JEE Main Eligibility 2020

Sakunth Kumar Updated On: 18 Dec, 2019 13:15 IST

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JEE Main Eligibility Criteria 2020

The Joint Entrance Examination Main (JEE Main) 2020 for January session will be conducted from January 06 to 11, 2020, and the April session exam takes place from April 03 to 09, 2020. It 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 2020 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 2020, candidates will have to fulfil the requirements related to the qualifying examination, the number of attempts, age, nationality, qualifying marks, etc.

Earlier, the examination was conducted by CBSE but NTA took over the responsibility of conducting the exam from this year. Mentioned below are the updated JEE Main eligibility norms 2020 as prescribed by NTA that must be fulfilled by all the aspirants without missing out any pointer. These eligibility conditions justify the essence of the courses that will be taken up by the engineering aspirants.

Detailed JEE Main Eligibility Criteria 2020

The detailed JEE Main 2020 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.


  • 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 2020, providing the category certificates at all stages of JEE Main.

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 October 1994 will be eligible to take JEE Main 2020.
  • 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 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 will be eligible to apply for JEE Main 2020. 
  • Also, the candidates who are appearing in class XII exam in 2020 or any equivalent qualifying exam can also apply for JEE Main 2020 exam.
  • Candidates who were unable to qualify for the class XII exam in 2017 but cleared the examination in 2018 will not be eligible to take JEE Main 2020

Aadhar Card Criteria

Candidates appearing for JEE Main 2020 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.

JEE Main Reservation of Seats 2020

JEE Main 2020 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



OBC (Non-creamy layer)






PwD (40% or more disability)


JEE Main Reservation of Seats (Institute-Wise)



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


Government Funded Technical Institutes

Based on All India Quota

State Engineering Colleges

Based on State Quota


If a candidate has passed in 2019 and is appearing for improvement in 2020, what will he/she fill in the academic details section?
Such candidates have to decide as to which percentage of marks i.e. 2019 or 2020 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 2019 and appearing in improvement examination of class 12th in 2020, may fill the form in either of the following methods:- Select the year of passing class 12th as 2019 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 maximum number of attempts for JEE Main?
Candidates can avail a maximum number of 3 attempts for JEE Main.
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.
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.
If a candidate has passed in 2019/2018 and has appeared for improvement in 2019, what should he/she fill in the academic details section?
Select the year of passing 10+2 as 2019/2018 and enter the roll number, the name of the board and other details of 2019/2018 in the application form. Select ‘yes’ in the column – appearing for improvement examination. The roll number of improvement examination 2019 may be filled at the time of downloading admit cards of JEE Main.

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