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Introduction and Scheme of Examination

Joint Entrance Examination from the year 2013 for admission to the undergraduate programmes in Engineering in two parts, JEE-MAIN and JEE-ADVANCED. Only the top 1.5 lakh candidates (including all categories) based on performance in JEE MAIN will qualify to appear in the JEE ADVANCED examination.

The minimum academic qualification for appearing in JEE (MAIN) is that the candidate must have passed in final examination of 10+2 (Class XII) or its equivalent referred to as the qualifying examination (see below). Those appearing in 10+2 (Class XII) final or equivalent examination in 2014 may also appear in JEE (MAIN) 2014 provisionally.

Pattern of Examination

Admissions Criteria including Normalization and Weightage for JEE (Main) Exam 2014

Admission to NITs, and IIITs, will be based on 40 % weightage for performance in Class XII board or other qualifying examinations marks (normalized) and the remainder 60 % weightage would be given to performance in JEE (Main) and a combined All India Rank (AIR) would be decided accordingly.

No of attempts in JEE (Main) Exam

The number of attempts which a candidate can avail at JEE (Main) shall be limited to 03 (three) uniformly for all the candidates in consecutive years. Candidates passed +2 in 2011 or before or appearing in 2015 are not eligible to appear in JEE (Main)-2014.

Date of Examinations for JEE (Main) Exam 2014

The Indian Institutes of Technology (popularly known as IITs) are institutions of national importance located in Bhubaneswar, Bombay (Mumbai), Delhi, Gandhinagar, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Indore, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras (Chennai), Mandi, Patna, Punjab, Rajasthan, Roorkee and IIT (BHU).
Admissions to IITs will be based only on category wise All India Rank (AIR) in JEE(Advanced) subject to the condition that such candidates are in the top 20 percentile of successful candidates of their Boards in applicable categories.

Type of Examination

There will be two question papers, each of three hours duration. Both the question papers will consist of three separate sections on Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics. Questions in these papers will be of objective type. The answers for each of the questions are to be recorded on a separate specially designed machine-gradable sheet of paper (ORS - Optical Response Sheet). In some sections, incorrect answers may be awarded negative marks.

Schedule of JEE (Advanced) 2014

The exam will be held on Sunday, May 25, 2014 as per the schedule given below:

Paper-I: 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon (IST)
Paper-II: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM (IST)

Choice of Language of Question Paper

A candidate can opt for question papers either in English or in Hindi at the time of filling the application form. It cannot be changed at any later stage.

Cities/Towns of JEE(Advanced) 2014 centres

JEE(Advanced) 2014 will be conducted in major cities and towns of India as well as in Dubai. While applying, candidates should choose any two towns/cities in the same zone. Efforts will be made to allot candidate's first or second choice.

Use of Calculating and Communication aids

Use of electronic devices like mobile phone, calculator, I-Pod etc. is NOT PERMITTED in JEE(Advanced) 2014. Materials like Log table, book, notebook, etc. should not be brought into the examination hall.

NEET is a single eligibility cum entrance examination namely 'National Eligibility-cum- Entrance Test for admission to MBBS/BDS courses' in each academic year. AIPMT was conducted in Two Stages by CBSE for selection of candidates for admission to 15% seats under All India Quota. With the introduction of NEET, the said examination will replace AIPMT and other similar Under Graduate level Medical Entrance Examinations

Eligibility: To be eligible to appear in NEET one must pass intermediate examination with physics, chemistty biology/bio-technology and english with 50%(aggrigate marks) but for SC/ST/OBC this minimum required marks are 40%. However a candidate whose result in not out on the date of examination can also appear for the examination, but before taking admission he/she must complete qualification.

To qualigy NEET candidate must secure 50% marks in each section (Physics, Chemistry and Biology) separatly. But for SC/ST/OBC candidates this score reduced at the level of 40%.

NTSE is one of the oldest and most prestigious scholarship exams in India. An NTSE scholar commands tremendous respect in the society. Around 1000 NTSE Scholars are finally awarded scholarships based on Stage-II.

It honours and helps talented students by providing financial assistance in the form of a monthly scholarship. The scholarships under the present scheme are awarded to the candidates for pursuing courses in sciences and social sciences up to doctoral level and in professional courses like medicine and engineering up to second-degree level subject to the fulfillment of the conditions. For more details of NTSE, students can visit

The Pattern of Written Examination:

Stage - I Examination at the State / UT level will comprise two parts, namely (a) Mental Ability Test (MAT) and (b) Scholastic Ability Test (SAT) covering Social Sciences, Sciences and Mathematics, which also Includes Language Comprehensive Test.

Stage - II Examination at the National Level will comprise (a) Mental Ability Test (MAT) and (b) Scholastic Ability Test (SAT) covering Language comprehensive Test*, Social Sciences, Sciences and Mathematics.

*Language Comprehensive Test in the Stage - I &II was introduced last year only. Important Dates for NTSE Selection Year 2013-14:

When & How do I prepare for NTSE:

The recent announcement by NCERT to change the eligibility to appear in National Talent Search Exam (NTSE) now allows students who are currently in class X to compete in this exam. Student should focus on clearing their fundamentals and attempting a lot of practice tests.

What are the Olympiads?

International Olympiads in Science and Mathematics are the world championships for school students held every year in a different country.
The most famous Olympiads are The International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO), The International Physics Olympiad (IPhO), The International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO) and The International Biology Olympiad (IBO)
Countries send a delegation of students and leaders to participate at the International level. Indiaconducts National Olympiads to identify the best students who can represent India at the international level.

Mathematical Olympiad

For the purpose of the Olympiad contests, the country has been divided in about 25 regions. The selection process for participation in the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) consists of the following stages:
Stage 1: Regional Mathematical Olympiad (RMO): RMO is currently held on the first Sunday of October each year in each of the regions in the country. All school students from Class XI are eligible to appear in RMO. Students from Class XII may also appear in RMO, but the number of students selected from Class XII is at most. Exceptionally brilliant students from lower standards may also appear for RMO subject to the approval of the Regional Coordinator. RMO is a 3-hour written test containing 6 or 7 problems. On the basis of the performance in RMO, students are selected for the second stage. The Regional Coordinators may charge a nominal fee to meet the expenses of organizing the contest.
Stage 2: Indian National Mathematical Olympiad (INMO): INMO is currently held on the third Sunday of January each year at the regional centres in all regions. Only those students who are selected in RMO are eligible to appear in INMO. This contest is a 4-hour written test. The evaluation of these papers is centralised. The top 75 contestants in INMO receive Merit Certificates.
Stage 3: International Mathematical Olympiad Training Camp (IMOTC): The top 30-35 INMO certificate awardees are invited to a month long training camp in May/June each year. The number of students from Class XII who are selected for IMOTC is at most. In addition to these 35 students, a certain number of INMO awardees of previous year(s) who have satisfactorily undergone postal tuition over the year are also invited to a second round of training.
A team of six students is selected from the combined pool of junior and senior batch participants, based on a number of selection tests conducted during the camp, to represent India in the International Mathematical Olympiad.
Stage 4: International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO): The six member team selected at the end of IMOTC, accompanied by a leader and a deputy leader represent India at IMO that is normally held in July each year in a chosen country. IMO consists of two 4- and-a-half hour tests held on two consecutive days. The students of the Indian team who win gold, silver and bronze medals at IMO receive cash prizes of Rs.5000/-, Rs.4000/- and Rs.3000/- respectively (prizes for 2008).
The six students representing India at IMO automatically qualify for Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY) Fellowship.

Physics and Chemistry Olympiads

Stage I - National Standard Examination (NSE) in Physics and Chemistry Physics and Chemistry: Every student aspiring to go through successive stages of the Olympiad programme must enroll for NSE. NSEs are held at a large number of centres in the country usually in the last week of November. All students of Class XII or below (science stream) are eligible to appear for NSEs. A student may appear for more than one Olympiad as per the examination schedule. Students who have passed Class XII are not eligible.
Astronomy: For the Junior level, students should be in Class IX. For the Senior level, students should be in Class X or Class XI. NSE emphasizes comprehension of the subject, not rote memory.
Stage II - Indian National Olympiad Examinations For Indian National Olympiad Examinations, the national top 200-250 students selected from NSEP, NSEC and NSEA each are eligible to appear for Indian National Physics Olympiad (INPhO), Indian National Chemistry Olympiad (INChO) and Indian National Astronomy Olympiad (INAO) respectively.
Indian National Olympiads are held sometime in the last week of January or early February. These examinations are held at about 15 Centres in the country. Questions and problems in National Olympiads are usually non-conventional and of high difficulty level, comparable to the International Olympiads. On the basis of performance in the National Olympiads (theory) about 50 students are short-listed in each subject.
Stage III - Orientation cum Selection Camp (OCSC)

Physics and Chemistry

The short-listed groups of about 35 students in each subject are invited to the Orientation cum Selection camps at HBCSE. On the basis of their performance in OCSC, the best 20 students in each subject qualify for merit awards, consisting of a merit certificate and a set of complimentary books. The top 5 students in Physics and top 4 in Chemistry are declared to be special merit awardees. These special merit awardees are given a prize of ` 5000/- each in the form of books and cash. In addition there are special prizes in each subject to recognize meritorious performance in theory and experiments.
The special merit awardees in Physics constitute the 5-member student team to represent India at the International Physics Olympiad. The special merit awardees in Chemistry constitute the 4-member student team to represent India at the International Chemistry Olympiad.

What is the KVPY?

The KVPY or "Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana" is an ongoing program started by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, to encourage students of Basic Sciences, Engineering and Medicine to take up research careers in these areas. The aim of the program is to identify and encourage talented students with aptitude for research. Thisprogramme strives to assist the students to realize their potential and to ensure that the best scientific talent is tapped for research and development in the country. Generous scholarships are provided (up to the pre-Ph.D. level) to the selected students.

Stream SA: Students joining in the XI Standard (Science Subjects) and having secured a minimum of 75% (65% for SC/ST) marks in aggregate in Mathematics and Science in the X Standard Board Examination.
Stream SB: Students pursuing First Year B.Sc. degree / M.Sc. Integrated (UG Programme) in Basic Sciences and having secured a minimum of 60% (50% for SC/ST) marks in aggregate in Mathematics and Science subjects in the XII Standard Board Examination.
Students of Class 12 (+2) who are aspiring to join IISER for Integrated M. S. programme may also take the KVPY Aptitude Test for the SB Stream provided they secure a minimum of 75% marks (65% for SC/ST) aggregate in Mathematics and Science subjects in XII Standard Board Examination.
Stream SP: Students pursuing XI, XII standard, First or Second year of any UG programme in Basic Sciences and having secured a minimum of 60% (50% for SC/ST) marks aggregate in X Standard and XII Standard Board examination may apply by completing a science based research project. The report of the project, chosen and executed by the applicant and supervised by a teacher/professional in the relevant field, to be submitted along with the application. Based on the project submitted and scrutiny of application forms, short listed candidates are called for an interview, which is the final stage of the selection procedure. The interview will be conducted at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore during the month of December or first week of January. Application without the project report is not considered.
Note for Students applying for Science Stream (SP)
This has been started in order to recognize and encourage creative and innovative talent of youngsters pursuing Science. The project carried out as part of this application should be based on novel and innovative ideas. The project can be experimental or theoretical in nature. However, the project must show that the applicant is creative and adventurous, and ready to explore. The project should not merely reflect use of certain techniques or reporting of routine experimentation improvement of an existing product or a technique may be accepted provided such improvement involves original ideas and creativity. One may try to incorporate some addition to the design or practical implementation that improves an existing technique. The main criteria that would be followed for selection for the interview would be originality and innovation. Only after these criteria are met, the level of sophistication and the nature of the project would be taken into consideration.

Students who represent India in the International Olympiads Physics / Chemistry / Biology / Mathematics / Informatics and Astronomy will automatically qualify for KVPY Fellowship.

Basic Sciences (SA and SB) After scrutiny of application forms and based on the performance in the Board Examination, about 10,000 - 12,000 candidates from Streams SA and SB will be called for a written aptitude test (multiple choice). The test will be conducted at different centers across the country on the First Sunday of November. The details of the venue of the aptitude tests will be mailed to the shortlisted candidates in October. Based on the performance in the aptitude test up to 600-800 candidates in Streams SA and SB will be called for an interview which is the final stage of the selection procedure.