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JEE Main 2018 Eligibility Criteria

Age Limit

Only those candidates whose date of birth falls on or after October 01, 1992 are eligible. However, in the case of Scheduled Caste ( SC ), Scheduled Tribe ( ST ) and Persons with Disabilities ( PwD ) candidates, upper age limit is relaxed by 5 years, i.e. SC, ST and PwD candidates who are born on or after 1st October, 1988 are eligible. Date of birth as recorded in the Secondary Education Board / University certificate will only be considered.

Note : Date of birth as recorded in the Secondary Education Board /University certificate will only be considered.

Year of Appearance in Qualifying Examination ( QE )

Only those candidates who have passed their Class 12th Exam or any equivalent qualifying examination in 2016 or 2017; or those who are appearing in their Class 12th Exam or any equivalent qualifying examination in 2018 are eligible to appear in JEE ( Main ) – 2018. Candidates who passed Class 12th / Qualifying examination in 2014 or before as well as those who will appear in such examination in 2018 or later are not eligible to appear in JEE ( Main ) – 2018. Candidates who appeared in class 12th / equivalent qualifying Examinations in 2015, did not pass in 2015, but passed in 2016 are also not eligible to appear in JEE ( Main ) 2018.

Number of subjects in the Qualifying Examination ( QE )

Candidates must have taken at least five subjects in class 12th / qualifying examination in order to be eligible for writing JEE  ( Main ) – 2018. The candidates who have taken four subjects are not permitted to write JEE ( Main ) 2018 and if such candidates appear in JEE ( Main ) 2018 by furnishing wrong information, their rank / result will not be declared.

Number of Attempts 

The number of attempts which a candidate can avail at JEE Main shall be limited to 03 ( three ).

Candidates are also advised to note and verify themselves the eligibility for appearing in JEE ( Advanced ) 2018 as well as eligibility for admission to various institutes. Being eligible to write JEE ( Main ) and by obtaining an all India rank in JEE ( Main ), A Candidate does not automatically become eligible for admission.

Candidates seeking admission to the institutions in the states of Gujarat, Madhya pradesh, Nagaland and Odisha, which were earlier admitting based on their state level examination, are also advised to verify their eligibility as per criteria laid down by these state governments.

No. of Attempts and Age Limit for the states of Madhya Pradesh and Odisha

Since the states of Madhya Pradesh, Nagaland and Odisha have joined JEE ( Main ) system from 2014. The age limit, for admission to institutions in these states which were earlier admitting candidates based on their state level examinations, will be as per their past practice only. The number of attempts in such cases will also remainsame as per their past practice. This will however be obviously not applicable for admission to IITs / NITs / IIITs / CFTIs.

Admission to NITs, IIITs, CFTIs, SFIs, State Engineering Colleges for Participating States and other Participating Institutions

Eligibility for Admission to NITs, IIITs and Other Institutions participating through Central Counselling Board :

Admission to NITs, IIITs and other institutions participating though Central Seat Allocation Board will be based on All India Rank along with the criteria of subject combinations mentioned in the table below. Subject combinations required in the qualifying examination for admission to B.E. / B.Tech. and B. Arch. / B. Planning Courses in NITs, IIITs, and other CFTIs shall be as under.

CourseRequired Criteria based on Class 12th / Equivalent qualifying Examination
B.E / B.TECHPassed 10+2 examination with Physics and Mathematics as compulsory subjects along with one of the Chemistry / Biotechnology / Biology / Technical Vocational subject.
B.ARCH. / B.PLANNINGPassed 10+2 examination with Mathematics.

Eligibility for Admission to Other Institutions

The above mentioned policy could also be adopted by other Technical Institutions participating in counselling through JoSAA / CSAB. In case a State opts to admit students in the engineering Colleges affiliated to state Universities,the Statemay prepare separate rank list based on criteria decided by them.

Number of Seats in various Institutions

The JEE ( Main ) secretariat / CBSE is only an examination conducting body. After declaration of result the data is handed over to SEAT ALLOCATION BOARD or the concerned state government / institute for Seat Allocation Process and admission procedure. The JEE ( Main ) secretariat does not collect the information regarding total number of seats available in the institutions and reservation criteria followed by the institutions. For all admission related procedures / queries,the candidates are advised to refer the website of JoSAA, Central Seat Allocation Board ( CSAB ) or the concerned state government / institute after declaration of ranks of JEE ( Main ) –  2018. The letter / e-mails regarding admission related procedures / queries will not be entertained by JEE  ( Main ) secretariat / CBSE.

Reservation of Seats

As per Government of India rules candidates belonging to certain categories are admitted to seats reserved for them based on relaxed criteria.These categories are:

I. Other Backward Classes ( OBC ) if they belong to Non Creamy Layer ( NCL )

II. Scheduled Castes ( SC )

III. Scheduled Tribes ( ST )

IV. Persons with Disability ( PWD ) with 40% or more disability 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 ) – 2018, the reservation rules of that state shall apply.The letter / e-mails regarding reservation criteria will not be entertained by JEE  ( Main ) secretariat / CBSE.

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23 thoughts on “JEE Main 2018 Eligibility Criteria

  1. Sir
    My name is tanveer bano Roll. 21921505 sir mera rank or score show nahi kar raha h main pepper 2 ka exam diya tha 23/6/2016 ko result declared hua h sir mere result m score m NA show kar raha h jo ki main pepper diya tha sir plz tell me aaap enquiry kariye or kaise sahi hoga plz sir help me plz

  2. Sir my name is vikash Kushwaha, my D.O.B is 23 -September -1992, can i eligible for jee mains 2017.and i belongs to BC (II) category.

  3. Sir my name is vikash Kushwaha, and my D.O.B is 23 -September -1992, can i eligible for jee mains. 2017.

  4. my son is in 12th and he is LD (lerning Disable

    my son is studing in 12th std. he is LD student (learning disable). will he get admission in PWD categary student ? what is the minimum marks is required to get admission in iit pawai mumbai?


  5. Sir, my daughter is studying in class 10+2 (subject – PCM) CBSE Eng medium. Please info about the entrance exams like IIT/JEE in which she can take part and info eligibility criteria. thanks.

  6. Can an IGCSE candidate who is now pursuing 10th in IGCSE syllabus @ chennai, appear for the IIT’s in India after his class 12th?

    Should he change the board or is Class 12th score from IGCSE syllabus accepted to take up the test?

  7. sir iam a student from kerala,
    i appeared for Jee Btech as well as Barch, i blve that i will get a mark of 33 for Btech and a mark of 220 for Barch, will i get qualified for Barch?

  8. Sir, I am expecting jee mains 2015 marks 72 and intermediate marks 92% so can i get seat in any NIT i am OBC catogery

  9. Revered sir,
    I am a student of B.SC. Industrial Chemistry(H), 3rd year & upto 4th semester my % of marks is 75% and i got 85% marks in H.S. Examination,2012.Am I eligible for Jee main 2015?

  10. Sir, i am studing in 6th sem diploma mechanical engineering. I am willing to join Aeronautical engineering for further studies, so i want to take JEE exam,but i dont know anything about coaching/syllabus so plz give me the information regarding this.

  11. sir, i have clear my h.s in 2012.i belong to sc cast.can i apply for jee main 2015.its very argent please send me your solution.

  12. I have clear 12th in 2013 not in 2014. Please inform me as soon as possible and when will JEE MAIN form published.

  13. I wanna know that am I eligible for JEE (MAIN) ENTRANCE EXAM . I HAVE CLEAR 12TH CLASS IN 2013 WITH (64.6%).PLEASE HELP ME.

  14. Please conform that a Diploma student can sit for JEE MAIN Entrance.
    I have completed diploma in mechanical in the year 2013.

  15. Is there any qualifying marks for each subject or the total marks one got is considered in jee mains?

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