IIT JEE Advanced 2020: Exam pattern, Question format, and Previous year cut off

By Swati Mishra

JEE Advanced 2020 is a computer-based exam; it consists of 2 papers, paper 1 and paper 2 of 3 hours duration each. Both these papers are compulsory and IITs have not fixed a pattern for these papers. The conducting IIT always surprises students taking the exam.

JEE Advanced exam pattern 2020 has been released by IIT Delhi in online mode. Details on how the entrance test will be held, types of questions, and format of paper and more are present here.

The exam will be a computer-based test and will consist of two papers- paper 1 and paper 2. Questioned asked in JEE Advanced 2020 generally include multiple-choice questions with the single answer; questions with multiple answers, numeric value question along with list match sets. The marking scheme in JEE Advance is based on the concept of full, partial, and zero. So there is a negative marking too. Details of the marking process will be available in the question paper of JEE Advanced.


JEE Advanced 2020

Exam Name


JE Advanced 2020
Organizing institute


IIT Delhi
Mode of examination


Number of papers


2;  Paper 1

Paper 2

Number of sections


3- Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics
Time duration


3 hour each
Types of question


MCQ and Numerical Value Based
Medium of examination English/Hindi



JEE Advanced Marking Scheme

As we have informed you that this exam surprises every year, so the number of questions in this exam is not fixed. So, the maximum marks can not be defined. For your comfort we analyzed, the previous year pattern and the basis of that we inferred the marking scheme of JEE Advanced pattern 2020. A bellowed table can give slight expected marks.




Question type Marks awarded Negative marking


Single correct answer 3 -1


1 or more correct answer 4 -1


Numerical value answer

Based question

3 0


Paper-2 also consists of 10 sets of questions and the marking scheme as follow



Question type Marks awarded Negative marking




1 or more correct options 4 -1


Numerical value-based answer 3 0


List match sets 3 -1


JEE advanced cut off is two types, qualifying and the admission cutoff. IIT Delhi has released the JEE Advanced 2020 qualifying cutoff in the official brochure, the final cutoff will be released after the allotment of seat. The minimum scoring marks are called qualifying marks. The student who clears the qualifying cutoff is listed in the rank and considered to be called by IITs but for the final admission, candidates have clear the JEE Advanced cutoff.

Cutoffs are based on several metrics like difficulty level of the exam, number students and allotments of seats, etc.


JEE Advanced 2020 qualifying cutoff and previous year’s cutoff have been mentioned below.

JEE Advanced Cutoff 2020

Category Minimum % of marks in each subject Minimum % of marks in each subject
Common rank list 10 35
GEN-EWS 9 31.5
OBC-NCL 9 31.5
SC 5 31.5
ST 5 17.5
Common PwD 5 17.5
OBC-NCL-PwD 5 17.5
SC-PwD 5 17.5
ST-PwD 5 17.5
Preparatory course rank list 2.5 8.75



JEE Advanced 2019 cut off:

Category Minimum % of marks in each subject Minimum % of marks in each subject Revised Cutoff      
Common rank list 10 35 25
GEN-EWS 9 31.5 22.5
OBC-NCL 9 31.5 22.5
SC 5 31.5 22.5
ST 5 17.5 12.5
Common PwD 5 17.5 12.5
OBC-NCL-PwD 5 17.5 12.5
SC-PwD 5 17.5 12.5
ST-PwD 5 17.5 12.5
Preparatory course rank list 2.5 8.75 6.25


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