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JEE Main Eligibility Criteria 2024

Author : Aparna

Updated On : December 2, 2023


Summary: If you aim to write JEE Main paper 2 exams, understanding the JEE Main Eligibility Criteria 2024 is crucial! This article walks you through JEE Main Eligibility Criteria 2024. 

The prerequisite for any examination application form is eligibility requirements. Before starting the JEE Main Exam application procedure, it is essential to understand the eligibility requirements.

The JEE Main Eligibility Criteria has undergone some substantial changes last year, covered in this article.

The Joint Entrance Test 2024 has no age restriction, one of the most significant eligibility requirements. Isn't it opening opportunities for more students?

This article will walk you through all the many elements of the eligibility requirements, such as age restriction, educational requirements, nationality, and reservation requirements.

JEE Main Eligibility Criteria 2024

Here is everything you need to know about JEE Main Eligibility Criteria 2024:

1. JEE Main Eligibility Criteria 2024 age restrictions

The good news is that there is no age limit for appearing in the JEE (Main) - 2024. 

If you have passed the class 12 or equivalent examination in 2022 and 2022 or appearing in 2024, irrespective of your age, you can appear in the JEE (Main) 2024 examination.

But, you must fulfil the age limit prescribed by the respective Institute to which you desire admission.

Check: JEE Main Counselling 2024

2. JEE Main Eligibility Criteria 2024 for educational qualification

  • As per the JEE Main Eligibility criteria, only those who have passed the class 12/ equivalent examination in 2022, 2023 or 2024 can apply.
  • Also, those appearing in the Class 12 / equivalent examination in 2024 can apply.
  • There are no age restrictions for appearing in JEE Main 2024; the only requirement is that they appear for three consecutive years after passing class 12.

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3. JEE Main Eligibility Criteria 2024 for State

  • 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 are a resident of Noida, UP, your state code of eligibility will be New Delhi and NOT UP.
  • Suppose you have passed the Class 12 (or equivalent) qualifying examination from one State but appeared for improvement from another State. In that case, your State code of eligibility will be from where you have first passed the Class 12 (or equivalent) examination and NOT the State from where you have appeared for improvement.
  • 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 centre 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 for OCI/PIO passing the Class XII (or equivalent) examination in India is at par with Indian nationals.
  • Also note that OCI/PIO passing the Class 12 (or equivalent) examination from an institution abroad are eligible for Other State quota seats or All India quota seats (but NOT for Home State quota seats) in all NITs, IIEST and Other-CFTIs

Check: JEE Main Preparation Strategy 2024

List of Qualifying Examinations

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

  • The final examination of the 10+2 system is conducted by any recognized Central/ State Board, such as the Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi; Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations, New Delhi; etc.
  • Intermediate or two-year Pre-University examination conducted by a recognized Board/ University.
  • Final examination of the two-year course of the Joint Services Wing of the National Defense Academy Senior Secondary School Examination conducted by the National Institute of Open Schooling with a minimum of five subjects.
  • Any Public School/ Board/ University examination in India or any foreign country is recognized as equivalent to the 10+2 system by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU).
  • Higher Secondary Certificate Vocational Examination/ A Diploma recognized by AICTE or a State board of technical education of at least 3 years.
  • General Certificate Education (GCE) examination (London/Cambridge/Sri Lanka) at the Advanced (A) level/ High School Certificate Examination of the Cambridge University or International Baccalaureate Diploma of the International Baccalaureate Office, Geneva.
  • If you have completed the Class 12 (or equivalent) examination outside India or from a Board not specified above should produce a certificate from the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) to the effect that the examination you have passed is equivalent to the Class 12 examination.

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JEE Main Two sessions:

JEE (Main) - 2024 will be held in two sessions for admissions to this academic year.

You will thus get benefits in the following ways:

  • If you cannot put your utmost effort in the first attempt, this will allow you two chances to improve your exam marks.
  • On the first attempt, you will get a first-hand experience of taking an examination and will know your mistakes which you can improve while attempting for the second time. This will reduce the chances of dropping a year, and droppers would not have to waste an entire year.
  • If someone misses the exam due to any circumstances beyond their control (such as the Board exam), they will not have to wait for one year.

You do not have to show up for both sessions.

If you appear in multiple sessions, the best of your JEE (Main) - 2024 NTA scores will be used to compile the Merit List/ Ranking. 

Check: JEE Main Paper 2 Application Form 2024

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%

Check: JEE Main Paper 2 Best Books List 2024

JEE Main Eligibility Criteria for Persons with Disability (PwD)

As per RPwD Act, “Persons with Disability (PwD)” means a person with a 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 per cent (40%) of a specified disability where the 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 from conditions such as laryngectomy or aphasia affects one or more speech and language components 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

Check: JEE Main Paper 2 Result 2024

JEE Main Eligibility Criteria: Important Points to Keep in Mind

  • The candidate must double-check all eligibility criteria information before completing and submitting the application form.
  • Candidates who do not meet the eligibility criteria but apply for JEE Main 2024 risk having their application cancelled at any stage of the admission process.
  • Candidates must complete their application form with the correct information based on the original documents and eligibility requirements.
  • There are no age restrictions for appearing in JEE Main 2024; the only requirement is that they appear for three consecutive years after passing class 12.
  • There are no requirements for a minimum percentage of marks in class 12 to participate in JEE Main 2024.

Check: JEE Main 2024 Paper 2 Cut-Off


In conclusion, the JEE Main Eligibility Criteria ensures that only the most qualified and motivated students can take the exam.

This ensures that only the most capable students are admitted into the prestigious engineering colleges in India.

The cut-offs are stringent but necessary to ensure that only the best students can take admission.

Check: JEE Mains Exam Analysis 2024

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