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WBJEE Exam Pattern – Distribution of Marks, Old Question Papers

The WBJEE Board conducts the West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination in a defined pattern every year. All the aspiring candidates must be familiar with the WBJEE exam pattern in order to prepare holistically for the exam. WBJEE is conducted in an offline mode, which means that it is a pen and paper-based exam, divided into two papers – Paper 1 (Mathematics) and Paper 2 (Physics & Chemistry).    

The board allots 120 minutes to the examinees to solve each of the WBJEE papers. There are 155 questions in both the WBJEE papers collectively. Each paper is divided into three categories and the board has defined different marking schemes for all the categories. While the WBJEE exam pattern remains the same every year,   candidates are advised to bookmark this page to get regular updates regarding any change in the exam pattern of WBJEE in future.      

WBJEE Exam Pattern – Overview

Given below is a brief explanation of the WBJEE exam pattern for the candidates planning to participate in this exam next year. 

Key Highlights of WBJEE Exam Pattern 2020

Particulars Details
Mode of Exam Offline Mode (OMR-based Examination)
Examination Duration 2 Hours for each Paper (Total 4 Hours)
Papers Paper I: Mathematics

Paper-II:  Physics and Chemistry

Type of Questions Multiple Choice Questions (Objective)
Number of Questions 155 Questions
Total Marks 200 Marks
Marking Scheme Category 1 – Each correct answer is awarded one mark.

Category 2 – For every correct response, two marks are given to the candidates.

Category 3 – Candidates need to mark two correct responses in each question to score 2 marks. 

Negative Marking Category 1 – An incorrect response yields a loss of ¼ mark

Category 2 – For each incorrect answer, deduction of ½ mark is applicable.

Category 3 – There is no negative marking.

WBJEE Exam Pattern – Previous 3 Year’s Question Papers

Candidates can look into the WBJEE exam pattern through the previous year question papers first hand here. They must also practice these question papers for an effective preparation for the exam. 

  • Check out the WBJEE Mathematics 2019 question paper here
  • Check out the WBJEE Mathematics 2018 question paper here
  • Check out the WBJEE Mathematics 2017 question paper here
  • Check out the WBJEE Physics and Chemistry 2019 question paper here
  • Check out the WBJEE Physics and Mathematics 2018 question paper here
  • Check out the WBJEE Physics and Mathematics 2017 question paper here

WBJEE Exam Pattern – How to Mark Response

As stated earlier, the exam mode of WBJEE is offline through pen and paper. Every candidate is provided with an Optical Machine Readable (OMR) response sheet to mark their response for every question. There are four options for candidates and one is to be marked by them (except category 3). This sheet is evaluated by the method of Optical Mark Recognition. Therefore, candidates need to darken the appropriate circle completely with a blue/black ballpoint pen. 

It must be kept in mind that candidates cannot fill in the circle with any other kind of signs such as tick, cross, dot mark, circular mark, overwriting, scratching. Also, a response once marked cannot be edited/changed/erased or modified. Therefore, candidates must be sure of their answer before marking an option in the OMR sheet.   

WBJEE Exam Pattern – Distribution of Questions

There are a total of three subjects from which questions are asked in the WBJEE exam. The distribution of questions as per these subjects and category is given below. 

Subject-wise & Category-wise Distribution of WBJEE Question Paper

Subject Category 1 Category 2 Category 3 Total Questions Total Marks
Physics 30 Q x 1 M 5 Q x 2 M 5 Q x 2 M 40 50
Chemistry 30 Q x 1 M 5 Q x 2 M 5 Q x 2 M 40 50
Mathematics 50 Q x 1 M 15 Q x 2 M 10 Q x 2 M 75 100

*Q= Questions and M= Marks

WBJEE Exam Pattern – Marking Scheme

The distribution of marks in WBJEE 2020 is categorised into three different sets of questions. The three categories of questions are determined by factors such as positive marks for every correct answer and negative marks for each incorrect response. Given below is the explanation of category-wise marking scheme of WBJEE 2020.  


In category 1, the marking scheme is as follows: 

  • +1 for each correct answer
  • Deduction of  1/4 marks for each incorrect answer
  • No marks for unattempted questions


In category 2, the marking scheme is defined as: 

  • +2 marks for each correct response
  • Deduction of 1/2 marks for each incorrect response
  • No marks for unattempted questions


In the 3rd category, candidates need to choose two options to attempt one question. WBJEE marking scheme is as follows:

  • +2 marks if candidates choose both the correct options
  • No marks if both the options/any of the options are incorrect
  • No marks for unattempted questions

WBJEE Exam Pattern – Preparation Tips

Once a candidate gets accustomed to the WBJEE exam pattern, he/she needs to prepare for the test accordingly. Given below are the vital WBJEE preparation tips for the examinees. 

  1. Syllabus: It is important to go through the syllabus of each subject and start preparing accordingly.
  2. Make Notes: Candidates must make notes while studying a chapter from any of the subjects. It will help them in revision.
  3. Practice is the key: Make sure to practice questions from every subject every day.
  4. Mock Tests: There are many free WBJEE mock test series available online. Keep testing yourself.
  5. Previous years’ questions: Candidates can keep solving the previous years’ question papers of WBJEE for a better understanding of the pattern and type of questions asked in the past.

WBJEE Exam Pattern – FAQs

Q. What is the mode of examination for WBJEE?

The board has been conducting the WBJEE through offline mode since its beginning. Examinees are provided with an OMR sheet to mark their responses.

Q. What are the type of questions asked in the West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination?

There are only multiple-choice questions asked in the West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination, which is divided into two papers - Paper 1 (Mathematics) and Paper 2 (Physics & Chemistry). Candidates are assessed on the basis of 155 questions in both the papers. Paper 1 comprises 75 questions whereas Paper 2 has 80 questions to answer.

Q. What are the Category 1, 2 and 3 of questions in WBJEE?

WBJEE is divided into two papers – Paper 1 (Mathematics) and Paper 2 (Physics & Chemistry) and each paper is divided into three categories. In Category-I and Category-II, the only one-option answer is correct while in Category-III, test-takers need to mark two options to solve questions. There is the provision of negative marking of ¼ and ½ marks in Category I & II respectively. No negative marking is applicable to Category III.

Q. How much time is given to solve the WBJEE 2020 exam?

WBJEE exam is divided into two papers i.e. Paper 1 (Mathematics) and Paper 2 (Physics & Chemistry). Candidates are allotted 120 minutes to solve each paper. Hence, the overall time candidates are given to solve the WBJEE exam is 4 hours.

Q. How do previous years papers of WBJEE help in the preparation of the exam?

Practicing previous years’ WBJEE papers helps examinees understand the examination structure. It also helps in strategizing the time management for each section of the WBJEE question paper.

Stay tuned to Buddy4Study to get the latest updates and news on WBJEE 2020.

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