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Top 20 Percentile Cutoff Marks for Class XII Exam

JEE Main 2019 is underway with commencement of registration for the January session. Most of the students are worried about filling all the details carefully in JEE Main Application Form and ensuring that feel the desired eligibility criteria to avoid rejection. A lot of candidates search for top percentile cutoff marks in JEE Main.

JoSAA is responsible for releasing the top 20 percentile for JEE Main and JEE Advanced. The top 20 percentile cut off marks is released separately for IITs and other institutes (NITs, IIITs and CFTIs) on the official site, jossa.nic.in. Although the top 20 percentile is released after the result declaration, candidates must be aware about the previous year trends.

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What is the top 20 percentile?

Each year as many as a million of students appear for JEE and NIT entrance examinations with the view of gaining admission in top engineering institutes. Even though the marks secured in Class 12th is no longer considered for JEE Main Rank Calculation, yet it is a determining factor for admission to IITs, NITs, IIITs and CFTIs. However, not all the state education boards release marks in the form of percentage. Therefore, the organizing authority will also consider candidates failling in the top 20 percentile while determining their eligibility.

Top 20 Percentile for JEE main

Eligibility Criteria

In order to secure a place in JEE or NITs, candidates will have to fulfill the following requirements:

  • The minimum eligibility is to secure 75% for General Category. For reserved category belonging to SC/ ST/ PwD, the minimum eligibility is scoring 65% in the class 12 examination.


  • They must fall in the top 20 percentile category in class 12 of their respective boards or qualifying examination.
  • Even though a candidate fails to secure 75% in their class 12th, they still hold opportunity for appearing in the entrance examinations on the basis of top 20 percentile marks.
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How are class 12th marks calculated for admission to IITs and NITs

The calculation of score will be as follows:

  • The score of candidates will be calculated for any 5 subjects which in total will be calculated out of 500. These five subjects will include Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics as compulsory subjects out of the five. The other two include one language subject and one other subject (expect from the four already selected). In this manner, the total secured in the five subjects with aggregate marks 500 will be taken into account.
  • In case, a candidate has taken two language subjects, then the subject with a higher score will be considered.
  • If the marks of any subject are not awarded out of 100, then in such cases, the score will be scaled to make it out of 100. For example – if a candidate secures 50 out of 80, then the calculation of score will be as follows: (65/80)*100 = 81%
  • If a candidate has appeared for Class 12th examination in the year 2016 and again reappears in 2017 for improvement in any one or two subjects, then the marks secured in 2016 will be considered and not that of 2017.
  • However, in case a candidate had appeared in 2016, yet reappears for improvement in all 5 exams conducted in 2017, in that case, the scores of the year in which the candidate has score more marks will be considered.

Difference Between Percentage and Percentile

Often candidates get obscured of the difference between a percentage score and percentile. However, both the terms are completely different from one another. A percentage score is marks obtained by a candidate from the aggregate of 100. On the other hand, a percentile is a term used to define the percentage a candidate secures below particular marks.

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Example – Suppose a candidate has secured 85 percent marks. This is the marks secured out of 100, wherein he/she has scored 85. If the total is 200 it will be 170 and so on. However, if a candidate mentions he/she has scored 85 percentile, that would mean 85 percent of all other candidates who have appeared for the examination have score fewer marks than the candidate with 85 percentile.

Following are the state education boards for which JoSAA will publish top 20 percentile for JEE Main on its official website.

Andhra Pradesh Board of Intermediate Education
Assam Higher Secondary School Council
Bihar Intermediate Education Council
Central Board of Secondary Education
Banasthali Vidyapith
Aligarh Muslim University Board of Secondary & Sr. Secondary Education
Chhattisgarh Board of Secondary Education
Council of the Indian School Certificate Examinations
Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education
Gujarat Secondary Education Board
Haryana Board of Education, Bhiwani
Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education
Jammu and Kashmir State Board of School Education
Jharkhand Academic Council
Karnataka Board of Pre-University Education
Kerala Board of Public Examinations
Madhya Pradesh Board of Secondary Education
Council of Higher Secondary Education, Manipur
Meghalaya Board of School Education
Mizoram Board of School Education
Nagaland Board of School Education
National Institute of Open Schooling
Punjab School Education Board
Telangana State Board of Intermediate Education, Hyderabad
Telangana Open School Society Hyderabad
Tripura School of Secondary Education
Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Education
U.P. Board of High School & Intermediate Education
Board of Secondary Education Rajasthan
Council of Higher Secondary Education, Odisha


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