Top Differences between JEE Main and JEE Advanced

Both IIT JEE Main and IIT JEE Advanced are the exam for students to get into top engineering colleges in India. Qualifying IIT JEE 2020 Exam with good marks gives you the wonderful opportunity to join top National Institutes of Technology (NITs), Indian Institute of Technology (IITs), IIITs and CFTIs.

Both these exams are conducted by 2 different bodies. IIT JEE Main is conducted by NTA twice a year for colleges like NITs, CFTIs, IIITs and other engineering colleges. Whereas IIT JEE Advanced has conducted IITs themselves for admission into all the IITs in the country.

Both exams are related to each other. To appear for JEE Advanced a candidate must appear for JEE Main. Even though both the exams are for Engineering there are some significant differences between them.

Here the top differences between IIT JEE Main and IIT JEE Advanced.

JEE Mains VS JEE Advanced – No. of Attempts!

The JEE exam authorities have set certain rules for the number of times a student can attempt these exams.

For JEE Mains

The number of times a student can attempt JEE Main is fixed. He/she can give this exam 6 times in 3 consecutive years.

For JEE Advanced

A student can appear in JEE Advanced Exam for a maximum of 2 times and that too in the consecutive years

The difference in Difficulty Level of JEE Mains & Advanced

Everything is difficult if you have not correctly prepared for it.”

Both these exams are difficult but JEE Advanced is more difficult than Main.

Do you know why??

Because the aim of JEE Mains is determined to get a better understanding of basic concepts of 11th and 12th class topics. Whereas, Advanced has topics other than 11th and 12th. It focuses on assessing the abilities of candidates based on their problem-solving skills.

You can check the cut off marks for both the exams and have a fair idea of their difficulty-

JEE Mains Cut off Marks

JEE Advanced Cut off Marks

JEE Mains VS JEE Advanced – Difference in Eligibility Criteria!!

To sort out the suitable candidates based on their age, educational qualifications and other criteria, the conducting bodies have decided some guidelines for JEE Exams.

JEE Mains Eligibility Criteria 

Qualifying Exam – Candidates must have taken at least 5 subjects in class 12th/qualifying examination in order to be eligible for writing JEE (Main) – 2020. The candidates who have taken 4 subjects are not eligible for the exam.

Age Criteria – There are no eligibility criteria for JEE Main 2020 for candidates belonging to General/OBC/ST/SC/PWD Categories.

JEE Advanced Eligibility Criteria

Only Top 2,50,000 candidates from JEE Main Merit List of various categories will be eligible to apply and appear for Advanced 2020.

To know more, check the eligibility criteria of both the exams below:

JEE Main Eligibility Criteria

JEE Advanced Eligibility Criteria

Difference between JEE Main and JEE Advanced in terms of Syllabus

Here come the major differences between these two exams.

There are certain topics in JEE Advanced which are not included in JEE Mains. Let’s have a look at them.

SubjectsTopics in Advanced but not in MainTopics in Mains but not in Advanced
PhysicsThermal PhysicsElectronic Devices, Electromagnetic Waves, Communication Systems
ChemistryElectrochemistry: Equivalent Conductivity, Nuclear ChemistryBiomolecules, Chemistry in Everyday Life
Mathematics _Sets, Relations and Functions, Statistics and Probability, Trigonometry, Mathematical Reasoning

Note down the complete syllabus of both the exams to mark the topics you have covered and proceed to the next level.

JEE Mains Syllabus

JEE Advanced Syllabus

JEE Mains VS JEE Advanced – Paper Pattern

Candidates can show their intelligence and eligibility for getting admission in top engineering institutes by qualifying these exams. The candidates are required to understand the Paper Pattern as qualifying JEE by getting a good score without knowing the latest exam pattern is a very difficult task. It provides a complete idea of the nature of questions which may be asked in the exam paper.

The pattern of both exams is different from each other. JEE Mains and Advanced both consists of two sets of papers – Paper 1 and Paper 2.

JEE Main 2020 Paper Pattern

 JEE Main Paper 1JEE Main Paper 2JEE Main Paper 3
SubjectsPhysics, Chem & MathsAptitude, Maths & DrawingAptitude, Maths & Planning
Mode of ExamOnlinePen & PaperOnline
LanguageEnglish, Hindi & GujaratiEnglish, Hindi & GujaratiEnglish, Hindi & Gujarati
Exam Duration3 hours3 hours3 hours
Total Marks300400400

JEE Advanced Paper Pattern 2020

 JEE Main Paper 1JEE Main Paper 2
SubjectsPhysics, Chem & MathsPhysics, Chem & Maths
Mode of ExamOnlineOnline
LanguageEnglish & HindiEnglish & Hindi
Exam Duration3 hours3 hours
Type Of QuestionMCQNumerical Answer Type

Check below the paper pattern of both the exams!

JEE Mains Exam Pattern

JEE Advanced Exam Pattern

AAT Paper Pattern 2020 

This paper is designed only for those students who wish to get admission into architectural courses that IITs offer. Architecture Aptitude Test (AAT) is also conducted by seven zonal IITs. Students must qualify the JEE Advanced paper-1 and paper -2 to appear for AAT Exam 2020.

Exam ModeOffline
Duration3 Hours
SectionsFreehand Drawing, Geometrical Drawing, 3-D Perception, Imagination and Aesthetic Sensitivity, Architectural Awareness

JEE Mains VS JEE Advanced – Admission Accepting Institutes

Here comes the main difference in terms of admission accepting institutes through both exams.

Candidates who qualify the JEE Mains can get admission in NITs, IIITS and various CFTIs across the country while IITs and ISM Dhanbad give admissions according to AIR in JEE Advanced along with top 20 percentiles in reputed boards.

Hope we have cleared all your confusions and doubts regarding the differences between JEE Main and Advanced.

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