Details of JEE (Mains) Exam
The main exam will be a filtering process in which 50% weightage will be given to the score in the class 12 Board exams.
The new education system will replace the entrance exams for AIEEE 2013. Students will sit for a main test and an advance test conducted on the same day.
The main and advanced exams will also determine admission to the various National Institutes of Technology (NIT's) and centrally funded engineering colleges across India, besides IIT's. There will be no separate exam for admission to non-IIT institutes from 2013.
For NIT's and other centrally funded institutions, 40% weightage will be given to performance in the class 12 Board exam, 30% to performance in JEE-MAIN and 30% to JEE-Advanced. Students seeking admission to Indian Institute of Technology (IIT's), however, will face a filtering process and will follow the following pattern - 50% weightage to Board Results and JEE Main. Based on the main exam's result, the top 50,000 candidates will be selected for the JEE Advanced exam. Admission to IIT 2013 will be determined by a candidate’s performance in the advanced exam, after taking into account their performance in the board results and the main result.
JEE (Mains) Eligibility Criteria
To be eligible to apply for the B.E./ B.Tech course, 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 (Mains)
The new IIT JEE 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.