How to prepare for computer based JEE Main exam?

The JEE main exam is now available in pen-paper and computer based format. From the year of its introduction till now the registrations for the computer based format are increasing.

The JEE main exam is now available in pen-paper and computer based format. From the year of its introduction till now the registrations for the computer based format are increasing.

What is the computer based exam?

A computer based JEE main exam is taken on computers available in the testing centres. All the details of the applicant is already available on these computers. Exam questions and their answers’ options are available on the computer screen and the student have to select the answers and submit the test using a click of the computer mouse.

Choosing between pen-paper and computer based format

Computer based format of the test has many advantages:

  • The test is scheduled on various days,  so you can choose the date which you prefer the most.
  • Reviewing questions, marking answers and changing answers are very easy and you can easily attempt questions in any order you like.
  • The software easily tells the student at any time which questions are not attempted and hence keeping track of the test is easier.
  • Darkening circles in the answer sheets are more time consuming than clicking the option.
  • The registration for computer based test is also made cheaper by CBSE.

However, if you still want to opt for the pen-paper version there is no disadvantage in that as well.

How to prepare?

It is very important to get familiar with computer based tests as not only JEE Main but also BITSAT another popular national level competitive exam, is computer based and in future many more exams are going to offer the computer based format only.

Becoming familiar with a desktop computer

First and foremost aspect in the preparation is becoming familiar with a computer system. Nowadays many people access internet on smartphone or touch devices, but getting used to a basic desktop computer with a wired mouse and keyboard is important.

You will spend three hours in front of the computer at a stretch, hence such a practice should also be done. Any strain on the eyes can be avoided by taking the eyes off the computer screen at regular intervals and blinking them rapidly.

Practice JEE Questions on the computer

While preparing for JEE Main, you must solve questions on a computer screen. This will make you familiar with reading a question on screen. You may need to scroll the window to read the whole question. You will need to solve it on a paper kept next to the computer and then mark the correct answer on screen. Regular practice will make this process very comfortable by the exam time. Practice questions for JEE Main are available on

Full length tests is an online computer based test series give the required practice of sitting and attempting the actual test on a computer

Becoming familiar with the mock test application

CBSE provides a mock application on its official website. You should become familiar with the application well before the exam so that on the exam day your main focus is on solving questions.

At every test centre any testing centre, there is plenty of technical help available should you face any problem with your computer, so you should not worry at all and keep your full focus on doin your exam. remain completely calm and have your full focus on doing your exam in the best possible way.

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