JEE Advanced 2021 – IIT Kharagpur Introduces Major Changes this Year

New Delhi, 20 September 2021 – With just 2 weeks left for JEE Advanced, candidates must make a note of all the changes pertaining to the eligibility criteria, female quota, and exam centres introduced by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur this year. 

Major Changes in JEE Advanced 2021

The major changes introduced this year in the engineering entrance exam are:

1. 20% Female Enrolment 

In 2021, the number of supernumerary seats in different undergraduate programmes shall be decided by each of the IIT’s individually in such a way that there will be a minimum of 20% female enrolment in UG programs of every IIT.

As per the brochure – “These supernumerary seats will be offered (a) to only those female candidates who are declared qualified in JEE (Advanced) 2021, and, (b) strictly based on the performance in JEE (Advanced) 2021.”


  • Students must note that in 2019, the female quota for admission across IIT’s was 17%, while in 2018, it was 14%. 
  • The EWS quota and foreign quota are also supernumerary in nature. 
  • Currently, the Persons with Disability (PwD) candidates get a 5% quota while the Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST) candidates get a quota of 15% and 7.5% respectively. 

2. JEE Advanced 2020 Candidates Allowed

For the very first time, candidates who qualified the JEE Main 2020 exam, but were unable to sit for the JEE Advanced 2020 examination due to the pandemic will be allowed to participate in this year’s IIT admissions (2021-22).

Furthermore, as an added advantage, these students (2020 batch) do not require to sit and clear the JEE Main exam again this year. 

Relaxation of Criteria 1 to 4 as a special case for JEE (Advanced) 2021:

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“Candidates who successfully registered for JEE (Advanced) 2020 but were absent in both the papers, i.e. Paper 1 and Paper 2, of JEE (Advanced) 2020 are eligible to appear for JEE (Advanced) 2021 and do not need to fulfil Criteria 1 to 4 above*. However, they must successfully register for the JEE (Advanced) 2021 in the online registration portal and pay the registration fee [see Clause 12. REGISTRATION FOR JEE (ADVANCED) 2021].

Further, these candidates would be considered in addition to and not as part of the total number of candidates who would qualify from JEE (Main) 2021 for appearing in JEE (Advanced) 2021. This is a one-time measure valid only for JEE (Advanced) 2021. These candidates can confirm their eligibility for appearing in JEE (Advanced) 2021 by visiting the official website ( and filling in the requisite information. A Unique Reference Code (URC) will be provided to the eligible candidates, which will be required during the registration process; instructions for the same shall be provided on the official website at the time of registration”

3. Must Have Proper OBC-NCL, EWS Certificates

IIT Kharagpur has issued an important official notice for the OBC-NCL/EWS candidates appearing for JEE Advanced 2021. They have directed the candidates to submit their valid OBC-NCL/EWS certificates by 2nd October 2021 through the online portal. Candidates who do not possess a valid OBC-NCL/EWS certificate issued after 1st April 2021 will have to submit a declaration in place of the certificate.

As the declaration form for both OBC-NCL and EWS is now available on the official website, candidates must download the forms, fill them up and submit it on time.

4. Board Exam Marks Rule Changed

Earlier, to appear for the JEE-A exam, the students needed to obtain a minimum of 75% marks (65% for SC/ST’s) in the higher secondary exam (Class 12) in addition to qualifying the JEE Main exam. However, that rule has been removed now. From now on, candidates just need to pass the Class 12 board exams and JEE Main to be eligible to apply for JEE Advanced.

5. Only Foreign Candidates in India to Give Exam

There are usually many exam centres abroad for test-takers who live outside India. But this year, due to the pandemic, the JEE Advanced 2021 will not be held overseas. However, the foreign candidates studying in India will be able to appear for the JEE Advanced 2021 exam. 

6. Organizing Institute

Due to the rising number of cases of COVID-19, the JEE Advanced exam 2020 was cancelled. In the previous year, the organising institute for JEE Advanced was IIT Delhi. But this year, instead of IIT Delhi continuing with the procedure, IIT-Kharagpur will be taking up the charge and conducting the exam. 

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JEE Advanced 2021 – Other Updates 

  • The registration cum application process for the admissions to IITs — Joint Engineering Entrance (JEE) Advanced 2021 concludes today, 20th September 2021. Candidates can fill up the application form by visiting the official website – and submitting it by 11:59 PM. 
  • All the students who have completed step 1 of the JEE-A registration process (submission of the application form) but are yet to complete their payment process can do so by 21st September 2021.
  • The admit cards are likely to be released after 25th September 2021. 
  • The exam is scheduled to be conducted on 3rd October 2021.
  • The JEE-A cut-off percentile for the general category this year is 87.89 while for OBC, it is 68.02 percentile.
  • The JEE-A cut off percentile for SC is 46.88, ST is 34.67, and EWS is 66.22.
  • The exam will be held in online mode and the papers will be available in Hindi and English.

Students are advised to keep visiting the website for more updated information.

Also Read: NTA Releases Lowest JEE Main Cut-off Score in 3 years

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