JEE MAIN 2021: What and how to prepare?

JEE Main examination, by National Testing Agency (NTA), will be conducted four times.

2021 will have JEE Main examination in February, March, April, and May. Students can attempt this paper in order to clear the entrance and admission to undergraduate programs in renowned engineering colleges such as IITs, CFTIs, and many more across India.

Students can appear JEE MAIN for up to 3 consecutive years. The exam is conducted twice a year and students may appear in both the attempts. However, appearing in both the sessions of the same year will be counted as a single attempt.

About the Paper: on clearing the JEE Main Paper 1, students can apply for B.E and B.Tech programs, while JEE Main Paper 2 and 3 is for B.Plan and B. Arch programs.

Eligibility Criteria: Students who have passes class 12th in 2019, 2020 or are appearing in 2021 irrespective of their age are eligible to sit for JEE Main 2021.

Importance of Qualifying Exam:

  • It is mandatory for a aspiring student to pass the qualifying exam with 5 subjects in total. If 4 subjects are taken in the exam, the candidature will not be considered.

  • Students need to secure a minimum percentage in order to be eligible for the JEE Main 2021:

  • For General category – min.75% marks in aggregate

  • For SC/ST/PWD category – min. 65% marks in aggregate

About the February session: This year JEE Main exam dates span from the 23rd to the 26th of February for the February session. The application form for attempting the JEE Main 2021 has been released, and students can apply for it online through the NTA website. The form will be closed on the 16th of January, 2021 for the February session. The results for each session will be announced within 1 week after the examination so that candidates can apply for the next test. NTA is offering two chances for students to appear for JEE Main, 2021.

What's the Syllabus? The questions will mainly be prescribed from the 11th and 12th level CBSE syllabus. JEE Main Paper 1 will include questions from Physics, Mathematics, and Chemistry subjects. Paper 2 will consist of Aptitude, Drawing, and Mathematics topics. Paper 3 questions will be formed from Aptitude, Planning, and Mathematics topics.

What’s new?

  • The JEE Main Papers of 2021 can be attempted in twelve languages. While filling the application form, the candidate will be requested to fill the language of the question paper they wish to use.

  • New changes in the exam pattern and syllabus - the syllabus has not been reduced; rather, students can choose between the choices of questions provided. Due to the reduction of the syllabus in many schools and colleges, options will be provided. Students have to attempt 75 out of 90 questions. No negative marking will be added for attempting the 15 optional questions if attempted.

  • The test will be held online, while the drawing test for Paper 2 will be held offline.

How to prepare?

  • Prepare yourself with the exam pattern and the syllabus from where questions might come from.

  • Attempt previous years' question papers and mock tests to become comfortable and improve time management.

  • The exam conducting authority will provide the appearing candidates with the link to the mock test.

  • Collect notes and suitable study materials to go through them regularly.

  • Make clear study plans and stick to them.

  • Do preparations based on syllabus weightage and equal importance given to all subjects.

  • Since time is of importance, learn short-cut methods to solve any numerical.

  • Analyze your strong and weak areas, and work accordingly.

NCERT books are an essential source of information and an easy understanding of concepts. Many questions that appeared in the JEE Main paper has been formulated from the NCERT syllabus. Collect these books for Physics, Mathematics, and Chemistry, and you can do well.

There are many online courses and lectures which can be found on YouTube or on NTA websites. The lectures are delivered by experts and are available for Physics, Mathematics, Biology, and Chemistry.

Last-minute tips: Revise, revise, revise. Take revisions for formulas, points, steps, etc. Read through your notes you have jotted down.

Take care of your health, eat healthily, and sleep on time. Good luck!

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