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Joint Entrance Examination – Advanced

Joint Entrance Examination – Advanced (JEE-Advanced), formerly the Indian Institutes of Technology-Joint Entrance Examination (IIT-JEE) is an annual engineering college entrance examination in India. It is conducted by one of the seven zonal IITs (IIT Roorkee, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Delhi, IIT Kanpur, IIT Bombay, IIT Madras, and IIT Guwhati ) under guidance of the Joint Admission Board(JAB). It is used as the sole admission test by the 23 Indian Institute of Technology (IITs). Other universities like the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISERs) and the premier Indian Institute of Science (IISc) also use the score obtained in JEE Advanced as the basis for admission. Any student who takes admission to IITs cannot appear for the JEE-Advanced exam in the next year, but the same is not the case with IISc, IISER, RGIPT and other institutes as these institutes only use JEE Advanced score for admission. The examination is organised each year by one of the various IITs, on a round robin rotation pattern. It has a very low admission rate (about 9,369 in 479,651 in 2012;which is around 1.95%)[1] The current admission rate in 2017 is around 0.92% in IITs (about 11,000 out of 1,200,000 who applied for JEE Main)[1] .It is recognised as one of the toughest examinations in the world and is one of the most difficult examinations of India to qualify.

In 2013 the exam, originally called the IIT-JEE, was renamed as JEE (Advanced), along with the AIEEE being renamed JEE(Main).[2] From 2017, IITs started conducting JEE internationally to give admission to international students.[3]


The first IIT, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, started in 1951. In the initial few years (1951-1954) students were admitted on the basis of their academic results followed by an Interview in several Centers across the country. From 1955-1959 admission was via an all India examination held only for IIT Kharagpur (other IITs had not started by then). Branches were allotted through Interviews/counseling held at Kharagpur.[citation needed]

The common IIT-JEE was conducted for the first time in 1960,[4][5] when it had four subjects including an English language paper. The examination since evolved considerably from its initial pattern. The IIT-JEE was initially called the Common Entrance Exam (CEE); its creation coincided with that of the 1961 IIT Act.[6]

From 1978, The English paper was stopped being taken into account for counting the rank. From 1998, the English exam was completely stopped.

In 1990, the screening paper was introduced. All the students had to qualify the screening paper to be eligible to qualify.

In 1995, the screening paper was removed.

In 1997, the IIT-JEE was conducted twice after the question paper was leaked in some centers.

Between 2000 and 2005, an additional screening test was used alongside the main examination, intended to reduce pressure on the main examination by allowing only about 20,000 top candidates to sit the paper, out of more than 450,000 applicants.

From 2002, an additional exam called the AIEEE was introduced. All students had to qualify this exam to be eligible to sit for JEE(Advanced) (Then IIT-JEE). On 2012 The AIEEE was changed to JEE(Main) and IIT-JEE to JEE(Advanced) [obviously incorrect; AIEEE was never used as screening test for JEE; This became screening test for JEE (advanced) only on restructuring / renaming as JEE (main)].

From June 2005, The Hindu newspaper led a campaign for reforming the IIT-JEE to reduce the coaching mania and to improve the gender and socio-economic diversity.[7][8][9] Two possible solutions were proposed - either a convergence between the screening test and the All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE), or a two-tier examination whereby ranks from the first tier can be used for the purposes of gaining admission to the NITs and other engineering colleges in the country.

In September 2005, an analysis group of directors of all the IITs announced major reforms to the examination. These were implemented from 2006 onwards. .[10] The revised test consisted of a single objective test, replacing the earlier two-test system. In order to be eligible for the main examination, candidates in the general category had to secure a minimum of 60% aggregated marks in the qualifying examination of the XIIth standard organized by various educational boards of India, while candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Physically Disabled (PD) categories must secure a minimum of 55%.

From 2006, the screening exam was abolished with the introduction of 8 new IITs. The exam became fully objective [obviously incorrect statement; new IITs started in 2008, screening exam was removed and single stage multiple-choice exam started in 2006].

In 2008, the Director and the Dean of IIT Madras called for revisions to the examination, arguing that the coaching institutes were "enabling many among the less-than-best students to crack the test and keeping girls from qualifying". They expressed concern that the present system did not allow for applicants' 12 years of schooling to have a bearing on admissions into IITs.[11]

In 2008, the Indian Institutes of Technology, for the first time, went overseas with their entrance examination as they set up a centre for the competitive test in Dubai.[12] The number of candidates appearing in Dubai hovered around 200 to 220.[13]

The two-tier reform suggested in 2005 may become a reality as the Indian government has announced plans for a single entrance exam for all engineering colleges from 2018, with students aspiring for the IITs having to pass the nationwide common entrance test (JEE-Main) with high marks and then take the JEE-Advanced to qualify for the IITs.[14]

From 2018, JEE(Advanced) started being conducted online.


Candidates satisfying all the following criteria are eligible to appear in JEE(Advanced).

  • Should be among the top 2,24,000 candidates in JEE(Main).
  • Should be less than 25 years of age. For SC, ST, PwD candidates the age limit is 30 years.
  • Should not have appeared in the JEE(Advanced) exam 2 years before or earlier.
  • Should have appeared for the Class XII Board Examination for the first time in the last year of the exam or that year only.
  • Should not have accepted admission in any of the IITs earlier.
  • Should have passed Class 12 Board Exams with minimum 75% marks.

Organizing Institute

This list shows the organizing institute of JEE(Advanced) in the recent years.

Year Organizing Institute
2006 IIT Kharagpur
2007 IIT Bombay
2008 IIT Roorkee
2009 IIT Guwahati
2010 IIT Madras
2011 IIT Kanpur
2012 IIT Delhi
2013 IIT Delhi
2014 IIT Kharagpur
2015 IIT Bombay
2016 IIT Guwahati
2017 IIT Madras
2018 IIT Kanpur
2019 IIT Roorkee


The number of students taking the examination increased substantially each year with over 4,85,000 sitting IIT-JEE 2011. This represented an increase of 30,000 students (6.5%) from 2010.[15] The number of eligible candidates to sit in the JEE Advanced Exam 2018 is increased from 2.20 lakhs to 2.24 lakhs recently.[16]

The availability of seats in recent years is as shown below:

Institute Intake (2006) Intake (2007) Intake (2008) Intake (2009) Intake (2010) Intake (2011) Intake (2012) Intake




Intake (2015)[17] Intake (2016) Intake (2017)[18][19]
IIT Bhilai --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 120 120
IIT Bhubaneshwar --- --- 120 120 120 120 120 160 180 180 260 350
IIT Bombay 600 574 648 746 880 880 880 880 880 903 903 929
IIT Delhi 552 553 626 721 851 851 851 851 851 851 851 851
IIT (ISM) Dhanbad 444 658 705 923 1012 1034 1034 1023 962 935 912 912
IIT Dharwad --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 120 120
IIT Gandhinagar --- --- 120 120 120 120 120 140 150 150 180 180
IIT Goa --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 90 90
IIT Guwahati 350 365 435 498 588 615 615 660 660 660 615 645
IIT Hyderabad --- --- 120 120 120 140 140 210 220 220 240 285
IIT Indore --- --- --- 120 120 120 120 120 120 120 260 260
IIT Jammu --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 90 120
IIT Jodhpur --- --- 120 120 120 160 160 200 160 120 160 180
IIT Kanpur 456 541 608 702 827 827 827 827 827 853 827 827
IIT Kharagpur 659 874 988 1138 1341 1341 1370 1341 1341 1341 1341 1341
IIT Madras 554 540 612 713 838 838 838 838 838 838 838 838
IIT Mandi --- --- --- 120 120 120 120 120 120 145 150 150
IIT Palakkad --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 120 120 120
IIT Patna --- --- 120 120 120 120 120 200 200 200 200 225
IIT Roorkee 546 746 884 1013 1155 1155 1155 1105 1065 1030 970 975
IIT Ropar --- --- 120 120 120 120 120 120 120 130 155 260
IIT Tirupati --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 120 120 120
IIT (BHU) Varanasi 568 686 766 881 1057 1057 1057 1090 1090 1090 1090 1090
Total 4583 5537 6992 8295 9509 9618 9647 9885 9784 10006 10572 10988

From 2008, six new IITs (IIT Bhubaneshwar, IIT Gandhinagar, IIT Hyderabad, IIT Jodhpur, IIT Patna and IIT Ropar) were opened with 120 seats each, increasing the total number of seats to almost 7000. For 2009, admissions were made to two more IITs, namely IIT Indore and IIT Mandi (Himachal Pradesh) taking the seat count to almost 8300. In 2011, with additional courses in several old and new IITs, the total seat count crossed 9600. IIT Tirupati and IIT Palakkad started functioning in 2015 and four more (IIT Bhilai, IIT Dharwad, IIT Goa, IIT Jammu) started in 2016; along with seat additions in other Institutions, making the 2017 seat count to almost 11000.


Reservation are provided to Indian Nationals belonging to certain categories (SC, ST, PwD, etc.) and to the girls in accordance with the rules of Government of India and such candidates are declared qualified in JEE(Advanced) 2018 based on relaxed norms.


Candidates qualifying in the JEE(Advanced) are eligible to admission in the 23 IITs if they satisfy any one of the following criteria.

  • They should score a minimum of 75% in the class XII board examination.
  • Must be in the top 20 percentile marks of the board exam.[20]


In 2012, Super 30 founder and mathematician Anand Kumar criticised the New Admission Norms, saying that the decision of the IIT Council to give chance to students having top 20% from various boards in the class 12 examinations, was a decision in haste. "This is one decision that will go against the poor, who don't have the opportunity to study in elite schools," he added.[21]

IIT-JEE was conducted only in English and Hindi, which was criticised as making it harder for students where regional languages, like Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Urdu, Oriya, Bengali, Marathi, Assamese or Gujarati, are more prominent. In September 2011, the Gujarat High Court acted on a Public Interest Litigation by the Gujarati Sahitya Parishad, demanding the exams be conducted in Gujarati.[22] A second petition was made in October by Navsari's Sayaji Vaibhav Sarvajanik Pustakalaya Trust.[23] Another petition was made at the Madras High Court for conducting the exam in Tamil. In the petition, it was claimed that not conducting the exam in the regional languages is in violation of article 14 of the Constitution of India. PMK, a political party in Tamil Nadu held a demonstration at Chennai for conducting IIT-JEE and other national entrance exams in regional languages also, particularly Tamil in Tamil Nadu.[24] Pattali Makkal Katchi party has filed Public Interest Litigation in Madras High Court for conducting IIT JEE entrance exam in Tamil also. They submitted that every year 7.63 lakh students were completing 12th standard in Tamil Nadu, 75% of them from Tamil Medium. They had to take the entrance exam in English or Hindi, neither of which was their medium of instruction nor their mother tongue, and so were denied their fundamental right to take up the entrance exam in their medium of instruction, based on their mother tongue.[25][26]Shiv Sena urged MHRD to conduct IITJEE and other national undergraduate entrance exams in regional languages, particularly Marathi language in Maharashtra.[27] Most of the JEE controversies sparked the nation as the exam is very well known. In 2017, the supreme court ordered JAB to put a bar on the ongoing counseling process. There were three questions comprising a total of 11 marks that were unclear.

Changes made in JEE (Advanced) 2018

There were several changes made in the exam from 2018. The Joint Admission Board (JAB) decided to conduct the entire exam online from 2018 since it reduces chances of paper leak and makes logistics and evaluation easier. It said that the online exam will neutralise the problem of misprinting. The number of students appearing for the JEE (Advanced) has been increased by 4000, which was earlier 2,20,000.[28]


Preparing for the Joint Entrance Exam normally begins two years before students take the test. 90% of students who pass this exam attend coaching academies, which has created a $3.37 billion industry with annual tuitions of up to $1,700.[29] These academies include tests multiple times a week, up to 200 students per class, and long hours, in addition to regular high school work. There are hundreds of academies across the country and the most famous—in Kota, Rajasthan—attracts approximately 125,000 students each year.[30] Coaching programs have become major corporations and are now not only listed on the Indian stock market, but also attract millions of dollars of investment from private equity firms.[31] The high-pressure environments, with much competition and high expectations, have been blamed for the significant number of suicides that occur in these academies.[32][33]

See also


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