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JEE Main 2016 Eligibility Criteria

JEE Main 2016 Eligibility CriteriaIt is the responsibility of the candidates to make sure that they meet all the conditions specified under the eligibility for JEE Main 2016 section in the information bulletin.

Here are some of the main points in JEE Eligibility Main Examination you should pay attention to:

Date of Birth

  • To be eligible to appear for JEE Main 2016, General Category students must be born on or after October 01, 1991. It means candidates should not be older than 25 years on October 1, 2016.

  • Students of Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Persons with Disabilities (PwD) categories get a relaxation of 5 years in the upper age limit. It means SC, ST and PwD candidates should not be more than 30 years old on October 1, 2016.

  • The birth date in Class 10 certificate will be considered final for the purpose.

Qualification Criteria related to Class 12 Board Examination

  • Year of appearing for the exam: Besides date of birth, year of passing Class 12 is also a mandatory criterion of JEE Main eligibility. Only candidates who have appeared for Class 12th board exams in 2014 and 2015 or are going to appear for it in 2016 can write the JEE Main 2016 exams. 

  • Number of subjects in the Qualifying Exam (QE): In a new development, CBSE organizing the exam has now made it necessary for all the candidates to have at least five subjects in the QE. Those who only have four subjects in Class 12 cannot sit for the exam.

  • Number of Attempts to crack JEE Main: Students can appear for the exam for a maximum of three times. 

Important Points

  • Please note that students can only appear for JEE Advanced for a maximum of two times. Hence, if students do manage to crack JEE Main thrice and make it to the JEE Advanced Top 1,50,000 rank list, they cannot appear for it for more than two times.

  • Only candidates who appeared for Class XII board exams in 2015 or will appear for it in 2016, will be eligible to write IIT JEE 2016 Examination. 

For State-level Institutions

Candidates seeking admission to the engineering colleges and technology institutes in the states of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Nagaland and Odisha will have to fulfill the admission norms of their former state-level entrance exams. Hence, you should check out the age limit and number of attempts these states used to allow in their respective CETs if you are targeting them.

Students who will crack JEE Main 2016 will have two choices:

  • To join NITs, IIITs, CFTIs, State Engineering Colleges or State Funded Institutions (SFIs), or

  • Try out for admission to IITs by appearing for JEE Advanced exam, if they make it to the Top 1,50,000 rank list and are among Top 20 percentile list of their respective Boards

Note: This exception will not be applicable for admission to IITs, NITs, IIITs, and other Centrally Funded Technical Institutions (CFTIs) present in the state.

Eligibility Criteria for joining institutions other than IITs

Eligibility Criteria for joining institutions other than IITsFor admission to any other engineering college barring the IITs, students will have to participate in a central counselling process, which will take into account All India Rank of a student as well as specified subject combination criteria.

Subject combinations required for B.E., B. Tech., B.Arch. and B. Planning courses at NITs, IIITs, and other CFTIs must include:

  • One Language as a primary subject, Physics,

  • Mathematics,

  • Any one of Chemistry, Biology, Biotechnology, or Technical Vocational subjects, and

  • Any other subject as the fifth subject.

Note: States are allowed to set their own eligibility criteria and prepare separate rank lists for admission to colleges affiliated to them.

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