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JEE Main Eligibility Criteria 2023

About JEE Main 2023 Eligibility Criteria

Last updated date: 16th Mar 2023
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Joint Entrance Exam Main or JEE Main 2023 is a national level entrance examination that is held for admission to various undergraduate courses in architecture and engineering. This entrance exam also acts as a preliminary test for JEE Advanced 2023, the final examination to qualify for a seat in an IIT. JEE Main Session 1 to be conducted in the January month and JEE Main 2023 Session 2 to be conducted in April.


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, examinees 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, the 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 2023 Previous Year Question Papers and Important Study Materials

Vedantu provides previous year question papers and important study materials for JEE Main 2023 exam, Aspirants can download and prepare for upcoming sessions.

JEE Main Examination Eligibility Criteria 2023

The JEE Main exam 2023 is conducted twice a year, over two sessions – January and April.


Keeping in mind that aspirants would need time to prepare for this national level entrance exam, NTA will get release the list of important dates relevant to this JEE Main Exam 2023, which included registration, the original date of entrance, JEE Main application 2023, etc.


The application form has 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 esteemed colleges. The admission is ultimately decided based on the rankings in JEE Main and Advanced 2023.


Read on to find out about those criteria before you apply for the exam.


JEE Main Eligibility Norms for 2023

Here, aspirants will find complete details on JEE Main 2023 eligibility criteria. Aspirants planning to prepare for JEE Main 2023 exam should go through the eligibility details to ensure they meet all the requirements below applying for the exam.

  • To appear in JEE Main 2023 exams, the age limit of the candidates is not announced by the authorities. The candidates who have passed the class 12/equivalent examination in 2021 and 2022 or appearing in 2023, irrespective of their age, can appear in JEE (Main) – 2023 examination. 

  • Candidates need to clear 10+ 2 exams  from any recognised Central/State Board, such as Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi; Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations, New Delhi; etc.

  • Candidates need to qualify for senior secondary examination conducted by the National Institute of Open Schooling with 5 best subjects including Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics.  Students who have studied less than 5 subjects in their qualifying exam are not eligible for JEE Main 2023 exams.

  •  For B.E./ B.Tech, the candidates should clear the senior secondary examination with subjects including Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry / Biology / Biotechnology / Technical Vocational Subject, and any other subject.

  • For B.Arch / B. Planning, the candidates should clear the senior secondary examination with subjects including Language, Physics, Mathematics (mandatory), Chemistry / Biology / Biotechnology / Technical Vocational Subject, and any other subject.


Candidates who have completed the Class 12 (or equivalent) examination outside India or have not cleared the Class 12 (or equivalent) examination from any recognised Central/State Board of India should produce a certificate from the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) to the effect that the examination they have passed is equivalent to the Class 12 Examination.


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 at 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, the admission process over one specific academic session is treated as a single attempt.


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 been 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:

  • 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.

  • 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 passports to appear for this test.


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 2023:

  • 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.


Snippets from the JEE Main State of Eligibility 2023

  • The candidate's original or current dwelling place has no bearing on the state's qualifying code.

  • If a candidate has cleared the 12th Class examination or similar exam in one state but has taken the improvement/supplementary exam in another, the state code where the qualifying exam was taken will be used to determine eligibility.

  • Students who have completed the NIOS 12th Class test or an equivalent exam must select the state of eligibility relevant to the study centre's location.

  • The State code of qualification will be granted to Indian nationals who have completed Class 12th or equivalent in Nepal/Bhutan based on their permanent address in India as shown in their passport.

  • OCI (Overseas Citizen of India)/PIOs (Person of Indian Origin) who pass the Class 12 exam in India will have the same state code of eligibility as Indian nationals; however, OCI/PIOs who pass the 12th Class exam in a college/institution outside of India will be eligible for other state quota seats or All India quota seats in all NITs (National Institute of Technology), IIEST (Indian Institutes of Engineering Science and Technology), and Other-CFTIs (Certified Cyber Threat Forensic Investigator) (Not for Home State quota seats).


Admissions to NITs, IIITs, and CFTIs under JEE Main 2023 Eligibility Criteria

Admission to B.E. / B.Tech / B.Arch / B.Planning Courses in NITs, IIITs, and CFTIs participating in the Central Seat Allocation Board will be based on All India Rank, subject to the CSAB's decision.


Other than NITs, IIITs, and CFTIs, the Council of Architecture has decided on the following eligibility criteria for admission to B.Arch. courses:


"No candidate shall be admitted to Architecture course unless she/he has passed an examination at the end of the qualifying examination with 50% marks in Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics and also 50% marks in aggregate of the qualifying examination."


Candidates for B. Planning must have passed the qualifying examination with 50% in Mathematics and 50% in the aggregate of the qualifying examination.


Practical Tips to Ace JEE Main 2023

1. Study the curriculum and develop a list of the subjects that are simple and those that are tough.

This is the most critical prerequisite for JEE Main 2023 test preparation, and all applicants must take it seriously. All attempts to successfully study for the test will be worthless unless you comprehend the curriculum. Obtain a copy of the curriculum and memorise it so that you are aware of the subjects to be covered when studying.


2. Create a schedule and stick to it religiously.

Create your own timetable depending on your objectives, talents, and weaknesses, rather than aiming to replicate the toppers' method. Because you only have one month to prepare and rewrite, begin by going over the most important topics first.


3. Prioritise intellectual comprehension above rote memorization.

Because many of the questions on the JEE Main exam are application-based, meant to measure your conceptual comprehension, a rote learner will never be able to pass. To properly comprehend the principles, use online study resources and training videos from trusted sources.


4. Practice time management skills by taking timed practice tests.

Giving timed practice exams will assist you in properly managing your time on exam day. Every day, in addition to reviewing the content, take at least two mock exams for JEE Main 2023. You will first exceed the time limit, but with practice, you will improve your speed and accuracy.


5. Get rid of any and all uncertainties as soon as possible.

Don't wait until the last minute to ask inquiries; clarify your uncertainties as soon as possible to continue your preparation. You might consult an instructor or rely on trusted online sources to clear up your uncertainties.


6. Go through each section a few times.

The more you go through the curriculum, the more you'll understand everything. This will put you ahead of those who have just revised a few times or have not revised at all. As you achieve regular and repeated gains throughout the year, your confidence will rise.


7. Give it your all and don't worry about the exam beforehand.

Be diligent about your studies and stick to them. Knowing isn't enough; you'll only be able to pass the JEE Main exam 2023 if you put in the necessary effort. Take care of your health by obtaining adequate sleep and staying hydrated before the exam to divert your mind away from the unpleasant possibilities.


Now that you know all about JEE Main eligibility criteria for 2023, here are a few frequently asked questions about the requirements. Find out the official answers to commonly asked questions regarding eligibility criteria.