20,000 more candidates to enter JEE Advanced 2017 pool
Updated on Sep 21, 2016 - 3:59 p.m. IST by Bachan Thakur
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As many as 20,000 more candidates will enter the JEE Advanced pool for the academic year 2017. This means that for the upcoming academic year, a total to 2,20,000 top candidates from JEE Main will become eligible to take JEE Advanced. Allowing 20,000 more candidates to take JEE Advanced is a part of the proposed expansion plan by MHRD to increase the seat intake at IITs. 

In 2016, about 2,00,000 candidates were qualified to take JEE Advanced. IIT Guwahati had raised the number of eligible candidates (who would sit for JEE Advanced) to 2 lakh in 2016 from the earlier 1,50,000. Till 2015, 1,50,000 top candidates from JEE Main were allowed to take JEE Advanced. When Careers360 contacted the organizing chairman for JEE Advanced 2017, he said, “The decision to allow 20,000 more candidates to take JEE Advanced is in line with the projected number of seats available across all IITs in 2017.”


The move comes a few days after the Ministry of Human Resource Development has asked IITs to increase their seat intake. However, no official announcement on any decision pertaining to this proposal of increasing seats has been made so far. According to a report by Times of India, IITs plan to open their doors for admitting non-resident students. The premier institutes plan to add 30,000 seats by 2020, thereby creating 1 lakh seats across all IITs in UG, PG and doctorate programmes.


At present, IITs (including ISM Dhanbad) altogether have around 72,000 engineering seats in UG, PG and doctorate programmes. As per media reports, 10,000 seats will be added every year to make it 1 lakh by the year 2020.   


Careers360 has earlier reported on the decision of IIT Madras (the organising IIT for JEE Advanced 2017) to add 20,000 more candidates who would be eligible to take JEE Advanced 2017. However, allowing more number of candidates to take JEE Advanced every year hasn’t helped IITs.


Sample this:

In 2016, top 2 lakh candidates from JEE Main were allowed to take JEE Advanced. However, among the eligible top 2 lakh candidates, as many as 1.98 lakh had qualified for JEE Advanced 2016, out of which, only 1.56 lakh registered for the coveted engineering entrance test. This means that as many as 42, 291 eligible candidates amongst 2 lakh JEE Advanced selects did not register for the test in 2016.


Further, out of the 1.56 lakh registered candidates, as many as 8,322 skipped JEE Advanced 2016, thus bringing down the actual number of test takers to 1,47,678. This means that in 2016-17, 21 per cent of the eligible candidates didn’t register for JEE Advanced.


In 2015 also, about 18 per cent of the total eligible candidates for JEE Advanced had not filled the application form for IIT admissions. A total of 1, 52, 000 candidates had qualified for JEE Advanced in 2015, whereas only 1,24,000 had registered for it.


The IIT admission data for 2015-16 and 2016-17 shows that more candidates are loosing interest in IIT Admissions. The data in the table signifies this.

Candidates qualified for JEE Advanced VS registered (2015-2016)


Qualified for JEE Advanced

Registered for JEE advanced

Share of candidates not registering for IIT admissions




42,000 (21%)


1, 52, 000     


28,000 (18%)

While the number of candidates filtered for JEE Advanced from JEE Main has increased from 1,50,000 in 2015 to 2 lakh in 2016, and now to 2,20,000 in 2017, the share of eligible candidates losing interest in IIT admissions has also increased. In 2015, 28,000 eligible candidates didn’t register for JEE Advanced, whereas in 2016, the total number of eligible candidates opting out of JEE Advanced was 42,000. This means while in 2015, 18 per cent of the eligible candidates didn’t register for JEE Advanced, in 2016 this share only increased with 21 per cent eligible candidates skipping JEE Advanced registrations.

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I got 75percent in jee mains January 2020 under BC category will i apply for jee advance?

AYAN MULLA 29th Feb, 2020

since it is very difficult to predict the exact rank but we do have a backup> we have a formula to calculate the expected rank that is (100 – Total percentile) x 869010/100.So according to formula your expected rank for present percentile for January session comes out to be 217252 . Now the expected rank might change depending on the no of candidates appearing the april session. For ex if 12 lakh candidate appear the april session then just replace 869010 by 12 lakhs. But if you score above 85 percentile then you have a very decent chance of qualifying jee mains.
Well since the cutoffs are yet to be decided let us analyse using previous year cutoff
Other Backward Classes (OBC-NCL)  74.3166557
It seems you are very close to the OBC cutoff you have a minor chances of qualifying JEE mains.

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If you qualify in Jee mains april attempt, can you then take jee advanced exam?

Aditi Amrendra Student Expert 29th Feb, 2020

Yes, after qualifying JEE mains april session examination you can appear in JEE advance examination.But remember that you must have 75 percent marks in your 12th boards because then only you will get admission in IITs through jee advance.

I hope this helps

i got 69 percentile in jee main january 2020 i am in category section am i able to fill jee advance form

ayush mishra 29th Feb, 2020
Satyam, See, the cutoff for JEE ADVANCED eligibility depends on your category status and since you haven't clearly specified your category, it is difficult to predict your eligibility. However, here I am answering your query in a generic way and also discuss the previous year cutoff which would help you in getting an idea. So, As of now, it is difficult to predict the actual qualifying NTA score for JEE Advanced eligibility. However, if you have a percentile above 85-86 for any category student,  then you have a decent enough chance to qualify. Also, you can refer to the previous year JEE Main qualifying cutoff scores by NTA as follows to understand your chances:-

Common Rank List (CRL)




Other Backward Classes (OBC-NCL)


Scheduled Caste (SC)


Scheduled Tribe (ST)




Therefore, looking at previous year's trends, you can predict your chances to qualify for JEE Advanced as you haven't specified your category status.

Also, you have another opportunity to improve your results by performing better in the April JEE MAINS attempt and I would advise you to concentrate on that and give it your best shot.

I am currently stepping to class 12 kindly requesting to give me a prior details all about JEE advanced, mains,when to apply, etc....

Vaibhav Goswami 29th Feb, 2020

Hello Jayashree!!

JEE Main and JEE Advanced are 2 examination to get admission in various prestigious engineering colleges in India.

Coming to jee main, from 2019 onwards jee main is conducted by NTA twice in a year in January and April. It consist of 2 papers. Paper 1 is held for BE / B.Tech admissions and Paper for B.Arch / B.Planning. JEE Main is a critical criterion for admission in India’s most prestigious and elite universities like the Indian Institute of Information Technology (IITs) and the National Institute of Technology (NIT).

You can take jee main once( i.e in jan or april ) or both. Best of the two percentile will be considered for evaluation. The candidates qualifying the cutoff marks will be eligible for JEE Advanced.

JEE Advanced is conducted once every year in the month of May for admissions in IITs all over India. It is conducted by an IIT which changes every year. It consist of 2 papers:Paper1 and Paper 2 to be conducted in 2 shifts. The students who qualify the exams are considered for admissions into IITs.

Both JEE Main and Advanced are CBT(Computer Based) examinations. The syllabus is also similar except the difficulty level is higher in JEE Advanced.

JEE main is about:

  1. Speed
  2. Accuracy
  3. Basic knowledge of chapters and 12th Board topics

JEE advanced is about:

  1. Depth Knowledge of Topics
  2. Patience
  3. Crystal Clear Concept
  4. Persistence
  5. Along with Accuracy and speed

For syllabus and further information you can refer the NTA and JEE advanced websites.

Hope this helps.


can i give jee advanced 2020 with jee mains 2019 result

Devraj choudhary Student Expert 29th Feb, 2020


No, to appear in jee advanced 2020, you need to pass jee main 2020. The score of jee main 2019 is is invalid for 2020.

So, you need to pass jee main once again to appear for jee advanced 2020. Hope it helps

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