JEE Main 2020 January or April – Which one to Attempt?

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We all know that JEE Main is almost here – less than 35 days to go. The January session exams will be conducted between 6th January 2020 and 11th January 2020. For the April session, the exam will be conducted from 3rd April 2020 to 9th April 2020.

However, after NTA took over CBSE to become the conducting body of JEE Main, JEE Main was held twice last year, first in January and April 2019.

Similarly, it will be held twice in 2020 as well in January and April. With the changes made in the examination pattern of the JEE Main 2020 examination this year, many aspirants, like you, are now in a dilemma.

The big question in every aspirant’s mind is: ‘Whether to focus on JEE Main in January or concentrate on the exam in April’.

READ: 4 must-know changes in the JEE Main 2020 exam pattern

What are the changes?

  • The total number of questions has been reduced from 100 to 75.
  • The candidates will be marked out of 300 marks instead of 360 marks.
  • There will be 25 questions each from Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics.
  • Out of the 25 questions, 5 questions will be integer-based or numerical value questions.
  • The numerical value questions won’t have any negative marking.

Since the exam will be conducted twice, it is not compulsory for aspirants to appear in both the sessions.  Now you can choose whether to appear for the exam in January or in April, and hence the dilemma is obvious.

Let us help you out to take this decision wisely. Read ahead:

So, which one should you attempt?

Scenario 1: Attempt JEE Main in January 2020

If you have prepared well in advance and have already completed the JEE Main syllabus, then attempting the exam in January is the best bet. It will give you ample time to prepare for your board examinations as well.

JEE Main in January is also important because of the uncertainty of the difficulty level of the paper in April.

Scenario 2: Attempt JEE Main in April 2020

If you are not confident in your preparation, then you should use the January exam as a mock test. This will help you to get the hang of the exam in the real exam environment. It is a good way to understand your prep level beforehand.

Scenario 3: Attempt both the JEE Main exams

It is the ideal way to go about it. Why take any attempt lightly? The format of the exam is such that it gives you ample opportunities to do better.

It usually happens that an aspirant has prepared well, but due to the pressure of the exam, they don’t perform well. So, if you don’t believe in second chances, you should!

Your best score in both the exams will be considered for admissions, so even if you are satisfied with your first attempt, you should always strive to improve your previous efforts.

The best part about attempting the exam twice is that your best score will be considered as your final score. So, it’s a win-win situation for you.

How to know about your preparations?

Tracking your preparations for an exam like JEE is equally important as preparing for it. The only way to know that is by taking online mock tests and analysing your results. Also, prepare more smartly by tracking your preparation through myPAT’s prep tracker.

myPAT is all you need to prepare for the exam because the detailed analytics give you a clear picture of your strengths and weaknesses. You will be able to see the concepts you need to work on and improve upon them.

Buddy, what are you waiting for? Get to practice with myPAT now!

2 Replies to “JEE Main 2020 January or April – Which one…”

  1. I just wish 2 clear dat whether the best score out of the given attempts in jee 2021 admission will be considered or not?????

    1. Hi Astha, there is no official announcement yet made on this by NTA. However, going by past trends and policies, the best score of either the January or the April attempt is considered for the admission.

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