National Test Agency has announced the new pattern of JEE Mains exams which will be applicable from 2020 Exams only. The agency has made a twist by reducing the number of questions to 75 from 90 while adding a new category of numerical questions to the exam pattern for each section.

JEE Mains (Joint Engineering Exam) is an online computer-based entrance cum qualification exam. It is conducted every year by the National Test Agency. Every year lacs of science & mathematics students from across the country appear in the exam. From the last year 2019 onwards, it is conducted twice a year; December & April. 

The scores of the exams are the qualifying factor of a student’s aptitude & help them getting admission in Engineering, Technology & Architecture Colleges.

The national test agency has announced a new pattern for JEE Mains 2020 exams vide a new notification dated September 3

The exams will be conducted across three sections. Physics, Chemistry & Maths. Unlike previous years, which had 30 MCQ questions per section, this year onwards, each section will have 25 questions each of which, 20 questions will be objectively based and 5 questions will have to be answered numerically. 

In the case of MCQs (Multiple Choice Questions), every correct answer gives you 4 marks while one 1 mark will be deducted for each incorrect answer. 

Further, in case of questions for which answer is required in a Numerical value, every correct answer gives you 4 marks. However, there 0 marks will be deducted for incorrect answers.

Thus, each section is of 100 marks, making JEE Mains, a total of 300 marks examination. Till 2019, the JEE Mains exams carried 90 questions and was of a total of 360 marks. The duration, however, will remain the same, i.e. 3 hours.

The exam will be conducted in two shifts. First Shift : 09:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Second Shift : 02:30 p.m. to 05:30 p.m.

The JEE Main 2020 will be comprised of 2 papers; Paper 1 for students aiming engineering courses while Paper 2 for students seeking admissions in architecture and planning courses.

Paper 1 will comprise of multiple-choice questions and numerical questions for the students. The paper will comprise of three subjects: Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. A total of 75 questions, divided equally amongst 3 sections, where each section will have 20 MCQs and 5 numerical questions.

Paper 2, however, is now separate for B.Arch and B.Plan aspirants. 

B. Arch aspirants’ paper will include objective questions from Mathematics and Aptitude. Numerical questions will be from Maths only. Further, there will be questions for the drawing section as well.

B. Plan students, on the other hand, will face questions from Maths and aptitude. They will have a special section where MCQs on Planning will be asked. 

The changed exam pattern should be effectively understood and practised by the students in due time. The change in exam pattern will require students to amend their strategies accordingly. Time management plays a crucial role in the 3 hour long exams spread over 3 sections of 25 questions each. We hope the news was useful and will help you prepare for the exam in a better way.