JEE Main 2018 Application Form, Exam Pattern, Date, Eligibility

JEE Main 2018 is among the extremely popular entrance exams of India conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education for aspirants seeking admission to B.Tech/B.Arch programme offered by IITs, NITs, IITs and other engineering institutions located across the country. However, for admission to IITs, all JEE Main qualified candidates have to further appear in JEE Advanced. All interested but eligible aspirants may expect the availability of JEE Main 2018 online application form in the month of December, 2017. Find other information related to JEE Main such as exam dates, eligibility criteria, syllabus, exam pattern etc. below.

What’s New in JEE Main 2018

  • The authority will not consider weightage of class 12th marks at the time of finalising JEE Main 2018 rank.
  • There is no any minimum percentage criteria in class 12th for appearing in the exam, however, for admission to IITs/ IIITs/ NITs and such other CFTIs, candidates have to secure at least 75% marks (65% marks for SC/ST) in class 12th exam, or should be in top 20th percentile in class 12th of their respective boards.
  • Aadhaar card is an essential document for applying and appearing in JEE Main 2018 exam. This provision shall not be applicable for candidates belonging to J&K, Assam & Meghalaya states.

JEE Main 2018 : Important Dates

Candidates can check out below, all exam dates associated with JEE Main. Please go through the dates specified in the table . Currently, the authority has not issued official notification for the year 2018 and this is why we are sharing tentative schedule of JEE Main 2018 Entrance Exam. We’ll update the schedule once we get its related official notification. 

Sl. No Events Dates
1. Date of release of the Official notification November, 2017
2. Application form release date December, 2017 to January, 2018
3. Last date of making payment of fee January, 2018
4. Mistakes in application form can be corrected January, 2018
5. Date of availability of the admit card March, 2018
6. Date of JEE Main offline test i.e. Pen and Paper Based test April, 2018
7. Date of JEE Main online exam i.e. computer based test April, 2018
8. Answer key and OMR sheet will be displayed April, 2018
9. Date of announcement of the result April, 2018
10. Date of releasing of All India rank for JEE Main paper 2 May, 2018
11. Counselling starts July, 2018
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Eligibility Criteria for JEE Main 2018

A candidate need to fulfil the eligibility requirements in order to appear in the JEE Main Exam. If you are a JEE Main 2018 aspirants then you need to check the followings criteria:

  • Candidates, who were born on or after 01st October, 1993 (01st October, 1988 for SC/ST/PwD), are eligible to appear in JEE Main exam.
  • Candidates who have passed class 12th either in 2016 or 2017 or appearing in 2018 are eligible to apply.
  • The maximum number of attempts for appearing in JEE Main exam is 3 only.
  • Three years duration diploma holders can also apply.

All candidates have to meet with above said eligibility criteria for JEE Main 2018. Candidates, not meeting the said criteria, are not eligible to apply under any circumstances. While filling the online application form, please keep all your documents in front of your eyes so that there would not be any sort of errors taken place.

A carefully filled application never leads to rejection. So, we encourage students to provide only genuine information in the application form.

JEE Main 2018 Application Form: Instructions to Apply

Candidates can apply for JEE main in online mode only as there is no any other modes available. Only one application should be submitted by one candidate, submission of more than one application may cause cancellation of candidature of that particular candidate.

Important Instructions

  • Candidates have to make application for JEE Main 2018 exam via online mode only as there will be no printer version of the application form.
  • Please ensure that you are filling the form from the official website of exam conducting authority.
  • Do not forget to ensure your eligibility before you apply for JEE Main. The authority will not allow you to attend all admission formalities till you meet with all eligibility requirements. Therefore, check of your eligibility thoroughly and then move to the application process.
  • You can appear in the exam only if you meet with all eligibility criteria and have submitted application form along with application fee before the given deadline. The authority is not going to accept any application once the last date is over.
  • Please use your Aadhaar number while filling the application form. It will show your genuineness and now it is must as well. No candidates can fill up the JEE Main application form till they have their respective aadhaar number.

Application Fee

Below, I have described the fee range for both, candidates opting exam centres in India and those who are opting in foreign. Based on your preference, you need to make payment of requisite application fee. Candidates can only pay the application fee by using said manner.

One can make payment of application fee either by using debit card/credit card or through e-challan at Canara/Syndicate/ICICI/HDFC Bank. In case, you make payment through any other means, rather than prescribed here, is not valid.

For candidates, who opted examination centres in India

If you want to give preference of exam centres in India then you need to make payment of application fee as mentioned below.

Appearing Papers Pen & Paper Based Exam Online Mode Exam
Who are Appearing in General/OBCs (Male Candidates) SC/ST/PWD/All Girls General/OBCs SC/ST/PWD/Girls
Either Paper 1 or 2 1000 500 500 250
Paper 1 and 2 both 1800 900 1300 650

For candidates, who opted examination centre in foreign country

In case you want to opt exam centre located outside the country then you need to make payment according the details given below.

Appearing Papers Pen & Paper Based Exam Online Mode Exam
Who are Appearing in General/OBCs (Male Candidates) SC/ST/PWD/All Girls General/OBCs SC/ST/PWD/Girls
Either Paper 1 or 2 2500 1250 2500 1250
Paper 1 and 2 both 3800 1900 3800 1900

How to Make Correction in Application Form?

The admission authority will announce a separate notification for making correction in JEE Main online application form. Candidates should keep visiting this post for getting updates associated with JEE Main application form correction.

Please keep in your mind that you’ll be able to do editing in restricted number of particulars in the JEE Main 2018 application form. Therefore, review of your filled application form thoroughly before you submit it to the authority. Once you click the submit button, then you can not edit the form. In this case, you’ll have to wait till the announcement of official notification regarding making correction in the application form.

JEE Main Exam Pattern 2018

Below, I’m sharing with you JEE Main exam pattern for Paper 1 and Paper 2. Before you begin your preparation, please do careful analysis of the details said below. First understand the pattern and then you may proceed to start your preparation for JEE Main 2018.

Always keep in your mind that JEE Main is among toughest entrance exams in India which requires a high level of preparation from you. Your one or two years dedication will open a gateways of numerous career opportunity. 

Exam Pattern of Paper 1

Total No. of Questions 90 Questions (Physics- 30, Chemistry- 30, Mathematics- 30)
Type of Questions Multiple Choice Questions
List of Participating Subjects Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry
Language Mode of the Question Paper Hindi & English
Mode of the exam Online and Offline
Exam Duration Three hours (Four hours for candidates having 40% or more disability)
Marking scheme 4 marks for one correct response
Negative marking 1 mark for each incorrect response

Exam Pattern of Paper 2

Total No. of Questions 82 Questions (Mathematics-30, Aptitude Test-50 & Drawing Test- 2 Descriptive Test)
Type of Questions Multiple Choice Questions
List of Participating Subjects Mathematics, Aptitude & Drawing
Language Mode of the Question Paper Hindi & English
Mode of the exam Offline
Exam Duration Three hours (Four hours for candidates having 40% or more disability)
Marking scheme 4 marks for one correct response, 2 descriptive questions will be for 70 marks
Negative marking 1 mark for each incorrect response

JEE Main Syllabus 2018

JEE Main 2018 syllabus provides you a quick overview of the topics and chapters from their questions are to be asked in the exam. Syllabuses for both the papers are different from each other.

In paper 1 the authority includes questions from class 11th and 12th syllabus of your respective board.

Paper 2 consist of questions from aptitude test, Mathematics and drawing. Candidates should download the exam syllabus from the official website of the Central Board of Secondary Education.

Admit Card

One, who has successfully submitted his/her application form, he/she can download the admit card in the first week of March, 2018. It will be possible to download the admit card by following the official website of exam conducting authority. For downloading the admit card, candidates will have to enter their roll number and class 12th or its equivalent exam board details.

Crucial Information

  • Just after obtaining your admit card please make sure that the information furnished over there including your name, date of birth, paper, gender, test centre, city, state code of eligibility and category are correct and best of your knowledge. In anyway, if you get any sort of errors in your JEE Main 2018 admit card, then you quickly need to make it to the notice of CBSE.
  • The authority will issue admit card to the candidates on provisional basis according to the information filled by them in application form.
  • Candidates must reach the exam centre at least two and half hours before beginning of the test in order to complete registration and verification formalities.
  • Please keep one of your identity proof with you along with admit card when you come to the exam centre.
  • You’ll have to show your admit card if demanded by invigilator or during security check.


Candidates can check their result from the official admission portal of JEE Main 2018 by using their respective roll number and date of birth. After declaration of the result, candidates will be able to find out their All India rank. From the year 2017, board marks will not be considered while calculating the JEE Main merit list.

JEE Main 2018 Counselling

Candidates need to attend the counselling process according to their rank in the merit list. It is most probable that counselling process will start in the first week of July, 2018. Keep your close eyes on this post for getting all related updates on JEE Main 2018.

JEE Main Answer Key

It is expecting that the Central Board of Secondary Education will issue answer key and scanned copy of OMR sheet for both the papers in the third week of April 2018. However, this date is just for reference purpose and you may find slight variation in the same after release of its official notification.

In case you have any sort of queries regarding answer key then you make them into the notice of authority by making payment of Rs.1000/- per question.

JEE Main 2018 Cut-Off

As you know that JEE Main is the gateway for appearing in JEE Advanced. Without getting qualifying marks in JEE Main exam, you can not appear in the JEE Advanced exam. CBSE releases JEE Main cutoff every year after completion of the exam. Candidates, who have either scored equal or more than the cutoff marks, can only go ahead for appearing in JEE Advanced.

If your mark is less than the cutoff marks then you will not be eligible to appear in JEE Advanced. However, you may apply for admission based on your JEE Main score.

Also Read: 4 Ultimate Tips to Crack JEE Main

Preparation Tips- How to Start Preparing for JEE Main 2018?

  • The very first thing is to build a powerful preparation strategy.
  • Please have a detailed analysis of syllabus and exam pattern of JEE Main.
  • Now make an individual note of most crucial, important and average topics of your JEE Main syllabus.
  • First have a proper command on crucial topics and then you move ahead to important and average topics of your JEE Main syllabus.
  • After covering the entire syllabus, now make an individual note for your strong chapters and weak chapters.
  • Now give more attention to the weak chapters and practice hard.
  • Students should not only depend upon the study materials provided by their respective coaching centre.
  • Collect some good references books. Following good books will help you to clear your concept and if your concept is clear then you can easily move ahead with solving different kinds of problems.
  • Try to solve different model papers and previous years question papers in the given timeline and calculate your accuracy.
  • Show your dedication towards your goal and make hard work as your first coin of success.
  • Never let negative thoughts come into your mind. Be positive towards your approach and let your dream of clearing JEE Main 2018 comes true.


  1. I am studying abroad in British Curriculum IGCSE and am now in year 12. I have chosen Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Computer Science as my subjects. Am I eligible to apply for JEE Main?
    My aim is to get a degree in Computer Science. Without Chemistry in my subject stream, am I eligible to apply for JEE Main?

  2. Sir thank you for this article,i had qualified jee mains 2017,my dream is to be among the toppers any suggestions you can give for self study?

  3. sir m do bar jee mains Ka exam de chuka hu , but qualified nhi hua , kya m 3 time Jee mains Ka exam de skta hu 2018 me.

  4. This site really helps me, sir may I get nits or government colleges with jee main score and 73% in board . Am I eligle get nits.

    • Yes, it is now proposed to be conducted a single entrance exam for engineering in 2018. However, we’ll confirm you only after release of its respective notification.


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