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JEE Advanced Eligibility Criteria 2020: Age Limit, Attempt, Qualifying Marks

Last updated on September 21st, 2020 at 05:54 pm

IIT-Delhi has officially released the JEE Advanced Eligibility Criteria 2020 in its brochure. According to the institution, to apply for the JEE Advanced 2020, candidates need to meet the eligibility criteria i.e. they are required to have a rank within the top 2,50,000 in JEE Main 2020 across all categories.


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This year, The percentage criteria have been dropped by the IITs for admissions. As per the older criteria, students had to either secure at least 75% aggregate marks in Class 12th (or equivalent) or be within the top 20 percentile of successful candidates of their respective board.

  • However, now all the candidates only need a passing certificate of 12th board exams to be eligible for an IIT, notwithstanding the number of marks they have scored in class 12th boards.
  • All Indian National (including OCI/PIO) and foreign national candidates are allowed to apply for the exam.
  • NTA will shortlist the top 2.5 lakh candidates based on JEE Main Cut Off to become eligible for JEE Advanced 2020.

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JEE Advanced Eligibility Criteria 2020

Candidates need to refer to the JEE Advanced eligibility criteria 2020. The candidates’ eligibility for the test will be on the basis of five parameters set by the authorities:

  • Candidates’ performance in JEE Main 2020.
  • Age Limit.
  • Number of attempts.
  • Appearance in 12th (or equivalent) Examination.
  • Earlier admission at IITs.

JEE Advanced Eligibility Criteria 2020

Also Read | JEE Main Eligibility Criteria

JEE Advanced Eligibility for Indian Nationals

The eligibility criteria for students who are the citizens of India and are willing to appear for JEE Advanced 2020 are required to check the eligibility criteria mentioned above in detail.

JEE Advanced 2020 Eligibility Criteria 1 – Performance in JEE Main 2020

To be eligible for JEE Advanced 2020, candidates must qualify JEE Main 2020 (Paper 1) and fall among the top 2,50,000 (including all categories) candidates in B.E./B.Tech. The top 2,50,000 JEE Main candidates of different categories become eligible for admissions according to the following percentages:

  • GEN-EWS – 10%
  • OBC-NCL – 27%
  • SC – 15%
  • ST – 7.5%
  • OPEN – 40.5%
  • PwD – 5% reservation in all the above.

Performance in JEE Main exam

Category-wise distribution of top 2,50,000 candidates.

Order Category Top Candidates
1. OPEN 96187 101250
2. OPEN – PwD 5063
3. GEN – EWS 23750 25000
4. GEN – EWS – PwD 1250
5. OBC – NCL 64125 67500
6. OBC – NCL – PwD 3375
7. SC 35625 37500
8. SC – PwD 1875
9. ST 17812 18750
10. ST – PwD 938

Criteria 2 – Age Limit

Candidates born on or after October 1, 1995 fulfill the JEE Advanced Eligibility Criteria 2020 and become eligible for the exam. However, candidates who were born on or after October 1, 1990 and fall under categories such as SC, ST and PwD are provided with five years relaxation.

Criteria 3 – Number of Attempts

The candidates can take JEE Advanced for a maximum of two times in two consecutive years by the candidates from the year of passing of Class 12th. Therefore, the year of passing is considered as the first year of attempt and the count follows.

Criteria 4 – Candidates’ appearance in 12th (or equivalent) Examination

Candidates, who have appeared for Class 12th examination in the year 2019 or 2020 can sit for JEE Advanced 2020 Examination. The candidates belonging to the academic year 2017-18 are also eligible. However, this is applicable for candidates who had their 12th board results announced after June 2018.

Criteria 5- Earlier Admissions at IITs

  • The candidates who have already got admission in an IIT/ISM will not be allowed for JEE Advanced 2020, irrespective of whether he/she continued in the program or not.
  • Also, in case they have accepted an IIT seat by reporting at a reporting center in the past, they will not be permitted to take JEE Advanced 2020.
  • The candidates whose seats got cancelled post joining at any of the IITs due to some reasons are not qualified under JEE Advanced Eligibility Criteria 2020.

However, the candidates who got admission to a preparatory course in any of the IITs for the first time in 2019 are allowed to appear for JEE Advanced 2020. Similarly, the candidates who deposited the seat acceptance fee in 2019 will be allowed for JEE Advanced 2020, in case they meet the below-mentioned eligibility conditions of the exam:

  • They did not report at any reporting centers OR
  • They withdrew before the last round of seat allotment OR
  • Got their seat cancelled (due to any reason) before the final round of seat allotment

List of Qualifying Exams for JEE Advanced 2020

Aspirants planning to take JEE Advanced must have cleared following examinations so that they can fall under the category of JEE Advanced 2020 Eligibility criteria set by the authorities:

  • They must have given the final examination of the 10+2 system, conducted by The Central or State Board recognized by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) should organize the exam.
  • Intermediate or two-year Pre-University examination conducted by a Board or University which has received recognition by the Association of Indian Universities.
  • Senior Secondary School Exam conducted by the National Institute of Open Schooling with a minimum of five subjects.
  • Final examination of the two-year course of the National Defence Academy’s Joint Services Wing.
  • Any Public School, Board or University examination in India or in a foreign country which has received recognition as equivalent to the 10+2 system by the AIU.
  • H.S.C. vocational examination.
  • A diploma recognized by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) or a State Board of Technical Education of at least 3 years duration can be taken into consideration.
  • Any General Certificate Education (GCE) examination (London, Cambridge or Sri Lanka) of Advanced (A) level.
  • High School Certificate Examination of the Cambridge University or International Baccalaureate Diploma of the International Baccalaureate Office, Geneva will be considered.

IIT Eligibility Percentage in 12th Standard (or Equivalent) Board Examination

At least any one of the following two criteria must be met by the candidates to become eligible for JEE Advanced 2020:

  • Candidates must have scored a minimum of 75% aggregate marks in 12th standard (or equivalent) examination. Also, the aggregate marks of the candidates belonging to SC/ST/PwD must not be less than 65%.
  • Candidates must have secured a position within the top 20 percentile (category-wise) of successful candidates in their respective 12th standard (or equivalent) board examination.

The candidates’ marks in the following five subjects will be considered to calculate the aggregate marks and cut off marks to fulfill the top 20 percentile criterion:

  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Language (in case, the candidates have opted for more than one language, then the language with the higher marks will be considered)
  • Any subject other than the Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Language (the subject with the highest marks will be considered)

Additional Requirements for Certain Courses

  • The candidates who have selected Mining Engineering, Mining Machinery Engineering or any similar course must not have any kind of blindness. In case they are selected for the course, they need to produce a certificate from the government registered medical practitioner.
  • The candidates planning to do Mining Engineering need to know that the standards of visual acuity with or without glasses. This must be according to the guidelines mentioned in DGMS Circular 14 of 1972. The candidates who have one-eyed vision will not be allowed to work underground.
  • The female candidates have no allowance to work underground and in mines as per. This is as per Section 45 (1) of the Mines Act, 1952. However, the female candidates will be allowed to do Mining Engineering or Mining Machinery Engineering related courses at IIT (ISM) Dhanbad, IIT Kharagpur and IIT (BHU) Varanasi.

JEE Advanced 2020 Eligibility Criteria– Cutoff for Top 20 Percentile

  • Based on the category, the cutoff marks for the top 20 percentile will be calculated according to the total marks scored by the candidates who pass in their respective boards in the particular year.
  • The JEE Advanced 2020 Cutoff marks for the students belonging to PwD category will be the same as the lowest of the cutoff marks for other categories.
  • The top 20 percentile cutoff for the academic year 2020 will be considered for those candidates who have cleared 12th standard (or equivalent) exam in the same year. Similarly, the cutoff of 2019 will be considered for the candidates who cleared the exam in the academic year 2019.
  • The candidates who have already appeared for the qualifying exam for the first time in 2019 and want to reappear in 2020 to qualify the top 20 percentile cutoff need to reattempt all of the subjects. The top 20 percentile cutoff of 2019 will be considered for such candidates.
  • In any case, if the candidates do not receive any information about the top 20 percentile cutoff, they will have to produce a certificate from the respective board stating that he/she falls within the top 20 percentile of successful candidates.

JEE Advanced 2020 Eligibility Criteria – Aggregate Marks of 75% (65% for SC/ST/PwD)

  • NTA will consider the candidates’ 12th standard (or equivalent) Board examination aggregate marks secured in 2020.
  • In case the candidates have not appeared for the examination in 2020 again in any of the subjects, NTA also considers the aggregate marks achieved by the candidates in the 12th standard (or equivalent) Board examination of 2019
  • NTA also permits the candidates who have passed 12th standard (or equivalent) examination in 2019 and want to apply for the improvement of their aggregate marks to satisfy the criterion of 75% aggregate marks (65% for SC/ST/PwD). They are allowed to reappear for any number of subjects for improvement.
  • In the above mentioned case, NTA takes the percentage marks of the candidates into consideration on the basis of the marks obtained in 2019 or 2020. Only the marks which are higher, in the respective subjects, in both the attempts in 2019 and 2020 is considered.

JEE Advanced 2020 Eligibility for Foreign Nationals

  • Candidates who are foreign nationals have to adhere to a different set of JEE Advanced eligibility criteria 2020.
  • Candidates are considered as foreign nationals if the candidates who are NOT the citizens of India and do not come under the OCI category and the candidates whose parents are not the citizens of India and do not come under the OCI category at the time of registration will also be treated as foreign nationals.
  • Candidates are required to possess their identity proofs in the form of citizenship certificate/Passport.
  • Seats allotted to foreign nationals are supernumerary with a cap of 10% of total number of seats in every course.
  • International applicants are under no obligation to take JEE Main before applying for JEE Advanced. If they fulfill all the other eligibility criteria, they can apply for JEE Advanced.

Note – Foreign candidates who are interested in the B.Arch program will have to reach any of the zonal IITs to take Architecture Aptitude Test.

Reservation Criteria

According to the guidelines laid by the Government of India, foreign nationals don’t get the privilege of reservation of seats under the GEN-EWS, OBC-NCL, SC, ST and PwD (Persons with Disability) categories.

Eligibility

Candidates can fill JEE Advanced 2020 Application Form if they have fulfilled the following eligibility criteria.

Criterion 1 – Age Limit

  • Candidates must be born on or after October 1, 1995.
  • In some countries, a minimum stint in the armed forces is required before/after Class 12. Eventually, in that case, students get relaxation for the required number of years.
  • Candidates, in such a case, will have to upload the required testimonial or certificate. Also, they should do so by competent authority to this effect at the time of registration.

Criterion 2 – Number of Attempts

Candidates can attempt JEE Advanced, a maximum of two times in consecutive years.

Criterion 3 – Appearance in class XII or Equivalent Examination.

  • According to NTA guidelines, candidates who have appeared for class 12 examination in 2019 or 2020 Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics as compulsory subjects can only sit for the examination.
  • However, if the Board declares the examination results for the academic year 2017-18 after June 2018, then the candidates will pass the JEE Advanced Eligibility Criteria 2020.

Criterion 4 – Earlier Admissions at IIT

  • IIT will not take a candidate irrespective of whether or not he/she continued in the program. Also, if they have accepted an IIT seat by reporting at a reporting center in the past.
  • Next, candidates whose admission at IITs was cancelled after joining any IIT are also NOT eligible to appear in JEE Advanced 2020.

Candidates are eligible to appear in the JEE Advanced 2020 if they have paid the acceptance fee in 2019 in the following conditions:

  1. Did not report at the reporting center OR
  2. Withdrew before the last round of seat allotment OR
  3. Had their seat cancelled before the last round of seat allotment for IITs.

However, in any of the above cases, students must satisfy the following three criteria too.

Documents Required

  • Birth Certificate for Age Proof.
  • Citizenship Certificate/ Passport.
  • Identity Proof.
  • Class 12 mark sheet or any equivalent.
  • Testimonial, if required.

NOTE:- Performance in class 12 should be similar to any Indian candidate.

Performance in Class 12

The candidate should satisfy at least one of the following two criteria for admission to IITs:

  1. A candidate will have to score at least 75% aggregate marks in class 12 (or equivalent) Board examination.
  2. Candidates should be within the top 20 percentile of successful candidates. Also, they should be in their respective class 12 (or equivalent) board examination.

The marks scored in the following five subjects will be considered for calculating the aggregate marks. The cut-off marks for fulfilling the top 20 percentile criteria are:

  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • A language (if the candidate has taken more than one language, then the language with the higher marks is valid)
  • Any subject other than the above four (the subject with the highest marks is valid).

Foreign Centers for JEE Advanced 2020

  • Dhaka (Bangladesh)
  • Dubai (UAE)
  • Kathmandu (Nepal)
  • Singapore

When the candidates fulfil all the eligibility criteria, only then they can fill the JEE Advanced 2020 Application form. They can do so by registering, uploading the necessary documents and paying the required fee. In order to find other necessary details, students can refer to the official website for complete info and updates on JEE Advanced 2020. Meanwhile, upon fulfilling the eligibility, the major focus is on clearing the JEE Advanced Cut Off. The minimum marks in JEE Advanced to get IITs is of much importance for students.

JEE Advanced 2021 Eligibility

  • For the candidates who are willing to appear for JEE Advanced 2021, must have cleared JEE Main 2021 and be among the top-ranking students appearing in 2021.
  • Candidates must have appeared for the 12th examination for the first time in 2020 or appearing in the year 2021 to be eligible for this examination.
  • To be eligible to apply in JEE Advanced 2021, candidates must have been born on or after 1st October 1997. Therefore, SC/ST/PWD category students are provided with a relaxation of 5 years.
  • Candidates can now appear for the exam maximum for two years consecutively.

FAQs on JEE Advanced Eligibility

Ques. I have appeared for boards in 2020. Can I register for JEE Advance 2020 without uploading class 12 certificate?

Last updated on April 27th, 2020 at 11:57 am

Ans. Yes, candidates who have appeared for Class 12 Examination in 2020 can register without uploading any certificate.

Ques. What are the subjects that are taking into consideration to meet JEE Advanced 2020 Eligibility Criteria?

Last updated on April 27th, 2020 at 12:46 pm

Ans. The subjects that are taken into consideration for JEE Advanced 2020 are Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, English/Hindi.

Ques. What is the eligibility criteria for JEE Advanced 2020?

Last updated on April 27th, 2020 at 12:50 pm

Ans. Students must be less than 25 years of age with minimum qualifying marks. Candidates must have qualified Class 12 Examination in the previous year.

Ques. Is 75% necessary for JEE Advanced 2020?

Last updated on May 16th, 2020 at 08:21 am

Ans. Yes, 75% of aggregate marks are a minimum requirement in the class 12 examination.

Ques. If I have appeared for Class 12 examination in 2019, am I eligible for JEE Advanced 2020?

Last updated on April 27th, 2020 at 12:58 pm

Ans. Yes, you are eligible for class JEE Advanced 2020.

Ques. I have declared my category as OBC-NCL during JEE (Main) 2020 registration. But I do not belong to Non-Creamy Layer (NCL). Can I register for JEE (Advanced) 2020?

Last updated on September 2nd, 2020 at 05:46 pm

Ans. Yes, the candidates who have registered under any category but they do not belong to that category for real can register for JEE Advanced 2020 by declaring that you do not belong to NCL and your JEE MAIN 2020 score is above the General Cut-off.


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