Analysis of Change in JEE Main Exam Pattern Over Years

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The pressure keeps on building over the students and parents as JEE main exam is just around the corner. However, do not panic because we are here trying to lessen the load off your shoulders a bit. It is tough to emerge out of a national level examination victoriously especially when nearly 10 lakh equally good students are willing to do the same. Everyone prepares well for the exam but what makes a difference is how well you analyse the paper and the situation.

JEE Main Exam Pattern has changed over the years. There have been differences and some similarities as well. However, you do not have to worry about all the research which is to be done regarding the analysis of the paper pattern as we have made your task easier by doing that for you. Just go through the points that we lay down for you further in this article.

Every person willing to undertake JEE Main is familiar with the fact that there are two papers: Paper I and Paper II. The first will be held in fully computer-based mode whereas the Paper II will be partly computer-based (mathematics and aptitude test) and partly pen and paper-based which is the drawing test. Before this year, there were options for students whether they want to go for an online or offline exam, but from JEE Main 2019 onwards, this regulation has been changed and the papers will be conducted only in the online mode.

CBSE, AICTE and other agencies have been relieved from the responsibility of conducting competitive exams like these, and hence JEE Mains will be conducted by NTA (National Testing agency).

Analysis of Paper I

In Paper I for courses B-Tech/BE, there were three sections Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. There are 90 multiple-choice questions (MCQs), 30 from each subject. The duration for solving the paper is 3 hours (4 hours for candidates having 40% or more disability). Four marks will be awarded for a correct answer and -1 negative for a wrong one. The syllabus has been the same over the years. Class 11 and 12 syllabi have somewhat a fixed weight in the paper, with 60% weightage of class 12th and 40% weightage of the class 11th syllabus. The division of the syllabus might vary a bit as there is no hard and fast rule of the distribution.

In 2017 the paper was considered to be more lengthy than robust. The different thing for this year was that the physics section had 11 questions from Mechanics. Chemistry was natural and has mostly contained theoretical questions. Though mathematics was easier than 2016 paper, it was the lengthiness that made it tough.

In the previous year, it has been noted that the Physics section was the toughest among the three sections for JEE Main 2018. The difficulty level of Mathematics section was fairly moderate whereas the section which had chemistry was the easiest of all the three. The students found that the mathematics section was lengthy and it was a challenge to complete it in the stipulated time. The syllabus and question paper pattern and the marks distribution has been the same as mentioned above.

Analysis of Paper II

Coming to the B.Arch., i.e. Paper II, there are 82 questions (MCQs) out of which 30 questions are from Mathematics, 50 from Aptitude test and two questions (Descriptive) from the Drawing Test. The duration for solving the paper will be 3 hours. Marking scheme is same as for what is there for JEE Mains Paper I, four marks for each correct response and -1 for incorrect or multiple ones.

In the previous years, it has been taken into account that mathematics is relatively easier whereas the aptitude paper is considered to be difficult by some. Overall there have been balanced papers and speculations are being made that a similar situation will be there in the coming exam as well.

The students need to balance their time, speed and accuracy to get the best out of their preparation. If stuck in one problem, it would be wise to leave that particular problem and move further with the next question keeping in mind of the time slot, and if there is time still left after completing the paper, he/she can tackle the problem then.

We hope that going through this article helps you with the next exams.