JEE Advanced

Participating Institutes: 23 IITs and 9 Premier Institutes
Exam Mode: Computer-Based Online Test
Subjects Covered: Maths, Physics and Chemistry
Test Duration: 3 Hours (Paper 1 and 2 Each)
Total Marks: Varies (JEE Advanced 2019 total marks was 372)
Total Eligible Candidates: Top 2,50,000 candidates from JEE Main
Counselling Authority: JoSAA
Available Seats in IITs: Varies (Total IIT seats available in 2019 was 13,376)

Schedule of JEE (Advanced) 2021

The examination consists of two papers (Paper 1 and Paper 2) of three hours duration each. Both the papers are compulsory. The examination will be held as per the following schedule:

Date [dd-mm-yyyy] (Day) of Examination 03-07-2021 (Saturday)
Paper 1 09:00 – 12:00 IST
Paper 2 14:30 – 17:30 IST

JEE Advanced (Formerly known as IIT JEE) is the second phase of the JEE examination and is usually conducted after the JEE Main exam. It is an important test for engineering aspirants (especially for those who are seeking admission in premier engineering institutes such as IITs). JEE Advanced is a computer-based exam and is usually conducted by seven different Indian IITs (Indian Institute of Technology) on a rotational basis.

What Is JEE Advanced?

  • It is the only gateway for students to land a seat in premier engineering institutes like IITs.
  • It includes 23 IITs offering around 10,988 seats to the eligible candidates.
  • Apart from IIT colleges, nine other premier institutes offer admissions based on JEE Advanced score, namely, IISC Bangalore, IISER Bhopal, IISER Kolkata, IISER Mohali, IISER Thiruvananthapuram, IISER Pune, IIST Thiruvananthapuram, RGIPT Rae Bareli, and IIPE Visakhapatnam.

The entrance exam consists of two papers – Paper 1 & Paper 2. It is also carried out in two stages (or ‘shifts’) that are held on the same day. It is mandatory for all the students to appear for both the papers in order to be eligible for the merit list. Candidates are granted admissions to various undergraduate courses as well as masters and dual degree programs offered by IITs based on marks scored or ranks secured in the JEE Advanced examination.

Previous Year Statistics for JEE Advanced

Examination Year Eligible Candidates Registered Candidates Appeared Candidates Qualified Candidates
2018 2.24 Lakh 1.6 Lakh 1.57 Lakh 31,988
2017 2.20 Lakh 1.72 Lakh 1.59 Lakh 50,455
2016 2 Lakh 1.55 Lakh 1.47 Lakh 36,566

JEE Advanced Eligibility Criteria

Students who are planning to appear for JEE Advanced are required to meet certain eligibility criteria established by the exam conducting authority. Therefore, candidates are advised to read the eligibility criteria for JEE Advanced carefully before submitting their application form to avoid any discrepancy in the future.

Here are some requirements that students need to satisfy.

  • The applicant should have born on or after 1st of October 1995. For the reserved category, the age has been relaxed to 1st of October 1990.
  • The candidates are allowed to attempt the exam twice in 2 consecutive years irrespective of whether or not he/she passed the qualifying exam.
  • The applicants must have cleared their class 12th board exams or any other equivalent exam in 2019. The candidates appearing for board exams in 2020 are also eligible to apply. The candidates should also have at least 75% aggregate marks (65% for SC, ST, and PwD) or be in the top 20 percentile in their respective Board examinations.
  • The candidates have to clear and rank among the top 2,50,000 students in JEE Mains. The Category-wise distribution of top 2.50 lakh students is explained below.
Category Number of Selected Candidates Total Candidates
General 1,08,464 Candidates 1,15,120 Candidates
General PwD 6,656 Candidates
OBC Non-Creamy Layer 57,956 Candidates 61,480 Candidates
OBC Non-Creamy Layer PwD 3,524 Candidates
Scheduled Caste 32,420 Candidates 34,600 Candidates
Scheduled Caste PwD 2180 Candidates
Scheduled Tribe 16,460 Candidates 17,800 Candidates
Scheduled Tribe PwD 1340 Candidates

JEE Advanced Exam Pattern

Number of Papers: 2 (Paper-I & Paper-II)
Exam Mode: Computer-Based (Online)
Duration: 3 Hours each for Paper-I & Paper-II
Shifts: 9 AM – 12 PM, 2:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Number Of Sections: 3 (Physics, Chemistry, Maths)
Number of Questions: Varies
Question Types: Multiple Choice Questions (with one or more correct options), Numerical based Questions, Matching List Questions
Question Paper Languages: English & Hindi

The exam is a computer-based online test and is conducted in two sessions. There are two papers Paper 1 and Paper 2 which contains three sections each. Questions asked in IIT JEE exams are mostly based on the concepts discussed in class 11 and 12 Maths, Physics and Chemistry syllabus. Nonetheless, the exam pattern of JEE Advanced 2020 is an upgraded version where questions are generally a combination of different concepts and it might sometimes appear intimidating and complicated to students.

Types of Questions Asked in JEE Advanced

  • Section 1 comprises of multiple correct option type questions
  • Section 2 comprises of Numerical Value type questions
  • Section 3 comprises of Single Correct multiple-choice questions (Paper 1) and Matching list type questions (Paper 2)

The exam duration for each paper is 3 hours, the total marks allocated is 360 marks and it is conducted in English and Hindi. Also, it is mandatory for students to attempt both papers. Knowing the examination pattern is crucial for candidates as it reveals the structure of the question paper like the types of questions asked and its marking scheme. However, the most prominent feature of JEE Advanced is its unpredictable paper pattern. Practicing more and more problems on concepts where students face difficulty is one of the best ways to tackle JEE Advanced.

JEE Advanced Paper 1

  • Section 1 – 6 multiple correct option type questions carrying 4 marks each
  • Section 2 – 8 Numerical Value type questions carrying 3 marks each
  • Section 3 – 4 Single Correct multiple choice questions carrying 3 marks each

JEE Advanced Paper 2

  • Section 1 – 6 multiple correct option type questions carrying 4 marks each
  • Section 2 – 8 Numerical Value type questions carrying 3 marks each
  • Section 3 – 4 Matching list type questions carrying 3 marks each

JEE Advanced Marking Scheme

Marking scheme for questions with one or more correct options

  • +4 if all the marked responses are correct
  • +3, +2, +1 for partially correct answers, provided any incorrect option is not marked
  • -2 for Incorrect Answer
  • No Negative marking for questions left unattempted

Marking scheme for questions with for Numerical Value type answers

  • +3 for Correct Answer
  • No Negative marking for incorrect answers or questions left unattempted

Marking scheme for Matching list type and single correct option questions

  • +3 for Correct Answer
  • -1 for Incorrect Answer
  • No Negative marking for questions left unattempted

Similarly, the JEE Advanced AAT pattern is not fixed. Here is an outline of the exam pattern as seen in previous year exams:

  • Mode of Examination: It is conducted offline
  • Exam Duration: 3 hours
  • Language: English
  • Sections: Geometrical Drawing, Freehand Drawing, Imagination and Aesthetic Sensitivity, Three Dimensional Perception, Architectural Awareness.


JEE Advanced Syllabus

The syllabus of JEE Advanced is declared by the examination authority. As per the official notification, JEE Advanced 2021 syllabus seems to have been kept the same as that of the previous year. The syllabus is basically mapped according to the NCERT curriculum and is almost similar to the Mains Syllabus (with a slight difference in the weightage for different topics). Going through the syllabus will help the IIT aspirants to plan and schedule their preparation strategy.

They can also look at some of the important topics for the three subjects (PCM) below.

JEE Advanced -Physics Syllabus

Dimensional Analysis Gravitation
Laws of motion Capacitance
Electric current Magnetic Fields
Electromagnetic Induction Kinematics
Inertia Fluid Pressure
Waves Thermal Physics
Systems of particles Harmonic motions
Electric Fields Momentum
Reflection Atoms
Nuclei Refraction

JEE Advanced -Chemistry Syllabus

Physical Chemistry

Energetics Solutions
Electrochemistry Surface Chemistry
Chemical Equilibrium Nuclear Chemistry
Solid State Atomic Structure
Chemical Bonding Gaseous State
Chemical Kinetics Liquid State

Inorganic Chemistry

Ores & Minerals Qualitative Analysis
Properties of Non-Metals Extractive Metallurgy
Preparation of Compounds Preparation of Non-metals
Properties of Compounds Transition Elements

Organic Chemistry

Amino acids Alkynes
Practical Organic Chemistry Alkenes
Phenols Polymers
Carbohydrate Alcohols
Ethers Carboxylic acids
Reactions of Benzene Alkyl halides
Peptides Ketones
Aldehydes Haloarenes

JEE Advanced -Maths Syllabus

Quadratic Equations Logarithms
Binomial Theorem Complex Numbers
Matrices Sequence and Series
Trigonometry Probability
Determinants Permutations
Combinations Differentiation
Integration Continuity
Limits Functions
Coordinate Geometry Inverse Trigonometry
Differential Equations Vectors

The questions that are asked in JEE Advanced are focused more on testing conceptual clarity and application-based knowledge, therefore, candidates should practice mixed variations of problems from multiple reference books. To crack this exam, they should focus equally on all three subjects. The exam is highly uncertain and questions can be expected from anywhere, therefore, examine your strengths and prepare a suitable study plan based on the topics included in the syllabus.

Best Books For JEE Advanced

A list of books that can be referred to by students preparing for JEE Advanced 2021 is provided below.


  • NCERT Class XI and XII books
  • IIT Mathematics by M.L Khanna
  • Higher Algebra by Hall and Knight
  • Differential Calculus by A Das Gupta
  • RD Sharma Class 11 and 12
  • Trigonometry by S.L Loney

  • NCERT Class XI and XII books
  • Inorganic Chemistry by JD Lee
  • Numerical Chemistry by P. Bahadur
  • Physical Chemistry by Wiley
  • Organic Chemistry by Morrison and Boyd
  • Inorganic Chemistry by OP Tandon

  • NCERT Class XI and XII Textbooks
  • JEE Physics by DC Pandey
  • HC Verma Part I and II
  • Problems in Physics by S.S Krotov
  • Physics by Resnick and Halliday
  • Physics by IE Irodov

It is important for students to choose the right and best books for IIT JEE preparations. They should stick with them throughout the preparations. Avoid referring multiple books for similar topics as it can lead to confusion between concepts. Analyze your strengths and weaknesses and make an appropriate study plan so that your preparation time can be evenly divided and the entire syllabus can be completed well in time.

JEE Advanced Counselling

Candidates have to note that IIT Delhi is not the authority that will conduct the counselling and allotment of seats for JEE Advanced 2020. Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA) is in charge of conducting the rest of the activities. Candidates who qualify JEE Advanced will have to first register with JoSAA. Then only they will be able to participate in the counselling process where candidates have to choose their preferred IITs and courses. Seat allotment is done considering the ranks that candidates secure and their preference along with the availability of seats.

What factors determine the cutoff marks for JEE Advanced ?

  • Total candidates eligible for JEE Advanced
  • Seat Availability in different IITs
  • The difficulty level of Exam
  • Total candidates appeared
  • Last year’s cutoff trends
  • The overall performance of appearing candidates

JEE Advanced Qualifying Marks for 2019, 2018, 2017, and 2016

We have provided category-wise qualifying marks for each subject and overall aggregate for the exam conducted in the year 2019, 2018, 2017, and 2016. The qualifying marks are the minimum marks that the IIT aspirants are required to score in JEE Advanced for admissions in IITs.

Category Minimum Marks in Each Subject Overall Least Aggregate Marks
Examination Year 2019 2018 2017 2016 2019 2018 2017 2016
Common rank list 10 12 12 13 35 90 126 75
OBC NCL 9 11 10 12 31.5 81 115 67
Scheduled Caste 5 6 6 07 17.5 45 64 38
Scheduled Tribe 5 6 6 07 17.5 45 64 38
CRL PwD 5 6 6 07 17.5 45 64 38
OBC PwD NCL 5 6 6 07 17.5 45 64 38
Scheduled Caste PwD 5 6 6 07 17.5 45 64 38
Scheduled Tribe PwD 5 6 6 07 17.5 45 64 38

JEE Advanced Marks vs Rank

Based on previous years results analysis we have provided an approximate range of JEE Advanced Marks vs Rank. Soon after the exam, the answer keys are released by the examination authority. The candidates after calculating their marks can refer to JEE Advanced Marks vs Rank Analysis to calculate their expected rank range based on the marks secured out of 360.

Marks Range out of 360 Expected ranks (Approx)
335 Marks to 308 Marks 10 to 50
285 Marks to 279 Marks 100 to 200
230 Marks to 224 Marks 700 to 800
212 Marks to 209 Marks 1100 to 1200
200 Marks to 197 Marks 1500 to 1600
191 Marks to 189 Marks 1900 to 2000
177 Marks to 175 Marks 2700 to 2800
172 Marks to 170 Marks 3100 to 3200
163 Marks to 162 Marks 3900 to 4000
155 Marks to 154 Marks 4700 to 4800

JEE Advanced Mock Test

The mock test paper for 2020 exam will be released by the examination authority tentatively in the last week of December 2019. The students are advised to practice these test papers sincerely to get acquainted with the computer-based online exam pattern. The JEE Advanced mock test will be of 180 minutes where the candidates will use computers to navigate between the sections and submit their answers. It is one of the best ways to prepare for highly competitive exams like JEE Advanced.

Apart from the mock test, sample papers and previous year’s question papers are extremely helpful in understanding the marking scheme, types of questions asked, the difficulty level of exam, time distribution, etc. Students can access the papers from the given links.

JEE Advanced Answer Keys

Additionally, the exam authority will also release the provisional answer key of JEE Advanced 2020 via its online channel (official website). Students can compare their answers and check the correct answers to all of the questions asked in the exam. They can further calculate their tentative scores using the answer key before the announcement of the official result. More significantly, candidates can also raise objections if they think the answer is different and provide feedback. However, the reason has to be valid. The final answer key will be released by the authorities after all these processes are completed.

How To Prepare Effectively For JEE Advanced?

JEE Advanced preparation demands a well-structured strategy along with possessing analytical, time management, and exam-taking skills. Therefore, students aspiring to strengthen their engineering career with eminent professors and Nobel laureates from India’s best engineering colleges are advised to plan their preparations carefully and put in the effort to study competently from the very beginning itself.

In any case, the preparation is quite challenging and it is mainly due to the uncertain paper pattern and the level of competition. To crack JEE Advanced, students should, therefore, learn and master all the concepts included in the syllabus. A doubt can weaken your foundational base, hence, get all your doubts cleared on a regular basis. Also, all your preparations are incomplete without proper revisions. Lack of revision is the biggest mistake committed by the IIT aspirants. Given below are few tips recommended by our experts to boost your JEE Advanced preparations in a significant manner.

Preparation tips for Physics: Physics is purely a conceptual subject. Hence, you need to get your basics strong to score well in this section. For better results, start your preparations from NCERT textbooks followed by reference from other core books. Mostly the questions are framed by the combination of two or more concepts. Therefore, memorize all the important physics formulas for JEE covered in the syllabus and have a strong conceptual base to answer the complex physics problems asked in the exam quite easily.

Preparation tips for Maths: This section asses the problem-solving and analytical skills of students. To excel in this subject the students are required to have a regular and rigorous practice of problems. It’s merely impossible to excel in maths by just screening and memorising. Focus more on chapters like vectors, 3D geometry, derivatives, trigonometry, quadratic equations, sequence-series, logarithms, etc. Try to interlink different concepts and create your own shortcut methods to have a better understanding of concepts.

Preparation tips for Chemistry: NCERT textbooks are one of the best books for chemistry preparation. All the chapters covered in the syllabus are explained in the simplest possible ways. Chemistry is more about theoretical concepts, chemical reactions, and equations. Therefore, instead of memorizing the concepts, focus more on understanding the mechanism behind them. Have a strong grip on the periodic table, name reactions, mechanisms, synthesis and chemical compositions as well.