JEE Exam Main 2020: Eligibility Criteria, Application Form, Syllabus, Exam Pattern

The JEE (Joint Entrance Examination) is an entrance exam for admission into various engineering colleges across the country. From 2019, it will be conducted twice a year, in January and April, by National Testing Agency. One of the most-challenging entrance exams in the country, the JEE Exam is your gateway to the prestigious IITs, NITs, and Central Funded Technical Institutes.

National Testing Agency has released JEE Main Admit Card on December 6, 2019. The exam will be conducted from January 6 –January 11, 2020. NTA has recently shifted JEE Main website to from

JEE Exam Main 2020 Eligibility Criteria

NTA has released the JEE Main 2020 eligibility criteria for BTech, BArch and BPlan papers. Candidates must fulfill all the eligibility conditions to be eligible for the JEE Main exam. The eligibility criteria for JEE Main 2020 is as follows: 

1. Age Criteria: 

There is no age limit for aspirants appearing in the JEE Main

2. Year of Appearance in Qualifying Examination (QE)

  • Candidates who have passed their Class 12 examination or any equivalent qualifying examination in 2018 or 2019 are eligible
  • Those who are appearing in their Class 12 examination or any equivalent qualifying examination in 2020 are also eligible to appear in January and April session
  • Candidates who passed Class 12th/Qualifying examination in 2017 or before as well as those who will appear in such examination in 2021 or later are not eligible to appear in JEE (Main)–2020.

3. Qualifying subjects:

Candidates must have taken at least five subjects in class 12th /qualifying examination to be eligible

4. Qualifying marks

  • To appear in JEE Mains, the minimum qualifying marks (for admission to NITs, IIITs, IITs, and CFTIs) that aspirants require is 75 percent (aggregate) or
  • Candidates should be in the top 20 percentile in the Class 12 exam conducted by respective Boards
  • For reserved candidates, the minimum qualifying marks is 65 percent

5. Total attempts

  • A candidate is allowed to attempt the exam for three consecutive years
  • The number of attempts will be six in total – twice each year for three years

Reservation Criteria for JEE Main 2020

CategoryReservation in Percentage (%)
Scheduled Caste (SC)15
Scheduled Tribe (ST)7.5
Other Backward Class (OBC) -NCL27
Persons with Disability (PwD)

JEE Main Application Form 2020

JEE Main 2020 Application Form will be released only in online mode at the official website of Candidates who are planning to appear for the JEE Main Exam January attempt can start filling the JEE Main Application Form 2020 from 3rd September 2019 and candidates must fill out the application form by 30th September 2019. Those candidates who fail to fill out the application form for the January attempt can also fill up the JEE Main 2020 Application form for the April attempt from the first week of February 2020. Candidates must fill-up the application form within the last week of February 2020 in order to appear for the exam.  

JEE Main 2020 Syllabus

NTA has published JEE Main 2020 syllabus for Paper 1, 2 and 3 in online mode on the official website. This year, the authority has separated BPlan from BArch. The syllabus will help candidates to plan their studies accordingly.

Before starting with preparations, candidates must know the detailed syllabus. Going through the JEE Main syllabus, students will know topics of every subject that are important from JEE Main point of view.

JEE Main 2020 Syllabus for Paper 1


  • Unit 1: Sets, relations, and functions
  • Unit 2: Complex numbers and quadratic equations
  • Unit 3: Matrices and determinants
  • Unit 4: Permutations and combinations
  • Unit 5: Mathematical induction
  • Unit 6: Binomial theorem and its simple applications
  • Unit 7: Sequences and series
  • Unit 8: Limit, continuity, and differentiability
  • Unit 9: Integral calculus
  • Unit 10: Differential equations
  • Unit 11: Co-ordinate geometry
  • Unit 12: Three-dimensional geometry
  • Unit 13: Vector algebra
  • Unit 14: Statistics and probability
  • Unit 15: Trigonometry
  • Unit 16: Mathematical reasoning


  • Unit 1: Physics And Measurement
  • Unit 2: Kinematics
  • Unit 3: Laws Of Motion
  • Unit 4: Work, Energy, and Power
  • Unit 5: Rotational Motion
  • Unit 6: Gravitation
  • Unit 7: Properties Of Solids And Liquids
  • Unit 8: Thermodynamics
  • Unit 9: Kinetic Theory Of Gases
  • Unit 10: Oscillations And Waves
  • Unit 11: Electrostatics
  • Unit 12: Current Electricity
  • Unit 13: Magnetic Effects Of Current And Magnetism
  • Unit 14: Electromagnetic Induction And Alternating Currents
  • Unit 15: Electromagnetic Waves
  • Unit 16: Optics
  • Unit 17: Dual Nature Of Matter Ad radiation
  • Unit 18: Atoms And Nuclei
  • Unit 19: Electronic Devices
  • Unit 20: Communication Systems


  • Unit 1: Some Basic Concepts In Chemistry
  • Unit 2: States Of Matter
  • Unit 3: Atomic Structure
  • Unit 4: Chemical Bonding And Molecular Structure
  • Unit 5: Chemical Thermodynamics
  • Unit 6: Solutions
  • Unit 7: Equilibrium
  • Unit 8: Redox Reactions And Electrochemistry
  • Unit 9: Chemical Kinetics
  • Unit10: Surface Chemistry

Section B: Inorganic Chemistry

  • Unit 11: Classification Of Elements And Periodicity In Properties
  • Unit 12: General Principles And Processes Of Isolation Of Metals
  • Unit 13: Hydrogen
  • Unit 14: S – Block Elements (Alkali And Alkaline Earth Metals)
  • Unit 15: P – Block Elements
  • Unit 16: D – And F – Block Elements
  • Unit 17: Co-Ordination Compounds
  • Unit 18: Environmental Chemistry

Section C: Organic Chemistry

  • Unit 19: Purification And Characterization Of Organic Compounds
  • Unit 20: Some Basic Principles of Organic Chemistry
  • Unit 21: Hydrocarbons
  • Unit 22: Organic Compounds Containing Halogens
  • Unit 23: Organic Compound, Containing Oxygen Alcohols, Phenols and Ethers, Carboxylic Acids
  • Unit 24: Organic Compounds Containing Nitrogen
  • Unit 25: Polymers
  • Unit 26: Biomolecules
  • Unit 27: Chemistry In Everyday Life
  • Unit 28: Principles Related To Practical Chemistry

JEE Main 2020 Exam Pattern

JEE Main 2020 Exam Pattern for Paper 1-

NTA has detailed the exam pattern of JEE Main Paper 1 which is for the B.Tech aspirants. Familiarity with exam pattern is a mandatory factor in preparation as the exam is the toughest with more than 12 lakh students appearing for it. The JEE Main exam pattern for Paper 1 specifies the types of questions expected, number of questions, duration of exam, marking scheme and language of test, etc. The details of the exam pattern of JEE Main Paper 1 are given below.

JEE Main Exam Pattern (Paper 1)

Mode of Examination Computer-Based Test
Examination Duration 3 hours
No of shifts Paper-2 will also be held in two shifts per day
(9:30 am to 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm)
Subjects Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics
Type of Questions Multiple Choice Questions and Numerical questions
Difficulty levels of questions Class 11 and Class 12
Language English/ Hindi/ Gujarati allowed for students from Gujarat, Daman & Diu only
Subject wise distribution of Questions, Total Number of Questions and MarksSubject No of Questions Marks
Part 1 – Mathematics  20 MCQs +5 NQs
Part 2 – Physics 20 MCQs +5 NQs
Part 3 – Chemistry 20 MCQs +5 NQs
300 (Tentative)
Marking Scheme    Correct Answer   Four mark (+4) 
Incorrect Answer/Multiple Answer Minus one mark (-1) 
Unanswered   No mark (0)

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