JEE Main 2020 Admit Card (Postponed), Exam Dates, Syllabus, Preparation Tips and Result

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LATEST: JEE Main 2020 is going to be conducted from 18th July to 23rd July 2020, says HRD minister Mr Ramesh Pokhriyal. On 5th May 2020, he made this announcement through the live webinar. Also, admit cards will be released two weeks before the examination date.

Joint Entrance Examination (JEE Main) 2020 is a nationwide engineering entrance test conducted to secure admissions in 31 NITs, 23 GFTIs and 25 IIITs. Moreover, it is a requirement for qualifying into JEE Advanced 2020 conducted for admission to various undergraduate and integrated programs offered at 23 Indian Institute of Technology (IITs).

Apply Now for JEE Main 2020

NTA (National Testing Agency) is responsible to conduct the JEE Main exam from 2019 onwards in two phases in an online format. Candidates can appear in one or both the sessions, submitting their best score for consideration. It is conducted over several days to monitor cheating and manipulation. Top 250,000 JEE Main 2020 test-takers will be eligible to appear for JEE Advanced 2020. 

A lot of changes have occurred in the JEE Main Exam Pattern in the past two years. The modified pattern was released along with the official brochure. The official website of JEE Main 2020 which was jeemain.nic.in is also switched to NTA Portal jeemain.nta.nic.in. Cracking JEE Main is not a stroll in the park, it requires hours of planned preparation, smart work and dedicated hours of study. 

Highlights and Changes in JEE Main 2020

  • Eligibility norm is modified to appear for JEE Main 2020, For B.Tech.B.E Qualifying in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics is essential but for B.Plan candidates with any stream Humanities or Commerce with Mathematics as a subject are eligible to appear. 

  • Barriers on age limit have been removed, candidates passed/appearing class 12th in 2018,2019 or 2020 are eligible to appear in JEE Main 2020. Total Number of attempts available are 3, though appearing for both the sessions in a single year will be considered a single attempt.

  • A numerical type of question is introduced in B.E/B.Tech section. They are questions that are not negatively marked.

  • A separate paper for B.Planning is introduced. Aptitude and Mathematics will be common to architecture and planning paper but 2 questions on Drawing in B.Arch and 25 Planning based MCQs in B.Plan will be asked.

  • Reduction in Number of questions in Engineering paper from 90 to 75. With 25 total number of questions in each section, 20 are MCQ and 5 are numerical value-based. 

Keeping in mind the changes, the difficulty level of the JEE Main 2020 is expected to rise this year. The introduction of Numerical based questions will be a cutting edge.

JEE Main 2020 Important Dates

JEE Main 2020 Jan Session
JEE Main 2020 April Session
Registration Opens
Sept 3, 2019
Feb 7, 2020
Registration Closes
Oct 10, 2019
Mar 12, 2020
Application Form Correction
Oct 14 to 20, 2019
April 1 to 14 (Reopened)
Till 3rd May 2020 (Extended)
Admit Card Releases
Dec 6, 2019
14 days before the JEE Main Exam
Exam Date for JEE Main 2020
Jan 6 to Jan 9, 2020
18th July to 23rd July 2020
Results for JEE Main 2020
Jan 23, 2020
To be declared

JEE Main 2020 Application and Registration Process

Application Process for JEE Main April 2020 session is closed. The JEE Main 2020 application form can be filled in online mode only and details like personal information, educational qualifications, contact number, language choice, and JEE Main 2020 exam enter preferences are to be filled. 

Candidates have to upload their scanned passport and signature in the desired size and format in JEE Main 2020 Application Form. Once the documents are uploaded application fee has to be paid.

JEE Main Eligibility Criteria

Knowing eligibility norms is a very essential step to avoid any chaos while filling the JEE Main 2020 application form and further rejection.                                 

  • Age limit: there is no age bar to appear for JEE Main 2020 exam. Candidates passed Intermediate in 2018, 2019 or are appearing in 2020 irrespective of their age are eligible to apply. Candidates who have passed class 12th or qualifying examination before 2017 are not eligible to appear for JEE Main 2020 sessions.

  • Subjects in the qualifying examination are also clearly defined. For B.E/B.Tech is mandatory to pass 12th in Physics and Mathematics with Chemistry/Biology/Biotechnology/Technical Vocational Subject as one of the subjects. For B.Arch it is essential to pass with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. Whereas for B.Planning passing in any stream with Mathematics as a subject is essential. 

  • Qualifying Marks: Candidates have to score 75% or above in the qualifying examination or rank in the top 20 percentile of their respective boards to get admission into colleges through JEE Main score. 

  • Number of Attempts: Students can appear for JEE Main thrice in consecutive years. Appearing for both the sessions in one year will be counted as a single attempt.

JEE Main 2020 Application Fees

JEE Main 2020 application fee can be paid in both online and offline modes. Credit/Debit/Net Banking/E-Payments can be done or through downloaded e-challan and make the payment in any branch of Syndicate, Canara or ICICI Bank. The updated fee structure is as follows:

JEE Main 2020 Application Fees

JEE Main 2020 Admit Card

The release of JEE Main 2020 Admit Card for April session has been postponed with the ongoing 21-day lockdown amidst the outbreak of coronavirus. The JEE Main 2020 Admit Card for April session will be released 2 weeks before the examinatiion date by NTA. The JEE Main 2020 Admit Card can be downloaded in the following manner-

  • Go to the official website of JEE Main 2020 i.e. jeemain.nta.nic.in
  • Click on "Download JEE Main 2020 Admit Card"
  • Enter your credentials and security pin
  • Candidates will be able to see their JEE Main 2020 Admit Card for the respective session
  • Download the JEE Main 2020 Admit Card as PDF (recommended) and then print the same.

Details in JEE Main 2020 Admit Card

JEE Main 2020 Admit Card will contain all the important information that you will need to follow on the examination day at the test center. Here is a list below-

  • Name
  • Father's Name
  • Residential Address
  • Registration Number
  • Exam Center Name
  • Exam Center Address
  • Allotted Date of Examination
  • Candidate Photograph
  • Candidate Signature
  • Details of Identity Proof used for Application
  • Mobile Number
  • Important Instructions to follow on the day of examination

All candidates must check these details thoroughly and if they find any inconsistency, they should report the same to the exam authority as soon as possible for rectification.

JEE Main 2020 Correction Window

The JEE Main 2020 Correction Window for April Session is currently open for the third and last time. It will remain open till 3rd May 2020 (5.00 pm) (extended due to lockdown extension). Candidates who have not used the previous JEE Main 2020 Correction windows can still make any changes required by remitting a small fee for the correction required.

To access the JEE Main 2020 correction window, follow these steps-

  • Head over to JEE Main 2020 official website
  • Click on "JEE (Main) 2020 - Application Form Correction"
  • A new tab will open
  • Enter your credentials and security pin.
  • You can now make necessary changes
  • After making the changes, you will be asked to pay the fee per change made
  • Remit the fee using Debit/Credit Card, Net Banking, UPI or Online Wallet.

JEE Main 2020 Exam Centers

If a candidate is opting to take the exam in both the JEE Main 2020 sessions, he/she has to list the preference in the JEE Main 2020 Application for both of them. NTA is going to conduct the JEE Main 2020 examination in more than 260 cities all over India in more than 4000 test centers.

  • Candidates can provide a preference for 4 exam centers for JEE Main 2020
  • One of the 4 exam centers city listed for preference will be allotted to the candidates.
  • Mostly, the top-most preference is allotted to the candidates.
  • NTA does not allow changing the exam center preference after submission of the Application Form.
  • The final exam center allotted to the candidates is mentioned in the JEE Main 2020 Admit Card.

JEE Main 2020 Exam Pattern

Three papers will be conducted in the JEE Main 2020 exam for B.E/B. Tech, B.Architecture, and B.Planning. A separate paper for B.Planning is introduced along with numeric value-based questions. The marking scheme is also revised. Paper 1 for B.E/B. Tech will carry 300 marks whereas B.Arch and B.Planning will of 400 from an earlier division of 360 and 390. B. Planning will consist of planning based objective type questions. Tabulated below are the highlights of JEE Main Exam Pattern- 


Paper 1: Btech/B.E

Paper 2: B.Arch

Paper 3: B.Planning


Physics, Chemistry and Maths

Mathematics, Aptitude, Drawing

Mathematics, Aptitude and Planning

Number of Questions  


Chemistry 25




Aptitude Test-50




Aptitude Test-50

Planning MCQ-25

Type of Questions

60 MCQ + 15 NUmeric Value-Based questions

20 MCQs in Maths with 5 Numerical Value Based Question + 50 Aptitude + 2 Drawing question

20 MCQs in Maths with 5 Numerical Value-Based + 50 Aptitude 25 Planning based objective

Total Marks




JEE Main 2020 Marking Scheme

Each correct response will carry +4 marks whereas every incorrect response will have a penalty of -1 mark. While there is an introduction of numeric value-based questions in JEE Main, they will not carry any negative marking. Any unattempted questions will not be marked. The 2 drawing questions of B.Arch paper will carry 100 marks each. 

JEE Main 2020 Syllabus 

Part 1: B.Tech/B.E consists of three core science domains physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. Topics covered in the NCERT syllabus are officially comprised of JEE Main 2020 syllabus. 

Syllabus for Mathematics

Considered one of the toughest sections of JEE Main paper, it comprises of the following topics:

Complex numbers and quadratic equations

Matrices and Determinants

Sets, Relations and Functions

Mathematical Induction

Permutations and Combinations

Mathematical Reasoning

Limit, Continuity and Differentiability

Integral Calculus

3D Geometry

Differential Calculus

Binomial Theorem and Applications

Sequence and Series

Vector Algebra

Statistics Probability


Coordinate Geometry

Syllabus for Physics

The entire syllabus of class 11 and 12 Physics forms part of the JEE Main 2020 Physics section. Below is a comprehensive list of the same.

Physics and Measurement

Rotational Motion



Work, Energy, and Power

Properties of States of Matter


Laws of Motion

Oscillations and Waves

Electronic Waves

Kinetic theory of gases

Current Electricity

Communications System

Electromagnetic Induction


Electromagnetic Waves

Atoms and Nuclei


Matter and Radiation

Experimental Skills

Syllabus for Chemistry 

NCERT topics are very crucial to prepare for the JEE Main 2020 Chemistry section, hence it is mandatory to cover them for all the internal 3 sections namely-Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry.

                                                                                 Physical Chemistry

States of Matter

Atomic Structure

Chemical Bonding and Molecular Structure

Chemical Thermodynamics



Re dox Reactions and Electrochemistry

Chemistry Kinetics

Surface Chemistry

                                                                            Organic Chemistry


Chemistry in Everyday Life

Purification and Characterization of organic compounds

Principles of Practical Chemistry


Basic Principles


Organic Compounds containing halogens/oxygen/nitrogen

                                                                                     Inorganic Chemistry


p Block Elements

Elements and Periodicity

d and f  Block Elements

Coordination Compounds

Environmental Chemistry

General Principles of Metals

Processes of Isolation of metals

Part 2: B.Arch/B.Planning

The paper pattern of B.Arch/B.Plan is different from that of B.Tech in JEE Main 2020 hence the difference in terms of the syllabus is to be measured very carefully. The mathematics syllabus is the same as mentioned above. 

Aptitude Test: Part 1: Places and personal awareness, texture and objects of architecture and building, 3D object visualization from 2D drawings, analytical reasoning and mental ability, sides of 3D objects.

Aptitude Test: Part 2: 3D perception, Drawing and designing of abstract shapes and patterns in pencil, Texture and colour, Forms and elements of buildings, transformation forms of 3D and 2D union, subtraction, rotation and development of surface and volumes, plan generation, using given shapes and forms create a 2D and 3D composition, 3D View of objects, sketching scenes. 

JEE Main 2020 Preparation Strategy

Prioritize and strategize: JEE Main is a fiercely competitive exam having a vast syllabus. The candidates have to set their priorities straight. On a primary level,  evaluate your passion for engineering, the course you are aiming for, required marks for that and so on. Along with this it is comforting to consider other options apart from JEE Main like BITSAT, VITEEE, etc. 

Be decisive on what form of preparation is good for you: self-study or coaching. This includes the level of awareness for the syllabus, accessibility and affordability of a coaching institute, relocation for coaching or maybe a test series will suffice. Make a reasonable and systematic plan-allocate time for each section and topic for a balanced approach. NTA has set up Test Practice Centers across India which were made available from September 1, 2019, every Saturday/Sunday is introduced. 

Recommended Books for JEE Main 2020 Preparation

Important Books for Physics in JEE Main

Mechanics and Optics.
HC Verma
University Physics
Young, Sears and Zemansky
Resnick-Halliday (Second Volume)
Irodov for Mechanics and Electromagnetism: Precise and useful with examples.
200 Puzzling Problems along with Physics Olympiad problems
P Gnadig
Feynman Lectures on Physics 1 and 2
Bukhovtsev for OPtics and Thermodynamics

Important Books for Chemistry in JEE Main

Organic Chemistry
Paula Bruice and Solomons revised edition for current trends
Inorganic Chemistry
JD Lee and Vogel are good for Qualitative Analysis
Physical Chemistry
NCERT, OP Tandon, Shishir Mittal and P Bahadur are for basic references
Overall Revision
Whereas Greenwood

Important Books for Mathematics in JEE Main

Hall & Knight/ Bernard & Child
Trigonometry and Coordinate Geometry

Thomas Finney, GN Berman

JEE Main 2020 Mock Test

NTA has provided the facility for taking free JEE Main 2020 Mock Tests at the comfort of their homes. Since JEE Main 2020 will be a computer-based test,  students must learn how to work quickly with computers. With JEE Main 2020 Mock Tests, candidates can also learn how the interface for JEE Main 2020 exam will be like on a computer screen and what instructions they need to follow while attempting the exam on a computer.

To take the JEE Main 2020 Online Mock Test at home candidates need to follow these steps-

  • Head over to NTA official website
  • Select Student > Test Practice > Mock Test
  • You will get the option to select the examination.
  • Select JEE Main
  • Select the paper you wish to attempt and click start.

JEE Main 2020 Mock Tests were also being conducted at NTA Test Practice Centers but due to the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the lockdown announced by the government, it is not possible for candidates to take these tests. It is advised to take free online mock and prepare for JEE Main 2020 only inside your homes.

JEE Main 2020 Result

NTA releases the result for JEE Main online at its official website separately for the sessions. Results for JEE Main 2020 January session were declared by NTA on January 23, 2020, and for the April session will be released later on after the exam. The final result is formulated based on the performance of candidates in both sessions. The best of the two scores is taken into consideration. There are two scenarios for JEE Main Results:

  1. Candidates who qualify JEE Main 2020 are eligible to appear for JEE Advanced 2020, after clearing which admission is granted to any one of the IITs.

  2. Candidates can use their JEE Main 2020 score for admissions to NITs, IITs, GFTIs and other institutes accepting scores.

Results are declared in the form of scorecards each for Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics along with one combined score. A normalization process is undertaken to equalize the scores. It is calculated using the following method:

Total Percentile =100x Number of Candidates appeared in the session with raw score/Total Number of candidates appeared in the session

Subject Wise Percentile = Number of Candidates appeared in the session with the raw score in each subject/Total Number of candidates appeared in the session.                                            

As the exam is conducted on multiple days and shift the calculation of the score is done via normalization. This erases the ambiguity related to the level of difficulty of various papers.  In case of a tie between scores of two or more candidates, the following rules are undertaken: 

Paper 1: B.A/B.Tech

Paper 2: B.Arch/B.Plan

Rank list for admission to B.E/B.Tech

Rank list for admission to B.Arch/B.Plan

Raw score in Mathematics

Higher marks in Aptitude Test

Raw score in Physics

Higher Rank in Drawing Test

Raw score in Chemistry

Candidates older in age

Candidates older in age


JEE Main Toppers

Given below is the list of toppers of the JEE Main 2020 January session who scored 100 percentile in B.E/B. Tech paper of JEE Main 2020 for January session.


A 100 Percentile score means the candidate scored All India Rank-1 in JEE Main 2020.

JEE Main Cut off

NTA declares JEE Main 2020 Cut off with the result, which are the minimum marks required by a candidate in order to qualify the exam and appear for the advanced level. Minimum marks requirements are different for each category. The Cut off is dependent on the following parameters:

  • Number of Applicants in JEE Main and Number of candidates appearing.

  • The total number of seats available in participating institutes for that year.

  • The difficulty level of the exam and average performance of the applicants.

  • The number of applicants in a particular program.

  • Category to which the candidates belong to.

There are two JEE Main Cut off categories: One is the qualifying cut off for JEE advanced and the other one is Admission Cut off of particular colleges. 

JEE Main Cut off (Qualifying): It is minimum marks required to screen candidates for JEE Advanced. It is released by NTA on the official portal. 

JEE Main Cut off (Admission): This is the minimum marks required for admission to participating colleges like NITs, IIITs and CFTIs. It is released by JoSAA on the counseling website. 

JEE Main Cut off 2019


Cut off Score

Common Merit List


General (EWS)










JEE Main 2020 Expected Cut off 


Minimum Marks Required













JEE Main 2020 Seat Matrix


Number of Seats









Once JEE Main 2020 results are declared candidates have a few options to go with. Based on their performance in the January session, they can decide whether to go for the April session or not. This stage required dedicated preparation for JEE Advanced. In case candidates decide to attain admission, THE AIR (All India Ranks) will provide them with options of participating institutes and branches.

JEE Main 2020 Answer Key

Candidates can get a prospective score for the JEE Main 2020 by cross-checking their responses with the JEE Main Answer Key. NTA released the official JEE Main Answer Key for January 2020 session. Candidates who wish to download the question papers and answer keys for different slots can do so by logging in using their credentials on the official website of JEE Main 2020. Candidates are also allowed to challenge the JEE Main Answer Key 2020 for a fee of INR 1000. The candidate will get a full refund of this fee only if the claim is correct. After making necessary changes in the initial JEE Main answer key, NTA releases a final answer key. The final score calculation for the result shall be carried out on the basis of the final JEE Main Answer Key. The official PDF provides Question ID and Correct question ID for all the 3 sections of JEE Main i.e. Physics, Chemistry and Maths. 

How to Download the JEE Main 2020 Answer Key?

  • Head over to the official website of JEE Main 2020.
  • Click on "Candidate Login".
  • Login using your credentials and type the security pin.
  • Look for JEE Main 2020 Answer Key.
  • Candidates can download JEE Main 2020 answer key and their response sheet in PDF format.

The candidates can cross-check the correct answers and their responses using the Answer Key and Response Sheet and calculate their prospective score. Each candidate must note down the number of correct answers and wrong answers and then calculate the score according to JEE Main 2020 Marking Scheme. Do note that you do not need to count the wrong numerical questions of JEE Main for negative marking.

JEE Main 2020 Counseling

The JEE Main 2020 Counselling and Seat Allotment will begin after the conclusion and results of JEE Advance 2020. JoSAA is the authority responsible for conducting the selection procedure for IITs and NITs of the country.

  • Seat Allocation is done is 7 rounds
  • Candidates need to register on JoSAA official website to take part in online counseling.
  • Candidates need to fill the counseling form which includes the choice of colleges.
  • Fee payment for the college needs to be done after allotment of seat.

JEE Main 2020 Reservation

While applying for a college through counseling, candidates can apply under the following categories for reservation in JEE Main 2020. Cutoff for these categories in JEE Main 2020 has already been mentioned above. To avail reservation in any of these categories, the candidate must be able to provide valid proof of certificate during JEE Main 2020 Application and Counselling.

Reservation (%)
Other Backward Class (Non-Creamy Layer)
Scheduled Castes (SC)
General – Economically Weaker Section (GEN-EWS)
Scheduled Tribes (ST)
Persons with Disabilities (PwD) (all categories)

JEE Main 2020 FAQs

Ques: Can a student apply for both Paper 2 and Paper 3 (B.E. and B.Arch) of JEE Main 2020?

Ans: Yes, a student can appear for both the examinations, i.e., Paper 2 and Paper 3 (B.E. and B.Arch) of JEE Main 2020. In this case, the duration of the examination will be of 3 hours and 30 minutes. However, the duration of Paper 1 will be 3 hours only.

Ques: What should a candidate fill in the Roll Number section of the JEE Main 2020 Application if he/she hasn’t received his/her Class XII Roll. No.?

Ans: It is not mandatory for the candidate to fill the column for the Roll No. section in the application form of the JEE Main 2020 at the time of registration. The detail is not mandatory. If he/ she has been allotted his/ hr Roll. No., he/ she can fill it in the desired column otherwise leave it blank.

Ques: Is it mandatory to compress the image according to the given size before uploading it on JEE Main 2020 Application Form?

Ans: Yes, A candidate is required to compress his/her photo and the signature according to the given size and dimension as indicated on the JEE Main 2020 application form. If he/ she fails to do so, the application window will not accept it. However, one can compress his/ her photo according to the given size using Paint or the multiple photo editing websites on Google.

Ques: What all is required to be mentioned on the photograph submitted on the application form of JEE Main 2020?

Ans: As per the latest guidelines announced by NTA, it is mandatory for a candidate to mention the candidate’s name and the date on his/her passport-sized photograph. However, if he/ she fails to do so, it can lead to the rejection of the JEE Main 2020 Application Form.

Ques: What is the state code of eligibility that is required in the JEE Main 2020 examination form?

Ans: The state code of eligibility in the JEE Main 2020 Application is the code of the state from where the candidate has passed his/her class XII or any other equivalent qualifying exam. The state code of eligibility is not applicable for the candidates from Nepal, Bhutan or any other Foreign country.

Ques: Can a candidate edit his/her category in the JEE Main 2020 Application form?

Ans: Yes, the candidates have the provision of editing his/her category in the JEE Main 2020 application form when the JEE Main 2020 Form Correction Window is open. The form correction window for JEE Main activates a few days after the submission of the JEE Main 2020 Application Form. The applicants can log in with the Applicant ID and Password and edit the form.

Ques: If the transaction fails while making the payment for JEE Main 2020 Application, how can a candidate make the payment again?

Ans: If a candidate has made the payment of the fees while filling the JEE Main 2020 application form but the transaction fails, you need not worry about the same. In case of such a situation, the applicants are required to pay the fees again. In case, the balance is deducted from the bank account, the same will be refunded in the next 7 to 10 days. And if you have made payment using the e- challan, the candidates are required to contact the concerned bank.