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JEE Main 2021: Answers To The Frequently Asked Questions

NTA, in its recent notifications, has published Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for JEE (Main)-2021, for simplifying the guidelines and changes made in the paper pattern and schedule of JEE Main 2021.

Here are the FAQs illustrated for the aspirants:

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

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

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

Ans: The advantages of Multiple Sessions in JEE (Main)- 2021 are as follows:

  1. 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.
  2. In the first attempt, students will get a firsthand experience of taking the examination and will get to know their mistakes, which they can improve while attempting the next attempt.
  3. This will reduce the chances of dropping a year, and droppers would not have to waste a full year.
  4. If anyone misses the examination due to reasons beyond control (such as Board examination), then he/she will not have to wait for another full year.
  5. A candidate need not appear in all the four Sessions. However, if a 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.

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

Ans: 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.

4. Can a candidate apply for one session or more than one session together? 

Ans: Yes, a 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.

5. Does a candidate has to fill up the separate Application Form for each session?  

Ans: No, a 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/she 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/her later on, once the Application Forms for the later sessions of (March/ April/ May) are started.

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

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

7. Can candidates can apply for another session after the declaration of the result?

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

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

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

9. Can fees be paid together for four Sessions?

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

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

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

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

Ans: Yes, in case a candidate does not want to appear in any particular Session or wishes to withdraw from the Session for which the 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.

12. If a candidate has paid the fee for a Session and he did not appear to withdraw from that Session, then will his/her fees be refunded? 

Ans: 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.

13. How can a candidate submit the application fees? 

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

14. Will the confirmation page remain the same for all Sessions?

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

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

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

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

Ans: A candidate has a choice to appear in one/ more sessions. He/ she will be awarded an 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 preparation of Merit List/ Ranking.

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

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

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

Ans: No, the syllabus of JEE (Main) 2021 is the 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 candidates will be required to attempt 75 questions only. There will be no negative marking for 15 optional questions.

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

Ans: 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.

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20. What is the mode of examination? 

Ans: 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.

21. What are the dates of the examinations?

Ans: 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

22. What will be the pattern of examinations?

Ans: 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: 

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

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

Ans: 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 in time, you will be permitted to answer only five questions in Section-B.

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

Ans: 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).

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

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

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

Ans: 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.

27. What is the State Code of Eligibility? 

Ans: 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 the 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) 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 quota 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 on the NTA website.

28. Does NTA have an exemption for the Divyangjan candidates?

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

  • 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 candidate is required to bring his/her own Scribe along with an undertaking regarding COVID -19.
  • Compensatory time of one hour for the 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 here: click.

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

Ans: 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.

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

Ans: 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

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

Ans: There is no age limit for 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.

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

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

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

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

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

Ans: 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 2020.

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

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

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

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

We hope you got the answers to all the questions related to JEE Main 2021 examination. In case you still have doubts, then freely ask them in the comment section below.

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