Probably after the official notification for JEE Main was released, students would have familiarised themselves with the eligibility criteria. However, one common confusion that candidates do face is over the State of Eligibility.

JEE Main 2018 Registration State of Eligibility

  • In JEE Main 2018 Registration, the State of Eligibility refers to the state from which where the candidate has either passed or is appearing in class 12th or equivalent examination –  or – the state as given in the Passport.
  • For Indian nationals passing the equivalent qualifying examination from an institution abroad, the State of Eligibility in JEE Main 2018 Registration will be determined on the basis of permanent address in India as given in the Passport of the candidate.
  • The same criteria is however different for NIOS candidates who are applying for JEE Main 2018. The students who have passed/ appearing class 12th from NIOS will have to select the State of Eligibility according to the state in which the study centre is located.

Whereas, the state of eligibility criteria is not applicable for the candidates belonging to Nepal /Bhutan/Foreign/OCI/PIO.

With specifying the State of Eligibility, candidates specifies the state from where which the candidate has studied / will be appearing. The candidates who have passed the qualifying examination from Assam / J&K / Meghalaya will have to provide information related to passport number, ration card number, bank account number or any other valid Govt. identity number. Also, these candidates will be able to select limited test centres in their own state only. Whereas if the candidate selects other than these state of eligibility, for example, Delhi, they will have to provide details related to Aadhar only and can choose exam centres across India.

The following table lists all JEE Main 2018 State codes of Eligibility

Name of State / UT Code
Andaman & Nicobar Islands (UT) 1
Andhra Pradesh 2
Arunachal Pradesh 3
Assam 4
Bihar 5
Chandigarh (UT) 6
Chhattisgarh 7
Dadra & Nagar Haveli (UT) 8
Daman & Diu (UT) 9
Delhi 10
Goa 11
Gujarat 12
Haryana 13
Himachal Pradesh 14
Jammu & Kashmir 15
Jharkhand 16
Karnataka 17
Kerala 18
Lakshadweep (UT) 19
Madhya Pradesh 20
Maharashtra 21
Manipur 22
Meghalaya 23
Mizoram 24
Nagaland 25
Odisha 26
Puducherry (UT) 27
Punjab 28
Rajasthan 29
Sikkim 30
Tamil Nadu 31
Tripura 32
Uttar Pradesh 33
Uttarakhand 34
West Bengal 35
Telangana 36
Foreign/OCI/PIO/ Nepal / Bhutan 98

JEE Main 2018 Registration Requires Aadhaar Card

Another thing to be noted for JEE Main 2018 Registration is the mandatory requirement of Aadhaar Card. The use of Aadhaar for the candidates of JEE (Main) 2018 is mandatory as it will result in the accuracy of the candidate’s details. This move is for the candidate’s benefit only as they will now not have to produce multiple documents in order to prove one’s identity. However, there are few questions which need clarification regarding Aadhar Card. However, it is not a mandatory requirement in case of candidates belonging to Assam/J&K/Meghalaya, as they have not yet been issued, Aadhaar Card.

Students who have recently submitted the request for updating in Aadhaar details (including biometric update) and are unable to apply with the updated Aadhaar Card Details. What should they do?

In such case, the candidates have to apply for JEE (Main) by entering 14 digits Aadhaar Enrolment ID/UR No. (Including slash) printed on the slip issued by aadhaar centre after submitting updation request.

What if the student does not have an Aadhaar Card?

The candidates who have not yet enrolled for Aadhaar, can do so by obtaining the form required to enrol for Aadhar online and then submitting it at centre – or – by visiting any Aadhaar enrolment centre (list available at to get enrolled for Aadhaar. It is a simple process to obtain Aadhaar online. Firstly, fill online application. Next, produce the relevant documents and submit it.

What if the details on the certificate/ testimonials does not match with that in the Aadhaar Card?

In case if the details in the Aadhaar is not exactly similar or not in same pattern as in school records, the candidates should submit a correction request at Aadhaar centre and apply for JEE Main by entering 14 digits Aadhaar Enrolment ID/UR No. printed on the slip issued by aadhaar centre after submitting updation request or they should fill the JEE Main Application Form with old details in Aadhaar card and thereafter can submit a correction request at Aadhaar centre and make the changes at later stage. However, it is advised to make the necessary corrections before hand and not to wait for any last date.

It can be concluded that there are not any severe changes in the eligibility and the registration process. From 2017 onwards, there have been two changes in the JEE pattern:

  • There shall be no weightage for the 12th class marks in calculating the ranks in the JEE Main examination,
  • To qualify for admissions in IITs/NITs/IIITs and such other CFTIs whose admissions are based on the JEE (Advanced)/JEE(Main) ranks, the candidates should have secured at least 75% marks in the 12th class examination, or be in the top 20 percentile in the 12th class examination conducted by the respective Boards. Whereas, for SC/ST students the qualifying marks would be 65% in the 12th class examination.
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