JEE Main 2018 Registration & Eligibility

Accepted For : B.Tech

Exam Mode : Both Online & Offline

Registrations Date

01 Dec, 2017


Exam Date

08 Apr, 2018

81 days to go

JEE Main 2018 Eligibility Criteria

Candidates planning to appear for JEE Main 2018 must fulfill the eligibility criteria set by Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). As part of the JEE Main 2018 eligibility criteria, candidates will have to fulfill eligibility conditions related to the number of subjects in the qualifying examination and number of attempts, age, qualifying exam, qualifying marks, etc.

Eligibility Norms for JEE Main 2018:

Number of Attempts in JEE Main:

  • Candidates get 3 attempts for JEE Main exam.
  • In order to get admission in the states of Madhya Pradesh, Nagaland, Gujarat and Odisha institutions, the number of attempts and age limit will be similar to the previous practices of their respective state level examinations.

Number of Subjects Required for the Qualifying Examination (Class XII):

  • It is compulsory for all candidates appearing for JEE Mains that they must have passed at least 5 subjects with the following Combination:
    • Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics as their core subjects, Language and any other subject in their class XII examinations.
  • The candidates who have taken only four subjects are not authorized to write JEE Main exam, and if such candidates submit wrong information in JEE Main examination, their result will not be declared.

Marks Required in Class XII (Qualifying Examination):

  • There are no minimum marks required in class XII for writing the JEE Main exam.
  • Candidates should get at least 75% marks in class XII examination for admission in NITs, IIITs and other Centrally Funded Technical Institutes (CFTIs) or they should rank in the top 20 percentile of their qualifying exams to get admission in other state government institutions.
  • For Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe candidates, 65% marks are required in Class XII.

Date of Birth Criteria:

  • For General and OBC candidates whose birth date falls on or after 1st Oct 1993 are eligible to take JEE Main 2018.
  • However, in the case of reserve category the upper age limit is relaxed by 5 years, i.e. people under the categories of Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST), as well as Persons with Disabilities (PwD) who are born on or after 1st October 1988, are eligible.
  • The birth date given in the Secondary Education Board/University Certificate will be considered.

Year of Appearance in Qualifying Examination (Class XII):

  • Only those who have cleared their Class XII examination or any equivalent qualification examination 2016 or 2017 are eligible to apply for JEE Main 2018.
  • Also, the candidates who are appearing in class XII exam in 2018 or any equivalent qualifying exam can also apply for JEE Main 2018 exam.
  • Candidates who were unable to qualify for the class XII exam in 2015, but cleared the examination in 2016 are not eligible to take JEE Main 2018.


1. What is the eligibility for Diploma candidates?

Diploma holders are eligible only for JEE Advanced examination. But in order to appear for JEE Advanced 2018, a diploma candidate can apply for JEE Main 2018, however, his/her JEE Main 2018 score and rank will not be declared because a diploma holder cannot apply for admission in NITs and CFTIs through JEE Main.

2. If a candidate has passed in 2016 and has appeared for improvement in 2017, what he will fill in the academic details section?

Such candidates have to decide as to which percentage of marks i.e. 2016 or 2017 is better and accordingly, they have to select the year and corresponding roll number in the first step of application form of JEE (Main). Further, the candidates who have passed class 12th in 2016 and appearing in improvement examination of class 12th in 2018, may fill the form in either of the following methods:-

  • Select the year of passing class 12th as 2017 and enter the roll number, the name of the board in the first step of the application form. In the second step of application form select ‘yes’ in the column – appearing for improvement examination. or
  • Select the year of appearing class 12th as 2018 and fill the remaining form correctly.After the declaration of result of improvement examination, there will be an option on the website to provide the correct roll number of class 12 in which candidate’s result is better.

3.  What is the maximum number of attempts for JEE Main 2018?

Candidates can avail a maximum number of 3 attempts for JEE Main 2018.

4. As per the JEE Main Eligibility Criteria, am I eligible for admission to B.Arch. Course in IITs if I appear in paper 2 of JEE Main 2018?

No, candidates appearing for Paper 2 are eligible for admission to B.Arch course only in NITs/SPAs other CFTIs (where B.Arch course is available). IITs have a separate procedure for admission to B.Arch courses.

5. I have passed my Class XII examination from Jammu and Kashmir. Can I choose the JEE Main 2018 Exam Centre from across the country?

Candidates who have passed their Class XII examination or appearing it from the states of J&K, Assam and Meghalaya have to select the city of examination in these states only.

6. I have passed my class XII examination from Assam but I have Aadhaar Card. Can I choose Examination Centre across India?

Candidates who have passed or appearing in class XII examination from the states of J&K, Assam, and Meghalaya and have the Aadhaar Card can choose the Examination Centre across India.

7. If a candidate has passed in 2016/2017 and has appeared for improvement in 2018, what he will fill in the academic details section?

Select the year of passing 10+2 as 2016/2017 and enter the roll number, the name of the board and other details of 2016/2017 in the application form. Select ‘yes’ in the column – appearing for improvement examination. The roll number of improvement examination 2018 may be filled at the time of downloading admit cards of JEE Main.