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JEE Advanced Eligibility Criteria 2021

JEE Advanced Eligibility Criteria 2021 - For JEE Advanced 2021, IIT Kharagpur has released the eligibility criteria along with the exam notification. To appear in JEE Advanced 2021, you need to fulfil these eligibility requirements.

JEE Advanced 2021 exam is scheduled to be held on 3rd October 2021. For JEE Advanced 2021, you as an aspirant should meet the basic criteria including performance in JEE Mains, age limit, number of attempts, marks scored in JEE Mains to determine your JEE Advanced exam eligibility. If you meet all of the conditions mentioned below, you will be eligible to appear in JEE Advanced 2021.

Latest Update - Relaxation of criteria for JEE Advanced Eligibility

Due to disturbance in studies last year, NTA has announced a major relief to students who were unable to sit for JEE Advanced 2020, despite filling the forms. Eligibility for such JEE Advanced aspirants has been relaxed and they are allowed to appear in the 2021 exam and are exempt from the criteria mentioned above, such as

  1. JEE Main 2021 Performance
  2. Age Limit
  3. Number of attempts
  4. Year of appearance in class XII or equivalent exam

However, you would still need to register afresh for JEE Advanced 2021. This is a one-time relaxation in the eligibility criteria for JEE Advanced aspirants who were unable to appear last year in 2020.

Also, for students appearing for JEE Advanced 2021 for the first time, IITs have removed the JEE Advanced eligibility requirements regarding minimum score in Class XII.

JEE Advanced 2021 Eligibility Criteria

You should thoroughly read the eligibility criteria of JEE Advanced 2021 before filling the application form. This article covers all the information to help you determine your exam eligibility for JEE Advanced 2021. 

How to check if you meet the JEE Advanced 2021 eligibility Criteria

Each year, on the IITs releases the official notification and conducts the exam. This official JEE Advanced notification includes the eligibility criteria for IIT entrance exam. This eligibility criteria decides which candidates can appear in JEE Advanced exam.

The criteria is quite simple and divided into five major heads, as mentioned below.

Criteria #1: JEE Main 2021 Performance

Your performance in JEE Mains 2021 is a major deciding factor of your JEE Advanced 2021 eligibility.

JEE Advanced exam is one of the most competitive exams for admission in top engineering colleges i.e. Indian Institute of Technology (IITs). Only a select few meet the eligibility criteria for JEE Advanced.

To be eligible to write JEE Advanced 2021, you must be in top 250,000 students in JEE Main 2021.

That means, firstly, you need to appear in Paper - I of JEE Main 2021 exam in February, March, July and August 2021 attempts. Secondly, you should rank in JEE Main 2021 in the top 2,50,000 candidates in Paper-1 to be eligible to write JEE Advanced 2021 exam.

The distribution of the top 2,50,000 candidates across various categories is as follows:

  • Top 1,01,250 (40.5%) Common Merit List (General - Open) including 5,063 for Open-PwD
  • Top 67,500 (27%) Other Backward Classes-Non creamy layer OBC (NCL) including 3,375 for OBC-PwD
  • Top 37,500 (15 %) Scheduled Caste (SC) Including 1,875 for SC-PwD
  • Top 18,750 (7.5 %) Scheduled Tribe (ST) Including 938 for ST-PwD

Note that 5% of the total candidates in each category are reserved for PwD candidates.

Critria #2: Age Limit for JEE Advanced 2021

The age limit for JEE Advanced 2021 eligibility is dependent on the candidate's category. If you belong to GEN-Open or OBC-NCL category, you are eligible to appear in JEE Advanced if you have been born on or after October 1, 1996. If you belong to SC, ST or PwD category, you have a relaxation for five years and accordingly, you should have been born on or after October 1, 1991 to fulfil the JEE Advanced 2021 eligibility criteria.

Criteria #3: Number of Attempts

The JEE Advanced 2021 attempt limit is set to two consecutive attempts. You are eligible to attempt the JEE Advanced exam a maximum of two consecutive times.

Accordingly, for appearing in JEE Advanced 2021, you should be appearing either for the first time or it must be your second consecutive attempt.

In other words, if you have appeared in JEE Advanced 2019 or any of the earlier years, you DO NOT meet the eligibility criteria to appear for JEE Advanced 2021.

Criteria #4: Appearance in Class XII (or equivalent)

You should have appeared in the Class XII (or equivalent) examination for the first time either in 2020 or in 2021. However, if you appeared for Class XII in 2019 and your Board declared the results after 30th June 2019, you would still be eligible to appear in JEE Advanced 2021, if you fulfil all other eligibility conditions. But, in case your Class XII result for 2019 was declared before 30th June, 2019, you cannot appear in JEE Advanced 2021.

Criteria #5: Earlier admission at IITs/ISM

You are not eligible to appear in JEE Advanced 2021, if

  • you have already taken admission at any of the IITs or ISM in the past (irrespective of whether or not you continued in the course); or
  • you have accepted admission by reporting online or at a reporting centre through JoSAA in the past; or
  • if your admission to any IITs or ISM was cancelled in the past.

However, if you joined a preparatory course in any of the IITs in 2020, you would be eligible to appear in JEE Advanced 2021.

If you had paid seat acceptance fee in 2020, you would still be eligible to appear in JEE Advanced 2021, if you:

  • did not report online or at any physical reporting centre; or
  • withdrew your application before the last round of IIT seat allotment; or
  • had your seat cancelled before the last round of IIT seat allotment, during the joint seat allocation in 2020.

Minimum marks required in JEE Mains for JEE Advanced Eligibility

To be eligible to appear in JEE Advanced 2021, you need to score the minimum marks in JEE Mains or meet the percentile cutoff. JEE Main exam works as a primary screening exam to check your eligibility for JEE Advanced. The aim of the JEE Mains exam is to filter out the top 2,50,000 students from 10 lakh students who appear in the exam.

Category Expected JEE Mains Cutoff for JEE Advanced exam eligibility
Common Rank List (CRL) 90.3765335
GEN-EWS 70.2435518
Other Backward Classes (OBC-NCL) 72.8887969
Scheduled Caste (SC) 50.1760245
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 39.0696101

FAQs on JEE Advanced 2021 Exam Eligibility

Q. I have appeared in class 12 board exams in 2020. Am I eligible to appear in JEE Advanced 2021?

A. Yes, you are eligible to appear for JEE Advanced 2021, provided you meet all the other eligibility criteria mentioned by IITs.

Q. I appeared in my class 12 exam for the first time in 2019 and my results were declared before June 2019. I appeared for JEE Adv. 2019 but did not appear in JEE Advanced 2020. Am I eligible to appear for JEE Advanced 2021?

A. No, you are not eligible to appear for JEE Advanced 2021 as your class 12 result was declared before June 2019.  

Q. I appeared in my class 12 exam in 2020 for the first time. My exam results were declared after June 2019. Am I eligible to appear for JEE Advanced 2021?

A. Yes, you are eligible to appear for JEE Advanced 2021, provided you meet all the other eligibility requirements set by IITs for 2021 exam.

Q. Some of my board exams were cancelled due to COVID-19 lockdown across the country. Will it affect my chances to meet the admission eligibility criteria for IITs?

A. IITs have made several changes to the admission eligibility criteria for IITs through JEE Advanced. This is due to the cancellation of board exams. IITs have removed the requirement of 75% aggregate marks in class 12 (or equivalent) board examination or must be within the top 20 percentile of successful candidates in their respective class 12 examination. This criteria has been dropped for this year.

Next steps after determining JEE Advanced Eligibility Criteria 2021

By now, you have understood if you will meet the JEE Advanced 2021 eligibility criteria. If you are eligible, you should get started with your studies and complete the requirements laid out by IIT Kharagpur to appear in the exam.

For this, the next steps include:

  1. Understanding the JEE Advanced 2021 syllabus
  2. Deciding the strategy on how to prepare for JEE Advanced 2021
  3. Filling the JEE Advanced 2021 Exam form
  4. Download JEE Advanced Admit Card

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2 comment(s)
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    Ravikiran
    Sir I appeared for (main +advanced),in 2017.but dis qualified in advanced.and I also appeared only for JEE mains 2018 not for advanced.is there any chance to attempt JEE advanced in 2019
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      CareerOrbits
      Ravikiran,, You can appear for JEE Main in 2019 but not in JEE Advanced. Subject to other conditions, JEE Main permits three attempts , reckoned from the year in which you first appear for your 12th class. It does not matter whether appeared in any intervening year or not. Similarly, JEE Advanced eligibility conditions permit you to take the JEE Advanced two times, again reckoned from the year in which you appear in your 12th class. It does not matter if you skipped one or more year. Your last chance to take the JEE Advanced was 2018, which you have missed already. Don't lose heart. Focus on JEE Main and try to get into any top NIT or IIIT. These institutions are also very prestigious and you can make a very good career and can reach at top positions in your career globally.