JEE Main and JEE Advanced: The differences you must know

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JEE Main and JEE Advanced differences you must know

Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) is an all India entrance exam conducted for aspiring engineers. In 2012, Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) replaced IIT-JEE and AIEEE with one common engineering entrance exam named as JEE. The score of JEE is applicable for admission in different courses offered by engineering colleges in India. It is conducted in two stages – JEE Main and JEE Advanced. Students need to pass the JEE Main level to be eligible for appearing in JEE Advanced. Since 2016, 40 percentage weightage was given to board exam marks for determining the All India Rank of Candidates in JEE Main. But from 2017 onwards, Class XII marks will not be considered in deciding the JEE Main rank. But, candidatesneed to secure at least 75 percent marks in Class XII exam or be in the top 20 percentile in their respective education board to get admission in IITs, NITs, IIITs, etc.

JEE Main

JEE Main comprises of two papers – Paper 1 is for the admission in BE and B. Tech courses, while Paper 2 is for B.Arch and B.Planning courses. Candidates can appear in both the papers, or in any one as per their choice.  

Date of Examination

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  • Offline exam (Pen & paper based): 2nd April 2017
  • Online exam (Computer based): 8th & 9th April 2017

Conducted by

  • CBSE


Mode of Examination

  • Paper 1: Pen and paper based & online
  • Paper 2: Pen and paper based


Who can apply?

  • Indian students only


Number of Attempts

  • 3 attempts


Pattern of Examination

  • Paper 1 will have a total of 90 multiple choice questions with negative marking ( 30 from Physics, 30 from Chemistry, 30 from Math)
  • Paper 2 will include Math questions (MCQs), aptitude test, and drawing test


JEE Main Rank Will Take You To

  • National Institutes of Technology (NITs)
  • Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs)
  • Centrally Funded Technical Institutes (CFTIs)
  • Engineering colleges of the participating states


JEE Advanced

This competitive exam is considered as one of the most sought-after entrance exams not only in India but also among foreign national students. It also consists of 2 papers, and candidates have to appear in both the papers. Date of Examination-

Date of Examination

  • 21st May 2017


Conducted by

  • Seven zonal IITs under the supervision of the Joint Admission Board (JAB)
  • In 2017, IIT Madras is conducting the JEE Advanced exam


Mode of Examination

  • Pen and paper based


Who can apply?

  • Indian national and foreign national candidates


Number of Attempts

  • 2 attempts in consecutive years


Pattern of Examination (MCQs & Numerical answer type questions)

  • Paper 1 & 2: Each will have a total 60 questions ( 20 from Physics, 20 from Chemistry, 20 from Math)
  • Each paper will be divided into three sections, no negative marking for section 1


JEE Advanced Rank Will Take You To

  • Indian Institute of Technology (IITs)
  • Indian School of Mines (ISM)


JEE Advanced Score is considered for Admission At-

  • Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISERs)
  • Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology
  • Indian Institute of Science


How to approach JEE

  • To succeed in JEE, you need to have a planned approach towards preparation. Your JEE preparation strategy mustinclude practices like scanning previous year question papers, taking mock tests, etc.
  • While going through previous year JEE question papers, you can figure out those chapters which have consistently received more weightage. For instance, Math chapters like Algebra, Differential Calculus and Coordinate Geometry have got maximum weightage inlast few years. So, you need to practice questions from these chapters on priority, and then shift to other chapters with moderate and low weightage. You can adopt the same approach for Physics and Chemistry syllabus also.
  • You should also join a mock test series to know your low scoring areas, and work upon them instantly. For instance, if you are scoring low in Organic Chemistry questions in mock tests, then you should start taking an expert guidance for understanding its fundamentals immediately. As Organic Chemistry questions come quite frequently in JEE exam with 38 percent weightage attached to it, your command over this section can play a vital role in determining your rank.
  • Along with mock tests, you can also participate in subject-related quizzes available on IIT JEE coaching apps to improve your speed, accuracy and problem-solving skills. There are various IIT JEE coaching apps likeAakash iTutor that can help you with your overall preparation. Once you enroll yourself in Aakash iTutor, you can also take practice tests and chapter tests along with quizzes.
  • Stick to your time table for study without any fail. This way, you can avoid last minute hiccups like beingleft with very less or no time for revision.
  • Most importantly, eat healthily and sleep adequately to keep your mind alert and to improve your concentration power.


As the entrance exam date is approaching, you also need to keep yourself motivated and encouraged. This will help you in perform better and with maximum potential.

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