It is a common dilemma for the students preparing for engineering entrance exams: Whether to write JEE-Main and Advanced both or just settle for the former. If both, then one needs to decide in advance so that preparation of both goes hand in hand.
These exams are interrelated but different at the same time. Scores in JEE-Main is important in seeking admission to 4-year science and engineering degree courses of institutions like NITs, IIITs and other national level colleges in India. On the other hand, it is also a qualifying exam to take JEE (ADVANCED) 2016.
Let’s quickly check how the process of JEE MAINS and JEE (ADVANCED) work:
JEE MAINS is the primary Admission criteria to Undergraduate Engineering Programs at NITs, IIITs, Other Centrally Funded Technical Institutions, Institutions funded by participating State Governments, and other Institutions. The Paper-1 (B. E. /B. Tech.) of JEE (Main) will also be an eligibility test for the JEE (Advanced) if a candidate aspires for admission to the undergraduate programmes offered by the IITs.
Eligibility for JEE MAINS and JEE (Advanced) – 2016 is largely same. But being eligible to write JEE (main) and by obtaining an All India rank in JEE (main), a candidate does not automatically become eligible for admission nor becomes eligible for JEE Advanced.
Score and Result for JEE (Main) - 2016
I. The result of Paper-I of JEE (Main) – 2016 for all candidates will be declared on 27th April 2016. This will show marks obtained in Paper-I of JEE (Main) – 2016 and the status of those who qualify for appearing in JEE (Advanced) – 2016.
II. On the basis of score in JEE (Main)-2016 and normalized score in Class 12th or equivalent qualifying exam (60% & 40% weightage respectively), separate rank lists will be prepared for admission to B.E./B. Tech. and B. Arch/ B. Planning in institutions other than IITs. This will be declared on or before 30th of June 2016. Institutions in the states of Gujarat-Madhya Pradesh Nagaland and Odisha take admission through JEE MAINS score.
III. Only the All India Rank (AIR) is used for admissions to NITs/IIITs/CFTIs/SFIs/Others.
Subject combinations required in the qualifying examination
Number of subjects in the Qualifying Examination (QE)
Candidates must have taken at least five subjects in class 12th/ qualifying examination in order to be eligible for writing JEE (Main) - 2016. The five subjects will be taken into account for the calculation of percentile and normalization of qualifying examination marks. These are:
4- Any one of (Chemistry, Biology, Biotechnology, Technical Vocational Subject),
5- Any other subject.
JEE (Advanced) – 2016
Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) are institutions of national importance established through Acts of Parliament for fostering excellence in education. Over the years, IITs have created a world-class educational platform that is dynamically sustained through quality teaching and internationally acclaimed research with excellent infrastructure and the best available minds who have continued to make a considerable impact in all sections of the Society.
The primary objectives of IITs and ISM are as follows:
To create an environment that encourages freedom of thought and pursuit of excellence, and inculcates the necessary vision and self-discipline to achieve excellence.
To build a solid foundation of scientific and technical knowledge and to prepare competent and motivated engineers and scientists.
To kindle an entrepreneurial spirit among the students.
To prepare the students to become outstanding professionals and contribute to nation-building.
At present, there are eighteen IITs located across the country.
All the candidates, including foreign nationals, must fulfill each and every one of the following five criteria to appear in JEE (Advanced) 2016.
Criterion 1 – Performance in JEE (Main) 2016.
Candidates should be among the top 2,00,000 (including all categories) by scoring positive marks in Paper-1 of JEE (Main) 2016.
Criterion 2 – Age limit.
Candidates should have been born on or after October 1, 1991. Five years relaxation is given to SC, ST and PwD candidates
Criterion 3 – Number of attempts.
A candidate can attempt JEE (Advanced) a maximum of two times in consecutive years. Therefore, candidates who appeared in JEE (Advanced) 2015 for the first time are also eligible.
Criterion 4 – Appearance in Class XII (or equivalent) examination.
A candidate should have appeared for the Class XII (or equivalent) examination for the first time in all the subjects in either 2015 or 2016.
Those appeared for the Class XII (or equivalent) examination in 2015 and wish to re-appear in the same in 2016 (either for improvement or because they failed in one or more subjects), must re-appear in all the subjects in 2016.
Criterion 5 – Earlier admission at IITs/ISM.
A candidate should NOT have been admitted in an IIT/ISM (irrespective of whether or not he/she continued in the program) OR even accepted the IIT/ISM seat by reporting at a reporting centre in the past. The candidates whose admission at IITs or ISM was cancelled are also NOT eligible.
Candidates who have been admitted to a preparatory course in any of the IITs for the first time in 2015 can appear in JEE (Advanced) 2016. The candidates who have paid seat acceptance fee but not accepted the seat by reporting at the reporting centre during joint seat allocation in 2015 are also eligible.
Major differences between JEE-Main and JEE-Advanced include:
Eligibility criteria of JEE-Main and JEE advanced are largely same but, only top 2 lakh candidates of JEE-Main can take JEE-Advanced. IITs and ISM Dhanbad pick up candidates on the basis of All India Rank (AIR) in JEE-Advanced.
Paper patterns of JEE Main and JEE advanced are different even though both have multiple choice questions in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics.
JEE-Main is conducted both in pen-paper mode in online mode. However, JEE Advanced is conducted in pen-paper mode.
4. A candidate can take JEE-Main thrice in his/her lifetime but can attempt JEE-Advanced a maximum of two times in two consecutive years.
Writer: Falguni Goswami
Falguni is the Head of Testprep Division of CollegeDekho and is also an expert in Career Counselling.