Published On : Fri, Aug 31st, 2012

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JEE (Joint entrance examination) is an entrance examination for bachelor courses in engineering in Indian Institute of Technologies. Joint Entrance Examination is an all-India examination conducted in eight IIT zones across the country by the Indian Institutes of Technology. This is one of the toughest exam for an budding engineer.

The Indian Institutes of Technology are one of the most renowned institution for engineering programme in India which is established through an act of Parliament. It is popularly known as IIT, at present there are fifteen IITs located in different cities like Bhubaneswar, Bombay (Mumbai), Delhi, Gandhinagar, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Indore, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras (Chennai), Mandi, Patna, Punjab, Rajasthan and Roorkee. These colleges are called the cream colleges as its very difficult to get in these colleges. Every year students try to crack the IIT Joint Entrance Exam to get a seat in IIT.Indian Institutes of Technology. They also conduct the IIT-JEE every year for the admission to its B-Tech and other courses offered at IIT.

IIT plays an important role in technological manpower development and have best research programs in the world. Students of India and foreign nationals can get admission in under graduate engineering programme in IIT through the Joint Entrance Examination. Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University (IT-BHU), Varanasi and Indian School of Mines (ISM), Dhanbad, are the oldest institutions in India.

Eligibility Criteria for IIT JEE:

  • The applicant for IIT JEE must have passed Intermediate (12th standard) or equivalent having 60% (55% for SC/ST applicants).
  • A Candidate can attempt JEE exam only twice in consecutive years, it means if you have attempted IIT JEE in 2008 or 2009 you are not eligible for appearing in JEE-2010.
  • Candidates appearing in JEE-2010 should have either passed the qualifying examination in 2009 or should be appearing in 2010. They should also satisfy the specific eligibility criteria in the qualifying examination.
  • Candidates who have passed the qualifying examination before October 1, 2007 are not eligible to write JEE-2010.
  • Candidates should NOT have accepted admission by paying full fees at any of the IITs, IT-BHU, Varanasi or ISMU, Dhanbad, through earlier JEE.

Educational criteria:

Given below is the educational criterion for IIT JEE 2012:

Year of Passing Qualifying Examination (QE)

To appear in IIT-JEE 2012, a candidate must have either passed the QE for the first time, on or after October 1, 2010 or appearing for the first time in 2012. Those who are going to appear in the QE later than September 30, 2012 are not eligible to appear in IIT-JEE 2012.

The year of passing the QE will be determined based on the examination he/she passed the earliest out of the qualifying examinations listed below. In case the applicant passed more than one QE or attempted successfully same QE more than once, the year of the first successful QE/attempt will be used to determine the eligibility for IIT-JEE 2012.
The qualifying examinations are listed below:

  1. The final examination of the 10+2 system, conducted by any recognized central/ state Board, such as Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi; Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations, New Delhi; etc.
  2. Intermediate or two-year Pre-University examination conducted by a recognized Board/ University.
  3. Final examination of the two-year course of the Joint Services Wing of the National Defence Academy.
  4. General Certificate Education (GCE) examination (London / Cambridge / Sri Lanka) at the Advanced (A) level.
  5. High School Certificate Examination of the Cambridge University or International Baccalaureate Diploma of the International Baccalaureate Office, Geneva.
  6. H.S.C. vocational examination.
  7. Senior Secondary School Examination conducted by the National Institute of Open Schooling with a minimum of five subjects.
  8. A Diploma recognized by AICTE or a state board of technical education of at least 3 year duration.
  9. Any Public School/Board/University examination in India or in any foreign country recognized as equivalent to the 10+2 system by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU).

In case the relevant QE is not a public examination, the candidate must have passed at least one public (Board or Pre-University) examination at an earlier level.

Age limit:

  • Candidates who fall under GE and OBC categories whose date of birth comes on or after October 01, 1987, are eligible to appear in JEE-2012.
  • For SC, ST, and PD categories, candidates who were born on or after October 01, 1982, are eligible.
  • Date of birth as recorded in the High School/first Board/Pre-University Certificate will be taken as authentic. If the high school certificate does not mention the date of birth, provide a suitable document indicating the date of birth along with the application.
  • Candidates must produce this certificate in original as a proof of their age at the time of counseling, failing which they will be disqualified.


Minimum Percentage to qualify the exam:

  • Candidates who belong to GE, OBC and DS categories must secure at least 60% marks in aggregate in their QE.
  • Whereas, those who belong to SC, ST and PD categories must secure at least 55% marks in aggregate in the QE.
  • The percentage of marks awarded by the Board will be treated as final. If the Board does not award the percentage of marks, it will be calculated based on the marks obtained in all subjects listed in the mark sheet. If any Board awards only letter grades without providing an equivalent percentage of marks on the grade sheet, the candidate should obtain a certificate from the Board specifying the equivalent marks, and submit it at the time of counseling/ admission. In case such a certificate is not provided then the final decision rests with the Joint Implementation Committee of JEE-2012.

IIT JEE Test Structure and Duration:

  • There will be two question papers, each of three hours duration. Both the question papers would consist of three separate sections on Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics.
  • The questions will be of objective type, which are to be answered on a specially designed machine-gradable sheet (ORS