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JEE Main Eligibility Criteria 2022: Check Age Limit, Qualification, Attempts, FAQs

Updated By Abhik Das on 11 Mar, 2022 13:13

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JEE Main Eligibility 2022

National Testing Agency (NTA) has defined the JEE Main 2022 eligibility criteria in detail for the aspirants. Candidates planning to appear for JEE Main 2022 must fulfil the eligibility criteria set by the conducting authority. As part of the eligibility criteria for JEE Main 2022, the candidates will 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 this year's JEE Main examination can fill out the JEE Main 2022 (phases 1 & 2) application forms. The NTA officials have not changed this year's JEE Main exam eligibility conditions.

The NTA officials have also revised this year's JEE Main exam pattern. From this year onwards, negative marking will be done in section B of the paper too. 

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Mentioned below are the updated JEE Main eligibility norms 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 2022 Age Limit

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

  • There is no age limit to appear for the JEE Main 

  • However, the candidates must have passed Class 12th in 2020/ 2021 or appear for the exams in 2022. 

  • Candidates who have passed Class 12th in 2019 or before are not eligible.

Detailed JEE Main Eligibility Criteria 2022

The detailed JEE Main 2022 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.

    • 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 2022, 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.

    Date of Birth Criteria

    • General and OBC candidates whose birth date falls on or after 1st October 1995 will be eligible to take JEE Main 2022.

    • However, in the case of the reserved 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 2020 or 2021 or 2022 will be eligible to apply for JEE Main 2022. 

    • Also, the candidates who are appearing in the class XII exam in 2022 or any equivalent qualifying exam can also apply for JEE Main 2022 exam.

    • Candidates who passed Class 12th in 2019 or below are not eligible to appear for JEE Main

    Aadhar Card Criteria

    Candidates appearing for JEE Main 2022 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.

    JEE Main Reservation of Seats 2022

    JEE Main 2022 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, Person with Disability (PwD) category. The reservation criteria of 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 is the eligibility for JEE Mains 2022?

    Class 12th is the minimum qualification that is required for JEE Main 2022.

    Are NIOS students eligible to appear for JEE Main 2022?

    NIOS students are eligible to appear for the JEE Main 2022 exam.

    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.

    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.

    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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