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What is JEE?

What is JEE?

The Joint Entrance Examination, commonly known as JEE, is an All-India level examination for getting admission into the undergraduate level courses in the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), National Institutes of Technology (NITs), Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) and Centrally Funded Technical Institutes (CFTIs). JEE consists of two parts — JEE Main and JEE Advanced.

What is JEE Main?

The JEE Main exam is for admissions into National Institutes of Technology (NITs), Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) and Centrally Funded Technical Institutes (CFTIs). After writing JEE Main, if you clear the cut-off score for appearing in JEE Advanced, you’ll be eligible to appear for the same. JEE Main is conducted by Central Board of Secondary Education(CBSE). Around 1.2 to 1.5 million candidates appear for JEE Main every year.

What is JEE Main Eligibility Criteria?

Knowing the eligibility criteria for the JEE Main is important because only the eligible students are allowed to take admission in NITs, IIITs, and CFTIs. Also, the application fee would not be refunded if a candidate is found to be ineligible after he/she has registered for the JEE Main exam.

  • Age Limit: If you wish to take JEE Main exam in 2018, you should be born on or after 1st October 1993. Relaxation of 5 years is granted to the students belonging from the SC, ST or PWD categories, i.e. for appearing in JEE Main 2018, an SC/ST/PWD candidate should have the date of birth on or after 1st October 1988. The date of birth mentioned in the Secondary School Certificate is taken into consideration.
  • Aadhaar Card: You need to have an Aadhaar Card if you’re willing to apply for JEE Main. You will have to fill in your Aadhaar Card number in the application form. If you do not have an Aadhaar Card, you won’t be eligible to apply for JEE Main.
  • Number of Attempts: Maximum number of attempts that you can take for clearing the JEE Main exam is 3.
  • Qualification Criteria:
    • In case you’re showing up for JEE Main 2018, you ought to pass the class 12 board examination or any other equivalent qualifying examination with no less than 5 subjects (counting Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics) in the year 2016 or 2017.
    • You can likewise apply in case you’re showing up in class 12 board examination or any other equivalent qualifying examination in 2018 and have no less than 5 subjects including Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics.
  • Eligibility criteria for admission in IITs, NITs, IIITs, and CFTIs:
    • If you wish to get admission in one of the IITs, NITs, IIITs and CFTIs, you ought to obtain at least 75% marks in class 12th board examination, or you must be among top 20 percentile in the class 12th examination of your respective board.
    • The SC/ST candidates must obtain at least 65% marks in their class 12th board examination.

What is JEE Main Cutoff?

To be qualified to appear in the JEE Advanced exam, you have to score at least the cutoff JEE Main marks for that specific year. In the year 2017, the top 2,20,000 candidates of the JEE Main were eligible to take the JEE Advanced exam. The following trend of the cutoff marks has been observed over the years:

Category20172016201520142013
General81100105115113
OBC4970707470
SC3252505350
ST2748444745

You can check out the Magoosh blog post titled “JEE Main Marks: Everything You Need To Know” to know more.

What is JEE Main Rank?

Your admission into the institutes participating in the JEE Main Counseling will be done on the basis of your JEE Main Rank.

Till 2016, the JEE Main rank was calculated by giving 60% weighting to the JEE Main score and 40% weighting to the class 12 board examination results. However, from the year 2017 onwards, this practice has been discontinued and the JEE Main ranks are calculated solely based on the JEE Main score of the candidates.

What is JEE Advanced?

The JEE Advanced exam is for admissions into the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). It is conducted by the IITs. The students who obtain marks greater than the JEE Main Cut off marks are eligible to appear in the JEE Advanced examination. In the year 2017, the top 220,000 examinees from JEE Main were eligible to sit for the JEE Advanced.

What is JEE Advanced 2017 Eligibility Criteria?

  • Performance in JEE Main: You should have qualified the JEE Main exam to appear for the JEE Advanced exam.
  • Age Criteria: The General and OBC category students should have been born on or after 1 October 1992 and the SC, ST, and PwD candidates should have been born on or after 1 October 1987 to be eligible to take the 2017 JEE Advanced exam.
  • Number of Attempts: You can appear in the JEE Advanced exam a maximum of two times and that too in consecutive years.
  • Appearance in the Class 12 examination: For being eligible to appear in the JEE Advanced exam, you should have appeared for class 12 board exam or an equivalent qualifying exam for the first time in either the same year or the preceding year of the JEE Advanced exam.
  • Earlier admission at IITs: You should not have taken admission in any IIT or even accepted admission by reporting at a reporting center in the past to be eligible for taking the JEE Advanced exam. Even the candidates whose admission into an IIT was canceled in the past are not eligible. However, the students who have been admitted into a preparatory course in any IIT in the previous year are eligible to appear for the JEE Advanced exam. The candidates who had paid the seat acceptance fee but did not accept the seat (by not reporting to any reporting center during the joint seat allocation 2016) are also eligible to take the JEE Advanced 2017 exam.

What is JEE Advanced Cutoff?

The JEE Advanced cut off marks for inclusion into the common rank list for the year 2017 are mentioned below:

CategoryMinimum percentage of marks in each subjectMinimum percentage of cumulative marks
General (GEN)10.035.0
Other Backward Caste (OBC)9.031.5
Scheduled Caste (SC)5.017.5
Scheduled Tribe (ST)5.017.5
Persons with Disability (PwD)5.017.5

The scores of a subject in JEE Advanced Paper-1 and Paper-2 are summed up to obtain the marks for that subject and the total scores of the JEE Advanced Paper-1 and Paper-2 are summed up to obtain the cumulative marks of a candidate.

The JEE Advanced cut off marks for admission into the IITs are disclosed only at the time of the JEE Advanced counseling and are higher than the JEE Advanced cut off marks for inclusion in the common rank list.

You can know more about the JEE Advanced cut off in the post “What is the JEE Advanced Cut-Off?”.

What is JEE Advanced Rank?

Your admission into the prestigious IITs will be done on the basis of your JEE Advanced Rank.

Apart from the IITs, the following institutes also use the JEE Advanced ranks for admission into the B.Tech programs:

  • Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology, Rae Bareli (RGIPT)
  • Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (IISc)
  • Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST)
  • Indian Institute of Petroleum and Energy (IIPE), Visakhapatnam
  • Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISERs):
    • IISER Bhopal
    • IISER Mohali
    • IISER Kolkata
    • IISER Pune
    • IISER Tirupati
    • IISER Thiruvananthapuram
    • IISER Berhampur

This post gives you a comprehensive answer to the question “What is JEE?” If you are about to start your JEE preparation or are in the middle of your JEE preparation, I wish you all the best for the JEE!

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