All Your Questions About JEE-Main 2021 Answered

Many students are currently gearing up for the JEE-Main exams for 2021. Here’s a look at some vital information that candidates must keep in mind before attempting the exams.

Q: What are the dates for the exams?

A: In 2021, there will be four sessions held from February to May.
The dates are as follows: Session 1: 23rd to 26th February,  Session 2: 15th to 18th March, Session 3: 27th to 30th April, Session 4: 24th to 28th May

Q: What is the pattern of these exams?

PatternA: In all four sessions, students have the option to attempt Paper 1, for B.E. or B.Tech. In this paper, each subject is divided into two parts. Section A is compulsory and consists of multiple-choice questions. In Section B, candidates must answer five of 10 questions for each subject.
The B. Arch and B. Planning papers, known as Papers 2A and 2B respectively, will only be conducted in February and May. These papers will follow a similar pattern. Candidates will have to answer all the multiple-choice questions in Section A and can choose any five out of 10 questions in Section B. Students can change their answers or even the questions they have selected before submitting the answers. At any given time, they can only select five of the 10 optional questions. There is no negative marking for the optional questions.

Q: What is the duration of the exam for candidates who wish to appear for both Paper 2A and Paper 2B?

A: The exam is three and a half hours, from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Q: What is the state code of eligibility?

A: This refers to the code of the state from where the applicant has cleared their Class 12 or equivalent exam. Students who appeared for the exam in one state and applied for improvement from another state must provide the code of the state from where they first passed the Class 12 exam. Those who graduate from NIOS must select the state of eligibility where the study centre is located. Indian nationals who clear their exams from Nepal or Bhutan must use the state of their permanent address as provided in their passport. OCI and PIO card-holders who clear their exams from outside India must apply under the ‘Other State’ quota or ‘All India’ quota. They will not be eligible to apply for Home State quota seats.

Q: What PIN code should foreign nationals or PIO and OCI candidates provide in the address section?

A: These candidates can provide the PIN 000000 in the address section.

Q: Are there any exemptions for differently-abled or Divyangjan candidates?

A: Yes. These students are allowed a scribe or extra time or both. The conditions are as follows:

  • Candidates can ask for a scribe if they have a physical limitation and a scribe is essential for them to complete the exam. Given the COVID-19 pandemic, students must bring their own scribes and have a certificate from a government health care institution stating they require the scribe.
  • For exams that have a three-hour duration, students may be given an extra hour of compensatory time irrespective of whether they are using a scribe or not.

Q: Can the JEE-Main scores for B. Tech/B. Arch 2021 be used for admission to UPSEE-2021 and Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Tech University (AKTU) Lucknow?

A: Yes.

Q: What is the age limit for candidates appearing for JEE-Main in 2021?

A: There is no age limit for students appearing for JEE-Main 2021. However, candidates must have passed their Class 12 or equivalent exam in 2019 or 2020 to be eligible.

Q: How many times can candidates appear for the JEE-Advanced exam for 2021?

A: The details for this are available in the JEE-Advanced brochure. Students can visit or for more information. The minimum qualification that students need to fulfil to appear for the JEE-Advanced exam is also available on the official JEE-Advanced website.

Q: Is it mandatory to upload Gen-EWS, SC, ST, OBC (NCL) and PwD certificates?

A: Yes, candidates must upload the original certificates in the prescribed formats with their application. The certificates must be issued by competent state authorities. If students do not have the certificates with them, they can upload a self-undertaking in the interim and upload the original certificate by the end of May 2021. The validity of these certificates will depend on the rules of each individual institution.

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