JEE Main Eligibility Criteria 2024 (Updated): Age, Education, Attempts

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JEE Main Eligibility Criteria

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JEE Main Eligibility Criteria 2024 is announced by the National Testing Agency on the official website. The required eligibility is the same for both sessions of the Joint Entrance Exam which is scheduled to be conducted in January and April 2024. According to the official announcement, candidates need to fulfil the required JEE main eligibility criteria to be eligible to apply for the exam.

As known to all that, JEE Main 2024 will be conducted twice. Age, educational qualification, and number of attempts are the major elements of JEE Main eligibility. In this blog, we have mentioned detailed information to simplify the requirements.

Name of the Exam JEE Main Exam
Exam ModeComputer-Based-Test
Pen and paper-based test (for drawing section in BArch)
Duration of Exam180 minutes for BArch/BPlan/BTech
210 minutes for BArch/BPlan both
240 minutes for PwD candidates
Papers and Total Marks📍Paper 1: BE/BTech– 300 marks
📍Paper 2: BArch– 400 marks
📍Paper 3: B.Planning-400 marks
Scoring PatternCorrect answer: 4 marks
Incorrect answer: 1 mark
Number of QuestionsBE/BTech- 90

JEE Main Eligibility Criteria

Candidates must ensure that they meet the JEE Main 2024 eligibility requirements before they submit their application. The candidate will not be permitted to take the exam if they do not meet the eligibility criteria.

Points that Affects JEE Main 2024 Eligibility Criteria

Below, we have mentioned the point-wise eligibility to help candidates

👉 Nationality

Candidates from any country can appear for the Joint Entrance Exam. There is no bar or rule regarding nationality.

👉 Qualifying Exam 

Candidates must have passed the 12th or equivalent exam in 2022 or 2023. Candidates appearing for 12 grade 2024 can also take the exam.

👉 Number of Attempts

Students can apply for the JEE Mains exam only three times in a row. The Joint Entrance Exam is a biannual exam. It means NTA conducts this exam two times a year. Candidates can appear a maximum of 6 times in 3 years.

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👉 Age Restriction

There is no age limit for JEE Main exam. Any candidate who has passed 12 grade or appearing for it can apply for the exam.

👉 Subjects

Student must have passed 12th grade or equivalent exam with the below-mentioned subjects.

Course Subjects
BTech/BEPhysics, Mathematics and any of these subjects(Biology, Chemistry, Biotechnology, or Technical Vocational )
B.ArchPhysics, Mathematics, and Chemistry

List of Qualifying Exams for JEE Mains 

  1. Board Exams- The final examination of 10+2 is conducted by any recognized Central or State board, like the Council of Indian School Certificate Examination, New Delhi; or the Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi.
  1.  Pre-University Board Exam- An intermediate exam or two-year pre-university administered by a recognised board or university.
  1. NIOS exam- Senior Secondary school exam with a minimum of five subjects conducted by the National Institute of Open Schooling.
  1. National Defense Academy Exam- The final exam of the two-year course of the Joint Services Wing programme at the National Defense Academy.
  1. Association of Indian Universities Exams- Any Public Board/School/University examination in India or any foreign country is recognized as equivalent to the 10+2 system by the Association of Indian Universities(AIU).
  2. Diploma Recognized by AICTE– A Diploma recognized by AICTE or a State board of technical education of at least 3 years duration.
  3. IB Diploma- High School Certificate Examination of Cambridge University or International Baccalaureate diploma of the International Baccalaureate Office, Geneva.
  4. GCE Exam- General Certificate Education (GCE) examination (Cambridge/London/Sri Lanka) at Advanced level.
  5. For International Students- Applicants who have completed a class 12(or equivalent)exam outside India or board that is not specified should produce a certificate from AIU to effect that the exam they passed is equivalent to the class 12th exam.

State of Eligibility JEE Mains

State code of eligibility refers to the code of the State from where a candidate completed their Class 12 (or equivalent) qualifying examination. Applicants must enter the state of eligibility while filling out the JEE Main 2023 eligibility form. Candidate must know the following factors: 

  1. The state code for JEE Main eligibility is independent of the candidate’s place of birth or residency.
  2. If a student has given the 12th-grade exam or qualifying exam from one state but has taken the supplementary/improvement exam from another state, the state code where they passed the qualifying exam will be taken into consideration for eligibility.
  1. The 12th percentage required for JEE Mains 2023 or equivalent exam from NIOS have to choose the state of eligibility based on the state in which the study centre is located.
  1. The State code of eligibility for Indian citizens who have completed class 12 or the equivalent from Nepal or Bhutan, will be granted based on the permanent address in India as stated in the passport.
  1. OCI/PIO passing the class 12 exam in India will be equal to that of Indian citizens, but OCI/PIO passing the class 12 exam from a college or institution abroad will be qualified for other state quota seats or All India quota seats in all NITs, IIITs, and Other-CFTIs (not for Home State quota seats).
State CodeState/Union Territory(UT)State CodeState/Union Territory(UT)
1Andaman & Nicobar Islands (UT)20Madhya Pradesh 
2Andhra Pradesh21Maharastra
3Arunachal Pradesh22Manipur
8Dadra & Nagar Haveli(UT)27Puducherry(UT)
9Daman & Diu(UT)28Punjab
11Goa30 Sikkim
12Gujarat31Tamil Nadu
14Himachal Pradesh33Uttar Pradesh
15Jammu & Kashmir34Uttarakhand
16Jharkhand35West Bengal

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How many times can I appear for JEE Main exam?

You can appear a maximum of 6 times in three years as NTA conducts the JEE Main exam twice a year. As per the information is mentioned on the official website of the National Testing Agency candidates can apply for the next three years.

What are the subjects that are mandatory for admission in B.Arch?

For admission to the B.Arch course, students must have studied Physics, Mathematics, and Chemistry as mandatory subjects.

Are international students eligible for JEE Mains exam 2024?

Yes, as per the rules mentioned in the JEE Main notification, there is no bar on nationality. It means students from any country can apply or appear in JEE mains exam.

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