How to score qualifying marks for JEE Advanced?
Saakshi Lama, 09 Feb 2018, #JEE Advanced
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How to score qualifying marks for JEE Advanced - Qualifying for JEE Advanced is seen as an uphill battle by many candidates and aspirants. The process is long and only the top qualified candidates are allowed to sit for the entrance examination. While the reward is enough to make up for the struggle (IIT admissions is what almost all engineering aspirants dream of!), there are many who give up due to less knowledge and confidence about the exam. While preparing for the JEE Main examination, it is important to know how much score is required to qualify for JEE Advanced. Based on how much score is actually required for qualification, you can plan out the exact way to approach the JEE Main examination and in the end be among the qualified candidates for JEE Advanced. Read the full article to know how to score qualifying marks for JEE Advanced 2018.

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Quick Look at the JEE Main Exam Pattern

Before we move on to the main subject of how much score is required to qualify for JEE Advanced 2018, we need to take a step back and go to the basics. Being familiar with the home-ground is a must in any battle so likewise, it is essential for you to have the exam pattern of JEE Main on your fingertips. The table provided below gives the sufficient information that you need to possess about the entrance examination which will help you plan out your strategy to qualify for the much coveted JEE Advanced.

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Specifications about JEE Main Paper I Exam Pattern





What is JEE Main?

The entrance examination for admissions into NITs, IIITs and GFTIs and also acts as a first step for admissions into IITs.


Is it Online or Offline?

Both. The exam is conducted as a Computer Based Test and Pen and Paper based exam.


How long will the exam be?

3 hours


Will the exam be held only in English?

No. You will have to choice of attempting JEE Main in English or Hindi. If you are a resident of Gujarat, Diu and Daman, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, then you will be able to select Gujarati as your medium of language too.


What is the total number of questions and how are they divided?

90 questions will be asked in JEE Main. The paper is divided into three sections:

  • Physics – 30 Questions

  • Chemistry – 30 Questions

  • Mathematics – 30 Questions


Will all of the questions be objective in nature?

Yes. The questions will be objective multiple choice questions. Each question will have four choices with one correct response.


How much score will one correct response be allotted?

For each correct response, you will be allotted 4 marks.


Is there negative marking?

Yes. 1 mark will be deducted for each wrong answer.

What is the Golden Score to Qualify for JEE Advanced 2018?

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Now that we have the basic information settled, let us move onto the crux of this discussion – how to score qualifying marks for JEE Advanced 2018. It is a well-known fact that it is essential for all IIT aspirants to qualify JEE Main for JEE Advanced. Only the top 2,24,000 candidates will actually be able to sit for the examination which provides IIT admissions. However, many are not aware of what the actual score is to go ahead and sit for the JEE Advanced examination. It has to be noted that the cutoff scores differ each year. Provided below is the previous year’s JEE Main cutoff to qualify for the next stage:


JEE Main Cutoff 2017



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To know the full cutoff trends of JEE Main you can read JEE Main Cutoff.


Get Your Score! Tips to Strategize your Move into JEE Advanced

The method of scoring well in the examination is a two-way process – firstly, you need to study well and secondly, you need to strategize properly. While you need to prepare and study from the syllabus of JEE Main, you should also allot some time to strategize for the examination to ensure your pass to JEE Advanced. In this article, we will focus on some pointers which may be useful while attempting the JEE Main 2018 examination and which will boost your chances for JEE Advanced 2018. We will be checking the scoring strategy category wise since the cutoff scores are different for each.


General Category 

Total Cutoff Marks = 81

Section Wise Qualifying Marks = 81/3 = 27

No. of Questions to be Correctly Answered in Each Section = 27/4 = 6.75 or 7 Questions

Total Questions to be Correctly Answered in JEE Main Paper I = 21 Questions


According to the previous year, the cutoff score for General category is 81 marks. JEE Main Paper I consists of 3 sections – Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. Therefore, it means that you will have secure 27 marks in each section to qualify for JEE Advanced. Since each question is worth 4 marks, it is essential for you to get 7 questions correct in each section. So in total, if you belong to the General category, you will have to answer 7 questions in each section correctly which means overall 21 questions have to be correctly answered in the entire JEE Main Paper I.

You should remember that there is negative marking for each wrong answer so just answer those questions which you are confident in. Since each section consists of 30 questions, you can concentrate on some particular topics which are likely to be asked in the examination. Concentrating on such topics will present you more chances to secure correct responses for 7 questions each in the 3 sections. This will enable you to secure the perfect required score to advance ahead for JEE Advanced examination.


OBC – NCL Category

Total Cutoff Marks = 49

Section Wise Qualifying Marks = 49/3 = 16.33 or 17

No. of Questions to be Correctly Answered in Each Section = 17/4 = 4.25 or 5 Questions

Total Questions to be Correctly Answered in JEE Main Paper I = 15 Questions


If you belong to the OBC – NCL category, the cutoff score that has to be secured for JEE Advanced is 49 marks. Accordingly, in each section, you will have to score 17 marks. As known from the information provided above, each question is worth 4 marks, therefore, to qualify for the JEE Advanced exam, you will have to answer 5 questions correctly from each section. This brings the total questions to be correctly answered to 15 questions. By answering 15 questions correctly, you will be securing more than the cutoff marks, which is good, however, if you wish to score near the cutoff marks then you will have to answer just 13 questions correctly overall in JEE Main Paper I.


Scheduled Caste (SC) Category

Total Cutoff Marks = 32

Section Wise Qualifying Marks = 32/3 = 10.66 or 11

No. of Questions to be Correctly Answered in Each Section = 11/4 = 2.75 or 3 Questions

Total Questions to be Correctly Answered in JEE Main Paper I = 9 Questions


Scheduled Caste (SC) category are required to secure 32 marks to qualify for JEE Advanced. Since the paper is divided into 3 sections, you will have to secure 11 marks in each section. Therefore, you will have to answer 3 questions correctly each in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics section. The total questions to be answered correctly in the JEE Main examination is 9.


Scheduled Tribe (ST) Category

Total Cutoff Marks = 27

Section Wise Qualifying Marks = 27/3 = 9

No. of Questions to be Correctly Answered in Each Section = 9/4 = 2.25 or 3 Questions

Total Questions to be Correctly Answered in JEE Main Paper I = 9 Questions


The marks to be secured for Scheduled Tribe category is lesser than the above-mentioned categories. If you belong to this category, then you will be required to score 27 marks to be qualified for JEE Advanced. Automatically, this refers to the fact that you will have to ensure that at least 9 marks is secured in each of the three sections. Since 4 marks are allotted for each question, try to correctly answer 3 questions in each section to ensure your success. However, if you manage to correctly answer 7 questions overall in JEE Main Paper I, you will be able to score exactly the cutoff needed to qualify for the next round.


Persons with Disability (PwD) Category

The PwD category has the lowest score to be secured in order to qualify for JEE Advanced examination. If you belong to this category, you will be termed eligible for JEE Advanced even if you answer just one question, out of the total 90 questions, correctly.


The key to qualifying JEE Advanced 2018 examination is to score the cutoff marks or above according to the category you belong it. By creating a plan and executing it while attempting JEE Main 2018 exam, you will be able to grab the chance for admissions into IITs. It is very important to know how to score qualifying marks for JEE Advanced since it provides a vital information to the preparation process of all IIT aspirants. Hopefully, this article has also succeeded in boosting your knowledge regarding the cutoff scores needed to advance into the national level examination of JEE Advanced.


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