JEE Main 2021 Last Day Toolkit – Exam Time, Guidelines, What to Carry, Advisory

National Testing Agency (NTA) has released JEE Main 2021 important guidelines at The guidelines include exam day instructions, DO’s and DONT’s, etc that candidates need to follow on the exam day. It is important to know these guidelines in order to avoid any chaos and confusion during the exam.

NTA is all set JEE Main 2021 (Paper 1) in 4 times, in February, March, April, and May. Since the examination is being conducted in the COVID-19 pandemic, NTA has also issued some COVID-19 advisories. You can check JEE Main 2021 exam day guidelines, what to carry COVID-19 advisory and more details from below.

JEE Main 2021 Exam Date and Time

Before moving on, it is better to know JEE Main 2021 exam dates and bell time schedule:

  • Session-1: JEE Main Feb 2021 – 23, 24, 25 & 26 February 2021
  • Session-2: JEE Main Mar 2021 – 15, 16, 17 & 18 March 2021
  • Session-3: JEE Main Apr 2021 – 27, 28, 29 & 30 April 2021
  • Session-4: JEE Main May 2021 – 24, 25, 26, 27 & 28 May 2021

The bell time schedule for JEE Main February 2021 exam is as follows:

ParticularsFirst Shift (9.00 AM – 12.00 PM)Second Shift (3.00 PM – 6.00 PM)
Entry in the exam centre7.30 AM – 8.30 AM2.00 PM – 2.30 PM
*Frisking and other formalities7.30 AM – 8.30 AM2.00 PM – 2.30 PM
Instructions given by the invigilator8.30 AM – 8.50 AM2.30 PM – 2.50 PM
Candidates log in to read the
question paper
8.50 AM2.50 PM
Starting of the test 9.00 AM3.00 PM
*Other formalities include: biometric registration / manual attendance, document verification, cross-checking of admit card, signature, photo match to be completed by the invigilator

What to Carry to JEE Main 2021 Exam Centre?

Now that you know JEE Main 2021 exam dates, time, and bell time schedule, let us move to what should be carried at the exam hall. It is important to know what to carry and what not to carry because candidates shall only allowed entry when they carry prescribed items / documents.

The list of items / documents that candidates need to carry as follows:

  • JEE Main 2021 admit card with self-declaration.
  • A valid id proof (original, valid and non-expired).
  • PwD certificate, as issued by the medical officer (if claiming reservation for PwD category).
  • Letter of the undertaking, if using own scribe.
  • A simple transparent ballpoint pen.
  • A passport size photograph (must be same as uploaded while filling application form – to be pasted on the attendance sheet)
  • Personal hand sanitizer (50 ml)
  • Personal transparent water bottle
  • Sugar tablets or fruits (apple / banana / orange) in case of diabetic candidate

Acceptable valid id proofs: The candidates are required to carry any 1 valid id proof from any of these:

1. School identity card
2. PAN card
3. Driving License
4. Passport
5. Voter id
5. Aadhar card (with photograph) / e-aadhar card with photograph
6. Ration card with photograph
7. 12th class board admit card with photograph
8. Bank passbook with photograph

What Not to Carry at JEE Main 2021 Exam Centre?

You know now what you need to carry. However, there are few items which are not at all allowed at the exam hall. These are as follows:

  • Any instruments
  • Pencil or Geometry box
  • Handbag
  • Purse
  • Any type of stationery (except ball point pen)
  • Books / / paper / notes / textual material (printed or written)
  • Mobile / Earphone / Pager / Microphone
  • Eatables or water (loose or packed)
  • Docupen
  • Calculator
  • Slide rules
  • Log tables
  • Camera
  • Tape recorder
  • Electronic watches with the facilities of calculator
  • Any metallic item or electronic gadgets

JEE Main 2021 Exam Day Guidelines

Knowing what to carry and what not to carry is not enough, candidates also need to know JEE Main 2021 exam day guidelines. These are those set of instruction which have been propounded by NTA and the authorities, along with the students, need to follow these.

Reporting Time: NTA is very particular about reporting time of JEE Main 2021. Candidates must reach exam hall 02 hours before the commencement of the examination. If the candidates are late due to any jam or train / bus delay etc., then they might miss the important instructions for the exam. So, manage the time according and reach the exam centre on time.

Biometric registration / manual attendance: At the exam hall, biometric registration will be done. Authorities might also take manual attendance.

Frisking and Checking: At the exam hall, authorities will check candidates for unfairm means and banned items.

Document verification: Once the registration is done, cross-checking of admit card, signature, photo shall be done by the invigilator.

Co-operate with the examination staff: The examination staff is authorized to verify the identity of the candidates and may take steps for the same. So, the candidates are required to show their full co-operation during this time.

Obtaining the seats: As soon as the examination hall opens, the candidates must immediately take their allotted seats. For this, the roll number shall be mentioned on all the seats and the candidates must sit as per their respective roll numbers only. Anyone who changes his / her seat or room, their candidature shall be cancelled. No plea in relation to this shall be entertained.

Cross-Checking the question paper: The candidates must check that the question paper present on the computer is the same as the subject they have opted. If in case, there is any change in the question paper, convey the same to the invigilator.

Query during the examination: The candidates can contact the Superintendent / Invigilator present in the room in case of any technical emergency, first aid emergency etc.

Rough Sheet: The candidates shall be provided the rough sheet at the test centre. All the calculations / writing work have to be done on this rough sheet only. Once the test is over, the candidates are required to return these rough sheets to the invigilators.

Computer-Based Test Guidelines

It is known that JEE Main 2021 is a computer-based test (CBT). So, in a CBT, a candidate has to sit in front of the computer terminal. So, as soon as the test starts, the candidates can see the questions on their screen.

  • The candidates have to first login by entering the username and password to start the test.
  • The candidates can edit / modify the answers any time during the examination.
  • The clock shall be set at the server and the remaining time can be seen at the rightmost corner of the screen. As soon as the timer reaches zero, the test will end.
  • To change the language of the question paper, the candidates have to click on the ‘Profile’ image and select the language from the drop-down menu.
  • The sections in the question paper are displayed on the top bar of the screen. The candidates can view the questions by clicking on the name of the section. The section which you are currently viewing shall get highlighted.
  • To navigate through the question, click on the number of questions on which you want to go from the question palette. Note that using this option will not save your answer. To save the answer, you have to click on ‘Save and Next’ button only.
This is how the question palette looks like
  • In order to select an answer, click on any one of the options.
  • Click on the ‘Save and Next’ button to submit the answer for a particular question.
  • The candidates can click on the ‘>’ button that appears on the left of the question palette to collapse the question palette and maximizing the question viewing window. To view the question palette again, the candidates can click on ‘<‘ button present at the right side of the question window.
  • The candidates can view the full question paper by clicking on the ‘Question paper’ button present on the top right corner of the screen.
  • In order to deselect the answer, click on the chosen option again or click on the ‘Clear Response’ button.

Note: The keyboard attached to the computer shall be disabled. The candidates can use the virtual on-screen keyboard to answer the questions (numeric or otherwise) using the computer mouse or by clicking the chosen options using the computer mouse.

The questions with “Answered and Marked for Review” status shows that candidates want to re-look at the question again. If the candidates have answered these questions and marked ‘Marked for Review’, then these will be evaluated. However, if candidates have simply put ‘Marked For Review’ without answering then that will not be evaluated.

What Will be Treated as Unfair Means During Exam?

Following are the practices that shall be treated as ‘Unfair Means’ during JEE Main 2021. If the candidates as any Unfair Means Practices (UFM) during the examination, he / she would be debarred from the examination for 3 years and will be liable for criminal action and / or any other action equivalent to this.

  • If any candidate has any prohibited items inside the examination hall. This includes having any communication device, stationery item, eatable items, ornaments etc.
  • Impersonation or preparing material for the purpose of copying
  • Assisting any other candidate to engage in any malpractices or giving / receiving assistance directly or indirectly
  • Writing any answers or questions on any material apart from the answer sheet
  • Communicating or trying to do so with any other person besides the examination staff
  • Forceful entry in the examination hall
  • Threatening officials or fellow candidates
  • Manipulation of fabrication of documents like admit card, self-declaration, rank letter etc
  • Uploading / affixing of wrong morphed photograph in the application form / admit card / proforma
  • Attempting to use / using any other undesirable method in connection with the examination

Note: The result of JEE Main 2020 shall be cancelled and will not be declared for the candidates who are involved in any kind of unfair means practices. The result will be also cancelled for those candidates who appear in the centre other than the one allotted or allow any other candidate to write their exam on their behalf.

About JEE Main 2021

Joint Entrance Examination (JEE Main) is conducted by National Testing Testing (NTA) at the national level. JEE Main comprises of two papers. Paper 1 is for B.E / B.Tech Paper 2 is divided into further parts; Paper 2A is for B.Arch and Paper 2B is for B.Plan. This year, JEE Main 2021 Paper 1 (Feb, Mar, April, May) is being conducted in 4 sessions. On the other hand, Paper 2A and 2B shall be held twice (Feb and May 2021)

JEE Main is a computer-based test except the drawing test for B.Arch. The drawing test is held in the offline mode. After qualifying JEE Main, admission is granted in NITs, CFTIs, IIITs.

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