

Note: For the first time this year, the complete process will be done through online only. Students do not need to send any documents to the JEE (Main) Secretariat office.

JEE Main 2020 Important Dates and Events

Below are the important dates of JEE Main 2020 for January and April session.

JEE Main 2020 – January Session Dates



Salient Features

JEE Main 2020 application form 

3 September 2019

Registration was online. This year there were many changes in application process, fee payment, fee structure, etc.



Last date to apply for JEE Main 2020

10 October 2019

Earlier, the last date to apply for JEE Main was 30 September.  Registration was extended by 10 days. This year, the registrations have declined from 9.41–9.34 lakhs.

Registration for test practise centres starts

10 August 2019 – 29 December 2019

JEE Main mock tests available online.

Payment of application fee, uploading of signature and photograph

11 October 2019

Fees increased for all the categories (General/OBC/ST/SC/EWS) and payment mode was online. No offline modes were available this year.

Image correction window available online

12 September 2019

Photo correction facility was available on the official website. In this window, candidates could correct their photograph and signature.

JEE Main 2020 application form correction window

14–20 October 2019

Application correction is a one-time process. Candidates who wanted to correct mistakes in the application form were able to rectify the data during this facility. All the details except the exam cities in the filled-in JEE Main application form could be modified.

Issuance of JEE Main 2020 admit card

6 December 2019

To be available online for download from JEE Main NTA website. Along with the admit card, candidates must carry any one of the photo identity proof.

JEE Main 2020 exam

6–11 January 2020

The exam is conducted in 2 shifts for 8 slots.

Shift 1 - 9.30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.

    Shift 2 - 2.30 p.m. – 5.30 p.m.

Release of response sheet and question paper

3rd week of January 2020

Candidates can download their recorded responses marked in the OMR sheet.

JEE Main 2020 answer key release date

3rd week of January 2020

NTA will publish (B.Tech./B.Arch./B.Planning) the answer keys each question paper on the official website of the exam. If any candidate wants to challenge the answer keys, they can do so by paying Rs[S1] . 1,000 per question.

Declaration of JEE Main 2020 result for January session

31 January  2020

Result and scorecard can be downloaded from its official website. Last year, the result was declared 12 days before the release date.

JEE Main 2020 – April Session Dates



JEE Main 2020 application form availability

7 February 2020

Last date to apply for JEE Main 2020

7 March 2020

Application form correction for April session (except the choice of cities)

2nd week of March

JEE Main 2020 admit card for April session

16 March 2020

JEE Main April 2020 exam

3–19 April 2020

Release date of answer key and recorded responses

2nd week of April

Release of JEE Main 2020 answer key

Last week of April: Paper 1
2nd week of May: Paper 2 and 3

Declaration of JEE Main 2020 result for April session

30 April 2020

Announcement of NTA score - Paper 2

3rd week of May

JEE Main 2020 Eligibility Criteria

  1. Age: The date of birth of the candidate should be on or after 1 October 1993.In case of SC/ST/OBC category, the age limit is relaxed for 5 years.
  2. Number of Attempts and Year of Passing: A candidate should have cleared his/her class 12 or other qualifying exams in the year 2018, 2019 or appearing in 2020.
    A candidate is allowed a maximum of 3 consecutive attempts for JEE Main. If you have given the JEE twice and have also skipped a year without giving the JEE, you are not eligible for JEE Main 2020.
  3. Marks in Qualifying Exams: The candidate should get at least 75% in class 12 examination or should be in the top 20 percentile in their respective boards.
  4. Qualifying Board Exam (or equivalent exam): The JEE Main accepts all boards under the Association of Indian Universities which includes the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) as well. Diplomas recognised by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) also make a candidate eligible for the JEE Main.

Note: If you have given the first attempt of your class 12 board exam in 2016 but have repeated the exam to pass in 2017, you are not eligible for JEE Main 2020.

Exam Fees

  • Students can pay exam fees either through e-challan or through debit or credit card.
  • e-challan is generated after you submit the online application form successfully. You can carry it to any branch of Canara Bank, ICICI Bank or Syndicate Bank and deposit the fee.
  • If the students pay through debit or credit card, they will have to pay an additional processing charge of 1.20% of the exam fee along with the service tax as applicable.

As per the JEE Mains notification 2020, there have been changes in the JEE Main exam fees.

Paper(s) Appearing

Pen and Paper Based Examination

Computer Based Examination
(Paper 1(BE/B.Tech.) only)









JEE (Main) Paper 1 (BE/B.Tech.) or 
JEE (Main) Paper 2 (B.Arch./B.Planning) only





JEE (Main) Paper 1 (BE/B.Tech.) and 
JEE (Main) Paper 2 (B.Arch./B.Planning)







JEE (Main) Paper 1 (BE/B.Tech.) or 
JEE (Main) Paper 2 (B.Arch./B.Planning) only





JEE (Main) Paper 1 (BE/B.Tech.) and 
JEE (Main) Paper 2 (B.Arch./B.Planning) 





JEE Main 2020 Exam Details

Engineering aspirants will have to take Paper 1, while architecture aspirants will have to take Paper 2. Candidates may also choose to appear for both the exams.

Here are the details you need to know.


Mode of Exam

Subject Combinations

Question Types

Paper 1


Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics

Objective type questions with equal weightage to all the three subjects.

Paper 2

Offline only

Mathematics (Part 1), Aptitude Test (Part 2) and Drawing Aptitude (Part 3)

Objective type questions for the first two sections and questions related to drawing aptitude for last section.

JEE Main 2020 Exam Pattern (NEW)

JEE Main Exam Pattern 2020 - Paper 1



Exam Mode

Computer-based test mode

Exam Duration

3 hours


Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics

Total number of questions

75 (Each subject will have 25 questions)

Type of Questions

20 objective questions having 4 options, each with only 1 correct option
5 numerical questions with numerical value as answer

Marking Scheme

For MCQs - 4 marks will be awarded for every correct answer and 1 mark will be deducted for every incorrect answer.

For answer with numeric value - 4 marks will be awarded for every correct answer and 0 mark will be deducted for every incorrect answer.

Maximum Marks


Medium of paper

English or Hindi (Candidates from Gujarat, Daman and Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli can opt for Gujarati as well)

Distribution of marks and question in JEE Main 2020 Paper 1: BE/B.Tech.


Number of Questions


25 (20 MCQ + 5 NVT)


25 (20 MCQ + 5 NVT)


25 (20 MCQ + 5 NVT)



Note: Weightage of all the sections is the same.

New Changes in JEE Main 2020

  • JEE Main 2020 application fee is increased as compared to last year. The payment could be done in online mode only.
  • From this year onwards, B.Arch. and B.Planning will be separate papers. There are three papers in total i.e., BE/B.Tech., B.Arch. and B.Planning.
  • In India, the number of exam cities has been reduced from 264–233.
  • Major changes are introduced in JEE Main exam pattern 2020. The total number of questions has decreased as compared to last year.
  • This year, there will be numerical based questions for the exam.

The B.Arch. and B.Planning questions are differentiated by introducing new questions for B.Planning students.

JEE Advanced 2020

  • Joint Admission Board (JAB) has announced the examination date and the schedule of JEE Advanced 2020. IIT Delhi will conduct JEE Advanced 2020 completely in online mode. The entrance exam will be a Computer-Based Test (CBT) mode.
  • The JEE (Advanced) 2020 will be held on 17 May 2020, Sunday.
  • IIT Delhi is the organising institute of JEE (Advanced) 2020. Admission in Bachelor's, Integrated Master's and Dual Degree Programs in the IITs and Indian School of Mines is offered through the IIT JEE Advanced.

Eligibility Criteria for JEE Advanced 2020

  • All the candidates, including foreign nationals, must fulfil each and every of the following 5 criteria to appear in JEE (Advanced) 2020.
  • Eligibility Criteria for Indian Nationals (including PIO/OCI for appearing in JEE (Advanced) 2020 is listed as follows.

Criterion 1 - Performance in JEE (Main) 2020

  • Candidates should be among the top 2,24,000* (including all categories) in Paper 1 of JEE (Main) 2020.
  • The percentages of various categories of candidates to be shortlisted are 27% for OBC-NCL, 15% for SC, 7.5% for ST and the remaining 50.5% is OPEN for all. Within each of these four categories, 5% horizontal reservation is available for PWD candidates.
  • The following table shows the order to be followed while choosing the top 2,24,000* candidates in various categories based on their performance in Paper 1 of JEE (Main) 2020.

Criterion 2 - Age Limit

  • Candidates should have been born on or after 1 October 1993. Age relaxation of 5 years is given to SC/ST and PWD candidates, i.e., these candidates should have been born on or after 1 October 1988.

Criterion 3 - Number of Attempts

  • A candidate can attempt JEE Advanced for a maximum of 2 times in consecutive years. 

Criterion 4 - Appearance in Class 12 (or equivalent) Exam

  •  A candidate should have appeared for the class 12 (or equivalent) examination for the first time in either 2018 or 2020.
  • However, if the exam Board of class 12 (or equivalent) declares the results for the academic year 2016–2017 after June 2017, then the candidates of that board who appeared for their class 12 exam in 2017 are also eligible to appear in JEE Advanced 2020, provided they meet the other eligibility criteria.
  • In case, the Exam Board of class 12 (or equivalent) declared the results for the academic year 2016–2017 before June 2017 but the result of a particular candidate was withheld, then the candidate will not be eligible to appear in JEE Advanced 2020.

Criterion 5 - Earlier admission at IITs

  • A candidate should not have been admitted in an IIT irrespective of whether he/she continued in the program or accepted an IIT seat by reporting at a reporting centre in the past. Candidates whose admission at IITs was cancelled after joining any IIT are also not eligible to appear in JEE (Advanced) 2020.
  • Candidates who have been admitted to a preparatory course in any of the IITs for the first time in 2018 can appear in JEE (Advanced) 2020.
  • The candidates who paid seat acceptance fee in 2018 but (i) did not report at any reporting centre or, (ii) withdrew before the last round of seat allotment, or, (iii) had their seat cancelled (for whatever reason) before the last round of seat allotment for IITs, during the joint seat allocation in 2018 are eligible to appear in JEE Advanced 2020.
  • However, in any of the above cases, the candidate is required to fulfil the conditions mentioned from the criterion 1–4.

JEE Advanced 2020 Registration

  • IIT JEE application form information is given below.
  • Candidates can register for JEE Advanced 2020 only through online mode. JEE Advanced 2020 registration will be started from the 4th week of April 2020.
  • Candidates will fill and submit the application form till the 1st week of May 2020.
  • No other mode will be entertained to get the JEE Advanced application form. During registration, candidates must upload their scanned images in a given format.
  • Keep a printout of the JEE Advanced Application Form, 2020 for future use. Candidates should fill the application form correctly and no corrections will be allowed after the form submission.

JEE Advanced 2020 Important Dates

JEE Advanced (Session 2020)

Upcoming Dates and Events



Mode of Exam

2 May 2020 (Tentative)



2 May 2020 (Tentative)

Application - Start date


14 May 2020 (Tentative)

Admit card


17 June 2020

Counselling - Start of counselling registration - Start Date 


JEE Advanced Paper 1 and 2 (Session 2020)

Upcoming Dates and Events



Mode of Exam

17 May 2020



8 June 2020



JEE Advanced AAT (Session 2020)

Upcoming Dates and Events



Mode of Exam

12 June 2020



16 June 2020



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