IIT Admission Requirements for Engineering Aspirants for IIT JEE, UPSEE and Other Exams

Last Modified: 15 May 2024

It is a cherished dream of every engineering aspirant to get an IIT admission. The reasons are galore: they are highly prestigious institutes in the world; degrees awarded by them are equivalent to any degree awarded anywhere in the world; they provide wonderful job opportunities et cetera. There are a total of twenty-three IIT institutes in India, which are as follows:

  1. IIT Bombay
  2. IIT Delhi
  3. IIT Kanpur
  4. IIT Kharagpur
  5. IIT Madras
  6. IIT Guwahati
  7. IIT Roorkee
  8. IIT Hyderabad
  9. IIT Patna
  10. IIT Bhubaneshwar
  11. IIT Ropar
  12. IIT Jodhpur
  13. IIT Gandhinagar
  14. IIT Indore
  15. IIT Mandi
  16. IIT BHU, Varanasi
  17. IIT Dhanbad (ISM Dhanbad)
  18. IIT Palakkad
  19. IIT Bhilai
  20. IIT Dharwad
  21. IIT Goa
  22. IIT Jammu
  23. IIT Tirupati

Seeking admission to them is indubitably very tough and only bookworms can be expected to getting admission to them.

Important Eligibility Criteria for Admission

Prior to seeking admission to any of the IIT institutes, it is important for students to familiarize themselves with eligibility criteria. They include the following:

Getting through JEE Main: The IIT admission comprises two parts — JEE Mains and JEE Advanced. The former is preliminary and the former is the final stage. The former is held to weed out non-serious students. So, it is important for serious students to score sufficient marks in order to go for JEE Advanced. For reserved category students, there are reservation criteria. Thus, general category students need to work very hard to order to get through JEE Mains.

Age limit for general and reserved category students: For general category students, the minimum age limit is 17 years and maximum age limit is 25 years calculated on October 01, 1993.  The upper age limit is relaxable by five years for reserved category students— SC, ST and PwD.

The number of attempts that students can take JEE entrance examination:  The maximum number of attempts that students can take IIT JEE examination is only two in two consecutive years. That means they can appear at the entrance examination only two times consecutively.

Students must have passed all 12th board exam in the admission year or the last year: Admission of students will depend on the year and time they have appeared in class XII. That means for getting admission to any of the institutes of IIT, students should have passed XII exam in the admission year or the last year. For instance—students must have passed the class XII exam for the first time in either 2019 or 2020 in order to be eligible for admission in 2020.

Students must not have reported to get admission to any of the IIT institutes or left any of them: Students, who have sought admission to any of the IITs regardless of whether or not they continued in the programme or accepted the IIT seat by reporting in the past, will be considered ineligible to take JEE Advanced 2020. Apart from this, students, whose admission at IITs was cancelled earlier, are also ineligible to take the JEE Advanced 2020 exam, as per IIT requirements for admission.

Students, who have sought admission in any preparatory courses for the first time in any of the IITs in 2019, can appear at JEE Advanced 2020.

If students had refused to accept the seat offered to them in JoSAA 2017 by not reporting but had paid the seat acceptance fee, then under this condition they can appear at JEE Advanced 2020.

Previous Years Solved Papers

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How to get admission in IIT after 12th?

For getting admission into IITs after class 12th, candidates have to clear two competitive examinations - JEE Main and JEE Advanced.

JEE Main is conducted twice a year by the National Testing Agency. It is like a preliminary exam for IIT admission. JEE Main is the qualifying exam for JEE Advanced exam, which is the entrance exam for admissions to IITs. The top 2,24,000 students who have qualified the JEE Main exam are eligible for appearing in the JEE Advanced. Till 2017, the total number of qualified candidates for JEE Advanced was 2,20,000.

After qualifying the JEE Main exam, candidates must appear for the JEE Advanced exam. It is conducted for admission to IITs. The counselling for IIT admissions will be done on the basis of JEE Advanced final rankings.

How to get admission in IIT after 10th?

Class 12th is the minimum requirement for appearing in the IIT Advanced exam. So, candidates who have completed class 10th are NOT ELIGIBLE to get admissions in IITs. However, candidates can start their preparation for the IIT admissions after completing class 10th. You have to be very dedicated and focused on IIT preparations. Here are some tips to crack the IIT JEE Advanced exam.

How to Prepare for IIT JEE Advanced without Coaching?

IIT JEE Advanced is one of the prestigious and toughest exams in India. So, preparing for the exam without coaching will not be an easy task. But, it won’t be impossible. If you are ready to give you 100% to the IIT JEE Advanced preparation, you will be able to do it. Here are some tips:

  • Check the complete syllabus for JEE Main and make a study plan. We advise making short-term and long-term study goals. Short-term can be daily or weekly and long-term can be monthly or for six months.
  • Also, check out the JEE Advanced syllabus, after all, you are looking forward to the JEE Advanced exam. JEE Main is the qualifying exam. Don’t forget to compare the syllabus and list the additional topics for JEE advanced.
  • The JEE Main and Advanced syllabus are based on class XI and class XII syllabus. So, you can understand the topics best while you are in these classes. You can always clear your doubts with your teachers. While preparing for the exam you will also be studying for your class. The mid-term exams and regular class tests will help you in analysing your preparation.
  • Study daily. Don’t skip your time-table. Also, make a time-table which fits into your routine well. Make sure you get good amount of sleep (6 to 7 hours daily).
  • Buy a good preparation book. It has questions at the end of every topic. Once you are done with a topic, you can solve the questions.
  • Mock tests are another great preparation aids for JEE Advanced. Online mock tests series are easily available. Enrol for them and give at least one mock test per week. As you move ahead with your preparation, you can increase the mock tests to two or three or as much as you wish.
  • Solve previous years’ question papers to get a better understanding of frequently asked topics, for time management and accuracy.
  • Make short notes while studying. This will help you in revisions.
  • Take good care of your health and food. Eating healthy food will help in concentrating on studies. Involve in one physical activity or sport.
  • Important and Useful: Although you are preparing without coaching, joining a crash course during summer vacations will be of great help. We would suggest you go for it.

Once you qualify the JEE Main exam and become eligible for the JEE Advanced, utilize the time in between the exams for revision, mock tests, practice, preious years’ question paper solving. Do not worry about the topics you have not studied well. Focus on strong topics.

IIT Admission is not an easy task but you can do it with dedication and hard work.

We wish you the best!