A candidate, including a foreign national, must fulfill each and every one of the following five criteria to appear in JEE (Advanced) 2015.
Criterion 1 - Performance in JEE (Main) 2015.
The candidate should be among the top 1,50,000 (all categories included) in JEE (Main) 2015. The percentages of the total number of candidates for various categories is as follows:
50.5% for GEN (from the common merit list),
27% for OBC-NCL,
15% for SC
7.5% for ST.
Within each of these four categories, 3% horizontal reservation is available for PwD candidates.
Category-wise distribution of “top” candidates (Criterion 1)
CATEGORY Number of “Top” candidates
GEN 73,478 GEN-PwD 2,272 Total 75,750
OBC-NCL 39,285 OBC-NCL-PwD 1,215 Total 40,500
SC 21,825 SC-PwD 675 Total 22,500
ST 10,912 ST-PwD 338 Total 11,250
Criterion 2 - Age limit.
The candidate should have been born on or after October 1, 1990 if belonging to the GEN or OBC-NCL category and on or after October 1, 1985 if belonging to the SC, ST or PwD category.
Criterion 3 - Number of attempts.
A candidate can attempt JEE (Advanced) a maximum of two times and that too in consecutive years. Therefore, JEE (Advanced) 2015 should be either the candidate’s FIRST attempt OR the SECOND consecutive attempt.
Criterion 4 - Appearance in Class XII (or equivalent) examination.
The candidate should have appeared for the Class XII (or equivalent) examination for the first time in all the subjects in either 2014 or 2015.
Candidates who appeared for the Class XII (or equivalent) examination in 2014 and wish to re-appear for the same in 2015 (either for improvement or because they failed in one or more subjects), will have to re-appear in all the subjects in 2015.
Those who appeared for the first time in their Class XII (or equivalent) examination in 2013 or earlier are NOT eligible. However, candidates whose Class XII (or equivalent) examination Board results for the academic year 2012-13 were declared after June 2013 are eligible to appear for JEE (Advanced) 2015.
Criterion 5 - Earlier admission at IITs/ISM.
The candidate should NOT have taken admission (irrespective of whether or not he/she continued in the program) OR even accepted admission by paying admission fee at any of the IITs or ISM in the past; even candidates whose admission was cancelled are NOT eligible. However, candidates who have been admitted to a preparatory course in any of the IITs in 2014 can appear for JEE (Advanced) 2015.