JEE Main Exam Pattern 2018

JEE Main Exam PatternJEE Main Exam Pattern 2018 – Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has released JEE Main 2018 exam pattern. With the help of JEE Main exam pattern 2018, 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 will be held for B.E/ B.Tech aspirants, and Paper 2 for B. Arch./ B. Planning. The JEE Main 2018 exam pattern 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. While JEE Main Paper I will have questions in Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics for a total of 360 marks, JEE Main Paper II will have questions in Mathematics, Aptitude Test, and Drawing  for a total of 390 marks. The JEE Main Paper 1 pattern states that there will be a total of 90 questions each carrying 4 marks each with negative marking for every wrong answer. Paper 2 of JEE Main will have 82 questions, with different marking methodolgy 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.

Latest - JEE Main 2018 Application correction available now ! JEE Main 2018 mock test also available now. 

Admissions Open Now
SRM Admissions 2018 open. START your application now.

JEE Main Exam Pattern 2018


The exam pattern of JEE Main 2018 will be 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 will be 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 50 questions, Aptitude will have 20 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 JEE Main 2018 exam pattern 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 aclimatize 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 and 16, 2018

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

Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics

9:30 AM to 12:30  PM (1st Shift)
2:00 PM to 5:00 PM (2nd Shift)


JEE Main 2018 Mock Test


The JEE Main exam pattern 2018 can be put to 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 enviroment. 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 about JEE Main Exam Pattern 2018


While the exam pattern 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 clickng 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.


View more details regarding exam pattern FAQs - Click here


General Exam Day Guidelines

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

  • When coming to the exam hall, the candidate must 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 will have to bring along their own geometry box set, pencils, erasers, color 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.

Admissions Open Now
VIT-Apply now to B.Tech admissions 2018 | India’s no 1 private University

Related Articles


JEE Main

Join this QNA topic to get updates about latest happenings about the exam!

  • 44325 Joined
  • 11127 Questions

Mansimar anand 10 minutes ago

Mansimar anands picture
Mansimar AnandLast Seen: 10 min 22 sec agoJoined on: 25-Nov-2017

Jee mains photograph

how to write name and date on jee mains photograph form

Keshav yadav 3 hours ago

Keshav yadavs picture
Keshav YadavLast Seen: 1 hour 31 min agoJoined on: 26-Dec-2016

Jee main ke application form me photo and date nahi dali hai koi problem to nahi hogi

Answer (1)

User Pic
Mayank kumar singhs picture
Mayank Kumar SinghLast Seen: 1 hour 30 min agoJoined on: 09-Aug-2016
Hello, You will not face any problem if you haven't uploaded your photograph with date and name as your photo verification is only compulsory at examination centre of jee mains.You can edit your parti...Read More

Yadavendra 4 hours ago

Yadavendras picture
YadavendraLast Seen: 3 hours 53 min agoJoined on: 17-Jan-2018

Can ncert math is sufficient for jee main

Answer (1)

User Pic
Mayank kumar singhs picture
Mayank Kumar SinghLast Seen: 1 hour 30 min agoJoined on: 09-Aug-2016
Hello, It can be sufficient if your are aiming for 120 around marks in jee mains.But if you are aiming for 200 around marks then you need to follow other books too like RD SHARMA,ARIHANT,..and many ot...Read More

Free Sample Papers

Previous Next
  • JEE Main Online Question Papers & Answer keys (2014-2017)
    JEE Main Online Question Papers & Answer keys (2014-2017)
    Category : JEE Main
  • JEE Main Offline Question Papers & Answer keys (2014-2017)
    JEE Main Offline Question Papers & Answer keys (2014-2017)
    Category : JEE Main
  • JEE Main Sample Papers 2017 - Offline
    JEE Main Sample Papers 2017 - Offline
    Category : JEE Main
  • JEE Main Sample Papers 2017 - Online
    JEE Main Sample Papers 2017 - Online
    Category : JEE Main
  • JEE Main Question Papers 2017 - Code A, B, C, D
    JEE Main Question Papers 2017 - Code A, B, C, D
    Category : JEE Main
  • JEE Main Question Paper for B.Arch (2014)
    JEE Main Question Paper for B.Arch (2014)
    Category : JEE Main