JEE Main Eligibility Criteria 2020 released by NTA

    Karishma Khatri Karishma Khatri
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    NTA released JEE Main Eligibility along with the official notification. As a basic condition, candidates appearing/have passed class XII can apply for JEE Main 2020 April sessionNTA has also scraped out the weightage of class 12 marks for calculating All India Rank. From 2019 onwards, the engineering examination is being conducted twice a year in online (computer-based) mode. 

    Latest: JEE Main Form Correction is open till May 31, 2020. Candidates can also make changes in their exam center preferences. 

    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 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 examination.
    NTA is now the conducting authority for JEE Main from 2019 onwards. The exam will be conducted in two sessions i.e. January and April, in online mode only. The exam was being conducted by CBSE till 2018. Candidates can appear in either of the two or both. The syllabus, nature of questions, choice of language & exam fee has not changed. Read more
    Detailed Eligibility Criteria

    Detailed Eligibility Criteria for JEE Main 2020

    The basic requirement to take JEE Main 2020 exam is to pass a 10+2 examination. The detailed eligibility is as follows for JEE Main 2020 is as follows:

    Age Limit Criteria

    • There are no age limit criteria for JEE Main 2020.
    • However, candidates are advised to check the age limit criteria (if any) of the institute, they wish to apply at. 

    Year of Passing Qualifying Exam

    • Candidates should have passed class 12 or an equivalent qualifying exam in 2018 or 2019.
    • Candidates appearing in class 12 or equivalent qualifying exam in 2020 can also apply for JEE Main.
    Passing Year of Class 12Eligibility
    2017 or beforeNot Eligible
    2020 (appearing)Eligible
    2021 and beyondNot Eligible

    Number of Subjects in Qualifying Exam

    • It is mandatory for a candidate aspiring to take JEE Main 2020 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.

    Score Required in Qualifying Exam

    Candidates have to secure a minimum percentage in order to be eligible for the JEE Main 2020 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. Know About  Reservation

    Total Number of Attempts

    • Candidate can appear for JEE Main exam 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

    List of Qualifying Exams for JEE Main 2020

    The basic eligibility for JEE Main 2020 exam is class 12 from a center or state-recognized university. Although there are other equivalent qualifying exams considered for eligibility in the JEE Main Exams

    1. The final examination of 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. ADiploma 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?

    What is new in JEE Main 2020 Eligibility?

    JEE Main 2020 introduced some new eligibility criteria. 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 2020 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 2020.
    • Admissions in IITs/ NITs/ IIITs and other CFTIs – at least 75% marks in class 12, 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.

    Subject Combination for JEE Main 2020 Eligibility

    The subject combination that is essential for the candidates in order to gain admission to any of the IIITs, NITs, and GFTIs through the Joint Entrance Exam 2020 is given below:

    • B.E/B.Tech - Compulsory subjects in the form of Mathematics and Physics along with either of Chemistry, Biology or Biotechnology as the subjects 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 a compulsion as a passing subject.
    Eligibility for Droppers

    JEE Main 2020 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 2020, it is essential that the appearing candidates have passed their Class 12 exams in 2018 or 2019.
    • 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, Chemistry, and Mathematics.

    JEE Main 2020 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 2020, then 2019’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 2020 for all the subjects, then the better of both the years’ result will be considered.
    Essential Documents

    Documents Required for JEE Main 2020

    The mandatory documents that are needed for the candidature in JEE Main 2020 Exam:

    • Identity Card: Any Proof of Identity in the form of PAN Card, Drivers Licence, Voter ID, Aadhaar Card (not compulsory).
    • 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 2020 - 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:

    Candidate-CategoryPercentage of Reservation
    Scheduled Caste (SC)15
    Scheduled Tribe (ST)7.5
    Non-Creamy Layer - Other Backward Classes (NCL-OBC)27
    People with Disability (PwD)3

    Eligibility for Admission to NITs/ IITs/ CFTIs participating via CSAB

    • Admission to NITs/ IITs/ CFTIs participating via Central Seat Allocation Board will be based on AIR (All India Rank).
    • Also, 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.

    State of Eligibility for JEE Main 2020

    While filling the 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, CFTIs, SFIs, State Engineering Colleges

    Admission to JEE Main 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. For SC/ST candidates the qualifying marks would be 65% in the 12th class/qualifying examination.





    Central Seat Allocation Board

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

    NITs, IIITs, and CFTIs


    75% marks in the 12th


    In the top 20% percentile in class 12th

    (For SC/ST- 65% in 12th final exam)

    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?

    Ans. Yes, you can apply online for the examination. However, you must produce the mark sheet stating that you have secured 75% and above percentile (65% for SC/ ST) in QE at the time of admissions. 

    Ques. Is Aadhar Card mandatory for JEE Main 2020?

    Ans. No. Aadhar Card is not mandatory for JEE Main 2020. Any identification proof is sufficient for the JEE exam. 

    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 are the eligibility criteria for Paper 3 of JEE Main?

    Ans. Paper 3 of JEE Main 2020 is exclusively for B. Planning program. Candidates who have passed class 12 exam with mathematics with a minimum of 75% marks are eligible for the Paper 3.

    Ques. I will be appearing for the class 12 Board exam in March 2020. Am I eligible for JEE Main 2020 January Session?

    Ans. Yes. Candidates appearing for the class 12 exam in 2020 are eligible for the January session of JEE Main.

    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


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    Jebin mathew

    My Doubt is that,Basically there are two attempts in JEE.So my doubt is that when i checked the eligibility criteria for applying JEE mains .It was given that we need to pass plus how can we write the first attempt in the Jan/Feb one.?

    06 Apr, 2020 00:20
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Jebin, when you appear in Jan session exam, you are asked to submit your board roll number. Further, final rank is decided only after the result declaration of both Jan and April session exam. Thus, you can appear in Jan session prior to appearing in board exams.

    06 Apr, 2020 00:43
    Sakshi Annaso Patil

    When I will get admit card

    04 Mar, 2020 00:20
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Sakshi, admit cards for April session will be made available to download from March 20, 2020.

    04 Mar, 2020 17:48


    20 Jan, 2020 00:20
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Giridher, this depends on the cut off marks of the college/university in which you are applying for admission. However, considering your score, you have moderate chances of getting admission.

    20 Jan, 2020 12:46

    I am handicapped so I got 35.18 percentile is it a good marks or not?

    19 Jan, 2020 00:20
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Harshita, 35.18 is a moderate percentile for reserved categories too.

    21 Jan, 2020 16:42
    Mithilesh Kumar sharma

    Jnu me me admission kaise milta hai

    15 Nov, 2019 22:35
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Mithilesh, the university does not offers this course. However, it offers an integrated B.Tech-M.Tech course whose admission procedure can be checked from here: JNU Admission Process

    16 Nov, 2019 11:33
    Muskan Porwal

    Sir there is mistake in my form related with percentage of class 12 th . What should i do?

    10 Oct, 2019 17:31
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Muskan, you can amend the details using Form Correction window once it gets enabled.

    10 Oct, 2019 17:36
    Shambhvi Kapoor

    Can a commerce student appear for this exam?

    02 Oct, 2019 00:20
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Shambhvi, no, students who have done intermediate with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics as main subjects are eligible to apply in JEE Main only.

    04 Oct, 2019 14:23
    Arindam Das

    Sir I passed 12th in 2015 am I eligible for jee main?

    27 Sep, 2019 05:21
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Arindam, students who have passed intermediate in 2017 or before will not be eligible for JEE Main.

    27 Sep, 2019 10:13
    Chirag Singh

    Where does that option occur for ‘are u appearing for improvement exam?

    26 Sep, 2019 09:14

    12 exam % less than 60%.If I given HSC Board external exam Will I eligible for IIT Admission.

    25 Sep, 2019 15:38
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Rajesh, you are not eligible for the exam as candidates must have secured at least 75% (65% in case of SC/ST candidates) in intermediate to be eligible. Thus, even if you belong to minority group, then too, you are not eligible.

    26 Sep, 2019 16:53

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