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JEE Main 2017 Eligibility Criteria

CBSE has declared the educational qualification, number of attempts, age limit and other such details for the eligibility criteria of JEE Main. This year JEE Main is going to be held on April 3, April 9 and April 10, 2017 and the applications are out for the test from December 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016.

To fulfil the minimum requirement to appear for JEE Main 2017, the candidate must be passed class 12th in 2015, 2016 or 2017. In class 12th candidate should have studied at least 5 main subjects. The Upper age limit for becoming eligible for the test is 25 years.

The JEE Main 2017 Admit Card is expected to be released by CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) on March 11, 2017.

JEE Main 2017 Eligibility 

Age Limit/Age Qualification

For all the General Category students they should be born on or after 1st October 1992.For SC/ST/PwD candidates there is relaxation of 5 years and such candidates should be born on or before1st October 1987.

Note that the date of birth on your Secondary Education Board Certificate will be considered as your original date of birth.

Year of Passing

Your year of passing should be either 2015 or 2016 and also the students who will pass class 12th in 2017 can also apply. However, the students passing their class 12 or equivalent in 2014 and before or are going to pass in 2017 and after are not eligible for JEE Main 2017.

Note: Students who have appeared for class 12 examination in 2014 but did not pass and cleared the exam in 2015 are also not eligible.

JEE Main 2017 Academic Qualification

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

Number of Attempts In JEE MAIN

Any candidate can appear for JEE Main exam maximum 3 times. There is no relaxation for SC/ST category students in how many times they can appear for JEE Main entrance is 3 times.

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 will not be applicable to IITs, NITs, IIITS and CFITs, For taking admissions in these institutions you have to fulfill the basic eligibility i.e. for general category students there date of Birth should be on or after October 1, 1992 and for SC/ST Students there is relaxation of 5 years. All the students will be allowed to sit for JEE Main maximum 3 times.


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Institution Wise Eligibility Criteria

For Paper-1 You should have Physics and Mathematics as main subjects  along with any of the subjects Chemistry/Biology/Biotechnology/Technical Vocational subject in class 12 with atleast 45%marks in each subject and For Paper-2 ,You  should have studied Maths as compulsory subjects and attaining 50% marks in total aggregate of all the subjects.

B.E/B.TechClass 12 passed with Physics and Mathematics as compulsory subjects along with one of the subjects Chemistry/Biology/Biotechnology/Technical Vocational Subjects with atleast 45% marks in individual subjects(For SC/ST category it is 40%)
B.Arch/B.PlanningMathematics subject with 50% marks in total aggregate

State Govt. Institute wise Eligibility Criteria

The above criteria are for the centrally funded Institutes and other participating institutes.  For the state Govt. Institutes the criteria may be different for the admission of the students. The state institutes may prepare their separate merit list for the admission.

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.


JEE Main 2017 Application Process

Candidate meeting complete eligibility criteria can apply for the JEE Main 2017. The application process is started from December 1 to December 31, 2016.  The JEE Main 2017 Application Process has 3 main steps: Registration, Uploading of Images and Fee Payment.

Registration: Candidate has to fill the application form by filling all the personal details, educational details and contact details asked in it.

Uploading: After the filling of the details Candidate has to upload the scanned images as per the dimension mentioned.

Fee Payment:  Candidate can deposit the fees either through debit card/credit card or either through e-challan during the online application form. After paying fee he will receive the confirmation regarding the fee payment then he can download the acknowledgement page.

ALSO CHECK OUT How to Apply For JEE Main 2017

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.

JEE Main State Code of Eligibility

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

  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. If candidate has pass the examination from Nepal/Bhutan then the state of eligibility is defined by the given below table.
  4. Candidate passed/appearing class 12th from NIOS then the state code of eligibility is defined by the state in which center of study located.

Note: The State of Eligibility is not applicable for the candidates belonging to Nepal/PIO/Foreign/OCI/Bhutan


Frequently Asked Questions

Ques. What is the eligibility of 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 conditions 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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