JEE Main 2018 Exam Pattern & Syllabus

JEE (Main) is conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) for admission to undergraduate engineering programs such as the Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) and Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech.). JEE (Main) 2018 is expected to be held on 2 April, 2018 (offline paper) and on 8 & 9 April, 2018 (offline). Here's a look at the JEE Main exam pattern and syllabus:

JEE (Main) exam pattern 2018

The 2018 JEE consists of two papers, Paper 1 and Paper 2. Candidates may take Paper 1, Paper 2 or both depending on the courses the candidates will apply to. Both the papers would be of 3 hours duration each.

Language of question paper:

Application Forms Now Available
  • You can opt for your question paper in either Hindi or English medium.

  • Candidates opting for exam centres in Gujarat, Daman & Diu, Dadra & Nagar Haveli have the option for question papers in Gujarati medium as well apart from Hindi & English.
  • You must choose the question paper's language while filling out the JEE Main application form.

Read: About JEE Main 2018

Here are the subjects covered in the papers, the type and mode of questions, and the courses for which each paper has to be taken:



Type of Questions

Mode of Exam


Time & Duration

Paper 1
2 April, 2018

Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics

Objective type with equal weightage to physics, chemistry & mathematics

Pen & paper-based


9.30 am - 12.30 pm (3 hours)

Paper 2
2 April, 2018

  • Part I Maths
  • Part II  Aptitude Test
  • Part III Drawing Test
  • Objective type
  • Objective type
  • Questions to test drawing aptitude

Pen & paper-based only

B.Arch/ B. Planning(at institutions other than IITs)

2 pm - 5 pm (3 hours)

Paper 1
8 & 9 April, 2018

Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics

Objective type with equal weightage to physics, chemistry & mathematics



1st shift: 9.30 am - 12.30 pm (3 hours)
2nd shift: 2 pm - 5 pm (3 hours) if required

  • If you're applying for B.E. or B.Tech. courses, you should appear for Paper 1 of JEE Main.
  • If you're applying for B.Arch or B.Planning courses, you should appear for Paper 2 of JEE Main.

Marking scheme for JEE (Main) computer based exam (Paper 1)

The question paper would have objective type questions with four options as answers to every question. There is only one correct response out of the four options. Each correct answer will be awarded 4 marks. One-fourth marks i.e. 1 mark will be deducted for every incorrect answer to a question. If a question if left unanswered, no marks will be deducted.

The number of attempts for JEE Main is limited to 03

Read: JEE Main exam centres 2018

JEE (Main) syllabus 2018

The JEE (Main) syllabus has been listed in detail with topics that need to be covered in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry. The syllabus for the Aptitude Test (of Paper 2 for B.Arch/ B.Planning courses) has also been listed in detail. Please refer to the document attached:

pdf JEE (Main) syllabus 

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