This week, the Union Minister of Education for the Government of India, Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal, made a series of announcements to put a million doubts to bed. His announcement detailed the exam process and the application process for JEE Main 2021. There are several changes for this year’s entrance exam. And, all the exam aspirants must be fully aware of all the particular details to ensure smooth registration.
Among everything that he announced the most significant has been the fact that the JEE Main 2021 will be conducted four times in the year as opposed to the previous format. The Application process has already begun on the 16 December 2020 and will go on till 16 January 2021. The mode of application is online. And, it includes digital signatures and document uploads as well. You may be asked to upload a scanned copy of your Aadhar card, voter ID card, etc. during registration.
Moreover, the JEE Main 2021 exam dates were declared as well. There exact dates for JEE Main 2021 are as follows:
- First Round – 23 to 26 February 2021
- Second Round –15 to 18 March 2021
- Third Round – 27 to 30 April 2021
- Fourth Round – 24 to 28 May 2021
A candidate can choose to appear for any of the rounds. And, they don’t need to appear for all four rounds either. This eases the tension of all the exam aspirants quite a bit. The student may appear for even two or three of the four rounds.
The best score attained by the candidate will be recorded. Hence, appearing for more than one round is feasible for everyone. However, there are separate fees for all the rounds. In other words, you have to pay 650 rupees (General Category) for one round and 1300 for 2 rounds, and so on. There are considerable subsidies for the reserved category applicants as well.
If you opt for only one round now, it is still okay. The application window will open for a brief period after the publication of the results for every round.
Until this year, JEE Main was only conducted in English, Hindi and Gujarati. However, the 2021 edition of JEE Main exam will be conducted in Assamese, Bengali, Kannada, Urdu, Malayalam, Marathi, Punjabi, Odia, Tamil and Telugu. The addition of regional languages and Urdu will significantly improve the mass appeal of the exam.
The exam pattern for JEE Main 2021 has been revised as well. This was done as a follow up to the syllabus reduction by CBSE and state boards during the pandemic. The three main subjects- Physics, Chemistry and Maths will now have 30 questions each. All three of these subjects will have two sections. Section A will comprise 20 MCQs and Section B will comprise 10 Numerical Value Answer(NVA) based questions. Candidates have to attempt any five out of the 10 questions in this section. There will be a total of 90 questions to answer in the 2 hours of the exam. This is another change in this year’s exam format. There were 75 questions in the last year’s paper in this respect. Although there are no negative marking NVA type questions, there will be a 1/4th negative marking for incorrect answers for all other MCQ questions.
(Screenshot from Official NTA JEE Main 2021 Information Bulletin)
The admit card for this year’s JEE Main exam will be released on the official NTA website in the second week of February for the first round of this year’s exam. Moreover, JEE Main 2021 will be a Computer-based exam. In other words, it will be conducted using online exam software. Such online exam software is secure and robust. It will ensure fast and error-free correction as well. You will have to log in to a computer network at the designated exam centre to appear for this exam.
There is no age limit to appear for this exam. If you have passed high-school on or after 2018, you can appear for JEE Main 2021. The other eligibility includes your class 12 marks which you must present during college admissions after the publication of the merit list. This format for JEE Main 2021 will help ensure the exam aspirants several benefits. They will get multiple opportunities to improve their scores in the exam even if they fail to get their best scores in the first attempt. They will not have to waste a whole academic year to reappear again. This helps the students recover from any mistake they might have made during their first attempt and also allow them to reapply for the same year if they have missed the exam due to unforeseen reasons. You can also contact the NTA help desk from 10 am to 5 pm every day to get all your doubts cleared. In order to practice premium curated questions by Star Teachers across India visit MegaExams for Free.