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What Is the JEE Mains Pattern?

JEE Mains is the most competitive engineering entrance exam in India. 1.5 million students contest for the exam, while only a few thousand make it to the top institutes. Therefore, it is important to understand what makes these students perform better than all the others.

There are many parameters that decide your performance on the JEE Mains – hard work, dedication, examination temperament, etc. One such important parameter is your understanding of the JEE Mains pattern. If you know what type of questions to expect, you can prepare accordingly and perform your very best.

Brief Description of the JEE Mains Pattern.

The JEE Main is a 3-hour long exam. It evaluates students on their understanding of standard 11th and 12th level Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics.

In recent years, JEE Mains is held in 2 modes:

  • Offline mode: the usual pen and paper based exam.
  • Online mode: students can now appear for the exam online in dedicated examination centers.

The paper typically contains objective problems. Students must mark the only correct answer out of the four choices given. For each problem, you are awarded:

  • 4 marks if you attempt the problem and mark the correct answer
  • -1 mark if you attempt the problem and mark one of the three incorrect choices
  • 0 marks if you do not attempt the problem

Students are provided OMR (Optical Mark Recognition) sheets, wherein they mark the bubble that corresponds to the correct answer for each question. However, if a student bubbles more than one answer to a problem, the problem is marked as incorrect and the student gets -1 mark.

There are a total of 90 such problems, 30 each in Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics. Therefore, the maximum marks a student can obtain is 90 x 4 = 360.

CBSE makes the question paper available in a number of languages. So students can choose which language they want for the question paper.

The exam is completely pen and paper based and students are not allowed to carry electronic devices like calculators, mobile phones, etc.

On exam day, the students are expected to carry their admit cards to their examination centers. The admit cards help the invigilators to verify students’ identity.

I hope that the above understanding of the JEE Mains pattern will help you do better on the exam!

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One Response to What Is the JEE Mains Pattern?

  1. nisha gupta April 12, 2018 at 7:12 am #

    I have read this blog and found in very informative. I’m in a search of relevant information from long time but didn’t found, thanks for posting this.


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