JEE Advanced 101: Everything You Need to Know About JEE Advanced


An all-encompassing guide answering your JEE Advanced-related questions to help you #PrepareWell.

What is JEE Advanced?

Joint Entrance Examination – Advanced or JEE-Advanced, is an academic examination held annually in India. It is primarily used for admission to the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) bachelor's programs. Other universities—such as the Marine Engineering and Research Institute, Indian Institute of Petroleum and Energy (IIPE), the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology, and more, use the score obtained on the JEE-Advanced exam as the basis for admission. Non-Indian universities such as University of Cambridge and National University of Singapore also use the JEE-Advanced score for granting admission to Indian students in B.Tech courses. It is a difficult exam and has been consistently ranked as one of the toughest exams in the world. The requirement of identifying and ranking the top 5% of the students forces the examination to be tough.

The reservation percentages of various categories are: 10% for GEN- EWS, 27% for OBC-NCL, 15% for SC, 7.5% for ST and the remaining 40.5% is for UR. Within each of these four categories, 5% horizontal reservation is available for PwD (including dyslexic) candidates.

To be eligible for JEE Advanced, aspirants should rank within the top 2,50,000 (in all categories) in JEE Main.

JEE-Advanced Exam Structure

JEE-Advanced consists of 2 papers (Paper 1 and Paper 2), and candidates must appear for both papers. It is conducted in an online mode as CBT – Computer Based Test. The exam has a unique marking concept with full, partial, zero and negative marks.

Each paper will have 3 sections: Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics and every section will have 18 questions. The duration of each paper is 3 hours and is conducted in two languages - Hindi and English.

How to #PrepareWell for JEE Advanced?

1. Design the optimum strategy

It’s important to design the right preparation strategy while aiming to clear your JEE Advanced exam. A few tips to come up with the right strategy:

  1. Identify the time you have for your preparation and come up with a strategy to allocate that time accordingly.
  2. Use previous years’ question papers to check the exam pattern and topic-wise weightage and prioritize the important topics.
  3. Rely on digital learning solutions such as Pearson MyInsights to identify your areas of improvement and dedicate extra time to topics that require more of your attention.
  4. Revision is crucial to your preparation so allocate adequate time for it as well.

2. Execute your strategy the right way

After you design your ideal preparation strategy, it is important to execute it the right way. Here are a few things you should keep in mind while executing your strategy:

  1. Plot a topic-wise weekly or monthly timetable to give yourself checkpoints along your preparation journey.
  2. Avoid procrastination to make sure you’re always on the right track.
  3. Take regular short breaks to refresh your mind and avoid exertion.
  4. Develop a solid understanding of the core concepts and foundations to easily solve application-based questions.
  5. Making notes while preparing can be extremely helpful, especially when you go back to revise important topics.
  6. Self-evaluate on a regular basis to assess your preparation progress. You can turn to digital assessment solutions such as Pearson MyInsights for an accurate assessment with practice tests and mock tests in a real-exam simulation environment.

3. Choose the right resources

Choosing learning resources can make-or-break your preparation. Rely on authentic content by renowned authors and experts who have extensive knowledge and experience.

Pearson JEE Advanced series is expertly penned with only one objective in mind – to help you #PrepareWell. JEE Advanced Mathematics by Om Sharma, JEE Advanced Physics by Rahul Sardana and JEE Advanced Chemistry by Ananya Ganguly are titles you can comfortably rely on for your preparation. These titles are also coupled with MyInsights, a digital assessment tool with practice tests and real-time exam simulation to improve your learning experience. Key features of these titles are:

  1. The chapters are extensive and explain key points and concepts in detail.
  2. Features multiple solved examples and practice questions.
  3. In-line with the latest JEE Advanced exam syllabus.

How to register for JEE-Advanced?

The process for applying is straightforward. Simply follow these steps:

  1. Visit
  2. Login using your JEE Mains roll number and password.
  3. Fill in the application form and verify the details carefully.
  4. Upload scanned copies of the required documents.
  5. Complete fee payment.
  6. Download, save and print the acknowledgement slip.

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