IIT JEE is one of the most popular entrance exams that is conducted for students who want to pursue higher education in the field of engineering and technical studies. Every year, lakhs of students register for the exam with one main goal – clear the exam and get into some top institute or college. However, JEE exams are not easy to crack. They are often referred to as the toughest exams in the world mainly because of the vast syllabus and the questions asked in the exam are quite complex and difficult. Preparation is key to clear JEE. Candidates have to study productively and put in a lot of effort to rise above the intense competition.
If you are gearing up to appear for JEE then you should know everything about the exam. This will not only help you develop a proper strategy for studying but you will be equipped with the right knowledge to face the exam. To help you have a smooth JEE preparation journey we have provided detailed information about the exams below. Spend some time and go through the important points listed in this article. It should help you get a clear picture.
JEE – What is the exam all about?
Joint Entrance Examination or commonly known as JEE is a standardized entrance test that is conducted on a national level in India. The exam is conducted to select worthy candidates and grant them admission to some of the best engineering institutes like IITs, NITs, CFITs and other top colleges (government or privately owned) in India.
The exam is divided into two phases – JEE Main and JEE Advanced. JEE Main is conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA) while JEE Advanced is conducted by seven IITs on a rotational basis. We will discuss these two exams in detail below.
JEE Main – First Phase
JEE Main is the first stage of JEE. The exam is conducted in two sessions, normally in the months of January and April (this was the trend as of 2019). JEE Main candidates will have to write either one or two papers wherein Paper 1 is mainly for B.Tech aspirants while Paper 2 is for B.Arch aspirants.
As for the mode of the exam, the exam is conducted in either computer-based or written-based format. Paper 2 is held in a pen and paper-based format as well. Paper 1 is held in morning and afternoon shifts. Paper 2 is conducted in one shift only. Candidates who clear the exam can get admitted into any of the 20 IIITs, 31 NITs, and 18 other Centrally Funded Technical Institutes (CFTIs) that are present in the country.
JEE Advanced – Second Phase
JEE Advanced is the second and final stage of JEE. However, only candidates who successfully clear the Main exam and are in the top ranks (2,24,000) will be eligible to appear for this exam. JEE Advanced includes two papers and it is mandatory for candidates to attempt both the papers. The exam will be held in two sessions on the same day. Only then they will be added to the merit list. This examination is held for offering admissions in B.E. and B.Tech. courses from 23 IITs and other prime institutes.
JEE Syllabus and Subjects
The JEE Main syllabus is solely based on CBSE class 11 and 12 standard syllabi and covers subjects like Maths, Physics and Chemistry. It is almost the same for JEE Advanced but there are added topics which candidates have to learn and be thorough with. Candidates should make it a point to go through the syllabus as it contains important details about the exam as well as the topics that are to be studied.
Filling Up Application Forms and Downloading Admit Cards
JEE registration is usually carried out via online mode. The exam conducting authorities release the application forms on their official website. Aspirants have to register, download the application form and submit it online. There will be some application fee that candidates have to pay.
Only candidates who have registered successfully will be granted the JEE admit card. The admit cards are released on the official websites and have to be downloaded. No copies will be sent by post or any other means. Candidates will be notified when the application form or admit cards are made available. Alternatively, candidates will also be given a limited period of time to fix any errors or discrepancies in the application form or the admit cards.
Preparation Of Merit List And JEE Cutoff
As of 2019, JEE merit list for both the exams is prepared solely by taking the percentile scores that candidates achieve in the exams. There are also tie-breaking mechanisms used if two or more candidates obtain identical scores. Meanwhile, in JEE, two types of cutoffs are announced – one is the qualifying cutoff for JEE Main or Advanced and the other is the admission cutoff. Qualifying cutoff is the minimum score that candidates should have to appear for the exam. Admission cutoff is the minimum score that aspirants need to satisfy for securing admission into their preferred course or institute.
JEE Counselling And Seat Allotment
Candidates before getting placed in some institutions have to first go through a counselling process. The most common counselling process is held by JoSAA and many institutes participate in it. Candidates have to register for this process. During these sessions, candidates have to state their preferred technical institute and courses. Nonetheless, the seats are allotted based on the cutoffs, the candidate’s eligibility, their preferences as well as the availability of seats in the colleges.
Always remember that JEE is a serious undertaking and you have to be well prepared if you want to succeed in the exams.