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Joint Admission Board (JAB) Drops Class 12th Marks As Eligibility For IIT Admissions

As per the latest announcement by Education Minister, Mr Ramesh Pokhriyal, Joint Admission Board (JAB) has decided to let go the eligibility criterion of Class 12th Marks for admission to IITs. This decision was taken because of the partial cancellation of class 12th exams by several education boards of the country amid the COVID-19 pandemic spreading at large.

This JEE Advanced Eligibility Criteria also known as top 20 percentile rule, required students to score at least 75% in their respective boards or be the top 20 percent scorers of that particular board, in order to take admission to any of the 23 IITs. JoSAA announced the top 20 percentile cut offs of each education board before the beginning of counselling every year.

The criterion was required to be fulfilled by students other than the JEE Advanced scores that decided which seat a candidate can opt for. But now, all the qualified candidates of class 12th exams will be eligible for an IIT, notwithstanding the number of marks they have scored in class 12th boards.

It is being said that JAB has decided to drop this criterion just this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The rule will be introduced back in the next year. The rule has been criticised by many such as Anand Kumar of Super 30, saying it disapproves students of backward communities from joining IITs as many do not have education from great schools.

Also Read | IITs Might Reduce Syllabus for JEE Advanced 2020

IIT Delhi is going to conduct JEE Advanced 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic on 27th September 2020. Candidates have to score a rank of 250,000 or above in JEE Main 2020 to be qualified for JEE Advanced. Both JEE Main and JEE Advanced have been postponed twice since the outbreak of COVID-19 in March 2020. It is also being said that the JEE Main 2021 session might be delayed because of the pandemic. Keep visiting JEEMains.in for latest updates! Stay safe and wash your hands!

JEE Advanced Eligibility Criteria 2020: Age Limit, Number of Attempts, and Qualifying Marks

IIT-Delhi officially released the JEE Advanced Eligibility criteria 2020 in its brochure. The candidates preparing for JEE Advanced 2020 need to meet the JEE Advanced eligibility criteria so that they can apply for the exam. The candidates failing to meet the eligibility criteria will not be able to give the exam.

Various factors constitute the JEE Advanced Eligibility Criteria 2020. They are the performance in JEE Main, qualifying marks and others. NTA will shortlist the candidates based on their performance in JEE Main to become eligible for JEE Advanced 2020. The candidates who have qualified JEE Main 2020 are eligible for taking JEE Advanced 2020 for admission to IITs.

JEE Advanced Eligibility Criteria 2020

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

  • First, the candidates’ performance in JEE Main 2020.
  • Second, the Age Limit.
  • Next, the number of attempts.
  • Fourth, Appearance in 12th (or equivalent) Examination.
  • Finally, If any earlier admission at IITs.

Also Read | JEE Main Eligibility Criteria

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

The candidates must qualify JEE Main 2020 (Paper 1). They must be in the top 2,50,000 (including all categories) candidates. The top 2,50,000 JEE Main  candidates who qualify are as follows:

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

JEE Advanced Eligibility - JEE Main Performance

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

JEE Advanced Eligibility Criteria 2020 2 – Age Limit

The candidates born on or after October 1, 1995, meets the JEE Advanced Eligibility Criteria 2020 and can give the exam. However, there the candidates belonging to SC, ST and PwD candidates (born on or after October 1, 1990) will be granted 5 years relaxation.

JEE Advanced Eligibility Criteria 2020 3 – Number of Attempts

The candidates can give JEE Advanced for a maximum of two times in two consecutive years by the candidates. This trumps the age limit provided in the second criteria. It is because the rule of consecutive years is mandatory which means as soon as you take the first attempt for JEE Advanced, this criteria will apply. Therefore, candidate has to utilise the next attempt (if required). Else, the candidate will be deemed ineligible.

JEE Advanced Eligibility Criteria 2020 4 – Candidates’ appearance in 12th (or equivalent) Examination

Candidates, who have appeared for class 12 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 results announced after June 2018.

JEE Advanced Eligibility Criteria 2020 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 give JEE Advanced 2020.
  • The candidates whose admissions at IITs got canceled post joining at the institute are not qualified under JEE Advanced Eligibility Criteria 2020.

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 JEE Advanced eligibility conditions:

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

List of Qualifying Exams for JEE Advanced 2020

The aspirants planning to give JEE Advanced must have cleared following exam so that they can fall under the category of JEE Advanced eligibility criteria 2020 set by the authorities:

  • They must have given the final examination of the 10+2. Central or State Board recognized by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) should organize the exam.
  • Senior Secondary School Exam by the National Institute of Open Schooling with a minimum of five subjects.
  • 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.
  • Candidates who have received 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.
  • Any General Certificate Education (GCE) examination (London, Cambridge or Sri Lanka) of Advanced (A) level.
  • The candidates who have got the 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 the candidates to become eligible for JEE Advanced 2020:

  • First, the candidate must have scored a minimum of 75% aggregate marks in 12th standard (or equivalent) examination. Also, candidates belonging to SC/ST/PwD, the aggregate marks must not be less than 65%.
  • Second, the candidates should be 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 total marks and to fulfil 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 mark 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 Eligibility Criteria 2020 – 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.

JEE Advanced Eligibility Criteria 2020 – 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.
  • They also consider the total marks achieved by the candidates in the 12th standard (or equivalent) Board examination of 2019. This is applicable only in case they have not appeared for the examination in 2020 again in any of the subjects.
  • NTA also permits the candidates who have passed 12th standard (or equivalent) examination in 2019 and want to improve 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.
  • 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 is higher, in the respective subjects, in both the attempts in 2019 and 2020 is considered.

JEE Advanced Eligibility Criteria 2020 for Foreign Nationals

The candidates who are foreign nationals have to adhere to a different set of JEE Advanced eligibility criteria 2020. This is finalized by the authorities. The candidates will be 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 be treated as foreign nationals.

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

Foreign nationals don’t get the privilege of reservation of seats under any categories. This is according to the guidelines laid by the Government of India.


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

Criterion 1 – Age Limit

  • To begin with, candidates must be born on or after October 1, 1995.
  • Secondly, in some countries, a minimum stint in the armed forces is required before/after class 12. Eventually, students get relaxation for that, for the required number of years.
  • Third, the candidate, 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.

  • Candidates who have appeared for class 12 examination in 2019 or 2020 can only sit for the examination. This is as per the guides laid down by NTA.
  • 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 are 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. Firstly, did not report at the reporting center.
  2. Next, withdrew before the last round of seat allotment.
  3. Also, had their seat cancelled before the last round of seat allotment for IITs.

However, in the above cases, students must satisfy the above 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 as any Indian candidate.

Performance in Class 12

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

  1. Firstly, the candidate will have to score at least 75% aggregate marks in class 12 (or equivalent) Board examination.
  2. Secondly, the candidate 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 criterion 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 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.

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?

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?

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?

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?

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?

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