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Last updated on August 31st, 2021 by Akanksha
The first 2 sessions of JEE Main 2021 have already been conducted. However, the April and May sessions have been postponed due to the surge in COVID-19 cases throughout the country. CBSE board exams for class 12th have also been postponed. Many had been worried about the 12th Percentage due to postponement of exams. Top 20 Percentile rule is nothing but the creamy top 20 percent students who scored the highest in 12th CBSE Boards or an equivalent examination, who will be eligible for IITs and NITs and other JEE Main Participating Colleges.
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Latest Updates on JEE Main 2021-
- A number of exams including JEE Main April & May session, NEET PG and others have been postponed due to the situation created by the pandemic.
- The top 20 percentile criteria have been scrapped for both JEE Main and JEE Advanced 2021.
- While talking about the eligibility of JEE Main or JEE Advanced, it is clear that NTA (or IIT) doesn’t give weightage to class 12th marks in JEE Main Score Card.
- Yet, teachers and parents force students to ensure a good percentage in class 12th boards.
- This is because of the rule of top 20 percentile for JEE Main introduced way back for JEE Main Counselling. Let us discuss exactly what the top 20 percentile for JEE Main means.
What Is The Top 20 Percentile For JEE Main?
Each year more than 9 lakh students appear for IIT-JEE or JEE Main and Advanced. The purpose is simple – admission in India’s Top Engineering Institutes.
- The marks secured in Class 12th are not considered for JEE Main Rank calculation by NTA.
- Yet, it is a determining factor for admission to IITs, NITs, IIITs and GFTIs. This is because of a hidden rule that these colleges follow.
- Top 20 Percentile for JEE Main is nothing but the top 20 percent of the students of each board.
Given below is the cutoff for CBSE and ICSE, which might not reflect in your JEE Main Score Card, but is still required by top colleges. The cut off is only available till 2019 as the rule was scrapped for 2020.
Top 20 Percentile Cutoff for CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) –
Top 20 Percentile Cutoff for ICSE (Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination) –
The total marks scored by a student in the 12th boards or equivalent should make him/her fall in the top 20 percent of the scorers.
- However, not all the education boards release marks in the form of rank or percentage. So, it is not possible to determine the top 20 percent scorers of that particular board.
- Therefore, the organizing authority will also consider candidates not falling in the top 20 percentile while determining their eligibility.
JoSAA publishes the list of top 20 percentile cut off for JEE Main of each board on their official website. It releases the top 20 percentile cutoff marks after results of class 12th exams of participating boards. Hence, board exams have an important value because candidates need to be in the top 20 percentile cutoff scores. The JEE Main cut off marks is released separately for IITs and other institutes (NITs, IIITs and CFTIs) on the official site, josaa.nic.in. Although the top 20 percentile is released after the result declaration, candidates must be aware of the previous year trends.
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What Top 20 Percentile Eligibility Criteria?
Students who wish to qualify for the IITs based on the JEE Advanced Eligibility Criteria, need to meet any one of the following two requirements–
- Either, candidates need to score at least 75% marks (for general category candidates) in your class XII board exams. The required percentage for SC/ST/PwD candidates is 65% in this case.
- Or, candidates must be in the top 20 percent scorers in the class XII board exams in either General or SC/ST/PwD categories.
This raises a simple question. What are the minimum marks a candidate needs to score in class XII board exams? Can that qualify as eligibility to get admission into the IITs? This article discusses these questions in detail. The Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA) is in charge of the seat allocation to government-funded technical institutes. JoSAA also releases the top 20 percentile cut-off list of all the state boards for the class 12 exams of each year. Do note that this cutoff is altogether different from JEE Main Cutoff. The data of Top 20 Percentile Cutoff for 2019, 2018, 2017 and 2016 is provided in this article below. Data for 2020 is not available because the top 20 percentile rule was scrapped for 2020.
How to Calculate Top 20 Percentile Cutoff?
Before getting in the state-wise cutoff of class XII board marks, it is important to understand how the Top 20 Percentile for JEE Main is calculated by JoSAA. Given below are the points over the calculation–
- First, to calculate the top 20 percentile for different board exams of class 12th, we consider total marks. The marks of 5 subjects for top 20 percentile are taken – Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Language, Additional subject – in aggregate.
- JoSAA conducts separate calculations for each board’s cutoff. This means that a student of CBSE and a student of the state board are considered separately.
- Also, if a student has appeared in more than 1 language paper, the language paper with higher marks will be taken into consideration.
- Similarly, if a student has studied more than the 5 subjects mentioned above, the score of the top 5 subjects is considered.
- If the marks in a subject are not out of 100, then the total marks for that subject will be proportionately calculated out of 100. So that the total aggregate marks totals to 500.
- Let’s say a student appears in the class XII boards of 2020 and passes the exam. But reappears in a few subjects for the class XII board exams held in 2021. Then, the top 20 percentile for JEE Main 2020 will be taken into account.
- If a student reappears in the next year for all the exams of class XII boards, then the better of two is taken into consideration.
- Hence, if reappearing for the boards the next year, with the aim of improving their marks. They should appear in all the five papers instead of just a few.
Calculation of Class 12th Marks for Admission to IITs
The score will be calculated as follows-
- Marks of an applicant will be considered for any 5 subjects for top 20 percentile for JEE Main. Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics are compulsory subjects.
- Out of these 5 subjects, one language subject will be considered.
- If a candidate has 2 language subjects, a subject with a higher score will be considered for the top 20 percentile cut off.
- Further, if marks in any subject are not awarded out of 100, then such score will be scaled to make it out of 100. For example, if a candidate has scored 60 out of 80, his/her marks will be taken as – (60/80)*100 = 75
- If a candidate appeared for Class 12 exam in the previous year and reappears for any one or two subjects in the current year, then previous year’s marks will be considered
- If a candidate appeared for Class 12 exam in the previous year but reappears for all 5 exams in the current year, then the higher score out of both will get considered.
Difference Between Percentage and Percentile
Often candidates get obscured of the difference between a percentage score and percentile. However, both terms are completely different from one another.
- A percentage score is marks obtained by a candidate from the aggregate of 100.
- On the other hand, a percentile is a term used to define the percentage a candidate secures below particular marks.
Example – Suppose a candidate has secured 85 percent marks. These are the marks secured out of 100, wherein he/she has scored 85. If the total is 200, it will be 170 and so on. However, if a candidate mentions he/she has scored 85 percentile, that would mean 85 percent of all other candidates who have appeared for the examination have scored fewer marks than the candidate with 85 percentile.
Top 20 Percentile Cutoff for JEE Main of Various Boards
The following tables show the JEE Main Top 20 Percentile cut off marks for the central and each of the different state boards in India. These figures are for the years 2019, 2018, 2017 and 2016. You can also download the official PDF of Top 20 Percentile Cutoff of JEE Main 2019 to 2017. There are some cases in which the figures were not available and have been marked as “NA”.
Top 20 Percentile Cutoff for National Institute of Open Schooling –
Top 20 Percentile Cutoff of Maharashtra HSC Board (Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education) –
Top 20 Percentile Cutoff for Gujarat Board (Gujarat Secondary Education Board) –
Top 20 Percentile Cutoff for Rajasthan Board (Rajasthan Board of Secondary Education) –
Top 20 Percentile Cutoff for Goa Board (Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education) –
Top 20 Percentile Cutoff for Madhya Pradesh Board (Madhya Pradesh Board of Secondary Education) –
Top 20 Percentile Cutoff for Chhattisgarh Board (Chhattisgarh Board of Secondary Education) –
Top 20 Percentile Cutoff for Karnataka Board (Karnataka Board of Pre-University Education) –
Top 20 Percentile Cutoff for Kerala Board (Kerala Board of Public Examinations) –
Top 20 Percentile Cutoff for Tamil Nadu Board (Tamil Nadu Board of Higher Secondary Education) –
Top 20 Percentile Cutoff for Andhra Board (Andhra Pradesh Board of Intermediate Education)–
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Top 20 Percentile Cutoff for Telangana Board (Telangana Board of Secondary Education) –
Top 20 Percentile of UP Board (Uttar Pradesh Board of High School and Intermediate Education) –
Top 20 Percentile Cutoff for Uttaranchal Board (Uttaranchal Shiksha evam Pariksha Parishad) –
Top 20 Percentile Cutoff for Haryana Board (Haryana Board of Education) –
Top 20 Percentile Cutoff for Punjab Board (Punjab School Education Board) –
Top 20 Percentile Cutoff for HP Board (Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education) –
Top 20 Percentile Cutoff for J&K Board (Jammu and Kashmir State Board of School Education) –
Top 20 Percentile Cutoff for West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education –
Top 20 Percentile Cutoff for Odisha Board (Odisha Council of Higher Secondary Education) –
Top 20 Percentile Cutoff for Assam Board (Assam Higher Secondary Education Council) –
Top 20 Percentile of Bihar Board (Bihar Intermediate Education Council) –
Top 20 Percentile Cutoff for Jharkhand Board (Jharkhand Academic Council) –
Top 20 Percentile Cutoff for Manipur Board (Manipur Council of Higher Secondary Education) –
Top 20 Percentile Cutoff for Meghalaya Board (Meghalaya Board of Secondary Education) –
Top 20 Percentile Cutoff for Mizoram Board (Mizoram Board of School Education) –
Top 20 Percentile Cutoff for Tripura Board (Tripura Board of Secondary Education) –
Top 20 Percentile Cutoff for Nagaland Board (Nagaland Board of School Education) –
Percentile Cutoffs of Universities
The following are the top 20 percentile cutoff marks for various universities and other schools offering technical courses –
Top 20 Percentile Cutoff for Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi –
Top 20 Percentile Cutoff for Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh –
Top 20 Percentile Cutoff for Dayalbagh Educational Institute, Agra –
Top 20 Percentile Cutoff for Banasthali Vidyapeeth, Rajasthan –
Top 20 Percentile Cutoff for Rajiv Gandhi University of Knowledge Technologies, Hyderabad –
Top 20 Percentile Cutoff for Haryana Open School, Bhiwani –
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