JEE Main 2018 Exam Pattern – complete pattern for Paper 1 and Paper 2

JEE Main 2018 is scheduled to be held on April 8 in pen paper mode and on April 15 and 16 in computer-based test mode. Candidates appearing for IIT JEE Main 2018 can check here a complete pattern for paper 1 of B.E./B. Tech as well as paper 2 of B. Arch including marking scheme, questions type, exam rules etc.

Created On: Nov 22, 2017 16:26 IST
Modified On: Nov 28, 2017 17:16 IST
JEE Main 2018 Examination Pattern
JEE Main 2018 Examination Pattern

As per the notification released by Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) for IIT JEE 2018, the engineering entrance exam will be conducted in two modes – Offline mode i.e. pen-paper based test and Online mode i.e. computer-based test. Students appearing for JEE Main 2018 can take the exam either in online mode or offline mode for B.E/B. Tech, however, for Paper 2, they can only appear in pen-paper based test mode. The exam pattern of JEE Main 2018 mentions that each paper will be of 3 hours duration i.e. 180 minutes. The exam appearing candidates can check here complete test pattern of JEE Main 2018 to know the marking scheme, types of questions and complete exam structure.

Exam Schedule of JEE Main 2018



JEE Main 2018 exam dates

Offline paper – April 8, 2018 (Sunday)

Online paper – April 15 and 16, 2017 (Sunday and Monday)

Timings for JEE Main 2018 offline exam

Paper 1 – 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Paper 2 – 2:00 pm to  5:00 pm

Timings for Computer based test of JEE Main 2018

Paper 1 only in two shifts –

First shift: 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Second shift: 2:00 pm to  5:00 pm

JEE Main 2018 Exam Pattern Features for Paper 1 for B.E/ B. Tech candidates

Test mode – Candidates can choose from two modes i.e. Online mode or Offline mode. Where, for the online exam they have to appear in Computer Based Test (CBT) and for the Offline exam, they can appear for Pen-Paper based test which requires candidates to mark their answers on an OMR sheet.

Test Duration – For both papers and every shift candidates will be provided 180 minutes only i.e. they will 1 hour for each section of the JEE Main 2018 test paper. In case of PWD candidates, one hour extra has been provided in JEE Main 2018 exam duration i.e. they get 4 hours to attempt the test paper.

Subjects – Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics

Test Medium/Languages – This year, JEE Main 2018 question paper will be in English and Hindi. However, for exam centres in Gujarat, Daman and Diu as well as Dadra and Nagar Haveli, the question paper of JEE Main 2018, the test paper will also be available in Gujarati besides English and Hindi.

JEE Main 2018: New changes in exam centres, pattern and participating institutes

Question weight-age for JEE test paper – The question paper of JEE Main 2018 offline and online exam carries a total of 90 MCQs (Multiple Choice Questions). That means each section of JEE Main 2018 paper 1 will have equal weightage of 30 questions each.

JEE Main 2018 Marking Scheme – Each question of JEE Main test paper 2018 carries 4 marks which means the complete test paper carries 360 marks in total.

Marking in case of wrong attempts – For every question which is attempted incorrectly, one-fourth of allotted marks will be deducted i.e. 1 mark.

JEE Main 2018 Exam Pattern Features for Paper 2 for B. Arch candidates

Test mode – The paper 2 of JEE Main 2018, will be available in pen paper mode only

Subjects – Mathematics, Aptitude and Drawing

Test Duration – same as JEE paper 1, i.e. 3 hours and in case of physically handicapped candidates, it is 4 hours.

Test Medium/Languages – English, Hindi and Gujarati (for some exam centres only)

Check here new syllabus for JEE Main 2018

Question weightage and marking scheme – the weightage for JEE Main 2018 paper 2 is as mentioned below –

JEE Main 2018 paper 2: questions weightage for each section and marking scheme


Number of Questions




50*4 = 200



30*4 = 120



35*2 = 70




Marking in case of wrong attempts –
for every wrong attempt, one-fourth marks will be deducted for the total scored marks.

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