JEE Advanced Eligibility Criteria 2020

Sakunth Kumar Updated On: 18 Dec, 2019 15:05 IST

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JEE Advanced 2020 Eligibility Criteria

Candidates who successfully pass the JEE Main exam and secure a position among the top 2,24,000 candidates, will be eligible to apply for the JEE Advanced 2020. The exam conducting authority is responsible for furnishing the JEE Advanced 2020 Eligibility Criteria. Eligibility criteria of JEE Advanced 2020 for various undergraduate programmes is given below. 

All candidates will have to fulfil the following criteria to appear for the JEE Advanced 2020 exam.

JEE Main 2020 Criteria for JEE Advanced

Candidates who qualify the JEE Main 2020 exam and are in the top 2,24,000 candidates including all categories, they will be eligible for JEE Advanced 2019 examination.

The percentages required for categories are:

  • OBC-NCL: 27%

  • SC: 15%

  • ST: 7.5%

  • Open (General): 50.5%

In each of these 4 categories (OBC, SC, ST & Open), 5% reservation is applicable for Persons with Disabilities (PwD) candidates (including Dyslexia).

Category-wise distribution of Candidates on the basis of JEE Main Score

Category-wise No. of Top candidates Total no. of top candidates
OBC-NCL 57,456


OBC-NCL-PwD 3,024
SC 31,920 33,600
SC - PwD 1,680
ST 15,960 16,800
ST - PWD 840
Open 1,07,464


Open - PwD 5,656


JEE Advanced Age Criteria

The age criteria for JEE Advanced 2020 is as follows -

  • Open category candidates whose date of birth is on or after 1st Oct. 1994, will be eligible to appear for the examination.

  • For the Reserved category, candidates have been exempted by 5 years i.e., Scheduled Tribe (ST) Scheduled Caste (SC) and Persons with Disabilities (PwD).

  • Candidates who were born on or after 1st October 1989 will be eligible.

JEE Advanced 2020 Rule on Number of Attempts

  • Candidates get 2 attempts for JEE Advanced exam.
  • Candidates who appeared for the first time in JEE Advanced 2018 exam will also be eligible to take JEE Advanced 2020.

Additional Details Regarding JEE Advanced Eligibility 2020

Appearance in Class 12th Exam or Equivalent Examination Criteria for JEE Advanced 2020:

  • A candidate should have appeared for the first time in class 12 exam or equivalent examination either in 2019 or 2020.

  • Candidates will also be eligible to sit for JEE Advanced 2019 if their Class 12 result or equivalent examination board result will be announced after June 2019.

Previous Admission at Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs):

  • The candidate will not get admission if he/she had been admitted in any IIT regardless of whether he/she continued in the course or not.

  • Candidate should not have accepted any of the IIT seats by reporting at a reporting centre in the past.

  • A candidate whose admission was cancelled by IIT in the past will not be eligible to appear for JEE Advanced 2020.

Examination Equivalent to Class 12th Examination for JEE Advanced 2020

  • General Certificate Education (GCE)

  • Central/ State Board

  • National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS)

  • Certificate from Association of Indian (AIU)

  • National Defence Academy (NDA)

  • Diploma from the State Board of Technical Education

  • Higher Secondary Vocational Examination


I have taken admission in one of the IITs for preparatory course. Am I eligible for JEE Advanced?

Yes, you are eligible for JEE Advanced 2020 provided you fulfill other eligibility criteria.

Who is not eligible for appearing in JEE Advanced or joining IITs-ISM?

The candidate should not have taken admission (irrespective of whether or not he/she continued in the program) OR even accepted admission by paying the admission fee at any of the IITs or ISM in the past; even candidates whose admission was cancelled are not eligible. A candidate who has not qualified in JEE Main will not be considered for JEE Advanced irrespective.

I got admission in NIT in 2018. Am I eligible to appear for JEE Advanced 2020?

Yes, candidates who got admission to any NITs in 2019 can appear in JEE Advanced 2020 if they fulfill all other criteria.

Can PIO and OCI card holders apply for JEE Advanced 2020 or not?

Yes, all foreign nationals are eligible to appear for the exam, unless there is a change in the rule.

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