JEE: For Engineers in the Making

Nidhi Bahl updated on : 27 Feb 2017

One of the most challenging and widely taken engineering admissions tests in India, JEE fulfils the dreams of Lacs of engineering students every year.

JEE: For Engineers in the Making

Come April and the countdown to the country’s toughest engineering exam – JEE, will begin! Lakhs of engineering aspirants across India compete for seats at IITs, NITs, etc. every year, thus making JEE the most popular engineering entrance examination.

Over the past few years, the JEE pattern has experienced a number of changes. JEE was introduced as a two-phase examination in 2013 (JEE Mains and JEE Advanced) after replacing the two previous tests: All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE) and Indian Institute of Technology-Joint Entrance Examination (IIT-JEE).

The JEE-Main exam is conducted for admission to National Institutes of Technology (NITs), Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs), and Centrally Funded Technical Institutes (CFTIs). The JEE-Advanced exam, on the other hand, is taken by engineering aspirants for admission to Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) as well as IIT (ISM), Dhanbad.

Apart from this, there are many other education institutes that offer engineering courses such as the Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISERs), Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology, and the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) that offer admission to students based on JEE Advanced ranks.

JEE Main 2017:

The JEE Main exam consists of Paper-1, which is conducted in both online and offline modes for admission in B.E./B.Tech courses, and Paper-2, which is conducted offline only for admission in B.Arch and B.Planning courses. Both papers contain multiple-choice questions and aspirants may opt for either or both of them.

While JEE Main 2017 Paper & Pen-based exam is scheduled to be conducted on April 2, 2017, the Computer Based Test (CBT) will be held on April 8 and April 9, 2017.

JEE Main 2017 Important Dates:



Official notification release

18th November 2016

Application form release

1st December 2016

Application Form Close

16th January 2017 (Extended)

Image Correction Facility

10th December 2016 (onwards)

Last date of fee payment

17th January 2017 (Extended)

Application form correction window

one week in the second half of January 2017

Release of Admit Card

first week of March 2017

JEE Main offline exam (Pen and Paper-Based exam)

2nd April 2017

JEE Main online exam (Computer-Based exam)

8th & 9th April 2017

Display of answer key & OMR sheet

18th – 20th April 2017

Result declaration (paper 1)

27th April 2017

Declaration of All India Rank for JEE Main (Paper 2)

27th May 2017

Counselling schedule

first week of July 2017

For complete information on JEE Main 2017 examination, syllabus, eligibility criteria, exam fee, examination centres, state code of eligibility, age limit, reservation policies and other important dates, you may check the official website of JEE (Main) 2017 

Last year, the top 2 lakh candidates who qualified JEE Mains 2017 appeared for JEE Advanced 2017, which is the second and the most important stage in determining an aspirant’s entry into the IITs.

Similarly, this year too, CBSE will filter the top 2,20,000 candidates who would’ve qualified JEE Mains 2017 to become eligible for JEE Advanced 2017.

Candidates who wish to study in India’s prestigious engineering colleges like IITs and ISM, Dhanbad must keep in mind that getting an excellent JEE Advanced score will be the gateway to their dream college.

However, those who manage to clear JEE Mains but fail to qualify for JEE-Advanced need not worry as they would still have the option of applying in other engineering colleges like the Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), and other government and/or privately-owned engineering colleges.

JEE Advanced 2017:

The JEE Advanced exam consists of two papers – Paper 1, which will be held from 09:00 IST to 12:00 IST and Paper 2, which will be conducted from 14:00 IST to 17:00 IST). Both the papers are compulsory and the time duration for each paper is three hours.

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras will conduct the examination on 21st May 2017. The JEE Advanced 2017 exam will be held under the supervision of the Joint Admission Board (JAB).

The top 2,20,000 candidates (including all categories) who score positive marks in Paper-1 of JEE (Main) 2017 would be eligible to take the JEE Advanced 2017 exam.

Candidates who appeared for JEE (Advanced) for the first time last year are eligible to attempt JEE (Advanced) this year as well. A candidate is basically allowed a maximum of two attempts in consecutive years.

The candidates’ admission to the Bachelor’s, Integrated Master’s and Dual Degree programs (entry at the 10+2 level) in the IITs will be based on their performance in this examination.

JEE Advanced 2017 Important Dates:



Registration opens

28th April 2017

Registration closes

2nd May 2017

Registration with late fee

3rd May to 4th May 2017

Admit card available for downloading

10th May 2017 to 21st May 2017

JEE Advanced 2017

Paper – 1

Paper – 2

21st May 2017

09:00 - 12:00 IST

14:00 - 17:00 IST

(a) Online display of ORS and scanned responses

(b) Request from candidates for review of scanned responses

31st May 2017 to 3rd June 2017

Online display of answer keys

4th June 2017

Feedback and comments on answer keys from the candidates

4th June 2017 to 6th June 2017

Declaration of JEE (Advanced) results

11th June 2017

For complete information on JEE Advanced 2017 examination, syllabus, eligibility criteria, application process, admit card availability and other details, please visit the official website of JEE Advanced 2017

Architecture Aptitude Test (AAT) 2017:

Architecture Aptitude Test (AAT) 2017 is an exam that can only be taken by candidates who have qualified JEE Main 2016 and JEE Advanced 2016. It is conducted for students who wish to take admission in the 5 years undergraduate B.Arch course at the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). However, candidates may note that B. Arch. programme is available at IIT Kharagpur and IIT Roorkee only.

The registration process for AAT 2017 will begin on the day of the announcement of JEE Advanced result 2017, which is 11th June 2017. Since the registration window for AAT is short, the last date to register for AAT 2017 is 12th June 2017. The exam will be conducted on 14th June 2017 only at the seven zonal coordinating IITs.

The results for AAT will be declared on 18th June 2017.

AAT 2017 Important Dates:



Online registration

June 11 to June 12, 2017

Date of the test

June 14, 2017

Result of AAT

June 18, 2017

Seat Allotment (Tentative)

June 19 to July 18, 2017

For detailed information on AAT 2017, please visit official website JEE Advanced 2017

Joint Seat Allocation:

  • The Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA) is responsible for allocating seats across IITs, NITs, IIITs and other Government Funded Technical Institutes (GFTIs).
  • JoSAA will announce the important dates for the joint seat allocation process 2017 separately.
  • The seat allocation authority will also release the detailed instructions for filling in the choices and the seat allotment procedure through Seat Allotment Brochure. All the eligible candidates who wish to take admission will have to take part in the joint seat allocation process by filling in their choices of the courses.
  • At the time of online filling-in of choices, IITs will offer the list of courses for admission for the academic year 2017-18.
  • Note: A candidate’s admission in IIT is not only based on his/her performance in JEE Advanced (2017) or filling up choices but also on the availability of seats during various rounds of joint seat allocation process.

What’s New?

In April 2016, the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India decided to introduce two changes in the JEE pattern for 2017.

  1. Class 12th marks will not be considered for determining JEE (Main) All India Ranks (AIR) for admission to undergraduate engineering courses from this year. Class 12 marks will be an important factor only for determining the eligibility criteria for the exam and it will have no weight age in calculating the ranks in the JEE (Main) examination. Until last year, the JEE Mains All India Ranks were calculated on the basis of JEE Main scores and normalised marks of Class 12th in a 60:40 ratio.
  2. It would be mandatory for General category candidates to have secured at least 75% marks in the 12th class examination, or be in the top 20 percentile in the 12th class examination in order to qualify for admission in the IITs/NITs/IIITs and such other CFTIs were admissions are offered based on the JEE (Advanced)/JEE(Main) ranks. The qualifying marks for candidates in the SC/ST category would be 65%.

The Dream:

A student’s journey from being an engineering aspirant to finally becoming an engineer is not an easy one. It involves years of hard work, perseverance and focus, especially when it is about cracking one of the toughest engineering exams in India. While JEE is just the first step, there are many more steps that one needs to take in order to enter India’s top engineering colleges. As for those who do not qualify in JEE, there is no dearth of options. India is home to a large number of private engineering colleges where students can continue to pursue their dream.  

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