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Top 20 Percentile Cut-off for Class 12 Examinations

JEE Main 2020 is underway with conclusion of registration for the April session. Most of the students are worried about filling all the details carefully in the JEE Main Application Form and ensuring that they feel the desired eligibility criteria to avoid rejection. A lot of candidates search for top 20 percentile cutoff marks in JEE Main.

The list of top 20 percentile for each board will be published on the official site by JoSAA. The top 20 percentile cut off marks will be released after class 12th exams of participating boards. Board exams for 12th Class are scheduled for March 2020. Boards have an important value because you need to be in the top 20 percentile of scores cut off.

The top 20 percentile 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 about the previous year trends.

What is the top 20 percentile?

Each year as many as a million of students appear for JEE and NIT entrance examinations with the view of gaining admission in top engineering institutes. Even though the marks secured in Class 12th is no longer considered for JEE Main Rank Calculation, yet it is a determining factor for admission to IITs, NITs, IIITs and CFTIs. However, not all the state education boards release marks in the form of percentage. Therefore, the organizing authority will also consider candidates failing in the top 20 percentile while determining their eligibility.

Top 20 Percentile Cutoff Marks

What is the 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–

So, if you aspire to clear the gain admission to any of the IITs through the JEE Advanced examination, you either –

  1. Candidates need to score at least 75% marks (for general candidates) in your class XII school examinations. The required percentile for SC/ST/PwD) candidates is 65% in this case. 
  2. You need to be of the top 20- percentile scorers in the class XII board examinations in either the General or the SC/ST/PwD categories, based on the category you belong to.

This raises the question of, what are the minimum marks a candidate needs to score in the Class XII board examinations, in order to be eligible to get admission into the IITs? This article discusses this in detail.

Check JEE Main Eligibility Criteria

The Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA) which is in charge of the seat allocation to government-funded technical institutes, releases the top 20 percentile cut-off list, for all the state boards, for the class 12 examinations each year.

The list for 2018 was released in 2019 and in this article, we shall share the JEE Main cut off for 2018, 2017 and 2016.

How is the Top 20 Percentile Cut off of the class 12th Board examinations for IIT Admission calculated?

Before getting into the list of the state-wise class XII board cut off marks, it is important to understand how these cut off marks are calculated –

This is done in the following ways –

  • In order to calculate the top 20 percentile for different class 12 board examinations, held separately by each state board, the marks scored in 5 subjects – Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, any language, any other subject other than the previous four – are all taken into account.
  • If a student has appeared in more than 1 language paper, the language paper with the higher marks shall be taken into consideration.
  • Similarly, if a student has studied more than the 5 subjects mentioned above, the subject in which he/she has scored more shall be considered.
  • If the marks in a subject are not allotted out of 100, then the total marks for a subject shall be raised up or down, to 100 so that the total aggregate marks totals to 500.
  • In case a student appears in the class XII board exam of 2017 and passes the exam, but reappears in a few subjects for the class XII board exams held in 2018, then the top 20 percentile cut-off for 2017 shall be taken into account.
  • But if the student appears in the class XII board exam of 2017 and then reappears in all the papers in the class XII boards of 2018, then this student’s better of the two years’ top 20 percentile, shall be considered.
  • So if a student wants to reappear 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.

Rules for calculation of Class 12th marks for admission into IITs

The score will be calculated as follows:-

  • Marks of an applicant will be considered for any 5 subjects. 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
  • 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 2018 and reappears for any one or two subjects in 2019, then 2018’s marks will be considered
  • If a candidate appeared for Class 12 exam in 2018 but reappears for all 5 exams in 2019, then the more scores out of both year will be considered

Difference Between Percentage and Percentile

Often candidates get obscured of the difference between a percentage score and percentile. However, both the 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. This is the mark 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.

The following tables show the top 20 percentile cut off marks for the central and each of the different state boards in India. These figures are for the years 2018, 2017 and 2016. There are some cases in which the figures were not available and have been marked as “NA”.

Top 20 percentile cut-off for CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) –

Year GEN OBC-NCL SC ST PwD
2018 432 424 410 390 390
2017 431 420 400 385 385
2016 430 414 395 376 376

Top 20 percentile cut-off for ISCE (Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination) –

Year GEN OBC-NCL SC ST PwD
2018 438 427 415 387 387
2017 427 408 391 366 366
2016 443 427 412 388 388

Top 20 percentile cut-off for National Institute of Open Schooling –

Year GEN OBC-NCL SC ST PwD
2018 337 321 318 326 318
2017 443 427 412 388 388
2016 351 388 334 332 332

Top 20 percentile cut-off for Maharashtra Board (Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education) –

Year GEN OBC-NCL SC ST PwD
2018 361 362 343 340 340
2017 343 344 326 323 323
2016 348 341 325 319 319

Top 20 percentile cut-off for Gujarat Board (Gujarat Secondary Education Board) –

Year GEN OBC-NCL SC ST PwD
2018 342 321 308 284 284
2017 367 344 336 309 309
2016 363 339 331 304 304

Top 20 percentile cut-off for Rajasthan Board (Rajasthan Board of Secondary Education) –

Year GEN OBC-NCL SC ST PwD
2018 384 385 369 361 361
2017 401 403 385 379 379
2016 392 386 371 365 365

Top 20 percentile cut-off for Goa Board (Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education) –

Year GEN OBC-NCL SC ST PwD
2018 365 350 348 341 341
2017 370 357 336 316 316
2016 361 336 347 333 333

Top 20 percentile cut-off for Madhya Pradesh Board (Madhya Pradesh Board of Secondary Education) –

Year GEN OBC-NCL SC ST PwD
2018 401 394 379 362 362
2017 NA NA NA NA NA
2016 395 385 369 356 356

Top 20 percentile cut-off for Chhattisgarh Board (Chhattisgarh Board of Secondary Education) –

Year GEN OBC-NCL SC ST PwD
2018 NA NA NA NA NA
2017 374 380 362 355 355
2016 360 362 338 337 337

Top 20 percentile cut-off for Karnataka Board (Karnataka Board of Pre-University Education) –

Year GEN OBC-NCL SC ST PwD
2018 432 419 359 379 359
2017 419 400 346 360 346
2016 435 409 377 386 377

Top 20 percentile cut-off for Kerala Board (Kerala Board of Public Examinations) –

Year GEN OBC-NCL SC ST PwD
2018 NA NA NA NA NA
2017 446 425 400 396 396
2016 427 358 380 366 358

Top 20 percentile cut-off for Tamil Nadu Board (Tamil Nadu Board of Higher Secondary Education) –

Year GEN OBC-NCL SC ST PwD
2018 NA NA NA NA NA
2017 425 431 392 383 383
2016 436 399 356 345 345

Top 20 percentile cut-off for Andhra Board (Andhra Pradesh Board of Intermediate Education)–

Year GEN OBC-NCL SC ST PwD
2018 468 464 450 447 447
2017 474 470 457 452 452
2016 470 457 442 439 439

Top 20 percentile cut-off for Telangana Board (Telangana Board of Secondary Education) –

Year GEN OBC-NCL SC ST PwD
2018 471 469 457 461 457
2017 467 464 454 456 454
2016 475 460 445 449 445

Top 20 percentile cut-off for UP Board (Uttar Pradesh Board of High School and Intermediate Education) –

Year GEN OBC-NCL SC ST PwD
2018 338 325 314 313 313
2017 355 344 331 337 331
2016 405 395 381 387 381

Top 20 percentile cut-off for Uttaranchal Board (Uttaranchal Shiksha evam Pariksha Parishad) –

Year GEN OBC-NCL SC ST PwD
2018 NA NA NA NA NA
2017 NA NA NA NA NA
2016 341 323 309 310 309

Top 20 percentile cut-off for Haryana Board (Haryana Board of Education) –

Year GEN OBC-NCL SC ST PwD
2018 NA NA NA NA NA
2017 406 400 383 303 303
2016 395 393 374 NA 374

Top 20 percentile cut-off for Punjab Board (Punjab School Education Board) –

Year GEN OBC-NCL SC ST PwD
2018 374.45 375.55 364.45 361.1 361.1
2017 406 403 388 392 388
2016 415 410 401 397 397

Top 20 percentile cut-off for HP Board (Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education) –

Year GEN OBC-NCL SC ST PwD
2018 402 394 390 389 389
2017 375 361 355 358 355
2016 397 385 380 379 379

Top 20 percentile cut-off for J&K Board (Jammu and Kashmir State Board of School Education) –

Year GEN OBC-NCL SC ST PwD
2018 401 408 309 NA NA
2017 NA NA NA NA NA
2016 409 NA NA NA 409

Top 20 percentile cut-off for West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education –

Year GEN OBC-NCL SC ST PwD
2018 NA NA NA NA NA
2017 NA NA NA NA NA
2016 376 374 362 326 326

Top 20 percentile cut-off for Odisha Board (Odisha Council of Higher Secondary Education) –

Year GEN OBC-NCL SC ST PwD
2018 NA NA NA NA NA
2017 331 NA 302 276 276
2016 310 NA 278 249 249

Top 20 percentile cut-off for Assam Board (Assam Higher Secondary Education Council) –

Year GEN OBC-NCL SC ST PwD
2018 360 357 346 323 323
2017 364 359 348 300 300
2016 349 351 343 335 335

Top 20 percentile cut-off for Bihar Board (Bihar Intermediate Education Council) –

Year GEN OBC-NCL SC ST PwD
2018 293 287 279 284 279
2017 313 307 300 303 300
2016 315 308 297 300 297

Top 20 percentile cut-off for Jharkhand Board (Jharkhand Academic Council) –

Year GEN OBC-NCL SC ST PwD
2018 321 332 310 306 306
2017 NA NA NA NA NA
2016 303 310 288 281 281

Top 20 percentile cut-off for Manipur Board (Manipur Council of Higher Secondary Education) –

Year GEN OBC-NCL SC ST PwD
2018 304 320 309 295 295
2017 443 427 412 388 388
2016 347 350 339 326 326

Top 20 percentile cut-off for Meghalaya Board (Meghalaya Board of Secondary Education) –

Year GEN OBC-NCL SC ST PwD
2018 345 326 295 312 295
2017 NA NA NA NA NA
2016 308 335 281 293 281

Top 20 percentile cut-off for Mizoram Board (Mizoram Board of School Education) –

Year GEN OBC-NCL SC ST PwD
2018 364 301 337 346 301
2017 359 342 345 347 342
2016 369 427 314 336 314

Top 20 percentile cut-off for Tripura Board (Tripura Board of Secondary Education) –

Year GEN OBC-NCL SC ST PwD
2018 343 NA 330 287 287
2017 348 NA 330 304 304
2016 299 NA 283 233 233

Top 20 percentile cut-off for Nagaland Board (Nagaland Board of School Education) –

Year GEN OBC-NCL SC ST PwD
2018 381 371 349 340 340
2017 349 362 335 318 318
2016 333 311 321 295 295

The following are the top 20 percentile cut off marks for various universities and other schools offering technical courses –

Top 20 percentile cut-off for Jamia Milia Islamia, New Delhi –

Year GEN OBC-NCL SC ST PwD
2018 NA NA NA NA NA
2017 NA NA NA NA NA
2016 416 NA NA NA 404

Top 20 percentile cut-off for Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh –

Year GEN OBC-NCL SC ST PwD
2018 NA NA NA NA NA
2017 400 NA NA NA 400
2016 404 NA NA NA 404

Top 20 percentile cut-off for Dayalbagh Educational Institute, Agra –

Year GEN OBC-NCL SC ST PwD
2018 NA NA NA NA NA
2017 469 418 452 378 378
2016 NA NA NA NA NA

Top 20 percentile cut-off for Banasthali Vidyapeeth, Rajasthan –

Year GEN OBC-NCL SC ST PwD
2018 NA NA NA NA NA
2017 429 421 387 NA 387
2016 437 400 420 306 306

Top 20 percentile cut-off for Rajiv Gandhi University of Knowledge Technologies, Hyderabad –

Year GEN OBC-NCL SC ST PwD
2018 NA NA NA NA NA
2017 NA NA NA NA NA
2016 394 398 383 382 382

Top 20 percentile cut-off for Haryana Open School, Bhiwani –

Year GEN OBC-NCL SC ST PwD
2018 NA NA NA NA NA
2017 NA NA NA NA NA
2016 334 323 319 303 303

There are three national boards in JEE Main which are Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (ISC), and National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS). The CBSE and ISC have a higher cut off than NIOS.