JEE Main Eligibility Criteria 2021: Qualification, Age Limit, Passing Marks, 12th Percentage Required

Exam Date

Jul 20, 2021

Jun 15, 2021 | Architecture, Engineering


The National Testing Agency, the official authority for conducting JEE Main 2021 exam releases the JEE Main 2021 eligibility criteria along with the official notification brochure at their official website. All candidates must check the JEE Main eligibility criteria 2021 before deciding to apply for the entrance exam. It deals with various factors like educational qualification, age limit, and age relaxation for reserved categories.

Union Minister Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' has waived the minimum requirement of 50% in PCM & an aggregate of 10+2. All candidates who have passed class 12 with PCM subjects/10+3 Diploma with Mathematics are eligible to apply for JEE Main Paper 2 (B.Arch) for the session 2021-22.

  • B.E./B.Tech (Paper 1) – The subject combination prescribed makes it mandatory for candidates to have studied Physics and Mathematics along with one subject from Chemistry, Biology, and Biotechnology
  • For B. Arch. (Paper 2) – The subject combination prescribed makes it mandatory for candidates to have studied and passed with Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics at 10+2 level.
  • For B. Planning (Paper 3) – It is mandatory for candidates to have studied Mathematics in the 12th standard.

 JEE Main eligibility criteria 2021 include age criteria, the total number of attempts, eligibility marks, pass percentage, subjects pursued in the qualifying exam, and the year of passing or appearance in the qualifying exam. Candidates should make sure they are eligible to take the exam before filling the application form. The information filled by the candidates in the application form will be verified, which means they must be valid.

The admit card will be issued only to those candidates who satisfy the eligibility criteria.

JEE Main Eligibility Criteria 2021 Highlights

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

JEE Main Eligibility Criteria 2021 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 12 (aggregate) 65% marks in aggregate
Age limit Must have been born on or after 1st October 1995 5 Years relaxation for SC, ST, and PWD
Maximum number of attempts 4 times in a year, for three consecutive years 4 times in a year, for three consecutive years
Year of passing class 12 Passing after 2019 or 2020 or appearing in 2021 Passing after 2019 or 2020 or appearing in 2021
  • Eligibility Criteria for Improvement Students: If a candidate appears for the 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 Criteria for Droppers: The eligibility criteria for droppers is the same as discussed above. They should have passed class 12th examination in 2019 or 2020, with the minimum admissible score, at least.
  • Eligibility Criteria for admission to IIITs, NITs, and CFTIs: The applicant must have passed the class 12 board examination (or equivalent) with a minimum of 75% marks (65% for SC and ST candidates), or he/she must be in the top 20 percentile holders of class 12 exams.
  • Candidates who appeared for the JEE Main 2021 exam in February and/or March, but did not score as per their expectations can retake the test in April/May 2021 (revised dates to be announced soon).

Eligibility for JEE Main based on Age

As far as JEE Main 2021 exam is concerned, there is no age limit for application. Candidates who have completed their class 12 from a school/institution recognized by the Govt. of India are eligible to attend JEE Main. As long as the candidate has scored above JEE Main eligibility marks in class 12/equivalent examination in 2019 or 2020 or is appearing for his board examinations in 2021, they are eligible to appear in the JEE Main 2021 examination, irrespective of their age. However, the institute to which the candidate is applying may have an age limit.

So, all candidates must check for each college's eligibility age criterion or look into the JEE Main eligibility criteria of the institutes they are targeting.

Eligibility for JEE Main based on Nationality

As far as nationality is concerned, JEE Main eligibility criteria 2021 states that only the code of the state in which a candidate has passed his or her 12 standard examinations is considered for making a candidate eligible for JEE Main exam.

Any aspiring candidate who has passed or is appearing in class 12th from NIOS should select the state code of eligibility according to the State in which the study center 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 belong to this category, who pass their class 12 exam from any foreign institution are eligible only for Other State Quota Seats or the All India Quota Seats (but strictly not for Home State Quota Seats). They are eligible for admission into NITs, IIEST, and other-CFTI

Eligibility for JEE Main based on Educational Qualification

Given below are the JEE Main eligibility criteria 2021 as per educational qualification requirements. The table consists of a detailed description of the eligibility criteria for aspiring candidates. The table also gives a brief description of the candidates who will not be eligible to apply for the JEE Main 2021 exam.

Criteria Description
10+2 qualification Candidates must have passed the Class 12th Exam or any equivalent qualifying examination in 2019 or 2020. Candidates appearing in the Class 12th Exam or any equivalent qualifying examination in 2021 are also eligible to appear in JEE Main 2021.
Ineligible Candidates Candidates who have passed Class 12th or qualifying examination in 2018 or before as well as those who will appear in such examination in 2022 or later are not eligible to write JEE Main 2021.
Candidates who had appeared in class 12th or its equivalent qualifying Examination in 2018-19, did not pass in 2018-19, but passed in 2019-20 are not eligible to appear in JEE (Main) 2021.

List of qualifying exams considered for JEE Main Eligibility

  • 10+2 system final examination, conducted by any recognized Central/ State Board, such as Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi; Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations, New Delhi, etc.
  • Intermediate or two-year Pre-University examination conducted by a recognized Board or University.
  • Final examination of the two-year course of the Joint Services Wing of the National Defense Academy
  • Senior Secondary School Examination conducted by the National Institute of Open Schooling with a minimum of five subjects.
  • Any Public School/ Board/ University examination in India, or any foreign country recognized as equivalent to the 10+2 system by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU).
  • Higher Secondary Certificate Vocational Examination.
  • A diploma recognized by AICTE or a State board of technical education of at least 3 years duration.
  • General Certificate Education(GCE) examination (London/Cambridge/Sri Lanka) at the Advanced(A) level.
  • High School Certificate Examination of the Cambridge University or International Baccalaureate Diploma of the International Baccalaureate Office, Geneva.

Other provisions for JEE Main 2021 eligibility

Some more particulars related to the eligibility for JEE Main 2021 are detailed below:

JEE Main 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 2021.

Criteria Description
Permitted Candidates must have passed class 12th/qualifying examination with at least five subjects to be eligible for writing JEE Main 2021.
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, or 10+3 Diploma in Mathematics

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 2021.
  • Scribe/Reader: Candidates will have the discretion of opting for his/her own scribe/reader or may submit the request to the center 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 center 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 JEE Main Eligibility Criteria 2021

As per the Government of India rules, candidates belonging to certain categories are admitted to seats reserved for them based on the relaxation criteria. The reservation of seats in JEE Main exam was introduced to give an equal opportunity to candidates belonging to weaker sections of the society. The name of all those categories is mentioned in the table below.

Categories with Relaxation under JEE Main Eligibility Criteria
Other Backward Classes (OBC), only those who belong to Non-Creamy Layer(NCL) 27%
Scheduled Castes (SC) 15%
Scheduled Tribes (ST) 7.5%
Persons with Disability (PWD) 5%
General - Economically Weaker Section (Gen-EWS) 10%

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 or emails addressed to JEE (Main) secretariat regarding the reservation criteria will not be entertained.

JEE Main 2021 Institute-wise Reservation of Seats

The reservation criteria followed by various institutions is given below:

Institution Criteria Laid Out
NIT (Home Quota) 50% of seats are reserved for candidates belonging to the state where the NIT is situated
NIT (Other State Quota) 50% of seats are reserved for candidates who do not belong to the state where the NIT is situated
State Engineering Colleges State Quota
Government Funded Technical Institutions Based on All India Quota
Centre Funded Institutes Home Quota/State Quota/All India Quota
State-Funded Institutes Home Quota/State Quota/All India Quota
IIIT Home Quota/State Quota/All India Quota

JEE Main 2021: Maximum Number of Attempts

  • It is permissible for candidates to attempt one or all four attempts of JEE main 2021.
  • The aspirants are allowed to do so only for three consecutive years from passing XII standard.

JEE Main 2021 State of Eligibility

JEE Main's state code of eligibility refers to the code corresponding to the state from where the candidate has passed or is appearing for the Class 12 or equivalent qualifying examination. This state code enables the candidate to become eligible for appearing in the JEE Main 2021 exam and this code is independent of the candidate's native place or place of residence. Candidates can refer to the following table for State codes (State name & State code): The table consists of all the states in which the JEE Main 2021 exam will be conducted along with the corresponding state codes.

JEE Main 2021 State Codes
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

NOTE: The state code to determine the JEE Main eligibility for improvement students is determined in the following way:

If the candidate appears for the improvement exam from a different state than the one he passed the initial Class 12 or equivalent qualifying exam, the candidate’s state code of eligibility will be from where the candidate first passed the Class 12 or equivalent exam.

  • Indian Nationals who appeared for the class 12 board exam can choose the state where their permanent residence lies, as per their passport.
  • If a candidate appeared for the improvement exam from a state different than the one where he/she originally gave the board examination, the state where the exam was first given must be chosen.

JEE Main 2021 Documents Required

To enroll themselves, the candidates will be required to produce the below-mentioned documents:

  • A government-issued photo ID proof
  • A recent photograph: 10-100 kb in size
  • Scanned signature of the candidate: 10-100 kb in size
  • Scorecard of class 10
  • Scorecard of class 12

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What are the eligibility criteria for B.Arch for session May 2021?

A. Earlier, the candidates were supposed to have an aggregate of 50% in 10+2 with Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics as compulsory subjects, or 10+3 (Diploma in Mathematics).

Q. Is there an age limit for JEE Main exam?

A. As per JEE Eligibility Criteria, there is no age limit for writing the exam. Anyone who has completed Class 12 in the year 2019, 2020, or will be appearing for the same in 2021 can apply for the JEE Main 2021.

Q. Do the candidates have to upload Gen-EWS/SC/ST/OBC/PwD or any other category certificates?

A. Yes, if the applicant belongs to either of the categories mentioned above, he/she will have to attach the certificate that testifies the same. If the certificate is not in the candidate's possession, he/she may attach a self-declaration for the time being. The conducting authorities will allow candidates to upload the requisite certificates till the end of May 2021.


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