With JEE Main becoming the most important engineering entrance test in the nation and being conducted four times a year, the most basic question that most students come across is the comparison between JEE Main marks, JEE Main rank, and JEE Main Percentile. Majority of the students are confused about what rank they will get against their marks secured in JEE Main, or how much marks are required to get a specified rank to clear JEE Main Cut off
To address all such questions, we have prepared this article on JEE Main Rank Vs Marks Vs Percentile based on previous years’ analysis. The article also provides for expected marks-percentile comparison for JEE Main 2021.
JEE Main Marks vs Rank
JEE Main Rank is an essential component that determines not only the participation of the candidates in JoSAA Counselling but also identifies the qualified candidates who will then appear for JEE Advanced 2021. Though there are various factors that determine JEE Main Rank, JEE Main Score continues to be the most important factor amongst all as it decides the qualifying cut off for the exam.
What is the purpose of JEE Main Marks vs Rank Analysis?
The understanding of JEE Main Marks vs Rank helps the engineering students to predict their rank and eligible colleges that will grant them admission on the basis of the marks secured. This understanding is crucial at the time of counselling as it helps the students to get an idea of where they need to take admission.
JEE Main Score Vs Rank 2021
Here’s an expected JEE Main Score Vs Rank range estimate for 2021 session:
|Score range||Rank range|
|275 - 284||100 - 200|
|260 - 274||200 - 500|
|250 - 259||500 - 1000|
|240 - 249||1000 - 1500|
|220 - 239||1500 - 3500|
|200 - 219||3500 - 6000|
|180 - 199||6000 - 9500|
|150 -180||9500 - 15000|
|120 - 149||15000 - 35000|
|<120||More than 35000|
The table below shows the comparison of JEE Main Scores and rank in accordance with the data available till last year.
|Score Range||Rank Range|
|310 marks to 360 marks||1 to 100|
|290 marks to 309 marks||101 to 200|
|270 marks to 289 marks||201 to 500|
|255 marks to 269 marks||501 to 1000|
|247 marks to 254 marks||1001 to 1500|
|240 marks to 246 marks||1501 to 2000|
|232 marks to 239 marks||2001 to 2500|
|225 marks to 231 marks||2501 to 3000|
|217 marks to 224 marks||3001 to 3500|
|210 marks to 216 marks||3501 to 4000|
|207 marks to 209 marks||4001 to 4500|
|204 marks to 206 marks||4501 to 5000|
|200 marks to 203 marks||5001 to 5500|
|197 marks to 199 marks||5501 to 6000|
|195 marks to 196 marks||6001 to 6500|
|192 marks to 194 marks||6501 to 7000|
|185 marks to 189 marks||7501 to 8000|
|182 marks to 184 marks||8001 to 8500|
|179 marks to 181 marks||8501 to 9000|
|177 marks to 178 marks||9001 to 9500|
|175 marks to 176 marks||9501 to 10000|
|165 marks to 174 marks||10001 to 20000|
|152 marks to 164 marks||20001 to 35000|
|140 marks to 151 marks||35001 to 50000|
|130 marks to 139 marks||50001 to 75000|
|125 marks to 129 marks||75001 to 98000|
|117 marks to 124 marks||98001 to 118000|
|109 marks to 116 marks||118001 to 139400|
|102 marks to 108 marks||139401 to 182200|
|94 marks to 101 marks||160801 to 182200|
|Less than 93 marks||More than 182201|
JEE Main Marks vs Percentile
JEE Main Percentile is neither the raw marks secured by the candidate (total or absolute marks) nor the percentage score (percentage of maximum marks obtained by the student). JEE Main Percentile depicts how a candidate has performed in comparison to all other students. It tells what percentage of the total number of candidates who appeared for the exam scored less than or equal to that particular percentile in that examination.
What is the difference between Percentage and Percentile?
Percentage defines a candidate’s marks, whereas Percentile defines the position of the candidate amongst others. If a student says s/he has 90 percentile, this means that there are 10 percent students above him/her who have secured higher marks. Formula for calculation of JEE Main percentile is:
[(No. of candidates appeared in the session with a raw score equal to or less than the candidate)/(Total number of candidates appeared in the session)]x100
The initial calculation of the percentile is done within the slot. A percentile score is measured on the scale of 100 to 0 for each session of examinees.
Let us explain this formula with the help of an example.
Suppose the paper is of 300 marks and there are four students who have secured different marks as following:
Student 1 - 240
Student 2 - 230
Student 3 - 160
Student 4 - 40
Total number of students who appeared for the test is 200, out of which Student 1 has position 1, Student 2 has 2nd position, Student 3 has 8th position, and Student 4 has 160th position. (Position here is synonymous with Rank)
If Student 1 with 240 marks is on Rank 1, that means there are no students above him who have secured more than 240 in JEE Main. Including Student 1 and other 199 students below him/her, the total number of candidates appeared for the test is 200. So, by putting in the numbers in formula:
NOTE: Is JEE Main Percentile directly related to Rank?
JEE Main percentile is NOT directly related to the rank secured by the candidate.
Factors affecting Percentile
The factors that affect JEE Main Percentile of a candidate are:
- Raw score of the candidate
- Quality of the paper
- Performance of fellow candidates in the session
JEE Main Normalisation Process
Normalization process is incorporated by NTA to equalise the difficulty level of the exam conducted in multiple sessions on the scheduled dates. JEE Main percentile of a candidate is determined only after applying normalization rules to the marks obtained by a candidate.
Once the raw marks of a candidate is compiled, Normalisation formula is applied to get the percentile scores of a candidate for each subject – Maths, Physics, and Chemistry and Overall. The highest score of each session will get the same percentile of 100 which is ideal. This percentile score is used for the preparation of the JEE Main merit list. The percentile scores will be calculated up to 7 decimal places to avoid ties amongst candidates with the same scores.
JEE Main 2020 Normalisation Process: Tie Breaker Guidelines
JEE Main Tie Breaker Guidelines come into effect when two or more candidates obtain equal percentile scores. The inter-se-merit will be determined according to the following rules in case of a tie.
- Candidates obtaining higher Percentile Score in Mathematics will be ranked higher
- If a tie still exists, the candidate with higher Percentile Score in Physics will be given the higher rank
- If a tie still exists, the candidate obtaining higher Percentile Score in Chemistry will get the higher rank
- If a tie still exists, candidate older in age will be given preference
Slot wise Percentile Score Vs Marks Analysis (JEE Main 2020 (January Session))
|Slot 1 (300 Marks) 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM|
|Slot 2 (300 Marks) 2:30 PM to 05:30 PM|
Seats offered by NITs, IIITs, and CFTIs via JEE Main
The table below highlights the number of seats available for admission in IIITs, NITs, and CFTIs through JEE Main in accordance with the reservation guidelines set by the Government of India:
|Institutes||Participating Institutes||OBC NCL||ST||Open||SC||Total Seats|
JEE Main Cutoff Trends
Tabulated below is the category wise JEE Main cut off marks for the previous years:
|2013||45 Marks||50 Marks||70 Marks||113 Marks||–|
|2014||47 Marks||53 Marks||74 Marks||115 Marks||–|
|2015||44 Marks||50 Marks||70 Marks||105 Marks||–|
|2016||48 Marks||52 Marks||70 Marks||100 Marks||–|
|2017||27 Marks||32 Marks||49 Marks||81 Marks||–|
|2018||24 Marks||29 Marks||45 Marks||74 Marks||-35 Marks|
|2019||44 Marks||54 Marks||74 Marks||89 Marks||0.11 Marks|
|2020||30 Marks||50 Marks||72 Marks||90 Marks||0.06 Marks|
JEE Main Rank vs Marks vs Percentile FAQs
Ques. Will I get admission in an NIT with 79 percentile in JEE Mains?
Ans. You have scored a decent percentile in JEE Mains, and it is quite possible you might get admission into a good NIT. To get further information on which colleges you might get, you can use the tool JEE Main Rank Predictor that will fetch you all information that you are looking for.
Ques. How good is scoring 70 percentile in JEE Mains?
Ans. Scoring 70 percentile in JEE Mains means that you have scored more than 70 per cent of the students who have appeared for JEE Mains. Though the percentile secured stands in the middle of “not too good” and “not too bad”, you may have to compromise with either preferred college or preferred branch as with this percentile your rank will be around 3 lakh. There is always scope for improvement, and thus you are advised to work more for the paper.
Ques. I have secured 50 percentile in JEE Mains. Will I be able to get admission in any of the top colleges?
Ans. Unfortunately, 50 percentile is a very low score in JEE Mains. Students with 75-80 percentile find it difficult to get admission into desired branches and colleges. You cannot get a good college with this percentile until and unless you belong from a reserved category. NTA will release results for JEE Main 2020 after completion of the April session announcing the cut offs and admissions for eligibility into JEE Advanced. You have an opportunity to outperform in JEE Advanced if you get selected.
*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College.