IIT JEE Main Eligibility Criteria 2024

IIT JEE Main Eligibility Criteria 

National Testing Agency (NTA) along with the authorities of JEE have a prescribed JEE Main Eligibility Criteria. The students must look into it before applying for the IIT JEE Main Eligibility 2024 (April).

If a candidate is found to violate IIT JEE Main Eligibility Criteria at any stage of the exam process, right from applying for the exam to verification of documents during the counselling, then they would get their candidature cancelled. 

General IIT JEE Main Eligibility Criteria  

Aspirants of JEE Main Eligibility Criteria (April) 2024 is categorised on the following parameters:
  • Year of appearing/ passing the Qualifying examination.
  • Marks obtained in the Qualifying examination.
Particulars Details
Qualifying exam
  • Candidate should have passed class XII or qualifying the exam in 2024.
  • Candidate appearing in Class XII or equivalent qualifying exam can also apply for JEE Main.
Age Limit
  • There is no age limit. However, they have to pass Class XII or equivalent exam.
  • Candidates appearing for Class XII or equivalent exams in 2024 are also eligible to apply.
Number of attempts
  • JEE Main candidates can participate in the entrance exam for three consecutive years. 
  • The exam will be conducted twice a year, they may appear in both the attempts. 
  • The attempt for an academic year will be considered as One.
Subject/subjects combination for admission into NITs, IIITs and GFTIs
  • For BTech: 
Should have passed the qualifying examination with: Physics, Mathematics and any one of (Chemistry, Biology, Biotechnology, Technical Vocational Subject).
  • For BArch: 
Should have passed the qualifying examination with: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry
  • For BPlan: 
Should have passed the qualifying examination with: Mathematics

JEE Main Eligibility Criteria: Age 

There is no upper age limit for appearing in the JEE Main examination. The candidate, however, must have passed Class XII or equivalent examination in 2024. Else, they should be appearing in Class XII or equivalent examination. It is only then will the candidate be allowed to apply for the examination. 

IIT JEE Main Eligibility Criteria: List of Qualifying Examinations 

  • Class XII or equivalent exam conducted by a recognized Central or State board including ICSE, CBSE and CISCE.
  • Intermediate or Pre-Degree Course exam or Pre-University Course conducted by any of the recognized Board/ University.
  • HSC - Vocational examination
  • The final exam of the two year course of the Joint Services Wing of the National Defence Academy.
  • AICTE or SBTE recognised Diploma of at least three years duration.
  • National Institute of Open Schooling conducted Senior Secondary School Examination with a minimum of five subjects.
  • For admission to IITs, General Certificate Education (GCE) exam (London/ Cambridge/ Sri Lanka) at Advanced level (A).
  • Association of Indian Universities (AIU) recognised School, Board and University examinations in India or in any foreign country recognised as equivalent to Class XII. 

IIT JEE Main Eligibility Criteria: Year of Passing or Appearing in the Qualifying Exams

Below is the information regarding the year in which a candidate should have passed or appeared in the qualifying examination to be eligible for the IIT JEE Main Eligibility Criteria (April):
  • The Candidate must have passed the class XII or any other qualifying exam from the list mentioned above in the years.
  • The Candidate must be appearing in Class XII or any other equivalent exam. 
Below is the information regarding the year in which a candidate has passed or appeared in the qualifying examination, which leads to the rejection in his or her candidature in IIT JEE Main
  • A candidate who has passed the Class XII or equivalent examination in or before, and those who will appear or later will not appear in IIT JEE Main Eligibility Criteria.
  • A candidate who has appeared in Class XII and has failed in it, but has passed in 2024 also will not be eligible for IIT JEE Main. 

IIT JEE Main Eligibility Criteria (April): State Code

State Code is the referral code of the state, from where a candidate has passed his or her Class XII or equivalent examination. It is a vital component which is required to decide the eligibility of a candidate in IIT JEE Main Eligibility Criteria 2024. If the state from which a candidate has passed Class XII or equivalent exam is different from where he or she has given their improvement exam, then the state code of the state from where the candidate had initially passed the qualifying exam will be considered for eligibility. 

JEE Main Eligibility Criteria (April): Admission

For Admission into NIT, IIIT & GFTI: Candidate should have scored a minimum of 75 percent marks in Class XII or equivalent exam, or they must be in Top 20 percentile of the Class XII examination. For the SC/ST candidates, a minimum of 65 percent marks should be scored in Class XII or equivalent examination.

For Admission into BArch/BPlanning: Candidates should have scored a minimum of 50 percent marks in Class XII or equivalent exam from a recognized board. 

IIT JEE Main Eligibility Criteria (April): Subjects

  • For BTech/BE: The candidate should have passed the qualifying examination with Physics and Mathematics as compulsory subjects along with one of the Chemistry, Biotechnology, Biology and Technical Vocational subjects.
  • For BArch: The candidate should have passed the qualifying examination with Mathematics, Physics & Chemistry as subjects.
  • For BPlanning: The candidate should have passed the qualifying examination with Mathematics as a subject. 

How to Check your IIT JEE Main Eligibility Criteria(April)

Easy. Just visit the official website of the JEE Main (April) session and download the official brochure. Go to the section where the Eligibility Criteria is explained in detail. 

What if I do not understand the Eligibility Criteria details from the brochure? 

If queries persist, visit CLEAR EXAM headquarters in Nirman Vihar, where all your queries will be resolved.

The Way Ahead

If you meet the criteria of eligibility, then fill in the form immediately and begin your preparation judiciously. Be very careful while filling in the application form and attaching your documents. Ensure that you have taken the printout of the acknowledgement slip and kept it for future reference. 


Q: What is eligibility for JEE?
A: For admissions in IITs, NITs, IIITs and other CFTIs, the candidate must have scored at least 75 percent marks in Class XII, or be in the top 20 percentile in Class XII exam conducted by the respective board. For SC/ST candidates, the qualifying marks are 65 percent marks.

Q: Is IIT a government college?
A: The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) are autonomous public institutes of higher education, located in India. They are governed by the Institutes of Technology Act, 1961 that has declared them as institutes of national importance and lays down their powers, duties and other requisite framework for governance.

Q: Do questions repeat in JEE Mains?
A: Yes. Questions are repeated in JEE Mains. 

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