JEE Main 2021 Eligibility Criteria

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JEE Main 2021 Eligibility Criteria

Age Limit

For appearing in the JEE (Main) examination there is no age limit for the candidates. The candidates who have passed XII examination in 2019, 2020 or appearing in 2021 irrespective of their age can appear in JEE ( Main ) Examination – 2021. The candidates should satisfy themselves about the eligibility of age limit requirements of the Institutes in which he / she is desirous of taking admission.

Year of Appearance in Qualifying Examination ( QE )

Only those candidates who have passed their Class 12th Examination or any equivalent qualifying examination in 2019 or 2020; or those who are appearing in their Class 12th Examination or any equivalent qualifying examination in 2021 are eligible to appear in both January, 2021 and April, 2021 JEE ( Main )-2021 Examination.
Candidates who passed Class 12th / Qualifying examination in 2018 or before as well as those who will appear in such examination in 2020 or later are not eligible to appear in JEE ( Main ) 2021.

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 )-2021. The candidates who have taken four subjects are not permitted to write JEE ( Main )-2021 and if such candidates appear in JEE ( Main )-2021 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 ) 2021 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 remain same 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 CFTIs participating though Central Seat Allocation Board will be based on All India Rank as explained above in section 2.10 subject to the condition that the candidate should have secured at least 75% marks in the 12th class examination, or be in the top 20 percentile in the 12th class examination conducted by the respective Boards. For SC / ST candidates the qualifying marks would be 65% in the 12th class examination.
Subject combinations required in the qualifying examination for admission to B.E./B.Tech. & 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 ) –  2021. 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 ) – 2021, the reservation rules of that state shall apply.The letter / e-mails regarding reservation criteria will not be entertained by JEE  ( Main ) secretariat / CBSE.

NIFT Admissions

Online Application 14 December 2020 to 21 January 2021.

JEE Main

Application Form Submission 16 Dec 2020 to 16 Jan 2021.