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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.

Keep visiting JEEMains.in for latest updates on Joint Entrance Examination.

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

Last updated on July 18th, 2020

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 2021: Age Limit, Attempt, Qualifying Marks

Last updated on August 23rd, 2021

IIT Kharagpur has released the JEE Advanced Eligibility criteria along with the information brochure. Authorities have also declared wavier of 75% marks in class 12th from eligibility criteria. Now, students are only required to pass Class XII with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics as compulsory subjects.

According to the guidelines, to apply for the entrance exam, candidates are required to have a rank within the top 2,50,000 in JEE Main 2021 across all categories. However, as a relief to the 2020 aspirants, it is stated that aspirants who cleared JEE Main 2020 can directly appear for JEE Advanced 2021 in case they missed JEE Advanced 2020.

All Indian National (including OCI/PIO) and foreign national candidates are allowed to apply for the exam.

Latest Updates:

  • JEE Advanced 2021 is rescheduled to be conducted on October 3, 2021.
  • IIT Kharagpur has released JEE Advanced Mock Tests for Paper 1 and 2.

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JEE Advanced Eligibility Criteria 2021

JEE Advanced 2020 Eligibility Criteria

Candidates need to refer to the JEE Advanced Eligibility Criteria 2021. The candidates’ eligibility for the test will be on the basis of five parameters set by the authorities:

  • Candidates’ performance in JEE Main 2021.
  • Age Limit.
  • Number of attempts.
  • Appearance in 12th (or equivalent) Examination.
  • Earlier admission at IITs.

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JEE Advanced Eligibility Criteria for Indian Nationals

The eligibility criteria for students who are the citizens of India and are willing to appear for JEE Advanced 2021 are required to check the eligibility criteria mentioned below in detail.

Criteria 1 – Performance in JEE Main 2021

Performance in JEE Main 2021

  1. To be eligible for JEE Advanced 2021, candidates must qualify JEE Main 2021 (Paper 1) and rank among the top 2,50,000 (including all categories) candidates in B.E./B.Tech.
  2. The top 2,50,000 JEE Main candidates of different categories become eligible for admissions according to the following percentages:
    1. GEN-EWS – 10%
    2. OBC-NCL – 27%
    3. SC – 15%
    4. ST – 7.5%
    5. OPEN – 40.5%
    6. PwD – 5% reservation in all the above.

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

  1. Candidates born on or after October 1, 1996 fulfill the JEE Advanced Eligibility Criteria 2021 and become eligible for the exam.
  2. However, candidates who fall under categories such as SC, ST and PwD are provided with five years relaxation. Thus, candidates belonging to these categories should be born on or after October 1, 1991.

Criteria 3 – Number of Attempts

  1. 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.
  2. 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

  1. Candidates, who have appeared for Class 12th examination in the year 2020 or 2021 can sit for JEE Advanced 2021 Examination.
  2. The candidates belonging to the academic year 2018-19 are also eligible.
  3. However, this is applicable for candidates who had their 12th board results announced after June 2019.
  4. They must have cleared class XII with Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry as compulsory subjects.

Criteria 5 – Earlier Admissions at IITs

  1. The candidates who have already got admission in an IIT/ISM will not be allowed for JEE Advanced 2021, irrespective of whether he/she continued in the program or not.
  2. 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 2021.
  3. 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 2021.

However, the candidates who got admission to a preparatory course in any of the IITs for the first time in 2020 are allowed to appear for JEE Advanced 2021. Similarly, the candidates who deposited the seat acceptance fee in 2020 will be allowed for JEE Advanced 2021, 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

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List of Qualifying Exams for JEE Advanced 2021

Aspirants planning to take JEE Advanced must have cleared following examinations so that they can fall under the category of JEE Advanced 2021 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.


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 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.
  • As per the latest update by the Labour Ministry, the female candidates have been given allowance to work in open cast mines in any shift. So the female candidates are also 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 2021 for Foreign Nationals

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. Foreign nationals are allotted 10% of the total number of seats as supernumerary seats.

  • Candidates who are foreign nationals have to adhere to a different set of JEE Advanced eligibility criteria 2021.
  • They are required to possess their identity proofs in the form of citizenship certificate/Passport.
  • 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 the 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.

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Various Eligibility Criteria

Candidates can fill JEE Advanced 2021 Application Form if they have fulfilled the following eligibility criteria.

Criterion 1 – Age Limit

  • Candidates must be born on or after October 1, 1996.
  • 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 the guidelines, candidates who have appeared for class 12 examination in 2020 or 2021 with Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics as compulsory subjects can sit for the examination.
  • However, if the Board declares the examination results for the academic year 2018-19 after June 2019, then the candidates will pass the JEE Advanced Eligibility Criteria 2021.

Criterion 4 – Earlier Admissions at IIT

  • If a candidate got selected to any of the IITs, they cannot take JEE Advanced 2021 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 2021.

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Candidates are eligible to appear in the JEE Advanced 2021 if they have paid the acceptance fee in 2020 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 have passed Class XII. The mandatory subjects that the candidate must have studied in Class 12th are:

  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics

Foreign Centers for JEE Advanced 2021

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

When the candidates fulfil all the eligibility criteria, only then can they fill the JEE Advanced 2021 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 2021. Meanwhile, upon fulfilling the eligibility, the major focus is on clearing the JEE Advanced Cut Off. The minimum marks in JEE Advanced to get into IITs is of much importance for students.


JEE Advanced Eligibility Criteria FAQs

Ques. I will appear for boards in 2021. Can I register for JEE Advanced 2021 without uploading class 12 certificate?

Last updated on December 29th, 2020

Ans. Yes, candidates who will appear for the Class 12 Examination in 2021 can register without uploading any certificate.  
Ques. What are the subjects that are taken into consideration to meet JEE Advanced 2021 Eligibility Criteria?

Last updated on August 4th, 2021

Ans. Usually, the subjects that are taken into consideration for calculating the aggregate percentage are Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, English/Hindi. However, candidates are just required to pass all subjects this year as the 75% rule has been scrapped.

Ques: Is it mandatory to appear for JEE Main to take JEE Advanced?

Last updated on August 4th, 2021

Ans: Yes, it is mandatory to appear for JEE Main and clear JEE Main to take JEE Advanced.

Ques: Is there any change in JEE Advanced 2021 eligibility criteria?

Last updated on August 4th, 2021

Ans: No, the eligibility criteria is the same as earlier.

Ques. Is 75% necessary for JEE Advanced 2021?

Last updated on August 4th, 2021

Ans. No, 75% criteria has been scrapped for JEE Advanced 2021.


Ques: How many candidates from the Open category will qualify for JEE Advanced 2021?

Last updated on August 9th, 2021

Ans: The revised date for JEE Advanced 2021 is October 3, 2021.

Ques. What are the subjects that are taking into consideration to meet JEE Advanced 2021 Eligibility Criteria?

Last updated on December 29th, 2020

Ans. The subjects that are taken into consideration for JEE Advanced 2021 are Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, English/Hindi.


Ques. Is 75% necessary for JEE Advanced 2021?

Last updated on August 4th, 2021

Ans. No, 75% criteria has been scrapped for JEE Advanced 2021.


Ques. If I have appeared for the Class 12 examination in 2020, am I eligible for JEE Advanced 2021?

Last updated on December 29th, 2020

Ans. Yes, you are eligible for class JEE Advanced 2021.


Ques. I have declared my category as OBC-NCL during JEE (Main) 2021 registration. But I do not belong to Non-Creamy Layer (NCL). Can I register for JEE (Advanced) 2021?

Last updated on December 29th, 2020

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 2021 by declaring that you do not belong to NCL and your JEE MAIN 2021 score is above the General Cut-off.