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Saturday, 13 February 2016

Joint Entrance Examination (JEE)

Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) is an all India common engineering entrance examination conducted for admission in various engineering colleges and courses in India.
JEE consists of two parts, JEE Mains and JEE Advanced.
JEE-Advanced is for admission to Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), and Indian School of Mines Dhanbad.
JEE-Main exam is for admission to Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs), National Institutes of Technology (NITs), centrally funded technical institutes (CFTIs) as well as for admission to the dual degree programme of IIEST Shibpur. Only the students selected in JEE Mains are eligible for appearing in JEE Advanced.
Besides,  institutes like the Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISERs), Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology, and the Indian Institute of Science use the score obtained in JEE Advanced as the basis for admission.


  • B.Tech. Bachelor of Technology 4 years
  • B.S. Bachelor of Science 4 years
  • B.Pharm. Bachelor of Pharmaceutics 4 years
  • B.Arch. Bachelor of Architecture 5 years
  • Dual Degree B.Tech.-M.Tech. Dual Degree Bachelor of Technology and Master of Technology 5 years
  • Dual Degree B.S.-M.S. Dual Degree Bachelor of Science and Master of Science 5 years
  • Integrated Dual Degree M.Pharm. Integrated Dual Degree Master of Pharmaceutics 5 years
  • Integrated M.Tech. Integrated Master of Technology 5 years
  • Integrated M.Sc. Integrated Master of Science 5 years


  • Other Backward Classes belonging to the Non-Creamy Layer (OBC-NCL) – 27% of seats in every course
  • Scheduled Caste (SC) – 15% of seats in every course.
  • Scheduled Tribe (ST) – 7.5% of seats in every course.
  • Persons with Disability (PwD) – 3% seats in each of OPEN, OBC-NCL, SC and
  • ST category seats.
  • Two seats are available for preferential allotment in each Institute for Defence Service (DS) candidates
  • Seats allotted to foreign nationals are supernumerary with a cap of 10% of total number of seats in every course. 

Candidates who wish to appear in JEE (Advanced) must write Paper-1 of JEE (Main) which will be held in the month of April. 

Only those candidates who have passed their Class 12th Exam or any equivalent qualifying
examination in the previous academic session; or those who are appearing in their Class 12th Exam or any equivalent qualifying examination in the current academic session are eligible to appear in JEE (Main) . (See information bulletin for eligibility criteria at

Mode of Examination
The Paper-1 (B.E./B. Tech.) (described below) of JEE (Main) will be conducted in two separate modes i.e. Offline (Pen and Paper Based Examination) mode and Online (Computer Based Examination) mode. The Paper-2 (B. Arch./B. Planning.) of JEE (Main) will be conducted only in Pen and Paper based examination mode. A candidate will opt for either Pen and Paper Based or Computer Based examination modes for Paper-1 (B. E./B. Tech.) only.

Type of Examination
JEE (Main) – 2016 shall have two papers, Paper-1 (B. E. / B. Tech.) and Paper-2 (B. Arch. / B. Planning.). Candidates may take Paper-1 (B. E. / B. Tech.), or Paper-2 (B. Arch. / B. Planning.), or both as per the course(s) they are seeking admission to.
Subject combinations for each paper, type of questions in each paper and mode of examination available is given in the table below.

Paper 1 (B.E./ B. Tech.)
 Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics
Objective type with equal weightage to Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics
Pen and Paper based OR Computer based
Paper 2 (B.Arch./ B.Planning)
Mathematics – Part I Aptitude Test – Part II & Drawing Test – Part III
Objective type Objective type
Questions to test drawing aptitude Only Pen and Paper based

Requirement of papers for different courses is given in the table below.

All other undergraduate courses (B.E. /B. Tech.): Paper –1
B.ARCH/B. PLANNING(At Institutions other than IITs) : Paper –2

Choice of Medium of Question Papers
1. All Examination Centre Cities:  English and Hindi Medium
2. Examination Centre Cities in Gujarat, Daman & Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli : English, Hindi and Gujarati

Cities/Towns of JEE (Main) - Examination Centres
JEE (Main) - 2016 will be conducted in major cities and towns of India as well as abroad. The lists of cities are given in INFORMATION BULLETIN. While applying, candidates must select four centre cities in case of Pen & Paper based examination and one city in case of Computer based examination.

Number of Attempts The number of attempts which a candidate can avail at JEE (Main) shall be limited to 03 (three).

The minimum academic qualification for appearing in JEE (Advanced) - is that the candidate must have passed in final examination of Class 12th or equivalent qualifying examination. Those appearing in these examinations can also appear in JEE (Advanced) - provisionally. 

In order to appear in JEE (Main) and JEE (Advanced) 2016, the candidates are required to apply only online as per procedure.

JEE Syllabus (Mains)

Previous Question Papers 2015

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