IIT-JEE Engineering Entrance

GETTING INTO IIT: JEE MAIN AND ADVANCED

JEE MAIN AND ADVANCED

JEE Advanced will be the criteria to get into the renowned Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). It is extremely important for students to know the difference between the JEE Main exam, which is conducted by the CBSE, and the JEE Adanced, which is conducted by the IITs, is. The main differences between the two are:

JEE Main is for those candidates who wish to get into BE or B.Tech courses in the National Institutes of Technology (NITs), Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs), other Centrally Funded Technical Institutes (CFTIs) and engineering colleges of the participating states. The JEE Main is also the eligibility test that allows students to give the JEE Advanced exam which eventually leads to admission in either the IITs or the Indian School of Mines (ISM).

The JEE Main is comprised of two papers, namely, Paper 1 and Paper 2. The Paper 1 is for those who would want admission in BE and B.Tech courses and Paper 2 is for those who want admission in B.Arch and B.Planning courses. While Paper 1 is held via the online and offline mode, Paper 2 is held only offline. While applying for the JEE Main exam, the candidates must specify if they want to appear for Paper 1 or Paper 2 or both.

JEE Advanced, on the other hand, is strictly paper-based. The candidates must sit for both Paper 1 and Paper 2 in this exam to get admission into engineering courses. For the candidates who wish to be admitted into architectural courses that IITs offer, the student must clear both Paper 1 and Paper 2 in the exam and then sit for the Architecture Aptitude Test (AAT) which seven zonal IITs conduct. The candidates must register online for AAT after clearing the JEE Advanced exam. The IITs don’t issue separate admit cards for the AAT exam, the students must take their JEE Advanced 2015 admit card along with them to the AAT exam centre. If the students receive marks higher than the cut-off finalised by the Joint Implementation Committee will be granted the ‘Pass’ status. The final selection of the candidates is on the basis of the All India Rank obtained by them in the JEE Advanced exam since there is no separate ranking system for the AAT.

 

IIT JEE is one of the milestones that the engineering aspirants need to cross in order to get into the elite IITs. Around 15 lakh students are expected to take the JEE-Main 2014 out of which just 1.5 lakh from all categories would make it to the JEE (Advanced). Moreover, students coming in the top 20 percentile of their class 12th boards and who get through the JEE Advanced would finally feature in the final merit list of the IITs.

 

Some of the basic differences between JEE Main and Advanced are listed below:

  • Anybody who satisfies the eligibility criteria can sit for JEE Main. But, the top 150000 rankers of JEE Main are eligible to sit for JEE Advanced.
  • Certain top-notch institutes like IITs and ISM Dhanbad will only pick up candidates on the basis of All India Rank (AIR) in JEE Advanced subject to the condition that such candidates feature in the top 20 percentile of successful candidates of their Boards in respective categories.
  • Both JEE Main and Advanced are held in two parts – Paper 1and paper 2.
  • The paper 1 of JEE Main asks multiple choice questions in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. Both the papers of JEE Advanced ask objective type questions from the same domains.
  • Candidates have the option of attempting the paper 1 of JEE Main as a pen-paper test or an online test. But JEE Advanced does not offer any such option. Both the papers of JEE Advanced shall be paper based tests.
  • The paper 2 of JEE Main is only for gaining admission into B.Arch B.Plan program. While those interested in pursuing Architecture and Design courses in an IIT shall be required to sit for the Design Aptitude Test in a zonal IIT sometime later.
  • A candidate can sit for the JEE Main a maximum of three times during his lifetime.
  • A candidate can attempt JEE (Advanced) a maximum of two times in consecutive years.

 

The syllabus of the two exams also differs. The JEE Main exams is on the same lines of the CBSE Class 11 and 12 Physics, Chemistry and Math syllabi. The JEE Advanced requires a few extra topics to be covered for the exam. The two exams also differ since to be able to answer the JEE Advanced questions, the candidates must have in-depth knowledge of the concepts and their applications. Speed and accuracy is focused on in JEE Advanced exams whereas in JEE Mains exams only speed is focused on.

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