Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main is considered to be one of the toughest and most

competitive entrance tests in India. Recently, the National Testing Agency (NTA) has declared several changes in JEE Main 2021 Pattern as well as its eligibility criteria. The marking scheme, type of questions asked, and a few more changes have been announced.

Students looking forward to appearing for JEE Main 2021, should be aware of these revisions and how this could impact their preparations. So let’s have a look at the changes in JEE Main 2021 Pattern and its implications on candidates.

## How will JEE Main 2021 Pattern impact student’s preparations?

Changes in JEE Main 2021 Pattern will impact the preparation strategy of the students in

various ways. Some of the impacts of the new JEE Main 2021 pattern on the preparation

the strategy of students are as follows:

- As there has been a reduction in the total number of questions, students will be able to focus better on the remaining questions.
- Students will get more time to prepare the syllabus and more time to complete the test paper. So, they no longer have to solve every question in exactly two minutes.
- In the case of numerical based questions, students will have to calculate each answer accurately. This means they’ll have to work on the calculations, methods, and formulae for these types of questions.
- Students will require more and more practice for numerical based questions. They will also require more practice of Mock tests and Sample papers.

Let’s take a look at the JEE Main Exam Pattern 2021 and its changes below.

## JEE Main 2021 Pattern (Revised)

A range of changes has been introduced in JEE Main 2021 Pattern. Students appearing for the examination this year can refer to the changes listed below and start their preparations accordingly.

### 1. JEE Main 2021: Revised Question Paper Pattern

NTA has announced changes to the existing question paper pattern. Till now, JEE Main the examination consisted of 90 objective questions, 30 questions from Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry each.

However, from now onwards, there will be a total of 75 objective questions, 25 questions from Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry each. Each question will have a weightage of 4 marks and for an incorrect answer, 1 mark will be deducted. But there will be no deduction in marks for incorrect answers. The time limit to solve the test will remain the same as before (3 hours or 180 minutes).

Paper 1 will be of 300 marks in total and will be entirely computer-based. It will contain questions from Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry. Also, B. Architecture and B. Planning papers will include Mathematics and Aptitude sections as well as a third drawing or planning section respectively

### 2. Introduction of a New Section for B. Planning Students

The JEE Main 2021 pattern for the Mathematics and Aptitude section in the B. Architecture and B. Planning paper will remain the same. Additionally, candidates for B. Planning will have to appear for a paper on planning whereas B. Architecture candidates will have to appear for a paper on the drawing. This new drawing exam for B. Architecture will be of 100 marks. Also, the total number of questions in B. Architecture paper will now be 77 instead of 81 questions.

### 3. First-ever separate examination for B. Planning Students

This is the first time in history that a separate examination for B. Planning students is being conducted. The only requirement to appear for this exam is that a student has to opt for a Mathematics subject in class 12 th . Hence, students from Arts and Commerce are also eligible for this examination.

B. Planning paper will have 3 sections. The first two sections will be the same as that of B. Architecture (Mathematics and Aptitude) sections, whereas the third section, will be different. This section will contain 100 multiple choice + numerical value + planning-based questions with a total weightage of 400 marks.

### 4. Changes in JEE Main 2021 eligibility criteria

Apart from the JEE Main 2021 pattern, certain changes in the eligibility criteria have been announced. For BTech, students should either have a minimum score of 75% in class 12th board examination or be amongst the top 20 percentile of the student’s respective board. However, SC/ ST students will get a relaxation of 10%.

For B. Architecture students only need to score 50% or above in Mathematics, Chemistry, and Physics all subjects combined. For B. Planning students from Commerce and Arts stream may also apply. The minimum score required for this exam is more than 50% in Mathematics and above 50% in all subjects combined.

### 5. Introduction of Numerical Value-Based Questions

JEE Main 2021 exam paper will also contain Numerical based questions. According to the official announcement, out of 25 total questions in each subject, 5 will now be numerically based. For such questions, students will have to answer in form of an integer and not as options. These questions are a new addition to the JEE Main 2021 pattern.

Moreover, the marking scheme of these questions will also differ from that of objective-type questions. For correct answers, candidates will get 4 marks whereas for incorrect answers or answers left blank there will be no deduction in marks.

The same changes along with the marking scheme will be applied to the Mathematics section of B. Architecture and B. Planning papers. In this, 5 questions of the section will be numerical based questions.

Finally, most of the changes in the JEE Main 2021 Pattern have been taken for the betterment of students. However, they might find it hard to solve numerical based problems. Hence, the impact will only be known after the completion of the upcoming JEE Main examination. All the best to the candidates!