Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Advanced is considered as one of the toughest exams in the world. The exam is conducted exclusively for admission to Indian Institute of Technology (IITs). Lakhs of students take this exam every year and only thousands of them qualify it. JEE Advanced 2018 was organized by Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur under the guidance of Joint Admission Board (JAB). Read more about JEE Advanced 2018 Eligibility Criteria in the article given below.

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The exam was conducted in computer-based online mode on May 20th, 2018 i.e Sunday. There were 2 papers in the examination and both were compulsory. Paper 1 was conducted in the first shift from 9 AM to 12 PM and Paper 2 was conducted in the second shift from 2 PM to 5 PM. 2,24,000 candidates were able to sit for JEE Advanced.

All candidates appearing were required to carefully read about JEE Advanced 2018 eligibility criteria. These criteria were based on certain parameters like age, the number of attempts, qualifying examination, etc. Aspirants must have made sure that they meet all the eligibility criteria and only then fill up the JEE Advanced Application Form.

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JEE Advanced 2018 General Eligibility Criteria

  • Nationality – Candidate can either be an Indian National (Including PIO/ OCI). Foreign nationals are also eligible to apply.
  • Age Limit – General category candidates must have been born on or after 1st October 1993, while the candidates belonging to the reserved categories of SC/ST/PwD will get a relaxation of 5 years. They should have been born on or after 1st October 1988. Candidates who have taken JEE Advanced in 2017 for the first time are also eligible to apply.
  • Number of Attempts – Aspirants can take the JEE Advanced for a maximum of 2 times in consecutive years.
  • Qualifying Examination – Candidates must have passed the class 12th examination in 2017 or 2018.
  • Admission to IITs and ISM – Candidates who had earlier accepted their admission to IITs and ISM irrespective of whether they left the course in between, were not able to take the JEE Advanced 2018. Also, candidates whose admissions at IIT were cancelled were not able to take the exam.
  • JEE Main 2018 Qualification – All candidates must have qualified the JEE Main exam and should have been in top 2,24,000(including all categories) in Paper 1 of JEE Main 2018 to be able to take JEE Advanced 2018. Percentage for reserved categories are OBC-NCL(27%), SC(15%), ST(7.5%) and Open Category(50.5%)

Category Wise Seat distribution for the Top 2,24,000

S.NoCategoryTOP Candidates Total
2Open PwD5,656
4OBC-NCL PwD3,024
6SC PwD1680
8ST PwD840

List of Examinations that were considered Equal to 10+2th Standard

  • Final 10+2 examination conducted by State or Central Board recognized by Association of Indian Universities.
  • Intermediate/ two-year pre-university examination conducted by board or university, recognized by the association of Indian Universities.
  • Senior Secondary School Examination conducted by the National Institute of Open Schooling with minimum five subjects.
  • The final examination of the two-year course of the Joint Services Wing of National Defence Academy.
  • Any Public School, Board or University examination in India or in a foreign country recognized as equal to the 10+2 by the AIU.
  • Diploma recognized by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) or a State Board of Technical Education of at least 3 years duration.
  • H.S.C vocational examination
  • Senior Secondary School Examination conducted by the National Institute of Open Schooling with minimum five subjects.
  • High School Certificate Examination of the Cambridge University or International Baccalaureate Diploma of the International Baccalaureate Office, Geneva.
  • General Certificate Education (GCE) examination (London, Cambridge or Sri Lanka) at the Advanced (A) level.

About Performance In 10+2 Or Equivalent

Candidates had to satisfy any 1 of the following criteria for Admission to JEE Advanced 2018

  • Candidates should have scored at least 75% aggregate marks in their 10+2 examination. Candidates belonging to the SC/ST and PwD, the aggregate marks should be at least 65%.
  • Candidate should be in the top 20 percentile of his/her class in class 12th examination.

Additional Requirements For Specific Courses

  • If a candidate opts for Mining Engineering, Mining Machinery Engineering, Integrated M. Sc programme in Geology or Geophysics or Petroleum Engineering, he/she should not suffer from any kind of color blindness. A medical certificate had to be submitted for the same and a medical committee constituted by IIT must have verified the same.
  • For candidates opting for Mining engineering, the standards of visual acuity with or without glasses had to be strictly adhered as per DGMS Circular 14 of 1972. Candidates with one eye vision were not be allowed.
  • Female candidates who opted for mining engineering were not allowed to work underground and in any part of the mine.
  • However, female candidates were given admission to the mining engineering and  Mining Machinery Engineering course at IIT (ISM), IIT Kharagpur and IIT (BHU).

All the aspirants had to make sure that they had read each and every detail about the JEE Advanced 2018 Eligibility Criteria before filling up the online application form as the ineligible candidates were not be allowed to take up the entrance exam.


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