JEE Main 2021 Exam Pattern has been revised considering the syllabus reduction by CBSE and state boards. Physics, Chemistry and Math will now have 30 questions each. All three of these subjects will have two sections. Section A will contain 20 MCQs and Section B will contain 10 Numerical value answer based questions. Candidates have to attempt any five questions out of 10 in section B.

It must be noted that last year, the total questions in B.E/B. Tech paper were reduced from 90 to 75, this change has been reversed in JEE Main 2021, however the number of questions that need to be attempted per section remains the same i.e. 25. Another major change introduced in JEE Main Exam Pattern is that JEE Main 2021 will be conducted in 13 languages.

A range of changes were introduced in JEE Main Exam Pattern along with the types of questions asked and marking scheme. Paper 1 will be completely computer-based with total marks of 300 covering MCQs and numerical-value type questions from Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics. B. Arch and B. Planning papers will have mathematics and aptitude sections in common with the third section of drawing or planning based respectively.

  • JEE Main 2021 Question Paper: B.E/ B. Tech Question Paper will have a total of 90 questions of 300 marks, with 30 questions per subject – Physics, Chemistry, and Maths. Numerical Value-based questions have been added to the paper pattern of all the 3 papers. B. Arch Paper will have a total of 82 questions for 400 marks. The question paper of B. Planning shall include 105 questions for 400 marks. Candidates have a choice to Answer 5 out of the 10 numerical value answer based questions per section.
  • JEE Main Marking Scheme: Correct responses in MCQs and Numeric Value Answer Based questions will be awarded with 4 marks each. There will be a deduction of 1 mark for every incorrect MCQ response. There will be no negative marking for incorrect responses in numeric value answer based questions and un-attempted questions. Drawing Test in B. Arch paper will have 2 questions for 50 marks each.
  • JEE Main Exam Duration: B.E/ B. Tech, B. Arch and B. Planning paper will all be of a duration of 3 hours each. Candidates can sit for both B. Arch and B. Planning, in such a case, exam duration will be of 3 hours 30 minutes.
  • Medium of Question Paper: The question paper will be available in English and Hindi for all JEE Main Exam Centers. JEE Main 2021 will also be conducted in 13 regional languages.

Highlights of JEE Main Exam Pattern 2021

Parameters JEE Main 2021 – B.E./B. Tech JEE Main 2021 – B. Arch JEE Main 2021 – B. Planning
Mode of Examination CBT Mode

Mathematics and Aptitude- CBT Mode

Drawing- Pen and paper mode

CBT Mode
Duration of exam 3 hours 3 hours 3 hours
Total subjects Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics Mathematics, Aptitude Test, and Drawing Test Mathematics, Aptitude Test, and Planning Based Objective Type

Number of questions

(Asked)

90 (30 questions from each subject) 82 (Mathematics- 30; Aptitude- 50; Drawing- 2) 105 (Mathematics- 30; Aptitude- 50; Planning Based-25)

Number of questions

(To be Answered)

75 (25 questions from each subject) 77 (Mathematics- 25; Aptitude- 50; Drawing- 2) 100 (Mathematics- 25; Aptitude- 50; Planning Based-25)
Type of Questions

60 (MCQs having 4 options each with 1 correct option) + 30 (Questions for which answer is a Numerical Value)

Maths- 20 (MCQs) + 10 (Questions for which answer is a Numerical Value) +

Aptitude- 50 MCQ +

Drawing- 2 Questions

Maths- 20 (MCQs) + 10 (Questions for which answer is a Numerical Value) +

Aptitude- 50 MCQs +

Planning Based Objective Type- 25 MCQs

Marking Scheme

For MCQs:+4 for each correct response; -1 for each incorrect response; Unattempted questions will not be marked.

For Non- MCQs: +4 for each correct response, no negative marking for incorrect answers or unattempted questions.

For MCQs:+4 for each correct response; -1 for each incorrect response; Unattempted questions will not be marked.

For Non- MCQs: +4 for each correct response, no negative marking for incorrect answers or unattempted questions

For Drawing Test: 2 questions of 100 marks

For MCQs:+4 for each correct response; -1 for each incorrect response; Unattempted questions will not be marked.

For Non- MCQs: +4 for each correct response, no negative marking for incorrect answers or unattempted questions.

Maximum Marks 300 Marks 400 Marks 400 Marks
Medium of paper

English, Hindi, Urdu (All Centre Cities)

Regional Languages

English, Hindi, Urdu (All Centre Cities)

Regional Languages

English, Hindi, Urdu (All Centre Cities)

Regional Languages

JEE Main 2021 Official Sample Papers

NTA has published sample question paper for B. Planning, sample paper for numerical value questions and sample numerical questions for Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry section:

Particulars Download Links
JEE Main B. Planning Paper NTA Sample JEE 1
JEE Main Sample Numeric Value Questions NTA Sample JEE 2
JEE Main Sample Mathematics Numeric Questions NTA Sample JEE 3
JEE Main Sample Chemistry Numeric Questions NTA Sample JEE 4
JEE Main Sample Physics Numeric Questions NTA Sample JEE 5

JEE Main Total Marks

From 2019 onwards, NTA has been the conducting body of the exam and has been granted authority to set and develop JEE Main Exam Pattern.

  • A major change introduced by NTA in 2021 was with respect to the total marks of the question paper.
  • Earlier JEE Main had two papers, B.E/ B. Tech for a total of 360 marks and B. Arch /B. Planning, for a total of 390 marks.
  • From this year onwards, a separate paper was introduced for B. Planning. The total marks for each of the papers has also been modified. B.E/ B. Tech paper is now for 300 marks. B. Arch Paper is for 400 marks and B. Planning paper is also for 400 marks.
  • Candidates can have a look at the section-wise distribution JEE Main total marks for all the 3 papers:

JEE Main B.E/B. Tech Paper

Subjects Maximum Questions to Answer Marks
Chemistry 25 100
Physics 25 100
Mathematics 25 100
Total 75 300

JEE Main B. Arch Paper

Subjects Maximum Questions to Answer Marks
Mathematics 25 100
Aptitude 50 200
Drawing 2 100
Total 77 400

JEE Main B. Planning Paper

Subjects Maximum Questions to Answer Marks
Mathematics 25 100
Aptitude 50 200
Planning 25 100
Total 100 400

Detailed B. Tech/B.E. Paper Pattern

Detailed JEE Main Exam Pattern 2021 – Paper 1 (B. Tech/B.E.)

  • Sections/ Parts:
    • Part I – Physics
    • Part II – Chemistry
    • Part III – Mathematics
  • Number of Questions Asked – 90 questions with 30 questions per section.
  • Maximum Questions to Answer – 75 Questions with 25 questions per section
  • Nature of Questions – 20 MCQs + 10 Numeric Value Answer Based Questions (for each section)
  • Candidates have a choice to Answer 5 out of the 10 numerical value answer based questions asked in Section B.
  • Exam Mode – Computer Based Test Mode
  • Exam Duration – 3 hours | For candidates with 40% disability – 4 hours
  • Exam Medium – The question papers at all exam centers will be in Hindi and English. For exam centers in Gujarat, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli, the medium of exam will also be available in Gujarati.
  • Marking Scheme – All questions in Physics, Chemistry and Maths sections have equal weightage. 4 marks will be given for every correct response.
  • Negative Marking – For each incorrect answer in MCQs,1 mark will be deducted. Questions for which answers have a Numeric Value will fetch 4 marks for every correct response, with no negative marking in case of an incorrect answer or un-attempted question.

Subject-wise distribution of questions with marks is tabulated below:

Subjects Maximum Questions Maximum Marks
Section A Section B
Physics 20 10* 100
Chemistry 20 10* 100
Mathematics 20 10* 100
Total 90 questions 300 marks

Detailed JEE Main Exam Pattern 2021 – Paper 2 (B. Arch)

  • The exam will be conducted partially in computer-based and pen-paper mode.
  • JEE Main exam pattern for B. Arch Paper will include objective (online) as well as drawing questions (offline).
  • This paper is a gateway for admission to UG architecture courses.
  • Sections/ Parts- Type of Questions:
    • Part I – Mathematics – 20 MCQs + 10 numeric value based questions
    • Part II – Aptitude Test – 50 MCQs
    • Part III – Drawing Test – 2 Questions
  • Total Number of Questions (Asked)– 82 questions
  • Total Number of Questions (To be Answered) – 77 questions (Mathematics- 25; Aptitude- 50; Drawing- 2)
  • Candidates have a choice to Answer 5 out of the 10 numerical value answer based questions asked in Mathematics.
  • Exam Duration – 3 Hours
  • Exam Medium – The question papers at all exam centers will be in Hindi and English. For exam centers in Gujarat, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli, the medium of exam will also be available in Gujarati.
  • Marking Scheme – All questions in Mathematics, Aptitude and Planning based sections have equal weightage. 4 marks will be given for every correct response. For JEE Main Drawing Test, marks will be allotted on the basis of candidate’s drawing skills.
  • Negative Marking – For each incorrect answer in MCQs,1 mark will be deducted. Questions for which answers have a Numeric Value will fetch 4 marks for every correct response, with no negative marking in case of an incorrect answer or un-attempted question.

Subject wise distribution of questions with marks is tabulated below:

Subjects Maximum Questions Maximum Marks
Mathematics 20 + 10* 100
Aptitude Test 50 200
Drawing 02 100
Total 77 questions 400 marks

Detailed JEE Main Exam Pattern 2021 – Paper 3 (B. Planning)

  • The exam will be conducted partially in computer-based test mode.
  • Sections/ Parts:
    • Part I – Mathematics – 20 MCQs + 5 Numeric value based questions
    • Part II – Aptitude Test – 50 MCQs
    • Part III – Planning Based Objective Type – 25 MCQs
  • Total Number of Questions (Asked) – 105
  • Total Number of Questions (To be Answered) – 100 questions.
  • Candidates have a choice to Answer 5 out of the 10 numerical value answer based questions asked in Mathematics.
  • Exam Duration – 3 Hours
  • Exam Medium – The question papers at all exam centers will be in Hindi and English. For exam centers in Gujarat, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli, the medium of exam will also be available in Gujarati.
  • Marking Scheme – All questions in Mathematics, Aptitude and Planning Based sections have equal weightage. 4 marks will be given for every correct answer.
  • Negative Marking – For each incorrect answer, 1 mark will be deducted. Questions for which answers have a Numeric Value will fetch 4 marks for every correct response, with no negative marking in case of an incorrect answer or un-attempted question.

Subject wise distribution of questions with marks is tabulated below:

Subjects Maximum Questions Maximum Marks
Mathematics 20 + 10* 100
Aptitude Test 50 200
Planning Based Objective Type 25 100
Total 100 400 marks

JEE Main 2021 Syllabus

The Syllabus for JEE Main 2021 will still be based mainly on the topics covered in Class 11 and 12. The section-wise topics to focus on for each of the papers are:

Paper 1 Syllabus

Physics –

Section A – Theory
Unit 1: Physics and Measurement Unit 2: Kinematics Unit 3: Laws of Motion Unit 4: Work, Energy, and Power Unit 5: Rotational Motion
Unit 6: Gravitation Unit 7: Properties of Solids and Liquids Unit 8: Thermodynamics Unit 9: Kinetic Theory of Gases Unit 10: Oscillations and Waves
Unit 11: Electrostatics Unit 12: Current Electricity Unit 13: Magnetic Effects of Current and Magnetism Unit 14: Electromagnetic Induction and Alternating Currents Unit 15: Electromagnetic Waves
Unit 16: Optics Unit 17: Dual Nature of Matter and Radiation Unit 18: Atoms and Nuclei Unit 19: Electronic Devices Unit 20: Communication Systems
Section B – Practical
Unit 21: Experimental Skills

Chemistry –

Section A: Physical Chemistry
Unit 1: Some Basic Concepts in Chemistry Unit 2: States of Matter Unit 3: Atomic Structure Unit 4: Chemical Bonding and Molecular Structure
Unit 5: Chemical Thermodynamics Unit 6: Solutions Unit 7: Equilibrium Unit 8: Redox Reactions and Electrochemistry
Unit 9: Chemical Kinetics Unit 10: Surface Chemistry
Section B: Inorganic Chemistry
Unit 11: Classification of Elements and Periodicity in Properties Unit 12: General Principles and Processes of Isolation of Metals Unit 13: Hydrogen Unit 14: Block Elements (Alkali and Alkaline Earth Metals)
Unit 15: P-Block Elements Unit 16: d-and-f Block Elements Unit 17: Coordination Compounds Unit 18: Environmental Chemistry
Section C: Organic Chemistry
Unit 19: Purification and Characterization of Organic Compounds Unit 20: Some Basic Principles of Organic Chemistry Unit 21: Hydrocarbons Unit 22: Organic Compounds Containing Halogens
Unit 23: Organic Compounds Containing Oxygen Unit 24: Organic Compounds Containing Nitrogen Unit 25: Polymers Unit 26: Biomolecules
Unit 27: Chemistry In Everyday Life Unit 28: Principles Related to Practical Chemistry

Mathematics –

Unit 1: Sets, Relations, and Functions Unit 2: Complex Numbers and Quadratic Equations Unit 3: Matrices and Determinants Unit 4: Permutations and Combinations
Unit 5: Mathematical Induction Unit 6: Binomial Theorem and Its Simple Applications Unit 7: Sequences and Series Unit 8: Limit Continuity, and Differentiability
Unit 9: Integral Calculus Unit 10: Differential Equations Unit 11: Coordinate Geometry Unit 12: Three Dimensional Geometry
Unit 13: Vectoral Algebra Unit 14: Statistics and Probability Unit 15: Trigonometry Unit 16: Mathematical Reasoning

B. Arch and B. Planning Papers Syllabus

The section for Mathematics for B. Arch and B. Planning is the same as for Paper 1 with the same sets of topics to focus on. The different topics for Aptitude for Part 1 and Part 2 are as follows:

Aptitude Syllabus for Part 1 –

  • Surfaces and objects associated with Architecture and as building elements.
  • Familiarization with places, relevant people, structures/buildings and materials/objects.
  • Capability of visualizing various sides of 3D items.
  • Transformation capabilities of 3D objects from 2D drawings.
  • Mental Capability of Analytical & Reasoning concepts.

Aptitude Syllabus for Part 2 –

  • Structure and drawing of geometrical or dynamic shapes & examples in pencil.
  • 3D perception: Analyzing and developing concepts about scale and object proportions, building structures & components, shading surface, agreement, and complexity.
  • Change of structures between both 2D and 3D figures and their inter-relations, subtraction, surface & volume development, plan generation, heights.

Drawing Test Syllabus –

  • Portraying of scenes and exercises from memory of urban scape and scenes for open spaces, festivals, markets, road scenes, landmarks, recreational spaces, waterway fronts, wildernesses, trees, plants, etc.
  • Making two dimensional and three-dimensional pieces utilizing given shapes and structures.

Planning Based Questions

  • General Awareness with regard to government programs/schemes, development issues etc.
  • Critical thinking, Comprehension, Analytical skills, Map reading skills, Graphs, Charts, Simple statistics etc.
  • CBSE Class X Social Sciences