JEE Main Exam Pattern and Marking Scheme

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JEE Main Exam Pattern and Marking Scheme (Revised): Check Paper Pattern for B.E/B.Tech, B.Arch & B.Planning

Highlights of JEE Main Exam Pattern 2021

ParametersJEE Main 2021 – B.E./B. Tech
Mode of ExaminationCBT Mode
Duration of exam3 hours
* For candidates with 40% disability – 4 hours
Total subjectsPhysics, Chemistry, and Mathematics
Number of questions(Asked) 90 (30 questions from each subject)
Number of questions(To be Answered) * 75 (25 questions from each subject)

* 20 MCQs [Section A] + 10 Numeric Value Answer Based Questions [Section B] (for each section)

*Candidates have a choice to Answer 5 out of the 10 numerical value answer based questions asked in Section B
Type of Questions60 (MCQs having 4 options each with 1 correct option) + 30 (Questions for which answer is a Numerical Value)
Marking SchemeFor MCQs: +4 for each correct response; -1 for each incorrect response; Unattempted questions will not be marked.For Non- MCQs: +4 for each correct response, no negative marking for incorrect answers or unattempted questions.
Maximum Marks300 Marks
Medium of paperEnglish, Hindi, Urdu (All Centre Cities)Regional Languages

Subject-wise distribution of questions with marks is tabulated below:

JEE Main Exam Pattern and Marking Scheme

JEE Main 2021 Official Sample Papers

NTA has published sample question paper for B.E/B.Tech, sample paper for numerical value questions and sample numerical questions for Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry section:

ParticularsDownload Links
JEE Main Sample Paper 1Download
JEE Main Sample Paper 2Download 
JEE Main Sample Mathematics Numeric QuestionsDownload
JEE Main Sample Chemistry Numeric QuestionsDownload
JEE Main Sample Physics Numeric QuestionsDownload

JEE Main Total Marks

From 2019 onwards, NTA has been the conducting body of the exam and has been granted authority to set and develop JEE Main Exam Pattern.

  • A major change introduced by NTA in 2021 was with respect to the total marks of the question paper.
  • Earlier JEE Main had two papers, B.E/ B.Tech for a total of 360 marks and B. Arch /B. Planning, for a total of 390 marks.
  • From this year onwards, a separate paper was introduced for B. Planning. The total marks for each of the papers has also been modified. B.E/ B. Tech paper is now for 300 marks. B. Arch Paper is for 400 marks and B. Planning paper is also for 400 marks.

JEE Main B.E/B.Tech Paper

SubjectsMaximum Questions to AnswerMarks
Chemistry25 100

JEE Main 2021 Syllabus

The Syllabus for JEE Main 2021 will still be based mainly on the topics covered in Class 11 and 12. The section-wise topics to focus on for each of the papers are:

Paper 1 Syllabus

Physics –

Section A – Theory 
Unit 1: Physics and Measurement Unit 2: Kinematics Unit 3: Laws of Motion Unit 4: Work, Energy, and Power Unit 5: Rotational Motion 
Unit 6: Gravitation Unit 7: Properties of Solids and Liquids Unit 8: Thermodynamics Unit 9: Kinetic Theory of Gases Unit 10: Oscillations and Waves 
Unit 11: Electrostatics Unit 12: Current Electricity Unit 13: Magnetic Effects of Current and Magnetism Unit 14: Electromagnetic Induction and Alternating Currents Unit 15: Electromagnetic Waves 
Unit 16: Optics Unit 17: Dual Nature of Matter and RadiationUnit 18: Atoms and Nuclei Unit 19: Electronic Devices Unit 20: Communication Systems 
Section B – Practical
Unit 21: Experimental Skills 

Chemistry –

Section A: Physical Chemistry
Unit 1: Some Basic Concepts in Chemistry Unit 2: States of Matter Unit 3: Atomic Structure Unit 4: Chemical Bonding and Molecular Structure 
Unit 5: Chemical Thermodynamics Unit 6: Solutions Unit 7: Equilibrium Unit 8: Redox Reactions and Electrochemistry 
Unit 9: Chemical Kinetics Unit 10: Surface Chemistry – 
Section B: Inorganic Chemistry 
Unit 11: Classification of Elements and Periodicity in Properties Unit 12: General Principles and Processes of Isolation of Metals Unit 13: Hydrogen Unit 14: Block Elements (Alkali and Alkaline Earth Metals) 
Unit 15: P-Block Elements Unit 16: d-and-f Block Elements Unit 17: Coordination Compounds Unit 18: Environmental Chemistry 
Section C: Organic Chemistry
Unit 19: Purification and Characterization of Organic Compounds Unit 20: Some Basic Principles of Organic Chemistry Unit 21: Hydrocarbons Unit 22: Organic Compounds Containing Halogens
Unit 23:  Organic Compounds Containing Oxygen Unit 24: Organic Compounds Containing NitrogenUnit 25: Polymers Unit 26: Biomolecules
Unit 27: Chemistry In Everyday Life Unit 28: Principles Related to Practical Chemistry– 

Mathematics –

Unit 1: Sets, Relations, and Functions Unit 2: Complex Numbers and Quadratic Equations Unit 3: Matrices and Determinants Unit 4: Permutations and Combinations 
Unit 5: Mathematical InductionUnit 6: Binomial Theorem and Its Simple Applications Unit 7: Sequences and Series Unit 8: Limit Continuity, and Differentiability 
Unit 9: Integral Calculus Unit 10: Differential Equations Unit 11: Coordinate Geometry Unit 12: Three Dimensional Geometry 
Unit 13: Vectoral Algebra Unit 14: Statistics and Probability Unit 15: Trigonometry Unit 16: Mathematical Reasoning

The basic distribution of number of questions in terms of the difficulty level of B.E/ B. Tech paper of JEE Main 2020 is tabulated below:


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