One of the most challenging entrance examination, JEE (Joint Entrance Examination) Main is taken by lakhs of students every year to get admission into engineering colleges like IIITs, NITs, CFTIs and various other colleges. Some institutes who do not directly participate in JEE Main 2018 also consider the JEE main score of the candidate for admission into their college/institute.

Check Eligibility For NTA JEE Main Exam

National Testing Agency will be releasing the JEE Main Answer key 2019 for all the questions asked in the examination. The NTA will be conducting Joint Entrance Exam Main from 2019 onwards. JEE Main 2019 Answer key will be released in the online mode by the National Testing Agency.

CBSE has recently announced that the offline mode of JEE Main 2018 will be conducted on 8th April 2018 and the online mode of the exam will be conducted on 15th and 16th April 2018. The online application form for the same was made available on the 1st December 2017. Students who wish to apply can check out the eligibility criteria in detail below.

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Eligibility Criteria for JEE Main 2018

Candidates must have a look at the eligibility criteria in detail before filling up the application form. All criteria must be fulfilled in order to take the exam. Given below are the main eligibility criteria to appear in the JEE main 2018:

Education Qualification – Candidate must have qualified 12th board exam or any other equivalent qualifying exam.

Students must qualify in at least 5 subjects including Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics along with English and an additional subject.

Candidates who have passed the 12th examination in 2016/2017 are eligible to apply. Candidates who will give their 12th class exams in the year 2018 can also apply for the same.

For improvement cases, any candidate who has passed in 2017 but is giving an improvement exam in 2018, the top 20 percentile for 2017 will be considered.

Candidates who have failed the qualifying examination in 2015 and are reappearing for the same in 2016 are not eligible to apply.

An acceptable list of qualifying exams will be given in the official JEE main brochure. It will include 10+2 final exam by a recognized board, Inter or PU exams, NDA final examination, SSSE by NIOS with a minimum of 5 subjects, school/ board/ university recognized equivalent to 10+2 by AIU. Also, IITs will accept HSC vocational exam, diploma, GCE by London/ Cambridge/ Sri Lanka at A level, HSCE by Cambridge University or the IB Diploma of the International Baccalaureate Office, Geneva.

Diploma candidates can also apply for JEE main but only for admission into IITs but not in JEE Main colleges.

Age limit

An ideal candidate’s date of birth should be on or after 1st October 1993.

For all the Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Persons with Disabilities (PwD) are granted a relaxation of 5 years. So, candidates who belong to this category can have a date of birth on or after 1st October, 1988.

Note – Age will be calculated as per the DOB mentioned in the Secondary Education Board / University Certificate.

Other Eligibility Criteria

Candidates can only take the exam 3 times.

It is mandatory for all the Indian citizen candidates to have an Aadhar Card, details of which will be required at the time of filling up the admission form.

Eligibility Criteria for Admission into NITs, IIITs and CFTIs

Candidates who qualify the JEE Main 2018 and who have obtained at least 75% of marks in 12th board exam or any equivalent qualifying exam or are in the Top 20 percentile of their 12th class will be shortlisted by JoSSA (Joint Seat Allocation Authority) while preparing the merit list.

Candidates who belong to the reserved category of SC/ST will require only 65% marks to qualify.

Candidates opting for courses B.Tech or BE must have qualified Physics and chemistry along with either of these – Biology/ Biotechnology/ Chemistry/ technical vocation.

Candidates opting for courses B. Arch or B. Planning must have passed class 12th with Mathematics.

Candidates appearing for the exam should first go through the eligibility criteria. Any candidate who is not eligible will strictly not be allowed to take the exam.

If you have any queries related to the eligibility criteria of JEE Main 2018, do ask us in the comments section below.


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