IIT JEE Main 2020 Exam Notification - Eligibility, Syllabus, Application Form and Other Details

Published on : 27th May 2019    Author : Satyaranjan Bai
IIT JEE Main Exam

Previously known as AIEEE (All India Engineering Entrance Examination), Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main is a popular engineering entrance test conducted by NTA (National Testing Agency) for admission to UG programmes in 31 NITs and 23 IIITs in India. The JEE Main 2020 January session exam will tentatively be held between 6th and 20th January, for which the online application can be submitted in September 2019.

Changes Made from 2019 -

Since NTA has regulated the Joint Entrance Examination MAIN from 2019 onwards, MHRD has brought in some noticeable changes in the exam pattern from 2019.

  • From the year 2019, the engineering entrance test would be computer-based or CBT.
  • While aspirants can take the exam twice in a year, NTA would select only one scorecard that has the highest marks scored for admission to various UG programmes.
  • The exam will be held at 258 exam centres (10 international venues) in 8 sittings. Candidates can select slots as per their choice.
  • 3,000 new training centres have been set up from August 2018 (Only Saturdays and Sundays).
  • Applicants can access the Practice Test Module from August 2018.
  • Unlike previous trends, the class XII roll number will not be verified from 2019.
  • Aspirants suffering from Diabetes are allowed to take transparent water bottles, sugar tablets and fruits to the exam hall.

Changes Made from 2017 -

In case, you are not aware of the changes brought in from 2017 –

  • Class XII marks are not given weightage while determining candidates’ ranks in the MAIN exam.
  • General category students must score 75% marks in class XII, while candidates belonging to reserved categories (SC/ST) need to show 65% marks for getting admission in IITs, IIITs, NITs and CFTIs.
  • Aadhaar card by UIDAI is compulsory to take the test.

JEE Main 2020 January Session Important Dates (Tentative)

JEE Main 2020 Events

JEE Main 2020 Important Dates (Tentative)

Availability of application form


Last date to submit the form


Availability of admit card


Exam commencement

8 – 12 January 2020

Availability of final answer key


Announcement of result


JEE Main 2020 Eligibility Criteria

Prior to applying for the exam, the candidates need to ensure that they meet the following JEE Main 2020 eligibility criteria prescribed by the Authority –

Date of Birth (DOB) Criteria:

  • General candidates should have been born on or after October 01, 1995.
  • Those who belong to SC/ST/PWD categories should have been born on or after October 01, 1990.

Number of Attempts:

  • In terms of attempts, the candidates cannot take the exam more than thrice.
  • The number of attempts is the same for all the categories.

Number of Subjects in Class XII or Qualifying Examination:

  • In order to write the JEE MAIN exam 2020, the applicants must have taken 5 subjects in the qualifying examination, i.e. Class 12th.
  • Anyone who has opted for 4 subjects would not be allowed to apply for the exam.
  • Providing wrong information while filling in the online form would further result in the cancellation of their candidature.

Education Qualification:

Qualifying Exam

10+2 or equivalent exam

Diploma Holders

Diploma candidates can also apply but only for admission in IITs. Such candidates also have to appear for the JEE Advanced exam.

For admissions to IITs, NITs, IIITs and CFTIs

Candidates have to secure 75% (65% for SC/ST) in the 12th exam or be in top 20 percentile of the respective boards.

Year of Appearance in QE (Qualifying Exam)

Candidates who have passed the 12th exams in 2018 or 2019 are eligible to apply for the exam.

Students, who have appeared in the 12th exam in 2017, did not pass in 2017 but passed in 2018 are not eligible to apply. Or if they have taken the test in 2017 or before, such candidates will not be considered eligible for the MAIN exam.

Appearing Candidates

Candidates appearing in the 12th exam in 2020 can apply.

Note: There is no minimum mark prescribed to apply for the Joint Entrance Test Main.

Reservation Criteria:

The reservation percentage for the following categories is mentioned underneath.

  • Non-Creamy Layer OBC: 27%
  • SC: 15%
  • ST: 7.5%
  • PwD with 40% or more Disability: 3%

JEE Main 2020 Application Process

The JEE Main 2020 application process will start in September 2019. The JEE Main 2020 application form will possibly be available from 01 September 2019. Students are required to familiarise themselves with the following details -

  • Candidates are required to apply for the NTA JEE Main 2020 exam online.
  • Documents like parents’/guardians’ scanned images of passport size photograph and signature are necessary.
  • The dimensions of photographs and signatures should be 3.5 x 4.5 cm and 3.5 x 1.5 cm respectively. The images should be in JPEG or JPG format.
  • The images should be in JPG or JPEG format.
  • Submitting multiple applications is strictly prohibited. Doing so will result in the cancellation of the candidature of the candidate.
  • There is no need to send the hard copy of the application form.

How to Fill in Online Application Form JEE Main 2020?

  • Registration (Authentication through Aadhaar Card)
  • Filling in the fields with personal details, exam details, guardian’s details and contact details
  • Verifying the mobile number and email ID through OTP
  • Upload the digital images of photograph and signature along with the signature of guardians
  • Payment of application
  • Book slot
  • Review the application form and take a printout of the confirmation page

JEE Main 2020 Application Fee Structure

The application fee will be different in accordance with the mode and categories of examinations.

  • Candidates are required to pay through debit/credit card.
  • They can also pay the fee through e-Challan of ICICI/ Canara/ Syndicate bank.
  • The fee will not be accepted through IPO, money order, DD, etc.
  • Once the application fee is paid, it will not be refunded under any circumstances.

NTA JEE Main Application Fee (Paper I and Paper II) for India


Application Fee


General/ OBC



Paper I or II

INR 1000 (for men)

INR 500 (for women)

INR 500 (for men)

INR 500 (for women)


Paper 1 & 2

INR 1800 (for men)

INR 900 (for women)

INR 900 (for women)

INR 900 (for women)

NTA JEE Main Application Fee (Paper I and Paper II) for Overseas Exam Centres


Application Fee


General/ OBC


Paper 1 or 2

INR 2500 (for male candidates)

INR 1250 (for female candidates)

INR 1250 (for male candidates)

INR 1250 (for female candidates)

Paper 1 & 2

INR 3800 (for male candidates)

INR 1900 (for female candidates)

INR 1900 (for male candidates)

INR 1900 (for female candidates)

JEE Main 2020 Application Correction

Candidates get one more opportunity to modify or correct some of the particulars of the application form after one week of the closing date. The tentative last date to submit the online application form for the January editing exam is September 30, 2019; aspirants will be able to rectify their errors in the first week of October 2019. However, they are advised to keep a watch on the official website regularly to know the precise date for JEE Main 2020 application correction.

Candidates will be allowed to rectify their errors online. (No change will be accepted through offline mode, i.e. through fax/application including e-mail, etc.).

JEE Main 2020 Exam Pattern

The Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) MAIN 2020 has two papers – Paper I and Paper II. The candidates can appear in Paper I and Paper II separately or together depending on their preferences.

  • Paper I (consists of Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics subjects) is conducted for admission to B.Tech/B.E courses.
  • Paper II (contains subjects like mathematics, aptitude and drawing sections) is conducted for admission B.Planning/B.Arch programmes.

Check out the detailed exam pattern of JEE MAIN 2020 for both papers -


Paper I

Paper II

Mode of Exam

Computer-Based Test (CBT)

Pen and Paper (Offline)


Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry

Mathematics, Aptitude and Drawing

Number of Questions

90 Questions

(Physics – 30 Questions, Chemistry – 30 Questions and Mathematics – 30 Questions)

82 Questions

(Aptitude – 50 Questions, Drawing – 2 Questions and Mathematics – 30 Questions)

Maximum Marks

360 marks

390 marks

Duration of Exam

180 minutes

180 minutes

Nature of Questions


Objective-type and subjective-type questions

Marking Scheme

  • 4 marks for every correct answer
  • 1 mark will be deducted for every incorrect answer
  • 4 marks for every correct answer
  • 1 mark will be deducted for every incorrect answer

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JEE Main 2020 Syllabus

The exam will have two papers - Paper I and Paper II. Paper I consists of Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics subjects. Paper II contains subjects like Mathematics, Aptitude and Drawing sections.

Paper 1 Syllabus -

  • Physics: Thermodynamics, Physics and measurement, Laws of motion, Rotational motion, Oscillations and waves, Electronic devices, Electromagnetic induction and alternating currents, Optics, Electrostatics, Current electricity, energy and power, Work, Kinematics, Properties of solids and liquids, Kinetic theory of gases Gravitation etc.
  • Chemistry: It includes the following three parts:
  1. Organic Chemistry: Chemistry in everyday life, some basic principles of organic chemistry, organic compounds containing nitrogen, organic compounds containing halogens, purification and characterisation of organic compounds etc.
  2. Inorganic Chemistry: Block elements (alkali and alkaline earth metals), classification of elements and periodicity in properties, Hydrogen, Block elements group 13 to group 18 elements, Environmental chemistry, D – and f – block elements etc.
  3. Physical chemistry: Atomic structure, some basic concepts in chemistry, equilibrium, chemical thermodynamics, chemical bonding and molecular structure, states of matter, chemical kinetics etc.
  • Mathematics: Integral calculus, Sequences and series, Mathematical induction, Matrices and determinants, Sets, relations and functions, Permutations and combinations, Mathematical reasoning, Complex numbers and quadratic equations, Trigonometry, Statistics and probability, Vector algebra Binomial theorem and its simple applications etc.

Paper 2 Syllabus -

  • Part I: Visualizing, Analytical Reasoning Mental Ability, Visualizing three-dimensional objects from two-dimensional drawings, awareness of places, persons, materials and buildings etc.
  • Part II: Creating two dimensional and three-dimensional compositions using given shapes and forms, the transformation of forms both 2 D and 3 D union, subtraction, understanding and appreciation of scale and proportion of objects, building forms and elements, colour texture, harmony and contrast etc.

JEE MAIN 2020 Mock Test -

To perform better in the exam, it is always advised that candidates should try out the mock test to get well-acquainted with the exam style. The JEE Main 2020 mock test will probably be available from the NTA JEE Main website from August 2019. Improve your time management skills, understand the pattern and analyse your performance.

JEE Main 2020 Admit Card -

The JEE Main admit card 2020 can be downloaded from the official web portal in December 2019.

  • Admit card will be available only in the online mode.
  • To download, the aspirants are advised to use their application number, DOB and security code. Provide these details and click on ‘Submit’.
  • Take a printout of the same for future reference.
  • Check JEE Main 2020 hall ticket to ensure it is error free. In case of discrepancy, report it to the concerned department (JEE-MAIN Secretariat) ASAP.
  • Carry the admit card along with one photo ID proof (DL, School or College ID Card, Passport, etc.) to the exam hall on the day of exam commencement.

Note: The admit card will contain details like exam date & time, venue, candidates’ personal details and roll number.

JEE Main 2020 Answer Key -

NTA will probably release the JEE Main 2020 answer key in the fourth week of January 2020 (after the completion of the test). It will be released on the official website. Candidates are advised to go through the OMR sheets available along with the answer key and raise an objection if they are dissatisfied.

  • Objection per question cost - INR 1,000/-
  • The fee can be paid through credit card and debit card.

In Order to Access the Answer Key, candidates need to –

  • Visit the official website.
  • Enter credentials like application number and password.
  • Download the same and save.

JEE MAIN 2020 Result -

NTA may declare the JEE Main 2020 result in the last week of January. The result will also contain the JEE Main 2020 scorecard. You may follow the steps to check the CBSE JEE Main score 2020

  • Log on to the JEE Main website
  • Click on the tab ‘JEE Main Result 2020
  • Enter details like roll number and DOB
  • See the result on the screen. Download the scorecard and get a printout

Check whether your result carries these details –

  • Your name (name of the candidates)
  • Nationality
  • Category
  • Marks secured in each subject
  • Marks obtained
  • Category rank
  • AIR rank

JEE Main 2020 Cut-off -

The JEE Main 2020 cut-off is the minimum marks needed to be considered for the JEE Main 2020 counselling. It can be accessed online. The National Testing Agency will release the cut-off category-wise. Here’s a glance at the previous years’ cut-off trends –















OBC-Non-Creamy Layer





















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JEE Main 2020 Counselling -

After the announcement of the result, the NTA JEE Main counselling 2020 will commence. The Authority will announce separate schedules for AIR and state-level counselling. Read out some of the details –

  • The JEE Main 2020 counselling will begin in the fourth week of June (tentative).
  • It will be carried out by JoSAA (Joint Seat Allocation Authority).
  • The candidates need to register themselves to appear in the counselling. They need to provide their college and programme preferences.
  • Provisional seat allotment will be released based on the choice filled by the candidates, their rank, merit, eligibility, category and availability of seats.
  • Download the provisional seat allocation letter and make the seat acceptance fee payment.
  • Candidates will then be notified to appear at the allotted college once the seat is confirmed.

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