JEE Main Eligibility Criteria 2019 - National Testing Agency (NTA) has declared the eligibility criteria of JEE Main 2019. Candidates interested need to check the complete JEE Main 2019 eligibility criteria and only if they fulfil it, must proceed to fill the application form of the entrance exam otherwise, it will be rejected. JEE Main eligibility criteria 2019 contain parameters like age, educational qualification, subjects in 10+2 etc. which candidates will have to fulfil. It is important to note that the eligibility criteria of JEE Main 2019 are for candidates to know whether they can appear in the national entrance exam or not; it by no means is the eligibility for admission to NITs, IIITs and CFTIs which JEE Main offers. Since the exam conducting for JEE Main 2019 has changed from CBSE to NTA, it is important for candidates to know that the eligibility for the exam for 2019 remains same and there will be two attempts - one in January other in April. However, for admission to B.Arch. programmes, candidates need to have 50% marks in PCM in aggregate and separately. Candidates still can appear in JEE Main exam three times in three consecutive years. Candidates can check the complete eligibility criteria of JEE Main 2019 from the full article given below.
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JEE Main Paper 2 was conducted on January 8 and Paper 1 during January 9 to 12 by the NTA. Payment of fee and uploading of photo/ signature was done till October 1, 2018. The second attempt at JEE Main 2019 will be conducted from April 6 to 20, 2019 and the application form for this will be available from February 8 to March 7, 2019.
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JEE Main Eligibility Criteria 2019
Candidates will be considered eligible to appear in JEE Main 2019 on the basis of the following parameters, provided, they fulfil them all:
Date of birth
Qualifying exam i.e. 10+2 or equivalent exam
Qualifying exam subjects
- Marks secured in the qualifying exam
JEE Main 2019 Eligibility Criteria
There is no age limit to be eligible for JEE Main 2019. However, candidates need to pass 10+2 or the equivalent examination in 2017 or 2018. Candidates appearing for 10+2 or equivalent exam in 2019 are also eligible to apply irrespective of their age.
The 5 subjects for B.Tech/ B.E. are:
1-Language, 2-Physics, 3-Mathematics, 4-Any one of (Chemistry, Biology, Biotechnology, Technical Vocational Subject), 5-Any other subjects
The 5 subjects for B.Arch/ B.Planning are:
1-Language, 2-Physics, 3-Mathematics (compulsory), 4-Any one of (Chemistry, Biology, Biotechnology, Technical Vocational Subject), 5-Any other subjects
Number of attempts
JEE Main candidates can appear in the exam for three consecutive years. Since the entrance will be conducted twice a year, the candidate can choose to appear in both the attempts. However, the attempt for a particular academic year will be considered as One.
The following eligibility will be considered during admission, not during appearing in the exam or filling the application form.
- Candidates need to have secured a minimum 75% marks in class XII or equivalent exam or be in the top 20 percentile in their class XII exam conducted by the respective board.
- For SC/ ST candidates, the eligibility criteria are to secure 65% marks in class XII or equivalent exam.
For admissions to B.Arch. programmes:
- Candidates need to have PCM mandatorily in their 10+2 or equivalent exam.
- They need to have secured minimum 50% marks in these subjects in aggregate and 50% individually too.
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JEE Main Eligibility Criteria for Qualifying Examination (QE)
To be eligible for JEE Main 2019, candidates need to qualify in any of the following exams:
Class XII or any other equivalent exam conducted by any recognized Central/ State board like CBSE, ICSE, Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations, New Delhi etc.
Intermediate or Pre-University Course or Pre-Degree Course examination conducted by a recognized Board/ University.
The final examination of the 2-year course of the Joint Services Wing of the National Defence Academy.
Vocational examination of H.S.C.
National Institute of Open Schooling conducted Senior Secondary School Examination with a minimum of 5 subjects.
AICTE or State board of technical education recognised Diploma of at least 3 years duration.
Association of Indian Universities (AIU) recognised school, board, university examination in India or in any foreign country recognized as equivalent to the 10+2 system.
General Certificate Education (GCE) exam (London/ Cambridge/ Sri Lanka) at Advanced (A) level. This is only for admission to IITs.
High School Certificate Examination by Cambridge University or International Baccalaureate Diploma of the International Baccalaureate Office. This is also for admission to IITs.
Note:- For admission to IITs - the candidate is required to have passed at least one public (Board or Pre-University) examination at an earlier level, in case the relevant qualifying examination is not a public examination.
JEE Main Eligibility Criteria 2019 for Year of appearance in Qualifying Examination (QE)
Candidates who have passed class XII or equivalent examination in 2017 or 2018 or those who will be appearing in class XII or any other equivalent examination in 2019 will be eligible to appear in JEE Main 2019. Those candidates who have passed class XII or any other equivalent examination in 2016 or before and those who will appear in 2020 or later will not be eligible to appear in JEE Main 2019. Candidates who have appeared for their class XII in 2016, failed in 2016 but have appeared again in 2017 and passed are not eligible for JEE Main 2019.
Subjects in the Qualifying Examination (QE)
It is mandatory for candidates to have at least five subjects in class XII or equivalent examination to be considered eligible for JEE Main 2019. The five subjects for B.Tech/ B.E. according to CBSE are:
Physics (compulsory for B.Arch.)
Mathematics (compulsory for B.Tech & B.Arch. both)
Chemistry, Biology, Biotechnology, Technical Vocational Subject (Any one of them)
Any other subject
Candidates who have appeared for four subjects in their qualifying exam will not be allowed to appear in JEE Main exam. They must have Physics and Mathematics as compulsory subjects and Chemistry, Biotechnology, Computer Science or Biology as one of the optional subjects in their qualifying exam.
Pass percentage: The eligibility criteria of JEE Main 2019 does not specify any pass percentage for appearing in the exam. This is because the exam is also an eligibility test for admissions to B.Tech or B.E programmes in states like Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Nagaland, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Chandigarh etc and the percentage required by students in class XII varies from state to state.
Availability of Aadhaar Card
It is not mandatory for the candidates of JEE Main 2019 to have an Aadhaar Card while filling the application form. Candidates will have to provide details of any identity proof like passport number, ration card number, bank account number or any other valid Govt. identity number.
JEE Main Eligibility Criteria 2019 (State Code)
The State Code of JEE Main 2019 means the code of the State from where a candidate has passed class 10+2 or equivalent exam on the basis of which he or she will become eligible to appear in the entrance exam.
Note: In case, a candidate has passed class 10+2 or equivalent qualifying examination from a particular state but has appeared for improvement from a different state, then his or her state code of eligibility will be the one from where he or she has originally passed 10+2 class or equivalent qualifying exam. In this case, the candidate’s JEE Main 2019 state code of eligibility will not be the state from where he or she has appeared for improvement.
Candidates can find the State Codes from the table mentioned below.
Name of State/ UT
Name of State/ UT
Andaman & Nicobar Islands (UT)
Dadra & Nagar Haveli (UT)
Daman & Diu (UT)
Jammu & Kashmir
Foreign/ OCI/ PIO/ Nepal / Bhutan
JEE Main 2019 Eligibility Criteria for Admissions to NITs, IIITs and CFTIs
B.Tech admissions at NITs, IIITs and GFTIS: Candidates must have secured a minimum of 75% marks in their qualifying exams in addition to qualifying in JEE Main 2019 OR must be in the top 20 percentile of their 10+2 board.
B.Arch/ B.Planning Admissions: Candidates are required to have Mathematics as compulsory subject along with 75% marks in total including five subjects in addition to qualifying in JEE Main Paper 2.
JEE Main Eligibility Criteria for Droppers
For JEE Main, the term droppers can be divided into two categories. In the first category are the ones who have dropped a year after completing their 12th standard examination to focus on JEE Main. The second category consists of those who did not manage to qualify JEE Main earlier and waited a year while preparing or got admitted to another institute and wish to attempt again. There are certain JEE Main 2019 eligibility criteria for droppers which have to be checked to ensure they will be able to attempt the examination without any problems.
While a drop is not very much recommended to the candidates, it is their final judgement and they should remember that dedicated hard work and perseverance has to be present in themselves to fulfill their dreams of joining an IIT, NIT, IIIT or CFTIs.
JEE Main Eligibility Criteria for Droppers 2019
There is no age limit.
It is necessary that the candidates should have completed their 12th standard qualifying examination in 2017 or 2018. The candidates who are again attempting JEE Main should have appeared in the previous year examination since only 3 consecutive attempts are allowed for JEE Main.
For admissions into NITs, IIITs and CFTIs, the candidates should have secured 75% or be in the top 20 percentile of their respective boards. For SC/ST category, the marks to be scored is 65%.
At least 5 subjects should have been taken by the candidates for the 12th standard qualifying examination (Physics and Mathematics have to be included).
Details about Improvement Examination
If the candidates meet all of the given criteria except for the percentage for admissions into NITs, IIITs and CFTIs, then they have the option to appear for the improvement examination.
Improvement for one or more subject – If the candidate appears for improvement in 2019, then the top 20 percentile of 2018 will be considered. To calculate the aggregate percentage in such a case, the maximum marks obtained in the required subjects will be taken into account.
Improvement for all subjects – If the candidate appears for improvement in all subjects in 2019, then the best of both the years will be considered.
JEE Main Eligibility Criteria FAQs 2019
Q. If I fail in one subject in Class 12, can I still apply for JEE Main 2019?
Ans: If you appeared for Class 12 in 2016 but failed in the subject and are appearing in 2017, you are not eligible. However, if you appeared in 2017 and have failed in one subject, you have cleared it in 2018, you are eligible. If you have failed in 2018 and are appearing in 2019, you are eligible to appear for JEE Main 2019.
Q. If I appear for improvement in 5 subjects, which scores will be taken into consideration for JEE Main 2019?
Ans: The better of the scores will be taken into consideration.
Q. Can I appear for improvement in one subject in Class XII and apply for JEE?
Ans: Yes you can. However, it is valid if the attempt is for getting the requisite 75% in Class XII. If it is to get into the top 20 percentile, then you have to appear in all five subjects.
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