JEE Mains paper 2

JEE Mains Paper 2 Exam: Exam Tips, Important Topics, Syllabus

For B.arch and B.planning aspirant, JEE MAINS PAPER 2 is a widely know exam. It is conducted to shortlist candidates for admission in B.Arch/B.Plan courses in institutes like the School of Planning and Architecture (SPAs) and NITs. Questions in this exam are related to architecture making it necessary for the students to be familiar with famous national and international buildings. Additionally, the students need to have an idea about the related topics and exam pattern.

Exam Pattern of JEE Main Paper 2:



Mode of Exam

Mathematics and Aptitude Test will be held as a computer-based test, while the drawing exam will be in offline mode

Exam Duration

3 Hours (4 hours for persons with benchmark disabilities)


Mathematics, General Aptitude, Drawing Skills/Planning

Number of Questions

Aptitude – 50, Mathematics – 30 and Drawing - 2/ Planning - 25

Marking Scheme

Every correct answer will fetch 4 marks, whereas 1 mark will be deducted for each incorrect response. In case of drawing questions, it will be of total 70 marks. The marks for each question will be mentioned along with it.

Study Tips:

  • If a student wants to know/ get some perspective about the Drawing test section of JEE Mains Paper 2, substantiate his/her study material with Engineering Drawing books.
  • Draw the dimensions & try to analyse objects closely
  • Drawing tests in arts is more about aesthetics. On the other hand, the drawing test of the Architecture entrance exam is more about the design ideas.
  • Work on Drawing: To prepare for the Aptitude and Drawing tests, work on your observation skills and drawing
  • Solve previous year papers for JEE Mains and enough sample papers to develop pace and practice.
  • You can even take online JEE Mains Paper 2 mock tests for practice.
  • Note down the important formulas for Mathematics.
  • While preparing for any topic of JEE Mains paper 2, make short notes. 
  • You can prepare only when you are healthy, so do not forget to take care of your health.

To take online mock test: click here

JEE Mains Paper 2 (B.Arch) most important topics:

Candidates must focus on these high scoring topics while preparing for the exam.

  • Colour texture, harmony and contrast.
  • Three dimensional – perception: Understanding and appreciation of scale and proportion of objects, building forms and elements.
  • Design and drawing of geometrical or abstract shapes and patterns in pencil.
  • Transformation of forms both 2-D and 3-D union, subtraction, rotation, development of surfaces and volumes, Generation of Plan, elevations and 3-D views of objects.
  • Creating two dimensional and three-dimensional compositions using given shapes and forms.
  • Sketching of scenes and activities from memory, landscape.


To check the JEE Main paper 2 whole syllabus: click here


Guidelines for Exam Day:

Below are some of the important items that the candidates should or should not carry to the JEE Main 2021 test centre. Also given are the documents that the candidates must bring to the examination centre without which they will not be allowed to appear in the exam.

What to carry on exam day?

The test-takers will be provided with a sheet for any rough work they do.

Documents required:

  • Admit card and Undertaking 
  • Passport-size photo
  • Photo ID
  • Sanitizer
  • Transparent Water Bottle
  • Certificates: PWD certificate issued by the Competent Authority, if claiming relaxation under PwD category.

JEE Main 2021 Paper 2 Cutoff

The cut off scores of JEE Main 2021 are of two types – qualifying cut-off marks and admission cutoff marks. The NTA will release the qualifying JEE Main cut-off marks of papers. JoSAA will release the admission cut-off (opening and closing ranks) marks after the declaration of the result. The factors that determine JEE Main 2021 BArch cut off are:

  • Total number of applications received for a particular programme
  • Number of aspirants appearing for JEE Main Paper 2
  • The difficulty level of the exam
  • Total number of seats available
  • The category under which admission is sought

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