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May 10, 2019 • 11:55 am

JEE Mains 2020 Eligibility Criteria | Exam Marks, Attempts & Age Limit


JEE Mains 2020 Eligibilty

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Greetings Folks!


Are you all set to appear in IIT JEE?


WAIT!! Did you check its eligibility criteria?


‘Aspiring something & not knowing whether you’re eligible to do it or not can distract you from choosing the right career option for you.’ So, make sure you know the IIT JEE Mains Eligibility Criteria 2020 before you begin to aspire it.


Well, you don’t need to worry about anything when you’re at Eduncle! To quench all your queries and show up the right direction to you, we are going to present you detailed JEE Mains 2020 Eligibility Criteria through this blog.


Below, we have covered all the important aspects & queries that you might face while applying for JEE Mains. Let’s have a look!




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IIT JEE Mains 2020 Eligibility Criteria | Marks, No. of Attempts & Age Limit Details


To make it easy for you, we’ve divided the Eligibility Criteria for JEE Mains 2020 into various aspects. Please read them carefully & set yourself prepared to appear in the JEE Mains Exam.


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1. Nationality & Citizenship


It doesn’t matter whether you’re Indian Citizen or from Foreign Nationals, you might be eligible for JEE Mains if you fulfill the below criteria -


Indian Citizen can apply.

NRIs, PIOs, OCIs & Foreign national candidates can also apply.



2. Age Limit & Date of Birth


Please check out the IIT JEE Mains Eligibility 2020 Criteria based on the age limit for General/OBC/ST/SC/PWD Categories.


 As per the JEE Main Eligibility 2020, there is no age limit to appear in the JEE Main Exam for the candidates belonging to General/OBC/ST/SC/PWD Categories.

 Candidate must satisfy himself/herself with the eligibility of age limit requirements of the Institutions in which he/she is desirous to take admission.


Important Note - According to the latest public notice announced by NTA, the candidates who come in the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) according to the certificate issued by the Competent Authority may mention such category in the JEE Main Online Application Form.

This action was taken to implement the reservation for admission to Central Educational Institutions. Candidates will not be required to upload the certificate of the EWS category, but at the time of admission / appointment this certificate is required.



3. Year of Appearance in 12th Class/Diploma Degree/Equivalent Exam


We have classified the ‘IIT JEE Mains 2020 Eligibility Criteria - Years of Appearance’ in 3 categories based on their Educational Qualification. Please check below -


 12th Class/Equivalent Exam Passed Out Candidates in 2018/2019.

 12th Class/Equivalent Exam Appearing Candidates in 2020.

 Diploma Holders who have already passed or are in their final year of pursuing Degree.


Important Note: As per the latest notification, the candidates appearing for IIT JEE Arch. must have passed 10+2 with 50% marks in Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics and also 50% marks in aggregate of the 10+2 Exam.




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Which are the Equivalent Exams to appear in JEE Mains?


1. 12th Board Exam

2. Intermediate or 2 Year Pre-University Examination recognized by a Board/University

3. Final Examination of 2 Year Course of Joint Services Wing of NDA.

4. NIOS (National Institute of Open Schooling) Senior Secondary School Examination

5. Any School/Board/University Exam in India/Foreign Country recognized by Associate of Indian Universities (AIU).



List of JEE Mains Eligible Examination recognized by IITs


1. S.C. Vocational Examination

2. AICTE Recognized Diploma Course of at least 3 Years Duration

3. General Certificate Education (GCE) Examination (London/Cambridge/Sri Lanka)

4. S.C. Exam of Cambridge University

5. International Baccalaureate Diploma from Geneva



Important Notes:


 The candidates who had appeared in 12th Class/Equivalent Test in 2016 or before are not eligible.

 Candidates those have passed the Class 12th/Qualifying examination in 2016 or before as well as those who will appear in the examination in 2020 or later are not eligible to appear in the JEE Main 2019 Exam.

 The Diploma Degree holders are not eligible for admission to NITs/CFTIs after qualifying Mains. They must appear in JEE Advanced 2019 & qualify it to become eligible for admission to Engineering Programs.

 The Diploma Degree holders will be treated as 12th Qualified only.

 In case the candidates fail in any subject in 12th Class and he/she gives the improvement exam next year, then it is mandatory to give the exam for all the 5 subjects. The Authorities will consider the best performance in any of the two subjects of improvement exam.

 If any candidate, who has qualified the 12th, wishes to appear in improvement exam for some selected subject, then his/her 12th Marks of the previous year will only be considered in JEE Main.



4. No. of Subjects in the Qualifying Examination


As stated in the Eligibility Criteria for JEE Mains 2020 Brochure, the candidates must have studied at least 5 Subjects in their 12th Class/Diploma Degree Course on any other equivalent exam.




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5. No. of Attempts


As the JEE Main Exam would be held two times in a year.The exam authorities have set a rule regarding JEE Main 2020 Eligibility Criteria and it is considered that the candidates will only be able to appear in the exam for 6 times. This means that any candidate can avail only 6 chances (expected) to give the JEE Mains Exam.



6. JEE Main Eligibility Marks


As per the JEE Main Eligibility Marks & Percentage Criteria, the candidates who have scored more than 75% or be in Top 20 Percentile in respective Board can only appear in IIT JEE 2020.


In case of ST/SC/PWD Candidates, the percentage criteria will be 65%.



The CBSE 12th Result 2019 is already out! If you've appeared in the exam, you must check out the blog to know the result declaration procedure & evaluation criteria.



IIT JEE Main 2020 Eligibility Criteria for Droppers


The candidates who have dropped a year for exam preparation must have a look at the important aspects of IIT JEE Main Eligibility Criteria for Droppers 2020.


The drop out candidates must also follow the same rules as stated in the above points. But to give them a wise idea, we have come up with a quick glance of IIT JEE Mains Eligibility Criteria 2020.


S.No. Eligibility for JEE Mains 2020 Eligibility Criteria
1. Upper Age Limit No age limit
2. Qualifying Year of 12th Class/Diploma/Equivalent Degree 2018 or 2019
3. Min. Required Percentage General/OBC:75%
4. No. of Subjects in Last Qualifying Test 5
5. Total Attempts 6


If the dropout students have appeared in IIT JEE Exam earlier, then the total no. of attempts will be reduced accordingly.


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5 Things to Keep in Mind while Reading JEE Main Eligibility 2020!


Appearing in JEE Exams is not as easy as it seems. It requires lots of things to be taken care of. Please check which are those 5 things that the candidates must keep in mind while checking up their JEE Main 2020 Eligibility Criteria!


1. Carefully Read all the instructions given above.

2. The candidates must also be aware of the eligibility for taking admission into various Institutes.

3. The Mains qualified candidates do not automatically become eligible for admission into IITs/NITs/CFTIs.

4. The applying candidates must have a valid Aadhar Card. Without Aadhar Card, they won’t be eligible to apply for the exam.

5. Since the states of Madhya Pradesh, Nagaland and Odisha have joined JEE (Main) system from 2014. The age limit, for admission to institutions in these states which were earlier admitting candidates based on their state level examinations, will be as per their past practice only.

The number of attempts in such cases will also remain same as per their past practice. This will, however, be obviously not applicable for admission to IITs/NITs/IIITs/CFTIs.


6. Candidates Seeking Admission to the Institutions in the States of Gujarat Madhya Pradesh Nagaland and Odisha, which were earlier admitting based on their State Level Examination, are also advised to verify their Eligibility as per criteria laid down by these State Governments.


7. Transgender Candidates can apply in ‘Others’ Category.


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Dear Aspirants, above, we have listed all the factors & queries related to JEE Mains 2020 Eligibility. Still, if you have any queries or confusion regarding the eligibility criteria or applicability, please ask us in the comments section below!


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  • Rishika
    I have got 63 percentage in 12class in science stream can I Give jee mains exam 2020
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    Eduncle Team
    Hello Rishika,
    Greetings from Eduncle!
    No, you are not eligible for JEE Main Exam. You need to score at least 75% marks or be in Top 20 Percentile.
    Thank You!
  • Abhay
    Sir i got less than 75 % in 12th 2019 am i will be eligible for jee advanced 2020 if i improve my percentage by opting NIOS from 2 or 3 subject.
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  • Lalit Singh
    Sir I got 77% in *ISC* board in top 4 subjects leaving chemistry and 74% overall so I wanted to know that which percentage will be considered for jee mains 2020 and for eligibility in IIT or NIT... Please let me know sir. If both percentages dont make me eligible for jee mains 2020 , iit or nit.. Then should I go for improvement through *ISC board * .... Please tell me sir..
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  • Tanvir
    Hello, I have to give improvement in all the subjects in 2020....Am I elligible to give jee mains and jee advance in 2020 and 2021?
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    Eduncle Team
    Hello Tanvir,
    Greetings from Eduncle!
    To appear in JEE Main & Advanced Exam, you got to have minimum required percentage in your class 12th. You can check the complete JEE Main Eligibility and JEE Advanced Eligibility
    Thank You!
  • Shubham
    I got 72% in 2019 CBSE if I give improvement exam next year and if I get more than 75% then I am eligible for JEE mains and advance or not
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    Eduncle Team
    Hello Shubham,
    Greetings from Eduncle!
    If you have appeared for JEE mains 2019 first time then you are eligible for both JEE mains and advanced 2020. To know more check JEE mains and
  • Prateek
    Sir, i appeared in cbse class 12 in 2019 and couldn't get 75% marks ,can i give jee main 2020 and improvement exam in 3 subjects together. Will i be eligible for jee main
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    Eduncle Team
    Hello Prateek,
    Greetings from Eduncle!
    Yes, you can appear for both Jee Main 2020 and improvement exams in all three subjects and of course you will be eligible for JEE Mains 2020.
    Thank You!
  • Faraz Khan
    My marks in CBSE class 12 is 65 overall in five subjects and aggregate of PCM is 61 so if I get good rank & marks in JEE main . So I get admission in DTU & NSIT?
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    Eduncle Team
    Hello Faraz,
    Greetings from Eduncle!
    It totally depends on the counselling and the rank you secured in the exam.
    Thank You!
  • Raaz
    I got 70.8% in cbse , will i be eligible for iit adv. Paper
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    Eduncle Team
    Hello Raaz
    Greeting Fron Eduncle!
    Yes, you can appear in IIT JEE Advanced but you have to cross 75% marks (for Gen) and 65% marks (for SC/ST/PwD) to get the admission in IITs.
    Thank You!!
  • Teena Thomas
    Hello.. I have just written my 12 board exam.. Anf waiting for my results.. If i get below 75%..can i attempt jee adv.. I have written jee main paper 2 as i am a b arch aspirant... Jan session i have secured there seperate %of class 12 mark for b arch aspirant
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    Eduncle Team
    Hello Teena,
    Greetings from Eduncle!
    For this you must check out JEE advanced eligibility and B.Arch eligibility.
    Thank You!
  • Teena Thomas
    What %of class 12 board mark is required for an b arch aspirant to get iit
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    Eduncle Team
    Hello Teena,
    Greeting From Eduncle!
    Every IITs release some eligibility criteria for a particular course. So, you should check the official website of IIT in which you want to get the admission.
    Thank You!!
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