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JEE Main Eligibility Criteria and JEE Advanced Eligibility Criteria 2022

Here, we are discussing JEE main exams and JEE Advanced Eligibility Criteria. JEE Main and Advanced exams eligibility criteria are important guidelines that candidates should be aware of prior to filling out the application form. Students are suggested to carefully examine the detailed information on the eligibility criteria released by the exam conducting body. With this, you will be able to know the important details about the exam like age criteria, nationality, number of attempts, and more. JEE Main and Advanced eligibility criteria will help students to know about the minimum requirements that they need to fulfil in order to attempt the exam. Those who fail to meet the requirements will not be able to attempt the 2022 JEE exams.

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Eligibility for JEE Mains 2022

Following are the eligibility criteria for JEE Main 2022 exams.

  1. Nationality: Candidates planning to attend the JEE Main exam 2022 must be a citizen of India. Foreign national candidates including  NRIs, PIOs, and OCIs can also attempt the exams.


  1. Age Criteria: There is no age limit for the candidates to appear for the exams.


  1. Total Attempts: Students can attempt a maximum of three consecutive attempts for JEE Main. The first attempt is conducted after the completion of  the 12th board exams followed by the other attempts in consecutive years. The exams are held twice in a year so the total no of attempts a candidate can attempt for JEE Main exams is 6.


  1. Qualifying Exam

Following is the list of qualifying exams for JEE Main:

  • The candidates’ final examination for the Class 12th exams, conducted by any recognized Central/State Board, such as CBSE, New Delhi, Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations, New Delhi, etc.

  • Intermediate or two-year Pre-University examination arranged by any leading Board/ University.

  • Senior Secondary School Examination arranged by the National Institute of Open Schooling with a minimum of 5 subjects.

  • Any Public School/ Board/ University examination in India or any foreign country is recognized as equivalent to the 12th class 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 years duration.

  • General Certificate Education (GCE) examination (London/Cambridge/Sri Lanka) at the Advanced (A) level.

  • High School Certificate Examination of the Cambridge University or International Baccalaureate Diploma of the International Baccalaureate Office, Geneva.

Note: It is mandatory for all students to  pursue a minimum of 5 subjects with Physics and Maths as their core subjects in their qualifying examinations for appearing in the JEE Main exam 2022. Students who have pursued less than 5 subjects in their qualifying exam are not eligible to attempt  JEE Main exams. The core subjects including Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, Language, and one more subject of choice are required as eligibility for JEE Main.


  1. Year of Passing the Qualifying Exam

Students who have passed their Class 12 board examination or other equivalent qualifying examination in 2020 or 2021 can attempt the JEE Main exam in 2022.  Students presently preparing for their Class 12th board examination or other equivalent qualifying examination in 2022 are also eligible.


  1. Diploma Holders

Candidates with diploma holders  are eligible for the JEE Main exam. Here, the rank and score obtained in the exam will not be considered for admission in NITs or CFTIs.


  1. Marks Eligibility

  • Candidates with General Category: Must have secured a minimum of 75% marks in their class 12th board exams or must rank among the top 20 percentile in their qualifying examination for getting admissions in IITs, NITs, IIITs, and other CFTIs.

  • Candidates with Reserved Category: Must have a minimum of 65% marks to get admission in different undergraduate courses offered at IITs, NITs, IIITs, and other CFTIs.


Eligibility for JEE Main Exams for Repeaters

The eligibility for JEE main exams for repeaters is discussed below:

  • Candidates' age limit criterion to attempt JEE main exams has been removed by NTA. 

  • The candidate appearing for the JEE Main exams must have passed the 12th class exam or another equivalent qualifying exam in 2019 or 2020.

  • Candidates must have secured 75% marks in their class 12th board exam.

  • Candidates must have chosen 5 subjects in the qualifying exam: 

Note: Physics and Mathematics are mandatory subjects.


All the engineering candidates and Class 12 students should fulfil JEE Main eligibility criteria for repeaters to attempt the exams.


JEE Main Eligibility Criteria for Droppers

  • To attempt JEE Main exams 2022, it is mandatory for dropouts to fulfil the required eligibility criteria.

  • Candidates need to secure a minimum score of 75% (65% for the reserved category) or need to be in the top 20 percentile of their respective boards to get admission to NITs, IIITs, and CFTIs. 

  • The droppers must have cleared the 12th examination in 2020 or 2021.

  • JEE Main candidates can take only three consecutive attempts.

  • Candidates must have chosen a minimum of five subjects in their 12th class or qualifying exam. The mandatory subjects are Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics.


JEE Advanced Eligibility Criteria 2022 Exams

IIT Kharagpur has released the  eligibility criteria for JEE Advanced 2022  on the official website. The eligibility criteria include all the existing or new conditions and requirements that are set for the candidates to appear for the entrance examination. The complete information on eligibility for JEE Advanced exams 2022 is discussed below.

  • Nationality: Students who are a citizen of India, PIO (Person of Indian Origin), OCIs (Overseas Citizen of India), and Foreign nationals are eligible to attempt these exams. Foreign nationals have to meet certain conditions. We will discuss these conditions in detail below.

  • Age Criteria: Candidates who are born on or after the 1st of October 1997 are eligible for JEE Advanced exams. Candidates  belonging to the reserved category are provided with a relaxation of 5 years. So, it is mandatory for candidates to have been born on or after October 1, 1992.

  • Total Number of Attempts: Candidates can appear and write the exam twice for 2 consecutive years regardless of whether or not he/she passed the qualifying exam.

  • Exam and Marks Percentage: We will look at the exam requirements in detail below.


JEE Advanced Eligibility on the Basis of Performance in JEE Mains

To attempt the JEE Advanced exams, candidates should rank within the top 2,50,000 (including all categories) successful candidates in JEE Main. The total number of candidates appearing for the exams may also be higher  than 2,50,000 in the presence of “tied” ranks/scores in any category. The percentage-wise reservations of different categories are as follows: 








Scheduled Caste


Scheduled Tribe





5 % Horizontal Reservation


JEE Advanced Eligibility Criteria for Foreign Nationals

  • Foreign nationals do not have to reserve seats under any categories as directed by Govt. of India.

  • Foreign national candidates who have studied or are studying ABROAD at 10+2 level or equivalent during  registration for JEE (Advanced) 2022, are not required to write JEE (Main) 2022. They can directly register for JEE (Advanced)  2022 exams, subject to fulfilment of other eligibility criteria. 

  • Foreign national candidates who have studied or are studying in INDIA at 10+2  level or equivalent are required to write JEE (Main) 2022 and qualify for JEE (Advanced) 2022 under the OPEN category. 

  • Identity proof of both the parents and the candidate is mandatory to attest in the form of a citizenship certificate/Passport.

  • Foreign nationals are allotted a maximum of 10% of the total number of seats in every course.

All foreign candidates who are planning to write the JEE Advanced exam have to first register online through the official JEE Advanced website.

FAQs on JEE Eligibility Criteria 2022

1. How will JEE Main exams be conducted in 2022?

JEE Main exams 2002 will be conducted in Two Sessions (June/July). 

2. What are the JEE Main passing marks?

The JEE Main passing marks are around:

  • 89.75 % for the general category, 

  • EWS category is 78.21%, and 

  •  OBC-NCL is 74.31%, SC is 54%, and ST is 44%.

3. Can candidates who have registered for JEE (Advanced) 2021 but did not appear for both paper 1 and paper 2 attempt JEE (Advanced) 2022? Is it mandatory for candidates to qualify for JEE Main exams 2022?

Such candidates are directly eligible for JEE (Advanced) 2022 under a special one-time measure. However, candidates need to  register for JEE (Advanced) 2022 in the online registration portal.

4. Can candidates who have declared their category as OBC-NCL during JEE (Main) 2022 registration but do  not belong to the Non-Creamy Layer (NCL) register for JEE (Advanced) 2022?

Candidates can register for JEE Advanced 2022 exams by declaring that they do not belong to OBC-NCL provided that their JEE (Main) 2022 score is above the GEN cut-off. If the candidate’s JEE (Main) 2022 score is below the GEN cut-off, then in such case,  the candidate is not eligible for JEE (Advanced) 2022.