JEE Main Eligibility Criteria 2024: Age Limit, Qualification, Nationality, Reservation, Attempts

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JEE Main Eligibility Criteria 2024

JEE Main 2024 eligibility criteria was released by National Testing Agency (NTA) along with the information bulletin. Candidates planning to appear for JEE Main 2024 must fulfil the eligibility criteria set by the conducting authority. The eligibility criteria are released in PDF format along with the JEE Main Syllabus 2024 PDF, exam pattern and other details on the official NTA website - nta.nic.in. As part of the eligibility criteria for JEE Main 2024, the candidates have to fulfil the requirements related to the qualifying examination, the number of attempts, age, nationality, qualifying marks, etc. Only those who fulfil the stated eligibility conditions for JEE Main examination will be able to fill out the JEE Main Application Form 2024. Since the previous year, few relaxations have been made to the JEE Main Eligibility Criteria 2024, as mentioned on this page. 

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JEE Main 2024 Age Limit

The rules & regulations pertaining to the age limit of JEE Main 2024 are as follows -

  • There is no age limit specified for JEE Main 2024

  • Only those candidates who have passed the Class 12 or equivalent examination in 2022 and 2023, or those who are appearing in the Class 12/equivalent examination in 2024, are eligible to appear in JEE Main 2024.

  • Candidates who have passed Class 12 or equivalent examination in 2021 or before are not eligible to sit for JEE Main 2024. 

Candidates can check the subject-wise JEE Main 2024 Syllabus here - 

JEE Main Physics Syllabus 2024 PDF

JEE Main Mathematics Syllabus 2024 PDF

JEE Main Chemistry Syllabus 2024 PDF

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Detailed JEE Main Eligibility Criteria 2024

The detailed JEE Main 2024 eligibility criteria can be checked below -

Number of Attempts in JEE Main

  • Candidates get 3 attempts for JEE Main 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/Indian Nationality

    • The ones who belong to the category of Non-Residential Indian (NRI), Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) or Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) can also apply for JEE Main 2024, provided they produce a category certificate. 

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

    • For Paper 1 (B.Tech), candidates must have studied Physics and Mathematics as compulsory subjects and Chemistry/ Biotechnology as optional subjects in Class 12 or equivalent.

    • For Paper 2A & 2B, candidates must have studied Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics as compulsory subjects in Class 12 or equivalent.

    Marks Required in Class XII (Qualifying Examination)

    • There are no minimum marks required in class XII for writing the JEE Main 2024 Exam.

    Date of Birth Criteria

    • There are no age criteria for JEE Main registration 2024. Candidates can apply irrespective of age.

    Year of Appearance in Qualifying Examination (Class XII)

    • Only those who have cleared their Class XII examination or any equivalent qualification examination in the year 2023/ 2022 are eligible to apply for JEE Main 2024. 

    • Also, candidates who are appearing in the class XII exam or any equivalent qualifying examination in 2024 can apply for the JEE Main 2024 Exam.

    • Candidates who passed Class 12 or equivalent examination in 2021 or before are not eligible to appear for JEE Main 2024 Exam. 

    Also Check JEE Main Deleted Syllabus 2024!

    Aadhar Card Criteria

    Candidates appearing for the JEE Main 2024 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 may comprise a Passport, Bank Account Number, Ration Card Number, or any valid Government ID or Aadhar Card. 

    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 for OCI/PIO passing the 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 the 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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    75% Criteria in JEE Main 2024

    The key highlights of the JEE Main 75% Relaxation Criteria are explained below - 

    • 'General Category' candidates must obtain at least 75% marks in Class 12 for admissions to NIT, IIITs and GFTIs through JEE Main 
    • 'Reserved Category' candidates must score at least 65% marks in Class 12 for admissions to NIT, IIITs and GFTIs through JEE Main 
    • Students from the years 2023 and 2022 who do not meet the criteria but are still in the top 20% of the candidates in the board exams are eligible to apply for the JEE Main
    • Candidates who featured in the top 20% in the 2021 board exam (since the board exam was not conducted and marks were given based on performance) are eligible to apply
    • Those candidates who meet the above-mentioned criteria will be considered eligible for counselling through the CSAB Special Round and not JoSAA Counselling. 

    Also check:JEE Main Syllabus 2024 PDF

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    List of Qualifying Exams for JEE Main 2024

    • The final examination of the 10+2 system, which is administered by any recognised Central/State Board, such as the Central Board of Secondary Education in New Delhi, the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations in New Delhi, and so on.
    • A recognised Board/University administering an intermediate or two-year Pre-University test
    • Final test for the National Defence Academy's two-year Joint Services Wing programme
    • The National Institute of Open Schooling conducts a Senior Secondary School Examination with a minimum of five topics
    • The Association of Indian Universities recognised any public school/board/university examination in India or any other country as comparable to the 10+2 system (AIU).
    • Vocational Examination for the Higher Secondary Certificate
    • A three-year diploma approved by AICTE or a state body of technical education.
    • Advanced (A) level General Certificate of Education (GCE) test (London/Cambridge/Sri Lanka)
    • Cambridge University's High School Certificate Examination or the International Baccalaureate Diploma from the International Baccalaureate Office in Geneva
    • Candidates who have finished the Class 12 (or comparable) examination outside of India or from a Board other than those listed above must present a certificate from the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) stating that the test they passed is equal to the Class 12 Examination
    • If the Class 12 Exam is not a public test, the candidate must have previously passed at least one public (Board or Pre-University) examination.

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    JEE Main Reservation of Seats 2024

    JEE Main 2024 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 will be applicable to the candidates belonging to SC, ST and OBC categories, and the Person with Disability (PwD) category. The reservation criteria will also include criteria related to the 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

    Government Funded Technical Institutes (GFTIs)

    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

    FAQs about JEE Main Eligibility

    What is the minimum 12th score needed to appear in JEE Main Paper 2 exam?

    Candidates aspiring for JEE Main Paper 2 exam should have a minimum qualifying/pass mark in Class 12th to be eligible for the entrance exam.

    What is the age limit to appear in JEE Main Paper 2 exam?

    The minimum age limit to appear for JEE Main Paper 2 exam is 17 years, while there is no upper age limit for the same. For example, only the JEE Main score of current year/ last two years shall be taken into account for admission process.

    If I give the JEE Main Paper 2 exam on both the attempts in same year, which score will be considered?

    If you are appearing for JEE Main Paper 2 January and April exam, highest marks scored among the two exams shall be taken into consideration.

    What is eligibility for Diploma Students in JEE Main Paper 2 Exam?

    Diploma students are not eligible to appear for JEE Main Paper 2 exam. Only Class 12th students are eligible.

    How many attempts can I give in JEE Main Paper 2 Exam?

    Candidates are allowed to take only three attempts for JEE Main Paper 2.

    What is the eligibility of OBC category for appearing in JEE Main Paper 2 Exam?

    Candidates of OBC category should have minimum qualifying/ pass mark in Class 12th to be eligible for Paper 2 exam of JEE Main

    What is the eligibility of ST category for appearing in JEE Main Paper 2 Exam?

    Candidates of ST category should have minimum qualifying/ pass mark in Class 12th to be eligible for Paper 2 exam of JEE Main

    What is the eligibility of SC category for appearing in JEE Main Paper 2 Exam?

    Candidates of SC category should have minimum qualifying/ pass mark in Class 12th to be eligible for Paper 2 exam of JEE Main

    What is the eligibility of General EWS category for appearing in JEE Main Paper 2 Exam?

    Candidates of EWS category should have minimum qualifying/ pass mark in Class 12th to be eligible for Paper 2 exam of JEE Main

    What is the eligibility of General category for appearing in JEE Main Paper 2 Exam?

    Candidates of General category should have minimum qualifying/ pass mark in Class 12th to be eligible for Paper 2 exam of JEE Main

    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

    Why it is recommended for the J&K candidates to appear in JEE Main exam instead of MHT CET?

    Due to the fact that more preference is given to JEE Main qualified candidates, it is always suggested that the J&K candidates must appear for JEE Main exam and then appear for MHT CET.

    I have passed my Class XII examination from Jammu and Kashmir. Can I choose the JEE Main exam center 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.

    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?

    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.

    What is the maximum number of attempts for JEE Main?

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

    I have a valid score in JEE Main? Am I eligible for 75% state quota admission in Gujarat?

    Students with a valid score in JEE Main are eligible for admission through 25% quota seats that are available in self-financing or unaided institutions.

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