IIT JEE cut-off: Lowest amongst all exams

In a country where engineering has always been an obsession and engineers have always been revered, IIT JEE is seen as the ultimate life altering examination. Every year more than 15 lakh students sit for the IIT JEE Mains and at the end of it all, only a few thousands get through to the IITs. This speaks volumes about the level of the examination both in terms of difficulty and competition levels. The figures often end up scaring students, with several students looking at the JEE as the unassailable mountain rather than a crossable hurdle. However, when compared to other premier entrance examinations in the country, the cut-off numbers for JEE throw up a different picture than most perceive.

For the IIT JEE Mains 2015 the cut-offs for all categories were:

  • General: 105 marks, 30.8%
  • OBC: 74, 20.55%
  • SC: 53, 14.72%
  • ST: 47, 13.05%
  • PwD: 45, 12.5%

These numbers show that getting through the JEE Mains is not as tough a task as people across the country make it out to be. Furthermore, when compared to reputed entrance exams of different streams, these cut-offs give a clear picture to the students in terms of the achievability of their dream.

Let’s take a look at the cut-offs for other entrance exams in the country:

For the year 2015, the percentile required to get through to the IIMs through CAT was a minimum of-

  • 90 for General
  • 75 for SC
  • 65 for ST
  • 70 for PWD

These cut-off percentiles were for the lowest ranked IIMs, with the top ranked IIMs, IIM- A, B and C demanding a minimum of 99 percentile for general category students.

For India’s premier Law entrance examination, CLAT, the minimum cut-off for getting into the top rung law institutes in 2014 was roughly 58%, almost double of what is required for JEE.

These figures are sure to give you a clear idea about how JEE is tough but still a lot easier to crack as compared to other sought after entrance examinations in the country.

Amrita Verma

I am a MBA Graduate, Creative thinker, blogger . Guiding student preparing for JEE for over 5 years. Have worked in Bansal Classess Kota from 2008 to 2013. In these 5 years I have understood much about What JEE is and What it takes to be an IITian. You can follow me on Google

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