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JEE Advanced 2021: New Guidelines Released, Qualified Candidates Of Last Year Can Appear Without JEE Main 2021

Last updated on July 27th, 2021

Candidates who qualified for JEE Advanced 2020 but could not appear for the exam will be given a chance to appear for JEE Advanced 2021.

IIT Kharagpur, which is the conducting authority for JEE Advanced 2021 has released the information brochure for JEE Advanced 2021. However, the exam that was previously scheduled to be conducted on July 2, 2021 has been postponed due to the uncertainty created by the COVID-19 situation. JEE Advanced 2021 will only be conducted after both the pending sessions of JEE Main 2021 (April and May) get conducted. Revised dates for JEE Main April and May session as well as JEE Advanced 2021 are released. Check JEE Advanced detailed Information

JEE Advanced 2021: New Guidelines Released
JEE Advanced 2021: New Guidelines Released

Who is Eligible for JEE Advanced 2021?

As a one time measure, the students who qualified for JEE Advanced 2020 but could not appear due to COVID-19 related restrictions will be eligible to take JEE Advanced 2021. There are around 8000-9000 such candidates who lost the chance to appear for JEE Advanced last year due to the pandemic. Sarit K. Das, a professor at IIT Madras and the former director of IIT Ropar said that this move will provide equal opportunities to the candidates who missed it as these candidates will be considered in addition to the candidates qualifying for JEE Advanced in 2021.

Das also said that, “While it may be difficult to verify their Covid related challenges, JEE Advanced being a high-stake exam, few would have wanted to opt out at the last minute unless there is a genuine reason.” Further, the top 2.5 lakh candidates in JEE Main All India Rank List will be allowed to appear for JEE Advanced 2021.

Class XII Board Exam: Eligibility Criteria

Deepankar Choudhury, Chair Professor and Head of Civil Engineering department of IIT Bombay said that considering the board exam results helps maintain the quality of candidates who get selected for the premier engineering institutes of the country as board results focus on the overall assessment of the candidates. The results help to assess proficiency in language also which the competent exams do not.

Choudhury also added, “Since board exams are non-uniform throughout the country, to hinge assessments based on the earlier 75% marks criteria in the board results would not do justice to the students of those state boards where marking is very strict. The pass criterion seems like a fair deal to the students.”

JEE Advanced 2021 Revised Dates

Talking about the exam dates for JEE Advanced 2021, Education Minister Dharmendhra Pradhan announced that JEE Advanced will be held on 3rd October 2021. There is a  gap between JEE Main April, May sessions and JEE Advanced 2021.

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JEE Advanced 2021 Exam Centre’s

The director of IIT Hyderabad, BS Murty, said, “Since there is not much of a significant difference in the Covid situation this year as compared to last year at this point in time, the number of examination centre’s may not be increased unless the situation takes a turn for the worse.”

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Choudhury also said that the need to increase the number of exam centres will depend on the digital exams service provider’s ability to set up the facilities in remote areas. He also added that “a social distancing mode” with sanitization measures, mandatory masks, temperature checks etc. need to be followed at all centre’s.

JEE Advanced 2021 Postponed, New Dates To Be Released Later At An ‘Appropriate Time’

Last updated on May 27th, 2021

JEE Advanced 2021 that was earlier scheduled to be conducted on July 3, 2021, has been postponed amid the sharp rise in COVID-19 cases in the country.

The Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Advanced 2021 has been postponed due to a spike in COVID-19 infections in the country. IIT Kharagpur has notified about the postponement of the exam through an official notification. The exam was earlier scheduled to be conducted on July 3, 2021 (Saturday) but will now be conducted at a later date. The official notification further states that the revised dates will be announced at an appropriate time.

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JEE Advanced 2021 Postponed, New Dates To Be Released Later
JEE Advanced 2021 Postponed, New Dates To Be Released Later

CBSE Boards and JEE Main Uncertainty

The decision came after a 3 member committee reviewed the situation created by the pandemic during a meeting held at IIT Kharagpur. It was observed by the committee that the exam needed to be rescheduled. This is because the dates for the last 2 sessions of JEE Main 2021, that is, April and May session are uncertain. NTA has not released the revised dates for JEE Main April and May session. Class XII board exams have also been postponed. Further, JEE Advanced can only be conducted after the results of all sessions of JEE Main are released.

JEE Main is the national level entrance test considered for granting admission to engineering institutes all over the country while JEE Advanced gives you entry to the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs).

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JEE Advanced 2021: What’s New?

  • The top 20-percentile rule or 75% criteria has been scrapped in order to give relaxation to students during the pandemic.
  • The candidates having AIR upto 2.5 lakh in JEE Main will be shortlisted to appear for JEE Advanced 2021.
  • It has earlier been notified that the candidates who couldn’t appear for JEE Main 2020 due to COVID-19 will be eligible to take JEE Advanced 2021 directly without appearing for JEE Main 2021.

Candidates are advised to keep a check on our website or jeeadv.ac.in to get latest updates about the revised dates for JEE Advanced 2021.

JEE Main 2021 Is Postponed; What’s The Status Of Other Engineering Entrance Exams?

Last updated on May 14th, 2021

Check the updated schedule and revised dates for all engineering entrance exams. 

Various national level entrance exams like JEE Main 2021 have been postponed due to the surge in COVID-19 cases throughout the country. While 2 sessions of JEE Main 2021 have already been conducted, the other 2 sessions are still pending. NTA released a notification for the postponement of the April session as well as the May session. However, there are a number of other entrance exams conducted for admission to engineering courses like BITSAT 2021, TS EAMCET 2021 etc. Given below is the updated schedule of all national and state-level entrance exams.

JEE Main 2021 Is Postponed
JEE Main 2021 Is Postponed

JEE Main 2021

The National Testing Agency (NTA) released a notification for the postponement of the JEE Main April session on April 18, 2021, while the notification for postponement of the May 2021 session has been released recently on May 4, 2021. The exams have been postponed until further notice. Students are advised to keep a check on the official website of NTA (https://jeemain.nta.nic.in/) for the updated schedule. While the registration process for the JEE Main April session was completed, the applications will open once again for a short period for the May session.

JEE Advanced 2021

JEE Advanced 2021 is currently scheduled to be conducted on July 3, 2021. However, there is a high probability for JEE Advanced 2021 to be postponed as the exam is conducted based on the result of JEE Main 2021. Clarity on the dates for JEE Advanced 2021 will come only after the release of an official statement.

WBJEE 2021

The West Bengal Joint Entrance Exam (WBJEE) 2021 has been scheduled to be conducted on July 11, 2021. The West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination Board will conduct WBJEE 2021 in 2 shifts. The first shift will be conducted from 11 am to 1 pm while the second shift will be conducted from 2 pm to 4 pm. It is a state-level entrance exam that allows the students to compete for 34,981 seats at various colleges in West Bengal.


The Birla Institute of Technology and Science Admission Test or BITSAT 2021 is scheduled to be conducted from June 24 to June 30, 2021. The application forms for the entrance exam are open till 29th May 2021. However, considering the current scenario created by the surge in COVID-19 cases, BITSAT 2021 is likely to be postponed. However, unless an official statement is released, students should consider the given dates as final and prepare accordingly.

OJEE 2021

The Odisha Joint Entrance Examination (OJEE) 2021 is scheduled to be conducted from June 17 to June 24, 2021. The application process for the same started on April 14 and is open till May 15, 2021, on https://ojee.nic.in/. OJEE 2021 is a gateway examination to BE, B.Tech, B.Pharma and the 5-year integrated MBA courses.


SRMJEEE 2021 is the entrance examination conducted for admission to the SRM group of institutions. SRMJEEE 2021 will be conducted in 2 phases. The first phase is scheduled to be conducted on May 23 and 24, 2021 while the second phase will be conducted on July 25 and 26, 2021. The exam will be conducted online through a remote proctoring system. The applications for the same are open till May 15, 2021.


VITEEE 2021 will also be conducted in online mode remotely by the Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT). It will be conducted on May 28, 29 and 31. A proctoring system similar to SRMJEEE will be used for conducting VITEEE 2021. Interested candidates can apply for VITEEE 2021 till May 20, 2021. After clearing the exam, candidates can seek admission to the engineering courses at VIT campuses located in Chennai, Vellore, Bhopal and Andhra Pradesh.

UPJEE 2021

The Joint Entrance Examination Council UP will conduct the Uttar Pradesh Joint Entrance Examination (UPJEE) 2021 from June 15 to June 20, 2021. The applications for the same are open till May 15, 2021.

UGET 2021

The Undergraduate Entrance Test (UGET) 2021 will be conducted by the Consortium of Medical, Engineering, and Dental Colleges, Karnataka (COMEDK) on June 20, 2021. The exam will be conducted at around 400 centres located in 150 cities. Students willing to take the exam can register on the official website by May 20, 2021.


TS EAMCET 2021 is scheduled to be conducted from July 5 to July 9, 2021. The exam for Medical and Agriculture streams will be conducted on July 5 and 6 while the exam for Engineering courses will be conducted on July 7, 8, and 9, 2021. Students can submit the application for TS EAMCET 2021 till May 18, 2021. However, those who miss this deadline can still submit the application along with late fees till May 28, 2021.

Education Minister Announces JEE Advanced 2021 For 3rd July, 75% Criteria Removed

Last updated on August 18th, 2021

The Education Minister of India, Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal, has announced that JEE Advanced 2021 will be conducted on 3rd July 2021. In a live session, he announced the dates and also said that with due consideration, the top 20 percentile criteria or 75% eligibility rule for class 12th boards has been waived off this year too.

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He told students that there is enough time for JEE Advanced preparations. As COVID-19 crisis is still ongoing and schools have not re-opened completely, 75% eligibility criteria is being scrapped. IIT Kharagpur will be conducting the exam this year.

Who Can Directly Apply For JEE Advanced 2021?

As per the older rules, candidates who wish to take admissions in NITs or IITs or other JEE Main Participating colleges must have scored 75% or higher in their 12th board exams. This is also called the top 20 percentile criteria.

In addition to this, the students who were unable to attend JEE Advanced previous year (2020) due to COVID-19 restrictions, are directly eligible for JEE Advanced 2021. They will not be required to attempt and qualify JEE Main 2021 again.

When will JEE Advanced 2021 Application Form Open?

With this recent announcement, JEE Advanced official website – jeeadv.ac.in – is now being rebuilt for the 2021 session. The information brochure for JEE Advanced and other exam dates are expected to be available soon.

The registration process will undergo some or other changes as few students might be asked to provide specific reasons over why they were unable to attend JEE Advanced 2020. Consequently, it is possible that the application window for JEE Advanced 2021 might open soon after the JEE Main Results of May session. This would be tentatively around mid-June 2021.

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Students Want JEE Main 2021 Postponed, More Attempts For JEE Advanced 2021

Last updated on December 7th, 2020

Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal has asked students to raise their concerns by tagging him and using the hashtag #EducationMinisterGoesLive. In a turn of events, instead of asking the dates for exams, students are asking to postpone JEE Main 2021. Students are also asking the Education Minister to reduce the JEE Main 2021 Syllabus.

The major requests from students are on syllabus. Few are asking to release the official syllabus soon, while many want a reduction similar to CBSE. Many students have also raised their voices on an additional attempt for JEE Advanced 2021. This comes as many were unable to take the exam amid the COVID-19 pandemic.JEE Main 2021

JEE Main Application Forms Out Soon?

Students are also expecting the commencement of JEE Main 2021 Applications soon after the live session by the Education Minister. Exam dates for 2021 session are yet to be announced.

Do note that JAB (Joint Admission Board) had decided to provide an additional attempt for JEE Advanced but only to those who had their last chance in 2020. Those who were attempting JEE Advanced 2020 for first time, will be considered for only 1 more attempt i.e. JEE Advanced 2021. Read More

“Online Classes Are A Formality”

For JEE Main 2021, many are requesting Dr Pokhriyal to postpone it to March 2021. This is because of uncertainty towards syllabus and improper implementation of online education. A lot of students have complained about “poor video quality” in online classes. They are also asking to postpone the board exams amid the COVID-19 pandemic as chances of spread of virus might go high during the February-March.

The live webinar will be held by Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal on 10th December 2020. Students can raise their queries on Twitter and Facebook. Keep visiting JEEMains.in for latest updates on your B.Tech entrance exams!

Why are the IITs Not in Favour of a 3rd Attempt for JEE Advanced? 

Last updated on August 31st, 2021

There are some talks going on for JEE Advanced to be allowed for the 3rd attempt. But, as per sources, Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) are not in favour of the third attempt for students who have exhausted their attempts.3rd Attempt for JEE Advanced

In general, students can take the JEE Advanced 2 times and 3 times for JEE Main exam. But, students have been requesting for a 3rd chance to take the JEE Advanced exam citing the COVID-19 pandemic.

The students have been writing to the IITs and Education Ministry for allowing a 3rd time. But, it seems the top institutes are not in favour of conducting another exam right now. Let’s know the reasons behind it below.

IITs are not in favour of 3rd Attempt for JEE Advanced – Why?JEE Advanced

According to the letters written, the COVD-19 pandemic has caused tremendous stress among the students. Therefore, many of them did not perform as per expectation. Though the Joint Admissions Board, the managing body of the JEE Advanced, decided that students who have missed taking the exam due to COVID-19 or lockdown can be given another chance.

However, the JAB (Consisting of IIT Directors) did not favour another chance for students who have already taken the exam. As per sources, there is a consensus among JAB members not to reconsider this matter.JEE Advanced

JEE AdvancedAt least three JAB sources declared that they have no intention to allow students to take the JEE Advanced exam for the third time. According to them, this action will be unfair towards the fresh candidates attempting the exam in 2021. It may increase competition for them.

In 2020, at least students had an opportunity to take regular coaching classes and go to schools as well until complete lockdown. But, the JEE Advanced 2021 aspirants have to prepare for the exam depending on online platforms from home only.

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What do Facts Suggest?

The IITs have considered all these factors before coming to a consensus on whether to allow aspirants for a 3rd attempt this year. Also, facts say that the % of successful candidates taking JEE Advanced is best during the first attempt.

It is found that 70 – 80 % successful candidates are first-timers, the rest are second timers. Hence, no scope for a 3rd attempt. Hence, IITs are not in favour of the 3rd attempt for JEE Advanced.

JEE Main 2021 Delayed Till February, JEE Advanced 2021 Syllabus Being Reviewed

Last updated on November 21st, 2020

In normal circumstances, Joint Entrance Examination i.e. JEE Main is held in two sessions – January and April. However, COVID-19 pushed the academic calendar by over 5 months for students. Even after this disruption, NTA sources have said that JEE Main 2021 January session will be conducted, but in the month of February. Similarly, JEE Main 2021 April session will be delayed by a month and will be conducted in May 2021.

The only official announcement for JEE Main 2021 is on the exam languages which will be included to cover more regional languages. There are some expectations that registrations could begin in this month i.e. November 2020, but that could also be delayed as no official announcement has been done on JEE Main Exam Dates 2021.

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JEE Main 2021 Dual SessionsJEE Main 2021, JEE Advanced 2021, EE Advanced 2021 Syllabus

The exam is held in two sessions to give a fair opportunity to students. Due to this reason, many students were able to improve their performance in the second session of the exam. So not conducting the JEE Main January session is less likely, but it surely is delayed. As per the sources, they will ‘hopefully’ conduct it by the end of February.

Currently, state boards have been discussing the prospect of conducting the board exams with a slight delay to ensure students get an apt amount of time to complete their exam preparations. Usually, 12th boards are held around March, but this year those could be conducted in April 2021.

NTA has been reviewing a suitable schedule after having word with various state boards. With that being said, the official announcement is likely to come out in a week or 10 days.

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Change in JEE Advanced 2021 Syllabus

The academic year has reduced to merely a few months after results of the 12th boards of 2020 came out. Soon after that, CBSE announced a 30% reduction in syllabus by 30%. But till date, no such announcement was made for JEE Main or JEE Advanced 2021.

However, Joint Admission Board (JAB), authority for admissions in IITs and formulating rules on JEE Advanced will hold a meeting on 21st November. They will have discussions on various matters one of which will be revision of JEE Advanced 2021 Syllabus.

The syllabus will be revised in accordance with CBSE’s reduction in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics for 11th and 12th class students. JAB constitutes directors of all the IITs and officials from the Ministry of Education (MHRD). The panel will seek several other agendas in the meeting other than syllabus. IIT Kharagpur will also be handed over the charge of conducting JEE Advanced 2021.

JEE Main 2021: When Will Registrations Start? No Official Notification Making Students Anxious

Last updated on November 12th, 2020

The National Testing Agency had faced a mixed backlash on social media from several students for the JEE Main 2020 September session. While dedicated students wanted the exam to be conducted at the earliest, many wanted to delay the exams further amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, with complete safety protocols and social distancing at exam centres, NTA successfully conducted the second session of JEE Main. But all of this was delayed by approximately 5 months. Students lost their precious time period and the academic year has still not commenced as JEE Main counselling for candidates is still ongoing.

This poses another challenge to NTA. When will JEE Main 2021 Registrations start? January is just two months away. Students are not aware of any important exam dates. Neither are they aware of eligibility rules, with any relaxations amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

There are questions being raised about the reduction in JEE Main Syllabus too. CBSE announced the reduction in syllabus much earlier in August 2020. But till now there has been no such notification from NTA or Ministry of Education for JEE Main 2021.

What Would Be Exam Dates Under Normal Conditions?JEE Main 2021

To ensure that all the processes from registrations, to admit cards to conducting the exam are in a sequential manner, the dates are notified much earlier in an official information bulletin / brochure.

  • Application Forms are usually out in October or November.
  • Form corrections are made during the mid-December.
  • Admit Cards are released around the end of December.
  • Around January, the exam centres are all set, and exams are successfully conducted.

Official Announcements Made For JEE Main 2021

There are only a few announcements made for JEE Main 2021, which does not necessarily assist the students in their exam preparations.

  1. Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal announced that JEE Main 2021 will be conducted in many other regional languages to ensure a better reach. Till now, it was only conducted in three languages – English, Hindi and Gujarati.
  2. For JEE Advanced 2021, candidates who were eligible for the 2020 session, but were not able to attend due to COVID-19 or similar reason, do not have to qualify JEE Main again. They shall be deemed eligible for JEE Advanced 2021 directly. Read more

Other than the two above, there have not been any other announcements made yet. Aspiring students are getting restless and are worried if they have the apt amount of time required to prepare for the upcoming session. Keep checking our portal for the latest updates on JEEMains!

IIT Kharagpur Will Conduct JEE Advanced 2021; Check Expected Dates

Last updated on November 10th, 2020

It has been official for some time that JEE Advanced 2021 shall be conducted by IIT Kharagpur (IITKGP). Due to COVID-19 pandemic the exam was delayed by over 5 months. However, IIT Delhi conducted JEE Advanced 2020 with complete COVID-19 protocols for safety of candidates.

According to the official statement of Joint Admission Board (JAB), candidates who missed JEE Advanced 2020 due to COVID-19 or a similar reason can appear in JEE Advanced 2021, without qualifying JEE Main 2021. –Read More

The candidates who will appear in JEE Advanced 2021 are going to increase due to this, without capping the number to 2.5 lakh or anything else. This is to ensure all the deserving candidates get a chance to secure admissions in IITs.

JEE Advanced 2021: Expected DatesJEE Advanced 2021

There has been no official notification regarding the dates for JEE Main 2021 or JEE Advanced 2021 till now. Usually, JEE Main Registrations begin from September but amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the academic calendar has shifted by over 5 months. Going by the previous years, JEE Advanced 2021 dates are as follows-

Event Date (Tentative)
JEE Advanced 2021 Applications Open First Week of May 2021
JEE Advanced 2021 Applications Close Second week of May 2021
JEE Advanced 2021 Exam Date Last week of May 2021
Answer Keys Release First week of June 2021
Challenging Answer Keys Second week of June 2021
JEE Advanced 2021 Result Second/Third week of June 2021

Even though there have been some speculations regarding the reduction in JEE Advanced 2021 Syllabus, JAB or IIT Kharagpur have not released any official statement so far. If considering the time left for the exam, candidates should not expect any reduction in the same.

CBSE had reduced the syllabus for 2021 for Class 10th to 12th students by 30% in order to assist the candidates due to loss of classroom education amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Candidates Will Get Another Chance Directly in JEE Advanced 2021 Due To COVID-19

Last updated on October 14th, 2020

Drop-Out Candidates Will Get Another Chance Directly in JEE Advanced 2021It is finally official. Candidates who had registered for JEE Advanced 2020 but were not able to take the exam amid the COVID-19 pandemic, will be offered another opportunity. These candidates can take the exam again in 2021, IITs have agreed. A joint statement by JAB (Joint Admission Board) was issued on 13th October.

“Addressing the concerns of affected candidates, who were unable to attend the JEE Advanced 2020, even though they successfully registered, JAB has decided to let them appear in JEE Advanced 2021, only as a one-time measure,” IIT Delhi said in an urgent meeting held via video conferencing. IIT Delhi has been the organising institute for JEE Advanced this year, while JAB is the apex body for IIT entrance.

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JEE Main Qualification Not Necessary

IIT Delhi also said, “Ensuring equal opportunities to all the candidates, it has also been decided that these candidates will not have to qualify JEE Main again and will be allowed to directly appear in JEE Advanced 2021 on the basis of their previous qualification.”

As per the current JEE Advanced Eligibility Criteria, candidates can take the exam only twice in two successive years. Meanwhile, JEE Main allows three attempts with two sessions each year. Students who qualify JEE Main in their third attempt will be considered ineligible for JEE Advanced, assuming their two attempts are already exhausted.

Age Limit To Be Increased Accordingly

This one-time measure will surely help candidates to get admission in the top engineering colleges of India. IIT Delhi Director has also assured that the 2021 attempt will be allowed with appropriate changes in age limit as well. Currently, the age limit has been dropped from JEE Main Eligibility, but still remains for JEE Advanced.

Candidates who used both their chances and also crossed the age limit, will get relaxation in both these options, for appearing in JEE Advanced 2021.

This year, 2.5 lakh candidates were qualified for JEE Advanced but only 1.6 lakh registered for the exam. Out of these, 96% appeared for the exam. It is still unclear that those who did not register for JEE Advanced, even after qualifying JEE Main, will be allowed an additional attempt next year or not.

Qualifying candidates of JEE Advanced can take part in JoSAA Counselling for IITs and Choice Filling till 15th October. Admission to various IITs will be provided based on the AIR (All India Rank) of the candidate.