JEE Advanced (formerly known as IIT JEE) is the second phase of the JEE examination and is usually conducted after the JEE Main exam. It is an important test for engineering aspirants (especially for those who are seeking admission in premier engineering institutes such as IITs).

What is JEE Advanced?

The Indian Institutes of Technology (popularly known as IITs) are institutions of national importance established through an Act of Parliament for fostering excellence in education. There are Twenty Three IITs at present, located in Varanasi, Bhilai, Bhubaneswar, Mumbai, New Delhi, Dhanbad, Dharwad, Gandhinagar, Goa, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Indore, Jammu, Jodhpur, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Chennai, Mandi, Palakkad, Patna, Roorkee, Ropar and Tirupati.

Over the years, IITs have created a world class educational platform that is dynamically sustained through quality teaching and internationally acclaimed research with excellent infrastructure and the best available minds. The faculty and alumni of IITs occupy key positions in academia and industry, both in India and abroad, and continue to make a considerable impact in all sections of the Society.

Schedule of JEE (Advanced) 2020

The Joint Entrance Examination (Advanced) 2020 [JEE (Advanced) 2020] will be conducted by the seven Zonal Coordinating (ZC) IITs under the guidance of the Joint Admission Board (JAB) 2020. The performance of a candidate in JEE (Advanced) 2020 will form the basis for admission to the Bachelor’s, Integrated Master’s and Dual Degree programs (entry at the 10+2 level) in all the IITs in the academic year 2020-21. The decisions of the JAB 2020 will be final in all matters related to JEE (Advanced) 2020 and admission to IITs in the academic year 2020-21.

The examination consists of two papers (Paper 1 and Paper 2) of three hours duration each. Both the papers are compulsory. The examination will be held as per the following schedule:







September 27, 2020

09:00 IST to 12:00 IST



September 27, 2020

14:30 IST to 17:30 IST

The JEE (Advanced) 2020 examination will be conducted only in the Computer Based Test (CBT) mode. The schedule will remain the same even if the day of examination is declared a public holiday.

Eligibility Criteria

Students who are planning to appear for JEE Advanced 2021 are required to meet certain eligibility criteria established by the exam conducting authority. Candidates who do not fulfil the required criteria are not qualified to appear for the JEE Advanced exam. Therefore, candidates are advised to read the eligibility criteria for JEE Advanced carefully before submitting their application form to avoid any discrepancy in the future.

UPDATE: For JEE Advanced 2021, candidates who qualify for the entrance exam will now be eligible for admissions into IITs and other technical institutions irrespective of marks that they obtain in their class 12 board exams. The admission criteria have been relaxed due to the class 12 board exams being cancelled amid the coronavirus outbreak. Students can check out the complete details by visiting the JEE Advanced Information Brochure page.

Examination Pattern

Examination will be conducted in fully computer-based test mode. The exam consists of two papers, Paper 1 and Paper 2, each of three hours’ duration, and will be held in two sessions. Both the papers are compulsory.

Performance in Class XII (Or equivalent) Board Examination 

The candidates should satisfy at least one of the following two criteria for admission to IITs:

  • Must have secured at least 75% aggregate marks in the Class XII (or equivalent) Board examination. 
  • Must be within the top 20 percentile of successful candidates in their respective Class XII (or equivalent) board examination.

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