JEE Main 2020 Reservation: Seat Reservation, Quota, Documents Required

    Karishma Khatri Karishma Khatri
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    JEE Main Eligibility constitutes reservation criteria for candidates belonging to – Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST), OBC-NCL, Women Candidates and Person with Disability. JEE Main 2020 April session registration is closed, the exam has been postponed to the last week of May considering the COVID-19 outbreak. Candidates can download JEE Main Admit Card soon after April 15, 2020 from the official website– 

    Check JEE Main Result for January Session

    The reservation of seats through JEE Main is also based upon State of Eligibility (from where the candidate has appeared for the qualifying exam). This follows the parameters related to Home State and Other State Quota in terms of admissions offered by the universities. Read on to know the detailed JEE Main 2020 reservation for each of the categories. Check JEE Main Eligibility

    Category-wise Reservation

    JEE Main 2020 Category-wise Reservation

    JEE Main Reservation

    The reservation percentage of categories for admission under JEE Main reservation are as follows:

    CategoriesJEE Main Reservation Percentage
    Scheduled Caste (SC)15%
    Scheduled Tribe (ST)7.5%
    OBC (Non-Creamy Layer – NCL, where the annual income of family < Rs. 8 lakh)27%
    General Economically Weaker Section (General- EWS) 10%
    Person with Disabilities (PwD) (Within Every Category)5%
    • Each category will have 5% reservations for Persons with Disabilities (PwD) as defined in The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 (RPwD Act 2016).
    • The state Telangana holds 3 state quotas viz Home State Quota, Other State Quota and Andhra Pradesh State Quota.
    • 5% of total seats are reserved for women candidates in all participating institutes. Also, there is a concession in application fees while filling up the application form.
    • In NITs, 50% seats are reserved under Home State Quota and rest 50% under Other State Quota. 
    • Vacant Home State Quota seats are converted to All India Seats for the mentioned category.
    How to Claim Reservation?

    How to Claim Reservation for JEE Main 2020?

    • It is mandatory to mention category and its details in JEE Main 2020 Application Form.
    • Present the relevant and valid certificates for verification at the time of JEE Main Counselling.
    • If a candidate does not provide the required documents - they will be considered under unreserved category.

    Reservation for Women Candidates

    • A female candidate can apply under All India Level or Women Quota System since most of the colleges reserve 5% seats for female candidates.
    • For instance, there are colleges which offer relaxation to girls in terms of percentage of marks. So, if the cut off is somewhere around 98% for a particular seat/course, a girl can apply for the same seat at around 93%.
    • For PwD students, the relaxation is approximately an additional 3%.

    Persons with Benchmark Disabilities (PwD)

    Persons with benchmark disabilities (PwD) means a person with not less than forty percent (40%) of a specified disability where specified disability has not been defined in measurable terms and includes a person with disability where specified disability has been defined in measurable terms, as certified by the certifying authority.

    “Specified Disability” means the disabilities as specified in the Schedule of the RPwD Act 2016.The categories of disabilities are:

    (i) Blindness and low vision

    (ii) Deaf and hard of hearing

    (iii) Locomotor disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism, acid attack victims and muscular dystrophy

    (iv) Autism, intellectual disability, specified learning disability and mental illness 

    (v) Multiple disabilities from amongst persons under clauses (i) to (iv)

    (vi) Other ‘specified disabilities’ mentioned in the Schedule of the RPwD Act 2016.

    Facility of Scribe/Reader/Lab Assistant

    • The facility of Scribe/Reader/Lab Assistant should be allowed to any person with benchmark disability and has limitation in writing including that of speed, if wanted by him/her.
    • In case of persons with benchmark disabilities in the category of blindness, Locomotor disability (both arm affected-BA) and cerebral palsy, the facility of scribe/reader/lab assistant shall be given, if so desired by the person.
    • In case of other category of persons with benchmark disabilities, the provision of scribe/reader/lab assistant can be allowed on production of a certificate to the effect that the person concerned has physical limitation 5 to write, and scribe is essential to write examination on his behalf, from the Chief Medical Officer/Civil Surgeon/Medical Superintendent of a Government health care institution.
    • The order further allows the candidate to opt for their own scribe/reader provided the qualification of the scribe is one step below the qualification of the candidate taking the examination.
    • The candidate with bench-mark disabilities opting for their own scribe/reader should submit details of their own scribe.
    • Twenty minutes per hour compensatory time as per duration of examination will also be allowed to the candidates who are availing the facility of scribe/reader/lab assistant.
    • Candidates are advised to look for the details regarding regarding the reservation policy at the time of admission.
    EWS Quota - Details

    JEE Main EWS Quota 2020- Details

    Why behind the step?

    This move came after the 124th Amendment Bill in the Constitution of India, which was passed in the January session of the Parliament. As per this, 10% reservation in jobs and education shall be granted to the EWS candidates belonging to the General quota candidates.

    Who falls under the EWS category?

    Persons who are not covered under the scheme of reservation for SCs, STs, and OBCs and whose family has a gross annual income below Rs 8 lakh are only identified as EWS for benefit of reservation.

    The benefit of reservation under EWS can be availed upon production of an Income and Asset Certificate issued by a Competent Authority.

    Who can’t access the EWS quota?

    Regardless of what the family income is, if the candidates fall  under any of the following, they can’t avail the benefits of EWS quota: 

    • Candidates whose families own 5 acres of agricultural land and above.
    • Candidates who owe a residential flat of 1,000 sq. ft. and above.
    • Candidates whose parents possess a residential plot of 100 sq. yards and above in notified municipalities.
    • Candidates whose parents own a residential plot of 200 sq. yards and above in areas other than the notified municipalities.

    Authorities which can issue an ‘Income and Asset Certificate’

    Following is the list of the competent authorities who can issue an ‘Income and Asset Certificate’:

    • District Magistrate/Additional District Magistrate/ Collector/ Deputy Commissioner/Additional’ Deputy Commissioner/ 1st Class Stipendiary Magistrate/ Sub-Divisional Magistrate/ Taluka Magistrate! Executive Magistrate/ Extra Assistant Commissioner
    • Chief Presidency Magistrate/Additional Chief Presidency Magistrate/ Presidency Magistrate
    • Revenue Officer not below the rank of Tehsildar
    • Sub-Divisional Officer or the area where the candidate and/or his family normally resides
    EWS Income certificate

    Reservation in State Universities

    The reservation criteria of JEE Main 2020 in state universities will depend on the reservation criteria followed by the state. 

    Home State QuotaCandidates of JEE Main who have passed class XII from a particular state and have cleared the examination will come under home state quota. These candidates will get preference in admission to the institutes of that state as compared to those who are from other state.
    Other State QuotaThis comprises JEE Main candidates who are applying from other states and union territories, apart from the home state.

    Reservation of Seats in Different Institutes

    Candidates can check JEE Main 2020 reservation criteria for IITs, NITs, CFTIs and state engineering colleges from the table given below:

    Name of Premier InstitutesReservation Criteria
    NIT (Other State Quota)50% seats reserved for candidates belonging to all other states and Union Territories excluding Home State.
    NIT (Home Quota)50% seats are reserved
    Centre Funded Technical InstitutesBased on Home Quota/ State Quota/ All India Quota
    State Funded Technical Institutes
    Government Funded Technical InstitutesBased on All India Quota
    State Engineering CollegesBased on State Quota

    State Quota Eligibility

    Eligibility for Different State Quotas

    Eligibility of candidates for different state quotas in NITs, IIEST and two of the Other-GFTIs are provided in the table given below:

    Institute NameQuotaEligibility
    All NITs except NIT Warangal, Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra and Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, ShibpurHome State QuotaCandidates whose home state is same as the state in which the institute is located
    Other State QuotaCandidates whose home state is different from the state in which the institute is located
    Assam University, SilcharHome State QuotaCandidates whose home state is Assam
    All India QuotaAll candidates (including home state candidates)
    NIT WarangalHome State QuotaCandidates whose home state is Telangana
    Other State QuotaOther States candidates (including Andhra Pradesh)
    Andhra Pradesh QuotaCandidates whose home state is Andhra Pradesh
    NIT GoaHome State Quota40% for candidates whose home state is Goa and vacant seats, if any, from the 10% quota of UTs of Daman & Diu, Dadar & Nagar Haveli and Lakshadweep.
    Other State QuotaCandidates belonging to other states.

    NIT Reservation Policy

    In NITs, 50% seats are reserved under Home State Quota and rest 50% under Other State Quota

    • Home State Quota(HS Quota)-  Candidates who have passed class 12th from state where the institute is situated falls under HS Quota
    • Other State Quota (OS Quota)- Candidates belonging to states other than Home state falls under OS Quota

    For Union Territories which do not have an NIT, the home state quota would be applicable for the following institutes:-

    Union TerritoriesNITs
    Andaman and Nicobar IslandNIT Puducherry
    LakshadweepNIT Goa
    Daman and DiuNIT Goa
    Dadar and Nagar HaveliNIT Goa
    ChandigarhNIT Delhi

      Essential Documents

      Documents Required for JEE Main Reservation

      SC, ST, OBC, PwD and GEN- EWS are candidates required to produce original certificate issued by the competent authority at the time of Seat Allocation Process as well as at the time of admission.

      • Authorities empowered to issue SC/ST Certificate are:


      Scheduled Castes


      District Magistrate/ Additional District Magistrate/ Collector/ Deputy Commissioner/ Additional Deputy Commissioner/ Deputy Collector/ I Class Stipendiary Magistrate/ City Magistrate/ Sub- Divisional Magistrate/ Executive Magistrate/ Extra Assistant Commissioner( not below the rank of I Class Stipendiary Magistrate)


      Chief Presidency Magistrate/ Additional Chief Presidency Magistrate/ Presidency Magistrate


      Revenue Officer not below the rank of Tehsildar


      Sub- Divisional Officer of the area where the candidate and/or his family normally resides.


      Administrator/ Secretary to Administrator/ Development Officer Lakshadweep Islands.

      (Circulated vide No. 2/223/79- SWL/4337 dated 8.6.96)


      M.L.A. of the concerned constituency 

      (Circulated vide No. 1/19/94- RCI/6045 dated 15.7.94)

      • Authorities empowered to issue certificate for backward classes are:
      S. No.Backward Classes
      i)Sub- Divisional Officer (C)
      ii)Executive Magistrate
      iv)Naib Tehsildar
      v)Block Officer
      vi)District Revenue Officer (Circulated vid No. 2/223/79-SWL/4337 dated 8.6.90)
      vii)M.L.A.  of the concerned constituency (Circulated vide No. 1/19/94- RCI/6045 dated 15.7.94)

      Frequently Asked Questions

      JEE Main Reservation FAQs

      Ques. Is there any reservation for ex-serviceman grandsons in NITs?

      Ans. No, there is no reservation of seats for grandsons of ex-servicemen in NITs. As per GOI rules, candidates belonging to OBC, SC, ST and PwD categories are only admitted to seats reserved based on relaxed criteria.

      Ques. Whether dyslexic students are eligible for PwD quota in JEE Main?

      Ans. No, dyslexic candidates will not be counted under PwD category as per JEE Main Reservation Criteria. Candidates with blindness or low vision, hearing impairment and loco motor disability or cerebral palsy with a minimum of 40% of physical defect or deformity are only eligible.  

      Ques. What are the documents that are required for JEE Main Reservation?

      Ans. The following list of documents are required to avail reservation of seats through JEE Main: 

      • Caste Certificate duly issued by the competent authority in a prescribed format.

      • PwD candidates need to produce Disability Certificate.

      • Home state category candidates need to produce Domicile Certificate.

      Ques. Is there a reservation for women candidates?

      Ans. A female candidate can apply under All India Level or Women Quota System since most of the colleges reserve 5% seats for female candidates. There will also be relaxation in application fee for women candidates.

      Ques. What are the conditions to claim reservation under GEN- EWS Category of JEE Main 2020?

      Ans. Candidates who are not covered under the scheme of reservation for SCs, STs, and OBCs and whose family has a gross annual income below Rs 8 lakh are only identified as EWS for benefit of reservation. The benefit of reservation under EWS can be availed upon production of an Income and Asset Certificate issued by a Competent Authority.

      Ques. Who can avail benefits of JEE Main Reservation?

      Ans. The benefit of reservation for admission to NITs/IIITs and CFTIs shall be given only to those classes/castes/tribes which are in the respective central list published by the Govt of India. For admission to State Engineering colleges who have opted for admission through JEE Main 2020, the reservation rules of that state will apply. The letter/e-mails/grievances/RTI cases/Court cases regarding reservation criteria will not be entertained by JEE Main Secretariat/NTA.

      Ques. When will NTA provide information on JEE Main Reservation?

      Ans. NTA released information about JEE Main 2020 Reservatio in it’s official brochure on September 3, 2019. After the declaration of JEE Main Result, the data of examination is handed over to Central Seat Allocation Board (CSAB) or the concerned state government/institute for Seat Allocation Process and admission procedure by NTA/JEE Main Secretariat. The regulating body does not collect the information regarding the total number of seats available in the institutions and reservation criteria followed by the institutions. 

      *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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      Hardik jain

      i want to know about gen ews completely

      19 Oct, 2019 00:20

      I have 73% in plus two is apply for jee

      24 Sep, 2019 19:48
      kirti Goyal

      Hi Muhsina, Yes you are eligible for JEE.

      11 Oct, 2019 14:54
      Punkar Singh

      If i register myself under ews category and unable to provide certificate at time will i be able to get seat in college under general category.

      11 Sep, 2019 02:37
      Shobhna Chaturvedi

      Hi Punkar, yes, you then will be allotted seat as per the rules under general category.

      11 Sep, 2019 10:14
      Drona Kumar Nag

      dear sir, i passed out class 10th from ICSE board in 2016 with 6 subjects ,while filling jee 2020 form, it asks about total marks obtained in class 10th ,so should i fill total marks of best five subjects (including English) or total of all 6 subjects?

      10 Sep, 2019 00:20
      Shobhna Chaturvedi

      Hi Drona, the percentage to be submitted will be of all the subjects that you have studied in class 10th.

      10 Sep, 2019 11:58
      Saif Muhammad

      I got 91% in OBC category can I get nit college

      07 Jun, 2019 16:29
      Shobhna Chaturvedi

      Hi Saif, please specify the NIT in which you want to take admission so that we can inform you regarding its cut off. Moreover, NIT declares opening and closing ranks rather than marks. Thus, it would be advised to search for the institute with your all India rank.

      07 Jun, 2019 16:36

      Sir, in jee mains their is 75% is need for NIT collage or not. please explains it sir

      21 Feb, 2019 21:41
      Shobhna Chaturvedi

      Hi Hafiz, please visit the official website of the NIT to check the eligibility criteria for admission.

      21 Feb, 2019 21:53
      Ramya Machi

      I got 97.967 persaintail in jeemains 2019 can I expect seat in nitwarangal

      23 Jan, 2019 12:17
      Sarthak Mahajan

      Hi Ramya, You may please check the official website of NIT Warangal to get the relevant information regarding merit/cutoff.

      23 Jan, 2019 16:18
      nisha kumari

      im from haryana and i have all the documents of haryana but i m passing 12th from delhi plz tell me that is my SC quota (haryana) give me any beneft in jee mains??

      21 Sep, 2018 00:20
      Akansha Expert

      Hi Nisha, There is no quota facility for the Haryana Candidates as may you will get the Girl quota.

      21 Sep, 2018 12:53
      Naga Sai Gundikayala

      my jee mains marks is 51.I belong to gen-pwd category .pwd rank is inter board marks is 55% .Is their any chance to get admission in NITs

      08 Jun, 2018 17:40
      Garima Bansal

      Hi Naga, To check which college you will get according to your to rank you may check this link:- JEE MAIN Rank predictor.

      29 Aug, 2018 12:20

      I am 12th pass student who has appeared in jee mains 2018.

      10 May, 2018 00:20
      Akansha Expert

      Hi Gaurish, As per you request I am sharing a link to get the eligibility for JEE Main please go through this link :- Eligibility Criteria.

      10 May, 2018 13:12

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