JEE Advanced Eligibility

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JEE Advanced Eligibility

A national-level competitive exam that almost all the engineering aspirants dream to clear is the JEE Advanced examination. Considered to be among the toughest exams in the World, IIT JEE provides a gateway to the students who dream to study engineering in any one IIT out of the list of IITs. Lakhs and crores of aspirants, every year, take the JEE Advanced exams to enrol for bachelors, integrated masters and dual degree programs in IITs but only a handful of them get the chance to realise their dreams. If you are all set to take the examination but do not know whether you are eligible for the same, then read this exclusive blog covering the JEE Advanced Eligibility Criteria comprehensively!

Eligibility Criteria for JEE Advanced

The candidates who are looking forward to taking the JEE advanced examination should be able to meet certain criteria for eligibility, owing to which they would be allowed to take the examination. If a candidate fails to meet any one of the JEE advanced eligibility parameters, they shall be disqualified from taking the exam. Let us have an intricate look at the conditions mentioned below.

JEE Advanced 2021 Eligibility (for Indian Nationals)

A candidate needs to fulfil five criteria in order to appear in JEE advanced 2021. The eligibility for JEE Advanced engineering aspirants is mentioned below.

Performance in JEE Main 2021

  • Eligible candidates should be in the top 2,50,000 (inclusive of reserved categories) in Paper 1 of the JEE Main 2021.
  • The cumulative number of candidates can be a little higher than 2,50,000 due to many of the candidates having the same position or marks.
  • The percentage break out of the many categories of candidates to be shortlisted are:
    • 10% for GEN EWS
    • 27% seats for OBC – NCL
    • 15% for SC
    • 7.5% for ST
    • 40.5% is OPEN FOR ALL
  • Within all the categories mentioned above, 5% horizontal reservation is available for PwD candidates.

Age Limit of the Candidates

As far as the JEE Advanced eligibility 2020 is concerned, one such important criterion for eligibility is the age of a candidate. They should have been born on and after October 1st, 1995. Whereas, the candidates under the SC, ST, OBC and PwD categories are provided with a relaxation of 5 years, which means, the reserved candidates should have been born on or after the October 1st, 1990.

Appearance in the 12th Class Examinations

The candidates who look forward to appearing the JEE Advanced examination must have completed their Class 12th examination in either 2019 or 2020 with compulsorily MPC subjects (Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry). 

Number of Attempts

The JEE advanced eligibility allows the candidates to attempt the JEE Advanced examination a maximum of two times in two consecutive years.

Admission at IITs

The candidates who were admitted in an IIT irrespective of whether they continued with the program, are not eligible to appear for JEE Advanced examination. 


Candidates whose admissions were cancelled from IITs in the previous academic sessions are not eligible for the JEE Advanced examination 2020. However, the candidates who had joined any preparatory course in any of the IITs for the first time in the year 2019, are eligible to appear for the exam.

JEE Advanced 2021: Distribution of Candidates Category Wise

We have tabulated the distribution of candidates based on the category they fall in from the previous year of JEE Advanced for your reference.

Category of Candidates Number of Top Candidates
OPEN 96187
OPEN – PWD  5063
TOTAL 101250
GEN – EWS 23750
GEN – EWS – PwD 1250
TOTAL 25000
OBC – NCL  64125
OBC- NCL -PWD 3375
TOTAL  67500
SC 35625
SC – PWD 1875
TOTAL 37500
ST 1875
ST – PWD 17812
TOTAL 18750

JEE Advanced 2021 Eligibility Criteria for Foreign Nationals

Any candidate who falls in the below-mentioned categories will be considered as Foreign National for the exam of JEE Advanced. 

  • Non-OCI (Overseas citizens of India) 
  • Non-PIO (Persons of Indian Origin)
  • Non citizens of India (naturalised or by birth)
  • Candidates whose parents donot qualify as citizens of India and therefore do not come under the OCI/PIO category when the JEE Advanced registration was done.

Foreign Nationals: Seats

  • There will be a cap of 10% on the total number of seats allotted to Foreign Nationals

Foreign Nationals: Reservation

  • Foreign Nationals will not come under the ambit of reservation of seats under SC, ST, GEN-EWS, OBC- NCL, PwD, as made mandatory by the Government of India

FAQs for JEE Advanced

Q1: Is 75 necessary for JEE Advanced?

Ans: Yes, it is necessary for candidates to secure at least 75% in PCM to sit for the JEE Advanced exam 2020. 

Q2: What should I do if I don’t qualify for JEE Advanced?

Ans: Students who fail to clear the JEE Advanced exam can either explore study abroad opportunities or take admission in a private university. Another option is to take a gap year, prepare well and get into the choice of IIT the next year. 

Q3: How can I get into IIT without jee?

Ans: Other popular exams for entering IITs are – JAM, GATE, UCEED, CAT and HSEE.

We hope that we have provided you with all the necessary details pertaining to everything you wanted to know about the JEE Advanced eligibility. If you are preparing for any such competitive exams and want a free career counselling session to take your career to newer heights, then Leverage Edu is right here for you. Through our team of expert mentors, help you prepare for a bright career ahead. Also, you can register with us for a free study abroad consultation session by clicking here.

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