JEE Main Eligibility Criteria


Eligibility Criteria for JEE Main

The eligibility criteria of the JEE Main 2021 Examination deals with various factors like age relaxation for reservation categories, age limit, educational qualification etc. Additionally, it also includes various conditions that a particular candidate must fulfill for admission into different courses like B.E. or B.Tech, B.Arch, and B.Planning.

Before filing the application form of JEE Main 2021, the candidates should make sure that they are eligible to take the exam. After verifying their eligibility, candidates can fill the form but it is important to keep in mind that information filled by the candidates in the application form will be verified because once it is submitted, as per the NTA guidelines, no alteration / modification/changes are entertained. Therefore candidates must check and fulfill the information that is valid and correct up to his or her knowledge. Thereafter candidates are required to get familiar with the syllabus and the exam pattern before the main exam date.

Admit Cards will be issued only to those candidates who satisfy the eligibility criteria. JEE Main 2021 eligibility criteria include age criteria, the total number of attempts, eligibility marks, pass percentage, selection criteria for IITs, NITs, and CFTIs, subjects pursued in the qualifying exam, and the year of passing or appearance in the qualifying exam.

Eligibility Criteria Highlights

The Eligibility criteria of the students going to appear in JEE Main Exam are mentioned below. The students both from General and Reserved Categories should get properly accustomed to the same.

Criteria Eligibility
General Category
Reserved Category
Year of passing class 12 Passing after 2019 or 2020 or appearing in 2021 Passing after 2019 or 2020 or appearing in 2021
Age limit Must have been born on or after 1st October 1995 5 Years relaxation for SC, ST, and PWD
Maximum number of attempts 4 times in a year 4 times in a year
Minimum qualifying marks (for admission in NITs, IIITs, IITs, and CFTIs) 75% marks in aggregate 65% marks in aggregate

Eligibility Criteria for Improvement Exam: If a candidate appears for Class XII examination in a particular state and after passing decides to take up an improvement exam in another state, the first exam in which the candidate passed is taken into consideration.

Eligibility Criteria Based on Age

JEE Main 2021 exam is not concerned with age limit, but candidates must check for the age criterion of each engineering college or institute that they apply for, because for the institute to which the candidate is applying may have an age limit. Candidates who have completed their class 12 from school which is recognized by Govt. of India are eligible to attend JEE Main.

Eligibility Criteria Based on Nationality

JEE Main 2021 has a state code of eligibility which states that only the code of the state in which a candidate has passed his or her 12 standard examinations is considered. For Indian candidates who pass the Class XII (or equivalent) examination from an institution abroad, the State code of eligibility will be decided based on the permanent address in India as given in the passport. But as an aspirant who passed or is appearing in class 12th from NIOS should select the State of Eligibility according to the State in which the study centre is located

For OCI (Overseas Citizen of India) or PIO (Person of Indian Origin) aspirants who complete their class 12 or any equivalent exam in India, the state code of eligibility is the same for an Indian citizen. Similarly, for Indian aspirants passing the Class XII (or equivalent) examination from Nepal/Bhutan, the State code of eligibility will be determined based on the permanent address in India as given in the passport.

Anyhow, candidates in these categories who pass their class 12 from an institution abroad are eligible only for Other State Quota Seats or All India Quota Seats (but strictly not for Home State Quota Seats). They are eligible for admission into NITs, IIEST, and other-CFTI.

Eligibility Criteria Based on Educational Qualification

The following table gives a brief description of the candidates who will be eligible and not eligible to apply for the JEE Main 2021 exam.

Criteria Description
10+2 QualificationCandidates must have passed the Class 12th Exam or any equivalent qualifying examination in 2019 or 2020. Candidates appearing in Class 12th Exam or any equivalent qualifying examination in 2021 are also eligible to appear in JEE Main 2021.
Candidates who have passed Class 12th/Qualifying examination in 2018 or before as well as those who will appear in such examination in 2021 or later are not eligible to write JEE Main 2021.
Ineligible CandidatesCandidates who had appeared in class 12th/equivalent qualifying Examination in 2018-19, did not pass in 2018-19, but passed in 2019-20 are not eligible to appear in JEE (Main) 2021.

Eligibility Criteria Based on Subject Combination

Students must have pursued minimum 5 subjects with Physics and Maths as his or her core subjects and it is mandatory of all students who are appearing for JEE Main. Those students who have not studied 5 subjects in their qualifying exam are not eligible for JEE Main 2020.

The other institutes which participate in the CSAB/JoSAA admission process may also use these criteria mentioned below:

Criteria Description
PermittedCandidates must have passed class 12th/qualifying examination with at least five subjects to be eligible for writing JEE Main 2021.
Not PermittedCandidates with four subjects are not permitted to write the exam and if such candidates appear by furnishing wrong information, their rank/result will not be declared.
  • Language
  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Anyone of these subjects - Chemistry, Biology, Biotechnology or Technical Vocational
  • Any other subjects
B. ArchMust have passed the qualifying examination with Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry

Note: The state universities will release a separate list for admission in engineering colleges decided by the state university affiliated colleges.

Provisions for Persons with Disabilities (PwD)

Application: The time when candidates fill the application form for JEE Main 2021 must ensure that they should fill in the type and percentage of disability correctly.

Scribe/Reader: Only those candidates, who have 40% or more disability, will be provided with a Scribe/Reader on the request. The candidates have the discretion to opt or may submit the request to the center superintendent for the same to carry his own Scribe/ Reader.

Essentials for Reader/Scribe: The duty of the center superintendent is to meet the scribe a day before the examination to verify the suitability of the scribe after receiving the request from the candidate.

Reservation of Seats

The candidates belonging to certain categories can apply for the seats reserved for him or her based on the relaxation criteria, as per the guidelines mentioned by Government of India. The major reason behind such reservation is to give an equal opportunity to candidates belonging to weaker sections of Indian Society.

General - Economically Weaker Section (Gen-EWS)
Scheduled Tribes (ST)
Persons with Disability (PWD)
Scheduled Castes (SC)
Other Backward Classes (OBC), only those who belong to Non-Creamy Layer(NCL)

Important Notes:
Disability benefits: The candidates who have more than 40% disability also fall under the category of reservation and avail the rights of getting admission into NITs/IIITs and CFTIs, as per mentioned by the Government of India (GOI).
No Letters/Emails: Letters/emails to JEE (Main) secretariat/ regarding reservation criteria will not be entertained.