Eligibility Criteria for JEE Main

Published On: 22 Nov 2012

 | Last Updated On: 11 Nov 2014

The Joint Entrance Examination (Main) will be conducted by the JEE Apex Board for admission to undergraduate engineering programs in NITs, IIITs, other centrally funded technical institutions, participating state government institutions etc. The JEE (Main) will also be the eligibility test for the JEE (Advanced), which the candidate has to take if he/she is aspiring for admission to the undergraduate programs offered by the IITs/ ISM Dhanbad.

Eligibility Criteria for JEE Main Exam 2015 –

a) Date of Birth –

General Candidates

Born or after October 01, 1990

Scheduled Caste (SC)/Scheduled Tribe

(ST)/Person with Disabilities (PwD)



Born or after October 01, 1985


Note- Date of birth as recorded in the Secondary Education Board/University certificate will only be considered.

b) Year of Appearance in Qualifying Examination (QE) –

Only those candidates who have passed their Class 12th Exam or any equivalent qualifying examination in 2013 or 2014: or those who are appearing in their Class 12th Exam or any equivalent qualifying examination in 2015 are eligible to appear in JEE (Main) – 2015.

Candidates who passed Class 12th/Qualifying examination in 2012 or before as well as those who will appear in such examination in 2016 or later are not eligible to appear in JEE (Main) – 2015. The candidates who appeared in class 12th/ equivalent qualifying Examinations in 2012, did not pass in 2012, but passed in 2013 are also not eligible to appear in JEE (Main) 2015. The candidates willing to appear for improvement examination of class 12th in 2015 have to appear in all the 4/5 subjects as per the scheme of study of the concerned board. Further, they may also note that in the percentile system, the total marks (of all five subjects) obtained/shown on the mark-sheet of a particular year are required in JEE (Main) and also in JEE (Advanced).

The marks from two different year’s (i.e. marks for 3 subjects from year 2014 and marks for other 2 subjects from 2015) mark-sheets cannot be considered for percentile calculation. 

c) Number of Attempts –

The number of attempts which a candidate can avail at JEE (Main) shall be limited to 03 (three).

d) No. of Attempts and Age Limit for the States of Maharashtra and Odisha –

Since the states of Maharashtra and Odisha have now joined JEE (Main) system from 2015. The age limit, for admission to institutions in these states which were earlier admitting candidates based on their state level examinations, will be as per their past practice only. The number of attempts in such cases will also remain same as per their past practice. This will however be obviously not applicable for admission to IITs/NITs/IIITs/CFTIs.

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