National Testing Agency (NTA) will conduct examinations like JEE Main and NEET twice a year from 2019 onwards. In one hand there are no limits in NEET attempts, as long as candidates are satisfying the eligibility criteria, but on the other hand, only 3 consecutive attempts are allowed in JEE Main. Thus, here is the confusion that whether attempting JEE Main twice in any year will be counted as two attempts or one? This is what the candidates are most worried about since July 07, 2018, when Prakash Javadekar cleared the air on NTA and changes in JEE Main 2019.

Highlights of NTA JEE Main 2019

Examination will be in online mode only and twice a year.

Examinees will be able to appear for the exam in January and April every year.

No changes in syllabus, languages, exam pattern and exam fees.

The application form fill up process will start from September 01, 2018 at for January Exam.

In the press conference, it was made clear that it is the wish of the candidates to choose to appear in any one or both the exams in a year. If a candidate appears in both the exams in a particular year, then their best of the two scores will be used to prepare the rank list for admission/counselling. Which means NTA will conduct JEE Main, as well as NEET, twice in a year for a single admission process. Thus, a standardised method will be used to prepare the rank list after both the exams.

Going by this logic, it can be said that, if one decides to appear in both the exam in a year, it will be counted as one attempt and not two. Ultimately, one rank list will be prepared at the end of both the exam. The chance to take admission is one. Thus, it indicates that the number of attempts will be counted as one.

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You can appear either in one exam or in both the exam in JEE Main 2019. Your best marks will be considered for ranking and for admissions.

The two exams are just to provide the candidates with an opportunity to perform even better. Candidates can appear the second time to better their performance if they want. But admission will be done once. Thus, logically, giving the two exams must not be counted as two attempts but one.

Therefore if you have attempted JEE Main in 2018, you will be able to attempt both the exams in 2019 and also both the exams in 2020. Although you must also fit into other eligibility criteria of JEE Main. Candidates are, however, advised to wait for the release of JEE Main 2019 Information Brochure as it will contain all the official and final details regarding the number of attempts. The information brochure will most probably release on September 01, 2018 with the application form of JEE Main 2019.

The official website of NTA,, has been launched on July 07, 2018 itself after the press conference. It will soon host the dates of the examination and other information. Until then, the dates JEE Main 2019, NEET 2019, CMAT, GPAT and UGC NET examinations were released at the press conference.

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  1. I am 1997 born but 2014 passed out with PCMB combination. Will I be eligible in JEE MAINS 2019 Jan session?

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