With a lot of buzz being created about the change in JEE pattern and admission, it is best to be sure about the eligibility and marking criteria for JEE Advance 2014. Like 2013 JEE, the eligibility criteria will remain the same. Only the top 1, 50,000 students that clear the JEE Main will be allowed to sit for the JEE Advanced and these include the reserved and general category candidates.
However, to start with the eligibility criteria, only those candidates can apply that are born after October 1, 1988-89. But 5 years age relaxation is given to the reserved sections including SC, ST and OBC. And the date of birth as mentioned on the 10th class certificate is considered as the legal age. The criteria for sitting for the JEE Mains and JEE advanced is that you need to have a minimum of 60% in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics while for the reserved category the eligibility to give the exam remains 55%. However, only those candidate will be allowed to sit for the JEE Advanced that clear the JEE Mains 2014 within the top 1, 50,000. But apart from qualifying JEE Advanced 2014, you will need to be among the top 20 percentile in board exams. And in case, the board does not give marks, you have grades; you can submit the grades from the specific board for consideration. Additionally, IIT-JEE prospectus has clearly mentioned that the 20 percentile information will need to be submitted by the students after getting the certificate from the specific Boards. The certificate usually states the student’s percentile in the Board if it falls within the 20 percentile. But in case the score is not available, the standard CBSE percentile shall be considered for the percentage of marks. Appearing for the IIT-JEE has now been restricted to only two chances. So you can be in 12th and give the exam or 1 year after that. No longer can you keep sitting for the exam in the hope of clearing it in 3-4 attempts. Additionally, if you plan on taking up architecture or get admission to any of the B. Arch programs, you will need to clear the JEE Mains and then give an aptitude examination before you can seek a seat at any of the architectural colleges in India. However, JEE Main and JEE Advanced syllabus remains the same so if you are planning to sit for the JEE 2014 exam, it’s time to start JEE preparation. Concentrate on studies, cut out distractions and be focused on your goal. Thus, cracking JEE even for an average student is not difficult so if you are determined, goal oriented and systematic in your studies, you can do it.