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JEE Advanced 2018 Summary

Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Advanced is conducted by the seven zonal IITs with guidance from the Joint Admission Board (JAB). Only the top 2.4 lakh rank holders in JEE Main are eligible to appear for JEE Advanced. Till 2017, 2.2 lakh students were eligible to sit for the exam.

Candidates seeking admissions in bachelor’s programmes, integrated master’s programmes as well as dual degree programmes at the 23 IITs and Indian School of Mines (ISM) need to clear JEE Advanced.

The exam dates for JEE Advanced 2018 have been declared. The exam will be held on May 20, 2018 and IIT Kanpur will be organising institute of JEE Advanced. 

JEE Advanced 2018 Eligibility

JEE Advanced 2018 exam eligibility entails that candidates clear Paper-1 of JEE Main 2018.  The dates for the exam will be released soon.

Candidates who wish to take this exam have to fulfill certain criteria as fixed by JAB. Thus, the eligibility criteria for JEE Advanced 2018 is as follows:

I – Performance in JEE Main 2018

Candidates who fall among the top 2,24,000 rankers in JEE Main 2018 across all categories are eligible to appear for JEE Advanced. Out of this number, the percentage of candidates eligible for admissions under different categories are as follows:

  • General category candidates (from the common merit list) – 50.5% 
  • OBC-NCL candidates – 27%
  • SC candidates – 15% 
  • ST candidates – 7.5%
  • Pwd candidates - Horizontal reservation of 5% in all the above categories


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SC – PwD





ST – PwD


II – Age limit

Age limit for JEE Advanced for General or OBC-NCL category candidates states that aspirants will be eligible to apply for the entrance exam if they are born on or after October 1, 1993. However, age limit for SC, ST or PwD category candidates states that such aspirants should be born on or after October 1, 1988.

III – Number of attempts

The exam eligibility for JEE Advanced 2018 states that candidates would be able appear for this engineering entrance exam a maximum of two times in his/her lifetime. Here, candidates also require to ensure that they appear for this entrance exam in consecutive years. To explain this further, if a candidate wants to appear for JEE Advanced then this attempt should either be his/her first attempt and if not so, then this should be his/her second consecutive attempt.

IV – Appearance in Class XII (or equivalent) examination

Candidates can appear for this engineering entrance exam if they have appeared for their Class XII or equivalent exam in 2017 or 2018. Here, candidates also need to ensure that this should be their first attempt in all the subjects they have opted in Class XII or equivalent.

The official website states, " However, if the examination Board of Class XII (or equivalent) declares the results for the academic year  2015-16 after June  2016, then the candidates of that board who appeared for their class XII exam in 2016 are also eligible to appear in JEE (Advanced) 2018, provided they meet the other eligibility criteria.  In case, the examination Board of Class XII (or equivalent) declared the results for the academic year 2015-16 before June 2016 but the result of a particular candidate was withheld, then the candidate will not be eligible to appear in JEE (Advanced) 2018".

V – Earlier admission at IITs/ISM

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 NOTeligible to appear in JEE (Advanced) 2018.

Candidates who have been admitted to a preparatory course in any of the IITs for the first time in 2017 can appear in JEE (Advanced) 2018.

The candidates who paid seat acceptance fee in 2017 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 2017 are eligible to appear in JEE (Advanced) 2018.

However, in any of the above cases, the candidate is required to fulfil the conditions mentioned from criterion 1 to criterion 4.


Reservation of Seats

As per the JEE Advanced 2018 information brochure, “Candidates who are not citizens of India at the time of registering for JEE (Advanced) 2018 (by birth or naturalised) are treated as foreign nationals”. It is further shared that, “Seats allotted to foreign nationals are supernumerary. However, not all Institutes may have supernumerary seats. The availability of supernumerary seats was announced at the time of seat allocation”.

Candidates who are Indian nationals will be offered admissions based on seats reserved for the category under which they fall. This reservation of seats was done in accordance with the rules as mentioned by the Government of India.




Other Backward Classes belonging to the Non-Creamy Layer (OBC-NCL)

Candidates belonging to the Non-Creamy Layer of backward classes which are mentioned in the central list of OBCs as on June 1, 2018 are eligible to apply for JEE Advanced 2018 under this quota.

Note:  Candidates who belong to the creamy layer of OBC are not eligible for this reservation and such candidates are treated as belonging to the general (GEN) category.

Check OBC central list here.

27% of seats in every course

Scheduled Caste (SC)

Candidates belonging to those castes which are mentioned in the central list of corresponding states published by the Government of India are only eligible for reservations.

Check SC central list here.

15% of seats in every course

Scheduled Tribe (ST)

Candidates belonging to those tribes which are mentioned in the central list of corresponding states published by the Government of India are only eligible for reservations.

Check ST central list here.

7.5% of seats in every course

Persons with Disability (PwD)

Reservation would be given to candidates who have at least 40% impairment irrespective of the type of disability which can be visual, locomotor or dyslexic. Also, Leprosy-cured candidates who are otherwise fit to pursue the course are also included in this type of reservation.

3% of seats in every category

As per the information brochure, “Unfilled seats in the OBC-NCL category can be allotted to GEN category candidates whereas seats remaining vacant under the SC and ST categories shall not be allotted to candidates belonging to other categories. The reservation for PwD candidates was horizontal and hence, unfilled seats were allotted to candidates belonging to the respective categories, i.e, unfilled SC-PwD seats were allotted to candidates belonging to the Sc category and so on”.

Foreign nationals are not given an option to apply for admissions under the OBC-NCL, SC, ST or PwD reservation category.

Candidates should note here that, once they select a category at the time of JEE Advanced registration, then they will not be given an option to make any changes in their category selection field in the registration form.