JEE Main and JEE Advanced Test 2013

1. Why JEE (Joint Entrance Test)?
  1. To create an umbrella through single Combined Entrance Exam for all the engineering aspirants in India
  2. Currently, India has more than 2500 Engineering Colleges (Govt. + Private), resulting in over 50 different Entrance Examinations for admission into various Govt. & Pvt. Engineering colleges.
  3. On an average a student appears in 5-6 entrance exams, thereby causing unnecessary burden on them as well as on parents.
  4. Likewise, appearing for so many exams create lot of financial burden for the parents because each examination involves expenses like Application Fee & commuting cost in appearing for the Entrance Test in various cities at various test centres. So, imposition of JEE eliminates unnecessary wastage of time, efforts & money.
  5. Multiple exams pose additional pressure for the preparation of different syllabi and patterns upon the students. JEE being in place debunks the pressure minimizing it to a greater extent.
2. Impact of JEE

JEE shall replace:

  1. IIT-JEE—till 2012 was conducted for admissions into 15 IITs and IT-BHU, Varanasi & ISMU, Dhanbad, IISERs, Institutes of Maritime Studies, IISc etc.
  2. AIEEE, which was conducted for admissions into 30 NITs, 5 IIITs & several central & Pvt. /deemed Universities.
  3. ISAT for the admissions into IIST.
  4. Admission Test for 3 Indian Statistical Institutes (ISI).
  5. State PETs for admissions into Govt. /Pvt. Colleges of various states.
3. Introduction to JEE
  1. It has been decided by the JEE body that:
    1. To hold a Joint Entrance Examination from the year 2013 for admission to the undergraduate programmes in Engineering in two parts, i.e. JEE (Main and Advanced).
    2. Only the top 1, 50,000 candidates (including all categories) based on performance in JEE (Main) will qualify to appear in the JEE (Advanced) examination.
    3. Admissions to IITs will be based only on category-wise All India Rank (AIR) in JEE (Advanced) subject to conditions that such candidates are in the top 20 percentile categories.
    4. Admission to NITs will be based on 40 % weightage for performance in Class XII board marks (normalized) and the remainder 60 % weightage would be given to performance in JEE (Main) and a combined All India Rank (AIR) would be decided accordingly.
  2. It has been decided by the JEE body that:
    1. The policy could also be adopted by other Centrally Funded Technical Institutions (CFTIs) and participating Institutions.
    2. In case any State opts to admit students in the Engineering Colleges affiliated to State Universities, where States require separate merit list to be provided based on relative weightage adopted by the states, then the merit list shall be prepared with such relative weightage as may be indicated by the States.
    3. The examination will be conducted in the Regional Languages of the State(s) on the requests of such State(s).
4. JEE Pattern – Latest Announcement
  1. Applicable for IIT-JEE (For IITs etc) and AIEEE (For NITs, IIITs etc)
  2. Test to be conducted in two parts:
    1. JEE (Main)
      1. Offline Exam – In the month of April
      2. Online Exam – In the month of April
    2. JEE (Advanced) – In the month of June
  3. Exams to be conducted on two different dates
    1. JEE (Main):
      1. Consists of one test of 3 hours for BE/B. Tech & one test for B. Arch/ B. Planning aspirants
      2. MCQ type questions with ¼ negative marking
      3. To be conducted by CBSE/MHRD
    2. JEE (Advanced):
      1. Consists of two tests (Paper-I & Paper-II) of 3 hours each
      2. MCQ type questions with ¼ negative marking in some sections
      3. Paper to be prepared by JEE Body
  4. Exam structure for JEE (Main)
Subject combination for each paper and type of questions in each paper are given in the table below:
  Subjects Type of Questions Duration
Paper 1 Physics,Chemistry & Mathematics Objective type of questions with equal weightage to Physics,Chemistry & Mathematics 3 Hours
Paper 2 Mathematics-Part I

Aptitude Test-part II &

Drawing Test-part III

Objective type questions

Objective type questions

Question to test Drawing Aptitude

3 Hours
Requirements of papers for different courses is given in the table below:
B.E/B.TECH Paper-1    
B.ARCH/B.PLANING Paper-2    
  1. Exam structure for JEE (Advanced):

I.                        Two Papers of 3 hours each (Paper- 1 & Paper-2)

II.                        Subjects: Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics

5. JEE Eligibility
  1. The minimum academic qualification for appearing in JEE (Main) is that the candidate must have passed the final examination of 10+2 (Class XII) or its equivalent referred to as the qualifying examination (see below).
  2. Those appearing in 10+2 (Class XII) final or equivalent examination may also appear in JEE (Main) in the following year provisionally.
  3. However, admission criteria in the concerned Institution / University will be followed as prescribed by the concerned University/Institution and as per the guidelines & criteria prescribed by the AICTE.
  4. The candidates, who are seeking admission in NITs, IIITs or CFTIs, must ensure their eligibility for the admission in NITs, IIITs and CFTIs.
  5. The candidates, who are only aspiring to get into IITs and ISM, Dhanbad must ensure their eligibility for admission into IITs and ISM Dhanbad.
  6. The aspirants for NITs, IIITs, CFTIs, IITs and ISM, Dhanbad must ensure their eligibility for admission into NITs, IIITs, CFTIs, IITs and ISM, Dhanbad.
  7. To know the eligibility criteria for the admission into IITs and ISM, Dhanbad, please refer JEE(Advanced) website
6. XII Board Weightage in JEE
  1. In addition to JEE score, XII board marks will also be considered for selection
  2. Marks of 5 subjects will be considered: Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, one Language and 5th Optional subject like ED, Comp. Sc etc.
  3. Board percentage out of a total of 500 marks will be considered
  4. Students who will appear in the Top 20 percentile of their respective XII Board Exam will be deemed qualified for IITs.
  5. Percentile will be calculated based on the rank of the student in his / her board. If someone has secured 3rd Rank in XII board exams, and had 10000 students appearing for the exam, then the percentile would be {(10000-3)/10000] x 100] = 99.97
  6. Therefore, students who are above 80 percentile will be deemed eligible for IITs, and their JEE Advanced score will be considered as final merit list.

Improvement of Marks/Results
If a candidate wants to improve his/her performance in Board Exam, he/she is eligible to appear again with all subjects rather than in one or two.

7. List of Qualifying XII Exams
  1. The (+2) level examination in the 10+2 pattern of examination of any recognized Central/State Board of Secondary Examination, such as Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi, and Council for Indian School Certificate Examination, New Delhi
  2. Intermediate or (+ 2 year) Pre-University Examination conducted by a recognized Board/University.
  3. Final Examination of a two-year course of the Joint Services Wing of the National Defence Academy (NDA).
  4. Any Public School/Board/University Examination in India or in foreign countries recognized by the Association of Indian Universities as equivalent to (10+2) pattern.
  5. H.S.C. Vocational Examinations.
  6. A pass grade in the Senior Secondary School Examination conducted by the National Open School with a minimum of five subjects.
  7. Three to 4-year diploma recognized by AICTE or a State Board of Technical Education.
8. Advantages of appearing at JEE
  1. One common examination for admission into most of the Engineering / Science institutions.
  2. No need to apply for multiple Entrance Examinations.
  3. The students will be free and relaxed after appearing in only one exam.
  4. Stress-level will be considerably reduced which otherwise used to be there due to various Entrance Examinations spread over a period of three months (April-May-June).
  5. Substantial financial savings for parents.
9. JEE Merit List – IITs
  1. Following scores will be considered for selection to IITs:
    1. Class XII Marks – Say A
    2. Actual score in Main Test – Say B
    3. Actual score in Advanced Test – Say C
  2. JEE Main Merit List:
    1. Marks of B-Plus, 40% Weightage of Marks of A
  3. JEE (Advanced) Merit List
    1. Select top 1,50,000 students based on Marks obtained in B
    2. These 1,50,000 students would write the JEE (Advanced)
    3. Merit list prepared based on Marks of C
    4. Mandatory condition that all students to be in top 20 percentile of their class XII exams, i.e. based on Marks of A
10. Merit List – NITs, IIITs & CFTIs
  Following scores will be considered for selection to NITs, IIITs & CFTIs:

  1. Merit will be announced based on:
    1. 40% of A (XII Board (Normalized)) Plus 60% of B (Main Test)

Please note that the students aiming to get into NITs, IIITs etc. need not appear for the Advanced Test. They should only focus on XII Boards and JEE Main Test.

No. of attempts in JEE (Main) Exam

Maximum number of attempts a candidate can avail at JEE (Main) shall be 03 (three) uniformly in consecutive years. So, the candidates, who have passed their (10+2) exams three years back from the year, they are supposed to appear in the examination, and those, who are appearing in the same year of the exam are also eligible to appear for JEE (Main). Candidates passed (10+2) four years back or studying in XI in the year of examination are not eligible to appear.

11. JEE Participating Institutes (Tentative)
  1. 17 Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and IT-BHU, Varanasi & ISMU, Dhanbad.
  2. 30 National Institutes of Technology (NITs).
  3. 5 Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs).
  4. 6 Indian Institutes of Science Education & Research (IISERs).
  5. 1 Indian Institute of Space Science & Technology (IIST).
  6. 1 Indian Institute of Science (IISc) - (only BS Course/Programme).
  7. 3 Indian Statistical Institutes (ISIs).
  8. Several other Govt. / Centrally-funded institutions.
  9. Some Pvt. Colleges / Universities at National level.
  10. Hundreds of State Govt. funded / controlled colleges in various states.
  11. Thousands of Pvt. Colleges in various states.
  12. Approximately, 2.5 thousand Institutes are participating in JEE (i.e., 17-IITs + 30-NITs + 5-IITs + 6-IISERs + 1-IIST + 1-IISc + 3-ISIs + 100-ISITs + 1000-CFTIs + 1000-Pvt. colleges).
12. Issues with JEE
  1. This will create extra stress on students, as they will have to focus simultaneously on Boards as well as on Entrance Exams.
  2. The students of State boards are not confident about the XII Board percentile system.
  3. There is XII Board Paper checking and marking scheme variations and issues in different states.
  4. On the other hand, students of CBSE, ISC Boards will be at disadvantage with more number of students scoring in Top-20 percentile.
  5. Dropper (Repeater) students will have to write Boards again to improve further.
  6. Additional efforts on Aptitude preparation may also come on children now, which was not there earlier.
  7. School teachers may exploit students for XII marks, 30% of XII marks in higher classes are with teachers.
  8. It will be expensive for parents to fund coaching since they will have to pay for XII & JEE coaching simultaneously.
13. JEE Controllers
  1. The governing body is MHRD.
  2. JEE is to be conducted by CBSE.
  3. The Test Papers will be prepared by IITs
  4. Tentative Exam Dates:
      1. JEE (Main): In the month of April
      2. JEE (Advanced): In the month of June
      3. XII Board Exam Results before 30th May
14. Eligibility Criteria for JEE
  1. The qualifying examination will be Class-XII from any National / State or ‘Approved’ International Board.
  2. Criteria for score determination:
    1. For IITs: The student must be in Top 20 percentile in their Class-XII Boards
    2. For NITs, IIITs: Normalized marks of XII board will be considered as eligibility, which is minimum of 60% marks in PCM in XII
  3. The student must have studied Physics, Chemistry & Maths in Class-XII
15. JEE Syllabus
  1. Syllabus announced for JEE is available at
  2. The CBSE has announced the details of the exam.
  3. NCERT is expected to remain the base of the entire syllabus meant for JEE.
16. JEE Language/Medium
  1. The JEE for National Level Institutions shall be conducted in English as well as in Hindi languages.
  2. States intend to use this examination for the admission to State Engineering Colleges; the examination could be conducted in the regional language of the States also.
17. JEE– Expected Participation
  1. Minimum 12 - 15 Lac students were expected to appear in the first JEE held in April, 2013.
  2. The maximum number of students expected to appear were between 18 - 20 Lac.
  3. Further the figure may vary in subsequent JEE because of its multiple frequencies.
18. JEE– Number of Seats
  1. 15 IITs + IT-BHU + ISMU = 10000 Plus Seats.
  2. 30 NITs = 20000 Plus Seats.
  3. 5 IIITs = 2000 Plus Seats.
  4. 6 IISERs + IISc = 2500 Plus Seats.
  5. IIST + ISI = 500 Plus Seats.
  6. Other deemed Universities (National Level) = 5000 Plus Seats.
  7. State Level Colleges = 5 Lac plus Seats.
  8. Overall, a total of 5.5 lac seats will become accessible through JEE (i.e., 10000 + 20000 + 2000 + 2500 + 500 + 5000 + 500000).s
19. Admission in Pvt. Colleges
  1. The Pvt. Institutions may or may not use the JEE Score.
  2. Leading Pvt. Universities/institutions at National level like BITS (BITSAT), VIT (VITEEE), Manipal, SRM, Amrita, Geetham, Amity etc. may continue with their ‘Autonomous Entrance Examinations.’
  3. However, State-Level/Smaller Pvt. Colleges/Universities may use JEE score because of its wider acceptance.
20. Preparation for JEE
  1. Cracking JEE calls for holistic preparation. It is prudent for students to start preparation since their Class-XI and continue consistently till Class-XII (for two years).
  2. Competition is supposed to be stiff for the admission in top most institutions like IITs. Keeping in view the toughness of the competition so many students start preparation in the right earnest from Class-IX onwards to Class-XII.
  3. Since the admission criteria in the reputed Institutes will be based on two parameters (Board%-normalized & JEE% Score). Thus, keeping in view, the students are advised to maintain a balance between their XII Board as well as JEE preparation.
  4. Simultaneous preparation for School/Board as well as for JEE entrance is supposed to bring desired results.
21. JEE Sample Papers
  1. No 'official' sample paper has been released by JEE authority
  2. However, the question papers of JEE (Main) & JEE (Advanced) 2013 will serve as sample papers.
22. Role of Coaching for JEE
  1. Since the admission criteria in reputed Institutes will be based on two parameters (Board%-normalized & JEE% Score); the students are advised to perform well not only in board examination (min. 40% weightage) but also in JEE (max. 60% weightage).
  2. The Board Examination shall have only Class-XII syllabus while JEE-Advanced will cover Class-XI & XII syllabus. So, a student needs to prepare the syllabus of Class-XI & XII thoroughly and score high in Board examination as well as JEE-Advanced examination.
  3. The aptitude section of (JEE-Main) is crucial, because it is not covered in school curriculum; so to ensure success in JEE, a student needs to prepare this section thoroughly and practice regularly that will enhance his/her overall performance.
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Old Scenario (Year 2012)
  Engineering aspirants can write the following entrance exams:

    1. One exam of 2 sessions of 3 hours each on the same day
    2. Eligibility criteria: 60% marks in XII Boards
  2. AIEEE for NITs, IIITs and for Central Govt. funded institutions
    1. One exam of 1 session of 3 hours on the same day
    2. Eligibility criteria: 55% marks in XII Boards
  3. State conducted entrance exams
    1. About 35 state CETs and 1 for each Union Territory
    2. They follow state syllabus in these exams
  4. Private Universities & College Entrance tests:
    1. BITS Pilani, BIT Mesra, VIT, Amrita, Manipal, SRM, Geetam, AMU, JMI and GGSIU-Delhi
    2. These will continue to conduct their exam, unless they wish to join the joint common test.

The information about JEE and its analysis given over here is based on various press releases available on websites (Govt. / Private) and Print/Electronic media reports. The document is shared for the students’ community in the larger public interest, which should be used for reference only. The result of the first batch of JEE Advanced 2013 has been already announced. On receiving latest information from the authentic sources, we will keep updating as ready-reckoner.