JEE Main exam eligibility criteria require candidates to fulfill multiple aspects so as to appear for this engineering entrance exam. The JEE Main eligibility criteria for candidates are as follows:
I – Date of Birth
To be eligible to appear for the JEE Main exam, age of the candidate should be less than 25 years. But, the age limit for candidates falling under the Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Persons with Disabilities (PwD) candidates is different.
SC, ST and PwD candidates are given an age relaxation of five years and can apply for JEE Main if their age is less than 30 years.
A point to be noted here is that candidates will be considered eligible to appear for JEE Main exam only on the basis of the date of birth mentioned on their Secondary Education Board/University certificate.
II – Year of Appearance in Qualifying Examination
- Aspirants who have passed their Class 12th exam or those who would be appearing for their Class 12th exam or any equivalent qualifying examination will be eligible to appear in JEE Main
- Aspirants who have passed Class 12th/Qualifying examination in previous year or two tear prior are eligible
- Aspirants who have passed Class 12th/Qualifying examination 3 years prior will not be eligible to apply for the exam.
From the year 2015 onwards, aspirants who will be appearing for improvement examination of class 12th have to appear in all the 5 subjects as per the scheme of study of the concerned board. Further, please note that in the percentile system, the total marks (of all five subjects) obtained/shown on the mark-sheet of a particular year are required in JEE Main and also in JEE Advanced. The marks from two different year’s mark-sheets cannot be considered for percentile calculation.
III – Number of Subjects in the Qualifying Examination
The exam eligibility criteria for JEE Main mentions that interested candidates should have appeared for at least five subjects in their Class XII or equivalent qualifying examination.
Thus, candidates who have studied just four subjects in their Class XII or equivalent qualifying examination are not permitted to sit for JEE Main.
IV – Number of Attempts
Candidates can appear for this engineering entrance exam for a maximum of three times.
Also, candidates are advised to note as well as verify for themselves the eligibility for appearing in JEE Advanced. Candidates need to note as well as verify the eligibility for admissions into individual institutes through JEE Main exam.
V – No. of Attempts and Age limit for the states of Madhya Pradesh and Odisha
The states of Madhya Pradesh, Nagaland and Odisha have joined JEE (Main) system from 2014. Thus, the age limit, for admission to institutions in these states which were earlier admitting candidates based on their state level examinations, will be as per their past practice only. The number of attempts in such cases will also remain same as per their past practice. This will however be obviously not applicable for admission to IITs/NITs/IIITs/CFTIs.