Eligibility criteria for Indian and Foreign nationals for JEE Advanced 2017

The Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Advanced is an entrance test to secure a seat in India’s most prestigious engineering institutes, the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). For the year 2017, IITs have opened their doors for Indian, as well as foreign nationals. However, to be eligible to take the exam, all candidates must meet the criteria mentioned by the JEE Advanced authorities. 

Eligibility criteria for Indian nationals (including PIO/OCI)

–         Performance in JEE (Main) 2017: Candidates should be among the top 2,20,000 (including all categories) by scoring positive marks in Paper-1 of JEE Main 2017.

The percentages of various categories are:

27% (59,400) for Other Backward Classes – Non-Creamy Layer (OBC-NCL),

15% (33,000) for Scheduled Castes (SC),

7.5% (16,500) for Scheduled Tribes (ST) and

the remaining 50.5% (1,11,100) is OPEN for all.

Within each of these four categories, 3% horizontal reservation is available for Persons with Disabilities (PwD – including Dyslexic) candidates.

–         Age limit: Candidates should have been born on or after October 1,

1992. Five years relaxation is given to SC, ST and PwD candidates, i.e., these candidates should have been born on or after October 1, 1987.

–         Number of attempts: A candidate can attempt JEE Advanced a maximum of two times in consecutive years. Therefore, candidates who appeared for JEE Advanced 2016 for the first time are also eligible.

–         Appearance in Class XII (or equivalent) examination: A candidate

should have appeared for the Class XII (or equivalent) examination for the first time in either 2016 or 2017. However, candidates whose Class XII (or equivalent) examination Board results for the academic year 2014-15 were declared after June 2015 are eligible to appear for JEE Advanced 2017.

–         Earlier admission at IITs: A candidate should NOT have been admitted in an IIT, irrespective of whether or not he/she continued in the programme) OR accepted the IIT seat by reporting at a reporting centre in the past. The candidates whose admission at IITs was cancelled are also NOT eligible to appear for JEE Advanced 2017.

However, candidates who have been admitted to a preparatory course in any of the IITs for the first time in 2016 can appear for JEE Advanced 2017. Candidates who have paid the seat acceptance fee but not accepted the seat (by not reporting at any reporting centre during joint seat allocation in 2016) are eligible to appear for JEE Advanced 2017.

Eligibility criteria for Foreign nationals

–         Nationality: Candidates who are NOT citizens of India (by birth or naturalized), do not belong to OCI category, and whose parents are not citizens of India and do not come under OCI category at the time of registering for JEE Advanced 2017 are treated as foreign nationals. Seats allotted to foreign nationals are supernumerary with a cap of 10% of total number of seats in every course. Foreign nationals are outside the ambit of reservation of seats under the OBC‐NCL, SC, ST and PwD categories as mandated by the Government of India.

–         Performance in class XII (or equivalent) board examination:  Candidates must have secured at least 75% aggregate marks in the Class XII (or equivalent) board examination. If a Board awards only letter grades without providing an equivalent percentage of marks on the grade sheet, the candidate should obtain a certificate from the Board specifying the equivalent marks and submit it at the time of acceptance of the allocated seat. In case such a certificate is not provided, the decision taken by the Joint Implementation Committee of JEE Advanced 2017 will be final.

Click here to visit the official JEE Advanced 2017 portal.

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