JEE Main 2020 Eligibility Criteria - Qualification, Age Limit, Passing Marks, Minimum Percentage

Exam Date : September 1, 2020 To September 6, 2020
Result Date : September 11, 2020

The eligibility criteria of JEE Main 2020 deals with various factors like educational qualification, age limit, age relaxation for reservation categories, etc. Additionally, it also includes various conditions that a particular candidate must fulfil for admission into different courses like B.E. or B.Tech, B.Arch, and B.Planning.

   JEE Main 2020 Eligibility Criteria

Candidates should make sure they are eligible to take the exam before filling the JEE Main 2020 application form. After verifying their eligibility, the candidates must also get familiar with the syllabus and the exam pattern before the exam date. The information filled by the candidates in the application form will be verified and therefore, must be valid.

Admit Card will be issued only to those candidates who satisfy the eligibility criteria. JEE Main 2020 eligibility criteria include age criteria, the total number of attempts, eligibility marks, pass percentage, selection criteria for IITs, NITs, and CFTIs, subjects pursued in the qualifying exam, and the year of passing or appearance in the qualifying exam. 

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Eligibility Criteria Highlights

Pay close attention to the eligibility criteria mentioned in the table below for reserved as well as unreserved categories.

JEE Main 2020 Eligibility at a glance
Criteria Eligibility for General and OBC Eligibility for Reserved Categories
Minimum qualifying marks (for admission in NITs, IIITs, IITs, and CFTIs)  75% marks in aggregate 65% marks in aggregate
Age limit Must have been born on or after 1st October 1994 5 Years relaxation for SC, ST, and PWD
Maximum number of attempts 3 3
Year of passing class 12 Passing after 2018 or 2019 or appearing in 2020  Passing after 2018 or 2019 or appearing in 2020 
  • Eligibility Criteria for Improvement Exam: If a candidate appears for Class XII examination in a particular state and after passing decides to take up an improvement exam in another state, the first exam in which the candidate passed is taken into consideration.

Eligibility Based on Age

As far as JEE Main 2020 exam is concerned there is no age limit. Candidates who have completed their class 12 from school which is recognized by Govt. of India are eligible to attend JEE Main. However, the institute to which the candidate is applying may have an age limit.

So, all candidates must check for the age criterion of each college or institute that they apply for.

Eligibility Based on Nationality

As far as nationality is concerned, JEE Main 2020 has a state code of eligibility which states that only the code of the state in which a candidate has passed his or her 12 standard examinations is considered.

An aspirant who passed or is appearing in class 12th from NIOS should select the State of Eligibility according to the State in which the study centre is located. For Indian candidates who pass the Class XII (or equivalent) examination from an institution abroad, the State code of eligibility will be decided based on the permanent address in India as given in the passport.

Similarly, for Indian aspirants passing the Class XII (or equivalent) examination from Nepal/Bhutan, the State code of eligibility will be determined based on the permanent address in India as given in the passport.

For OCI (Overseas Citizen of India) or PIO (Person of Indian Origin) aspirants who complete their class 12 or any equivalent exam in India, the state code of eligibility is the same for an Indian citizen. Anyhow, candidates who these categories who pass their class 12 from an institution abroad are eligible only for Other State Quota Seats or All India Quota Seats (but strictly not for Home State Quota Seats). They are eligible for admission into NITs, IIEST, and other-CFTI.

Eligibility Based on Educational Qualification

Given below are the JEE Main 2020 educational qualification.

Criteria Description
10+2 qualification Candidates must have passed Class 12th Exam or any equivalent qualifying examination in 2018 or 2019. Candidates appearing in Class 12th Exam or any equivalent qualifying examination in 2020 are also eligible to appear in JEE Main 2020.
Candidates who have passed Class 12th/Qualifying examination in 2017 or before as well as those who will appear in such examination in 2020 or later are not eligible to write JEE Main 2020.
Ineligible Candidates Candidates who had appeared in class 12th/equivalent qualifying Examination in 2017-18, did not pass in 2017-18, but passed in 2018-19 are not eligible to appear in JEE (Main) 2020. 

Eligibility Based on Subject Combination

It is mandatory for all students appearing for JEE Mains that they must have pursued at least 5 subjects with Physics and Maths as their core subjects in their qualifying examinations. Students who have studied less than 5 subjects in their qualifying exam are not eligible for JEE Main 2020 .

Criteria Description
Permitted Candidates must have passed class 12th/qualifying examination with at least five subjects to be eligible for writing JEE Main 2020.
Not Permitted Candidates with four subjects are not permitted to write the exam and if such candidates appear by furnishing wrong information, their rank/result will not be declared.
  • Language
  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Any one of these subjects- Chemistry, Biology, Biotechnology or Technical Vocational
  • Any other subjects
B.Arch. Must have passed the qualifying examination with Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry

The other institutes which participate in the JoSAA/CSAB admission process may also use these criteria mentioned above. In the case of state university-affiliated colleges, the state university will release a separate list for admission decided by the university per se.

Provisions for Persons with Disabilities (PwD)

  • Application: Candidates with a disability should fill in the type and percentage of disability correctly in the online application form for JEE Main 2020.
  • Scribe/Reader: Candidate will have the discretion of opting his/her own scribe/reader or may submit the request to the centre superintendent for the same. Only the candidates, who have 40% or more disability, will be provided with a Scribe/Reader on the request.
  • Essentials for Reader/Scribe: The centre superintendent will identify the scribe/ reader when a request is received from the candidate, he/she would be allowed to meet the scribe a day before the examination to verify the suitability of the scribe.

Reservation of Seats

As per the Government of India rules candidates belonging to certain categories are admitted to seats reserved for them based on the relaxation criteria.

Other Backward Classes (OBC), only those who belong to Non-Creamy Layer(NCL)
Scheduled Castes (SC)
Scheduled Tribes (ST)
Persons with Disability (PWD)
General - Economically Weaker Section (Gen-EWS)

Important Notes

  • Disability benefits: Candidates with 40% or more disability will get the benefit of reservation for admission into NITs/IIITs and CFTIs. But those candidates must belong to the category of reservation as mentioned by the Government of India (GOI).
  • No Letters/Emails: Letters/emails to JEE (Main) secretariat/ regarding reservation criteria will not be entertained.

State Codes

Candidates can refer to the following table for State codes (State name & State code):

Andaman & Nicobar Islands (UT) 01
Andhra Pradesh 02
Arunachal Pradesh 03
Assam 04
Bihar 05
Chandigarh (UT) 06
Chhattisgarh 07
Dadra & Nagar Haveli (UT) 08
Daman & Diu (UT) 09
Delhi (NCT) 10
Goa 11
Gujarat 12
Haryana 13
Himachal Pradesh 14
Jammu & Kashmir 15
Jharkhand 16
Karnataka 17
Kerala 18
 Lakshadweep (UT)  19
Madhya Pradesh 20
Maharashtra 21
Manipur 22
Meghalaya 23
Mizoram 24
Nagaland 25
Odisha 26
Pondicherry (UT) 27
Punjab 28
Rajasthan 29
Sikkim 30
Tamil Nadu 31
Tripura 32
Uttar Pradesh 33
Uttarakhand 34
West Bengal 35
Telangana 36
Foreign/OCI/PIO/Nepal/Bhutan 98

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