Knowing the JEE Main 2021 exam pattern is crucial for candidates and students appearing for the IIT JEE exam. Candidates who closely observe and follow the exam pattern will not only be able to prepare a successful study plan but they can ultimately perform well and achieve a better result in the exam.

From 2019 onwards, the National Testing Agency (NTA) has been granted the authority to design and develop the JEE Main syllabus as well as set the exam pattern. While there were a few modifications made to the exam pattern in 2019, for the 2021 exam NTA has yet again introduced some new changes. They are as follows.

Four sessions of the exam instead of two. The Paper 1 exam will be held in February, March, April and May. However, Paper 2A and Paper 2B (B. Arch & B. Planning) will be held only twice a year (February & May 2021).

Paper 1 will now consist of 90 questions where 20 questions will be asked in section a and 10 in section b. Students can answer a total of 75 questions – 20 questions in section a and 5 questions in section b for each subject – Physics, Chemistry, and Maths.

Paper 2A is only set for B.Arch courses. It will consist of 82 total questions out of which students can attempt only 77 questions (Mathematics- 25; Aptitude- 50; Drawing- 2). The total marks allotted is 400.

Paper 2B will consist of 105 questions and students can attempt 100 questions. The paper will also be out of 400 marks.

For Paper 2A and Paper 2B, candidates can answer any 5 out of the 10 questions in numerical value-based part in the Mathematics section.

The question papers will be set in 13 different languages.

JEE Main Exam Pattern 2021 Detailed Description

The JEE Main 2021 exam pattern indicates how the exam will be conducted and how the JEE Main question paper will be set. Going forward. JEE Main will be held in four sessions. The first session of the exam is being conducted in the month of February while the other sessions will be held in the month of March, April and May.

However, notifications and circulars about the exam are usually released on the official website and candidates should keep a close eye on the updates and refer them to know the latest details about the exam. The exam conducting authority may introduce new changes at certain intervals. Nonetheless, we will look at the exam pattern for JEE Main 2021 below.

JEE Main Paper I Exam Pattern

In paper I each Subject will contain two sections. Section A will be of Multiple-Choice Questions (MCQs) and Section B will contain Questions whose answers are to be filled in as a numerical value. In Section B, Candidates have to attempt any five questions out of 10. There will be no negative marking for Section B.

JEE Main Paper 2A Exam Pattern

In paper 2A, 20 questions will be MCQs and 5 questions will have answers to be filled as a numerical value out of 10. There will be no negative marking for numerical value.

On a side note, it is also very important for candidates to carefully read all the instructions that are given in the question paper. Understand it clearly and then move on to solving the questions. It is important to follow the right procedure for the exams because gaining a negative marking or losing points may cost candidates a higher rank in the exams.

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