JEE Main Rank vs Marks

    Urvashi Singhal Urvashi Singhal
    Exams Prep Master

    With JEE Main becoming the most important engineering entrance test in the nation and being conducted twice a year, the most basic question that most students come across is the comparison between JEE Main marks, rank achieved, and percentile. Majority of the students are confused about what rank they will get for so and so marks secured in JEE Main, or how much marks are required to get a specified rank to clear JEE Main cut off.

    JEE Main 2020 to be conducted from July 18-23. Check exam calendar here

    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 2020 January Session.

    JEE Main Marks vs Rank

    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. 

    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 Marks vs Rank Analysis

    The table below shows the comparison of JEE Main scores and rank in accordance with the data available till last year. With the JEE Main exam pattern being changed from 2020, the analysis between marks and rank will be provided soon. (Candidates can refer to the section for JEE Main Marks vs Percentile for 2020 January Session)

    Score RangeRank range
    310 marks to 360 marks1 to 100
    290 marks to 309 marks101 to 200
    270 marks to 289 marks201 to 500
    255 marks to 269 marks501 to 1000
    247 marks to 254 marks1001 to 1500
    240 marks to 246 marks1501 to 2000
    232 marks to 239 marks2001 to 2500
    225 marks to 231 marks2501 to 3000
    217 marks to 224 marks3001 to 3500
    210 marks to 216 marks3501 to 4000
    207 marks to 209 marks4001 to 4500
    204 marks to 206 marks4501 to 5000
    200 marks to 203 marks5001 to 5500
    197 marks to 199 marks5501 to 6000
    195 marks to 196 marks6001 to 6500
    192 marks to 194 marks6501 to 7000
    185 marks to 189 marks7501 to 8000
    182 marks to 184 marks8001 to 8500
    179 marks to 181 marks8501 to 9000
    177 marks to 178 marks9001 to 9500
    175 marks to 176 marks9501 to 10000
    165 marks to 174 marks10001 to 20000
    152 marks to 164 marks20001 to 35000
    140 marks to 151 marks35001 to 50000
    130 marks to 139 marks50001 to 75000
    125 marks to 129 marks75001 to 98000
    117 marks to 124 marks98001 to 118000
    109 marks to 116 marks118001 to 139400
    102 marks to 108 marks139401 to 182200
    94 marks to 101 marks160801 to 182200
    Less than 93 marksMore than 182201

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    JEE Main Marks vs Percentile

    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 withraw score equal to or less than the candidate

    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------X 100

    Total number of candidates appeared in the session

    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:

    200 (students who secured less than or equal to Student 1)

    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------X 100 = 100 Percentile


    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

    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

    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

    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:

    InstitutesParticipating InstitutesOBC NCLSTOpenSCTotal Seats

    JEE Main Cutoff Trends

    JEE Main Cutoff Trends

    Tabulated below is the category wise JEE Main cut off marks for the previous years:

    YearSTSCOBC NCLGeneralPwD
    201345 Marks50 Marks70 Marks113 Marks
    201447 Marks53 Marks74 Marks115 Marks
    201544 Marks50 Marks70 Marks105 Marks
    201648 Marks52 Marks70 Marks100 Marks
    201727 Marks32 Marks49 Marks81 Marks

    Salient FAQs on JEE Main Rank vs Marks vs Percentile

    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


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