JEE Main Exam Pattern 2018

Nidhi Mishra updated on : 22 Sep 2017

JEE Main Exam Pattern 2018 helps candidates to know the examination pattern of JEE Main 2018. Aspirants should know the details to get good marks.

JEE Main Exam Pattern

JEE Main Exam Pattern 2018 is designed by the exam conducting body, Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). According to JEE Main exam pattern, the engineering entrance test will be an objective-type test. The total duration of the JEE Main exam will be of 3 hours (1 hour extra will be given to physically disabled applicants). Candidates who wish to appear for JEE Main 2018 must strategise their preparation based on the exam pattern for JEE Main. 

JEE Main exam pattern is all about multiple-choice questions and each question will have 4 responses. The candidates have to choose one appropriate response. Each correct answer will be awarded one mark and every incorrect response will be penalised with 25% marks. The candidate is required to use Blue or Black ballpoint pen for offline mode. JEE Main entrance exam is a ticket to the premier IITs, IIITs, NITs and other reputed engineering institutes - government and private - throughout the country. Therefore, a fierce competition is but imminent. Here, knowing the JEE Main exam pattern will surely help candidates prepare in a better way. 

Knowing JEE Main 2018 exam pattern to the core is important as long as candidates want to get good rank in the exam. Knowing the exam pattern is JEE main preparation tip of foremost importance. This will help candidates to remain focused, create an exam strategy efficiently and effectively besides avoiding deviation during the entire preparation phase. The candidates must also examine methodically the JEE Main Syllabus 2018 to aid themselves to prepare well for the exam.

The national level engineering entrance exam, Joint Entrance Exam (JEE), is gateway for its flagship Bachelor of Technology (B. Tech)/ Bachelor of Architecture (B. Arch) programmes offered at Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), National Institutes of Technology (NITs), Indian Institute of Science (IISc) etc. JEE Main is conducted every year by CBSE.

The exam is likely to be held in the month of April 2018. Check for JEE Main important dates 2018 in the following table.

JEE Main 2018 Important Dates


Exam Dates (Tentative)

JEE Main 2018 Notification to be Issued on

3rd week of November 2017

Start Date of Online Registration

1st week of December 2017

End Date of Online JEE Main Application Form

1st week of January 2018

Last Date to Submit Fee Payment

1st week of January 2018

Correction Window to be Activated on

2nd half of January 2018

Release of JEE Main Admit Card

2nd week of March 2018

Offline Exam Date (Pen & Paper Based Test)

1st week of April 2018

Online Exam Date (Computer Based Test)

2nd week of April 2018

Release of Answer Key & OMR Sheet

3rd week of April 2018

Announcement of Result (Score & Rank)

4th week of April 2018

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Candidates can check the subject wise combinations for each paper, type of questions and mode of examination available:

JEE Main 2018 Exam Pattern: Paper I

  • JEE Main Paper 1 will be held to grant admission to Bachelor or Technology (B. Tech) and Bachelor of Engineering (B. E.) programmes.
  • The paper 1 of JEE Main 2018 will be carried out in offline as well as online mode i.e. in pen and paper mode and computer-based mode.

JEE Main 2018 Exam Pattern: Paper II

  • JEE Main paper II will be conducted by the CBSE for admission to Bachelor of Architecture (B. Arch) and Bachelor of Planning (B. Planning) programmes.
  • Paper II of JEE Main 2018 will be conducted in offline mode only, i.e. pen and paper-based test.

JEE Main 2018 Paper


Type of Questions

Mode of Exam

The paper I (B. E. /B. Tech.)




Objective type with equal weightage to Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics

Pen and paper-based or Computer-based

Paper II (B. Arch.  /B. Planning)

Mathematics-Part I

Aptitude Test- Part II

Drawing Test-Part III

Objective type

Objective type

Questions to test drawing aptitude

Only pen and paper-based

A Brief of JEE Main Exam Pattern 2018

S. No.

JEE Main Exam Pattern



JEE Main 2018 Conducting Body



Mode of Exam

Online and Offline


Approximate number of candidates appearing for JEE Main exam

13 Lakh


Paper I

For B. Tech/B.E.


Paper II

For B. Arch/B.E.


Duration of the exam

3 hours

Choice of Medium


All Examination Centre

Hindi and English


Examination Centre Cities in Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Gujarat and Daman and Diu

Hindi, English and Gujarati


Examination Centres in Maharashtra

Hindi, English and Urdu

Things to Avoid During JEE Main Exam

Here are some of the important things that JEE Main aspirants should avoid while writing the exam.

  • The candidates will not be allowed to make use of electronic devices like calculators, mobile phones etc.
  • Candidates should not carry any log table, notebook or book, etc.

JEE Main Exam Pattern 2018: Paper I

For the aspirants, here is a complete detail of JEE Main 2018 exam pattern for paper 1 with a total number of questions being asked and marks alloted for each question. 


Number of Questions

Marks per Question













  • JEE Main 2018 paper I will consist of 90 questions from Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry.
  • All the questions in the question paper will carry equal weightage, meaning 30 questions from each section
  • Each question will have 4 options to answer. The candidates will have to choose one correct answer. Each correct response will be awarded 4 marks.
  • For each wrong response, 0.25 or 1 mark will be deducted (negative marking)
  • No marks will be deducted for unattempted questions
  • Candidates will be provided with a rough sheet for calculations at the centre. After the completion of the test, the candidates must submit the rough sheets to the invigilator in the examination hall.

JEE Main Exam Pattern 2018: Paper II

S. No.




Part I



Part II

Aptitude Test


Part III

Drawing Test

  • The candidates should make use of black/blue ball-point pen only for writing on both the sides of the answer sheet. The candidates are strictly advised not to use a pencil.
  • Candidates must carry their own geometry box set, pencils, erasers and crayons or colour pencils.

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