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JEE Main 2021 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)

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JEE Main 2021

JEE Main 2021 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)

In how many Sessions will JEE (Main)-2021
be conducted?

JEE (Main)-2021 will be conducted in Four Sessions
(February/ March/ April/ May).

What will be the advantages of Multiple
Sessions in JEE (Main)-2021?

The advantages of Multiple Sessions in JEE (Main)-
2021 are as follows:
A. This will give multiple opportunities to the candidates to improve their scores in the examination if they fail to give their best in one attempt.

B. In the first attempt, the students will get a firsthand experience of taking an examination and will know their mistakes which they can improve while attempting for the next time.

C. This will reduce the chances of dropping a year and droppers would not have to waste a full year.

D. If anyone missed the examination due to reasons beyond control (such as the Board examination), then he/she will not have to wait for one full year.

E. A candidate need not appear in all four Sessions. However, if the candidate appears in more than one Session then his/her best of the 2021 NTA Scores will be considered for preparation of Merit List/ Ranking

When will the application window to apply
for JEE (Main)-2021 be available?

The application window to apply for JEE (Main)- 2021 is available between 16.12.2020 (Wednesday) to 16.01.2021 (Saturday). The fees can be paid online up to 17.01.2021 (Sunday). The application window will be opened again for a brief period of 3-4 days after the announcement of the results of each session.

Candidates can apply for one session or more
than one session together.

The candidate has the option to apply for one Session or for
more than one Session (February/March /April /May 2021) together and pay the exam fee accordingly.

Whether candidate has to fill up the separate
Application Form for each session?

No, candidate has to fill up one Application Form for all sessions. If he/ she fills up now, there will be only one Application Form. If he fills up now (for a few sessions), and chooses to fill up the application for the other sessions later, the same Application Form will be shown to him later on, once the Application Forms

If any candidate did not apply for February
session, can he/she apply for remaining
session?

Yes, if any candidate did not apply for February Session, then he/she can apply for the remaining Sessions. The application window will be re-opened briefly immediately after the declaration of the result of February / March/ April Session.

Candidate can apply for another session after declaration of result?

Yes, the opportunity will be given to applying for the next session to be held in March/ April / May Sessions. The application window will be re-opened briefly immediately after the declaration of the result of February / March/ April Session.

Whether a candidate can appear in one session or he has to appear in all the four sessions?

It is the choice of the candidate. A candidate can appear in one or two or three or all four Sessions.

Can fees be paid together for four Sessions?

Yes, fees can be paid for all 4 Session (s) (February/March/April/May) at the same time.

Whether candidate has to pay fee for one
session or all four sessions and when the fee is to be paid?

While filling Application Form, candidate has to choose the Number of sessions he/she wishes to appear and pay fee accordingly.

If any candidate has paid the fees for the Session and he wish to withdraw from the Session or does not want to appear in the Session, then his/her fees will be refunded?

Yes, in case a candidate does not want to appear in the Session or wish to withdraw from the Session for which fee has already been paid, it will be refunded by NTA. For this, the Candidate will have to make a request only during the application process of the session for which he/she wants to
withdraw.

If candidates have paid the fee for all the Sessions and he did not appear to withdraw from the next Session, then his/her fees will be refunded?

Fees can also be carried forward to another Session of JEE (Main) 2021, provided the request is made during the period when the Application window of the session from which the withdrawal is requested is open. No fee will be refunded if the request is received during any other time.

How can a candidate submit the application
fees?

The fees can be submitted only ONLINE through Net Banking, Credit Card, Debit Card, UPI or Paytm Services.

Will the confirmation page be remain same
for all Sessions?

Yes, a single Confirmation Page will be generated for all the session(s), the candidate applies for.

Whether one application will be submitted by a candidate for one session or more than one session or for all session(s) together?

Multiple Application Forms submitted by a candidate for the same Session(s) will not be accepted at any cost.

Which score will be considered in compilation of Result and Preparation of Merit List / Ranking:

A candidate has a choice to appear in one/ more sessions. He/ she will be awarded NTA score in each session based on his performance. The candidate’s best NTA Scores of all the sessions in which he/ she has appeared will be considered for the preparation of Merit List/ Ranking.

Candidate can correct/ change in his/her
particulars including City of Exam Centre in the Online Application?

Yes, candidates may correct/ change his/her particulars including the City of Exam Centre in the Online Application, when a correction window will be opened under intimation to the candidates through Public Notice for each Session.

Whether NTA has changed the syllabus of JEE (Main)-2021?

No, the syllabus of JEE (Main) 2021 is same as that of the last year. However, keeping in view the decision taken by different Boards all over India, NTA has decided that there will be a total of 90 Questions in the Question Paper and candidate will be required to attempt 75 questions only. There will be no negative marking for 15 optional questions

Whether the JEE (Main)-2021 will be held in
different mediums?

Yes, drawing from the National Education Policy (NEP), the JEE (Main) 2021 will be conducted in Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu in addition to Hindi and English.

What is the mode of examination?

JEE (Main) 2021 Examination will be held in “Computer Based Test” (CBT) Mode only, except that the Drawing Test for B.Arch. will be held in “Pen & Paper” (offline) mode.

What are the dates of Examinations?

The JEE (Main) -2021 will be conducted in Four
Sessions. The tentative date of examinations are as
follows:
Session- 1: 23, 24, 25 & 26 February 2021
Session -2: 15, 16, 17 & 18 March 2021
Session -3: 27, 28, 29 & 30 April 2021
Session -4: 24, 25, 26, 27 & 28 May 2021

What will be the pattern of examinations?

The Question Paper has been divided into two sections. There will be 90 Questions in Paper 1 and candidates will be required to attempt 75 questions only. There will be no negative marking for 15 optional questions. Paper-wise details are as follows:

i. B.E./B.Tech. (Paper 1- To be conducted in
all four sessions:
Each Subject will have two sections. Section A will be of Multiple-Choice Questions (MCQs) and Section B will contain Questions whose answers are to be filled in as a numerical value. In Section B, candidates have to attempt any five questions out of 10. There will be no negative marking for Section B.

ii. B. Arch. (Paper 2A)- To be conducted in
February and May sessions:
*Part -1 will have two sections. Section A will be of Multiple-Choice Questions (MCQs) and Section B will contain Questions whose answers are to be filled in as a numerical value. In Section B, candidates have to attempt any five questions out of 10. There will be no negative marking for Section B.

iii. B. Planning (Paper 2B)- To be conducted in
February and May sessions:
* Part -1 will have two sections. Section A will be of Multiple-Choice Questions (MCQs) and Section B will contain Questions whose answers are to be filled in as a numerical value. In Section B, candidates have to attempt any five questions out of 10. There will be no negative marking for Section B

How do I except the choice of attempting
Five Questions in Section B of Paper 2A &
2B?

You can select any five questions, you wish to
answer. You are also allowed to change the answers
to the selected questions before final submission. You
can select questions different from the ones selected
by you earlier and answer them before the final
submission of the Question Paper. At any point of
time, you will be permitted to answer only five
questions in Section-B.

In which session Paper 1 and (B.Tech) &
paper 2A (B.Arch & paper 2B (B. Planning)
be conducted?

Paper 1 of JEE (Main) 2021 will be held in February 2021 followed by the next three sessions in March, April, and May 2021.

Whereas Paper 2A (B.Arch) & Paper 2B (B.
Planning) will be held only twice a year (February &
May 2021).

Will Paper 2A & Paper 2B be held Four
Times a year?

No. It will be held twice a year (February & May) as it includes a Drawing Test in Pen & Paper (offline) mode.

What is the duration of the examination of
Timing of Examination for those candidates
who wish to appear for B. Arch as well as B.
Planning?

Those candidates who wish to appear for Paper 2A as well as Paper 2B will have the duration of examination 3.30 hrs. i.e. from 3:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

What is the state code of eligibility?

State code of eligibility means the code of the State
from where the candidate has passed Class XII (or
equivalent) qualifying examination by virtue of
which the candidate becomes eligible to appear in
JEE (Main) 2021.

If a candidate has passed Class XII (or equivalent)
qualifying examination from one state but appeared
for improvement from another State, the candidate’s
State code of eligibility will be from where the
candidate first passed Class XII.

Candidate passed/appearing class 12th from NIOS
should select the State of Eligibility according to the
State in which the study center is located.

For Indian nationals passing the Class XII (or
equivalent) an examination from Nepal/Bhutan, the
State code of eligibility will be determined based on
a permanent address in India as given in the passport
of the candidate.

The State code of eligibility of OCI/PIO passing
Class XII (or equivalent) examination in India is at
par with Indian nationals. However, OCI/PIO passing
the Class XII (or equivalent) examination from an
institution abroad are eligible for Other State quotas
seats or All India quota seats (but NOT for Home
State quota seats) in all NITs, IIEST and Other-CFTIs

For more details, please refer to the Information
Bulletin of JEE (Main)-2021 which is available at
NTA website: jeemain.nta.nic.in

Does NTA have any exemption for the
Divyangjan candidates?

Yes, Divyangjan candidates are permitted to use a
Scribe or allowed Compensatory time or both as
given below :

a. The facility of Scribe, in case he/she has a
physical limitation and a scribe is essential to
write the examination on his/her behalf, being
so certified in the prescribed format
(Appendix- 1) by a CMO/Civil Surgeon/
Medical Superintendent of a Govt. Health
Care Institution. However, as a measure of
caution and due to the prevailing
circumstances of COVID -19 Pandemic, such
the candidate is required to bring his/her own
Scribe along with an undertaking regarding
COVID -19 .

b. Compensatory time of one hour for
examination of three hours duration, whether
such candidate uses the facility of Scribe or
not.

For more details, please refer to the Information
Bulletin of JEE (Main)-2021 which is available at
NTA website: jeemain.nta.nic.in

Will B. Tech/ B. Arch Scores of JEE (Main)
2021 will used for admission to UPSEE2021?

Yes, B. Tech/ B. Arch Scores of JEE (Main) 2021
will also be used for admission to B. Tech/B. Arch
Courses covered under UPSEE-2021.

Will B. Tech/ B. Arch Scores of JEE (Main)
2021 will used for admission to Dr. APJ
Abdul Kalam Technical University (AKTU),
Lucknow?

Yes, B. Tech/ B. Arch Scores of JEE (Main) 2021 will
also be used for admission to Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam
Technical University (AKTU), Lucknow.

What is the age limit to appear in JEE
(Main) -2021?

There is no age limit for the candidates to appear in
the JEE (Main) 2021. The candidates who have
passed the class 12 / equivalent examination in 2019,
2020, or appearing in 2021 irrespective of their age
can appear in JEE (Main)- 2021 examination.

How many times a candidate can appear in
JEE (Advanced)-2021.

Details may be obtained from the Information
Brochure of the JEE (Advanced) 2021. Please see
link: https://home.iitd.ac.in/news-jab.php and
https://jeeadv.ac.in/.

What is the minimum academic qualification
for appearing in JEE (Advanced) -2021?

Candidates are advised to refer to the JEE (Advanced)
2021 website for details.

Is it mandatory to upload Gen-EWS, SC, ST,
OBC(NCL) and PwD certificate?

Yes, Gen-EWS/SC/ ST/OBC(NCL)/ PWD candidates
are required to upload original certificate as per
prescribed formats issued by the competent authority
of their respective State.

In case, any candidate does not have the certificate
readily available with him/her, he/she can upload the
self undertaking (Appendix- 2). However, he/ she
will have to upload the requisite certificate before the end
of May 2021.

What is the validity of Category Certificate
(SC/ST/OBC/EWS-Gen.) and PwD
certificate?

In this regard, please follow the rules of relevant
admitting institutions.

In case of foreign nationals candidates
(OCI/PIO), what will be the pin code in
address section?

Such candidates are required to put 000000 in the
field of Pin Code.

What is the eligibility criteria to appear
in JEE (Main) 2021?

Eligibility criteria to appear in JEE (Main) 2021, is
as follows:

1.Age Limit

For appearing in the JEE (Main) 2021, there is no
age limit for the candidates. The candidates who
have passed the class 12 / equivalent examination in
2019, 2020, or appearing in 2021 irrespective of
their age can appear in JEE (Main) 2021
examination. However, the candidates may be
required to fulfil the age criteria of the Institute(s) in
which they are desirous of taking admission.

2.List of Qualifying Examinations (QE)

i. The final examination of the 10+2 system,
conducted by any recognized Central/ State
Board, such as Central Board of Secondary
Education, New Delhi; Council for the Indian
School Certificate Examinations, New Delhi;
etc.

ii. Intermediate or two-year Pre-University
examination conducted by a recognized
Board/ University.

iii. Final examination of the two-year course of
the Joint Services Wing of the National
Defense Academy

iv. Senior Secondary School Examination
conducted by the National Institute of Open
Schooling with a minimum of five subjects.

v. Any Public School/ Board/ University
examination in India or any foreign country
recognized as equivalent to the 10+2 system
by the Association of Indian Universities
(AIU).

vi. Higher Secondary Certificate Vocational
Examination.

vii. A Diploma recognized by AICTE or a State
board of technical education of at least 3
years duration.

viii. General Certificate Education (GCE)
examination (London/Cambridge/Sri Lanka)
at the Advanced (A) level.

ix. High School Certificate Examination of the
Cambridge University or International
Baccalaureate Diploma of the International
Baccalaureate Office, Geneva.

3.Year of Appearance in Qualifying Examination

Only those candidates who have passed Class 12 /
equivalent examination in 2019, 2020 or 2021; or
those who are appearing in Class 12 / equivalent
examination in 2021, are eligible to appear in JEE
(Main) 2021.

Candidates who passed Class 12/equivalent
examination in 2018 or before as well as those who
will appear in such examination in 2022 or later are
not eligible to appear in JEE (Main) 2021.

Candidates must note that the IITs permit only two
attempts for the JEE (Advanced), i.e. a candidate
should have appeared for the Class XII (or
equivalent) examination for the first time in either
2020 or 2021, subject to the condition of not having
been admitted at an IIT on an earlier occasion.
Details may be obtained from the Information
Brochure of the JEE (Advanced) 2021. Please see
link: https://home.iitd.ac.in/news-jab.php
https://jeeadv.ac.in/.

What is the relaxation in eligibility
criteria under Joint Entrance
Examination JEE(Main)-2021 for the
the academic year 2021-22 in view of
COVID-19 Pandemic.

In pursuance of letter No.F.No.37-2/2019.TS.III
dated 21 January 2021 from the Ministry of
Education (Shiksha Mantralaya), Department of
Higher Education, Govt. of India, it is informed that
due to the extension for relaxation in the eligibility
criteria under Joint Entrance Examination (Main)
for the academic year 2021-2022, JEE(Main)-2021
qualified candidates will now only need a passing
Certificate in Class XII Examination irrespective of
the marks obtained.

The above relaxation shall be applicable for the
the academic year 2021-2022 only.

This may be read in the modification of the
eligibility conditions given in the Information
Bulletin of JEE(Main) Page No.20 under the
heading “Eligibility for Admission to NITS, HIITS
and CFTIs” uploaded on the JEE(Main)
website jeemain.nta.nic.in

Will the selection for Admission of
students under Direct Admission of
Students ABROAD (DASA-2019) be
made through JEE (Main) 2021.

Yes. The Ministry of Human Resource &
Development, Govt. of India vide it’s O.M. F.No.35-
9/2016-TS.III MHRD dated 21st December 2018
has approved that the selection for Admission of
students under Direct Admission of Students
ABROAD (DASA-2019) will be through JEE
(Main). This may be applicable from the academic year
2021-22 onwards. The NTA has been conducting
JEE(Main) on Computer Based Test (CBT) in India
and Abroad for Admission in undergraduate courses
in IITs, NITs, IIITs, CFTIs. The Admission for
DASA will be done on the basis of the Rank obtained in
JEE(Main) from the Academic Session 2021-22.

Will B. Tech Scores of JEE (Main)
2021 be used for admission to various
branches of B.Tech in North Eastern
Hill University for the session 2021-
22?

Yes, B. Tech Scores of JEE (Main) 2021 will be
used for admission to various branches of B.Tech in
North Eastern Hill University for the session 2021-
22

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Appendix-I

Letter of Undertaking for Using Own Scribe

I________________, a candidate with_____________(name of the disability) appearing for the____________(name of the examination) bearing Application No._______________at ____________________(name of the centre)in the District_____________,_____________ (name of the State).
I do hereby state that _____________(name of the scribe) will provide the service of scribe/reader/lab
assistant for the undersigned for taking the aforesaid examination.
I do hereby undertake that his qualification is _____________.
I further certify that the scribe whose photograph and particulars are mentioned below is not COVID-19 + and a certificate to this effect from Competent Authority is enclosed to this letter.

Place:
Date:

(Signature of the candidate with disability)

Affix Passportsize Photograph of the Scribe

(Self-Attested Photograph)

Name of ScribeID of the ScribeID Number

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