Why JEE Main is a total farce?
Updated on May 18, 2018 - 5:23 p.m. IST by Prabha Dhavala
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April 30 was a big day for most engineering aspirants. CBSE had released the results for JEE Main and also the cut offs for appearing in JEE Advanced. It is this cut-off that is widely misunderstood by students and parents. Many count this as a qualifying cut-off and assume that if they have not got the marks equal to or above it, they have not qualified in the exam. This is the biggest myth of JEE Main. So is there a cut off to get rank in JEE Main?

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How it began?

It started with an innocent query, “How much should I score to pass JEE Main”? We searched for an answer and were surprised to discover there were no qualifying marks. We filed RTIS to find out the corresponding marks for JEE ranks. This is what we found:

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JEE Main 2017 statistics

JEE Main Paper I






Last rank


Marks obtained by Last rank

Physics -29, Maths - 25 and Chemistry -30

No. of candidates who got 0 marks


No. of candidates who got -ve marks


What does this mean?

As the table above shows of the 11.34 lakh students who appeared for JEE Main 2017, about 11.22 students got a rank. And this includes about 96 thousand students who got both zero and negative marks (Column 6 and 7 respectively). In other words every student who appears for the exam and is not debarred will get a rank. THERE IS NO QUALIFYING MARKS FOR THE MOST PRESTIGIOUS ENGINEERING ENTRANCE EXAM IN THE COUNTRY.

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What is the result?

And this has resulted in many NITs especially in North East actually admitting students who have either obtained less than zero or around single digit scores into engineering courses.

Institute Name



Opening Rank

Closing Rank

National Institute of Technology Sikkim

Civil Engineering




National Institute of Technology, Manipur

Mechanical Engineering




National Institute of Technology Sikkim

Electrical and Electronics Engineering




National Institute of Technology Sikkim

Electronics and Communication Engineering




National Institute of Technology, Mizoram

Computer Science and Engineering




National Institute of Technology, Mizoram

Electrical and Electronics Engineering




What is wrong?


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Every prestigious exam in the country has a minimum qualifying percentage or percentile. In case of NEET, it is the 50th percentile for general category and 40th for reserved categories. But here there is none. How can CBSE not have a minimum qualifying criterion? Protecting the state’s interest may be fine but doing so at the cost of allowing undeserving candidates admission is detrimental to the national interest. It also does nobody good especially the student who will be left coping up with a difficult and competitive environment and is patently not qualified to enter in.

What does this mean for students?

This is a matter of serious concern. It is seen that 25,220 seats are in totality available to students across categories in all the NITs, IIITs and CFTIs and the total number of students who appear for the exam are around 12 lakhs. Without a qualifying cut-off, anyone can apply and get a rank. This means that in spite of bad marks, zero marks or minus marks; a student can participate in the counselling for admissions.

In the normal course, every exam including a class test in school has a certain pass mark that is used as a benchmark for qualifying or moving to the next step. Even JEE Advanced has a certain qualifying cut-off as does GATE, NEET, .NET and every other exam that is conducted by CBSE. It is only JEE Main that doesn’t have one. Therefore, if there is no qualifying mark to determine if a student should stand a chance of applying for admissions, it means that the exam is completely pointless as there is every chance of misuse by students who vie for admissions in spite of being ineligible in every sense.

Now by applying a cut off there is a possibility that some NITs do not find qualified candidates for all the seats in their home state quota. And this is a good sign because such seats then can then revert to the national pool and more qualified candidates would get the seat.

Otherwise a minus 2 marks candidate who has been given an All India rank of 1009588, will get a civil engineering seat in NIT, Sikkim under state quota while as a 20000 rank holder with say 280-300 marks who does not belong to Sikkim will be left to fend for himself or herself. And that is a farce!

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I got 75percent in jee mains January 2020 under BC category will i apply for jee advance?

AYAN MULLA 29th Feb, 2020

since it is very difficult to predict the exact rank but we do have a backup> we have a formula to calculate the expected rank that is (100 – Total percentile) x 869010/100.So according to formula your expected rank for present percentile for January session comes out to be 217252 . Now the expected rank might change depending on the no of candidates appearing the april session. For ex if 12 lakh candidate appear the april session then just replace 869010 by 12 lakhs. But if you score above 85 percentile then you have a very decent chance of qualifying jee mains.
Well since the cutoffs are yet to be decided let us analyse using previous year cutoff
Other Backward Classes (OBC-NCL)  74.3166557
It seems you are very close to the OBC cutoff you have a minor chances of qualifying JEE mains.

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Can English, Hindi, and PCM be taken for top 20 percentile criteria fulfilling in JEE Mains?

Manisha 29th Feb, 2020

Hello aspirant

No, you can not take two languages for top 20% criteria .  English is mandatory.

Your main  percentage will be decided by one language subject that is English and other  four subjects in which you get high scores.And remaining subjects become additional whose marks will not be added to your main percentages.

The subject you would score lowest will automatically be excluded.


Can I get admission in CS branch with 45000 rank in JEE Mains?

Rahul ke 29th Feb, 2020
Dear Aspirant, you can't get Computer Science (CS) in NIT with a rank of 45,000.
Low NIT's like NIT Srinagar and Nagaland also don't have that much lower cutoff.
For Example-you should have atleast Rank of around 20 to 25 thousand for getting Computer Science branch in NIT Srinagar.
For NIT Nagaland you should have at least rank of around 35 thousand for getting Computer Science, but for that also you have to wait for the last rounds.
But you can get a CS in some private colleges with this rank,but their Quality of Education and Labs of CS department are not that much good.
So my suggestion to you is to try for JEE MAINS April and make rank as much good rank as possible and after that search for the colleges.

Im in WB board class 12. I have English, Bengali PCM and Computer Science as extra subject. as per boards rules final marks are calculated of best 5 among these 6 subjects. And I am very less prepared in CS. But will score 85% in total in rest subjects.Which subjects will be taken for Jee 75% rule?

Aditi Amrendra Student Expert 29th Feb, 2020

The six subjected that are taken into consideration as best five for calculation of 75% for JEE mains and advance are :

One Language Paper (English)
And any other subject different from above given

I hope this helps.

I am OBC NCL GIRL PWD candidate and I have scored 80 percentile in jee Mains 2020 Jan. attempt . Can i get good branch in any of the Top NITs?

Manisha 29th Feb, 2020

Hello aspirant

Generally 80 percentile is not good enough to get admission in top NITs. But as you from OBC NCL PWD and a girl  so you have a chance for NIT.

Expected cut off are as follows

Category                            cut off.

General                                89.548849

gen ews                                78.2174869

obc                                         74.3166557

sc                                             54.0128155

st                                              44.3345172

PWD                                         0.11371730

seeing to this list you will be eligible for top NITs

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