Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main 2018 is just a few months away and the queries for the national level examination have re-manifested on a grand scale. With the application forms now available, engineering aspirants are slowly looking to gain some pre-knowledge regarding the examination before the official notification is announced. Major questions related to the mode of exam, application process, eligibility and more are often asked by the aspirants. This article on “JEE Main 2018 – 5 Things you should know” provides you with the most important details of the examination. Since the information available online regarding JEE Main is vast, there are some particular things you should know about JEE Main 2018 exam which are important. We, at Careers360, have compiled the 5 things you should know about JEE Main 2018 to give a brief information about the entrance exam.
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JEE Main is conducted on an annual basis by CBSE for B.Tech admissions into NITs, IIITs and CFTIs. The exam also acts as a qualifying round for JEE Advanced examination. JEE Main 2018 will be conducted in pen and paper mode on April 8, 2018 whereas the computer based test will be held on April 15 and 16, 2018.
5 Things you should Know about JEE Main 2018
1. Will JEE Main be held online or offline?
Well, the answer is both. CBSE conducts the examination of JEE Main in both online (computer based test) and offline (paper and pen) mode. Aspirants will be able to choose their mode of examination while registering themselves. For those applying for B.Arch admissions, the JEE Main exam will be held only in offline mode. There is not much difference between the online and offline JEE Main examination, however, a large number of applicants do prefer to register themselves for the offline mode of exam. Whether you opt for offline or online JEE Main examination, the difficulty level of the exam will remain the same. The responsibility of the normalization of exam difficulty level will be ensured by the concerned authorities of CBSE.
2. How Many Papers are there in JEE Main?
JEE Main examination consists of two papers – Paper I and Paper II. Paper I is for B.Tech admissions whereas Paper II is for B.Arch. You will be able to attempt Paper I in both online and offline mode whereas Paper II will be available only in offline mode. For Paper I (B.Tech), 30 objective questions will be asked from each section – Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry. Paper II (B.Arch) will consist of 30 and 50 objective questions from Mathematics and aptitude respectively along with 2 subjective drawing questions. Each paper of JEE Main will be 3 hours long and will be conducted in English, Hindi, Urdu, Marathi and Gujarati languages.
To know more read JEE Main Exam Pattern
3. Aadhaar Card – Mandatory or Not?
From the academic year of 2017-18, the CBSE authorities have made Aadhaar Card mandatory for registration. Without filling your Aadhaar Card number, you will not be able to go further in the process of filling the JEE Main application form. If you do not have your Aadhaar Card ready with you, then firstly apply for one and then register for JEE Main.
If you have passed or are appearing for your 12th standard qualifying examination from the states of J&K, Assam and Meghalaya, then you are not required to submit Aadhaar Card number. Instead the passport number, ration card number, bank account number or any other valid Government identity number can be submitted. However, you will be able to select the examination centre in only these states.
For more detailed information read: JEE Main: Clear your doubts about Aadhaar Card
4. Are you eligible?
There are certain eligibility criterion which has to be met to apply for JEE Main. For starters, you should have qualified 12th standard qualifying (or equivalent) examination with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. Weightage to 12th standard marks in calculating All India Ranks has been scrapped by the authorities, however for admissions into NITs, IIITs and CFTIs, you will be required to score 75% marks (65% marks for SC/ST category) or be in the top 20 percentile in 12th standard qualifying exam.
JEE Main is majorly a pathway for admissions into the 31 NITs, 23 IIITs and 20 CFTIs. If you meet the qualifying examination criteria and manage to meet the JEE Main cutoff ranks, then you will be eligible for B.Tech and B.Arch courses offered by NITs, IIIT and CFTIs. If you fall under the top 2,24,000 JEE Main candidates then you will also be eligible for IIT admissions after qualifying JEE Advanced.
If you do not manage to qualify for NITs, IIITs and CFTIs, then there always other options available. Many state and private institutes also offer admissions based on JEE Main scores. You can always apply for these institutes for your future studies.
Check JEE Main Eligibility Criteria for more details.
5. JEE Main Registration Process
The application form of JEE Main is released online. No other mode of application will be accepted by the authorities. Before filling the application form, read the full eligibility criteria to check if you are eligible for the exam or not. The scanned images of your photograph and signature according to the official specifications have to be kept ready beforehand. Full valid details of your personal, academic and contact information has to be submitted in the JEE Main application form. The required application fee can be paid in online mode (credit card/debit card/net banking) or e-challan. Finally, the acknowledgement page has to be printed out for future reference. If you fail to register yourselves, then you will not be allowed to attempt the entrance examination.
For the full application procedure read JEE Main Application Form
Hopefully, this article on JEE Main 2018 – 5 Things you should Know has given you a new insight regarding the exam. All the best!