JEE Main Eligibility Criteria 2021: 75% Criteria Waved Off, Age Limit, 12th Percentage, Criteria for Droppers

JEE Main Eligibility Criteria 2021

Latest: This year too like last year, the Education Minister has announced that minimum of 75% marks in class 12 will not be criteria for admission in the NITs, IIITs, SPAs, and other CFTIs whose admissions are based on JEE Main 2021 scores. Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank tweeted the announcement on January 19, 2021. Check the same below:

Check here the JEE Main Eligibility Criteria 2021. Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main is for 10+2 qualified candidates. Students must check the eligibility criteria before applying for of JEE Main 2021. The conditions are related to age limit, education qualification, number of attempts, etc. The complete JEE Main eligibility criteria 2021 is given below.

Important: JEE Main Admit Card 2021

There are 2 types of eligibility criteria for Joint Entrance Examination Main. These are as follows:

  • JEE Main eligibility criteria to take the exam.
  • JEE Main eligibility criteria to take admission.

Did you know: JEE Main is itself also a qualifying exam! To be eligible to appear in JEE Advanced exam for IIT admissions, it is mandatory to qualify JEE Main. Only around 2.4 to 3 lakh top JEE Main toppers shall be allowed to register for the Advanced exam.

Note – This page contains the expected eligibility criteria for JEE Main 2021. The actual and updated points will be updated here once NTA releases JEE Main January/February 2021 information brochure.

JEE Main 2021 Eligibility Criteria to appear in exam – Age Limit, 12th Passing Year, Number of Attempts

To apply for JEE Main 2021, candidates need to satisfy following condition:

Age Criteria:

  • There are no age criteria required for applying to the JEE Main exam as of now. 

Passing Year of Class 12 / Equivalent (CRITERIA FOR DROPPERS):

  • Candidates should have passed class 12 or equivalent in 2019 or 2020. Candidates who are currently in class 12 and will pass it in 2021 are also eligible for the exam.

Number of Attempts:

  • There is no restriction on number of attempts in JEE Main 2021.

List of Qualifying Examinations (QE) – A qualifying examination is the last official school education exam which the candidate passed. The list of acceptable qualifying examination for JEE Main 2021 is as follows:

  • Class 12th board exam from any recognized central or state Board
  • Intermediate or two-year Pre-University examination.
  • Final examination of the two-year course of the Joint Services Wing of the National Defense Academy
  • Senior Secondary School Examination conducted by the National Institute of Open Schooling with a minimum of five subjects.
  • Any Public School/ Board/ University examination in India or in any foreign country recognized as equivalent to the 10+2 system by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU).
  • Higher Secondary Certificate Vocational Examination.
  • A Diploma recognized by AICTE or a State board of technical education of at least 3 year duration.

Important – JEE Main 2021 Preparation Tips | JEE Main 2021 Sample Papers 

What is JEE Main 2021 State of Eligibility?

The state of eligibility or state code of eligibility is that state from where candidates passed the qualifying exam.

It is important to understand that it is not the native place or current place where a candidates lives, or the state in which they were born.

It is that state, from where candidates appeared and passed class 12 / equivalent.

  • E:G: A candidates who was born in Delhi, now lives in Mumbai but appeared for qualifying exam in Assam has to mentioned Assam as the state code of eligibility.

Conditions in JEE Main 2021 State of Eligibility:

#1: Appeared for Improvement: A candidates who appeared for class 12 exam in one state but appeared for improvement in other state is to enter state code of eligibility as that state from where the actual exam was given. The state where improvement is given is not the state of eligibility.

#2: NIOS Students: Candidates who appeared for class 12 exam from NIOS, the state code of eligibility is the state in which the study center is located.

#3: Nepal / Bhutan Students: Indian students who passed Class 12 / equivalent from Nepal or Bhutan, have to enter that state as the code of eligibility which is mentioned in the passport.

#4: OCI / PIO Students: State code of eligibility in India is at par with Indian national. However, OCI / PIO students qualifying exam from an institute abroad are eligible for Other State quota seats or All India quota seats (but NOT for Home State quota seats). This is applicable in all NITs, IIEST and CFTIs.

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JEE Main 2021 Eligibility Criteria for NITs, IIITs, CFTIs Admission – 12th Percentage Required, Subject Combinations

After qualifying JEE Main, JoSAA counselling is conducted. In it, seats are allocated in NITs, IIITs, CFTIs, SFIs, State Engineering Colleges, and other participating institutes. However, seat is only allocated if candidates satisfy following criteria.

For Engineering Courses

  • Candidates must have qualified JEE Main 2021.
  • Candidates should have secured more than 75% marks in the qualifying exam or should be among the top 20 percentiles. (waived off for 2021-22 session)
  • The criteria for SC / ST candidates is either more than 65% marks or be in top 20 percentiles. (waived off for 2021-22 session)

75% Criteria was NOT Applicable last year and will not be applicable in JEE Main 2021, that is in the 2021-22 session:

Due to the unique predicament of students in the pandemic, the Education Minister (then HRD Minister) announced concession in the 75% criteria last year and this year too. His exact words are – “Considering the decision taken for IIT JEE(Advanced) and in line with the decision taken for the last academic year, it has been decided to waive off the 75% marks (in class 12 exam) eligibility criteria under Joint Entrance Examination (Main) for the next academic year 2021-2022 in respect of NITs, IIITs, SPAs and other CFTIs, whose admissions are based on JEE (Main).”

What does top 20 percentile means?

It means that in respective board, candidates should have score as many marks that they can be counted among the top 20 percentile candidates. The number of candidates included in the percentile varies, depending on the number of students, topper marks, etc.

For Architecture Courses

  • Must have qualified JEE Main 2021.
  • For B.Arch: More than 50% in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics, along with an aggregate of above 50% marks.
  • For B.Planning: More than 50% marks in Mathematics, along with overall aggregate of above 50% marks.

Subject Combinations Needed for B.E./B.Tech, B. Arch and B. Planning Admission in NITs, IIITs, and other CFTIs

CourseSubjects Required in QE
B.E / B.TechPhysics and Mathematics with Chemistry / Biology / Biotechnology / Technical Vocational subjects
B.Arch Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry
B.Planning Mathematics

JEE Main Exam 2021 

JEE Main examination 2021 is one of the prominent engineering entrance test conducted in pan India. The examination is conducted by the National Testing Agency.

The rank of the JEE Main is used to take admission in various NITs, IIITs, CFTIs. The examination will be conducted by pan India in the online mode. Candidates will have to appear for the examination on any of the test centres allotted of their choice. The scorecard of the JEE main examination is valid for one year and the examination is conducted twice in a year.

FAQs on JEE Main 2021

Question: What is the eligibility for the JEE Main exam?

Answer: The eligibility for the JEE Main examination is given in the article above, you may refer to it.

Question: Is there any age limit for the candidates to apply for the JEE Main exam?

Answer: No, there is no age limit for the candidates to apply for the JEE Main exam.

Question: I have appeared 3 times for the JEE Main examination, Can I reapply the fourth time?

Answer: Yes, NTA has not allotted any fixed number of attempts for the JEE Main examination.

Question: My marks is less than 70% in the class 12th examination, can I apply for the JEE Main examination?

Answer: Yes, you can apply for the JEE Main examination 2021.

Question: Can a PWDb candidate with less than 50% disability apply for the examination of JEE Main? 

Answer: Yes, a PWDb candidate with less than 50% disability apply for the examination of JEE Main.

Question: Can I apply for the JEE Main examination if I have pursued a diploma?

Answer: Yes, the only thing to be kept in mind that the major subjects should be Physics, Chemistry and mathematics.

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28 thoughts on “JEE Main Eligibility Criteria 2021: 75% Criteria Waved Off, Age Limit, 12th Percentage, Criteria for Droppers”

  1. Suppose this year I just get passing percentage in my HSC can I still apply for mains in 2022-2023 as per 2021 75% waived off criteria?

    Reply
    • Hi
      The eligibility criteria for JEE Main 2022 will be known when NTA releases that iteration’s brochure. That will happen probably by December 2021, or in January 2022.

      Reply
  2. I have done my 12 th standard in 2015 soo can i eligible to write jee mains..exam . becoz i have a dream to study in nits or iits pleasse help me in this doubt and i also done b.tech in other college i need to study b.tech in nits or iits

    Reply
    • Hi
      Unfortunately, you do not satisfy the criteria of year of passing class 12. The JEE Main 2021 eligibility criteria dictates “For appearing in the JEE (Main) 2021, there is no age limit for the candidates. The
      candidates who have passed the class 12 / equivalent examination in 2019, 2020, or appearing in 2021 irrespective of their age can appear in JEE (Main) 2021 examination.”

      Reply
  3. Recently Education Minister announced that 75% criteria is scrapped for IITs. So is that decision only for IITs and for admission in other central institutions like NITs, IIITs etc we still need 75%? Can you please give more detail about the new decision?

    Reply
    • Hi Bharat
      As per Education Minister’s announcement, the 75% criteria is scrapped for IITs. As far as NITs, IIITs, CFTIs are concerned, they come under JEE Main 2021. And for that, point 17.1 in the official information brochure of JEE Main 2021 says the following –

      Eligibility for Admission to NITs, IIITs and CFTIs participating though Central Seat Allocation Board (CSAB): Admission to B.E. / B.Tech / B.Arch / B.Planning. Courses in NITs, IIITs, and CFTIs participating though Central Seat Allocation Board will be based on All India Rank subject to the condition that the candidate should have secured at least 75% marks in the 12thclass examination or be in the top 20 percentile in the 12th class / Qualifying examination conducted by the respective Boards. For SC/ST candidates the qualifying marks would be 65% in the 12th class / qualifying examination.

      Reply
  4. i cleared my 12th exam from cbse board in 2020 (94%) , am i eligible to give jee main in 2022 ,( since in this years criteria 2018 was not mentioned so i am a little confused)

    Reply
    • For appearing in the JEE Main 2021 – All who have passed the class 12 / equivalent examination in 2019, 2020, or appearing in 2021 irrespective of their age can appear in JEE (Main) 2021 examination.

      If the same criteria applies to JEE Main 2022, then all who appear / pass 12th in 2020, 2021, 2022 will be eligible. However, the criteria for 2022 will be known next year only.

      Reply
    • Hi Shivi
      If you are a general category student with less than 75% marks in class 12 board exams, then you need to be in the top 20 percentile to be eligible for NITs, IIITs, CFTIs admissions in 2021-22 session.

      Reply
  5. Hi
    I don’t think I could clear jee this year
    I’m 2020 passed out
    I dropped this year and I could not make it
    Am I eligible to attend next year jee exam
    Since that would be my second year drop

    Reply
  6. Hi I am the student of 2020 batch from Maharashtra board and I have got 72%in my board did I am able to give JEE in 2021 or not?

    Reply
    • Hi
      The 75% criteria or top 20 percentile criteria – is for admission to NITs, IIITs, CFTIs. It is not an eligibility to sit for JEE 2021. Therefore whatever be your percentage, you can appear in JEE.

      Reply
    • Hi
      There is no percentage criteria to appear in JEE Main. So yes, you can apply.
      A percentage criteria may or may not exist for admission to NITs, IIITs, CFTIs.

      Reply
    • In the year 2019, the eligibility criteria for JEE Advanced was:
      (1) You should secure at least 75% aggregate marks in the Class XII Board examination. (65% for SC, ST and PwD)
      OR (2) You should be within the category-wise top 20 percentile of successful candidates in their respective Class XII (or equivalent) board examination.

      BUT in 2020, this criteria was removed.

      This criteria may or may not apply in 2021. It will be clear only when IITs release the JEE Advanced 2021 brochure.

      Reply
  7. I do my 12th in 2016-2017 and give jee main in 2016 & 2017. Finally i do my 12th in 2020-2021 ( second time 12th ) may i eligible for jee main 2021 ?

    Reply
    • Hi Abhishek
      Using the JEE 2020 scores, you can take admission in NITs, IIITs through JoSAA 2020 only. Please refer JoSAA 2020 official website for the same

      Reply

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