What is the Difference Between IIT And JEE?

by Sagar Mankar, August 18, 2020

Curious about the difference between IIT and JEE? Since you asked this question, there must be some lingering doubt about it. No problem, we will clear all your doubts right away.

JEE stands for Joint Entrance Exam. It is an all-India level entrance examination taken to get admission into engineering colleges like IITs, NITs and other colleges.

IIT stands for Indian Institute of Technology which is the name of India’s most prestigious engineering colleges situated across various states.

JEE exam is subdivided into two parts JEE Mains and JEE Advanced. Next what is difference between IIT and JEE will be explained.


What is the Difference Between JEE and IIT?

JEE is the entrance examination you will need to crack to get admission into one of the 23 IITs and other colleges participating in the admission procedure. 

JEE is the examination you take, and IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) refers to any of the colleges you will get admission into based on your score in the JEE exams which is a two-part examination. 

Hope this explains the difference between IIT and JEE. 

You might have gotten confused because there are other entrance exams like state engineering exams of West Bengal, West Bengal Joint Entrance Exam which also have the suffix of JEE. Be clear about the names of the exams for which you will be sitting. 

Do not want to make an elementary mistake like this one!

JEE exams are held for the disciplines of BE/ BTech, B. Arch and B.Planning.


Difference Between IIT JEE And JEE

Wondering what exactly is the difference? IIT JEE and JEE refers to the same examination you take to get into the IITs. Do not get confused with the Joint Entrance Exams of other States, they are also shortened as JEE but come prefixed with the name of the State for example, West Bengal JEE.

As mentioned before, JEE stands for Joint Entrance Exam. It is a highly competitive examination with over 9 lakh candidates appearing each year. Out of these 9 lakh applicants, only 12,000 qualify to get into IITs. Quite staggering, right? But you need to have a clear picture of the competition and prepare accordingly.

This is primarily the difference between IIT and JEE.


Difference Between JEE Mains and JEE Advanced

Once you have understood the difference between IIT and JEE know that Joint Entrance Exam is divided into two parts. The first exam is Mains and the second exam is Advanced.

JEE Mains is the first examination you will need to appear for if getting into the IITs is your dream. This exam is conducted by the NTA (National Testing Agency) and this year will be held from September 1st to September 6th 2020.

If you get the qualifying marks (to be announced later) for JEE Mains, you are eligible for JEE Advanced examination. 

JEE Advanced Examination is conducted by any of the IITs each year on a rotational basis. This year it will be conducted by IIT Delhi on September 27th.

Difference in the structure of both these examination is not considerable. However, there is a significant difference in the difficulty level.


What Happens After JEE?

After you sit for Joint Entrance Exam Mains and get your score, you may or may not have qualified for JEE Advanced.

If you do qualify JEE Mains, you may sit for JEE Advanced. Depending on the various outcomes, there are some options for you.


What Happens with the JEE Mains Score?

JEE Mains is the first round of screening examination. After IIT JEE Mains examination, you will score an All India Rank. With that Rank you will be eligible for the following:

  • Admission into any of the 32 NITs (National Institutes of Technology).

  • Admission into any of the 18 IIITs (Indian Institution of Information Technology).

  • Admission into any of the 19 CFTIs (Centrally Funded Technical Institutes).

  • Admission into any other participating engineering colleges.

  • Eligibility for IIT JEE Advanced exam.

Eligibility for NITs, IIITs, CFTIs

Admission into any of the B.E. / B.Tech / B.Arch / B.Planning courses in the NITs, IIITs and CFTIs will be through Central Seat Allocation Board.

The eligibility for NITs, IIITs and CFTIs is given below:

  • An All India Rank in JEE Mains.

  • Score of at least 75% marks in the 12th standard examination.

  • Candidate will have to be in the top 20 percentile in the class 12 examination / Qualifying examination conducted by the respective Boards.

  • For SC/ST candidates, the qualifying marks would be 65% in the class 12 examination / qualifying examination.

This is the eligibility requirement for admission into any of NITs, IITs and CFTIs.


JEE Advanced Eligibility

Only around 2 lakh of the 9 lakh applicants who sit for JEE exam becomes eligible for appearing in the IIT JEE Advanced Examination. The Advanced Exam is conducted by any one of the IITs on a rotational basis. 


The Eligibility for JEE Advanced is as Follows:

  • The candidate must have passed class 12 examination or equivalent qualifying examination with at least 75% aggregate marks (65% for SC, ST, and PwD).

  • The candidate will have to be in the top 20 percentile of the successful candidates in their respective Board examinations.

Eligibility for Admission into IITs

So, what makes a candidate eligible for admission into the IITs?

The IITs have specific eligibility criteria for admission, which includes :

  • Age limit.

  • Number of attempts.

  • Year of passing class 12 or equivalent examination.

You can always check these out in their respective websites.

The other criteria for admission into the IITs is that the candidates will have to qualify in the JEE Main 2020 and the JEE Advanced 2020.

As an aspirant, you should mentally prepare yourself. Considering the odds, is this really what you want to do? The road to IIT takes serious dedication, hard work and effort. Be very serious and dedicated with your preparation as it will take require investment of considerable time and resources.


What Happens with the JEE Advanced Score?

Marks scored in IIT JEE Advanced examination makes you eligible for the following:

  1. Admission into the IITs (Indian Institute of Technology).

  2. ISM (Indian School of Mines).

  3. IISER (Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research).

  4. RGIPT (Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology).

  5. IISc (Indian Institute of Science).

These are the institutes which take you in based on the JEE Advanced score.

Hope you become one of the lucky few who clears both the Mains and JEE Advanced!


Chart Your Plan Well in Advance

Hope you have understood the difference between IIT and JEE. What is left for you to do is now, sit down, have a serious thinking session and decide for yourself if you are up for the challenge.

Think of what your end game in life is. Do not just drift through life. Find out what your passions really are and pursue your career accordingly. You need to be serious about preparation because if not  IITs then NITs are just as good.

Remember no one can study on your behalf. It is you alone you can decide what you are capable of, so take the help of your parents, teachers, and mentors.

What is the Difference Between IIT And JEE?