Eligibility Criteria for Appearing in JEE (ADVANCED) 2020: Indian And Foreign Nationals

The Results of JEE Mains are out and it is the time for the next big step i.e. the JEE Advanced 2020 Exam. The Candidates who are willing to appear in the JEE Advanced Exam 2020, must check the Eligible Criteria for JEE Advanced 2020 to prevent any hassels on the exam day. All the candidates must simultaneously fulfil each and every one of the following five criteria to appear in JEE (Advanced) 2020.

Important Dates for JEE Advanced 2020

Online registration beginsSaturday, September 12, 2020 (Afternoon)
Online registration closesThursday, September 17, 2020 17:00 IST
Last date for fee payment for registered candidatesFriday, September 18, 2020 upto 17:00 IST
Dates for JEE Advanced 2020

Important: Candidates MUST register for appearing in JEE (Advanced) 2020. Registration is only through the online registration portal where detailed instructions for registration will be provided. For online registration, go here.

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Eligibility Criteria in JEE Advanced 2020 for Indian Candidates

Criterion 1 – Performance in JEE (Main) 2020: Candidates should be among the top 2,50,000* successful candidates (including all categories) in B.E./B.Tech. Paper of JEE (Main) 2020.

The percentages of various categories of candidates to be shortlisted are: 10% for GEN-EWS, 27% for OBC-NCL, 15% for SC, 7.5% for ST and the remaining 40.5% is OPEN for all. Within each of these five categories, 5% horizontal reservation is available for PwD candidates.

The following table shows the order to be followed while choosing top 2,50,000* candidates in various categories based on the performance in B.E./B.Tech. Paper of JEE (Main) 2020.

Category-wise distribution of top 2,50,000* candidates (Criterion 1)

OrderCategoryNumber of “Top” candidates
1OPEN96187101250
2OPEN-PwD5063
3GEN-EWS2375025000
4GEN-EWS-PwD1250
5OBC-NCL6412567500
6OBC-NCL-PwD3375
7SC3562537500
8SC-PwD1875
9ST1781218750
10ST-PwD938

*The total number of candidates can be slightly greater than 2,50,000 in the presence of “tied” ranks/scores in any category.

Criterion 2 – Age limit: Candidates should have been born on or after October 1, 1995. Five years relaxation is given to SC, ST and PwD candidates, i.e., these candidates should have been born on or after October 1, 1990.

Criterion 3 – Number of attempts: A candidate can attempt JEE (Advanced) maximum of two times in two consecutive years.

Criterion 4 – 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 2019 or 2020 with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics as compulsory subjects.

However, if the examination Board of Class XII (or equivalent) declares the results for the academic year 2017-18 after June 2018, then the candidates of that board who appeared for their Class XII exam in 2018 are also eligible to appear in JEE (Advanced) 2020, provided they meet the other eligibility criteria.  In case, the examination Board of Class XII (or equivalent) declared the results for the academic year 2017-18 before June 2018 but the result of a particular candidate was withheld, then the candidate will not be eligible to appear in JEE (Advanced) 2020.

Criterion 5 – Earlier admission at IITs: A candidate should NOT have been admitted in an IIT irrespective of whether or not he/she continued in the program OR accepted an IIT seat by reporting at a reporting centre in the past. Candidates whose admission at IITs was cancelled after joining any IIT are also NOT eligible to appear in JEE (Advanced) 2020.

Candidates who have been admitted to a preparatory course in any of the IITs for the first time in 2019 can appear in JEE (Advanced) 2020.

The candidates who paid seat acceptance fee in 2019 but (i) did not report at any reporting centre OR, (ii) withdrew before the last round of seat allotment, OR, (iii) had their seat cancelled (for whatever reason) before the last round of seat allotment for IITs, during the joint seat allocation in 2019, are eligible to appear in JEE (Advanced) 2020.

However, in all of the above cases, the candidate is also required to fulfil the conditions mentioned from Criterion 1 to Criterion 4.

Download: JEE AdvancedPast Year Papers PDF

Eligibility Criteria in JEE Advanced 2020 for Foreign Candidates

1. Who can apply as foreign nationals?

Candidates who are NOT citizens of India (by birth or naturalized) and have studied (are studying) abroad at 10+2 level or equivalent at the time of registering for JEE(Advanced) 2020, 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 GEN-EWS, OBC-NCL, SC, ST and PwD (Persons with Disability) categories as mandated by Govt. of India.

These candidates are not required to write JEE(Main) 2020 and may register for JEE(Advanced) 2020 directly subject to fulfilment of other eligibility criteria.

Identity Proof: Identity proof of the candidate is required in the form of citizenship certificate/Passport.

2. Registration fee for JEE (Advanced) 2020

All foreign candidates who desire to appear for JEE (Advanced) 2020 have to register online through the JEE (Advanced) 2020 website, https://jeeadv.ac.in. The registration fee for JEE (Advanced) 2020 applicable to foreign nationals is given in the following table.

JEE (Advanced) 2020 will be held ONLY in cities in India.

Examination Centres in IndiaFee in US Dollars
Foreign Nationals
Candidates from SAARC countriesUSD 75
Candidates from Non-SAARC countriesUSD 150
  • The registration fee shown above DOES NOT INCLUDE service charges, processing fees and any other charges that the banks may levy.
  • Detailed instructions related to the payment of registration fee will be given on the online registration portal.

3. Eligibility Criteria for appearing in JEE (Advanced) 2020

All foreign candidates must fulfil each and every one of the following four criteria to appear in JEE (Advanced) 2020.

Criterion 1 – Age limit: Candidates should have been born on or after October 1, 1995. In countries where a minimum stint in the armed forces (or allied) for a certain period is mandatory before/after Class XII (or equivalent) exam, the candidate will be given a relaxation of required number of years. In such cases, the candidate is required to upload a certificate/testimonial issued by competent authority to this effect at the time of registration.

Criterion 2 – Number of attempts: A candidate can attempt JEE (Advanced) a maximum of two times in consecutive years.

Criterion 3 – 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 2019 or 2020 with Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics as compulsory subjects.

However, if the examination Board of Class XII (or equivalent) declares the results for the academic year 2017-18 after June 2018, then the candidates of that board who appeared for their class XII exam in 2018 are also eligible to appear in JEE (Advanced) 2020, provided they meet the other eligibility criteria. In case, the examination Board of Class XII (or equivalent) declared the results for the academic year 2017-18 before June 2018 but the result of a particular candidate was withheld, then the candidate will not be eligible to appear in JEE (Advanced) 2020.

Criterion 4 – Earlier admission at IITs: A candidate should NOT have been admitted in an IIT irrespective of whether or not he/she continued in the program OR accepted an IIT seat by reporting at a reporting centre in the past. Candidates whose admission at IITs was cancelled after joining any IIT are also NOT eligible to appear in JEE (Advanced) 2020.

The candidates who paid seat acceptance fee in 2019 but (i) did not report at any reporting centre OR, (ii) withdrew before the last round of seat allotment, OR, (iii) had their seat cancelled (for whatever reason) before the last round of seat allotment for IITs, during the joint seat allocation in 2019, are eligible to appear in JEE (Advanced) 2020. However, in any of the above cases, the candidate is required to fulfil the conditions mentioned from Criterion 1 to Criterion 3.

4. Performance in Class XII (or equivalent) examination
Candidates must PASS class XII exam with the following subjects:

  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • A language
  • Any subject other than the above four

5. Documents required for registration

  • Birth certificate for age proof
  • Class XII passing certificate
  • Identity proof
  • Citizenship certificate/Passport
  • Testimonial (if required)

6. Architecture Aptitude Test (AAT) for B.Arch. Program

The IITs conducting AAT are listed in the Information Brochure. Successful foreign candidates, if interested in B. Arch. Program, are required to come to one of these IITs to write the Architecture aptitude test for B.Arch. Program.

JEE Advanced 2020 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

QUESTION 1: I appeared in Class XII examination for the first time in 2019. Am I eligible for JEE (Advanced) 2020?
ANSWER: Yes. You are eligible for appearing in JEE (Advanced) 2020, provided you also satisfy all other eligibility criteria.

QUESTION 2: I appeared in Class XII examination for the first time in 2018 and my Class XII examination board declared the results by June 2018. I neither appeared in JEE (Advanced) 2018 nor in JEE (Advanced) 2019. Am I eligible for JEE (Advanced) 2020?
ANSWER: NO. You are NOT eligible for JEE (Advanced) 2020.

QUESTION 3: I appeared in Class XII examination for the first time in 2018 and my Class XII examination board declared the results by June 2018. I did not appear in JEE (Advanced) 2018 but appeared in JEE(Advanced) for the first time in 2019. Am I eligible for JEE (Advanced) 2020?
ANSWER: NO. You are NOT eligible for JEE (Advanced) 2020.

QUESTION 4: I appeared in Class XII examination for the first time in 2018 and my Class XII examination board declared the results by June 2018. I appeared in JEE (Advanced) 2018 but did not appear in JEE(Advanced) 2019. Am I eligible for JEE (Advanced) 2020?
ANSWER: NO. You are NOT eligible for JEE (Advanced) 2020.

QUESTION 5: I appeared in Class XII examination for the first time in 2018. My Class XII examination board declared the results of all the candidates of the board after June 2018. Am I eligible for JEE (Advanced) 2020?
ANSWER: YES. You are eligible for appearing in JEE (Advanced) 2020, provided you also satisfy all other eligibility criteria.

QUESTION 6: I appeared in Class XII examination for the first time in 2018. My Class XII examination board declared the results of all the candidates of the board before end of June 2018, but my result was withheld and was declared after June 2018. Am I eligible for JEE (Advanced) 2020?
ANSWER: NO. You are NOT eligible for JEE (Advanced) 2020.

QUESTION 7: During JEE (Main) 2020 registration I have declared my category wrongly. Can I correct it during JEE (Advanced) 2020 registration?
ANSWER: No. Category declared during JEE (Main) 2020 registration cannot be changed during JEE (Advanced) 2020 registration.

QUESTION 8: I have declared my category as GEN-EWS during JEE (Main) 2020 registration. But I do not belong to GEN-EWS. Can I register for JEE (Advanced) 2020?
ANSWER: Yes, you can register by declaring that you do not belong to GEN-EWS provided your JEE (Main) 2020 score is above the General Cut-off. If your JEE (Main) 2020 score is below the General Cut-off you are not eligible for JEE (Advanced) 2020.

QUESTION 9: I have declared my category as GEN-EWS during JEE (Main) 2020 registration. I do not have a valid GEN-EWS certificate issued on or after 01-April-2020. Can I upload my GEN-EWS certificate issued prior to 01-April-2020?
ANSWER: No. A valid GEN-EWS certificate as per the prescribed format, given on the JEE (Advanced) 2020 website, issued on or after 01-April-2020, should be uploaded for availing the benefits of GEN-EWS category.

QUESTION 10: I have declared my category as OBC-NCL during JEE (Main) 2020 registration. But I do not belong to Non-Creamy Layer (NCL). Can I register for JEE (Advanced) 2020?
ANSWER: Yes, you can register by declaring that you do not belong to NCL provided your JEE (Main) 2020 score is above the General Cut-off. If your JEE (Main) 2020 score is below the General Cut-off you are not eligible for JEE (Advanced) 2020.

QUESTION 11: I have declared my category as OBC-NCL during JEE (Main) 2020 registration. I do not have a valid NCL certificate issued on or after 01-April-2020. Can I upload my OBC-NCL certificate issued prior to 01-April-2020?
ANSWER: No. A valid OBC-NCL certificate as per the prescribed format, given on the JEE (Advanced) 2020 website, issued on or after 01-April-2020, should be uploaded for availing the benefits of OBC-NCL category.

QUESTION 12: I am an OBC-NCL candidate. I find my caste mentioned only in the state list of OBCs of my state but not in the central list of OBCs, as listed in www.ncbc.nic.in. Am I eligible for reservation under OBC-NCL category in JEE (Advanced) 2020?
ANSWER: NO. For availing the benefits of reservation, OBCs should be listed in the current updated central list of OBCs (www.ncbc.nic.in). OBCs present in the state list, but not covered in the central list of OBCs (as per the list in www.ncbc.nic.in) are not eligible to claim the reservation.

QUESTION 13: What is the non-creamy layer (NCL) criteria for availing benefits of reservation under OBC-NCL category?
ANSWER: The criteria for Non-Creamy Layer (OBC-NCL) will be as per the current notification of Government of India.

QUESTION 14: I am an OBC candidate. I find my caste mentioned in the central list of OBCs, as listed in www.ncbc.nic.in. However, I do not belong to Non-Creamy Layer, as per the current notification of Government of India. Am I eligible for reservation under OBC category in JEE (Advanced) 2020?
ANSWER: NO. Candidates belonging to the creamy layer of OBC are NOT entitled for reservation. Such candidates are treated as belonging to the general (GEN), i.e., unreserved category.

QUESTION 15: I am a PwD candidate with ≥ 40% disability and have a valid PwD certificate. Am I eligible to avail the services of a scribe during the JEE (Advanced) 2020 examination?
ANSWER: The services of a scribe (amanuensis) are available ONLY to those PwD candidates who are visually impaired OR dyslexic (Severe) OR have disability in the upper limbs OR have lost fingers / hands thereby preventing them to properly operate the Computer Based Test platform. PwD candidates who desire to avail the services of a scribe MUST opt for this during the online registration of JEE (Advanced) 2020 [i.e. while registering for JEE (Advanced) 2020].

QUESTION 16: I am a PwD candidate with benchmark disability and have a valid PwD certificate. Am I eligible to avail additional one hour compensatory time during the JEE (Advanced) 2020 examination?
ANSWER: The PwD candidates with benchmark disability, with or without scribe, will get one hour compensatory time, i.e., the end time will be 13:00 IST for Paper 1 and 18:30 IST for Paper 2.

QUESTION 17: I am a PwD candidate eligible to avail the services of a scribe during JEE (Advanced) 2020 examination [as per the conditions mentioned in the Information Brochure of JEE (Advanced) 2020]. What procedure do I need to follow in order to avail the above?
ANSWER: PwD candidates who desire to avail the services of a scribe must opt for this option at the time of the online registration for JEE (Advanced) 2020 by submitting the request in the prescribed format. The requisition, along with a copy of the PwD certificate OR a copy of the certificate of Dyslexia (Severe), should be uploaded at the time of online registration for JEE (Advanced) 2020. The formats for the Request Letter and PwD/Dyslexia (Severe) certificates are given in Annexure-II [CERTIFICATE FORMATS of JEE (Advanced) 2020] of Information Brochure.

QUESTION 18: I have Class XII pass certificate of 2019 Class XII examination and the marks statement as a separate document. Which document should I upload during the JEE (Advanced) 2020 registration?
ANSWER: Upload the Class XII marks statement.

QUESTION 19: I have appeared for Class XII examination in 2020. Will I be able to register for JEE (Advanced) 2020 without uploading Class XII certificate?
ANSWER: Yes. The candidates who appeared in Class XII examination in 2020 do not have to upload any document with respect to Class XII examination at the time of JEE (Advanced) 2020 registration.

QUESTION 20: I have appeared in JEE (Main) B.Arch. and/or B.Planning Paper(s). Am I eligible for Architecture Aptitude Test (AAT) without writing JEE (Advanced) 2020?
ANSWER: No. Only the candidates who qualify JEE (Advanced) 2020 are eligible for AAT 2020. There is no relation between JEE (Main) B.Arch. and/or B.Planning Paper(s) and AAT.

QUESTION 21: I had taken admission in one of the NITs in 2019. Am I eligible for JEE (Advanced) 2020?
ANSWER: Yes. Candidates who had taken admissions in NITs in 2019 are eligible for appearing in JEE (Advanced) 2020, provided they satisfy all other eligibility criteria.

QUESTION 22: I was offered a seat in an IIT during JoSAA 2019, but I neither paid seat acceptance fee nor reported to any IIT reporting centre. Am I eligible to appear in JEE (Advanced) 2020?
ANSWER: Yes, you are eligible to write JEE (Advanced) 2020, provided you also satisfy all other eligibility criteria.

QUESTION 23: I was offered a seat in an IIT during JoSAA 2019, I paid seat acceptance fee, reported to an IIT reporting centre and later withdrew before the last round of seat allotment. Am I eligible to appear in JEE (Advanced) 2020?
ANSWER: Yes, you are eligible to write JEE (Advanced) 2020, provided you also satisfy all other eligibility criteria.

QUESTION 24: I was offered a seat in an IIT during JoSAA 2019, I paid seat acceptance fee, reported to an IIT reporting centre and received the “Document Verification-cum-Seat Acceptance Letter”, but I did not join my allotted program at the admitting IIT. Am I eligible to appear in JEE (Advanced) 2020?
ANSWER: No. You are not eligible to write JEE (Advanced) 2020.

QUESTION 25: I took admission in an IIT program on the basis of JEE (Advanced) 2019. However, I did not continue with the program and left the program. Am I eligible to appear in JEE (Advanced) 2020?
ANSWER: No. You are not eligible to write JEE (Advanced) 2020.

QUESTION 26: I accepted a seat through JoSAA 2019 and did not withdraw from JoSAA before the last round of seat allotment. Am I eligible for JEE (Advanced) 2020?
ANSWER: If you have accepted a seat in an IIT and did not withdraw from the allotted seat in the IIT then you are NOT eligible for JEE (Advanced) 2020. However, if you have accepted a seat in NITs/IIITs/Other GFTIs (i.e. any institution other than an IIT) through JoSAA 2019 then you are eligible for JEE (Advanced) 2020, provided you satisfy all other eligibility criteria.

QUESTION 27: I have taken admission in one of the IITs for preparatory course in 2019. Am I eligible for JEE (Advanced) 2020?
ANSWER: Yes. You are eligible for JEE (Advanced) 2020, provided you satisfy all other eligibility criteria.

QUESTION 28: I have completed Step 1 (filling of personal details and choice of examination cities) and Step 2 (document upload) of JEE (Advanced) 2020 registration. However, I have not paid the registration fees (Step 3 of registration). Am I eligible to write JEE (Advanced) 2020?
ANSWER: NO. If you have NOT completed Step 3 of the registration process by paying the registration fees, your registration is NOT complete. If your registration is not complete, your admit card for JEE (Advanced) 2020 examination may not be generated and you may not be eligible to write JEE (Advanced) 2020.

QUESTION 29: I have problem in downloading my admit card through the candidate portal. What should I do?
ANSWER: In case of any problem in downloading of the admit card, the candidate should immediately contact the Chairman, JEE (Advanced) 2020 of their respective zonal coordinating IIT.

QUESTION 30: I am a defense service personnel (or former defense service personnel). Can my child get a seat under DS category?
ANSWER: Not all defense service personnel children are eligible for DS category seats. DS category seats are earmarked for children of defense / paramilitary personnel killed or permanently disabled in action during war or peacetime operations. A certificate (format provided in Annexure II: Form DS in the Information Brochure) issued by a competent authority in the Directorate of Resettlement and Rehabilitation, New Delhi under the Ministry of Defence or the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India is required to be eligible for belonging to DS category.

QUESTION 31: Is writing Paper 1 and Paper 2 in JEE (Advanced) 2020 compulsory?
ANSWER: Yes, both Paper 1 and Paper 2 are compulsory. If a candidate is absent in any of the papers, then the candidate will be considered as absent in JEE (Advanced) 2020.

QUESTION 32: If I am absent in one of the papers (Paper 1, Paper 2), will my result be declared?
ANSWER: NO. You will be considered absent in JEE (Advanced) 2020 and the result will not be prepared/declared. It is compulsory to appear in both the papers.

QUESTION 33: Do I have to choose my QUESTION paper language at the time of JEE (Advanced) 2020 registration?
ANSWER: NO. There is no need to indicate QUESTION paper language at the time of JEE (Advanced) 2020 registration. Candidates will have the option to choose their preferred language (English or Hindi), as the default language for viewing the questions, at the start of the Computer Based Test (CBT) examination of JEE (Advanced) 2020.

QUESTION 34: Can I change the language (from English to Hindi and vice versa) of viewing the questions during the CBT of JEE (Advanced) 2020?
ANSWER: Questions will be displayed on the screen of the Candidate in the chosen default language (English or Hindi). Further, the candidate can also switch/toggle between English or Hindi languages, as the viewing language of any question, anytime during the entire period of the examination. The candidate will also be having the option of changing default QUESTION viewing language anytime during the examination.

QUESTION 35: Will I be given rough sheets for my calculations during the Computer Based Test (CBT) of JEE (Advanced) 2020?
ANSWER: Yes, you will be given “Scribble Pad” (containing blank sheets, for rough work) at the start of every paper of JEE (Advanced) 2020. You can do all your calculations inside this “Scribble Pad”. You will need to bring your own pen/pencil.

QUESTION 36: Will I be given a printout/hard copy of the QUESTION papers along with my responses to questions in Paper 1 and Paper 2 after the completion of the respective papers?
ANSWER: No.

QUESTION 37: How will I be getting a copy of the QUESTION papers and my responses to questions in Paper 1 and Paper 2?
ANSWER: The responses of all the candidates who have appeared for both Paper 1 and Paper 2, recorded during the exam, along with the questions of each paper, will be available for download from the candidate portal link to be made available at the JEE (Advanced) 2020 website.

QUESTION 38: Suppose two candidates have same JEE (Advanced) 2020 aggregate marks. Will the two candidates be given the same rank?
ANSWER: If the aggregate marks scored by two or more candidates are the same, then the following tie-break policy will be used for awarding ranks: Step 1: Candidates having higher positive marks will be awarded higher rank. If the tie breaking criterion at Step 1 fails to break the tie, then the following criterion at Step 2 will be followed. Step 2: Higher rank will be assigned to the candidate who has obtained higher marks in Mathematics. If this does not break the tie, higher rank will be assigned to the candidate who has obtained higher marks in Physics. If there is a tie even after this, candidates will be assigned the same rank.

QUESTION 39: I have qualified in JEE (Advanced) 2020. Is it compulsory for me to register with Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA) 2020 and fill in my course choices in order to be eligible for admission in IITs?
ANSWER: All JEE (Advanced) 2020 qualified candidates MUST register with Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA) 2020 and fill in course choices in order to be eligible for admission in IITs.

QUESTION 40: I qualified in JEE (Advanced) 2020 but I missed the deadline (last date for choice filling) for registering with Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA) 2020. What should I do in order to get admission in IITs?
ANSWER: All candidates who have qualified in JEE (Advanced) 2020 MUST register on Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA) 2020 website and also MUST fill in their course choices in order to be eligible for admission in IITs. If any JEE (Advanced) 2020 qualified candidate has not done the same, then the candidate will not be considered for admission to any program in IITs.

QUESTION 41: I qualified in JEE (Advanced) 2020 and registered for Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA) 2020. However, I forgot to fill in my choices for courses. Will I be considered for admission in IITs?
ANSWER: NO. If you have not filled in your course choices by the deadline (last date for choice filling), then you will NOT be considered for admission to any program in IITs.

QUESTION 42: Which subjects of the Class XII examination would be considered for the purpose of checking whether I qualify for admission in IITs?
ANSWER: A candidate needs to pass in the following five subjects in order to qualify for admission in IITs:

  1. Physics
  2. Chemistry
  3. Mathematics
  4. A language
  5. Any subject other than the above four

QUESTION 43: What is the eligibility criteria for foreign candidates for JEE(Advanced) 2020?
ANSWER: For eligibility criteria for foreign candidates for JEE (Advanced) 2020, click here.

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