|Developer / administrator||National Testing Agency|
|Knowledge / skills tested|
|Purpose||Admission to undergraduate Engineering and architecture courses in 31 NITs, 20 IIITs and other colleges. Also serves as a prelim selection for JEE Advanced|
|Duration||3 hours for each paper|
|Score / grade range||-75 to +300 in Paper 1|
|Offered||Twice a year|
|Restrictions on attempts||Maximum three attempts in successive years|
|Countries / regions||India|
|Languages||English and Hindi|
Joint Entrance Examination - Main (JEE-Main), formerly All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE), is an examination organised by the National Testing Agency (NTA) in India. Introduced in the year 2002 and renamed in April 2017, this national level competitive test is for admission to various undergraduate engineering and architecture courses in institutes accepting the JEE-Main score, mainly National Institutes of Technology (NITs), Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIITs) and Government Funded Technical Institutes (GFTIs).
Until 2018, JEE-Main was on the first week of April by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). It was held both on paper and electronically. From 2019 it is conducted by the NTA, twice a year, and online only.
The examination consists of only two papers: Paper 1 for B.E./BTech courses and Paper 2 for BArch and BPlanning courses. A candidate can opt for any or both the papers. Paper 1 is mandatorily a computer based test (called Online mode) from 2019. Till 2018, there was an option between OMR based and computer based mode. The examination was conducted in offline pen and paper mode till 2010. In 2011, as per the orders of the Ministry of Human Resource Development, CBSE conducted Paper 1 in Computer-Based-Test mode for the first one lakh candidates who opted for the same, while the remaining students took the examination in the conventional pen and paper mode. The number of attempts which a candidate can avail at the examination is limited to three in consecutive years. As of 2018 , the top 224,000 rankers of JEE (Main) will qualify to take the second and final level of examination: JEE (Advanced)
In 2010 the Ministry of Human Resource Development announced plans to replace JEE by 2013 with a common entrance test for all government engineering colleges which will be called Indian Science Engineering Eligibility Test (ISEET). Accordingly, MHRD proposes to set up National Testing Service, which will be an autonomous and self-sustained agency to conduct this new common entrance test.
From January 2020, new revamped structure of the exam will be applicable. Total number of questions will be reduced to 25 from 30, where 20 will be MCQs and 5 questions with answers as numerical value in the three subjects, Physics, Chemistry and Maths.
Institutes participating in the 2017 centralized seat allocation process included:
The number of applicants taking the JEE Main has varied over the years, with a peak of over 1.35 million in 2014.
|Year||Phase||Number of applicants|
In 2011, CBSE postponed the examination by a few hours after the question papers were leaked in Uttar Pradesh the night before. Meanwhile, alternate set of question papers were sent to the examination centres. CBSE announced the postponement 30 minutes before the scheduled start of the examination.
A total of 2.16 lakh candidates appeared for the JEE Main online exam... while, offline exam ... for around 10.43 lakh aspirants.