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NTA JEE Decoded for XII Science students.

NTA JEE (National Testing Agency Joint Entrance Examination) is an entrance examination conducted for admission to various engineering programs in India. It is primarily aimed at students who have completed their 12th grade in the science stream. Here is an article on NTA JEE.

NTA JEE Decoded for 12th Science Students.


Just did 12th from science stream? Wondering about admissions ? This guide will make you aware of the most popular entrance examinations which you give after completing XII from science stream that is the NTA JEE in which lakhs of aspirants apply  every year in order to grab a seat into Nations top eminent institutions.


The most popular competitive exam for engineering aspirants is the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) which is conducted every year by the National Testing Agency (NTA). The entrance exam is conducted for selecting students for B.E/ B.Tech , B.Arch/ B. Planning  courses at NITs, IITs, IIITs, and various other private and state government engineering institutions. 

Entrance exam highlights:

Exam Conducting Body NTA
Exam Type Objective Type
Exam Level 10+2 Level PCM
Exam Frequency Twice every year
Paper 1 For Engineering Aspirants
Paper 2 For Architecture Aspirants
Max marks Paper 1 300
Max Marks Paper 2 400
Exam Stages Two i.e MAINS & ADVANCE
Application Mode Online
Official Website https://jeemain.nta.nic.in/

Exam Structure

  • JEE examination is divided into two stages MAINS & ADVANCE for admission into engineering courses , on the other hand for architecture course there is only one exam i.e JEE MAINS Paper 2 qualifying which students can sit in counselling for admission.
  • JEE MAINS Paper 1 is for admission into engineering courses at various NIT’s , Private institutions and institutes under PPP model.
  • After qualifying JEE MAINS students become eligible to give the JEE ADVANCE examination, which is for admission into Indian Institute of Technology and IIsc.
  • According to new guidelines the Paper 2 earlier used to be a common exam for B.arch and B.planning but now a Paper 3 is introduced special for B planning aspirants.
  • The Paper 2 in JEE is for architecture and planning aspirants for admission into various architecture and design institutes including some NIT’S AND IIT’S as well. There is no advance examination for these students. Only a single exam is there for selection.

Exam Pattern

  • JEE (Mains) Paper 1 is an objective type examination, which include MCQ and numerical value answer questions.
  • The structure for each paper is explained in the following tables.
Exam  JEE(Main) Paper 1
Duration 3 hours
Exam Mode Computer based online
No of Questions 75 (25 from each subject)
Subjects Physics, Chemistry, Maths
Questions Type MCQ + Numerical value answer questions(5 per subject)
Max. Marks 300
Marking Scheme MCQ type – +4 for correct answer and -1 for incorrect 0 for unanswered.Numerical value – +4 for correct and 0 for incorrect/unanswered. 

JEE (main) Paper 2 highlights:

Exam JEE(Main) Paper 2
Duration 4 hours
Exam Mode Computer based online and Pen paper Based
No of Questions 100
Subjects Mathematics and Aptitude
Questions Type MCQ and Drawing(Pen paper based)
Max. Marks 400 (300 MCQ + 2 Questions of drawing 50 marks each)
Marking Scheme MCQ type – +4 for correct answer and -1 for incorrect 0 for unanswered.Numerical value – +4 for correct and 0 for incorrect/unanswered. 

JEE (Main) Paper 3 Highlights:

Exam JEE (Mains) Paper 3
Duration 4 hours
Exam Mode Computer Based Online
No of Questions 100
Subjects Mathematics, Aptitude, Planning based Aptitude.
Questions Type MCQ + Numerical Value based
Max. Marks 400
Marking Scheme MCQ type – +4 for correct answer and -1 for incorrect 0 for unanswered.Numerical value – +4 for correct and 0 for incorrect/unanswered. 

Exam Eligibility and Special Instructions

  • A candidate must have passed XII/equivalent examination with Physics,Chemistry & Mathematics as subject.
  • There is no age limit for the exam,The candidates who have passed class 12th / equivalent examination in 2018, 2019 or appearing in 2020 irrespective of their age can appear in JEE (Main) examination.
  • The exam is held twice a year, Candidates are allowed to give both the exams for a year and the best of the two scores would be counted.
  • Candidates applying under OBC/SC/ST/Pwd category need to have an valid category certificate in the format prescribed by NTA in the information bulletin.

Application Instructions

  • The application form for the NTA JEE is online based and payment is also deducted from online mode.
  • Prerequisite for filling form.
    • A computer with good Internet connectivity
    • All your qualification details
    • Scanned clear passport photograph in JPG/JPEG format (size between 10 kb–200 kb)
    • Scanned clear signature in JPG/JPEG format (size between 4 kb–30 kb)
    • Scanned clear class 12th
    • or equivalent Admit card/Mark sheet/Score Card (size between 50kb-500kb).
    • A valid e-mail Id as all communication will be made on this e-mail Id.
    • A valid mobile number as all information via SMS will be sent to this number
    • A valid debit/credit card or Net banking account or UPI or PAYTM Service.
    • A printer connected to your system to print confirmation page
  • Candidates are requested to take print out of form and confirmation page for future need.
    • Students who are unfamiliar with the CBT method can register for a test practice center also for a mock test to understand the process and avoid confusion.
  • There is an online mock test facility available at the portal in case students want to attempt using their own laptop/computer from home.

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