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JEE Main 2018 Qualifying Exam, Age Limit, Minimum Marks

Updated On - March 1st 2018 by KRITIKA GUPTA

CBSE releases JEE Main Eligibility with the release of its official notification. As a basic condition, candidates appearing/ have passed class 12 with minimum 75% marks can appear for  JEE Main 2018. The coordinating body has scheduled the examination for April 8 (offline), April 15 & April 16 (online), apply online before January 1.

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The Central Board of Secondary Education formulated several changes in the eligibility criteria last year. The same will be followed for this year. The key points about JEE Main Eligibility Criteria are as follows:

  • For B.E./ B.Tech (Paper 1) – Physics and Mathematics along with one of these subjects Chemistry/ Biology/ Biotechnology is mandatory in qualifying examination.
  • For B.Arch./B.Planning (Paper 2) – Mathematics with aggregate 50% marks in 5 subjects. 
  • A total of three attempts will be provided to clear JEE Main. 
  • Born on or after October 1, 1993 (5 years relaxation for SC/ST/PwD. i.e 1988) are eligible to register for the engineering exam.
  • NIOS candidates can also apply for JEE Main 2018.

SRMJEEE 2018 B.Tech Application Form                 

Eligibility Norms for JEE Main 2018 in Detail

The basic requirement to take JEE Main 2018 exam is to pass 10+2 examination. Apart from this, Aadhar card is a mandatory document without which, candidates will not be considered eligible for the exam. The detailed eligibility is as follows:

Date of Birth

  • For General Category- On or after October 1, 1993 
  • For  SC/ST, PwD category- relaxation of 5 years

Year of Passing Qualifying Exam

  • Candidates who appeared for the exam on or before 2015 will not be considered eligible.
  • Those appearing after 2019 will not be eligible as well.
  • Candidates passing after 2015 or appearing in the year 2018 can appear for JEE Main 2018.

Number of Subjects in Qualifying Exam

  • It is mandatory for a candidate aspiring to take JEE Main 2018 to pass the qualifying exam with 5 subjects in total.
  • If 4 subjects are taken in the exam, candidature will not be considered valid.

Score Required in Qualifying Exam

  • For general category candidates- minimum  75% marks in aggregate.
  • For SC/ST/PwD candidates-  65% marks in aggregate. Check Reservation

Total Number of Attempts

  • Candidate can appear for upto 3 times for the Joint Entrance Exam.
  • There is no relaxation for candidates belonging to reserved category.

State Code of Eligibility for JEE Main 2018

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

  1. The candidate has passed the 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. The 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.

What is new in JEE Main Eligibility?

  • Possession of Aadhaar Card- Candidates from India are required to have Aadhaar Card in order to give the entrance exam. Similarly, Foreign Applicants must hold a valid Passport.
  • Provision for Jammu & Kashmir, Meghalaya, and Assam Applicants- For those sitting for the exam from these states must provide the required details – Passport Number, Ration Card, Bank Account Number or any other Govt. Id Number while filling JEE Main 2018 Application Form. Also, they have to choose cities in these States as examination Centers.
  • No weightage given to Class 12th marks-  As per CBSE’s directive, class XII marks will not be considered while calculating All India Rank of JEE Main 2018.
  • Admissions in IITs/ NITs/ IIITs and other CFTIs –  at least 75% marks in class 12th, or be in the top 20 percentile in class 12th class exam conducted by the respective board, to qualify for admissions. For SC/ST candidates, the qualifying marks are 65% marks.

JEE Advanced 2018 Eligibility

  • JEE Advanced is a national level test conducted for B.E/B.Tech admissions into 23 IITs.
  • Only the top 2,20,000 rank holders in JEE Main are eligible to take the exam.
  • JEE Advanced 2018 is scheduled for May 20, 2018

To apply for JEE Advanced, you must fulfill the below conditions:

  1. Performance in JEE Mains- A candidate should be among the top 2,20,000 (all categories included) in JEE Main 2018. 
  2. Performance in class XII- A candidate should have appeared in Class 12 or equivalent examination for the first time in either 2016 or 2017 in all the subjects. He must score minimum 75% marks (for Gen/OBC) & 65% marks (SC/ST/PwD) in 12th or equivalent class. 
  3. Age limit for IIT JEE exam-The candidate should be born on or after October 1, 1993. For SC/ ST candidates, there is a relaxation of 5 years. Those who appeared for the first time in their Class 12th or equivalent examination in 2016 or earlier are not eligible.
  4. Number of attempts- A candidate can sit for at most 2 attempts and that too only for 2 consecutive years.
  5. Earlier admission at IIT’s- The candidate should NOT have taken admission (irrespective of whether he/she continued in the program) OR even accepted admission by paying an admission fee at any of the IITs or ISM in the past. Even candidates whose admission was canceled are not eligible.

JEE Main Eligibility Criteria – FAQs

Ques. I passed class 12 in 2016-2017 and appeared for improvement in 2018, am I eligible for JEE Main?

Ans: Yes, just select the year of passing 10+2 as 2016-2017 in the application form. Thereafter, select ‘yes’ in the column – appearing for improvement examination. The roll number of improvement examination 2018 can also be filled at the time of downloading admit cards of JEE Main.

Ques. I recently applied for Aadhaar card. I don’t have the details now. What should I do?

Ans: No worries! Just use the 14-digit enrollment number printed on the slip issued to you at the time of submitting the request.

Ques. I am confused regarding the state code of conduct?

Ans. Basically, state code of conduct is for candidates who have passed class 12 exam from a particular state. It is just the code which has been given to particular state.

Ques. Is there any separate eligibility requirement for international applicants?

Ans. No, there is no such requirement. Eligibility criteria is same for both Indian and International applicants. However, it is important to have scored marks/grade equivalent to the required percentage from a board recognized by AIU.

Ques. Being an International citizen, I do not have Aadhar card, what should I do now?

Ans. Worry not, you will have to submit your passport details.  

Ques. What is JEE Main Eligibility for Class 12 Droppers?

Ans. The eligibility conditions for year droppers does not vary, however, they must fall under age category of 24 years. There is no relaxation in terms of marks required in class 12 exams. Candidates must have obtained 75% marks in 5 subjects. Those who fulfil the eligibility criteria will sit for JEE Main Paper 1 and Paper 2 exam in April 2018.Check JEE Main Exam dates

Ques. What is the eligibility criteria for Diploma Students in JEE Main 2018?

Ans: Candidate with a Diploma can apply to appear in JEE Advanced 2018. However, the JEE Main Score and Rank will not be considered 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. This qualifying examination will only be considered for admission to IITs. With an HSC certificate in hand, candidates can get into engineering, commerce, arts and other such fields. For engineering and medicine, however, they will have to sit for entrance tests.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College



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1 Comment
mohit babu

sir, what expected cut off of jee man 2017.

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

Hi Mohit, to get details on JEE Main cut off, please find the link

27 Apr, 2017 18:22

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