CBSE releases JEE Main 2018 notification; find new eligibility criteria for the exam

New Delhi: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will conduct the 6th Joint Entrance Examination (Main) on 08 April 2018 (Sunday). As per the schedule, JEE (Main) 2018 in pen and paper mode (Offline Mode) will be held on 8 April 2018, whereas the computer-based exam (Online Mode) will be conducted on 15 April  2018 and 16 April  2018.

Application Submission Key Dates: The process of online application form submission for JEE MAIN 2018 will start from 01 December 2017 and last date for submission is 01 January 2018. The fee can be paid upto 2 Jan 2018.


Examination cities: JEE (Main) 2018 will be conducted in major cities and towns of India as well as abroad. The test will be conducted in 10 centres in the foreign countries.

Eligibility for appearing in JEE (Main) – 2018

For the candidates to qualify for the admission in the IITs/NITs/IIITs and such other CFTIs whose admissions are based on the JEE (Advanced)/JEE(Main) ranks, they 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. For SC/ST students the qualifying marks would be 65% in the 12th class examination.

Date of Birth: Only those candidates whose date of birth falls on or after October 01, 1993 are eligible. However, in the case of Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Persons with Disabilities (PwD) candidates, upper age limit is relaxed by 5 years, i.e. SC, ST and PwD candidates who are born on or after October 01, 1988 are eligible. Date of birth as recorded in the Secondary Education Board/University certificate will only be considered.

Year of Appearance in Qualifying Examination (QE): Only those candidates who have passed their Class 12th Exam or any equivalent qualifying examination in 2016 or 2017; or those who are appearing in their Class 12th Exam or any equivalent qualifying examination in 2018 are eligible to appear in JEE(Main)- 2018. Candidates who passed Class 12th/Qualifying examination in 2015 or before as well as those who will appear in such examination in 2019 or later are not eligible to appear in JEE (Main) – 2018. Candidates who appeared in class 12th/equivalent qualifying Examinations in 2015, did not pass in 2015, but passed in 2016 are also not eligible to appear in JEE (Main) 2018.

Number of subjects in the Qualifying Examination (QE): Candidates must have taken at least five subjects in class 12th/qualifying examination in order to be eligible for writing JEE (Main) – 2018. The candidates who have taken four subjects are not permitted to write JEE (Main) 2018 and if such candidates appear in JEE(Main) 2018 by furnishing wrong information, their rank/result will not be declared.

Number of Attempts: The number of attempts which a candidate can avail at JEE (Main) shall be limited to 03 (three).

Aadhaar Requirement: Requirement of Aadhaar for the Applicants of JEE (Main) 2018 is compulsory. The above provisions shall be applicable in all states except J&K, Assam & Meghalaya. The applicants who have passed or appearing in Class XII examination from the states of J&K, Assam & Meghalaya need to enter the passport number, ration card number, bank account numberor any other valid Govt. identity number provided they should select the city of examination in these states only.

The score and rank of Paper-I of JEE (Main) – 2018 for all candidates will be declared by 30th April 2018. This score shall comprise the actual marks obtained in Paper-I of JEE (Main) – 2018 along with the status of those who qualify for appearing in JEE (Advanced) – 2018 provided and subject to other conditions of eligibility being met. The rank shall comprise All India rank and All India category rank.

Only the All India Rank (AIR) is used for admissions through Central Seat Allocation Board to NITs/IIITs/CFTIs/SFIs/Others, while other ranks are for information purposes.

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