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  • Eligibility for JEE Main as a fresh candidate after exhausting earlier attempts

    Are you keen to appear for JEE Main exam as a fresh candidate after clearing Class 10 and 12 through NIOS? Find out if you are eligible for this prestigious exam after exhausting the permitted number of attempts earlier.

    I have exhausted all my JEE Main attempts. Now I have taken admissions to Class 10 NIOS again as a fresh candidate. I want to know if I will be eligible for JEE Mains with my new mark sheet for Class 10 and Class 12.

    I read some answers online for similar questions, and the experts said that JEE eligibility is counted from the year of passing 12th. So will I become eligible again? Please guide me.
  • Answers

    13 Answers found.
  • According to the new guidelines formulated by the IIT authorities, there is no restriction of age as such and this rule would be applicable from 2023 onwards.
    According to the existing guideline, the following criteria is required-
    1) The aspirants should have passed both class ten or class twelve board from a recognised board and should have secured at least 75% marks in their class twelve board if they belong to General Candidates but for SC/ST candidates, they need to secure the minimum 65% marks.
    2) This is applicable to all candidates seeking admission to any of the institutions of IIT or NIT.
    3) There is no minimum or maximum age limit for the candidates.
    To be accommodated in IIT, you have taken fresh admission in class 10 NIOS and would attempt class 12 NIOS later so as to write your IIT.
    You need to follow threshold marking score set by IIT applicable to you.

  • New rule has been formulated for JEE Main 2023. NTA (National Testing Agency) has made many changes in eligiblity criteria. There is no age limit for this exam. Exam will be conducted twice in a year for January and April 2023 sessions. There are some eligiblity criteria which are as follows:-
    1.Candidates should be a citizen of India. Foreign national candidates, as well as NRIs, PIOs, and OCIs, can also apply.
    2 Students can avail a maximum of three consecutive attempts for JEE Main. The first attempt is taken soon after the Class 12 board exam, followed by the other attempts in consecutive years. The exam will be held twice a year, so the total number of attempts a candidate can appear for is 6.
    4. Candidates belonging to the general category, they must have secured a minimum of 75% marks in their Class 12 board exams, or they must rank among the top 20 percentile in their qualifying examination for getting admissions to IITs, NITs, IIITs and other CFTIs. Whereas, For candidates belonging to a reserved category, a minimum of 65% marks is required to get admission to different undergraduate courses offered at IITs, NITs, IIITs and other CFTIs.
    5. According to new guideline formulated by NTA, Candidates who have passed their Class 12 examination or any equivalent qualifying examination in 2021 or 2022 or those who are appearing for their Class 12 examination or any equivalent qualifying examination in 2023 are eligible to appear in JEE (Main) Examination.

  • thank you Sheo Shankar Jha and dr sanchita ranjan for reply,i will elaborate my question.
    So i stand in both the eligibility points
    1. I have passed class 12th in 2020 so i am not eligible
    2. But i will be appearing for 12th again in 2025
    does that make me eligible again for the jee main exam which will be held in 2025?
    Also i have gone through entire information bulletin in official website there is no mention of total number of attempts, only year of passing 12th is taken into account as the eligibility criteria

  • Lankesh,
    You have indicated in your previous posting that you have exhausted your chance for the reappearance in IIT on the basis of your Board in 2020 since you availed all the permitted attempts.
    With the fresh passing of your class twelve from the different Board in 2025, you would be permitted to write your papers in IIT according to their permitted chances.
    So, you may take chances for reappearance in the IIT Examination after passing the current Board, but the only setback to such attempts is the loss of your academic career for at least five years.
    In this regard, you are the best judge how you should move in your career path.

  • thank you so much for your guidance sir ??

  • ->are you really sure mr sheo shankar jha ji? i asked a big coaching institute in kota,rajasthan . they said it could be considered as a case of forgery. on the other hand i am getting mixed answer on the internet regarding regaining jee main attempts with new marksheet (like one guy said it is very common in kota)
    ->do you know anyone who has regained jee main attempts with a fresh marksheet??
    please reply sir......i have to make a decision whether to repeat 12th again from open board or not

  • Dear Mukesh,
    IIT authorities have not released any guidelines for such aspirants opting for the other Boards as a result of exhaustion of their attempts from their earlier Board Examination of class twelve. Theoretically, such cases of second attempts from the aspirants are the isolated instances.
    Now tell me whether you have disclosed your intention to the next Board ie NIOS regarding taking advantage of sitting IIT after passing twelve from the changed Board. Yes, suppression of such facts amounts to forgery according to law.
    In absence of clear cut guidelines from the IIT authorities, you need to approach IIT authorities regarding their steps for such rare students before you undertake such studies from the different Board.
    Hope, ambiguity in this regard is clear to you.

  • While some of the details provided here may be correct in terms of information for appearing for JEE Main generally, I am not sure that these responses are giving wholly accurate details for appearing for JEE Main with another Class 12 score (the emphasis is on 'another').

    You need to consider a few things as per the information given in the 2023 brochure (this is as per my understanding of what is outlined in the brochure and not of my own personal knowledge)-
    1. Where exactly do you wish to pursue your studies? You said you have read the brochure, so you will be aware that the score of JEE Main will be applicable for admission only to NITs, IIITs, and other recognized institutions. Hence, here you need to consider two things-
    (a) You will not get admission to an IIT. For that, you need to appear for JEE Advanced as well.
    (b) You will need to fulfill the age criteria of the institute to which you are seeking admission. Keeping this in mind, I would suggest that you first find out the age criteria for admission to the institute as per your age in 2025/2026 as the case may be (that is, the year you are seeking admission after clearing JEE Main).

    2. You will need to check the eligibility criteria properly with respect to the year of appearance in the qualifying exam. For example, for the 2023 JEE Main exam, it is stated that if the candidate has passed the Class 12 exam in 2020 or before or will be appearing in the exam in 2024 or later is not eligible to appear for JEE Main-2023. Now the keyword here is 'before'. You have already appeared once for Class 12, isn't it? So does that mean 'before'? That is why I said I am not sure you are eligible and whether you will be wasting your time if it is found that you had appeared earlier and the second time marks are not acceptable in the first place. Better clarify what they mean by 'before'!

    3. Let us assume that you do get a chance to appear for JEE Main with a fresh Class 12 mark sheet and you will appear for JEE Advanced to seek admission to an IIT. Here, again, you need to read the brochure carefully. In the brochure of JEE Advanced 2023, it states that the candidate should have appeared for the Class 12 exam for the first time in either 2022 or 2023. Now, here the keywords are 'for the first time'. Would a second Class 12 exam score be acceptable? Here, again, get clarity on what 'first time' means specifically.

    4. The brochure has given instructions on the particulars to be entered in the online application form. One of the columns requires you to fill in the year in which you appeared for Class 12. Are you permitted to enter the year of the second time you appeared for Class 12? If not, is there any way that the testing agency (NTA) or the institution where you are seeking admission find out that you had appeared earlier for Class 12 and will that result in a rejection of your application for JEE Main and/or admission to the institution?

    Keeping all the above in mind, I have a very simple suggestion. Instead of inquiring with dozens of other people and posting queries on various platforms, it would be best to contact NTA directly. I assume you have not sent them any queries. Be frank, and let them know what you have stated in your query here, that you have exhausted your attempts for JEE Main and wish to appear again with a fresh mark sheet through NIOS in 2025. The email ID given in the brochure is It is best to clear your doubts through the official authorities rather than wasting time appearing again for Class 12 and JEE Main.

    By the way, have considered other options instead of engineering?

    When you make a commitment, you create hope. When you keep a commitment you create trust! ~ John C. Maxwell

  • vandana mam how can they know about how many times i appeared in class 12th?

  • Mukesh Singh,

    I would not know how they will know! I am sure they may have their own checks in place to find out. Even if they don't, is it the right thing to do if there is a rule and you are trying to circumvent it? Suppose you defy the rule and you are caught out later, keep in mind that one of the clear terms & conditions that come with any course, and even with a job, is that if some wrongdoing is detected later, due action will be taken, perhaps a heavy fine levied. Why take the risk and get thrown out of the course in the middle of an academic year or have action taken against you at any time?

    And what about something called conscience? Please take the right path and do things strictly by the book, that is, as per eligibility. That is why I suggested that you communicate directly with NTA and clear things with them. You could even write to the institute where you are keen to pursue an engineering program and ask them for clarification (their email will be on their website). All the best!

    When you make a commitment, you create hope. When you keep a commitment you create trust! ~ John C. Maxwell

  • When we apply for a government job or for a seat in a government institute for education, we should give correct information only, Any wrong information given will attract very serious punishment. I will tell you about a real incident that happened. One of my relatives belonging to the general category applied under the SC category by obtaining a fake certificate and obtained a seat. He joined the institute and finished his course and joined a government job also. After joining the job an enquiry was conducted and found that the certificate of caste is a fake one. His degree was cancelled, and he lost his job and was even imprisoned also. So we should not give any false information in your application.
    Again, the rules will be changing from time to time and we don't know what will be there in 2025. Instead of having so many doubts and trying for another 12th certificate, I suggest you go for any course for which you will be eligible and concentrate on that degree. In the process of completing again 12th, you will be losing 3 years of your valuable time. So complete BE/B Tech in four years and then try for your MTech in IITs. That will fulfil your wish of doing a course in IIT and you will have good qualifications also.
    Your eligibility will be a big doubt and if you still wish to get clarity on this matter as advised by Vandana, you better contact the NAT authorities with correct and proper information to them.

    always confident

  • With reference to your previous question in AE section, the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main is a national-level exam that is conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) for admission to undergraduate engineering courses in various institutions across India. JEE Main is a highly competitive exam, and many students prepare for years to secure a good rank. However, the eligibility criteria for JEE Main can be a bit complicated, especially if a student has exhausted their earlier attempts.

    As per the JEE Main information brochure, a candidate can attempt JEE Main for a maximum of three consecutive years. However, there is no limit on the number of attempts for JEE Advanced, which is the next level of the exam for admission to the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs).

    If a student has exhausted their three attempts for JEE Main, they are not eligible to appear for the exam again, even if they have passed their Class 10 or 12 exams again. This is because JEE Main eligibility is determined based on the year of passing the Class 12 exam. As per the JEE Main eligibility criteria, a candidate must have passed their Class 12 or equivalent exam in the year 2021, 2022, or 2023, or be appearing for the exam in 2023.

    In your case, since you have exhausted your three attempts for JEE Main, you are not eligible to appear for the exam again, even if you have taken admissions to Class 10 NIOS again as a fresh candidate. This is because JEE Main eligibility is determined based on the year of passing the Class 12 exam, and not based on the Class 10 mark sheet. Therefore, you will not be eligible for JEE Main even if you have a new mark sheet for Class 10 and Class 12.

    However, there are other engineering entrance exams that you can consider, such as the state-level engineering entrance exams or the BITSAT exam. These exams have their own eligibility criteria, and you can check the respective websites for more information.

    Unfortunately, if you have exhausted your three attempts for JEE Main, you are not eligible to appear for the exam again, even if you have passed your Class 10 or 12 exams again. Therefore, you should explore other options for engineering entrance exams.

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