4 Must Know Changes In JEE Main 2020 Exam Pattern

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With less than 60 days left to the JEE Main 2020 January session, it’s easy to guess that your preparations must be in full swing. We are also sure that you must be aware of the latest changes made in the exam pattern of JEE Main 2020.

If you’re not so sure about what the changes are, how will they benefit you, and how to prepare while keeping the changes in mind, then you’re at the right place. Keep on reading!

Recently, as proposed by the JEE Apex Body (JAB), NTA introduced some major changes in the exam pattern of JEE Main 2020. JEE Main 2020 will begin from 6th January 2020 and will end on 11th January 2020.

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Major Changes In The Exam Pattern

As a JEE aspirant, it’s highly significant to understand these changes and how they benefit you. Here are 4 must-know changes in the exam pattern of JEE Main 2020:

  1. Fewer questions – 75 instead of 90: Before the changes were announced, students had to solve a total of 90 questions – 30 questions each from Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics (PC & M). Well, that’s a thing of the past now.
    From now on, you just need to attempt 75 questions – 25 each from PC & M. This makes things easier for you – attempting 75 questions are any day better than 90 questions.
  2. 60 MCQ type questions, not 75: As the changes suggest, there will be 60 multiple-choice questions (MCQs) out of the total 75 questions. The remaining 15 questions (5 from each subject) will be numerical or integer type questions.
    If you’re also preparing for JEE Advanced, then these non-MCQ type questions would be really simple to solve.
  1. No negative marking in numerical questions: The best part about the newest change is that there is NO negative marking in the 15 non-MCQ or numerical type questions. Even if you aren’t too sure about any of the answers, you can mark an answer based on the closest possible correct option you can think of.
    (+ 4) marks are definitely preferable than (-1) marks. You can attempt the numerical question without worrying about negative marking, despite not being completely sure about its answer.
  2. 300 marks rather than 360: As the total number of questions has been reduced from 90 to 75, the total number of marks has also decreased. From now on, students will be marked from 300 marks as compared to 360 marks. Overall, the changes reflect a reduction in questions as well as marks.

Check out this amazing video to clear all your doubts regarding the new exam pattern:

Benefits Of The Exam Pattern Changes

Here are some of the advantages of the changed exam pattern:

  • 4 minutes instead of 2 minutes – As the number of questions is now 75 as compared to 90, the biggest advantage is that you’ll get an average of 2.4 minutes per answer instead of 2 minutes.
  • 80% MCQ and 20% numerical type questions – With the inclusion of 15 non-MCQ type questions, it has reduced the percentage of MCQ questions from 100 to 80, which is an added advantage.
  • Numerical questions are easier to solve – If you’ve previously solved integer type non-MCQ questions, then attempting those questions is an easy job. Apart from it, there is no negative marking in these questions; you can anyway attempt them without any issue.

How to Prepare Now?

With a sudden change in the pattern, it has left students confused as to how to go ahead with their preparation? Well, the answer is simple. There is nothing special or extraordinary to do while preparing because the changes are for your good.

Here are some handy preparation tips:

  • First, keep preparing the way you’ve been so far as the syllabus is still the same.
  • Attempt the 15 numerical type questions before the MCQ questions.
  • Solve previous year question papers.
  • Attempt mock tests.
  • PRACTICE hard.

Confused about where to practice? Chill, myPAT is here.  Solve previous year papers on myPAT. Take mock tests on a real-like NTA screen, only on myPAT.

JEE Main is tough, but you are tougher. Prepare like a champ. All the best!

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