Alignment of JEE Main Syllabus with Rationalized School Board Curriculum

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The Official Explained: Formation of a NCERT Committee to Address Deleted Units in the Revised Syllabus

The Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) Main syllabus has been streamlined to conform with the curriculum rationalized by the CBSE and various school boards, as confirmed by National Testing Agency officials. In a recent announcement, the agency also revealed the schedule for the January 2024 JEE-Main exam, along with key online registration dates. Notably, this marks the first occasion where the National Testing Agency (NTA) has pre-announced the result date, set for February 12, 2024.

Numerous educational boards, including the CBSE, have revised their syllabi in response to the academic disruptions brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic. According to a senior NTA official, consultations were conducted with forty-four educational boards to assess their curriculum adjustments.

The official explained that a committee under the NCERT was established to address the omitted units from the curricula of all the boards that participated, ultimately resulting in a revised syllabus that aligns with the curriculum.

The JEE Main serves as the qualifying examination for admissions to centrally-funded technical institutions such as NITs and IIITs. The top 20 percent of the merit list qualifies for the JEE (Advanced), the entrance test for Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). Online registration for the 2024 exam commenced on Thursday and will remain open until November 30 this year. The NTA will announce the allocation of examination center cities in the second week of January next year, and the computer-based tests are scheduled to take place from January 24 to February 1.

The JEE (Main)-2024 will be conducted in 13 languages, including English, Hindi, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu.

Candidates have the option to apply for either one session or both sessions (Session-1 and Session-2 of 2024) and pay the exam fee accordingly. Each of the papers (mathematics, physics, chemistry) under Paper-1 for BTech and BE programs will comprise two sections, ‘A’ and ‘B.’ Section ‘A’ will consist of multiple-choice questions (MCQs), while section ‘B’ will feature questions where numerical values are to be filled in. In section ‘B,’ candidates are required to attempt five questions out of ten. Negative marking applies to both sections.

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