JEE Main Exam Pattern 2018: All you want to know about exam details

JEE Main Exam PatternJEE Main Exam Pattern is such that question paper is designed to test the knowledge of the candidate in Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics.

JEE Main Exam Pattern 2018 comprises of 2 papers, paper 1 for admission to B.Tech courses and paper 2 for admission to architecture courses.

Joint Engineering Entrance (JEE) Main 2018 will be conducted by CBSE in April 2018 for admission to engineering courses (B.E./B.Tech and B.Arch) in the most reputed engineering institutes of the country like as NITs, ISM, and other prestigious institutes. For 2018 admissions, JEE Main exam notifications will be released by November 2017 and candidates can start filling the application forms from first week of December 2017.  From 2017 onwards, it is mandatory for candidates to give their Aadhar card number on the application forms.

So far, JEE Main is conducted once a year in the month of April but talks are going on for conducting the exam multiple times in a year. This is both an online and offline mode of examination conducted by central board of secondary education. The practice of two tier JEE exam will continue in 2018 in which all candidates who clear JEE Main are eligible to appear in JEE Advanced examination to get admission in the IITs. Joint counseling for IITs and NITs will be continued and from 2018, board marks will not be counted for giving rankings. 

JEE Main Exam Highlights

Refer to the table below to get an overall idea about JEE Main 2018 exam:

Exam Joint Engineering Entrance
Popularly referred as JEE Mains
Exam Type All India Level
Mode of Exam Online and Offline
Conducting Body Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)
Notifications November 2017
Online Application Forms Availability December 2017
Last Date of Filling Up of Application Forms January 2018
Correction of Forms January 2018
Admit Cards March 2018
JEE Main Offline Exam April 2018 (April 1, 2018, Tentatively)
JEE Main Online Exam April 2018 (April 7-8, 2018 Tentatively)
Results April 2018
Counseling July 2018

JEE Main Exam Pattern in Detail

Let us now know about JEE Main Exam Pattern in detail. There will be two papers for JEE Main 2018. Paper 1 is conducted for candidates opting for BE/B.Tech engineering courses. Paper 2 is conducted for candidates opting for Architecture courses (B. Arch. /B. Planning). Aspirants can apply for both the papers. Paper 1 is objective type multiple choice questions comprising 3 subjects Physics, Chemistry and Maths. There will be altogether 90 questions. Paper 2 is both objective and subjective which consists of Mathematics test, aptitude test and drawing test. There will be altogether 82 questions. The test duration for each paper is 3 years.

Name of the exam JEE Main
Exam Mode Online and Offline
Exam Medium English, Hindi and languages as per the exam center location
Total Papers 2
Paper 1 Mode Online/Offline
Paper 1 Sections 3, Physics, Chemistry, Maths
Paper 1 Total Questions 90
Paper 1 Total Marks 360
Paper 1 Type of Questions Objective type multiple choice questions with equal marks distribution in Physics, Chemistry and Maths
Paper 2 Mode Offline (Pen and Paper based)
Paper 2 Sections 3 (Part 1 : Mathematics test, Part 2: Aptitude test, Part 3: Drawing test)
Paper 2 Type of Questions Part 1: Objective Type, Part 2: Objective Type, Part 3: Questions on Test Drawing Aptitude
Paper 2 Total Questions 82
Paper 2 Total Marks 390
Negative Marking Yes
Duration 3 hours for each paper

Marking scheme

JEE Main Exam Pattern for Paper 1 

JEE Mains Paper 1 Total Questions 90
JEE Main Paper 1 Total Marks 360
Total questions in each section Physics: 30, Chemistry: 30, Maths: 30
Marks in each question 4
Question Type Multiple Choice
Negative Marking For all incorrect answers, 1 mark is deducted. No mark is deducted for un-attempted questions.

JEE Main Exam Pattern Paper 2 

JEE Main Paper 2 Total Questions 100
JEE Mains Paper 2 Total Marks 390
Total questions in each section Part 1: 50 questions, Part 2: 30 questions, Part 3: 2 questions
Marks in each section 4 marks for each question in Part 1 and Part 2, 35 marks for each question in Part 3
Question Type Part 1, Part 2 Objective Type; Part 3 Drawing Test
Negative Marking For all incorrect answers in Part1 and Part 2, 1 mark is deducted. No mark is deducted for un-attempted questions. No negative marking in Part 3.

JEE Main Exam Pattern

JEE Main Syllabus

All candidates need to be thorough with the class 12 syllabus for Physics, Chemistry and Maths for JEE Main exam 2018. The detailed syllabus is as follows: 

JEE Main Paper 1 Syllabus

Physics Physics and Measurement, Kinematics, Laws of Motion, Work, Energy and Power, Rotational Motion, Gravitation, Properties of Solids and Liquids, Thermodynamics, Kinetic Theory of Gases, Oscillations and Waves, Electrostatics, Current Electricity, Magnetic Effects of Current and Magnetism, Electromagnetic Induction and Alternating Currents, Electromagnetic Waves, Optics, Dual Nature of Matter and Radiation, Atoms and Nuclei, Electronic Devices, Communication Systems, Experimental Skill
Chemistry Some Basic concepts in Chemistry, States of Matter, Atomic Structure, Chemical Bonding and Molecular Structure, Chemical Thermodynamics, Solutions, Equilibrium, Redox Reactions and Electrochemistry, Chemical Kinetics, Surface Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Classification of Elements and Periodicity in Properties, General Principles and Process of Isolation of Metals, Hydrogen, Block Elements, Co-ordination Compounds, Environmental Chemistry, Organic Chemistry
Maths Sets, Relations and Functions, Complex Numbers and Quadratic Equations, Matrices and Determinants, Permutations and Combinations, Mathematical Induction, Binomial Theorem, Sequences and Series, Limit, Continuity and Differentiability, Integral Calculus, Differential Equations, Co-ordinate Geometry, Three Dimensional Geometry, Vector Algebra, Statistics and Probability, Trigonometry, Mathematical Reasoning

JEE Main Paper 2 Syllabus

Part 2 Aptitude Test

Subject Attitude Check, Logarithm, quantitative queries, Numbers and logarithm
Part 1 Mathematics Wave Motion and Doppler’s Effect, Oscillations (SHM, damped and forced oscillations & Resonance), Kinematics, Law of motion, work energy and power, rotational motion, electrostatics
Part 3 Drawing Test Logo drawings, Logo-Re drawings and Image, assumption drawings. Sketching of scenes and activities from memory of urbanscape (public space, market, festivals, street scenes, monuments, recreational spaces etc.), landscape (river fronts, jungles. gardens, trees, plants etc.) and rural life.

Reference Books for JEE Main 2018

Subject Book Name Author
 Physics  Concepts of Physics (Part I)  HC Verma
 Concepts of Physics (Part II)  HC Verma
 Problems in General Physics  I.E. Irodov
 Physics for IIT-JEE  Resnick, Halliday, Walker
 Chemistry  Organic Chemistry  Morrison Boyd
Organic Chemistry   O.P Tandon
 Modern Approach to Chemical Calculations R.C. Mukherjee
 Numerical Chemistry P. Bahadur
Concise Inorganic Chemistry  J.D. Lee
Maths IIT Mathematics M.L. Khanna
Differential Calculus A Das Gupta
Class XI & XII Mathematics R.D. Sharma
Trigonometry, Geometry Books S.L. Loney
Higher Algebra Hall and Knight


Important Instructions for Preparing JEE Main 2018 Exam Pattern

  • First of all, stay healthy physically and mentally and work towards your goal with a positive state of mind.
  • Prepare a time table for study and follow it strictly.
  • Prepare for the exam as per the JEE Main 2018 syllabus
  • Prepare for mock tests.
  • Solve the model papers and sample questions within certain time period.
  • Once you get your OMR sheet, fill in your name, roll number, application number correctly
  • Read the entire question paper carefully and start solving the easy questions first.
  • Time management is very essential.
  • Give one answer for each question. Do not mark 2 answers for a question. It will be considered invalid.
  • Mark the OMR sheets clearly.
  • Take extra pencils and pens with you.
  • For drawing test, carry your own pencil, eraser, geometry box.