JEE Main 2020: How to attempt questions and maximise your score

JEE Main is the dream of every engineering aspirant. Most of the students start preparing for the exam from class 8th while some realise their interest and calibre after class 10th board exams. Through JEE Main, every aspirant wishes to bag a seat in one of the prestigious engineering institutes, IITs to be specific. Now, to be able to bag a seat in one of the 25 (Indian Institutes of Technology), IITs it is important to nail the exam with a good score.
NTA (National Testing Agency), the exam conducting authority from 2019 (CBSE conducted the exam till 2018) will be conducting JEE Main 2020. The exam will be held in two phases - January and April for admission to the BTech & BArch courses offered at Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), National Institutes of Technology (NITs), Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) and other centrally funded technical institutes (CFTIs).
Scoring good in JEE Main requires a lot of practice and hard work. The article will talk about every aspect which can help a candidate score well in JEE Main 2020. Now, before we move onto the strategies to get a good JEE Main score, let us first under the exam pattern.

JEE Main 2020 Exam Pattern Highlights

The first move when planning to prepare for JEE Main is to have a clear understanding of JEE Main exam pattern. Only then should candidates move towards the exam syllabus.
Paper 1 (BTech) of JEE Main comprises objective questions from Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics, having equal weightage. Each question is set to have four options. A negative marking of 1/4th marks also comes attached, for incorrect answers.

How to attempt JEE Main 2020 questions?

According to Ramesh Batlish, FIITJEE expert, students should attempt the exam in the following sequence: Chemistry → Maths → Physics (Though it certainly depends on the strength of the student’s i.e. which subject the candidate is good with).
Going by previous years’ trends, students generally prefer to attempt Chemistry first as it involves more fact based questions followed by Maths and Physics. Attempting the exam in sequence would help in securing essential marks. The idea is to ensure to solve fact based questions first and then move on to those involving calculations.
He further suggests few tips and tricks to secure high marks in JEE Main. Read below.

How to score well in JEE Main 2020?

Scoring good marks in JEE Main is certainly possible with the appropriate strategy. The student should keep in mind the sections and topics where he/she can score maximum marks.


It is always a good idea to start with questions of inorganic chemistry, for example, reading well through chapters like P, S-block and Classification of elements and periodicity in property.
Questions from these chapters are mostly direct and based on the direct knowledge of the concepts. Students should focus on important topics like: Chemical Bonding & the periodic table, Redox reactions, Carbonyl Compounds & their derivatives etc.


While attempting Physics, the students must give priority to modern physics (atomic physics, nuclear physics, and special theory of relativity). There are a number of regular questions from this section. This part has 10 – 15% questions. You can solve questions from this section using direct formula, which also saves you time. Around 20 – 25% of questions are from electricity and magnesium which are the most scoring. If you are well versed with the correct formulas and concepts regarding the direction of electric and magnetic field (Like Application of Gauss law, application of Biot-Savart law, Faraday ‘s law, right hand and left thumb rule for current, electric field and magnetic field direction) then you can sort out at least two options from four choices.


Matrices and determinants is a scoring topic of mathematics syllabus of JEE. It is important to know the various types of matrices and their properties. Like if the question asks about the rank of matrix then the matrix should be converted to echelon form and then the rank can be computed easily. Quadratic Equations are an important topic of JEE. It is a simple topic which can fetch good marks.  It is important to know the formulae of sum and product of roots. Whenever there is a question on quadratic equation, one should first calculate the sum and product of roots. Most of the questions can be solved using these two values.
There are around 30 to 40 questions out of 90 that can be solved under the category “easy questions”. This enables a student to secure around 110 marks after assuming certain negative marks. Securing these numbers will ensure the student to be among the first 2,40,000 aspirants and thus qualifying for JEE Advanced.
Most important don’t panic you have done your best and now just wait for the final day!


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