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SC rules out upper age limit for JEE Advanced, Changes in JEE Main Expected

Last Updated - April 08, 2019

JEE Advanced upper age limit has been lifted by Supreme Court of India. The Apex Court order now allows engineering aspirants of age 25 or above to appear for IIT-JEE who, earlier, were barred from doing so. This move is anticipated to bring about some changes in the eligibility criteria of JEE Main.

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JEE Advanced formerly known as IIT-JEE is the sole entrance exam to get into one of the 23 prestigious Indian Institute of Technology across the country. Top 2,40,000 main qualifiers can appear for IIT-JEE. The Supreme Court directed the Government and National Testing Agency, which will be conducting the exam from 2019, to open a registration window for a week extra to able the benefitted aspirants to apply for Main and Advanced 2019.

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In response to a written petition filed by A Balasubramanian and others, a bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Sanjiv Khanna passed this order to remove the upper age limit of 25 for JEE Advanced 2019 provisionally. The final admission and fate of engineering aspirants would be ascertained once the final judgment arrives.

Last year, a similar petition was filed in Supreme Court challenging the upper age limit of 25 for National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) imposed by NTA, the official conducting body of NEET. Then also, the apex court granted relief to the applicants by ruling out the age limit provisionally until the final judgment is released.

Expected Changes in JEE Main Eligibility

Debates have raised that more number of JEE Advanced applicants will be witnessed due to no age bar whereas Ministry of human resource and development (MHRD) headed by Dr. Prakash Javadekar argues the order will not have any effect on JEE Main as only students appeared in class XII in 2017 and 2018 or will appear in 2019 are eligible to apply in JEE Main 2019 which is a prerequisite for the JEE Advanced 2019. Moreover, a candidate can appear for JEE Main three times and two times in JEE Advanced that too in consecutive years.

However, it is expected that some changes will be brought in JEE Main eligibility in order to execute the Supreme Court’s order. Since JEE Advanced can be taken by those who appear for the main exam and if it’s upper age limit of 25 or below exist it won’t be possible for students of 25 or above age to appear for advanced. So, to bring about the apex court order it is highly likely that upper age limit of Main exam will also be removed by NTA.

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JEE Main takes place twice a year, the first attempt held from January 8 to January 12 this year conducted by National Testing Agency while the second and last attempt is scheduled for April 7 to 12 this year. The result is scheduled to be declared on April 30, 2019. Students can apply in both the attempts however two attempts in same year is considered as one. The JEE Advanced is to be conducted on May 27, 2019 by IIT Roorkee.

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The news is bound to bring joy to many engineering aspirants. Supreme Court accorded that knowledge and learning has no age bar. However, ramification and implementation of this SC order is still vague. National Testing Agency is yet to publish clear notification regarding this move.

Keep tuning on the website to keep yourself updated for any notification.



1 Comment
Ayush Sharma

Nice i am really looking forward for Thapar Institute for Btech. admission

02 Apr, 2019 18:01

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