JEE Main Joint Entrance Examination Main

CBSE has defined JEE Main Eligibility Criteria 2018. The eligibility criteria of JEE Main 2018 are set norms which the candidates must satisfy in order to appear for the exam. The criteria are concerned with Age Limit, Education Qualification, Number of Attempts, etc. Also, it is advised to students to ensure that they fulfill the eligibility conditions before proceeding to apply for JEE Main 2018. The registration can be done from December 01 to January 01, 2018. The JEE (Main) will also act as an eligibility test for the Advanced, which the candidate has to take if he/she is aspiring for admission to the undergraduate programmes offered by the IITs. Candidates can check all the details about JEE Main 2018 Eligibility Criteria in the article below.

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JEE Main 2018 Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria for JEE Main 2018 is limited to Age Limit, Education Qualification, Number of Attempts, and Qualifying Examination. However, there is a separate specific JEE Main Eligibility Criteria for NIT, IIITs, SFIs and CFTIs Admissions. The candidates should know and ensure these criteria as well because, during JoSAA counseling, the seat will only be allocated to candidates if it is satisfied.

We will advise that before check the eligibility criteria, the candidates may also check the below mentioned important dates.

Events Important Dates
Submitting the application form 01 Dec 2017 to 01 Jan 2018
Admit card issuance 2nd week of March 2018
JEE Main 2018 Offline Exam 08 Apr 2018
Online JEE Main 2018 15 and 16 Apr 2018
Result announcement for Paper 1 30 Apr 2018
Result announcement for Paper 2 31 May 2018

Parameters for JEE Main Eligibility Criteria 2018

The candidates are required to ensure following the parameters in order to appear for the examination.

Age Limit to Appear in JEE Main 2018

  • Candidates should have been born on or after October 1, 1993, shall be eligible for JEE Main 2018
  • Age Relaxation: For SC, ST, PWD candidates, the age relaxation of 5 years is applicable

Note: The date of birth will be considered as mentioned on the Secondary Education Board/University certificate.

Year of Passing the Qualifying Examination – 

  • The candidates should have appeared for Qualifying Examination in 2016 or 2017.
  • Candidates who will be appearing for the final exam in the year 2018 are also eligible but they need to submit the certificates before the due date.
  • If a candidate did not pass the Qualifying Examination in the year 2015 but passed in 2016 is not eligible.

Subjects in Qualifying Examination (QE) –

  • In Qualifying Exam, the candidate must have studied at least 5 subjects.

Number of Attempts in JEE Main –

  • Each candidate can appear for JEE Main only 3 times.

JEE Main State Eligibility

Age Limit and Number of Attempts for Candidates from Madhya Pradesh, Nagaland, and Odisha

  • Candidates should note that these states joined JEE Main system in the year 2014. Hence, the institutes in these states will grant admission as per the past practice only. The age limit and attempts will be as it used to be. Despite it, candidates should note that it will not be applicable for IITs / NITs / IIITs / CFTIs admission.

JEE Main Eligibility Criteria for NITs, IIITs, and CFTIs, SFIs, State Engineering Colleges Admissions

Any candidate satisfying the criteria above is eligible to appear for JEE Main 2018. However, to get admission through JoSSA counselling in NITs, IIITs, and GFTIs the candidates will have to satisfy the eligibility criteria mentioned below:

Qualifying JEE Main 2018

  • The candidates will only be granted admission if they will qualify JEE Main 2018.
  • Previous year JEE scores will not be considered.

Subjects in Qualifying Exam

The Subject combination in Qualifying Exam (10+2 / equivalent) for Paper 1 and 2 should be:

Course JEE Main 2018 Paper to be Qualified Subjects Required in QE
B.E / B.Tech Paper 1 Physics, Mathematics with Chemistry / Biology / Biotechnology / Technical Vocational subjects
B.Arch / B.Planning Paper 2 Mathematics

Either 75% or Among Top 20 Percentile in Qualifying Exam

  • Candidates should have secured either 75% in Qualifying Examination or should be among Top 20 Percentile of respective School Board. 
  • For the SC / ST candidates, the minimum marks percentage in Qualifying Examination is 65%. However, the Top 20 percentile criteria remain the same.

Details About the Top 20 Percentile

The percentile score of a candidate shows the score of the candidate with respect to the number of students.

For Example,  A student has scored 50% on the exam and there are 2218 candidates, who have scored less than the candidate, i.e., less than 50%:
2218  x 100 = 16.18
Here, the percentile score of the candidate from the exam is 16.18 while his/her percentage in the exam is 50%.

Question: Is it possible that someone who has not 75% (or 65%) appears for JEE Main 2018 and gets a rank, can get admission in a college that accepts students who have less than 75%?

Answer: Perhaps yes! 75% (65%) minimum marks requirement is only for admission to institutes such as IITs, NITs, IIITs, CFTIs. If there is a college which does not fall under any of those and is accepting admission through JEE Main 2018 ranks even for students whose marks are less than 75% (65%), then perhaps yes. The official information brochure states that “The policy as above may probably be adopted by other Technical Institutions participating in counseling through JoSAA/CSAB. In case a State opts to admit students in the engineering Colleges affiliated to state Universities, the State may prepare separate rank list based on criteria decided by them.”

You can ask all your questions on JEE Main 2018 Eligibility Criteria at discussion forum.

Subjects in the Qualifying Examination

Though the basics subjects are Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics but the combination of subjects which will be used to evaluate the Top 20 percentile are as below:

For BE / B.Tech Courses

  • Language
  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • In addition to any one of the following from Chemistry, Biology, Biotechnology, Technical vocational subject
  • Any other subject

For B.Arch / B.Planning Courses

  • Mathematics subject along with required percentage of marks in total including five subjects

List of Qualifying Examinations

To be eligible for JEE Main 2018, the students should qualify for any of the following exams as given below

  • Class 12 board exam which any recognized central/ state Board conducts; such as CBSE, ISCE.
  • Intermediate or two-year Pre-University examination which a recognized Board/ University holds.
  • The final examination of the two-year course of the Joint Services Wing of the National Defence Academy.
  • National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) Senior Secondary School Examination with a minimum of five subjects.
  • Any Public School/ University/ Board examination in India or in any foreign country which the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) recognizes as equivalent to the 12th standard.

List of Qualifying Examination Recognised by IITs

There are certain qualifying exams which only IITs recognize:-

  • H.S.C. vocational examination.
  • A Diploma which AICTE recognizes or a state board of technical education of at least 3-year duration.
  • General Certificate Education (GCE) examination (London / Cambridge / Sri Lanka) at the Advanced (A) level.
  • High School Certificate Examination of the Cambridge University or International Baccalaureate Diploma of the International Baccalaureate Office, Geneva.
  • If the relevant qualifying examination is not a public examination, then the student should have passed at least one public either Board or Pre-University examination at an earlier level.

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If you have any other queries regarding JEE Main 2018 eligibility criteria, please ask in the comments below. 

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  1. My son studied uoto Xth class in tamilnadu. Now he is studying +1 and +2 in karnataka state. For joining NIT which state he is eligible. Which state is HS – Home state.

  2. If a student doesn’t pass in 12th for first time and does a fantastic result for 2nd time , will he be eligible for JEE MAINS ???

  3. I have got 75% overall(pcm+2 language subjects) in my 12th….but my combined percentage of pcm only is 74%…. Will i be eligible for IITs and NITs?

    • If you have appeared for JEE mains and you have clear the paper then only you’re eligible for IITs $ NITs

  4. Sir i have complete 10th and ITI and diploma with lateral entry….should i am eligible for JEE Mains..

    • yes you’re eligible for the JEE Mains but you need have to clear the JEE Mains entrance test for the admissions in IITs & NITs

  5. I have got 60% in my 12th in 2017….. I scored 51 marks in jee mains 2018…I belong to gen-pwd category… My gen-pwd rank is 484… Is their any chance to get admission in NITs??????

  6. Sir, i got 240 marks in jee paper 2 for barch but my 12th percentage is 60% & i’m belongs to general category can i get admission in nits, specially sir i want to know there is any 75% criteria to get admission in nits for barch course????please sir reply me

  7. Hello sir,
    i got compartment in mathematics in 12th 2018 but i cleared it subsequently. now i would like to ask you how can i get admission to any engineering college because cousenlling has done already

  8. hlo sir ..
    if a student not qualified 12th in first time but qualified in second time with a fantastic percentage …then he or she eligible for jee main exam.

  9. My son is studying +2. He will write both jee main and advanced. If he will fail in advanced then using jee main marks, is he will apply for NIT?

  10. Can i apply for jee mains in +1?
    If i apply for jee mains in class 12 and then give its exam after passing 12 then how many more attempts can i make?
    In total how many attempts can i make in a year as per new policy?
    All about attempts..

    • YOU CAN check here:
      this year, as per the information brochure, there is no such criteria. As per the recently released information brochure, anybody who has appeared for class 12th boards exam in 2017 or 2018 is eligible for JEE Main 2019. Even candidates who will be appearing for boards exam in 2019 are also among the eligible candidates. rest you can check from that link.

  11. Sir, i’ve qualified 12th in 2017 from J&K board of school and education with 73%. Can i apply for jee mains?
    How can i check whether i’m in the top 20 percentile or not?

  12. I belongs to st students, got 66% average marks in class 12 board exam but in PCM the average marks is only 60%. Am I eligible to get admission in NIT colleges?

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