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JEE Main Paper 2 & 3 Eligibility Criteria Revised, NTA Releases Official Notice

The eligibility criteria for taking admissions to B.Arch and B.Planning has been updated by COA (Council of Architecture). NTA ( National Test Agency) has released an official notice with respect to candidates applying for JEE Main Paper 2 and Paper 3.

As per the change, to take admissions in B.Arch or B.Planning, candidate must have Physics, Chemistry and Maths as main subjects. Along with this, candidate must score a minimum of 50% in each of the mentioned subjects. The aggregate percentage of the candidate is mandatory to be 50% in 10+2.

The revised JEE Main Eligibility Criteria for B.Arch course is stated as under : “No candidate shall be admitted to architecture course unless she/he has passed an examination at the end of the 10+2 scheme of examination with 50% marks in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics and also 50% marks in aggregate of the 10+2 examination”.


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

Latest Update on JEE Main Eligibility Criteria 2020-

Now, candidates with Class XII passing certificate will also be able to apply for JEE Main. NITs and CFTIs have relaxed the criterion of 75% minimum aggregate percentage (top 20 percentile rule) in 10+2 due to partial cancellation of 12th CBSE boards and other equivalent exams amid COVID-19 pandemic. Thus, the weightage of 12th class percentage is completely scrapped for JEE Main and for admission to central government colleges. Read More

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NTA officially released the JEE Main Eligibility Criteria 2020 in its brochure. Candidates must meet the basic JEE Main eligibility criteria before planning to apply for the test, the most fundamental condition being qualifying class 12. Failure to meet the eligibility criteria can lead to rejection of the candidature at any stage of the admission process by the authorities.

JEE Main eligibility criteria consist of various conditions such as educational qualification, age limit, nationality, mandatory subjects in Class 12th or equivalent, 12the percentage required for JEE Main 2020. NTA will conduct the JEE Main 2020 September session from 1st September – 6th September 2020. Check Exam Dates

Detailed JEE Main 2020 Eligibility Criteria

Before proceeding to fill the Application Form of JEE Main 2020, the candidates must refer to the following parameters of JEE Main eligibility criteria.

JEE Main Eligibility Criteria

Year of 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 Criteria

  • Though there is no age limit now in JEE Main, the candidate must, however, 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 JEE Advanced 2020 eligibility criteria.

Number of Attempts

  • The aspirants can participate in the entrance exam for 3 consecutive years.
  • Since 2019, NTA allows the aspirants to appear for JEE Main exam twice a year. The candidate may appear in both the attempts.
  • Both attempts for one academic year is a single attempt for that year.

Aggregate Marks in Qualifying Examination

Note: This rule is now scrapped for JEE Main Eligibility 12th Percentage. Please check the updates above.

  • 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. Compulsory subjects for the candidates taking the exam include:

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

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 present their Aadhar Card or other valid IDs to sit for 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 will have to provide some important details such as 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.
  • Removal of Class 12th marks 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. However, for the SC/ST category candidates, the qualifying marks are 65% marks.

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

CSAB conducts admission counselling for the NITs, IIITs, CFTIs. Admission via CSAB will be based on the All India Ranks of candidates.

  • 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.

Note: CSAB has relaxed this rule for admission to NITs and other CFTIs. Please check the latest update.


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.


JEE Main 2020 Reservation

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

JEE Main Category Wise Reservation

The allocation of seats is done as follows:

Category  Percentage
Scheduled Caste (SC) 15
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 8
Non-Creamy Layer – Other Backward Classes (OBC-NCL) 27
People with Disability (PwD) 3

With the passing of Lok Sabha Bill in 2019, the constitution now allows a 10% reservation for the EWS category everywhere which implies 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, he 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 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.
  • 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 – Eligibility in case of 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%, in case of SC/ST candidates), he/she will be deemed ineligible.

Documents Required for JEE Main 2020

The candidates need to produce the following documents at the time of taking JEE Main 2020 Exam:

  • Identity Card: The candidates need to produce any Proof of Identity. It can be a 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.

Note – 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, including droppers.  There could be multiple reasons for a candidate taking a gap after passing class 12th exam. He/She can also be re-appearing for the JEE Main exam. Though the age criteria are removed, the candidates will have to fulfil the other criteria to become eligible.

  • 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 the 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.