JEE Main Eligibility Criteria 2019: Number of Attempts, Age Limit

To be eligible for JEE Main 2019, aspirants must fall in the top 20 percentile of class 12th. Before filling the Application form, you  must fulfill JEE Main eligibility criteria, otherwise the form will be rejected. This year JEE Main 2019 will be conducted twice- January and April. So, this article will provide all the brief details about JEE Main 2019 Eligibility Criteria. The eligible candidates can use their login to know JEE Main exam centers.

Note- You can download JEE Main Admit Card from December 17, 2018.

You must clearly understand JEE Main Eligibility criteria before starting the registration process. If at any point you are found ineligible, you will not be allowed to appear for the exam. In such a case, your application fees will not be refunded. JEE Main eligibility includes your age, qualification and category. There is a different eligibility for each category aspirant that you must meet.

It is a great opportunity if you are eligible for JEE Main 2019 as you will get 2 attempts in a single year. Thus, you must make the best of the chances to secure admission in a reputed college. You can make use of the best study material that will help you score well in the exam.

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JEE Main 2019 Eligibility:

An aspirant who fulfills the below-given requirements will be eligible to appear for JEE Main 2019. So, it is important for all the candidates to go through the eligibility criteria:

  • Age Limit
  • Qualification
  • Subject needed for the Qualifying examination
  • Percentile in the qualifying exam
  • Number of attempts
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Now I am going to discuss these above-mentioned topics with detailed information:

JEE Main Eligibility criteria

JEE Main Eligibility Criteria 2019:

Age Limit:

This year there is no age limit to appear in JEE Main 2019. Candidate should have passed class XII in 2017, 2018 or 2019 appearing students in order to be eligible. Appearing students must ensure the right information while filling the form, if wrong information is found, then their result or rank will not be announced.


  • Candidate must pass XII with minimum 75% marks or top 20 percentile conducted by respective boards
  • Candidate who have passed class 12th in 2017, 2018 are eligible for JEE Main 2019 exam
  • An aspirant who is appearing in the qualifying examination in 2019 is also eligible for the exam

Subjects needed for the Qualifying Examination:

It is necessary to take 5 subjects in their qualifying examination for an aspirant.

For both exam these vary as per the exam:

  • B.E./B.Tech
  1. Language
  2. Physics
  3. Mathematics
  4. Anyone (Chemistry Biology, Biotechnology, Technical Vocational Subjects)
  5. Any other Subject (like Physical Education)
  • B.Arch/B.Plan
  1. Language
  2. Physics
  3. Mathematics (compulsory)
  4. Anyone of (Chemistry, Biology, Biotechnology, Technical Vocational Subject)
  5. Any other subject

Percentile in the qualifying exam:

  • An Aspirant who is seeking to admission into IIIT’s, NIT’s and GFT’s must have secured 75% in their senior secondary or came into top 20 percentile in their senior secondary which is conducted by the respective boards.
  • For SC/ST aspirants the percentile should be 65% in the senior secondary examination.

Number of Attempts:

Aspirants can attempt 3 times in a consecutive year. The same thing is also applied for JEE Advanced 2019.

Qualifying Exam:

An aspirant is eligible if they qualify in any of the following examinations which are given below:

  • Senior Secondary and equivalent Exam which is conducted by CBSE or any recognized boards.
  • Who is appearing for the Senior Secondary.
  • Pursuing 2 years course (Joint Service Wing) From National Defense Academy.
  • Have passed from NIOS.
  • Aspirants who have a diploma in engineering or pursuing their technical diploma from top universities.
  • Aspirants who want admission into IITs if they have General Certificate Education (GCE) exam at Advanced (A) level certificates.
  • High School Certificate Examination by Cambridge University also for IITs.

Aadhar Card Availability:

  • This is a crucial aspect which is important for JEE Main from 2017 because when an aspirant is filling their application form, their aadhar card is mandatory. Aspirants will provide their aadhar number, name, DOB, and gender for identification and authentication process.
  • If aspirants provide wrong details at the time of application form filling, then their application form is rejected because of mismatched details at the time of examination.
  • Candidates who have enrolled for their Aadhar and have not received it, can enter 14-digit enrollment id which is printed on the enrollment slip.

So, it is essential for all aspirants to ensure the data provided is correct.

JEE Main Exam Centers 2019:

An aspirant who cleared their qualifying exam from a state and applied for an improvement from another state must select their state from where they originally passed their qualifying examination.

Name of State/ UT Code Name of State/ UT Code
Arunachal Pradesh AL Lakshadweep (UT) LD
Assam AM Madhya Pradesh MP
Andaman & Nicobar Islands(UT) AN Maharashtra MR
Andhra Pradesh AP Manipur MN
Bihar BR Meghalaya MG
Chandigarh (UT) CH Mizoram MZ
Chhattisgarh CG Nagaland NL
Dadra & Nagar Haveli (UT) DN Odisha OR
Daman & Diu (UT) DD Puducherry (UT) PO
Delhi (NCT) DL Punjab PB
Goa GO Rajasthan RJ
Gujarat GJ Sikkim SM
Haryana HR Tamil Nadu TL
Himachal Pradesh HP Tripura TA
Jammu & Kashmir JK Uttar Pradesh UP
Jharkhand JH Uttarakhand UK
Karnataka KK West Bengal WB
Kerala KL Telangana TL
Tripura TA Tripura TA
Foreign/OCI/PIO/ Nepal / Bhutan ZZ

These all are important details about JEE Main 2019 Eligibility Criteria. Kindly make sure you are aware of them and arrange the missing documents in the shortest time.

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JEE Main Reservation Criteria 2019: Check Complete Details From Here

JEE-Main is a competitive exam, conducted across all over India, by the NTA, for the eligible students seeking admission in the undergraduate engineering courses in NITs, IIITs, and other colleges that accept these scores. The candidates qualifying the examination are allotted seats by sitting for a counselling conducted by the Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSSA).It is coordinated by the Central Seat Allocation Board (CSAB) as per the government policy of seat reservation and the respective ranks. JEE Main Reservation Criteria helps candidates to know their eligibility and benefits they can avail by belonging to reserved category.

The seats are reserved in the participating institutions by considering several factors such as the caste, gender, and quota. The advantages of the reservation will be provided only to those categories that are available in the central list of the central government of India. However, the state engineering colleges and other private institutions offering admission via JEE Main score are allowed to follow the reservation guidelines of that particular state.

It is hence essential for the aspirants to have a clear idea about the reservations, how will it affect the chances of your admission, and the benefits you can avail out of that. Continue reading the article below to know about the same.

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JEE Main Reservation Criteria- What Should You Know?

Amidst all the confusion about the JEE Main Exam itself, the candidates are unaware of the major terms used in reservation of seats. The reservation of seats in the colleges is done based on two major criteria namely the quota and the category. Do you know the difference between both?

Well, the major criteria that determines reservation of seats is the category. The reservation based on category means that a specific percentage of seats is allotted to the candidates belonging to certain caste or community. The percentage remains the same in all the institutions of the country.

Then, the second major criteria used is the Quota. The reservation based on the quota means that a specified amount of seats will be allotted to those that come under the quota irrespective of the category. There are a number of quotas based on the gender, locality, etc. Unlike the category reservation, the percentage for the quota varies according to the state or institutions.

Hence, a qualified candidate will have a score card with four ranks namely: All India Rank (AIR), All India Rank of his/her category, State Rank, and State Rank of his/her community. All the other reservations are made based on the above said major criteria. Let us look at each one of them in detail.

Reservation Of Seats Based On Category

As mentioned already, reservation of seats based on category basically depends upon one’s caste/ community. In India, the category based reservation is broadly classified into 4 major categories namely: General, Other Backward classes (OBC) of Non-creamy layer (NCL), Scheduled Castes (SC), and Scheduled Tribes (ST); each of which consist of 1 sub category called the Person With Disability (PWD) hence making a total of eight categories.

The percentage of reservation for the above said is listed below and the remaining seats fall under the general category:

Category Reservation Percentage
SC 15%
OBC (NCL) 27%
ST 7.5%
PWD 3%

Reservation of Seats Based On Quota

The reservation of seats based on quota depends upon the quota provided by the respective state and the institute offering admission, which has been chosen by the student at the time of counselling. A candidate opting for Quota based reservation will fall under any of the three quotas below

  1. Based On Gender

With an aim of educating a number of girl children, the quota for women was introduced initially. Most of the institutes offer this quota and a women candidate seeking admission can apply under all India quota and also gender quota. In general 5% of reservation is kept hold for women candidates and in addition to that, if the women candidate is a PWD, she gets an additional 3% reservation of seats.

  1. Based On The State Of Residence

This particular quota is based on the hometown of the applicant. The quota is subdivided into two categories namely: home state quota, i.e., the state in which the candidate has passed the board examinations, and the other state quota, i.e., all the other states or union territories except the home state of the university or institution the candidate has applied for. The percentage of reservation is as given below:

Quota Reservation percentage
Home state quota 50%
Other state quota 50%

However, NIT Goa, NIT Warangal, and Assam University follow different methods of reservation as listed in the table below

Name Of Institute Quota Candidates Eligible
Assam University, Silchar Home state Candidates passed in the Assam board exam
All India All Including Assam students
NIT WARANGAL Home State Candidates passed in the Telangana board exam
Andhra Pradesh Candidates passed in the Andhra Pradesh board
Other State All including Andhra Pradesh
NIT Goa Home State 40% for candidates passed in Goa board
Other State All other state candidates


  1. For States/Union Territories without NIT

In line with the previous quota, the candidates belonging to Union territories that does not have NIT are given home state quota eligibility for an individual NIT irrespective of the location.

The table below illustrates the NIT belonging to the particular union territory:

Name of the Union Territory Corresponding NIT
Andaman and Nicobar Island NIT Puducherry
Chandigarh NIT Delhi
Dadar and Nagar Haveli NIT Goa
Daman and Diu NIT Goa
Lakshadweep NIT Goa


  1. Defense Service Quota

The Defense service Quota even though not offered in all institutes, but is a classification of quota available for the children of the Defense service personnel, who lost his life or had permanent disability during a war or other operation. In general no more than two seats are allotted under this quota.

  1. Foreign Nationals Quota

All the quotas mentioned above belong to the citizens of India and hence, the foreign nationals quota is prevalent in most of the reputed institutions or universities. The foreign nationals get a 10% reservation on seats available and cannot claim for any other quota even if he/she falls in any one of the same.

What is the procedure to claim the quota?

If you consider yourself to be eligible in any one of the quotas, it is mandatory that you mention the same at the initial stages of application when filling the form. Further, you should be ready to produce a valid proof/certification from the authorized authorities mentioned in the website stating your eligibility to apply for a particular quota. And, the candidates claiming for the PWD quota will be accepted only if he/she is certified with up to 40% of disability and are capable of pursuing the activities related to the academics.

Hope the information provided in the article was able to clear all your confusions regarding reservation of seats. Feel free to write to us in case of further queries.

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