IIT Joint Entrance Examination : A Gateway to a Best Engineering Career

The Indian Institutes of Technology, commonly abbreviated as IITs, happen to be the most prestigious educational institutions in India offering excellent technological and engineering knowledge of globally recognized standards of excellence. There are several IITs located all over India and the courses are taught in Delhi, Mumbai, Kanpur, Guwahati, Madras, Kharagpur, Roorkee campuses along with BHU in Varanasi and the Indian School of Mines in Dhanbad. Eight new IITs have been established in the country since 2008 bringing the total number to 15.

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In order to enrol at the IITs and become part of the most elite group of students in India, aspirants need to first sit for the IIT JEE. This is an examination that is conducted by the IITs on an annual basis. Known as the JEE or Joint Entrance Examination, the purpose of this examination is to determine which candidates are eligible for joining the 4-year courses at the IITs in B. Tech and B. Pharm and the 5 years Integrated M. Sc, B. Arch and M. Tech courses.

Eligibility Criteria

General Candidates should have their date of birth after October 01, 1989 and Scheduled Caste (SC)/Scheduled Tribe (ST)/Persons with Disabilities (PwD) candidates after October 01, 1984. Applicants should be in the top 20% of his board exams in applicable categories. Every student will have only two attempts to appear in the IIT JEE exam during the year in which they pass their Class XII examination or in the following year. Candidates who are admitted to any of the IITs, ISM, Dhanbad, and IT-BHU, Varanasi through JEE will not be permitted to appear for the JEE examination in the future.

Examination Procedure

The IIT JEE is currently a examination consisting of objective type questions. There are two separate papers each of three hours duration. They have been carefully designed to test the analytical ability and comprehension skill of the candidates appearing for the examination. Both the papers – Paper I and Paper II – each contain three separate sections dealing with questions on Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics. All of the questions are objective type which tries to test the comprehension, aptitude and analytical level of the candidate. Depending upon the course(s) candidates are seeking admission, they may take Paper-1 (B. E./B. Tech.), or Paper-2 (B. Arch./B. Planning.) or both.

Exam Dates

The offline examination of the IIT JEE for the year 2014 will take place on the 6th of April, 2014. This is a pen and paper based examination. Then the online or computer-based examination for Paper I (B.E. / B. Tech) only will commence on the 9th, 11th, 12th and 19th of April. The final JEE (Advanced) Examination which is a pen and paper based exam will take place on Sunday, the 25th of May, 2014. The timing for the first paper is 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. while the examination for the second paper will start from 2 p.m. and end at 5 p.m.

Selection Procedure

A single examination has been designed for entrance to NITs, IITs and IIITs. The new JEE selection procedure involves 2 tests – the Main Test and then the Advanced Tests. The former test seeks to determine the candidates’ problem solving ability in the basic science subjects such as Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics. Both of the tests happen to be of 3 hours duration each. Once the results are out, only the top 1, 50,000 candidates (including all categories) will qualify to appear in the JEE (Advanced) Examination, depending on their performance in the Main Paper of the JEE. The JEE (Advanced) exam ranks the candidates for admissions to the IITs, provided that they happen to be among the top 20% high scorers of their respective boards in their Class XII Examinations.

The normalized Qualifying examination marks will be based on the position of the candidate in the Board (i.e. his/her percentile score). The percentile score a candidate gets in his/her board will mainly contribute to his/her normalized marks. For JEE Advanced candidates who passed their QE in 2013 will be considered on the basis of the top 20 percentile cut off marks of their boards in 2013. Candidates, who passed in 2013 and would improve their performance of QE in 2014, will be considered on the basis of 2014 cut off marks of their respective Boards in their respective category.

The score of Paper-I of JEE (Main) – 2014 for all candidates will be declared by 3rd May 2014. This score shall comprise the actual marks obtained in Paper-I of JEE (Main) – 2014 along with the status of those who qualify for appearing in JEE (Advanced) – 2014 provided and subject to other conditions of eligibility being met. Separately, on the basis of score in JEE (Main)-2014 and normalised score in Class 12th or equivalent qualifying exam (60% & 40% weightage respectively), separate rank lists will be prepared for November 12, 2013 admission to B.E./B. Tech. and B. Arch/ B. Planning (in institutions other than IITs).


Students who pass the IIT JEE and enter IITs are capable of acquiring professional excellence in the course of their life. They not only gain access to the best educational institutes for further studies overseas but they even get employed in some of the most reputed organizations all over the globe. IITians are always in great demand among various sectors of the global industry.

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Debjani Goswami

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