JEE Advanced Eligibility Criteria 2019
Saumya Vishnoi, 23 Jan 2019, #JEE Advanced
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JEE Advanced Eligibility Criteria 2019 -The eligibility criteria of JEE Advanced 2019 lists out the minimum requirements a candidate appearing for the exam needs to fulfil. Engineering aspirants will have to meet the JEE Advanced 2019 eligibility criteria in order to be able to appear in the exam. Those candidates who will fail to meet the eligibility requirements will not be allowed to appear for JEE Advanced which is conducted as a gateway for IIT admissions. There are various parameters like nationality, age, educational qualifications which define JEE Advanced eligibility criteria 2019. As per the Supreme Court order, candidates of 25 years or older can also apply for JEE Advanced 2019 provisionally until further notice. Candidates must note that he/she needs to fulfil the eligibility criteria in all the parameters in order to proceed further with the admission process. The eligibility criteria of JEE Advanced 2019 is given below in detail.
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JEE Advanced 2019 Eligibility Criteria

The admission authorities decide the various criteria on which the eligibility is based. There is five criteria that the candidates will have to fulfil to be eligible for JEE Advanced 2019.

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Criterion 1- Performance in JEE Main 2019

  • Candidates appearing for JEE Advanced 2019 must qualify JEE Main 2019 and secure a position among the top 2,24,000 candidates (including all categories).

  • The percentages of various categories are: OBC-NCL (27%), SC (15%), ST (7.5%) and Open Category (50.5%). Within each of these categories, 5% horizontal reservation is available for PwD candidates.

  • The order which will be followed while selecting the top 2,24,000 candidates in various categories is given below in the table.

Category-Wise Distribution of Top 2,24,000 Candidates



Number of “Top” Candidates







Open PwD























Criterion 2- Age Limit: 

  • As per the recent order by Supreme Court, candidates of 25 years or older can also apply for JEE Advanced 2019. However, the admissions of such candidates will be provisional until the final outcome.

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  • Until last year, candidates of more than 25 years were not eligible.

Criterion 3-Number of attempts: 

  • A candidate gets a maximum of two attempts in consecutive years to appear for JEE Advanced.

  • Candidates should not have appeared for JEE Advanced 2017 or earlier.

Criterion 4- Appearance in Class XII or equivalent examination:

  • The candidates applying for JEE Advanced 2019 should have appeared in Class 12 in 2018 or 2019 for the first time.

  • In case the examination board declares the result of 10+2 for the academic session 2016-17 after June 2017, then the candidate passing from that board will also be eligible to apply.

Criterion 5 – Earlier admission at IITs:

  • The candidates should not have been admitted in any IIT irrespective of whether he/she continued in the programme or not

  • The candidate should not have accepted the seat at any of the IITs in the past by reporting at the reporting centre

  • Those candidates whose admissions at IITs were cancelled in the past do not fulfil the eligibility criteria of JEE Advanced 2019

  •  The candidates who have been admitted to a preparatory course in any IIT for the first time in 2018 will be eligible for JEE Advanced 2019

  • The admission authorities will allow the candidates to appear for the exam who paid the seat acceptance fee but did not accept the seats by not reporting at the reporting centres during JoSAA 2018.

Examinations considered as equivalent to Class 12

  • The final examination of the 10+2 system, conducted by a Central or State Board recognized by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU).

  •  The final examination of the two-year course of the Joint Services Wing of the National Defence Academy.

  • Any Public School, Board or University examination in India or in a foreign country recognized as equivalent to the 10+2 system by the AIU.

  •  H.S.C. vocational examination.

  • Senior Secondary School Examination conducted by the National Institute of Open Schooling with a minimum of five subjects.

  • Intermediate or two-year Pre-University examination conducted by a Board or University recognized by the Association of Indian Universities.

  •  A Diploma recognized by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) or a State Board of Technical Education of at least 3 years duration.

  • General Certificate Education (GCE) examination (London, Cambridge or Sri Lanka) at the Advanced (A) level.

  • High School Certificate Examination of the Cambridge University or International Baccalaureate Diploma of the International Baccalaureate Office, Geneva.

Performance in 10+2th Standard (or equivalent) Board Examination:

The candidates will have to satisfy at least one of the following two criteria for admission to IITs:

  • The candidate should have passed 10+2 or equivalent examination with an aggregate of at least 75% marks. For SC/ ST and PwD candidates, there is a relaxation of 10% as they need the aggregate of minimum 65% marks.

  • The candidates should be within the category wise top 20 percentile of successful candidates in their respective 12th standard (or equivalent) board examination.

  • The scores secured in the following five subjects will be considered for calculating the aggregate marks and the cut off marks for fulfilling the top 20 percentile criterion:

  1. Physics

  2. Chemistry

  3. Mathematics

  4. A language (if the candidate has taken more than one language, then the language with the higher marks will be considered)

  5. Any subject other than the above four (the subject with the highest marks will be considered)

Calculation of Total Marks

  • For calculation of the total marks for five subjects, if the marks awarded in a subject is not out of 100, then the marks will be scaled (up or down) to 100 so that the total aggregate marks are out of 500.

  • If only letter grades are awarded by the board without providing an equivalent percentage of marks on the grade sheet, the candidate should obtain a certificate from the Board specifying the equivalent marks and submit it at the time of acceptance of the allocated seat. In case such a certificate is not provided, then the decision was taken by the Joint Implementation Committee of JEE (Advanced) 2019 will be taken as the final decision.

  • In case any of the subjects Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Language are not evaluated in the first year (e.g., in a 3 year diploma course), then the marks for the same subject from the previous year/s will be used for calculating the percentage of aggregate marks.

  • For those candidates who appeared in 10+2 (or equivalent) Board examination in 2017 but reappeared in 2018, the best of the two performances will be considered.

  • If a Board gives aggregate marks considering both 11th and 12th standard examinations (in the 10+2 system), then only 12th standard marks will be considered. If a Board gives aggregate marks considering the results of all three years of a 3-year diploma, then only the marks scored in the final year will be considered. Similarly, for Boards which follows a semester system, the marks scored in the final two semesters will be considered.

  • If a Board does not give marks scored in individual subjects but gives only the aggregate marks, then the aggregate marks given by the Board will be considered as such.

Additional Requirements for Certain Courses

There are some additional requirements for certain courses:

  • The candidates wishing to opt for Mining Engineering, Mining Machinery Engineering, Integrated M.Sc program in Geology or Geophysics, or Petroleum Engineering should not suffer from any form of colour blindness. A medical certificate has to be provided for the same as proof. A medical board may be assigned to test the validity to the candidate’s medical condition by the IITs.

  • For the candidates seeking admission to Mining Engineering, the standards of visual acuity with or without glasses has to be strictly adhered as per DGMS Circular 14 of 1972. Persons with one-eyed vision will not be allowed to work underground.

Restriction in Mining Engineering

According to Section 45 (1) of the Mines Act, 1952, no woman is allowed to work underground and in mines. The act states that:

No woman shall, not withstanding anything contained in any other law, be employed

(a) in any part of a mine which is below ground

(b) in any mine above ground expect between 6 AM to 7 PM”

However, female candidates will be allotted seats in the course of Mining Engineering or Mining Machinery Engineering related courses at IIT (ISM), IIT Kharagpur and IIT (BHU). 

Regarding Cutoff Marks for the Top 20 Percentile

  • The category wise cutoff marks for the top 20 percentile will be calculated based on the marks scored by all the “successful” candidates in their respective boards in the particular year.

  • Cutoff marks for PwD candidates will be the same as the lowest of the cutoff marks for General, OBC-NCL, SC and ST categories.

  • Top 20 percentile cutoff for the academic year 2019 will be considered for the candidates who qualify 12th standard examination in 2019.

  • Similarly, the top 20 percentile cutoff for the academic year 2018 will be considered for those candidates who passed 12th standard examination in 2018.

  • Candidates who appeared in Class 12 or equivalent examination for the first time in 2018 and reappears in 2019 with the objective to qualify through top 20 percentile cut-off criteria, should reappear in all the subjects. For such candidates, top 20 percentile cut-off for 2019 will be considered.

  • In case a Board fails to provide information about the top 20 percentile cutoff, then the candidates will have to produce a certificate from the respective Board stating that he/she falls within the top 20 percentile. If the candidate fails to do so then his/her CBSE cutoff marks will be used.

Regarding Aggregate Marks of 75% (or 65% for SC, ST, PwD)

  • The scores secured in class 12 or equivalent board examination of 2019 will be considered for candidates who will qualify the 12th standard exam in 2019. Similarly, the 12th standard scores of 2018 will be used for those candidates who qualified for the examination in 2018.

  • If a candidate has qualified class 12 (or equivalent) examination in 2018 but writes any of the required subject in 2019 for improvement or any other reason, then the aggregate percentage will be calculated by considering the maximum marks obtained in the required subjects.

FAQs regarding the eligibility criteria of JEE Advanced

Question: How many times can a student attempt JEE Advanced?

Answer: A student can attempt a maximum of two times in consecutive years

Question: If a student fails to score 75% in class 12, will he/she be eligible to appear in JEE Advanced?

Answer: It is mandatory for the candidate to either score minimum 75% marks (65% in case of SC, ST and PwD candidates) in Class 12 or equivalent exam or be ranked inside the category-wise top 20 percentile in their respective board exams to be eligible for admission.

Question: I appeared in Class XII examination for the first time in 2017. My Class XII results were declared after June 2017. Am I eligible for JEE Advanced 2019?

Answer: YES. You are eligible provided you satisfy all other eligibility criteria of JEE Advanced mentioned above.

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