All about JEE (Main)

The All India Engineering/ Architecture Entrance Examination (AIEEE) was held every year by CBSE on all India basis for admission to professional and technical programmes in India. But from 2013 onwards the JEE (Main) replaced the AIEEE exam. Students are required to take the new Joint Entrance Exam (JEE)  for admission to engineering courses in the esteemed IITs, NITs, IIITs, deemed universities and other centrally funded technical institutions. 

Course Stream: Engineering

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Important Dates for JEE (Main) Exam

Start of JEE 2015 Online ApplicationsNovember 7, 2014
Last Date for submitting Online ApplicationsDecember 18, 2014, extended till December 26, 2014 (11:59 PM)
Last date for payment of application fee through cebit/credit cards as well as echallanExtended till December 27, 2014
JEE Main 2015 Correction Window for Application FormJanuary 19-31, 2015
JEE Main 2015 Admit Card DownloadMarch 1, 2015 onwards
JEE Main 2015 Paper Based Exam (Paper 1 & 2)April 4, 2015
JEE Main 2015 Computer Based TestApril 10 & 11, 2015
Display of Answer Key and OMR sheetsApril 18-22, 2015
Acceptance of challenge of Answer KeysApril 22, 2015 (upto 5 pm)
JEE Main 2015 Results (Scores)April 27, 2015
Declaration of All India RanksJuly 7, 2015
Availability of JEE Main 2015 Rank Cardafter declaration of AIRs

Details of JEE (Main) Exam

The Joint Entrance Examination (Main)-2014 will be conducted by the JEE Apex Board for admission to undergraduate engineering programmes in NITs, IIITs, other Centrally Funded Technical Institutions (CFTIs), participating State Government Institutions etc.
For admission to NITs, CFTIs like IIITs etc. and other participating Institutions, the merit/rank list shall be prepared based on 40% weightage to school Boards marks in class 12th or equivalent examination and 60% weightage to JEE (Main). The weightage to school Board/Equivalent examination marks shall be considered only after normalization.
The JEE (Main) will also be the eligibility test for the JEE (Advanced), which the candidate has to take if he/she is aspiring for admission to the undergraduate programmes offered by the IITsISM Dhanbad.
JEE (Main) – 2014 shall have two papers, Paper-1 (B. E./B. Tech.) and Paper-2 (B. Arch./B. Planning.). Depending upon the course(s) candidates are seeking admission, they may take Paper-1 (B. E./B. Tech.), or Paper-2 (B. Arch./B. Planning.), or both.
Number of Attempts

The number of attempts which a candidate can avail at JEE (Main) shall be limited to 03 (three).
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JEE (Main) Exam Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to apply for the B.E./ B.Tech course, you should have studied Physics & Mathematics at 10+2 level with any one from Chemistry, Bio-Technology, Computer Science or Biology as optional subjects. For the B.Arch/ B.Planning course, students should have had Mathematics with 50% marks in aggregate at 10+2 level. The equivalent examinations of 10+2 are:

  • The +2 level examination in the 10 + 2 pattern of examination of any recognized Central/State Board Of Secondary Examination, Central Board of Secondary Examination, New Delhi and Council for Indian School certificate Examination, New Delhi.Intermediate or two-year Pre-University Examination conducted by a recognized Board/University.
  • Final examination of the two- year course of the joint services wing of National Defence Academy.
  • Any public School/Board/University Examination in India or in foreign countries recognised by the Association of Indian Universities as equivalent to 10 + 2 system.
  • H.S.C. Vocational Examination.
  • A Pass grade in the Senior secondary School Examination conducted by the National Open School with a minimum of five subjects.

How to Prepare for JEE (Main) Exam ?

The new format has been planned so that students don't face the extra pressure of doing well in an entrance exam, besides their Class XII Board exams. In this regard, the CBSE has split the JEE into 2 parts - JEE (Mains) and JEE (Advanced). The JEE (Mains) paper will be in the format of the CBSE board paper, so that a student's preparation can be used in the JEE (Mains). State Boards have also been directed by CBSE to customise their exam format to suit the CBSE pattern so that students are familiar with what to expect for the JEE (Mains) exam. 

Hence, if you study well for your CBSE examinations, more than half the work is done. It has generally been observed that students who do reasonably well in their school will also tend to do well in their All India Engineering Entrance Examinations. It is advisable that in case you are not ready to take the burden of entrance preparations, then just doing well in your CBSE boards can help you score a lot in JEE (Main).

If you are aiming for a good rank in the JEE (Main), then make sure to first cover your basics from the NCERT textbooks. The JEE (Main) will test you from the CBSE syllabus of XI and XII. Therefore all you need to do is to start your preparation right from class XI. Two years of planned and organised studies will help you sail through the JEE (Main).

Speed and accuracy should go hand in hand while taking this exam. Work hard towards building these two important skills. Only regular practice and solving as many problems as possible will help you in this regard. Never use the calculator while studying for the exam. Increase your adeptness in mental calculations. It will stand you in good stead while attempting the paper for real.

Choose the questions to attempt smartly. Usually the paper would consist of 25% easy questions, 50% average and 25% difficult questions. All you need to do is to identify and attempt the easy and then the average ones. Only regular practice would help you with the identification of the right questions.

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