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JEE Main Eligibility 2021

Updated By Simran Saini on 03 Mar, 2021 11:47

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JEE Main Eligibility 2021 (Revised)

JEE Main is an examination that requires both attention and certification from the candidates’ end. From form filling to preparation for JEE Main, all must be done properly so that no scope of rejection is left. Candidates planning to appear for JEE Main 2021 must fulfil the eligibility criteria set by the conducting authority. National Testing Agency (NTA) has defined the eligibility criteria in detail for the aspirants. As part of the JEE Main eligibility criteria 2021, candidates will have to fulfill the requirements related to the qualifying examination, the number of attempts, age, nationality, qualifying marks, etc.

75% in Class 12th Not Mandatory for Admission in NITs, IIITs, GFTIs and SPAs

Mentioned below are the updated JEE Main eligibility norms 2021 as prescribed by NTA that must be fulfilled by all the aspirants without missing out on any pointer. These eligibility conditions justify the essence of the courses that will be taken up by the engineering aspirants.

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JEE Main 2021 Age Limit

The rules & regulations pertaining to the age limit of JEE Main 2021 are as follows -

  • There is no age limit to appear for the JEE Main 
  • However, the candidates must have passed Class 12th in 2019/ 2020 or appearing for the exams in 2021. 
  • Candidates who have passed Class 12th in 2018 or before are not eligible.

Detailed JEE Main Eligibility Criteria 2021

The detailed JEE Main 2021 eligibility criteria can be checked below -

Number of Attempts in JEE Main

  • Candidates get 3 attempts for JEE Main exam and 2 attempts for JEE Advanced.
  • 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.

    Nationality

    • Candidates must be a Citizen of India.

    • For the ones who belong to the category of Non-Residential Indian (NRI) or Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) or Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) can also apply for JEE Main 2021, providing the category certificates at all stages of JEE Main.

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

    • For Paper 1 (B.Tech), the candidates must have studied Physics and Mathematics as the compulsory subjects in Class 12th, and Chemistry/ Biotechnology can be optional subjects.
    • For Paper 2A & 2B, the candidates must have studied Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics as the compulsory subjects in Class 12th. 

    Marks Required in Class XII (Qualifying Examination)

    • There are no minimum marks required in class XII for writing the JEE Main exam.
    • For the year 2021, 75% in CLass 12th not mandatory for admission in NITs, IIITs, GFTIs and SPAs

    Date of Birth Criteria

    • For General and OBC candidates whose birth date falls on or after 1st October, 1994 will be eligible to take JEE Main 2021.
    • However, in the case of the 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 1989, will be 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 2019 or 2020 or 2021 will be eligible to apply for JEE Main 2021. 
    • Also, the candidates who are appearing in class XII exam in 2021 or any equivalent qualifying exam can also apply for JEE Main 2021 exam.
    • Candidates who passed Class 12th in 2018 or below are not eligible to appear for JEE Main

    Aadhar Card Criteria

    Candidates appearing for JEE Main 2021 examination need not compulsorily mention details of the Aadhar card while filling up the application form. A notice issued by NTA has asked candidates to register any identification proof that can comprise of Passport, Bank Account Number, Ration Card Number, any valid Government ID or Aadhar Card.The form filling process for JEE Main has started and the candidates can now start filling it by entering details of valid and approved documents.

    State of Eligibility

    • For Indian nationals passing the Class XII (or equivalent) examination from Nepal/Bhutan, the State code of eligibility will be determined based on a permanent address in India as given in the passport of the candidate.
    • The State code of eligibility of OCI/PIO passing Class XII (or equivalent) examination in India is at par with Indian nationals. However, OCI/PIO passing the Class XII (or equivalent) examination from an institution abroad are eligible for Other State quota seats or All India quota seats (but NOT for Home State quota seats) in all NITs, IIEST and Other-CFTIs
    • If a candidate has passed Class XII (or equivalent) qualifying examination from one State but appeared for improvement from another State, the candidate’s State code of eligibility will be from where the candidate first passed the Class XII (or equivalent) examination and NOT the State from where the candidate has appeared for improvement.

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    JEE Main Reservation of Seats 2021

    JEE Main 2021 Reservation Criteria will be determined by the exam organizing body. Based on the criteria, admissions will be organized in the participating institutes. The criteria for reservation in JEE Main 2020 will be applicable to the candidates belonging to SC, ST and OBC categories, Person with Disability (PwD) category. The reservation criteria of JEE Main 2020 will also include criteria related to home state quota and other state quotas.

    These categories are:

    • Other Backward Classes (OBC) if they belong to Non-Creamy Layer (NCL)

    • Scheduled Castes (SC)

    • Scheduled Tribes (ST)

    • Persons with Disability (PwD) with 40% or more disability

    Category-Wise JEE Main Reservation of Seats

    Category

     Reservation

    OBC (Non-creamy layer)

    27%

    SC

    15%

    ST

    7.5%

    EWS10%

    PwD (40% or more disability)

    5%

    JEE Main Reservation of Seats (Institute-Wise)

    Institutes

    Criteria

    NIT (Other State Quota)

    50% seats reserved for candidates belonging to all other states and Union Territories excluding Home State.

    NIT (Home Quota)

    50% seats are reserved

    Centre Funded Technical Institutes (CFTIs)

    Based on Home Quota/ State Quota/ All India Quota

    State-Funded Technical Institutes

    IIIT

    Government Funded Technical Institutes

    Based on All India Quota

    State Engineering Colleges

    Based on State Quota

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    FAQs about JEE Main Eligibility

    What the requirements for JEE Main Phase 2, 3 & 4 registration if I had applied for JEE Main Phase 1?

    If you had already registered for JEE Main Phase 1, you will just need to pay the exam fee for Phase 2, 3 & 4. No separate registration is required in such cases.

    If a candidate has passed in 2018 and has appeared for improvement in 2019, what should he/she fill in the academic details section?

    Candidates who have passed in 2018 or before are not eligible to appear for JEE Main.

    Are NIOS students eligible to appear for JEE Main?

    NIOS students are eligible to appear for JEE Main exam.

    If a candidate has passed in 2020 and is appearing for improvement in 2021, what will he/she fill in the academic details section?

    Such candidates have to decide as to which percentage of marks i.e. 2020 or 2020 is better and accordingly, they have to select the year and corresponding roll number in the first step of the application form of JEE (Main). Further, the candidates who have passed class 12th in 2020 and appearing in improvement examination of class 12th in 2021, may fill the form in either of the following methods:- Select the year of passing class 12th as 2020 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 2019 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.

    What is the eligibility for JEE Mains 2021?

    Class 12th is the minimum qualification that is required for JEE Main 2021.

    What is the minimum 12th score needed to appear in JEE exam ?

    The candidates should score minimum qualifying marks in Class 12th to appear for JEE Main

    What is the eligibility of OBC category for appearing in JEE Mains Exam?

    Candidates with a minimum pass marks in Class 12th are eligible for JEE Main exam

    What is the eligibility of ST category for appearing in JEE Mains Exam?

    Candidates with a minimum pass marks in Class 12th are eligible for JEE Main exam

    What is the eligibility of SC category for appearing in JEE Mains Exam?

    Candidates with a minimum pass marks in Class 12th are eligible for JEE Main exam

    What is the eligibility of General EWS category for appearing in JEE Mains Exam?

    Candidates with a minimum pass marks in Class 12th are eligible for JEE Main exam

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