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The criteria for JEE Main is set by the Central Board of Secondary Education. Previous year, CBSE has implemented many changes in the JEE Main eligibility criteria 2018. Let’s look at some of the changes

  • Candidates who are applying for the B.E/B.Tech, paper-1, should have physics, mathematics and chemistry subjects. They can also have biology and biotechnology in place of chemistry to appear in the paper-1.
  • Candidate’s appearing for the B.Arch/B.Planning, paper-2 should have mathematics and they should have scored the minimum of 50% marks as an aggregate of five subjects.
  • Students who are aspiring for the 12th standard examination in 2018 can also apply for Joint Entrance Examination Main.
  • In total, 3 attempts are given for Joint Entrance Examination Main.
  • For age eligibility, the candidate needs to be born on or after the 1st October 1993. Candidates belonging to the Sc/ST/Pwd category get the relaxation of 5 years under reservation advantages.
  • For the candidate belonging to OBC category, 7.5 seats are reserved. Also for SC/ST/PwD category 27%, 15%, 3% seats are reserved respectively.

New rules in the JEE Main Eligibility Criteria 2018

A student who is applying for this examination should posses’ aadhar card. Also, the foreign students need to have a valid passport.

Specifically for the candidates belonging to the Jammu and Kashmir, Assam and Meghalaya are required to provide a ration card, passport number, bank account number or any government identity to fill the JEE Main 2018 application form. Moreover, they also need to choose cities for the examination center in their states only.

For the calculation of All India Rank, no weightage will be given to the 12th standard marks.

To take admission in IITs, NITs, CFITs, a candidate need to have at least 75% marks in 12th standard or they should come under the 20 percentile in the 12th standard of their respective boards. For the SC/ST candidates, the qualifying score is 65% marks.

JEE Main Eligibility Criteria

  • Age limit and qualifying exam
  • Students from the general and OBC category need to be born on or after 1st October 1993. Five-year relaxation is given to the candidates of SC/ST/PwD category.
  • To check the date of birth of the candidates the mark sheets of Secondary Education Board (CBSE) will be considered.
  • The candidates who are appearing in the 12th standard or going to qualify the exam in 2018 can apply for this examination.
  • The 12th standard examination must be done from the recognized central/state board like CBSE, ICSE, NCERT, etc.
  • Five subjects are accepted from the Senior Secondary examination conducted by the National Institute of Open Schooling.
  • Candidates who have given Intermediate or two-year pre-university test conducted by the recognized board /university are also allowed to give the Joint Entrance Examination Main 2018.

Qualifying Exam for IITs

  • A candidate should have qualified the H.S.C vocational training to get admission in the IITs.
  • Studnet having a diploma approved by the AICTE or state board of technical education of minimum 3 years is eligible for this examination.
  • General Certificate Education (GCE) exam (London/Cambridge/Sri Lanka) at advanced levels makes you eligible for this exam.
  • JEE Main eligibility criteria for droppers 2018, candidates are not allowed to give the examination, but they can use their dropping year for improvement and for more preparation.

JEE Main Eligibility Criteria 2018 Course Wise

A student seeking admission in various programs needs to fulfill the eligibility criteria of the programs.

  • For paper-1, a student needs to have physics, mathematics as their main subjects along with any other subject from chemistry, biology, biotechnology/ technical vocational subject in their 12th standard with minimum 45% marks in every subject.
  • For paper-2, students should have studied mathematics and scoring 50% marks as an average of all the subjects.

JEE Mains Eligibility on Number of Attempts

  • A student can give this examination up to 3 times only.
  • There is no relaxation for SC/ST category for the number of attempts, they also get only 3 attempts of qualify Joint Entrance Examination Main.

JEE Mains Eligibility Criteria 2018 by State Code

The state code eligibility for JEE Main is the state from where a candidate has passed his/her 12th standard.

  • The students who have passed the examination in one state, but he/she has applied for the improvement in another state. In this case, the state from where the student has passed the examination will be considered rather than the state from where improvement is applied.
  • For the candidate who has passed his/her qualifying exam from abroad, but he/she is Indian National, and then the permanent address will be considered.
  • Those candidates appearing for the 12th standard from NIOS, then the state code of eligibility is determined by the center of study in the state.

JEE Main Eligibility Criteria 2018 Depending on Category Wise

For the candidate belonging to Jammu and Kashmir, Meghalaya and Assam, there are different provisions. Talking about the appearing or graduating 12th standard from these states, candidate need to enter any of the following numbers,

  • Ration card number
  • Passport number
  • Bank account number or any other government identity number.

Provisions for the PwD candidates

  • Candidate having the physical disability of 40% or more will get a scribe/reader on his demand.
  • The candidate is allowed to choose his/her own scribe or reader and submit the request to a center superintendent.
  • The candidate is allowed to meet his/her scribe prior to the day of examination.
  • Candidate having the disability of 40% or more will get one extra hour to complete the examination.

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