Joint Entrance Examination 2017: Head To Toe!

Somehow engineering colleges in India have come to accept that just the board exams aren’t sufficient for testing the skills and abilities of a student. So, they started conducting their own exam patterns, result of which led to too many examinations for a student.

The government decided to reduce the load for students by conducting a common exam known as Joint Entrance Examination, the result of which can be used to apply in various colleges.

IITs realised that JEE Mains wasn’t the right kind of metric to cherry pick the creamy layer and hence, decided to conduct JEE Advanced to sort out students for undergraduate programs.

Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Mains is conducted by different IITs every year. In 2017, IIT Madras will be conducting the examination. The Institutions include Class 12 performance or any equivalent qualifying examinations during the admissions through JEE Mains. Although, the weightage of 12th board percentage will not be considered for calculating JEE Main score from 2017 onwards.

IIT JEE is mainly conducted in 2 levels,

  1. JEE Mains
  2. JEE Advanced

JEE Mains is the first step that IIT aspirants have to clear. It is conducted in offline mode (Paper and pen based) and online mode (Computer based).

Every year, more than 10 lakh students appear for JEE Mains. An official notification is released usually in the month of November and until the end of January when students can fill in the application forms and pay the examination fees.

The admit cards for the students are released in March, which includes all the details pertaining the exam dates, exam center and student information.

JEE Advanced is the second and the final stage that an IIT aspirant has to clear. The dates for JEE Advanced 2017 will be announced after the declaration of JEE Mains 2017 results. The criteria for students who can take up JEE Advanced 2017 will be decided by IIT based on-

  • Number of students who applied for JEE Mains 2017
  • Number of students who have cleared JEE Mains 2017
  • Number of seats available at IIT
  • Based on previous years’ JEE Mains cut off marks
Exam Pattern

JEE Mains has 2 papers- Paper 1 and Paper 2. Students can opt for either of the one or both the papers. Paper 1 is held in both online and offline modes, whereas paper 2 is held only in offline mode.

Marks Allocation

Paper 1 has only objective type questions. Each section is given equal weightage

  • Part 1- Physics contains 30 objective questions with 4 marks allotted for each question
  • Part 2- Chemistry contains 30 objective questions with 4 marks allotted for each question
  • Part 3- Mathematics contains 30 objective questions with 4 marks allotted for each question

4 marks are awarded for each correct answer and 1/4 (Quarter) mark is deducted for each wrong answer.

Paper 2 includes Mathematics and Aptitude tests, which are objective type and drawing test involves drawing to test the drawing aptitude of a candidate. There are 3 parts in the question paper

  • Part 1- Aptitude test containing 50 objective questions with 4 marks allotted for each question
  • Part 2- Mathematics containing 30 objective questions with 4 marks allotted for each question
  • Part 3- Drawing test containing 2 questions with 35 marks allotted for each question
Important Dates (Tentative)


  • November, 2016 – Release of Official Notification,
  • December, 2016 First Week – Release of Application form,
  • January, 2017 Third Week – Correction Window for Application form,
  • March, 2017 First Week – Release of Admit Card
  • April, 2017 First Week – JEE Main offline exam (Pen and Paper Based exam)
  • April, 2017 Second Week – JEE Main online exam (Computer Based exam)
  • April, 2017 Last Week – Declaration of results
  • July, 2017 First Week – Counselling Schedule
Eligibility Criteria
  • Age Limit: The date of birth of a candidate must be on or after October 1, 1992(for General Category). The upper age limit is relaxed by 5 years that is on or after 01, October 1987 for candidates belonging to SC, ST and PwD.
    Note- DOB mentioned in Secondary Education Board certificate is considered.
  • Qualifying Year: Candidates must have passed 12th standard and have appeared in qualifying exam in at least 5 subjects in 2015 or 2016 or those who appear in 2017.
    Diploma (3 years) holders are also eligible to apply.
  • Number of Attempts: The maximum number of JEE Mains attempts are 3.
  • Cut-offs: Students must have an aggregate of 75% (For General Category) and 70% (For SC, ST, PwD) in CBSE class 12 Board exams.
JEE Mains 2017 syllabus

JEE Mains 2017 syllabus will be composed of paper 1 and paper 2 syllabus. JEE mains paper 1 will be asked for the B.Tech (Engineering) while paper 2 will be asked for architecture (B.Arch).

JEE Mains Paper 1 Syllabus:
The JEE Mains paper 1 will be composed of all theory topics of three subjects which are physics, chemistry and mathematics.
JEE Mains Paper 2 Syllabus:
The JEE Mains paper 2 has been divided into three parts i.e. mathematics, aptitude test and drawing test.

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