JEE Main is a national level entrance exam for the students who are willing to take admission in recognized engineering colleges/institutes in India. The All India Engineering Entrance Exam was the old name of JEE Mains. National Testing Agency or NTA will conduct the JEE Main 2021 examination on an online mode in four sessions- February, March, April, May. To qualify for the JEE Main exam, candidates must score equal to or above the passing marks/cut-off marks.

The closing date for filling the online application will be held from the 3rd week of January 2021.

What is the Passing mark for JEE 2021 Mains?

The passing marks for JEE Mains are the minimum marks or percentage that the candidate must score to clear the examination. The authority will consider only those candidates who secure the passing marks in JEE Mains. The passing marks for the JEE 2021 Mains exam differ for the categories as well. By securing the passing marks for the JEE Mains exam, candidates are eligible for the JEE Advanced examination. The passing marks of the JEE Mains exam depend on several factors, such as:

  • Number of candidates who appeared for the qualifying exam
  • Exam difficulty level
  • Seat Availability
  • Marking Scheme
  • Cut-off & Counselling

Based on the following factors, the passing marks in JEE Mains can either go up or down.

What are the Passing Marks in JEE Mains Paper 2?

The authority has announced that there will be no pass mark for JEE Main Paper 2 exam. The only requirement is the rank of the JEE Main Paper 2. As per the previous year's notification, in case, the candidate scores 70% and above in the JEE Mains Paper 2, they can acquire a seat in any of the NITs.

JEE Main Passing Marks 2020

The expected passing marks for JEE Mains 2020 exam (Previous year) for the January session for all the categories are listed as follows:

  • Passing marks for JEE Main General: The expected minimum marks to pass JEE Main is 89.
  • Passing marks for JEE Main SC: The expected marks required to pass JEE Mains is 54.
  • JEE Main OBC Passing mark: For this category, the JEE Main expected minimum marks to pass is 74.
  • Qualifying marks for JEE Main ST: Students are required to score a minimum mark of 44.
  • JEE Main qualifying marks for PWD: The expected minimum marks to pass JEE Main is 0.11.

JEE Main Passing Marks 2019

National Testing Agency has conducted the JEE Mains exam from January 8, 2019, to January 12, 2019. A total of 11,09,250 appeared for the JEE Mains exam this year. NTA has released the passing marks in JEE Mains 2019 for all the categories. These are:

  • JEE Mains Passing marks for General
    The expected minimum marks to pass JEE Main is 89.7.
  • JEE Main Passing marks for SC
    The expected marks required to pass JEE Mains is 54.01.
  • JEE Main Passing marks for OBC
    For the OBC Category, the JEE Main expected minimum marks to pass is 74.3.
  • JEE Main Passing marks for ST
    The expected marks required to pass JEE Mains is 44.33.
  • JEE Main Passing marks for PWD
    The expected minimum marks to pass JEE Main is 0.11.

JEE Main Passing Marks 2018

CBSE has conducted the JEE Mains exam in two modes- online & offline. They administered the offline exam on April 8, 2018, and, the online exam from April 15, 2018, to April 16, 2018. The JEE Main 2018 passing marks for all the categories are:

  • JEE Mains Passing marks for General
    The expected minimum marks to pass JEE Main is 74.
  • JEE Main Passing marks for SC
    The expected marks required to pass JEE Mains is 29.
  • JEE Main Passing marks for OBC
    For the OBC Category, the JEE Main expected minimum marks to pass is 45.
  • JEE Main Passing marks for ST
    The expected marks required to pass JEE Mains is 24.
  • JEE Main Passing marks for PWD
    The expected minimum marks to pass JEE Main is -35.

JEE Main Passing Marks 2017

Central Board of Secondary Education or CBSE has conducted the JEE Mains exam in both offline & online modes. They administered the offline on April 2, 2017, and, the online examination between April 8, 2017, to April 9, 2017. CBSE has released the JEE Main 2017 passing marks for all the candidates who belong to different categories. These are:

  • JEE Mains Passing marks for General
    The expected minimum marks to pass JEE Main is 81.
  • JEE Main Passing marks for SC
    The expected marks required to pass JEE Mains is 32.
  • JEE Main Passing marks for OBC
    For the OBC Category, the JEE Main expected minimum marks to pass is 49.
  • JEE Main Passing marks for ST
    The expected marks required to pass JEE Mains is 27.

JEE Main Passing Marks 2016

Central Board of Secondary Education or CBSE has conducted the JEE Mains exam in both offline & online modes on three days. They administered the offline on April 3, 2016, and, the online examination between April 9, 2016, and April 10, 2016. The cut-off marks for different categories are:

  • JEE Mains Passing marks for General
    The expected minimum marks to pass JEE Main is 100.
  • JEE Main Passing marks for SC
    The expected marks required to pass JEE Mains is 52.
  • JEE Main Passing marks for OBC
    For the OBC Category, the JEE Main expected minimum marks to pass is 70.
  • JEE Main Passing marks for ST
    The expected marks required to pass JEE Mains is 48.

JEE Main Passing Marks 2014

Central Board of Secondary Education or CBSE has conducted the JEE Mains exam in both offline & online modes. They administered the offline on April 6, 2014, and, the online examination between April 9, 2014, April 11, 2014, April 12, 2014, and April 19, 2014. CBSE has released the cut-off marks for all the candidates who belong to different categories. These are:

  • JEE Mains Passing marks for General
    The expected minimum marks to pass JEE Main is 100.
  • JEE Main Passing marks for SC
    The expected marks required to pass JEE Mains is 53.
  • JEE Main Passing marks for OBC
    For the OBC Category, the JEE Main expected minimum marks to pass is 74.
  • JEE Main Passing marks for ST
    The expected marks required to pass JEE Mains is 47.

NOTE: The JEE Main passing marks for the PWD Category from the year 2013-2017 is not available.

JEE Main 2021 Cut Off Marks

Before getting into the marks segregation, candidates need to clearly understand the difference between the types of cut-off marks.

  • A candidate should reach the JEE Main 2021 qualifying marks to write for the next level exam that is JEE 2021 Advanced

  • The next step is to achieve the qualifying rank to position seats into different institutes of IIITs, NITs, CFTIs, and more . The information will be provided at the JoSAA counselling. Each institute has its own means of selection, although the JEE Main examination marks are taken as a priority.

Note: The cut-off marks are still to be announced by the authority after the JEE Main exam 2021.

Category Expected Cut-Off JEE Main 2021 (in approx)
Common Rank List 80-105
Gen EWS 77-82
OBC – NCL 38-60
ST 25-38
SC 28-42

Cut-Off JEE Main 2021

JEE Main 2020 Cut Off Marks

The specified cut off for the 2020 JEE Main (Previous Year) is listed in the table below. It is based on category and the marks secured by candidates. 

Category Expected Cut-Off as per JEE Main 2020
Common Rank List 86-91
Gen EWS 77-82
OBC – NCL 71-76
ST 39-44
SC 51-55

Overall Required Passing Marks in JEE Main

The JEE Main 2021 exam pass mark varies with categories.

  • For the general category candidates, they must secure a minimum aggregate of 75%.

  • For the SC/ST/PWD categories, they must score a minimum of 65% in aggregate.



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