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Are 12th Marks Important For JEE?

The marks that students secure is both necessary and at the same time not so crucial or important for JEE exams. Why? We will look at the reasons on this page and understand how exactly the Class 12 marks affect the JEE exams.

The National Testing Agency (NTA) has been given the authority to conduct the JEE exams from 2019 onwards. The exam conducting body has now brought a few changes in the eligibility criteria for JEE exams. We will look at them from the Class 12 scores perspective.

What are the Criteria?

  • Class 12 marks have no weightage in the preparation of JEE Main ranks. Students should know that the ranks will be determined based on their score in the entrance exam.
  • However, for admission into IITs, NITs, CFTIs the score that candidates have secured in their class 12 board exam will be taken into account. In this, candidates should have passed their exam with a minimum of 75 percent and for SC/ST it should be 65 percent. Students should further be in the top 20 percentile to be eligible for admissions.

UPDATE: For 2020, IITs have relaxed the admission criterion for qualified candidates due to the pandemic. Candidates clearing JEE-Advanced will be eligible for admission, irrespective of marks obtained in their class 12 board exams.

 Some of the candidates who want to take up B.Arch. programmes need to remember these points;

  • Candidates should have studied PCM in their 10+2 or equivalent and appeared for the exam.
  • They should have a minimum 50 percent marks in total and 50 percent score in each subject too.

For a detailed description of the JEE eligibility criteria, candidates can follow the links given in the table below:

JEE Main Eligibility Criteria
JEE Advanced Eligibility Criteria


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  1. Do we need to get 75% in PCM or overall? for JEE ?

    • Candidates should have secured at least 75% marks in the Class 12 examination or be in the top 20 percentile in the Class 12 examination conducted by respective Boards to qualify for admission, based on JEE Main ranks in the NITs, IIITs, and such other CFTIs.