Difference between JEE Main and JEE Advanced

IIT JEE is one of the milestones that the engineering aspirants need to cross in order to get into the elite IITs. Around 27 lakh students appear every year in JEE Main out of which just 2.5 lakh from all categories would make it to the JEE Advanced. Moreover, students coming in the top 20 percentile of their class 12 boards and who get through the JEE Advanced would finally feature in the final merit list of the IITs.

Cracking JEE Main is a dream of lakhs of aspiring engineers. If you are one of those budding engineers then JEE Main is the first milestone that you need to cross to get closer to your dream. Due to the rising competition, getting through esteemed exams like the JEE has become quite challenging. JEE Main is the chief examination that is conducted by various government-funded technical institutions such as NITs and IIITs while JEE-Advanced examination is mainly conducted by IITs. Thus a person can feature in the merit list of IITs only on the basis of the score obtained in JEE Advanced.

IIT JEE Main and IIT JEE Advanced are quite interrelated but at the same time, they differ in various respects. The score of JEE Main is essential for getting into 4-year science and engineering degree courses of institutions like NITs, IIITs, and other national-level colleges in India. Only those who qualify the JEE Main are entitled to sit for JEE Advanced. Those successful in Advanced are then entitled to gain admission into first-semester degree programs offered by IITs. Thus, in order to get into the elite IITs, candidates have to go through a 3-tier entrance test.

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 2,50,000 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 1 and paper 2.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.

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