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Major Differences between JEE Main & JEE Advanced

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JEE Main and JEE Advanced are the national level entrance examinations for the admission into engineering institutes of the country. JEE Main is conducted for the entrance to NITs & GFTIs on merit basis and also acts as a qualifying examination for JEE Advanced which is the entrance examination for IITs. Both are computer based examinations but conducted by two different bodies: National Testing Agency for JEE Main while an IIT under the guidance  of Joint Admission Board conducts JEE Advanced. This article deals with some major differences between the two exams in terms of syllabus, difficulty level, exam pattern etc.

JEE Advanced has only two consecutive attempts while JEE Main can be attempted by the students for three years starting from the year of passing class 12th board examinations. JEE Main is conducted twice a year generally in January and April sessions. Any number of people who meet the required eligibility criteria can appear for JEE Main while for JEE Advanced only top 250000 students (in their respective categories) are eligible. Also, candidates who have previously accepted a seat in any IITs or ISM are not eligible for JEE Advanced.

JEE Main is available in three languages i.e. Hindi, English, and Gujarati while the JEE Advanced is available only in Hindi and English languages. Apart from this there are little differences in the syllabus of the two exams which is given as:

SubjectsChapters in JEE Advanced but not in JEE MainChapters in JEE Main but not in JEE Advanced
PhysicsThermal PhysicsElectronic Devices
 Electromagnetic Waves
 Communication Systems
Equivalent ConductivityChemistry in Everyday Life
 Nuclear Chemistry 
Mathematics _Sets
 Mathematical Reasoning

The major difference apart from all this is the paper pattern of the two examinations. JEE Main only has one paper of three hours duration for B.Tech/B.E. aspirants while the JEE Advanced has two papers of three hours each. JEE Main has 25 questions in each section of paper making it to a total of 75 questions of 4 marks each. Out of this 75, 15 are numerical based questions which have negative marking while the rest questions have a negative marking of -1 associated with it.

However, JEE Advanced asks a variety of questions and does not have a fixed pattern of question paper. Most types of questions which were asked in the recent past include multiple correct answer type questions, single correct answer type objective questions, numerical value type questions, list match questions. The major difference that is felt by the students is of difficulty level. The questions in JEE Main are based  on formulas while the questions in JEE Advanced are based on derivations and require conceptual practice. Moreover, questions in JEE Advanced are relatively tougher in comparison to JEE Main. JEE Advanced tests the analytical capability of a student in a rigorous manner by mixing two or more concepts in a single question.

These are some of the major differences among the two examinations which student should keep in mind while preparing for the engineering entrance exam and prepare their strategy accordingly.

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