With plenty of entrance exams and aptitude tests circling a student’s life, it is often that they become confused as to what exam is what. Also, with plenty of entrance exams, CAT, XAT, GMAT, GATE, JEE main 2016, CET etc, for example, designed for various disciplines further add to the student’s confusion. Keeping aside these many engineering entrance exams abbreviations, this post focuses primarily on the important difference between JEE Main and JEE Advanced Exam. The abbreviation before ‘Main’ and ‘Advanced’ stands for Joint Entrance Examination, a common engineering entrance examination held for candidates seeking admission to Engineering colleges in India. This examination consists of two parts, ‘Main’ and ‘Advanced’, differences between which are as follows:
JEE Main is the first examination, clearing which can open gates of Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs), National Institutes of Technology (NITs) and Centrally Funded Technical Institutes (CFTIs) that offer courses like B.Tech, B. Architecture, and B.Planning etc. However, to get into the prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), one has to clear the JEE Advanced Exam.
Question papers and mode
JEE Main exam consists of two papers: Paper 1 and Paper 2. Paper 1 is for candidates who wish to pursue Bioengineering or B.Tech courses. The mode of question paper for Paper 1 is both online and offline and the candidate can choose the type of mode which they have to state in the application form itself. The candidate’s performance in Paper 1 is also considered as a eligibility for JEE Advanced Exam. Paper 2 is for candidates applying for B.Architecture and B.Planning courses. The mode of question paper for Paper 2 is offline only. Depending on their choice for the course, the candidates will have to mention the choice of Paper in the application form itself.
JEE advanced exam, on the other hand, also consists of two papers: Paper 1 and Paper 2. However, unlike JEE Main, both papers in JEE Advanced are held offline and are strictly paper based. The candidate cannot choose to appear for one out of the two papers since both the papers are compulsory.
Other minor but important differences
A candidate can appear for three consecutive years for JEE Main exam and for JEE Advanced Exam, he/she can appear for only two consecutive years. Many students believe that Main Exam evaluates the applicant’s speed of solving problems and that the Advanced Exam assesses the applicant’s logical skill based on the conceptual knowledge of subjects. Lastly, the syllabus of JEE main includes class 12th syllabus of subjects like Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry. JEE Advanced Exam also has similar topics, but the only difference is that the ‘Advanced’ exam assesses candidates on basis of their in-depth knowledge of the above subjects.
In concluding, keep in mind these few differences between JEE Main and JEE Advanced Examination and you’ll have one less entrance exam abbreviation to worry about. All the best!