Ace JEE Main 2019 Online Test with These Key Tips

JEE Main 2019 is about to get underway as the CBT (Computer Based Test) for January session is scheduled from January 06 to January 20. In a major overhaul this year, NTA (National Testing Agency) has replaced CBSE as the new organizing authority for JEE Main and several other national level entrance exams.

After NTA’s appointment as the new organizing authority, two major changes were announced by the agency namely, conducting the exam twice in an academic year and shifting the mode of examination to online completely. While the first major change has met with a positive reaction from both students and teachers alike, the second change has met received mixed reactions. Owing to these reactions, NTA opened several Test Practice Centres (TPCs).

However, it is easy to understand that not all students have still come to terms with appearing for an online test. No need to fret anymore as we have put together a list of exam day tips that will prove handy for any candidate.

JEE Main 2019 is scheduled in two shifts: morning shift is scheduled from 09.30 am to 12.30 pm while the shift in afternoon commences from 02.30 pm till 05.30 pm. Paper 2 however will be conducted in a single shift and Drawing Test for Paper 2 will be held in offline mode. JEE Main question paper will be set in Hindi, English and Gujarati.

Tips on Navigating JEE Main 2019 Online Question Paper


  • To go to a question directly, simply click on the question number in the question palette on the right side of your screen.
  • Click on one of the option to select your answer.
  • Candidates can also deselect by either clicking on the chosen option or clicking on “Clear Response” button.
  • Change your response by selecting another option.
  • To save your response, click on “Save and Next” option and then move onto next question.
  • You can also mark your question for review by clicking on “Review & Next”, save your response for current question and move to next question.


How to navigate through Different Sections?

  • Easily scroll through the different sections of question paper by clicking on the sections name mentioned on the top bar of the screen.
  • Candidates will be immediately moved to first question of the subsequent section after clicking “Save & Next” for last question of the previous section.
  • No restriction on shuffling between different sections and questions in JEE Main question paper. Keep the stipulated time frame within mind while switching between sections.
  • Don’t forget to view the corresponding section summary as part of legend, displayed on top of the question palette for every individual section.

Tips to Prepare for JEE Main 2019 Online Test

It is not tough to calculate the time required for appearing in JEE Main 2019 online test. With 180 mcqs (Multiple Choice Questions), candidates can devote a maximum of 3 minutes to each question. Four marks are awarded for a correct response while one mark is deducted for an incorrect response. Here is a basic breakdown of JEE Main Paper I exam pattern:

SubjectNo. of QuestionsMarks

Now, there can be several approaches to attempt questions. However, as the experts and toppers would agree alike is to adopt a strategy that is flexible and allows you to be efficient at the same time. Here are few starting points for candidates who are yet to zero down on a specific strategy:

  • Take 15-20 minutes to read all the questions and classify them into various difficulty level brackets.
  • Start with the easiest questions. Allocate each of them a minute and if required more then mark them for review and move on.
  • Follow similar approach for moderately difficult and difficult questions as well. Increment the allocated time by a minute for each question according to difficulty level.
  • Put the questions that are calculation intensive into moderate difficulty level.
  • Difficult questions are actually questions which you are not familiar with.
  • In the end, attempt all the questions that you have marked for review.

There is no one fit all strategy for achieving success. However, the key lies in understanding pros and cons of a specific strategy and incorporating them into your preparation plan according to your strengths and weakness.

What after JEE Main 2019 Online Exam?

The second stage of JEE Main 2019 is scheduled from April 06 to April 20. Candidates appearing for the January session can also register for April session and the best of both scores will be considered for seat allotment purpose. The registration window for JEE Main April session opens on February 08. JEE Main Result for January session is expected to announce on January 31, 2019.

Top 1.25 lakh JEE Main AIR (All India Rank) holders from both sessions will be shortlisted for JEE Advanced 2019. The seat allocation cum counselling process will be conducted by JoSAA (Joint Seat Allocation Authority). JEE Main Counselling will be conducted only once this academic session based on merit of candidates in both sessions taken together. The schedule for JoSAA Counselling will be published in first week of June 2019.

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