JEE Main Exam Pattern 2018

JEE Main Exam PatternJEE Main Exam Pattern 2018 – CBSE has released JEE Main 2018 exam pattern. With the help of JEE Main exam pattern, candidates can get an idea about the exam like duration, type of questions asked, marking scheme such that their preparation can go accordingly. JEE Main 2018 will be held for two papers: Paper I was held for B.E/ B.Tech aspirants, and Paper 2 for B. Arch./ B. Planning. The exam pattern of JEE Main 2018 has been given for both Paper I & Paper II in the article below for the benefit of the aspirants. The JEE Main exam pattern 2018 for both papers show that the exam duration of both the papers is the same - 3 hours each. JEE Main 2018 offline examination for Paper I and II have been concluded, while the online mode was conducted on April 15 & 16. JEE Main Paper I had questions in Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics for a total of 360 marks, JEE Main Paper II had questions in Mathematics, Aptitude Test, and Drawing for a total of 390 marks. 

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The JEE Main Paper 1 exam pattern states that there were a total of 90 questions each carrying 4 marks each with negative marking for every wrong answer. Paper 2 of JEE Main had 82 questions, with different marking methodology for each section, the details of which are given below in the article. Know the complete details of JEE Main 2018 exam pattern, including marking scheme, type of questions asked, dos and don’ts on exam day from the article below.

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Difficulty Level of Different sets of JEE Main 2018 Paper 


It must be noted that the subject experts of JEE Main have ensured that the entire syllabus of Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry is covered in each question set. The syllabus of each of these 3 subject is divided into an appropriate number of units and thus the equal number of questions have been chosen from each unit. Also, every subject of each question paper set of JEE Main carries the same percentage of easy, medium and difficult questions. Thus, each question paper set has an equal difficulty level. So, this year also the difficulty level of JEE Main paper is maintained as the previous years - 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017.


JEE Main Exam Pattern 2018


The exam pattern of JEE Main 2018 was different based on whether the candidate is appearing for Paper I or Paper II. The pattern of each paper is discussed in detail below.


JEE Main Exam Pattern - Paper 1

  • Mode of Exam: Pen & Paper based (offline) or Computer Based Test (CBT/Online)

  • Duration of the Exam: The total time given to candidates is 3 hours

  • Subjects: Candidates will be tested in 3 subjects namely - Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics. Questions will be asked from the given JEE Main syllabus 2018

  • Total Number of questions: A total of 90 questions will be asked in the JEE Main 2018 Paper 1. Each section will have 30 questions each

  • Type of Questions: Only objective type questions will be asked. Each question will have four options out of which one will be correct

  • Marking Scheme: Each correct answer will be awarded 4 marks. Every wrong answer will fetch -1 mark while any answer with no response will not be given any marks

  • Total Marks awarded: The paper will be set for 360 marks.

  • Language / Medium of question paper: All candidates will be given the option to write the JEE Main exam in English or Hindi except for candidates from Gujarat, Daman & Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli  who can opt for Gujarati 

JEE Main Exam Pattern - Paper 2

  • Mode of Exam: The JEE Main 2018 exam was held in pen and paper mode only.
  • Duration of the Exam: The total time given to students to complete the exam is 3 hours.Subjects: Candidates will be tested in Mathematics, General aprtitude and drawing skills.
  • Total Number of questions: The total number of questions asked in the exam are 82 out of which Mathematics will have 30 questions, Aptitude will have 50 questions and drawing will have 2 questions
  • Type of Questions: While Mathematics and Aptitude will have objective type questions, drawing will have questions that will test the candidates in their drawing and sketching capabilities.
  • Marking Scheme: While the objective questions will be awarded 4 marks for a correct answer and a negative mark of -1 for every wrong answer, the drawing questions will be for a total of 70 marks but the marks for each question will be mentioned along with the question only.
  • Total Marks awarded: The question paper will be for 390 marks in total.
  • Language / Medium of question paper: Candidates will have the choice of writing the paper in English or Hindi, candidates from Gujarat, Diu& Daman, Dadra & Nagar Haveli can choose to write the exam in Gujarati.  

Schedule of the JEE Main 2018


While the exam pattern of JEE Main 2018 is essential for candidates to know and plan their preparation, the schedule of the JEE Main 2018 exam is equally important. Candidates can strategize their preparation and act according to the exam schedule. This will help them to acclimatize themselves to the timings. The exam schedule for JEE Main 2018 is given below

Examination Date



Exam Timing

April 8, 2018

Paper 1 (B.E./B.Tech)

Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics

9:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Paper 2 (B.Arch/B.Planning)

Mathematics, Aptitude Test & Drawing Test

2:00 PM to 5:00 PM

April 15, 2018

Paper 1 (B.E./B.Tech)

Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics

9:30 AM to 12:30  PM (1st Shift)
2:30 PM to 5:30 PM (2nd Shift)

April 16, 2018

Paper 1 (B.E/B.Tech)

Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics

9:30 AM to 12:30 PM

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JEE Main 2018 Mock Test


The exam pattern of JEE Main 2018 can be put into practice with the help of the mock test announced by CBSE. The JEE Main mock test is the simulation of the exact exam and gives all candidates a feel of the actual exam such that they can get used to the JEE Main exam environment. Candidates who will be appearing for the CBT of JEE Main should attempt the mock test at least once. Candidates who are appearing for the pen & paper based exam must check out the JEE Main sample papers and previous year JEE Main question papers for more practice.


FAQs on JEE Main Exam Pattern 2018


While the exam pattern of JEE Main is clearly mentioned in this article, many students have plenty of doubts and queries regarding th same. We have compiled all these queries in one section so as to enable students to know the answers to these. some queries are listed here while the complete list of queries on the exam pattern of JEE Main can be checked upon clicking the link above.


Q. Is there a pass mark for each subject in JEE Main 2018 or the overall marks are considered?

Ans: The overall marks obtained by the candidates in JEE Main 2018 will be considered.


Q. What should I choose- offline or online exam?

Ans: There is not much difference between offline and online examination as the level of difficulty will be similar. The pros and cons of both mode of examination is almost equal. If the candidate opts for offline mode, the candidates will not have any technical problems and will also be able to retain the question paper. Whereas in online mode, the candidates will be able to recheck and correct their answers, however, the question paper will not be available to them later for reference.


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General Exam Day Guidelines

  • The examination rooms/hall opened 2.30 hours before the test commences. Considering there was frisking by metal detectors, candidates had to  reach the exam centre with sufficient time in hand so as to avoid last minute rush.

  • When coming to the exam hall, the candidate had to bring along admit card of JEE Main 2018. Candidates without the admit card won’t be allowed to participate in the exam.

  • PwD candidates must bring a copy of their PwD certificate in the prescribed format duly signed by the competent authority along with their admit card
  • Use of electronic gadgets and communication aids: Electronic devices like mobile phone, calculator, watches with calculators, pagers etc are not allowed inside the exam hall.
  • Other items barred from the exam hall include log table, book, notebook, etc.
  • Diabetic students will be allowed to carry eatables like sugar tablets/fruits (like banana/apple/ orange) and transparent water bottle to the exam hall. However, they will not be allowed to carry packed foods like chocolate/candy/sandwich etc.

Guidelines for Pen & Paper Based Paper I & II

  • Candidates who are attending Paper 2 had to bring along their own geometry box set, pencils, erasers, colour pencils or crayons for Aptitude Test.

  • For filling the required particulars in the Test Booklet, the candidate must Ball Point Pen only. The candidate will be instructed to open/ break the seal of the Test Booklet five minutes before the commencement of exam. After carefully taking out the Answer Sheet, the candidate must confirm that the Test Booklet Code printed on Side -2 of the Answer Sheet is similar to the one printed on the Test Booklet. If there is a mismatch, the candidate must immediately inform the invigilator and get a new Test Booklet and Answer Sheet.

  • The candidate must use Blue/Black ball pen to write particulars on both sides of the Answer Sheet. It must be noted that the use of pencil is prohibited, and doing so will lead to rejection of candidature.

  • Candidates will be allowed to carry a cardboard or a clip board with nothing written on it to the exam hall as a pad to keep the exam paper on it to write smoothly.
  • The candidate must confirm that Test-Booklet contains the same number of pages as mentioned at the top of the first page of the booklet. The candidates must also check that the serial number and series of the Test Booklet are identical to the serial number and series of OMR sheet. If they are not identical, candidate must inform the invigilator and get them replaced.

Guidelines for Computer Based Test - Paper I

  • Candidates should not carry any ball pens to the exam hall. They will be provided with the same by the invigilator.

  • They will be provided with rough sheets to work out the calculations or any other rough work. These sheets have to be returned to the invigilator before leaving the exam hall.

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