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JEE Main 2018: Answers to frequently asked questions about the engineering entrance exam

JEE Main 2019: Answers to frequently asked questions about the engineering entrance exam

Joint Entrance Examination or JEE Main Examination 2018 notification would be released soon. Every year, approximately 12 lakh students apply for the engineering entrance examination. Not only the exam considered by many colleges for the admissions to undergraduate courses in engineering. The examination is also the qualifier for the other elite version which is the JEE Advanced 2018. Candidates who rank in JEE Main 2018 would be called for JEE Advanced examination – which is required for admission to the various Indian Institutes of Technology. As we wait for the JEE Mani 2018 notification to be released by CBSE, we answer a few frequently asked questions about the engineering entrance exam.
When is JEE Main 2018 notification expected to be released by CBSE?
The exact date for the release of notification for JEE Main 2018 is not known at the point. It is expected, however, that CBSE would release the JEE Main 2018 notification by end of this month. Online application for JEE Main 2018 are expected to start from December 2017.  Related News | JEE Main 2018 notification released, apply online from December 1, 2017, exams on April 8, 15th and 16th
How do we apply for JEE Main 2018?
Students who are interested in applying for the engineering entrance examination are required to make online applictions on the official website Aspirants are informed that only online applications can be made. No offline applciations are accepted anymore for JEE Main.
Is there a limit to the number of attempts for JEE Main 2018?
Yes. The number of attempts for JEE Main is capped at 3 attempts. Please note, for aspirants who are writing the examination from Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Nagaland and Odisha for admission to their state level engineering colleges, the eligibility criteria have to be checked with the respective board. For candidates aspiring for admissions to Government Funded Technical institutions, IITs, NITs, IIITs, however, the number of attempts for JEE Main is capped at a maximum of 3.
What is the eligibility criteria for JEE Main 2018?
Students who have passed or are appearing in their class 12 board examination in the subjects of physics, chemistry and mathematics are eligible to apply for the examination. Please note, the aspirant should have cleared his class 12 board examination or equivalent in the year 2016, 2017 or would be clearing in the year 2018. Candidates who appeared in 2015 and failed and then cleared in 2016 are not eligible to apply. (Kindly note these are eligibility criteria derived from 2017's eligibility criteria for JEE Main examination. There may or may not be a change in the same. Candidates/ aspirants are accordingly advised to keep a check for the final notification which is expected to release by end of this month.)
What is the date for JEE Main 2018 exam?
As per the notification released by CBSE so far, the pen and paper examination for JEE Main 2018 is scheduled for April 8, 2018. The date for the online examination for JEE Main 2018 has not been shared as yet.
What is the paper pattern for JEE Main 2018?
JEE Main is an objective type paper. Candidates can choose either to appear in an offline OMR based paper or in the online or computer based examination. Aspirants are asked questions from Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. The syllabus for the JEE Main corresponds to the Class 11 and 12 syllabus as prescribed by CBSE and NCERT.
Would my class 12 marks be considered for JEE Main 2018 rank?
No. Class 12 marks are not considered for allotting the JEE Main 2018 rank. The marks, however, are required for applying to NITs, IITs and other GFTIs. Candidates aspiring for admission in NITs, IITs, etc. Are required to have a minimum of 75 percent marks or be in the top 20 percentile. For reserved categories, the percentage cut off is set at 65 percent.
What is the upper age limit for applying for JEE Main 2018?
There is an upper age limit of about 25 years for JEE Main examiantion. Tentatively, candidates who were born on or after October 1, 1993 would be eligible to apply for JEE Main 2018 -provided other conditions are met. Please note, this is a derivative eligibility criteria. Candidates are advised to check the same when the official notification for JEE Main 2018 is released.
Is Aadhaar Card number mandatory for applying for JEE Main 2018?
Aadhaar card was made mandatory by CBSE for JEE Main 2017. By continuation, it is expected that the card would be mandatory for JEE Main 2018 as well. The exemptions, if any, would be shared in the official notification of JEE Main 2018.
How many students would qualify for JEE Advanced 2018?
As per the official notification already shared, a total of 2,24,000 candidates are expected to qualify for JEE Advanced 2018. Please note, this is not the exact number. In case two or more candidates have achieved similar marks/ rank, all the corresponding candidates would then be eligible for JEE Advanced 2018. In turn, the number may or may not exceed. Also, the number shared is for all the categories combined, as per the reservation criteria.
What is the medium of instruction for JEE Main 2018?
JEE Main 2018 would be conducte in English and Hindi. Last year, JEE Main aspirants from the state of Gujarat also had the option of regional language – gujarati.
All aspirants are further advised to note that the information provided above is based on the general pattern and instructions of Central Board of Secondary Education. In 2018, JEE Main would be conducted by CBSE and the notification is expected to be released by end of this month. Actual date of the notification is not shared by the board as yet. All are advised to check the actual eligibility criteria and requirements for JEE Main 2018 in the notification. The pointers provided above, however, can be taken as a general outliner to get a better understanding of the engineering entrance exam.

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