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JEE Main 2020 Eligibility

By: Avantika Bhardwaj on November 19, 2019

The National Testing Agency (NTA) releases the eligibility criteria of JEE Main 2020 Exam all set to be conducted in the month of January 2020 and April 2020. This year the eligibility criteria were released on 3rd September 2019 through official brochures of NTA. Before applying for the exam, candidates would be advised to check if they fulfill the minimum eligibility criteria defined by the agency. If the candidates are not found eligible as per the requirements, NTA has the authority of cancel the candidature at any stage of the admission procedure. The eligibility criteria generally consist of vital aspects such as minimum educational qualification, age limit, nationality etc.

  • The basic requirement to be eligible to take JEE Main Exam is to pass senior secondary school i.e. 12th class or equivalent.

JEE Main exam is conducted in two sessions i.e. in the month of January and April. JEE Main 2020 January is scheduled to be conducted from 6th January 2020 to 11th January 2020. The exam will be conducted online as it is a computer-based test.

JEE Main 2020 Eligibility Highlights

Candidates appearing for JEE Main Exam are given three options/papers they can appear in. These exams are Paper 1, Paper 2, and Paper 3.

  • Paper 1 for B. E./B. Tech – Candidates must have passed 12th class with Physics and Mathematics as main subjects along with one of the subjects Chemistry/Biology/Biotechnology.
  • Paper 2 for B. Arch – Candidates must have passed 12th class with Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics as mandatory subjects.
  • Paper 3 for B. Planning – Candidates must have studied Mathematics as compulsory subject in class 12th.

Note* Candidates are given a total of three attempts (consecutive) in order to qualify JEE Main Examination.

JEE Main 2020 Eligibility

The National Testing Agency defines JEE Main Eligibility based on the four parameters and students appearing for the exam must qualify each parameter in order to be eligible for JEE Main. These four aspects are as following:

  • Age Limit
  • Educational Qualification
  • Number of Attempts
  • Year of Appearing in Qualifying Examination

Age Limit

Year of Appearing in Qualifying Examination

Educational Qualification

Number of Attempts

There is no age bar set to sit through the examination.

Candidates who have completed senior secondary school in 2018, 2019 and those who are appearing in 2020 are eligible to take the exam.

  • Candidates must have studied at least 5b subjects in senior secondary school.

Candidates have the opportunity to appear for the exam thrice that to in consecutive years.

Candidates must make sure that they satisfy themselves about the age limit required by institutes (they wish to apply in) to take JEE Main examination.

Candidates who completed their senior secondary school in the 2017/before that or would be appearing in 2021 are not eligible to take the exam.

  • For B. Tech – Candidates must have studied Physics and Mathematics as main subjects along with one of the subjects such as Chemistry/Biotechnology/Biology/Technical/Vocational.
  • For B. Arch – Candidates must have passed 12th class with Physics, Mathematics, and Chemistry as main subjects.
  • For B. Planning – It is important to have passed 12th class with Mathematics as main subject.

 

Candidates who have completed senior secondary school in 2018, 2019 and those who are appearing in 2020 are eligible to take the exam.

 

 

 

JEE Main 2020 – Detailed Eligibility Criteria

The basic eligibility to appear in JEE Main examination would be having passed senior secondary school/12th class or qualifying examination. The detailed eligibility criteria given below would help you understand the requirements clearly.

JEE Main 2020

Age Limit

  • There is no such age limit bar set for students to appear in JEE Main 2020 Examination.
  • Nevertheless, there are some age limit criteria set by some institutes. Candidates must check this before applying for the examination.
  • Besides, candidates must consider their year of passing 12th class.

Year of Passing Qualifying Examination

  • This is one of the criteria defined to check if the students are eligible to apply for JEE Main exam or not.
  • It is important for students to have passed qualifying examination in the year 2018 or 2019. Students who are appearing in 2020 are also eligible to apply for JEE Main 2020 Exam.

Find below the table which defines year of passing qualifying examination:

Year

Eligible or Not

2017 or before

No

2018

Yes

2019

Yes

2020 (appearing)

Yes

2021 and beyond

No

Number of Attempts

Candidates are also considered if they are eligible or not based on the number of attempts, they have been given to qualify the examination. It must be noted that students can apply for JEE Main for three years that too consecutively.

  • JEE Main is conducted twice a year i.e. in the month of January and April.
  • Students can appear for both the sessions.
  • Students' appearance in both the sessions would be considered one single attempt.

Number of Subjects in Qualifying Examination

  • Students appearing for JEE Main are also required to fulfill this parameter of eligibility to be eligible for taking the exam.
  • Candidates must pass the qualifying examination with at least 5 subjects in total.
  • Candidates with less than 5 subjects will not be eligible for taking JEE Main 2020 Exam.

Marks Required in Qualifying Examination

  • Students appearing for JEE Main exam must pass senior secondary school or qualifying examination securing a minimum percentage.
  • Candidates must secure at least 75% marks in aggregate in senior secondary school or qualifying examination.
  • Candidates belonging to SC/ST/PwD categories must secure at least 65% marks in aggregate in qualifying examination.

JEE Main 2020 – Qualifying Exams

The basic eligibility for students to appear in JEE Main 2020 exam is to pass senior secondary school or qualifying exam from a center or state recognized university or board. Following is the list of other relevant qualifying examinations students of which are considered eligible for taking JEE Main 2020 exam:

  • 12th class examination conducted by central/state board namely Central Board of Secondary Education, Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations, etc.
  • Two-year course of the Joint Services Wing of National Defense Academy.
  • Exam conducted by the National Institute of Open School.
  • Any examination in India or Outside India recognized as equivalent examination by the Association of Indian Universities.
  • Higher Secondary Certificate Vocational Examination.
  • Any diploma recognized by All India Council for Technical Education or State Board of Technical Education. (with at least 3 years of duration)
  • General Certificate of Education Examination at the Advanced level for admission to IITs.

New Features of JEE Main 2020 Eligibility

The National Testing Agency has introduced some changes in the eligibility criteria of JEE Main 2020. It must beknown by students who are willing to appear for the examination. Following are the recent changes introduced in JEE Main Eligibility:

  • Candidates seeking admission to IITs, NITs, IIITs, and CFTIs must secure at least 75% marks in 12th Class. Candidates who manage to be in top 20 percentile are also eligible for admission. (candidates belonging to SC/ST category would require at least 65% marks in aggregate)
  • 12th class marks not considered while calculating All India Rank of JEE Main.
  • Applicants from Jammu & Kashmir, Assam, and Meghalaya must provide the officials with details such as passport number, ration card, bank account number, or any govt. id number. These details are to be filled while filling the application form.
  • Candidates applying for JEE Main must possess a valid id such as Aadhar card in order to take the examination.

JEE Main 2020 Eligibility – State Code

The state code generally defines the state where the students have completed their senior secondary school from. This is another aspect based on which it is decided if the students are eligible to take JEE Main examination or not. Below is the list of State Codes for JEE Main Eligibility 2020.

State/UT

State Code

State/UT

State Code

Andaman & Nicobar Islands

1

Lakshadweep

19

Andhra Pradesh

2

Madhya Pradesh

20

Arunachal Pradesh

3

Maharashtra

21

Assam

4

Manipur

22

Bihar

5

Meghalaya

23

Chandigarh

6

Mizoram

24

Chhattisgarh

7

Nagaland

25

Dadra & Nagar Haveli

8

Odisha

26

Daman & Diu

9

Puducherry

27

Delhi

10

Punjab

28

Goa

11

Rajasthan

29

Gujarat

12

Sikkim

30

Haryana

13

Tamil Nadu

31

Himachal Pradesh

14

Tripura

32

Jammu & Kashmir

15

Uttar Pradesh

33

Jharkhand

16

Uttarakhand

34

Karnataka

17

West Bengal

35

Kerala

18

Telangana

36

 

 

Foreign/OCI/PIO/Nepal/Bhutan

98

JEE Main 2020 Eligibility for Admission to IITs, NITs, and CFTIs

  • Admission to IITs, NITs, and CFTIs usually depends on Central Seat Allocation Board and the admission procedure primarily depends on All India Rank (AIR).
  • For admission to NITs, IIITs, or GFTIs, candidates must qualify senior secondary school with at least 75% marks in aggregate. Besides, candidates in top 20 percentile in 12th class are also eligible for admission. (65% for students of SC/ST/PwD category)
  • For admission to B. Arch and B. Planning, candidates must have passed 12th class or qualifying examination securing at least 50% marks in aggregate from a recognized board.

Institutes

Admission to

Eligibility required

NITs, IIITs, and CFTIs

B. E./B. Tech/B. Arch/B. Planning

75% marks in aggregate

Or

Top 20 percentile

Other Institutes

B. Arch

50% marks in Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics along with 50% marks in aggregate in qualifying examination.

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