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

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Karishma Khatri

Exams Prep. Master | Updated On - Jan 19, 2021

Education Minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ has announced the revision in JEE Main Eligibility Criteria 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. 

Latest Update: JEE Main 2021 Registration has been extended until January 23, 2021. Last date to pay the application fee is January 24, 2021.

As a 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

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:

CANDIDATE-CATEGORY PERCENTAGE OF RESERVATION
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%

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, 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
Or
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.

JEE Main 2021 : 8 answered questions

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Ques. What is the difference between the syllabus of the BITSAT and the JEE?

● Top Answer By Sunil Sharma on 16 Jan 21

Ans. There are mainly 3 engineering entrance exams in India for candidates looking forward towards top engineering institutes in India. It includes JEE Main, JEE Advanced and BITSAT. Frankly speaking there isn’t much difference in the syllabus of all these entrance exams. The main difference is BITSAT focuses more on the candidate's speed and accuracy and on the other hand JEE focuses more on deep understanding of concepts. Furthermore BITSAT includes English & Logical Reasoning as well which is not the part of JEE.  BITSAT -  It is an online admission test to get enrolled in engineering courses in different BITS colleges. It includes English and Logical Reasoning along with PCM. A total of 150 and 12 extra questions are provided. Only 2 attempts are given to clear BITSAT. Direct Admission is given to Board Toppers. Previous year’s questions are not available officially. JEE Main and Advanced -  JEE Main and Advanced are admission tests for engineering institutes like IIT, NIT, IISc, IISER, IIST, RGIPT, etc. Candidates need to appear in JEE Main to qualify for JEE Advanced. It only consists of PCM questions. No extra questions provided. Candidates can clear JEE Main in 3 and JEE Advanced in 2 attempts. Previous year’s question papers are easily available for practice.  JEE is slightly tougher than BITSAT as candidates need to have thorough knowledge of physics, chemistry and mathematics subjects. The set time for any BITSAT candidate to mark the right answer is approx 72 second which is about 2 min in JEE. So if you’re preparing for JEE then you’ll automatically cover all BITSAT syllabus as well, but keep it in mind that you need to prepare for English & Logical Reasoning as well and for that you need to plan your time table accordingly. Read more
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Ques. How many marks are required in JEE or GUJCET to get admission to PDPU Gandhinagar?

● Top Answer By Arunima Sethi on 14 Jan 21

Ans. The cut-off rank (or score) required for PDPU in JEE or GUJCET changes every year. The corresponding score and rank dependency is also different every year. The expected cut-off ranks for PDPU from JEE Main are listed below. Department JEE Main Cut-off(expected) Petroleum Engineering <56000 Computer Engineering <40000 Information and Communication Technology <52000 Chemical Engineering <65000 Mechanical Engineering <60000 Electrical Engineering <150000 Civil Engineering <150000 Key highlights: The score required varies on the overall performance and difficulty level of the question paper. One of my friends got admission in the Chemical Engineering branch with a 120 cutoff in JEE Main back in 2016. Chemical is among the fastest filling departments along with Petroleum and Computer Science. For GUJCET candidates, a score of around 95 should be sufficient for PDPU. For SC/ST candidates, even 85 would do the same. For JEE Main candidates, 130-150 is considered as a sufficient score for general students for getting the top branches in PDPU. The above ranks and cut-offs are assumptions and can be considered as tentative values.Read more
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Ques. Is GATE easy or IIT JEE?

● Top Answer By Rishabh Dutta on 08 Jan 21

Ans. JEEs are exams that are conducted to select students who want admission to IITs or NITs. GATE, on the other hand, is used to select students who want to do master's or gain a job in PSUs. IIT JEE and GATE are very different exams. JEE is an undergraduate exam, whereas GATE is a graduate exam. Comparison: The competition for JEE is slightly higher than GATE since JEE is based on the same syllabus. In GATE, you have an option to choose between several papers. Although there is less competition in the GATE, if you do not have a rank under 1000, then it is likely that you will not get selected for PSUs or IITs. Almost everyone in the science branch will attempt IIT JEE after their schooling. GATE is only attempted by those who are interested in researching or to get high-level jobs in PSUs. You will need more revision for GATE, whereas JEE is more about logic- application. For GATE, Final year students will find it difficult to prepare since the syllabus is a lot more than their courses in college. IIT JEE syllabus is closely related to the 10+1 and 10+2 syllabus. This makes it easier for students appearing in board exams to prepare for IIT JEE JEE only the rank is considered for admission. However, for GATE, rank is not considered, instead, a normalized GATE score is chosen as the criteria which can be quite tricky. Further, different IITs might have their own separate exam and interview rounds. You will be able to secure admission into IITs only after clearing these rounds as well.Read more
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Ques. Is AEEE harder than JEE or BITSAT?

● Top Answer By Mansi Bhatnagar on 08 Jan 21

Ans. AEEE is conducted in both pen-and-paper and computer-based modes. While JEE and BITSAT are fully computer-based. AEEE and other exams also have a negative marking of 1 mark for every incorrect answer. AEEE is a national level exam like the JEE. It consists of a major percentage of higher-order thinking questions. The paper is prepared, keeping in mind the students from the CBSE and ICSE boards. Students can compare the three examinations conveniently in the table below. Exams AEEE JEE BITSAT Total Marks 180 300 450 Total Questions 60 75 150 Duration (hours) 1.5 3-4 3 Subjects Physics, Chemistry, Maths Physics, Chemistry, Maths Physics, Chemistry, Maths, English Proficiency and Logical Reasoning Mode Both- P&P & CBT Computer-Based Computer-Based Negative Marking Yes Yes Yes Eligibility Criteria: Students aiming to take the BITSAT 2021 exam should have passed 12th level in 2020 with physics, chemistry, and maths and should have proficiency in the English language. For the JEE 2021 entrance exam for admissions into NITs, IIITs, and GFTIs, students need 75% or above marks in 10+2. The subject combination needed to sit for BTech in Physics, Mathematics, and anyone of Chemistry, Biology, Biotechnology or a vocational subject. To enroll in courses taught at the Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham University, students take the AEEE for which they should have been born on or after July 1, 2000. And should have procured at least 60% in physics Chemistry and maths. Sections and Marks Distribution: The AEEE is divided into three sections for physics, chemistry, and maths with 15, 15, and 30 MCQ questions from each making it a 60 in total. Students will get 3 marks for each correct answer. The 3 hours long JEE entrance is divided into 3 sections as well. Students will be tested through objective MCQs with 25 questions in each section for BE/BTech paper 1 making it 75 in total; 77 questions for the BArch program and 100 for the BPlan program. BITSAT on the other hand has 4 sections with 40 MCQs of physics in section 1; 40 of chemistry in section 2; 25 of English Proficiency and Logical Reasoning in section 3; and 45 questions of maths and biology in section 4. A total of 150 questions will have to be attempted and 3 marks will be given for a correct answer. Students can determine which one is convenient for them on the information shared above.Read more
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Ques. Is GATE easy or IIT JEE?

● Top Answer By Meghdeepa Mondal on 04 Dec 20

Ans. JEEs are exams that are conducted to select students who want admission to IITs or NITs. GATE, on the other hand, is used to select students who want to do master's or gain a job in PSUs. IIT JEE and GATE are very different exams. JEE is an undergraduate exam, whereas GATE is a graduate exam. Comparison: The competition for JEE is slightly higher than GATE since JEE is based on the same syllabus. In GATE, you have an option to choose between several papers. Although there is less competition in the GATE, if you do not have a rank under 1000, then it is likely that you will not get selected for PSUs or IITs. Almost everyone in the science branch will attempt IIT JEE after their schooling. GATE is only attempted by those who are interested in researching or to get high-level jobs in PSUs. You will need more revision for GATE, whereas JEE is more about logic- application. For GATE, Final year students will find it difficult to prepare since the syllabus is a lot more than their courses in college. IIT JEE syllabus is closely related to the 10+1 and 10+2 syllabus. This makes it easier for students appearing in board exams to prepare for IIT JEE JEE only the rank is considered for admission. However, for GATE, rank is not considered, instead, a normalized GATE score is chosen as the criteria which can be quite tricky. Further, different IITs might have their own separate exam and interview rounds. You will be able to secure admission into IITs only after clearing these rounds as well.Read more
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Comments


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saurav kumar
How can I score rank under 10?
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rakhisree chatterjee

Hi,

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.

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

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.

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taniksha
How shall I prepare myself for agricultural engineering exam?
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rakhisree chatterjee

Hi,

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.

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preetam oinam
After how many days of the exam will the result be declared?
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rakhisree chatterjee

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.

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

Hello Riyaz,

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

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

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

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arushi thankur
How many times can a student attempt for it?
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common admission test

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

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shiya devi
What is the minimum age required for applying in JEE Main?
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common admission test

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

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pradeepraje
Can I appear in the JEE Advanced exam without appearing in the JEE Main exam?
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rakhisree chatterjee

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

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nafisa khatoon
I have failed in my chemistry exam in my board exam . Will I be able to appear in jee main counselling if I write my supplementary exam for chemistry before JEE counselling?
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kapila.gandrola

Hello Nafisa,

Yes, you can appear for JEE Main Counselling and if you are allotted a college, then you will have to produce your supplementary exam marksheet. If you do not pass your supplementary examination, your admission will stand cancelled. 

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sadim ansari
I did a diploma in polytechnic after 10th. Can I apply for the JEE Main 2021?
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rakhisree chatterjee

Hi Sadim, Yes, You can apply. To appear in JEE Advanced, a diploma holder can apply in JEE Main 2021. No board marks will be taken into account for calculating JEE Main score from the year 2018 onwards. 

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drona
I did a diploma in polytechnic after the 10th. Can I apply for the JEE Main 2021?
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vinod

Hi Drona. Yes, after diploma you can apply for JEE mains 2021. You can get admission in IIT but not in NIT.

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ambar ahirawar
Can I use the diving license as identity proof?
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kapila.gandrola

Hi Ambar,

Yes, you can use your Driving License as the Photo Identity Proof. For more details about the counselling requirements, Kindly visit – JEE Main Counselling

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joshika
Sir, i got 58.8 percentile in jeemains Caste : BC-B Can I get a seat in any IIT?
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akshay

Hello Joshika, your rank seems below par. However, Click here for previous cut-off trends of various NITs to get an idea about your possibilities of getting an NIT. Also, to predict the probable colleges based upon your rank, click here.

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tushar tikhe
What Is Eligibility criteria for NIT?
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akshay

Hello Tushar, greetings from Collegedunia. For details about the eligibility criteria, click here.