JEE Advanced 2020 Eligibility Criteria

JEE Advanced 2020 Eligibility Criteria

JEE Advanced 2020 is a national-level entrance exam conducted online by IIT Delhi. The admissions will take place for Bachelor's, Integrated Master's and Dual-Degree programs (entry after Class XII). Held only once a year, the 2020 session of JEE Advanced will be held across various exam centres in five countries including the US.

Application forms of JEE Advanced 2020 will be released in the first week of May 2020. Last date of submission of application form along with the application fee will tentatively be in the second week of May 2020. The exam will be held on May 17, 2020. The result of JEE Advanced 2020 will be declared on June 8, 2020. 

General JEE Advanced Eligibility Criteria for 2020 

JEE Advanced Eligibility Criteria includes several crucial parameters. CLEAR EXAM has tabulated general JEE Advanced Eligibility Criteria 2020:

Criteria Details
Nationality All Indian National (including OCI/PIO) and foreign national candidates
Qualification Candidates must have cleared their Class XII or equivalent examination in 2019 or 2020.
Percentage Candidates must have scored a minimum of the below mentioned marks in Class XII or equivalent examination:
  • General: 75% marks
  • SC/ST/’PwD: 65% 
Age Limit
  • Candidates must have been born on or after October 1, 1993. 
  • Five years of relaxation will be given to SC, ST and PWD candidates.
Number of attempts permissible Maximum of two times in two consecutive years.
Mandatory Criteria
  • Mandatory to appear in JEE Main 2020 
  • Candidates will have to come under the top 2,24,000 qualifying candidates in Paper 1 of JEE Main 2020 (including all categories).
  • Candidates who will be admitted to any preparatory course in any of the IITs for the first time in 2020 will be eligible to apply in JEE Advanced 2020.

JEE Advanced Eligibility Criteria 2020 Details:

CLEAR EXAM compiles a list of JEE Advanced Eligibility Criteria for the different categories. Keep reading for more information. 

Score in JEE Main 2020

It is mandatory that the aspirants qualified JEE Main 2020 (Paper I) be amongst the top 2,50,000 candidates including all categories. Of these, the seats are distributed according to the given table. 
General 46.5%
General - EWS 4%
OBC - NCL 27%
SC 15%
ST 7.5%

Age Limit

During the previous session of JEE Advanced, Supreme Court ruled that the candidates, 25 or older, will also be eligible for JEE Advanced exam. The admission, however, was provisional.

Number of Attempts

A candidate can appear for the exam for a maximum of two times in two consecutive years. 

Qualifying Exam

  • Candidates should have appeared for Class XII or equivalent examination in 2019 or 2020. 
  • If a candidate’s Class XII Board results for the academic year 2017-18 has been declared after June 2018, then they will also be able to appear for JEE Advanced, provided they meet the other eligibility criteria. 

List of Qualifying Examinations:

  • Final examination of CLass XII conducted by a Central or State Board recognized by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU).
  • Intermediate or a two-year pre-university examination conducted by a Board or University recognized by AIU.
  • Final examination of two-year course of Joint Services Wing of National Defence Academy.
  • Senior Secondary School Examination conducted by National Institute of Open Schooling with a minimum of five subjects.
  • Any Public School, Board or University examination in India or in a foreign country is recognized as equivalent to Class XII by the AIU.
  • HSC vocational examination.
  • Diploma recognized by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) or a State Board of Technical Education of at least three years duration.
  • General Certificate Education (GCE) examination (London, Cambridge or Sri Lanka) at Advanced (A) level.
  • High School Certificate Examination of Cambridge University or International Baccalaureate Diploma of International Baccalaureate Office, Geneva.

Required Percentage: 

Category of Student Minimum Percentage of Marks to be Acquired
General  75 percent of total marks
SC/ST/PwD 65 percent of total marks

Candidates should be within the top 20 percentile (category-wise) of successful candidates in their respective XII standard (or equivalent) board examination.

Subjects taken into consideration:

The following five subjects are taken into consideration while calculating the aggregate marks and the cut off score, to fill the students in the top 20 percentile criterion:
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Language (if the candidates have 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 mark will be considered)

How are the total marks of Class XII calculated/ considered for eligibility

  • In case, the total graded marks of a subject are not out of 100, then those will be scaled to 100, so that total aggregate marks can be calculated out of 500. 
  • If the examination Board grants alphabetical grades only, without any provision of an equivalent percentage of the grades, then the candidate will have to submit a Certificate issued by the Board, specifying the equivalent marks of grade obtained by him or her, at the time of seat allocation. In case the candidate fails to do so, then the final call will be taken by the Joint Implementation Committee. 
  • In case any of Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Language are not evaluated in the final year, then the marks for that subject from the previous years will be used for calculating percentage of aggregate marks.
  • For the candidates, who had appeared in Class XII Board or equivalent examination initially in 2019 and reappeared in all the subjects in 2020 the best of the two performances will be considered. 
  • If a Board of examination grants the aggregate marks of both Class XI and XII, then only the XII standard marks will be considered. 
  • If a Board of examination grants aggregate marks, considering the marks scored in all of the three years in a Diploma course of equivalent duration, then only the marks scored in the final year will be considered. 
  • If a Board of examination follows the Semester system, then the marks scored in the final two semesters will be considered. 
  • If a Board of examination does not grant marks scored in individual subjects, but only the aggregate score, then only the aggregate score will be considered by the officials. 

What if I am already enrolled in one of the IITs ?

JEE Advanced Eligibility Criteria: Earlier Admission in IIT
Criteria for Non-Eligibility:
The following candidates will not be eligible to sit for JEE Advanced 2020:
  • Candidates who have taken add\mission in any of the IITs, irrespective of whether they continued the programme or not. 
  • Candidates who accepted a seat in any of the IITs, by reporting at the centre in the past will also not be eligible. 
  • Candidates whose admissions at any of the IITs was cancelled after joining.
Criteria for Eligibility: 
The following candidates will be eligible to sit for JEE Advanced 2020:
  • Candidates who had been admitted to a preparatory course in any of the IITs for the first time in 2019.
  • Candidates who paid the seat acceptance fee in 2019 will be eligible for JEE Advanced 2020, in case they meet the following conditions:
    • Did not report at any reporting centres OR
    • Withdrew before the last round of seat allotment OR
    • Had their seat cancelled (for any reason whatsoever) before the final round of seat allotment

What are the course-specific eligibility criteria?

JEE Advanced Additional Eligibility Criteria for different courses:
  • Candidates opting for Mining Engineering, Mining Machinery Engineering, Integrated M.Sc program in Geology or Geophysics or Petroleum Engineering must not have any form of blindness. At the time of admission, a certificate from a government registered medical practitioner has to be produced.
  • For Mining Engineering, standards of visual activity with or without glasses need to be adhered to strictly as per DGMS Circular 14 of 1972. Candidates with one-eyed vision are not permitted to work underground.
  • Female candidates are not allowed to work underground and in the mines as per Section 45 (1) of the Mines Act, 1952. Female candidates, however, are admitted to Mining Engineering or Mining Machinery Engineering related courses at IIT (ISM) Dhanbad, IIT Kharagpur and IIT (BHU) Varanasi.

How is the Top 20 Percentile Cut Off decided? 

Eligibility Criteria for Top 20 percentile Cut Off:
  • Category-wise Cut Off for Top 20 percentile for a year is calculated on the basis of marks scored by the candidates in their respective boards in that particular year.
  • Cut Off marks for differently-abled aspirants falling under PwD category remains the same as the least of the cut off marks for other categories.
  • Top 20 percentile cut off for 2020 will be considered for those candidates who have passed the Class XII (or equivalent) examination in the same year. 
  • Similarly, the cutoff of 2019 will be taken for candidates who have qualified for the exam in the academic year 2019.
  • Candidates who appeared for the qualifying exam for the first time in 2019 and wish to reappear in 2020 for the sole objective of qualifying for Top 20 percentile, cut off will have to reattempt all of the subjects. The top 20 percentile cut off of 2019 will be considered for such candidates.
  • In case a Board does not provide information about Top 20 percentile cut off, the candidates will have to produce a certificate from the respective boards stating that they come within the Top 20 percentile of successful candidates.

The Way Ahead

In case you are done with checking your eligibility according to the criteria specified above, and meet all of them, then do not miss out on filling in JEE Advanced application form. Prepare well for it. IITs are the most prestigious engineering institutes of India and hence the road to get an admission cannot be a cakewalk. But then again, where there is will, there is a way! 

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JEE Advanced Eligibility Criteria 2020
JEE Advanced Eligibility Criteria includes several crucial parameters. JEE Advanced 2020 is a national-level entrance exam conducted online by IIT Delhi.
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