Can I Give JEE Advanced After Taking Admission in NIT?

by Sagar Mankar, July 8, 2020

We all want the best. Especially when it comes to school or college. Sometimes we don’t get it in the first attempt and have to settle for the second-best option. There are exams like JEE Advanced that allow you to appear for the exam again (if you meet the eligibility criteria). 

Go ahead and read the article to find out if JEE Advanced can be appeared again, after taking admission in NIT.

JEE Advanced

JEE Advanced is an entrance exam monitored by IIT. This is the gateway exam for all the aspirants wanting to secure a seat in IIT. The JEE Advanced is also known as IIT-JEE. This exam helps in applying for UG, PG, and courses in science, engineering, pharmaceutical, or architecture at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and the Indian School of Mines (ISM). The following are the courses from which aspirants can choose:

  • BTech, BS - 4-year Bachelors 

  • BArch - 5-year course

  • BTech, MTech, BS, MS- 5-year Dual Degree 

  • MTech, MSc, Dual Degree - 5-year Integrated Masters

JEE Advanced is conducted by one of the following IITs under the supervision of the Joint Admission Board (JAB):

  • IIT Kharagpur

  • IIT Delhi

  • IIT Kanpur

  • IIT Guwahati

  • IIT Madras

  • IIT Bombay

  • IIT Roorkee 

  • IISc Bangalore (Indian Institute of Science)

The aspirants can be selected for any of the 23 IITs in India. The JEE word’s full-form is Joint Entrance Examination.

The JEE Advanced can be slightly different from JEE Mains. Let us look at the eligibility criteria for IIT-JEE.

  1. Clear JEE Main

To appear in the JEE Advanced exam, you need to be in the top 2,50,000 students’ lists who have secured rank in JEE Mains. There are reservations for you to be eligible for admissions. The following are the percentage of reservation for different categories:

  • 46.5% - General category candidates (common merit list) 

  • 4% - General EWS 

  • 27% - OBC-NCL candidates 

  • 15% - SC candidates 

  • 7.5% - ST candidates 

  • PWD candidates - Horizontal reservation of 5% in all the above categories.

The aspirants who get selected among this 2,50,000 is around 10,000 – 12,000.

  1. Age Limit

Please check the official website of JEE Advanced to know the age limit in that particular year of appearing in the exam.

  1. Attempts

Students can attempt JEE Advanced a maximum of two times in two years (consecutive).

  1. Class 12 or an Equivalent Exam

Candidates must have appeared in the 12th or equivalent exam for the first time either in the year you appear for JEE Advanced or the year before attempting the entrance exam. These criteria should be fulfilled to be eligible for the JEE Advanced Exam.

  1. Candidate Should not Be Already Admitted to IIT/ISM.

Apart from age limit, or 12th qualification, there are other aspects which an aspirant should look into before appearing for JEE Advanced. If you belong to one of the below categories, you will not be eligible to take the JEE Advanced exam.

  • If you are an aspirant whose admission at IIT was canceled after joining one of the IITs.

  • The candidate should not have been part of IIT in the previous years. It doesn’t matter if you have completed the program or not.

  • Even if the candidate has accepted the IIT seat and confirmed seat at the reporting center. 

  1. Students who Might be Eligible for JEE Advanced

If aspirants belong to the following aspects, then they are qualified to take JEE Advanced.

  • If an aspirant for the first time got a preparatory course admission at an IIT, in the year before appearing the JEE Advanced. Then he/she is qualified to take the entrance exam for IIT.

  • If the aspirant couldn’t attend IIT in the year before writing JEE Advanced due to tot, the following are eligible for the entrance exam.

  • Had to withdraw before the final round of allotment of seats by IIT.

  • In the joint seat allocation by IIT, the aspirant had to revoke his/her admission at IIT just before the allocation of seats can attempt JEE Advanced exam.

  • The year before attempting the JEE Advanced exam if the candidate had not reported at an IIT reporting center. Then the aspirant is eligible for taking the JEE Advanced exam.

  1. JEE Advanced for Foreign Nationals

Foreign Nationals are those people who are not born in India or don’t have Indian citizenship. So, if the aspirant is a foreign national and has completed (or is still studying) his/her 10 + 2 Education or equivalent abroad, at the time of appearing for JEE Advanced is eligible. The seat reservation for foreign nationals is 10% of the total number of seats in a particular course.

Moreover, foreign nationals are not required to give JEE Mains. They get directly qualified for JEE Advanced if they meet specific eligibility criteria.For more details, please visit the official website of JEE Advanced.

Can I Give JEE Advanced After Taking Admission In NIT

This can be a million-dollar question for all the aspirants who want to join IIT.

Well, the answer is yes. You can give JEE Advanced after taking admission in NIT. But this comes with certain challenges. They are:

  1. You need to give the JEE Mains again. You have to make sure that you belong among the top 2,50,000 rankers. Remind you, each year, there is an increase in competition and the paper's difficulty level. This means you need to put in the extra effort than the previous time.

  2. Since you have gotten into NIT, it will be tough for you to simultaneously study for JEE Main and Advanced and cope with the NIT syllabus. This whole process can be daunting and tiring.

  3. Make sure that you have cleared the 12th examination according to the eligibility criteria for a JEE advanced. 

  4. Also, check the age limit for qualifying to appear in the JEE Advanced exam.

  5. Lastly, ensure that you haven’t exhausted your maximum attempts to appear for the JEE Advanced exam.


If you really want to give JEE Advanced again, to be part of a premium institute in India, you need to put your heart and soul in the preparation. You can either drop out of NIT (only if you are confident that you will crack this time) or simultaneously prepare for the entrance exam when you are at NIT. The last option requires a lot of hard work and determination. Analyze the pros and cons of each decision and choose what you feel right.

Can I Give JEE Advanced After Taking Admission in NIT?