JEE Main 2021: What's new? All you need to know

JEE Main 2021 official notification released by the NTA. Know major changes this year.


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Team Careers360 | December 16, 2020 | 10:01 PM IST

NEW DELHI: National Testing Agency has released the JEE Main 2021 official notification on December 16. With the release of the JEE Main 2021 brochure, various changes have been observed including an increase in the number of JEE Main 2021 attempts. As per the JEE Main 2021 exam dates, NTA will conduct exams on February 23 to 26 (Session 1), March 15 to 18 (Session 2), April 27 to 30 (Session 3), and May 24 to 28 (Session 4). JEE Main application form 2021 is now available at

Changes in NTA JEE Main 2021

Increase in number of sessions
The NTA has increased the total number of attempts for candidates to improve their scores in the examination if they fail to give their best in the first attempt without wasting their whole academic year. The JEE Main 2021 will be held in February 2021 followed by the next three sessions in March, April, and May. Students can attempt in either or all four JEE Main 2021 attempts.

JEE Main 2021 application form
Since the NTA JEE Main 2021 exam will be held in multiple sessions, candidates have an option to apply for one session (February) or more than one session (March /April /May 2021) together and pay exam fee accordingly. If a candidate is applying just for the February session, he / she has to pay JEE Main application fee only for that session and will have the opportunity to apply again for the March/ April / May Session, when the application window will be reopened. Also, incase a candidate does not want to appear in the Session for which fee has already been paid, it will be refunded by the NTA.

JEE Main 2021 exam pattern
Changes in the exam pattern of JEE Main 2021 are also introduced. According to the new JEE Main 2021 exam pattern, the paper 1 i.e for B.Tech will have a total of 90 questions from Physics, Chemistry, and Maths. 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 5 questions out of 10. There will be no negative marking for numerical value questions.

Regional language
Another change that has been made this year is the decision to conduct the JEE Main 2021 exam in regional languages. Now, NTA JEE Main 2021 will be conducted in Assamese, Bengali, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu in addition to Hindi, English and Gujarati. The medium of question paper for the candidates of NTA JEE Main 2021 are given below.


Increase in participating institutes
From 2021-22 session, admission into the undergraduate engineering courses in Uttar Pradesh will be done through JEE Main exam. The APJ Abdul Kalam Technical University (AKTU), Uttar Pradesh will not be conducting UPSEE exam from this year. JEE Main scores will be used for admissions in 1.40 lakh seats in 750 colleges across UP.

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