JEE Advanced Eligibility Criteria

JEE Advanced eligibility criteria are important guidelines that aspirants should adhere to before filling the application form. Students are suggested to carefully check the detailed information on the eligibility criteria listed out by the exam conducting body. It will help them know a lot of important details about the exam like age criteria, nationality, number of attempts and more.

JEE Advanced eligibility criteria will help students to know about the minimum requirements that they need to fulfil in order to appear for the exam. Further, the information provided will help students to analyze whether they are eligible or not. Those who fail to meet the requirements will not be able to appear for the exam.

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IIT JEE Advanced 2021 Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria for JEE Advanced 2021 has been released by IIT Kharagpur on the official website.  The eligibility criteria contain all the existing or new conditions and requirements that are set for the entrance examination. Meanwhile, from 2020 onwards the exam authorities will be shortlisting the top 2,50,000 JEE Main candidates to appear for JEE Advanced.

The complete information on eligibility for JEE Advanced is discussed here on this page. Aspirants can go through them below.

Nationality: Students who are a citizen of India, PIO (Person of Indian Origin), OCIs (Overseas Citizen of India) and Foreign nationals are eligible to appear for JEE Advanced exam. Certain conditions have to be met by foreign nationals. We will look at them in detail below.

Age Criteria: Candidates who are born on or after the 1st of October 1996 are eligible. For applicants belonging to the reserved category, provided with a relaxation of 5 years. So candidates should have been born on or after October 1, 1991. However, new reports that are coming out recently suggest that the age limit might not be the determining factor for taking the JEE Advanced exam.

Total Number of Attempts: Candidates can appear and write the exam twice for 2 consecutive years irrespective of whether or not he/she passed the qualifying exam.

Exam And Marks Percentage: We will look at the exam requirements in detail below.

JEE Advanced Eligibility On The Basis Of Performance In JEE Mains

To be eligible for JEE Advanced, aspirants should rank within the top 2,50,000 (including all categories) successful candidates in JEE Main. The total number of candidates may also be greater than 2,50,000 in the presence of “tied” ranks/scores in any category.

The percentage-wise reservations of different categories are:

Category Percentage
OPEN 40.5%
Scheduled Caste (SC) 15%
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 7.5%
OBC & NCL 27%
PwD 5% Horizontal Reservation

The category-wise distribution figures are given below.

Category Number of Top Candidates Total Candidates
Open 96,187 Candidates 101250
Open PwD 5,063 Candidates
General-EWS 23,750 Candidates 25000
General-EWS-PwD 1,250 Candidates
OBC Non-Creamy Layer 64,125 Candidates 67500
OBC Non-Creamy Layer PwD 3,375 Candidates
Scheduled Caste 35,625 Candidates 37500
Scheduled Caste PwD 1875 Candidates
Scheduled Tribe 17,812 Candidates 18750
Scheduled Tribe PwD 938 Candidates

JEE Advanced Eligibility On The Basis Of 12th Class Board Exams Or Other Equivalent exams

  • The applicants should have cleared class 12th board exams or any other equivalent exam in 2020. Applicants appearing for the 2021 board exams are also eligible. Candidates who had appeared in Class XII (or equivalent) examination, for the first time in 2019 or earlier, are NOT eligible to appear in JEE Advanced 2021.
  • Students are eligible to appear for JEE Advanced if the results of their class 12th board exams or any other equivalent examination for the academic year 2020 were declared after June 2020.
  • The students belonging to the general category must secure a minimum of 75% of marks and students belonging to SC, ST, PWD categories must secure a minimum of 65% of marks in their class 12th board examinations or they must be from the list of categories wise top 20 percentile in their respective class 12th equivalent board examinations.
  • The following five subjects will be considered to calculate the cut off marks and aggregate marks for fulfilling the JEE Advanced eligibility criteria of the top 20 percentile:
Mathematics Physics Chemistry Optional Languages Elective subject
  • If the total marks scored in any of the subjects are not out of 100 then, while calculating the aggregate marks the total marks obtained will be scaled up and down to 100.
  • Students who have already appeared for their 12th class board examinations in the year 2020 and are appearing for the same in the year 2021, then, out of the two results, the best performance will be recognized.
  • If the examination Board of Class XII (or equivalent) declared the results for the academic year 2018-19 after June 2019, then the candidates of that board who appeared for their Class XII exam in 2019 are also eligible to appear in JEE (Advanced) 2021, provided they meet all the other JEE Advanced eligibility criteria.
  • However, in a situation where the examination Board of Class XII (or equivalent) declared the results for the academic year 2018-19 before June 2019 but the result of a particular candidate was withheld, then the candidate will not be eligible to appear in JEE (Advanced) 2021.

Also Check Out: JEE Advanced 2021 Information Brochure

Eligibility Criteria For Foreign Nationals

Those candidates who are foreign nationals have a different set of eligibility criteria laid out for them by the authorities. As per the details provided in the official document, candidates are treated as foreign nationals if they are not citizens of India or their parents are not of Indian origin and they do not belong to either OCI/PIO category.

Some of the other information that candidates should be aware of are;

  • Foreign nationals do not have the privilege of reservation of seats under any categories as directed by Govt. of India.
  • Foreign national candidates who have studied or are studying ABROAD at  10+2 level or equivalent at the time of registering for JEE (Advanced) 2021, are not required to write JEE (Main) 2021 and may register for JEE (Advanced)  2021 directly subject to fulfilment of other eligibility criteria. 
  • Foreign national candidates who have studied or are studying in INDIA at 10+2  level or equivalent are required to write JEE (Main) 2021 and qualify for JEE (Advanced) 2021 under the OPEN category. 
  • Identity proof of both the parents and the candidate is required in the form of a citizenship certificate/Passport.
  • Talking about the availability of seats, foreign nationals are allotted a maximum of 10% of the total number of seats in every course.

All foreign candidates who are planning to write the JEE Advanced exam have to first register online through the JEE Advanced website, ( The registration fee for JEE (Advanced) 2021 applicable to foreign nationals is given in the following table.

Registration Fee For JEE Advanced 2021

Registration Fee for Examination
Foreign Nationals Candidates from SAARC countries USD 75
Candidates from Non-SAARC countries USD 150
  • The registration fee does not include any processing fees or service charges or any other charges that can be levied by the banks.
  • Detailed instructions related to the payment of the registration fee is normally provided on the online registration portal.

Documents required for registration

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

*All the seats allotted to the foreign national candidates will be supernumerary with a cap of 10% of the total number of seats in every course. 

Foreign Centres Where JEE Advanced Are Held

There are several centres where the exam is conducted. The centres include Colombo (Sri Lanka), Dhaka (Bangladesh), Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), San Francisco (USA), Dubai (UAE), Kathmandu (Nepal) and Singapore.

The eligibility criteria of JEE Advanced 2021 highlights some of the minimum requirements that engineering candidates need to fulfil in order to appear for the exam. Those candidates who do not meet the eligibility requirements will not be allowed to appear for JEE Advanced. 

Note: The registration for foreign nationals will begin first for JEE Advanced 2021. As for Indian candidates, the registration will open at a later stage.

Notably, it is crucial for aspirants to read and know the eligibility criteria before filling the JEE Advanced application form. If any of the requirements are not met then the students’ application will be rejected. The registration should start from the first week of September 2021. As for the exam, IIT Kharagpur has been chosen to organize and conduct the upcoming exam.

Important Notice: Due to the prevailing pandemic situation as a result of COVID-19, in  India and abroad, the exam authority has decided not to conduct the JEE  (Advanced) 2021 in any of the foreign centres/countries.  As per the information provided by the exam authority, foreign national candidates can appear for JEE Advanced 2021 at any of the Indian centres of their choice at their own expenses (including travel etc.) after adhering to the required travel norms of Govt. of India and their respective countries of residence. 

Overview Of JEE Advanced

JEE Advanced is the second phase of IIT JEE that is mainly conducted after JEE Main. The exam is conducted every year by different IITs on a rotation basis under the supervision of IIT – JAB (Joint Admission Board). Based on the performance in the exam, students are granted admissions into various undergraduate courses (engineering, science or architecture) offered at top IITs and ISM in the country. With some recent changes, the examination will be conducted in a computer-based online test comprising two papers (Paper 1 and Paper 2). The exam will also be carried out in two sessions on the same day. Students have to appear for both Paper 1 and Paper 2 and clear them to have their names included in the merit list.

Frequently Asked Questions On JEE Advanced Eligibility Criteria

I appeared in Class XII examination for the first time in 2020. Am I eligible for JEE Advanced 2021?

Yes, you are eligible provided you satisfy other eligibility criteria for JEE Advanced as well.

What is the relaxation period for ST, SC and PwD aspirants?

Five years of relaxation is given to SC, ST and PwD candidates.

Is it mandatory to write JEE Main in order to be eligible for JEE Advanced?

Yes, it is mandatory to appear for JEE Main and also clear the exams.

How many JEE Main candidates are eligible to appear for JEE Advanced?

A total of 2.50 lakh AIR holders of JEE Main will be eligible to appear for JEE Advanced.

What subjects are considered for JEE Advanced eligibility?

For JEE Advanced the minimum qualifying mark is 75% in class 12. Candidates need to have studied subjects like Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, and English or Hindi.

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  1. Q1. If a student in 11th and 12th takes Physics, Chemistry and Biology as main and Maths as optional, will she be eligible for IIT JEE main and Advanced ? (Considering marks scored are as per requirement in eligibility criteria).

    Q2. If a student in 11th and 12th takes Physics, Chemistry and Maths as main and Biology as optional, will she be eligible for NEET ?

    There is some confusion creeping about taking Maths or biology as main subject and eligibility for IIT Advance and NEET.
    Please guide.

    1. It is mandatory for all students appearing for JEE Main or Advanced that they must have pursued at least 5 subjects with Physics and Maths as their core subjects in their qualifying examinations. Students who have studied less than 5 subjects in their qualifying exam are not eligible for JEE. Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, Language and one more subject of choice is required as eligibility for JEE.

      For NEET you can visit the link ( to know more.