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JEE Advanced Eligibility Criteria

The application process for JEE Advanced 2024, overseen by IIT Madras, will commence on 21st April 2024 and remain open until 30th April 2024. Candidates who have successfully cleared the JEE Main 2024 and aspire to secure a place in the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) are required to apply for JEE Advanced 2024. This year, the top 250,000 performers from JEE Main 2024 will be eligible to register for JEE Advanced. The examination is scheduled for 26th May, with Paper 1 occurring from 9 am to 12 pm, and Paper 2 from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm. Recently, the eligibility requirements for participating in the JEE Advanced 2024 have been published, emphasizing that candidates must satisfy all the listed criteria to be considered. It is essential to note that eligibility for JEE Advanced 2024 is exclusively for those who have qualified in the JEE Main exam. These criteria include age, marks in the qualifying examination, the number of attempts, among others. For comprehensive details on the JEE Advanced Eligibility Criteria, candidates are encouraged to read further and ensure they meet all requirements before submitting their application for JEE (Advanced) 2024.

Eligibility Requirements for JEE Advanced 2024

The eligibility criteria for JEE Advanced 2024 are pivotal for candidates aiming to participate in the examination, seeking admission to the prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and other top engineering colleges. These criteria act as a benchmark to ensure that only qualified and deserving candidates move forward in the selection process. Here is an outline of the key eligibility requirements for JEE Advanced 2024:

  • Performance in JEE Main 2024: Candidates must be among the top 250,000 scorers in JEE Main 2024 across various categories. This is the initial filter for eligibility, emphasizing the importance of a strong performance in the JEE Main examination.

    Age Limit: There is an age limit in place, usually allowing candidates who are of a certain age by a specified date to apply. While the exact age limit can vary from year to year, it typically requires candidates to have been born on or after a certain date.
  • Number of Attempts: Candidates are allowed a maximum of two attempts at JEE Advanced, and these attempts must be in consecutive years. This rule ensures that students have a fair, yet limited number of chances to compete.
  • Academic Qualification: Aspiring candidates must have completed or be in the final year of their 10+2 or equivalent examination at the time of appearing for JEE Advanced 2024. It is crucial that they meet the required academic standards set by the organizing institute.
  • Qualifying Examination Marks: Candidates must have secured the required marks in their class 12th or equivalent examination. The specific marks requirement can depend on the category to which the candidate belongs.
  • Earlier Admission at IITs: Students who have previously been admitted to an IIT, regardless of whether they continued the program or accepted an IIT seat by reporting at a reporting center, are not eligible. There are certain exceptions, such as those who have withdrawn before the last date of withdrawal in the previous years, which can be considered for eligibility.

Each of these criteria plays a significant role in determining a candidate’s eligibility for JEE Advanced 2024. It is advisable for all candidates to carefully review the detailed eligibility criteria, as specified by the official JEE Advanced 2024 notification, to ensure compliance and validate their candidacy for this competitive examination.

Qualifying for JEE Advanced: JEE Main Performance Requirements

Eligibility for JEE Advanced requires candidates to secure a position among the top 2,50,000 successful candidates across all categories in JEE Main. This total figure can exceed 2,50,000 if there are instances of tied ranks or scores within any category.

The percentage-wise reservations of different categories are:

Scheduled Caste (SC)15%
Scheduled Tribe (ST)7.5%
PwD5% Horizontal Reservation

The table below outlines the sequence for selecting the top 250,000 candidates from different categories, according to their performance in the B.E./B.Tech. paper of JEE (Main) 2023.

CategoryNumber of Top CandidatesTotal Candidates
Open PwD            5,063          101250
Scheduled Caste          35,625
Scheduled Caste PwD            1875            37500
Scheduled Tribe          17,812
Scheduled Tribe PwD            938          18750
General-EWS            23,750 
General-EWS-PwD            1,250          25000
OBC Non-Creamy Layer          64,125
OBC Non-Creamy Layer PwD            3,375         67500

Eligibility Criteria for JEE Advanced Based on Class 12 Board Examination or Equivalent Qualifications

To be eligible for JEE Advanced based on Class 12 board examinations or equivalent qualifications, candidates need to meet specific criteria:

  1. Performance in JEE Main: Candidates must qualify in the JEE Main examination of the current year and be among the top candidates (the exact number is specified annually by the organizing authority). For 2023, for instance, the top 2,50,000 JEE Main qualifiers are eligible to appear for JEE Advanced.
  2. Age Limit: Candidates should have been born on or after October 1, 1998. However, there is a relaxation of five years for SC, ST, and PWD candidates.
  3. Number of Attempts: A candidate can attempt JEE Advanced a maximum of two times in two consecutive years.
  4. Educational Qualifications: Candidates should have appeared for the Class 12 (or equivalent) examination for the first time in the current or the previous year with Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics as compulsory subjects.
  5. Minimum Marks in Class 12: There is no minimum mark required in Class 12 or equivalent exams to be eligible for JEE Advanced. However, candidates must pass the board examination.
  6. Earlier Admission at IITs: A candidate should NOT have been admitted to an IIT irrespective of whether or not he/she continued in the program OR accepted an IIT seat by reporting at a reporting center in the past. Candidates whose admission at IITs was canceled are also not eligible.

These criteria ensure that only the most eligible students are able to attempt the JEE Advanced, which is the gateway for admission into the undergraduate programs offered by the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs).

JEE Advanced 2024 Eligibility for Foreign Students

Eligibility criteria specific to foreign nationals are established by the overseeing authorities. According to the official guidelines, individuals are classified as foreign nationals if they do not hold Indian citizenship, and neither of their parents is of Indian origin, nor do they fall under the Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) or Person of Indian Origin (PIO) categories.

Candidates should also take note of the following additional information:

  • Foreign nationals are not entitled to seat reservations under any category, in accordance with directives from the Government of India. Foreign national applicants who have pursued or are currently pursuing their education at the 10+2 level or its equivalent overseas at the time of registering for JEE (Advanced) 2023 can bypass the JEE (Main) 2023.
  • They are eligible to directly register for JEE (Advanced) 2024, provided they meet the other eligibility requirements.
  • Conversely, foreign nationals who have completed or are completing their 10+2 education or its equivalent in India are obliged to appear for JEE (Main) 2024. They must qualify for JEE (Advanced) 2024 in the OPEN category to proceed.
  • As part of the registration process, foreign candidates must present identification proof, including a citizenship certificate or passport, for themselves and both of their parents.

In terms of seat allocation, foreign nationals may be allocated up to 10% of the total seats available in each course.

All foreign nationals intending to appear for the JEE Advanced examination are required to complete their registration online via the official JEE Advanced website at either ( or (

Registration Fee Examination For Foreign Nationals

Candidates from SAARC countriesUSD 100Candidates from Non-SAARC countriesUSD 200
  • The registration fee excludes any processing fees, service charges, or additional fees that may be imposed by banks.
  • Detailed guidance regarding the payment of the registration fee is typically available on the online registration platform.

JEE Main Eligibility for Repeaters

The eligibility criteria for repeaters who wish to appear in the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main are similar to those for first-time candidates, but with some specifics that repeat candidates should be aware of. Here are the key points:

  1. Age Limit: There is no upper age limit for candidates wishing to appear in JEE Main. This means that repeaters of any age are eligible to sit for the exam as long as they meet the other criteria.
  2. Year of Passing the Qualifying Examination: Candidates who have passed their Class 12 or equivalent examination in 2022, 2023, or those who are appearing in 2024 are eligible to appear in JEE Main 2024. This implies that if you have completed your Class 12 in these years, you can attempt the exam.
  3. Number of Attempts: A candidate is permitted to appear for JEE Main for three consecutive years from the year of passing their Class 12 examination. This means a repeater can attempt the exam in all three years if they have not exhausted their attempts.
  4. Educational Qualification: Candidates must have at least five subjects in their Class 12 or qualifying examination. These subjects typically include Physics, Mathematics, and any one of Chemistry, Biology, Biotechnology, Technical Vocational subject along with Language and any other subject.
  5. Performance Criteria: Some institutes like the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and National Institutes of Technology (NITs) require candidates to have scored a minimum percentage in their Class 12 examination to be eligible for admission (usually 75% for General category candidates and 65% for SC/ST candidates). However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these criteria have been relaxed in recent years, and it’s best to check if such relaxations will apply for future exams.
  6. Reservation and Categories: Standard reservation policies apply for SC, ST, OBC, and EWS candidates, as well as for Persons with Disabilities (PwD). Candidates need to ensure they have the relevant certificates to support their claim for reserved seats.

Essential Documents for Registration Process

  • 12th standard marks sheet/certificate for cut-off.
  • Identity proof.
  • Birth certificate for verifying the age.
  • Citizenship certificate/passport of parents.
  • Testimonial (if required).

Each course will have a specific number of extra seats reserved for foreign national candidates, limited to a maximum of 10% of the total seats available.

Previous Years’ Qualifying Cut-Offs for JEE Advanced

To estimate the expected qualifying percentile for JEE Advanced in 2024, candidates can refer to the qualifying percentile from the previous year provided below.

JEE Advanced 2023 Qualifying Cutoff Marks

Review the qualifying marks to understand the minimum scores required in JEE Advanced for admission into IITs for general, OBC, and SC/ST categories. Keep in mind that these minimum scores may change annually.

Rank ListMinimum Marks in Each SubjectMinimum Aggregate Marks
Common rank list (CRL)886
OBC-NCL rank list777
GEN-EWS rank list777
SC rank list443
ST rank list443
Common-PwD rank list (CRL-PwD)443
OBC-NCL-PwD rank list443
GEN-EWS-PwD rank list443
SC-PwD rank list443
ST-PwD rank list443
Preparatory course (PC) rank lists222

This table includes the minimum marks required in each subject and the aggregate marks for different rank lists in JEE Advanced.

JEE Advanced Historical Aggregate Marks by Reservation Category

CategoryMinimum Percentage of Marks in Each SubjectMinimum Percentage of Aggregate Marks
Common rank list (CRL)5.00%17.50%
GEN-EWS rank list4.50%15.75%
OBC-NCL rank list4.50%15.75%
ST rank list2.50%8.75%
SC rank list2.50%8.75%
Common-PwD rank list (CRL-PwD)2.50%8.75%
GEN-EWS-PwD rank list2.50%8.75%
OBC-NCL-PwD rank list2.50%8.75%
ST-PwD rank list2.50%8.75%
SC-PwD rank list2.50%8.75%
Preparatory course (PC) rank lists0.75%2.625%

This table lists the minimum percentage of marks required in each subject and the aggregate marks for different categories in JEE Advanced.

FAQ’s for JEE Advanced Eligibility Criteria

Q1. What is the basic eligibility to appear for JEE Advanced?

Ans: To be eligible for JEE Advanced, a candidate must be among the top candidates (including all categories) in the JEE Main of the corresponding year. The exact number of top candidates eligible is announced every year by the organizing authority.

Q2. Are there any age restrictions for candidates taking JEE Advanced?

Ans: Yes, candidates must be born on or after October 1, 1998. However, there is a relaxation of five years for SC, ST, and PwD candidates, meaning they should have been born on or after October 1, 1993.

Q3. How many attempts are allowed for JEE Advanced?

Ans: A candidate can attempt JEE Advanced a maximum of two times in two consecutive years. This means that if a candidate appeared for the first time in the current year, they can appear again next year.

Q4. Is there a requirement for minimum marks in Class XII for appearing in JEE Advanced?

Ans: Yes, candidates must have secured at least 75% aggregate marks in the Class XII (or equivalent) board examination. For SC, ST, and PwD candidates, the minimum marks required are 65%. Alternatively, the candidate should be within the top 20 percentile of successful candidates in their respective Class XII board examination.

Q5. Does a candidate need to qualify JEE Main to appear for JEE Advanced?

Ans: Yes, qualifying JEE Main is a prerequisite for appearing in JEE Advanced. Only the top-ranked candidates in JEE Main, as per the criteria set for the current year, are eligible to register for JEE Advanced.

Q6. Are there any special eligibility criteria for foreign candidates?

Ans: Foreign candidates are not required to write JEE Main and may register for JEE Advanced directly subject to fulfilling other eligibility criteria. They should have completed or be pursuing their 10+2 education abroad.

Q7. What documents are required for JEE Advanced registration?

Ans: Candidates need to provide documents such as Class X and XII certificates, birth certificate, identity proof, JEE Main scorecard, and category certificates (if applicable) during the registration process.

Q8. Can a candidate appear for JEE Advanced if they have accepted a seat in any of the IITs in the past?

Ans: No, candidates who have accepted admission to any of the IITs in the past are not eligible to appear for JEE Advanced.

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