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IIT JEE Academic Eligibility

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Procedure of the IIT-JEE
From the year 2000, a reform has been introduced in the existing scheme of the examination. IIT-JEE will henceforth be conducted in two phases. Only those who qualify in the first phase, aptly termed the Screening Test, will be allowed to appear for the subsequent Main Examination. It is mandatory for candidates desiring to join B.Arch. and B.Design to qualify in a two-hour aptitude test at the counselling institutes. Separate merit lists of candidates belonging to the General and SC/ST categories are prepared. No waiting or extended list is prepared. There are independent cut-offs for each subject and also for the aggregate. The choice of examination centres and the IIT zone in no way influence allotment of the Institute and the course to be pursued.
Academic Eligiblity
A candidate for the JEE must have passed the final examination of the 10+2 system (or equivalent) with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics.

The qualifying examinations are listed below:

  • The +2 level examination in the 10+2 system conducted by any recognised Central or State Board of Secondary Education, including the Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi, and the Council for Indian School Certificate Examination, New Delhi.
  • The Senior Secondary School Examination conducted by the National Open School with a minimum of 5 subjects including Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics as separate papers.
  • Intermediate Science or the two-year Pre-University Examination in the science discipline conducted by a recognised board or university.
  • HSC Vocational Examination with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics as separate papers.
  • First-year examination of a degree course of any recognised Indian University or institute after a Higher Secondary Examination in the 10+1 system.
  • National Defence Academy's final examination of the Joint Services Wing.
    (vii) The Advanced (A) level of the General Certificate Education (GCE) Examination (London or Cambridge or Sri Lanka).
  • University of Cambridge's Higher School Certificate Examination.
  • Any Board / Public School / University Examination in India or abroad recognised by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) as equivalent to the 10+2 system.
  • Candidates appearing for the final-year 10+2 Diploma examination may also write the JEE for provisional admission. However, proof of having passed the said examination must be produced latest by September 30 of the year of examination.
  • Three or four-year diploma recognised by the AICTE or a State Board of Technical Education.
  • Candidates seeking admission to B.Tech. and five-year Dual Degree programmes in Biotechnology & Biochemical Engineering offered by IIT-Kharagpur, must have had Biology or Life Science as a subject in the qualifying examination (10+2).
  • Indian students studying abroad for more than 5 years can seek admission under DASA (Direct Admission of Students from Abroad). Likewise, Indian nationals who have at least 5 years of education abroad, inclusive of 10+2 or equivalent (but not beyond) during the last 8 years can also seek admission under the scheme. Foreign nationals are also eligible to write the JEE.

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