JEE Main Exam Pattern 2020 (Released): Check New Pattern,Marking Scheme

JEE MAIN 2020 Exam Pattern Changes Introduced by NTA

It’s for the first time in history, the exam pattern of JEE mains seen changes introduced by National test agency (NTA).

Before you start your preparation, actually it becomes really important to stay updated on the exam pattern.

We’re here to take you through all the major changes happened in the JEE Main exam pattern 2020.

As you are aware JEE Mains would be conducted twice a year. For the upcoming January 2020 and April 2020 exams, numerical type questions have been added. Let us dive deep into the details!

JEE Main Exam Pattern 2020 – Paper 1

The revised JEE Main 2020 exam pattern brings B.E./B.Tech. questions booklet of 75 questions in total from Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics subjects respectively.

In the JEE Main 2020 Paper 1, out of all the questions – Each subject will cover 20 objective type questions along with 5 numerical questions.

If we observe, earlier there were no questions based on numerical asked in JEE Main.

And, until last year the JEE Main Paper 1 comprised of 90 questions. Whereas from 2020, it has cut down to 75.

One more change to be noticed in JEE Main 2020 is, there’ll be separate question booklet exclusively for B.Arch. and Planning.

But whereas till the previous year, there was a single question paper for both the exams.

After the successful recommendation and opinion of subject experts, the JEE Apex Board (JAB) has approved the JEE Main 2020 Exam Pattern.

JEE Main 2020 paper1 Exam pattern (B.E/B.Tech):

Mode of examination:The above Examinations will be held in “Computer Based Test” (CBT) Mode only.

Medium of question paper:

English & Hindi : All Centre Cities

English, Hindi and Gujarati: Centre Cities in Gujarat, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli


The duration of paper 1 is 3 hours

Timing of Examination:

  • First Shift -9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Second Shift -2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

 Nature of questions:

  • Multiple choice questions-every question there are 4 choices provide the examiner.
  • Numerical answer type questions-students get 5 questions in which they will add numerical value

Distribution of questions:

Subject No of Questions       Marks
Mathematics (20+5*) 100
Physics (20+5*) 100
Chemistry (20+5*) 100
Total 75 300

Marking scheme:

Marking Scheme for MCQs:

  • Correct Answer Four mark (+4)
  • Incorrect Answer Minus one mark (-1)
  • Unanswered / Marked for Review No mark (0).

 Marking Scheme for questions for which answer is a Numerical value:

  • Correct Answer Four mark (+4)
  • Incorrect Answer No mark (0)
  • Unanswered / Marked for Review No mark (0) 

Method of determining merit

  • Conversion of raw score in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Total into NTA scores.
  • Overall merit shall be prepared by merging NTA scores of all shifts of all days.

Method of resolving ties Tie between candidates

Obtaining equal Total NTA scores in B.E./B.Tech, will be resolved in the following descending order:

▪ NTA score in Mathematics

▪ NTA score in Physics

▪ NTA score in Chemistry

▪ Candidates having lesser number of negative responses in the paper
▪ Candidates older in Age

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