JEE Advanced 2020 – registrations to commence soon

Eagerly waiting for the 2020 JEE Advanced test for admission to IITs and other top engineering colleges in the country? No worry, your wait ends on 12th September 2020, when registration process for JEE Advanced 2020 commences. Learn in this article the important dates and the latest updates on this prestigious entrance exam.

JEE Advanced is one of the most prestigious of entrance tests in India. It is the gateway to the top engineering colleges. Admissions to the 23 IITs (Indian Institute of Technology) are solely through the JEE Advanced test. JEE Advanced rankings are also considered by IISc Bangalore, IIST (Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology) and the seven IISERs (Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research) for admission to their undergraduate programs. To appear for the JEE Advanced test, one has to, however, qualify the JEE Main, another prestigious exam conducted by the NTA (National Testing Agency), an examining body under the Ministry of Education, Govt. of India. JEE Advanced, on the other hand is conducted by the IITs themselves, and this year it will be conducted by IIT Delhi on 27 September 2020.

Now that the Supreme Court and the Government of India has given the green signal to NTA for conducting the JEE Main from 01 September - 06 September 2020, after being postponed twice, the doors are now open for the JEE Advanced to be conducted on 27 September. As such, the dates of registration for JEE Advanced have been announced by the authorities, in a recent update on 02 September 2020. The registrations are going to start soon. Aspirants can seek here the important dates concerning the exam, as well as, other relevant details. You may also go through the updated brochure published at the JEE Advanced website.

Important dates

  • Registration for JEE Advanced opens on – 12 September 2020
  • Last date for registration – 17 September 2020 (5 pm IST)
  • Last date for payment of registration fee – 18 September 2020 (5 pm)
  • Downloading of admit cards – 21 September (10 am) to 27 September 2020 (9 am)
  • JEE Advanced test date – 27 September 2020 (Sunday)
  • Declaration of results – 05 October 2020 (Monday)
  • Seat allocation process (tentative dates) – 06 October 2020 to 09 November 2020

Eligibility criteria

These are the following criteria that every JEE Advanced aspirant will have to fulfill for appearing for the test. They are as follows-
  • The candidate should have successfully qualified the JEE Advanced test and be among the top 250,000 students. The candidates will be shortlisted based on their categories. There will be seat reservation for different categories based on the Govt. of India norms on reservation.
  • The number of attempts that can be given by the candidates is two.
  • For appearing for JEE Advanced 2020, the candidate should have passed class 12 in 2019 or 2020 with Physics, chemistry and math. This year, the IITs have done away with the criteria of minimum marks of 75% in class 12 or being among the top 20 percentile of students in the respective exam board. Candidates who have passed class 12 or its equivalent in 2018, but their results were declared after June 2018 are also eligible to apply.
  • Candidates born after 1st October 1995 are only eligible to apply. For SC, ST and PwD candidates, an additional relaxation of 5 years is given. It means, anyone from the above category, born after 01 October 1990 can apply.
  • Those who have previously got admission to an IIT are not eligible to apply, even though the candidate might not have studied there. Even those who had their admission cancelled by the IITs are not eligible. However, those who have done a preparatory course at an IIT for the first time in 2019 are eligible to apply. Even those who did not report to the reporting centre during the joint seat allocation or withdrew from the seat allotment rounds can also apply.

Admit card

The admit card can be downloaded as per the given dates. It will have the details of the candidate such as name, roll number, date of birth, address, signature and photograph. Besides this there will be the name of the exam centre and its address. A printout of the admit card along with a valid photo identity card is to be carried by the student to the exam centre, failing which, the candidate will not be allowed to appear for the test. Some of the valid photo IDs are PAN Card, Aadhaar, Passport, Voter Card, School ID and Driving License.

About the exam

JEE Advanced consists of two papers – Paper 1 and Paper 2. Both the papers are of 3 hours duration and compulsory. The timing for the tests is given as under.
  • Paper 1 – 9 am to 12 pm
  • Paper 2 – 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm

An additional one hour will be given to the PwD candidates during each paper.

Both the papers are Computer Based Test (CBT), where the students will be allotted with a computer terminal to appear for the same. The candidates may familiarize themselves with the test pattern and mode by appearing for a few mock test available at the JEE Advanced website.

Test centres

The exam will be held at various test centres across the country. This year, to ensure that social distancing norms are followed properly, the number of test centres have been increased. Candidates will get to select 8 test centres in the order of their preference. Mostly, you will be allotted with the centre of your choice. Only in exceptional circumstances, you may no get the first choice. The state wise list of the test centres is available with the brochure.

How to register

The registration process for JEE Advanced is completely online. One has to visit the official website of JEE Advanced. For foreign nationals, as they do not have to appear for the JEE Main, the registrations are opening on 05 September 2020 itself. However, this year due to visa and travel restrictions, there will be no overseas centre for the test. As a result, all such candidates from the foreign countries will have to select a centre within India itself. The registration process is basically a 3-step process. In the first step, the candidate will have to first register with the site and then fill-up the form. You will have to then upload the relevant documents as given below. Finally, you will have to pay the registration fee as given under.

Registration fee

Indian nationals:
  • Female candidates – INR 1400
  • SC, ST and PwD categories – INR 1400
  • Every other candidate – INR 2800

Foreign nationals:
  • SAARC countries – 75 US Dollar
  • Rest all other countries – 150 US Dollar

The registration fee is to be paid online through payment modes like net banking, debit cards or credit cards.

Documents to be uploaded during registration

Following is the list of documents whose scanned copy is to be uploaded while registering.
  1. Date of birth or class 10 certificate.
  2. Class 12 certificate from those who have appeared for the test in 2019 or 2020.
  3. Gazette notification, if the name of the candidate is not the same as given in class 10 certificate.
  4. Reserved category candidates from the GEN-EWS, OBC-NCL, SC, ST and PwD category to upload their respective category certificates.
  5. Candidates seeking admission in the Defence category to submit the concerned certificate from the Directorate of Resettlement and Rehabilitation, New Delhi.
  6. Candidates needing the services of a scribe are to submit a request letter to the chairman of the zonal coordinating IIT.

Few important details

  • Candidates appearing for the test should arrive at the test centre well in advance. Any candidate arriving after the exam has started will not be permitted to take the examination.
  • The candidates should be wearing a mask and carrying a transparent sanitizer bottle (up to 50 ml) with them.
  • Besides the above, the only other items permitted are the admit card, photo ID, pens, pencils and drinking water in a transparent bottle.
  • Candidates cannot leave the exam hall before the test is over. They are required to be present during the entire duration of the papers.
  • To be considered for ranking the candidates will have to appear for both the papers.
  • Website of JEE Advanced:

Article by Dhruv
Dhruv, an electrical engineer by training and profession, loves to dabble in writing during his free time. For the last seven years, he has been a content writer creating content for ISC on topics mostly related to school and college admissions.

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