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Top 20 Percentile Cut-off for Class 12 Examinations

Last updated on September 14th, 2020 at 03:05 pm

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Latest: The top 20 percentile criteria has been scrapped for both JEE Main and JEE Advanced. Students can take admission to their desired college on the basis of a 12th passing certificate and respective exam scores.


  • 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 does top 20 percentile for JEE Main 2020 means.

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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 no longer 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-

Top 20 Percentile Cutoff 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 Cutoff for ICSE (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

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.

Top 20 Percentile Cutoff Marks

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 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–

  1. 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. 
  2. 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 2018, 2017 and 2016 is provided in this article below.

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 calculation 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 2019 and passes the exam. But reappears in a few subjects for the class XII board exams held in 2020. Then, the top 20 percentile for JEE Main 2019 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.

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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. 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.

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 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 –

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 Cutoff of Maharashtra HSC 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 Cutoff 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 Cutoff 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 Cutoff 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 Cutoff 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 Cutoff 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 Cutoff 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 Cutoff 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 Cutoff 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 Cutoff 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 Cutoff 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 of 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 Cutoff 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 Cutoff 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 Cutoff 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 Cutoff 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 Cutoff 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 Cutoff 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 Cutoff 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 Cutoff 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 of 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 Cutoff 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 Cutoff 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 Cutoff 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 Cutoff 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 Cutoff 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 Cutoff 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

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 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 Cutoff 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 Cutoff 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 Cutoff 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 Cutoff 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 Cutoff 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.


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