Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) is an all India common engineering entrance examination conducted for admission to various engineering colleges and courses all over the country. The test comprises two stages - JEE Main and the JEE Advanced. The exams are of the objective pattern.


Structure of JEE - 2017

  • IITJEE 2017 - 21st May 2017
  • JEE Main has two papers, Paper-1 and Paper-2. Candidates may opt for either or both of them. Both papers contain multiple choice questions.
  • Paper 1 is for admission to B.E./B.Tech courses and is conducted in both online and offline modes.
  • Paper-2 is for admission in B. Arch and B. Planning courses and is conducted offline only. JEE Mains, unlike JEE Advanced, has a fixed exam structure.
  • Paper-1 is of three hours duration and consists of thirty multiple-choice (single-correct) questions in each of the three subjects (physics, chemistry and maths)
  • There is negative marking for incorrect answers. 4 marks are awarded for correct answers and 1 mark is deducted for incorrect answers.

Exam Pattern

JEE exam pattern in terms of topics and difficulty has been consistent over the years. It has not changed even after JEE main was introduced as a screening exam. Following is the pattern of the exams for each subject over the years:

  • Math exam, algebra is the most important topic (33% of overall marks), followed by differential calculus and coordinate geometry (16% each). Other topics like integral calculus, vector and 3D geometry and trigonometry (accounting for 8-14% of all marks)
  • As per the analysis of last four year question papers (2012-2015), most of the questions (44%) in math main exam can be considered easy. Medium difficulty questions were slightly less (36%) and very few truly difficult questions (10%).
  • For physics exam, mechanics is the most important topic (27% of overall marks), followed by modern physics (18%). Other topics have slightly less weight in terms of marks, with optics & wave optics and electromagnetism having share of around 15%. Topics like electrostatics & current electricity, thermodynamics and fluid mechanics have marginal importance.
  • As per the analysis of last four year question papers (2012-2015), most of the questions (44%) in physics main exam were considered of medium difficulty level. Easy questions were slightly less (35%) and truly difficult questions (21%). High percentage of difficult questions is contrast to math and chemistry exams.
  • For chemistry exam, all the three topics are all most equally important, with organic chemistry having slightly more weight (38%) than physical chemistry (32%) and inorganic chemistry (30%).
  • In terms of difficulty, chemistry exam paper is very much like math, with high reliance on easy questions (52%). In last four years, medium difficulty level questions had around 32% share, while only 16% questions were classified as truly difficult.

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