JEE MAIN Exam Pattern 2020
Seshal Jain
Jan 2, 2021 (updated)Attention: Go to updated exam pattern 2021
National Testing Agency (NTA), the conducting body for Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main has updated its exam pattern for entrance to BE/B Tech, B Plan, and B Arch courses.
Students aspiring for a BE/B Tech course have to give JEE Main Paper 1, while those who want to pursue a B Plan or B arch course have to give JEE Main Paper 2. JEE Main Paper 2 will now be conducted separately for B Plan and B Arch Courses.
Exam Pattern for BE / B Tech Aspirants (JEE Main Paper 1)
JEE Main Paper 1 consists of 3 sections, divided subjectwise into Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics. Unlike JEE Advanced, JEE Main has a fixed exam pattern every year. Each subject section has a total of 25 questions, with 20 Objective Type (MCQ) questions and 5 Numerical Value questions.
 Every Objective Type question yields +4 marks for a correct answer, 1 marks for an incorrect answer, and unattempted questions are not marked.
 Every Numerical Value question yields +4 marks for a correct answer, and no marks are deducted for unattempted questions or wrong answers.
 Paper 1 has a maximum of 300 marks as per the new 2020 JEE Main exam pattern
 JEE Main 2020 Paper 1 will be conducted exclusively in a 3hour Computer Based Test (CBT) Mode.
Exam Pattern for B Arch / (JEE Main Paper 2)
This year, NTA has updated the pattern of the JEE Main exam for B Arch/B Plan aspirants. Now, the entrance examination for B Arch and B Plan is conducted separately, with Paper 2 for B Arch and Paper 3 for B Plan.
 JEE Main Paper 2 consists of 3 sections, namely Mathematics, Aptitude Test, and Drawing Test.
 The Mathematics section consists of a total of 25 questions, with 20 Objective Type (MCQ) questions and 5 Numerical Value questions. In this section, a correct answer will give you +4 marks, while a wrong answer gives 1 marks.
 The Aptitude Test section has 50 Objective Type (MCQ) questions, and the Drawing Test section consists of 2 Drawing related questions.
 According to the updated JEE Main exam pattern, the paper 2 will be conducted in Computer Based Test (CBT) Mode, with an exception that the Drawing test will be held in “Pen and Paper” (Offline) Mode.
Exam Pattern for B Plan Aspirants (JEE Main Paper 3)
 JEE Main Paper 3 is for those students who wish to pursue a B Plan course, and NTA has updated the pattern of this paper in 2020.
 This year onwards, JEE Main Paper 3 will consist of 3 sections, namely Mathematics, Aptitude Test, and Planning Based Questions.
 The Mathematics section consists of a total of 25 questions, with 20 Objective Type (MCQ) questions and 5 Numerical Value questions. In this section, a correct answer will give you +4 marks, while a wrong answer gives 1 marks.
 In a similar exam pattern like Paper 2, Aptitude Test section has 50 Objective Type (MCQ) questions, and in this section as well, a correct answer will give you +4 marks while incorrect answer yields 1 marks.
 NTA has changed the third section of JEE Main Paper 3 to include 25 Planning based MCQs, with a marking scheme similar to MCQs in other sections as well.
 A student can give all three papers for JEE Main.
Key Differences between the New format and the old JEE Main exam pattern
Description  New Exam Pattern  Old Exam Pattern 
Papers 


Types of Questions  MCQs and NVQs  MCQs 
Number of Questions 
BE / B. Tech: (20 + 5), (20 + 5), (20 + 5) = 75 B. Arch: (20 + 5), 50, 2 = 77 B. Plan: (20 + 5), 50, 25 = 100 
BE / B. Tech: 30, 30, 30 = 90 B Arch / B. Plan: 82 
Marks  BE / B. Tech: 300 B Arch: 400 B Plan: 400 
BE / B.x Tech: 360 B Arch / B Plan: 390 
Marking Scheme  Correct MCQ: +4 Incorrect MCQ: 1 Correct NVQ: +4 Incorrect MCQ: 0 
Correct MCQ: +4 Correct MCQ: +4 Incorrect MCQ: 1 
Important Topics for JEE Main 2020
Important Topics for JEE Main Paper 1 (Physics)
Heat & Thermodynamics  Electromagnetic Induction & Alternating Current 
Ray Optics  Rotation 
Electromagnetic Waves  Kinematics 
Semiconductors  Electrostatics 
Error & Instrument Analysis  Current Electricity & Capacitors 
Gravitation  Properties of Matter 
Optics  Bohr’s Atomic Model 
Wave  Waves & Sound 
Photoelectric Effect  Magnetic Effects of Current & Magnetism 
Oscillations 
Important Topics for JEE Main Paper 1 (Chemistry)
Gaseous & Liquid State  Thermodynamics 
Electrochemistry  pBlock Elements 
Chemical Kinetics  General Organic Chemistry 
Nuclear & Surface Chemistry  Isomerism 
Chemical Bonding  Aldehydes and Ketones 
dBlock Elements  Carboxylic Acids & Its Derivatives 
Coordination Compounds  Alkyl Halides 
Aromatic Compounds 
Important Topics for JEE Main Paper 1 (Mathematics)
Determinant & Matrices  Definite Integral & Area Under the Curve 
Sequence & Series  Limits, Continuity & Differentiability 
Straight Line  Functions 
Circle  Application of Derivatives 
Probability Distribution (Binomial + Mean & Variance)  Conic Sections 
Quadratic Equation  Complex Number 
Binomial Theorem & M. I. 
JEE Main 2020 Exam Pattern Highlights
 NTA has updated the Pattern for JEE Main in 2020. JEE Main will now have 3 papers, separate papers will now be conducted for BE/B Tech, B Arch and B Plan
 Paper for BE/B Tech courses will now have 25 questions each for Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics. 20 of these questions are MCQs, while 5 are Numerical Value questions, which have a numerical answer. NVQs do not have negative marking.
 NTA has also decided to include 25 Planning related questions in Paper 3, for B Plan aspirants. These questions will be asked instead of the “Pen and Paper” drawing test.
What is the Pattern of JEE Mains exam?
The Paper I of the JEE Main 2020 examination consists of 20 multiple choice questions and 5 numerical value questions for each subject (Maths, Physics, and Chemistry), i.e., a total of 75 questions. Candidates will be given 3 hours to complete the paper
What is the Marking Scheme ?
For every correct answer, 4 marks will be awarded. There is a penalty for the wrong attempt and as a result, 1/4th marks will be deducted. No negative marking in numerical questions
Can a average student crack JEE Main?
Yes, of course. It does not matter much whether you are highly intelligent or an average student, cracking any competitive exams require immense hard work and dedication.
What is the Total Marks of JEE Main Exam ?
Name of the Subject  Total Number of Questions  Marks 
Mathematics  20 MCQs + 5 NVQs  100 
Physics  20 MCQs +5 NVQs  100 
Chemistry  20 MCQs + 5 NVQs  100 
Total  75 Questions  300 