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With changes in the exam pattern, be ready for JEE 2020

With slight changes in the pattern of JEE Main 2020, aspirants preparing for the same must keep themselves updated for the upcoming session in January 2020. Conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA), JEE Main will be conducted in two sessions, one in January and the other in April 2020. The exam allows access for admissions to Undergraduate programs in Engineering in NITs, IIITs and other Centrally Funded Technical Institutions (CFTIs), etc.

While the first session of the JEE Main exam has been scheduled to be conducted between 6th to 11th Jan 2020, comprising of Paper 1 (for admissions to B.E./B.Tech courses) and Paper 2 (for admissions to B.Arch/B.Planning), the NTA has recently announced few changes in the exam pattern in a new notification dated 3rd Sep’20. The exam pattern for JEE Main 2020 shows reduction in the number of questions and introduction of numerical questions. The number of JEE Main exam centres have also been decreased from 264 to 233. The question paper will be available in English, Hindi and Gujarati. Paper 1 will be conducted in 2 sessions per day and the candidates will be allotted slots randomly. For appearing in the JEE (Main) examination there is no age limit for the candidates. The candidates who have passed class 12th / equivalent examination in 2018, 2019 or appearing in 2020 irrespective of their age can appear in JEE (Main) examination – 2020.

The second session of the JEE Main 2020 are scheduled to be conducted from 3rd to 9th April 2020 for Paper 1 and Paper 2. While students have the option to appear in one or both the sessions, the best of the two phases will be considered for the final results. JEE Main results play a vital role for getting admissions to UG programs at IIT’s, as based on the performance in JEE Main 2020, top candidates make themselves eligible for appearing in JEE Advanced 2020. Admission to IITs are based on category -wise All India Rank (AIR) in JEE(Advanced) exams

Know the new Pattern of JEE Main 2020

The JEE Main Paper-1 (for B.E./B.Tech) & Paper-2 (for B.Arch/B.Planning) Examinations will be held in “Computer Based Test” (CBT) Mode only, except that the Drawing Test for B.Arch. will be held in “Pen & Paper” (offline) mode. A candidate may appear in B.E./B.Tech, B.Arch and B.Planning depending upon the course/s he/she wishes to pursue. According to the JEE Main 2020 exam pattern, Paper 1 will comprise of multiple choice questions and numerical questions whereas Paper 2 is now separate for B.Arch and B.Plan aspirants.

What are the changes made in the Paper 1(B.E./ B.Tech)?

According to the JEE Main 2020 exam pattern, Paper 1 will comprise of three sections – Mathematics, Physics & Chemistry with 25 questions in each, comprising of 20 multiple choice questions (MCQs) and 5 numerical problems (with answers as numerical value). There will be no negative marking for the numerical value problems, while -1 will be deducted for each wrong answer in the MCQ’s. With a total of 75 questions including all the three subjects, the total marks will be out of 300, students will get a time duration of 3 hrs to complete the Computer based Test (CBT).

Paper-2 (For B.Arch aspirants) – Students aspiring for B.Arch /B.Planning will have to appear in Paper-2. The Paper-2 for B.Arch aspirants will have three parts – Mathematics, Aptitude and Drawing. The total marks for this paper will be 400. The duration of the paper will be 3 hrs with total 77 questions including all three parts.

Part 1 – Mathematics with total marks of 100 includes 20 MCQ’s and 5 questions with numerical value.

Part 2 – Aptitude with total marks of 200 will have 50 MCQ’s.

Part 3 – Drawing will have 2 questions of 50 marks each totaling it to 100.

The marking scheme for MCQs will be +4 for the correct answer, -1 for an incorrect answer and 0 for an unattempted question while that for Numerical value questions will be +4 for a correct answer and 0 if incorrect or unattempted

Paper-2 (For B.Planning aspirants) – The Paper-2 for B.Planning aspirants will also have three parts – Mathematics, Aptitude and Planning based Objective type MCQ’s. The total marks for this paper will be 400. The duration of the paper will be 3 hrs with total 100 questions including all three parts.

Part 1 – Mathematics with total marks of 100 includes 20 MCQ’s and 5 questions with numerical value.

Part 2 – Aptitude with total marks of 200 will have 50 MCQ’s.

Part 3 – Planning based Objective type MCQ’s will have 25 MCQ’s totaling it to 100.

The marking scheme for MCQs will be +4 for the correct answer, -1 for an incorrect answer and 0 for an unattempted question while that for Numerical value questions will be +4 for a correct answer and 0 if incorrect or unattempted.

Appear for both sessions of the JEE Main 2020

Students get a second opportunity to improve their scores in the examinations, just in case they fail to give their best in the first attempt and that too without wasting a complete academic year.

While the first attempt may be taken as a first-hand experience of attempting the exams, aspirants will also reckon their mistakes and improve in the second attempt.

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.

 

By: Ramesh Batlish, IIT JEE Expert, FIITJEE

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