History of JEE(main) formerly AIEEE

The AIEEE or the All India Engineering Entrance Exam is held every year by the Central Board of Secondary Education in Delhi which in short is known as the CBSE. This is a common examination held all over India and all students who aspire to get into good engineering colleges of India can sit for AIEEE. This is considerably a new exam which was introduced in the year 2002. This exam is held around the month of April every year. This is a 3 hour long exam and all dates are announced by October of the previous year. The exams are held in various centers all over India and the centre and the admit card is mailed to the candidate after the registration is completed after fee deposition along with form submission.From 2013 onwards Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) started conducting Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) 2013 for Admission to B.E/ B.Tech/ B.ARch/ B.Planning Engineering Programes in IITs, NITs and Other Centrally Funded Technical Institutions, etc. Now AIEEE will be known as JEE (Main) and IIT JEE will be known as JEE (Advanced) JEE will be held in two parts JEE (Main) and JEE (Advanced) All the candidates seeking admission into engineering colleges in India shall take the JEE Main exam. This exam will become the gateway for JEE Advanced (Formerly IIT-JEE) exam which will be conducted by the IIT's. Out of the JEE Main Results only the top 150000 candidates will qualify to appear for the JEE ADVANCED exam. Admissions to IITs will be based only on category-wise All India Rank (AIR) in JEE ADVANCED, subject to condition that such candidates are in the top 20 percentile (category wise) in their respective Boards/Qualifying Examinations.

JEE Ranking

The ranking has two segments- the state ranking and the all India ranking. The classification of students is done in various colleges according to the kind of rank and score the students get. This exam is to be given by students after they pass their class 12thexam from any registered education board in India. In addition to the marks in the three components, a CFTI Rank will also be provided to each candidate. The rank will be determined by using the following weightages: Board marks – 40%, Main Test – 30%, Advance Test – 30%.

Tie breaks will be handled in the following order: a) Board Percentile Rank, b) Main Test marks, c) Advance Test marks, d) marks in the subject with the lowest average marks of the Advance test, e) marks in the subject with the second lowest average marks of the Advance test, and f) marks in the subject with the third lowest average marks of the Advance test. Examples of how the Board marks and the CFTI rank will be computed are given in Appendix.

AIEE changed to JEE (Mains)

The main change which has been made is that it will be considered as a national level joint exam known as the JEE Main or the national Joint Entrance Exam Main. The syllabus and marking structure will remain the same for the AIEEE 2013 which will now be called the JEE 2013. Click here to Get More Information on JEE (Main), formrely AIEEE, New exam Format

Eligilibility and Qualification Criteria

The minimum academic qualification for appearing in JEE(MAIN) 2013 is that a candidate must have passed in the final examination of 10+2 (Class XII) or its equivalent referred to as the qualifying examination. Those appearing in 10+2 (Class XII) final or equivalent examination in 2013 may also appear in JEE(MAIN) 2013 provisionally. After passing the JEE (main) [dormerly AIEEE] a student gets the chance to take admission in any reported university for engineering in India. Some seats are also reserved for the SC, ST and OBC candidates. A student might also sit for the JEE if he or she has passed any Intermediate or two-year Pre-University Examination from a certified university or has served two basic years in the Joint Services Wing of the National Defense Academy.

Number of attempts allowed

A candidate is allowed to sit for 3 consecutive years in the JEE (main) as a whole. From 2013 onwards students who have passed their class 12thin 2012 or are giving their class 12thexam in 2014 are not allowed to sit for the JEE Main (AIEEE 2013). Apart from these criteria, no other student is allowed to sit for the JEE (main) anymore.

{JEE exam format}

JEE Main 2013 Pattern / Syllabus:-

Paper 1 for B.E/B.TECH

Paper 1 for B.E/B.TECH Subjects:- Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics

Type:- Objective type questions with equal weightage to Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics

Duration:- 3 Hours

Paper 2 for B.ARCH/B. PLANNING

Subjects:- Mathematics – Part I Aptitude Test – Part II & Drawing Test – Part III

Type:- Objective type questions Objective type questions questions to test Drawing Aptitude

Duration:- 3 Hours There will be objective type questions with four options having single correct answer. For each incorrect response, one fourth (1/4) of the total marks allotted to the question would be deducted. No deduction from the total score will, however, be made if no response is indicated for an item in the answer sheet.

Medium of Exam:- Hindi and English.

The JEE-MAIN examination will also be conducted in the Regional Languages of the State(s) on the requests of such State(s) who are participating in JEE(Main) for their State Engineering Colleges/ Universities.

JEE Main 2013 Exam Dates

Apply Online from 8 Nov 2012 till 24 Dec 2012. For B.E/ B.Tech Paper I (Subjects - Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics) Duration:- 3 Hours Online Exam Between 8th April to 25th April 2013 (Exact Dates shall be announced later) Offline exam on 7th April 2013 For B.Arch / B. Planning Paper II:- Part I - Mathematics Part II - Aptitude Test Part III - Drawing Test Mode:- Offline Exam Date:- 7th April 2013

JEE Computer based exam format

Some people call it JEE online, JEE internet, etc. The proper term is JEE Computer based exam because it is given on computer through a secured LAN (not internet). JEE adcanved is still conducted in paper mode as it involves lengthy calculations. The Online testing mode of the JEE (Main) 2013 has brought in lot of queries from the aspirants regarding how the exam is conducted, whether and how the testing mechanism differs from that of the Paper and pen (Offline) tests etc. Below given are some such queries and clarifications to them: Practice FREE JEE MAINS COMPUTER BASED EXAMS!

What are the advantages in opting for Computer Based Examination?

The candidate can review or re-answer any question at any point of time during the examination. The candidate can change the option of the answer during the exam duration and it is one of the most important feature of computer based examination The candidate also has the option to mark any answer for review at later stage during the examination. There will be a panel on computer screen showing all the question nos in different colour scheme which will indicate which are the questions answered, left un answered and marked for review Candidate will get the flexibility in choosing the exam date of his/her choice as per the convenience of the Candidate. Candidate will also get the choice of shift, if the exam is in two shifts based on his/her convenience. It will make Candidate feel confident on use of Information technology. You can also save upto Rs. 300 in Exam fees as compared to Pen/Paper mode.

What is Computer Based Examination (Online mode)?

It is a Computer Based Exam which will be conducted using the Local Area Network (LAN) to make it safe, secure and un-interrupted.

Is Computer Based Examination based on Internet ?


Does it take more time to answer in Computer Based Examination as some times internet connection is slow?

No, not at all. As this exam is not Internet based, so the internet connection speed does not matter. The computer based exam is conducted on Local Area Network (LAN) so it is fast to answer in Computer Based Exam.

How to apply and what is the last date of applying for computer based exam?

Candidates can apply through JEE(Main) website (http://jeemain.nic.in). The last date is 15th Dec 2012 as per the declared schedule.

Is it possible to change mode of examination from pen and paper based exam to computer based exam?

Yes, the candidate can write mail with the subject caption as “Change of mode of exam from Pen and Paper to Computer Based” giving his/her registration no and choice of city for computer based examination.

What will the dates for Computer Based Examination?

The planned schedule is between 8th April to 25th April 2013

What will be the time of computer based examination ?

The exam will be twice a day i.e. in two shifts. First shift from 9.00 Hours to 12.00 Hours and Second shift (if required) from 14.00 Hours to 17.00 Hours

When will a candidate has to report at exam centre?

One and half hour before the exam time.

What computer knowledge is required to appear for Computer Based Examination?}

The candidate need to know only how to use computer mouse.

Can the date of exam once selected be changed, if required?


What will be the medium of Computer Based Examination?

Medium of examination will be English, Hindi and also Gujarati for the candidates who have opted Gujarati Medium (Gujarati medium is available only for the candidates who have opted centre cities in the state of Gujarat). The Candidate can also switch medium as many times as he/she wants during the examination.

Can an Candidate get a examination center of his/her choice?

The Candidate can opt for city of his/her choice as per list of computer based exam cities at the time of filling application form only.

How secure is the Computer based examination?

It is very secure with zero error possibility as human intervention is minimal.

How a Candidate can practice for Computer Based Examination ?

The Mock Tests are available on this site. The Candidate can practice as many times as he/she wants. This will give look and feel of the format of Computer Based Exam in simulated environment.

{What will happen in case there is some problem in computer during the examination?}

There will be enough buffer computers available at the examination centers to take care of such problems and the time lost in change of system will be duly compensated as each and every second will be recorded by the server.

When will the result of Computer Based Examination be declared?

Combined result will be declared along with the Pen and Paper based examination candidates.

Will there be a question booklet like in offline examination?

In Computer Based Examination the questions will appear on computer screen along with the answer options. Instruction page will also be displayed before the actual test begins. The time of reading of instructions will not be part of examination duration.

Will a Candidate get the question paper of computer based examination as he/she gets in Pen and Paper based exam?

Yes, the question paper will be mailed to each and every candidate after the exam schedule is over.

In case of problem in computer etc will there be some body to assist?

Yes, there will be qualified IT professionals.

How will a candidate answer a question in the Computer Based examination?

There will four options of each question. The candidate has to click one of the options using computer mouse which can be reviewed or re-answered any time during the duration of the examination.

How will a candidate come to know which are the questions left unanswered?

There will be a panel on computer screen showing all the question nos in different colour scheme which will indicate which are the questions answered, left un answered and marked for review.

Can a candidate change his/her answer?

Yes during the exam duration and it is one of the most important feature of computer based examination.

If a candidate has selected medium of question paper as English but want to see question in Hindi for more clarity or vice-a-versa, is this possible?

Yes you can easily do with the click of computer mouse. 

Will a candidate be getting some practice test? If yes, than how and when?

Yes , the mock test is available on CBSE / JEE websites and can be downloaded for the practice.

Is computer based examination for B.E. and B.Tech only ?


If a candidate wants to opt for both B.E./B.Tech and B.Planning/B.Arch from city of computer based exam, than how will a candidate appear for B.Arch/B Planning exam?

His/Her B.E./B.Tech Exam will be conducted in computer based exam mode and B.Planning/B.Arch in offline mode in the same city.

Will a candidate get sheets/papers for rough work/calculations etc?

Yes very much.

JEE Apex Board conducts JEE

In order to conduct the examination of a large number of students in an efficient manner, an apex body called JEE Apex Board will be constituted, comprising of representative Directors of IITs, NITs, a Director of IIIT, Chairpersons of UGC, AICTE and CBSE and a nominee of MHRD, after due notification by the Ministry of HRD after the adoption of the same by the Councils of IITs, NITs and competent authorities of other CFTIs. The Board will have an eminent academician as Honorary Chairperson and a full time Executive Director who will be responsible for smooth conduct of the JEE. This Board would act as a permanent secretariat which will coordinate the activities of the JEE Academic Group, JEE Delivery Group and JEE Interface Group which would be constituted every year by the JAB. The JAB will have the final authority for setting up the policies, rules, regulations of conducting the JEE. It is proposed that the permanent secretariat to the JAB will be provided by the CBSE by using the existing infrastructure/ manpower of the AIEEE with a small number of post creations, as per the need. This secretariat will be responsible for serving the JAB as well as other Groups created for the purpose. This will also be responsible for Administration, Finance, Court Cases, RTI, etc.

JEE Academic Group

The activities of paper setting of MAIN and ADVANCE for JEE 2013 are academic exercises. Hence, a group of specialists primarily from the IITs headed by Convener (Academic) will be constituted. This group is called JEE Academic Group (JAG). The Group will have two subgroups – one for MAIN and the other for ADVANCE.

JEE Delivery Group

The delivery processes such as collection of application forms, collection of fees, coordination with zonal offices, delivery of test papers etc will be the responsibility of JEE Delivery Group (JDG). It will be headed by Convener (Examination).

JEE Interface Group

The coordination with school boards, the handling of several legal issues, ensuring strict security of the organization and evaluating the school board performance of students in a normalized manner shall be handled by a group – JEE Interface Group (JIG). The implementation of arriving at the normalized school performance shall be coordinated by JEE Interface Group. It will be headed by Convener (Interface).

Important Points

The detailed Terms of Reference and composition of the JAB, JEE Academic Group, JEE Delivery Group and JEE Interface Group would be notified by the Ministry of Human Resource Development. The JEE test will be conducted at least twice in a year so that students who wish to attempt more than once can be allowed to do so in a year. The first JEE will be held in April, 2013 and the second JEE examination will be held in November/ December, 2013. The third JEE will be held in April, 2014

More Questions

Since CBSE has recently moved to JEE (main) and also intropduced the CBT exam, students have too many questions. Please visit the JEE main (AIEEE) forum to post your relevant questions