JEE Main Answer Key – Dates, How to Download and Previous Answer Keys

National Testing Agency or NTA releases the provisional JEE Main answer key after the commencement of the JEE Main exam. The answer key is released separately for all three JEE Main exams – B.E/BTech, B.Arch. and B. Planning. The JEE Main is conducted in two sessions – forenoon and afternoon. The February session of the JEE Main 2021 is now being conducted (23rd to 26th February 2021) and the release of the answer key is expected 2-3 days after that.

JEE Main Answer Key – What is it?

After the JEE Main, NTA releases answers to different question papers in the form of ‘Provisional Answer Key’. Candidates may themselves evaluate their marks after going through the ‘provisional answer key’. Since the provisional answer key is subject to change, candidates may file objections on the wrong answers. 

To do so, they must fill the online registration for filing objections on the official website of NTA-JEE Main. After that, the exam authority scrutinizes the objections and prepares a ‘final answer key’, which cannot be objected to by the aspirants. NTA then compiles the final results according to the final answer key.

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JEE Main Answer Key 2021- Highlights 

Candidates who have registered and applied for JEE Main 2021 exam can review the necessary information with the key highlights projected in the table below:

JEE Main 2021 Key Highlights

Name of ExaminationJoint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main 2021
Exam Conducting bodyNational Testing Agency (NTA)
JEE Main Official Websitehttps://jeemain.nta.nic.in/ 
Exam frequencyFour times a year
JEE Main Exam Date JEE Main 2021 exam dates (Session 1) – 23rd February to 26th February 2021

JEE Main 2021 exam dates (Session 2) – 15th March to 18th March 2021

JEE Main 2021 exam dates (Session 3) – 27th April to 30th April 2021

JEE Main 2021 exam dates (Session 4) – 24th May to 28th May 2021

Mode of ExamOnline (computer-based test)
Credentials required to download JEE Main Admit CardJEE Main 2021 application number

Date of Birth 

Compulsory documents to carry on exam dayJEE Main Admit Card 

Valid original photo ID (like Aadhaar, Voter ID, Passport, PAN Card/ Driving License/ Ration Card/ School Identity Card)

COVID-19 Self Declaration (Undertaking) form

JEE Main PapersPaper 1 – BE/BTech

Paper 2A – BArch 

Paper 2B – BPlan 

Duration of JEE Main Exam3 hours or 180 minutes (4 hours for Persons with Benchmark Disabilities)
Number of questionsBE/BTech – 90 MCQs (Candidates need to answer just 75 questions)

BArch – Online and Offline (Drawing Test) – 82 questions 

BPlan – 105 MCQs  

Maximum Marks  BE/BTech – 300 marks

BArch – 400 marks

BPlan – 400 marks

Marking SystemJEE Main – 4 marks per correct answer

B. Arch paper – 2 questions of 50 marks each

Negative MarkingFor MCQs: (-1) mark per incorrect answer

For Non MCQs: No negative marking 

JEE Main Answer Key 2021 – Important Dates

The National Testing Agency (NTA) has not announced the release date of JEE Main answer key 2021 yet. However, the authority is expected to publish the official date in due time.

JEE Main February Exam Events (2021)Exam Dates
Issuance of admit card11th February 2021
JEE Mains 2021 exam dates*23rd February to 26th February 2021
Release of response sheet and question paper**February 2021 (Exact date yet to be released)
Answer key release dateExact date yet to be released
JEE Main Cut Off 2021 AnnouncementSecond week of March (tentative)
Declaration of result for February session7th March 2021 (tentative date)
Downloading of ScorecardExact date yet to be released
JEE Main CounsellingAround June 2021

*The exam will be conducted in two shifts on each day.

  • Shift 1 – 9 AM to 12 PM
  • Shift 2 – 3 PM to 6 PM

** Candidates will be able to raise objections against the preliminary answer key (if any) by paying a fee of Rs 200 per question.

JEE Main Exam Dates 2021 (March Session)

JEE Main March Exam Events (2021)Important Dates
JEE Main March Registration DateFirst week of March 2021
JEE Main 2021 March admit card dateSecond week of March 2021
JEE Main 2021 March exam dateMarch 15 to 18, 2021
JEE Main March result dateLast week of March 2021

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JEE Main Exam Dates 2021 (April)

JEE Main April Exam Events (2021)Important Dates
JEE Main Registration DateLast week of March 2021
JEE Main April admit card dateThird week of April 2021
JEE Main 2021 April exam dateApril 27 to 30, 2021
JEE Main April result declaration dateFirst week of May 2021

JEE Main Exam Dates 2021 (May)

JEE Main May Exam Events (2021)Important Dates
JEE Main Registration DateFirst week of May 2021
JEE Main admit card dateSecond week of May 2021
JEE Main May exam dateMay 24 to 28, 2021
JEE Main May result declaration dateFirst week of June 2021

Unofficial JEE Main 2021 February Answer Key

Exam DateShift 1Shift 2
JEE Main 2021 Paper 1 answer key – February 24Maths
Physics
Chemistry 
Maths
Physics

Chemistry 

JEE Main 2021 Paper 1 answer key- February 25Available SoonAvailable Soon
JEE Main 2021 Paper 1 answer key – February 25Available SoonAvailable Soon

JEE Main Answer Key 2021 – Marking Scheme

JEE Main exam is computer-based. The question papers are divided into 3 sections:

  1. Paper 1 (B.E./BTech)
  2. Paper 2 A (B.Arch.)
  3. Paper 2 B (BPlan.)

The total exam duration will be 3 hours.

Section-wise Distribution of Questions

SectionsSections coveredQuestions AskedNumber of QuestionsMaximum MarksDivision of Marks
Paper 1 – B.E./B. TechPhysics90 questions

75 questions to be Attempted

Physics – 

30 (20 MCQs + 10 numerical value) = 25 need to answer

300 marksPhysics – 100 Marks
ChemistryChemistry – 

30 (20 MCQs + 10 numerical value) = 25 need to answer

Chemistry – 100 Marks 
MathematicsMathematics – 

30 (20 MCQs + 10 numerical value) = 25 need to answer

Mathematics – 100 Marks
Paper 2A – B. ArchMathematics82 Questions

77 questions to be Attempted

Mathematics – 25 (20+10)

5 Questions with answers as a numerical value.

400 marksMathematics – 100 marks
Aptitude TestAptitude Test – 50Aptitude Test – 200 marks
Drawing TestDrawing Test -2Drawing Test – 100 marks 
Paper 2B – BPlanMathematics105 Questions

100 questions to be Attempted

Mathematics – 25 (20+5)

5 Questions with answers as a numerical value 

400 marksMathematics – 100 marks
Aptitude TestAptitude Test – 50 questions Aptitude Test – 200 marks
Planning Based Objective TypePlanning Based Objective Type – 25 questions Planning Based Objective Type – 100 marks

JEE Main Marking Scheme

Correct Answer (MCQs)Incorrect Answer (MCQ)UnattemptedCorrect Answer (Non- MCQs)Incorrect Answer (Section B)
B.E./ BTech+4 -1 NIL+4 No negative marking
B. Arch+4 -1 NIL+4 No negative marking
BPlan+4 -1 NIL+4 No negative marking

JEE Main Answer Key – Process of Downloading

Once the NTA JEE authority releases the JEE Main answer key for 2021, candidates can check and download it through online mode. Candidates need to follow these basic steps to download the answer key:

How to Download JEE Main Answer Key 2021?

  1. Visit the official JEE Main 2021 website – www.jeemain.nta.nic.in 
  2. Click on the “Answer Key” link
  3. Now enter JEE Main 2021 application number and date of birth (password)
  4. Click on the “Login” tab
  5. When the JEE Main 2021 official answer key is displayed, download the answer key for future use

JEE Main Answer Key – How to challenge the Provisional Answer Key?

Eligible candidates must file the objections on the provisional answer key within 2 days of the release. You can challenge the answer key by following the below mentioned steps-

  1. Visit the official website of NTA JEE Main – www.jeemain.nta.nic.in 
  2. Click on the link to ‘Challenges Regarding Answer Key
  3. Log in using the application number and date of birth/password
  4. The JEE Main answer key will contain the question ID as well as the ID with a correct option for both papers 1 and 2
  5. Select 1 or more ID as per the number of doubted errors
  6. Click on ‘Save your claim’ and click on next
  7. Question ID so challenged shall appear on the screen
  8. Submit the necessary documents to support the claims
  9. Upload the same in pdf form and click on the ‘Choose file’ button
  10. Fill the processing fee of Rs. 1000 per question via any of the following payment methods – credit/debit/net banking/UPI or Paytm.

Note – The fee will only be refunded if the answer claimed by the candidate turns out to be right, otherwise the fee won’t be refunded.

JEE Main Answer Key – FAQs

What is the release date of the JEE Main answer key 2021?

The release date of the JEE Main answer key 2021 has not been announced yet. NTA will declare it via their official website in due time.

Where can I check the JEE Main answer key?

The answer key will be made available by the NTA JEE authority on their official website – www.jeemain.nta.nic.in.

Do I get to see the JEE Main response of my answers?

Yes. You can know the responses to your answers by downloading the answer key and the response sheet, which will be made available by the authority after the commencement of the JEE Main exam.

Do I need to pay to submit objections against the JEE Main answer key?

To submit objections against the answer key, candidates need to pay a fee of Rs. 1,000 per challenged question along with the proof of objection.

Is there negative marking in the JEE Main exam?

Yes. For every incorrect answer, 1 mark will be deducted. However, there is no negative marking in the Section B or non-MCQ section.

What is the medium to raise objection against JEE Main answer key?

Candidates can raise JEE Main answer key objection online through the official NTA JEE website - www.jeemain.nta.nic.in. Upon opening the official website page, click on the objection link to file your objection/s against the doubtful question/s. Kindly check the elaborate process in the article above.

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