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JEE Main Cut-Off Scores

CBSE will be declaring the JEE Main Cutoff for 2018 in the last week of April after the declaration of results. Read on to know more.

The Joint-Entrance Examination (JEE) is inarguably the most anticipated and coveted examination in the country. Every year over 12 lakh candidates register for JEE seeking admissions to the various engineering colleges including the prestigious IITs and NITs. The examination is held over two stages – first the JEE Main and then JEE Advanced for those who successfully clear the first stage. This article will discuss JEE Main cutoff score.

This year, CBSE has decided to grant the eligibility to attend the JEE Advanced to only 2,20,000 candidates including all categories, who score above the cut off scores in JEE Main determined by CBSE- of course in addition to the other eligibility criteria mentioned for the exam. These cut off scores will be declared around the last week of April after the conclusion of all the offline and online JEE Main examinations.

JEE Main Previous Years’ Cutoff

It is crucial for students to know the previous years’ JEE Main Cut-Off as they will be able to get an idea of the JEE Main 2018 Cut-Off. The cutoff scores will be different for different categories and it is decided based on the total number of candidates to be admitted to attend JEE Advanced and the reservation pre-determined for the different categories. This means the 2,20,000 candidates mentioned will include best performers overall categories – General, OBC, SC and ST- the exact number of candidates from each category determined by reservation rules.

Candidates can get a fair idea of what cut off scores will be this year depending on the trends over last few years. This also depends on the difficulty level of the exam and the total number of candidates who actually took the exam. The JEE main cut off scores for the different categories over last few years are provided below:

JEE Main 2017 Cut-Off:

Category Cut-Off
General 81
OBC 49
SC 32
ST 27
PWD 1

JEE Main 2016 Cut-Off:

Category Cut Off
General 100
OBC 70
SC 52
ST 48

JEE Main 2015 Cut-Off:

Category Cut Off
General 105
OBC 70
SC 50
ST 44

The JEE main cut off 2018 will be made available to everyone along with the result in the last week of April 2018. All the candidates who qualify will get the chance to move to JEE Advanced stage. The conducting body for JEE exams, CBSE, would be releasing the cut off scores for General, SC, ST and OBC-NCL categories separately. The JEE main 2018 cutoff would also depend on the difficulty level of examination, cut off trend for previous years, availability of seats and total number of candidates appearing in the examination.

Candidates need to score equal to or more than the cut off marks depending on the category to which they belong. As per the JEE main cut off trend, around 2,20,000 candidates will get selected for the JEE Advanced exam that is scheduled for May 20, 2018. A total of 23 IITs, 31 NITs, 20 IIITs and 18 GFTIs will be participating in the JEE main exam 2018 and they will then select candidates for admission in B.Tech and B.E. programmes.

JEE Main 2018 Expected Cutoff

Please note that the JEE Main 2018 cut-off marks for Paper-1 will be released by CBSE through online mode only. As discussed, cut-off marks depend on many factors like difficulty level of paper and number of students appeared in the exam. Students who score more than the cut-off marks will qualify the Paper-1 of JEE Main 2018. And the marks are as follows:-

Category  Cut-off score
General 85
Scheduled Caste (SC) 35
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 30
Other backward classes (OBC) 50

Changes Made in Calculating the Cut-off Marks

CBSE has introduced a drastic change from the year 2017 and it will not give any importance to the marks of class 12th while deriving the JEE main cut-off score and rank of the candidate. The admission will be purely based on the rank of the candidate in JEE Advanced exam or JEE main rank. For being eligible, students must have scored at least 75% in their 12th standard qualifying examination (65% for reserved category candidates) or be in the top 20 percentile of their respective boards. Also, he/she must have any one of the subjects from Chemistry or Biotechnology or Biology or Technical Vocational subject B.Arch. or B. Planning along with Physics and Mathematics being a compulsory subject in their 10+2.

JEE Main 2018 Cutoff Important Dates

 Events  Dates
JEE main 2018 offline exam (Pen & Paper based) 1st week of April 2018
JEE main 2018 online exam (Computer-based) 2nd week of April 2018
Release of JEE main 2018 cutoff Last week of April 2018
Declaration of JEE main result 2018 Last week of April 2018

JEE Main 2018 Important Dates

1 Release of Official Notification November 2017
2 Release of online Application Form December 2017
3 Last date of online Application Form 2nd week of January 2018
4 Application Form Correction Schedule Until end of January 2018
5 Release of Admit Card 1st week of March 2018
6 Offline Exam (Paper 1 & Paper 2) April 8, 2018
7 Online Exam (Paper 1 only) 2nd week of April 2018
8 Release of Answer Key April 2018
9 Result announcement April 2018
10 Counselling Schedule July 2018

 Factors for Determining the JEE Main 2018 Cutoff

There are many factors that will be evaluated by the conducting authority while preparing the JEE main cutoff 2018. These rules include:

  • Number of candidates appeared in the exam
  • Performance of candidates in the exam
  • Difficulty level of the exam
  • Cut-off trend of previous years
  • Number of seats available

 JEE Main Opening and Closing Ranks Trend

The table given below reflects the opening and closing rank trends of NITs, IITs, IIITs and GFTIs from the previous years.

Opening and Closing Rank of NITs

Name of Institutes  2016  2015
Opening Rank Closing Rank Opening Rank Closing Rank
NIT Arunachal Pradesh 39 215470 49 641665
NIT Agartala 36 282713 184 368499
NIT Allahabad 4 28453 17 30358
NIT Bhopal 6 27275 9 34020
NIT Calicut 11 28679 4 35656
NIT Delhi 58 19138 163 30635
NIT Durgapur 69 45159 47 76633
NIT Goa 164 83915 248 65205
NIT Hamirpur 54 87902 3 117379
NIT Jaipur 8 27987 3 32897
NIT Jalandhar 40 71301 57 161495
NIT Jamshedpur 57 35764 22 35666
NIT Kurukshetra 35 29806 70 40268
NIT Meghalaya 423 122673 376 96527
NIT Mizoram 159 1074213 869 1097535
NIT Manipur 18 459666 943 610201
NIT Nagpur 391 32360 3 66911
NIT Nagaland 12 42185 509 92967
NIT Patna 23 7891 35 91833
NIT Puducherry 182 143596 118 129512
NIT Raipur 26 90465 35 109465
NIT Rourkela 15 71467 14 354157
NIT Surat 13 55666 46 493044
NIT Srinagar 74 252451 181 393113
NIT Sikkim 169 979418 309 1175666
NIT Silchar 785 58691 186 64910
NIT Surathkal 4 32588 15 43354
NIT Trichy 57 26489 5 27085
NIT Uttarakhand 264 56366 226 97362
NIT Warangal 5 29270 3 25741
NIT Andhra Pradesh 105 37051

 Opening and Closing Rank of IITs

Name of Institutes 2016 2015
Opening Rank Closing Rank Opening Rank Closing Rank
IIT Bombay 1 4880 1 4564
IIT Bhubaneshwar 22 8482 38 7352
IIT (BHU) Varanasi 1 9873 13 4706
IIT Delhi 1 5431 5 4706
IIT Gandhinagar 1 6869 154 7024
IIT Guwahati 1396 27928 9 6859
IIT Hyderabad 3 6844 108 5862
IIT Indore 10 7732 27 4250
IIT Jodhpur 31 6006 392 5345
IIT Kanpur 1 7469 6 5942
IIT Madras 1 9353 12 7963
IIT Mandi 56 7124 329 6313
IIT Palakkad 33 8648 83 7330
IIT Patna 23 7891 41 6949
IIT Roorkee 1 10422 11 9528
IIT Ropar 4 7372 130 5323
IIT Tirupati 5 8536 118 7197
ISM, Dhanbad 17 9589 25 8204
IIT Kharagpur 2 10310 3 9553
IIT Goa 43 7571
IIT Bhilai 26 8379

Opening and Closing Rank of IIITs and GFTIs

Name of Institutes  2016  2015
Opening Rank Closing Rank Opening Rank Closing Rank
IIIT Allahabad 70 16198 107 17797
IIIT Guwahati 1396 27928 1301 35592
IIIT Gwalior 89 17860 404 18862
IIIT Dharwad 225 29996 688 48534
IIIT Kota 276 27240 410 27545
IIIT Kalyani 338 32430 865 49154
IIIT Lucknow 650 23216 731 27434
IIIT Kurnool 243 33862 89 33131
IIIT Kottayam 297 29215 438 47428
IIIT Manipur 2179 40661 2381 69014
IIIT Jabalpur 168 25501 344 29549
IIIT Kancheepuram 142 30344 349 35421
IIIT Tiruchirappalli 57 25229 447 47184
IIIT Sonepat 587 28667 1554 36620
IIIT Una 136 30886 1248 40275
IIIT Vadodara 168 27270 136 36552
IICT Bhadohi 623 53311 635 158637
GKV Haridwar 116 50951 339 103832
BIT Mesra 31 51314 18 77485
IT- GGU Bilaspur 360 53965 318 147703

 Previous Year’s Opening and Closing Ranks:

You can also take a look at the opening and closing ranks of both NITs and IIITs for the year 2017 from the table below.

Name of the college Opening Rank  Closing Rank 
NIT Pudduchery 5377 22276
AB Vajpayee IIT and Management, Gwalior 3419 20927
BIT Deogarh 8290 39292
BIT PATNA 16775 28684
BIT Ranchi 4818 13285
Dr BHEEM RAO Ambedkar NIT, Jalandhar 4303 22540
Faculty of Engg. Haridwar 1170 36709
IIIT Allahabad 109 14757
IIIT D&M, TN 1542 17503
Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur 7982 30886
Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) Nagpur 15794 8135
Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) Pune 6060 6558
Indian Institute of Information Technology Design & Manufacturing Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh 10736 12639
Indian Institute of Information Technology Srirangam, Tiruchirappalli 18473 31157
NIT Calicut 470 17731
NIT Delhi 707 13423
NIT Durgapur 7376 21206
NIT Goa 2574 18383
NIT Hamirpur 5200 12743
NIT Jamshedpur 3318 13041
NIT Kurukshetra 874 8916
NIT Manipur 10577 38742
NIT Meghalaya 12185 34830
NIT Mizoram 8929 34658
NIT Nagaland 12466 40511
NIT Patna 6861 18903
NIT Raipur 7280 17664
Nit Rourkela 1005 6091
NIT Sikkim 9446 31946
NIT Silchar 2797 15557
NIT Srinagar 3411 29643
NIT Surathkal 11 4468
NIT Tiruchirpalli 1056 15416
NIT Uttarakhand 5535 19466
NIT Warangal 33 2100
NIT Agartala 4080 25737

Admission Procedure for Engineering Colleges

We all know that the JEE Main 2018 cut-off will be different for every category of students. These changes in the cut-off or rank will be based on the decision made by the Government standards for reservation. Since this exam has a seat reservation, the same trend will be followed by setting different cut-offs for various reserved categories. Additionally, this cut-off will change after every round of admissions in colleges.

The moment the cut-off gets declared for this year, qualified students would need to register for the online counselling under JoSAA (Joint Seat Allocation Authority). JoSAA is responsible for conducting the joint counselling session to allocate seats to students in IITs, IIITs, NITs and GFTIs. There would also be an opening and closing rank in all institutions for all categories of students. Please note that the required ranks may fluctuate from one branch of engineering to the other.

JEE Main 2018 Counselling

JoSAA (Joint Seat Allocation Authority) is an important conducting authority for JEE main counselling. Once the JEE main 2018 cutoff and rank list will get released, the counselling schedule will be announced. There will be many rounds as per the counselling process and students will be given pre-decided seats on the basis of their score and rank in the JEE main examination.

Once the cut off scores are announced, the eligible candidates have to immediately start their application procedures for JEE Advanced, as the application process usually happens in just under a week. You can read about JEE advanced registration here. Hope you did great in your JEE Main 2017 paper. Toppr wishes you All the best for the remaining exam season! The JEE Main cut off scores for PWD candidates of a particular category will be the same as other candidates of the same category. The ranks of JEE Main will be announced around the end of June. Also, one has to note these cut off scores are just to determine the eligibility to write JEE Advanced and doesn’t reflect on the rank list of JEE Main or admissions based on it.

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