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Decoding the Differences JEE Main vs JEE Advanced

Candidates qualifying JEE Main are able to appear for JEE Advanced. The JEE Main 2024 session 1 exam is set to be held from January 24 to February 1.

The Joint Entrance Examination Main (JEE Main), formerly All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE), is a computer-based test for admission to various technical undergraduate programs in engineering, architecture, and planning across colleges in India. It is conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA). After qualifying JEE Main, candidates can appear for JEE Advanced. It used to be the sole prerequisite for admission to the Indian Institutes of Technology bachelor’s programmes and is usually hosted by one of the IITs. Check the key differences between JEE Main and JEE Advanced.

1.JEE Main JEE Main is the entrance exam for admission to the NITs, IIITs, and other central/state government funded institutes. It is also the qualifying exam for JEE Advanced.

1.JEE Advanced JEE Advanced is for admission to the IITs, IISTs, and RGIPT.

2.JEE Main The JEE Main exam is held twice a year.

2.JEE Advanced JEE Advanced is held once a year.

3.JEE Main NTA (National Testing Agency) organises the JEE Main.

3.JEE Advanced The IIT Joint Admission Board (JAB) organises the JEE Advanced.

4. JEE Main The JEE Main Paper-1 is a 3-hr paper each for Paper-1 (B.E./B.Tech), Paper-2A (B. Arch), Paper-2B (B. Planning). Here Paper-2A and 2B are Optional.

4.JEE Advanced The JEE Advanced is of 6 hours. (Paper 1: 3 hours and Paper 2: 3 hours). Both Paper-1 & Paper-2 are compulsory.

5.JEE Main JEE Main Paper-1 (for B.E./ B. Tech) consists of 90 questions (of which only 75 are to be answered). Marking scheme is +4 for every correct answer and Negative marking of -1 for an incorrect answer. Questions are multiple choice with single correct answer and Numerical Based Questions with Integer or decimal digit answers.

5.JEE Advanced The number of questions and the distribution of marks in the JEE Advanced exam is not fixed. Questions may be multiple choice single correct answer, Multiple choice multi correct answer, Integer Type Questions with answer either a single digit or correct to two decimal digits. Marking Scheme is not fixed. There may be partial marking in multi-choice multi correct answer type questions.

6.JEE Main The question paper for the JEE Main is available in 13 languages -English, Hindi, Gujarati, Assamese, Bengali, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu.

6.JEE Advanced The JEE Advanced question paper is only available in English and Hindi.

7.JEE Main The JEE Main Paper is divided into two papers: Paper 1 and Paper 2. Paper 1 (B. Tech/B.E.) is administered online (Computer Based Examination). Paper 2 (B.Arch.) is available in online for Aptitude & Maths sections and offline mode (pen and paper-based examination) for drawing section. Paper-2 (B. Planning) is administered online (Computer Based Examination).

7.JEE Advanced The JEE Advanced Exam consists of two papers: Paper 1 and Paper 2. The JEE Advanced exam is only available online (Computer Based Examination).


In the labyrinth of engineering entrance exams, the distinction between JEE Main and JEE Advanced is not just a matter of nomenclature but a pivotal factor in shaping the academic trajectory of aspiring engineers. As we navigate through the intricacies of these examinations, it becomes evident that each serves a unique purpose in evaluating the capabilities of students eyeing a coveted spot in prestigious engineering institutes. JEE Main, with its accessibility and broader syllabus, serves as the initial gateway for engineering aspirants. It is a litmus test, assessing fundamental knowledge and problemsolving skills. The examination not only acts as a qualifying round for various institutions but also provides a level playing field for a diverse pool of candidates. On the other hand, JEE Advanced emerges as the crucible for the best and brightest minds. It is a challenging terrain that sifts through the crème de la crème, pushing the boundaries of problem-solving and critical thinking. The examination not only demands a profound understanding of concepts but also the ability to apply them in unconventional scenarios.

While JEE Main is a crucial stepping stone for many, JEE Advanced becomes the ultimate quest for those seeking admission into the prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). The transition from one to the other symbolizes not just an ascent in difficulty but a metamorphosis in the approach towards problem-solving – from the conventional to the avant-garde.

In essence, the choice between JEE Main and JEE Advanced is not merely a matter of preference but a reflection of one's aspirations, capabilities, and readiness to embrace academic challenges. It is a journey that demands resilience, dedication, and a deep-seated passion for engineering. As the two examinations continue to shape the future of countless students, it is essential to recognize and appreciate the distinctive roles they play in sculpting the engineers of tomorrow

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