What's Different In Engineering Entrance Exam (JEE Main, JEE Advanced) Format This Year
The marking scheme, eligibility criteria and exam pattern of the engineering entrance exams including JEE Main 2021 and JEE Advanced 2021 have been changed substantially due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic this year.
Considering the hardships faced by students due to COVID-19 pandemic and the associated hassle of online classes, several changes have been made to the format of Joint Entrance Examination (JEE). The marking scheme, eligibility criteria and exam pattern of the engineering entrance exams including JEE Main 2021 and JEE Advanced 2021 have been changed substantially.
The admissions to various undergraduate (UG) engineering programmes are offered on the basis of ranks or merit of the candidates in JEE Main. The top JEE Main qualified candidates can take the JEE Advanced test held for admission to the undergraduate Engineering, Science and Architecture courses in the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs).
For the candidates to qualify for admission in the IITs, NITs, IIITs and CFTIs whose admissions are based on the JEE Ranks, they should have secured at least 75 per cent marks in the Class 12 board exam, or be in the top 20 percentile in the Class 12 exam conducted by the respective boards. For SC and ST students, the qualifying mark in the Class 12 exam was 65 per cent.
However, this year the eligibility in respect of the qualifying marks have been waived off. Students now, no longer have to obtain the minimum 75 per cent marks in order to be eligible to take the JEE Main and JEE Advanced tests.
Changes In JEE Main 2021
- The minimum qualifying mark of 75 per cent in Class 12 board exams have been scrapped
JEE Main New Exam Pattern: In the BTech paper, each subject will have two sections. Section A will be of Multiple-Choice Questions (MCQs) and Section B will contain numerical questions. Candidates have to attempt any five questions out of 10 in Section B, and, as per the JEE Main 2021 exam pattern, there will be no negative marking. This can prove to be a deciding factor.
Changes In JEE Advanced 2021
- The criteria of minimum qualifying mark of 75 per cent (65 per cent for SC and ST) in Class 12 or being in the top 20 percentiles have been waived off in 2020 as many boards had to cancel exams and declare results based on alternative assessment methods
- Joint Admission Board (JAB) will shortlist 2,50,000 students from JEE Main 2021 exam for JEE Advanced 2021 from all the categories
Candidates who qualified for JEE Advanced 2020 but remained absent due to COVID-19 or associated reasons will be allowed to appear for JEE Advanced 2021 directly, without having to take the JEE Main 2021 exam.