JEE Advanced Eligibility Criteria 2021: Age Limit, Qualifying Marks, Required 12th Percentage

Exam Date : July 3, 2021
Result Date : July 16, 2021

JEE Advanced 2021 is conducted by the seven Zonal Coordinating IITs under the guidance of the Joint Admission Board (JAB). JEE Advanced 2021 eligibility criteria are the list of requirements and conditions that the candidates have to satisfy to participate in the examination. Before filling the JEE Advanced 2021 application form, the candidates are advised to check the JEE Advanced eligibility criteria. Ineligible candidates will be disqualified from the examination process.

  • Performance in JEE Main: Candidates who have cleared JEE Main 2021 will meet the JEE Advanced eligiblility criteria to appear for the exam.
  • The number of Attempts: For JEE Advanced 2021, the candidates will be able to attempt the examination two times in two consecutive years. 
  • Age Limit: General category candidates should have been born on or after October 1, 1994, i.e. they must be 25 years of age or less. Relaxation of 5 years is provided to the candidates belonging to SC/ST/PwD category.
  • JEE Main: The candidates should have qualified JEE Main examination to get qualified for JEE Advanced. The cutoff for admissions into IITs should also be met by the candidates
  • Qualifying Examination: Should have passed 10+2th standard qualifying (or equivalent) examination in 2019. Those who are appearing for the exam in 2021 will also be eligible for JEE Advanced. 
  • IIT Admissions: The candidates should have never taken admission in an IIT irrespective of whether they continued the programme or not or just accepted the seat by reporting at the centre. The candidates who have earlier joined any IIT but had subsequently cancelled their admission will also not be termed eligible for JEE Advanced.

JEE Advanced 2021 Eligibility Criteria Highlights

The candidates must fill the JEE Advanced 2021 Application Form after checking their eligibility. JEE Advanced 2021 Eligibility Criteria can be broadly categorized as:

  • Candidates should be in the top 2,50,000 (including reserved categories) in Paper 1 of JEE Main 2021. However, the total number of candidates can be slightly greater than 2,50,000 in the presence of tied ranks/scores.
JEE Advanced Eligibility Criteria
Criteria Description
Performance in JEE Main 2021  Top 2,50,000 AIR holders of JEE Main 2021
Performance in 10+2
  • 75% marks in 10+2 (unreserved category)
  • 65% marks in 10+2 (reserved category)
Age Limit
  • For General Category candidates, they should be born on or after 1/10/1994.
  • For SC/ST/PWD the candidates should be born on or after 1/10/1989
Previous seat booking at IITs The candidate must not have been admitted to an IIT/ISM (irrespective of whether or not he/she continued in the program)

The above JEE Advanced eligibility criteria have been discussed in detail below:

JEE Advanced Eligibility Criteria On The Basis Of Performance In JEE Main

JEE Advanced Eligibility Criteria On The Basis Of Performance In JEE Main
Performance in JEE Main 2021- JEE Advanced Eligibility Criteria

JEE Advanced Eligibility Criteria to Appear

Only the top 2,50,000 (including all categories) candidates in Paper-1 of JEE Main are eligible to apply for JEE Advanced 2021.

Shortlisted Candidates

Percentages of categories of candidates to be shortlisted for JEE Advanced 2021 are: 27% for OBC-NCL, 15% for SC, 7.5% for ST and the remaining 50.5% is OPEN for all.

Reservation for PwD

In each of the above four categories, 5% horizontal reservation is available for PwD candidates.

  • Category Wise distribution of candidates:
Category Wise distribution of candidates:

Order

Category

Number of “Top” candidates

1

OPEN

1,07,464

Total 1,13,120

2

OPEN-PwD

5,656

3

OBC-NCL

57,456

Total 60,480

4

OBC-NCL-PwD

3,024

5

SC

31,920

Total 33,600 

6

SC-PwD

1,680

7

ST

15,960

Total 16,800 

8

ST-PwD

840 

JEE Advanced Eligibility Criterion 2:

JEE Advanced Eligibility Criterion 2:
Performance in 10+2

Minimum Percentage

The candidate must secure a minimum of 75%, if he/she belongs to General/OBC and 65%, if he/she belongs to SC/ST/PwD, in class 12 exam or equivalent examination.

Compulsory Subjects

Candidates should clear class 12th examination with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics as compulsory subjects. The students appearing for JEE Advanced 2021 must be of top 20 percentile of successful candidates in their respective class 12 board exams.

Rewritten Examination

If the candidate passes class 12 in 2019 and is rewriting one/all of the required subjects in 2021 for improvement or any other reason, then the aggregate percentage is calculated using the maximum marks in the required subjects.

Year of Passing

Candidate should pass their class 12 exam/qualifying examination in 2018 or in 2019, to become eligible to for JEE Advanced 2021 paper.

JEE Advanced Eligibility Criterion 3:

No. of JEE Advanced Attempts

Number of Attempts

Candidates can attempt JEE Advanced for a maximum of two times in consecutive years.

 JEE Advanced Eligibility Criterion 4:

JEE Advanced Eligibility Criteria- Age Criteria

Age Limit For JEE Advanced

Only candidates born on or after 1st October 1994 are eligible.

Age Limit for Reserved Category

Relaxation of five years is given to SC/ST/PwD candidates, i.e., these candidates should have been born on or after 1st October 1989. 

JEE Advanced Eligibility Criterion 5:

  • The candidate must not have been admitted in an IIT/ISM (irrespective of whether or not he/she continued in the program) or even accepted the IIT/ISM in the past.
  • Any candidate whose admission at IITs or ISM was cancelled is also not eligible to appear for JEE Advanced 2021.

  • The candidate who has been admitted to a preparatory in any of the IITs for the first time in the year 2019 can appear in JEE Advanced 2021.

  • The candidates who have paid seat acceptance fee but did not accept the seat (by not reporting at any reporting centre during joint seat allocation in 2019) are eligible to appear in JEE Advanced 2021.

Note: The JEE Advanced Eligibility criteria given above must be strictly adhered to. Any violation of the eligibility criteria will result in the cancellation of the JEE Advanced 2021 Admit Card and the disqualification of the candidate from writing JEE Advanced.

Examinations Equivalent to Class 12th

  • A Diploma Course of 3 years that is recognized by AICTE or State Board Of Technical Education.
  • Examination conducted by NIOS for Higher Secondary School with a minimum of 5 subjects.
  • Examination conducted by the Joint Services Wing of the National Defence Academy for 2 years course.

JEE Advanced 2021 Eligibility Criteria for Foreign Nationals

Candidates falling under the following category will be considered as Foreign Nationals for JEE Advanced 2021:

  • Non-citizens of India (by birth or naturalized)
  • Non-OCI (Overseas Citizens of India) and Non-PIO (Persons of Indian Origin) category
  • Candidates whose parents are not citizens of India and do not come under the OCI/PIO category at the time of JEE Advance registration

Seats for Foreign Nationals

  • Seats allotted to foreign nationals are supernumerary with a cap of 10% of the total number of seats in every course.

Reservation for Foreign Nationals

  • Foreign nationals are outside the ambit of reservation of seats under the OBC-NCL, SC, ST and PWD (Persons with Disability) categories as mandated by Government of India.

JEE Advanced Eligibility Criteria- Foreign Nationals

These candidates are not required to write JEE Main and may register for JEE Advanced 2021 directly subject to fulfilment of other eligibility criteria.

  • Age limit: Students should have been born on or after October 01, 1994. 
  • The number of attempts: A maximum of two times in consecutive years.
  • Appearance in Class 12: A student should have appeared for the Class 12 (or equivalent) examination for the first time in either 2019 or 2021. 

Performance in Class 12 or Equivalent Examination (Foreign Students)

  • Must have secured at least 75% aggregate marks in class 12 (or equivalent) Board examination.
  • Must be within the top 20 percentile of successful candidates in their respective class 12 (or equivalent) board examination.
  • The marks scored in the following five subjects will be considered for calculating the aggregate marks and the cut-off marks for fulfilling the top 20 percentile criterion:
    • Physics
    • Chemistry
    • Mathematics
    • A language (if the candidate has taken more than one language, then the language with the higher marks will be considered)
    • Any subject other than the above four (the subject with the highest marks will be considered).

Cut Off Marks for Top 20 Percentile

  • The cut off marks for the top 20 percentile are calculated based on Class 12 marks.
  • The top 20 percentile cut off for the academic year will be considered for students passing class 12 in 2021. Similarly, the top 20 percentile cut off for the academic year 2019 will be considered for students passing class 12 in 2021.
  • In case the board does not provide information about the cut off for the top 20 percentile, candidates will have to produce a certificate from the board.

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Discussion Forum

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A.

  • The cut-off scoreĀ for the Other Backward Class (OBC-NCL) category in JEE Advanced 2016 is 70.

Answer By: Getmyuni

12 Jan 2017

Q.

A.

Hi Anurag,

Min marks in 12th class to be eligible for JEE Advanced 2020 will be 75% for unreserved category and 65% for reserved category.

Good Luck!

Answer By: Getmyuni

28 May 2018

Q.

A.

Hi Poonam,

No, you are not eligible for JEE ADVANCED as you didn't satisfy the eligibility criteria.

Good Luck!

Answer By: Getmyuni

28 May 2018

Q.

What was the cut-off for JEE Advanced 2016?

Asked By: Anonymous 03 Jan 2017

A.

  • The cut-off percentage category wise is as below: -

 JEE Mains 2016 Cut-off for JEE Advanced 2016:

Category

Cutoff Score for appearing in JEE Advanced 2016

General

100

Other Backward Class (OBC-NCL)

70

Scheduled Caste (SC)

52

Scheduled Tribe (ST)

48

Answer By: Getmyuni

03 Jan 2017

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If the candidate belongs to the General/OBC category then the candidate should have scored minimum 75% and if the candidate belongs to the SC/ST/PwD category then the candidate should have scored minimum 65% in their 12th standard examination or the candidate must be in the top 20 percentile of successful candidates in their respective class 12 board exams. 
If the candidate passes class 12 in 2016 and is rewriting one/all of the required subjects in 2017 for improvement or any other reason, then the aggregate percentage is calculated using the maximum marks in the required subjects.

Here in this case the candidate is eligible if he/she satisfies the other criteria.

Answer By: Getmyuni

06 Feb 2017

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