JEE Main 2021: Application Form, Eligibility Criteria, Syllabus, Dates

jee mainJEE Main 2021 will be conducted by NTA in the months of January 2021 and April 2021. Admissions into various engineering and architectural institutes will be offered on the basis of the mains score. Candidates qualifying the mains will also become eligible for appearing in JEE advanced. Clearing both main and advanced exam is mandatory for admissions into IITs. The interested and eligible candidates can appear in the JEE Main 2021 by submitting their online applications.

JEE Main 2021 Exam Highlights 

  • The complete process of JEE Main, from application and exam to the result will be online.
  • Candidates are advised to keep all the important documents such as Aadhaar, debit/ card, credit card, scanned photograph, signature, etc ready before starting the application process.
  • Application form must be submitted online and no hard copy will be accepted.
  • The applicants must ensure their eligibility before applying for the exam.
  • Candidates submitting their application on time will be able to download their admit card and appear for exam.

JEE Main 2021 Important Dates 

The important dates for JEE Main 2021 is given as follows:

Avialable Application Form 2020
ActivitiesTentative Dates
First attemptSecond attempt
Availability of online application form1st week of September 20201st week of February 2021
Last date of application form submissionLast week of September 20201st week of March 2021
Editing in application form2nd week of October 20203rd week of March 2021
Admit card issue3rd week of December 20204th week of March 2021
Date of exam1st to 3rd week of January 20211st to 3rd week of April 2021
Result announcementLast week of January 2021Last week of April 2021
Beginning of counselingTo be notified

JEE Main 2021 Eligibility Criteria

Candidates fulfilling the eligibility criteria mentioned below can apply for JEE Main 2021:

Age limit:

  • There will be no age limit for appearing in the JEE Main exam.

Number of attempts:

  • The candidates can attempt for JEE Main for maximum of two times and that too in two consecutive years.

Educational qualification:

  • The candidates should have passed their class 12th exam with an aggregate of 75% marks (65% for SC/ ST candidates).
  • Applicants with top 20 percentile in the 12th class examination conducted by the respective Boards are also eligible.
  • For BE/ B.Tech, Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry/ Biotechnology/ Biology/ Technical Vocational subject are mandatory at 12th
  • For B.Arch, B.Planning, Mathematics as a subject in class 12th is mandatory.
  • Only those candidates appearing in their class 12th exam in the year 2019, 2020 or 2021 can apply for JEE Main 2021.
  • The candidates appearing in class 12th exam in the year 2019 are only eligible if they do not appear for JEE Main in the year 2019.

JEE Main Application Form 2021

To appear in the JEE Main 2021, the candidates will have apply online. Candidates who do not have an Aadhaar card are suggested to enroll for one as the Aadhaar details are mandatory for application submission.

  • Basic personal and educational details of the candidates will be required to fill the application form.
  • Email address and mobile number entered in the form must be unique and valid. Any intimation regarding the exam will be sent on them only.
  • The candidates will also have to upload their photograph and signature in scanned format.
  • Application form filled in all sense can be submitted online along with the prescribed application fee.
  • A printout of the confirmation page should be taken by the candidates and kept safe for future reference.

Application fee:

  • The process of application will not be completed without payment of application fee.
  • Application fee once submitted will not be returned under any circumstances.
  • Payment of fee can be done through credit card / debit card/ net banking/ e-Challan using SBI-MOPS facility.

The application fee will be as follows:

CategoryApplication fee
For exam center in IndiaFor center outside India
For BE/ B.Tech or B.Arch
For general/ OBC categoryRs. 500/- for boys

Rs. 250/- for girls

Rs. 2000/- for boys

Rs. 1000/- for girls

For SC/ ST/ PWD categoryRs. 250/- for bothRs. 1000/- for both
For BE/ B.Tech and B.Arch both
For general/ OBC categoryRs. 900/- for boys

Rs. 450/- for girls

Rs. 3000/- for boys

Rs. 1500/- for girls

For SC/ ST/ PWD categoryRs. 450/- for bothRs. 1500/- for both

Exam Pattern

Check the JEE Main exam pattern here:

  • Mode of exam: Online (except B.Arch drawing test)
  • Duration of exam: 3 hours
  • Medium of exam: English, Hindi and Gujarati
  • Type of questions: Objective type (except B.Arch drawing test)
  • Marking scheme: 4 marks will be awarded for each correct answer
  • Negative marking: 1 mark will be deducted for each incorrect answer

Details of JEE Main Exam

Question Paper SubjectsQuestions’ TypeMode of Exam
B.E./B.Tech.Mathematics, Physics &ChemistryObjective Type -Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) & Questions for which answer is a numerical value, with equal weightage to Physics, Chemistry & MathematicsComputer Based Test
B. ArchMathematics(Part I)Objective Type  Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)& Questions for which answer is a numerical valueComputer Based Test
Aptitude Test –Part IIObjective Type -Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)Pen &Paper Based Test (offline) mode to be attempted on Drawing sheet
Drawing Test –Part IIIQuestions to test drawing aptitude
B. PlanningMathematics –Part IObjective Type -Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)& Questions for which answer is a numerical valueComputer Based Test
Aptitude Test –Part IIObjective Type -Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
Planning Based Questions -Part IIIObjective Type -Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)

Marking Scheme

For BE/ B.Tech:

SubjectNo. of questionMaximum marks

For B.Arch/ B.Planning:

SubjectNo. of questionMaximum marks
Aptitude Test50200
Drawing Test270


The syllabus for JEE Main will be based on the curriculum of class 11th and 12th. An overview of the same is given below:

  • Mathematics: Sets, Relations And Functions, Complex Numbers And Quadratic Equations, Matrices And Determinants, Permutations And Combinations, Mathematical Induction, Sequence & Series, Calculus, Coordinate Geometry, Trigonometry, Probability, etc
  • Physics: Physics And Measurement, Kinematics, Laws Of Motion, Work, Energy And Power, Rotational Motion, Gravitation, Electrostatics, Magnetic Effects Of Current, Electromagnetic Waves, Optics, Thermodynamics, Electronic Devices, Communication System, etc
  • Chemistry: Some Basic Concepts In Chemistry, States Of Matter, Atomic Structure, Chemical Thermodynamics, Redox Reaction & Thermo-chemistry, Surface Chemistry, Hydrogen, s & p-Block Elements, Hydrocarbons, Polymers, Organic Compounds Containing Nitrogen, etc
  • Arch/ B.Plan Aptitude Test: Awareness of Persons, Places, Buildings, Design & Drawing of Geometrical Shapes, Generation of Plan, Elevation & 3D Views of Objects, Analytical Reasoning, Mental Ability, Three-Dimensional Perception, Sketching of Scenes, etc

JEE Main 2021 Preparation Strategy

Certain tips that can be helpful in the preparation of JEE Main are given here.

First know your syllabus. All the study material you collect will depend on the syllabus of your exam.

  • After that, collect study material (only form authentic sources) at one place.
  • You can make a time table for better management of time between different subjects.
  • During study, make short notes of all the topics that you think can be important.
  • After your basics are totally clear, you can start practicing of previous years’ question papers.
  • Make time for revision. You do not want to forget the old topics as you proceed with the new ones.

Reference Books

A list of some of the important books that the candidates can refer for exam preparation is given here:

  • Mathematics: RS Aggarwal for basic Mathematics, NCERT and RD Sharma for advanced Mathematics
  • Physics: DC Pandey for basic Physics, NCERT, HC Verma for advanced Physics
  • Chemistry: Inorganic Chemistry by JD Lee, Organic Chemistry by Morrison and Boyd and Physical Chemistry by Peter Atkins
  • Architecture: Self-study Guide for B.Arch entrance exam by PK Mishra (Arihant Publication)

 Admit Card

  • The candidates are required to download the admit card from the official website to appear for the exam.
  • Separate admit cards will be released for 1st and 2nd attempt exams.
  • The center and shift of the exam will be printed on the admit card. No candidate will be allowed to appear at a center or shift other than that.
  • Candidates who do not hold a valid admit card will not be allowed to enter the exam hall.
  • Those facing any problem with their admit card must contact the helpline.
  • Candidates are advised to preserve their Admit Cards for counseling and admission.

JEE Main 2021 Answer Key

  • NTA will display answer key & recorded responses of answers on website
  • The candidates not satisfied with the recorded response may challenge by filling online application form and paying processing charges of Rs.1000/- per question.
  • After re-evaluation, final answer key will be released.
  • The result will be compiled on the basis of final answer keys.


  • The result of JEE Main 2021 will be declared in online mode and the candidates will be able to check it from the official website.
  • Result of 1st attempt will be out by the last week of January. The candidates who are not satisfied by their results can appear for the 2nd
  • 2nd attempt result will be declared hopefully in the last week of April.
  • After the declaration of both results, counseling of the qualified candidates will begin.

JEE Main 2021 Counseling

  • Candidates qualified in any of the attempts will be considered for counseling.
  • After result declaration, the data will be handed over to CSAB/ JoSAA or the concerned State government/ institute for seat allocation.
  • Candidates will have to register themselves on the website of the authorities conducting the counseling.
  • The concerned authority will prepare a merit list of the qualified and registered candidates in order of ranking.
  • During counseling, the applicants will be allowed to provide their choice for course and institute.
  • Based on the choice made and ranking of the candidate, seat allotment will be done.

Frequently Asked Questions

Ans: The medium of question paper will be Hindi, English and Gujarati. The option for question paper language needs to be exercised at the time of filling application form and the same cannot be changed at later stage.

Ans: There is no age limit for appearing in JEE Main exam. Further candidates also need to ensure their age criteria for institutes they are willing to take admission into. Please note IITs have an age restriction which will be published in JEE Advanced information brochure.

Ans: Yes, appearing candidates can apply for JEE Main exam. Candidates, who passed the exam in 2019, 2020 or appearing in 2021 are eligible to apply.

Ans: For January 2021 session, the application form is expecting to be released in first week of September 2020.

Ans: The scanned copy of photograph and signature should be in JPG/JPEG format. The size of photograph should be between 10 kb to 200 kb. Size of signature should be between 4 kb to 30KB and size of scanned 12thAdmit card/Marksheet/Certificate card must be between 50kb to 500kb.

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