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JEE Main Exam 2021 HIGHLIGHTS: Math could be the deciding factor, claim experts

JEE Main 2021 HIGHLIGHTS: The JEE (Main) – 2021 for February (Session 1) is being held from February 23 to 26, 2021 in which a total of 661776 candidates have registered. Out of this, 652627 candidates will appear for paper 1 or BE or BTech exam.

By: Education Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: February 25, 2021 9:25:55 am
JEE Main 2021: BE, BTech exam begins today. (Image Source: NTA website)

JEE Main Exam 2021 HIGHLIGHTS: Students have found to be the first session of the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main for BE/BTech admissions to be easy. Experts, however, claim that several odd questions were asked in exam. For instance, in chemistry, some questions were asked from lab manual. An important topic, rotation was not asked at all in physics. Experts also claim that the exam give more emphasis on the class 12 syllabus.

Read | JEE Main BE, BTech analysis

This is the second day of JEE Main 2021 February session. On the first day, the exam for the BArch and BPlanning was held while today the BE and BTech entrance test will take place.

This year, the National Testing Agency (NTA) had given several relaxations to JEE aspirants including choices in the exam and the option to appear for the exam four times a year. Irrespective of the number of choices, students will be ranked based on the best score they have obtained, as per the rules. The relaxations are offered as the entire academic session was disrupted due to the pandemic.

The JEE (Main) – 2021 for February (Session 1) is being held from February 23 to 26, 2021 in which a total of 6,61,776 candidates have registered. Out of this, 652627 candidates will appear for paper 1 or BE or BTech exam.

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09:24 (IST)25 Feb 2021
What are your options after JEE Main?

After clearing JEE Main, students have two options, they can either seek admission through counseling rounds or they can appear for JEE Advanced. Only the top 2.5 lakh candidates are eligible for admission to JEE Advanced 2021. Through JEE Main score alone, candidates can seek admission into 31 NITs, 26 IIITs, 30 GFTIs, and IIEST Shibpur. The entrance exam is also a gateway for JEE Advanced.

19:42 (IST)24 Feb 2021
JEE Main exam analysis

In the morning section, the chemistry was comparatively tougher with unusual questions from lab manual while in the afternoon shift, there were tricky questions in the mathematics section, claim experts, check detailed analysis here...

19:01 (IST)24 Feb 2021
"Math section to be deciding factor"

Mathematic section the toughest among sections, said Ajay Kumar Sharma, National Academic Director (Engineering), Aakash Educational Services Ltd. (AESL) who said that the section can be the deciding factor. "Students who scored well in math can get better ranks. While the overall exam was easy and the option of having the choice in exam gave students a respite, the math section was comparatively tougher. In chemistry too there were some calculative questions. Most of the questions were from NCERT. Those students who would have participated in past year papers would find the exam easier."

18:09 (IST)24 Feb 2021
What happened during last year's Jan result

Last year, the first attempt was held in January and in the January attempt, a total of nine students have scored 100 percentile score; of them were twin brothers from Delhi have topped the exam by scoring 100 and 99.9 percentile score. One of the toppers,Divyanshu Aggarwal was born in a family of doctors and was expected to follow medicine at first but he claims that it was his love for mathematics that made him choose the engineering stream. Another 100 percentile scorer, Akhil Jain is set to be first engineer in his family. Born and brought up in Kota, Akhil was always inclined towards academics.

16:54 (IST)24 Feb 2021
Board exam criteria relaxed for admissions

Just like last year, this year too, the board exam criteria has been relaxed. This means, candidates will get admissions based on their JEE Main result and just have to pass the board exams. Earlier a minimum of 75 per cent marks was the minimum requirement to seek admissions.

16:48 (IST)24 Feb 2021
JEE Main May attempt clashes with board exams, NTA gives option to chose exam dates

The National Testing Agency (NTA) will allow Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main aspirants to choose the dates on which they wish to appear for the engineering entrance exam. The facility is being offered as the JEE Main May attempt is coinciding with several state and CBSE board exams. For this, the agency will reopen the application forms in May.

16:27 (IST)24 Feb 2021
JEE Main repkaces UPSEE

This year, the JEE Main has replaced the state-level entrance exam — Uttar Pradesh State Entrance Examination (UPSEE). Candidates seeking admissions to Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Technical University (AKTU), Lucknow will have to appear for the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main — the national-level engineering entrance exam. 

15:35 (IST)24 Feb 2021
Number of attempts doubled for JEE Main

The first attempt is usually held in January. However, this year, it has been deferred due to the pandemic. Further, the number of attempts offered in a year has also been doubled. “In the first attempt, the students will get a first-hand experience of taking an examination and will know their mistakes which they can improve while attempting for the next time,” the NTA said in an official notice. The next three sessions will be held in March, April, and May 2021.

15:10 (IST)24 Feb 2021
Exam begins for second shift

The JEE Main February exam has begun for the second shift. As soon as a candidate enters the exam hall and take his/her seat, the first thing is to ensure is that the question paper available on the computer is as per his/her opted subject indicated in the admit card. In case, the subject of the question paper is other than his/her opted subject, the same may be brought to the notice of the Invigilator concerned

13:56 (IST)24 Feb 2021
'Physics toughest among sections'

While some called physics to be the toughest section, other experts claim it was math which was the most difficult. Ajay Kumar Sharma, National Academic Director (Engineering), Aakash Educational Services Ltd. (AESL) said that mathematics was the toughest section followed by chemistry followed by physics. "If we compare this paper with last year's, it was relatively easy, and the portion of class 12th syllabus was seemingly prominent in this session," he said.

13:52 (IST)24 Feb 2021
These topics were asked in exam

In chemistry questions covered chapters including chemical bonding, co-ordination compounds. Heat and thermodynamics had more weightage. Inorganic chemistry had mostly questions from NCERT. In physics, questions were asked from kinematics, optics, electrostatics, magnetism, current electricity, EM waves, heat and thermodynamics. Few numerical-based questions had lengthy calculations but were easy. Theory-based questions from class 12 chapters of NCERT were asked. In mathematics, 1uestions were asked from chapters majorly from Calculus, co-ordinate Geometry, Algebra, Vector and 3D Geometry. Few numerical-based questions required lengthy calculations. Weightage was given to Calculus.

13:29 (IST)24 Feb 2021
Physics easiest among sections

Questions covered almost all chapters of class 11 and 12 of CBSE board, however, weightage was given to class 12 chapters in maths and chemistry. Maths and chemistry were of a moderate level while physics was easiest amongst the three subjects. This paper was easy to moderate level as per students, informed Ramesh Batlish, managing partner at FIITJEE Noida and mentor-FIITJEE East Delhi.

13:05 (IST)24 Feb 2021
Several out of ordinary questions in JEE Main session 1

Saurabh Kumar, Director Academics, VidyaMandir Classes informed that the chemistry section had 3-4 questions from lab-manual which are usually not asked in the paper were put in today's exam. This is unusual from the normal trend. In chemistry, questions were asked from the periodic table, chemical bonding. In organic chemistry, there were questions from reactions, coordination compound, equilibrium, and solutions topics. In physics -  three qestions were asked from semi-conductors. This topic usually has only one question. Further, questions were asked from unit and demisions chapter. There were more questions from class 12 than class 11. In physics, questions from modern physics and current electricity were asked. No questions were asked from rotation chapter which is an important topic. Other topics from which questions were asked include, thermodynamics, in math coordinate, calculus, determinant matrices, and quadratic equation.

12:58 (IST)24 Feb 2021
Paper easier than usual

The JEE Main first session exam was comparatively easier than that of last year, claim students despite the exam having several out of ordinary questions. Saurabh Kumar, Director Academics, VidyaMandir Classes informed that 'the exam was easier to solve and less lengthy as compared to previous years. Questions had to be solved in decimal and not till integer level. Students were relieved because of the options in the exam.'

12:32 (IST)24 Feb 2021
Security measures undertaken by NTA

The exams are bing held amid Covid-19 protocols. Further, several other anti-cheating mechanisms have been put in place including jammers, CCTV surveillance. The NTA has also made arrangements for live viewing at any remote location and recording CCTVs systems of all examination centres from the control room located in the NTA premises of New Delhi.

11:56 (IST)24 Feb 2021
4.54 lakh of 6.52 lakh BE/BTech applicants male

Of the 6,52,627 students who have registered to appear for BE, BTech exams, most of the students are males. A total of 4,54,852 male students, 1,97,771 females, and four transgender students had applied this year for BE and BTech exams.

11:24 (IST)24 Feb 2021
JEE Main BE, BTech entrance held today

The entrance exam for admission to BE and BTech courses is being held today. This is the first session of the exam. Yesterday, the JEE Main was held for BArch and BPlanning courses. Just like every year, most of the students registered to appear for the engineering courses. A total of 661776 candidates have registered to appear for the February attempt of which 652627 candidates will appear for Paper 1 (B.E./B.Tech.) and 63065 candidates will appear for Paper 2A and Paper 2B

JEE Main HIGHLIGHTS: Exam for BE, BTech admissions begins today

JEE Main HIGHLIGHTS: Those who clear JEE Main will be eligible for admission to undergraduate courses at NITs, IIITs, and other Centrally Funded Technical Institutions (CFTIs), institutions funded by participating state governments, and other Institutions. JEE Main is also an eligibility test for JEE Advanced - entrance gateway for admission to IITs.