JEE Main Eligibility Criteria 2018 - CBSE has prescribed JEE Main 2018 eligibility criteria detailing parameters like educational qualification, age limit, qualifying exam, year of appearing, number of attempts and other requirements that need to be met by applicants. Candidates are required to meet JEE Main eligibility criteria 2018 before applying for the entrance exam. Candidates who meet the JEE Main 2018 eligibility criteria can fill the application form by furnishing details like Aadhar card number, name, date of birth and gender. The information filled in by JEE Main candidates will be validated with UIDAI's data to check the eligibility of the applicants. JEE Main is a national level undergraduate engineering exam that is conducted for admission to IIITs, NITs & GFTIs and other private institutes. 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 Eligibility Criteria 2018
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 applicant
Subjects in the qualifying exam
- Marks obtained in the qualifying exam
Number of attempts in the qualifying exam
JEE Main 2018 Eligibility Criteria
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
Number of attempts
A JEE Main candidate can avail 3 attempts for the national level undergraduate engineering entrance exam.
The following eligibility will be considered during admission, not during appearing in exam or filling the application form.
For admissions to NITs/ IIITs/ GFTIs, candidates should have secured at least 75% marks in class 12th exam or be in the top 20 percentile in the class 12th exam conducted by the respective boar. For SC/ ST candidates, the eligibility criteria is 65% marks in class XII.
JEE Main Eligibility Criteria for 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.
JEE Main Eligibility Criteria 2018 for 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 be 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 2019 or later will not be eligible to appear in JEE Main 2018. Candidates who have appeared for their class 12 in 2015, failed in 2015 but have appeared again in 2016 and passed are not eligible for JEE Main 2018.
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 CBSE 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 compulsory subjects and Chemistry, Bio-technology, Computer Science or Biology as one of the optional subjects in their qualifying exam.
Pass percentage: The eligibility criteria of JEE Main 2018 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 12 varies from state to state.
JEE Main 2018 Eligibility Criteria 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 the 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, name, 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
JEE Main 2018 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 2018 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 50% marks in total including five subjects in addition to qualifying in JEE Main Paper 2.
JEE Main Eligibility Criteria FAQs 2018
Q. If I fail in one subject in Class 12, can I still apply for JEE Main 2018?
Ans: If you appeared for Class 12 in 2015 but failed in the subject and are appearing in 2016, you are not eligible. However, if you appeared in 2016 and have failed in one subject, you have cleared it in 2017, you are eligible. If you have failed in 2017 and are appearing in 2018, you are eligible to appear for JEE Main 2018.
Q. If I appear for improvement in 5 subjects, which scores will be taken into consideration for JEE Main 2018?
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 12. If it is to get into the top 20 percentile, then you have to appear in all five subjects.
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