JEE Advanced 2020 Reservation (Minorities, Girls, Defence Quota)

    Karishma Khatri Karishma Khatri
    Exams Prep Master

    IIT Delhi has released the reservation criteria for GEN-EWS, SC, ST, OBC (NCL), PwD and Female category candidates, along with the official brochure. The valid proof of JEE Advanced Eligibility must be submitted in order to avail of the reservation. The category once submitted in IIT records, cannot be changed under any circumstances.

    After the declaration of JEE Main result, top 2,50,000 candidates can apply for JEE Advanced. Candidates must note that if it is discovered at any stage that a candidate has used a false or incorrect document or information in order to avail the benefit of the reservation, then such a candidate will be excluded from the admission process.

    Candidates appearing for JEE Advanced 2020 must take note of the following points:

    • Unoccupied seats under OBC-NCL and GEN-EWS will be shifted to OPEN or GENERAL seats. 
    • Unoccupied PwD seats under each category will be made open to other candidates under those categories. 
    • However, seats remaining vacant under the SC, ST and PwD categories will not be de-reserved for any other category. 

    Candidates should be among 2,50,000 in JEE Main Paper 1 to be eligible for JEE Advanced. The following table shows the order to be followed while choosing top 2,50,000* candidates in various categories:

    CategoryNumber of “Top” Candidates
    OPEN96187Total: 101250
    GEN-EWS23750Total: 25000
    OBC-NCL64125Total: 67500
    SC 35625Total: 37500
    ST17812Total: 18750

    Foreign nationals are outside the ambit of reservation of seats under the OBC-NCL, SC, ST and PwD categories. Check JEE Advanced Eligibility and Reservation for Foreign Nationals

    Criteria for GEN-EWS/SC/ST/OBC-NCL

    JEE Advanced Reservation Criteria for GEN-EWS/SC/ST/OBC-NCL

    Indian nationals belonging to SC/ST/OBC-NCL are admitted under the seats reserved for them under the rules and guidelines laid down by Government of India. The category wise reservation matrix of seats (in percentage) is provided in the following table:

    CategoryReservation of Seats
    General – Economically Weaker Section (GEN-EWS)10%
    Other Backward Classes (OBC-NCL)27%
    Scheduled Caste (SC)15%
    Scheduled Tribe (ST)7.5%

    Note: Within each of the categories – OPEN, GEN-EWS, OBC-NCL, SC and ST category seats, 5% horizontal reservation is available for PwD candidates.

    Important Points to Remember

    • Backward Classes should be present in the most recent and updated Central List of OBC (NCL)
    • Candidates appearing for JEE Advanced belonging to the Creamy Layer (CL) of OBC are not eligible for Reservations and are treated as part of the General (GEN) i.e. Unreserved category.
    • Candidates from OBC (CL) shall compete for Open Seats i.e. the seats for which everyone is eligible.
    • Eligibility for SC/ST reservation is determined and given to only those tribes and castes that are specifically and explicitly mentioned in the Central List of castes and tribes from corresponding states laid down by the Govt. of India.

    Criteria for Female Candidates

    Reservation for Female Candidates

    • A decision has been taken at the level of the IIT Council to improve the gender balance in the undergraduate programs at the IITs.
    • From 2020-21, 20% supernumerary seats will be reserved for female candidates. 
    • The supernumerary seats specifically for female candidates will be created without any reduction in the number of seats that were made available for non-female candidates.
    • These supernumerary seats will only be offered to those female candidates who are declared qualified in JEE Advanced 2020.
    • The detailed procedure for the implementation of this will be set out in the Business Rules of JoSSA 2020.

    Criteria for Defence Personnel

    JEE Advanced Reservation Criteria for Defence Personnel

    Defence Service candidates are defined as children of defence/paramilitary personnel killed or permanently disabled in action at war front or peacetime operations. 2 seats are reserved for allotment in each institute under JEE Advanced for DS candidates. However, in order to avail this preferential allotment, a DS candidate must qualify the JEE Advanced and hence, be in the Common Rank List of JEE.

    Criteria for PwD Candidates

    JEE Advanced Reservation Criteria for PwD Candidates

    Persons with Disability (PwD)- 5% seats (horizontally) are reserved in each of the following categories:

    1. OPEN i.e. GENERAL
    2. GEN-EWS
    3. OBC-NCL
    4. SC
    5. ST

    Candidates with 40% or more disability irrespective of the type- locomotive, visual or dyslexic are given higher priority. Preference to Leprosy-cured candidates who are otherwise fit enough to take up the course.

    Details of Medical Authority issuing the Disability Certificate

    The following Report is required to be submitted by Dyslexic candidates:

    • Handicap percentage should not be less than 40%
    • Permanent disability only
    • Issued from Govt. organization only.

    A scribe is an individual who writes the examination for a person with a physical or learning disability and which restrains him from writing the examination. Typically, the scribe reads out the question and writes the response/marks the response in OMR sheet after the candidate says the final answer. For IIT JEE Advanced, scribe is a class 11 student from science stream having Mathematics as one of the subjects

    • PwD candidates (including Dyslexic, blind, lost fingers/hands, disability in upper limbs) can avail services of a scribe to mark responses in the OMR sheet
    • Send the Scribe Request form (find below) along with PwD Certificate/Dyslexic Evaluation report to Chairman, JEE Advanced uploaded during registration
    • Candidates cannot bring their own scribes. Zonal IITs do the needful
    • Candidate and scribe meet one day prior to the exam along with IIT representatives
    • If found that candidate does not require the use of scribe: evaluation, ranking, and admission stands cancelled

    Documents Required

    Documents Required  For Verification

    Essential Documents for All Candidates

    • Class X certificate or Birth Certificate
    • Class XII (or equivalent examination) certificate (for those who appeared for this exam in 2019 or whose Board declared Class XII result after June 2018)
    • If the name is not the same as in the Class X certificate, gazette notification showing the change of name.

    Essential Documents for GEN-EWS category candidates

    • GEN-EWS certificate which should have been issued on or after April 01, 2020 in consonance with the latest guidelines of the GOI.
    • A declaration in lieu of the GEN-EWS certificate can be uploaded in case the candidate fails to collect the GEN-EWS certificate. 

    Essential Documents for OBC-NCL category candidates

    • OBC-NCL certificate which should have been issued on or after April 01, 2020 in consonance with the latest guidelines of the GOI.
    • A declaration in lieu of the OBC-NCL certificate can be uploaded in case the candidate fails to collect the OBC-NCL certificate. 

    Essential Documents for SC or ST category candidates

    Caste certificate for SC candidates and Tribe certificate for ST candidates, as per the latest guidelines of GOI.

    Essential Documents for PwD category candidates

    • Physical Disability Certificate issued by the notified medical authority
    • Dyslexic candidate needs to submit FORM-DYSLEXIC 1 and 2 instead of FORM-PwD. The certificate must mention ‘SEVERE’ under Dyslexia category.

    For Candidates Needing the Services of Scribe

    Request letter to the Chairman of the respective zonal coordinating IIT (FORM-SCRIBE).

    For Candidates Seeking Admission under the DS category

    Certificate (FORM-DS) issued by a competent authority in the Directorate of Resettlement and Rehabilitation, New Delhi under the Ministry of Defence or the Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt. of India.

    GEN- EWS Quota Details 

    GEN- EWS Quota Details 

    Persons who are not covered under the scheme of reservation for SCs, STs, and OBCs and whose family has a gross annual income below Rs 8 lakh are only identified as EWS for benefit of reservation. The benefit of reservation under EWS can be availed upon production of an Income and Asset Certificate issued by a Competent Authority.

    Who can’t access the EWS quota?

    Regardless of what the family income is, if the candidates fall  under any of the following, they can’t avail the benefits of EWS quota: 

    • Candidates whose families own 5 acres of agricultural land and above.
    • Candidates who owe a residential flat of 1,000 sq. ft. and above.
    • Candidates whose parents possess a residential plot of 100 sq. yards and above in notified municipalities.
    • Candidates whose parents own a residential plot of 200 sq. yards and above in areas other than the notified municipalities.

    Authorities which can issue an ‘Income and Asset Certificate’

    EWS Income certificate

    Following is the list of the competent authorities who can issue an ‘Income and Asset Certificate’:

    • District Magistrate/Additional District Magistrate/ Collector/ Deputy Commissioner/Additional’ Deputy Commissioner/ 1st Class Stipendiary Magistrate/ Sub-Divisional Magistrate/ Taluka Magistrate! Executive Magistrate/ Extra Assistant Commissioner
    • Chief Presidency Magistrate/Additional Chief Presidency Magistrate/ Presidency Magistrate
    • Revenue Officer not below the rank of Tehsildar
    • Sub-Divisional Officer or the area where the candidate and/or his family normally resides

    Frequently Asked Questions

    JEE Advanced Reservation FAQs

    Ques. Can I change my category in JEE Advanced Registration form?

    Ans. The category of a candidate as entered in the database, which will  be made available by the JEE Apex Board, will be final and shall remain the same in JEE Advanced 2020. Any requests for change of category will not be entertained.

    Ques. Is there sports quota at the IIT?

    Ans. No. There is no sports quota for admission in IITs.

    Ques. What is the JEE Advanced reservation criteria for students applying from Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh? Is there any reservation or specific quota for them?

    Ans.Seats allotted to foreign nationals are supernumerary with a cap of 10% of the total number of seats in every course. Foreign nationals are outside the ambit of reservation of seats under the OBC-NCL, SC, ST and PwD categories as defined by Government of India.

    Ques. How many seats are reserved for candidates belonging to Defence Service?

    Ans.2 seats are reserved for preferential allotment at all the IITs for candidates belonging to Defence Service. To avail the benefit, the candidate needs to be listed in the Common Merit List released after the announcement of JEE Advanced Result.

    Ques. What are the documents required in order to apply under GEN-EWS category?

    Ans. Documents  required for GEN-EWS category candidates are as follows:

    • GEN-EWS certificate which should have been issued on or after April 01, 2020 in consonance with the latest guidelines of the GOI.
    • A declaration in lieu of the GEN-EWS certificate can be uploaded in case the candidate fails to collect the GEN-EWS certificate. 

    *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

    Hello, Pl. suggest how to proceed for seeking admission under minority community in IIT.

    09 Jun, 2018 00:20
    Akansha Expert

    Hi Jaskrirat, You will get the admission details in IIT Procedure Under minority please check the official website of the college i.e.

    10 Jun, 2018 13:38

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