Students planning to study engineering from some of the top colleges in the country have to appear for the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) Main. The JEE Mains exam is held by the National Testing Agency (NTA). However, to appear for this exam, one needs to fulfil certain eligibility criteria.

Read this article to know more about the JEE Main eligibility criteria, including educational qualification, state eligibility, age limit and the number of attempts that would be provided to each student.

Important dates for JEE Main 2020 registration

  • The registration form is available to be filled on the official website starting September 3.
  • The last date of the JEE Main 2020 registration for the January session is September 30 while the last day to submit fee is October 1.

It is important for every student to know about the details regarding the eligibility for the exam to avoid cancellation of exam candidacy even after JEE Main 2020 registration.

JEE Main 2020 Examination Schedule (January Session)

Examination mode CBT (Computer Based Test)
Registration start date September 3, 2019
Registration end date September 30, 2019
Application fee submission start date September 3, 2019
Application fee submission last date October 1, 2019
Admit Card release date December 6, 2019
Date of Examination January 6-11, 2020
Results January 31, 2020

JEE Main 2020 Eligibility Criteria (Age Limit, Nationality, Qualifications, etc.)

One of the most important points every candidate should remember before you attempt the process of registration is to follow the JEE Main Eligibility criteria. As the examination is being conducted by the NTA, there are some important changes which have been made in the eligibility criteria of the JEE Mains. Some of the important criteria regarding JEE Mains examination are given below:

Criteria for Nationality

The criteria for nationality in the JEE Mains 2020 has been set that all candidates irrespective of their nationality can take part in the JEE Mains 2020. The only difference would be in their application fees.

Criteria for Age Limit

In the registration, all the rules regarding age limit has been removed and candidates from any age category can apply for the JEE Main examinations 2020.

In the previous year of the JEE examinations the students belonging to the general category who were born not before 1993 or have attained the age of 25 years was the maximum age limit that was allowed in the JEE Mains, for SC/ST candidates there was a relaxation of five years where their maximum allowable age for attempting the JEE Mains became 30 years. But in the JEE Main 2020 registration form, it has been mentioned that there is no age limit for attempting JEE Mains examination for any candidates belonging to the General/PWD/SC/ST/OBC categories.

Although there can be restrictions in some institutions where the institutions themselves set some prerequisites for minimum or maximum age of any candidates who are about to take admission in their college through JEE Main 2020.

There is also a reservation of 10 per cent seats for the EWS (Economically Weaker Section) candidates which have been approved by the NTA. The certificate of EWS is not required to be submitted or uploaded during the application of JEE Main 2020, but it would be compulsory to show it during admission.

It has also been issued in the JEE Main Eligibility criteria 2020 that the students who have passed their 10+2 boards from a recognized institute in 2018, 2019 are also eligible for the JEE Main 2020 registration. The candidates can apply for the JEE Main exam irrespective of their age, but they have to have passed their 10+2 exams in 2018 or 2019 and not before that. The candidates who are about to appear for their 10+2 exams in the academic year 2020 are also allowed to sit for the exams irrespective of their age.

The candidates of JEE Main 2020 registration can apply for the exams for a total three consecutive years which would include six attempts as the JEE Main is being conducted twice a year from now onwards.