10 Key Points You Did Not Know about JEE(Main)-2019

The JEE(Main) – 2019 Information Brochure is now released.  Reading through such a lengthy document is no fun and many times we skim through the content.  However,  thats when we miss out on some really juicy stuff.   We thought we could highlight some interesting points for all of you.  Happy reading.

1. Eligibility:

Chemistry is not a compulsory subject for any candidate to be eligible to apply for the JEE(Main) 2019. However,  the entrance exam will have questions from Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics.  Technically, a student with Maths, Physics and Biology is eligible to apply for JEE(Main)-2019 but would have to clear the Chemistry questions of the test.  Weird, but true.

2. Year of Appearance in Qualifying Examination (QE)

A candidate who has completed class XII in 2017 can apply for JEE(Main) 2019 and is eligible to get into IIITs, NITs, CFTIs, but that candidate is not eligible to apply for JEE(Advanced). Strange, but true.

3. Age Limit            

For appearing in the JEE(Main) 2019 examination there is no age limit for the candidates. They must, however, satisfy the Eligibility and Year of Appearance in the Qualifying Examination.

4. Challenging the Response or answer keys:

It is going to cost you ₹1000 per question if you either would like to challenge the recorded response or if you would like to challenge the answer keys.  Would deserving, but economically weaker, candidates be disadvantaged if they would like to challenge?

5. In case of a tie

Older candidates would get higher rank if NTA score of their individual subjects are same as that of a younger candidate.  This time, experience wins!

6. Only Maths required for B.Arch Eligibility 

NTA says that candidates should have passed 10+2 exams with Mathematics (no mention of Physics & Chemistry) to qualify for B.Arch (Paper 2).  This means, candidates in Commerce with Maths can apply for Paper-2 of JEE(Main)-2019 and apply to the B.Arch programs offered at NITs and CFTIs.  Contrast this with NATA (National Aptitude Test in Architecture, the testing body under the Council of Architecture) which has made Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics mandatory from 2019 for Admissions to B.Arch programs.  Read our blog B.Arch Eligibility 2019 Confusion : NTA vs NATA for more on this.   

7. AADHAAR is alive and kicking

Even though Supreme Court has reserved the judgement on the constitutional validity of AADHAAR, candidates who want to apply for JEE(Main) 2019 would need one.  Either an AADHAAR number or an AADHAAR Enrolment ID is mandatory.

8. Language of JEE(Main)-2019

Interesting to note that Gujarati is one of the languages in which JEE(Main) 2019 shall be administered in.  This facility has been provided since at least the last four years. However, Gujarati language option will be available only in test centres cities in Gujarat, Daman & Diu and Dadar& Nagar Haveli.  It is fascinating to note that nearly 15 out of top 200 ranks in JEE(Main)-2018 were from Gujarat. Coincidence?

9. Recognized board for Qualifying Examination:

Candidates from NIOS (Open school)  are eligible to apply besides CBSE, ICSE and State Board candidates.
In addition, NDA Year 2 candidates and 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) are also eligible.

10. Here are the States/Institutes that used JEE (MAIN) -2018 ranks to fill seats through their own Seat Allocation Process last year:

Institutes and States that are not admitting students via JoSAA/CSAB (Centralized counselling) but use the  JEE(Main) 2019 rank as one of the criteria could add other criteria while granting admissions.  For instance, IIIT-Delhi could arguable use a combination of JEE(Main)-2019 rank of a candidate and her Class XII marks in some proportion to create its own admission rank list. 

  • Haryana
  • Madhya Pradesh
  • Nagaland
  • Odisha
  • Uttarakhand
  • Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar
  • Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh
  • Indian Institute of Science, Banglore
  • Indian Institute of Space Technology, Thiruvanathapuram
  • Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology,
  • Delhi Technological University, New Delhi.
  • Indira Gandhi Delhi Technical University
  • Netaji Subhash Institute of Technology
  • JamiaMilliaIslamia, New Delhi