JEE Mains Eligibility Criteria
JEE Mains Eligibility Criteria – Check Whether You are Eligible

mains eligibilityCandidates aspiring for IIT JEE must have the complete knowledge of that whether they are eligible to fight the JEE Exams. A few benchmarks have been set by the responsible body conducting the exams.

CBSE has published a set of JEE Mains Eligibility Criteria 2018 as it is solely responsible for conducting he exam. JEE Mains is a national level undergraduate engineering entrance exam conducted for candidates aspiring to acquire admissions in reputed engineering colleges such as IIITs, NITs, GFTIs and other state or private institutes. Before applying for the entrance exam a candidate must fulfill the JEE Main eligibility criteria 2018. Once the candidate meet the required JEE Mains 2018 eligibility criteria he/she can proceed further by filling the application form by providing details like Name, Date of Birth, Gender and Aadhar Card Number. The data provided by the candidate is then cross checked with UIDAI’s data to check the validation eligibility of the applicant. JEE Mains Eligibility 2018 has been published by the CBSE Board. Candidates can get a detailed idea about the JEE Main eligibility criteria 2018 by going through the full article below.

The main aspects included in JEE Mains Eligibility Criteria are details regarding Nationality and Citizenship, Age limit and Date of Birth for all categories (General, OBC, ST, SC, PWD etc.), Educational Qualification, Number of subjects in qualifying exam, Number of attempts, JEE Main 2018 Eligibility Marks etc.

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

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

Nationality & Citizenship

Indian Citizens, NRIs, PIOs, OCIs & Other Foreign national candidates.

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 2016 or 2017 are eligible for appearing in JEE Mains 2018.
  2. Students currently appearing for their Class 12th examination or any other equivalent qualifying examination are also eligible, provided their result should be declared before 15th of June 2018.
No. of Subjects in the Qualifying Examination

At least 5 Subjects in 12th Class/Diploma Degree Course or any other equivalent exam.

The 5 subjects for B.Tech/ B.E. are:

1-Language, 2-Physics, 3-Mathematics, 4-Any one of (Chemistry, Biology, Biotechnology, Technical Vocational Subject), 5-Any other subject

The 5 subjects for B.Arch/ B.Planning are:

1-Language, 2-Physics, 3-Mathematics (compulsory), 4-Any one of (Chemistry, Biology, Biotechnology, Technical Vocational Subject), 5-Any other subject

No. of Attempts

Candidate gets 3 chances to appear in JEE Mains Exam

JEE Main Eligibility Marks
  • General & OBC

Candidates who have scored more than 75% or be in Top 20 Percentile in their respective Board can only appear in JEE Mains 2018

  • SC/ST/PwD

Candidates who have scored more than 65%

Availability of Aadhar Card

Mandatory (discussed in detail in next section)


JEE Mains Eligibility Criteria – Registration using Aadhar Card

From the year 2017, CBSE has introduced a new eligibility criteria wherein, the applicant must have a valid registered Aadhar Card to appear in JEE Exams. Possessing a valid Aadhar Card is mandatory for identification and authentication of the candidate applying for JEE Exams. The applicant has to provide his/her Aadhar Card Number, Name, date of Birth and Gender (Transgender Candidates can apply in ‘Others’ Category) while filling the application form. Applicants must ensure that the details provided in their Aadhar Card matches with that of their school records.

In case, the details do not match, applicants should get them rectified in either of them.

Candidates from J&K, Meghalaya, and Assam who have passed or are appearing in Class XII and do not possess Aadhar Card, will have to provide any other valid Govt. identity like passport number, ration card number, bank account number, etc., provided they have selected city of examination in these states only.


JEE Mains Eligibility Criteria – Droppers

However, the eligibility criteria for dropped out candidates are almost same as that for a fresher, but for the sake of simplicity a quick glance of IIT JEE Mains Eligibility Criteria 2018 for droppers is as follows.

Upper Age Limit
  • General/OBC: 24 Years
  • ST/SC/PWD: 29 Years
Qualifying Year of 12th Class/Diploma/Equivalent Degree

2016 or 2017

Min. Required Percentage
  • General/OBC: 75%
  • ST/SC/PWD: 65%
No. of Subjects in Last Qualifying Test 5
Total Attempts


Note that if the dropout students have appeared in IIT JEE Exam earlier, then the total no. of attempts will be reduced accordingly.


Equivalent Exams 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).

JEE Mains Eligibility Criteria – Some Important Points to Ponder:

  • The Diploma Degree holders are not eligible for admission to NITs/CFTIs after qualifying Mains. They must appear in JEE Advanced 2018 & qualify it to become eligible for admission to Engineering Programs.
  • The Diploma Degree holders will be treated as 12th Qualified only.
  • In case the candidates fail in any subject in 12th Class and he/she gives the improvement exam next year, then it is mandatory to give the exam for all the 5 subjects. The Authorities will consider the best performance in any of the two subjects of improvement exam.
  • If any candidate, who has qualified the 12th, wishes to appear in improvement exam for some selected subject, then his/her 12th Marks of the previous year will only be considered in JEE Main.

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