The JEE Main 2020 is being conducted by The National Testing Agency (NTA) for admission to Undergraduate Programs in NITs, IIITs and other Centrally Funded Technical Institutions (CFTIs).
The exam is conducted twice in a year - January and April. The students have options to appear in one or both phases. The result will however consider the students’ performance in the best of the two phases.
This year, the JEE Main April 2020 exams have been postponed in view of coronavirus pandemic. The revised date of exam is expected to be annonced after April 14, 2020.
What are the subjects and what is the level of difficulty?
Clearing JEE (Main) is not a difficult task. Systematic approach towards its preparation will help students get admission into one of the top National Institutes of Technology (NITs). JEE (Main) consists of CBSE syllabus of Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics and some common topics from 11th & 12th of State boards. About 25% questions in the examinations paper are easy, 50% are average and 25% are difficult. The cut-off for JEE (Main) is generally around 65% for NITs & IIITs.
How to prepare for JEE (Main)?
FIITJEE expert says, a two-year planned, organized preparation for JEE (Main) is all that is required. Every set of problems needs to be approached differently and with a separate methodology. Regular practice makes a student confident to tackle the problems. Speed and Accuracy is the key to success.
Books & study material which help in shaping your conceptual understanding must be referred to while preparing for JEE (Main). As the current pattern of JEE Main is a Computer Based Test (CBT), it is recommended to have enough practice of the same before the actual exam. For sample papers one can download the same from the JEE Main official website.
Pattern of JEE Main:
As per the latest pattern of JEE Main held in Jan 2020, the total marks for this paper was 300. The duration of the paper was 3 hrs with total 75 questions including all three subjects (25 each in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics). In each subject there were 20 multiple choice questions (MCQs) with One correct option and 5 questions with answer as numerical value. The marking scheme for MCQs was +4 for the correct answer, -1 for incorrect answers and 0 for an un-attempted question while the marking scheme for the Numerical value questions was +4 for a correct answer and 0 if incorrect or un-attempted. The paper was conducted in Computer Based Test (CBT) mode only.
Comparison of the JEE (Main) Papers held in Jan 2020 for Physics:
For the Paper held on 7th Jan (Forenoon Session) it was found that 52% questions were easy, 36% medium level and 12% difficult. More weightage was given to chapters like Mechanics, Electromagnetic Induction, Heat & Thermodynamics.
For the Paper held on 7th Jan (Afternoon Session) it was found that 36% questions were easy, 44% medium level and 20% difficult. More weightage was given to chapters like Mechanics, Electrostatics, Current Electricity and Magnetics & EM Waves.
For the Paper held on 8th Jan (Forenoon Session) it was found that 44% questions were easy, 52% medium level and 4% difficult. More weightage was given to chapters like Mechanics, Electrostatics, Current Electricity and Optics.
For the Paper held on 8th Jan (Afternoon Session) it was found that 32% questions were easy, 56% medium level and 12% difficult. More weightage was given to chapters like Mechanics, Electrostatics, Current Electricity, Magnetics, EM Waves Heat & Thermodynamics.
For the Paper held on 9th Jan (Forenoon Session) it was found that 32% questions were easy, 48% medium level and 20% difficult. More weightage was given to chapters like Mechanics, Electrostatics, Current Electricity, Magnetics, Electromagnetic Induction & Modern Physics.
For the Paper held on 9th Jan (Afternoon Session) it was found that 44% questions were easy, 48% medium level and 8% difficult. More weightage was given to chapters like Mechanics, Electromagnetic Waves, Semiconductors, Magnetics & Electromagnetic Induction.
JEE Main 2020 exam tips: Physics
1) Mechanics is one topic of Physics that is considered less scoring by most experts. However, to add to the dilemma this is also the topic that forms the major portion of the JEE (Main) in terms of marks. So, this topic cannot be neglected.
2) One must also try to concentrate on other scoring topics to ensure a better performance, for example Optics, Electricity and Magnetism, etc.
3) Kinematics and Particle dynamics are very important topics of Mechanics that make regular appearance in the JEE papers.
4) Refer to past years' JEE papers, and sample test papers to understand what to expect in the exam when you have started solving advanced level problems. According to the general trends, Mechanics and Electricity and Magnetism are the most important topics in terms of the number of questions asked in JEE of previous years. In the decreasing order of the marks they carry are listed different topics of Physics according to their appearance in previous year's papers.
Thermodynamics is important from the terms of both Physics and Chemistry so concentrate on that as well.