JEE Advanced Eligibility Criteria 2019

JEE Advanced Eligibility Criteria 2019

Eligibility criteria for JEE Advanced 2019 defines the requirements needed for a candidate to attempt the examination. IIT aspirants must fulfil these requirements in order to apply for the exam. Any candidate who fails to meet these criteria will be deemed ineligible to participate in the exam. The eligibility criteria include various parameters like – Age, Nationality, Qualifying exam, Qualifying marks, Performance etc., Once the candidates fulfil all these criterion, they can register themselves and submit their application, following which they will be called for further process based on their performance.

Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) Advanced is held every year under the guidance of JAB (Joint Admission Board). One out of 7 IITs will conduct the exam and other proceedings of the JEE Advanced exam. And for the current year IIT Roorkee will head the examination process for admissions to Bachelor, Integrated Master and Dual Degree programs in all the IITs. The examination will be conducted on 27th May 2019 in 2 shifts for Paper 1 and Paper 2 in online mode.

Candidates who aspire to study in IIT must ensure that they are eligible to attend the JEE Advanced exam and also secure the minimum marks to get admission.

Nationality – Indian Nationals, PIO/OCI

The eligibility criteria for Indian Nationals (including PIO/OCI) for JEE Advance 2019 include - All the candidates must fulfil each and every one of the following five criteria to appear in JEE (Advanced) 2019.

JEE Advanced 2019 Eligibility Criteria

Criterion 1 – Performance in JEE Main 2019

Candidates should be among the top 2,45,000* (including all categories) in Paper-1 of JEE (Main) 2019.

The percentages of various categories of candidates to be shortlisted are:

  1. 4% for GEN-EWS
  2. 27% for OBC-NCL
  3. 15% for SC
  4. 7.5% for ST and
  5. remaining 46.5% is OPEN for all

Within each of these four (the first 4) categories, 5% horizontal reservation is available for PwD candidates.

The order to be followed while choosing top 2,45,000* candidates in various categories based on the performance in Paper-1 of JEE (Main) 2019 is given in the below table

Category-wise distribution of top 2,45,000* candidates (Criterion 1)

Order Category Number of “Top” candidates
1 OPEN 108229 113925
2 OPEN-PwD 5696
3 GEN-EWS 9310 9800
4 GEN-EWS-PwD 490
5 OBC-NCL 62843 66150
6 OBC-NCL-PwD 3307
7 SC 34913 36750
8 SC-PwD 1837
9 ST 17456 18375
10 ST-PwD 919

*The total number of candidates can be slightly greater than 2,45,000 in the presence of “tied” ranks/scores in any category.

Criterion 2 – Age limit

Candidates should have been born on or after October 1, 1994. Five years relaxation is given to SC, ST and PwD candidates, i.e., these candidates should have been born on or after October 1, 1989.

Criterion 3 – Number of attempts

A candidate can attempt JEE (Advanced) maximum of two times in two consecutive years.

Criterion 4 – Appearance in Class XII (or equivalent) examination

A candidate should have appeared for the Class XII (or equivalent) examination for the first time in either 2018 or 2019.

However, if the examination Board of Class XII (or equivalent) declares the results for the academic year 2016-17 after June 2017, then the candidates of that board who appeared for their class XII exam in 2017 are also eligible to appear in JEE (Advanced) 2019, provided they meet the other eligibility criteria. In case, the examination Board of Class XII (or equivalent) declared the results for the academic year 2016-17 before June 2017 but the result of a particular candidate was withheld, then the candidate will not be eligible to appear in JEE (Advanced) 2019.

Criterion 5 – Earlier admission at IITs

A candidate should NOT have been admitted in an IIT irrespective of whether or not he/she continued in the program OR accepted an IIT seat by reporting at a reporting centre in the past. Candidates whose admission at IITs was cancelled after joining any IIT are also NOT eligible to appear in JEE (Advanced) 2019.

Candidates who have been admitted to a preparatory course in any of the IITs for the first time in 2018 can appear in JEE (Advanced) 2019.

The candidates who paid seat acceptance fee in 2018 but

  1. did not report at any reporting centre OR,
  2. withdrew before the last round of seat allotment, OR,
  3. had their seat cancelled (for whatever reason) before the last round of seat allotment for IITs, during the joint seat allocation in 2018, are eligible to appear in JEE (Advanced) 2019.

However, in any of the above cases, the candidate is required to fulfil the conditions mentioned from Criterion 1 to Criterion 4.

Eligibility criteria for Foreign Nationals

Candidates who are NOT citizens of India (by birth or naturalized), do not belong to PIO/OCI category, and whose parents are not citizens of India and do not come under PIO/OCI category at the time of registering for JEE (Advanced) 2019 are treated as foreign nationals.

Seats allotted to foreign nationals are supernumerary in nature with a cap of 10% of total number of seats in every course. However, the seats allotted to PIO/OCI card holders will be under OPEN category, but not supernumerary.

Foreign nationals are outside the ambit of reservation of seats under the GEN-EWS, OBC-NCL, SC, ST and PwD categories.

Foreign Nationals are not required to write JEE Main 2019 to qualify for JEE Advanced 2019. They may register for JEE Advanced directly provided they fulfil the other eligibility criteria.

ID Proof: Foreign candidates must submit their Identity proof and also ID proofs of both the parents in the form of citizenship certificate/Passport.

JEE Advanced Registration fee for Foreign Nationals

Registration Fee for Examination Centres in India
Foreign Nationals Candidates from SAARC countries USD 75
Candidates from Non-SAARC countries USD 150
Registration Fee for Examination Centres in Foreign countries
Foreign Nationals Candidates from SAARC countries USD 75
Candidates from Non-SAARC countries USD 150

Eligibility criteria for Foreign Nationals

Age limit: Candidates should have been born on or after October 1, 1994. In countries where a minimum stint in the armed forces (or allied) for a certain period is mandatory before/after Class XII (or equivalent) exam, the candidate will be given a relaxation of required number of years. In such cases, the candidate is required to upload a certificate/testimonial issued by competent authority to this effect at the time of registration.

Attempts: A candidate can attempt JEE (Advanced) a maximum of two times in consecutive years.

Appearance in Class XII (or equivalent) examination: A candidate should have appeared for the Class XII (or equivalent) examination for the first time in either 2018 or 2019. However, if the examination Board of Class XII (or equivalent) declares the results for the academic year 2016-17 after June 2017, then the candidates of that board who appeared for their class XII exam in 2017 are also eligible to appear in JEE (Advanced) 2019, provided they meet the other eligibility criteria. In case, the examination Board of Class XII (or equivalent) declared the results for the academic year 2016-17 before June 2017 but the result of a particular candidate was withheld, then the candidate will not be eligible to appear in JEE (Advanced) 2019.

Earlier admission at IITs: A candidate should NOT have been admitted in an IIT irrespective of whether or not he/she continued in the program OR accepted an IIT seat by reporting at a reporting centre in the past. Candidates whose admission at IITs was cancelled after joining any IIT are also NOT eligible to appear in JEE (Advanced) 2019.

The candidates who paid seat acceptance fee in 2018 but,

  1. did not report at any reporting centre OR,
  2. withdrew before the last round of seat allotment, OR,
  3. had their seat cancelled (for whatever reason) before the last round of seat allotment for IITs, during the joint seat allocation in 2018, are eligible to appear in JEE (Advanced) 2019.
  4. However, in any of the above cases, the candidate is required to fulfil the conditions mentioned from Criterion 1 to Criterion 3.

Performance in Class XII board examination (or its equivalent)

The candidates must fulfil at least one of the following two criteria for admissions to IITs

  • Must have secured at least 75% aggregate marks in the Class XII (or equivalent) Board examination.

  • Must be within the top 20 percentile of successful candidates in their respective Class XII (or equivalent) board examination.

The percentile calculation will be done for the required subjects in a single academic year only. Therefore, the candidates appearing for improvement in Board examinations can either appear in one or more subjects and secure 75% aggregate marks after improvement, or, appear for improvement in all subjects to be in top 20 percentile of the corresponding academic year.

Subjects that will be considered for calculating the aggregate marks and the cutoff marks for fulfilling the top 20 percentile criterion is given below

  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • A language (if the candidate has taken more than one language, then the language with the higher marks will be considered)
  • Any subject other than the above four (the subject with the highest marks will be considered).
  1. If the marks awarded in a subject is not out of 100, then the marks will be scaled (up or down) to 100 for the calculation of the total marks for five subjects so that the total aggregate marks is out of 500.
  2. If a board award only grades in the marksheet/gradesheet without providing an equivalent percentage of marks, then the candidate should obtain a certificate from the Board specifying the equivalent marks and submit it at the time of acceptance of the allocated seat. In case such a certificate is not provided, the decision taken by the Joint Implementation Committee of JEE (Advanced) 2019 will be final.
  3. If in case any of the subjects - Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Language are not evaluated in the final year (e.g., in a 3-year diploma course), then the marks for the same subject from the previous year/s will be used for calculating percentage of aggregate marks.
  4. For candidates who appeared in the Class XII (or equivalent) Board examination for the first time in 2018 and reappeared in ALL subjects in 2019, the best of the two performances will be considered.
  5. If a Board gives aggregate marks considering both Class XI and Class XII examinations (in the 10+2 system), then only Class XII marks will be considered. If a Board gives aggregate marks considering the results of all three years of a 3-year diploma or courses of equivalent duration, then only the marks scored in the final year will be considered. Similarly, for Boards which follow a semester system, the marks scored in the final two semesters will be considered.
  6. If a Board does not give marks scored in individual subjects but gives only the aggregate marks, then the aggregate marks given by the Board will be considered as such.

Cutoff marks for the top 20 percentile

  1. The cut-off marks for the top 20 percentile are calculated based on the marks scored by the candidates who pass in their respective boards in the particular year.
  2. It is reiterated that top 20 percentile cutoff for the academic year 2019 will be considered for the candidates who pass the Class XII (or equivalent) examination in 2019.
  3. Similarly, top 20 percentile cut-off for the academic year 2018 will be considered for the candidates who pass the Class XII (or equivalent) examination in 2018.
  4. Candidates who appeared in Class XII (or equivalent) examination for the first time in 2018 and wish to (or have to) reappear in 2019 with the objective to qualify through top 20 percentile cut-off criteria, should reappear in all the subjects. For such candidates, top 20 percentile cut-off for 2019 will be considered.
  5. If a Board does not provide information about the cutoff for the top 20 percentile, the candidate will have to produce a certificate from the respective Board stating that he/she falls within the top 20 percentile of successful candidates. If the candidate fails to do so, then the cut-off marks, in the respective categories, for the CBSE will be used.

Aggregate marks of 75%

  1. The aggregate marks scored by the candidate in the Class XII (or equivalent) Board examination ( 2019) will be considered for candidates who pass the Class XII examination in 2019.
  2. The aggregate marks scored by the candidate in the year 2018 in Class XII (or equivalent) Board examination will also be considered, provided the candidate does not reappear in the Class XII (or equivalent) examination in 2019 in any of the subjects.
  3. If a candidate has passed his/her Class XII (or equivalent) in 2018 and wishes to improve his/her aggregate marks to meet the “aggregate marks of 75% criterion”, he/she can reappear for any number of subjects he/she wishes for improvement. The percentage marks in this situation will be calculated by considering the marks obtained in 2018 or 2019, whichever is higher, in the respective subjects, in his/her two attempts in 2018 and 2019.

Documents required for JEE Advanced Registration

  • Birth certificate for age proof
  • Class XII marks sheet/certificate for 75% cut-off (if available at the time of registration)
  • Identity proof of the candidate
  • Citizenship certificate/Passport of both the parents
  • Testimonial (if required)

Foreign exam centres

  • Birth certificate for age proof
  • Class XII marks sheet/certificate for 75% cut-off (if available at the time of registration)
  • Identity proof of the candidate
  • Citizenship certificate/Passport of both the parents
  • Testimonial (if required)

Architecture Aptitude Test (AAT) for B.Arch. Program

Successful foreign candidates, if interested in B. Arch. Program, are required to come to one of the Zonal IITs to write the Architecture aptitude test for B.Arch. Program.


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