9Takeaways from JEEMain2017Exam

Joint Entrance Examination (JEE Main) is the most sought-after entrance examination of the country. As it is the qualifying exam for JEE Advanced, the gateway to admission in top engineering colleges of the country like IITs, NITs, IIITs and CFTIs.

JEE Main being a very competitive exam requires a lot of effort for preparation. In 2017, more than 12 lakh aspirants appeared for this exam.

So, students spend a lot of time in understanding the pattern of previous year question papers. This input helps them in devising their preparation strategy.

This year, JEE Main was held successfully on April 2. In this article, we have pointed out the unbiased students’ verdict on the exam. Overall, it was followed by mixed reactions. Aspirants share what they feel after appearing for JEE Main this year.

Amidst all those reactions, we bring to you the major takeaways from JEE Main 2017 exam. Take a look:

1-    No major changes in Difficulty level

The first major takeaway and probably a big sigh of relief for many candidates was that there was no major deviation from last year’s difficulty level. Rather, many candidates found the paper to be easier this time.

This was because many of the questions were direct, CBSE has done a very good job to keep the difficulty level of exam apt and appropriate.

Generally, in previous years we have been seeing some questions which are either out of syllabus or had some technical glitches. But there were no such problems this time. Again, it was a job well done by CBSE.

2-    Nature of Questions

As mentioned above, the paper was on the easier side as compared to last year. Thus, good command over basics was needed.

Questions in chemistry were more or less direct, and probably a lot of them were memory based. People who are good at memorizing things would have completed this section very quickly.

On the other hand, mathematics section also had a lot of formula-based questions. However, while solving these a lot of focus was required for avoiding any calculation errors.The questions were lengthy, so patience and proper plan was the need of the hour. Overall, this section also required a good knowledge of basics.

Lastly, physics section was a proper well-balanced section. Although it was easier than last year but included many tricky questions as well. Thus, calling it a tricky section would be a better choice than calling it a tough section.

But all those who had practiced well wouldn’t have suffered much.

3-    Time Allocation to each section

There are 3 sections and 3 hours to complete the exam, which means 1 hour for each section. However, you cannot devote equal time to each section as all 3 sections are not of similar difficulty level.

Chemistry, being the easiest, took the least time for most of the students. Ideally, many finished in 40 minutes by attempting at least 20 questions.

Physics was neither too easy nor too difficult, so took less than one hour. Again, an attempt of 20 questions with a good level of accuracy would have fetched you a nice score.

And thus, one should have devoted 80 minutes to mathematics section. Questions were lengthy; therefore, one should have been careful while solving questions. Attempting questions with accuracy was more important here than attempting a lot of questions. Keeping it safe, an attempt of even 17-18 questions but with high accuracy would not have been bad.

4-    Dominance of Topics from Class 12 syllabus

As expected, questions from Class 12 syllabus dominated the paper.

Physics section had 19 questions from Class 12 syllabus (out of 30). In chemistry, 17 questions out of 30 were from class 12 syllabus. On the other hand, mathematics section had 20 questions from Class 12 syllabus.

Thus, overall, 56 questions from 90 featured from class 12 syllabus, thus giving it a weightage of more than 60 percent.

Major scoring topics for the exam were Algebra, Calculus, Inorganic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Mechanics, and Electrodynamics.

5-    Chemistry was the easiest section

Chemistry this year emerged to be the easiest section of all. The questions in this section were neither tricky nor lengthy. Also, many candidates said that they found many direct questions in the section, and thus did not face any problem while attempting.

Total 8 questions from organic chemistry, 11 from inorganic chemistry and 11 questions were from Physical chemistry were asked.

Anyonewith good conceptual knowledge could have turned this section into a high scoring section.

6-    Lengthy Mathematics Section

The mathematics section was a lengthy one and actually took many candidates by surprise. This was because the questions seemed easy in the first instance, but actually were calculation intensive and took more than 2 minutes to solve. Therefore, many candidates said that they could attempt lessquestions.

Algebra carried the maximum weightage in the exam, 15 questions featuring from this topic. Apart from this, 6 questions were from Calculus, 3 from Trigonometry, 3 from Conics and 3 from vector algebra.

Due to its length, many regarded it as the toughest section of all.

7-    Trickier Physics Section

Where both the other two sections were easier, Physics was not so easy and required a good level of conceptual knowledge to qualify. Calculation based questions were a majority here.

Although it looked trickier than other two sections, it was not as difficult as the last year’s section. Physics section included 11 questions from Mechanics, 8 questions from the topic electrodynamics, 3 sections from thermodynamics and kinetic theory, 2 from optics and wave optics, and 6 questions from Modern Physics and Nuclear Physics.

8-    Preparation level required

Since the question paper came without any unpleasant surprise, students did not feel underprepared. Questions were more or less application of basics rather than requiring a higher level of understanding.

Therefore, rather than doing a lot of topics, a better approach would have been to do only relevant topics and preparing them thoroughly.

9-    Falling Cutoffs

Although JEE Main 2017 was easier than JEE Main 2016, still the cutoffs for the exam have fallen significantly.

Now there are many reasons for this, some say it is due to the elimination of normalization (which involved 12the Board scores of a candidate), some say it is due to less number of JEE aspirants etc.

However, it is true that the total number of JEE aspirants is falling each year, which might be the reason for a downward trend in cutoffs. But this year the downfall was a really significant one.

JEE Main Cut off for this year and previous year –

Category Cut off score in
2017 2016
General 81 100
NC-OBC 49 70
SC 32 52
ST 27 48


Ideally, one should have attempted 65-70 questions, to hope for a good NIT. Most of the students felt comfortable in attempting more questions in Physics and chemistry section, unlike in Mathematics section.

We hope these points would have provided you an insight of the JEE Main 2017 paper.

All the best for your endeavors!!