Before you proceed with the application process for JEE Main Exam, it is important for you to go through the eligibility criteria. From this year, there are few key changes introduced in the JEE Main Eligibility Criteria which will be explained in this post. 

One of the major eligibility criteria to note is that there is no age limit to apply for Joint Entrance Exam 2021. Isn't it great? Well, read through the article to know more. 

JEE Main Eligibility Criteria 2021

There are various parameters to be checked under eligibility criteria that include age limit, educational qualifications, nationality, and reservation criteria. Let us understand in deep of all these criteria in this post. 

After you have gone through the eligibility details, don't miss the opportunity of filling the JEE Main Paper 2 Application Form. The last date to fill the form is until 16th January 2021 for the 1st session. 

JEE Main Paper 2

JEE Main Paper 2

JEE Main Age Limit 2021

  • This year, to apply for JEE Main 2021, there is no age limit.
  • If you have passed the class 12 or equivalent examination in 2019, 2020, or appearing in 2021 irrespective of your age can appear in JEE (Main) 2021 examination.
  • But, you need to fulfill the age limit prescribed by the respective Institute that you desire to get admission.

JEE Main Educational Qualification 2021

  • As per the JEE Main Eligibility criteria, only those who have passes class 12/ equivalent examination in 2019, 2020 or 2021 can apply.
  • Also, those who are appearing in Class 12 / equivalent examination in 2021 can apply.
  • But, note that those who passed Class 12/equivalent examination in 2018 or before as well as those who will appear in such examination in 2022 or later are not eligible to apply for JEE Main 2021 Exam.

JEE Main State of Eligibility 2021

  • State code of Eligibility is the code of state from where you have passed class 12 or equivalent. 
  • Remember that the State code of eligibility does NOT depend upon the native place or the place of residence of the candidate.
  • For instance, if you have appeared for the class 12 examination in New Delhi and you are a resident of Noida, UP, then your state code of eligibility will be New Delhi and NOT UP.
  • If you appeared or appearing for class 12 from NIOS, then you must select the state code of eligibility as per the state in which the study center is located. 
  • For Indian nationals passing the Class XII (or equivalent) examination from Nepal/Bhutan, the State code of eligibility will be determined based on a permanent address in India as given in the passport.
  • The State code of eligibility of OCI/PIO passing Class XII (or equivalent) examination in India is at par with Indian nationals.

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List of Qualifying Examinations

If you are applying for JEE Main, then make sure you have qualified in any of the below-listed exams and have the concerned documents.

  1. The final examination of the 10+2 system, conducted by any recognized Central/ State Board, such as Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi; Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations, New Delhi; etc.
  2. Intermediate or two-year Pre-University examination conducted by a recognized Board/ University.
  3. Final examination of the two-year course of the Joint Services Wing of the National Defense Academy
  4. Senior Secondary School Examination conducted by the National Institute of Open Schooling with a minimum of five subjects.
  5. Any Public School/ Board/ University examination in India or any foreign country recognized as equivalent to the 10+2 system by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU).
  6. Higher Secondary Certificate Vocational Examination.
  7. A Diploma recognized by AICTE or a State board of technical education of at least 3 years duration.
  8. General Certificate Education (GCE) examination (London/Cambridge/Sri Lanka) at the Advanced (A) level.
  9. High School Certificate Examination of the Cambridge University or International Baccalaureate Diploma of the International Baccalaureate Office, Geneva.

JEE Main Eligibility for Droppers

There are no specific criteria for aspirants who have a year gap after class 12 or wish to reappear for the exam. But, there are few prerequisites as listed below:

  • You must have obtained an aggregate of 75% or be amongst the top 20 percentile of their respective boards. For the SC/ST category, at least 65% of marks are required.
  • Only three attempts are allowed for JEE Main in continuity. Hence, it is essential that you have passed your Class 12 exams in 2019 or 2020.
  • Any applicant must have had at least five subjects for the 12th class or qualifying exam with compulsory ones in the form of Physics, Mathematics, and chemistry/biology/biotechnology.

JEE Main Eligibility Criteria - Reservations

As per the central government norms, the reservations for categories is as tabulated below:

Category Reservation Percentage
Scheduled Caste (SC) 15%
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 7.5%
Other Backward Classes (OBC) Non-Creamy Layer (NCL) candidates as per the Central List 27%
General Economically Weaker Sections (General - EWS) 10%
Persons with Disability (PwD) with 40% or more disability 5%

JEE Main Eligibility Criteria for Persons with Disability (PwD)

As per RPwD Act, “Persons with Disability (PwD)” means a person with long term physical, mental, intellectual, or sensory impairment which, in interaction with barriers, hinders his full and effective participation in society equally with others. 

As per Section 2(r) of the RPwD Act, 2016, “persons with benchmark disabilities” means a person with not less than forty percent (40%) of a specified disability where specified disability has not been defined in measurable terms and includes a person with a disability where specified disability has been defined in measurable terms, as certified by the certifying authority.

The specified disabilities included in the Schedule of the RPwD Act, are as follows:

Category Type of Disability Specified Disability
Physical Disability Locomotor Disability* a. Leprosy cured person, b. cerebral palsy, c. dwarfism, d. muscular dystrophy, e. acid attack victims
Visual Impairment* a. blindness, b. low vision
Hearing Impairment* a. deaf, b. hard of hearing
Speech & Language Disability Permanent disability arising out of conditions such as laryngectomy or aphasia affecting one or more components of speech and language due to organic or neurological causes.
Intellectual Disability - a. specific learning Disability (Perceptual Disabilities, Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dyspraxia & Development Aphasia) b. autism spectrum disorder
Mental Behaviour - a. mental illness
Disability caused due to i. Chronic Neurological Conditions a. multiple sclerosis b. Parkinsonism
ii. Blood disorder a. Haemophilia, b. Thalassemia, c. Sickle cell disease
Multiple Disabilities - More than one of the above specified disabilities including deaf blindness


What is the mode of JEE Main Exam?

JEE Main exam is conducted in both online and offline mode. JEE Main Paper-1 will be conducted entirely in computer-based mode whereas the JEE Main Paper-2 Exam which consists of Mathematics and Aptitude Test is conducted in online mode while the Drawing exam will be conducted in offline mode i.e., Pen and Paper-based mode.

What is the Cut Off for JEE Main Paper 2 Exam?

JEE Main Paper 2 cut off 2020 will differ for various institutes and programs. Once the exam will get completed the JEE Main paper 2 cut-off marks will be released by the counselling authority for B.Arch and B.Planning. The cutoff for the exam will be based on a few aspects such as:

  • A number of students appeared in the exam.
  • Number of seats in offer
  • The difficulty level of the exam
  • Cut Off based on the Previous Year exam
  • Category under which admission will be taken

When will the JEE Main 2021 Registration begin?

The JEE Main 2021 Application Process has started from 16th December 2020. Candidates can fill the forms until 16th January 2021. 

What is the eligibility criteria to fill JEE Main Application Form 2021?

Candidates who have passed Class 12th in 2019, 2020, or appearing in 2021 irrespective of their age are eligible to apply for JEE Main 2021.

Is it compulsory to appear for JEE Main Paper 2 Exam?

No. It is not mandatory to appear for the JEE Main Paper 2 Exam. If you are interested in BArch/Bplanning program, then only you can appear for the paper 2 exam.

Is JEE Main Paper 2 easy?

As per the previous year's paper from the last few years, the exam was easier in the 2019 session. In the first stage of the exam, there are 3 sections- Aptitude, Mathematics, and Drawing. Those to clear the Online Written Exam are eligible for the next selection process.