How to Preparing for JEE Main 2021

This year due to the spread of the pandemic the NTA (National Testing Agency) has changed some question paper pattern to help the students but though the syllabus has not been reduced. The students should go through the syllabus properly so that they can draft their preparation strategies accordingly. JEE Main 2021 application form has been released. Examination will be conducted four times in a year (February, March, April & May). Joint Entrance Exam popularly known as JEE Main is conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA). Through this national level entrance exam, candidates are provided admission into UG engineering programmes in various IITs, NITs, CFTIs and other renowned institutions.

Lakhs of students dream about getting into one of the top engineering colleges of the country every year. JEE is known to be one of the most difficult exams in the country. The JEE paper is divided into two categories, the JEE Mains and the JEE advanced. It is mandatory for the students to clear the JEE mains paper to get permitted to appear for the JEE advanced paper. The students need to put effort to study all three topics properly in order to get on the list of toppers. The jee main exam is centred on physics, chemistry, and Maths. Marks are looted to all the three sections equally. If you are stuck.

There would be several changes in the question paper pattern. “Keeping in mind various decisions taken by various boards across the country regarding amendments to the syllabus, the NTA has decided that the question paper will contain 90 questions, in which the candidate will have to attempt a total of 75 questions,” said the testing agency. The Central Board of Secondary Education had reduced its syllabus by 30% due to the lockdown, and other State boards have also left out different sections of their syllabi.

For admission into B.E/B.Tech courses, candidates have to appear for JEE Main Paper–I. While for admission into B.Arch & B.Plan courses, students are required to qualify JEE Main Paper–II & III. Complete detailed information regarding JEE Main 2021, can be checked by the aspirants through this article.

Should students appear for all four rounds of JEE Main in 2021?
How should they go about preparing for each and every round? With the first round of JEE Main just around the corner, The Quint spoke to Ramesh Batlish, an expert from the FIIT JEE Group, to get an answer to some of the queries related to the entrance test.

Should I apply for all four rounds in February, March, April and May?
Students may register for all four rounds if their board exam dates are not clear. CBSE may have declared exam dates, but several other boards are yet to follow suit. Out of these four, students should attempt at least two rounds so that the entrance test doesn’t clash with their board exams.

If I attempt for more than one round, how will my score be calculated?
The National Testing Authority has clarified that the best score would be considered while assigning rank to the candidate. Ideally, a candidate should not waste the options given the opportunity to perform better in the next round. However, students aiming at JEE Advanced may not be able to appear for more than two JEE Main sessions as that would take away their time for JEE Advanced preparations.

What are the study tips that I should follow?
Students must have a systematic concrete revision plan. At least one to two mock-tests every week to familiarise students with the format of the exam. Students should attempt mock tests at the exact time of their original exam so that biological clock is adjusted. Focussing on all three subjects is important and selective study should be avoided.

Is there any change in paper pattern this year?
In 2020, JEE Main had 25 questions each for Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics, out of which 20 were multiple-choice questions with a single correct answer and five questions carried answers that were numerical. This means that in total, there were 75 questions carrying 300 marks.
This year, the only change is that students will be asked 10 questions instead of five in the numerical answer section, as compared to 2020. However, students can answer any five of these 10 questions, for which there will be no negative marking.

How should I attempt the paper?
Since there is negative marking for MCQs, students should only attempt questions to which they have a definite answer. Moreover, since students have more options in the numerical answer sections, the cut-offs are expected to go high.

What is the eligibility criteria for admission into NITs and CFTIs?
According to NTA, admission to BE, B.Tech, B.Arch and B.Planning courses in NITs, IIITs, and CFTIs participating through Central Seat Allocation Board will be based on All India Rank, subject to the condition that the candidate should have secured at least 75% marks in the Cass 12 board examination or be in the top 20 percentile in Class 12 or qualifying examination conducted by the respective boards.

For SC/ST candidates the qualifying marks would be 65% in the Class 12 /qualifying examination. The examination would be held in 13 different languages for the first time, drawing from the National Education Policy’s emphasis on linguistic diversity. English, Hindi and Urdu would be available in all the States. Other regional languages — Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Marathi, Malayalam, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil and Telugu — would be available in their respective States. JEE-Main is conducted for admission to undergraduate engineering and architecture programmes at the National Institutes of Technology and other Central and State institutions. It is also used as an eligibility test for JEE-Advanced, which is conducted for admission to the elite Indian Institutes of Technology.