JEE Advanced 2021 Eligibility Criteria: 75% Criteria Removed, Attempts, Age

JEE Advanced 2021 Eligibility Criteria – 75% Criteria is removed for the IIT JEE Advanced 2021, as per latest announcement by Education Minister Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank. In order to be eligible for the exam, candidates must be in the top performers of JEE Mains, fulfill criterion of age limit, attempts limit, year of passing class 12, and earlier admission in IITs. All the points are explained here. Joint Entrance Examination Advanced 2021 is being organized by IIT Kharagpur for B.Tech admission in IITs.

JEE Advanced Eligibility Criteria 2021

Latest Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has announced that there will be no 75% criteria in JEE Advanced 2021 eligibility criteria.

Changes in JEE Advanced Eligibility Criteria 2021

  1. The 75% criteria will not be there for JEE Advanced 2021. Earlier (till 2019), it was necessary that candidates should either get 75% in board exam, or be in the top 20 percentile in order to be eligible for the exam. In 2020, and again in 2021, this criteria has been removed due to hardships faced by students in the pandemic.
  2. As per the decision of the Joint Admission Board (JAB), candidates who could not appear in JEE Advanced 2020 due to COVID can appear in JEE Advanced 2021 directly.

Expected JEE Advanced Eligibility Criteria 2021

Officially it has only been announced that 75% criteria will not be there in the JEE Advanced 2021 exam. However rest of the conditions are yet to be published. The IITs have consistently maintained the eligibility conditions for the JEE Advanced exam. If there are no changes this time, then the criteria will be as follows.

Criteria #1. Performance in JEE Main 2021

Candidates need to be among the top (2.4 or 2.5 lakh) successful candidates in BE/B.Tech paper of JEE Main 2021. The distribution of candidates among the categories are as per reservation norms, which are as follows: 10% for GEN-EWS, 27% for OBC-NCL, 15% for SC, 7.5% for ST, and rest 40.5% is open for all. 5% rhorizontal reservation is there for PWD candidates. The exact number of candidates in each category, if this remains as last year, will be as follows.

OrderCategoryNumber of top candidates
2Gen EWS25,000
3OBC NCL67,500

Criteria #2. Age Limit

Candidates should have been born on or after October 1, 1996. SC, ST, PWD candidates will get a 5 years relaxation, that is they who are in these categories and born on or after October 1, 1991 will also be eligible.

Criteria #3. Number of attempts

Candidates can only attempt JEE Advanced exam maximum of 2 times in 2 consecutive years.

Criteria #4. Appearance in class 12 or equivalent exam

Candidates should have appeared in class 12 or equivalent exam for the first time either in 2020, or 2021 with Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics as compulsory subjects.

If board declares result for academic year 2018-19 after June 2019 then candidates who appeared in 2019 are also eligible for JEE Advanced.

Criteria #5. Earlier admission in IITs

Candidates should not have been previously admitted to an IIT irrespective of whether or not he/she continued the program. Also, he/she should not have accepted an IIT seat by reporting to center. Those whose admission in IITs were cancelled after joining IIT are also not eligible.

Those who were admitted to a preparatory course in any IIT for the first time in 2020 are eligible to appear in JEE Advanced 2021.

Such candidates who paid seat acceptance fee in 2020 but (i) did not report at any reporting centre or (ii) withdrew before last seat allotment round are eligible to appear in JEE Advanced 2021.

Exams considered as equivalent to class 12 to be eligible for JEE Advanced 2021

The following examinations are considered as equivalent to class 12 exam for the purpose of being eligible for JEE Advanced exam 2021.

  1. The final examination of the 10+2 system, conducted by a Central or State Board recognized by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU).
  2. Intermediate or two-year Pre-University examination conducted by a Board or University recognized by the Association of Indian Universities.
  3. Final examination of the two-year course of the Joint Services Wing of the National Defence Academy.
  4. Senior Secondary School Examination conducted by the National Institute of Open Schooling with a minimum of five subjects.
  5. Any Public School, Board or University examination in India or in a foreign country recognized as equivalent to the 10+2 system by the AIU.
  6. H.S.C. vocational examination.
  7. A Diploma recognized by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) or a State Board of Technical Education of at least 3 years duration.
  8. General Certificate Education (GCE) examination (London, Cambridge or Sri Lanka) at the Advanced (A) level.
  9. High School Certificate Examination of the Cambridge University or International Baccalaureate Diploma of the International Baccalaureate Office, Geneva.

Subject combination required for admission to IITs

Candidates must have passed class 12 exam with following subjects:

  1. Physics
  2. Chemistry
  3. Mathematics
  4. A language
  5. Any subject other than the above four

Additional Requirements for Certain Courses

For the courses B.Tech. in Mining Engineering / Mining Machinery Engineering / Petroleum Engineering OR B.Tech.-M.Tech. Dual Degree in Mining Engineering / Mining Safety Engineering OR Integrated M.Tech. in Applied Geology / Applied Geophysics OR Integrated M.Sc. in Applied Geology / Exploration Geophysics – Candidate should not have any form of color blindness. Certificate is required to prove the same.

Mining Engineering – The standards of visual acuity with or without glasses will be adhered to strictly for candidates seeking admission to Mining Engineering as per DGMS Circular 14 of 1972. Persons with one-eyed vision are not permitted to work underground. Candidates with these limitations are not allowed to opt for admission to Mining Engineering and Mining Machinery Engineering.

Gender restriction for mining engineering – Section 46 (1) of the Mines Act, 1952 states that “No woman shall, notwithstanding anything contained in any other law, be employed (a) in any part of a mine which is below ground, (b) in any mine above ground except between 6:00 and 19:00 hrs.” However, female candidates will be admitted to Mining Engineering or Mining Machinery Engineering related courses at IIT (ISM) Dhanbad, IIT Kharagpur and IIT (BHU) Varanasi.

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JEE 2021 Eligibility Criteria – 75% Criteria Major Concern

Note – The 75% criteria is applicable to JEE Mains, and not JEE Advanced.

To get admission in NITs, IIITs, CFTIs, one of the major criteria is that candidates should have either score more than 75% mark or must be among top 20 percentile in the respective board.

However, last year, due to COVID pandemic, this criteria was removed. Students are now demanding that even this year, i.e for admission session 2021-22, this criteria must be ignored. Internet is filled with request from 10+2 qualified candidates who are demanding removal of the JEE 75% criteria. However the JEE Main 2021 information bulletin makes it clear that the 75% criteria is applicable for 2021 admissions.

JEE Advanced 2021 3rd Attempt

Last year, due to COVID, a lot of candidates were not able to take the exam. Hence, students requested IITs to given them another chance. Following this, reports suggested that JAB is planning for JEE Advanced 3rd attempt, where these should shall be allowed to take the test.

These are crucial points for JEE Advanced 3rd Attempt

  • This shall be for those candidates who filled form and received JEE Advanced admit card but were not able to take the test because of COVID.
  • These candidates need not apply again.

JEE Advanced 2021 Application Form

The JEE Advanced 2021 application form can be filled online at Check the application process given below.

  • Register – The candidates have to first register and to do so, they to first login by entering their JEE Main application number and password.
  • Create Password – Next, create the password for future login and fill the application form.
  • Upload the documents – Then, upload the required documents.
  • Pay the exam fee – Next, pay the application fee.
  • Printout of the confirmation page – Lastly, take the printout of the confirmation page for future references.

JEE Advanced 2021 Eligibility Criteria for Foreign Nationals

Following are the eligibility conditions that all the foreign nationals need to fulfill before applying for JEE Advanced 2021.

Who will be considered as Foreign Nationals?

  • The candidates who are NOT citizens of India (by birth and naturalized) and have studied (are studying) abroad at 10+2 or equivalent at the time of registering for JEE Advanced 2021 shall be considered as foreign nationals.

The foreign nationals are outside the scope of reservation of seats under GEN – EWS, OBC-NCL, SC, ST and PwD categories. Also, the seats allotted to these candidates are supernumerary with of cap of 10% of total number of seats in every course.

Is it necessary for the Foreign Nationals to Qualify JEE Main 2021?

  • No, it is not required to appear for JEE Main 2021 and such candidates may register for JEE Advanced 2021 directly after fulfilling its other eligibility conditions.

Note: Identity proof of Foreign Nationals are required in the form of Citizen Certificate / Passport.

Age Limit

  • These candidates must have been born on or after October 01, 1996.
  • In the countries, where a minimum stint in the armed forces (or allied ) for some time is necessary before or after class 12th, the candidates shall be given a relaxation of the required number of years. In such a case, the candidates have to submit proof or certificate issued by the competent authority.

No. of Attempts: The candidates can attempt JEE Advanced a maximum of 2 times in two consecutive years.

Appearance in class 12th or equivalent exam:

  • The candidates must have appeared in class 12th for the first time in the year 2021 or 2020 with Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics as compulsory subjects.
  • However, if the board declares the class 12th result for the academic year 2018-19 after June 2019, then the candidates who appeared in class 12th exam in 2019 are also eligible for JEE Advanced 2021.

Performance in class 12th: The candidates must have passed class 12th with the following subjects:

  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • A Language
  • Any other subject other than the above 4

Earlier Admission at IITs

  • The candidates must not have been admitted at IIT irrespective of whether they continued the program or not.
  • They must have not accepted any IIT by reporting at the reporting centre in the past.
  • All the candidates whose admission at IITs was cancelled after joining it are also not eligible.

The candidates who paid the acceptance fee but did not report to the reporting centre OR withdrew before the last round of seat allotment OR had their seat cancelled before the last round of seat allotment at IITs during seat joint allocation in 2020 are eligible to appear in JEE Advanced 2021. Also, these candidates must fulfill all other required conditions to apply.

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JEE Advanced 2021 Eligibility Criteria Frequently Asked Questions

Qs 1: Who is eligible for JEE Advanced 2021?

Ans 1: Candidates who satisfy the age limit, attempts limit, class 12 pass year, top qualifier criteria of JEE Main, earlier IIT admission criteria are eligible for JEE Advanced 2021.

Qs 2: How many times can a student give JEE Advanced exam?

Ans 2: Candidates can give JEE Advanced maximum 2 times in 2 consecutive years.

Qs 3: If a student has 70% marks in class 12 board exams, is he/she eligible for IIT JEE advanced 2021?

Ans 3: Board marks have no affect on the eligibility criteria of IIT JEE Advanced 2021. Student should have passed with relevant subjects. The 75% or top 20 percentile criteria is for admission to NITs, IIITs, CFTIs, and not IITs.

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