What is JEE Advanced?

Joint Entrance Examination – Advanced (JEE-Advanced), formerly the Indian Institutes of Technology-Joint Entrance Examination (IIT-JEE) is an annual engineering college entrance examination in India. It is conducted by one of the seven zonal IITs (IIT Roorkee, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Delhi, IIT Kanpur, IIT Bombay, IIT Madras, and IIT Guwahati) under guidance of the Joint Admission Board (JAB). It is used as the sole admission test by the 23 Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). Other universities like the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISERs) and the premier Indian Institute of Science (IISc) also use the score obtained in JEE Advanced as the basis for admission. Any student who took admission to IITs could not appear for the JEE-Advanced exam in the next year, but the same was not the case with IISc, IISER, RGIPT and other institutes as these institutes only used JEE Advanced score for admission. The examination is organised each year by one of the various IITs, on a round robin rotation pattern. It has a very low admission rate (about 9,369 in 479,651 in 2012; which was around 1.95%). The latest admission rate in 2017 was around 0.92% in IITs (about 11,000 out of 1,200,000 who applied for JEE Main). It is recognised as one of the toughest examinations in the world and is one of the most difficult examinations of India to qualify.

All candidates who wish to apply for JEE Advanced 2019 are required to meet the requirements which have been set by the authorities concerned. These set of requirements are the eligibility criteria of JEE Advanced 2019. If the candidates are not able to meet the eligibility criteria, then they will not be allowed to attempt the examination.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Age limit – The Supreme Court of India has released an interim order stating that candidates who are above the age of 25 years can apply for JEE Advanced 2019, until further notice.
  • Number of attempts – JEE Advanced can be attempted by the candidates two times in two consecutive years.
  • Qualifying examination – The candidates should have appeared and qualified 12th standard (or equivalent) examination in 2018 or 2019.
  • IIT Admissions – Should not have been admitted in an IIT irrespective of whether or not he/she continued in the programme or accepted an IIT seat by reporting at a reporting centre in the past. Those candidates whose admission at IITs was cancelled after joining will also not be considered eligible for JEE Advanced.
  • JEE Main – All of the candidates have to qualify JEE Main and satisfy the determined cutoff for admissions into IITs through JEE Advanced examination. 

Distribution of Top 2,24,000 Candidates (Category-wise)

Order Category Number of “Top” Candidates Total
1 Open 1,07,464 1,13,120
2 Open PwD 5,656
3 OBC-NCL 57,456 60,480
4 OBC-NCL PwD 3,024
5 SC 31,920 33,600  
6 SC PwD 1680
7 ST 15,960 16,800  
8 ST PwD 840