A Complete Guide on Joint Entrance Examination (JEE)

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A Complete Guide on Joint Entrance Examination (JEE)

New Delhi’s Ministry of Human Resource Development , Government of India, and Central Board of Secondary Education ( CBSE) introduced the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) at the national level for admission to various engineering colleges in India.

JEE Main examination was being conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) till 2018. The National Testing Agency (NTA) will be granted the authority to administer the JEE (Joint Entrance Examination) key test from 2019 onwards. The major development in JEE Main is the exam will be held twice a year for admission to Undergraduate Engineering Programmes in IITs, NIT’s, IIIT’s and other Centrally Funded Technical Institutions.

The Joint Entrance Exam takes place in two stages-JEE Main and JEE Advanced. JEE (Main) replaced the AIEEE entry review, and JEE (Advanced) replaced the IIT-JEE entry test. More than 25,000 seats in Engineering and Architecture are filled each year through the JEE Main score.

The goal of the popular entrance test was to alleviate the burden on students who have to appear for multiple entrance exams and offer greater importance to school education , in particular the board exams of Class 12.

National Testing Agency (NTA)

NTA was established as a leading, specialist, autonomous, and self-sustained testing organization to conduct admission / fellowship entrance examinations in higher education institutions. It is a newly formed body by the centre to conduct prestigious entrance examinations such as JEE Main and NEET UG. The Organization now has the power to administer the electronic style entrance exams from 2019 onwards with all rights.

Here are some of the changes in JEE Main examination after the introduction of NTA. 

  • Applicants will only have to appear in online mode for JEE Main from the year 2019 onwards, however for one issue an applicant would have Pen and Paper dependent mode to apply on the drawing pad.
  • Aspirants would have double the chance, more potential, twice a year NTA will be executing JEE Main.
  • Thanks to the versatility and availability of sittings from January 08 to January 20 and April 07 to April 20, candidates may choose suitable slots to appear in the test.
  • Students will have more time to prepare for their entrance exam because the exam will take place in the month of January and April.
  • The test centers were 258, which included 248 review centers in India and 9 centers abroad.
  • In case of students who have appeared in both exams, the best of the two scores will be taken into account for the result.
  • Around 3000 practise test centres for JEE aspirants to train them for computer-based examination, which will be functioning from August 2018. 
  • There should be a standardization method to get equal outcomes for measuring ratings.

JEE Main Exam Highlights 

Exam nameJoint Entrance Exam (JEE) Main
Conducted byNational Testing Agency (NTA) 
FrequencyTwice a year (January & April) 
Exam level National 
Mode of examOnline (Computer-based)
Application modeOnline
Number of papers2Paper 1 for B.E./B.Tech.Paper 2 for B.Arch/B.Planning.
Duration 3 hours 
Type of questionsObjective-type 
Official website www.jeemain.nic.in 
Contact no7042399521, 7042399525, 7042399526
E-mail jeemain-nta@nic.in 

JEE Main 2020 Important Dates & Events

Important dates for JEE Main 2020 include the schedule for registration, admit card download, exam, result announcement, and counselling. Candidates can check the JEE Main 2020 important dates for January and April session below:

JEE Main 2020 Important Dates – April Session

JEE Main 2020 EventsJEE Main 2020 DatesSalient Features
Application form availability (Revised)19-May-2020Registration will be online.There are some improvements in the registration phase this year, premium charging, software arrangement and so on.
Last date to apply (closed) 24-May-2020The last date to submit the filled-in application form on the official website extendedJEE Mains January session had less emissions than in 2019.In 2020, 9.34 lakhs registrations were recorded whereas, In 2019, there were 9.41 lakhs registrations.
Last date to pay the application fee (Revised)24-May-2020Candidates can pay their fees and upload their images on the official website by login into their accounts.
Image Correction starts04-Jul-2020 to 15-Jul-2020JEE Main 2020 image correction window reopens.Candidates can correct their uploaded images from the official website by entering application number and password.
Application form correctionUntil 31-Jul-2020Application correction re-opensApplication correction is a one-time process.Candidates could correct mistakes in the application form during the prescribed period.All the details except the exam cities in the filled-in JEE Mains application form could be modified.
Correction in the exam city centre04-Jul-2020 to 15-Jul-2020Change the exam city centre to tackle the hardship due to COVID-19.
Issue of admit card17-Aug-2020Admit card is available online for download on the official JEE Main websiteCandidates can download JEE Main admit card 2020 from the two links provided on JEE Main website.Along with the admit card candidates must remember to carry a photo identity proof to the exam centre.
JEE Main 2020 Exam date01-Sep-2020 to 06-Sep-2020The exam will be conducted in two shifts on each dayShift 1 – 9:30 am to 12: 30 pmShift 2 – 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Release date of answer key and recorded responses.To be notified soonCandidates can download their recorded responses marked in the OMR sheet.
Release of answer keyTo be notified soonNTA will publish the answer keys of each question paper on the official website of the exam.If any candidate wants to challenge the answer keys they will be allowed to do so by paying Rs 1,000 per question.
Declaration of resultTo be notified soonThe result and scorecard can be downloaded from its official website.Candidates will be able to check the result by entering the application number and password/date of birth.
Announcement of NTA scoreTo be notified soon

JEE Main Notification 2020

NTA shall post JEE Key Notice for both test sessions. Candidates should check the JEE Main information bulletin meticulously that will contain all the information about the exam starting from eligibility to important dates. JEE Key Update 2020 report can only be viewed on the official NTA website.

JEE Main Eligibility 

Candidates who fulfill the eligibility requirements provided by the NTA may only apply for JEE Main online. NTA establishes plenty of qualifying requirements.

1. Age Limit: There is no age limit for the candidates to appear for the JEE Main examination. Nevertheless, when taking admission to a specific college, applicants will please themselves with respect to age cap.

2. Year of Participation in Qualifying Examination (QE): Only candidates who passed Class 12 or their corresponding certification test in 2017 or 2018 are qualified. Candidates who appear for the Class 12 final exams are also eligible.

3. A number of subjects in the Qualifying Examination: Candidates must have taken at least five subjects in class 12 qualifying examination in order to apply online for JEE Main 2019. The candidate must have studied Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics in qualifying examination for B.Arch.

4. Percentage of points: Applicants must receive a minimum of 75 percent points in total for admission to the country’s pioneer institutes such as IITs, IIITs, NITs, and CFTIs. For designated divisions, though, it is 65 percent.

5. Eligibility for B.Arch: The paper-II is B.Arch. Candidates eligible for entry to this course must have completed 10 + 2 or their counterpart in Physics , Chemistry and Mathematics with 50 percent points. Diploma holders are not eligible for approvals.

JEE Main Reservation 

The NTA will strictly follow the Govt. of India reservation rules belonging to certain categories and are admitted to seats reserved for them based on relaxed criteria. In order to get admission to a particular institute, candidates are advised to check the percentage of reservation.

CategoryReservation (%)
Scheduled Castes (SC)15
Scheduled Tribes (ST)7.5
Persons with Disability (PwD)5

JEE Main Application Form 

Candidates have to apply online on the official website of NTA for the JEE Main examination. Candidates are advised to check the steps for JEE Main registration. 

Step 1: Visit the official website of NTA – www.nta.ac.in 

Step 2: Go to the engineering tab – JEE Main 

Step 3: A new page will be displayed – www.jeemain.nic.in 

Step 4: On the homepage, click on the link Apply JEE (Main)

Step 5: Candidates will find two tabs – Fresh Candidate Registration and Registered Candidates  

Step 6: Candidates are advised to register through Aadhaar number 

Step 7: Fill the online application form 

Step 8: Verify the mobile number and email ID

Step 9: Pay the prescribed application fee. 

Step 10: Complete the slot booking. 

Step 11: Submit the details and print the acknowledgement page.

JEE Main Application Fee

The application fee may be paid either by Credit/Debit Card/Net Banking or e-challan generated during the online filling of the application form using online payment gateway facility in State Bank of India. If a candidate submits the fee by any other mode like Money Order (MO), Demand Draft (DD), Initial Public Offering (IPO) etc. will be rejected.

Application Fees Details

Online Mode (Computer Based Test)
For Exam Centres In India
PaperCategoryFor BoysFor Girls

Paper 1 (B.E/B.Tech) Or Paper 2 (B.Arch/B.Planning)
For General/OBC (Non-Creamy Layer)INR 500/-IINR 250/-
For SC/ST/PwD/TransgenderINR 250/-INR 250/-

Both Paper 1 (B.E/B.Tech) & Paper 2 (B.Arch/B.Planning)
For General/OBC (Non-Creamy Layer)INR 900/-INR 450/-
For SC/ST/PwD/TransgenderINR 450/-INR 450/-
For Exam Centres In Abroad

Paper 1 (B.E/B.Tech) Or Paper 2 (B.Arch/B.Planning)
For General/OBC (Non-Creamy Layer)INR 2000/-INR 1000/- 
For SC/ST/PwD/TransgenderINR 1000/-INR 1000/-

Both Paper 1 (B.E/B.Tech) & Paper 2 (B.Arch/B.Planning)
For General/OBC (Non-Creamy Layer)INR 3000/-INR 1500/-
For SC/ST/PwD/TransgenderINR 1500/-INR 1500/-

JEE Main Application Form Correction 

The NTA has provided an option to rectify the mistakes made in the JEE Main application form. Candidates can avail the correction facility only to the limited fields. Applicants have to use their login credentials to make the changes in JEE Main application. Candidates who receive the message regarding the error in the image are only eligible to upload the image again. 

JEE Main Exam Pattern 

The JEE Main is an online written examination. Each correct answer will be awarded 4 marks and 1 mark will be deducted for the wrong attempt. The examination will be held in two shifts per day (9:30 am to 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm). 

JEE Main (Paper-I) Exam Pattern

SubjectsMaximum QuestionsMaximum Marks

JEE Main (Paper-II) Exam Pattern

SubjectsMaximum QuestionsMaximum Marks
Aptitude Test50200

JEE Main Paper 1 comprises Maths, Physics, and Chemistry whereas Paper 2 has Maths, Aptitude, and Drawing Test. Paper 3 will consist of Mathematics, Aptitude and Planning based questions. The candidates can opt for either one or both the papers. NTA has also reduced the number of questions in Paper 1. Now there are 75 questions instead of 90 questions and the total marks allotted is also 300.

All the Papers are entirely computer-based online tests whereas Paper 2 drawing section is conducted offline in a pen and paper-based mode. The exam duration for all the Papers is 3 hours.

JEE Main 2020 Paper 1 (B.E or B.Tech Courses)

  • Exam Mode: Computer-based offline exam. The students will have to mark their responses on already downloaded answer sheets.
  • Exam Duration: 3 hours
  • The Questions will be from topics covered in Physics, Chemistry, and Maths.
  • Nature of Questions:  Objective type multiple-choice questions as well as numerical based questions.
  • The paper will have a total of 75 questions (300 marks) with 25 questions from each subject – Physics, Chemistry, and Maths.

JEE Main Paper 1 Marking Scheme

  • For every correct answer, 4 marks will be awarded while 1 mark will be deducted for every incorrect answer.
  • No marks are given for questions left unattempted.
  • Marking scheme for numerical based questions includes 4 marks for the correct answer. There is no negative marking even for incorrect answers.
  • Only one response has to be filled in, more than one response will be judged as a wrong answer and will result in negative marking.

JEE Main 2020 Paper 2 (B.Arch Courses)

  • Exam Mode: Offline Exam
  • Exam Duration: 3 hours
  • The Questions will be from topics covered in Maths, General Aptitude, and Drawing Skills.
  • Mathematics will consist of MCQs and questions for which answer is a numerical value. Aptitude will also have MCQs. Drawing test will evaluate the sketching and drawing skills.
  • The Aptitude Test consists of 50 questions (200 marks). Maths section consists of 25 questions (100 marks) and the Drawing test comprises 2 questions (100 marks).

JEE Main Paper 2 Marking Scheme

  • For every correct answer in Maths and Aptitude section, 4 marks will be awarded while 1 mark will be deducted for every incorrect answer.
  • There is no negative marking for Drawing questions.

JEE Main 2020 Paper 3 (B.Planning Courses)

  • Exam Mode: Offline Exam
  • Exam Duration: 3 hours
  • The Questions will be from topics covered in Maths, General Aptitude, and Planning skills.
  • Mathematics and Aptitude will have single correct objective type multiple-choice questions. Planning based questions will also be MCQ type.
  • The Aptitude Test consists of 50 questions (200 marks). The Maths section consists of 25 questions (100 marks) and the Planning test comprises 25 questions (100 marks).

JEE Main Paper 3 Marking Scheme

  • For every correct answer, 4 marks will be awarded while 1 mark will be deducted for every incorrect answer.
  • 4 marks will be awarded for the correct answer in a numerical based question. No negative marking is given.

JEE Main Test Practice Centres

The National Testing Agency (NTA) has established a network of Test Practice Centres across the country to assist the aspirants in examinations. Candidates can practice and train themselves before the examination for the “Computer Based Test (CBT)” mode of examinations. At the test practice centres, candidates will be assisted by the experienced, qualified and professional Nodal officers. They will also help in solving the problems and making the CBT format more familiar. Candidates are advised to visit the official website for more information. 

JEE Main Admit Card 2020

Candidates whose applications are successful can download the admit card from the official website. Aspirants will not be permitted to sit in the examination centre without a valid JEE Main admit card along with the identity card. Candidates need to use their 

The JEE Main admit card for April exam will be released on March 16, 2020. Candidates need to enter their application number, password and the security pin to access the JEE Main admit card. 

JEE Main Admit Card for the coming session has been released by NTA. Candidates can download their admit card by logging into the official website (jeemain.nta.nic.in/ nta.ac.in) using their application number and DOB.

  • This year, JEE Main 2020 Admit Card has four pages which includes information about “Important Instructions for Candidates” given on Page No. 2 and an “Advisory for Candidates regarding COVID-19” on Pages No. 3 and 4.
  • Candidates are advised to download the admit card after filling in the online Undertaking of JEE Main September 2020 session and read all the instructions mentioned in the undertaking carefully. 
  • On the day of the Examination, you have to bring the undertaking given on the Admit Card Page No. 1 along with the one filled online at the time of downloading the Admit Card.
  • The hall ticket is a mandatory document that a candidate needs to carry on the exam day along with a valid ID proof.
  • It carries important information about the candidate and exam i.e. exam centre’s name and address, exam day instructions, candidate’s photograph and signature and more.
  • Candidates must note that a separate JEE Main Admit Card will be issued for the candidates appearing in JEE Main January session and April session.

JEE Main Result

NTA is responsible for releasing the JEE Main (I) & (II) result. The JEE Main results will be declared on the official website of NTA –  jeemain.nic.in. Candidates can view their JEE Main scores by using their application number and date of birth or password. One should also note that the JEE Main result is available in online mode only. 

As the JEE Main was conducted in various shifts, only the raw marks have been converted into a scale ranging from 100 to 0 for each session of examinees. NTA score indicates the percentage of candidates that have scored equal to or below that particular percentile in that session. 

The JEE Main percentile score is calculated based on 100 X number of candidates appearing in the ‘session’ with a raw score equal to or less than the candidate divided by the total number of the candidates appeared in the ‘session.’

Aspirants should note that the NTA score of the total is not an aggregate or average of the NTA score of the individual subject. The NTA score is not the same as the percentage of marks obtained. 

JEE Main Syllabus 2020

While the JEE Main syllabus is mainly mapped according to the NCERT textbooks, NTA does prescribe a separate syllabus for JEE. It comprises topics that are covered in class 11th and 12th standard including subjects such as Maths, Physics, and Chemistry.

The questions asked in the JEE Main exam are easy but require a lot of smart work, practice, and effective preparation. One of the major challenges generally faced by students is the time constraint. To overcome this, students need to develop adept problem-solving skills as well as time management skills to ensure the successful completion of the examination. Moreover, before starting their preparations students should acquire an in-depth and clear understanding of each and every topic covered in the syllabus of JEE Main 2020. 

Therefore, candidates should read the syllabus at least once before studying. This exercise will help them gain insight into all the important chapters or topics that they should focus on. Additionally, they can formulate a proper study plan accordingly.

Having said that, here is the subject wise breakdown of important chapters for JEE Main 2020. Students need to pay proper attention to these chapters to ace the examination.

JEE Main 2020 Exam Centers

As per the official notice released by NTA on August 17, 2020 it is stated that JEE Main 2020 will be conducted as scheduled. It is also mentioned that there is a total of 605 Centres for B.Tech./B.E. candidates, and 489 Centres for B.Arch. and B.Planning which are located in 224 cities throughout the country and 08 cities abroad.

  • Earlier, NTA has provided candidates with the option to change JEE Main exam center city preferences through the form correction window as many candidates have returned home in the pandemic and now can’t take the test from their former listed locations.
  • Candidates were given an opportunity to list up to 4 preferences in the exam center category, during filling the JEE Main Application form.
  • Candidates are requested to visit the allocated exam center once prior to the actual exam day in order to avoid any last minute chaos.

How to Approach JEE Main Question Paper? Section-wise Ideal Attempts

With the increasing competition in JEE Main, it is a must for the candidates to set specific targets. Here are some section-wise tips which can assist you in finding the accurate paper attempting approach: 

  1. Mathematics: Mathematics level has been easy to moderate for 3 years and topics like Matrices, Vector 3D, Determinants are some of the high scoring topics. Questions from Height and Distance and Trigonometry have not been asked from these chapters in recent years.

A person is likely to score 45-50 marks if he/she attempts 20 questions in Mathematics with 60% accuracy provided the candidate attempts all integer questions(non-negative questions). More emphasis should be laid on attempting integer questions rather than single choice questions.

  1. Physics: For the last 5 years, Physics has been the toughest section of all which includes a lot of lengthy questions. The numerical part of the paper is generally asked from 11th standard whereas the conceptual part is mostly from 12th standard. One must concentrate more on the latter as it is a comparatively scoring part. 

With a 70% accuracy, if a candidate attempts 15 questions of the Physics section, he/she can score more than 30 marks.

  1. Chemistry: The Chemistry section is believed to be the easiest one where organic and inorganic questions are more of a conceptual type. These questions should be given more focus due to direct correspondence with respective options.

If a candidate is able to attempt 22 Chemistry questions with 80% accuracy, he/she can score more than 60 marks.

JEE Main 2020 Syllabus

JEE Main Syllabus is released by NTA on the official website i.e. jeemain.nta.nic.in/ nta.ac.in. Paper 1 Syllabus for JEE Main will cover topics from Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics. Paper 2 Syllabus for JEE Main 2020 covers topics from Aptitude, Drawing, and Mathematics. While that for Paper 3 will be from topics of Mathematics, Aptitude and Planning-based questions.

  • JEE Main Mathematics Syllabus: Mathematics syllabus for JEE Main is spread over 16 units. Mathematics Syllabus is common for all the 3 papers. 
  • JEE Main Physics Syllabus: The physics syllabus for JEE Main 2020 contains two parts. Section A consists of all of the theoretical concepts and carries 80% weightage. On the other hand, section B consists of the practical aspect of the examination (experimental skills) and carries the remaining 20% weightage. 
  • JEE Main Chemistry Syllabus: Chemistry Syllabus for JEE Main 2020 is divided into three parts Organic chemistry, Inorganic chemistry, and Physical chemistry. Overall, the syllabus is spread over 28 units. 

Books to prepare for JEE Main 2020

Books play an important role while preparing for any entrance exam. The combination of the right JEE Main books and other prep resources is the key to success. 

Aspirants can check some of the JEE Mains 2020 preparatory books from below:

Chemistry Books

Authors/PublisherName of BooksRemarks
P. BahadurNumerical ChemistryPhysical Chemistry
J.D. LeeInorganic ChemistryReference Book
Organic Chemistry by Morrison & BoydOrganic ChemistryReference Book

Physics Books

Authors /PublisherName of BooksRemarks
H.C. VermaConcepts of Physics Vol I and IIReference Book and problem-solving
I.E.IrodovProblems in General PhysicsFor Problem-solving

Mathematics Books

Authors /PublisherName of BooksRemarks
NCERTMaths XI & XIIBasic Text Books
S. L. LoneyTrigonometryRecommended
S. L. LoneyCoordinate GeometryReference Book
Hall & KnightHigher AlgebraReference Book

How to prepare for JEE Main 2020?

One of the biggest questions asked is how to make the JEE Main preparation plan. After segregating the topics, it’s vital to know the weightage. While all topics are equally important, some topics have importance as many questions are generally asked from there. Check the topper interviews, previous year papers to understand the weightage of the topics to make the plan.

Some guidelines while making the JEE Main 2020 Preparation Plan

  • Give equal weightage to all topics.
  • Distribute the time needed to study it. Give more time to difficult topics and less to the ones you just need to revise.
  • Ensure you have scheduled revision time in the plan.

Action Plan to Prepare for JEE Main 2020

  • Study a chapter and understand the concepts. NCERT books are good for this.
  • While studying, make sure to note important points and formulas. These short notes will be useful during revision.
  • After studying a chapter or topic, check how much you can recollect and to what extent you have understood the topic.
  • Then practice questions based on the topic studied. While practising do not go for the solution directly. Try to solve yourself, make mistakes and then correct it. This step will help you to know how to crack JEE Main.
  • Make sure to give a JEE Main mock test after completing the subject. Similarly ensure that you appear for as many mock tests as you can so that you can analyse your preparation levels, understand where you are making the mistakes
  • Use the analysis to know your weak areas and concentrate on improving while revising.
  • Be wise and Revise – Without revision, it is difficult to crack any exam especially one like JEE Main. You can only improve if you revise.
  • Clear all your concepts, doubts. Never leave a question unanswered in your mind.
  • Put the brake and take a break – While studying is good, it’s not wise to do it continuously. So take some time off to refresh your mind before you start again. You can listen to music, play games or do what eases your brain. Physical exercise for half an hour or an hour helps in boosting the memory. Eat right.

JEE Main 2020 – Last-Minute Tips

Last days before the exam can be very stressful in terms of strategizing for the exam day. Here are some last minute tips for test takers:

  • Candidates appearing for JEE Main must have certain strategies for time management, selection of questions and accuracy. 
  • All these factors are interdependent on each other and essential for a successful attempt. 
  • Candidates should have clarity on how many questions they aim to attempt. They should also have a rough picture on what topics they can or can not attempt.
  • Aiming to solve the entire paper will only lead to disruption of clarity therefore a sequence of attempting the question paper must be chosen as per one’s own convenience.
  • Attempting Chemistry first can be beneficial as the questions can be addressed quicker so aspirants can have more time to attempt Physics and Mathematics sections.
  • Candidates must try to attempt graph-based questions as they are easy in terms of attempting. They can be approached with different parameters like inserting values etc to eliminate wrong options.

JEE Main 2020 Cut Off

JEE Main Cut Off will be released by NTA in online mode. JEE Main Result for January 2020 session has been declared. Qualifying Cut off and Admission Cut off are different for JEE Main 2020. Qualifying Cut off is the minimum score required to sit for JEE Advanced 2020. Admission Cut off is the merit list based on the cut off which is used for the counseling process. The cut off is based on various factors such as the difficulty level of the exam, number of students, category of the candidate, cut off trend over the years and number of candidates applying for a particular course.

JEE Main Qualifying Cutoff 2020

The expected category wise qualifying cut off of JEE Main 2020 is as follows:

CategoryCut Off
GEN- EWS77-80
OBC – NCL73-76
Scheduled Caste (SC)53-56
Scheduled tribes (ST)43-46

Top Engineering Colleges in India

Engineering continues to be the most pursued higher education category in India. Therefore it is essential that if you are studying engineering, it should be from a prestigious institute.

  • In the NIRF Rankings of Engineering colleges for 2020, the list of top 10 colleges includes 9 IITs and 1 NIT.
  • Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras, Tamil Nadu secured the 1st position with the NIRF Score 89.93, followed by IIT Delhi with a score of 88.08.
  • With a score of 82.18 IIT Kanpur secured the 4th position, an improvement from last year’s 5th position in NIRF Rankings.
  • IIT Kharagpur has slipped from the 4th position last year to the 5th position this year. 
  • National Institute of Technology (NIT) Tiruchirappalli also made it to the list securing a NIRF score 64.10 and secured the 9th position in the list of best engineering colleges in the country.

JEE Main 2020 –  Admission at NITs 

Candidates seeking admission in NITs have to appear in JEE Main 2020 and clear the required cut off which shall be released in the form of ranks. The culture and level of studies at the National Institute of Technology are almost similar to that of IITs. The course fees in NITs are comparatively cheaper to other engineering institutes.

  • The admission policy for NIT states is that out of the total number of seats, 50 percent of the seats will be reserved for students of the particular state where the NIT is located. 
  • The other 50 percent of seats will be granted based on All India Rank (AIR) of students from other states.
  • A candidate can avail of a scholarship based on their class XII performance and JEE Main Score.
  • It is after 2017 that all NITs have allocated a total number of 19,000 seats for undergraduate programs and 8,050 seats for post-graduate programs. 

Earlier JEE Main score was applicable for admission to NITs, IIITs and CFTIs participating through Central Seat Allocation Board subject to the condition that the candidate should have secured at least 75% marks in the 12th class examination, or be in the top 20 percentile in the 12th class examination conducted by the respective boards. However, this criteria has been dropped by CSAB. For this year candidates who qualify JEE Main 2020 are eligible for admissions to NIT only with their 12th passing certificate irrespective of the marks obtained by them in 12th board examinations.

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