What is a good score in JEE Main to qualify for JEE Advanced?

Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) Main 2024 ( JEE Main )

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Candidates need to score certain marks in JEE Main to become eligible for JEE Advanced exam. The minimum marks needed to be qualified for JEE Advanced vary category-wise. Here we will talk about a safe score in JEE Main that candidates need to qualify for JEE Advanced. This will help the IIT aspirants have a goal to work towards. Let's check out this article for all the details.

Good score in JEE Main to qualify for JEE Advanced

What is a good score in JEE Main to qualify for JEE Advanced?

Getting admission to an IIT is the dream of every engineering student, but not everyone who takes the JEE Main exam will cut. A candidate's eligibility for JEE Advanced is determined by their percentile score in JEE Mains. NTA sets a JEE Main cutoff percentile score, and anyone who scores above this cutoff becomes eligible to appear for the JEE Advanced exam. The cutoff score varies for General, EWS, OBC, SC, ST, and PwD candidates. Considering past trends, any candidate who scores above the 88 percentile can have a fair chance of qualifying for JEE Advanced.

JEE Main marks will allow the candidates to take admission to the NITs, IIITs, GFTIs and other reputed colleges of the nation. However, getting into IIT has only one route, which goes through the JEE Advanced exam. This year, NTA will conduct the JEE Main 2024 exam in two sessions in January and April. NTA JEE Main 2024 exam date session 1 is January 24 to February 1 while the session 2 exam will be held from April 1 to 15. On the other hand, JEE Advanced will be held on May 26, 2024 by IIT Madras.

The result of JEE Main will be based on the best scores out of the 2 attempts for the candidates who will appear for both the January and April sessions. 

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What is a good score in JEE Main to qualify for JEE Advanced?

We have provided below the good scores needed in JEE Main to qualify for JEE Advanced exam. This analysis is based on the previous years' JEE Main cutoff trends.

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JEE Main Cutoff 2024-2022


2024 cutoff (expected percentile)

2023 Cutoff (Percentile)

2022 cutoff (Percentile)

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JEE Main Cutoff 2018-2016 (percentile was not introduced)

Category/Year 2018 Cutoff (Marks) 2017 Cutoff (Marks) 2016 Cutoff (Marks)
General 74 81 100
OBC-NCL 45 49 70
SC 29 32 52
ST 24 27 48
PwD -35 NA NA

What do we get from the above table?

From the above table, it is clear that candidates need to score around the 90 percentile to have a chance to be eligible for JEE Advanced. The cutoff score of JEE Main for JEE Advanced has always stayed in the range of 87 to 90 percentile for the CRL.

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Before 2019 when the percentile was not introduced, candidates required a minimum of 100 marks in JEE Main to be eligible for JEE Advanced.

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How is the JEE Main cutoff score decided for JEE Advanced Eligibility?

The JEE Main cut-off for admission/qualification is determined by several factors. These include:

  • The number of aspirants who appeared for the exam.
  • The difficulty level of the exam, the total number of seats available.
  • The total number of applications received for a particular programme.
  • The category under which admission is sought.

These factors play a crucial role in setting the cut-off, which is a benchmark for the selection of candidates for further rounds of the admission process.

What is JEE Main Percentile Score?

In an exam, the percentile score is calculated by comparing the performance of all the aspirants who appeared for the exam. The score is then transformed into a scale of 0 to 100 for each session of examinees. According to the official website of NTA, the percentile score indicates the percentage of candidates who have scored equal to or below that particular percentile in that examination. For instance, the topper of each session (highest score) gets a percentile of 100, which is desirable. The marks obtained by other candidates are also converted to appropriate percentiles between the highest and lowest scores.

Percentile is not a percentage. A percentage is a number out of 100, but the percentile score of a candidate will reflect how many candidates have scored below that candidate in an exam. A Percentile score is a value below which a certain per cent of observations falls.

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Answered 5 hours ago

Hi Nicholas,

After 1st session result NTA opens the correction window to make changes.

But after 2nd session result there is less chances but they can open it again.

So don't worry about it.

In the year of 2023 they opened two times so in this year it should happen.

In case you if you are not able to ch




Beginner-Level 5

Answered 5 hours ago

GNDU have B.Tech lateral admission. However Electrical engineering branch is not available here. So think about some other branches. Further JEE Main is not required for lateral admission. However University will conduct own entrance exam.

pradeep kumar

Scholar-Level 18

Answered Yesterday

The cutt-off for the year 2023-2024 has not released as of now (19-04-2024). The cutt-off for haridwar university for the year 2023-2024 will be released in the month of may or june. Sometimes it may get delayed due to various reasons. Maybe varry due to some reasons like political activites and ele



Vaibhav Nalawade

Beginner-Level 3

Answered 3 days ago

The reputation of the college may affect the range. College with high reputation will have higher range.You cannot get admission into college through JEE main exam. You need to separately write exam or you should be your state topper in 12th boards to get direct admission. Even if you are taking adm



Namira Mansuri

Beginner-Level 5

Answered 4 days ago

Admission in VJTI are done purely on the basis of merit of MHTCET for engineering courses through CAP allotment by CET cell Maharashtra. So chances of getting admission through JEE Main rank you obtained are very low.

pradeep kumar

Scholar-Level 18

Answered 4 days ago

Yes, for B.Tech admissions at ITM University, Raipur, valid JEE Main scores are accepted. This means that if you have appeared for the JEE Main examination and obtained a valid score, you are eligible to apply for admission to the B.Tech programme at ITM University, Raipur.

It's important to note tha



Nisan Yogi

Beginner-Level 5

Answered a week ago

To get into NITs via JEE Mains, you'll need to have passed 12th grade with at least 75% marks (or be in the top 20% of your class). For SC/ST students, the minimum is 65%. There's no upper age limit.


Kathankumar Patel

Beginner-Level 5

Answered a week ago

It's impossible to say for sure, but your EWS rank should be significantly better than your CRL rank. Think somewhere in the ballpark of 10,000 to 20,000. This is just an estimate though, as the exact difference can vary each year.


Kathankumar Patel

Beginner-Level 5

Answered a week ago

No, you can't change it for JEE Advanced after filling out the Mains form. Your category sticks from Mains to Advanced.


Kathankumar Patel

Beginner-Level 5

Answered a week ago

NTA has releasef the official JEE Main Answer Key 2024 Session 2 on the website jeemain.nta.ac.in. To download the JEE Main 2024 Answer Key session 2, candidates will need to login on the website using their application number and date of birth. Candidates can calculate their expected score in the e



Satyendra Singh

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