Joint Entrance Examination - Advanced [ JEE Advance ]

By Srushit Pargat Last Updated: November 27th, 2020

JEE Advanced

Introduction about JEE Advanced

The JEE Advanced is the prime examination to get into the IITs (Indian Institute of Technology), and to write this examination, any candidate must clear the JEE Mains conducted by NTA. As an IIT aspirant, there is always a lot of hard work and difficult circumstances involved in working towards getting into your dream college. It takes days and nights and years in preparation for this dream to come true.

Getting into your dream IIT or any IIT for that matter begins with the dedication to qualify the IIT Mains with an above-average score and rank (that crosses the cut-off, of course). It will help you to atleast save a seat in a government college before going through with the IIT Advanced examination preparation.

The JEE Advanced 2021 is going to be conducted by IIT Kharagpur. The previous list of conducting institutes is mentioned below:

Year Institute Conducting the JEE Advanced
2021 IIT Kharagpur
2020 IIT Delhi
2019 IIT Roorkee
2018 IIT Kanpur
2017 IIT Madras
2016 IIT Guwahati

JEE Advanced Important Exam Updates

Result Declaration of JEE Main 2021 4th week of April 2021
Registration for JEE Advanced 2021 commences 1st week of May 2021
Registration deadline 2nd week of May 2021
Publishing of Admit Card 3rd week of May 2021
JEE Advanced 2021 Examination 4th week of May 2021
Candidate’s response copy is sent to the candidates  4th week of May 2021
Answers Keys are published 1st week of June 2021
Candidates can challenge the answer keys 2nd week of June 2021
JEE Advanced 2021 Result is declared 2nd week of June 2021
Online registration for Architecture Aptitude Test (AAT) 2nd week of June 2021
Architecture Aptitude Test (AAT) 3rd week of June 2021
Declaration of Final Result 3rd week of June 2021


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a lot of confusion regarding the syllabus of the JEE Advanced 2021. There was some speculation that the syllabus might be reduced. The syllabus given below is updated as it was based on the reduced syllabus of CBSE. Around 30% of the previous syllabus has been reduced for CBSE. This syllabus is what the JEE Main 2021 aspirants can start preparing with. The official syllabus for JEE Main 2021 will be released soon as well for further clarifications.

The following is the syllabus for JEE Advanced 2021:-

1.       For Physics: General, Mechanics, Thermal Physics, Electricity and Magnetism, Modern Physics, Optics

2.       For Chemistry: Organic and inorganic chemistry, Physical chemistry

3.       For Mathematics: Analytical geometry, algebra, trigonometry, integral calculus, differential calculus, vectors, probability, matrices

4.       For Architecture aptitude: Geometrical drawing, freehand drawing, architectural awareness, imagination and aesthetic sensitivity, three-dimensional perception.

Topics-Number of Questions

·Examination mode: The examination for JEE Advanced 2021 will be in computer-based mode (online mode).

·Language of Instruction: Candidates can view the paper in two languages as the paper will be made available in English or Hindi language.

·Number of Papers: There shall be two papers as Paper I & Paper II. The details of these two papers can be viewed below.

·Type of Questions: Question paper shall consist of different Multiple-Choice Questions (MCQ) with single or multiple correct answer type questions.

·Duration of Examination: Candidates will get 3 hours per paper in order to solve and answer the question paper and qualify the examination depending on the cut-off.

·Subjects: The questions in the JEE Advanced 2021 will be asked from Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics subjects. The syllabus can be viewed in the subsection of Syllabus for JEE Advanced 2021.

·Marking Scheme: Candidates can check the following table for going through and getting used to the marking scheme of the different papers and subjects:

JEE Advanced 2021 Paper I:

Subjects Number of questions Total number of marks Marks per question Negative Marking
Physics 5 15 3 1
Chemistry 8 32 4 2
Mathematics 5 15 3 1

JEE Advanced 2021 Paper II:

Subjects Number of questions Total number of marks Marks per question Negative Marking
Physics 6 18 3 1
Chemistry 8 32 4 2
Mathematics 4 12 3 0

Exam pattern for AAT:

·Exam ModeAAT examination will be organized in a pen-paper method (offline based mode).

·Question Type: There will be Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) in the question paper with one correct answer.

·Duration of Examination: Candidates will get exactly 3 hours to solve and answer the question paper.

·The medium of Instruction: Questions will be asked in the English language.

·Sections in the examination: The AAT will contain three sections that are - Mathematics, Aptitude Test, and Drawing test.

·Marking Scheme for AAT: The candidates must go through the following table to know more about the number of questions & total marks in each section:

Subjects No. of Questions Total no. of marks
Mathematics 30 120
Aptitude Test 50 200
Drawing Test 2 70

JEE Advanced Eligibility Criteria

Before beginning to fill the application for the JEE Advanced 2021, it is advised that the candidates go through the following eligibility criteria to avoid the rejection or cancellation of the application form:

·Nationality: Applicants that are Indian Nationals (including OCI/ PIO), as well as candidates that are in the Foreign Nationals category, are eligible for the JEE Advanced 2021 examination.

·Educational Qualification: Candidates must have qualified 12th examination in the past two years, i.e., 2020 or 2021. This must include Physics, Mathematics & Chemistry from any recognized board or university to be eligible for the examination.

·Minimum Percentage: The previously held criteria for a candidate to have a minimum of 75% in their qualifying exams have now been relaxed. There is no minimum percentage for an applicant to pass in order to be able to apply for the examination.

·Mandatory guidelines: It was and still is mandatory that candidates need to appear first for the JEE Main 2021 exams to be allowed to appear for JEE Advanced 2021.

·Age Limit/ Restrictions: Candidates must have been born on or after October 1st 1996. There is also a five years relaxation period for candidates from reserved categories.

·The maximum number of attempts: Candidates will be allowed to attempt the JEE Advanced only two times in two consecutive years.

·Performance-based cut-offs: Candidates must come under the top 2,50,000 of the qualifying candidates in paper-1 of JEE Mains 2021 (this includes all reserved and unreserved categories).

Exam Centers

The JEE Advanced 2021 will be organized in several centers across India. Candidates will have the option to choose their exam center during the time of registration.

The JEE Advanced exam centers will be in the Indian states of Jammu & Kashmir, Delhi (NCR), Jammu & Kashmir, Manipur, Meghalaya, Gujarat, Goa, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Sikkim, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand, Odisha, Telangana, Chhattisgarh, and many others. International centres will be in countries like Ethiopia, Nepal, and, Bangladesh.

JEE Advanced 2021 Reservation Criteria

The expected category-wise reservation for JEE Advanced is mentioned in the following table:

Category Reservation
General category 50.5%
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 7.5%
Scheduled Castes (SC) 15%
A person with Disability (PwD) 5%

Process of making JEE Advanced Applications

Candidates are advised to properly browse through the following details regarding JEE Advanced 2021 before filling in the application form, as several details are to be taken seriously.

1.       Candidates looking to write the JEE Advanced 2021 and having cleared the JEE Mains 2020 (candidates that could not write the JEE Advanced 2020 due to the circumstances of the pandemic will be permitted to write JEE Advanced 2021) or JEE Mains 2021 will be able to fill in the application form from the first week of May 2021.

2.       JEE Advanced 2021 Application Form will be available in Online Mode and can be filled in and submitted until the deadline.

3.       The expected last date to fill in and submit the application form will probably be in the second week of May 2021.

4.       During the registration, the candidates must provide the valid and most recent working email ID & phone number in the application form to receive the updates without any hassle.

5.       Candidates are supposed to fill in all the required details correctly and fill in the exam city based on their exam center preference.

6.       Any application form that is incomplete or incorrectly filled shall get rejected. Hence candidates must make sure that they fill the form carefully and cautiously.

7.       Finally, the candidates need to carry a printout of the filled-in application form for future reference. This should be kept handy in case of any discrepancies in the admit card.

Candidates should also remember to keep the following documents and their copies in hand as it is necessary to carry them at the time of registration:

·       Date of Birth proof (preferably 10th passing certificate)

·       12th or equivalent certificate

·       Category certificate (required by reserved category students)

·       PwD Certificate (required by PwD category students)

·       PIO/ OCI certificate

Details for Application Fees

Candidates have the option to submit the exam application fee in both the online as well as offline modes. Candidates can pay in an online mode of payment by using a credit card, debit card, or net banking.

If a candidate wants to pay in the offline mode, then they can use the e-challan method offered by the State Bank of India (SBI) in Multi Option Payment System (MOPS) Page. Although in the prevailing circumstances, it is recommended that the applicant pays the application fees in online mode.

The application fee for Indian National Candidates and Foreign National category candidates is as mentioned in the table below:

Indian National Candidates Fees
Female candidate (all category) Rs. 1300/-
SC/ST/ PwD candidate Rs. 1300/-
All other candidates Rs. 2600/-
Foreign national candidate
Candidate from SAARC counties USD 75
Candidate from Non- SAARC countries USD 150

Best JEE Advanced Preparation Tips

Candidates should have a proper study schedule and make sure that they stick to it. They should also practice by solving the previous year question papers and sample papers while timing themselves. Candidates are also expected to go through the entire exam pattern & syllabus and assess their strategy before attempting the examination. They can also prepare short notes to make it easier to revise and keep it handy to go through on a regular basis.

Finally, keep at least the last week purely for revision. Candidates should also take a nutritious diet and sleep for a proper 8 hours during the final few days to keep themselves fit, healthy & calm for the examination day.


1)      I gave my 12th board exams in 2018. Am I eligible to write the JEE Advanced 2021?

-No, Only the candidates who have passed 12th board or equivalent in the last 2 years, i.e., 2020 or appearing for their boards in 2021, can write the examination.

2)      Can the payment for JEE Mains and JEE Advanced be made together?

-No, only those candidates that have passed mains are permitted to write JEE Advanced, and hence the payments for the examinations are made separately at different times.

3)      Is there an age limit for people who want to write the JEE Advanced 2021?

-Yes, only those applicants that were born on or after October 1st 1997 are eligible to write the examination.

4)      Can I sit for a second attempt after a gap of one year?

-No, candidates are permitted to write the exam twice in only two consecutive years.

5)      How much extra do I have to pay if I choose the Dubai center to write the JEE Advanced 2021 Examination?

- Irrespective of category or gender, all candidates who choose the Dubai exam center need to pay an application fee of 300 USD + GST.

Best Wishes to all the JEE Advanced aspirants from the College Marg Team!