JEE Main Past Year Papers – Download Previous year papers for JEE Main

# May 10, 2021 by Ojasvi Gupta

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JEE Main Past Year Papers – Download Previous year papers for JEE Main

When you practice questions from past year question papers, you tend to get a fair idea of the kind of questions that may be asked, tricks involved, topic-wise marks distribution, etc. This helps you build confidence and helps you strategize to divide your time efficiently and enhance your performance.

Though many feel that this is a waste of time, given that no question is ever repeated but what one conveniently ignores that every year the pattern of the question paper remains almost the same. When you practice questions that are based on concepts that you have studied earlier, you test your ability to apply, innovate and solve problems. This builds the required confidence in you which further helps in JEE Mains.

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The questions that you solve for the last ten years may not directly get repeated but may have slight changes in data, or have the direct application of the same concepts in a similar way. When you go through the past year’s question papers for IIT-JEE Main, you will be able to figure out the important topics and how you must revise them. This will save time in the long run and keep you focused.

Solving JEE MAIN paper from the previous years will provide the candidates with an idea about the pattern of questions asked in the examination and also help them improve their time-management skills.

Please find below the JEE MAIN Past year Papers that you can download for free:

JEE Main 2021 26 February Session Shift 1

JEE Main 2021 26 February Session Shift 2

JEE Main 2021 25 February Session Shift 1

JEE Main 2021 25 February Session Shift 2

JEE Main 2021 24 February Session Shift 1

JEE Main 2021 24 February Session Shift 2

JEE Main 2020 January 8 Session 1 Shift 1

JEE Main 2019 September 3 Shift 1

Candidates can find and download the JEE Main Past Year Question Papers here: JEE Main Past Year Papers

This has always been recommended by past year Toppers as well as Coaching Institutes and other JEE MAIN experts.

The Eligibility Criteria is important for any examination because even if a candidate does not fulfill a single criterion of the eligibility criteria declared for the examination then the candidate is not allowed to appear for the examination or even after appearing for the examination and clearing the same the admission through the examination stands canceled or void.

The JEE Main Eligibility Criteria 2021 in detail are as follows: 

Age Limit

There is no age limit for candidates.


The candidate must have passed the 12th or equivalent examination from any recognized board in 2019, 2020 or appearing in 2021 is eligible to apply for JEE Main 2021.

Number of Attempts

Candidates are eligible to attempt this exam for 3 consecutive years.

Minimum Marks Required

At least 75% marks in the 12th class examination, or be in the top 20 percentile in the 12th class / Qualifying examination conducted by the respective Boards.

For SC/ST, marks relaxation is 65% in 12th class from any recognized board


The JEE Main Exam Pattern is important to read for every student who wishes to appear for it. The JEE Main Exam Pattern gives a clear idea to the student about the type of questions, exam duration exam language, and various other important details about the examination. It also helps in the planning of preparation for the examination and successfully clearing the same.

The JEE Main 2021 or Joint Entrance Examination Main 2021 is conducted online by the NTA or National Testing Agency in Four Sessions in February, March, April, and May respectively. The Examination will be used as a selection criterion for appearing in the JEE Advanced 2021 for admissions into the IITs and JEE Main 2021 will also serve as the Entrance examination for admissions into the various Engineering, Architecture, and Science courses after 10+2 or its equivalent in the NITs or National Institutes of Technology, IIITs or Indian Institutes of Information Technology and CFTIs/GFTIs or Centrally Funded Technical Institutes/Government Funded Technical Institutes.

In the early stage of preparation, candidates should know about each and every point of the exam pattern. With the help of this exam pattern students will get an idea about the duration of the exam, marking scheme, no. of the question, etc.




Mode of Examination

Computer Based Test (CBT)

Exam Duration

3 hours (180 minutes)


Section A: (MCQ’s)




Section B: (Numerical Based)




Total number of questions

90 questions

Section A: 20 questions from each subject.

Section B: 10 questions from each subject. (candidates have to attempt any five questions out of 10 from Section B)

Type of question

MCQ’s and Numerical Based

Negative Marking

Section A: -1 will be deducted for every wrong answer (Only for MCQ’s)

Section B: No Negative Marking

Language of Paper

This Year JEE Main will be conducted in 13 regional languages. You can find the information regarding the languages above.


JEE MAIN Exam Pattern of Paper 1 (BE/B.Tech) in Detail:


Distribution of Question


Section A

Section B


20 (MCQ’s)

10* (Numerical)



20 (MCQ’s)

10* (Numerical)



20 (MCQ’s)

10* (Numerical)



90 questions

300 marks

Note: ‘*’ means that candidates have to attempt only 5 Numerical questions out of 10.

JEE MAIN Exam Pattern Marking Criteria for Paper 1 (BE/B.Tech):

Marking Scheme

For MCQs

For Numerical Value

Correct Answer



Incorrect Answer







Exam Timeline

JEE Main Application Form

Released in Mid-December

Last Date to fill JEE Main Application Form


JEE Main Admit Card

Releases Tentatively 10 days Before Exam

JEE Main Examination

Conducted in Two or more Sessions – Feb, March, April, and May

JEE Main Result and Final Answer Key

Tentatively 1st week of June


About Author

Ojasvi Gupta
Ojasvi Gupta

Ojasvi Gupta has worked for the Indian Express and Enactus DSC as a writer. Currently pursuing BCom Hons from Delhi University, she loves to spend her free time listening to music, reading, or playing with her dog. With her strong inclination towards writing, she serves as an author for Educere India.