JEE Main Marks vs. Rank Explained

The JEE Main is the first exam of the season of engineering entrances. It is also the qualifying exam for the JEE Advanced. These two factors combined with the fact that the number of students giving this exam is very large in number make this exam full of pressure for students. Due to these reasons, the students tend to calculate their marks as soon as they are back from the exam just to see if they are qualifying the exam or not. Once that is done, the next step that every student takes is judging his/her rank to know which colleges he/she can get based on his/her probable score and rank. Thus, judging the JEE Main marks vs rank is very important before the exam as well as after the exam.

The previous year’s marks vs rank help the students in setting realistic targets while they are in their preparation phase. This article discusses everything you need to know about the JEE Main marks vs rank analysis.

The general trend for JEE Main marks vs rank analysis

As per the general trend, the JEE Main marks vs rank remains roughly similar each year. The lowest cutoffs for clearing JEE Main varies from 80 to 120 each year depending upon the type of paper taken and also on factors like increase in intake or increase of applicants.

At the cutoff score, the rank is generally in the range of 1.1 lac to 1.2 lac. In the range of cutoff score, a large variation in rank comes at even a score difference of 1. Thus, the density of students in that segment is high.

Moving ahead, the density at the top notch scores is not very high. In the score range of 300+ (out of 360), students rank might vary by just one point even at score differences of 10. The top 15-20 ranks generally are above a score of 290. That is the scenario with the cutoff and the top notch scores as far as the JEE Main marks vs rank situation is concerned.

The under 100 ranks lie generally above the score of 260. After that, the density of students in each range again starts increasing considerably. For getting a rank under 1000, one definitely needs a score which is above 240. The density continues to increase, and thus, with a score of around 200, the rank slips to around 5000.

The next big border is of a rank of under 10,000, for which your score needs to be generally above 175. For a rank in the range of 10,000 – 30,000 a score 145 and above is needed. Below this score, the rank slips a lot with every single mark. Broadly for a rank of under 50,000, a safe score would be above 130.

Ranks are given even if the student doesn’t clear the cutoff. Thus, the ranks extend much beyond 1.5lac too. Also, the above estimate doesn’t account for the normalization along with board exam score that was done until the year 2016.

What factors to consider while estimating the JEE Main marks vs rank analysis?

The marks vs rank analysis for any exam can change drastically in any year due to the involvement of a lot of variable factors. Estimating the marks vs rank scenario after important exams like JEE Main is widely done and is crucial too as it tells one of the backups that one might get from JEE Main.

Here are the factors that you must consider once you know your JEE Main marks and want to estimate your rank:

  • The difficulty level of the exam in that particular year: I agree that this is a relative point as people perceive it differently. But you must read other students’ reviews from various sources like Quora, newspaper and even ask your friends about it. After that, you will at least know if the paper was tougher as compared to the previous year or not and you can estimate changes in past years JEE Main marks vs rank analysis.
  • The change in number of seats or the number of selections of JEE Main.
  • The change in the number of students giving the exam.
  • Through Quora, you would even get to know scores of a number of people from all over the country and that would help you estimate the highest scores and even the cutoff score.
  • Also compare your performance with your general performance in coaching mocks so that you can estimate the kind of difference that might have come in other student’s performance too.
  • Assess the number of wrong questions which will give you an idea of grace marks that students can get. Grace marks are crucial as some students waste time and solve these questions and others get marks for free and rules vary for grace marks. So their rough estimation helps too.

Once you have estimated your rank, don’t rely too much on it. Take best and worst case scenarios too and just take out a rough range of your rank. Since from 2017, the board marks aren’t taken into account while calculating ranks for JEE Main, the rank and marks are given at the same time and thus, keeping high hopes for the rank might cause problems.

One must not keep unreasonable expectations of rank from JEE Main because a lot of exams are there ahead of JEE Main and if one gets discouraged, then it will affect many other upcoming exams. Hence, estimate your rank only to some extent and leave the rest on the result day. Put in efforts for JEE Advanced once JEE Main is over.
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