JEE Main Eligibility Criteria 2021: NTA set the eligibility criteria for the JEE Main Exam. This is the important requirement without which candidates won’t be able to apply for the JEE Main 2021. Candidates before applying for the JEE Main 2021, must read the JEE Main 2021 eligibility criteria. The eligibility requirement will be listed in the brochure of JEE Main 2021. JEE Main 2021 will provide admissions in various undergraduate engineering courses in IITs, NITs, and IIITs. So candidates seeking for admission will have to appear for the JEE Main 2021 exam. And in order to sit for the exam, candidates have to fulfill the eligibility criteria. Eligibility requirement for JEE Main 2021 includes details such as educational qualification, age limit, nationality, subjects in Class 12/10+2 or equivalent and other mandatory details

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Parameters of the JEE Main 2021 Eligibility Criteria

NTA is very strict about the eligibility requirement of JEE Main 2021. Authority set the eligibility criteria on different parameters.

Parameters of the JEE Main eligibility criteria 2021

JEE Main 2021 Eligibility Requirement Details (B.Tech)

FactorsEligibility Criteria
No. Of AttemptsCandidates can participate in the entrance exam for 3 consecutive years. The exam will be conducted twice a year, they may appear in both the attempts. The attempt for an academic year will be considered as One.
Which Year Candidates can applyCandidates who have passed the 12th board in 2019, 2020 and appearing candidates of 2021 can also apply.
NationalityCandidates must be a citizen of India. Other than that, NRI/ OCI/ PIO/ Foreign Nationals can also apply.
AgeThere is no specific age limit for the applications. However, he/ she should be born on or after October 1st, 1994.
Qualifying ExaminationCandidates must have passed 10+2 or equivalent from any government recognized board. Other than that, candidates currently pursuing their class XII or equivalent are also eligible to apply.
Qualifying SubjectsPassed 10+2 examination with Physics and Mathematics as compulsory subjects along with one of the Chemistry/ Biotechnology/ Biology/ Technical Vocational subject.For B.planning, mathematics is no longer the priority for filling the form.
Number of subjects in the Qualifying examFive subjects with 3 compulsory and 2 elective subjects
Qualifying Percentage/ MarksPaper 1: The candidate will secure at least 75% marks in the 12th class examination, or be in the top 20 percentile in the 12th class examination conducted by the respective Boards. For SC/ ST candidates the qualifying marks would be 65% in the 12th class examination. Paper 2: For B.Planning and B.Arch candidates must have  50% marks in Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics and also 50%
marks in aggregate of the qualifying examination.

Important Points Regarding JEE Main Eligibility 2021

  • Candidates don’t have an age limit for the JEE Main exam. However, he/she has to pass the 12th board in 2019, 2020 and appearing candidates of 2021 can only apply.

(The candidates must note that the IITs have an age limit/restriction, which will be published in JEE(Advanced)-2021 Information Brochure).

  • Candidates must have 75% in aggregate in the 12th Board (65% reserved category).
  • It is compulsory for the students to have 5 subjects in 12th boards apart from the required subjects in JEE Main 2021 eligibility requirement. Candidates having 4 subjects in the 12th board will not be allowed for JEE Main 2021 exam.
  • The subjects combination as per the paper is given here:

B.Tech: Physics and Mathematics as compulsory subjects along with one of the following: Chemistry/ Biotechnology/Biology/Technical Vocational

B.Arch: Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics subjects. (50% marks in 12th Board)

B.Plan: Mathematics in 12th can also apply because science is no longer the criteria for B.Planning. (50% marks in 12th Board)

Eligibility Criteria For Admission In NITs, IIITs, and GFTIs

  • Minimum Marks: Candidates should secure minimum 75% marks (65% for SC/ST students) in the 12th board examination or must be in the top 20 percentile in class 12th examination
  • Subject requirement as per the courses i.e B.E/B.Tech and B.Arch and B.Planning
CourseCriteria Required for Admission
Passed 10+2 examination with Physics and Mathematics as compulsory subjects along with one of the Chemistry/Biotechnology/Biology/ Technical Vocational subject.
Passed 10+2 examination with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics subjects.
Passed 10+2 examination with Mathematics. (Science is no longer the criteria)

List of Qualifying Examinations (QE) For JEE Main:

  •  10+2 exam that must be conducted by any recognized Central/ State Board, such as CBSE or ICSE or State Board University.
  • Final examination of the two-year course of the Joint Services Wing of the National Defense Academy.
  • Any Public School/ Board/ University examination in India or in any foreign country recognized as equivalent to the 10+2 system by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU).
  • Senior Secondary School Examination conducted by the National Institute of Open Schooling with a minimum of five subjects.
  • Higher Secondary Certificate Vocational Examination.
  • A Diploma recognized by AICTE or a State board of technical education of at least a 3-year 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.

Reservation Of Seats

As per Government of India, the following categories will be considered in JEE Main 2021 for the seat reservation:

CategoryReservation (in %)
Scheduled Castes (SC)15
Scheduled Tribes (ST)7.5
Persons with Disability (PwD)3

JEE Main 2021 Eligibility Criteria For Droppers

Two categories under which the eligibility criteria for droppers can be classified

  • Candidates who have dropped a year after completing their class 12 to concentrate on JEE Main 2020 exam.
  • And the candidates who got admitted to another institute and wish to attempt again or did not qualify JEE Main earlier and waited a year while preparation.

JEE Main 2021 Eligibility Criteria for Droppers are:

  • There is no specific age limit but make sure that the 12th board completed in 2019 & 2020. Only three consecutive attempts are allowed for JEE Main.
  • The candidates should have obtained a minimum of 75% aggregate marks (65% for reserved category) or be in the top 20 percentile of their respective boards.
  • Must have at least five subjects in 12th class or qualifying exam (Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics compulsory).

State Code of Eligibility

Candidates must look at the JEE Main 2021 state code of eligibility. State code of eligibility is actually the state from where the candidate has passed the 12th class or equivalent examination. The following are the List of States/ Union Territories and their Codes for State Codes of Eligibility:

CodeName of State/ Union Territory (UT)CodeName of State/ Union Territory (UT)
1Andaman & Nicobar Islands (UT)20Madhya Pradesh
2Andhra Pradesh21Maharashtra
3Arunachal Pradesh22Manipur
6Chandigarh (UT)25Nagaland
8Dadra & Nagar Haveli (UT)27Puducherry (UT)
9Daman & Diu (UT)28Punjab
10Delhi (NCT)29Rajasthan
12Gujarat31Tamil Nadu
14Himachal Pradesh33Uttar Pradesh
15Jammu & Kashmir34Uttarakhand
16Jharkhand35West Bengal
18Kerala98Foreign/ OCI/ PIO/ Nepal / Bhutan
19Lakshadweep (UT)


  1. Hi! I failed in mathematics but now I’m going to reappear in 2019 for mathematics & also I’m going to apply for the improvement of other 4 subjects.Am I still eligible for JEE-main 2019.plz rply

  2. Hi! I failed in mathematics but now I’m going to reappear in 2018 for mathematics & also I’m going to apply for the improvement of other 4 subjects.Am I still eligible for JEE-main 2019.plz rply

  3. Hlo! I appeared in class 12th examination in 2017-18 but I got below 75%.Will I be eligible for the 2019 examination If I will apply for the improvement.

    • Hi, YES you can appear for JEE Main 2019 as there is no required percentage to appear in the JEE Main. However, you can take the improvement exam to increase the percentage and take admission in NITs, IIITs and CFTIs.

  4. I’m 12th appeared… Secured only 72%in class 12 I’m giving improvement exam in 2019,in two subjects maths nd chemistry….. So I wanted to know that I’m I eligible to give jee 2019 January examination .???

    • Hi Ranjan,

      You are eligible for JEE Main. We have not received any Official Announcement for JEE Advanced 2019 yet, will update as soon as it is available.

  5. Sir i am giving 12th again in 2019 because to improve the marks. I had got less percentage in 2018 12th exam. While taking the admission in clg which marks of 12th is considered

  6. I am studying from the IGCSE Cambridge board in Bangalore. i have currently taken up PCM subjects in A levels and have already finished AS level English Language in the previous year. With mu current pick of subjects am i eligible to write jee mains and advanced and get into NITs or IITs if i get a high enough rank?

  7. I have currently taken up PCM subjects in A levels and have already finished AS Level English language previous year. I am studying from the IGCSE Cambridge board. With the current pick of subjects will I be eligible to write JEE Mains and Advanced and get into NITS, IITS etc?

    • Yes, you are eligible to take JEE Main 2019. If you qualify the JEE Main 2019 and meet the required cut off, you will be eligible for JEE Advanced 2019.

  8. Can i get admission in any NIT’S or IIIT college if i have my percentage less than 75% but i have suitable marks in mains…..???

    • No, the candidate should have secured at least 75% marks in the 12th class examination, or be in the
      top 20 percentile in the 12th class examination conducted by the respective Boards. For SC/ST
      candidates the qualifying marks would be 65% in the 12th class examination. Therefore, if you have less than 75% or 65%, admission to IIITs, NITs and CFTIs is not possible.

  9. Jee main require. 75% marks. If we will give improvement exam then do we need to give all subjects exam. Or we can choose one or two subject to bring marks upto 75% as jee require.

    • No, you are not eligible. Minimum qualifying percentage for admission to NITs, CFTIs and IIITs is 75% (general) and 65% (SC/ST).

  10. Hi sir,
    I completed my 12th in 2013. After that I finished my diploma in electrical engineering in 2017. Can I eligible for he mains 2019?

  11. We have to get 75% in12th with including all five subject or 4(PCME/PCMH) or 3(PCM)
    I don’t known please help me regarding this

    • There are no minimum qualifying marks to take the JEE Main. After you qualify the exam, you need to fulfill the eligibility criteria of the institution that you want to take admission in.

  12. Hello sir,
    I am belonging to state board. I have appeared my 12th board from JAC. I got overall 60% results. I want to ask you that “Am I eligible for jee main 2019 ?”

  13. phy., che., maths, phy. edu., & computer science are my subjects in +1 & now in +2 also. i m appearing in +2 for 2018-2019. am i fully eligible for iit main & advance? any language subject is compulsory?

    • You cannot qualify class 12th without a language subject. It is mandatory for all boards. And You also need to enter the marks of one language subject in JEE Main 2019 application form.

  14. Sir I had passed my 12th class examination actions this year and I had also tried for jee main this year but i was unable to crack it. So that sitter howany time I can appear for this exam 6 times or 4 times or 2 times

    • Hi,
      since you had appeared for JEE Main in 2018, you can now take the JEE Main 2019 and JEE Main 2020. In each of these years, the exam will be conducted twice but will be treated as 1 attempt in a year and therefore you will now have 4 more chances to take the JEE Main.

    • You can give the exam before appearing for 12th exam as it will give you an idea of how to take the exam and you will be able to perform better in JEE Main April session. Studying for Class 12th board exam will also help you prepare for JEE Main 2019 January session.

      However, if you are fully confident that you can perform your best in one chance only with better preparation, then take the JEE Main 2019 April exam.

  15. I am repeating my 12 exam again because i got compartment in one exam in cbse 2018 .is i am eligible to give jee main 2019 exam and if eligible what should i have to fill in application form??

  16. Hi Sir,this is Ramesh mancharla.I completed my diploma in civil engineering department during the academic year of 2017-2018.may i know whether I’m qualified or not to write JEE MAIN -2019

    • Hi Dhanush
      Firstly you must know that a candidate can take the JEE Main only 3 times in 3 years back to back.
      Before the JEE Main 2019, every JEE Main was conducted once in a year which was considered as one attempt.
      Since now NTA is conducting JEE Main twice in a year, it will still be treated as one attempt. So if you take JEE Main 2019 January exam or you take JEE Main April exam, the best result of the two will be counted and will be treated as one attempt.

      • But jee main just needs 75% marks. And improvement exam is of main subjects only and not for optional so how could we give all five subjects.

        • Hi Prinju,

          Yes you can always give improvement in your 12th Class exams but not in JEE Mains…

          75% marks are required to qualify for JEE Advanced , JEE Mains don’t require 75% marks

          • So to be eligible for jee mains i can give improvement exam in any of 5 subjects and not in all subjects. I just need to bring 75% marks… Due to physics my % got low.. So i will try to get marks in physics ..

    • If you have taken the JEE Main 3 times already, you cannot appear in JEE Main 2019.
      However if you have attempted JEE Main in 2017 and 2018, you can write the JEE Main 2019.

      Get a clear idea about the number of attempts from this article

  17. I passed out my 12th standard in the year 2017/18. And i got a seat in tseamcet and iim studing the b tech
    Am i eligible for the jee main 2019

    • Qualifying the JEE will get you admission in the reputed NITs, IIITs and CFTIs if you wish to pursue engineering and want to bag a really good package after graduating. It is also the qualifying exam for JEE Advanced.
      NEET will help you get admissions in top Medical colleges to pursue any programme in the field of medicine.


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