CBSE has released JEE Main 2018 Application Form at, inviting applications from engineering aspirants. The board expects more than 11 lakh students to apply for Joint Entrance Examination Mains 2018. Registrations are now open from today, December 1, 2017, 10:30 AM, for Paper 1 as well as Paper 2.

Candidates who want to study engineering at undergraduate level need to apply and appear for Paper 1, whereas those wish to study architecture must do so for Paper 2. Application form filling, submission is online.

The one most frequently asked question about JEE Main registration is regarding percentage criteria. Numerous queries have been received along the lines of “My percentage in class 12 is less than 75%, can I apply for JEE Main?

My percentage in class 12 is less than 75%, can I apply for JEE Main?

It is clarified that yes, a candidate is eligible to appear in JEE Main 2018 exam even if his or her percentage is less than 75%.

There are four (4) key criteria to be fulfilled in order to be eligible for the CBSE JEE Main 2018. The first one is age limit – DOB of the candidate must fall or after October 01, 1993 (a five-year relaxation is there for scheduled caste, scheduled tribe, persons with disabilities). The next criterion is regarding the year of appearing in the qualifying examination. Qualifying exam refers to class 12 or HSC exams. As per eligibility criteria of JEE Mains 2018, candidate should have passed HSC in any of the years 2016, 2017, or 2018. Next comes the question of which subjects one should have studied in 10+2. They should be at least five (5) subjects. Last but not the least is the cap on number of attempts. An aspirant can appear for JEE Mains only three (3) times.

All that is mentioned above is what constitutes eligibility criteria of JEE Mains. If a candidate fulfills these, then he or she can very well apply for JEE Main 2018.

JEE main 2018 Eligibility

Then what is 75% Criteria and Top 20 Percentile Criteria?

CBSE, or the Central Board of Secondary Education, is responsible for conduct of JEE Main 2018. Its duties extend upto declaration of JEE Main 2018 result. What happens next is counselling and admission, which is looked after by various bodies.

For NITs, IIITs, CFTIs, IITs, there is JoSAA. JoSAA is the Joint Seat Allocation Authority which holds a common counselling for these institutes. Likewise, there are several other bodies that organize counselling on state level and institute level. Candidates need to participate in counselling process to get admission on basis of All India Rank thus obtained in the engineering entrance exam.

Herein, the 75% and Top 20 Percentile criteria comes into play.

Candidates who wish to get admission to NITs, IIITs, CFTIs that participate in JoSAA must have 75% marks in HSC or class 12 exam, or should be in the top 20 percentile in HSC or class 12 exam of his or her board. In case of candidates who belong to scheduled caste and scheduled tribe, percentage requirement is 65%.

Subject combination requirement apart from percentage requirement is also applicable in this case. It is necessary to pass 10+2 with Physics and Mathematics as compulsory subjects along with one of the Chemistry / Biotechnology / Biology / Technical Vocational subject to appear in Paper 1. Passing 10+2 with Mathematics is necessary for Paper 2.

A special note is necessary here for Diploma students. A lot of queries are received from Diploma students also about whether they are eligible for the exam or not.

In the JEE Main 2018 information brochure, page number 40 of 58 contains list of qualifying examinations. This is a list which you will encounter in online application form also. This list says that H.S.C. vocational examination, Diploma recognized by AICTE or a state board of technical education of at least 3 year duration, General Certificate Education (GCE) examination (London/Cambridge/Sri Lanka) at the Advanced (A) level, High School Certificate Examination of the Cambridge University or International Baccalaureate Diploma of the International Baccalaureate Office, Geneva are such qualifying examinations which are for admission to IITs.

An online application form has been released for CBSE JEE Mains 2018.

It is a candidate friendly and interactive form which can be filled smoothly with a calm mind. All one needs to take care of is correctness of data entered. Numerous details are asked for in this form, all of which can be easily entered. It is usually a good idea to keep scanned copies of documents necessary for upload first. Following key guidelines, one can submit application form successfully in one go.

JEE Main 2018 will be held on April 8, 2018, April 15, 2018, April 16, 2018. One has to select date and mode of exam at time of filling form only. That (which date and mode to appear in) and where to appear for exam should be decided before filling JEE Main form.

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