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JEE Advanced Eligibility Criteria – Check whether you are eligible.

JEE Advanced Eligibility Criteria – Check whether you are eligible.

Searching for JEE Advanced Eligibility Criteria ?

Well, all your queries and confusions will be taken care of here.

JEE Advanced is the next step of JEE Mains. Only, those candidates who qualify the Mains are eligible to appear in the Advanced Exam (excluding Foreign Nationals). This examination will form the basis for admission to various undergraduate courses in IITs and ISM. Unlike JEE Mains, JEE Advanced is conducted by one of the IIT’s on a rotation basis. IIT Kanpur is responsible for conducting JEE Advanced exam this year for admission to 23 IITs for 12,428 seats, which include Indian School of Mines (ISM), Dhanbad.

Well, this is not the only criteria to appear in the JEE Advanced 2018 Exam! There are a lot many other factors considered while choosing up the most deserving candidates for final selection round of IIT JEE.

All the important aspects & queries that a candidate might face while applying for JEE Advanced have been covered in the article. Let’s have a look!

To easily grasp the details Eligibility Criteria for JEE Advanced 2018 is divided into various aspects such as:

Nationality & Citizenship Indian Citizens, NRIs, PIOs, OCIs & Other Foreign national candidates (internal link).
Age Limit & Date of Birth
  • General & OBC
  • Candidates born on or after 1st October 1993 (age not more than 24 Years while appearing in the exam.
  • ST/SC/PwD
  • 5 Years of Age Relaxation.
  • Candidates born on or after 1st October 1988 (age not more than 29 Years while appearing in the exam.
Year of Appearance in Class 12 or any other Equivalent Exam 
  1. Students who have passed their 12th Class examination or any other equivalent qualifying examination in 2017 or 2018 are eligible for appearing in JEE Advanced 2018.
  2. Students who have appeared for Class 12 exam in the year 2015 0r 2016, provided the result is declared after June 2016.
No. of Attempts Candidate gets a maximum of 2 chances to appear in JEE Advanced Exam
Qualifying JEE Mains
  • Indian Citizens, NRIs, PIOs, OCIs
  • It is mandatory for those candidates who are in the ambit of this category
  • Foreign Nationals
  • Other Foreign national candidates can give JEE Advanced Exam directly
Availability of Aadhar Card Mandatory

JEE Advanced Eligibility Criteria - Foreign Nationals

Candidates who are NOT citizens of India (by birth or naturalized), do not belong to OCI/PIO category, and whose parents are not citizens of India and do not come under OCI/PIO category at the time of registering for JEE Advanced 2018 are treated as foreign nationals.

Foreign nationals are outside the domain of reservation of seats under the OBC-NCL, SC, ST and PwD (Persons with Disability) categories as instructed by the government of India. Also, the Foreign Nations can directly appear for JEE Advanced without qualifying JEE Mains.

All other eligibility criteria like Age limit, Appearance in Class XII (or equivalent) examination, Earlier admission at IITs and No. of Attempts remains same. However, there are a slight changes in the criteria of Performance in Class XII (or equivalent) board examination listed as follows:

  • For calculation of the total marks for five subjects, if the marks awarded in a subject is not out of 100, then the marks will be scaled (up or down) to 100 so that the total aggregate marks is out of 500.
  • If a Board awards only letter grades without providing an equivalent percentage of marks on the grade sheet, 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) 2018 will be final.
  • 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.
  • For candidates who appeared in the Class XII (or equivalent) Board examination for the first time in 2017 and reappeared in ALL subjects (for whatsoever reason) in 2018, the best of the two performances will be considered.
  • 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.
  • 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.


Equivalent Exam to appear in JEE Mains?

  1. 12th Board Exam
  2. Intermediate or 2 Year Pre-University Examination recognized by a Board/University
  3. Final Examination of 2 Year Course of Joint Services Wing of NDA.
  4. NIOS (National Institute of Open Schooling) Senior Secondary School Examination.
  5. Any School/Board/University Exam in India/Foreign Country recognized by Associate of Indian Universities (AIU).

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