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JEE (Main) Entrance Exam

The National Testing Agency (NTA), established by the Ministry of Education (MoE), works as an independent, autonomous, and self-sustained premier testing organization. It is responsible for conducting efficient, transparent and international standards tests in order to assess the competency of candidates for admissions to premier higher education institutions.

▪ The JEE (Main) 2021 will be conducted by NTA in multiple sessions for admissions in the next academic session. This will benefit the candidates in the following ways:

This will give multiple opportunities to the candidates to improve their scores in the examination if they are not able to give their best in one attempt.

▪ In the first attempt, the students will get a first-hand experience of taking an examination and will know their mistakes which they can improve while attempting for the next time.

▪ This will reduce the chances of dropping a year and droppers would not have to waste a full year.

▪ If anyone missed the examination due to reasons beyond control (such as Board examination), then he/she will not have to wait for one full year.

▪ A candidate need not appear in all the four Sessions. However, if the candidate appears in more than one Session then his/her best of the 2021 NTA Scores will be considered for preparation of Merit List/ Ranking.


JEE (Main)-2021 will be conducted in the following modes:

a) Paper 1 (B.E. /B. Tech.) in “Computer Based Test (CBT)” mode only.

b) Paper 2A (B. Arch): Mathematics (Part-I) and Aptitude Test (Part-II) in “Computer Based Test (CBT)” mode only and Drawing Test (Part-III) in pen & paper (offline) mode, to be attempted on drawing sheet of A4 size.

c) Paper 2B (B. Planning): Mathematics (Part-I), Aptitude Test (Part-II) and Planning Based Questions (Part-III) in Computer Based Test (CBT) mode only

JEE Main Admit Card

The e-Admit Card would be issued provisionally to the candidates through the NTA website:, subject to the fulfilment of the eligibility conditions and receipt of prescribed application fee by NTA.

Important Points:

  • The candidate has to download the Admit Card from the NTA website. The timing for downloading the Admit Card for subsequent Sessions of the exam will be announced on the NTA website (
  • The candidate will appear in the examination at the given Centre on the date and shift/timing as indicated in his/her e-Admit Card.
  • In case a candidate is unable to download his/her Admit Card from the website, he/she should approach the NTA Help Line Number: 0120-6895200 between 10.00 am to 5.00 pm.
  • The candidates are advised to read the instructions on the Admit Card carefully and strictly follow them during the examination.
  • In case of any discrepancy in the particulars of the candidate or his/her photograph and signature shown in the e-Admit Card and Confirmation Page, the candidate may immediately approach the NTA Help Line between 10.00 am to 5.00 pm. In such case, candidate would appear in the examination with the already downloaded Admit Card. However, NTA will take necessary action to make correction in the record later.
  • In no case, the duplicate Admit Card for Joint Entrance Examination (Main) 2021 would be issued at the Examination Centres
  • Candidates are advised to preserve their Admit Cards in good condition for future reference. Issue of Admit Cards, however, shall not necessarily mean acceptance of eligibility which shall be further scrutinized at subsequent stages of the admission process.

Brief Advisory regarding COVID-19 Pandemic:

All candidates are advised to carry only the following things with them into the examination venue:

  • Admit card along with Self Declaration (Undertaking) downloaded from the NTA Website (a clear printout on A4 size paper) duly filled in.
  • A simple transparent Ball Point Pen.
  • Additional photograph, to be pasted on attendance sheet
  • Personal hand sanitizer (50 ml).
  • Personal transparent water bottle.
  • Sugar tablets/fruits (like banana/apple/orange) in case the candidate is diabetic.
Schedule of JEE Main Schedule
Events JEE (Main) - FEB 2021
Online Registration Start Date 16th December, 2020
Online Registration End Date 16th January, 2021
JEE Main Application Form Correction 19th January, 2021(For February Session)
JEE Main Application Form Correction Ends 21st January 2021(For February Session)
Downloading of Admit Cards The second week of February 2021
Dates of Examination

(Session 1): 23, 24, 25 & 26 February 2021

(Session 2): 15, 16, 17 & 18 March 2021

(Session 3): 27, 28, 29 & 30 April 2021

(Session 4): 24, 25, 26, 27 & 28 May 2021

Date of Announcing Results To be displayed on the NTA website in due course
Conducted By National Testing Agency (NTA)
Official Website

Important Note:

  • A candidate has the option to apply for one session or more than one Session (February/March /April /May 2021) together and pay exam fee accordingly. In other words, if a candidate wishes to apply only for one session, he/she has to pay Examination Fee only for that Session during the current application period and will have opportunity to apply again for the remaining March/ April / May Sessions.
  • The application window will be re-opened briefly immediately after the declaration of the result of February / March/ April Session.
  • Examination for the May session will be the last Examination for the coming academic year. Fees can also be carried forward to another Session of JEE (Main) 2021.
  • In case a candidate does not want to appear in the Session for which fee has already been paid, it will be refunded by NTA. For this, the Candidate will have to make a request only during the application process of the session for which he/she wants to withdraw.

Age- There is no age limit for appearing in JEE Main Exam.

The candidates who have passed the class 12 / equivalent examination in 2019, 2020, or appearing in 2021 irrespective of their age can appear in JEE (Main) 2021 examination. However, the candidates may be required to fulfil the age criteria of the Institute(s) in which they are desirous of taking admission.

List of Qualifying Examinations (QE)

  • iThe final examination of the 10+2 system, conducted by any recognized Central/ State Board, such as Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi; Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations, New Delhi; etc.
  • Intermediate or two-year Pre-University examination conducted by a recognized Board/ University.
  • Final examination of the two-year course of the Joint Services Wing of the National Defense Academy
  • Senior Secondary School Examination conducted by the National Institute of Open Schooling with a minimum of five subjects.
  • Any Public School/ Board/ University examination in India or any foreign country recognized as equivalent to the 10+2 system by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU)
  • Higher Secondary Certificate Vocational Examination.
  • A Diploma recognized by AICTE or a State board of technical education of at least 3 years duration.
  • General Certificate Education (GCE) examination (London/Cambridge/Sri Lanka) at the Advanced (A) level.
  • High School Certificate Examination of the Cambridge University or International Baccalaureate Diploma of the International Baccalaureate Office, Geneva.

Year of Appearance in Qualifying Examination

  • Only those candidates who have passed Class 12 / equivalent examination in 2019, 2020 or 2021; or those who are appearing in Class 12 / equivalent examination in 2021, are eligible to appear in JEE (Main) 2021.
  • Candidates who passed Class 12/equivalent examination in 2018 or before as well as those who will appear in such examination in 2022 or later are not eligible to appear in JEE (Main) 2021.
  • Candidates must note that the IITs permit only two attempts for the JEE (Advanced), i.e. a candidate should have appeared for the Class XII (or equivalent) examination for the first time in either 2020 or 2021, subject to the condition of not having been admitted at an IIT on an earlier occasion. Details may be obtained from the Information Brochure of the JEE (Advanced) 2021. Please see link:

State of Eligibility

  • State code of eligibility means the code of the State from where the candidate has passed Class XII (or equivalent) qualifying examination by virtue of which the candidate becomes eligible to appear in JEE (Main) 2021. It is important to note that the State code of eligibility does NOT depend upon the native place or the place of residence of the candidate. For example, if a candidate appears for the Class XII examination in New Delhi and is a resident of Noilda, Uttar Pradesh, the candidate’s State code of eligibility will be that of Delhi and NOT that of Uttar Pradesh.
  • If a candidate has passed Class XII (or equivalent) qualifying examination from one State but appeared for improvement from another State, the candidate’s State code of eligibility will be from where the candidate first passed the Class XII (or equivalent) examination and NOT the State from where the candidate has appeared for improvement.
  • Candidate passed/appearing class 12th from NIOS should select the State of Eligibility according to the State in which the study centre is located.
  • For Indian nationals passing the Class XII (or equivalent) examination from Nepal/Bhutan, the State code of eligibility will be determined based on a permanent address in India as given in the passport of the candidate.
  • The State code of eligibility of OCI/PIO passing Class XII (or equivalent) examination in India is at par with Indian nationals. However, OCI/PIO passing the Class XII (or equivalent) examination from an institution abroad are eligible for Other State quota seats or All India quota seats (but NOT for Home State quota seats) in all NITs, IIEST and Other-CFTIs.

The JEE (Main) is conducted as two papers for various streams of engineering:

  • Paper-I (B. E./B. Tech.)
  • Paper-II (B. Arch./B. Planning)

Dates of Examination

(Session 1): 23, 24, 25 & 26 February 2021

(Session 2): 15, 16, 17 & 18 March 2021

(Session 3): 27, 28, 29 & 30 April 2021

(Session 4): 24, 25, 26, 27 & 28 May 2021 (Exact date, shift, and city of examination for Paper 1: B.E./B. Tech and Paper 2A: B. Arch and Paper 2B: B. Planning will be made available to the Candidates on their Admit Cards)

Mode of Exam


Paper1: B.E./B.Tech “Computer Based Test (CBT)” mode only

Paper2A: B.Arch. Part-I: Mathematics and Part-II: Aptitude Test in Computer Based Test (CBT) mode only Part-III: Drawing Test in “Pen & Paper” (offline) mode, to be attempted on the Drawing sheet

Paper2B: B. Planning Part-I: Mathematics, Part-II: Aptitude Test and Part-III: Planning related MCQ’s in “Computer Based Test (CBT)” mode only.

  First Shift Second Shift
Timing of Examination 9.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m. 3.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m.
Entry in the Examination Centre / Hall / Room, frisking, biometric registration/ record of manual attendance by Invigilator, document verification / crosschecking of Admit Card, signature, and photo match to be completed by Invigilator, etc. 7.30 a.m. to 8.30 a.m. 02.00 p.m. to 2.30 p.m.
Instructions by the Invigilator(s) 8.30 a.m. to 8.50 a.m. 2.30 p.m. to 2.50 p.m.
Candidates log in to read instructions 8.50 a.m. 2.50 p.m.
Test Commences 9:00 a.m. 3.00 p.m.


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