Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)

About : IIT - JEE

IIT-JEE is a joint entrance exam for admission to the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and other premier institutions. This examination is conducted for admission to B.Tech., Integrated M.Tech., Cooperative Integrated M.Tech., B.Pharm. (4 years) and B.Arch. The Indian Institutes of Technology are located in ChennaiNew DelhiKanpur, KharagpurRoorkee and Mumbai.
The Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad, the Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, IIITM, Gwalior, IIIT, Allahabad, NIFFT, Ranchi and DG Shipping (TS Chanakya, Mumbai and Marine Engineering and Research Institute, Kolkata) also admit students from the JEE merit list for their undergraduate programmes.
However, women candidates are not given admission to B.Tech. in Mining or Mining Machinery Engineering under Section 46 (1) of the Mines Act, 1952.

Procedure of the IIT-JEE:

From the year 2000, a reform has been introduced in the existing scheme of the examination. IIT-JEE will henceforth be conducted in two phases. Only those who qualify in the first phase, aptly termed the Screening Test, will be allowed to appear for the subsequent Main Examination. It is mandatory for candidates desiring to join B.Arch. and B.Design to qualify in a two-hour aptitude test at the counselling institutes. Separate merit lists of candidates belonging to the General and SC/ST categories are prepared. No waiting or extended list is prepared. There are independent cut-offs for each subject and also for the aggregate. The choice of examination centres and the IIT zone in no way influence allotment of the Institute and the course to be pursued.

Academic Eligiblity:

A candidate for the JEE must have passed the final examination of the 10+2 system (or equivalent) with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics.
The qualifying examinations are listed below:

  • The +2 level examination in the 10+2 system conducted by any recognised Central or State Board of Secondary Education, including the Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi, and the Council for Indian School Certificate Examination, New Delhi.
  • The Senior Secondary School Examination conducted by the National Open School with a minimum of 5 subjects including Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics as separate papers.
  • Intermediate Science or the two-year Pre-University Examination in the science discipline conducted by a recognised board or university.
  • HSC Vocational Examination with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics as separate papers.
  • First-year examination of a degree course of any recognised Indian University or institute after a Higher Secondary Examination in the 10+1 system.
  • National Defence Academy's final examination of the Joint Services Wing.
    (vii) The Advanced (A) level of the General Certificate Education (GCE) Examination (London or Cambridge or Sri Lanka).
  • University of Cambridge's Higher School Certificate Examination.
  • Any Board / Public School / University Examination in India or abroad recognised by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) as equivalent to the 10+2 system.
  • Candidates appearing for the final-year 10+2 Diploma examination may also write the JEE for provisional admission. However, proof of having passed the said examination must be produced latest by September 30 of the year of examination.
  • Three or four-year diploma recognised by the AICTE or a State Board of Technical Education.
  • Candidates seeking admission to B.Tech. and five-year Dual Degree programmes in Biotechnology & Biochemical Engineering offered by IIT-Kharagpur, must have had Biology or Life Science as a subject in the qualifying examination (10+2).
  • Indian students studying abroad for more than 5 years can seek admission under DASA (Direct Admission of Students from Abroad). Likewise, Indian nationals who have at least 5 years of education abroad, inclusive of 10+2 or equivalent (but not beyond) during the last 8 years can also seek admission under the scheme. Foreign nationals are also eligible to write the JEE.

Other Eligibility Conditions:

  • All Indian nationals residing in India or abroad may seek admission through this examination. Indian students who have studied abroad for at least 5 years, inclusive of 10+2 during the last 8 years, are eligible to apply through the scheme Direct Admission of Students from Abroad (DASA).
  • Foreign nationals can also appear in the IIT-JEE.
    The Age Limit is between 17 and 23 years as on September 30 of the year of examination.
  • The upper age limit is relaxed by 5 years in the case of SC/ST and physically handicapped candidates. There is currently no minimum age requirement.

Scheme of the Examination:

  • The 3-hour Screening Test consists of objective-type questions to be answered on a machine-gradable answer sheet using HB pencils only. The subjects Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry are given equal weightage.
  • In the Main Examinations, there are conventional questions in separate papers for Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry, each of 100 marks and 2 hours duration. It is held in the first week of May. Candidates can opt for question papers in English or Hindi and can answer the Main Examination in either of the following languages - Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Oriya, Punjabi, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu. Candidates should have appeared or be appearing in the 10+2 or equivalent examination and have taken or are taking Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics in that language. The choice of language made in the application form cannot be changed at a later stage of the examination.

Application Procedure:

Application forms and information brochures can be collected on payment of the requisite amount by bank draft / postal order, payable to IIT-Delhi, at SBI. The bank draft / postal order for the mentioned amount should be addressed to Chairman, Joint Entrance Examination, IIT- Delhi, Hauz Khas, New Delhi - 110016. Two slips of size 5 cm x 10 cm must accompany the postal request, with the candidate's complete draft / postal address including Pin Code. The envelope containing the bank draft / postal order and address slips must be clearly marked with the JEE (year) Application Form.


  • 15% of the seats are reserved for SC candidates and 7.5% for ST candidates.
  • Two seats are available in each Institute for children of defence / paramilitary personnel killed or permanently disabled in action.
  • One seat in each Institute is available for leprosy-cured or physically handicapped candidates (as specified by the Government of India) who are otherwise fit to pursue the course.

Contact Information:

A computerised service is available at some of the IITs to provide information about results etc. The application number and / or registration number must be given and a procedure followed as advised by the touch-tone phone. Other contact information is as follows:





Chennai Chairman JEE IIT Chennai- 600036
Delhi Chairman JEE IIT Delhi, Hauz Khas, NewDelhi- 110016
Guwahati Chairman JEE IIT Guwahati, Institution of Engineers Building, Paan Bazar, Guwahati-781001
Kanpur Chairman JEE IIT Kanpur-208016
Kharagpur Chairman JEE IIT Kharagpur-721302
Mumbai Chairman JEE IIT Mumbai, Powai, Mumbai-400076