Difference between JEE Advanced & JEE Main

Last Updated - February 28 2018

Both JEE Mains and JEE Advanced are national level entrance exams for admission in the premier engineering institutes in India. JEE Mains is organized by CBSE for admission to NITs, IIITs, CFTIs as well as other engineering and technology institutes run by the state governments and private institutions while JEE Advanced is organized by IITs for admission in 23 IITs in the country. JEE Mains 2018 is scheduled for April 8, April 15 & April 16, 2018 while JEE Advanced exam will be organized on May 20, 2018.

Both these exams are interconnected as JEE Mains is the eligibility test for appearing JEE Advanced exam. However, top 2.4 lac rank holders of Mains exam are applicable for Advanced exam. Almost 12 lac aspirants register for Mains exam.

Read on to know the differences between both the exams.

Difference in Eligibility Criteria

JEE Mains Eligibility Criteria

Any aspirant who has qualified Class 12th from a recognised Government organization is applicable to apply online for the exam. There is no prescribed percentage need to appear for the exam but for admission to the NITs, IIITs & CFTIs, the aspirant must score at least 75% marks in the qualifying exam or must be in top 20 percentile in the class 12th examination. For SC/ST aspirants, the at least score should be 65% marks.Check Detailed JEE Main Eligibility

JEE Advanced Eligibility Criteria

The top 2, 24,000 rank holders of the JEE Mains exam are applicable to appear for the JEE Advanced exam. Check Detailed JEE Advanced Eligibility

Difference in Number of attempts

JEE Mains Attempts

An aspirant can attempt Mains exam for three consecutive years i.e. an aspirant can give the exam only 3 times and that too consecutively.

JEE Advanced Attempts

Unlike JEE Mains, the aspirants can appear for the JEE Advanced exam only two consecutive times.

Difference in Exam Format

Although both the exams have two papers, there is a difference in the paper formats of both the exams.

JEE Mains Exam Format

JEE Mains exam consists of two papers- Paper 1 and Paper 2. Highlights of the exam are as follows:

SpecificationsJEE Main 2018 Format for Paper 1JEE Main 2018 Format for Paper 2
SubjectsPhysics, Chemistry and MathematicsAptitude test, Mathematics and Drawing
Type of QuestionsMCQ (Multiple Choice Questions)MCQ (Multiple Choice Questions)
Medium of ExamEnglish and HindiEnglish and Hindi
Period of Exam3 Hours3 Hours
Total Marks360390
Marking SchemeEach question carries 4 marks and For every inaccurate attempt, 1/4 marks will be deductedEach objective type question carries 4 marks and For every objective type inaccurate attempt, 1/4 marks will be deducted. 2 drawing questions contain total 70 marks

Read More JEE Main 2018 Exam Format

JEE Advanced Exam Format

SpecificationsJEE Advanced 2018 Format for Paper 1JEE Advanced 2018 Format for Paper 2
SubjectsPhysics, Chemistry, and Mathematics(-)
Type of QuestionsMCQ (Multiple Choice Questions)Numerical type Questions
Medium of ExamEnglish and HindiEnglish and Hindi
Period of Exam3 Hours3 Hours

Check Here JEE Advanced 2018 Exam Format

Difference in Syllabus

There is a lot of difference between the syllabi of both the exams. There are many topics which are comprised of JEE Mains but not in JEE Advanced and vice-versa.

JEE Mains Syllabus

The JEE Mains syllabus includes the syllabus of CBSE Class 11 and 12 Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics subjects. Topics like Electronic Devices, Electromagnetic Waves, and Communication Systems are comprised of Mains exam but they are not asked in JEE Advanced. Similarly, some of the topics of Mathematics like Sets, Relations and Functions, Statistics and Probability, Trigonometry and Mathematical Reasoning are comprised of JEE Mains but not in JEE Advanced.

JEE Advanced Syllabus

Unlike JEE Mains, it comprises few extra topics than the class 12th syllabus. For e.g. The Mains exam does not comprise some of the topics of JEE Advanced like Thermal Physics is comprised in Advanced but is not asked in Mains. Similarly, Electrochemistry is comprised in Advanced but not in Mains. Check JEE Advanced Syllabus

Differences in Difficulty Level

Although difficulty level of an exam depends upon your preparation, let us discuss the difficulty level of both the exams.

JEE Mains – Difficulty Level

This exam is considered to be easier than JEE Advanced as it only tests the aspirants on the syllabus of class 11th and 12th. However, good marks are needed in the Mains exam to appear for JEE Advanced. Check Here JEE Main Preparation Tips

JEE Advanced -  Difficulty Level

It is considered to be tougher than Mains exam as it comprises topics other than class 11th and 12th and moreover, it tests the problem-solving skills of the students.

Conclusion: So, these were the differences between the two interconnected exams i.e.  JEE Mains and JEE Advanced. We hope that our article would have completed all your doubts about the differences in the exam.


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