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JEE Advanced FAQs: Know Answers to Most Common Questions About IIT JEE!


Surprisingly, most frequently asked questions about JEE Advanced 2018 have been the ones that are most prominently displayed on the official website of the exam as well as in its Information Brochure.

Yet, as ex-IITians, we know that a JEE aspirant taking the exam for the first time will always have doubts about JEE Advanced 2018 exam, no matter how much they read up the information. Candidates will always want an expert to clarify their doubts, back up what they already know and assure them that they are on the right track.

Hence, askIITians experts have assembled most common queries about JEE Advanced 2018 to come up with this *new* JEE Advanced 2018 FAQs page – just for all you worry warts!

JEE Advanced 2018 FAQs 

Question 1:  When will next JEE Advanced exam take place?

Answer: The exam date for JEE Advanced 2018 is 20th of May 2018.

Question 2:  What is the format of JEE Advanced exam? Or Can you tell me about the new IIT JEE paper pattern?

JEE Advanced 2018Answer: JEE Advanced, like IIT JEE, is conducted only in the pen-and-paper or offline mode. It has two separate papers – Paper 1 and Paper 2. Both have objective-type and multiple-choice questions and has three parts – Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. Duration of both Paper 1 and Paper 2 is three hours.

The language of the question paper with either be Hindi or English. Candidates choose the language while registering for the exam.

Know more about paper pattern here! 

Question 3:  Can you tell me the details about the exam syllabus?

Answer: You can download the complete syllabus for JEE Advanced 2018 here.

The syllabus is available for all the subjects – Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Architecture Aptitude Test in an easy-to-read pdf format.

Question 4:  What is the eligibility criteria for JEE Advanced next year?

Answer: Candidates will have to first appear for JEE Main 2018. Top 2,24,000 rank holders in the Mains exam will be able to write JEE Advanced 2018, if they have appeared for their Class 12 board exams in 2017 or 2018.

Know more about the eligibility criteria for the JEE Advanced 2018.

Question 5:  If I have appeared for Class 12 in 2017 (or 2018) and qualify JEE Main 2018 too, can I sit for JEE Advanced 2018?

Answer: Students can only sit for JEE Advanced next year if they are within Top 20 percentile for their category in their respective boards for the year in which they appeared for the Qualifying Exam or Class 12 board exams.

Question 6:  Is there an age limit imposed on IIT aspirants?

Answer: Yes. GE and OBC candidates must be born on or after October1, 1993; and SC, ST, and PwD category candidates must be born on or after October 1, 1988 to sit for JEE Advanced exam, which is the entrance exam for undergraduate programs offered by the IITs.

Question 7:  When can I register for (or apply for) JEE Advanced exam?

Answer: Once the results of JEE Main 2018 are declared, candidates in Top 2,24,000 in the Merit Lists of various Categories can apply for JEE Advanced. The dates for online registration are May 1st Week to May 2nd Week, 2018.

Question 8:  Is Top 20 percentile calculated on all the subjects of the Qualifying Exam or just the Science subjects students appear for?

Answer: To calculate percentiles, aggregate marks of all the subjects of the Qualifying Exam are taken into consideration. All the Boards in India will provide cutoff marks for Top 20 percentiles of various categories and the provided information will be published on the websites of all the Zonal IITs.

Question 9:  How many attempts does a candidate have to crack IIT JEE?

Answer: A candidate can write IIT JEE for a maximum of two times in two consecutive years. Hence, in 2018, only candidates who appeared for Class 12 board exams for the first time in 2017 or 2018 are eligible to write the exam.

Students who gave their QE exam in 2015 or will appear for it in 2016 cannot sit for the exam.

Question 10:  What is the application fee or registration fee for the exam?

Answer: The appliation fee for JEE Advanced 2018 has been waived off for all girls. Male candidates of General and OBC categories will have to pay a registration fee of Rs 2,000 while male SC, ST and PwD candidates will have to pay Rs 1,000.

All candidates who opt to appear for the exam from its Dubai centre will have to pay US$ 220.

Question 11:  How can one pay the exam fee?

Answer: To pay the registration fees, follow these steps:

  • After JEE Main 2018 results are declared, eligible candidates should log on to the official website of JEE Advanced and fill all the details in the online application form as per the given instructions.

  • Once the registration process is complete, a challan is generated which students have to take a print of.

  • Use this challan to pay the fees at any State Bank of India (SBI) branch that is equipped with Core Banking Solution (CBS) facility.

  • Take the receipt of the fees by the bank.

Efforts are being made to make electronic mode of fee payment possible in time too. If it gets implemented, the website will notify the students at the appropriate time. 

Question 12:  What documents will one need to upload during online application process of JEE Advanced exam?

Answer: At the time of registration, you will need to upload the following documents:

  • Class X mark sheet with Date of Birth on it. In case, it is not mentioned in it, you will need to upload your DoB certificate instead;

  • Class XII mark sheet (for students who appeared for the exam in 2018);

  • Caste, Category and/ or PwD certificate, as applicable. Make sure that they are in prescribed formats (which are available in the Information Brochure of the exam as well as can be downloaded from the official exam website);

  • Scribe form (for blind candidates only) in the prescribed format.

Candidates are advised to keep scanned copes of these documents ready before beginning their application submission process.

Question 13:  Where can I find the JEE (Advanced) – 2018 Information Brochure (IB)?

Answer: One can download the Information Brochure of JEE Advanced 2018 from the websites of any of the Zonal IITs:

  • IIT Bombay

  • IIT Delhi

  • IIT Guwahati

  • IIT Kanpur

  • IIT Kharagpur

  • IIT Madras

  • IIT Roorkee

Question 14: What if, despite all our efforts, we are unable to get the declaration of the cutoff marks for Top 20 percentile of our boards? How will we be judged in that case?

Answer: In case an education board which is duly recognized fails to provide the cutoff scores of To 20 percentile for its successful candidates, CBSE’s cutoff score for Top 20 Percentile for the corresponding year will be used as the standard. Eligibility of a candidate to sit for the JEE Advanced exam will then be judged on the basis that he or she has more marks than the Top 20 percentile cutoff marks for CBSE for their category or not.

Question 15:  Do students pay both for JEE Main and JEE Advanced application fee together or separately?

Answer: The application for JEE Advanced has to be paid separately, only by the candidates who will appear for the exam.

Question 16:  How can I confirm my registration status for the exam?

Answer: The registration status of a candidate is published along with the receipt of payment on the official website of the exam within 72 hours of payment of fees. If it does not appear on the website within than time period, candidates should immediately contact the admission authorities at IIT Kharagpur.

Question 17:  How will I receive my JEE Advanced 2018 admit card?

Answer: Students can download their admit card from the website of any of Zonal IITs:

  • IIT Bombay  

  • IIT Delhi      

  • IIT Guwahati

  • IIT Kanpur   

  • IIT Kharagpur

  • IIT Madras  

  • IIT Roorkee

You can also download your admit card here!

To download the admit card, you will need your password to the JEE Advanced website, JEE Main 2018 registration number and your Date of Birth details.

Admit Card is a very necessary document. You will need to produce this downloaded copy in the examination hall where you will receive the original hard copy of your admit card. This hard copy should be kept safe forever.

Question 18:  When will the JEE Advanced results 2018 will be declared? How can I access it?

Answer: The results of IIT JEE will be declared on 3rd Week of June, 2018 on the IIT Kharagpur website.

You can also check your JEE Advanced 2018 results here!

Question 19:  Will I be able to compare my JEE Advanced 2018 answers with the answer key? How?

Answer: Yes. You can easily compare the answers you marked on your ORS during JEE Advanced 2018 with the answer key that will be published on the official website. ORS sheets of students will be on display from June, 2018.

However, ORS sheets will be displayed for only those candidates who have appeared for both JEE Main and JEE Advanced. Candidates can compare the answers they have marked with the answer key that has the same paper code as their ORS sheet.

In case of any discrepancy, contact the authorities at the earliest.

Question 20:  I appeared both in IIT JEE 2016 and JEE (Advanced) 2017. Am I eligible to write JEE (Advanced) 2018?

Answer: No. You will not be eligible for the exam for two reasons:

Candidates can sit for JEE Advanced for only two times, and that too in consecutive years only. You have already exhausted both your attempts.

Only those candidates who have appeared for their board exams for the first time in 2017 or 2018 will be able to sit for the exam. You must have cleared your boards in 2016. Hence, you will not be able to write the exam next year.

Question 21:  I appeared for IIT JEE 2016 but could not clear it. I did not attempt the exam last year. Can I sit for it this year?

Answer: No. One can only attempt JEE Advanced twice, in two consecutive years.

Question 22:  I managed to qualify in JEE Advanced 2016. I was allotted a seat and paid the admission fee too. However, I could not join the program. Can I appear for JEE Advanced this year?

Answer: If a student has accepted a seat at any IIT or ISM Dhanbad and paid the admission fee, he or she is not eligible to sit for JEE Advanced again. However, if you did fill in the withdrawal form within the stipulated deadline, you may sit for the exam.

Question 23:  I cleared my Class 12 board exams last year and also qualified JEE Advanced 2016. I appeared for counselling too last year and was offered a seat in a course at one of the IITs that I did not wish to pursue. Hence, I did not report for certificate verification and did not pay any admission fee too. Can I sit for the exam again this year?

Answer: Yes. If you meet all other eligible criteria, you can sit for the exam as you had not accepted the seat offered to you last year.

Question 24:  I passed my 10+2 examination last year with less marks than the cutoffs declared for Top 20 percentile by my board. I also wrote JEE Advanced 2016 too but could not qualify it. I am appearing for board re-examination this year with an aim to obtain Minimum Marks in Qualifying Examination (MMQE). Am I eligible for admission to IITs?

Answer: Yes, you may sit for JEE Advanced 2018 and try for IITs again this year, if:

  • You appear for all the subjects in your board re-examination, and

  • You manage to be in the Top 20 percentile of your board exams and within the Top 2,24,000 rank holders in JEE Main.

Question 25:  Last year, I appeared for Class 12 boards but could not get enough marks to fulfill the Top 20 percentile norm. Hence, I did not write JEE Advanced last year. I am appearing for board re-exams this year to improve my percentage. Will I be allowed to write JEE Advanced?

Answer: Yes, you may sit for the exam if you are appearing for all the subjects in your re-exam and are able to fulfill other specified eligibility criteria.

Question 26:  I first appeared for Class 12 board exam in 2015 but got very less marks. I took board re-exam for all the subjects in 2016 and made it to the Top 20 percentile list of my education board. However, I could not crack IIT JEE 2017. Can I write the exam again?

Answer: No. You cannot sit for the exam as only those candidates are eligible for it, who have appeared for Class 12 boards in 2017 or 2018 for the first time.

Question 27:  I appeared for Class 12 boards in 2016 and got good marks. I did not take IIT JEE exam that year. For one year, I only did IIT JEE coaching and appeared for JEE Advanced 2017. But I could not crack it. Can I try out this year?

Answer: No, you can’t. Only candidates who have appeared for Class 12 board exams in 2015 or 2018 for the first time can sit for the Joint Entrance Examination for IITs this year.

Question 28:  I gave my Class 12 boards in 2016 and got good marks. However, I did not attempt IIT JEE 2016 or 2017. Can I sit for the exam now?

Answer: No, you can’t. Only students clearing their board exams in 2017 or 2018, for the first time, can write the exam.

Question 29:  I appeared for Class 12 boards in 2016 for the first time and could not qualify IIT JEE 2016 as well. I took re-examination last year and made it to Top 20 percentile of my boards but could not qualify IIT entrance exam again. Am I eligible for the 2018 exam?

Answer: No, you are not eligible for the exam as:

  • You have already exhausted your two attempts you had to crack the exam.

  • Only candidates who took board exams in 2017 or 2018 for the first time are eligible for JEE Advanced this year.

Question 30:  In 2016, I qualified IIT JEE but my admission was cancelled as I had less than minimum marks in qualifying examination. I appeared for boards again last year and made it to Top 20 percentile list but I could not qualify the entrance exam. Will I be considered for the exam this year?

Answer: No, you are not eligible for the exam as you have used up both the attempts available to you to crack the exam and you appeared for your boards before 2017 for the first time.

Question 31: As per the cycle of my education board, my Class 12 results will not be announced by 3rd Week of July. Should I attempt IIT exam this year?

Answer: 3rd Week of July, 2018 is a fixed deadline by which you will have to upload your Class 12 results to the official website. You will not be granted extra time for it. Hence, we will suggest you to attempt the exam next year.

Question 32:  I passed my 10+2 exam and qualified the IIT entrance exam last year. I was admitted to a Preparatory Course in one of the IITs. Can I write the exam again this year?

Answer: Yes. If you meet all the other eligibility criteria, you can sit for the exam.

Question 33:  I appeared for Class 12 boards in 2016 from a board but could not make the cut for IIT JEE exam. In 2017, I appeared for Class 12 board exam from another board and made it to the Top 20 percentile list. Can I appear for the entrance exam this year?

Answer: No. You are not eligible to write the Joint Entrance Examination for the IITs this year.

Question 34:  Are there special provisions or schemes for admission to NRI, PIO, OCI or foreign national student to the IITs?

Answer: No. All students, irrespective of their origin and country of residence, will have to meet the same eligibility criteria as specified for General category students. They will have to appear for Paper 1 of the JEE Main exam and qualify for the JEE Advance exam.

You may want to try Direct Admission to Students Abroad (DASA) scheme for admission to NITs though.

Question 35:  I am staying and studying in a foreign country. If I qualify for JEE Advanced otherwise, will the diploma or certificate I obtain from my board be accepted?

Answer: When you are applying for JEE 2018, you will need to upload a certificate from the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) stating that your diploma or certificate is equivalent to the 10+2 system of Indian Boards. Then, it will be accepted as valid by the exam authorities.

Question 36:  I want to choose the Dubai centre to take JEE Advanced. How much will I have to pay as the registration fee for the exam?

Answer: All candidates who choose Dubai as their exam center will have to pay an application fee of US$ 220 (two hundred and twenty US dollars), irrespective of their category and gender.

Question 37:  I was selected in JEE Main 2017 and was admitted to one of the NITs. Now, I want to write JEE Advanced 2018 and try out for IITs. Will I have to take JEE Main again?

Answer: Yes. You will have to take JEE Main again and make it to the list of Top 2,24,000 rank holders and obtain more than the JEE Main cutoff scores specified for your category.

Question 38:  How will I know whether I have made it to Top 2,24,000 list in JEE Main or not?

Answer: As soon as the JEE Main results are announced by the CBSE, you will be able to see the list of all the qualified candidates on the IIT Kharagpur website.

Our JEE Advanced 2018 results page will also be updated immediately and you can check the list there too.

Question 39:  I want to do B. Arch from IIT. Should I appear for Paper 1 in JEE Main, Paper 2 or both the papers?

Answer: For admission to all undergraduate courses in IIT, whether they are engineering or architecture programs, candidates have to write Paper 1 of JEE Main only. Students for B. Arch in IITs will be selected only on the basis of their All India Rank (AIR) in JEE Advanced but they will have to qualify an Architecture Aptitude Test (AAT) too that will be conducted at all Zonal IITs on 4th Week of June 2018.

As an Architecture aspirant, if you make it to the Top 1,50,000 rank holders in JEE Main, you should take care that you register online for the AAT between 4th  Week of June, 2018.

Question 40:  Will the examination structure for the 2018 JEE exam remain same as this year?

Answer: There are many changes that have been proposed in the examination structure, paper pattern and exam format of the IIT entrance test. If any decisions are taken to change anything in the exam, the information will be communicated to students through official websites and leading newspapers in due time.

askIITians also keeps a tab on such changes. You can keep checking our IIT JEE news and notification pages to know any new developments in this regard.

Question 41:  What is the admission procedure for B. Arch. in IIT?

Answer: When you apply for JEE Advanced, you have to choose B. Arch (available only in IIT Kharagpur and IIT Roorkee) as your choice of course and indicate your preference for the institute too.

When JEE Advanced results are declared, you will also see a link to register online for AAT 2018 between 4th Week of June, 2018.

Question 42:  Do I need to download a separate Admit Card for AAT 2018?

Answer: No. You will have to carry the original JEE Advanced 2018 admit card (that you will receive in the examination hall against the printed copy of your downloaded admit card) for the AAT too.

Question 43:  When will the AAT result 2018 be declared?

Answer: AAT result will be declared on Last Week of June 2018.

You will be able to check your AAT results here too! 

Question 44:  Is there a separate rank or merit list for the Architecture Aptitude Test?

Answer:  No. Architecture aspirants just need to qualify AAT. Seat allocation is done solely on the basis of AIR a student obtains in the JEE Advanced exam.

Question 45:  JEE Advanced 2018 will be my last attempt to crack the exam. I have less than five months in hand to prepare for it. What can I do now?

Answer:  askIITians offers a four-month intensive online capsule classroom program called QUARK 2018. It prepares you both for JEE Main and JEE Advanced. For IIT aspirants, it offers special classes and tests after JEE Main exams are over.

You can also appear for our All India Test Series (AITS) which has been especially designed by our core team of 20 ex-IITians and former IIT professors to evaluate your preparation level. After each test, students receive a detailed performance analysis report which includes topic-by-topic analysis of how well you understand various topics in JEE syllabus. It also contains suggestions on how to improve your performance in the next test.

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