JEE Main 2021 Exam Pattern (New) – Check Optional Questions, Marking Scheme, Changes

JEE Main 2021 Exam Pattern

JEE Main 2021 Exam Pattern – Check here the new exam pattern of JEE Main 2021. NTA has changed the scheme of Joint Entrance Examination (JEE Mains). There are three different papers under the NTA JEE Main – Paper 1 is for BE / B.Tech admissions, Paper 2A is for B.Arch, and Paper 2B is for B.Planning. Under the new exam pattern of JEE Main 2021, now these papers have optional questions also that do not have negative marking. Candidates are encouraged to prepare with sample papers and mock tests that have the new pattern to get familiar with it. Get complete details of JEE Main 2021 exam pattern for paper 1, 2A, 2B, including questions distribution, duration, optional questions, marking scheme, and more.

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JEE Main 2021 Exam Pattern

National Testing Agency (NTA) has made few significant changes in the pattern and aspirants of Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main 2021 must know these. The question paper of JEE Main 2021 will be entirely based on the new JEE Main exam pattern. You can check it from below.

JEE Main 2021 Paper 1 (B.E / B.Tech) Exam Pattern

SubjectsSection A (MCQ)Section B (NVTs)Marks
Mathematics2010
Answer any 5
100
Physics2010
Answer any 5
100
Chemistry2010
Answer any 5
100
Total6030
Answer any 15
300

Optional questions are only in Section B. In each subject, candidates have to attempt 5 NVT questions out of 10. Hence, in total, candidates have to attempt only 15 NTVs out of 30.

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JEE Main 2021 Paper 2A (B.Arch) Exam Pattern

SubjectsNo. of questions (MCQ)No. of questions (NVT)Marks
Part I – Mathematics2010
Answer any 5
100
Part II – Aptitude Test 50200
Part III – Drawing Test 02100
Total7210
Answer any 5
400

Optional questions are only available in Mathematics. Out of 10 NVTs, candidates only have to do 5.

JEE Main 2021 Paper 2B (B.Planning) Exam Pattern

SubjectNo. of questions (MCQs)No. of questions (NVTs)Marks
Part I Mathematics2010
Answer any 5
100
Part II Aptitude Test 50200
Part II Planning Based Questions25100
Total 9510
Answer any 5
400

Optional questions are only available in Mathematics. Out of 10 NVTs, candidates only have to do 5.

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JEE Main 2021 Exam Pattern

Mode of JEE Main 2021

JEE Main 2021 will only be a computer based test. Paper wise the modes are

  • Paper 1 – Will be completely computer based test.
  • Paper 2 A – In this, Part 3, which is the Drawing Test will be held offline, as pen and paper. Candidates have to take the test on an A-4 sheet, which shall be provided at the center.
  • Paper 2B – Will also be completely computer based test.

Duration of JEE Main 2021

The duration of JEE Main 2021 is 3 hours only. However, PwD candidates get 1 hour extra.

Type of Questions in JEE Main 2021

Questions in JEE Main 2021 Paper 1, Paper 2A, and Paper 2B will be of 3 types. You can check it for all the papers below.

  1. Multiple choice questions (MCQ) are such type of questions will come with 4 options of which one will be the correct option. The candidates have to identify the correct answer and mark it using the mouse available with their system. Marking scheme of these qs will be +4, -1.
  2. Numerical Value Type questions (NVTs) are those questions whose answers are an integer value. The candidates have to enter the answer using the virtual keyword. Marking scheme of these qs will be +4, no negative marking.
  3. Drawing Type Questions: There will be 2 drawing based questions in paper 2A only.

Distribution of Questions in JEE Main 2021 and Optional Questions

The distribution of questions in JEE Main 2021 is as follows:

JEE Main 2021 Marking Scheme

The marking scheme of JEE Main 2021 is the same as last year.

  • For each correct answer, +4 marks are awarded.
  • For each incorrect answer, -1 marks are deducted (Only for MCQs)
  • There is no negative marking in Numerical Value Type questions
  • Unanswered / Marked for Review questions lead to 0 mark.

Free Notes for JEE Main:
> JEE Main Physics Notes
> JEE Main Chemistry Notes

JEE Main 2021 Language of Question Papers

As we told above, JEE Main 2021 is being held in 13 languages. However, candidates can only take the test in the language of their choice, if they apply for the same in the application form of JEE Main 2021.

Candidates can only select languages center wise. The complete list is as follows:

JEE Main 2021 LanguageCenters
EnglishIn all centers
English and UrduIn all centers
HindiIn all centers in India
English and GujaratiIn centers in Gujarat, Daman and Diu, and Dadra and Nagar Haveli
English and AssameseIn centers in Assam
English and KannadaIn centers in Karnataka
English and BengaliIn centers in West Bengal, Tripura, and Andaman & Nicobar
English and MalayalamIn centers in Kerala and Lakshadweep
English and MarathiIn centers in Maharashtra
English and PunjabiIn centers Punjab, Chandigarh, and Delhi
English and OdiaIn centers in Odisha
English and TeluguIn centers in Andhra Pradesh and Telengana
English and TamilIn centers in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, and Andaman & Nicobar Island
  • Do note that all the question papers will be available in the English and selected langues. This means that the question will be displayed in English, as well as, the chosen language.

Note: In case correctness for all the question papers, the English version of JEE Main 2021 shall be treated as final.

What is New in JEE Main 2021 Exam Pattern

Joint Entrance Examination Main 2021 is computer-based test (except the drawing test). However, the most signification change is that the exam will be held 4 times a year, in – February, March, April, and May. The new exam pattern of JEE Main is applicable for all the sessions.

1. JEE Main Papers Defined: Last year, NTA divided JEE Main Paper 2 into B.Arch Paper and B.Plan paper. Even this year, the same is applicable but now NTA has named the papers properly. These are:

  • JEE Main B.Tech / B.E paper is – Paper 1
  • JEE Main B.Arch paper is – Paper 2A
  • JEE Main B.Plan paper is – Paper 2B

2. Number of Attempts: Though NTA has decided to conduct JEE Main 2021 four times a year but not all the papers shall be held in all the session.

  • JEE Main Paper 1 will be held in Feb, Mar, Apr, and May.
  • JEE Main Paper 2A and 2B will only be held in February and May.

3. Number of Question Increased: The total number of questions in JEE Main 2021 is 90 instead of 75.

  • In Paper 2A the number of questions increased from 77 to 82.
  • In Paper 2B the number of questions increased from 100 to 105.

No better source for JEE Main 2021 preparation than NCERT
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4. Optional Question Introduced: Through the number of questions has increased, the candidates only need to attempt 75 questions in Paper 1. Hence, 15 questions in the exam are optional.

  • In Paper 2A and 2B optional questions are only available in Mathematics (Part-I). Candidates get 10 questions and only need to attempt 5.

5. JEE Main 2021 Paper 1 Divided Into Sections: JEE Main 2021 Paper 1 has been divided into Section A and Section B. Each subject have 2 sections now.

  • Section A contains Multiple-Choice Questions (MCQs).
  • Section B contains Numerical Value Type Question (NVTS).

6. JEE Main Now in 13 Regional Languages: Other than English, Hindi, and Gujarati, JEE shall also be held in 10 more regional language. All the languages in which JEE Main 2021 shall be held are:

  • English, Hindi, Gujarati, Assamese, Bengali, Kannada, Marathi, Malayalam, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu.

7. JEE Main 2021 Paper 2A and 2B Divided into Parts: This is not much of a difference. However, the question paper has been divided into parts, as shown below.

JEE Main 2021 PaperPart 1Part 2Part 3
JEE Main 2021 Paper 2AMathematicsAptitude TestDrawing Test
JEE Main 2021 Paper 2BMathematicsAptitude TestPlanning Based

Important Books to Prepare for JEE Main 2021

Given below are some books that candidates can refer to prepare for JEE Main 2021.

BooksLinks
Physics Textbook Part – 1 for Class – 11Buy Here
Physics TextBook Part – 2 for Class – 11Buy Here
Physics Text Book Part 1 for Class 12 – 12089Buy Here
Physics Text Book Part – 2 for Class – 12 – 12090 Buy Here
NCERT Chemistry Class 11 & 12Buy Here
Mathematics NCERT Textbook for class 11 and 12 combo of three booksBuy Here

Other Books for JEE Main 2021

BooksLinks
Complete Mathematics for JEE Main 2021Buy Here
NTA JEE Main 2021Buy Here
16 Years Solved Papers JEE Main 2021 Buy Here
Complete Physics for JEE Main 2021Buy Here
Wiley’s B. Arch Entrance Examination JEE Main Paper 2 Buy Here
Study Guide for B.Arch 2021Buy Here

Important Preparation Tips for JEE Main 2021

The candidates can check JEE Main 2021 preparation tips from below.

  • First of all, know the competition level. Every year almost 9 lakh candidates appear for JEE Main. Now, check the exam pattern properly and see what type of questions come, what is the duration of the exam ,marking scheme etc.
  • Then, make a time table. Divide the study hours according to the subject for the paper in which you are appearing. Decide how many hours have to be given to each subject.
  • Make a habit of preparing the notes while studying. Also, underline the important points. In these notes, you can also mention the formulas chapter-wise or topic-wise.
  • Also, know practicing more and more question papers and sample papers will help in knowing your strong and weak areas of study. Keep the track of time while solving the questions. You can also maintain a log where all your weak areas are mentioned.
  • Give mock tests as much as you can. This will enable you to know how the exam is conducted. Moreover, by practicing mock test, you will know the basics of a computer-based test.
  • Take small breaks in between your studies. With this, also maintain your diet, sleep schedule etc.

Know details of JEE Main 2021 Response Sheet and JEE Main 2021 Answer Key

About JEE Main 2021

Joint Entrance Examination (Main) is national level engineering as well as architecture examination. There are total papers in JEE Main. Paper is for B.E. / B.Tech and Paper 2A is for B.Arch, whereas, Paper 2B is for B.Planning.

After qualifying Paper 1, the candidates can take admission in NITs, CFTIs, IIITs. After qualifying JEE Main, the candidates also take admission in AKTU. The raw marks obtained by the candidates in different session is converted to NTA score.

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