JEE Mains Eligibility Criteria and Number of Attempts
Date of Birth
Only those candidates whose date of birth falls on or after October 01, 1992 are eligible. However, There is 5 years relaxation to Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Persons with Disabilities (PwD) candidates. i.e. SC, ST and PwD candidates who are born on or after October 01, 1987 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 2015 or 2016; Or Class 12th or equivalent exam 2017 appearing students are eligible to appear in JEE (Main) – 2017. Candidates who appeared in class 12th/equivalent qualifying Examinations in 2014, did not pass in 2014, but passed in 2015 are also not eligible to appear in JEE (Main) 2017.
Number of subjects in the Qualifying Examination (QE)
For eligibility in writing JEE (Main), Candidates must have taken at least five subjects in class 12th or qualifying examination. The candidates having four subjects in class 12th or qualifying examination have no permission to write JEE (Main) 2016. If such candidates appear in JEE (Main) 2017 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) is 03 (three). But in JEE Advanced a candidate can appear twice consecutively.
Candidates should note and verify for themselves the eligibility for appearing in JEE (advanced) – 2017. As some states have different eligibility criteria for taking admission to the institutions. Some of the states like Madhya Pradesh Nagaland and Odisha, which were earlier admitting based on their state level examination, are also advised to verify their eligibility as per criteria laid down by these state governments. Since 2017 Gujarat changed their policy so the candidates are advice to check the eligibility for admission in Gujarat.
No. of Attempts and Age limit for the states of Madhya Pradesh and Odisha:
Since the states of Madhya Pradesh, Nagaland and Odisha have joined JEE (Main) system from 2014. The age limit, for admission to institutions in these states will be as per their past practice only. The number of attempts in such cases will also remain same as per their past practice. This will however be obviously not applicable for admission to IITs/NITs/IIITs/CFTIs.