‘JEE Main qualifying cut off’ is the minimum marks or score that an aspirant must secure to qualify the exam and participate in JEE Advanced. Candidates who meet JEE Main qualifying cut off will be eligible for admission into IITs in India. At the same time, the ‘JEE Main admission cut off’ is the marks required to get admission in JEE participating institutes.
JEE Main participating institutes 2021 consist of 31 National Institute of Technology (NITs), 25 Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIITs), and 28 Centrally Funded Technical Institutes (CFTIs). Besides these participating institutes, many states and private colleges also offer admissions based on this national-level entrance examination.
Now that the dates of the February session of JEE Main 2021 are closeby (23rd to 26th February 2021), candidates must note that the cut off list will be available on the official NTA website in PDF format after the results are out. Upon its release, candidates can download the JEE Main cut off list and check their scores.
This year too, JoSAA (Joint Seat Allocation Authority) will release the admission cut off of JEE Main 2021 in the form of opening and closing ranks for each institute.
In this article, Team Buddy4Study has compiled the previous years’ JEE Main cut off marks along with the expected cut offs for the year 2021 and opening and closing ranks.
- From 2021 onwards, NRI students will have to compulsorily take the JEE Main exam instead of the SAT Subject Test to take admission into IITs, NITs, CFTIs, SPAs. etc.
Table of Contents
- JEE Main Cut Off 2021 – Important Dates
- JEE Main Exam Timings 2021
- JEE Main Cut Off – Factors Determining JEE Main Selection
- JEE Main Cut off – Types (Qualifying V/S Admission)
- Minimum Marks to Attain to be in JEE Main Rank List
- Expected JEE Main Qualifying Cut off 2021
- Previous Years’ JEE Main Cut Offs – (Qualifying Marks to appear for JEE Advanced (2015 to 2020))
- JEE Main Cut Off (Admission) 2020
- JEE Main Cut Off – NITs Cut off
- JEE Main Rank List
- JEE Main Cut Off – Counselling Process
- JEE Main Cut Off 2021 – JEE Main Participating Institutes
- JEE Main Cut off – FAQs
JEE Main Cut Off 2021 – Important Dates
National Testing Agency (NTA) will release the JEE Main cut off marks for the year 2021 once the exams are completed. The exam authority will release this year’s cut off on the official NTA JEE website.
|JEE Main February Exam Events (2021)||Exam Dates|
|Issuance of admit card||11th February 2021|
|JEE Mains 2021 exam dates*||23rd February to 26th February 2021|
|Release of response sheet and question paper**||February 2021 (Exact date yet to be released)|
|Answer key release date||7th March 2021|
|JEE Main Cut Off 2021 Announcement||Second week of March (tentative)|
|Declaration of result for February session||7th March 2021 (tentative date)|
|Downloading of Scorecard||Exact date yet to be released|
|JEE Main Counselling||Around June 2021|
*The exam will be conducted in two shifts on each day.
- Shift 1 – 9 AM to 12 PM
- Shift 2 – 3 PM to 6 PM
** Candidates will be able to raise objections against the preliminary answer key (if any) by paying a fee of Rs 200 per question.
JEE Main Exam Dates 2021 (March Session)
|JEE Main March Exam Events (2021)||Important Dates|
|JEE Main March Registration Date||2nd to 6th March 2021|
|JEE Main 2021 March admit card date||Second week of March 2021|
|JEE Main 2021 March exam date||March 15 to 18, 2021|
|JEE Main March result date||Last week of March 2021|
JEE Main Exam Dates 2021 (April)
|JEE Main April Exam Events (2021)||Important Dates|
|JEE Main Registration Date||Last week of March 2021|
|JEE Main April admit card date||Third week of April 2021|
|JEE Main 2021 April exam date||April 27 to 30, 2021|
|JEE Main April result declaration date||First week of May 2021|
JEE Main Exam Dates 2021 (May)
|JEE Main May Exam Events (2021)||Important Dates|
|JEE Main Registration Date||First week of May 2021|
|JEE Main admit card date||Second week of May 2021|
|JEE Main May exam date||May 24 to 28, 2021|
|JEE Main May result declaration date||First week of June 2021|
JEE Main Exam Timings 2021
Candidates can find the particulars of the exam schedule/timing in the below table:
|Particular||First Shift||Second Shift|
|JEE Main 2021 exam time||9:00 AM to 12:00 pm||3:00 PM to 6:00 PM|
|Entry in the examination centre||7:30 AM to 8:30 AM||2:00 PM to 2:30 PM|
|JEE Main 2021 instructions given by the invigilator||8:30 AM to 8:50 am||2:30 AM to 2:50 PM|
|Candidate login to read instructions||8:50 AM||2:50 PM|
|Commencement of JEE Main 2021 exam||9:00 AM||3:00 PM|
Note – For BArch and BPlan candidates, the exam will start at 6:30 PM
JEE Main Cut Off – Factors Determining JEE Main Selection
Several factors determine the JEE Main cut off. A list of all such factors is given below:
- Total number of available seats
- Difficulty level of exam
- JEE Main cut off trends of previous years
- Number of candidates appearing in the examination
- Courses applied by the candidates
Note- If the seat intake capacity of JEE Main Participating Institutes 2021 increases then the cut off will remain low and vice-versa. The same pattern will be applied based on courses applied by the candidates.
JEE Main Cut off – Types (Qualifying V/S Admission)
Along with the JEE Main Result 2020, NTA will also release the qualifying JEE Main cut off. The cut off of JEE Main is classified into qualifying cut off and admission cut off. After distinguishing between the qualifying and admission cut off of JEE Main 2020, candidates can have an idea of the score they need to qualify for JEE Advanced or seat allotment in any of the participating institutes of JEE Main 2020.
Differences between Qualifying and Admission Cut Offs of JEE Main 2021
|Particulars||JEE Main 2021 Cut off – Qualifying||JEE Main Cut off 2021 – Admission|
|Released By||National Testing Agency (NTA) releases the qualifying cut off||JoSAA publishes the admission cut off on behalf of JEE Main participating institutes.|
|Accessible through||Result portal of official websites of NTA and JEE Main||Website of JoSAA|
|Meant for||Screening of candidates eligible for JEE Advanced. It will be mandatory for candidates to meet the qualifying cut off to be eligible for JEE Advanced.||Admission into any of the participating institutes through JoSAA counselling 2020.|
|Institute- wise cutoff release||No||Yes|
|Category-wise cutoff release||Yes||Yes|
|Branch-wise cutoff release||No||Yes|
|Referred for Admissions in JEE Participating Institutes||No||Yes|
Minimum Marks to Attain to be in JEE Main Rank List
Looking at the previous trend, candidates should score certain minimum marks, as mentioned below, to get their name in the rank list. The following list contains both subject and aggregate wise information:
|Maximum aggregate marks||372 (186 required in Paper-1 as well as in Paper-2)|
|Maximum marks in Physics||124 (62 required in Paper-1 as well as in Paper-2)|
|Maximum marks in Chemistry||124 (62 required in Paper-1 as well as in Paper-2)|
|Maximum marks in Mathematics||124 (62 required in Paper-1 as well as in Paper-2)|
Expected JEE Main Qualifying Cut off 2021
The qualifying cut off is used to screen candidates for JEE Advanced. NTA releases the qualifying JEE Main cut off marks with the declaration of JEE Main result. The qualifying marks will be the cut off marks that the candidate must score to participate in the centralized counselling conducted by JoSAA. Candidates can find below the expected JEE Main Qualifying Cut off for the year 2021.
JEE Main 2021 Qualifying Cut off
|Category||JEE Main Cut off|
|Common Rank List (CRL)||90- 95|
|Other Backward Classes (OBC-NCL)||70- 75|
|Scheduled Caste (SC)||50- 55|
|Scheduled Tribe (ST)||40- 45|
JEE Main 2020 Qualifying Cut off
|Category||Cut off Marks|
|Common Rank List (CRL)||90.3765335|
|Economically Weaker Section (EWS)||70.2435518|
|Other Backward Class (OBC-NCL)||72.8887969|
|Scheduled Caste (SC)||50.1760245|
|Scheduled Tribe (ST)||39.0696101|
|People with Disabilities (PwD)||0.0618524|
Previous Years’ JEE Main Cut Offs – (Qualifying Marks to appear for JEE Advanced (2015 to 2020))
JEE Main Cut off – Previous Year’s Trends
JEE Main 2020 Sectional Cut off
Candidates can check the JEE Main 2020 cut off that NTA releases for all the student categories below. The category-wise JEE Main cut off is available for JEE Advanced based on Paper 1 (BE/BTech) in the table below:
JEE Main Cut Off (Admission) 2020
Candidates may also check the JEE Main admission cut offs of previous years to get an idea of the difference in the cut-offs over the years.
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You can also check the previous year’s JEE Main cut off data with reference to a few NITs, IIITs and CFTIs.
|College Name||Branch||Round 1 General Cut-off 2020|
|NIT Jaipur (Malaviya National Institute of Technology)||Mechanical Engineering||8359|
|NIT Bhopal (Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology)||Electrical Engineering||9780|
|NIT Warangal||Electronics and Communication Engineering||3778|
|BIT Mesra (Birla Institute of Technology)||Electronics and Communication Engineering||12358|
|IIIT Allahabad||Information Technology and M.Tech||5632|
|NIT Allahabad (Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology)||Information Technology||4496|
|NIT Surathkal||Computer Engineering||1603|
|NIT Rourkela||Civil Engineering||11945|
JEE Main Cut Off – NITs Cut off
After the JEE Main 2021 exams are complete, the cut off for NITs will be posted on the official website. Candidates can check the JEE Main 2020 Cut offs for NITs to get an idea of what to expect:
|Rounds||JEE Main NITs Cut off – Opening and Closing Ranks|
JEE Main Rank List
The JEE Main exam authority releases the All India Rank (AIR) and category rank. The released AIRs are highly considered by the respective counselling authorities for admissions in NITs, IIITs, and other private and government institutions. Based on the marks obtained in the JEE Main exam, a merit list is prepared, which is finally used for admission in engineering & architecture courses.
JEE Main Opening and Closing Ranks
All candidates who appear for the exam, score a rank based on their percentile scores. A minimum percentile score is then decided for each category. Based on that, shortlisted candidates are allowed to appear for JEE Advanced to get admission in the IITs in Engineering and Technology courses.
Expected JEE Main Rank List 2021
The JEE Main 2021 rank list reflects the respective ranks secured by candidates in the entrance examination.
JEE Main Marks vs Ranks
|JEE Main Scores||JEE Main Ranks (CRL)|
|336 – 360||1 – 20|
|310 to 335||21 – 225|
|251 to 300||226 – 1492|
|201 to 250||1493 – 5752|
|151 to 200||5753 – 18377|
|101 to 150||18378 – 57131|
|51 to 100||57132 – 240541|
|1 to 50||240542 – 984170|
|-40 to 0||984171 – 1074221|
JEE Main Cut Off – Counselling Process
The Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA) conducts the JEE Main. Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD) has constituted JoSAA to regulate and manage the counselling of JEE Main for admission to 107 engineering institutions including 23 IITs, 31 NITs, 25 IIITs, and 28 CFTIs. The centralized admission process by JoSAA helps candidates to participate in the admission process of these institutes through a single platform. Candidates need to follow the following steps to participate in the counselling process:
- Counselling Registration
- Filling of Choices
- Dual Reporting
Candidates will not be allowed to modify the choice of colleges once locked.
JEE Main Cut Off 2021 – JEE Main Participating Institutes
National Institute of Technology (NITs), Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIITs) and Centrally Funded Technical Institutes (CFTIs) are the major participating institutes of JEE Main 2021. With valid JEE Main scores, candidates will be able to participate in the admission process of 23 IITs, 31 NITs, 25 IIITs, and 28 CFTIs. Apart from the participating institutes of JEE Main 2021, various other engineering colleges/ universities offer admission based on JEE Main ranks of candidates.
JEE Main Cut off – FAQs
Where will the JEE Main cut off 2021 be announced?
JEE Main cut off will be announced on the official NTA website – www.https://jeemain.nta.nic.in/. Candidates have to click on the scorecard link available on the homepage. After being redirected to the login page, candidates have to enter their credentials to finally check the cut off list.
Is the JEE Main cut off the same every year?
No. JEE Main cut off varies as per the difficulty level of the exam and the number of appeared candidates.
What are the minimum qualifying marks for the JEE Main exam?
The tentative qualifying marks for the GEN category (common rank list) candidates is 89.75, for GEN (EWS category) is 78.21, for OBC-NCL is 74.31, for ST and SC, 54, 44, and 0.11371730 for PWD candidates.
What are the types of JEE Main cut off?
There are two types of JEE Main 2021 cut offs - qualifying and admission cut off. The qualifying cut off is announced along with JEE Main result while the admission cut off will be released during the seat allotment process by JoSAA (Joint Seat Allocation Authority).
When will the NTA release admission cut off for JEE Main 2021 for the February session?
The admission JEE Main 2021 cut off marks will be released by JoSAA before JEE Main counselling.