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JEE Main Eligibility Criteria 2018

Updated On - May 22nd 2018 by SHIVANI TIWARI

CBSE releases JEE Main Eligibility with the release of its official notification. As a basic condition, candidates appearing/ have passed class 12 with minimum 75% marks can appear for  JEE Main 2018. The coordinating body has scheduled the examination for April 8 (offline), April 15 & April 16 (online), apply online before January 1.

The Central Board of Secondary Education formulated several changes in the eligibility criteria last year. The same will be followed for this year. 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 is mandatory in qualifying examination.
  • For B.Arch./B.Planning (Paper 2) – Mathematics with aggregate 50% marks in 5 subjects. 
  • A total of three attempts will be provided to clear JEE Main. 
  • Born on or after October 1, 1993 (5 years relaxation for SC/ST/PwD. i.e 1988) are eligible to register for the engineering exam.

Eligibility Norms for JEE Main 2018 in Detail

The basic requirement to take JEE Main 2018 exam is to pass 10+2 examination. Apart from this, Aadhar card is a mandatory document without which, candidates will not be considered eligible for the exam. The detailed eligibility is as follows:

Date of Birth

  • For General Category- On or after October 1, 1993 
  • For  SC/ST, PwD category- relaxation of 5 years

Year of Passing Qualifying Exam

  • Candidates who appeared for the exam on or before 2015 will not be considered eligible.
  • Those appearing after 2019 will not be eligible as well.
  • Candidates passing after 2015 or appearing in the year 2018 can appear for JEE Main 2018.

Number of Subjects in Qualifying Exam

  • It is mandatory for a candidate aspiring to take JEE Main 2018 to pass the qualifying exam with 5 subjects in total.
  • If 4 subjects are taken in the exam, candidature will not be considered valid.

Score Required in Qualifying Exam

  • For general category candidates- minimum  75% marks in aggregate.
  • For SC/ST/PwD candidates-  65% marks in aggregate. Know More About Reservation

Total Number of Attempts

  • Candidate can appear for upto 3 times for the Joint Entrance Exam.
  • There is no relaxation for candidates belonging to reserved category.

Eligibility for Class 12 Droppers

The eligibility conditions for year droppers does not vary, however, they must fall under age category of 24 years.

There is no relaxation in terms of marks required in class 12 exams. Candidates must have obtained 75% marks in 5 subjects.

Those who fulfil the eligibility criteria will sit for JEE Main Paper 1 and Paper 2 exam in the first week of April 2018. Click Here for Exam dates

What is new in JEE Main Eligibility?

  • Possession of Aadhaar Card- Candidates from India are required to have Aadhaar Card in order to give 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 2018 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 2018.
  • Admissions in IITs/ NITs/ IIITs and other CFTIs –  at least 75% marks in class 12th, 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.


Ques. I passed class 12 in 2016-2017 and appeared for improvement in 2018, am I eligible for JEE Main?

Ans: Yes, just select the year of passing 10+2 as 2016-2017 in the application form. Thereafter, select ‘yes’ in the column – appearing for improvement examination. The roll number of improvement examination 2018 can also be filled at the time of downloading admit cards of JEE Main.

Ques. I recently applied for Aadhaar card. I don’t have the details now. What should I do?

Ans: No worries! Just use the 14-digit enrollment number printed on the slip issued to you at the time of submitting the request.

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

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

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

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

Ques. Being an International citizen, I do not have Aadhar card, what should I do now?

Ans. Worry not, you will have to submit your passport details.   

*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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Will jee mains take average of 11-12 standard percentage or it takes only 12 the standard percentage?

24 Jan, 2018 00:20
Bhawna Vedwal

Hello Mayur, Only 12th result to be considered in JEE-MAIN

22 May, 2018 11:21
aakash gupta

sir can i do after 12th in bhu

21 Dec, 2017 00:20
mohit babu

sir, what expected cut off of jee man 2017.

06 Mar, 2017 11:59

Hi Mohit, to have an idea on JEE Main cut off, please find the link

27 Apr, 2017 18:04

Hi Mohit, to get details on JEE Main cut off, please find the link

27 Apr, 2017 18:22

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