JEE Main Eligibility Criteria 2020 - National Testing Agency (NTA) has released the eligibility criteria of JEE Main 2020 in the official brochure. Candidates are advised to check the JEE Main 2020 eligibility criteria before applying for the entrance test. Candidates need to fulfil the eligibility details, otherwise, the candidature will be rejected at any stage of the admission process. Candidates who meet the JEE Main 2020 eligibility criteria could apply for the entrance examination. Aspirants of JEE Main seeking admission to B.E/B.Tech programmes at the undergraduate level are recommended to go through the JEE Main Eligibility Criteria 2020 carefully. The eligibility criteria consist of important details includes educational qualification, age limit, nationality, subjects in Class 12/10+2 or equivalent and other mandatory details. JEE Main 2020 April exam will be conducted from July 18 to 23. Read the complete article to know more about JEE Main eligibility criteria.
Latest: JEE Main 2020 application form correction facility (along with exam centre change) is now available till May 31. JEE Main 2020 admit card to be released tentatively on July 3.
Important: JEE Main 2020 exam dates announced; to be held from July 18 to 23.

JEE Main Eligibility Criteria 2020

JEE Main 2020 Eligibility Criteria
Before filling out the application form of JEE Main 2020, the candidates were advised to check the eligibility criteria. Candidates will be considered eligible to participate in JEE Main 2020 based on the parameters provided below.

  • Qualifying examination i.e. 10+2 or equivalent

  • Date of birth

  • Marks obtained in the qualifying exam

JEE Main Eligibility Criteria 2020


Eligibility Particulars



Qualifying exam

  • Candidate should have passed class 12 or qualifying the exam in 2018 or 2019.

  • Candidate appearing in class 12 or equivalent qualifying exam in 2020 can also apply for JEE Main.


Age Limit

  • There is no age limit. However, the He/She have to pass 10+2 or equivalent exam in 2018 or 2019.

  • Candidates appearing for 10+2 or equivalent exam in 2020 are also eligible to apply.


Number of attempts

  • JEE Main candidates can participate in the entrance exam for 3 consecutive years. The exam will be conducted twice a year, they may appear in both the attempts. The attempt for an academic year will be considered as One.


Subject/subjects combination for admission into NITs, IIITs and GFTIs

  • Should have passed qualifying examination with

  • B.Tech/ B.E

    • Physics

    • Mathematics

    • Any one of (Chemistry, Biology, Biotechnology, Technical Vocational Subject),

  • B.Arch

    • Mathematics

    • Physics

    • Chemistry

  • B.Plan

    • Mathematics

JEE Main Eligibility Criteria - Age Limit

There is no age limit for appearing in the JEE Main examination. The candidates who have passed class 12th/equivalent examination in 2018, 2019 or appearing in 2020 irrespective of their age will be able to appear for JEE Main examination 2020.

JEE Main Eligibility Criteria for Qualifying Exam

Candidates should have to qualify in the following exam to be eligible for the JEE Main 2020:

  • Class 12 or equivalent exam conducted by a recognized Central or State board like ICSE, CBSE, CISCE etc.

  • Intermediate or Pre-Degree Course exam or Pre-University Course conducted by any of the recognized Board/University.

  • H.S.C - Vocational examination

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

  • AICTE or SBTE recognised Diploma of at least three years duration.

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

  • For admission to IITs, General Certificate Education (GCE) exam (London/ Cambridge/ Sri Lanka) at Advanced level (A).

  • Association of Indian Universities (AIU) recognised School/ Board/ University examination in India or in any foreign country recognised as equivalent to the 12th class.

JEE Main Eligibility Criteria 2020 for Year of appearance in the Qualifying Exam

Candidates who have passed class 12 or any other equivalent exam in 2018 or 2019 or those who will be appearing in class 12 or any other equivalent examination in 2020 will be eligible to appear in JEE Main 2020. Those who have passed class 12 or equivalent examination in 2017 or before and those who will appear in 2021 or later will not be eligible to appear in JEE Main 2020. Aspirants who have appeared for their class 12 in 2017, failed in 2017 but have appeared again in 2018 and passed are not eligible for JEE Main 2020.

JEE Main Eligibility Criteria 2020 (State Code)

The state code refers to the code of the state from where the candidate has passed 12th class or equivalent examination. Based on this, they will be eligible to participate in the JEE Main 2020 exam. They can check the State Codes from the table given below.

State Codes for JEE Main 2020


Name of State/ Union Territory (UT)


Name of State/ Union Territory (UT)


Andaman & Nicobar Islands (UT)


Madhya Pradesh


Andhra Pradesh




Arunachal Pradesh












Chandigarh (UT)








Dadra & Nagar Haveli (UT)


Puducherry (UT)


Daman & Diu (UT)




Delhi (NCT)










Tamil Nadu






Himachal Pradesh


Uttar Pradesh


Jammu & Kashmir






West Bengal








Foreign/ OCI/ PIO/ Nepal / Bhutan


Lakshadweep (UT)

NOTE: If a candidate has passed class 12 or equivalent exam from a state but he/she has appeared for the improvement exam from a different state, then the state code where the student originally passed the qualifying exam will be considered for eligibility.

JEE Main 2020 Eligibility Criteria for Admissions to NITs, IIITs and CFTIs

The eligibility conditions that will be considered during admission for the candidates who will not be appearing for the exam are given below:

NITs/ IIITs/ GFTIs Admission: Candidates should have obtained a minimum of 75% marks in class 12 or equivalent exam or they must be in the top 20 percentile in their class 12 examination. For SC/ ST, the eligibility is to obtain a minimum of 65% marks in class 12 or equivalent.

JEE Main 2020 B.Arch/B.Planning Admission: Candidates should have passed 10+2 or equivalent exam from a recognized board with a minimum 50% aggregate marks.

JEE Main 2020 - Subject Combinations for Admissions

The subjects given below are compulsory for the candidates in order to get admissions through JEE Main 2020 into NITs, IIITs and GFTIs. The subject combination for each paper is given below:

  • B.Tech/B.E - Passed qualifying examination with Physics and Mathematics as compulsory subjects along with one of the Chemistry/Biotechnology/Biology/ Technical Vocational subject.
  • B.Arch - Passed qualifying examination with Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry
  • B.Planning - Passed qualifying examination with Mathematics

JEE Main 2020 Eligibility Criteria for Droppers

The term droppers can be classified into two categories. One are the candidates who have dropped a year after completing their class 12 to concentrate on JEE Main 2020 exam. Other one consists of those who got admitted to another institute and wish to attempt again or did not qualify JEE Main earlier and waited a year while preparation. Candidates need to check the JEE Main 2020 Eligibility Criteria for Droppers to make sure that they will be able to appear the entrance exam without any problems.

JEE Main Eligibility Criteria 2020 for Droppers

  • There is no specific age limit.

  • For NITs, IIITs and CFTIs admissions, the candidates should have obtained a minimum of 75% aggregate marks or be in the top 20 percentile of their respective boards. For SC/ST category, a minimum of 65% marks required.

  • It is important that they must have passed their class 12 examination in 2018 or 2019. Only three consecutive attempts are allowed for JEE Main.

  • He/She should have been taken at least five subjects for the 12th class or qualifying exam (Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics compulsory).

JEE Main 2020 - Details of Improvement Examination

  • Improvement for all subjects - If an aspirant appears for improvement in all subjects in 2020, then the better of both the years will be considered.

  • Improvement in one or more subject - If the candidate appears for improvement in 2020, then the top 20 percentile of 2019 will be taken into account. The maximum marks secured in the necessary subjects will be considered to calculate the aggregate percentage in such a case.

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - JEE Main Eligibility Criteria 2020

Question: What is the eligibility criteria to apply for NITs, IIITs and GFTIs?


He/She must obtain a minimum of 75% marks (65% for SC/ST category) or be in the top 20 percentile in class 12 or equivalent.

Question: If I appear for improvement in five subjects, which scores will be considered for JEE Main 2020?


Better of the two scores will be considered by the exam authorities.

Question: If I fail in one subject in Class 12, can I still apply for JEE Main 2020?


If you appeared for Class 12 in 2017 but failed in the subject and are appearing in 2018, you are not eligible. However, if you appeared in 2018 and have failed in one subject, you have cleared it in 2019, you are eligible. If you have failed in 2018 and are appearing in 2020, you are eligible to appear for JEE Main 2020 examination. 

Question: Can I appear for improvement in one subject in Class 12 and apply for JEE Main 2020?


Yes you can apply for JEE Main. However, the pass percentage clause comes only for admissions during counselling. To apply to JEE Main, there is no specific pass percentage clause.

Question: What should my state of eligibility to be eligible under home state quota for NITs?


The state of eligibility should be the same as to which state the NIT is located to be eligible for home state quota for NITs.

Question: If I am appearing for improvement in 2020, what should I enter in my class 12 marks section in the JEE Main application form?


In the JEE Main 2020 application form, you have to enter the year of passing as 2018 or 2019 - whichever year you have attempted the class 12 exam for the first time. The roll number also should be the one for that year. The improvement marks will be asked during counselling as per NTA and not for the exam.

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i havent clear jee main of January can i fill the form of ipu

Aditi amrendra Student Expert 28th May, 2020
Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University has extended the deadline of submitting the IP University 2020 application form to June 10, due to COVID 19 lockdown.But they have clearly stated that one should have appeared and qualified JEE Main Paper I for admission.

I hope this helps.

i want to take admission in iiit hyderabad through jee mains . my marks in phy 75, chem 67 and maths 46 overall %73.6 .(sc category). will i be eligible or not .

Yash Dev Student Expert 28th May, 2020
Hello student yes you're eligible as eligibility criteria says - Candidates must passed or appearing class 12 with physics chemistry and mathematics with minimum 75 percent marks aggregate from a recognized board, in case of sc st category the eligibility is to obtain 65 percent marks in class 12 or equivalent.

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I have completed my 10th class at "JNV Adilabad" CBSE syllabus. I want to prepare for JEE 2022 to crack IIT. So, suggest me some ways to prepare for JEE 2022.

Aditya Kumar Student Expert 28th May, 2020


Follow the below tips to prepare well for your JEE 2022

Go well through the syllabus of JEE  , your major focus should be on clearing concepts while completing your syllabus as to get good score in  JEE  questions , crystal clear concepts

The top books which you can follow for the preparation of your JEE examination to have better concepts and master the subject  is provided below:-


Concepts of physics Vol I and II by HC Verma
Problems in General Physics by I.E Irodov
Objective questions on physics by DC Pandey

Mathematics :

Maths XI and XII by RD Sharma
Complete mathematics for JEE Main TMH
New pattern mathematics for JEE mains/advanced by Arihant publications


Ncert Chemistry for class XI and XII
Physical Chemistry by OP Tondon
Numerical Chemistry by P.Bahadur
Organic chemistry by OP Tondon

Practice questions after finishing each chapter you should practice numericals and mcqs .You should try to practise at least 100 numericals and mcqs in each chapter to master concepts s

Revise your concepts, important formulas etc at regular intervals, like once in a week or 15 days . You can make short notes for quick revision

Make routine or timetable :- you can make a routine as well and try to give at least 8 hours or more to study. You should stress more on your weak subject,  your routing should revolve around study practice and revision

Solve previous year questions of JEE , it will let you know the examination pattern so that you can prepare for your exam accordingly

once you are done with the complete  syllabus go through mock test papers of JEE



i am preparing for iit jee i am in class 12 i haave completed ncert chemistry class 11 and now completing 12 what else i should do?

Rehan Alam Student Expert 28th May, 2020
Dear Aspirant,

You must follow these simple steps:-

1. Check out the syllabus and structure your preparation, made a plan on how you're going to cover the syllabus.

The best thing to help you in this is coaching material from some good institute. They have their material prepared according to the need of the Exam.

2. When the plan is ready,make a schedule. Remember timetable matters a lot for this one year. Be ready to give at least 6 hours per day for the preparation.

3. Solve the questions from question banks and previous year NEET papers.

4. Repeat these steps. Follow --> Learn --> practice.

5. Also keep on revising the stuff every third week. It is also a very crucial step in your preparation.

Here are few links for you:-

Thank you.

Comment if you have any doubts.


how should i prepare for physics i am in class 12 and i want to appear iit jee 2021? i dont want to do hc verma as its very hard for me

NILUTPOL Student Expert 28th May, 2020
As you have plenty of time for JEE 2021 I would suggest you to first go for the NCERT Book for Physics to clear the basic concepts. Once you are clear with your basics, you can go for practicing questions from previous years question papers. You will get an idea about the types of questions. For physics, HC Verma is the very basic book needed for clearing the higher concepts. If you want to score good marks, then you must have practiced from HC Verma. Then only you will be able to solve questions from JEE advanced.
Here's a list of best books for jee mains

Also, you can go for the JEE mains course by Careers360 which will provide 24x7 faculty support, doubt clearing, frequent mock tests and previous year question papers solutions.
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