JEE Main Eligibility Criteria 2024 - Check Age Limits, Aggregate Marks & Number of Attempts

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JEE Main Eligibility Criteria 2024 - Check Age Limits, Aggregate Marks & Number of Attempts
  •   2024, 29 Feb

JEE Main Eligibility Criteria 2024 - Check Age Limits, Aggregate Marks & Number of Attempts

NTA(National Testing Agency) released the JEE Main 2024 eligibility criteria on their official website at on November 1st, 2023.  The criteria are mostly the same for both January and April 2024 sessions. Candidates can check the details like educational qualification, JEE age limit, nationality, marks required, compulsory subjects, and more in the eligibility criteria for JEE Main 2024. Candidates who appeared for Class 12th/equivalent in 2022 or 23 are eligible for JEE Main 2024 with a minimum aggregate of 75% for general (65% for SC/ST). No age limit is required for JEE main appearing candidates. However, the attempt limit is set for three consecutive years. Aspirants appearing in JEE Main exam will be disqualified if found ineligible as per the specified criteria. Every applicant must fulfill the essential JEE Main eligibility criteria 2024 requirements to be accepted into universities that accept the NTA JEE Main scorecard. In 2024, the exam will be conducted twice. The exam will be held in January and April. Registration closed on 30th November.

Let’s understand the basics of JEE Main 2024 details:

Exam NameJoint Entrance Examination Main (JEE Main)
Frequency Twice in a year
Conducting BodyNational Testing Agency (NTA)
Purpose of ExaminationAdmission to engineering colleges in India.
Level of ExamNational Level
Mode of ExamOnline Mode
Year of passing the qualifying examStudent who have passed their 12th exam or equivalent to 2022 or 2023
Registration FeeGeneral male candidates have to pay Rs. 1000
female students must pay Rs. 800
Aggregate Marks For General category- 75% 
For SC/ST candidates- 65%.
Age LimitNo age limit is required for JEE main
Subjects in the qualifying exam

For JEE Main Paper 1 (B.Tech)- Physics and Maths as compulsory subjects, and any one subject among Chemistry/Biology/Technical Vocational Subject


For JEE Main Paper 2A (B.Arch)- Physics, Chemistry, and Maths as compulsory subjects in class 12


For JEE Main Paper 2B (B.Plan) – Mathematics as a compulsory subject in class 12

Number of attempts

Candidates can appear in JEE Main for three consecutive years after passing their class 12/qualifying exam.


Two attempts in a year (Held four times in 2021)

JEE Main Eligibility Criteria for Admission in IITs, NITs, IIITs, and GFTIs:

Institutes like IITs, NITs, IIITs, and GFTIs set their eligibility criteria for admission, not NTA. NTA's eligibility criteria are only for taking the JEE Main exam. Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA), the counseling authority for these institutes, provides details on eligibility criteria for admission. To learn more, candidates can check the JoSAA website.

To secure admission in NITs, IIITs, and GFTIs, candidates must attain a minimum of 75% marks in Class 12. For SC/ST candidates, a minimum of 60% marks is required. However, states like Uttar Pradesh (U.P.), Madhya Pradesh (M.P.), and Bihar, which consider JEE Main scores for BTech admissions, have lower Class 12 marks criteria.

Qualifying Exam List for JEE Main:

1.    Final exam of the 10+2 system from authorized Central or State Boards.
2.    Intermediate or two-year Pre-University test from an accredited university or board.
3.    Final exam for the National Defence Academy’s two-year Joint Services Wing course.
4.    Examination for senior secondary schooling with at least five subjects by the National Institute of Open Schooling.
5.    Public school, board, or university exams recognized by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) as equivalent to the 10+2 system.
6.    Vocational Examination for Higher Secondary Certificate.
7.    Three-year minimum diploma from a State Board of Technical Education or an AICTE-recognized course.
8.    Advanced (A) level General Certificate Education (GCE) examination (London/Cambridge/Sri Lanka).
9.    International Baccalaureate Diploma from the International Baccalaureate Office in Geneva or Cambridge University High School Certificate Examination.
10.    Certificate from AIU stating equivalence for Class 12 Examination if passed outside India or from an unlisted board.
11.    Passing at least one previous public examination (Board or Pre-University) if the Class 12 Exam is not a public exam.

Subject Combinations for Admission through JEE Main 2024:

To get into it, GFTIs, and NITs, candidates need to pass the qualifying exam.
1.    For B.Tech/B.E: Mandatory subjects are Physics and Maths, along with Chemistry/Biology/Biotechnology/Technical Vocational subjects.
2.    For B.Arch: The subjects required are Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry.
3.    For B.Planning: Qualifying exam must include Maths.

JEE Main Eligibility for Repeaters:

1.    No age limit is imposed by NTA.
2.    Passed Class 12 or an equivalent qualifying exam is required.
3.    Achieve a minimum of 75% marks in the Class 12 board exam.
4.    Qualifying exam must include 5 subjects, with Physics and Mathematics as mandatory.
All engineering aspirants must meet the JEE Main eligibility criteria for repeaters and Class 12 candidates. Additionally, JEE Main serves as an eligibility test for those aiming to take JEE Advanced. The top 2,50,000 qualifying candidates from the Main exam are eligible for the Advanced exam.

Important Points to Remember:

1.    Before filling out the application form, candidates must check eligibility details.
2.    Applying without meeting eligibility may lead to application cancellation at any admission stage.
3.    Provide correct details in the application matching original documents and eligibility conditions.
4.    No age limit for JEE Main 2024; candidates can appear within three years after passing Class 12.
5.    No minimum percentage criteria in Class 12 for appearing in JEE Main 2024.


1.    What are the eligibility criteria to apply for NITs, IIITs and GFTIs?

Ans: Students must have secured a minimum of 75% marks (65% for SC/ST category) or be in the top 20 percentile in class 12 or equivalent exam.

2.    What are the mandatory subjects for admission into B?Tech course offered by NITs?

Ans: For admission into B.Tech/B.E course, candidates should have studied Physics and Mathematics as mandatory subjects along with one of the Biotechnology/ Chemistry/ Biology/ Technical Vocational subjects.

3.    Is there any age limit to apply for JEE Main?

Ans. No, there is no specific age limit for appearing in JEE Main. Candidates who meet the other eligibility criteria can apply for the exam regardless of their age.

4.    Who is qualified for the 2024 JEE Main?

Ans. Candidates who passed their Class 12 exam or any equivalent qualifying exam in 2022 or 2023, or who took their Class 12 exam or any comparable qualifying exam in 2024, are eligible to register for the JEE (Main) Examination in 2024.

5.    Can diploma students apply for the JEE Main?

Ans. Yes, diploma holders can apply for the JEE Main 2024. However, they can write the exam only to qualify for JEE Advanced. This category of candidates will not be granted admission into IITs, NITs, or CFTIs.

6.    I have appeared two times for the JEE Main exam. Can I appear for the third time too?

Ans: As per the JEE Main 2024 eligibility criteria, students can appear in the JEE Main exam for three consecutive years. 


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