JEE Main 2020 Eligibility Criteria – Age Limit, Attempts, Percentage, Subjects

Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) main is conducted by the NTA twice in a year. JEE Main 2020 is held for admission to NITs, IIITs and CFTIs participating though Central Seat Allocation Board.  Students need to score minimum 75% marks in the 12th class examination, or be in the top 20 percentile in the 12th class examination to get admission in these institutes. For SC/ST candidates the qualifying marks would be 65% in the 12th class examination. On this page we will discus about all JEE Main 2020 Eligibility Criteria for admission to engineering / architecture courses.

JEE Main 2020 Eligibility Criteria

You should check eligibility criteria before applying for the examination. If not eligible candidate appear in JEE (Main) 2020 by furnishing wrong information, their rank / result will not be declared or admission will not be granted.

All eligible candidate can apply online as per the jee main 2020 dates provided by NTA. Below you can read about JEE Main 2020 Eligibility Criteria paper wise.


The JEE (Main)-2020 will be conducted twice before admissions in the next academic session. The students will
have following benefits of the new pattern:

  • This will give one more opportunity to the students to improve their scores in examination if they fail to give their best in first attempt without wasting their whole academic year.
  • In first attempt, the students will get a first-hand experience of taking an examination and to know their mistakes which they can improve while attempting for the second time.
  • This will reduce chances of dropping a year and droppers would not have to waste a full year.
  • If anyone missed the examination due to reasons beyond control, then he/she won’t have to wait for one full year.
  • The student’s best of the two NTA scores will be considered for preparation of Merit List/ Ranking.

JEE Main 2020 Eligibility Criteria for B.Tech / B.E, B.Arch and B.Plan

The Eligibility Requirement to appear for JEE Main Paper 1 has been provided below. Check the details in order to apply for JEE Main. Application completion of application process NTA will also release status of applications for registered students.

Age Limit

For appearing in the JEE (Main) examination there is no age limit for the candidates. The candidates who have passed class 12th / equivalent examination in 2018, 2019 or appearing in 2020 irrespective of their age can
appear in JEE (Main) examination – 2020. The candidates should also satisfy themselves about their fulfilling the age limit requirements of the Institutes in which they are desirous of taking admission. The candidates must note that the IITs have an age limit / restriction, which will be published in JEE(Advanced)-2020 Information Brochure.

List of Qualifying Examinations (QE)

  • 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.
  • 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 in any foreign country 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 year duration. [Only for Admission to IITs]
  • General Certificate Education (GCE) examination (London/Cambridge/Sri Lanka) at the Advanced (A) level. [Only for Admission to IITs]
  • High School Certificate Examination of the Cambridge University or International Baccalaureate Diploma of the International Baccalaureate Office, Geneva. [Only for Admission to IITs]

Year of Appearance in Qualifying Examination

Only those candidates who have passed their Class 12th Examination or any equivalent qualifying examination in 2018 or 2019; or those who are appearing in their Class 12th Examination or any equivalent qualifying examination in 2020 are eligible to appear in January JEE (Main)-2020 Examination.

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

Candidates must note that the IITs permit only two attempts for the JEE (Advanced), i.e. a candidate should have appeared for the Class XII (or equivalent) examination for the first time in either 2019 or 2020, subject to the condition of not having been admitted at an IIT on earlier occasion. Details may be obtained from the Information Brochure of the JEE(Advanced) 2020. Candidates who passed Class 12th / Qualifying examination 2017 or before as well as those who will appear in such examination in 2020 or later are not eligible to appear in JEE (Main) 2020.

Qualifying Examination Requirements for JEE 2020

To be eligible for JEE Main 2020, you should have passed your 12th class in the specific year 2018, 2019 and 2020 (appearing) only.

  • Those candidates who have passed their 12th class before 2018 or will appear for it in 2020 are not eligible to apply for JEE Main 2020.

Subjects in Qualifying Examination

The number of subjects taken by the candidates appearing for JEE Main 2020 should be at least five in the qualifying examination or class 12th.

  • All those candidates who had four subjects in the qualifying exam or 12th class are not eligible to appear for JEE MAIN 2020.
  • If any candidate fills wrong information regarding his number of subjects in the application form, then the result or rank of the candidate will not be declared.

Seat Reservation for JEE 2020

For admission to a participating institute, please see the reservations applicable in that particular institute. In case of institutes run by Central Government,10% of the seats are reserved for Category General-Economically Weaker Section(GEN-EWS), 15% of the seats are reserved for the category Scheduled Caste (SC), 7.5% for the category Scheduled Tribe (ST) and 27% for the category Other Backward Classes belonging to the “ Non Creamy layer” (OBC-NCL). Each category will have 5% reservations for Persons with Disabilities (PwD) as defined in The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 (RPwD Act 2016).

The candidates belonging to the categories mentioned below have been provided relaxation as per the rules of Government of India. Check the categories from the table below.

Serial No.Categories
1.Scheduled Castes (SC)
2.Scheduled Tribes (ST)
3.Other Backward Classes (OBC)- Non Creamy Layer
4.Persons with Disability (PwD) with disability of 40% or more

NTA JEE Main 2020 Official Websites: and


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  1. I passed 12th in 2017 , is i am eligible for both exams ( january and april)??

  2. Sir if we give both exams of jee in one year . It will be my 2 or 1 attempt plzz tell me….?

  3. I’m a student appearing in the board exam in 2019. Am I eligible for appearing in the exam

  4. 72.6% h mere inter me kya me nta jee me application form apply kar sakta hu

  5. if any student has not more than 50% in each subject …..
    can he appear or not…..rply plz

  6. I have 74.6% Am i eligible for jee

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