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JEE Main 2021 Eligibility Criteria (Relaxed), Total Attempts Increased, Minimum Qualification

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JEE Main Eligibility Criteria has been relaxed, as announced by Education Minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank through a tweet. Like the previous year, 75% criteria has been scrapped for this year as well. Candidates who clear JEE Main 2021 will only need their 12th passing certificate for admissions, irrespective of the score obtained by them. 

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  • Mar 19, 2021: JEE Main 2021 B.Arch Admission Criteria Relaxed for 2021-22. Check Here

As basic criteria, candidates appearing/have passed class XII can apply for JEE Main 2021. In a live webinar on Dec 16, Education Minister confirmed the increase in the total attempts for JEE Main 2021 from two to four. The exam will be conducted beginning in February (thereafter in March, April & May-2021) for 4-5 days during each phase. Phase I of JEE Main 2021 is scheduled from February 23 – 26, 2021.

JEE Main Eligibility Relaxed
  • For B.E./ B.Tech (Paper 1) – Physics and Mathematics along with one of these subjects Chemistry/ Biology/ Biotechnology are mandatory in qualifying examination.
  • For B. Arch. (Paper 2) – Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics as compulsory subjects at 10+2 level and should also have secured above 50% marks in each subject.
  • For B. Planning (Paper 3) – Mathematics as a compulsory subject in class 12. 
  • A total of three consecutive attempts will be provided to clear JEE Main. Check JEE Main 2021 Reservation
  • Check JEE Main 2021 Eligibility Relaxation Notification

Detailed Eligibility Criteria

JEE Main 2021 Detailed Eligibility Criteria

The basic requirement to take JEE Main 2021 exam is to pass a 10+2 examination. The detailed eligibility for JEE Main 2021 is as follows:

JEE Main 2021 Age Limit Criteria

  • There are no age limit criteria for JEE Main 2021.
  • However, candidates are advised to check the age limit criteria (if any) of the institute, they wish to apply at. 

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Year of Passing Qualifying Exam for JEE Main 2021

  • Candidates should have passed class 12 or an equivalent qualifying exam in 2019 or 2020.
  • Candidates appearing in class 12 or equivalent qualifying exam in 2021 can also apply for JEE Main.
Passing Year of Class 12 Eligibility
2018 or before Not Eligible
2019 Eligible
2020 Eligible
2021 (appearing) Eligible
2021 and beyond Not Eligible

JEE Main 2021 Number of Subjects in Qualifying Exam

  • It is mandatory for a candidate aspiring to take JEE Main 2021 to pass the qualifying exam with 5 subjects in total.
  • If 4 subjects are taken in the exam, the candidature will not be considered valid.

JEE Main 2021 Score Required in Qualifying Exam

Candidates have to secure a minimum percentage in order to be eligible for the JEE Main 2021 exam. Details regarding the same are given below:

  • For general category candidates – minimum 75% marks in aggregate.
  • For SC/ST/PWD candidates – 65% marks in aggregate.

Note: This criteria has been scrapped for JEE Main 2021. Candidates who clear JEE Main 2021 will only need their 12th passing certificate for admissions, irrespective of the score obtained by them. ​

JEE Main Total Number of Attempts

  • Candidates can appear for JEE Main for up to 3 consecutive years.
  • The exam is conducted twice a year, the candidate may appear in both the attempts.
  • Appearing in both the sessions of the same year will be counted as a single attempt. 

List of Qualifying Exams

JEE Main 2021 List of Qualifying Exams

The JEE Main 2021 basic eligibility criteria is finishing class 12 from a center or state-recognized institute. Although there are other equivalent qualifying exams considered for eligibility in the JEE Main Exams

  1. The final examination of the 10+2 system, conducted 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. 
  2. Final examination of the two-year course of the Joint Services Wing of the National Defense Academy (NDA).
  3. Senior Secondary School Examination conducted by the National Institute of Open Schooling with a minimum of five subjects. 
  4. 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).
  5. Higher Secondary Certificate Vocational Examination.
  6. A Diploma recognized by AICTE or a State board of technical education of at least a 3-year duration.
  7. General Certificate of Education (GCE) examination (London/Cambridge/Sri Lanka) at the Advanced (A) level.

What's new in Eligibility?

What is new in JEE Main 2021 Eligibility?

JEE Main 2021 has some new eligibility criteria, most of which was introduced in 2020. Some of the new features in the JEE Main eligibility are briefed below:

  • Possession of a valid ID – Candidates from India are required to have Aadhaar Card or other valid IDs in order to take 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 2021 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.

JEE Main 2021 Subject Combination for Eligibility

The JEE Main 2021 subject combination that is essential for the candidates in order to gain admission to any of the IIITs, NITs, and GFTIs is given below:

  • B.E/B.Tech - Compulsory subjects in the form of Mathematics and Physics along with either Chemistry, Biology or Biotechnology as the third subject in any of the qualifying examinations.
  • B.Arch - Any of the qualifying exams needs to be passed with Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry.
  • B.Planning - Mathematics is compulsory as a passing subject.

Eligibility for Droppers

JEE Main 2021 Eligibility for Droppers

There is no specific age limit for candidates to apply and sit for the exam. However, there are a few requisites to be met in case a student wishes to take a gap year after Class 12 or wants to re-appear for the JEE Main Exam.

  • For admissions into NITs, IIITs and CFTIs admissions, applicants must have obtained a 75% aggregate or be amongst the top 20 percentile of their respective boards. At least 65% of marks are required for SC/ST category candidates.
  • Only three attempts are allowed for JEE Main in continuity. So, for 2021, it is essential that the appearing candidates have passed their Class 12 exams in 2019 or 2020.
  • It is critical that any applicant must have had at least five subjects for the 12th class or qualifying exam with compulsory ones in the form of Physics, Mathematics, and chemistry/biology/biotechnology.

JEE Main 2021 Eligibility - Improvement Examination Criterion

For candidates appearing in improvement examinations in either one/two subjects or all the subjects, these conditions apply when it comes to the eligibility criteria for JEE Main Exam:

  • Improvement in one/two subjects - If an applicant is appearing for an improvement exam in 2021, then 2020’s top 20 percentile will be accountable. In this case, the aggregate percentage will be calculated on the basis of the maximum marks acquired in the necessary subjects.
  • Improvement for all subjects - If an aspirant is appearing for improvement exam in 2021 for all the subjects, then the better of both the years’ result will be considered.

Documents Required

JEE Main 2021 Documents Required

JEE Main 2021 mandatory documents that are needed for the candidature:

  • Identity Card: Any Proof of Identity in the form of PAN Card, Drivers Licence, Voter ID, Aadhaar Card (government provided).
  • Photograph and Signature: Scanned copies Signature and Photograph are needed. Both the documents should be with a minimum size of 10 KB and a maximum size of 100 KB. The ideal dimensions should be 3.5 cm X 4.5 cm and in the format of JPEG/JPG only.
  • Educational Documents: Class 10th Marksheet and Certificate, Class 12th Marksheet are required.

Reservation of Seats

JEE Main 2021 Reservation of Seats

The Government of India has a section of the total number of seats in JEE Main reserved for different categories of candidates. The allocation of seats is in the form of:

Scheduled Caste (SC) 15%
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 7.5%
Non-Creamy Layer - Other Backward Classes (NCL-OBC) 27%
General Economically Weaker Section (General- EWS)  10%
People with Disability (PwD) 3%

  • Admission to NITs/ IITs/ CFTIs participating via Central Seat Allocation Board will be based on AIR (All India Rank).
  • Also, earlier the candidate must have secured at least 75% marks in 10+2 exams or be in the top 20 percentile in 10+2 conducted by the respective board.
  • For SC/ ST candidates, the qualifying marks in 10+2 are 65% or more. 

JEE Main 2021 State of Eligibility

  • While filling the JEE Main 2021 registration form, candidates have to fill the state from which they passed their class 12th exam or an equivalent exam.
  • The candidates’ JEE Main Eligibility will depend upon the state from which the 12th exam is cleared.
  • It is important to note that the State code of eligibility does NOT depend upon the native place or the place of residence of the candidate.

Admission to NITs, IITs

Admission to NITs, IITs, CFTIs, SFIs, State Engineering Colleges

  • Admission to JEE Main 2021 B.E./B.Tech, B.Arch, and B.Planning courses in NITs, IIITs and CFTIs (participating though Central Seat Allocation Board) will be based on All India Rank.
  • Though, it also depends on the fact that the candidate should have secured at least 75% marks in the 12th class examination, or be in the top 20 percentile in the 12th class / Qualifying examination conducted by the respective Boards. (Scrapped for JEE Main 2021)
  • For SC/ST candidates the qualifying marks would be 65% in the 12th class/qualifying examination. (Scrapped for JEE Main 2021)
Authority Institutes Program Eligibility
Central Seat Allocation Board
B.E./ B.Tech/ B.Arch/ B. Planning
NITs, IIITs, and CFTIs B.E./B.Tech./B.Arch/B.Planning

75% marks in the 12th
In the top 20% percentile in class 12th
(For SC/ST- 65% in 12th final exam)

(Scrapped for JEE Main 2021)

Council of Architecture Institutes other than NITs, IIITs, CFTIs B. Arch 50% marks in Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics along with 50% aggregate in the qualifying exam.

Frequently Asked Questions

JEE Main Eligibility FAQs

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

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

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

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

Ques. If I am appearing for an improvement exam in one subject in Class 12, can I still apply online for JEE Main 2021?

Ans. Yes, you can apply online for the examination. 

Ques. Is Aadhaar Card mandatory for JEE Main 2021?

Ans. No. Aadhar Card is not mandatory for JEE Main 2021. Any identification proof is sufficient for the JEE Main 2021. 

Ques. How many JEE Main attempts are allowed for a candidate?

Ans. According to the latest update, a candidate can appear for JEE Main exam three times. 

Ques. What is the JEE Main 2021 eligibility criteria for Paper 3 ?

Ans. Paper 3 of JEE Main 2021 is exclusively for B. Planning program. Candidates who have passed class 12 exam with mathematics are eligible for the Paper 3.

Ques. What is the minimum percentage of marks required for a candidate from the reserved category? 

Ans. A candidate from the reserved category must have at least 65% marks in class 12 or equivalent qualifying exam.

Ques. I was born in Noida but I passed 12th from Delhi. What will be my state of eligibility?

Ans. If a candidate appears for the Class XII examination in New Delhi and is a resident of NOIDA, Uttar Pradesh, the candidate’s State code of eligibility will be that of Delhi and NOT that of Uttar Pradesh.

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

JEE Main 2021 : 17 answered questions


Ques. What are the basic criteria required for joining PEC Chandigarh?

● Top Answer By Shobhna Chaturvedi on 02 May 21

Ans. Below are the procedures to get admission in undergraduate courses at PEC Chandigarh.  You will have to score at least 75% in your board exam, it is the basic criteria to appear in JEE Main. Appear and secure a good score in JEE Main. You will get three consecutive attempts for JEE Main. Admission at PEC is purely based on JEE Main score. You can check the recent cutoff for PEC on the official website to get an idea of what to expect. All the qualified candidates have to participate in the counseling process and they are allotted seats as per the rank secured in JEE Main and choices elected by them. If you are applying for admission one year after your 10+2, you will need to produce a gap year certificate during counseling. So, these are some eligibility criteria for you to keep a note of.Read more
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Ques. What exam must one clear and with what cutoff to get into IIIT Hyderabad?

● Top Answer By suyashi choubey on 19 Mar 21

Ans. There are different examinations to get admission at IIIT Hyderabad. The mode of admission at the institute is as follows.  JEE Main: Ensure that you score 270+ in the JEE Main to get a seat in a course of your interest. Through this mode, you can even take admission for all branches except CLD, CHD. Test and Interview: If you want to get a seat in the CLD or CHD course can definitely go for this mode of admission.  In this mode, you will experience at first a test and after that, all who clear the test will be called for a Personal Interview.  However, there is no definite cutoff for the test, but you need to give your personal best to qualify for the interview. NTSE, KVPY: First, you have to clear a test. Those who qualify for the test are called for a Personal Interview.  From there, candidates are selected for admission. However, this mode of admission is for the CND course only. DASA mode: This mode is especially meant for the students who have studied 11th and 12th(or equivalent) outside India and are valid foreign passport holders. Generally, all branches accept admission through this mode.  A valid SAT II score of above 2000 is a must-needed criterion. SAT I score is taken into consideration in case of ties. Olympiad mode: This mode is only applicable for students who have been selected for training in Science and Linguistics to represent India in International Olympiads.  In this mode, students are chosen through a Personal Interview. Admissions are granted for CSD, ECD, CND, BSD, and CLD branches. Lateral Entry:  In order to get a seat through this mode of admission, there is a test and a personal interview round. Generally, children are admitted to the second year in IIIT-H through lateral entry. As what other colleges teach in 2 years, IIIT-H teaches in the first year itself. This mode of admission is meant for students who have completed their first two years of engineering in either Computer Science or Electronics branch from any other college. Students are admitted to the CSD branch if they were in the Computer Science branch in their college or to ECD if they were in the Electronics branch.Read more
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Ques. Which one is better, dropping a year for the BITSAT and JEE, or joining universities such as LPU or Amity?

● Top Answer By Rupesh Biswas on 12 Feb 21

Ans. Every candidate has their own perspectives and reasons for dropping a year or opting for a degree in any institute. It entirely depends upon your thoughts and decisions, and what you actually want from your career. The points mentioned below can be considered as a set of guidelines that would help to choose the right path. There are several choices which you can make in case of admission. You can prefer a good renowned government college and take any available stream in it, or a good private college (BITS, Thapar, etc) and choose your favorite stream. Considering the fact that you are comfortable with the high fees of the private institutes. Having an educational gap (drop) of one year is not a bad thing for a future career. Most candidates get to learn a lot of things from the self-available time, even some have genuine reasons for the drop. So, if you are extremely passionate about a stream, it is absolutely all-right to drop for a year. Check for the 50% quota for insiders in your home state NIT. If present, it will increase the chances of getting some stream in it. Usually, it is considered that the stream matters much less. What matters is the college name tag. There are several other institutes like Punjab University, UIET, etc which provide good infrastructure and opportunities. JAC is a committee for counseling in some good institutes in Chandigarh. These are some of the basics tips that would help you in the decision-making process.Read more
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Ques. Which is better: JEE or BITSAT?

● Top Answer By Aniket Atul Mahulikar on 20 Jan 21

Ans. Both JEE and BITSAT are competitive entrances and comparing the two is not a good decision. Instead, try to focus on understanding the basics and concepts since the syllabus for the two entrances is pretty much the same. If you prepare religiously for JEE Advanced then you will be able to ace all engineering entrance exams including JEE Main and BITSAT. The table given below gives a brief comparison of the exams: Exam JEE Advanced BITSAT Mode of Exam Computer-based Test Computer-based Test Duration 3 Hours 3 Hours Type of Questions Multiple Choice Questions, Numerical Aptitude Questions Multiple Choice Questions Negative Marking Yes Yes  Syllabus Physics, Chemistry, Maths Physics, Chemistry, Maths, English and Logical Reasoning  JEE Preparation: JEE Advanced paper includes questions primarily from Physics, Chemistry and Maths, thus, try to give these topics enough time and practice.  While it is best to focus on JEE Advanced, it is equally important to prepare for BITSAT since the exam syllabus contains not only Physics, Chemistry, and Maths but also English and Logical Reasoning. BITSAT Preparation: Cracking BITSAT is all about technique and speed so try to practice online mock tests, previous year papers, and cover topics like English and Logical Reasoning to score better in the exams.  You should devote at least 3 months to BITSAT, three months are enough if you have a clear understanding of your basics and a strong foundation. Try not to compare the two exams; instead, focus on clearing your basics with the aim of cracking JEE Advanced so that you can score well in both JEE and BITSAT.Read more
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Ques. Which books have you used for the JEE Main and the BITSAT?

● Top Answer By Sudeshna Bhar on 20 Jan 21

Ans. There are several books you can refer to for the preparation of JEE Main and BITSAT exams. But the most important thing to do is to focus on NCERTs and practice online mock tests, previous year question papers, and question banks for every subject. It is equally important to study the exam pattern, type of questions, and syllabus of JEE Main and BITSAT before purchasing any reference book.  Subjectwise Books for JEE Main and BITSAT- Physics: Concepts of Physics by H.C. Verma: The best book for Physics. The book contains several practice questions for you to solve. Fundamental Physics by Halliday, Resnick, and Walker: It contains all the relevant topics. Understanding Physics by DC Pandey: This is the ideal book for JEE entrances; it covers all the relevant questions and topics.  Prep Guide to BITSAT by Arihant publications is a good book for BITSAT. Chemistry: Physical Chemistry: Modern Approach to Chemical Calculations by RC Mukherjee. It contains several practice questions for your reference. Organic Chemistry: A book by Paula Y. Bruice: It is the best for clearing doubts and building a strong foundation in Organic Chemistry. Inorganic Chemistry: Concise Inorganic Chemistry by J.D.Lee: The book covers all the relevant topics and contains several questions The Cengage set of 6 books by KS Verma. Mathematics: New Pattern JEE Mathematics Arihant Publications by SK Goyal. Algebra, Different Calculus, Integral Calculus, Vector, and 3D Geometry by Arihant Publication. A problem book in mathematical Analysis by G.N. Berman Mathematics for JEE Advanced by G.Tewani IIT Mathematics for JEE by M.L. Khanna. Play with graphs by Amit Agrawal. Algebra by G Tewani All these books are great reference books for BITSAT and JEE Main but you must try to focus on NCERTs and practicing questions.Read more
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What should I do if I cannot afford the fees of private engineering colleges?
sinbad chongtham

If you are not able to afford the fees of private colleges, you should try to get admission in a top government college. You can also apply for all the eligible scholarship programs for your education. You can check Best Affordable Engineering Colleges in India.

Will I get admission or not in engineering college if I have cleared the cutoff of exam but scored 72% marks in Boards?
diya suresh

For the academic session of 2021, the minimum aggregate criteria of 75% has been scrapped by the conducting body and therefore marks in boards will not be considered for 2021 as of now. For upcoming session, details will be mentioned in the official notification. The original score required at 12th level to be eligible is 75%. For 2021, qualifying the cut off will be considered for admission or selection criteria.

I have given class 12th twice due to compartment last year. Will I be eligible for JEE Main?
sinbad chongtham

Yes, you are definitely eligible to appear for the JEE Main examnination after your 12th Compartmental examination. You will have to meet the eligibility criteria by securing the required cut off mark required for appearing JEE Main in your Compartmental exam.

shatakshi patki
How many candidates are given admission every year?
diya suresh

This year has witnessed few changes in the exam pattern of JEE Mains including a decline in cut off. As a result, in comparison to last few years, 43204 have qualified the exam. The exam for 2021 is yet to be conducted from February onwards and seats will be alloted as per the cut off. Check details at JEE Main result 2021.

kashish tomar
Do questions on natural resources etc are also asked?
diya suresh

JEE Main exam consists of 3 sections namely Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics and the questions will be asked from topics of these subjects. There will be additional papers for B.Planning and B.Arch that includes separate section of planning and drawing respectively. For detailed exam pattern click JEE Main exam pattern 2021.

How should I prepare all my subjects to get 90% marks in total?
diya suresh

It is important to understand the exam pattern to understand the type of questions that might be asked. For JEE being a highly competitive exam, there is no fixed pattern for the exam but you can refer to previous year papers to get an idea.

The official website of JEE hosts numerous mock test papers for better preparation. Find details at JEE Main 2021 Preparation tips.

saurav kumar
How can I score rank under 10?
manika gupta


How to prepare for JEE Main 2021 - stages of preparation

  1. Know your JEE Main syllabus 2021.
  2. Understand the exam pattern of JEE Main.
  3. Make the JEE Main 2021 preparation plan.
  4. Books to refer.
  5. Practice till you are perfect using mock tests and previous year papers.
  6. JEE Main Exam Day Strategy.

For more information, please refer, JEE Main.

ashish singh
What was the score of top 10 students in previous 10 years exam?
neha thasale
In which BS program in NIT can I get admission on the basis of JEE Mains score?
Do I have to give an interview only after the result of the mains is declared?
manika gupta

Hi, Candidates have to appear in JEE Advanced after giving JEE Main. After clearing both these exams, candidates have to appear in JoSAA Counselling. No interview is conducted for the admission.

For more information, please refer, JEE Main Exam.

How shall I prepare myself for agricultural engineering exam?
manika gupta


How to prepare for JEE Main 2021 - stages of preparation

  • Know your JEE Main syllabus 2021.
  • Understand the exam pattern of JEE Main.
  • Make the JEE Main 2021 preparation plan.
  • Books to refer.
  • Practice till you are perfect using mock tests and previous year papers.
  • JEE Main Exam Day Strategy. 

For more information, please refer, JEE Main Exam.

preetam oinam
After how many days of the exam will the result be declared?
manika gupta

Hi, JEE Main result will be available separately for all session of exams. JEE Main April 2021 result is expected to be out by the last week of April. Final JEE Mains result 2021 will be available after completion of fourth session of exam in May. For more information, please refer, JEE Main Exam.

mohammed najamuddin
Is there any better coaching for preparation?
bhagyashri kene
Is mains the only exam to get admission in engineering universities?
Can a two times dropper give JEE ?
aditi arun

Hello Riyaz,

Yes, A two times dropper can give JEE main as the available attempts to give JEE Mains is 3.

ananya pandey
I am from Himachal but I live in Jammu what should be my state while filling the form?
preetam oinam
Can I use any other certificate to prove my age other than a birth certificate?
swati srivastava

Hi Preetam, you can use your aadhar card. For more details visit: JEE MAIN 2020

arushi thankur
How many times can a student attempt for it?
aniket ranjan

Hii Arushi, Greetings from collegedunia. A student can attempt JEE Main exam six times over a period of three consecutive years. For more details Click Here

shiya devi
What is the minimum age required for applying in JEE Main?
aniket ranjan

Hii Shiya, Greetings from collegedunia. There are no age limit criteria for JEE Main However, candidates are advised to check the age limit criteria (if any) of the institute, they wish to apply at. For more details Click Here

Can I appear in the JEE Advanced exam without appearing in the JEE Main exam?
manika gupta

Hi Pradeep, No, You cannot. It is mandatory to appear for JEE Main and also clear the exam to be eligible for JEE Advanced.