A complete guide to JEE: What you need to know in 2020?

A complete guide to JEE: What you need to know in 2020?

October 21, 2019

Lacs of candidates compete to be a part of coveted IIT,NITs and other engineering colleges across the nation and JEE becomes the battleground for that. There are two levels of the JEE exam—JEE Main and JEE Advanced. Aspirations of becoming engineers can be transformed into reality by appearing in this examination, that too with a full-fledged plan of action which should subsume various aspects: Syllabus, patterns, important dates, topics,etc. To save you all the time and hard work, we are hereby providing you with a complete guide to JEE and what all you need to know in 2020.

Before getting down to the brass tacks, let’s ponder over these crucial pointers:

  • First things first, the JEE Main exam will be conducted twice a year by NTA (National Testing Agency).
  • The first exam is in January while the second one in April.
  • Qualifying this exam can help you enter IITs, NITs, and other prestigious institutes.
  • The whole JEE Main exam is a computer-based test except for the drawing test for B.Arch students.

Important dates for JEE Main Registration 2020:

  • Last date of submitting the form for JEE Main January 2020: Oct 10, 2019.
  • Last date for final fee transaction for JEE Main January 2020: October 11th, 2019.
  • Correction in particulars (if any): October 20th, 2019.
  • Exam Date: Between 6th to 11th January.
  • Online registration for JEE Main April 2020 (tentative): 7 Feb to 7 Mar 2020.
  • Correction of form January 2020: From 14 August 2019 to 20 August 2019.
  • Apart from the dates mentioned, new dates for the correction of forms if any will be informed later. The main thing to keep in mind is that the JEE Advance exam is conducted only once whereas for the Main you have two chances.. And very obviously, it is held after the second JEE Main Exam.

What is the eligibility for B.Tech/B.E. JEE Main exam 2020?

Candidates who have appeared and qualified intermediate examination (PCM) or equivalent exams in the year 2018 or 2019 along with those appearing in the said exams of the year 2020 are eligible to appear in B.Tech/B.E. However, those who have qualified the exams of 2017 or before are not eligible. Furthermore, there is no restriction based on age whatsoever.

Who all can appear for B.Arch/B.Planning JEE Main exam 2020?
With effect from the year 2020, NTA has started a separate test for B.Planning. B. Planning stands for Bachelor of Planning. From the preparation point of view, the official website provides sample papers. Coming back to the points of discussion—the one we were talking about—all those students who have qualified intermediate in any stream but have cleared Mathematics with 50 percent of marks in aggregate can apply. And this implies that commerce or Arts students—with Mathematics as a subject—can also appear for B.Planning, JEE Main 2020!

What will be the JEE Main paper pattern in 2020?

There would be three parts of the exam: Part 1 having PCM for engineering aspirants whereas Part 2 is for those preparing for Architecture or Bachelor of Planning. It has to be noted that there will be separate exams for Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Planning in Part 2 of JEE Main. With NTA being the conducting body, a lot of things changed: The fee structure, the means of conducting the exam and finally, the pattern.

In JEE Main paper pattern in 2020 will have:

  • Part One for Engineering students and Part two for B.Arch and B.Planning.
  • Part 1 will have three sections—Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics.
  • Part 2 will comprise of Mathematics, aptitude, and drawing.

Part 1 (For engineering undergraduates only):

  • Part 1 will have a total of 75 questions and 300 marks.
  • Each section i.e. Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics will have 20+5 questions.
  • There will be sixty MCQs having four options each along with 15 questions with answers in numerical value.
  • Each correct answer will fetch +4 whereas an incorrect answer will have negative marking deducting 1 mark (for MCQ only).
  • Questions marked for review or stand not attempted will have no impact whatsoever (for MCQ only).
  • Questions with numerical value as an answer will also reward +4. However, incorrect and unanswered questions will have no impact.

Part 2 (For B.Arch aspirants only):

  • There’ll be three subsections: Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.
  • There will be a total of 77 questions and 400 marks.
  • Part 1 will contain twenty MCQs and 5 questions with numerical value as an answer from Mathematics whereas
  • Part 2 will contain fifty Aptitude MCQs. Both of these will be CBTs. Part 3 is for the offline Drawing test.
  • Part 3 will be having two questions from drawing and will be conducted offline.
  • Each correct answer will fetch +4 whereas an incorrect answer will deduct 1 mark (for MCQ only).
  • Questions marked for review or stand not attempted will have no impact whatsoever (for MCQ only).
  • Questions with numerical value as an answer will also reward +4. However, incorrect and unanswered questions will have no impact.

Part 2 (For B.Planning aspirants only):

  • Again, there will be three subsections: Part 1, part 2 and part 3.
  • There will be a total of 100 questions.
  • The total score will be 400 marks.
  • Part 1 is for mathematics, part 2 for aptitude and part three is for Planning based questions.
  • Part 1 will have 20 MCQs along with 5 numeric value-based questions.
  • Part 2 will have fifty MCQs.
  • Part three will have 25 MCQs.
  • Each correct answer will fetch +4 whereas an incorrect answer will deduct 1 mark (for MCQ only).
  • Questions marked for review or stand not attempted will have no impact whatsoever (for MCQ only).
  • Questions with numerical value as an answer will also reward +4. However, incorrect and unanswered questions will have no impact.

What subjects constitute the JEE Main syllabus 2020?

It is well understood that the JEE Main syllabus includes the trio of Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics but what matters is to know what topics are integrated within the subject. Here’s presenting you with the complete JEE Main syllabus given by JEE Main NTA. .

PART 1–Syllabus for B.Tech students:

  • Mathematics:

Mathematics encompasses a plethora of topics. This includes topics such as Sets, Relations and Functions, Complex numbers and quadratic equations, Matrices and Determinants, Permutations and combinations, Binomial theorem and its simple applications, Sequence and series, Integral Calculus, Limit, continuity and differentiability, Coordinate geometry, Three Dimensional Geometry, Vector Algebra, Statistics and Probability, Trigonometry, Mathematical reasoning, Differential equations, Mathematical Induction.

  • Physics:

An integral part of engineering, physics has a heavy weightage in every exam pertinent to engineering—and in JEE exams as well. The topics include Physics and Measurement, Work Energy and Power, Rotational Motion, Properties of Solids and Liquids, Kinetic Theory of Gases, Electromagnetic Induction and Alternating currents, Experimental skills, Kinematics, Laws of Motion, Gravitation, Thermodynamics, Oscillations and Waves, Electrostatics, Current Electricity, Magnetic Effects of Current and Magnetism, Electromagnetic Waves, Optics, Dual Nature of Matter and Radiation, Atoms and Nuclei, Electronic Devices, Communication Systems.

  • Chemistry:

Chemistry is another eminent element in engineering and hence it forms a larger part of the syllabus—around 28 topics altogether. Comprising topics such as some basic concepts in chemistry, States of Matter, Atomic Structure, Solutions, Chemical Thermodynamics, Equilibrium, Redox Reaction and Electrochemistry, Chemical kinetics, Surface Chemistry, General Principle and process of Isolation of Metals, Classification of Elements and Periodic table, Hydrogen, p- Block Elements, S – Block Elements Alkali and Alkaline Earth Metals, Chemical Bonding and Molecular Structure, d – and f – BLOCK ELEMENTS, Coordination Compounds, Environmental Chemistry, Purification and Characterisation of Organic Compounds, Some Basic Principles of Organic Chemistry, Hydrocarbons, Organic Compounds containing Halogens, Organic Compounds containing Oxygen, Organic Compounds Containing Nitrogen, Polymers, Biomolecules, Chemistry in Everyday Life, and Principles Related to Practical Chemistry.

PART 2 (For B.Arch/B.Planning aspirants)

  • Part 2 for B.Arch/B. Planning students will be conducted in three parts.
  • Section one will be for Mathematics, so in each paper—B. Tech, B.Arch, and B.Planning—the syllabus will be the same.
  • The second section of Part 2 will have questions be for aptitude in the case of B.Arch and B.Planning.
  • The third section of Part 2 will be different for B.Arch and B.Planning.
  • B. Arch. test will have Drawing questions in section 3 whereas the B.Planning test will have 25 MCQs based on Planning.

So, the Aptitude Syllabus for B.Arch/B. Planning as given on the official site is as follows:

  • Awareness of places, persons, buildings and materials/objects.
  • Texture and objects related to Architecture and building environment.
  • Visualizing three-dimensional objects from two-dimensional drawings.
  • Visualizing different sides of three dimensional objects.
  • Analytical Reasoning Mental Ability (Visual, Numerical, and Verbal)
  • Three dimensional – perception: Understanding and appreciation of scale and proportion of objects, building forms, and elements, color texture, harmony, and contrast.
  • Design and drawing of geometrical or abstract shapes and patterns in pencil.
  • Transformation of forms both 2D and 3D union, subtraction, rotation, development of surfaces and volumes, Generation of Plan, elevations and 3 D views of objects.
  • Drawing Test syllabus (For B.Arch aspirants only):
  • Sketching of scenes and activities from memory of urban-scape (public space, market, festivals, street scenes, monuments, recreational spaces, etc.), landscape (river fronts, jungles, trees, plants, etc.) and rural life.
  • Creating two dimensional and three-dimensional compositions using given shapes and forms.

Planning based question (For B.Planning section 3 only):

  • General Awareness regarding development issues, government programs/schemes, etc.
  • Comprehension, critical thinking and analytical skills, graphs, charts, and map reading skills, simple statistics
  • CBSE Class X Social Sciences

In which language(s) JEE Main 2020 question paper will be available?

In the year 2020, there will be numerous centers across the country along with one overseas in the USA. Consequently, the location of the centers affects the language status of the test. Candidates are liberal to choose between Hindi and English. However, those appearing from any JEE Main center of Gujarat, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli will be liberal to choose among English, Hindi, and Gujarati.

How to prepare for JEE Main 2020 exam?

Taking one criteria at a time, we have managed to guide you on various steps. We believe that the very first step of any sort of preparation is to know the syllabus and pattern of the exam. And with the resources provided above, we have thoroughly checked them. The next step which remains unnoticed is mentioned hereafter.

JEE Main Question Paper

To score well in the exam, you need to first go through the history of the exam. By just appearing in the exam without having the gist of it, would be a blunder. Consequently, to avoid the same go through the previous JEE main question papers. We do agree that a lot of things changed in 2020 but at least the subjects are the same and the syllabus is more or less similar.
Now, the previous year exam papers are present on the official website. So, just follow this link for NTA online Mock Tests. Those candidates who are deprived of any electronic means or internet connectivity can now take help from NTA. There are special Testing Centers across the nation where students can take the JEE Main Mock test and prepare in a better way.

The next level: JEE Advanced 2020

Imagine you have qualified the JEE Main exam! But will you still be able to hit the nail; (which is securing a seat in a prestigious college)? No, you are still a step away. So, here’s the key to qualify—JEE Advanced 2020. JEE Advanced is only for Engineering aspirants. For B.Arch and B.Planning there is a similar yet different test called JEE Advanced AAT (Architecture Aptitude Test). It is also conducted by IITs and it includes only the Aptitude test. JEE Advanced AAT will be conducted next year in June. Now coming back to JEE Advanced, you need to ponder over these features.

JEE Advanced 2020 important points to note:

  • Forego this misconception that NTA conducts JEE Advanced as well.
  • JEE Advanced is conducted by one of the IITs on a rotational basis.
  • The JEE Advanced 2020 will be conducted by IIT Delhi.
  • Since the conducting agency changes every year, the syllabus and pattern also changes.
  • It is held once a year.
  • The first 2.5 candidates to qualify JEE Main will appear in this exam.
  • The first 2.5 candidates to qualify JEE Main will appear in this exam.
  • San Francisco (US) has also been added to the centers’ list.

JEE Advanced 2020 Date:

Since there hasn’t been any official notification from the agency yet, every date is tentative. So, mentioned below are the tentative dates for JEE Advanced 2020:

  • Declaration of JEE Main Result: By the fourth week of April
  • Starting of JEE Advanced online registration: First week of May
  • Last date of JEE Advanced online registration: Second week of May
  • Exam JEE Advanced 2020 Date: 17 May 2020

Who all are eligible for appearing in this exam?

As mentioned earlier, the top 2, 50,000 students who qualify JEE Main will be able to make it to this level. All those candidates who were born in Oct 1993 or after are eligible for taking this test. However, the number of attempts does matter here because one cannot appear for the test for the third consecutive year.

What will be the JEE Advanced syllabus 2020?

This exam encapsulates three domains: Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics. IIT Delhi, which is the conducting body for JEE Advanced 2020, has not yet released the official syllabus for the exam. Just like JEE Mains, the pattern can be somewhat different but the syllabus will be more or less the same. So, it is advised that if you want to start preparing for it, just go through the previous year’s syllabus. IIT Roorkee conducted the test last year and hence you can just follow their website to get the details. At present, the candidates just have to wait for the authorities to give away the dates and details.

What will be the JEE Advanced Pattern 2020?

Unlike JEE Main Exam, this does not have a clear format. There is no standard structure as of now. Like said earlier, with different conducting bodies, the patterns and syllabi change. For your convenience, we have arranged a few yet important pointers for JEE Advanced:

  • JEE Advanced will be Computer Based Test
  • There will be Objective type questions as well as Numerical Ability type questions
  • There will be two parts of the exam: Part 1 and Part 2 and both are compulsory
  • Each part will be three hours long.
  • There will be a total of 54 questions
  • Some questions, if answered wrong, will have negative marking which the students are duly informed on.
  • According to last year’s paper, Part 1 had 4 MCQs where only one option was correct whereas Part 2 had 8 questions where more than one option was right.
  • The duration of the examination will be three hours.
  • One thing which makes this exam a little different is the fact that no matter how much the pattern or question marking scheme changes, the total remains 54.

JEE Advanced Preparation Tips:

It is a stiff competition out there and you need to be thoroughly prepared to face it. If you think JEE Main is a hard nut to crack, oh God, this can become harder. But as they say, where there is a will, there is a way. You can do this given that you are fully dedicated. Just like JEE Main exam, you need to just focus on the pattern, syllabus, and timings of the exam.

According to the exam, these are some preparation tips:

  • Take online Mock tests.
  • Go through the previous question papers.
  • Take care of the weightage of each topic.
  • Now the paper pattern.
  • Try to solve previous question papers within a set timeframe.
  • Try to escalate your speed.

Counseling and seat allotment:

It all starts with aspiration. If you want to be seated in one of the best Engineering colleges in India, you need to start with JEE Main Exam. Now, JEE Main exam’s cutoff varies every year and the candidates get admission according to that. The top 2.5 Lac candidates get elevated to JEE Advanced. Those who have secured marks above than cutoff marks will make the qualifying rank which means they have cracked the exam. Now those cracking JEE Advanced get to have access to JoSAA (Joint Seat Allocation Authority) and thereby get to start with the counseling process. By registering on JoSAA, students can initiate the process. However, this is just the beginning and will be followed by choice filling, mock allotment and many more.


Having dived deep into the facts and information, you must plan your preparation in a systematic method. Be proactive and always remember to stay ahead of the race for it helps you in the long run. See, crammers don’t make winners; learners do. Be free to ask elders, teachers or any experienced people for guidance for they can add more to your knowledge. And always remember to study judiciously.
With all this information, clear vision and diligence, you will surely be able to crack this. However, if you–by any chance–fail in this whole endeavour, there is no need to feel distressed. There are some of the best engineering colleges in India which keeps you ahead of the game. They provide world class opportunities:Placements, Internships, International exposure, etc. Chandigarh Group of Colleges, Landran is one such college which falls in this category and hence you can get yourself enrolled. Stay informed, stay ahead. All the best!