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JEE Main 2020 Eligibility Criteria: Age, Qualifying Marks & Number of Attempts

NTA officially released the JEE Main 2020 Eligibility Criteria in its brochure. The candidates must meet the JEE Main 2020 eligibility criteria before planning to apply for the test. The candidates that are unable to meet the eligibility criteria can get rejected at any stage of the admission process by the authorities.

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B.E/B. Tech programs aspirants must go through the eligibility criteria. The factors that define JEE Main 2020 eligibility criteria are educational qualification, age limit, nationality, subjects studied in Class 12/10+2 or equivalent and some other mandatory details at the time of registration. NTA will conduct the JEE Main 2020  July session from 18th July – 23rd July 2020.

JEE Main 2020 Eligibility Criteria

Before proceeding to fill the Application Form of JEE Main 2020, the candidates must refer to JEE Main 2020 eligibility criteria. The candidate’s eligibility for the JEE Main 2020 is based on the parameters listed below:

  • First, qualifying examination i.e. 10+2 or equivalent
  • Second, date of Birth/Age Limit
  • Furthermore, marks scored in the qualifying exam
  • lastly, number of Attempts

Major changes in the JEE Main Eligibility Criteria 2020

Let us discuss some important changes in JEE Main 2020 Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must possess valid ID – Indian candidates need to show their Aadhar Card or other valid IDs to give the entrance exam. Similarly, foreign candidates must present a valid passport.
  • Guidelines for Jammu & Kashmir, Meghalaya, and Assam Applicants – The candidates who are taking the exam from these states must provide some important details. These are Passport Number, Ration Card, Bank Account Number or any other Govt. The candidates need to fill the ID Number while filling the JEE Main 2020 Application Form. Also, they need to select cities in these States as examination Centers.
  • Class 12th marks not provided weightage – No weightage will be given to the marks obtained in class XII at the time of calculating AIR for JEE Main 2020.
  • Admission to IITs/ NITs/ IIITs and CFTIs – Minimum of 75% marks in class 12th, or rank under top 20 percentile in class 12th class exam conducted by the respective board to get selected for admissions in these government institutes. For the candidates belonging to SC/ST category, the qualifying marks are, however, 65% marks.

Detailed JEE Main 2020 Eligibility Criteria

JEE Main Eligibility Criteria

Qualifying exam

  • Candidates must have passed class 12 or any equivalent exams in 2018 or 2019.
  • The candidates’ who will be taking class 12 or equivalent qualifying exams in 2020 are also eligible to apply for JEE Main.

Age Limit/Year of Qualifying Exam

  • Though there is no age limit now in JEE Main, the candidate must have passed 10+2 or equivalent exam in 2018 or 2019.
  • The students who are appearing 10+2 or equivalent exams in 2020 can also apply.
  • IITs have a separate age limit for admissions. This might affect your eligibility for JEE Advanced 2020.

Number of attempts

  • The aspirants can participate in the entrance exam for 3 consecutive years.
  • NTA allows the aspirants to appear for JEE Main exam twice a year. .
  • Both attempt for one academic year is a single attempt for that year.

Aggregate Marks in Qualifying Examination

  • General Category – 75% marks in aggregate.
  • SC/ST/PWD Category – 65% marks in aggregate.
  • Candidates below the aggregate as given above will be considered ineligible.

Combination of subject(s) for admission in NITs, IIITs and GFTIs

As per the JEE Main 2020 eligibility criteria, all the candidates taking the exam must have opted for 5 main subjects in the qualifying examination. If any candidate has less than 5 subjects, he/she will be considered ineligible.

Central Seat Allocation Board (CSAB) conducts admission counselling for the NITs, IIITs, CFTIs. As per the JEE Main 2020 Eligibility Criteria, compulsory subjects for the candidates taking the exam include:

  • Paper 1 – B.Tech/B.E.
    • Physics
    • Mathematics
    • Last, any one of subjects including Chemistry, Biology, Biotechnology or Technical Vocational Subject
  • Paper 2 – B.Arch.
    • Physics
    • Chemistry
    • And, Mathematics
  • Paper 3 – B.Planning
    • Mathematics

Eligibility for Admission to NITs/IIITs/CFTIs Participating via CSAB

Admission to NITs/IIITs/CFTIs via CSAB (Central Seat Allocation Board) will be based on the AIR.

  • Candidates have to either score at least 75% marks in 10+2 exams or are in Top 20 Percentile in 10+2 conducted by the respective boards.
  • Candidates belonging to the SC/ST category have to score at least 65% in 10+2 exams.

Admission to NITs, IITs, CFTIs, SFIs or State Engineering Colleges

Authority Institute Program Eligibility Criteria
Central Seat Allocation Authority B.E/B.Tech/ B.Plan NITS, IIITs, CFTIs B.E/B.Tech/ B.Plan 75% marks in the 12thorIn the top 20% percentile in class 12th

(For SC/ST- 65% in 12th final exam)

Council of Architecture Institutes other than NITs, IIITs, CFTIs B.Arch 50% marks in Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics along with 50% aggregate in the qualifying exam.

Check JEE Main 2020 Syllabus

JEE Main 2020 Reservation

Counselling follows JEE Main 2020 Reservation of seats. A few of the total seats are reserved for candidates belonging to OBC, SC, ST, and PwD candidates. The percentage of seats reserved for each category is given below in the graph:

JEE Main Category Wise Reservation

With the passing of Lok Sabha Bill in 2019, the constitution now allows a 10% reservation for the EWS category everywhere. This means that JEE Main 2020 reservation criteria will also provide 10% EWS Reservation. The remaining seats after all other reservations will be unreserved.

State Code of Eligibility

The state from which a candidate has passed the qualifying examination is considered the state code of eligibility. So, the candidate is given the quota under that particular state as a first preference during the allocation of seats in JEE Main Counselling. Some points to remember while selecting state code of eligibility are-

  • State, where the candidate passed the qualifying examination, is the state code of eligibility and not the state of residence.
  • Secondly, if a candidate is appearing for Improvement examinations, then the state code of eligibility shall be the state where the candidate passed Class XII examination.
  • Next, in case of Indian Nationals passing Class XII examination from Nepal/Bhutan, permanent address as per passport will decide the state code of eligibility.
  • Lastly, in case a candidate passed/appeared in Class XII exams of NIOS should select a state code of eligibility where the study center is located.

Qualifying Exams for JEE Main 2020

The aspirants planning to appear JEE Mains must have cleared following to meet the JEE Main 2020 Eligibility Criteria:

  • Class 12 or similar exam, taken by a recognized Central or State board like ICSE, CBSE, CISCE, etc.
  • Next, intermediate or Pre-Degree Course exam or Pre-University Course. Moreover, this should be organized by any of the recognized Board/University.
  • H.S.C any vocational exam
  • The final exam of the two-year course of the Joint Services Wing of the NDA.
  • Diploma of at least three years which is recognized by AICTE or SBTE.
  • The Senior Secondary School Examination conducted by the National Institute of Open Schooling with at least five subjects.
  • Furthermore, for admission to IITs, General Certificate Education (GCE) exam (London/ Cambridge/ Sri Lanka) at Advanced level (A).
  • Lastly, association of Indian Universities recognized by School/ Board/ University examination in India or any foreign country recognized as equivalent to the 12th class.

JEE Main 2020 – Improvement Examination

The following conditions apply for a candidate appearing in one, two or more than two improvement examination of qualifying examination-

  • Improvement in one/two subjects – This criteria considers Candidate’s previous year’s top 20 percentile. The aggregate will be calculated based on necessary subjects.
  • Improvement in all subjects – Candidate’s better aggregate of both years.

If a candidate is unable to score an aggregate of 75% (or 65%), he/she will be deemed ineligible.

Documents Required for JEE Main 2020

The below-mentioned are the mandatory documents that the candidates need to produce at the time of taking JEE Main 2020 Exam:

  • Identity Card: The candidates need to produce any Proof of Identity. It can be PAN Card, Driver’s Licence, Voter ID, Aadhaar Card.
  • Photograph and Signature: The application requires Scanned copies of Signature and Photograph. The size of a photograph should be between 10 kb–200 kb. The size of the signature must be between 4 kb–30 kb. The preferred dimensions are 3.5 cm X 4.5 cm and in the format of JPEG/JPG only.
  • Educational Documents: Class 10th Marksheet and Certificate, Class 12th Marksheet is required at the time of JEE Main 2020 Counselling and the JEE Main Application Form.

A major question here was whether Aadhaar is mandatory for JEE Main 2020. Supreme Court ruled that Aadhar is not mandatory for admission in educational institutes. As a result, Aadhar does not fall under the eligibility criteria for candidates. Candidates can apply for JEE using other Identity proofs.

What is JEE Main Eligibility Criteria for Droppers?

The JEE Main 2020 eligibility criteria apply to all the candidates. This includes the droppers too. With the removal of the age limit, a candidate at an older age is also eligible for JEE Main 2020. Though, he should pass the qualifying examination. There could be multiple reasons for a candidate taking a gap after passing class 12th exam. The candidate can also be re-appearing for the JEE Main exam. The detailed JEE Main 2020 Eligibility Criteria for the droppers is the same as above:

  • For getting admission to NITs, IIITs and CFTIs, the candidates should achieve a minimum score of 75% or needs to be in top 20 percentile of their respective boards. And, students belonging to SC/ST category get 10% relaxation with minimum required marks of 65%.
  • Next, the droppers should pass their class 12th examination in 2018 or 2019.
  • JEE Main aspirants can take only three consecutive attempts.
  • At last, the candidates should study at least five subjects in their 12th class or qualifying exam. The mandatory subjects should be Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics.


Ques. Is Aadhar Card mandatory for JEE Main 2020?

Ans. No. It is not mandatory, Any identification proof is sufficient for JEE Main Examination.

Ques. How many attempts are allowed for JEE Main?

Ans. Three attempts are allowed for JEE Main Examination.

Ques. What are the parameters for the JEE Main Application?

Ans. You have to qualify in 4 standards –

  • Qualifying examination i.e. 10+2 or equivalent
  • Date of Birth/Age Limit
  • Marks scored in the qualifying exam
  • Number of Attempts
Ques. Is there any age limit for JEE Main Exam?

Ans. No, there is no age limit for JEE Main Exam.

Ques. What is the minimum percentage required to be eligible for JEE Main for a reserved category candidate?

Ans. The candidate from a reserved category must score at least 65% in class 12 to be eligible for JEE Main.