Difference between JEE Mains and JEE Advanced


IIT-JEE is one of the most important and toughest engineering exams conducted for admission in IITs, NITs, IIITs and other prominent technology institutes. Every year lakhs of students apply for the exam, which is conducted in two stages – JEE Mains and JEE Advanced. Along with the difficulty level of the questions, high competition is another reason making it one of the toughest entrance exams in India.

To get admission in the college of their choice, candidates need to clear both JEE Main and JEE Advanced. Candidates preparing for IIT JEE often have confusion about JEE Mains and JEE Advanced. If you are also wondering about the same, here, we are going to make it easier for you. Continue reading the article below to understand the difference between both the exams in terms of syllabus, the exam conducting body, exam pattern etc.


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Difference between JEE Mains and JEE Advanced 

Given below is the overview of differences between JEE Main and JEE Advanced. This will help you understand the major differences between both the exams to give your JEE preparations in the right direction.


S. No.


JEE Main

JEE Advanced


Exam conducting body

National Testing Agency (NTA)

Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IIT, Delhi)


Number of Attempts

3 (Both the sessions of the same year will be counted as 1 attempt)



Mode of Language

English, Hindi and Gujrati

English and Hindi


Number of Papers




Syllabus overview

Physics: Electronic Devices, EM Waves and Communication Systems Chemistry: Biomolecules and Chemistry in Everyday Life Mathematics: Sets, Relations and Functions, Statistics and Probability, Trigonometry and Mathematical Reasoning

Physics: Blackbody radiation, Kirchoff’s law, Newton’s law of cooling, Absorptive and Emissive powers, Wien's Displacement Law, Stefan’s Law. Chemistry: Biomolecules and Chemistry in Everyday Life Mathematics: Algebra, Vectors, Differential Calculus, Integral Calculus, 



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JEE Mains vs JEE Advanced – Major Differences 

Exam conducting body

For JEE Mains

JEE Main is conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA). The responsibility of the NTA is limited to conducting the exam and declaring the results of JEE Main. After the announcement of the result, the data is handed over to Centralised Seat Allocation Board (CSAB) or Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA) or the concerned State government/institute for Seat Allocation Process and further admission procedure.

For JEE Advanced

JEE Advanced is conducted by any of the seven zonal coordinating IITs including IIT Kharagpur, IIT Kanpur, IIT Madras, IIT Delhi, IIT Bombay, IIT Guwahati and IIT Roorkee under the guidance of the Joint Admission Board (JAB). JEE Advanced 2020 will be conducted by IIT Delhi on May 17, 2020.

Difference in syllabus

The syllabus is also different for JEE Mains and JEE Advanced. There are many topics covered in JEE Main while not form a part of JEE Advanced. When preparing for engineering exams in India, along with the syllabus of different exams, candidates should also do a comparison of IIT-JEE Mains syllabus with JEE Advanced.

JEE Main syllabus

JEE Main syllabus covers topics from CBSE Class 11 and 12 Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics subjects. Some of the important topics covered in JEE Main include:

  • Electronic Devices
  • Electromagnetic Waves
  • Communication Systems Similarly
  • Sets
  • Biomolecules
  • Chemistry in Everyday Life
  • Relations and Functions
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Trigonometry
  • Mathematical Reasoning


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JEE Advanced syllabus

Though JEE Advanced also covers topics from class 12 Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics, it also includes some additional topics. Some of the important topics covered in JEE Advanced syllabus include:

  • Thermal Physics
  • Electrochemistry: Equivalent Conductivity, Nuclear Chemistry

The difficulty level of the exam

Although both the exams are difficult, JEE Advanced is considered more difficult due to the type of questions asked in this.

Let's understand this with the help of an example:

Your nephew Amar is a very good hockey player. His uncle Rahul and his mother Rama are very good cricket players and his grandfather Mahesh is a good tennis player. Mahesh loves his only grandchild and feels very happy that his sons Rahul and Mehul are doing well in their careers. He just wanted his wife to be alive to see the wedding of his second son.

JEE Mains question: Which of the following statements is wrong?

  • Amar is a good cricket player.
  • Rahul plays tennis well.
  • Mahesh is good at playing hockey.
  • All of the above.

JEE Advanced question: Your name and the total number of members in your family respectively are_______ _______.

(A) Rahul, 6

(B) Rahul, 5

(C) Mehul, 6

(D) Mehul, 5

From this question, you can understand the difference in the type of questions asked in JEE Mains and Advanced. In JEE Main they check your basic concepts and speed while in Advanced they check how well you can apply the concepts in real life.

The difference in colleges that accept JEE Main and Advanced score

This is one of the major differences defining the importance of JEE Main and JEE Advanced. Candidates who want to get admission in IITs and ISM Dhanbad need to clear JEE Advanced along with top 20 percentiles in recognized boards. Candidates who just clear JEE Main can apply for admission in NITs, IIITs and different CFTIs.

Difference between JEE Main and JEE Advanced preparation

IIT-JEE preparation strategies are different for the students aiming to crack only JEE Main and the ones aiming both JEE Main and Advanced. Candidates preparing for JEE Main need to focus on CBSE Class 11 and 12 physics, chemistry and mathematics subjects as the questions in the exam are usually picked from NCERT textbooks. Candidates who want admission in IITs only need to target JEE Advanced and for their preparation, they need to go through some additional topics covered in the syllabus.

For JEE Main, you need to focus on your speed and accuracy, which can easily be done by solving mock tests. JEE Advanced preparation, on the other hand, needs a deep knowledge of the topics and their application. So along with going through the theory, you should also understand the concepts and their application.

If you want to realize your dream of getting admission in India’s top engineering colleges, you must be well prepared for both the exams. Candidates who perform well in JEE Main only get selected for JEE Advanced. So, you can’t ignore any of the exams when targeting IIT-JEE.


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