JEE Main 2020 Exam Pattern (Revised), Marking Scheme, Syllabus, Mock Test, Paper Analysis

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Joint Entrance Exam is one of the toughest entrance exams in the country conducted by NTA. It screens candidates for admission to engineering, architecture and planning courses in some of the most prestigious institutes of the country.

If you are aiming for JEE Main 2020 in one go, an essential requirement is to have a clear picture of JEE Main 2020 Exam Pattern. Changes in JEE Main 2020 Exam Pattern were announced by NTA on September 3. 2019 along with the revised type of questions and marking scheme. Application form for JEE Main 2020 was available from February 7, 2020 (April Session).

Latest: HRD Minister Mr. Ramesh Pokhriyal announced on 5 May 2020 that JEE Main 2020 will be conducted from 18 July to 23 July 2020, and admit cards will be available two weeks prior to the exam dates.

JEE Main 2020 Exam Schedule


JEE Main 2020 (January Session)

JEE Main 2020 (April Session)

Registration begins

September 03, 2019

February 07, 2020

Registration ends

October 10, 2019

March 07, 2020

Examination Mode



JEE Main Application fee deadline

October 11, 2019

March 10, 2020

JEE Main Admit card availability

December 06, 2019

14 days before the JEE Main Exam

JEE Main Examination dates

January 06-11, 2020

18th July to 23rd July 2020

JEE Main Result declaration

January 31, 2020

To be announced

JEE Main 2020 Exam Pattern Highlights

JEE Main 2020 will consist of three papers and will be conducted in two sessions in January and April, in two shifts i.e. morning and evening.

  • JEE Main 2020 Paper-1 & 3 will be conducted in online mode and Paper-2 will be held in both online and offline modes.

  • JEE Main 2020 Exam Pattern (B.E/B.Tech): Paper-1 will consist of three sections including Physics, Mathematics, and Chemistry. It will have 75 questions out of which 25 are asked from each section. This paper will have MCQ and numerical type questions.

  • JEE Main 2020 Exam Pattern (B.Arch): Paper-2 will consist of three sections including Mathematics, Drawing, and Aptitude. It will have 77 questions out of which 25 questions are from Mathematics, 50 from Aptitude, and drawing includes 2 questions. Mathematics and Aptitude section will have MCQ type questions and the drawing section will have sketching and drawing questions.

  • JEE Main 2020 Exam Pattern (B.Plan): Paper-3 will consist of three sections including Mathematics, Aptitude, and Planning. It will have 100 questions where 25 will be from mathematics, 50 from the aptitude section, and 25 from the planning section. This paper will have MCQ type questions and five Mathematics questions that will have a numerical value.

  • The JEE Main 2020 Exam Duration will be of 3 hours.

  • Paper-1 will be of 300 marks, while Paper-2 and 3 will be of 400 marks each.

Detailed JEE Main 2020 Exam Pattern for B.E./B.Tech

Since this is the most aspired course for students, it is also the most important to know the JEE Main 2020 Exam Pattern for the same-

  • The exam will be held in online mode only.
  • JEE Main 2020 B.E./B.Tech Paper will be conducted in one shift. This shift will start from 9.30 AM and end at 12.30 PM.
  • The question paper will be divided into 3 parts - Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics
  • The total number of questions asked will be 75. Each section will have 25 questions.
  • JEE Main 2020 Exam will have 60 MCQs and 15 Numerical Value Questions.
  • MCQs will award 4 marks for a right answer and negative marking of 1 mark for each wrong answer.
  • Numerical Value type questions will award 4 marks for each right answer, but will not have any negative marking.
  • Maximum Marks that can be awarded are 300 (75 x 4) 
  • The exam will be conducted in English, Hindi and Gujarati (For Centers in Gujarat) 

Detailed JEE Main 2020 Exam Pattern for B.Arch

The revised JEE Main 2020 Exam Pattern of B.Arch is as follows:

  • The exam will be held in Online mode. The drawing test will be in pen-paper mode.

  • JEE Main 2020 will be conducted in two shifts. The first shift will be from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm and the second shift will be formed from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm.

  • There will be a total of 77 questions in the paper and where 75 questions will be of MCQ and numerical value type while 2 questions will be pen-paper based drawing questions.

  • The question paper will be divided into three parts: Mathematics, Aptitude, and Drawing.

  • Part-1 (Mathematics) will have 20 MCQ questions and 5 Numerical type questions of total 100 marks, Part-2 (Aptitude) will have 50 questions of total 200 marks and Part-3 (Drawing) will have 2 questions of 50 marks each cumulating to 100 marks.

  • The paper will be of a total of 400 marks (100 + 200 + 100).

  • For every correct MCQ type question, 4 marks will be given for each wrong MCQ type question, 1 mark will be deducted.

  • For each correct numerical type question, 4 marks will be awarded, while no mark will be deducted for a wrong answer.

  • JEE Main 2020 B.Arch Question Paper will be conducted in English, Gujarati, and Hindi.

Detailed JEE Main 2020 Exam Pattern for B.Planning

The JEE Main 2020 Exam Pattern of B.Planning paper is as follows:

  • The B.Planning paper will be held in online mode.

  • JEE Main 2020 will be conducted in a single shift i.e. from 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM, and in case of candidate have to appear in both B.Arch and B.Planning paper, the exam will be conducted from 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM.

  • Question Paper will be conducted in English, Hindi, and Gujarati.

  • There will be both MCQ and Numerical value type questions as per the new JEE Main 2020 Exam Pattern.

  • There will be a total of 100 questions and will be of total 400 marks.

  • The paper will be divided into three parts. Part-1 is Mathematics, Part-2 is Aptitude, and Part-3 is Planning based Objective type MCQs.

  • The mathematics part will have 20 MCQs and 5 Numerical type questions. This part will be of 100 marks in total.

  • Aptitude part will have 50 MCQs of total 200 marks.

  • The planning part of Part-3 will have 25 MCQs of 100 marks.

  • MCQs are of 4 marks each and for each wrong MCQ, 1 mark will be deducted.

  • Numerical questions are of 4 marks each with no negative marking for the wrong answer.

JEE Main Marking Scheme

JEE Main 2020 Syllabus

The syllabus of JEE Main 2020 Paper is as follows:


Coordinate geometry

Statistics and probability


Vector algebra

Sequences and series

Binomial theorem and its simple applications

quadratic equations

Sets, relations, and functions

Matrices and determinants

Complex numbers

Mathematical induction

Mathematical reasoning

Permutations and combinations

Limit, continuity, and differentiability

Three-dimensional geometry

Integral calculus

Differential equations



Physics and measurement



Rotational motion

Properties of solids and liquids

Work, energy, and power


Oscillations and waves

Laws of motion

Electronic devices

Current electricity

Dual nature of matter and radiation

Kinetic theory of gases

Communication systems

Magnetic effects of current and magnetism

Electromagnetic induction and alternating currents

Atoms and nuclei

Electromagnetic waves


Physical Chemistry
Some basic concepts in chemistry
Atomic structure
States of matter
Chemical bonding and molecular structure
Chemical thermodynamics
Chemical kinetics
Redox reactions and electrochemistry
Surface chemistry

Organic Chemistry
Purification and characterization of organic compounds
Organic compounds containing halogens
Organic compounds containing nitrogen

Some basic principles of organic chemistry

Principles related to practical chemistry
Organic compounds containing oxygen
Chemistry in everyday life

Inorganic Chemistry
Classification of elements and periodicity in properties

P Block elements group 13 to group 18 elements

General principles and processes of isolation of metals
Block elements (alkali and alkaline earth metals)
Coordination compounds

Environmental chemistry

d- and f - block elements

JEE Main 2020 Mock Test and Sample Papers

  • NTA provides the facility of JEE Main 2020 Test Practice Centers especially in rural and remote areas in order to make candidates aware of the computer-based test pattern. This is free of cost facility, resembling with the actual CBT mode. 
  • In addition to this, NTA provides JEE Main Free Mock Test on the official website nta.ac.in. It does not require any login credentials but will surely help candidates understand the exam pattern and structure in depth.
  • A salient feature of JEE Main conducted by NTA is that candidates can avail free content-based lectures on the website. Reputed IIT professors and subject experts on Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology conduct these lectures. 

Best Books for JEE Main 2020 Preparation

Well NCERT books are the best for the preparation of JEE Main 2020 and in order to ace, the preparation one should follow some additional books. Here we have provided a list of some of the best books available for the preparation.


Plane trigonometry

S.L. Lonely

Objective Mathematics

R.D. Sharma

The Elements of Coordinate Geometry 

S.L. Lonely

Play with Graph

Amit M Aggarwal

Integral and Differential Calculus 

Amit M Aggarwal

Complete Mathematics for JEE Main



Concepts of Physics

H.C. Verma

Fundamentals of Physics


Understanding Physics

D.C. Pandey (Arihant Publication)

Textbook for ChemistryNCERT
Organic ChemistryO.P. Tandon
Concept of Physical ChemistryP. Bahadur
Modern Approach to Chemical CalculationsR.C. Mukherjee
Physical ChemistryP.W. Atkins
Organic Chemistry

Morrison and Boyd

JEE Main 2020 Exam Pattern Previous Year Analysis

JEE Main 2019 was conducted twice during January and April. As per the JEE Main 2019 paper analysis:

  • Chemistry section was easy but bit tricky in some sessions

  • Physics had moderate to difficult questions in the majority of sessions

  • Mathematics section was tricky and difficult in most of the sessions

  • Most of the questions in the Physics were formula based and from the mechanism and modern Physics

  • Chemistry section had questions from Organic Chemistry

  • Most of the Mathematical questions were lengthy and tricky

JEE Main 2018 exam was conducted in both online and offline mode. Let’s have a look at the paper analysis of that exam to get an idea about the question pattern and complexity of the exam.

  • Paper-1 had three sections: Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry.

  • Among all the three sections Physics was the toughest and had theory-based and calculative type questions. Almost 17 questions were from the 12th standard syllabus and 13 questions were based on the 11th standard syllabus. However, the section was not lengthy.

  • The chemistry section was of a moderate level. This section was lengthy in comparison to other sections. There were 14 questions from the 12th standard syllabus and 16 questions were from the 11th standard syllabus.

  • The mathematics section was the easiest among all the sections. Most questions were calculative type, almost 10 questions were from the 12th standard syllabus and 20 questions were from the 11th standard syllabus.

JEE Main 2020 Exam Pattern Preparation Tips

JEE Main is not any entrance examination it is known for its complexity and competency. Applicants work day and night to beat the competition. There is no perfect way to top the examination except for hard work and continuous practice. Here are some tips for the students that the toppers and experts suggest clearing the examination.

  • Build a Strong Foundation: Make your concept clear and work hard on the basic concept. Once the concept is clear, it will be easier to solve tough and tricky questions.

  • Practice for the best: The more you practice the better the result will be. Once the concepts are clear, invest your time and energy in practice exam-oriented question

  • Take Mock test: Practice mock test papers and take sample mock tests as well to work on time management skills and get a grip on questions that are likely to come in the examination

  • Rest while Study: It is equally important to take rest in between while preparing for JEE Main 2020. Take out sometime watch a movie, go for a walk, play something to make your body and mind fresh

  • Eat well and Sleep well: Keep your mind and body healthy during this time. Eat healthy food, exercise well, and take good sleep to stay strong and active throughout this time. It is equally important.

JEE Main Cut off Trends

The JEE Main 2020 cut-off will be of two types: Admission and Qualifying cut-off. Those who secure the qualifying cut-off will be advanced to the JEE Advanced 2020 Exam. NTA will be releasing the cut-off list for each college. Top 2,50,000 JEE Main 2020 candidates will be eligible to sit in JEE Advance 2020. Here is the cut-off trend of previous years.

JEE Main April 2019 Cut-off (Paper-1)


 Cut-off marks









Common Rank List


JEE Main 2018 Cut-off


 Cut-off marks









Common Rank List


JEE Main 2017 Cut-off


 Cut-off marks









Common Rank List


JEE Main 2020 Result

JEE Main 2020 Result will be declared online separately for both January and April sessions. The result of the January examination will be declared on January 31 and April attempt result will be declared soon after the exam is successfully conducted around the end of May 2020 (postponed due to COVID-19). The result can be checked online by login either using the Application Number and password or by using Application number and DOB. Check JEE Main 2020 result this way:

  • Visit the official website of JEE Main i.e. jeemain.nic.in

  • Click on the result link on the website

  • Login to your account by providing your application number and password/ DOB

  • JEE Main 2020 result will be displayed on the screen

  • Download the result and get a printout

  • Bring it at the time of counselling and admission (as required)

JEE Main 2020 Counselling/Selection Process

Once the JEE Main results are out, NTA sends the data to the seat allocation board. Lately, states like Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Nagaland, and Odisha have joined the JEE Main system and their admission process and criteria are set by the concerned authorities. JoSAA and CASB are the concerned bodies for the seat allocation process. After the declaration of JEE Main Result 2020, JoSAA will conduct the JEE Main Counselling and Seat Allotment process for JEE Main and JEE Advanced. 

JEE Main 2020 counselling is a maximum of six rounds. Applicants are called name wise for counselling based on their rank in the JEE Main rank list. The entire seat allocation is organized through centralized JEE Main Counselling.

JEE Main 2020 Exam Pattern FAQs

Ques: What type of questions will be asked in JEE Main 2020? Is there any change in the JEE Main 2020 exam pattern?

Ans: NTA has made some changes in the JEE Main 2020 exam pattern. There will be 75 questions in total with 25 questions in each section, i.e., Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. The questions asked in the examination consist of 20 MCQs + 5 Numeric Value answer- based questions for each section.

Ques: What is the Marking Scheme of the questions asked in the JEE Main 2020?

Ans: The marking scheme of the JEE Main 2020 paper is similar for both type of questions, i.e., MCQs and Numerical. However, there is a difference in negative marking. Every correct answer will fetch you +4 marks. Negative marking is applicable only in the MCQ section. There is no provision of negative marking in the NTA section. No marks will be deducted for an incorrect response or un-attempted questions. Every incorrect response in MCQ section leads to -1 negative marking.

Ques: Is there any change in the time duration of the paper after the addition of the Numerical type answer section in JEE Main 2020?

Ans: No, there is no change in the time duration of the paper even after the addition of a new NTA section. The time duration for all the 3 papers of JEE Main is 3 hours. However, if one is planning to give Paper 2 and 3 (B.Arch. and B. Planning) both, the paper will be of 3 hours 30 minutes.

Ques: Is JEE Main 2020 a Paper-based or a Computer-based examination?

Ans: Earlier, the JEE Main was conducted as a paper-based examination. But now, after some changes in the JEE Main, the examination will be computer-based. The medium of the question paper will be Hindi and English. But In some of the states and UT like Gujarat, Dadar and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu, the examination will appear in the Gujarati language too.

Ques: Will the changes in the examination pattern of JEE Main affect the difficulty level of the examination?

Ans: No, the changes in the JEE Main examination pattern will not affect the difficulty level of the exam. There are some pros and cons of the change in the paper pattern. The Numerical based questions will be based on conceptual knowledge. The people having right knowledge will be able to answer them instead of everyone guessing in the MCQ section. Also, it will help individuals in preparing for JEE advanced.

Ques: How will JEE Main 2020 be different from the JEE Main 2019?

Ans: NTA has introduced some changes in the paper pattern of JEE Main. Now, the paper will consist of 75 questions instead of 90 questions. The paper will have 25 questions in each section. The paper will have multiple choice questions and Numeric answer value-based questions.

Ques: What are Numerical type questions in JEE Main Paper?

Ans: The Numeric answer type questions will have numerical value as an answer and these answers are accurate to the 4 decimal places. Unlike MCQ,s, The candidates have to work out the Numeric type questions using the virtual numeric keypad which is given on the screen. The test window will also have the scientific calculator for the candidates.