JEE Main Eligibility Criteria 2019

JEE Main 2019 Eligibility Criteria - Check Qualification, Age Limit and Number of Attempts

Joint Entrance Exam Main or JEE Main is a national level entrance examination for admission to various undergraduate courses in architecture and engineering. This entrance also acts as a preliminary test for JEE Advanced, the final examination to qualify for a seat in an IIT.

Considering the vast scope this entrance exam provides, lakhs of students enrol for it each year and compete for the limited seats available in the reputed engineering and architecture colleges.

It is essential that along with dedicated preparation for this exam, they also keep themselves aware of other crucial aspects – JEE Main eligibility criteria, documents required for the exam, etc.

The new conducting body of JEE Main, National Testing Agency, or NTA, has introduced some necessary changes in the eligibility criteria for this test. They have been very specific about their requirements on the list. Read on to find out about these required eligibility criteria.

JEE Main eligibility criteria 2019

The JEE Main exam is conducted twice in a year, over 2 sessions – January and April. Keeping in mind that aspirants would need time to prepare for this national level entrance exam, NTA released the list of important dates relevant to this test, which included registration, application, admit card release, the original date of entrance, etc.

Here is a tabulated form of those dates for the aspirants.

01Notification of JEE Main 2019September 2018February 2019
02Availability of application forms1-30 September 20188 February-7 March 2019
03Issuing of Admit card17 December 201818 March 2019
04JEE Main exam date (paper 1 and 2)8-20 January 20197-20 April 2019
05Announcement and release of answer keyJanuary 2019April 2019
06Result declarationPaper 119 January 201930 April 2019
Paper 231 January 201915 May 2019
07The announcement of All India Rank for JEE Main 2019March 2019May 2019

The application form had a list of eligibility criteria, fulfilling which aspirants can sit for this engineering and architecture entrance. It is, however, essential to remember that these criteria do not confirm one’s admission to the esteemed colleges. The admission is ultimately decided based on the rankings in JEE Main and Advanced.

Read on to find out about those criteria before you apply for the exam – 
  • I. JEE Main eligibility norms for 2019

  • The aspiring candidates need to fulfill the following mentioned criteria to appear for this entrance –

    S. No.Eligibility CriteriaSpecifics
    01Candidate’s ageThe upper limit for JEE Main is not specified. However, the lower limit of this entrance is that candidates must be old enough to have passed 10+2 or equivalent exam. Additionally, candidates appearing for their 10+2 exam are also eligible to sit for this exam, irrespective of their age.
    02Qualifying exam for JEE MainThe applicants must have passed their 10+2 or equivalent examination on appearing for this entrance. Students who are appearing for their 10+2 exams may also apply for this test.
    03Mandatory subjectsConsidering that this entrance exam helps students get into B. Tech/B.E or B. Arch courses, there are a few compulsory subjects that each candidate needs to have in their 10+2 exams. B.Tech/B.EPhysicsMathematicsChemistry/Biotechnology/Biology/Technical vocational SubjectLanguageAny other subjectB. Arch.PhysicsMathematics (mandatory)Chemistry/technical vocational subject/biology/ biotechnologyLanguageAny other subject
    04Qualifying exam scoreGeneral categoryMinimum 75% in aggregate or be in the top 20 percentile in their 10+2 examination.
    SC/ST/PWD categoryMinimum 65% in aggregate

  • II. JEE Main eligibility criteria for droppers

  • The JEE Main droppers include two categories of students –

  • • Candidates who did appear for the JEE Main last year failed to qualify and will be attempting for it again.

  • • Students who passed their 10+2 previous year, took a year gap to prepare for JEE Main and will be appearing for it this year.

  • NTA has announced a list of JEE Main eligibility criteria for droppers. Read on to find those–

    AgePreviously, the maximum age to qualify for JEE Mains was 25 years. However, a recent Supreme Court announcement confirmed that there would no longer be any upper age restriction for the JEE Mains.
    Minimum QualificationCandidates need to have completed their 10+2 or equivalent examination as the minimum qualification.
    Marks in the qualifying examinationSC/ST/PWDMinimum 65% in aggregate
    GeneralMinimum 75% in aggregate or be in the top 20 percentile in their 10+2 examination.

  • III. Number of attempts

  • Aspirants can have a maximum of 3 consecutive attempts to clear the JEE Main. Thus, in the case of droppers who have appeared once in the entrance and failed to clear it, they may sit twice more for it. However, they must make sure that their attempts are 3 consecutive times, barring which they won’t be allowed to appear.

    Considering that this exam takes place twice a year, over 2 sessions – January and April, the admission process over one specific academic session is treated as a single attempt. 

  • IV. What are the new changes introduced in JEE Main eligibility criteria?

  • Owing to the change in its conducting body from CBSE to NTA, there have multiple changes introduced to the eligibility criteria of this entrance. Read on to find out about those changes and keep yourselves updated before registering/applying for it –

  • a. There is no importance given to class 12 marks:

  • The class 12 scores stand valid only for the qualifying round of JEE Main. However, while calculating the All India Rank of JEE Main, the marks of 10+2 would not be taken into consideration. 

  • b. Compulsory possession of Aadhaar card:

  • The applicants from this country need to have their Aadhaar Card to sit for this national level entrance for engineering and architecture. Additionally, foreign applicants need to have their passport to appear for this test. 

  • c. Special provision for applicants of a few states:

  • For a few states like Assam, Meghalaya, and Jammu and Kashmir, candidates need to provide the following details to appear for JEE Main 2019:

  • • Bank account number

  • • Passport number

  • • Ration card, or any other government ID number.

  • They would also need to select specific cities in their states as their examination centres.

    Now that you know all about JEE Main eligibility criteria for 2019, here are a few frequently asked questions about the requirements. Find out the official answers to the commonly asked questions regarding eligibility criteria:

  • V. FAQs on eligibility criteria for JEE Main 2019

  • Question 1: What is the State of Conduct?

    Answer: The State of Conduct means the code of the state from where a candidate has appeared for his/her Class 10+2 or equivalent examination. This will determine if he/she is eligible for JEE Mains 2019.

    At times, students appear for their Class 12 examination from one state and apply for the improvement from another state. In this case, his/her state code of eligibility will be from the former state.

    Here is a list of state codes:

    State or Union TerritoryCode
    West Bengal35
    Uttar Pradesh33
    Tamil Nadu31
    Madhya Pradesh20
    Jammu and Kashmir15
    Himachal Pradesh14
    Daman & Diu09
    Dadra & Nagar Haveli08
    Arunachal Pradesh03
    Andhra Pradesh02
    Andaman & Nicobar Islands01
    Foreign/ Bhutan/ PIO/OCI98

    Question 2: What are the eligibility criteria for international aspirants?

    Answer: The eligibility criteria for JEE Main 2019 stands valid for both national and international candidates. Thus, there are no special requirements for international aspirants. However, for international students, it is essential to present a Class 12 or equivalent examination’s passing certificate from an AIU recognized board.

    Question 3: What happens in case a candidate does not have his/her Aadhaar card number?

    Answer: In case someone applies for the Aadhaar Card and is yet to receive it, he/she can put in the 14-digit enrolment number that he/she has received while requesting for this document.

    Question 4: What is the expected date of JEE Advanced 2019?

    Answer: The earlier date of JEE Advanced has been revised because of the upcoming elections. It has been scheduled on 27th of May, 2019 in 2 shifts: Paper 1 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon; and Paper 2 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    The above discussions must have cleared your doubts regarding JEE Main eligibility criteria. So, keep burning the midnight oil preparing for this prestigious entrance. Do remember to go through the changes, syllabus, exam pattern, and enrol for mock tests and live video courses to add the finishing touch your preparation.

    Wishing you all the best for the upcoming examination!