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JEE Main Eligibility Criteria 2017

JEE Main Eligibility Criteria is defined by CBSE for the students who are willing to give JEE Main exam. For JEE Main, Class 12th science stream students can apply. They must have studied Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics as main subjects in class 12. CBSE has made many changes in JEE Main Eligibility Criteria. This year Aadhaar card is now mandatory for appearing in JEE Main 2017.

Latest Update: JEE Main 2017 Admit Card is available now. Candidates can download it from 

What is new in JEE Main 2017 Eligibility?

  • Introduction of Aadhaar Card for JEE Main 2017. For the academic session 2017-18, candidates from India are required to have Aadhaar Card in order to give the entrance exam.
  • A provision for Jammu & Kashmir, Meghalaya and Assam applicants has also been made. For those sitting for the exam from these states have to provide the required details – Passport Number, Ration Card, Bank Account Number or any other Govt. Id Number while filling the JEE Main Application Form. Also they have to choose cities in these States as examination Centers.
  • No weightage will be given to Class 12th marks in calculating All India Rank of JEE Main 2017.
  • To qualify for admissions in IITs/ NITs/ IIITs and other CFTIs whose admissions are based on JEE Ranks, they should have secured atleast 75% marks in class 12th, or be in the top 20 percentile in class 12th class exam conducted by respective board. For SC/ST candidates the qualifying marks are 65% marks in 12th class.

Candidates can go through the following article to know about the eligibility criteria. They are set on the factors such as - academic qualification, age criteria, number of attempts, Aadhaar Card and other standards.

Aadhaar Card Mandatory in JEE Main 2017

For the academic session of 2017-18, CBSE has introduced an Aadhar Card criteria. All the Indian Citizens candidates should possess Aadhaar Card issued by UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India). While filling the online JEE Main Application Form 2017, they are required to enter the following details on the document:

  • Aadhaar Card Number
  • Candidate’s Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Gender

For the candidates who are yet to enrol for Aadhaar, have to make application for Aadhaar enrolment in case he/she is entitled to obtain Aadhaar as per ‘Section 3’ of Aadhaar Act. Such applicant may visit any Aadhaar enrolment facilitation centres set up in JEE Main exam cities.

Aadhaar Card Enrolment Centres - CBSE has created various centers for the candidates who are not having Aadhaar. These facilitation centres are in each city where the JEE Main examination will be held. These centers provide free of cost service i.e. no price has to be paid for Aadhaar enrolment. For the ones who have enrolled for Aadhaar and are yet to recieve their Aadhaar should enter 28 digit Aadhaar Enrolment ID printed on the Aadhaar enrolment slip at the time of filling online application form for JEE Main 2017.

Note: The details on Aadhaar Card should match with the ones mentioned on their school records. In case of any discrepency, candidates should immediately get it rectified.

JEE Main 2017 Age limit & Qualifying Exam

Age Criteria

  • Candidates belonging to General and OBC Category should be born on or after October 01, 1992 are eligible to apply.
  • Candidates from SC/ST/PwD category have a relaxation of 5 years. They should be born on or before October 01, 1987.

Note: The DOB (Date Of Birth) on the Secondary Education Board Certificate will be considered as the original date of birth.

Qualifying Exam

  • Candidates should have graduated class 12th either in 2015 or 2016.
  • Also, the ones who are appearing in class 12th or qualifying exam in 2017 are also eligible to apply for JEE Main.
  • The 10+2 examination should be done from any recognized central/state Board like CBSE, ICSE, NCERT etc.
  • Senior Secondary School Examination conducted by the National Institute of Open Schooling with minimum five subjects
  • Final examination of the two-year course of the Joint Services Wing of the National Defence Academy
  • Intermediate or two-year Pre-University examination conducted by a recognized Board/ University.

Note: The students passing their class 12th or equivalent in 2014 and before or are going to pass in 2017 and after are not eligible for JEE Main 2017.

Qualifying Exam for IITs 

  • For admission to IITs, candidate should have qualified from H.S.C. vocational examination.
  • A diploma recognized by AICTE or a state board of technical education of at least 3 year duration.
  • High School Certificate Examination of the Cambridge University or International Baccalaureate Diploma of the International Baccalaureate Office, Geneva.
  • GCE (General Certificate Education) examination (London/Cambridge/Sri Lanka) at the Advanced level.

Academic Qualification

  • Candidates must have studied- Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry in class 12 or equivalent.
  • Candidates must have studied any one of the subjects as optional subjects — Chemistry, Computer Science, Biology and Bio-technology.
  • A minimum of 50%marks in total in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics (PCM)is required.
  • Minimum academic qualification for appearing in JEE Main is that the candidate must have passed in final examination of class 12 or its equivalent referred to as the qualifying examination.
  • Candidates must have passed 5 subjects in Class 12.Students who have with four subjects are not applicable
  • Candidates passed Class 12 in 2014 or before are not eligible to appear in JEE Main 2017 examination.
  • Only candidates passing in 2015/ 2016 or 2017 are eligible.

Course Wise Eligibility Criteria

JEE Main offers admissions into various programmes and each of the programme offered has its own criteria. Candidates need to satisfy the same in order to fill the JEE Main Application Form. 

For Paper 1 (Engineering programme- B.E/B.Tech): Candidate should have Physics and Mathematics as their main subjects along with any of the subjects- Chemistry/Biology/Biotechnology/Technical Vocationalsubject in class 12 with atleast 45% marks in each subject. 

For Paper 2 (Architecture Programme- B.Arch/ B. Planning): Candidate should have studied Mathematics as compulsory subjects and attaining 50% marks in total aggregate of all the subjects.

JEE Main 2017: Number of Attempts

A JEE Main aspirant can appear for upto 3 times for the national level undergraduate engineering entrance exam. There is no relaxation for SC/ST category students in how many times they can appear for JEE Main entrance i.e. they are also offered only 3 attempts for the JEE Main.

Number of Attempts and age limit for the states of Madhya Pradesh and Odisha

As the states of Madhya Pradesh and Odisha are new in the league of JEE Main and have joined in 2015, the number of attempts and age limit will remain same as per the past practice for taking admissions in colleges in these states.

However, this is not applicable to IITs, NITs, IIITS and CFITs. For taking admissions in these institutions, one has to fulfill the basic eligibility i.e. for general category, there DOB should be on or afterOctober 1, 1992 and for SC/ST category, there is relaxation of 5 years. 

JEE Main 2017: Category wise Provision

CBSE has made provisions for the candidates from J&K, Meghalaya and Assam. This new change has raised a lot of hopes for the candidates belonging from these states. Also, for the candidates from Person with Disability (PwD) category will be offered various facility in order to make their whole exam process easy.

For Jammu & Kashmir, Meghalaya and Assam Applicants

Candidates appearing or graduating class 12 from the states of J&K, Assam & Meghalaya have to enter any of the following number in the application form:

  • Passport number,
  • Ration card number,
  • Bank account number or any other valid Government identity number. 

This is applicable only for those candidates who will appear for the exam from these states only.

Provision For PwD Candidate

  • The candidates with the physical disability of 40% or more then he will be provided a Scribe/Reader on his request.
  • The candidate can choose his/her own scribe/reader and for this he/she has to submit the request to Center Superintendent for the same.
  • The candidate will allow to meet the scribe a day before the examination to verify his scribe suitability.
  • Candidate with 40% or more disability will have the one hour extra time. No matter he/she has availed the facility of scribe/reader or not.

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JEE Main 2017 State Code of Eligibility

The JEE Main State Code of Eligibility is defined as state from which the candidate has passed his/ her qualifying examination, so that he could be eligible for the JEE Main. In case,

  1. Candidate has passed examination in one state but he has applied for the improvement in other state. Then the state which will be considered is from where the candidate has passed the examination not from where he had applied for improvement.
  2. Candidate who is Indian National and passed his qualifying exam from abroad then the eligibility will be finalized by the permanent address where he resides from.
  3. Candidate passed/appearing class 12th from NIOS then the state code of eligibility is defined by the state in which center of study located.
  4. Candidates graduating from Nepal/Bhutan then the state of eligibility is defined by the given below table.


JEE Advanced 2017 Eligibility

The candidate appearing for JEE Advanced 2017 must have cleared the JEE Main exam. For JEE Advanced, top 2,00,000 candidates of JEE Main will be considered. Candidate must have secured 75%(for GEN/OBC) or 70% (for SC/ST/PwD) of aggregate marks in Class 12th board exam. A candidate must have passed 12th class in 2016 or 2017. All the documents related to academic qualification would be only verified at time of JEE Main Counselling.

Qualification equivalent to Qualifying Examination (class 12)

So, the basic eligibility for JEE Main is class 12th pass along with the date of Birth criteria , now the question arises that what all the Qualifications will be considered equivalent to the qualifying examination i.e. class 12th. As per CBSE, the qualifications equivalent class 12th are:-

  • The final examination of the 10+2 system, governed by any recognized central/state Board, such as Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi, Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations, New Delhi etc.
  • Intermediate or two-year Pre-University examination regulated by a recognized Board/University
  • Final examination of the two-year course of the Joint Services Wing of the National Defence Academy
  • Senior Secondary School Examination conducted by the National Institute of Open Schooling with a minimum of five subjects.
  • Any Public School/ Board/University examination in India or in any foreign country recognized as equivalent to the 10+2 system by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU).
  • H.S.C. vocational examination. (Only for Admission to IITs)
  • A Diploma recognized by AICTE or a state board of technical education of at least 3 year duration. [Only for Admission to IITs]
  • General Certificate Education (GCE) examination (London/ Cambridge/Sri Lanka) at the Advanced (A) level. [Only for Admission to IITs]
  • High School Certificate Examination of the Cambridge University or International Baccalaureate Diploma of the International Baccalaureate Office, Geneva. (Only for Admission to IITs)

In case the relevant Qualifying Examination is not a public examination, the student must have cleared at least one public (Board or Pre-University) examination at an earlier level. [Only for Admission to IITs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Ques. What is the eligibility for private candidate?

Ans. Candidates who born on or after October 01, 1992 are eligible to appear in JEE Main 2017 whereas for SC/ST/PwD candidates there is 5 years relaxation in upper age limit.Candidates who have passed there qualifying examination in 2015 or 2016 or if they are appearing for examination in 2017 are eligible for to How Apply for JEE Main 2017. Candidate must have at least 5 main subjects.

Ques. What is the eligibility criteria for Diploma Students in JEE Main 2017?

Ans: Candidate with diploma can apply to appear in JEE Advanced however his JEE Main Score and Rank will not be consider for the admission in NITs and CFTIs through JEE Main.

Ques. What are HSC Vocational Courses?

Ans. Students from different states will have to verify their HSC Vocational courses from their particular state as different states have different HSC vocational courses.



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1 Comment
mohit babu

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06 Mar, 2017 11:59

Hi Mohit, to have an idea on JEE Main cut off, please find the link

27 Apr, 2017 18:04

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