JEE Main Eligibility Criteria 2018 – JEE Main 2018 eligibility criteria describes certain parameters like educational qualification, age limit, qualifying exam, year of appearing, number of attempts and other requirements of the students. The eligibility criteria of JEE Main 2018 has been prescribed for all the candidates by Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), the exam conducting body. Candidates are required to meet JEE Main eligibility criteria 2018 before applying for the entrance exam. The national level undergraduate engineering exam will be conducted for admission to IIITs, NITs & GFTIs and other private institutes. As per the specifications of the JEE Main eligibility criteria 2018, candidates will have to enter their Aadhar card number, name, date of birth and gender while filling the JEE Main 2018 application form. The information filled in by JEE Main candidates will be validated with UIDAI's data to check the eligibility of the applicants. Candidates can check all the details related to JEE Main eligibility criteria 2018 by reading the full article below.
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JEE Main 2018 Eligibility Criteria
According to the eligibility criteria of JEE Main 2018, candidates will be considered eligible to appear for the exam on the basis of the parameters, mentioned below:
Date of birth of the candidate applying
Subjects in the qualifying exam
- Marks obtained in the qualifying exam
Number of attempts in the qualifying exam
JEE Main Eligibility Criteria 2018
Date of Birth
Note:Date of birth will be considered as mentioned in the Secondary Education Board/ University certificate.
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 subject
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 subject
Marks required in qualifying exam
Number of attempts
A JEE Main candidate can avail 3 attempts for the national level undergraduate engineering entrance exam.
Qualifying Examination (QE)
To be eligible for JEE Main 2018, candidates will have to qualify in any of the following exams given below:
10+2 or any 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.
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..
Year of appearance in Qualifying Examination (QE)
Candidates who have passed class 10+2 or equivalent examination in 2016 or 2017 or those who will appearing in class XII or any other equivalent examination in 2018 will be eligible to appear in JEE Main 2018. Those candidates who have passed class 10+2 or any other equivalent examination in 2015 or before and those who will appear in such examination in 2019 or later will not be considered as eligible to appear in JEE Main 2018. Candidates who did not pass in first attempt of their 10+2 exams will also not be considered eligible.
Subjects in the Qualifying Examination (QE)
It is mandatory for candidates to have at least five subjects in class 10+2 or equivalent examination to be considered eligible for JEE Main 2018. The five subjects for B.Tech/ B.E. according to MHRD are:
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 their compulsory subjects and Chemistry, Bio-technology, Computer Science or Biology as one of the optional subjects in their qualifying exam.
For admissions to NITs, IIITs and GFTIS, it is important for candidates to have secured minimum 75% marks in their qualifying exams with these subjects in addition to qualifying in JEE Main 2018.
For pursuing B.Arch/ B.Planning, candidates are required to have mathematics as compulsory subject along with 50% marks in total including five subjects in addition to qualifying in JEE Main Paper 2.
Number of attempts in the Qualifying Examination (QE)
Candidates can appear in JEE Main exams only up to 3 times. Beyond these attempts, the registration of the candidate will not be accepted.
Number of attempts and age limit for the states of Madhya Pradesh and Odisha
The states of Madhya Pradesh, Nagaland and Odisha have joined the JEE Main exam system since 2014. The age limit and number of attempts for admission to institutions in these states will be followed as per their past practices. However, this will not be applicable for admission to IITs/ NITs/ IIITs/ GFTIs.
Availability of Aadhaar Card
It is important for applicants of JEE Main 2018 to hold Aadhaar Card because while filling the application form of JEE Main 2018, candidates will have to provide their Aadhaar card number, date of birth and gender for identification and authentication purposes. Candidates must ensure that the details provided in their Aadhaar Card matches with that of their school records.
In case, the details do not match, then candidates will have to get it rectified in either of them.
For candidates who do not have their Aadhaar Cards, they will have to fill an application for Aadhaar enrolment if they are entitled to obtain it as per section 3 of Aadhaar Act.
Candidates who do not possess Aadhaar Card and have passed or appearing in Class XII from J&K, Meghalaya and Assam, will have to enter their passport number, ration card number, bank account number or any other valid Govt. identity number provided that they should select the city of examination in these states only.
JEE Main Eligibility Criteria 2018 (State Code)
The State Code of JEE Main 2018 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 2018 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