JEE Main 2018 – Answer Key, Result and Cut Off Analysis


JEE Main 2018 is undoubtedly the most popular engineering entrance test in India organized at national level. CBSE- the regulatory body of JEE Main 2018 has announced the JEE Main 2018 Exam Date (offline). The students interested in various streams of B.E./B.Tech & B.Arch will be participating in JEE Main 2018. Prestigious institutions like NITs, CFTIs and others get the candidates shortlisted on the basis of their score in JEE. On the other hand, JEE Main is also considered as an eligibility test for JEE Advanced which is the gateway to IITs and ISM. CBSE made Aadhar Card issued by UIDAI mandatory for the JEE Main aspirants from the year 2017. Here the students can fetch the most authentic information such as application form, eligibility, exam dates, exam pattern and syllabus of JEE Main 2018.

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JEE Main 2018 Exam Dates

Have a look of the table to know everything about JEE Main 2018 Exam.

Events Exam Dates
JEE Main 2018 Notification issued 3rd week of November 2017
Online Application Form Availability 1st week of December 2017
Image Correction Last Date 2nd week of December 2017
Online Application Form Last date 1st week of January 2018
Last Date of Fee Deposit 1st week of January 2018
Application Form Correction Window 2nd half of January 2018
Admit Card Issue Date 2nd week of March 2018
Examination Date for Offline Exam(Pen & Paper Based Test) 8th April 2018 (Commenced)
Examination Date for online exam (Computer Based Test) 2nd week of April 2018
Answer Key & OMR Sheet 3rd week of April 2018
Result Announcement (Score & Rank) 4th week of April 2018


Changes in the Rules of JEE Main made Last Year

Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India enacted some new policies intended to make changes in the pattern of JEE Main Exam. Let’s have a quick look:

  • All India Rank (AIR) in JEE Main will be calculated without giving weightage to senior secondary marks
  • Candidates must have scored minimum 75% marks (65% for SC/ST) in higher secondary examination or must be in top 20 percentile in class 12th examination organized by a recognized board to be eligible for admission to IITs, NITs, IIITs, CFTIs.
  • Aadhar Card Number is mandatory for a candidate while registering
  • Meghalaya, J & K and Assam domiciles are exempted from putting their Aadhar Card Number as a mandatory thing. Such candidates can mention their ration card number, bank account number, passport number, or any other valid ID issued by Government to appear in the exams at a center in their hometown.

JEE Main Application form 2018

All the candidates are advised to carefully read the information brochure before filling the JEE Main 2018 application form. They will get the details regarding application fee & mode of payment, procedure of applying in the brochure only. Read the below pointers about JEE Mail application form:

  • JEE Main application form can be filled through online mode only
  • Any printed copy will not be issued while applying for JEE Main
  • Tentative date for application release will fall in the first week of December 2017
  • Having Aadhaar Number/Aadhaar Enrollment Number/Registration Number is mandatory for a candidate to apply for JEE Main.
  • Candidates also need to upload their scanned photograph and signature according to the format defined apart from filling their academic and personal details.
  • Acknowledgement slip will be available for download after successful submission of application form.

Application Fee

The gender of the candidate, exam mode, and category are the determining factors for the application fee of JEE Mains 2018. Kindly check the table below:


Papers Offline mode (Pen & Paper Based) Online mode (Computer Based)
Appearing General/OBCs (Boys) SC/ST/PWD/All Girls General/OBCs (Boys) SC/ST/PWD/All Girls
For Examination Centers selected in India
Paper 1 or 2 1000 500 500 250
Paper 1 and 2 both 1800 900 1300 650
For Examination Centers selected in Abroad
Paper 1 or 2 2500 1250 2500 1250
Paper 1 and 2 both 3800 1900 3800 1900


  • Fee can be deposited either through credit card/debit card or e-challan.
  • Pay Syndicate/ICICI/HDFC/Canara Bank in cash to get the e-challan issued for fee deposit.

Correction Process of JEE Main Application

  • Uploaded images (signature and photograph) can be corrected.
  • Candidates can also make correction in the details like city of examination, change in exam mode from PBT to CBT, change in paper-2 to paper-1.
  • Only selected fields can be corrected by the candidates

Eligibility Criteria

Read the below text watchfully to know the eligibility criteria for JEE Main 2018:

Age Criteria:

  • Date of Birth: Candidates born on or after 1st October 1993 can appear in the JEE Main examination.
  • Relaxation: SC/ST & PWD candidates shall be provided with 5 years relaxation in the upper age limit. It means that the candidates who are from this category and born on or after 1st October 1988 are eligible.
  • Secondary education board certificate will be considered as the proof for DoB.

Qualification Criteria:

  • Qualifying Exam: Candidates who have passed the 12th examination/qualifying examination with 5 subjects will be eligible for JEE Main 2018.
  • Subjects: It is mandatory to pass qualifying exam with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics as major subjects.
  • No Minimum Marks: Just the passing marks in 12th examination are good to go for attempting the JEE Main exam.
  • Passing Year: Higher secondary examination pass-outs in 2016 and 2017 are also eligible to apply. Moreover, 12th appearing candidates in 2018 are also eligible for filling the JEE Main application form.
  • Candidates who were failed in 12th Exam in 2015 and passed in 2016 are also not eligible.
  • Diploma Holders: Diploma holders are also allowed to apply for JEE Main 2018 but they can apply for admission to IITs only. It simply means, JEE Main Scores of Diploma holders will not be considered for admission. They will have to further apply for JEE Advanced for IITs.

Number of Attempts:

Candidates can attempt 3 times for JEE Main. The counting of attempts will be started from the year 2017. Moreover, there are maximum 2 attempts in consecutive years for JEE Advanced.

IITs, NITs, CFTIs Admission Eligibility:

Marks Criteria: A candidate should have scored 75% marks in 12th examination or must secure his/her place in the top 20 percentile in the 12th examination of respective boards to be eligible for admission in IITs, NITs, CFTIs.

JEE Main 2018 Exam Pattern

Read the vital info about JEE Main Exam Pattern 2018 below. The complete details about subjects, marking schemes, numbers of questions, etc. are provided. Exam structure of both the papers is mentioned separately for better understanding of the aspirants:

JEE Main Paper-1:

  • Course: Paper-1 is the assessment of the candidates for admission into B.E./B.Tech courses.
  • Exam Mode: Paper 1 will be conducted in both modes, offline (PBT) as well as online (CBT). Candidates can go for any of the one according to their suitability.
  • Subjects: The questions from Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics subjects will be asked.
  • Number of Questions: Total 90 question with maximum 360 marks. 30 questions from each of the aforesaid subjects will be asked.
  • Type of Questions: Paper 1 will be carrying only objective type questions.
  • Language: The question paper will be available in English & Hindi in all the exam centers. Only a few exam centre cities in Gujarat, Daman & Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli are exceptional in this regard where Gujarati will also be included as language choice along with English and Hindi. A candidate needs to opt for the choice of language while filling up the application form.
  • Exam Duration: 3 Hours are decided as the maximum time duration.
  • Marking Scheme: Candidates will attain +4 marks for each correct answer.
  • Negative Marking: One mark will be deducted for one wrong answer.

For JEE Main Paper-2:

  • Course: Paper-2 is aimed at offering admissions in B.Arch/B.Planning courses.
  • Exam Mode: This paper can be attempted in offline (PBT) mode only.
  • Number of Questions: Paper is divided in three parts wherein Mathematics will carry 30 questions, 50 questions will be asked in aptitude test (Part-2) and 2 drawing questions. Paper 2 is of total 390 marks.
  • Type of Questions: Only Drawing test will be subjective. Rest topics will be in objective type questions.
  • Language: The question paper will be available in English & Hindi in all the exam centers. Only a few exam centre cities in Gujarat, Daman & Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli are exceptional in this regard where Gujarati will also be included as language choice along with English and Hindi.
  • Exam Duration: 3 Hours are decided as the maximum time duration.
  • Marking Scheme: Candidates will attain +4 marks for each correct answer.
  • Negative Marking: One mark will be deducted for one wrong answer.
Papers Subjects Number of Questions Maximum Marks
Paper-1 Physics 30 Questions 120 marks
Chemistry 30 Questions 120 marks
Mathematics 30 Questions 120 marks
Paper-2 Mathematics 30 Questions 120 marks
Aptitude Test 50 Questions 200 marks
Drawing 2 Questions 70 marks

JEE Main 2018 Syllabus

Aspirants can know about topics and chapters to be asked in JEE Main’s Paper 1 & Paper 2 by going through JEE Main 2018 Syllabus. The syllabus of both the papers is completely different as Paper 1 & Paper 2 is for different courses. 11th & 12th level Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics of different boards including CBSE, ICSE, etc. are the major subjects of Paper 1.

Moreover, Mathematics, aptitude test and drawing are the main subjects for Paper 2. CBSE has uploaded the detailed syllabus on the official website. Candidates can download it easily.

JEE Main Admit Card 2018

  • JEE Main 2018 admit card will be available for download from the second week of March 2018.
  • CBSE will issue the admit card via online mode only.
  • Admit card will carry necessary details like exam schedule, candidate’s roll number, exam centre details, etc.

JEE Main Answer Key

Most probably, in the third week of April 2018, CBSE will be releasing the answer key & images of response sheets (OMR) of paper-1 and paper-2. It will enable the candidates to cross check their answers with the officially correct answers. It will help them calculate their marks precisely. INR 1000/- per question is the charge if someone is not satisfied with a answer and wants to challenge the same.

JEE Result Main 2018

  • Result of JEE Main are expected to be declared in the last week of April 2018 through online mode.
  • JEE Main 2018 result carries the details of actual scores and rank secured in the exam.
  • The eligibility of students for JEE Advanced depends upon their score in JEE Main results.
  • IITs, NITs, IIITs, CFTIs, SFTIs will consider All India rank (AIR) for admission

JEE Main Cut off

  • Candidates, who want to be eligible for JEE Advanced or secure their admission in the top colleges, need to secure cut-off marks. JEE Main 2018 cut-off will be available just after the exam completion. Checking the previous years’ cut offs is also a great idea to analyze the trends.
  • JEE cut off for academic year 2016-2017 was as follows:
  • Gen category – 105
  • OBC – 70
  • SC – 50
  • ST – 44

JEE Mains Counselling 2018

  • Centralized counselling for admission into NITs/IITs/IIITs and CFTIs is conducted by JoSAA/CSAB every year.
  • AIR and choices filled by the candidates are the major grounds for their admission.
  • Counselling and seat allocation process is an inevitable event to participate for securing admission.
  • State level collages also offer admission on the basis of JEE score. Students looking for admission in state colleges will have to appear in the state counseling separately.