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Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) MAIN will be conducted by the NTA from 2019 onwards. This Examination was being conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) till 2018.

JEE Main is applicable for admission to NITs, IIITs and CFTIs participating though Central Seat Allocation Board subject to the condition that the candidate should have secured at least 75% marks in the 12th class examination, or be in the top 20 percentile in the 12th class examination conducted by the respective Boards. For SC/ST candidates the qualifying marks would be 65% in the 12thclass examination.


Course Required Criteria based on Class 12th / Equivalent qualifying Examination
B.E/B.TECH Passed 10+2 examination with Physics and Mathematics as compulsory subjects along with one of the Chemistry/Biotechnology/Biology/ Technical Vocational subject.
B.ARCH./B.PLANNING Passed 10+2 examination with Mathematics.

The above-mentioned policy could also be adopted by other Technical Institutions participating in counselling through JoSAA/CSAB. In case a State opts to admit students in the engineering Colleges affiliated to State Universities, the State may prepare separate rank list based on criteria decided by them.

Joint Entrance Examination (Main) – 2019

1. Introduction and Scheme of Examination

The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India (GOI) has established National Testing Agency (NTA) as an independent autonomous and self-sustained premier testing organization under Society Registration Act 1860 for conducting efficient, transparent and international standards tests in order to assess the competency of candidates for admissions to premier higher education institutions.

The Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India has entrusted the responsibility of conducting Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) (Main) to the NTA from 2019 onwards.

Admission criteria to Undergraduate Engineering Programs at NITs, IIITs, other Centrally Funded Technical Institutions (CFTI), Institutions funded by participating State Governments, and other Institutions shall include the performance in the class 12/equivalent qualifying Examination and in the Joint Entrance Examination, JEE (Main). The Paper-1 (B. E. /B. Tech.) of JEE (Main) will also be an eligibility test for the JEE (Advanced), which the candidate has to take if he/she is aspiring for admission to the undergraduate programs offered by the IITs.

2. About JEE (Main) – 2019

The JEE (Main)-2019 will be conducted twice before admissions in the next academic session. The students will have following benefits of the new pattern:

  • This will give one more opportunity to the students to improve their scores in the examination if they fail to give their best in first attempt without wasting their whole academic year.
  • In the first attempt, the students will get a first-hand experience of taking an examination and to know their mistakes which they can improve while attempting for the second time.
  • This will reduce the chances of dropping a year and droppers would not have to waste a full year.
  • If anyone missed the examination due to reasons beyond control, then he/she won’t have to wait for one full year.
  • The student’s best of the two NTA scores will be considered for preparation of Merit List/ Ranking.

The first attempt of JEE (Main) – 2019 will be held in January, 2019 whereas the second attempt will be held in April, 2019. The test will be held on different shifts/dates in both the attempts. The NTA will release the application form of JEE (Main)-2019 for the first attempt in September, 2018 and for the second attempt in February, 2019.

The result of the first attempt of JEE (Main)-2019 will be declared by 31st January, 2019 and for the second attempt by 30th April, 2019.

2.1 Mode of Examination

JEE (Main)-2019 will be conducted in the following mode:

  • Paper-1 (B.E. /B. Tech.) in “Computer Based Test (CBT)” mode only.
  • Paper-2 (B. Arch/ B.Planning): Mathematics- Part I and Aptitude Test-Part II in “Computer Based Test (CBT)” mode only and Drawing Test –Part III in “Pen & Paper Based” (offline) mode to be attempted on drawing sheet.

2.2 Type of Examination

JEE (Main)–2019 shall have two papers, Paper-1 (B. E. /B. Tech.) and Paper-2 (B. Arch. /B.Planning). Candidates may take Paper-1 (B. E. /B. Tech.), or Paper-2 (B. Arch. /B.Planning.), or both as per the course(s) they are seeking admission to.

Subject combinations for each paper, type of questions in each paper and mode of examination is given in the table below:

Paper Subjects Type of Questions Mode of Examination
Paper-1 (B.E./B.Tech.) Mathematics, Physics & Chemistry Objective Type – Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) with equal weightage to Mathematics, Physics & Chemistry “Computer Based Test (CBT)” mode only
Paper-2 (B. Arch/ B.Planning) (to be attempted in one sitting) Mathematics – Part I Aptitude Test – Part II Objective Type – Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) “Computer Based Test (CBT)” mode only
Drawing Test – Part III Questions to test drawing aptitude “Pen & Paper Based” (offline) mode to be attempted on Drawing sheet

The requirement of papers for different courses is given in the table below:

Course Paper
All other undergraduate courses (B.E. /B. Tech.) Paper-1
B.ARCH/B. PLANNING (At Institutions other than IITs) Paper-2

Schedule of Examination

Dates of Examination (Exact City, date and shift of
examination for Paper-1 and Paper-2 will be made available
by 15th November, 2018 on NTA’s website)
06.01.2019 (Sunday) to 20.01.2019 (Sunday)
Mode of Examination Paper-1 “Computer Based Test (CBT)” mode only
Paper-2 Mathematics – Part I and Aptitude Test-Part II in “Computer Based Test (CBT)” mode only
Drawing Test – Part III in “Pen & Paper Based” (offline) mode to be attempted on Drawing sheet
First Shift Second Shift
Timing of Examination 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. 2.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.
Duration of Examination 3 Hours 3 Hours
Entry in the Examination Centre* 7.30 a.m. – Upto 8.30 a.m. 12.30 p.m. – Upto 1.30 p.m.
Entry in the Examination Hall/ Room 8.45 a.m. to 9.00 a.m. 1.45 p.m. to 2.00 p.m.
Checking of Admit Cards by the Invigilator 9.00 a.m. to 9.15 a.m. 2.00 p.m. to 2.15 p.m
Sitting on the seat in the Examination Hall 9.15 a.m. 2.15 p.m.
Instructions by the Invigilators 9.15 a.m. to 9.25 a.m. 2.15 p.m. to 2.25 p.m.
Test Commences 9.30 a.m. 2.30 p.m.
Test Concludes 12.30 p.m. 5.30 p.m.