National Testing Agency (NTA), established by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India (GOI), is an autonomous and self-sustained organization formed under the Society Registration Act, 1860. Its purpose is to conduct transparent tests of international standards, in order to evaluate the skill and aptitude of the candidates applying for admission in premier higher education institutes.

From 2019 onwards, NTA has started conducting Joint Entrance Examination Mains. Students must qualify JEE to gain admission in undergraduate engineering programs at IIITs, NITs, and other centrally funded technical institutes as well as state government-funded institutions. Those applying for B.Tech, B.Plan, and B.Arch courses in 2020 will have to appear for JEE Mains 2020. To gain admission in IITs, one must appear for JEE Advanced. The latter is considered one of the most difficult admission tests for undergraduate programs in the whole world. JEE Mains are held every year.

The JEE Main January 2020 sample paper for the newly added numerical-type questions was released on November 7, 2019, on the exam’s official website. Students can also download the same by clicking on the appropriate link. There are three sections in the sample paper, and each question is of 4 marks. One mark will be deducted for each incorrect answer. The marking pattern is the same as that of the exam.

After recent changes, JEE Mains will now have only 25 questions in the “Numerical” section, as compared to the 30 questions asked in previous years’ papers. The question paper for B.Tech will have 74 questions; B.Arch will have 77 questions, and B.Plan will have 100 questions. The tests for both B.Tech and B.Plan will be computer-based, whereas that for B.Arch will be conducted both online and offline. Paper 1 is of 300 marks and Paper 2 of 400.

Benefits of practising the JEE Mains sample question paper

Students are advised to practice the JEE Main January 2020 sample paper for various reasons. It gives students an insight into what they can expect and how they could go about achieving a high score. The more students practice, the easier they will find the JEE Main exam. NTA will conduct JEE Mains in January and April 2020. The following are some of the benefits of practising the JEE Mains January 2020 sample paper before attempting the final exam:

  • It will help students familiarize themselves with the pattern of the exam.
  • Intensive practice will make students understand the various types of questions that are generally asked in the exam.
  • The sample paper features many important topics; practising it will help aspirants know what to expect from the final exam.
  • The applicant will get an idea of their performance level and will have a clear idea about what they need to do to ace the final exam.
  • They will be able to determine the areas they excel in and the areas that need more attention. This will help them build a more efficient study plan.
  • Students can keep track of how much time they need to solve each question. Keeping track of time and sticking to a pre-planned schedule are very important when studying for JEE Main as well as when attempting the final exam. Proper time-management allows students to allot each question the time it requires.
  • A complete understanding of the syllabus and practising the sample papers will help students focus on the topics that are expected in the exam instead of preparing for irrelevant ones.
  • Preparation for JEE might seem overwhelming; sample papers help students appear for the exam to the best of their abilities.