Aim to attempt both phases of JEE Main 2020

The JEE Main 2020 will be conducted by The National Testing Agency (NTA) for admission to UG courses in the next academic year (2020-2021). The test will be conducted in two phases —the first phase for admissions to BE/ BTech(Paper-1) & BArch/ BPlanning (Paper-2) from January 6 to 11, 2020 and the second phase for admissions to BE/ BTech (Paper-1) & BArch/ BPlanning (Paper-2) between April 3 to 9, 2020. Students have the option to appear in one or both phases.

The result will, however, consider the students’ score in the best of the two phases of JEE Main. The National Testing Agency (NTA) has recently announced changes in the JEE Main 2020 exam pattern in a new notification (dated September 3, 2020) The exam pattern for JEE Main 2020 shows a reduction in the number of questions and introduction of numerical questions. The question paper will be available in English, Hindi and Gujarati. Paper 1 will be conducted in two sessions per day and the candidates will be allotted slots randomly.

New pattern The JEE Main Paper-1 (for BE/BTech) & Paper-2 (for BArch/BPlanning) examinations will be held in computer-based test mode only, except that the Drawing lest for BArch will be held in ‘Pen & Paper’ (offline) mode. A candidate may appear in BE/BTech , BArch and BPlanning depending upon the course’s he/she wishes to pursue. According to the JEE Main 2020 exam pattern, Paper 1 will comprise multiple choice.


Sometimes the right strategy and time management play an important role in deciding the rank for an aspirant. So, one must be quick enough to adapt to the level of the paper and act promptly. The following points may, however, be kept in mind when attempting the questions:


  • Attempt easy questions first.
  • Choose sections that have less risk and gain more.
  • Carefully look through the entire question paper in the first 5 minutes.
  • Keep a check on time while solving the paper
  • Attempt all numerical-based questions as there is no negative marking for this.


  • Do not start from questions you don’t know.
  • Do not get upset or sad if any section is tough. There is chance to score in other sections.
  • Do not guess if you have no idea about the concept involved in a question.
  • Do not be nervous if you find the paper tough, since it is the relative performance that counts.


Key points that will decide your rank in JEE Main (Paper-1) will be:

  • How well you have mastered the important topics in each of the subjects.
  • How much practice you have done on previous years question asked in JEE Main
  • How well you have perfected on your time management of solving an objective type question
  • How much attention you have given to time management & Strategy apart from covering your entire syllabus.
  • How much confident you are when you take up the actual exam.


Why one must appear both phases of JEE Main

  • Both exams give one more opportunity to the students to improve their scores in the examination if they fail to give their best in the first attempt without wasting their whole academic year.
  • In the first time, the students will get the first experience of taking an examination and to know their mistakes which they can improve while attempting for the second time.
  • This will reduce the chances of dropping one whole year
  • If anyone missed the examination due to reasons beyond control, then he/she won’t have to wait for one whole year to appear in the examination.
  • Best of the two NTA scores will be considered for the preparation of the Merit List of the students in JEE Main.

Preparation strategy

One must not start any new books at this stage. However, one can still refer to standard books for concept clearing. This stage should be utilized more for problem-solving, developing short cuts, and memorizing formulae, understanding ones strengths & weaknesses. Aspirants must take up mock tests in online/offline modes to develop self-confidence & exam temperament. Time Management is crucial to score more marks in the actual JEE (Main).

Tripti Kumari

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