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JEE Main 2021 Latest Update: NTA dropped Age factor from tie-breaking Criteria

Last updated on August 30th, 2021

The National Testing Agency (NTA) made a major change in medical and engineering entrance exams from this year. Now the age factor is not preferable to decide the rank of candidates in these exams. In the official notification of JEE Main 2021 and NEET 2021, the age limit criteria are not mentioned. Only the candidates who passed or appeared 10+2 are eligible to appear in this exam.

Every year lakhs of candidates appear in these exams, it is possible that some of the students can score the same marks or percentile in the exam. In this case, it is difficult to decide their rank, for the exam conducting authority. Before the implementation of this policy, the rank of candidates was decided based on their date of birth; the candidates older in age get preference in the rank. But now NTA removed this rule to prepare the rank of candidates on an age basis. Before this NTA used a tie-breaking policy every year to prepare the rank list for medical and engineering entrance exams that two or more candidates do not get the same rank. This rule is made for both JEE Main and NEET entrance examinations.

Tie-breaking method for JEE Main 2021 exam 

In the case of candidates scoring the same marks or percentile in JEE Main exam, the NTA made a new tie-breaking method to prepare the rank list for JEE Main 2021 to provide admission in BE/B. Tech courses in the top engineering institutes of the country.

The JEE Main tie-breaking process are as follows:

  • JEE Main score in Mathematics,
  • JEE Main score in Physics,
  • JEE Main score in Chemistry,
  • Candidates having less negative marks

Before this the rank was decided based on age, the older candidates got preference but now the age factor is dropped through NTA.

Benefits of the removal of age factor from the tie-breaking policy in the NEET and JEE Mains exam 2021: 

It’s a major change in the medical and engineering entrance exam rank list. The candidates having many benefits of this rule which are as follows:

  •  Older students can’t get preference in the rank.
  • Now it’s a genuine policy for hard-working students to achieve the desirable rank.
  • The age factor can’t beat the talent of students.
  • Now, this policy is admired by students and experts also.