JEE Main is a computer-based online test conducted by National Testing Agency for students aspiring to pursue undergraduate courses in top engineering institutes in India. JEE Main is the first phase of the IIT Joint Entrance Exam.


 JEE Main will consist of three papers. Paper 1 will be for students who are planning to take B.Tech courses, whereas Paper 2A will be for B.Arch programs and Paper 2B will be for B.Planning courses. NTA has introduced a new exam pattern for the upcoming 2021 exam. Meanwhile, the registration and application process for the February session started in December. This time JEE Main (Paper 1) will be conducted in four sessions namely February, March, April and May sessions. However, B. Arch and B. Planning papers (papers 2A and 2B) will be held only twice a year in the months of February and May 2021. Further details are provided below.

Students appearing for class 12 board exams with Physics and Maths as their compulsory subjects are eligible to appear for JEE Main 2021. 2019-20 pass-outs are also eligible to appear for this exam. However, before applying for the exam candidates should fulfil the JEE Main eligibility criteria. Failing to do so will result in the rejection of the application.

In JEE Main, the difficulty level of the exam lies between moderate to tough. If we look at the previous year papers and break them down subject-wise, the Chemistry section is usually the easiest while Physics is found to be on a moderate level. Mathematics can be considered to be the toughest. In comparison to JEE Advanced, most of the questions in JEE Main are straightforward and NCERT based. However, a few tricky questions are also present and they are designed to test each candidate’s understanding of the concepts as well as their analytical skills. Meanwhile, NTA has set up several practice centres to familiarise students with the JEE Main examination.

JEE Main 2021 Overview

Name of ExamJEE Main
Exam Duration3 Hours
Total Marks360 Marks
Total Sessions in 2021Four Sessions
Exam Medium13 Languages
Examination CategoryUndergraduate Level Exam
Exam Conducting AuthorityNTA (National Testing Agency)
PurposeAdmissions to 31 NITs, 23 IIITs and 20 GFTIs
Mode of ExaminationComputer-based
Test CentresTo be notified (India and Abroad)
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JEE Main 2021 Exam Schedule

The exam schedule for JEE Main 2021 is released by NTA. As per the examination notification, the first session of JEE Main exam will be conducted in February 2021. Below we have provided the exam dates for all the four JEE Main sessions:

Date of Examination(Session 1): 23, 24, 25 and 26 February 2021

(Session 2): 15, 16, 17 and 18 March 2021

(Session 3): 20, 22, 25 and 27 July 2021

(Session 4): 26, 27, 31 August – 1, 2 September 2021

Timing of ExaminationFirst Shift9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (IST)
Second Shift3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (IST)
Declaration of Result on the NTA websiteThe date shall be updated soon