Joint Entrance Examination (Jee Main) 2021
1.1 About National Testing Agency (NTA)
The Ministry of Education (MoE), Government of India (GOI) has established the National Testing Agency (NTA) as an independent, autonomous, and self-sustained premier testing organization under the Societies Registration Act (1860) for conducting efficient, transparent and international standards tests in order to assess the competency of candidates for admissions to premier higher education institutions.
The Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education, Government of India has
entrusted the responsibility of conducting Joint Entrance Examination (JEE Main) to the
NTA from 2019 onwards.
1.2 About JEE (Main) 2021
The Joint Entrance Examination (JEE Main) comprises of two papers. The Paper1 is conducted for admission to Undergraduate Engineering Programs (B.E/B. Tech) at NITs, IIITs, other Centrally Funded Technical Institutions (CFTIs), Institutions/Universities funded/recognized by participating State Governments, as well as an eligibility test for JEE (Advanced), which is conducted for admission to IITs.
Candidates of UPSEE (2021) will take JEE (Main) 2021. The Paper 2 is conducted for admission to B. Arch and B.
Planning courses in the Country. From this year, Dr. APJ
Abdul Kalam Technical University (AKTU), Lucknow will also use the score sheet of
JEE (Main) – 2021 for admission to the B.Tech / M.Tech (Integrated)/B.Arch.
Courses in its affiliated colleges across the State.
The JEE (Main) 2021 will be conducted in multiple sessions for admissions in the next
academic session. The candidates will thus benefit in the following ways:
▪ This will give multiple opportunities to the candidates to improve their scores in the examination if they are not able to give their best in one attempt.
▪ In first attempt, the students will get a first-hand experience of taking an examination and will know their mistakes which they can improve while attempting for the next time.
▪ This will reduce the chances of dropping a year and droppers would not have to waste a full year.
▪ If anyone missed the examination due to reasons beyond control (such as Board examination), then he/she will not have to wait for one full year.
▪ A candidate need not appear in all the four Sessions. However, if candidate
appears in more than one Session then his/her best of the 2021 NTA Scores will be considered for preparation of Merit List/ Ranking.
1. The Paper 1 of JEE (Main) 2021 will be held in February 2021 followed by next three Sessions in March, April, and May 2021.
This is being done to ensure that the JEE (Main) 2021 does not interfere with the Board examinations, which may be held at different times across the States/UTs. Paper 2A & Paper 2B (B. Arch & B. Planning)
will be held only twice a year (February & May 2021)
2. The NTA has decided to provide choices in one section to cater to the decision of
different Boards across the country regarding the reduction of syllabus.
However, the total number of questions to be attempted will remain the same (Physics – 25,
Chemistry – 25 and Mathematics – 25), wherever applicable.
2. Scheme of Examination
2.1 Mode of Examination
JEE (Main)-2021 will be conducted in the following modes:
a) Paper 1 (B.E. /B. Tech.) in “Computer Based Test (CBT)” mode only.
b) Paper 2A (B. Arch): Mathematics (Part-I) and Aptitude Test (Part-II) in “Computer Based Test (CBT)” mode only and Drawing Test (Part-III) in pen & paper (offline) mode, to be attempted on drawing sheet of A4 size.
c) Paper 2B (B. Planning): Mathematics (Part-I), Aptitude Test (Part-II) and Planning Based Questions (Part-III) in Computer Based Test (CBT) mode only.
2.2 Choice of Medium of Question Papers Medium of the Question Papers:
Drawing form the National Education Policy (NEP), the JEE (Main) 2021 will now be conducted for the first time in Assamese, Bengali, Kannada,
Malayalam, Marathi, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu for the first time, in addition to Hindi, Gujarati and English.
S. No. Language Examination Centres
1. English – All Examination Centres
2. Hindi – All Examination Centres in India
3. English and Assamese – Examination Centres in Assam
4. English and Bengali – Examination Centres in West Bengal, Tripura and
Andaman & Nicobar Island
5. English and Gujarati – Examination Centres in Gujarat, Daman and Diu,
Dadra and Nagar Haveli
6. English and Kannada – Examination Centres in Karnataka
7. English and Marathi – Examination Centres in Maharashtra
8. English and Malayalam – Examination Centres in Kerala and Lakshadweep
9. English and Odia – Examination Centres in Odisha
10. English and Punjabi – Examination Centres in Punjab, Chandigarh and Delhi
11. English and Tamil – Examination Centres in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and
Andaman & Nicobar Island
12. English and Telugu – Examination Centres in Andhra Pradesh and
13. English and Urdu – All Examination Centres in India
The option of language for question paper should be exercised while filling up the
Application Form online and it cannot be changed at a later stage.
Please note that for the correctness of the questions in all the question papers, the
English version will be taken as final.
2.3 Scheme of Examination
Subject combinations for each paper, type of questions in each paper, and mode of
examination is given in the table below:
Important Note for Multiple Choice Questions: To answer a question, the candidates need to choose one option corresponding to the correct answer or the most appropriate answer.
However, if after the process of challenges of the key, more than one option is found to be correct then the multiple correct options will be given four marks (+4). Any incorrect option marked will be given the minus one mark (-1). Unanswered/Marked for Review will be given no marks.
The details of the syllabus are given on the website: jeemain.nta.nic.in Moreover, to
cater to different reduction in syllabus by various Boards, the NTA has decided to
provide for choice in the question papers and thus there will be two Sections in
3. Eligibility Criteria
3.1 Age Limit
For appearing in the JEE (Main) 2021, there is no age limit for the candidates. The
candidates who have passed the class 12 / equivalent examination in 2019, 2020, or
appearing in 2021 irrespective of their age can appear in JEE (Main) 2021 examination.
However, the candidates may be required to fulfil the age criteria of the Institute(s) in which they are desirous of taking admission.
3.2 List of Qualifying Examinations (QE)
i. The final examination of the 10+2 system, conducted by any recognized Central/
State Board, such as Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi; Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations, New Delhi; etc.
ii. Intermediate or two-year Pre-University examination conducted by a recognized
iii. Final examination of the two-year course of the Joint Services Wing of the National Defense Academy
iv. Senior Secondary School Examination conducted by the National Institute of Open
Schooling with a minimum of five subjects.
v. Any Public School/ Board/ University examination in India or any foreign country recognized as equivalent to the 10+2 system by the Association of Indian
vi. Higher Secondary Certificate Vocational Examination.
vii. A Diploma recognized by AICTE or a State board of technical education of at
least 3 years duration.
viii. General Certificate Education (GCE) examination (London/Cambridge/Sri Lanka) at the Advanced (A) level.
ix. High School Certificate Examination of the Cambridge University or
International Baccalaureate Diploma of the International Baccalaureate Office,
3.3 Year of Appearance in Qualifying Examination
Only those candidates who have passed Class 12 / equivalent examination in 2019, 2020 or 2021; or those who are appearing in Class 12 / equivalent examination in 2021, are eligible to appear in JEE (Main) 2021.
Candidates who passed Class 12/equivalent examination in 2018 or before as well as
those who will appear in such examination in 2022 or later are not eligible to appear in JEE (Main) 2021.
Candidates must note that the IITs permit only two attempts for the JEE (Advanced), i.e. a candidate should have appeared for the Class XII (or equivalent) examination for the first time in either 2020 or 2021, subject to the condition of not having been admitted at an IIT on an earlier occasion.
Details may be obtained from the Information Brochure of the JEE (Advanced) 2021. Please see link: https://home.iitd.ac.in/news-jab.php
4. State of Eligibility
State code of eligibility means the code of the State from where the candidate has
passed Class XII (or equivalent) qualifying examination by virtue of which the candidate becomes eligible to appear in JEE (Main) 2021. It is important to note that the State code of eligibility does NOT depend upon the native place or the place of residence of the candidate. For example, if a candidate appears for the Class XII examination in New Delhi and is a resident of Noilda, Uttar Pradesh, the candidate’s State code of eligibility will be that of Delhi and NOT that of Uttar Pradesh.
If a candidate has passed Class XII (or equivalent) qualifying examination from one State but appeared for improvement from another State, the candidate’s State code of eligibility will be from where the candidate first passed the Class XII (or equivalent) examination and NOT the State from where the candidate has appeared for improvement.
Candidate passed/appearing class 12th from NIOS should select the State of Eligibility.
According to the State in which the study centre is located.
For Indian nationals passing the Class XII (or equivalent) examination from Nepal/Bhutan, the State code of eligibility will be determined based on a permanent
address in India as given in the passport of the candidate.
The State code of eligibility of OCI/PIO passing Class XII (or equivalent) examination in India is at par with Indian nationals. However, OCI/PIO passing the Class XII (or equivalent) examination from an institution abroad are eligible for Other State quota seats or All India quota seats (but NOT for Home State quota seats) in all NITs, IIEST and Other-CFTIs
5.1 In the case of Institutes run by the Central Government, the reservation would be applicable as mentioned below:
(i) 15% of the seats Scheduled Castes (SC) candidates
(ii) 7.5% seats for Scheduled Tribes (ST) candidates
(iii) 27% seats for Other Backward Classes (OBC) Non-Creamy Layer (NCL)
candidates as per the Central List*
(iv) 10% of the seats for General Economically Weaker Sections (General –
(v) Persons with Disability (PwD) with 40% or more disability
5.2. Each category will have 5% reservations for the candidates with 40% or more
disability as defined in Section 2 (r) and (zc) of Persons with Disabilities (RPwD)
5.3 In the case of the Institutes run/aided/recognized by State Governments, the reservation policy of the respective State Governments shall be applicable.
1. The benefit of reservation for admission to NITs/IIITs and CFTIs shall be given only to those classes/castes/tribes which are in the respective Central List published by
the Government of India from time to time.
2. Other Backward Classes – Non-Creamy Layer (OBC–NCL) are as per the Central
list of Other Backward Classes available on National Commission for Backward
Classes (NCBC), Government of India website www.ncbc.nic.in Thus, the candidates falling in this list may mention OBC in the Category Column. State list OBC Candidates who are not in OBC-NCL (Central List) must choose General.
Provisions relating to Persons with Disability (PwD):
As per Section 2(t) of the RPwD Act, “Persons with Disability (PwD)” means a person with long term physical, mental, intellectual, or sensory impairment which, in interaction with barriers, hinders his full and effective participation in society equally with others.
According to Section 2(r) of the RPwD Act, 2016, “persons with benchmark
disabilities” means a person with not less than forty percent (40%) of a specified
disability where specified disability has not been defined in measurable terms and
includes a person with disability where specified disability has been defined in
measurable terms, as certified by the certifying authority.