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JEE Advanced Eligibility Criteria 2018: Age, Attempts, Qualification Marks

Updated On - April 25th 2018 by SHIVANI TIWARI

JEE Advanced Eligibility Criteria 2018 has been released officially by IIT Kanpur, the organising institute of JEE Advanced 2018. The exam is conducted by one of the seven zonal coordinating IITs under JAB for admission to Bachelor, Integrated Master and Dual Degree programs in all the IITs. 

Top 2,24,000 JEE Main qualifiers are eligible to appear for JEE Advanced 2018. Various eligibility criteria for JEE Advanced 2018 such as Age Limit, Percentage Required, Qualification and Nationality are mentioned in the following article. 

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Eligibility for JEE Advanced 2018 (for Indian Nationals and OCI/PIO)

There are five criteria that a candidate must fulfil to appear in JEE Advanced 2018. JEE Advanced eligibility for engineering aspirants is as follows:

JEE Advanced Eligibility Criteria 1 – Performance in JEE Main 2018

Candidates should be in top 2,24,000 (including reserved categories) in Paper 1 of JEE Main 2018. However, the total number of candidates can be slightly greater than 2,24,000 in the presence of tied ranks/scores.

Around 1 lakh seats are reserved for General candidates followed by 27% seats for OBC category students, and 15% for SC category students and at last 7.5% for ST category students. The below graph and table show the reserved seats for the candidates:

CategoryReservation (%)
OBC (Non-Creamy Layer)27
Note: Within each of the reserved categories, 5% horizontal reservation is available for PwD candidates. 

Category-wise distribution of top 2, 24,000 candidates 

CategoryNumber of top candidates

JEE Advanced Eligibility Criteria 2 – Age limit

  • Candidates should have been born on or after October 01, 1993.
  • Candidates belonging to SC/ST/PwD category will get a relaxation of 5 years.
  • They should have been born on or after October 01, 1988. 

JEE Advanced Eligibility Criteria 3 – Number of Attempts

  • A candidate can attempt JEE Advanced a maximum of two times in consecutive years.
  • Therefore, candidates who appeared in JEE Advanced 2017 for the first time can also apply for 2018 examination.

JEE Advanced Eligibility Criteria 4 – Year of Passing Class XII

Students appearing for class 12 in 2018 are eligible to appear in the examination. 

Those who have cleared class 12 examination in 2017 are also eligible to apply for the examination. 

However, if the examination Board of Class 12 declares the results for the academic year  2015-16 after June  2016, then the candidates of that board who appeared for their class XII exam in 2016 are also eligible to appear in JEE Advanced 2018, provided they meet the other eligibility criteria. 

In case, the examination Board of Class 12 declared the results for the academic year 2015-16 before June 2016 but the result of a particular candidate was withheld, then the candidate will not be eligible to appear in JEE Advanced 2018.

JEE Advanced Qualification Marks:

General category students must have an aggregate of 75% marks in class XII or equivalent exam. For candidates from reserved categories, it is 65%.

To be able to get admission in an IIT, the candidate must fall between the category-wise top 20 percentile of successful candidates in class XII. This will be calculated on your performance in 5 subjects viz. 

  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • A language (if the candidate had more than 2 languages, the one with higher marks will be considered)
  • Any subject (with higher marks other than the 4 mentioned above, will be considered)

JEE Advanced Eligibility Criteria 5 – Earlier Admission at IITs

  • A candidate who has earlier been admitted in an IIT/ISM (irrespective of whether or not they continued in the program) OR accepted an IIT seat by reporting at a reporting centre in the past, are not eligible to apply.
  • Those candidates whose admission at IIT was cancelled after joining IIT are not eligible.
  • Candidates who have been admitted to a preparatory course in any of the IITs for the first time in 2017 can appear.
  • The candidates who paid seat acceptance fee in 2017 but
    • did not report to any reporting centre OR,
    • withdrew before the last round of seat allotment, OR,
    • had their seat cancelled (for whatever reason) before the last round of seat allotment for IITs, during the joint seat allocation in 2017 are eligible to appear in JEE Advanced 2018.

Equivalent Examination to Class 12

  1. Class XII exam from Central or State Board recognized by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU)
  2. Final exam or 2 year course in Joint Services Wing of the National Defence Academy
  3. Senior School exam conducted by National Institute of Open Schooling with minimum 5 subjects
  4. Any school, board or university in India or abroad which is recognized by AIU. H.S.C. vocational examination
  5. A Diploma recognized by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) or a State Board of Technical Education of at least 3 years duration
  6. General Certificate Education (GCE) examination (London, Cambridge or Sri Lanka) at the Advanced (A) level
  7. High School Certificate Exam of the Cambridge University or International Baccalaureate Diploma of the International Baccalaureate Office, Geneva

    Candidates falling under the following category will be considered as Foreign Nationals for JEE Advanced:

    • Non-citizens of India (by birth or naturalized)
    • Non-OCI (Overseas Citizens of India) and Non-PIO (Persons of Indian Origin) category
    • Candidates whose parents are not citizens of India and do not come under OCI/PIO category at the time of JEE Advanced Registration.

    Seats for Foreign Nationals 

    Seats allotted to foreign nationals are supernumerary with a cap of 10% of the total number of seats in every course.

    Reservation for Foreign Nationals 

    Foreign nationals are outside the ambit of reservation of seats under the OBC-NCL, SC, ST and PwD (Persons with Disability) categories as mandated by Govt. of India.


    These candidates are not required to write JEE Main 2018 and may register for JEE Advanced 2018 directly subject to fulfilment of other eligibility criteria.

    Age limit: Students should have been born on or after October 01, 1993. 

    Number of attempts: A maximum of two times in consecutive years.

    Appearance in Class 12: A student should have appeared for the Class 12 (or equivalent) examination for the first time in either 2017 or 2018. 

    Performance in Class 12 or Equivalent Examination: 

    1. Must have secured at least 75% aggregate marks in class 12 (or equivalent) Board examination.

    2. Must be within the top 20 percentile of successful candidates in their respective class 12 (or equivalent) board examination.

    Identity Proof

    Identity proof of both the parents and the candidate is required in the form of citizenship certificate or a valid Passport.

    Candidates can check the following link on JEE Advanced Eligibility for Foreign Nationals

    Aggregate Marks of 75%

    • The aggregate marks scored in 2018 Class 12 examination will be considered for candidates who pass the class 12 in 2018.
    • The aggregate marks scored in 2017 Class 12 examination will be considered provided the candidate does not reappear in class 12 in 2018 in any of the subjects.
    • If a candidate has passed class 12 in 2017 and wishes to improve their aggregate marks to meet the “aggregate marks of 75%  criterion”, they can reappear for any number of subjects they wish for improvement. The percentage marks in this situation will be calculated by considering the marks obtained in 2017 or 2018, whichever is higher, in the respective subjects, in their two attempts in 2017 and 2018.

    Cut Off Marks for Top 20 Percentile

    • The cut off marks for top 20 percentile are calculated based on Class 12 marks.
    • The top 20 percentile cut off for the academic year 2018 will be considered for students passing class 12 in 2018.
    • Similarly, top 20 percentile cut off for the academic year 2017 will be considered for students passing class 12 in 2017.
    • In case board does not provide information about the cut off for top 20 percentile, candidates will have to produce a certificate from the board. 


    Ques. How much marks should I score in JEE Main to be eligible to appear for JEE Advanced?

    Ans. Eligibility for JEE Advanced depends upon the JEE Main cut off. Students who clear the cut off and be in the top 2.24 lakh AIR holders of JEE Main will be considered eligible for JEE Advanced.

    Ques. What are all the subjects that are considered for JEE Advanced eligibility?

    Ans. The minimum qulifying marks to be eligible for JEE Advanced eligibility is 75% in class 12. Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, English/Hindi and any other subject apart from these 4.

    Ques. I appeared in Class XII for the first time in 2017. Am I eligible for JEE Advanced 2018?

    Ans. Yes. You are eligible for appearing in JEE Advanced, provided you also satisfy all other eligibility criteria.

    Ques. I appeared in Class XII examination for the first time in 2016 and my Class XII examination board declared the results by June 2016. I neither appeared in JEE Advanced 2016nor in JEE Advanced 2017. Am I eligible for JEE Advanced 2018?

    Ans. No. You’re not eligible for the exam.

    *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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