Proposed JEE Pattern Changes for 2017

JEE Pattern Changes

The IIT Council has proposed certain JEE Pattern changes but these changes might be implemented only by 2017. JEE Pattern for 2016 is to remain the same.

Joint Entrance Examionation (JEE)

Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) is an all India common engineering entrance examination which is conducted for admission in various engineering colleges and courses all over the country. In 2012, CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) announced this common examination in place of AIEEE and IIT-JEE.

Present JEE Pattern

JEE is being conducted in two parts- JEE-Main and JEE-Advanced.

JEE-Main exam is held for admissions to IIITs (Indian Institutes of Information Technology), NITs (National Institutes of Technology), CFTIs (Central Funded Technical Institute) and IIEST Shibpur. Several state governments have now scrapped their respective engineering entrance tests and use JEE Mains for admissions to their engineering colleges. The States of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Nagaland and Odisha have joined JEE (Main) system.

This exam also functions as the eligibility test for JEE advanced. The top 1,50,000 score holders in JEE Main are the only ones eligible to apply for JEE Advanced exam.

JEE Advanced is the examination used for the admission to the Bachelor’s, Integrated Master’s and Dual Degree programs in Engineering, Science, Architecture, Design or Pharmaceutics at the 16 Indian Institute of Technology (IITs) and Indian School of Mines (ISM), Dhanbad.

Recent Developments with JEE Pattern

The IITs have off late been demanding a single entrance test for their admissions. The development came against the backdrop of NITs deciding to break away from the new system implemented in 2012. Now for admission to NIT, a candidate has only to clear the JEE Mains.

The negative to the two tier system was that it proved “cumbersome” and “time consuming” involving a lot of resources in the process.

The two-tier format was introduced in 2012 by the then HRD Minister Kapil Sibal under an initiative to overhaul the examination system.  The move was met with stiff resistance by a section of IITs, led by IIT-Kanpur. But it had to eventually accede to the new system.

If the fresh talk of move towards a single entrance exam for engineering turns to a reality, students would only have to sit for a single test for admission to the IITs.  It would also help the IITs in holding more counselling rounds which were earlier restricted to a few due to time constraints.

Proposed JEE Pattern Changes for 2017:

IIT Council had been mulling major changes in the examination pattern such as single entrance test and weightage of boards marks.

The IIT Council had constituted a Committee of Eminent Persons (C.E.P.) under the Chairmanship of Prof Ashok Misra to propose changes to the JEE pattern. The Committee submitted its report to the M.H.R.D. on 5th November 2015. The changes proposed are as following:

  • A National Testing Service,to be set up by early 2016, mandated to conduct an Aptitude Test, which should test the scientific aptitude and innovative thinking ability. The Aptitude test may be offered 2 or more times in a year and would be an online test. The testing shall test the scientific thinking and cannot be gamed through coaching.
  • Based on this performance, about 4 lakh candidates shall be short-listed for taking the JEE.
  • The JEE itself will be on the lines of the current JEE (Advanced) and designed to test the knowledge in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics; and will be conducted by the IITs.
  • From this, ranks will be issued to 40,000+ students who can seek admission in IITs and NITs based on a common counselling.
  • The IITs be requested to set up a system for developing mock JEE examinations which will help students prepare for the JEE significantly and wean them away from the coaching industry. The possibility of using the M.O.O.C.S. platform can also be explored.
  • M.H.R.D. may take measures for the improvement of school education and the method of examination of the Boards, so that students with the Science aptitude are well prepared in the concepts by the time they reach 12th grade, without dependence on coaching institutions.

However, the C.E.P. has proposed not to make any changes for 2016. The changes, if accepted, will be applicable from 2017 only.

Also the Government of India has decided to place the recommendations of the Report in the public domain for widespread consultation with the stakeholders.

JEE Pattern 2016:

The existing format for JEE Main will continue for 2016- JEE Main and JEE Advanced. No JEE pattern changes will be applicable for 2016.

  • JEE MAIN 2016

The JEE Main exam would be conducted with two papers-

  • Paper 1: For admission to B.Tech/ B.E. (Online and Offline)
  • Paper 2: For admission to B. Planning/ B. Architecture (Offline only)

The aspirants can choose between either applying for one of the papers or for both, depending on their areas of interest.

Admissions to engineering colleges will be based on both, the 10+2 marks (40% weightage) and JEE Main score (60% weightage).

JEE Main 2016 Important Date:

Online Application begins 1st December 2015.
Online Application closes 31st December 2015.
Exam Date for Paper 1 and Paper 2 (offline mode) 3rd April 2016.
Exam Date for Paper 1 (online mode) 9th and 10th April 2016.


For a detailed instruction for JEE Main 2016, go to

To apply to JEE Main 2016, go to


The JEE Advanced exam consists of two papers with each paper having separate sections for Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. Each paper is for 3 hours with multiple choice questions and numerical type questions. This stage is designed to test comprehension, reasoning and analytical ability of candidates.

JEE Advanced 2016 important date:

Online Application begins 29th April 2016.
Online Application closes  4th May 2016.
Exam Date 22nd May 2016.

Hence though JEE pattern changes have been suggested they remain on for now. For 2016, no JEE pattern changes are going to be implemented.

Happy Preparation!!!