JEE Mains 2020 Eligibility Criteria | Exam Marks, Attempts & Age Limit

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Are you all set to appear in IIT JEE?

WAIT!! Did you check its eligibility criteria?

‘Aspiring something & not knowing whether you’re eligible to do it or not can distract you from choosing the right career option for you.’ So, make sure you know the IIT JEE Mains Eligibility Criteria 2020 before you begin to aspire it.

Well, you don’t need to worry about anything when you’re at Eduncle! To quench all your queries and show up the right direction to you, we are going to present you detailed JEE Mains 2020 Eligibility Criteria through this blog.

Below, we have covered all the important aspects & queries that you might face while applying for JEE Mains. Let’s have a look!

IIT JEE Mains 2020 Eligibility Criteria | Marks, No. of Attempts & Age Limit Details

To make it easy for you, we’ve divided the Eligibility Criteria for JEE Mains 2020 into various aspects. Please read them carefully & set yourself prepared to appear in the JEE Mains Exam.

Tip – Bookmark the JEE Mains 2020 Date Page for staying updated with latest notification & updates by officials. 

1. Nationality & Citizenship

It doesn’t matter whether you’re Indian Citizen or from Foreign Nationals, you might be eligible for JEE Mains if you fulfil the below criteria –

 Indian Citizen can apply.

 NRIs, PIOs, OCIs & Foreign national candidates can also apply.

2. Age Limit & Date of Birth

Please check out the IIT JEE Mains Eligibility 2020 Criteria based on the age limit for General/OBC/ST/SC/PWD Categories.

 As per the JEE Main Eligibility 2020, there is no age limit to appear in the JEE Main Exam for the candidates belonging to General/OBC/ST/SC/PWD Categories.

 Candidate must satisfy himself/herself with the eligibility of age limit requirements of the Institutions in which he/she is desirous to take admission.

Important Note – According to the latest public notice announced by NTA, the candidates who come in the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) according to the certificate issued by the Competent Authority may mention such category in the JEE Main Online Application Form.


This action was taken to implement the reservation for admission to Central Educational Institutions. Candidates will not be required to upload the certificate of the EWS category, but at the time of admission/appointment, this certificate is required.

3. Year of Appearance in 12th Class/Diploma Degree/Equivalent Exam

We have classified the ‘IIT JEE Mains 2020 Eligibility Criteria – Years of Appearance’ in 3 categories based on their Educational Qualification. Please check below –

 12th Class/Equivalent Exam Passed Out Candidates in 2018/2019.

 12th Class/Equivalent Exam Appearing Candidates in 2020.

 Diploma Holders who have already passed or are in their final year of pursuing Degree.

Important Note: As per the latest notification, the candidates appearing for IIT JEE Arch. must have passed 10+2 with 50% marks in Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics and also 50% marks in aggregate of the 10+2 Exam.

Which are the Equivalent Exams to appear in JEE Mains?

1. 12th Board Exam

2. Intermediate or 2 Year Pre-University Examination recognized by a Board/University

3. Final Examination of 2 Year Course of Joint Services Wing of NDA.

4. NIOS (National Institute of Open Schooling) Senior Secondary School Examination

5. Any School/Board/University Exam in India/Foreign Country recognized by Associate of Indian Universities (AIU).

List of JEE Mains Eligible Examination recognized by IITs

1. S.C. Vocational Examination

2. AICTE Recognized Diploma Course of at least 3 Years Duration

3. General Certificate Education (GCE) Examination (London/Cambridge/Sri Lanka)

4. S.C. Exam of Cambridge University

5. International Baccalaureate Diploma from Geneva

Important Notes:

 The candidates who had appeared in 12th Class/Equivalent Test in 2017 or before are not eligible.

 Candidates those have passed the Class 12th/Qualifying examination in 2017 or before as well as those who will appear in the examination in 2021 or later are not eligible to appear in the JEE Main 2020 Exam.

 The Diploma holders are not eligible for admission to NITs/CFTIs after qualifying Mains. They must appear in JEE Advanced 2020 & qualify it to become eligible for admission to Engineering Programs.

 The Diploma holders will be treated as 12th Qualified only.

 In case the candidates fail in any subject in 12th Class and he/she gives the improvement exam next year, then it is mandatory to give the exam for all the 5 subjects. The Authorities will consider the best performance in any of the two subjects of improvement exam.

 If any candidate, who has qualified the 12th, wishes to appear in improvement exam for some selected subject, then his/her 12th Marks of the previous year will only be considered in JEE Main.

4. No. of Subjects in the Qualifying Examination

As stated in the Eligibility Criteria for JEE Mains 2020 Brochure, the candidates must have studied at least 5 Subjects in their 12th Class/Diploma Degree Course on any other equivalent exam.

5. No. of Attempts

As the JEE Main Exam would be held two times in a year. The exam authorities have set a rule regarding JEE Main 2020 Eligibility Criteria and it is considered that the candidates will only be able to appear in the exam for 6 times. This means that any candidate can avail only 6 chances (expected) to give the JEE Mains Exam and that too in 3 consecutive years.

6. JEE Main Eligibility Marks

There are no such criteria to appear in the JEE Main Exam. Those who have passed their Class 12th Examination or any equivalent in 2018 or 2019 are eligible for the exam.

But for admission to NITs, IIITs and CFTIs, only those candidates who have scored more than 75% or be in Top 20 Percentile in respective Board are eligible for the admission. In the case of ST/SC/PWD Candidates, the percentage criteria will be 65%.

IIT JEE Main 2020 Eligibility Criteria for Droppers

The candidates who have dropped a year for exam preparation must have a look at the important aspects of IIT JEE Main Eligibility Criteria for Droppers 2020.

The drop out candidates must also follow the same rules as stated in the above points. But to give them a wise idea, we have come up with a quick glance of IIT JEE Mains Eligibility Criteria 2020.

S.No.Eligibility for JEE Mains 2020Eligibility Criteria
1.Upper Age LimitNo age limit
2.Qualifying Year of 12th Class/Diploma/Equivalent Degree2018 or 2019
3.Min. Required Percentage for admission in NITs, IIITs, CFTIsGeneral/OBC:75%
ST/SC/PWD:65%
4.No. of Subjects in Last Qualifying Test5
5.Total Attempts6

If the dropout students have appeared in IIT JEE Exam earlier, then the total no. of attempts will be reduced accordingly.

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5 Things to Keep in Mind while Reading JEE Main Eligibility 2020!

Appearing inJEE Exams is not as easy as it seems. It requires lots of things to be taken care of. Please check which are those 5 things that the candidates must keep in mind while checking up their JEE Main 2020 Eligibility Criteria!

1. Carefully read all the instructions given above.

2. The candidates must also be aware of the eligibility for taking admission into various Institutes.

3. The Mains qualified candidates do not automatically become eligible for admission into IITs/NITs/CFTIs.

4. The applying candidates must have a valid Aadhar Card. Without Aadhar Card, they won’t be eligible to apply for the exam.

5. Since the states of Madhya Pradesh, Nagaland and Odisha have joined JEE (Main) system from 2014. 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 the same as per their past practice. This will, however, be obviously not applicable for admission to IITs/NITs/IIITs/CFTIs.

6. Candidates Seeking Admission to the Institutions in the States of Gujarat Madhya Pradesh Nagaland and Odisha, which were earlier admitting based on their State Level Examination, are also advised to verify their Eligibility as per criteria laid down by these State Governments.

7. Transgender Candidates can apply in the ‘Others’ category.

Check out the Instructions for – IIT JEE Mains Online Application Procedure 2020

Dear Aspirants, above, we have listed all the factors & queries related to JEE Mains 2020 Eligibility. Still, if you have any queries or confusion regarding the eligibility criteria or applicability, please ask us in the comments section below!

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